Our Favorite Books: Rhinestone Jesus
When I first saw news of this book, I knew it had the potential to be one of my favorites. I've been following Kristen Welch's blog for a while now and love the simple, honest wisdom she shares at We Are THAT Family.
I thought I was picking up a book to inspire me to do great things for God, through stories of her missions overseas. It has been that, and oh so much more. Marriage advice, parenting tips, how to have meaningful friendships, how to say YES to God in the small things of life. No, this is not your typical missionary biography. It's a book about faith.
She asks, "Why do we believe we aren't good enough or smart enough or just plain enough to do something for God?"
Most days I don't feel like I'm enough to parent these three boys.
The truth is I am enough, because God has given me all I need for life and godliness – Himself.
"His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence."
(2 Peter 1 : 3)
The truth is raising three boys in a home that values Jesus is something BIG to God.
The truth is when I say 'yes' to God in the daily smalls of life, it adds up to something big.
While I may never have the opportunity to say yes to opening a maternity home in a third world country, I have opportunities to say yes to what God has called me to each moment.
Kristen has motivated me to say yes in the small things. It's good practice so I am ready when the big 'yes' opportunities come along. It is in the small daily choices that I reveal what I treasure most; Jesus or my comfort. She lays out this challenge: "give until it's just a little uncomfortable because comfortable generosity isn't really generosity."
I love how down to earth and real Kristen is, as she shares about her journey from dissatisfied nominal Christian to live-giving Christ follower. There are many stories in the book that speak to my own heart; the battles I fight in the mind over what my faith is truly to look like living here in the land of physical abundance and spiritual malnourishment. Not only does this book give me permission to fight and win those battles, but to dig deep down and find other areas in my life that don't live up to the abundant and sacrificial faith Jesus calls us to.
Have you thought about what it would look like for you to say 'Yes' to God? Prayerfully consider what he is calling you to and fight for a faith worthy of Christ's sacrifice!