Monthly Archives: September 2007

Love Is Still A Worthy Cause

In a seminar last weekend, Sara Groves said “Love is still a worthy cause.” She said that sometimes we have to enter into lost causes because of love, because love is the worthy cause.

Sometimes we know going into a situation that we are investing in someone who will not yield a great return. We are visiting the guy in prison who will go right back to his drug habit the minute he is released. We are pouring our love into a family member who, in all likelihood, will not change, who will always be a mess. We are giving money to someone who will probably spend it on all the wrong things. We are investing money and time and energy and love in a lost cause.

Sara reminded us that it’s worth it. It’s worth the risk of being taken advantage of. It’s worth the risk of being used. It’s worth the risk of “wasting” our resources. Because love is still a worthy cause.

I can pour myself into someone who seems like a lost cause because I was that lost cause. I want to say that again. I was a lost cause when Jesus chose to spend Himself for me. I do not always yield a great return. I often go right back to those sins that easily entrap me. I am a mess. I was a lost cause. And Jesus knew that going into it. Yet He chose to pour His love into me; He chose to invest everything He had in me; He chose to completely spend Himself for me.

Love is always a worthy cause.

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My Prince Thinks I’m Beautiful; He Delights In Me

Some things said last weekend at the MOPS Convention stirred my mind to thinking about belonging and acceptance. And then I began reading Angela Thomas’ book Do You Think I’m Beautiful?. So my mind is swirling with thoughts about how we all long to be accepted, to belong, to be desired. We women especially want someone to think we’re beautiful. We want someone to delight in us.

As followers of Christ and messengers of His Good News, perhaps our strongest message is “Jesus loves you! He thinks you’re beautiful! He loves you; He wants you; He’s enamored by you! And He’d rather die than live without you!”

Perhaps our most powerful message to the world is “We know someone who longs to dance over you with joy overflowing into song. We know someone who delights in you.”

Maybe the best news I can offer to lonely, empty people is, “I have met the Lover of my soul, my One, True Love who will never leave me. I have met the One who is enthralled with my beauty and who spent years wooing and pursuing me. I have met my Prince Charming, the One who rescued me. I have met my Knight in Shining Armor, the One who would do anything to win me back. I have met the Love of my life, the One who will hold onto me forever and ever. I have found my happily ever after, and I know a Prince who loves you that same way. Would you like me to introduce you?”

Maybe we make it all so much like religion, so much like a process, a formula. Maybe we make it sound so cold and impersonal. Maybe we focus too much on church-y words. Maybe we have forgotten to speak to people’s hearts. Maybe it really is as simple as “You are a damsel in distress. You are Snow White, frozen in a spell of sin. Your Prince Charming wants to kiss you and wake you up. Your Prince died for you, then He came back to life, and now He is proposing to you. He rescued you and now He wants to marry you. Will you accept His proposal?”

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you. — Isaiah 62:5

The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah 3:17

The King is enthralled by your beauty. –Psalm 45:11

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My Guest

As I listened to a reading from Robert Boyd Munger’s My Heart – Christ’s Home last weekend, I had this thought.

Jesus is sitting and waiting to spend time with me, as my guest. I invited Him into my life, and He is patiently waiting each day to visit with me. The time I spend with Jesus isn’t just about my own personal growth and maturity. It’s not all about me. Spending time with me is important to God, my friend, my Savior, the lover of my soul. He loves me and wants to be with me. Would I invite any other guest into my home and then ignore him? Why then, do I do that to the most important Guest of all?

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Not Only Am I Rich, I’m A Looker

Thanks to the new Go Fish CD, all day long my children have reminded me, “Your man thinks you’re a looker.” This CD is even better than I thought. It’s good for my ego. 🙂

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I’m Rich

You may notice the new bright yellow box in my sidebar. It’s not that I’m bragging about how rich I am, and it’s certainly not that I’m any richer than the rest of you. Probably, I’m not. But I recently learned that the vast majority of the world lives on less than $5,000 a year. Three billion people live on less than $2 a day, and 1.3 billion people live on less than $1 a day. We’ve just cut our income nearly in half and we’re still in the top 7% of the world’s wealthiest people.

Just think, I have running water — both hot and cold. I have two vehicles. I have a house with heat and air conditioning. I have plenty of food, and a variety at that! We eat fruits and vegetables that were grown all over the world. We actually have trouble deciding which outfit to wear most days. We have electrical appliances galore — a washer, a dryer, a vacuum, a dishwasher, a mixer, a refrigerator, an oven, a toaster, and more. Each person in my home has his own bed and pillow. We are rich!

Now that I know how rich I am, maybe it will be easier for me to share some of that wealth. If you want to know how rich you are, click on the link in my sidebar to visit the Global Rich List. Once you find out how rich you are, maybe you’ll want to share some more of your wealth too!

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Blessed Be His Name

Last year at the MOPS Convention in Nashville, I was in horrible pain. For months, I had been waiting for my uterine prolapse to correct itself, as my doctor and I hoped it would; but my pain was getting worse, not better. After sitting and standing so much at the convention, I called home sobbing on Friday evening to ask my husband to pray for me. Compounding the physical pain was the heartache of knowing that if my prolapse continued as it was, I would need to have a hysterectomy.

My uterine prolapse actually began after my fourth child was born. Because I did not experience any pain or discomfort and because my doctor knew I welcomed more children, he and I agreed not to intervene. God blessed us with two more baby boys; and after Griffin, our sixth, was born, the prolapse finally worsened. He was born in October of 2005 and by January of 2006, I still felt discomfort and pain and visited my doctor, explaining that I just didn’t feel normal. He confirmed that the prolapse was worse but expressed hope that, as my hormones returned to normal, my body would heal itself. I prayed that God would heal this problem so we could have more children.

In the early spring, my pain had lessened and I thought I was on the way back to normal. Continue reading

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I’m Feeling Snazzy!

October 9th. Mark your calendar! This is the release date for the brand-new Go Fish CD, “Snazzy”

This is really music for your kids that won’t drive you bonkers.

Overall, a little louder and more rock-n-roll than their previous albums, “Snazzy” does have some Go Fish trademark bee-boppy acapella songs, like “Saved” and “Bible Book Bop,” which will teach your children the books of the Bible. Because they thought “American Kid” needed to rock a little more, they hired a band to play for that song. It definitely rocks.

Though “Jammies” probably won’t calm your children down for bed, it is a really fun song and dancing to it can help wear your kids out before bedtime. My boys love “Superhero,” the song Jamie Statema says was inspired by his very own cape-wearing superheroes. And “Stories” is a fun way to reinforce some favorite history lessons from the Bible.

Every mom at the MOPS Convention absolutely loved “The Mom Song.” With a catchy tune and fun words like,

“You’re the boss, the driver,
The ultimate survivor,
A doctor, a cooker,
Your man thinks you’re a looker,
If you work all day but you never get paid,
You’re a mom”

you moms are sure to love this tribute.

The Go Fish guys do not take lightly the privilege and responsibility of entering into the lives of our families. These guys will reinforce the things you’re trying to teach your children, and they’ll give you a great reason to crank up the music and dance around the living room.

October 9th — that’s the date you can buy “Snazzy” at your local Christian retailer or directly from the Go Fish guys’ website, where shipping is always free.

(And no, I’m not getting paid anything to say all this. We just really love their music and want to tell everyone we know about these three dads who are impacting their world with the Good News in a really fun way.)

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