What is a “Super Girl” you ask? Well, you are—we are! Through the life-saving work of our Savior, we who believe in Him are all Super Girls. However, too many times this world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh tempt us to think otherwise. It’s the same tired old formula first used on Eve, and she was living in Paradise! So you can imagine all too well how it tries to work on us living in this fallen world—but take heart, the Son of God has overcome this world (John 16:33)!
Kelly Reed-Heuer is our Super Girl with the incredible gift of sharing moments in her life with Jesus that are at times painful, funny, and always soul searching. They are unvarnished and spoken from an open heart for her Super Girl sisters in Christ. May the Lord bless your time with Kelly in ways that only He has already planned just for you!
I woke up this morning to a deep fog. The silence hung as heavily in the air as the descended clouds. I could only see a few feet away. It was beautiful and still.
Driving through the fog was a leap of faith, a prayer that those headlights ahead were in the correct lane, a petition that I had accurately judged the speed of oncoming traffic as I turned into the parking lot. I knew others could see me only because of the headlamps lighting the way.
The light in the fog reminded me of how busy we're all about to get; Halloween flows into Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving into Christmas, and then on to New Year's Eve. It's going to get crazy out there. We're going to get crazy out there. As we race through the fog of the Holiday Season, let us remember to appreciate the beauty, the stillness of why we are doing it. Let us not lose our way, beguiled by the density of the fog, use the headlights given to us.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” - Psalm 119:105
88. Look, bad things are going to happen to you. Sometimes it’s a scraped knee, sometimes it’s a child dying of cancer. Bad things all along the spectrum will happen. God didn’t promise you a world full of sunshine and rainbows. In fact, He promised us quite the opposite. In John 16, Jesus talks about this to the disciples. He tells them that they are going to be hunted down and persecuted.
Not a pretty picture for those of us who believe is it? If God isn’t going to make my life wonderful, if I’m going to have to suffer anyway, what’s the point? Right?
Wrong. Because in that same chapter He gives us the promise that it’s all going to be OK. We’re going to be all right because He has overcome the world. Well, what about right now? What about the suffering of today?
My father used to tell me, “Don’t look back, don’t count the cost, don’t stop until it’s done.” Why? Because of what we are. We look
back and play the woulda-shoulda-coulda card on ourselves. We think that our lives would be so much better, or this terrible thing wouldn’t be happening. We sink into the mire of, “I suck” and we’re tempted to never come back out.
Guess what? You can’t change it any more than I can. It’s happening. All that’s left is to move forward. To march on.
The good news is that God didn’t just tell us it (whatever your "it" is) is going to be OK. He made it OK. Isaiah 50:7 says to set our faces like flint and we will not be put to shame. Philippians 4 says that we can do all things through Him, He gives us strength and that the peace of God will guard our hearts. And then there’s my personal favorite: Isaiah 41:10-13 where He not only promises to protect us, but to also obliterate that which is causing the pain.
So all of that bad stuff? Yeah, it’s bad. But we’ve got something bigger than the worse thing imaginable. We’ve got a Father who will bring it all to its knees. A Father who is fiercely protective and follows through on the promise that He will make it all better.
Go out. Face whatever it is. Because your Dad CAN beat up its dad.
128. In my high school Bible study class we don’t pick apart verses and try to apply them to our lives. We discuss current events and the things that they are dealing with every day. If you were to walk into our class on any given Sunday it would look like chaos and mayhem. In fact, many of the adults who stop by our room ask later what in the world was happening. Some Sundays we’re “just” talking about how our week went, what happened to us, and things like that. Other Sundays we’re talking about our responsibilities to illegal immigrants, the teacher who is being charged with statutory rape, politics, and anything else that’s happening in the news.
This doesn’t mean that our Bibles aren’t out. Everything we discuss is tied back to our faith, what the Bible says about it, what our Christian responsibility is. We do Bible study and life together in that room. These kids have recently faced news that challenges all of us as Christians and they did it together. They pray for each other. They tease each other. They tease me. They sit in chairs or lay on the floor. They talk over each other and with each other.
It’s true. If you were to walk into my class on any given Sunday, it would look like mayhem. Or, as I like to see it, life. You will see life happening. You won’t see photocopied worksheets or people waiting their turn to speak with their hand raised. That’s not how we do things in life, so that’s not how we do it in our class.
We don’t do it that way because we need to pick apart what we believe and why we believe it. We need to see the real life applications of our faith. We need to be more than Sunday Christians. We need to see and know that even in a day of ISIS and nukes, the Bible has current answers. We need to see each other struggle and we need to lift each other up. We need to be a functional family in a dysfunctional world.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” -Ephesians 2:19-20