I was invited to watch a new devotional series called True Beauty by Lisa Chan and then decide if it was something I wanted to share here. I was a bit uncertain going in because I am a girl who likes her media in print, turning pages in my hands. Devotional series on film haven’t really been my thing. But the description caught my attention enough to set aside the time to watch it and then I was all “YES. LET ME SHARE THIS.”
I was encouraged by it because I relate so much to it. At this stage when people ask how things are, my standard reply is often “busy.” But the truth is, I’m not so much busy as I am over-committed. And the thought of taking time to “be still” makes me anxious because there is so much that needs to be done. There are words to be written and bills to be paid and groceries to be bought and babies to chase around the house or lie in the floor and color with or wrangle into a bath tub to wash off those dirty little feet. There are dishes to do and houses to be kept and husbands to love.
Well, just the one husband. This is not an episode of Sister Wives, y’all.
You know, though. I don’t have to put words to it. You know the feeling, the search for balance, the thought that if you could just get “caught up…” It feels overwhelming because it is overwhelming. Because we were made for moments of stillness and we’re not getting them. Or taking them, as may be the case with me.
I was a sent a devotional book to review a couple of months ago and after closing the final page I penned an apologetic noted to the publisher letting them know that I couldn’t in good faith recommend it to my friends and readers. This, though, this I recommend. (Lisa Chan is the wife of Crazy Love author Francis Chan, so if you liked that book I think you’ll like this as well)
The publisher has generously offered to send a copy to one of my readers so if you think you would be encouraged by this devotional series, please leave a comment below to be entered.