Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoughts on the movie "The Blind Side"

While we were in N.C., Adam and I had the rare opportunity to have a date (thanks, Grammie). We went to the movies and saw "The Blind Side." I really enjoyed the movie and have been struck by a few comments. One is about the "out of poverty through sports stereotype." I have really thought about this a lot. For this kid and for many others sports were key in getting them out, but not the ticket. There are many, MANY, talented athletes in the ghettos who are far more talented than those in the pros. Why didn't they make it? It's heartbreaking to know those who could've gone far with their giftings but instead have fallen into the traps of drugs and crime.

"The Blind Side" is more about the love of a family than about making it through sports. It's hard to get anywhere when the whole world is dark and no one stands behind you. For this kid, he was taken in, loved, and encouraged. This is why he has become successful.

Another thought that I have is that there are many movies that focus on various ways out of poverty. "Gifted Hands" is about an amazing brain surgeon, there's one about a great speller, "Akeela and the Bee," there are dance movies, art movies, and the list goes on. I wouldn't discount the beauty in the story of "The Blind Side," because he happens to be a successful football player.

My final thought is that there is another potential stereotype working in this movie. If you look at it from the eyes of someone who grew up in the projects, you could say, "All white people are rich." Most family's don't have a $10,000 couch and own nearly 100 fast food restaurants. However, it's not really about the money. This family happened to have plenty, which complicated the process of taking a kid off of the streets more and shifted their world view dramatically. But, we don't have to be filthy rich to make a difference. My hope is that I could be used by God in other's lives to make as rich and full difference despite my level of income.

All in all, this was a great movie. As with most Hollywood productions, I'm sure there are things that may be dramatized, but the story is a true one of redemption and hope.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Love Me Never Leave Me"

I was inspired to try out the kindle application on my iPhone. Though hesitant about not holding the actual book in my hand, I think I really like it. I bought Marilyn Meberg's book, "Love Me Never Leave Me." She was one of the speakers at WOF last weekend that I really enjoyed. I have to say, I'm almost done with the book, that's less than three days, which is pretty incredible for me. It's nice to have the book on my iPhone, because it is basically always available to me.

The book is about the core issues that we deal with at our depths of abandonment. I know that there are many ways that I react now due to fear of abandonment.

Here is the product description (I'd write more, but am at a loss for words for some reason). Maybe later.

"Caught off guard, surprised by their own reactions, emotions bubble up that women fight to smother. Where did that come from? What can I do with this feeling that won't go away? Why do I feel and act this way?

Counselor Marilyn Meberg has been there too. When she got pregnant, she got scared. When her baby girl died, she got angry. When her husband died, she battled loneliness and sorrow. In between the peaks and valleys, Marilyn began to see a pattern that led to a greater understanding of herself and a richer happiness in life.

She says, 'We crave connection with the ones we love most, and when our bond with them is broken, damaged, or threatened, we fear being left. We fear abandonment.'

Love Me, Never Leave Me tells you that desiring a love that never leaves is natural, that there are ways to turn feelings of being abandoned into experiences of emotional abundance, and to know that you are God's beloved child-and he will never leave you or forsake you."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Women of Faith

Friday and Saturday I attended the Women of Faith conference with a few friends. My main hopes for the time were surpassed as I had a great break from mom and wife duties and spent time with other women.

In the wake of my dad's death, this has been a tough year. Dealing with the struggles that come my way has been painful and lonely and that's just the tip of the iceburg. This weekend I heard story after story of God at work in devastated lives. In the company of others who are wounded and hurting, but living in God's healing and hope, I felt less alone and more empowered to press on.

I'll end with a little of what I recently read from John Piper's "Suffering and the Sovereignty of God." I really could post the whole book, but you'll have to read it yourself.

"Honesty is able to feel the weight of things that arouse fear and dismay. The problem is not that we feel troubled by trouble and pained by pain. Something hurtful should hurt. The problem is that God slides away into irrelevance when we obsess over suffering or compulsively avoid it. God inhabits a vague afterthought—weightless and distant in comparison to something immediately pressing. Or, if God-words fill our minds and pour forth from our lips, it’s easy to make the “god” we cry out to someone who will magically make everything better if we can only catch his ear."

I am just now learning to be honest with myself, though not perfectly. I know the pain is designed to show me my need for the Healer. His grace is truly sufficient and is far bigger than I ever thought. I'm glad my eyes are more open and my heart is more primed to grow in the fullness of His grace.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


There was a time when I would have no shortage of things to write about or ways to express my faith to others. Recently that is not the case. God is at work, but way beyond ways that I have to communicate. I am being undone and he is remolding me. The confidence I once had is replaced by a deep searching for Him.

You see, the past months He has been showing me how to deal with pain. I am learning not to bury emotions and as a result am growing in His grace and His care. This process is tough and at times lonely, but promising as I hope in Him. I am thankful to be able to live more fully and more freely as God is at work within me.

"...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

"I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free." Psalm 119:32

Friday, November 6, 2009

You Never Let Go

This song is amazing and tugs at my heart. It reminds me of what the Lord brought me through in Katrina and how he continues to bring me through the storms of life. He never lets go.

David Crowder Band
You Never Let Go lyrics
Artist: David Crowder Band lyrics
Album: Remedy
Year: 2007

Lyrics to You Never Let Go :
When clouds veil sun
And disaster comes
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
When waters rise
And hope takes flight
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul

Ever faithful
Ever true
You I know
You never let go
You never let go
You never let go
You never let go

When clouds brought rain
And disaster came
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
When waters rose
And hope had flown
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul

Oh, my soul
Oh, what love, oh, what love
Oh, my soul
Fills hope
Perfect love that never lets go

Oh, what love, oh, what love
Oh, what love, oh, what love
In joy and pain
In sun and rain
You’re the same
Oh, You never let go

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grace Upon Grace

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ... And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." John 1 14,16

GRACE UPON GRACE! Lately I have been learning about the grace of God and how little I really understand it or live in it. This verse literally blew me away. From the fullness of Christ we receive grace upon grace. It doesn't stop. It builds on itself giving us fullness of life. The work didn't stop when I became a Christian and received grace for the forgiveness of sins. In fact it didn't even begin there. I'm a small speck in the grand scheme of God's grace. He didn't leave me sitting in the shame of sin, but lifted me up to follow him. I think I have always looked at grace as something that came because I was a sinner. No doubt, I am a sinner in desperate need for grace and mercy, but it's so much bigger than me or my sin. There is grace because God is good. In His fullness there is grace. It really has nothing to do with me, though I benefit from it so greatly. It has everything to do with God and His glory. Praise God that He cares for me, that because He is loving and graceful, He has called this child to Himself. He has given me forgiveness and life through faith in Christ. And He continues to pour His grace out to me, giving me a rich and abundant life. May He bless me to understand it more and know Him deeper.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Virtual Rooftop

"What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." Mt 10:27

I have been thinking about this blog for some time. I have another blog devoted to my growing toddler, and thought it fitting to have a separate one for Spiritual matters. If I had my choice, I'd call it "The Rooftop" after the preceding verse. As you may have guessed that name is taken along with about ten other attempts. My goal here is to write on the things that the Lord "whispers" to my heart. I want to share things that are of eternal significance in hopes that we can grow and challenge one another with the grace we have each been given. Please comment often and let me know if you have something you would also like to post on this blog. Also, I hope this would be a springboard for deeper future conversations.

I chose the name "Lightest Burden" because this verse has always stood out to me. It speaks to me of a mysterious power when we are walking with Christ. We hand our burdens over to him and take on his and all of this is made "light". More on this later I suppose.
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