Saturday, June 30, 2012

Good Stuff Saturday 6-30


Pictures

Amazing Facts - Pictures from Iran


Great stuff to read

A Deeper Story - When you're trying to feel repentant and can't - but i don’t think repentance is about feeling sorry for something that happened 2,000 years ago. i don’t think it’s about shutting our eyes at all. i think it’s about opening them wide to today. to the gaping wound that is our world. and for feeling sorry for our part in all of it.

Introverted Church - Introvert Saturday: The Grand Finale  - This was a trend that has followed me my entire life. I tried to repress it. I tried to be sociable for everyone else. I would make myself go to parties and big gatherings. It was like a rite of passage for me, but afterwards, I always felt totally exhausted.

Laura Parker: Life Overseas - Human Trafficking vs. Prostitution (Why it matters what we call it.)  - Take, for example, the overuse {and misuse} of the term “human trafficking.”  Honestly, two years ago, I was fairly confused about it, too. I painted most of the global sex industry with general “trafficking/slavery” terminology, especially, I’m afraid, in those first support-raising newsletters we hammered our unsuspecting friends with. But, two years and a couple months into life and work in SouthEast Asia, I am beginning to understand a little more.

Mustard Seed - Temptation Tuesday: A piece of my mind  - This is another temptation that we must fight. The temptation to, “Give them a piece of my mind” is a weapon that Satin has been using for thousands of years and he uses it well. A few sharp words loosed from the tongue and the trap is sprung. The damage that it inflects cannot be undone. 

Stuff Christians Like - The 1 question I ask when I'm afraid  - But, lately, I’ve started to ask a really simple question when I’m afraid. It’s only 6 words, but I’ve been surprised how powerful those few words are. Here’s what I say when I’m afraid now:
“Where is God in this fear?”
Goins, Writer - The Essential Guide to (not) responding to critics - The next week, we saw the man again. He was downright belligerent, and Ed didn’t even stop to talk this time. When I asked him why he didn’t defend himself or explain his actions, Ed said something I will never forget:
I don’t say nuthin’ if I don’t hear nuthin’.

The View from Here - I recognize that number - It didn’t really click until after we ended our phone call, but in not so many words she was asking me if she should come home again before the elections.  She’s hearing the news and listening to people talk, and I could hear the fear in her voice.

The Rantings of a Dad - It's my win too (This time) - It got me to thinking, though. At what point do we, as parents, really stop taking credit for the "wins" our kids experience? And if we continue to revel in the victories, we should be willing to suffer in the losses as well. 


Casey Leigh - hospital & update - so I humbly ask for your prayers over the next few weeks.
I will be 30 weeks on Sunday.

Red Letter Believers - Fire on the Mountain - The acrid smell was smoke, infiltrating the air like a distant campfire. But this was no toasty occasion for s’mores and laughter around dancing flame.

The Story Movement - Things I Thought I Loved - Recently I started thinking about things that I thought I loved, but really, at the end of the day, didn’t. These are things that, when all is said and done, – for the most part – leave me feeling empty and unsatisfied if they are used too much. Here is my rough list:


Friday, June 29, 2012

A few thoughts on road trips

This is a repost from 2010.  As we are driving across the country from NC to IL today.  This post seemed to fit.


Road Trip to a New Life Photo Credit: meddygarnet


     1.  The amazing packing you do to get everything in car explodes on the road making unpacking much        
           harder. 
2.  Sometimes putting an extra hour of time into the drive is worth it for a good meal.

3.  Portable DVD players have changed the road trip forever.

4.  Is there ever really a comfortable ride when you are going that far?

5.  Getting home is always good.

Sorry for the short post this week.  Maybe I'll come up with more to say tomorrow.  (Don't hold your breath waiting on that one.)


What are the pros and cons of your road trips?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm tired

Tired  Photo Credit: .:Axle:.

These last few weeks should have been pretty easy, but for some reason I have been stressing and tired.  I know part of it is an attack from Satan.  So I take comfort in knowing that I'm doing something right.  As the week is drawing to a close, I am tired.  Exhausted is more accurate and in my exhaustion I'm tired of lots of things.

I am tired of TV.
I am tired of reading.
I am tired of chores.
I am tired of stuff going wrong. (Bills being late, stuff not working, etc.)
I am tired of being over booked.

Since this would be a rather depressing post if it was just me being tired, I thought I would ask a few others. Here are some other answers.

  •  Paperwork.
  •  People calling and calling my work phone and never leaving a message!
  • Twitter character limits, soggy cereal, new underwear, faulty lottery tickets
  •  pain
  • People, pizza, Facebook, and brother drama
  •  haha being tired...
  • Being sore, getting up early, and schoolwork in the summer.
  • i dont like cancer, being lonely, being broke and the list goes way beyond ur wildest imagination!


So now I don't feel so alone in my tiredness.  What about you?  What are you tired of?



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Saying it loud...I'm an introvert

This is week 5 of this series.  I will let you know a little more about me in a series of succinct easy to read and access posts.  There are some things about me that I have heard regularly or wanted to say, but didn't have the guts to say.  Now, I'm going to say all of that stuff.  Hang on for the ride!

Week 2 - I am a writer
Week 3- I read for the words
Week 4- I believe in spirits
Week 5 - I love blogs
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Alone with Blue Angels  Photo Credit:  Keoni Cabral

I recently came across a series of posts about introverts.  I had considered writing this post long before I read those posts, but they confirmed my thoughts.  Before reading these posts, I didn't realize how many assumptions come with the terms extroversion and introversion.  According to the dictionary, extroversion is:

ex·tro·ver·sion

  [ek-struh-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh-]  Show IPA
noun
1.
Also, extraversion. Psychology .
a.
the act of directing one's interest outward or to thingsoutside the self.
b.
the state of being concerned primarily with thingsoutside the self, with the external environment ratherthan with one's own thoughts and feelings. Compareintroversion def. 3 .

And introversion is:


in·tro·ver·sion

  [in-truh-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, in-truh-vur-]  Show IPA
noun
1.
the act of introverting or the state of being introverted.
2.
the quality, tendency, or disposition of being introverted.
3.
Psychology .
a.
the act of directing one's interest inward or to thingswithin the self.
b.
the state of being concerned primarily with one's ownthoughts and feelings rather than with the externalenvironmentCompare extroversion.

As Kevin Haggerty said, "Even the DICTIONARY makes us sound like freaks."  Looking at those two definitions, introverts sound like self-absorbed, self-important jerks.  I think that impression is completely WRONG!  Introverts are more hesitant to speak, but when they do speak they have something to say.  A smaller group with people well known to them would garner more conversation than a large group or a small group with unknown people.  There are people that I know that are more introverted than I, so I don't want to claim to know it all.  However, I am an introvert by nature.

That statement may seem odd considering how much I talk on here.  It may seem odd because I am a teacher.  It may seem odd because I am a youth leader.  If you have ever been in a Bible study with me, you know I don't have an issue stating what I think.  So how can I be an introvert?  Social situations, like going to the mall or to a concert or a party, are draining.  There are no set rules of how I should behave or what I should talk about.  Teaching and Bible studies come with a set of rules and concern topics about which I am very familiar.  I can talk about those things and I like to talk about those things.  I have been a Spanish teacher for 10 years and only recently did I get comfortable with translating.  (Getting my Master's helped significantly.)  In part, my discomfort with translating is the idea of being with people I didn't really know and talking to them. (I also constantly worry about saying something wrong.)  My favorite part of my teaching day are the times of silence between classes.  That is when I relax.  That energizes me to go forward for the rest of the day.  

Meeting new people is really hard.  I am SOOO bad at small talk.  I just don't understand how to do it or why you do it.  I prefer to meet new people with Drew because he can talk to them, so I can be interested and nod my head.  When I have to meet new people on my own, I don't know what to say or what to talk about.  I ask a few questions and if that doesn't get a response with which I am comfortable, I don't know what else to say.  You can ask anyone who worked with me my first year at my current school.  I rarely came out of my room.  The principal moved me to a more central location specifically to make me come out of my room more often.  At any school, I have ever worked at I am much more likely to stay in my room, than to go find people to talk.  The school I am at now is becoming an exception.  I do seek out people to talk sometimes.  However, I often feel awkward doing it. Then I worry that people see my awkwardness, so I end up not talking so much and listening to others talk more.  I worry about saying something wrong or stupid, so I don't say anything.  I want to think about what I have to say before I say it, especially when I know I have something important to say, like a confrontation or a parent meeting or an apology.  When I say important things, I want it to be the right things.  I go over those conversations in my head time and time again.  I often end up saying words very similar to what was in my head.  


I'm not sure if this falls under the category of introvert or not, but I think it does.  I also think better when I write.  When I was coming up with concepts about which I was going to write my research papers for graduate school, the best thing I could do was to sit down and write ideas.  Not even fully formed ideas, just pieces here and there.  Then the pieces would fall into place and I would write out the whole idea.  Then I was prepared to go forward with research to support or detract from that idea.  I blog here so regularly because it does help me think and figure out things about life.  


I am HORRIBLE around high pressure sales tactics.  I have bought things we didn't need because I was faced with a high pressure salesmen and didn't have time to think.  I know people say that and maybe they mean the same thing I do.  For me, I mean my brain quite literally stopped thinking critically and could not produce any facts or arguments against what was being said.  I hate talking on the phone to telemarketers for the same reason.  (Well I hate the phone all together, but that is another story.  And is probably in part related to my being an introvert.)  I am better at recognizing these times and calling Drew into the scenario.  People joke that "He could sell ice to an Eskimo."  Well I'm the Eskimo.  (Technically, they should be Inuit.  However, as this joke is mildly insulting we'll go with Eskimo, so it doesn't refer directly to those indigenous people.)


At the end of this very long post, I am now comfortable saying that I am an introvert.  I am comfortable being an introvert.  Whether it is socially acceptable or not, that is who I am and I don't need to apologize!  


What is your opinion?  Are introverts socially acceptable?  Why?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Repost: Where am I?

Today I am reposting an old post from August of 2011.  This just seems really appropriate today for me and where I am right now.  


Hephaestus from really far away.  Photo Credit: Jan Christian Teller

Sometimes you are going along in life and thinking that you are really starting to get it together. You are growing closer to Christ. You have some good habits built. And then something happens. Nothing earth shattering, but a change.

You're thinking you've got this. After all you have this great Bible reading habit and good prayer time. You really, really know God has a plan. You even got a glimpse of it. You can handle this.

And then you have already run into problems. You are focusing so much on you and your issues that you miss the big picture, the one that God sees. God is missing from your 'encouragement' and so you've left him out of your change. Within no time you are drowning in this change. You're rushing forward to make things work again. Nothing seems to be working. Why isn't it working? Don't people know how important it is to go this way? Why aren't they doing it your way?

Now you have left God out of your change and out of your decision. He's waiting for you to turn and look at him. He's got the answers. He's got the plan. When you do turn to look at him, he seems so very far away. You've gone so far without him. How could it be that you ran so far away so quickly? You weren't this far earlier. How is this possible?

Then you realize, you weren't really that close before. This space has always been here, you were just too blind to notice it. Now it's time for the slow, humble walk back to Him. This isn't an easy walk, but in the end you will be closer and that space will be a distant memory.

****And of course by you, I mean me****


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Good Stuff Saturday 6-23





Articles that will make you think, laugh, and enjoy

Laura Parker: Life Overseas - Peace like a River - I’m wondering what it looks like to embrace a “peace that passes understanding,” one not contingent at all on circumstances or storms or even stable places to put my feet. I’m wondering what it means to live with a peace that’s the raging-river-kind, that always presses forward with power, sweeping up the smaller, irrelevant debris in its wake.

No Superheroes- Promote Balance in your team - I know many in ministry who work insane hours since the work is never done. The pastoral issues never stop, the needs of a community are always there, and of course there will never be a shortage of people who need to hear the gospel.
I have been this person. I burnt the candle at both ends. I managed for a season, but ended up in burnout and dissatisfaction.
I want to be in ministry for my life. Anyone can do it for a season, but to maintain for a lifetime; balance or pacing is necessary. This is the culture I want in my team.
No Superheroes - Can we teach the Grace of God to our children? - Several months later I found myself giving my youngest son, Thabo, consequences for a choice he made. Garett pipes up, offering to take the punishment for his brother.
He says it makes him sad to see his brother miss out and he wants to take his place. He reminds me this is what Jesus did for him.
SmartBlog on Leadership - Leading with an attitude of gratitude - Expressing gratitude is really the art of noticing — noticing what others do and how it affects you. Yes, our co-workers sometimes cause problems, but the vast majority of what our colleagues do helps us and helps the company. By putting more emphasis on leading with an attitude of gratitude, we can build confidence in others, improve productivity, foster innovation and develop positive relationships at work.

The Isle of Man - From the archives: Top Signs you might be a Jerk  - Maybe you've suspected it. You feel it, deep down. You think you're a pretty decent dude or dudette, but there's just this voice that asks a question from within your consciousness:

"Am I a jerk?"

No worries. I've got ya covered. After the jump, I've got the full guide with in-depth analysis that will help you figure out if you are, indeed, a jerk.

J Bryant Writes - Domesticating God - I’ve tried so hard to believe, to wrap my mind around his impossible being, that I’ve taken away parts of who he is. I’ve turned the magnificent Aslan into a tiny house cat.  
I’ve taken a powerful, mighty Creator and reduced him to so little. I think a part of me would prefer a safe, loving, quiet father who stays silent. Someone who takes care of me when I need it, but stays out of the way when I want to do things on my own.

Heather Summers- How to we get back to being the Body of Christ -
Going on missions trips in high school and college was pretty much a
requirement if you wanted to be in the Cool Christians Club.  If you
didn’t go build an orphanage in Haiti or a skate park in Guatemala at least once
before you graduated from high school, you were obviously spiritually
lacking and needed some serious prayer from your holier brothers and
sisters in Christ.

I did my best to preach the Gospel to all the unsaved people I knew,
but my tongue would always get tied.
 And although I felt bad and
prayed for the starving kids in Africa, I never had a heart for going
overseas myself.

A Deeper Story - True Gospel  "So I’ll tell you what I think when my head turns fuzzy and I feel lost in all the raucous.” The man’s eyes were earnest as he turned and caught the boy’s searching gaze. “If the gospel requires more than the faith of a weathered old farmer holding his worn out Bible, loving God and loving people, it isn’t such good news after all.”

John Michael de Marco - What drives you to write?  - Some of us will have a healthy, up-close cluster of those who actively listen to us and empathize on a daily basis, and others will not. Whatever form it happens to take, positive or negative, everyone will be heard at some point.


In fact, if you’re like me, you have no choice but to swim in the imaginary river that floats between your ears and attempt to cascade ripples downstream to the concrete world that surrounds us. 

(I don't actually follow this blog.  I just stumbled upon this post and it was amazing!)

Compassion - Understand on another's needs - Are the needs of a man driving a Lexus the same as a man living across the globe who will never own a car? How about the needs of a family who can’t afford bread? How do their needs compare with broken families who eat in separate houses?

Courtesy of Compassion International: http://blog.compassion.com/understanding-one-anothers-needs/#ixzz1yQwx4qiy


Katie Hawkins: Missionary to Albania - Summer & Water  - Knowing how hard they work to make sure Nicole and I have water makes it easier for us to conserve water, to not take long showers, to not wash clothes as often, to not wash dishes (who am I kidding, we never complained about that one!), to not flush the toilet unless it needed to be.

Plant with Purpose - A Postcard from Oaxaca - We praise God that He allowed us to lend a hand in the construction of this kitchen and cistern. It was inspiring to see the strong cultural value of unity in this community that was so apparent in how they carried out this project. Members who initially were not interested in assisting joined in the effort simply because they are committed to their community. We pray that the kitchen is able to serve many nutritious meals and provide a needed service that allows more children to go to school. 


By the way, that is Wah-ha-ka.  Not Oh-ax-ka.  


Feature Blog -  I didn't intend to have a feature blog, I just really loved what I read all week.
The Jesus Mommy - Life 101 I dropped in a hole this week. More like, I buried myself in the task of trying to make something happen before it’s time. I spent hours furiously praying, believing, and trusting that “this” will happen. It didn’t. “It” has to wait and so do I.
I’m still recovering from all my spiritual fervor.

The Jesus Mommy - On Daily Living - To live content with small means;
     To seek elegance rather than luxury,
    and refinement rather than fashion;

The Jesus Mommy - Restoring the kingdom - Relinquishing, I got off the phone and went upstairs. After letting the dog out, and keeping all my cursings silent, I cleaned up the mess and lugged out the steam-cleaner.
What the heck happened? Everything was fine! Why did one phone call throw everything off?


Websites I have discovered

Multiply -




Scripture Doodle -
#scripturedoodle is "a creative movement of illustrating God's Word."
Joining the #scripturedoodle movement is easy, fun, and a great way to get God's Word to "sink in"!  


All you have to do is: 
1. Pick a verse or two from the bible
2. Illustrate it using any medium you like
3. Post a picture of it on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #scripturedoodle.* 


Videos that excited me
Not For Sale - Episode 1: The Problem of Slavery in the Amazon - One man we know in the Amazon told us his story. Growing up, his mother couldn’t afford to feed all of her children. So, he left home at age 12 to work in a gold mine, where he had to work 20 hours a day without food or pay. Unfortunately, his story isn’t uncommon. 
So Not For Sale did something about it.  Watch the video.  Then go read this article:  How we need your help launching REBBL

Blood Brother Trailer - Blood Brother is the story of a group of children infected with HIV and Rocky Braat, a disenchanted young American that met them while drifting through India. He wanted to save them all, but in reality he couldn’t cure even one of them. He had to stay. It’s a hard life. He faces opposition in many forms. He lives in a concrete hut. Sometimes, he is close to despair. The truth is, he needs them as much as they need him. They teach him, daily, that love is the only thing that makes life worth living.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sgt. Stubby: A War Hero or a Menace?

Earlier this week, I heard this story and I couldn't get it out of my head.  Before you hear the rest of the story, there are 2 facts you should know.

1. He is the only dog to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant through combat
2. He was a pit bull.

Sergeant Stubby

For those that are dog lovers, you probably focus on the first fact.  For those that aren't dog lovers, you probably focus on the second.  Before you start thinking too hard about #2 and start imagining things, watch the video. (It is only 2:27)

This dog saved wounded soldiers, captured enemy spies, and warned of mustard gas attacks and incoming artillery shells.  He was hit with shrapnel in one of the SEVENTEEN battles in which he took part.  There are some breed specific traits that allowed him to become a war hero.  His exact breed is in question, but it is one of the breeds that is generally termed a Pit Bull.  Pits are a loyal and protective dog.  They love people and working.  Those all sound like good things because they are good things.  Those are also traits that could be misused by bad owners.  Thankfully, Sergeant Stubby had a good owner who was training as a soldier.  That gave Sgt. Stubby the time and opportunity to be well trained.  Since he was well trained, he saved many lives many times.  It is all about the training they get and the owner they have.  Breed specific legislation and companies who refuse to provide insurance based on the breed is just plain stupid!

In case you don't believe me, check out Pit BossThe Dog Whisperer, or Dogtown.  They are all way more expert than me and they all say the same thing.  It is bad owners, not bad dogs.  Obviously, they aren't bad dogs because this one saved so many lives because he loved the people around him and knew that was his job.  If you can't be a good owner to that dog because of temperament, energy requirements, training abilities, etc., don't get that dog!  Get one to whom you can be a good owner.  If you are a good dog owner, let the world see it and stand up for the good owners!  Don't let the bad ones give us or more importantly, the good dogs, a bad rap.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Live 58: Echo

This month on the Live 58 Tour we are in Tanzania.  Remember we have stopped in the Dominican Republic with trees, Haiti with water, and Rawanda with microfinance.  We are in Tanzania with ECHO.  ECHO is all about "sustainable agriculture to prevent hunger"






We have all heard the old saying, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a life time."  ECHO takes that to heart.  When hunger strikes, like during the drought in the Horn of Africa which led to a famine, something needs to happen immediately to relieve that.  Then what?  What happens when the relief effort leaves?  Hopefully they go back to farming and can grow their own food again.  ECHO helps to make sure that these rural poor can go back to farming and grow their own food.  Through education to the right people, ECHO creates sustainable agriculture for these people.  It is not a temporary solution that they are creating.  It is a permanent solution!


The particular job for Tanzania is to bring trained Agricultural Specialists there.  With the knowledge and techniques they have to share, they can impact 120,000 people in order to prevent hunger with sustainable solutions.  (The math is laid out on the Live58 website.)  I can not stress the word sustainable enough.  It is so easy to go in there and feed some people.  We feel better about ourselves and they got to eat.  Everyone's happy right?


Um..not so much.  I serve at a soup kitchen in town once a month with the youth group.  I'm happy to serve, but a part of me is unsettled because I know my service isn't getting them out of the situation.  I know that many of them will be back the next day or the next week or maybe at the next meal.  This isn't a sustainable model.  Sustainable means giving them the ability to do it themselves.  ECHO is providing long term solutions that give these people food and dignity.  Can you ask for anything better than that?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Saying it loud... I love blogs


This is week 5 of this series.  I will let you know a little more about me in a series of succinct easy to read and access posts.  There are some things about me that I have heard regularly or wanted to say, but didn't have the guts to say.  Now, I'm going to say all of that stuff.  Hang on for the ride!

Week 2 - I am a writer
Week 3- I read for the words
Week 4- I believe in spirits

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Keep up and blog on  Photo Credit: futureshape

You may have noticed that I have taken a challenge to develop 15 habits of great writers.  I've talked about it here.  I have worked more on developing my craft and making connections to other people who write.  It has been beneficial to me.  However, it has also strongly reminded me of something important.  I LOVE BLOGS!

I love writing my blog.
I love sharing the amazing blogs I read.
I love sharing companies I find.
I love sharing books I have read.
I love sharing my stories.
I love reading the blogs of others.
I love seeing the development of those blogs.
I love seeing the changes of those blogs.
I love learning from the those blogs.

I am committed to writing on my blog.  I share others on my blog.  I get up early and stay up late to write on my blog.  Many of those things that I have been working on for the 15 habits challenge are things I do on my blog.  When I hear about the number of people who blog or I hear about people making money from blogging, I start feeling like my little space here is just taking up space.  I feel like it isn't important.  I don't have lofty goals or fancy advertising.  I feel like I'm wasting time because I'm not doing "big time" writing.

Yesterday it hit me that I don't need to be stressing myself out about being a "serious" blogger, like those who make money and have hundreds following them.  Right now, I just like writing almost daily.  I don't need to be stressing myself for "big time" writing like short stories or novels when I'm doing it on a medium I love, blogs.  I'm not saying I'll never try to make money blogging.  If someone wants to pay me to do this, I would take it.  I may even think about advertising other blogs or esty shops at some point.  I don't need to be worrying about that now because my blog isn't that now.

I'm not saying I'll give up on fiction writing.  I have a story with a setting and characters I love.  I also have a book compilation idea that I want to see finished.  So I'll be doing those things, but I don't need to be under the gun about them.  I have plenty of other going on in my life that I love. I don't need to shoehorn all that extra writing and advertising in when I don't want to make that a career.  I just want to get some ideas out.


So I love blogs because I get to write, read, learn, share, encourage, and grow.  Blogs combine so many things that I love.  I'm going to enjoy them now.  If I write some other stuff, great.  If I get more followers, money, or influence, great.  If I don't write other stuff, that's cool too.  If I don't get more followers, money, or influence, that's cool too.  I love blogs and I'm good with that right now.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Death of the Modern Superhero: Book Review



If you all follow me on Twitter or a friend of Facebook, you know I have been quoting a lot from the book, Death of the Modern Superhero.  If you don't, then you probably don't know that.  So I'm going to tell you about it today.

My Amazon Review:
 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did"
I realize that applied to Jesus first, but that phrase ran through my mind several times as I read this book. There are things I have wondered about for years, like the tension of faith and the mystery of faith. He explained it. Every page I underlined a memorable quote. By memorable I mean, some life changing words that changed that the way I think about God, other people, and myself. I can not say enough good things about this book. I will be reading this book again and again to remind myself of these truths.

Grace can be such a fuzzy concept. At times I have tried to grab hold of it only to find it slip out of my grasp. This book gave me a firm hold on grace. It is no longer something fuzzy. It is now a concrete concept. I understand grace. I understand God's bigness and how special it is that he came to me and loved me.

In this book, Chris Lautsbaugh really did tell me everything I ever did or tried to do or thought. I feel like he was in my head while writing this book. Read it and you will find the same thing!


A few things I tweeted about it:


"A difficulty in the present becomes a blessing in the future." Death of the Modern Superhero".


"He is a God of the process, who delights in the journey. ... He wants us to rely on Him as we walk in the Spirit."


"When we preach the gospel to ourselves, it is spiritual warfare." 


"Grace is less about what we do and more about who we love."  (This one may be from his blog and not the book, but the blog is awesome too.  So go read that also.


"We cannot ask for grace, we can only cry for mercy."

The tweets were quotes from the book that spoke to me.  Of course there were quotes on every page that spoke to me.  You seriously can not read this book without a highlighter or a couple highlighters.  This book has changed the way I look at grace and the way I look at God.  It has explained things to me that I was confused about.  It has explained things to me that I didn't know I was confused about.  I really can not say enough good things about the book.  I really think every person who calls themselves a Christian should read this book.  You can even borrow my copy if you want to read it.  (Just don't use a highlighter with mine.)  If you do borrow mine, I will warn you that you will love it so much that you'll have to go out and get your own copy.  

What book has taught you the most as you read it?