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How much is one child worth to you?

What if it meant being insulted, robbed, physically assaulted, and jailed?

How about living in another country for almost a year where you don’t understand the language?

Away from everything familiar?

What if it cost you nearly every dime you had? What if it meant being separated from your family for almost a year?

Would it be worth it?

It certainly was for the de Blecourt family.

A family of three, heard God’s call to adopt a child from Ukraine.

Sounds simple enough, right?

The de Blecourt’s journey was anything but simple. In fact, it just about cost them everything they had. Physically, emotionally and spiritually.

My name is Kimberly de Blecourt. I understand there may be a problem with my passport. A look of disgust flashed through the officer’s eyes. Then he laughed a hollow, wretched laugh. ‘You have been misinformed, Mrs. de Blecourt. There is no problem. He sneered. ‘You are under arrest.’

I love reading true stories. In fact, I’m working on my own book now about my life and God’s redemption. And Kim’s book has encouraged me to be gut-wrenchingly honest. Until We All Come Home is a page-turner. Filled with excitement and sadness. Laughter and tears. Hopelessness and grace.

Kim didn’t just write a book about her adoption journey. She lives out the command found in James 1:27. Author profits from the sale of her book will go to Food for Orphans at www.foodfororphans.org.

Adoption may not be something you can do at this time. Or ever. But there are many other things you can do. One is to buy a copy of Kim’s book. Another is to liketweet, pin, etc. this post and share with others.

The de Blecourt’s journey is in many ways a spiritual picture of the lengths God goes to in order to save us and adopt us as his own.

I’ve had the distinct privilege of being on Kim de Blecourt’s book launch team for Until We All Come Home. I’m so smitten with this book that I’m giving away a free copy of Kim’s book (Thanks Kim!). To be eligible for the giveaway, leave a comment below. I will announce the winner this Friday. Tune back in to see if you are the winner!

To what length are you willing to go to fulfill God’s command to care for the orphans and widows? 

Learning Who We Are (Awesome Guest Post by Sundi Jo)

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Hello friends, Please help me welcome my sweet friend Sundi Jo. I hope you’ll check out her new ebook, Liar Liar which is free right now. To get your free copy click here.

I love this quote from Ghandi,

Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.

There’s so much wisdom built into that statement.

I want to introduce you to words that can change your life, if you allow them to.

Right now you may know yourself solely based on what others have said about you or what you’ve said about yourself. But the buck stops here.

It’s time to believe the truth. 

On July 31, 2006 my life was interrupted. I’d heard about this guy named Jesus. People were telling me that he loved me. He died for me. He wanted a relationship with me.

I said my prayers every night since I was a little girl. We’re taught that right? Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. I didn’t have a clue what that meant. My assumption was that was my ticket to Heaven. I prayed. I asked God for help when I needed things. I was in.

I was wrong.

Turns out this Jesus is more important than I had realized. He is the ticket. If you don’t know Him, Heaven ain’t happening for you. (That’s my sophisticated redneck accent coming out)

I started watching this overweight Indian man named Ted, who happened to be the Worship pastor of a church I was checking out. He had grace like I had never seen. He was a man’s man, yet he cried when others cried. He loved others in a way I didn’t know existed. If that’s what following Jesus looked like, I wanted it.

I began a relationship with Jesus, but I didn’t really know what that meant. He kept wooing me, with the goal to learn who I actually was in Christ.

It’s time to learn who you are in Christ. It’s time to learn what the Bible says about who you are. These truths will replace the lies you and I have believed too long. I encourage you to speak these truths out loud, as many times as it takes until they sink in.

There were times I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and spoke them out loud. Though I felt like an idiot at the time, it did the trick.

  • I am God’s child – John 1:12
  • I am Christ’s friend – John 15:15
  • I have been bought with a price and I belong to God –1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child – Ephesians 1:3-8
  • I am free from condemnation – Romans 8:1-2
  • I am a citizen of Heaven – Philippians 3:20
  • I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7
  • I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13

This is just a tiny bit of the truth God reveals to us about who we really are. For the complete list, visit Freedom in Christ Ministries

Though this won’t sink in overnight, I promise, if you repeat these truths out loud, you will start to believe what God really says about you.

Those toxic words, thoughts, and lies you have believed about yourself will disappear and you’ll experience a sense of freedom you didn’t know existed.

Believe it.

Out of the list above, which belief do you struggle with the most?

 Sundi Jo is a writer, speaker, and small business owner, making her home in Branson, Missouri. She is the author of Liar Liar, a manifesto that will challenge you, change your heart, and lead you in the right direction to believe the truth about your true identity. You’ll find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with friends and family, hanging out in a pair of jeans and flip-flops, or writing. Find Sundi Jo on Facebook or Twitter (@sundijo).

To find out more about Liar Liar click here.

“AYDI Gospel”

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I’m in a small group at my church. We are focusing solely on the gospel. I’m also a part of Mary DeMuth’s book launch team for her latest book Everything: What you give and what you gain to become like Jesus. I love what Mary says about the gospel:

The gospel isn’t a life management program. It shouldn’t merely be a crutch we fall on when life gets ugly. It should be the legs we walk on, the air we breathe.

I’m guilty of it. Maybe you are too. I want so desperately for people to “get it” that I end up sounding a bit like a television infomercial:

  • Pray this prayer and your life will never be the same!
  • Jesus wants to change your marriage, kids, & finances!
  • Jesus can heal your body, mind & soul!

As Mary reminds us, these things are true to some extent, but they are “wholly incomplete.” She goes on to say “we don’t preach (or live) the whole gospel. Instead we live the AYDI gospel. The All You Do Is gospel.”

We try and convince people that all they have to do is...

Say the sinner’s prayer.

Go to church.

Join a bible study.

Serve.

Pray.

Tithe.

Go on a mission trip.

Share the Good News with others…

Until at long last we tell them “all you do is die to your own desires and embrace Jesus’ lordship.” Which is actually where they need to start.

Mary calls this the watered down gospel. And this gospel isn’t the gospel of Jesus. It is exhausting. And we teach people they can achieve holiness progressively by following a series of steps and activities.

As Western Christians, we tend to think linearly, but the gospel is more circular, all-encompassing.

The answer to the All You Do Is Gospel?

It should be the All Your Life Is The Gospel.

Otherwise we create confusion and downright falsehood if we make the gospel about improving our lives for the sake of our own selves. What will the newly converted Christian think if all of a sudden the prosperity gospel turns out to be a lie? What will they do when reality hits and their spouse isn’t healed from cancer? Or their child dies even though they prayed their hearts out? Or they don’t get the job they’ve waited their whole lives for?

The gospel has to be about more than all you do is. It must be about, as Mary reminds us, all your life is the gospel.

How would your life be different if you believed Jesus was your EVERYTHING? Would you share the all your life is the gospel?

Jesus offers us the Everything life. Have you responded?

To purchase a copy of Everything from Amazon click here. To purchase from Barnes & Noble, click here.

To receive Everything freebies, click here.

To follow Mary’s blog tour click here.

Who is HE to YOU?

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Recently, Mary DeMuth’s latest book entitled Everything: What you give and what you gain to become like Jesus released. To purchase the book click here.

As part of her book launch team, I am thrilled to tell you this book is phenomenal. Mary is the real deal. She’s humble and smart and honest. She’s not just talking about Jesus being her Everything from a detached viewpoint. She’s living it.

Over and over again her faith was tested. And over and over again she’s surrendered. For many years she followed hard after God in service to him. Out of the comfort zone of “home”, she wrestled with God.

While living with her husband and children in France, on the mission field, her home in the U.S. was taken away by a con-man. Her children were mercilessly teased. By teachers. In France. Nothing was working out.

Nothing significant in the kingdom of God happens unless death occurs.

In her book EverythingMary talks about how we are more like Jesus when we suffer.

C.S. Lewis reminds us that “pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” And it’s true. Isn’t it?

I grow more in Christ-likeness through suffering than I do through a life controlled by my self sufficiency. When things are going well, I don’t seem to need God as much. Pain reminds me of my dependency.

I’ve seen Mary’s faith firsthand this week. Her precious 14-year-old daughter Julia has been in the hospital with frightening symptoms and no clear diagnosis. Mary has faithfully reached out to her friends and family and asked for prayer. She didn’t hide the fear. She voiced it. Named it. Claimed Jesus as Her Everything. Even when things looked dark.

All of this just a few short days before Everything launched. Coincidence? I think not. There is a real enemy of our souls who will stop at nothing short of obliterating our hope. Make us doubt God’s goodness. Turn our backs on Him.

I don’t know where you are today on your spiritual journey. Maybe you don’t know either. That’s okay. There is ONE who does know. Knows the very hairs on your head. Knit you together in your mother’s womb. Knows every breath you’ll ever take. Collects ever tear in HIS bottle.

Why wrestle alone? Why not begin letting God be your Everything?

Jesus became my Everything 10 years ago. When I was at my lowest point, He reached out and snatched me from Satan’s hand. I was an atheist. Living in a homosexual relationship. Had burned through 3 marriages and was in deep shame about my former life as a stripper and prostitute. I was on my kitchen floor planning my suicide.

When I met Jesus face to face he took away my shame and welcomed me at his table. He washed me and I was clean. Whiter than snow..

He can do the same for you.

Will you let HIM?

**Here’s your chance to win a FREE Kitchen Aid Stand Up Mixer the color of the Everything Book! See instructions below!! Hurry contest ends October 31st!

 

 

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Hurry Up!

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Hey peeps! It’s Friday. Yea boy! Time to join Lisa-Jo Baker and all the peeps writing blog posts for #FMF (five-minute-friday). Today’s word: Race.

Go!

It seems like I’m always busy. Running here and there. This meeting, that one. Talk to her. Help her. Listen to them. Always on the go.

I love every minute of it. But sometimes I feel like it’s a race. A race to see who can get the most done in a day yes that’s me.

My mom used to say, “honey, you need to learn how to relax.” Relax? I am ADD. We don’t relax. We race until we are all wound down and then we crash.

In this fast-paced world in which we live, isn’t the only option to be in a hurry? Microwave ovens. Drive-thru dining. Fast-tracks. Hurry up. Let’s go. But where are we all going?

Stop.

If you are interested in finding out more about FMF’s, click here.