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I AM SECOND

Heather —  August 18, 2013

Have you heard of I AM SECOND?

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This is a website, a project, a… movement…

that is worth looking into. I am nearing the end of the 22 day challenge and so far I am in awe of the project.

When I first went to look, I was a bit worried to even click on the videos. I mean, they were supposed to be authentic stories from people in all walks of life. So that would make the videos, probably (I figured) stories of the trouble and pain that did draw them to Christ.

After checking it out though, I love the project. The videos are so well produced and each person tells their story with such clarity. I am truly a reader, not a watcher. But this century, visual things have meaning to far more people and this site fills a very important need. I am doing the 22 Day Challenge. One of my favorite videos so far is:

http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/josh-hamilton/

Each story I have watched has brought me to the brink of tears, where, I’m going, “yes, that can happen, that’s horrible stuff” And, “yes, I’m so glad you are okay now and have found peace.”

Many of the people who are in the videos are actors and athletes, musicians, and many others are regular people. You can watch a five minute video and share all over the web. (Yes, I keep sharing, it’s good stuff!)

See what you think about the authentic stories on iamsecond.com. You could do the challenge or just choose a topic you are interested in. The site is organized by topic.

Want to help the project? One of the easiest would be to help create more films through Seconds Change: 

Give Change, Make Change  Many more stories are waiting to be told.  You can help  (and this is easy). Commit $2 every Tuesday to build film funds, and your contribution will be used to develop, produce and promote new films. Join the project and become an I am Second insider with access to exclusive content via Facebook.

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So visit the iamsecond website, the Nashville page on facebook and follow them on twitter.

How To Have a HEART for Your Kids

This week in the How To Have a Heart For Your Kids Book Club, Chapter 2: Enrich Your Marriage

Yes. I meant 30.3444 or maybe 29? All I know is when I hear people talking about being a Proverbs 31 wife, I always think about how marvelous that would be, and how hard it is to really attain that.

It is interesting to me that in this book club, about how to have a heart for your kids, the author gets right down to business with what can really make or break a family. The first chapter is to put God first. And, next, your marriage. How do you protect your marriage? How do you get a great marriage? Well, I agree with the author that honoring your husband, serving him, and treating him like your best friend and ally, not just a work partner, is a good way to go.

Easier said than done! I think the sweeter your husband is, the easier it is maybe to take him for granted. I say that because my husband is very sweet and sometimes I take him for granted. Around here, I spend a lot of time with the few children who make the most noise. Anyone else have this dynamic?

And, when I am not being mommy, and not exhausted, I tend to try to find ways to be me. Maybe do something creative, or blog or even clean. Something not kid related. I don’t immediately go try to do for my husband.

This is funny to me, because when I was younger, I was a single, working mom of two boys. I always though once I had a good husband life would be so much easier…so magical. I saw married women treating their husbands poorly or ignoring them and I thought they were foolish. I would never be like that! Haha. Fast forward 10 years and I see that I am taking my husband for granted sometimes. But, there are only so many hours in the day.

  • So, how do you decide how to use your hours? Should I write a blog post, or sit and watch a football game with my husband?
  • Should I go get a new shirt I kind of need…or stay home and complete a project that I have been whining about?
  • Should I put a ton of effort into getting the children to bed so I can pay attention to some story from my husband’s day?

Well, when you really think about it, yes, yes and yes.

I should make my husband my number one priority. Still, I squirm about that, I mean, he’s not complaining and I have loads of things I want to do to make my life, my home nice. Right?

And, on top of all that, there’s the question of who is really the leader. I married a laid back guy who takes his time making decisions, and wouldn’t force anyone to follow anyway. I, on the other hand, love the idea of being the leader. I move fast! I have ideas! I get people on the boat and moving…sometimes, in spite of how anyone feels.

So which is right? Well, neither in every situation, which is probably why God has opposites attracting so often! But, if I truly believe the Bible and trust God, then I know that I am supposed to let my husband lead.

And that will make my home nice.

I know that, because when I am not stubborn and do that, it always end up lovely. No joke. Still hard to do!

So, how can I take this idea of serving my husband and make it real for him this week?

  • Well, I can try to not be stubborn when I think I am right about something this week
  • I can offer to do something for him ~ and mean it.
  • I can pray that God will help me to be the Proverbs 31 woman of our dreams. Because only God can do that.

*this post is loosely based on chapter 2. Really, get this book!

Would you like to join in? Visit http://thepelsers.com/2011/12/05/heart-kids-book-club/ for all the details!

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I was blessed recently with the chance to review a new book by a blogger friend of mine…from the Mouths of Babes, Stories about Life, Children, Faith, and This World We Live In.

My expectations were high, because I have often read her blog posts and know that she is not frivolous, but rather a serious and thoughtful writer, and disciple of Christ.

Based on my interactions with the author, I believe her to be a person of integrity, a person who makes her relationship with God, her husband and her family a priority in today’s ever changing world.

In this book, Kimberly offers a friends advice…but not just any old advice.

During the time I was reading through from the Mouth of Babes, I heard a sermon by Alistair Beggs. He was speaking on Philippians 2: 19, and he said:

“You will never have a better friend than a friend who points you to Christ, by their life, by their commitment, by their service, by their example.”

In every interaction I have had with Kimberly, she has been that friend.

Being the friend who points to Christ can be a very sweet thing, but it is sometimes difficult and is not always popular. So, I appreciate that Kimberly writes with candor about many aspects of life and culture.

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Now, while the book is a compilation of short stories–and you can certainly just put your feet up and enjoy it that way–I have decided to use it as a devotional. With 170 pages of insights on the career of motherhood, living as a Christian and meditations on scriptures, I find reading this as a devotional is a pleasant way to start my morning devotions.

I especially enjoy reading about how Kimberly’s family goes through their days and holidays. It is always fun to me to take a “peek” into the lives of others.

Overall, while reading the book, I feel supported in my role as wife and mother while also challenged to examine my choices and my walk with Christ.

You can purchase from The Mouths of Babes on Amazon or on Kimberly’s website, Until The Day Dawn.

I received a complimentary copy of from The Mouths of Babes, for this review.

40 Loaves by C.D. Baker.

Heather —  December 18, 2009

40loavesWhen I received my review copy of 40 loaves, I remember looking at the cover photo.  This is a wonderful cover with a pile of fresh right out of the oven homemade bread. It looked so inviting. The cover caught my interest, and made me vaguely hungry…but as I was busy at the time, I put it on the shelf to look through at my leisure.

And it sat there.

And sat there.

My little daughter took it and carried it around in her purse. She said it looked good. I agreed.

And I continued to go my way.

Once I opened that precious little book, I felt surprised…and realized I had deprived myself.  How had I missed the meaning of the cover? I WAS hungry! And this bread IS good.

In this unique devotional, C.D. Baker invites readers to sit down with our Father, to ask questions, and break bread. To think and explore and enjoy that God is good.

I am really enjoying reading this book, and I will continue to ponder the readings. I just wish I had read it right away, because it has been such a pleasure.

I highly recommend 40 Loaves, and I also have one copy to give away!

Here is the “Official” write-up:

  • Why don’t I have more faith?
  • Why am I so bored with Jesus?
  • Why don’t I feel connected at church?

These are the types of questions the religious establishment often makes it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to ask. And by asking them, C. David Baker, author of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day hopes to start a conversation in people’s hearts, then with others, and ultimately with God. Many circles of Christianity have led us to believe that certainty and confidence are the proof of true spirituality; questions are discouraged.

But Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—a relationship built around a free, open-ended discussion. Questions were encouraged. They were often impertinent, sometimes alarming, and the religious establishment was distinctly uncomfortable with them … just as it is today.

40 Loaves is something of a collection of the kinds of questions I felt finally free to ask of myself and of my relationship with Christ,” says Baker. “It’s my belief that these questions are shared by many others who long for the freedom to simply ask them out loud. I hope this book becomes a platform that frees others to search their hearts more deeply and be fed with the Bread of life.”

Each “loaf” here is a big question that stimulates discussion, investigation, and contemplation; it will take hours—or days—to digest. Conversational, inviting, disarming, and real, 40 Loaves nourishes self-examination and offers validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, or even shamed when the realities of their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment.

C. David Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was nominated for a Christy Award. He has contributed articles to the Christian History Institute’s international publication Glimpses, and to Christian Singles magazine. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Enter to win a copy of 40 Loaves. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite type of bread…and if you are comfortable, share about what hard questions you are encountering—or have encountered in the past–in your faith. Giveaway ends 12/23.

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