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It’s my birthday!
Imagine a lemon cake with lots (and lots) of birthday candles on it. It’s my fav, and if you were here I’d give you a big ole’ slice.
Though today is a happy day (cancer survivors love birthdays), it’s been a hard week. As I watched the coverage of the historic flood this week, I held my breath as people perched on roofs, or clambered into cages to be whisked to safety by a helicopter.
There was something else I saw. Something that gave me great hope. I watched as people loved each other.
Jesus said that, “There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends” (John 15:13).
I watched as people linked arms to rescue a stranger trapped in high waters. I watched as business owners opened their doors to people who had nothing. I wept as barriers disappeared as people carried one another through waist-high waters to safety.
This is what people long to see in the church — not allowing anything to get in the way of loving and rescuing people, just as Christ did for us.
Drama is a distractor.
It has no purpose other than tripping us up, dividing us apart, and drawing others away from the beauty and truth of God’s love.How long will I allow drama to distract me from my destiny? 3 things to help you ditch drama.… Click To Tweet
We don’t have time for that, and as I celebrate another birthday (good grief, they come around fast), I’m realizing more and more that our time is limited.
In today’s short video blog, I share three things Jesus taught us to do in the midst of drama. He lived them, and it’s playing out before our eyes in this tragedy.
Three things to remember when drama attempts to distract
- Keep your focus on Jesus
- People are more important than your opinion (or the opinion of others)
- There’s work to do
So, let’s look past the drama and follow Jesus’ example. There’s a harvest, my friend. That’s more than a pithy saying. It’s real and when we choose destiny over drama, we step into his plans for our lives.
For my birthday, I want to give something away.
First, I will give away one copy of my new devo to one of you today. Just comment below.
Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus is a gorgeous, hardbound, textured devotional. It’s a look at Jesus with fresh eyes, and discovering the daily invitations we have as we walk with him.
It’s a beautiful gift for that friend who wants to scrape away complex faith to rediscover Jesus, and it’s a beautiful gift for you as you walk with Jesus daily.
There’s something else I want to do today, and for the next several days.
When I prayed about launching this new hardbound, gorgeous devotional, I received my own “Come With Me” invitation.
I’m celebrating the launch of this book (and my birthday) by matching your preorder. If you purchase a book between now and September 19th, send me a picture of the receipt and I’ll place a matching book in the hand of a woman in prison, a refugee woman living in the U.S., a woman rescued from the sex slave trade, or a woman who doesn’t know Jesus, but is seeking him.
I’ll write a handwritten note with a message you want to share with her, and sign your first name.
I can’t image a better way to celebrate my birthday month than you and I partnering to give a woman a gift that just might draw her close to Jesus.
- This page shows you different ways you can purchase the book
- Send me a picture of your preorder receipt
- Tell me what you want to say to her in that same email, and I’ll include it in a handwritten note with the book and sign it with your first name.
Thank you, friends. ~ Suzie