The Hat Box: Putting on the Mind of Christ [NOOK Book]


There's nothing like a new hat to accentuate an ensemble. And there's nothing like "putting on" the mind of Christ to transform your life. Women of Faith speaker and best-selling author Patsy Clairmont invites readers to don their "thinking caps" and consider...

"Consider the lilies..." in a garden hat.

"Consider the heavens..." in an artist's beret.

"Consider what great things he has done for you..." in a party hat

Using a variety of Bible verses beginning with this thoughtful ...

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There's nothing like a new hat to accentuate an ensemble. And there's nothing like "putting on" the mind of Christ to transform your life. Women of Faith speaker and best-selling author Patsy Clairmont invites readers to don their "thinking caps" and consider...

"Consider the lilies..." in a garden hat.

"Consider the heavens..." in an artist's beret.

"Consider what great things he has done for you..." in a party hat

Using a variety of Bible verses beginning with this thoughtful verb, Patsy draws parallels to diverse styles of hats. The compact format and two-color fanciful artwork make The Hat Box an ideal gift. Patsy's playful approach yields a powerful truth that we can indeed have the mind of Christ if we are willing to consider the truths He has given in His Word.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418569235
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2003
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,121,773
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

An original Women of Faith® speaker, Patsy Clairmont combinesquick wit and depth of biblical knowledge in a powerful pint-size package. A recovering agoraphobic with a pronounced funny bone, Patsy speaks to women from all walks of life. Patsy and her husband, Les, live in Tennessee.

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The Hat Box

Putting on the Mind of Christ

By Patsy Clairmont

W Publishing Group

Copyright © 2003

Patsy Clairmont
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8499-1797-2

Chapter One

Hats Off to ...

Okay, let me get this out of the way right up
front-I own twelve hats. I know because I
just counted. Don't get me wrong; I love hats. I
just don't own many because I don't wear them.

Well, that's not exactly true. I try to wear them,
but I'm built real close to the sidewalk, like a
gnome, and putting a roof on a short structure
can create a comical effect. I know this from the
guffaws I've generated when I've stepped out in
public with my head tucked up inside my baseball
cap. It's not the ball cap that tickles people because
I get the same reaction when I'm arrayed in my
straw hats, my winter caps, or my garden headgear.
The snickers would offend me, but I caught
a glimpse of myself in a store's window as I sashayed
by, and I could be a ringer for Granny from The
Beverly Hillbillies.
Personally, I thought she was cute.

I've imagined myself swishing across the room
like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (ask
your mother), flapping my eyelashes under the
wide brim of a picture hat. Alas, I'm grateful to
stumble-hatless-across the room in time for

I have friends who wear hats majestically. My
hat's off to them. They have considerable stature
(doesn't bother me, doesn't bother me, doesn't
bother me), long necks (mine is full of chins), and
eyes the size of portholes.

While this book is about hats, it's about so much
more. We'll check out what's going on inside our
hats ... our thought life. What sort of thinking
deserves a hats-off salute from us? And what kind of
thinking do we want to keep under our hats?

The first book in this series, The Shoe Box, dealt
with how we walk. The Hat Box considers the way
we think, which takes us from the tip of our painted
toes to the top of our (oops, pointed) heads.

We will don twelve "consider" verses from
Scripture-just as we would put on our favorite
hats-that we might experience the Lord's voice
in surround-sound, filling our minds with divine
counsel. Each verse will have a corresponding head
covering to help us to remember to "think up."
The Lord tells us to "set your mind on things
above" (Colossians 3:2), and that's just what we're
going to do.

So pull out your hat boxes. If they're like mine,
you'll need to dust them off, and let's consider how
our minds influence everything we do.

Okay, girlfriends, grab your tams, fezzes, berets,
sombreros, hoods, caps, babushkas, derbies, stocking
caps, and beanies, and let's head out ...

Our world needs some folks willing
to cause a stir with love!

Chapter Two

Chef's Hat

Consider One Another

Consider one another in order to stir up love and
good works. (Hebrews 10:24)

What's cooking?

My friend Ann is a personal chef, and
she is in my kitchen stirring up love while I write.
In fact, I consumed some of her loving efforts for
lunch-a scrumptious, stuffed pepper. Because I'm
moving at breakneck speed until Thanksgiving, my
husband and I splurged and asked Ann to whip
up some dinners for our freezer. That way, even
when I'm traveling, Les has easy access to a meal,
and when I'm home, especially on the nights I'm
working on a book deadline, we just toss one of
her tasty offerings in the oven. Ann ran a retail
business for years called Somewhere in Time but
had a longing to touch people's lives in a more personal
way. Now under the name Dinner on Time,
she is cooking for handicapped folks, working
mothers, widows, widowers, and individuals who
are pressed on all sides with responsibilities that
pull them out of the kitchen. Her efforts bless
others. I can attest to that.

My friend Ginny and her married daughter
Erin both wear chefs' hats several times a month
when they host "Two Hearts of Gold." They team-cook
in Ginny's home, teaching young mothers
simple yet sumptuous meals for their families. The
pair gives tips and fixes the food as their guests
gather round to watch. Then the participants have
the joy of eating what Ginny and Erin have prepared.
How fun is that? They also teach how to set
a lovely table with the finishing touches of flowers
from the garden and candles from the cupboard.
Truly these two ladies are stirring up love.

I'm not surprised because Ginny has been a
cherished friend for years, and many times she has
baked my favorite concoction-mashed potato
rolls-and delivered them to me. More than once
she has put the dough in her car to rise as she drove
two hours to visit my home. One time the temperatures
were scorching, and by the time she
arrived, the dough had risen right out of its container,
crawled over the headrest, oozed under the
seatbelt, and was resting comfortably in the seat. It
looked like the blob that ate Philly. But once it was
contained and baked, it melted in one's mouth like
soft butter.

I would be hard-pressed to tout a chef's hat
without those who know me giggling themselves
silly. While I enjoy cooking in spurts (but then,
who eats spurts?), it's not one of my gifts. For one
thing, I'm far too exacting for it to be fun. I'm more
like a rocket scientist-minus the brains.

I do love recipes, though. You would think,
judging by my stack of cookbooks, that I must be
a gourmet cook. Or maybe I think the books give
the illusion of cookness. My favorite cookbooks are
by Susan Branch. I love the way she incorporates
her art throughout the instructions. It stirs up the
artisan within me, which I hope will then pour over
into the batter as I clatter about the kitchen.

How do you stir up love?

Barbara Johnson, beloved speaker, writer, and
friend to many (including me), was diagnosed with a
brain tumor more than a year ago. Many individuals
sent Barb cards, letters, and gifts. Countless numbers
of people prayed for her, wired flowers, and
paid visits. Folks were generous, and Barbara was

One group of people found a unique way to
stir up love for her. They realized Barb's surgery
meant she had to have her head shaved, so they
threw her a hat shower. She received a plethora of
headgear-big hats, fancy ones, fun ones, and colorful

I loved that idea not only because the hats
would be useful but also because Barb has a history
with hats. She is the author of many books,
including the classic, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat
and Be Happy

Obviously many people think of hats when they
think of Barbara. She told me that some years ago
she was invited to speak in a large church, and
because of her hat reputation, most of the women
attending came wearing head coverings. And some
were pretty outrageous. Women wore hats with tall
feathers, fluffy birds, twiggy nests, and faux jewels.
One lady even wore a bedpan filled with a miniature
garden sprouting atop her noggin. Barb said
the pastor came out to introduce her but was startled
to see a sea of extravagant headgear filling his sanctuary.
He looked all around and said, "I can't do
this. Barb, introduce yourself." He then walked off
the stage chuckling and wagging his head in disbelief
while the ladies erupted into life-giving gales of
laughter. (Guys just don't get it.)

No wonder the women teamed up to give Barb
a hat shower in her time of need; she had been stirring
up love in others' lives for years.

As Barb knows, loving people is more than an
emotion. If our minds don't support our emotions
in caring for others, our feelings of love will thin
out into just good intentions. Often loving others
is inconvenient. We need the strength of our mind
to help to solidify our commitment to other
people. Otherwise we will become one of the multitudes
reciting, "I meant to do something, but I
just never got around to it." I've uttered that excuse
more times than I'd like to count. How about you?

Sarah Trollinger is a woman who isn't offering
excuses but is extending help. A former school-teacher,
Sarah made a decision seventeen years ago
to help troubled teens, and she has stayed true to
that task. No regrets for her. Today Sarah heads up
House of Hope, a Christian residential program
for troubled boys and girls ages fourteen to seventeen
in Orlando, Florida. Thousands of teens have
had their lives turned around at this ten-acre facility.

I've met a number of the young people from
House of Hope and have heard their stirring testimonies.
These kids have known the worst of life,
but with the support of Sarah and her staff, they
are experiencing new beginnings.

Because of the Christ-centered approach and
the devoted workers, House of Hope has an
unheard-of 95 percent success rate in seeing the
teens change directions. Way to stir up love and
good works, Sarah. My chef's hat is off to you!

Each of us might do it differently, but we're all
called to invest in others. It's a decision worth making,
whether you're mixing up a batch of cookies,
supporting friends through hardships, touching
the life of a young person, or _________(you fill
in the blank).

Let's rally, girlfriends. Our world needs some
folks willing to cause a stir with love!

I'm not sure if the striking contrast between
the yellow hard hat and my mushy green face
inspired my tour guide, but he thought we
shouldn't stay long.

Chapter Three

Hard Hat

Consider Our Source
of Strength

Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build ... be
strong, and do it. (1 Chronicles 28:10)

A number of years ago I spoke at a church that
was building a new facility. I was asked if I
would like to tour the construction site, so out of,
curiosity and good manners I agreed. When we
arrived, my eyes were the size of dinner plates. I had
never seen such a church. I was a small-town girl used
to little white buildings sporting spires in Currier and
Ives settings. This megastructure was the size of
Rhode Island. Or so it seemed to me. I was handed a
hard hat and cautioned to step carefully. The head
covering was to protect me from falling debris.

I was informed that only the church board had
seen the site, so I felt special and rather official to
be chosen for this viewing. That is, until they took
me up a temporary elevator and then onto scaffolding
to look down several stories into the Grand
Canyon-sized sanctuary. My quivering lips wanted
to yell out, "I don't do heights!" But I didn't want
to seem unappreciative of the honor bestowed on
me. Besides, by now anxiety had squeezed all the
air out of my lungs, and I couldn't have whispered
much less screamed. I just kept telling myself that
with Jesus I could do this.

I'm not sure if the striking contrast between the
yellow hard hat and my mushy green face inspired
my tour guide, but he thought we shouldn't stay
long. Later I wished they had given me the hard
hat. I would have bronzed it as a trophy to remind
me of the time I wobbled onto skyscraper planks
and leaned over to see the foundations far below,
all the time feeling like I would drown in my fear.
But I lived to tell about it.

That's the thing about most of my personal victories:
They're characterized by knee-knocking fear
amidst God's empowering strength. What an oxymoron.
God asks us to build-whether character
within us or a supportive structure for others. I
used to think that meant when I was afraid, if I
prayed for God to quiet my nervous nature, I
would be able to step out calmly in His power.
And I have experienced times in which I was physically,
emotionally, and spiritually in alignment.
But more often than not I've prayed, and my knees
have continued to ricochet off each other like
cymbals. I've stumbled forward only to find on the
other side of my adversity that I had made it in
spite of my noisy insecurities and because of Jesus'
faithful presence.

That bit of insight changed the information
stored under my hard hat. I realized I couldn't allow
my fluttering heart to determine what I would or
would not do. So what if my hands trembled, my
eye twitched, or my palms moistened? Most victories
come with a price tag attached. Besides, momentary
physical and emotional quivering seem like a
small price to pay for building internal strength.
Of course, I find that easier to write than to
remember when I'm in the midst of a challenge.

Some of you will understand when I confess
that I find entertaining in my home a challenge.
I'm a hyper-homemaker prior to my guests' arrival.
I love when people visit, but for days before that I
stampede through the house like a crazed stallion,
nostrils flaring, mane whipping in the wind, whinnying
directions to anyone who will listen, while great
beads of sweat collect on my coat. I can't seem to
get it through my hard head much less my hard hat
to relax and enjoy the process.

And have you noticed that most of life is a process
of building a firm foundation within ourselves? A
friend called today to give me an update on her life.
Her family has been through untold hardships for
almost two years with almost no letup. They have
become veteran hard hat wearers. As I listened to
her combat report, I thought about my frenzy over
houseguests. That was a reality check for me.

I decided to create a blueprint that would help
my friends and me know how to build strong structure
within ourselves. We can tuck this plan under
our hard hats to pull out in time of need.

Uptight? Lower personal expectations. High standards
are admirable, but perfectionism is depleting
and defeating. Our worth isn't in our performance.
Our worth isn't in our performance. Our worth isn't
in our performance. Frenzy eats energy and devours
joy. Try meditating on verses about grace ... then
extend some to yourself.

Overcommitted? Sometimes maturity means


Excerpted from The Hat Box
by Patsy Clairmont
Copyright © 2003 by Patsy Clairmont.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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