The supernatural. Is it real? Is it harmless? Is it okay to enjoy magically-themed entertainment? Folks have a lot of strong feelings on this one. With certain culturally popular celebrations coming up, on today’s episode of Word Quota, The Magical Miraculous, I thought I’d delve a little into the tension that arises at the mention of the supernatural.
My dear friend Nay joins me for life conversation, and it's a full one! We discuss everything from home decor to physical illness, culottes to mental health, and the sweet places God has blessed us with in our sorrows and happiness as we use our all-the-wordiness. You don't want to miss this one!
"He didn't have a plan B, He just had a plan." -Naomi Holder
"What is this need that we have to have people approve of us all the time? In the end, there are going to be people that don't, and it's ok. There are other places where God intends for you to put your energy. Sometimes God wants to funnel you somewhere else, and in order to get your attention to where it needs to be, there's got to be something there that separates you from that [person/ situation]." -Bec McNew
"...He's essentially trying to boil the junk to the surface so he can scrape it off. And that sounds really disgusting, but there is so much hurt and junk that we just kind of suppress and push down... and he's going to give us situations where we have to practice surrender and practice letting it work its way out of us... he's trying to free us from these things." -Naomi Holder
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All Episodes#14 Give Us Rest
September 26, 2018
Bec McNewOften we feel as though we have no choice but to live exhausting lives. Rest requires a humility to trust that things can succeed outside of our overrun efforts.
“Rest is wealth.”-Bec McNew
“Rest is where our strivings cease.” -Bec McNew
“Rest requires humility. " -Bec McNew
“Rest is given- it’s a gift of the Lord’s presence, and we will miss out on it if we aren’t obedient to receive it. " -Bec McNew
“What functionality are we sacrificing to the false god of efficiency?" -Bec McNew
“It can seem so difficult to make a space for receiving- we have exercised accomplishment for so long, resting at first appears to amplify the awareness of how sore we are." -Bec McNew
"It takes a decided obedience to exercise our trust and receive the rest that is far beyond ourselves." -Bec McNew
“All-night ministry time was sandwiched between two times of unhurried time with God.” -Wes Willett
“What if the greatest accomplishment in life is to be in His presence; to look at His presence as an actual accomplishment—as the accomplishment?” -Wes Willett
Psalm 37:7 NASB Exodus 33:14, Psalm 62:1, Matthew 11:28, Hebrews 4:11
“For the Christian, rest is the final place of God’s heavenly blessing, which they will receive if they hold fast their faith.” -Christian Standard Bible Commentary
The experience of adopting our son expanded my heart to more fully understand the heart of adoption in the gospel.
“God pours out his love generously, and we are able to accept it fully and pleasurably without false humility.” -Bec McNew
“God isn’t passing out his benefits on the basis of what is merited, his bestowment of delightful love is not in our accomplishments- it’s on the basis of who we belong to.”-Bec McNew
“God looks at those whom Christ’s blood covers and sees us as blood-kin.”
“Adoption on Earth is a metaphor that reflects a glint of what takes place in the heavenlies!”
John 1:12 (CSB), Ephesians 1:5 (NLT), Galatians 4:4-7 (NLT)
Why I still have faith when an answer to prayer doesn't turn out how I hoped.
"Fear dissipates with Proximity." -Bec McNew
"Asking is an offering of humility." -Bec McNew
"Shining your light doesn’t mean that the days are never cloudy. Sometimes God’s glory shines the brightest against the contrast of our darkest days." -Bec McNew
"Lament is an aspect of our lives that knits us intimately in solidarity and surrender with the Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief." -Bec McNew
"He is good through even our most horrific circumstances, not in spite of them." -Bec McNew
"When we don’t get what we asked for, we rest in God’s working. -Bec McNew
Matthew 5:14-16 CSB
Rachel Anne Ridge is such a joy, and I'm so happy to have her on Word Quota today. We discuss life interruptions, parenting, and of course those beloved donkeys, Flash & Henry!
"When I have things that are unexpected or maybe even uninvited… what can I learn from it… how can I get to know God better?" -Rachel Anne Ridge
"God’s faithfulness is sure, his faithfulness is a mighty power. He’s a strong tower that we can always run to. Especially in the parenting arena, we can experience God’s faithfulness even when we don’t necessarily see the daily fruit." -Rachel Anne Ridge
"You kind of need an older person to tell you, “Ya know, don’t worry about the toys on the floor. It’s gonna be okay.” -Rachel Anne Ridge
"God has each of us on a journey. It’s so easy to compare ourselves with other people’s journey… but if we can just step back and trust that God has us each step along the way, he is faithful. I truly believe that." -Rachel Anne Ridge
"There are so many things that pull us away from that settled-ness or a place of peace where we can sense that God is with us, but it is good to be reminded that God hasn’t forgotten us, that he loves you, he loves you deeply. He has your best interest in mind and He is fighting for you, and he really is faithful." -Rachel Anne Ridge
"It’s really transformative to me to know that God is in the stillness. He is in the quiet."
There is so much good that can come from the use of the tools we use in this modern era, but it can also consume us in unhealthy ways. In today's episode, we will touch on my social media journey, and parse out some positives and problems.
"Little has exposed our societal addiction to outrage more effectively than the internet has."
"Our silence can be more hurtful than our speech."
"If the end goal is simply “I’m right, and you’re kind of an idiot,” that’s probably a good indication that tongue-holding may be a good idea."
"Ultimately, our goal should be to honor God and to love our neighbor."
Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 77:12, Psalm 111:2, Psalm 145:5, Psalm 8:1-9, Luke 12:24-27 CSB
How often do we pick and pull at imperfections until all that is left for us is something completely unraveled?
Daily renewal may often involve daily forgiveness. It’s a practice that produces strength over time.
Unforgiveness is a glorified game of comparison in which we try to make ourselves the standard idol of righteousness and put the other party in positions in which they can never add up.
Ephesians 4:22, 2 Corinthains 4:16, James 3:5-10 CSB
So often hot topics such as ethnic reconciliation are politicized into bullies that keep us silent for fear of guilt by association or for the sake of a sinful pseudo unity, when the Word of God on our conscience should compel us to speak. In Episode 8, we will parallel the healing of a broken foot to the healing of the broken Body, and visit some everyday relational challenges faced by multi-ethnic family.
"When something in our body is sick or broken, we care for it so that it may be healed. When the pain is deep, we evaluate the situation. We look inside to find the source of the problem, and we take the steps necessary for repair." -Bec McNew
"True healing on issues of reconciliation and justice requires awareness, acknowledgement, conversation, and action. Not silence." -Bec McNew
"Acknowledging that there is a problem while refusing to own any responsibility for being complicit only keeps us weak and unhealed." -Bec McNew
"If we stay quiet, things do go back to normal. It’s just that my normal is beneficial to me, but that’s not the case for everyone." -Bec McNew
Christian Standard Bible: Leviticus 26:40,42; Mark 12:30-31; Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:17
New International Version: Luke 6:45; Jeremiah 22:3; Micah 6:8
"Don't be divisive" often equals "Be unified in our sin." -Dr. Russell Moore"
“Unity does NOT look like ignoring the impact of the past on the present.” -Dr. Eric Mason
“People who have been impacted by a severe grace pursue a severe justice for our neighbors.” -Dr. Christina Edmonson
“The church is not silent about injustice because her Lord is a God of righteousness… righteousness is the root of justice and justice is the offspring of righteousness.”-Dr. Charlie Dates
"I don't know how to rest well. When I'm having a hard day, it very well might be a whisper from the Lord really encouraging me to lean into resting." -Jasmine Lopez
"Having those types of conversations are hard. I think they can be awkward, we can stumble over our words, but I think there is lots of room for grace in those conversations if we're willing to just ask and sit down with a friend who is a different ethnicity. Ask them what their experience has been. Really practice what it means to listen well, keep your mouth shut, and just ask." -Jasmine Lopez
"Believe people's experiences... We try to just NOT necessarily believe people, because if it makes us uncomfortable, we want to put the reasoning for that on them and not on something being in our hearts." -Bec McNew
"Jesus calls us to not be comfortable." - Jasmine Lopez
"When we can challenge our inner selves and put ourselves in what would feel like and seem like uncomfortable situations so that we can gain perspective on a certain people group I think is when really walls begin to come down. And in that is when we really begin to see that we have a lot more maybe in common than we would have thought." -Jasmine Lopez
"I felt this overwhelming sense of perfect love that I didn't know I was searching for, but really deep down inside was. And so when I felt it, all I could say was yes to that perfect love." -Jasmine Lopez
"I'm now learning how to see God as my Father and how He won't abandon me." -Jasmine Lopez