By: Darrelyn L .Tutt

    Fascinating little spandex factoid:
    "The development of spandex was started during World War II. At this time, chemists took on the challenge of developing synthetic replacements for rubber. Two primary motivating factors prompted their research. First, the war effort required most of the available rubber for building equipment. Second, the price of rubber was unstable and it fluctuated frequently. Developing an alternative to rubber could solve both problems.
    The first spandex fibers were produced on an experimental level by one of the early pioneers in polymer chemistry, Farbenfabriken Bayer. He earned a German patent for his synthesis in 1952. The final development of the fibers were worked out independently by scientists at Du Pont and the U.S. Rubber Company. Due Pont used the brand name Lycra and began full scale manufacture in 1962. They are currently the world leader in the production of spandex fibers."
    -Perry Romanowski
     Spandex has now become a common fabric ingredient. It allows for moveability and mobility in thread while retaining "shapeability" in appearance.
    It's a popular and effective thread woven into athletic gear and undergarments, supremely valued for its ability to provide contour and shape in a lightweight manner while maintaining a condusive flexibility for activity.
    In shopping for hiking gear, I look for a certain percentage of spandex to be woven into it and appreciate its lightweight feel.
    But there's a context to spandex which speaks beyond the material realm and into the personal realm to me:
    I wish to be an individual composed of spandex.
    I desire for my mind to be composed of a high percentage of hearty spandex ingredient,
     and for my soul to contain the glorious thread of elasticity called Lycra.
    The difficulties and obstacles which paralyze, immobilize, and unravel so many,
    I wish to be "spandexed" and "elasticized" by, in order to experience growth, resiliency, movement, possibility, and expandability.
    I wish to be an adaptable individual composed of 100% supernatural spandex.
    I crave minds which agree with redemptive and unhampered movement,
    and souls expanded by the Spirit's elasticity.
    To move in anything less is to forfeit empowerment of the Spirit's capability and activity ... at least in my mind.
    Expandable. Stretchable. Durable. Moveable. Resilient.
    Threads of the Spirit produce mobility.
    Move with me ...
    Experience spandex elasticity.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Settled on the Lees' ...
    "This is an old bibilical idiom but still used. It refers to the lees (dregs, sediments) of wine or other liquids that settle in the bottom of the containing vessel if it is not disturbed."
    To be shaken up and "lifted from the lees" is a most divine and miraculous occurance and men who experience it become men of great character and mission.
    Look to the following and consider whether this is not so:
    *Biblical characters: Moses. Joseph. Deborah. Ruth. David. Paul. Peter.
    *Historical characters: George Washington. Frederick Douglass. Harriet Tubman. Clara Barton. Mahatma Gandhi. Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King Jr. Abraham Lincoln. Napoleon Bonaparte. Rosa Parks.
    *Motivational individuals: Tony Robbins. Norman Vincent Peale. Brene' Brown. Jim Rohn.
    *Inventors: Thomas Edison. Alexander Graham Bell. Henry Ford. Wright brothers. Eli Whitney.
    *Artists: Michelangelo. Vincent van Gogh. Pablo Picasso. Leonardo de Vinci. Claude Monet.
    *Men of Medicine: Paul Ehrlich. Frederick Banting. Louis Pasteur. Joseph Priestley.
    An enlistment of great names associated with any arena of life supports and suggests the reality that "uncommon men" are uncommonly "shaken and taken" from the lees, unwilling to "settle on the lees," and men composed of character and curious substance.
    +To be "shaken-up" is a good thing and profitable to the soul.
    The experience of it removes stagnancy, dormancy, and settling from occuring.
    Originality, creativity, discovery, and intelligence are the results.
    +To be in the minority is often a very healthy thing.
    The experience of it supports conscience and conviction resulting in refined and defined character.
    +To be shaken is to be divided and set-apart.
    The experience of separation allows for growth, concentration, heightened awareness, and depth of insight and intelligence.
    If we wish to mingle with the circle of great minds and great men,
    we must willingly apply ourselves to the more difficult shake-ups, unsettlings, and distresses intended to unite us with them.
    We must welcome the "shake-ups," no matter how dreadful and uncomfortable they appear and subscribe ourselves to the exhilaration, experience, and knowledge of a weightier thing to come.
    It will happen eventually ... though the process takes time.
    The providences of God generally do.
    All who are "shaken from the lees" have no time to "settle" on them.
    Shaken men shake the world ...
    and shape lives.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Our lives are governed by the voices we subject ourselves to;
    and libraries afford us with free access to an unlimited and expansive volume of them.
    Should we really choose Facebook, television, and entertainment over exploration, growth, and discovery?
    Should we really "dumb" ourselves down and seek for company in the confines of small circles of stagnant men bent on nothing more than surface conversation and small mind gossip?
    It won't do for me ... and I don't think it will do for you either.
    Great men whisper great secrets.
    Read. Read. Read.
    The force of Frederick Douglass rips through my soul with such velocity that I'm inspired and urged to share a few notables:
    +In 1845 and on the heels of Frederick's remarkable autobiography, he fled to the British Isles where he sought refuge from a "still feared" slave owner whom he had narrowly escaped. He received royal treatment here and received a hero's welcome in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.
    "This man cut out for a hero was also cut out for traveling. He toured the British Isles for nearly two years."
    Afforded a free and open voice, he utilized his "tools of torture" and shared his story of slavery. Perhaps Frederick's visible instruments spoke louder than his voice:
    -Brandings and torturous treatments etched into his skin with infirmed finality.
    Frederick's message spread like fire across the Isles.
    The more he spoke, the more empowered he became.
    "Frederick was reborn. He felt so free. To chat with relatives of the Scottish poet Robert Burns  when in Ayr. To marvel at Edinburgh's monument to the wondrous writer Sir Walter Scott. To visit art galleries, botanic gardens, and other attractions.
    Frederick had a front row seat to a three-hour debate in Parliament.
    Grand, too, was the day Frederick met Daniel O'Connell, the Irish Catholics' "Liberator" or "Emancipator." For years this big, bulky, magnetic man and riveting speaker had crusaded for the repeal of England's anti-Roman Catholic laws, such as those barring Catholics from serving in Parliament.
    ... Frederick admired O'Connell's devotion to his people, reveled in his fighting spirit. He was grateful to him too."
    The voice of Frederick Douglass encapsulates my mind, propels me to greater activity, and inspires movement and clarity. He's a positive and productive resource in my life.
    I listen to him, sit with him, and find myself energized by him.
    An invitation into my writing room would lead you to three energizing quotes recorded on my white board and dictated by him.
     Listen to the voice of Frederick Douglass:
    "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
    "I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."
    "The soul that is within me no man can degrade."
    A great voice produces great empowerment.
    Whispering Secrets ...


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Stringent rules act as horrific task masters.
    When rules become masters of enslavement instead of ministers of empowerment ... we find ourselves subject to a legalistic, unredemptive scrutiny.
    -The beauty of relationship, rawness, and realness is annihilated.
    -The beauty of trial, error, and learning is obliterated.
    -The rejuvenating elements of adventure, playfulness, and creativity are stoned, shunned, and silenced.
    When rules become about controlling conduct instead of engaging and encouraging empowerment and growth, it's time for rules to be broken.
    Hmmm ...
    God doesn't need more rule-makers;
    He needs more redemption-takers.
    He needs us to become active, ardent participants in rebranding the theme of His Son's life called redemption.
    Perhaps some of us must break our own rules to make this discovery.
    We are constantly changing, revolving, growing, and evolving through life experiences.
    At least we ought to be.
    When rules impair and prevent these ideals from occurring, they must be reconfigured, reassessed, restructured, and confessed.
    Assess your "rules" for engaging and the purpose for which they serve.
    Empowerment or Enslavement ...
    Select your Rules of Engagement wisely.
    "She broke every rule she'd ever made and learned in doing so ...
    that her journey had just begun."

    -Darrelyn L. Tutt


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    In a circle of great minds and men ...
      I do find myself.
    Present companions of compelling interest, inspiration, and insight speak wonderfully to me and foster challenge, growth, and change in me.
     Of this "quest" I never tire.
    How can I be anything but empowered and inspired in the presence of such notable companions?
    Allow me to introduce you to the fine men in my life who gather about me this week.
    +Frederick Douglas's portrait sits handsomely before me.
    In 1844 he picked up a pen and wrote a compelling autobiography speaking to the horrific treatments and tortures endured by the enslaved. So brilliant was his writing and so notable was his mind that the book had to be prefaced by William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, who vouched for the author's authenticity and extraordinary literary work.
    Frederick Douglas was a liberated, hopeful voice in a dark, lengthy season of slavery.
    "I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland."
    Rubbing shoulders with a Frederick Douglas is empowering.
    +Sir Francis Drake strides in with the look of a "knight in shining armor," a famous privateer, explorer, slave-trader, and naval officer in the Elizabethan era (1500's).
    Hated and envied by the nobility for his humble origins and passionate nature, Drake's bravado captured the hearts and minds of all of England and beyond. An enflamed soul of depth, determination, and zeal, he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. He also claimed a parcel of California ground for England and fought ardently and bravely in the 1588 invasion of the Spanish Armada.
    Drake's early life prepared and launched him successfully into his later life,
    of which few men rival.
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Francis Drake is empowering.
    +Sir Jeremiah, the youthful looking prophet and son of Hilkiah, now joins us.
    A brilliant and curious mind composed of intelligence, resilience, and wonderment, Jeremiah questioned his ability to be God's "voice" in a dark season of Israel's depravity. The hemorrhaging nation caused fear and anxiety to well up in Jeremiah but God's sovereignty assigned him a sure and secure position as prophet.
    "Then the word of the LORD came to unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sancitifed thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
    Then said I, Ah LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces; for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
    Jeremiah 1:4-9
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Jeremiah is empowering.
    In conclusion, I leave you with an empowering and life-changing challenge issued by the brilliant and motivating Tony Robbins:
    "Years ago, one of my teachers, Jim Rohn, taught me that reading something of substance, something of value, something that was nurturing, something that taught you new distinctions every day, was more important than eating. He got me hooked on the idea of reading a minimum of thirty minutes a day. He said,
    'Miss a meal, but don't miss your reading.'
    I've found this to be one of the most valuable distinctions in my life."
    Mmmm ...
    Choose wisely your circle of men ...
    and expand the circle.


    By: Darrelyn L .Tutt

    The winds of change are blowing,

    New direction in my soul.
    I hear the Spirit calling me,
    To seek a higher goal.

    To seek a greater wisdom,
    And complete a greater plan.
    The weather vane is turning,
    Moving in ... my Father's hand.

    Behold the time is coming,
    And approaching, says the Lord.
    Release yourself and follow,
    What I show and point you toward.

    My recompense will follow,
    And My truth will be your light.
    My eyes will be your vision,
    Walk by faith and not by sight.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Nature is an unbiased and unprejudiced resource; she avails herself to all and extends an invitation to each.
    Her companionship provides replenishment, restoration, rejuvenation, and refreshment.
    She's genuine, authentic, and pure.
    She breathes life, zeal, and energy into the soul and intoxicates, beautifies, and reboots the soul's sensories, imagination, and desires.
    Nature is a glorious remedy for the common maladies known to men, and in making use of her, we are restored wonderfully.
    God be praised for His expansive and colorful mind in creating her.
    Explore the vast reserve of recreational options and opportunities He's provided you with:
    +Step out your backdoor and begin there.
    +Take a ten mile drive in a new direction and become acquainted with a fresh landscape and a new vision.
    +Take off your shoes and soak your feet in a pond, stream, or river.
    +Lie down in a field and allow yourself to be overcome by the scent of alfalfa, cut grass, or wild flowers.
    +Climb a tree and feel the brush of bark against your skin.
    +Make love on a hiking trail (preferably off the main route.)
    +Swim naked or dive fully-clothed into a lake.
    +Get your hair wet and your body soaked.
    +Pack a picnic and find an out-of-the-way location to enjoy it.
    Savor the moments and memories mingled in movement.
    Exercise your sensories and get on with it!

    Nothing is more restorative, rejuvenating, and replenishing to the human spirit than spontaneous, impromptu fun!
    Google State Parks, National Forests, wildlife reserves, and preservatories in your area and go explore them.
    Get off Facebook and take a "live look" at what's going on all around you.
    Invest in an inexpensive State Park sticker ($35. and a second one half-off) and consider gifting your loved one with an activity-enlisted enjoyment that wields the inexpensive power to forge unforgettable and priceless memories.
    Assign yourself with a list of places you'd like to visit and map them out. Put the map up where you can see it and be strategic in your placement. Locate books and other resources which serve to peak your interest and investment in visiting them.
    Check them off as you visit them and make it your goal to make new discoveries throughout the year.
    This past week Scot and I visited Newton Hills State Park via a rented Surrey (four-wheel, all-terrain pedal bike.) A different vehicle wields the power to induce an entirely different experience. What fun we had exploring the park together and creating a new memory together.
    My map also includes but isn't limited to:
     Custer State Park. Black Elk Peak. Cathedral Spires Trail. Notch Trail. Sunday Gulch Trail. Presidential Trail and historic Mt. Rushmore. Lovers' Leap Trail. Crow Peak. Spearfish Canyon. Butterfly House. Pasture and open-field jaunts. Hundred-acre woods and little forests. Good Earth State Park. Palisades. Gitchie Manitou. Mickelson Trail. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Ten Pins. Veterans' Memorial Park. Great Plains Zoo. Wegner Arboretum.
    Vehicles desirable for exploration: Hiking boots. Horseback. All-Terrain vehicles (of all kinds.) Piggy-back. Boat. Kayak. A camel if I can locate one (ha.)
    Adventure, exploration, and exertion are key essentials in "growing young," at least in my book, and the largest part of adventure is the spontaneity deliciously employed within it.
    Sky is the limit ... so have some fun!
    Get out and explore the wild and partner up.
    If you need help with motivation or movement,
    contact an energy coach.
    Here's one that'll get you moving:
    Driven Little Tiger ...
    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    -Helen Keller


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Great and loving Father,
    Thy Spirit has made swollen my spirit.
    In tender love and mercy Thou hast swallowed up my mortality with Thy immortality,
    Thou hast exchanged my weakness for Thy strength,
    Thou hast extended to my fickleness Thy great faithfulness;
    and Thou dost become, with growing passion, the greater object and chief affection of my soul.
    Kindle within me a knowledge and understanding of Thy all-surpassing great power.
    Let Thy pleasure become chief endeavor in this day’s undertakings.
    Let me seek Thy face and Thy favor above all others.
    Let my one attainment be of Thy glory revealed to and through me.
    Hold captive my wandering thought,
    Take captive my wayward soul,
    guard it for my good and keep me for Thy eternal pleasure and name’s sake.
    Allow me safe passage into Thy holy presence and grant refusal to all that is not in accordance with Thy holiness.


    By: Darrelyn  L. Tutt

    Before Lindberg’s flight, there were thousands who set up the cry, “Flying Fool.”
    There always have been, and there always will be, people who prophecy failure. Our admiration goes out to the person who, in spite of scoffers, sets about his task and sticks to it until he has seen it through.
    By: Edward Guest (Poet – 1900’s)

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
    But he with a chuckle replied,
    That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one,
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
    So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin,
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing, as he tackled the thing,
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
    At least no one ever has done it.”
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
    And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing,
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophecy failure;
    There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
    But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing,
    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
    Commit this poem to memory and I guarantee an elevation of thought.
    “Begin to sing as you tackle the thing …
    That cannot be done and you’ll do it.”
     Be a Lindberg.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    This past week a frazzled woman stood in the check-out line ahead of me.
    She looked like she was experiencing one of those crazy "Mondays" that we all just want to go home and forget. Flustered by an inability to come up with the cash needed for necessary purchases, she worked feverishly to cough up the remaining extra.
     I stepped forward ...
     and cheerfully anounced that whatever difference needed to be "made up," I would love to pay it.
    Hmmm ...
    The response it provoked from both the woman and the cashier set me back.
    They both looked surprised, caught-off-guard, and bewildered by my gesture. I genuinely thought that the woman was going to experience a melt-down on the spot, while the cashier gave a hearty exclamation of "Wow! How thoughtful!" which could be heard two aisles over.
    The whole episode worked itself out beautifully and wonderfully in a matter of minutes.
     Bills curiously and mysteriously appeared and the matter was taken care of.
    But the remembrance ... lingers on.
    And I think to myself ...
    Sometimes we look for big moments, big opportunities, and big ways to serve God.
    Sometimes those moments come but, generally, I think those moments are composed of smaller moments that are standing right beside and behind us in a grocery aisle.
    Generally and usually, God wants us to simply pay attention to the ordinary moments and  ordinary people all around us.
    +He wants to love in extraordinary ways through us.
    +He wants to show Himself in ordinary moments to us.
    +He wants us to live in the present, and love in the present, because that's what He's doing.
    God is good and loving all day long, and in our "present."
    Love in the moment ...
    and pass it on.

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