Why I Dig The Duggars – Daring To Be Different

I wiped away the tears but nothing could wipe the smile off my face as I watched the season finale of 19 Kids and Counting last week.

Why? Because, it makes the heart glad when you witness something good rising up out of a sea of overwhelmingly bad tv. It was like breathing fresh air to witness love, in it’s purest form, so sweetly presented through Jill and Derick’s engagement story.

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But it seems that some people have gotten so used to the foul stench of garbage that they are unable to appreciate clean air anymore. They are the ones posting hateful comments online referring to the Duggar Family as “oppressive” and “scary.”

But I would argue that what’s really oppressive and scary are the alternative programs being shoveled into our living rooms. Here’s a little comparison.

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

Now, before I go any further, I have to admit that I had never really given the show a chance until this season because I just didn’t get it. My initial reaction? Oh, paleese!

I mean, I couldn’t identify with what I perceived as another “reality” show gimmick – the saga of a normal family turned baby-making factory. Frankly, I can understand some of the push-back. These people just aren’t normal by today’s standards (or lack thereof.)

But that’s the thing. They aren’t trying to live by the standards of this world. And neither should we if we are going to call ourselves followers of Christ. We should dare to be different knowing that we have been called out of the darkness to “live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8)

But, hey, it’s not like I know them, so I’m not going to say I agree or endorse every little thing about the show. But I will say that this family appears to simply be trying to live out their Bible-based convictions, which as far as I can tell is something we could definitely use more of in our world.

And if it’s true that “The Duggars desire is to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible is the owner’s manual for life,” then maybe this reality show is their way of being Salt & Light.

Maybe this is their chance to bring old fashioned things like modesty and purity back in fashion.

Maybe people, young and old, will be encouraged that there is a way to live Godly in a godless age.

Salt & LightAnd, maybe we can all use their example as a spark of inspiration to think about how we live out our own faith.

Today, let’s commit wholeheartedly to accepting the Word of God as our ultimate guide. Let’s dare to be different so that we can make a difference in the world.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE DUGGARS AND REALITY SHOWS IN GENERAL? DID YOU SEE THE ENGAGEMENT EPISODE?

Okay, it took me way too long to find this clip of the song Derick had country music singer/songwriter Walker Hayes (a friend of his friend) write for the occasion. Unfortunately, the video ends before the proposal but at least you get to hear their story set to music (so romantic). sniff, sniff…

Here’s the link to view the video. (FYI, you cannot see it on the page at first…it will take a few seconds for the video to pop up.)

Enjoy!

When It’s Time To Do Something Radical

“Jesus has commanded each of us to make disciples, and this is the means by which we will impact the world…by spending our lives for the good of others and the glory of God.” Excerpt from the book Radical by David Platt

Salt & LightI’ve been struggling for words lately. God has been stirring the waters of my soul and it feels like I’ve been swimming in circles.

But I just realized there’s been a central message throughout all of these seemingly disconnected ideas, thoughts and emotions I’ve been splashing around in, and it is this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL!

And I guess He really wanted that truth to sink in because it’s seems just about every scripture or book I’ve read and every sermon or song I’ve heard has been saturated with it.

That includes Radical, the awesome book by David Platt, which I’ve decided should be required reading for every Christian. Seriously!

I’m thankful for the reminder that God is still on the throne and that the good news will always outweigh the bad news. Always.

Because if I didn’t believe in God’s ultimate power and authority, I might be overcome with fear or dread or anxiety when confronted with disturbing headlines like the one I came across this past week.

U.S. Postal Service to Unveil Stamp Honoring Known Sexual Predator- Read full article here.

I thought surely this could not be true so I quickly made my way to the United States Postal Service website and, lo and behold, there it was! A stamp with the face a person that many have touted as a hero, including Obama who awarded this guy the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

WHAT TO DO

Okay, so it’s hard to argue the fact that the world seems to be falling apart. The question I’ve been wrestling with is, “What in the world can I do about it?”

I mean, what really can be done when everything around me, in me, feels so undone?

Well, I don’t have all the answers but I know Who does and, again, it comes back to this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL! The world may be falling apart, but He isn’t.

And, if we want to change the world, we have to first allow the power of God to change us. We have to pray that the Holy Spirit will move us from apathy to action so that we can be who we are called to be.

SALT and LIGHT

In the weeks to come, for as long as God grants me the grace to do so, I intend to write a series of posts to help us grow our awareness of the issues facing our culture while also growing in a greater understanding of God’s work in the world and how we can be a part of it.

I pray that, together, we will go about sprinkling truth into unsavory places and shining light into the depths of darkness for the good of others and for the glory of God!

P. S. Here’s one of those songs that God used to get me all stirred up. :) If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it’s worth your time. Enjoy!


I’d really love your feedback! Let me know if you think these are the ramblings of a crazy woman or if God has been speaking to you in a similar way.

Faith, Flags and Heroes

When Memorial Day rolls around each year, I must confess that often the first thing I think of is what fun will come of this three-day weekend and how we will celebrate this carefree kick-off to summer.

But, somewhere along the way, I pause to think about the why. Why is a national holiday necessary to remind the living to remember the dead?

Maybe because it is all too easy to forget.

And the parades and ceremonies and the colorful flags, they help to raise up memories of our fallen heroes.

I was inspired by this touching article from a woman reflecting on the lessons she learned about heroism as a child hearing stories about the uncle she never knew. It got me thinking about what it really means to be a hero.

I know there are many definitions of that word, but my mind automatically goes to Hebrews 11 and the Heroes of the Faith listed there. Those of whom the scripture says “the world was not worthy.”

And, of course, Jesus, who sacrificed His life for ours – He is the Ultimate Hero!

Because of Him, we can lift the white flag of surrender and be saved from the tyranny of sin. And when we do, we will be like the saints of old, looking forward to the promise of eternal life.

By faith, carrying the flag of true freedom. Hope held high, waving in the wind.

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3

Have a blessed weekend!

The Answer to All Our Questions

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

I’m convinced that the only way to know right from wrong in a world gone wrong is to cling to the Word of God.

The Word unchanging.

The Word that changes everything.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Matthew 24:35

If you’re searching for direction, let the Word of God be your guide. It holds the answers to all our questions.

Prayer:
Father, you have blessed us with your Word. Help us open up the holy pages, open our hearts and allow you to open our eyes to the truth.

Amen.

The Irreplaceable Truth

Irreplaceable MovieThis Tuesday, May 6th, marks the release of an documentary called Irreplaceable. It seeks to answer questions about the definition of family and the significant role it plays in our society.

Sadly, I’m not surprised to learn that there has been a nasty campaign against the release of this film. Read more on that as well as the full review here.

It seems that we are now living in a society that seeks to deny free speech to Christians. Censorship is condoned as time-honored beliefs become equated to “propaganda” and believers are increasingly referred to as “hateful bigots.”

But their words do not matter. It’s God’s Word that defines us and His Spirit that compels us to speak the truth. The irreplaceable truth that God gave us rules to live by because He loves us and wants to protect us.

It is why we will support this film and others like it, to remind the world that it’s never been about hate. No matter what anyone says, it’s always been about love.

To learn more or to find out where the film is showing near you, visit the Irreplaceable Movie website.

Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer below (it’s different than the one I posted earlier) for a glimpse of what this documentary is all about.

And, by the way, if you’re wondering…I’m getting nothing from this little promo except the satisfaction of helping spread a message I believe in.

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“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ Jesus (John 8:31-32)