Truly, Girls of Grace is one of the best events I’ve ever gotten to be a part of. It’s like this little family that gets to tell teen girls and their mamas and their leaders about Jesus.
And for the first time since I’ve been a part of the family, we are coming to my home state!
Excitement. There is lots of it.
And this is one solid day. The other speakers- Chris and Bianca- are two of my favorite people and when I get to hear them speak, it is incredible. I’m serious. They bring serious words of life to every crowd we get to stand in front of.
Amanda Noelle that leads worship is so great. And the bands? Britt Nicole and Royal Tailor? I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy their shows. Both artists really believe in what we do and love being at Girls of Grace- and you can feel that! And of course, Point of Grace. I adore those women.
So obviously. I’m a fan.
This Saturday, we will be at Griffin First Assembly in Griffin, Georgia and The Bossman has given me two sets of tickets to give away to anyone who wants to come this weekend!
All you have to do is leave a comment below saying who you would bring with you and two people will each win two tickets!
And I’m going to keep writing about it until our culture decides that it isn’t fair for us to bully celebrities.
Because this matters to me. It matters to me how we talk to people we know AND people we don’t. We create every program possible to stop bullies and make it front page news when students are bullied [and rightly so], yet we act like how we talk about and to celebrities doesn’t matter.
See the video below, one of many from the Jimmy Kimmel Show. [Warning- this is def rated PG13, but the language is bleeped out.]
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I know- it is supposed to be funny. And no, I’m not overly sensitive to it because Lady Antebellum is on there and they are my people. I get that this is a little humorous, but could you do that? Could you be on the celebrity side? Could you read, on national television, a nasty tweet someone had said about you? I don’t think I could.
Here’s what is true:
Celebrities see your words.
These Jimmy Kimmel clips are proof of that. But I hear it here in Nashville too. Amber Lehman, one of my BFFs who is a stylist to many celebrities in Nashville, has story after story of stars being affected by the words of people they don’t know. Even recently, Amber dressed an older female country star, one you would think would never notice an ill word said. And yet, as she stood their teary before Amber, she shared of how the comments people type about her on twitter make it hard to look in the mirror and be happy with herself.
That is so rude of us, the public, to speak into her insecurities and cause hurt like that. Shame on us. My friend Beth says, ”It’s really arrogant of us to determine someone is famous enough that we no longer have to treat them like a person.”
They are not that different from us.
“Who cares how celebrities feel? They are rich and have everything they want. No way does my facebook status or twitter comment matter.” WRONG WRONG WRONG. That same line of thinking would also say that because a student is popular or successful or well-liked they they deserve to be bullied. You’d never say that to a teenager. The same is true for adults. Celebrities are just humans who are doing their job to entertain us. And they have issues and hurts and responsibilities that we will never understand.
LeCrae tweeted this the other day and I think he’s exactly right.
Their people may be seeing your words, too.
A few weeks ago, two friends from a different city shared a link on facebook to a show about women in Nashville and said some fairly derogatory things. It infuriated me because I know and love some of the women on that show. I wanted to pick up my phone, call those women in other cities, and remind them that they aren’t being rude about strangers, they are talking about MY FRIENDS. With the way this world wide web works, you never know when person A is going to share something with person B and suddenly it’s gone six degrees straight to Kevin Bacon… or his sister. You don’t want to hurt the celebrity with your words [I hope], but you also don’t want to hurt their people.
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My guess? My guess is that my readers aren’t slamming celebrities online. That’s not your personality or your MO, as far as I know you. But I wonder if you, like me, have opportunities to stand up for and defend celebrities when we see other people being unkind. Or even more simply- can we just be the different voice? Can we be the ones who speak genuine truth and life into the lives of these people?
It’s just time we recognize that all people, no matter their status or job, deserve to be treated well and spoken to with kindness. I guess I just wish more people would consider whether they are speaking life or death and ask themselves how God would have them use their words to impact the lives of others- famous or not.
I don’t exactly know how we fix it. I just know it’s awful and celebrity or not, people deserve to be treated better than this.
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Your thoughts are welcome here… have you seen this behavior online as well? How do you think we should be handling it? Do you think it matters? Would love for us to talk about this.
My grandmother, Kath, made the best banana bread EVER. Crunchy ends, spongy moist center, yummy banana flavor. It was a childhood favorite.
Bananas rarely last in my house to the over-ripe point [I love them], but this week I realized a few had. I pulled out the handy dandy Downs Family & Friends Favorites Cookbook to look up the recipe. Lucky for me, this particular recipe is already dairy free, but it’s definitely not gluten free. I did change out a couple of the ingredients and I added chia seeds to make it more hippie… but hopefully less hippy . You’ll see my changes below in bold, but I’ve also left the original just if you wanna try it for comparison sake. You really can’t tell any difference, if you ask me. It’s so healthy it’s practically salad.
No, no it’s not. But it’s delicious.
KATH’S BANANA BREAD [Hippie Edition]
3-4 ripe or over-ripe bananas
1/4 cup oil …. 1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour …. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add egg, sugar, oil/applesauce, and vanilla and stir well. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda and add to banana mixture. Toss in chia seeds. Mix well. Pour into greased 9-inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to finish cooling.
It’s been a while since I told you what I’m feeding my small group gals…. as in, like, it’s been a year. Man, just seeing that post makes me feel tired. That chicken was good but TIME INTENSIVE LIKE WHOA.
Over the weekend while I was in Texas- Halloween night to be precise, I had these chicken tacos that I just adored. So I came home and recreated it to put over baked potatoes [at my friend Brooke's recommendation]. We also had brussel sprouts and banana bread. [Banana bread recipe coming tomorrow. So get ready.]
Lauren, who made the chicken for the tacos, said I needed Stubb’s Pork Marinade. I worried I wouldn’t be able to find it in my local grocery store, but HUZZAH! it was there. You can also order it on Amazon if you can’t find it. Here’s what it looks like.
It’s soooo easy to make the chicken. Nine of us ate and there are still probably three servings of chicken left over for lunch today. I took four chicken breasts and threw them in the crockpot with half a chopped onion and about 3/4 of the jar of Stubbs. I cooked it on high for a few hours, then pulled it out, shredded the cooked chicken, then put it back in there with the rest of the Stubbs and let it sit on low for another hour or so- until the girls arrived.
We had the shredded chicken over baked potatoes and the regular fixings [bacon, cheese, sour cream, butter... all things I do not eat but my people enjoy immensely] as well as these amazing brussel sprouts from Barefoot Contessa, my culinary and lifestyle hero. [I mean, living on the Hamptons and walking to your local florist? Please and thank you.]
Also. One of my girls was glad to have the sour cream because she felt the chicken was spicy. But on a spice scale, it was literally a 2. She has an admittedly wimpy palate.
Sooooo delicious. Next time you need a new super easy dinner idea, try this out!
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