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Jesus did not just save us from something, He saved us for something. Do I really know what it means to follow Christ? It’s a question Rob Peabody, author of Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom, asked himself and it is a significant question that you and I should ask as well. Your answer could change the trajectory of your life! It is easy to become complacent and comfortable in our faith and act like consumers, picking and choosing what we like best, while forgetting what it means to whole-heartedly follow the teachings of Jesus. We crave the blessings but shun the sacrifices. We can live with an identity crisis without even realizing it – going through the motions and saying the right spiritual things, but disengaging our hearts. We conform easily to the patterns of our American culture, which values convenience, safety, and comfort. How many times do we gloss over the passages from the Sermon on the Mount without taking them to heart and practice? If we are honest, they make us squirm. I (Lisa) have a friend, Sami, who lives in Palestine. He told me his story of exploring God’s word, and the day he read the words from Jesus that said, “Love your enemy”. He’d read it before, but on this particular day, the words jumped off the page and pierced his heart. He couldn’t shake them. Those three simple words changed the trajectory of his life and ministry. Sami knew his enemy well; they had killed his grandfather and left his dad and siblings fatherless. Now he had to wrestle with loving them as Jesus commanded. His life is marked as a man focusing on nonviolence as the catalyst to end all forms of conflict and establish an enduring and comprehensive peace in the Holy Land. (http://www.holylandtrust.org/) Sami gets it! Jesus saved us for a life set apart from other identities, whether that be nationality, memberships, or family ties. He wants us to embrace and live a righteous life as citizens of the Kingdom – an Alternative Kingdom! So, are you having an identity crisis?” Joining Girlfriendit Radio this week are two authors with challenging insights for living a life intentionally for the Kingdom.
- Sarah Sundin is the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series.
- Rob Peabody is now the co-founder and director of Awaken, a non-profit organization that exists to provide resources and creativity to the church and reach Londoners in their 20s and 30s with the Gospel. We will be discussing his new book, Citizen: Your Role in the Alternative Kingdom.
Every one of us has made mistakes, and some of our bad choices have come with a hefty price tag. It’s so easy to lose hope and allow our failures from the past to define us and dictate our future. I know for me personally (Lisa), I get that pit in my stomach and I begin the negative self-talk:
- I am not good enough . . .
- I will never be able to . . .
- That was my only opportunity . .
- I feel so inadequate . . .
- Maybe I should just quit . . .
- He is more than enough.
- He is always able to restore and redeem.
- He is the God of the impossible and new beginnings.
- I am wonderfully made . . . created for a purpose.
- God is always with me and He will carry me when I cannot see it through.
- God never wastes a life experience! He will use it for His purpose if we let Him.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, NLT I (Lisa) remember the day the nurse handed our son, Jeremy, into my arms, releasing us to go home. My husband and I would now be responsible for caring for this newborn baby all on our own. I can still see myself sitting on that hospital bed, already sleep-deprived, staring at Jeremy’s precious face while the nurse turned to leave. I cleared my throat, and sheepishly asked, “How will I know when to feed him and when do I put him down for naps and sleep, and, and, and....?” The nurse turned around with a devilish grin and said, “Oh, you’ll know!”, and walked away. I had never really been around babies; this was totally new territory. I felt a wave of fear and vulnerability sweep over me, and it was only the beginning! As we approach the transitions of life: adulthood, new parent, new career, a move, a loss, etc., we often feel vulnerable. The problem is, sometimes our response to feeling vulnerable is fear, and fear consumes an enormous amount of our energy. It robs us from becoming who we were designed to be and become. Brene Brown, Ph.D., said, “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for: joy, creativity, faith, love, spirituality.” Vulnerability is a good thing; fear is not. The Lord tells us repeatedly, “Do not fear!” Life is filled with new adventures and experiences for those who dare to embrace them. Where in your life right now are you feeling vulnerable? Where is your core being rattled? This week on Girlfriendit Radio we will be talking in depth with two authors who address these issues through their written stories. Suzanne Hadley Gosselin writes for several magazines as well as writing children’s resources for David C. Cook, Zondervan, and Harvest House. She is the author of Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through, Expectant Parents, and others. She is currently working on the God’s Got an Answer for That children's devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015. Suzanne encountered an “identity whiplash” when she went from being a single woman with a full time career to a married mother of three in less than five years! Robin Caroll is the author of the Justice Seekers Series and writes southern stories of mysteries and suspense. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. She has a deep love of family and pride of heritage that she likes to weave into her books. Living Fearlessly,