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
In this episode, we delve a little into my health journey, and the oft asked question, "What do you have?" and the implications when a definitive answer can't always be found.
Psalm 139:14; 2 Corinthians 12:9 Galatians 2:20; 3:9; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:9, Christian Standard Bible
"Too often we tangle up our ability with our identity in all the wrong ways. We define who we are by how our weaknesses have been labelled." -Bec McNew
"You’re not coming up with an accurately defining label because you’re testing for the wrong things—you’re not looking in the right places." -Bec McNew
"No matter the extent of your weakness, if you belong to Christ, you are a vessel of perfection because His power is made perfect in weakness." -Bec McNew
"You can be okay in the not-knowing when you know your identity is wrapped up in him, not tangled up in your own ability." -Bec McNew
"If I have weakness, then in Christ I home His power." -Bec McNew
Homeschooling, public school, private school... as parents we wrack our brains on what is the best decision for our families. But our decision making processes don't only apply to schooling. Today we’re going to insightfully reflect on how such decisions give hints to our decision making patterns, our perceptions of adequacy, and what awaits us on the other side of obedience.
Don’t neglect the usability of the good on account of the bad." -Bec McNew
"There is no one universally right decision when it comes to education. But there can be right and wrong reasons for decisions." -Bec McNew
"Faith was the action of obedience, not the feeling of belief." -Bec McNew
"You CAN change your mind. It doesn’t make you a failure. It makes you a human being with a free will to monitor and adjust, learn from your mistakes, and change. And if you need to, change again." -Bec McNew
"Our earthly capacity is not large enough or strong enough to contain God’s heavenly abundance. " -Bec McNew
John 17:13-18 CSB
Luke 5:6-7 CSB
Romans 8:28 CSB
Recalling the past can provide fuel for forward motion. It is in the remembering of what God has done in the past that we are able to build the trust, based on the unchanging character of God, that we need to have in order to operate in faith for the future. Faith is not at all blind. On the contrary, it is choosing to see.
"What terrified me before obedience thrills me on the other side of faithfulness!" -Wes Willett
"In your most depleted state, He will yet revive you. Free yourself from the notion of nothing by remembering the All in All." -Bec McNew
"You may not know what. But you can know Him." -Bec McNew
"Our innermost desires are here meant, not our casual wishes; there are many things which nature might desire which grace would never permit us to ask for; these deep, prayerful, asking desires are those to which the promise is made." -Charles Spurgeon"
"It is in the remembering of what God has done in the past that we are able to build the trust, based on the unchanging character of God, that we need to have in order to operate in faith for the future. Faith is not at all blind. On the contrary, it is choosing to see." -Bec McNew
"You don't know how much your unbelief could be limiting someone you love." -Rick Warren
Exodus 12:18-28 CSB
Psalm 37:4 CSB
"What you are doing is not always measurable, but the effects of it are exponential." -Bec McNew
"Don't discount where God has you right now, and continue to allow yourselves to be used by Him where you are, and allow Him to take you somewhere else." -Bec McNew
"I [God] have something for you, but you can't be distracted. If you are looking around for other opportunities, you're going to miss what I have for you." -Surupa Cuffman
"God asks you to do crazy things, and when he asks you, don't waste time, say yes. Just do it. It's better and bigger than anything you could have planned for yourself." -Surupa Cuffman
"We disable God-dependence and name it discernment. And, just like he did in the garden, the enemy whispers freedom, and we willfully enter the prison cells of self-protection, all the while proclaiming, 'But now I know more,' while we hide away in self paralyzation lest we hurt ourselves should we dare to move." -Bec McNew
"When your spirit is compelled with, maybe not humanly rationally safe, but God-sized things, don't be afraid to take hold of them and see where he takes you." -Bec McNew
"A no takes nothing away from your calling." -Lisa Whittle
"Just because you're scared doesn't mean that you're free from that calling. I really feel like God gives us gifts that He fully expects us to use. He fully expect us to do something with those, and we have a responsibility to bring to the world what he's gifted us with."- Jennifer Allwood via Episode #181 of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
"One who watches the wind will not sow, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap." -Ecclesiastes 11:4 CSB
"If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done." -Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB
"It's not better to be safe than sorry, rather it is a wickedness that ensures sorrow." -Bec McNew Tweet this!
"Here is what is not okay: burying the proverbial talent and shrouding fear of success under the guise of humility." -Bec McNew Tweet this!
"One of the most successful lies I have bought into over the course of my life is that self-protection equals wisdom, when in fact, it's often wickedness. It's less than the least." -Bec McNew Tweet this!
"Your treasure is also your weapon. Burying it doesn't keep you safe, it renders you useless." -Bec McNew