Aug 14 2012

He Carries You

Just warning you, if you’re wearing makeup, it’s going to be smeared all down your face.

Just happened to me when I saw this story about Maddy’s Dad.

He’s determined to live a healthier life so he stopped smoking, started exercising, and totally changed his lifestyle.  He wanted to share that with his daughter, Maddy, but he can’t.  She can’t walk.

She can’t talk.  She basically functions as a 3 month old, but she’s 13.  She has cerebral palsy

So when he competed in his first triathlon over the weekend, instead of leaving Maddy, his 13 year old daughter at home or on the sidelines.

He carried his daughter the whole way.

That’s what The Father does for all of us.  When we can’t do it on our own, He carries us.

"My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." -Footprints

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Aug 14 2012

Unglued: Plastic Versions of Godliness

You have probably heard the saying, “fake it till you make it!”

Worst advice ever!

I will never forget this day when I was sitting in my OB/GYN’s office pregnant with my third child.  I had dressed up for the occasion (as much as you can with maternity clothes), and spent some extra time on my makeup.  He saw right through me. His simple question, “How are you doing sweetie?” made me cry.

I didn’t even have to explain why I was crying (hello hormones), he just said, “In my 30 years of practicing there’s one thing I know for sure about women, the brighter the lipstick, the more they are trying to cover up.”

How did he know?  I had pulled out my Berrylicious gloss especially for that appointment!

In her book, Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst calls it “plastic versions of Godliness.”

She writes:

“That’s what we do when we stuff and pretend everything is okay.  The upside of stuffing is that we have the semblance of peacemakers.  But when we do this at the expense of honesty, we harbor corrosive bitterness that will eventually emerge.  Either it will erode our health and later present itself in a host of emotional and physical anxiety-induced illnesses, or it will accujulate over time and surprise everyone when the peacemaker eventually erupts.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a “plastic version of Godliness.”  I want to be the real thing.  Being honest about my struggles, how I’m getting through, asking for help when we need it.

I think that’s what the world needs to see more about Christians, that we are real, not perfect.

You can find out ways NOT be a plastic version of Godliness, in this cool webcast about her new book.  It’s a women’s conference that you don’t have to leave your home (or book a babysitter for)  love it!

I’m really excited to be a part of the webscast too!

It’s next Thursday, August 23rd.  Check it out and register to win her book, Unglued

BTW:  I’m wearing chapstick today. :)

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