May 13 2013

Meeting a Hero

If you had the chance to meet a hero in your life, just sit down and have a cup of coffee with them, one on one - I wonder what you would ask?

You'll get to hear that exchange tomorrow in person as Amy Grant is my special guest tomorrow.

She is one of my heroes because of her comeback.  She was judged very harshly by Christian people after her divorce. But she didn't turn her back on them - or God. She still serves God, and wants to write songs that change people's lives. Even if they are judgmental of her own life.

I remember, working part time in Christian Radio 3 years ago in Washington D.C. when my husband at the time left. I didn't tell anyone for 6 months because I was so afraid that christian radio would do to me what they did to Amy Grant after her divorce. Judge me, without understanding the whole story. Some stations removed her from their playlist. I was afraid they would "Amy Grant" me and kick me out.

So many people feel that way about Christians, it breaks my heart. Unfortunately, a lot of people expect to be "kicked out" of God's kingdom because of the unfair judgement of some, like what happened (and still does) to people like Amy Grant.

I'm just so thankful that isn't the way God treats us.  When we mess up, he doesn't say, "that's it I'm done with you, you can't be with me." He says, "I forgive you, l love you, let's move on."

When I finally got the guts to say what was really going on in my home, they didn't kick me out or deem me unworthy of ministry, they embraced me and loved me through it. They followed the example of Jesus. They gave me grace, and they helped me find a full time position in radio so I could provide for my 3 children.  That's with you now, on K-LOVE.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who love him. -Psalm 103

Whew. I'm glad that's out. I feel better, I hope you do too.

Now the big question is WHAT TO WEAR?! There are lots of boy bands that come and visit the K-LOVE studios, but Amy Grant visiting totally raises the bar. I have to go shopping now!

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May 10 2013

Inner Strength

I don’t know about you, but it’s sometimes hard for me to admit that I need help.
 
I think I'm so strong on the outside, that I can handle anything that comes my way.
 
I spend so much time obsessing over my physical strength, by working hard to stay in shape, and lifting weights to have strong muscles. I think that must be what real strength is.
 
It seems the more dedicated I am to that, the less I work on the inside. I mistakenly think that if it looks like I have it all together on the outside, then the inside will follow. Or, at least no one will know.
 
Then, I read something today in my bible about how Paul prayed for his friends to develop inner strength - so that they could handle whatever came their way, and never loose their faith.
 
I don't know about you, but I want that. I want to be able to look at my uncertain future, and not freak out about it, but plan accordingly, and trust God to sustain me, and meet my needs.
 
If you'd like that too, join me in Paul's prayer today:
 
I pray that your glorious, unlimited resources, will empower me today with inner strength through your spirit.   I pray that Jesus will make his home in my heart as I trust in You.  I pray my roots will grow down into God's love and keep me strong.  Help me understand the power of your love, how wide, long, high, and deep it is.  Help me understand the love of Jesus., and be made complete in the fullness of life and power that comes from you.  Father, Remind me today that you are able through your mighty power at work within me to accomplish infinitely more than I might ask or think.  (Ephesians 3:14-19)
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