Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank you

To all my "readers" who played a part in God's provision this week.... thank you. :) Keep up the good work.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Aaron's mad skillz.

Friday nights are "dinner and a movie night" at our house. The dinner is generally homemade pizza. You all know how talented my husband is.... but I bet you didn't know he could do this.....

Monday, January 16, 2012

The weight of it all

The sermon at our church this past Sunday was a heavy, mixed bag full of technical, theological, and emotional. That's a good sermon right there! It was on Genesis 1. When it came time to talk about Adam and Eve, and the fall in particular, they showed the following video. I can't encourage you enough to take 6 minutes and 42 seconds out of your life to watch this amazingly gripping piece of artwork. I'm not sure I've ever heard the story of the Creation and the Fall done is such a moving way. (It does take a minute or two to fully load, FYI.)

When the clip was over, my heart was left with an incredible sadness and this weight that I've felt has been trying to consume me lately. All at once, it came flooding to my mind that I've been wrestling with everything that accompanies the Fall..... a lot. It seems that it's been a growing pain - feeling this weight of man's curse, the weight of women's curse (I even flat out admitted to Aaron last week amidst an (ahem) argument that my desire was to rule over him, darn it!), the weight of brokeness, and strife; the weight of lack of whole community (that the Trinity IS and models), the lack of joy, peace, contentment, love and wholeness. I hear that "if God is for us, what can be against us" .... and in all honesty, it has felt lately like A LOT is against us .... against me. There is a line in the video where the poet states, "...born to know, born to rule, born to control" .... this is the LIE Eve first believed. This is the LIE we are all still tempted to believe.

And the Enemy has his way of making all that is untrue ring louder in my heart and mind than what is true.

For as in Adam, all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:22

Following such a heavy message were songs of hope, of truth, and of the reminder that I do not bear this weight BECAUSE of what Jesus did for me. It is THIS truth that keeps me going on days when the weight seems too much to bear. It is the truth that the weight has already been lifted that makes my heart able to sing. I'm so thankful that this weight is not mine to bear. It is indeed too much.

So if you actually watched that video and you are feeling the heaviness that accompanies this world as I did after watching it (or just have been in general)..... do yourself a favor, sing a new song ... your soul is counted free!

"When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Modern Day Slave

Did you know that there are more slaves today than there were during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade? Did you know that many people contribute to this slavery without even knowing it?

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Today is the "day". I actually didn't know this until today. The funny thing is, I had a dream last night that Aaron and I worked for International Justice Mission. What a dream. So it's been on my mind a lot today. I kept seeing the Facebook posts and the blog links .... and well, this sad reality has just been on my mind and heart a lot today. Actually, there is one aspect that has been on my mind and heart a lot lately regarding the modern day human trafficking reality.


Yup, you read that right. I read an article a few weeks back that smacked me upside the head in the truth that one cannot be anti-human trafficking and "okay" with porn all at the same time. The two go hand in hand, and if you are going to be against one, you have to take a stand against both. This is the article that I read.

"Pornography is not a ‘harmless pastime,’ but the fuel that drives prostitution, sex shops and human slavery."
by Bob DeMoss

In case you don't plan on reading that entire article....allow me to cut and paste....

"The U.S. Department of State estimates 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked internationally every year for purposes of entering the sex trade (stripping, prostitution, pornography, and live-sex shows), and labor exploitation (sweatshops and domestic servitude). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports, “After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.”"

"While the horrors of human trafficking stir many hearts to action, there is far less anger directed toward mainstream commercial sex businesses, such as strip clubs and pornography that act as feeder industries for trafficking operations."

"In the business of commercial sex, pornography serves as the marketing vehicle."

So there you have it. It's a sad, disgusting reality that is rapidly becoming the "norm" in our society. Another fantastic article sums it disgustingly well.... "In terms of money, porn is a $10 to $14 billion dollar industry. This makes it a bigger business than professional football, basketball, and baseball—combined."

So today, 1.11.12, on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I chose to talk about how a large population, people you know - people I know ... are adding to the problem, not helping. This makes me sick. This makes me sad.

I have 3 daughters. One from Africa where not too long ago, her family could have/may have been a part of some of our text books most tragic events. I have 3 daughters who I can't ever imagine being a sad statistic for the pleasure of a disgusting "pastime". I can't help but think about our current day that hoists the largest numbers of "slaves" ever known without a gnawing pit in my stomach. A large portion of these slaves are not plowing our fields or cooking our food .... but posing on screen. Nameless. Detached. For the pleasure of ...... 

For more information about today's Human Trafficking crisis and how you can be a part of the solution, my top 3 favorite organizations are, Not For Sale, International Justice Mission, and my local favorite.... iEmpathize.