The Miracle of Community Can Inspire Us To Action

Dear God, You Rock - Amen.
(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from my dear friend Amanda.)

I finally (joyfully) got to meet Kat at the Relevant Conference this year. I was honored to be at the #hellomornings meet-up that early Friday morning. It was, without a doubt, the highlight of my weekend. To feel God in the middle of those women and to know that same God was in the middle of every tired mama who rolled out of bed that morning was more than my little heart could handle. I felt pressed to the floor with His goodness!

After I peeled myself off the ground, I talked to Kat about how amazing it is that God can use something invisible like the internet to do His will. Kat doesn’t have a book, she doesn’t have weekly meetings and wear a microphone to speak to us. Yet, her ebook and website have mobilized over 2000 women these last 3 months to get up early, read their Bibles and even exercise! (Seriously, 3 things we fight the most against! And Kat has us up doing it every morning!)

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This miracle of community has inspired me to action, too. Not just in getting up early and taking a shower before my kids. I decided to write one of those invisible ebooks, too. My ebook, Truth in the Tinsel is an Advent experience for you and your children. It’s about giving your kids the first 24 days of December and pointing their eyes and hearts not to an elf on a shelf, or Christmas wishes and candy canes, but to the Truth. To the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

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I wrote it quickly, printed it out and brought it to Relevant. It was like something hot and alive in my bag. I felt nervous that someone would see it…but also more nervous that I wouldn’t be able to share it at all. I felt like maybe I had missed out and this ebook opportunity would pass me by. And that maybe I couldn’t help parents make this year the Christmas that impacted their children for eternity.

But with a little encouragement from some fabulous Relevant sisters, I announced the book. And in one day I had 500 fans on the Truth in the Tinsel Facebook page. In less than 2 weeks, there were 900. The book went live on Black Friday and now 1800+ people have joined the Facebook page to say they are going to use December to impress God’s greatest gift on their kids’ hearts!

This is certainly not a testimony to me or my bloggy prowess. No one has even started the book yet! They don’t even know if it’s good yet! (Ha!) The point here is that God uses us. He uses plain, normal, regular old people to accomplish His will!

In 1 Corinthians 20:27-30, Paul talks about this same thing, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

God of the Impossible

Is there something in your life that seems impossible? Something you can’t do alone? Something you feel you need to, want to, have to do? Do you feel weak, foolish or lowly? Guess what? That means you are right where you need to be to see the righteousness, holiness and redemption from God.

God will use to accomplish His will. He takes the invisible and makes big visible miracles happen! Will you ask Him to use you today? To take your weakness and add it to His power?

Another Note From Kat

I just wanted to jump in and say that Amanda is the real deal. She is truly amazing at finding creative ways to impress the Word of God on her children.

Confession: I don’t like crafts much. Ok. At all. But my kids do and I know that by tying together activities and the Christmas story, my children will gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the season. Amanda even has shorter/simpler variations for extremely craft challenged people like me. All that to say, I don’t let just anyone take over my blog for a day…only people I admire who are talking about something I plan to do. Well, I’m off to the craft store now…

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Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids and is the author of Truth in the Tinsel. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!

photo source: wootang01e

Comments

  1. Thank you for letting me share, Kat. Love you!

    a

  2. That was absolutely beautiful. I was shouting for joy as I read that! Talk about speaking directly to me and my situation. Amen!!! God used YOU Amanda.

  3. Angela Smith says:

    Amanda, you have no idea how TIMELY this post is for me!! Just last night I was journaling my prayers to God about how I want to obey him to do this writing thing He is calling me to do but how scared of failure I am. . . what if it doesn’t really impact anyone? I sometimes find myself more excited about the projects/dreams of my friends than I do of my own–I am just so nervous. BUT YOUR STORY has totally spoken to my heart!! THANKS SO MUCH!! I am buying my copy on payday & CAN. NOT. WAIT!!

    • Angela, thank you! I know what you mean about failure! When I read your comment Romans 8:37 came to mind–about being more than a conqueror. But I love what the NIrV says (it’s a kids’s version, guess I understand it more!), “In all these things we will do even more than win!” MORE THAN WIN! And it’s b/c of Jesus!

      Can’t wait to see what He does for/with/through you!
      a

  4. I love you ladies for following God’s prompting! Even though I am not (yet) a part of hello mornings, I have been inspired to follow you all on your journeys and am on one of my own. And I am so excited to start Truth in the Tinsel – I don’t like doing many crafts with my kids, but this I am looking forward to. So thank you! And my children thank you ;)

  5. Love this! I can’t wait to check out your book – I’ve been wracking my poor brain trying to figure out how to make this Advent more Jesus-focused while still being fun for the kids. And you just did all the work for me. ;)

  6. Amanda! So excited about your ebook! And I absolutely love the title. Jumping over to your FB page now…

  7. SOOO glad you went through with the book Amanda! Just did our first ornament today and the best part of my day was when my husband can home I asked our four year old if she could explain our craft to her dad…she said, “Our hearts are sad, and mad and dark, but Jesus came and He is light”…
    SO COOL!!!

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