Monday, January 22, 2018

Miracles & Makeup

No…. this is not a before and after blog post.  Although, I just started using Rodan + Fields Lashboost  so there might be one in the future.  Haa haa!

This is about my son, Ryne Maddox and my husband Austin.  They are both personal miracles to me, and so often I get lost just staring at them in amazement and silent praise to God the Father for blessing me with such a life with them.  This is about the journey that God lead me through to them.  This is how God makes me Meek and Wild.

From the beginning of this business, I wanted to make sure I was not just speaking about business, product, sales, leadership, opportunity but the root of it, the beginning of it to all be about Creator God.  Meek & Wild (Admire Our Image) is not just a play on words but based on the Bible.  Genesis 1:26 talks about our image as human beings coming from the Image of the Trinity making it holy, separated from all other creatures and created things.  1 Peter 3:1-6 talks about being gentle yet fearless.  BUT WAIT!  You say?  1 Peter 3 also talks about how women shouldn’t be about their hair, jewelry, or clothes (what is on the outside) …that is exactly what 'beauty care' is about right?! 
I admit it, for a long time I also struggled with these verses.  I really enjoy fashion, makeup, jewelry…I have a passion for all these ‘outward’ things.  Does that mean that I must give that happiness up?  That I can not see the beauty or artistry of those things?  No, not at all.

The best explanation of these verses I have found so far is a quick less than 10-minute teaching by John Piper on these verses.  The main point of these verses is meant to lead us away from ourselves and what the world can give us to what only God can produce in us.  This is where true Beauty is found. 

3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

These verses are about what only God can do, the hidden place of your heart only He can see, the imperishable beauty of a gentle (meek) and quiet (calm) spirit.  It’s imperishable because it’s eternal in other words it is imperishable because it is something that cannot be produced by the world.  And thankfully God also gives us an example of what this beauty looks like, these women hoped in God they put their trust in Him and did not fear anything that is terrifying.  They remained calm/meek & courageous/bold/wild during fearful situations.  Meekness and Wildness that only can be produced by God himself by putting our trust in Who He Was, Is, and Is To Come. 

Now…with that truth being stated.

There came a time in my life that I stopped looking at every potential man that maybe my future husband, and told God that I trusted Him to provide everything.  I had a deep desire for a husband, but my desire for God and for Him to provide me with who He wanted me to be with was much greater.  After that point, I remained calm even though the thought of me being alone and never having the experience of marriage and husband/wife love terrified me.  Within the next year of those moments of me trusting in God and His Way, I was married to a man that God weaved so tightly in my story and heart that His fingerprints are evident throughout.  I was Meek & Wild, and God found that eternally beautiful.

There came a time in our lives that we knew God was showing us it was an appropriate time to start a family.  Jesus granted us the amazing growing new life, and my pregnancy went very well up until the 41st week.  Our son was diagnosed with many things, saw many brilliant doctors, and after one week in the NICU he was released.  Every medical diagnosis came back negative and one by one we crossed them off the list we had been originally given.  He is healthy and reaching appropriate milestones.  I clearly remember the doctor coming to our bedside and telling us the original news.  We both wept uncontrollably, and then in a moment, I put my hope in Christ…a courage and calmness came over me and I was able to speak Gods truth and strength to my husband.  I was Meek & Wild, and God found that eternally beautiful.

I am not always Meek & Wild.  There are many times I am troubled and anxious, and clearly, during those times I am not putting my trust and hope in Jesus.  I would also like to restate what John Piper stated in his teaching “these are not personality traits”.  It means that these are attributes that you decide on and choose to do.  I believe that if your brain chemically is unbalanced and you are struggling with fear and anxiety, that does not mean you aren’t putting your hope in Christ.  You can have depression and still put your trust and hope in Christ and receive His gift of gentleness and fearlessness, I am living confirmation of that. 

The bottom line is that the beauty market in today’s world is just named incorrectly from my point of view, but I understand why it’s been twisted.  It is easy to cover up our image with outward ‘beauty’, then to get down and dirty and deal with our hidden true beauty.

I believe makeup, jewelry, and clothing is artistry.  They are beautiful things, but they do not make one’s heart beautiful. It may enhance the way we look and make us feel good, but it should never be something that we put our whole heart toward.

We shouldn’t confuse the miracles and makeup.

We shouldn't confuse soul with the skin.    

We should be Meek & Wild while we Admire Our Image 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Running in Fields of Wildflowers Feeling

Photo Credit: Emily B Photography 

I've never really liked the word "business".  It just seems so hard, cold, and uncomfortable.  So to my surprise, when I started Meek & was nothing like that.  It was dreamy, freeing, and running in fields of wildflowers kind of feeling.

In one of my deep thought moments this weekend, I believe God lead me to a memory that I hadn't remembered in many years.  I was in my hometown, in the backyard of our parsonage in the country.  It was a rare time that we had a church gathering over at our house, and I was maybe in the 5th grade.  I was running wild, talking to random people on our brick patio.  A man asked me what career I wanted when I was older.  I remember saying "I don't know, but I don't want a boss.  I want God to be my only boss."  The other men around laughed, and I was completely serious.  The man then said, "Well, I guess you will need to be the CEO of your own company."  Other than that sounding really boring in my young mind, I remember replying "Sure, whatever."

I was reminded in church this morning, that it's not about me.  Any kind of success, or good that happens with Meek & Wild, will have less to do with me, and more to do with others.  Our pastor reminded us that we are "salt of the earth".  Not the meat, bread, or even water.  We are 'salt'. The taste and flavor, not the nutrition.  Our pastor said, "We are not the Bread of Life, meat or milk, or Living Water.  We are salt, not the sustenance.  We are salt not the Savior."  I felt like the Spirit was really shedding light on what Meek & Wild should be.  It should not be the 'end all be all', it should only be what points to the Greater Good.

Jesus is always reminding me that all these beautiful things in life are not the end point, they are just a sign on the journey to The Beautiful.  If you take anything here on this earth, just a face falls very flat.  Any earthly 'good', or even something as wonderful as life, and love...these valuable things that everyone seeks for are in a void on there own.  Without Christ as the giver, supplier, and perpetual pursuer, as well as our final rest...these beautiful things are yet a waste.

The wonderful thing about life, love, and beauty in the world is that God created it, and continues to sustain it, and pieces of Himself are pointing the way back to Himself...and I get to be a part of seeing it, and helping share the portions that He has shown me so that others are guided to Him.

Before I close, I want to sincerely thank all of you that have made the first orders of Meek & Wild.  I can not tell you what kind of joy it brought me.   You will always be treasured in my heart.

Thank you for blessing Meek & Wild.

Cheers to another Beautiful week.

Admire Our Image.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome to Meek & Wild

This is me…somewhere between the balance of ‘meek’ and ‘wild’.  There are days when I am closer to meek, and others I am all wild.  The beautiful thing about this balance is that every woman ever created is somewhere on the scale.  We all find ourselves at various times, during different moments, fueled by contrasting emotions, personalities attracted to different sides…all of us are somewhere between meek & wild…and I absolutely love that about us.

My whole life I have been chasing after a passion to connect people to God’s Beauty.  At one time it was in church ministry, another was photography, then writing…and these outlets were helpful, but they were pieces of a greater picture not yet completed.  This next chapter in 2018, I have been drawn to another interest…the beauty of business or really the beauty business. 

I’ve been interested in fashion, makeup, hair, and all that encompasses the “beauty market” since I was a small little girl.  I’ve been intrigued by this industry from childhood, and I’ve always wondered how I could fit making some sort of income to this passion. 

So…here I go.  I’ve become a beauty businesswoman.  In all reality and truth, it feels amazing.

Many things had to line up just right, and when the time was a perfect fit.  I love how our culture today is finding more ways to join into community.  God knew what He was doing when He created that joy in us that only community can bring to the table.  Last year was a year of community for my family.  Never in my life have I felt such strong ties to community, the perfect fit of friendship, a weird display of unique yet whole gathering of people.  Have you ever felt those things that are truly a refection of what is to come?  I small glimpse of what the far greater will be like? ...this is my community.

And that is where this story begins.  My sister and two friends, all on separate journey's that I wanted to join...all the while sharing what I love and have learned, and never missing a chance to connect someone to the Greater Beauty, the Majesty of God.

Welcome to Meek & Wild