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February 2012

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Baros

Man, it’s been a crummy week.

Lots of traveling, lots of stuff with the kiddos, friends…life. It has been a good reminder of the fact that even when things start to feel upside-down, there’s still something we can do for each other in the hard seasons.

Years ago, when people rallied around me during my pregnancy with Audrey, I realized that one of the most amazing gifts I received was the love of people who only knew me through the common bond of Christ, and those women offered a part of themselves for me. Many of you emailed me letting me know that you had specifically asked the Lord to allow you to carry a part of my burden. Wow.

I’m sitting in a Starbucks writing this, and I’m tempted to burst into tears because I remember that time so well. I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord honored your requests, and as a result my burden was lighter. To this day I have an image of the way He may have distributed that hurt to those who were willing, and the most beautiful part of it all is that He received all the glory for your faithfulness.

In my quiet time today, the Lord led me to a few scriptures and as always, a little bit of deeper study led to insight that blessed me beyond measure. Sometimes when you’re reading the Bible, you see things that seem contradictory. As I read Galatians 6:2 today, it seemed pretty clear that this “sharing of burdens” was important. It says:

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Okay. Got it.

But then, right below it in Gal 6:5, it says this:

“For each one of you should carry his own load.”

Interesting. So what gives?

Before I say anything else, let me say this. The Bible is not supposed to be intimidating. It’s not supposed to make you afraid to dig further down, or to seem like an academic, far-away, untouchable instruction manual. It’s a love story, and you are a part of it.

If you see commentaries on the Bible, or anything fancy that talks about the Greek or Hebrew words, or anything like that, just know this: God never intended the Bible to feel “over your head.” He wants you to invest youself and take the time to understand things, but He never wants you to be intimidated by the Word. Rather, He wants you to be empowered.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. Galatians. And why does it say that we are to share burdens and then say that we are all supposed to carry our own loads? Which is it?

Here’s what I discovered.

In verse 2, the Greek word used for “burdens” is “baros.”

Don’t wander off because I said Greek!!! Come on back! Just think of it this way. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek. So when you say “the Greek word,” you are really just saying, “in the original language.”

Okay? You back. Good.

And how in the world did I ever figure out the Greek word?

Because I speak it fluently. As well as Hebrew, French, and at least three African dialects.

Well, either that or I have access to the Google.

I love this website, and this Bible in particular for this kind of study.

Sooooo, baros. Hello new friend.

Baros means “heaviness, weight, burden, trouble.”

Now onto verse 5. Using the same methods, I find (in about 2 seconds) that the word used in this passage for “load” is different. This word (in Greek…hello fancypants) is “phortion.” It lists the word “burden” in it’s definition, but upon reading a little you will see that it is different than the one mentioned earlier. Innnnnnteresting.

Here’s what I found:

The word “photon” does not connote any weight; it is simply to indicate that something is being carried. It’s the same word used in the passage that says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:30). It’s what we are called to carry, and essentially it means that we are going to stand before God one day and have to give an account for our lives, and that is not something that someone else can carry for us. (via W.E. Vine)

Greek and Hebrew aren’t scary, but that is. Because it’s the kind of conviction that motivates us to seek Him and make our lives a beautiful offering.

The former (baros) is the weight of this world-the pain that comes from living in a fallen world with fallen people. And it connotes weight. I know, because I feel that weight every day and so do you. There is a major difference between the two, and while we can’t shoulder the burden of someone’s life choices in light of eternity, we can shoulder the burden put on our friends here on earth. And I really believe that it’s more than a suggestion.

Isn’t that cool? I know this isn’t really a “pretty” post, but the purpose is to get you motivated to dig into your Bibles, and also to ask for you to pick up some weight for some sisters in Christ.

I love that this is a safe community where we can bring our burdens and allow the Lord to distribute them. Feel free to use the comment section as an altar and lay down anything we can pray about, even if it isn’t detailed.

We will be honored to share the load.

With so much love,

Angie

Women of Faith

From Blah to Awe

First off, let me say that it’s unusual for me to have so many review/giveaway/fun posts in a row, but I am loving it! For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, you might not know that I’ve been a little under the weather. Turns out I have mono :( I am trying to rest and do all the things they tell you to, but with 4 kids and everything else I have on my plate, staying in bed isn’t really an option. It’s really not awful but I do feel tired a lot and I have a headache ALL THE TIME. Any suggestions? Ideas?

Ugh. I think I have been living with exhaustion so long that when I kick this thing I’m going to feel like a million bucks :) In the meantime, thank you for enjoying all the laid-back fun stuff on my blog lately. It’s been so good for me to read comments and enjoy you all.

With that said, I want to encourage you to pick up a book for the teenage girls in your life. It’s called “From Blah to Awe” and it’s by Max Lucado’s daughter Jenna. She is a great writer, and this book just came out this month. Although my girls aren’t quite teenagers yet (Oh, mercy. I cannot imagine), I think this will be a fantastic choice when they are a little older. It’s very conversational, but also truth-filled. She includes a bunch of other people’s stories as well as her own testimony and the general idea is shaking up your faith and really seeking relationship with Christ. I also really like that it’s very interactive, and has sections where they can journal a little and really flesh out the ideas. One of the chapters talks about how a lot of people who read the Bible think it’s boring because they don’t understand it as a story, and she does a great job of bringing ideas like this home in a very age-appropriate, encouraging way.

These are the most brutal years for holding onto faith, and the more I hear stories of kids going to conferences like Passion and Revolve (WOF-Jenna is a speaker for Revolve :)), the more I’m encouraged that this generation is doing things that are going to change the world. I’m also keenly aware that so many of them are choosing to walk away from their faith, in small ways and in big ones. I think that any of us who have teenagers in our lives can see the tension that society is putting on them, and the more “Jenna Lucado’s” we can put in their lives, the better. Let’s inspire our girls to chase after the Lord and seek a life with Him that goes past static and moves into a life-long love relationship.

And if I might ask for a little prayer as well? This weekend will be my first event in Dallas for the WOF One-Day events, and I’m pretty nervous. I have been working on my talk but for whatever reason I feel like I haven’t quite got it down. Please just pray that I will connect with the people there and that they will be blessed by whatever I manage to get out :) And also, please pray for smooth flights and for my kiddos to have a great night while I’m out.

Much love to you all!!! And if you will be at the Dallas event and you haven’t sent me an email, please do!

Ang

 

Faith, Family, Fun Fridays, Giveaways, seeds family worship

Seeds Family Worship

If you’ve been around here for a while you’ve heard me talk about Seeds Family Worship. They just released their 7th CD & I get to give away 5 copies!!! Hard copies won’t be available until March but a digital version will be available sooner.

But that’s not all, the Seeds Family Worship folks have also been generous enough to provide one COMPLETE SET of their CDs for one of you!! 

Wait. There’s more! Passport 2 Purity is a new curriculum coming in May from Family Life. It promises to be another great resource for parents. You’ll have to wait a bit to claim this prize, but one of you can give the curriculum a try come May!

 

 

Want to get in on the fun?
1) Leave a comment below before 11:59pm on Sunday February 19th with your must have resource for parents when it comes to the Spiritual life of your kids
2) Invite others to join the fun via twitter or Facebook

* All winners will be chosen at random for all prizes & participation verified *

Fun Fridays, Giveaways

We Could All Use a Little Nourish-ment

***UPDATE: Congrats to Gabrielle Erway!! You will be enjoying some sweet orange soon!***

I love getting the chance to share great products I find that I love. I love it even more when I get to give you the chance to try them!!

So, for this 2nd installment of Fun Fridays, I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Raechel. She is unbelievably creative, as you will see from spending about 2 minutes on her blog. I wish we could say we met under good circumstances, but we didn’t. She lost her sweet Evie Grace within a few days of Audrey and they are buried next to each other. Until recently, we had only connected a few times but I have loved seeing her more often these days {even if it is in the context of “trying to get me to run. Ugh}.

A few weeks ago I was over at her place and bought a few of her Nourish products…and I LOVE THEM! So I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to include you all in a chance to get some for yourselves!

A little bit of the Nourish Organics story…

Nourish Organics started three years ago in Franklin, Tennessee with a Mama whose brand new baby had terrible food allergies and eczema. With a background as an aesthetician, she searched and searched for safe, effective and soothing products for his sensitive skin. Because of her struggle to find products she trusted – it turns out no one is as picky when it comes to choosing ingredients as a Mama is for her own child – she decided to make her own products. It was only a matter of time before her friends began asking for the balms and washes and oils for their own children, and naturally, Nourish Baby Organics was born – because every baby deserves to be Nourished!

Since then, in the fall of 2011, Nourish began to outgrow it’s roots and was adopted by friends and fellow Franklin residents, Raechel Myers and Olivia Pennington. They kept all the formulas the same but changed the name to simply, “Nourish Organics” – because, they believed, everyone’s skin deserves to be babied!

New products and formulas have been added to the Nourish family since them – many of them still in collaboration with it’s “birth mama” – including organic lip balms, and an organic sugar scrub.

Now for the fun part. The sweet folks at Nourish Organics have kindly provided one of their Organic Sweet Orange gift sets for one of you to try.

I’ve been loving the lip balm & sugar scrub!! If you want to try them for yourself, leave a comment about your favorite body product {any brand! any type! body wash? lotion? whatever!} below between now & midnight on Sunday February 12th & we’ll pick one winner at random. 

They have also offered to give you 15% off any purchase for the next five days!! So, head on over to their site & try out some of their other products. Use the code nourish15 at checkout to get your discount! 

Thank you, Raechel!!!! And I’ll see you for our next {gulp} run.

A