She likes to "dress" herself these days!
"I've been asking a lot of questions lately. What if God isn't as predictable and explainable as we'd like to think?"Chase goes on to ask his congregation:
"What if, now and then, we put the drums and guitars away, turned off the projectors, shut down the sound system, and waited quietly for God...Do we have enough faith to believe he'd appear to us as a community?"Frustrated with "doing church" status quo, Chase travels to Florence, Italy where he spends the next several weeks with his uncle, a Franciscan priest. Little does he know that what lies ahead of him is not just time away from ministry to "get himself together" but a personal pilgrimage of faith where along the way he encounters the life and ministry of Saint Francis of Assisi in amazing and unusual ways.
"I thought your fixation on poverty was part of that medieval Catholic thing - fanatical monks and ascetics beating their bodies and starving themselves in order to do penance. But that wasn't it. You chose a life of poverty because it created the optimal conditions for your soul to mature. I confess that I'm a lifelong collaborator with the forces of materialism and consumerism. Is it possible to live in America and not be?....As long as Christians and the church continue colluding with the powers of consumerism and materialism, our witness is impeded...I fed poor people and bathed a man with AIDS today. It was a good day, Francis, a very good day."Ian Morgan Cron, author of Chasing Francis writes the book in the genre called wisdom literature, which is a very delicate balance of fiction and nonfiction, pilgrimage and teaching. As you read this story, you will feel as if you are on your own journey. Mr. Cron does an excellent job of drawing you into the pilgrimage along with Chase. You will learn much about Saint Francis as you read and you will be challenged to look differently at how you "do church" and ministry.
"When we acknowledge God in all our ways, we listen to His words, obey His commands, and value His thoughts over and above our own. We submit our desires to Him and deliberately choose to walk in His ways. Then as the Lord sees our choices, how we choose to live, and our choice to honor Him in all we do, He will make our paths straight and bless us. The Bible is clear that the Lord directs us in His path if we trust Him and are open to His direction. This might surprise you, but God is better at working out our lives than we are! He knows what we need, He knows that we are weak and frail, but He longs to bless us, in the appointed time, in His perfect way. I have found over the years that sometimes a no is as good for my soul as a yes. A no forces me to increase my trust. When I am seeking Him for abundance, sometimes on reflection it seems His no was an amazing way to increase my dependence. Trusting God does not mean simply waiting around passively for a master plan to fall into our laps. Jesus clearly teaches us that we are to pray about everything we need, and today that may well have as much to do with decisions and career as our daily bread."The book is easy to read and Beth is lighthearted and funny at times. I was a little uncomfortable with the way she treated the issue of repentance, feeling her handling of it was a bit too lighthearted. At one point she finally refers to repentance as simply telling God you are sorry. Repentance is much more than just telling God you are sorry.
So, if you are a parent or grandparent and are concerned about instilling life changing values in your children and grandchildren and going against the tide of current thought in our society that "it's all about me and what I want" then I whole heartedly recommend you get a copy of this book! It can be purchased at Amazon.com by using the link below. If you order through this link I'll get a small commission from the sale."That means every little thing YOU do matters: what you did yesterday, what you do today, and what you do tomorrow. God made your life so important that every move you make, every action you take, matters...and not only for you or the people around you. Everything you do matters for everyone and for all time! When you think about it like that...WOW! That means YOU can be the kid who changes the world!"