Welcome, faithful readers! Seriously, you guys are amazing. This is TOUGH staying committed to something like this week after week. If you meant to stay up with us and haven’t, NO WORRIES. God can (and will) use this book in your heart and life in his perfect time.
This week we’ve got something Super-Special to give away. Not only will you get a copy of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Made to Crave (and I’ve heard GREAT things about this book), but you’ll win 2 TICKETS (one for you, one for a friend) to the Your Secret Name Conference on March 5. It’s gonna be a good one! (if you don’t live close enough to Ohio to get here and want to give them away, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of takers!)
On page 111, Kary writes, “With Jacob’s situation in mind, we might wonder why God allows his children to remain in painful places.” He says that one answer would be that “times of testing instill character development.” What are some other reasons God might allow his children to remain in painful places? And do you have a personal example?
I had to smile at this next quote, because I can absolutely, positively relate. “Many times I even preferred the pen over the pulpit, realizing an audience of paper has a few advantages over one of people, like a concept called editing” (112-113). It’s easy to hide behind written (and edited) words (like blog posts, e-mails, facebook messages over phone calls and face-to-face chats). Do you ever do this?
“Hoping to escape his Given Name for good, Jacob desired to mend the rocky relationship with Esau–the brother he swindled, impersonated, and supplanted” (119). Most of us have a story (or 10) about a rocky relationship. Care to share one you’ve mended–or one you want to mend but don’t know how (or one you really don’t care to mend ever ever)? (be careful what you write–this IS the internet, you know)
I think this next quote hits home with most of us. “I wanted my readers to think well of me by seeing only God and not my struggle. I feasted on the falsehood that not only the Message needed to be spotless, but also the messenger” (121). How comfortable are you with sharing your weaknesses, failures, and struggles with others? How has God used your inadequacies to bring himself glory?
As we work hard to add to our Cambodia Fund, I can relate to Kary’s story of God providing financially through his people in amazing, last-second ways. But Jacob wanted to “walk by sight and not by faith” (124). Are you trying to do this in your life?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Remember, one happy winner will get a copy of Made to Crave AND 2 tickets to the Your Secret Name Conference!