Monday, May 18, 2009

Just Give Me One Moment in Time... gush about this guy, who thought it would be a good idea to write me a note for every day I was on the retreat.

{it was.}

All those Junior High (alright, and High School, and most of college) days and nights when I cried to my mommy and said, "IwillnevermeetaniceguywholovesJesusandwhowantstodatemeEVER!!!" have been proved wrong. glory//hallelujah.

he also happens to be really hot. BONUS.


__________________________________________________________________ say that I NOW can prove there are more lurking bloggerotsky out there--I only have 29 followers but there have been many more hits than that today...come out of hiding and be free in your love for That Girl's hapless daily grind.

Okay, okay, not that free. I wouldn't want our friendship to get creepy or anything.

__________________________________________________________________ tell you that on mondays I get really really overwhelmed because I pretty much never read blogs on weekends because
1) I am almost always on the road speaking at churches and doing ministry
2) Sometimes a weekend hiatus from some things technological is good for my mind, body, and spirit.

I get overwhelmed at the sheer number of blogs I have to catch up on. Yes, some of them are like Y and R or As The World Turns because not much changes in a couple of days, but just like my friends hooked on soaps I can't help but turn in. Does anyone else feel this way?


I read something in a magazine (trust me, I didn't buy the magazine, I flipped through it at lunch--my mistake) that made me so irate today. It was an article about Jon+Kate and it was so heartbreaking. I was angered by an "Anonymous" source who attends church with them basically saying he/she didn't like them and didn't think they would stay married much longer.

As believers it is our responsibility to GUARD one another in Christ Jesus. The fact that someone who is a professing Christian would speak so negatively of a brother and sister being completely slandered in the media made me sick to my stomach. How quickly we shoot our wounded and throw them like garbage to the side and then wonder why no one wants to be a Christian.

Let me tell you, if I had every mistake, or bad word, or thing that I had said or done wrong plastered on the cover of a magazine (like I don't plaster them all over this blog or anything...), I would hope that my church would be a place of refuge and not a place of great condemnation and venomous words. Matthew 18 tells us that if we have a problem with another believer, we should go to him/her and try to rectify the situation. I am working toward getting better at that.
The world is watching us, especially when we talk about others. If we hear gossip, let's try to put it down in a conversation and if we can't, let's refocus our time and energy in another direction. I know old habits die hard, but it's time for the Body of Christ to use our speech to encourage others instead of tearing down everything about them. Should Jon + Kate have gone on TV? I don't know but it's a little too late for that conversation. We need to be praying for their marriage and praying for God to do something really incredible that will lead people to Jesus instead of talking about what they have done wrong and what a shame it is.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Ephesians 4:29

Okay, so that took more than One Moment in Time. So another song lyric to reward you:

Please forgive me, I know not what I do, please forgive me, I can't stop loving you, Bloggerotsky.


Susie said...

I felt exactly the same as you about Jon & Kate when I saw/read about it last week and I immediately started praying for their entire family! (those six little ones are one day older than my Griffin :-) just a bit of trivia) And I felt sick to my stomach too but The family is where Satan starts his sad. I love the scripture you posted and I too feel your church should be your safe haven not a place where people tear you down. Thanks for your post..and glad to know someone else felt the same as I.

Nana said...

oops.....broken link for "this guy".

Nicole said...

That last section really hits home with me, Lauren. I've been struggling with that recently, both trying to stop myself and figuring out what to do when others are going at the gossip and I'm put in the middle. It's hard to do, but I've really noticed how worth it it can be.

Chelsa said...

i'm so glad you addressed this issue. i think it is so important to feel like their church is a place where they aren't being judged by others members, but i know that that often times isn't how it works. people should feel that their church and their church family is a safe haven. after all if we can't ask for help with those people who (on this earth) would be ask.

I am thanking God for your sweet spirit & willingness to love us all so much :)