This week we talk about the pastor’s conference, t-ball, women’s conferences, a lesson from a funeral, giant pencils, and more!
This week we have a special in-studio (ok, in-living room) guest! We chat with Amber Cok about thinking globally. I love this girl!
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If you tried to listen to the podcast earlier today, you noticed that we had a little technical issue that cut if off at 21 minutes. So sorry about that! It should be fixed now. Be sure and finish the podcast. Don’t end on that note where Chad and I are arguing about Valentine’s Day! 🙂
This week we talk about being crazy sports parents, Valentine’s Day, date nights, and we even have a special surprise guest, Jackson Chang, romance specialist! Thanks for listening.
On Saturday women everywhere walked down wide avenues and narrow streets. They filled parking lots and smiled and held signs and felt proud of themselves. They were in the mood to protest, and they did, thinking, they said, of each other, of the greater good, of the way they dream things were and the way they wish things could be. One woman stood for a photograph, feet spread wide in a show of standing her ground, smiling under big black letters that she had carefully printed on poster board: F*ck Hate.
They came out in droves, American women with their fresh cut and color. With their trendy boots and warm wool coats. They left their precious children safe at home with family or friends or even their husbands. They drove nice cars to rendezvous points with the marker still drying on their handmade posters, and they made sure to carry their new iPhones with them to capture their good deed.
They said they marched for women’s rights and human rights. Both are things that I care deeply about. Women should be revered and admired and compensated like we are amazing, magical creatures (because we are). Human beings should be loved and nurtured and treated with kindness. All things that I can get behind.
But, the idea of marching for human rights and women’s rights falls a little flat when you don’t allow pro-life women to join your protest. The truth is, at the heart of this march was a passion for seeing a certain kind of woman succeed. And that kind of woman isn’t me or most of my friends. We are the women they want to silence.
Today’s feminism isn’t a pro-women movement. It’s a pro-feminist movement. And, while the women marched for more of everything, down safe streets in a country where opportunity is banging on so many doors, in other places in our world women were starving to death. Watching their children grow distended bellies. Feeding their babies dirt just so that they will feel full for a few minutes. In other places, women are being sexually mutilated daily. They are living under cruel dictatorships. They are forced into prostitution. They are murdered for daring to say that they want a divorce.
And, right here in the US millions of babies, many of them girls, are being torn apart limb by limb, burned alive, thrown in a trash can, or chopped up and sold for parts. And the women of our great country, the very ones who claim that they want women to thrive, are leading the march that ends with millions of baby girls splayed out on a cold metal tray in some clinic, lying there alone until they are dead.
So, forgive me if I don’t feel the love behind the signs that tell us to f*ck hate. Forgive me if I doubt the sincerity of the richest women in the world when they organize an event that is about getting even more for themselves. Forgive me if I am disgusted by the reality that this march was actually about the most free and privileged women on this planet making much of themselves. Not when there are women all over this world who know what real suffering is. Not when the end game is tiny corpses filling up American dumpsters.
That’s just not a beat that I can march to.
Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for brand new music from Worship Lullaby. Tonight I used a random number generator to determine my two big winners! The winners of the Worship Lullaby CD, Vol. I & II are: Andrea Thomas and CJ Frazier! Congratulations, Andrea and CJ!
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Many thanks to the good people at Worship Lullaby for taking such great care of my readers!
This week on the podcast we talk about our biggest takeaways from our marriage conference with Steve and Debbie Wilson of Marriage Matters Now. Plus, our latest thoughts on the election AND the giveaway I’m hosting! Thanks for listening!
**This giveaway has ended. See winners and get an exclusive discount code here.**
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most about being a parent is introducing my kids to music. Now that Sawyer and Adelade have discovered Spotify, they’re constantly finding old music that is blowing their little minds. The day they first heard “Jesus Freak” was a great day in our house. And, seeing them walking around with their little tablets listening to Buddy Holly or Elvis or Keith Green is just too much fun.
I love sitting next to them in church during worship. I look down the row to watch them sing along, all of us praising God together, and I’m struck by what an incredible gift that music really is. God created so many things in this world for us to enjoy and to use as a means to know Him better and glorify Him more. He didn’t have to do that. But, He did, because He’s so incredibly good.
I want to instill a love for worship music in my kids. So, imagine how excited I was when I learned about a collection of hymns and worship songs for the nursery! Yes, you read that right. Tried and true hymns and our favorite modern worship songs, blended together beautifully without an ounce of contention, and orchestrated to soothe and calm babies and young children. You must go and listen to the peaceful renditions of some of your favorites at Worship Lullaby.
A worship leader created this collection of 24 songs because he has a passion for seeing the church pass down songs of faith to our young ones. You’ll hear everything from “Be Thou My Vision” to “Oceans,” played with whimsical sounds and soothing chimes.
I can’t think of a better or more meaningful gift for the babies and children in our lives. If we want to soothe them and uplift them, why not use worship music? It’s never too early to share the gift of music with our little ones.
The sweet people at Worship Lullaby are doing a giveaway for my readers! TWO of you will win the entire collection on CD! If you can’t wait, you can order CDs or buy an instant download here. To enter below, just leave a comment and tell me who you would give this music to.
The contest ends next Monday, October 31st, at 10pm. Winners will be announced on November 1st! Be sure to check back to see if you won AND to get an exclusive coupon code for Your Mom Has a Blog readers.