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Thursday, May 13, 2010

RADICAL by David Platt

I have many emotions I could share at this moment about life, adoption, and the journey that comes along with both ... But I will pause on that to challenge all of you to read RADICAL by David Platt ...

"But according to Jesus, people are God's method for winning the world to himself.  People who have been radically transformed by Jesus.  People who are not sidelined to sit in a chair on Sundays while they watch the professionals take care of ministry for them.  People who are equipped on Sundays to participate in ministry every day of the week .  People who are fit and free to do precisely what Jesus did and what Jesus told us to do .. MAKE DISCIPLES. "

This is the bottom line to it all ... Go and teach, making disciples in all the nations ... I want each move my families makes to impact the world for Christ both here and there !!! I will fail at this, but I will try at every turn !!!  I want to encourage people by my actions even when I don't think anyone is watching ... I want 147 to change orphans lives, help families bring children home, and cause people to act on behalf of an orphan ... I want my family to be a beacon of light ... Is this always easy ???  NO WAY ... I can't tell you how many people tell me that THEY COULDN'T DO WHAT I DO ... I don't think I really believe that ... I am just a vessel of Christ ... I think my life is super hard on many days and wish it could be different, but then I look at the big picture and not the so called AMERICAN DREAM and I am completely refocused as to why I am here and very very content  ... It really is that simple of a decision ... Take the gospel to all nations and glorify the Father w/ our lives ...


I keep thinking that one day I will have processed everything that I have seen in Uganda and the next second Maggie runs up to me and says, "You da best Mom eber" and I realized I still haven't processed my time in China bringing home my girls and then Jeremiah will ask me a question about life and then I realize I still haven't understood the magnitude of being a mom and then Elijah will share a sweet prayer that just makes time stand still for me ... It has been in the last 3 weeks that I have come to realize that perhaps I will be processing for the rest of my life ... Never figuring out the magnitude of it all, because I live in a fallen world  ... I live a life by FAITH in a God, who is so big, amazing, gracious, loving, and all powerful that I can not begin to put him in a tiddy check box on my list ...

Reading Scripture more is a must for me !!!  Hiding it in my heart ... Knowing the truths and not just accepting what others say scripture says ...  And processing day by day !!!

Book is available at LifeWay bookstores

16 kind words.:

We Are Family said...

Great post!

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Love you and your heart so full of His love for all!

Hugs,
Jill

A Cup of Cold Water said...

gwen, we have been fans of the radical series for many months now but the book is new to me. can you post a link as to where to find it?
erika

Diane and family:) said...

THIS blog post is one of my all time most favorite, ever:)!!!

Kneeling right beside you, daily, hugs to you, Gwen...

Alison said...

Love, , love, love this post!! This is exactly how we feel...have just started reading Radical too! I know it is going to rock our world!! In a great way...su

Jim and April said...

i asked for this book for my birthday coming up next week, cannot wait to read it! I am on message 4 of his 8 part radical series online!

Jason Rust said...

Love David. We are teaching radical at our church. Go listen to his second to last sermon...father to the fatherless. It is rad.

Amy said...

I watched David Platt's Radical series of sermons after Katie posted the link. I am so excited that he has made this into a book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for living a radical life! You are an encouragement!

Kim said...

Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy when we are home for summer break in the States.
Cannot wait to get my arms around your neck and give you a big hug!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Katy Southern said...

Hey Gwen! So fun to meet you the other day- Just checking in for updates as I continue to pray for your family- Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

suzanne said...

goood day...you are so deep on your blog! I know, I know, it's mrs. "love therapy" speaking here! hahahaha...I was just sayin

Roger Bachman said...

Hey Gwen,

I agree. I watched this series and it made me think also. I don't want to blend in to our culture but to be set apart. Most "Christians" question me and ask why? I can't "get" them to understand but I pray for them, and ask God to open their eyes and live fully for Christ. I don't feel like I am changing lives or affecting people for the greater, but I hope I am. I want to have a spouse with the same outlook and convictions. We need more that are Radical for Christ and less that are content to just sit and listen.
Continuing to pray for you and those affected by the flood. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gwen !! I found your blog from Katie's & have been checking in daily. I cannot wait to know that you are on the way to pick up Joseph & Daisy :-) I pray for your family daily !
You may already know this - David Platt's messages are available on his church's website. They are absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing your family's story !! Jami in Folsom, CA

Kristi said...

Have the book to start when I finish Crazy Love. Heard David speak at our church and was very moved by all he had to say. Realizing how far I have to go to really lead a surrendered life. It is a daily....or for me.........minute by minute deal isn't it!

Cindy said...

Amen to all of this!!!! I just finished the book and loved it...and was really challenged to be more intentional about daily sharing Jesus with those who don't know him yet.

Let's do it...let's make disciples!!! :) Love that you are living life for His kingdom. May it spread like wildfire!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Bought the book last night ... after 3 blogs recommended it this week. :)

Laurel :)