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Is God A Rewarder of Dogged Determination and Holy Chutzpah?

The highest compliment that my Jewish grandmother ever handed out:

“She’s got chutzpah!” (pronounced hoot-spuh)

Perhaps that’s because my Jewish grandmother didn’t hand out many compliments. (If you lack a Jewish grandmother you may not recognize why that last line is funny).

In my Jewish father’s home, chutzpah was a good thing. It meant you had courage, strength, bravery, readiness to step out and say or do whatever is needed.

That’s why, a few years ago, I started posting a Morning Chutzpah on Twitter.

Every day, I provide a quote from a Jewish thinker, writer, entertainer that’s got some pow. Sometimes they’re reflective. Ironic. Zany. Funny. Here’s a doozy: Continue Reading...

Watch My Most Vulnerable Interview Ever On PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

When PBS’ Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly asked to interview me about the painful journey behind Fight Back With Joy, I felt hesitant. I’d never allowed a film crew into our home, let alone a national television show, before.

What questions regarding my cancer battle would they ask?

What topics related to the struggle with depression and despair would they probe?


 

Religion and Ethics

Yet as you’ll see from the inspiring segment created by correspondent Kim Lawton, Janice Henderson and their team, each of us can learn to practice a defiant joy.

This is a segment you can share with anyone facing any battle, regardless of religious background, to encourage them today.

Watch the full interview here: http://mar.cta.gs/0ce

 

Watch My Most Vulnerable Interview Ever On PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

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Join 50,000 People Reading Through the Gospels for Lent Beginning February 18

Imagine spending the next 40 days drinking in the teachings of Jesus, watching his jaw-dropping miracles unfold, and falling more in love with God with each turning page.

You're invited to come along as we read the Gospels during Lent 2015 beginning on February 18.

Two years ago, I prayed, “God, what do you want me to lay hold of through Lent.” I felt led to read through the entire Bible in 40 days. We posted a reading plan online and more than 5000 people downloaded it in the first few days.

Last year, I invited you to join me in reading through the entire New Testament for Lent. Friends joined in including, YouVersion, Catalyst Conference, and many more. Over 50,000 people asked to receive a copy of the reading plan.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that so many are setting apart time to dive into the Scriptures and prepare their hearts for Easter. We expect the numbers to multiply again this year, but honestly, who cares? We’re just thrilled people are committing to set apart time to seek Christ and God’s leading in their lives.

This year, I sense we’re supposed to go deeper in the Scripture during Lent and focus on the Gospels.

Matthew. Mark. Luke. John. Or as I like to say it, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.” Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Cherie. Cherie Lowe is an author, speaker and hope bringer. Her book Slaying the Debt Dragon details her family’s quest to eliminate over $127K in debt in just under four years. As her alter ego the Queen of Free, Cherie provides offbeat money saving tips and debt slaying inspiration on a daily basis.

Why God Doesn't Care About Your Debt

by Cherie Lowe

I was sitting in the back left corner of the worship gathering at our church.

In a place where I knew I was loved.

In a place where I experienced grace.

In a place where I was certain I heard God’s voice.

Running my fingers along the grooves of the purple upholstered chairs, I recounted my own mistakes and fears. They were more numerous than the dollars that we owed and left me feeling glued to my seat, not wanting to go anywhere, not really listening to the message of Hope being spoken over my life.

When my husband Brian totaled our debt just days before, I could barely believe my eyes. Over $127K emblazoned at the top of that legal notepad. All of those months, I sent in payments–the minimums of course. All of those months, I bought the groceries and made sure our daughter had shoes that fit. All of those months, I had never stopped to count the total cost.

What were we going to do now? Continue Reading...

Read Fight Back With Joy Before Anyone Else: Join the PartyMob

Dear Friend,

If we’re connected on social media, you may have heard that I was diagnosed with cancer and have been on a challenging journey. I made the decision to focus on what God was speaking to me during that time and spend as many seconds as I possibly could with my family.

The trade-off was that I didn’t post updates about my treatments or details about my suffering. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me and even though I felt so many prayers and was so touched by the outpouring of love, I also felt a little guilty. Would people think that I was sharing because I wanted attention? Cancer does crazy things sometimes.  Continue Reading...