Much of last week was silent here, but as I continued to work on the new podcast (update coming soon, I hope!), I was having lots of thoughts about faith. What is faith? How has mine changed over the years? On the way to work one morning, I recorded a voice memo with thoughts to translate that into a blog post for today.
I sat yesterday and tried to do just that, but all I can say is that it felt like God was scrambling the words for me. The written words wouldn’t come and I’ve felt strongly that I should simply share the audio clip along with these few visuals. I would explain more if I could do it over or edit out some parts completely. I stumble over my words at times, but I do think by the end I got my point across and that is to say that faith does indeed grows and if we let it, God begins to create a beautiful picture of His gospel with our lives.
Push play below to listen. Those in emails or readers may have to click through to listen.
The following visuals will only make sense as you listen.
The “God box”
The black and white boxes
The black and white box zoomed out to see that there is much gray
The big, colorful picture that God truly wants to paint
It is only because we have such a faithful God that we can have great faith. Seek Him and the rest will come.
While reading The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith, I pause at these words:
There are two kinds of Christian experiences: an experience of bondage and an experience of liberty.
In the first case, the soul is controlled by a stern sense of duty and obeys the laws of God, either from fear of punishment or from expectation of wages.
In the other case, the controlling power is an inward life principle that works out, by the force of its own motions or instincts, the will of the divine Life Giver without fear of punishment or hope of reward.
Ah, the life of the good girl. Yes, I know something about that kind of bondage.
Read the rest over on Deeper Waters today.
Last weekend the kids and I saw a preview of the new movie Paddington, releasing today. I was *this close* to not attending. I was never a huge Paddington fan as a child. Not that I didn’t like it. I just don’t remember being into it much. I really thought the movie would be too childish for the kids (9, 10 and 12). But man, was I wrong. Paddington was fantastic–for all ages! In fact, I’d love to see it again.
The movie was whimsical without being outrageously silly. I loved how everyone in the town accepted there was a bear walking around town like it was normal and yet, he was the only one.
All the characters were unique and even though perhaps one-dimensional a bit, they played that one dimension perfectly. Nicole Kidman made the perfect evil nemesis. It was also fun watching her in such a different role after watching her and all the awkward with Jimmy Fallon just a few days before.
And Downton Abbey fans, listen up, because you’re going to want to see Hugh Bonneville play the part of the uptight, yet loving dad in a modern British setting. He was phenomenal.
The plot was action-packed and the pacing was spot on. It moved from one fun adventure to the next. I didn’t find any lulls to the movie at all. In fact, about 2/3 through the movie I regretted needing to run out to the restroom. I went as fast as I could so I wouldn’t miss a thing!
But best of all, the entire movie had such great themes about family and adoption. The main ideas walking away were our unique qualities are the best parts about us and family can be put together in all sorts of ways, as long as we accept and love each other. After just adopting these last months, I couldn’t have found a better movie to watch with our family. Of course, though, when the movie ended all three kids just wanted to adopt a bear!
I can’t say enough good things about Paddington and hope you and your family get a chance to watch it–you will ALL love it!
I don’t know about you, but January isn’t the most, er, lucrative month of the year for our family. The downward spiral starts somewhere in the summer with vacations and back to school, takes a dive during our fall birthday season and crashes during the holidays. We brace for bonus and tax season in the spring to save us. Sound a little familiar to anyone?
Yeah, so having a massive car repair bill and then wanting to start a podcast the first two weeks of January isn’t what we would call ideal.
Did you know there are podcasting setups with mics, mixers and such that are thousands of dollars? The top of the line microphone costs $330 alone. Training videos and communities are another couple grand. And that’s nothing to say of editing software, media hosting plans, or graphic design. It all sounds so simple in your head, doesn’t it? Push record, talk, and voila! Podcast!
You can get by, though, with a simple setup at first. I told Scott on Monday I just needed $100 to start.
Well, wouldn’t you know by the next day at noon he was handing me a check from some side work he had done. And guess how much the check was? You guessed it. Exactly $100.
He said, “Here, go buy your mic.”
God is so good isn’t He? I know He’s directed me to this podcast–about faith, no less–and already I see Him at work to provide. Yeah, the provision looks a lot like hard work, but the opportunity presented itself and we were able to take it.
What do you need to believe God for today?
I still need a name for this podcast! I have a long list of ideas, but nothing feels just right yet. I’m going to be married to this name and tag line for, well, life really. Will you pray with me that God shows me just what it would be?