We made a mad dash to Chicago on Thursday to shoot videos related to the release of Men Who Love Fierce Women. We’re getting excited about how God will use this resource. Even filming the videos highlighted to us, again, the great need to communicate the message to hopeless couples that God is able to step into their pain and bring lasting transformation to their marriage.
Along with the release of the book, there are going to be a few changes here on the website. It’s going to get a bit of a fresh look and we’ll be adding some new *FREE* resources. Another change is the focus on Mondays. The plan is to have “Marriage Ministry Mondays” here on the website. LeRoy and I will be doing marriage blogs together, we’ll do a few challenges, and share some videos where we’re giving out relationship building truths. It will be fun! But more than fun, we pray it will be encouraging, provide practical help, and be a helpful resource for you to send to friends that are struggling in their marriage.
Don’t misunderstand, this will not become a “marriage website.” There is more on my heart than just marriage messages, and I hope single women will continue to be faithful readers and feel included. My desire is for you, no matter your season of life or situation, to receive encouragement that whets the appetite to dig into the Word. And for that to result in life transformation that brings God glory, no matter where you are spiritually. So, we’re adding marriage posts, but not making that the focus, and typically those posts will be on Mondays.
Update on Adalynn
While I’m doing a little “housekeeping” with this post, let me catch you up on what is happening with our little Adalynn. Thank you so much for praying, we received great news this week. The small nodule that we’d been praying would dissolve is completely gone! And she is thriving, eating well, sleeping well, and growing. Thank you so much for interceding for her, we are grateful.
The Open Door of Cultural Chaos
One more thing, as we’ve been witnessing almost daily bloodshed and violence across the world, I hope you’re taking advantage of the opportunity to have spiritual conversations. Most people in the U.S. are not used to being exposed to death with this kind of frequency, and the darkness of the day is an open door for us to share the gospel and provide others with a reason for our hope:
[box]Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:13–15)[/box]
Have no fear. Let hope be the anchor of your soul as the world explodes in chaos.
What is the reason for your hope? Do you have hope? Hope is what should be your security right now in the midst of the chaos. Hope is the anchor of our soul, when our hope is rooted in the reality of God’s sovereign care and His good character:
This hope is based on the eternal—but it isn’t just a hope for the future, a hope for heaven and the “sweet by and by” but this is a HOPE that effects your life today, it effects the here and now, daily events of your life!
This HOPE is an active reality!
This Hope is: Confident expectation rooted in the reality of the gospel. Settled Certainty based on God’s character and promises.
[box]We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf . . . (Hebrews 6:19–20)[/box]
The HOPE that Hebrews 6 is talking about is based on the eternal. This HOPE is sure and steadfast, it anchors us when the temporary is in chaos. This HOPE has moved beyond the things that are seen, temporary stuff, and gone into the secret place . . . the most sacred space—into the Holy of Holies—the dwelling place of God, behind the curtain—that veil that separated the Holy place from God’s presence—this HOPE is provided by what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
Today, I hope you’ll watch for ways to share that hope. Watch for that open door to share the gospel with a hurting friend. Watch for opportunities to offer anchor of the soul to those who are overwhelmed by the waves of chaos.