Here are five things to inform, delight, and inspire you this week.
- How do you listen to Revive Our Hearts radio programs? I’ve always been a roaming podcaster: headphones in, hands busy, heart ready for wisdom. Every now and then, while I’m walking circles around my apartment, packing my lunch and putting on makeup, I’ll hear something that stops all movement: “Wouldn’t you admit that there have been moments in your life where it felt as if God was nowhere to be found?” Yes. Nancy is in the middle of a series called “Dealing with Depression and Doubt,” and if you’ve ever felt desperate, if you’re facing discouragement or circumstances that make you feel like you’re drowning, download the series now.
- You’ve probably heard about the new film Unplanned, the true story of Abby Johnson’s inspiring transformation from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life activist. Hannah Norton (a True Woman blogger!) saw the movie, and it made her think about how Mary, the mother of Jesus, would have been treated if she had become pregnant as a teen in 2019. Would she find the support she needed? Or would her friends “encourage her to take a simple pill so her life could get back to normal?” How should we respond to a friend who has had an abortion, or to the overwhelming national crisis our country is facing? Hannah advice is practical and passionate—read it here.
- Here’s the thing about Instagram—when it started, we just thought it would be a fun way to post pictures and connect with people. When it started, we didn’t know it would become a place where millions of women, young and old, would gather. Abigail Dodds says women are already intentionally speaking the truth in love about Christ on Insta. (Some of my favorites? Kelly Needham, Lore Wilbert, and LYWB’s own Erin Davis!) “But what if we invited more and more regular, non-famous Christian women to join this mission? What if we strategized and planned, not how to grow our own platform, but how to make Him known far and wide and build up His people?” Are you in?!
- On the plane ride home from True Woman ’19, I read All That’s Good by Hannah Anderson, and after reading this fantastic article Hannah wrote on the same topic, I’ve realized I need to grab that book and give it to a friend! “Instead of retreating from the world,” Hannah says that “God intends to equip us to meet its challenges with confidence and joy.” Here she lists ten things wise people do that makes them uniquely capable of discerning the difference between what’s good and what’s not in a broken, complicated world.
- We’re mostly content to coast: if we’re not fighting with our families or friends, not struggling too much with school or work, just mostly doing okay, we’re satisfied. But God’s not. Bambi Moore says we’re willing to settle for much less than He is; by grace, God started a good work in us and will continue on to complete it. One way he does that? Through trials. When the nights grow dark, Bambi says, “This is when you realize that what you’ve read, sung about, and spoken for years is true: you really are nothing apart from Christ. You understand afresh that your ‘hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.’” Amen!
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