Monday, January 31, 2011

Redesign Your HomeMaking - the Book!

Last weekend I attended a writer's conference near Asheville, North Carolina. The only thing on my agenda: hopefully meeting the writing partner I apparently needed to get my speaking topic, Redesign Your HomeMaking: Creating Room to Love God and Love People into print.

I begged a ride from Raleigh, and my reluctance (or refusal or fear or laziness) to drive an unfamiliar rental car led to my meeting my writing partner! Then -- I arrived home to a welcome email: Harvest House, a major publisher located in Eugene, Oregon, gave me the thumbs-up. They're interested in seeing my proposal. I had this invitation two years ago, but I wasn't ready. I hadn't met Eddie. Yes, my partner and helper for the home management topic is a guy. This should be interesting.

Anyway, finally, after all these years, my speaking topic Redesign Your HomeMaking will become a book, either through Harvest House or another publisher, Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas.

If you've heard this talk, I'd love some new feedback. You can post it here, or email me, or Facebook message me. What stuck with you? What worked? What didn't? What problems are you still facing in caring for your home so that you are freed up to spend more time with Jesus and then have more resources, like time, money, and developed talents to go out and love others?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chew on this

Today my daughter gets her wires clipped. She'll be able to open her mouth (a little) for the first time in six weeks, since her car accident on December 6. Oh, how she is looking forward to eating real food.

Of course, she'd like to eat steak or a hamburger, but Panda Express rice, scrambled eggs with cheese, and mashed potatoes and gravy will be on the menu. Soft food. No chewing yet.

And speaking of chewing, here's what I'm chewing on today. It's from Practicing the Presence of People by Mike Mason. Boy, is this a great book. If I could afford to buy a copy for every member of my family, and then have a few extras to give away to friends, I would. (Maybe I will.)

Here's what I read. See if you agree with me -- that this is worth chewing on:

"Jesus' second great commandment implies that we will love others only to the extent that we love ourselves. The command might be better understood by putting the words "You will" in front of it: You will love your neighbor as yourself.

How thoroughly we have bought the lie that it is not okay to look after ourselves...We spend our days being stressed, insecure, angry, sullen, or numb with genteel denial. And in this condition we continue to tell ourselves that we can work, love, be productive, smile, help others, make a difference. But it's all a sickening lie.

The way to make a difference in this world is to become what everyone else is not: happy and full of life. It's not enough just to point the way; we must become the way, as Jesus was. He made it possible for us to have "the full measure of [His] joy" within us (John 17:13).

Why aren't we filling up our tanks? Is it because we won't admit we are empty? Are we so proud and neurotic that we cannot even believe that joy - real joy, irrepressibly bubbling over - is deservedly ours? Shutting ourselves off from this fullness, we have nothing to share with anyone else. Moreover, if we're not filling up with joy ourselves, it's guaranteed we're taking it from others. We are robbing each other blind."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On Setting Spiritual Goals

Wow. I thought this was good! (Maybe it's just me...)

"In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning. The beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself.

We start with Christ and we end with Him... not simply our own idea of what the Christian life should be. The goal of the missionary is to do God's will, not to be useful or to win the lost. A missionary is useful and does win the lost, but that is not the goal. The goal is to do the will of the Lord." ~ Utmost for His Highest, 9/23

Sometimes I get caught up in being "useful" to God and that's when I get into trouble.