Friday, July 29, 2011

Song "I Refuse" by Josh Wilson

Here's Josh Wilson's song, I Refuse. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end!

Here's an excerpt from the chorus:

"... I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse 

... to sit around and wait for someone else
to do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
not to move,
but I refuse."

May God bless you as you love and serve others.
Dr Mari


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Your Plans, His Plans


This is a guest post by author and inspirational speaker, Maryann Makekau. Her career in psychology spans two decades, with an emphasis on research, writing, advocacy and crisis intervention. She travels the country sharing hope and founded Hope Matters Productions to make a difference in hurting lives worldwide.

When I reached out for a foreword writer of
When Your Teacher Has Cancer (my first Little Pink Book) I gained so much more. It’s quite magnificent when your plan turns into God’s plan! That is exactly what’s happened over the last two years.
My intention in writing that first book was simply to bless a friend in need. The story began on pink paper accompanied by basic stick-figures, bound for a 2nd grade classroom. That reading revealed a need well beyond those walls. Every child’s hand went up when I asked, “How many of you have known someone with cancer?” Within hours of that reading, I began receiving (adult) requests to publish the title. That led me to contact Dr. Mari.
A meaningful book deserves a great layout and relevant endorsements. I’d known Dr. Mari for years, as a professional, prayer-warrior, and friend. What I didn’t know was her strong connection with this Little Pink Book. Just as those 2nd graders were linked to a loved one’s cancer experience, so was Dr. Mari. At 20 years of age, she’d lost her mother to breast cancer. Although the loss surpassed her childhood, it didn’t surpass her need for Mom. No matter what age, child-like emotions surface when a parent falls ill. The child tucked inside cries out for comfort, understanding and healing.
                                        © 2010
Oftentimes after delivering a talk, I’m approached by women, and men, with tears streaming down their face. Their tears are grateful, healing tears. In sharing the hope inside my Little Pink Books, it’s vital to talk about a child’s heart-needs. Children need a voice when they’re thrust into a loved one’s journey through cancer. Whether the outcome is borrowed time through remission or time stolen away by cancer’s grip—loss is part of the equation. Yet, so is Hope.
God’s plan: use these Little Pink Books to share hope; use our expertise as an instrument of healing; and use our passion to make a difference in hurting lives. Dr. Mari joined hands with me as a Pink-enthusiast—celebrating her mother’s life by writing a relevant foreword. Her enthusiasm quickly revealed a bigger plan in this Little Pink Book journey. As translator, copy-editor and blogger, her Pink enthusiasm became an integral part of Hope Matters Productions.
A Little Pink Book grew into a company, with a vision to inspire others with the “infectious quality of Hope.” Thank you, Dr. Mari, for embracing a bigger plan. You’ve demonstrated that when you don’t allow loss to diminish your hope, it can be used in unimaginable ways. Shine on... share your radiant glow of hope. It’ll light the path for God’s amazing plans!
Maryann Makekau, © 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dr Mari's Health & Hope Corner

Hope: Beyond a Dream

"Hope is the dream of a man awake," says a French proverb. Dreams come during our rest time; hope is for our life while awake! While caring for thousands of people over the years, I have learned that health and hope usually go together. In fact, hopelessness often precedes and certainly characterizes depression. It is nearly impossible to have joy without hope. Those who lose hope often spiral down, so instilling hope is one of the most important ways we all can help each other.
Hope is a dream acted upon.

I recently attended a conference for physicians where one of the panelists was neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the one who separated the first set of Siamese twins in this country. He grew up with an older brother and they were raised by a single mother after their father left them. Ben was such a poor student that his nickname in elementary school was "dummy." One would have thought he had little hope of success with such a beginning.

Yet, Ben had a mother who believed in his potential, hoped for the best in his life and acted accordingly. Although she couldn't read, she had the brothers turn off the TV and made them read books and write reports on them each week. Before long, the brothers grew to love books, and Ben became the best student in his class. It was a remarkable transformation that began with one person believing in him and motivating him. 

Ben's mother also instilled in her children a strong faith in God. He shared his faith boldly with our gathering of doctors and recounted multiple instances where life got tough and he prayed, received guidance from God, and then resolved to do what God led him to do. It was precisely through such a sequence that he came to know, after months of waiting, exactly how to separate the twins. He then gathered a team of more than twenty people who participated in the surgeries and, together, they succeeded - and lives were changed.

Faith fueled his perseverance, which kept his hope for those lives alive. He prayed, he waited patiently, and then he knew what to do.

One day, Dr Carson realized that all his successes came from God working through him, so he made a life-changing declaration. He said, "Lord, from now on, you are the neurosurgeon. I am simply your assistant." He is now a world-renowned surgeon and operates on hundreds of children each year at Johns Hopkins University.

We all have dreams of what we want to do or become, and dreams are wonderful. But beyond dreaming, we must act in our daily lives in ways that bring us closer to those hopes and dreams. Whether it's eating a healthier diet, incorporating more activity into a sedentary lifestyle or deciding to forgive someone who hurt us, our choices affect how we feel and our health. What we do matters, and our actions impact not only our lives but those around us. And prayer ignites the hope that keeps us going when our world makes no sense or when, like Ben Carson, we face seemingly impossible challenges.

So, today, look around and notice who believes in you and gives you hope. Stay close to them. And look for those who need someone who believes in them. Share your best with them. Hope goes beyond a dream when a person wakes up to the fact that their life has purpose and their choices matter. When we start living with purpose, our outlook changes. Our whole world changes. And that is a hopeful thing! 

Share Hope!
Dr Mari