A “double-minded” quiz

“Scene 1: It’s ten o’clock on Sunday morning. Sadie bounces from person to person as church is about to begin. She hugs everyone and smiles. She races toward the door when she sees Corrie, the youth pastor’s wife, who is planning this weekend’s youth retreat. She hugs her and tells her how “psyched” she is for it and that she’s really ready for a “God encounter.” She thanks her for planning it and races off to hug another needy heart. Sadie has a strong spiritual gift of mercy. She knows it and she loves using it.

Scene 2: It’s ten o’clock on Sunday night.
Sadie is parked in front of her laptop where she’s been for the last hour. Right now she’s I.M.-ing with Jake. First they talk about how “face” Corrie is. Then, the conversation gets a little sexual. Jake says he’d like to take her virginity away from her, but he’s just not sure. After all, she’s the pastor’s daughter. What would he think? Sadie says it’s none of her dad’s business.

Will the real Sadie please stand up?” (Lies Young Women Believe, 103).

Wanna take a trip?

My bags are packed, my boarding pass is printed and I am waiting anxiously to head off to Chicago, IL for the weekend. I won’t be vacationing, or taking in the sights—even better! I will be joining with thousands of other women (and young women) from across the country at the True Woman ’08 Conference.

Share your Lies Young Women Believe Testimony Right Here

Today, we release an additional resource to help you identify lies and apply God’s Truth. The Lies Young Women Believe Companion Guide hits the shelves today!

In celebration of that release, I want to encourage you share your stories of how this book has impacted you right here. If you’ve already shared, we’d love to hear it again. What a powerful effect it will have to be able to access those testimonies all in one place! If you’ve never shared a personal testimony about the book’s impact, I would love for you to take a minute now to tell us about it. 

What Can We Learn From the World’s Largest Pumpkin?

If you’re anything like me, these kinds of records fascinate you. In fact, most of us are drawn to the idea of doing something spectacular, even if it’s as silly as choreographing the world’s largest coke fountain.

But, this idea that performance equals value can easily trip us up. It’s true that the people who are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records have accomplished something extraordinary. But does that mean that they have more value than those of us who haven’t been a part of a giant human peace sign or sat in a tub filled with rattlesnakes?

I’m Taking a Facebook Fast

Our media choices do impact us. With that in mind, I think it is important that we take a hard look at our choices to make sure that they do more good than harm. Otherwise, our media choices can slowly introduce us to lies that lead to bondage.

“If you are taking in regular or significant doses of music, television, the internet, and movies, you are being affected by them. The question is: Are you being influenced positively or negatively? The impact is usually not felt immediately—its more like and IV in your arm that goes drip…drip…drip…gradually pumping a foreign substance into your system. If the substance dripping through that plastic tubing is toxic or poisonous, you may not feel the results right away, but once it gets into your system, your whole body will definitely be affected!

Likewise, the consequences of taking toxic media into your mind and soul may not be realized until further down the road when it’s too late and the damage has been done” (Lies Young Women Believe, 152).

So, I’m turning off the drip. I am going to pray through my media choices, specifically my use of Facebook and I’m going to make sure that the pros outweigh the cons. I am going to strive to be especially mindful of how this particular media choice impacts my spiritual walk. Care to join me?

The Most Important Thing

I just got back from the funeral of a very good friend of mine. He was a youth pastor, a teacher, a counselor, a father, a husband, and a trustworthy friend. He leaves behind a wife and five kids. He was thirty-three.

Tragedies like this one have a way of bringing clarity into our lives. My friend was well accomplished. He had several degrees and an important career. But as we remembered him today, very little of that mattered. What does matter is the relationship he had with Jesus Christ.

The Moment of Truth

Have you seen the show The Moment of Truth? I wouldn’t exactly offer a glowing endorsement, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in to an episode or two. In case you haven’t, here’s the premise—contestants are asked a series of questions designed to cause drama (examples include: have you ever lied to get a job, have you ever stolen anything, and do you really care about starving children in Africa?). Their answers are matched up against a lie detector test. The goal is to win half a million dollars by daring to be truthful.

The show is really about airing dirty laundry for cash and usually the contestants’ answers lead to tears and angry looks from their family members offstage.  I’ll admit, it’s intriguing but it communicates a dangerous message that Truth is destructive or that deception is somehow is the safer route. This is a lie with serious consequences

My thoughts on your beauty

Several of you have recently commented about your struggle to feel beautiful. This is a common area of heartbreak for young women. In fact, the challenge to embrace my own beauty and worth has been one of the most intense struggles of my life and I know that I am not alone. I have personally witnessed the turmoil that many of you experience in this area and I know how widespread those feelings are among your generation.