Raising World Changers….

downloadRecently I was picked along with a group of others to help Kristen Welch launch her newest book, “Raising World Changers in a Changing World.”

I was super excited to read this new book, and the insights I knew would be there. See, Kristen and her husband began a non-profit organization back in 2010 called Mercy House Global (http://mercyhouseglobal.org/about-us/), which exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. 

Knowing that she and her family were indeed seeking to make a difference in this world, and after having read all of her other books, Rhinestone Jesus, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, and Don’t Make me Come up There, I knew this new book would be inspirational as well.

This past week, I began reading the book, you can pre-order yours here http://bit.ly/raisingworldchangers  now. Each chapter gives some question/answer, which she asked, and her children answered, and which she encourages us to ask our children.

So I finished chapter one, and began the question/answer time with my own. With the first question being, “What does it mean to be a world changer?” I gave mine the day to think it through, and then excitedly gathered their response.

My oldest said, “A World changer is someone who allows God to work through them, and goes out of their way to help others.” My middle son said, “A world changer is someone who helps others, and who tells others about Jesus.” And my youngest replied, “To be a world changer is to be a light that points others who are in the dark to Jesus. It means to be different than others.”

And I suppose I couldn’t have answered it better than that. You see, being a world changer does not mean you have to be someone special, you have to do something huge, you don’t have to start a non-profit, or move overseas.

To be a world changer begins right where you are, it begins when you change the lives of those you come in contact daily, rather than allowing this dark world to change you. As my daughter said, it is being a light in the darkness, and being different than this world.

I am excited to continue reading this book, and for the impact I know it will make.

We live in a dark world, a world whose news is full of tragedy, heartbreak, and strife. A world so far from the Lord and His teachings it is scary. Yet, we do not have to allow this world to change us into fearful, angry people. We don’t have to allow this world to change our kids or draw our kids away from the Lord. We can rather seek to change this world, by being His hands and feet. By being that light on top of the hill that shines ever so bright, that points the lost to Him.

See, we can’t change the world, only Jesus can.

Yet, He allows us to be His hands and His feet, He allows us to be apart of what He is doing.

And it begins with our own. We can’t expect to change the world unless we are first and foremost changing the lives of those most precious to us, our families.

May we join together and seek to raise up the next generation of people who will say “yes Lord, here am I send me, use me, and use my life for your glory!”

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Instructing our Daughters in the Way of the KING.

beauty“Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline you ear; Forget your people and your father’s house; then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.” Psalm 45:11

This verse is full of imperatives, “Listen, give attention, incline your ear, forget..” And as I read this verse, I couldn’t help but think of my daughter, and likewise all young girls.

We live in a world that says, impress your people, that says listen, give attention to what others think, what others say.

And if our daughters listen to the messages that bombard the media, they will hear messages which contradict God’s Word.

They will hear messages that say, “dress this way to get attention, use people to get what you want, use your body to manipulate.” They will hear messages that tell them they have to be a certain size, or a certain weight to be accepted. They must wear certain fashions to be popular.

I know, because I’ve been there. I heard these messages years ago, and fell for their traps. Something I want my daughter now to avoid.

Which is why I love these verses. This passage was written most likely describing the marriage of Solomon to Pharaoh’s daughter. And yet, the true King is the Lord, and as His children, we are His bride.

Thus the message is true for us as well.

God speaks to you ,to me, to our daughters, and He says,

“Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear!” He wants us to hear and know this message. Three times He says listen….

Next, He tells us to forget our people and our father’s house. 

Basically He says, it matters not what your friends, the world, or even your family has to say. Forget it, forget the message they are pushing upon you. What they have to say is not what is important, it’s what I say, what I think of you that matters.

“Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.”

When we care not for the opinion of others, when we care more for what our Lord has to say, we will realize it is He who desires us. We will recognize that we are beautiful in His sight, not because of what we look like on the outside, but for who we are on the inside.  We will understand that the Lord looks not at the outward appearance, He looks at the heart.

And when we grasp His great love for us, we will realize He is Lord, and we will worship Him.

The Lord He is God, it is His opinion that matters, not what the media has to say, not what our friends or even family has to say.

And our daughters need to hear this message.

They need to realize their beauty comes from within not from without. They must grasp that the opinion of man matters not, rather it is what God says that matters.

Girls have a deep desire to be loved, this is the way God made us.

And they will seek to find that love in all the wrong places, if they don’t realize this love can only be found in the Lord.

Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

We must teach our daughters that they should dress themselves not in the seductive dress of the world, rather they should dress themselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.

These are the qualities which make them beautiful. This is what matters, not the size of their jeans.

Peter says it this way, Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:3-4).”

Obviously taking care of ourselves, looking our best is important, but as Peter says, this is not the end all. For he says, it is what is inside, the gentle and quiet spirit that make us beautiful to others and to the Lord.

It is up to us moms to teach our daughters these things, for if we fail to do so, they will only hear the messages of the world, and they will succumb to their traps.

Let us be faithful to point our daughters to the King who is enthralled with their beauty. And teach them that what truly makes them beautiful daughters of the King is not what is on the outside, but rather what comes from within.