A few weeks after turning in my Rhinestone Jesus manuscript, my memoir about obedience to God, I visited refugees in Houston, relocated by the United Nations an hour from my home.
I was deeply moved not just by their poverty, but by their courage.
But I argued with God the whole way home.
What can I do to help them? I’m so busy. I’m already living out my yes.
But I’d been down that road before and I ended up with the question I couldn’t answer: How can I not help them?
And so God used my own book about obedience to help me say yes again.
That was over a year ago and that yes led to another and Fair Trade Friday was born and more than 1300 women are currently linking arms with Mercy House every month to empower and employ women all around the world like this Ethiopian artisan group we visited last week (they loved their Dayspring bags!)
That yes led to my husband quitting his secure, well-paying job to lead the growing organization we started in 2010. It has led to helping more pregnant girls in Kenya.
His yes led me to my next… a parenting book about gratitude and entitlement-possibly my most challenging yes to date. Because kids are hard.
A few weeks ago, I turned in my parenting manuscript and our family turned in an application to Catholic Charities to begin the process to foster an unaccompanied minor from a refugee camp–just typing those words–makes my heart pound.
But its been the small, daily yeses that have drawn me closer to God.
Yes, you can have more ice cream. Yes, I will forgive you for lying about cleaning up your room. Yes, I will play Legos with you.
I keep thinking I’m done answering yes. But He keeps asking and pushing me deeper.
I’m not very good at faking brave. Every yes has scared me to death. Every yes has stretched me further than I thought possible. Every yes has drawn me to the feet of Jesus.
Every yes is without regret.
One year ago today, my book was released to the world. A few of you have sent words and stories about your yes to God. And it’s encouraged me to keep saying it. So, obviously, I completely blame you.
Here are 9 reasons other moms think you need to read Rhinestone Jesus today:
- It will make you feel better about your messy marriage, motherhood and mission
- It will challenge you to find that place where your passion and skills collide
- It will inspire you to parent with intention and lead your family to find their greatest purpose
- It might lead you to have a good cry (we all need that occasionally, right?)
- Hopefully, it will cause at least one hearty belly laugh (and I’m not just referring to the scary picture of me with a home perm holding a doll)
- It will stir up gratitude for what you have instead of disappointment for what you don’t
- It will make you want to say yes to God today, right where you are
- It will help you evaluate what matters most
- It will support this ministry
To celebrate, brave words and small yeses, big hopes and quiet dreams, I’m giving away FIVE prize packages: a signed copy of Rhinestone Jesus, Dayspring’s bestselling letterpress letters that spell the world “yes”, Dayspring’s gorgeous Micah 6:8 poster, a paper bead necklace created by the maternity home residents in Kenya, a bracelet from a Mercy House community outreach and Dayspring’s “Change the World” tablet decal.
To enter, tell me about your yes. (Remember, there are no big or small in Kingdom living. Every yes counts).
You never know who it will inspire.