Aug 01 2013

Redemption is Real

If you are wanting God to be bigger in your life, sometimes it just takes a big leap of faith.

I heard a sermon recently by Alex Kendrick (Producer of Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) that rocked my world about what is possible in your life - IF you let God be a part of it.  

It was a new look at the story of Peter, walking on water with Jesus. It was in the middle of a storm, Peter sees Jesus and wants to join Him to do the impossible and walk on water. Pastor Kendrick said swinging the first leg over the side of the boat was a small act of faith, but the big leap was when he took his other leg, the one that was stable and through that over the side of the boat. Only then could he use both feet firmly planted on faith to walk on water! (Matthew 14:22-33)

Pastor Kendrick shared, that's his story too. He always wanted to make a movie. He didn't know what he was doing, but he had enough faith to try anyway. He used skateboards as dollies, and had to reshoot part of the movie because his actor got a haircut. His goal was to show it once in a movie theater. Flywheel sold 1 million DVD's.  

I love it how God takes our act of faith and turns it into something bigger and better than we could have dreamed up in the first place. 

He did that for me too. Two years ago today, I took one of those leaps of faith. I stepped out of "the boat" of security, and chased down a god-sized dream. I stepped on a plane and moved to California to start life over, as a single mom.  It was a year to the day that I was abandoned by their Dad. God redeemed August 1st for me. It's no longer the day I was left, but the day I got a fresh new start. 

If God didn’t let Peter, Alex Kendrick, or me sink, after our acts of faith - He won't let you either. There's nothing different about us. We aren't better Christians that got a bigger blessing. We were just willing to swing both legs over the side of the boat. Are you?

"Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."  -Phillips Brooks 

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Jul 31 2013

More Than Paper Dolls

If you want your family to understand how "good they have it", try making paper dolls.  

I know it sounds like such a small insignificant thing, but it can start a conversation within your family about extreme poverty around the world. It did around my kitchen table this morning.

 

I printed off the paper doll sheet provided to us by World Vision, who feed, clothe, and educate children in extreme poverty around the world. I talked to my kids about it while they colored in the picture. I was moved to tears by what my daughter, Emily (7), wrote to a child.

"Do you know who God is?  If you don't I'll just tell you right now.  God made the world, He made people like you and me and God loves you no matter what, and love God back!" 

I learn so much by the gigantic loving hearts of children. Oh Lord, I want that heart too. My son, Andy, (4) asked me "mommy are you going to make sure the kids have food too?"  

Yes, I will. 

Here's how you can do it too. Print off the paper dolls, color it, write a note, and send it back to the address listed. K-LOVE Afternoon Show Co-Host, Scott Smith, will hand deliver soon to children in extreme poverty.  

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