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OPEN HANDS BY MATT PAPA
My sister lost her friend yesterday, a young wife and Mom to two. She wrote this and I thought it was so beautiful:
What is it Like?
(A poem for my friend Joanna Paidipamula)
My 18-month old daughter was trying to stick two Lego blocks together.
Unfortunately, they weren’t lined up just right, so no matter how hard she pushed, they simply fell apart when she pulled her hands back.
Trying to truly connect with another human being can be a similar process.
As a Christian, if you want to share the hope you have in Jesus, you can’t do it with brute force. If you want to share hope in a way that somebody will embrace, you can’t just apply pressure and expect a connection to happen.
Instead, we have to find the right angle.
Movie director/screenwriter/actor Alex Kendrick shares about his new film War Room. He also talks about the power of crafting a prayer strategy!
This "CRAZY FAITH" video from John Waller was shot near Lake Mead outside of Las Vegas! This song is featured in the new movie WAR ROOM that releases on the 28th! It's a movie about the power of prayer. (Made by the people who did Fireproof & Courageous)
U.S. Congressman Crescent Hardy of Nevada talks about the importance & significance of Israel. (He's actually calling in from Israel in this podcast)
So I have an 8th grader....and I don't know how you felt about Middle School, but me? It was your classic awkward season of life. I sat down with my daughter yesterday and we read through this article together. Honestly, she rolled her eyes at the suggestion of going through it together, and silently nodded through it, but she gave me a big hug last night and said "thanks for the talk today Mom." There is some good stuff in here!
I have a new Pinterest board! If you want to follow along or share some mom tips or recipe ideas with me, I LOVE that!
Shaunti Feldhahn is a Harvard trained researcher. Craig Gross is founder of XXXchurch.com. (It's a Christian ministry that helps men and women fight pornography addictions) Shaunti & Craig share about helping women understand the visual nature of men. They also share how men can win the battle for purity and integrity! This podcast is rated PG-13 but VERY encouraging! (They wrote a book together called Through a Man's Eyes: Helping women understand the visual nature of men)
Mac Powell is the vocalist in Third Day with the deep voice! He talkes about how Third Day has been together for 21 years with the same members! He talks about how they work through conflict and how those same ideas apply to all of us in relationships with people we work with!
Dianne Wilson was a model and television personality for many years. Now she and her husband Jonathan lead Newport Church in Southern California. We talked about finding your voice in a loud cluttered world. We also talked about how to undo all the negtive messages that have built into our self image when we were young!