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Pleasure... We hear about it, we think about it, and we look for it. Constantly. But why do so few of us ever seem to really experience it? Is it possible to satisfy our deepest cravings for lasting satisfaction? The answer is yes! But it might surprise you as to why. It is easy to get stuck in our thinking on certain subjects and topics without ever really questioning the “why”. I (Lisa) have been challenged a lot over the past couple of years regarding my global views and trying to see outside my cultural box. I have had to ask myself a lot of questions and turn over a few rocks of possibilities and “what ifs.” I have been challenged, inspired, and seen God deeper and broader than ever before. The journey of discovery and rediscovery is worth taking, and one I hope will never end in my quest to draw closer to God and allow Him to transform my heart and mind. So, let’s go back to this topic of pleasure. How do we see it? How much has culture affected our thinking? Do we see what God sees? In his newest book, Redeeming Pleasure, author, Jeremy Jernigan takes readers back to the very beginning and to the root of God's intention for pleasure. Through personal stories, practical insights, and a depth of wisdom culled from thinkers both ancient and modern, Jeremy re-imagines pleasure and unmasks its deceptive allure. Jeremy Jernigan is the Executive Pastor of Creative Arts and Student Ministry at Central Christian Church AZ. He also is the author of the blog, TomorrowsReflection.com and just released his newest book, Redeeming Pleasure – How the pursuit of pleasure mirrors our hunger for God, by Worthy Publishing. We recently had a great conversation on Girlfriendit Radio with Jeremy on this topic of pleasure. You can listen now HERE. So, when was the last time you thought about something for the first time? Pursuing God, There is a three-week You Version Reading Plan based on Redeeming Pleasure available now!
Who is your hero? This question evokes myriad responses. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes for all sorts of reasons. Your hero could be a parent, a sibling, a politician, a peace activist, a teacher, a sports star, an inventor, or a friend. Fairy tales and novels tell tales of heroes and heroines, and comics and cartoons entertain us with “Super Heroes” who leap tall buildings and save our cities from disaster. Television contributes with shows like Heroes, The Greatest American Hero, Batman and Robin, and plenty more. We like them. We want to be them. The news frequently features stories where an ordinary person jumped into raging waters, lifted a heavy object, or stepped onto a subway track to rescue someone in distress. When interviewed and told that they were a hero for performing such a great feat, many will often respond with, “I’m no hero, I just did what had to be done.” The sad reality is not everyone is willing to “do what has to be done.” It isn’t always that intuitive or instinctive. What constitutes a hero? We live in a culture quick to create heroes and heroines, and there is no short supply of people desiring to claim that title, either. Maybe there is a better way to qualify a hero:
- Who inspires and challenges you to be better?
- Whom do you admire?
- Who do you know (not necessarily on a personal level) who makes the world a better place?
- Ability to see beyond?
- Lives for others?
- Believes in the impossible?
- All the above and then some?
*124.6 million American adults are single, meaning there are more single than married people in America. Chances are you have a friend or loved one who struggles with “Singleness.” While having conversations with some of our single friends and relatives, we heard over and over how the thoughtless questions and comments of others made them either doubt themselves, or want to scream the following in reply. “Just because I’m single, doesn’t mean I’m not complete. I realize that kidneys, hands, nostrils, eyes, lips, legs, lungs, and ears all come in pairs, but right now I’m a “heart” beating single. There is nothing wrong with me, I am not undesirable, and it does not discount my worth!” Here are the top 10 things NOT to say to your single friends: 1. “So, why are you still single?” 2. “You must be lonely and feeling less than.” 3. ”How come you don’t put yourself out there more? 4. “Wow, have you really been in 127 weddings? That must be so depressing for you!” 5. “Relax! Your day will come! Enjoy your time alone, travel . . . There are worse things that can happen, Carol was just in a car accident . . . “ 6. “Maybe, You are Meant to Be Single. Maybe God does not intend for you to be a wife.” 7. “If you hold out for those standards, you are never going to get a guy.” 8. ”Have you tried some of the online sites? Christian Mingle. OKCupid. eHarmony. Match. Tinder. Big Fish? 9. “Once you reach 30, it’s too late. All the good ones are gone.” 10. “You might want to quit working so hard. Your job won’t keep you warm at night.” Instead of the stigmas and the statements, what if we encouraged singleness? God knows exactly where you are and what you need. It might not be easy at times, but we were not promised easy; He promised us HIMSELF. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:20 More discussion on this topic with our guest, Anita Higman. Anita is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author with 40 books published. She believes a lot of Christian women who long for marriage will identify with her newest book, Summer’s List, especially given the expectations the church can place on single women. “Sometimes they might feel if they can’t find Mr. Right, they are somehow second-class women.” Also, on Girlfriendit Radio was author, Jeremy Jernigan, talking about his newest book, Redeeming Pleasure. How does the pursuit of pleasure mirror our hunger for God? Great conversation that will challenge your view of God and inspire you to see Him truly as a God who is good!