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Wednesday, July 30

The Oprah Show – Re-Air

Well, it turns out my family and I would like to pop over to your house for a visit. And don’t worry about the laundry piles and junk drawers.

Those things don’t bother us a bit.

And we are totally not picky eaters if you decide to make us a snack. We are Doritos eating, boxed brownie loving kind of people.

In other words, don’t stress.

All you have to do to invite me and my brood into your home is turn on the Oprah show this Thursday. It turns out they are re-airing the “Fascinating Families Show” that we were a part of last year.

I will give you a little warning that the family that is featured right after us may raise some questions that are bigger than what you want small children to deal with. Just so you know.

Now, I know being on Oprah is controversial. Believe me, the anti-Oprah people made that very clear the last time our show aired. I even had some people accuse me of losing my salvation.

But here’s the deal.

The producers that came to film our show were Christians that totally got our message. I think you’ll see that for 22 minutes God was honored on national TV during our interview. Therefore, why would we not go on the Oprah show?

Remember the cool verse I shared from Acts 4:13 yesterday? Well, I kept reading in Acts this morning and have mercy if I didn’t find another smack daddy verse!

The legalistic Sanhedrins warned Peter and John to stop speaking in Jesus’ name. In other words, it’s just not appropriate to walk around telling the whole world about Jesus and under no certain terms are the two of you to appear on the Oprah show giving testimony about the amazing things of God.

Okay, so I added that last part.

But listen how Peter and John reply…

“We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard,” (Acts 4:20).

Acts 4:21 goes on to say, “After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what happened.”

Yup, that pretty much sums it… I can’t help speaking about what I’ve seen and heard from God. So, whether or not you watch the show, pray that God uses it in a mighty way tomorrow…

and that the naysayers will be drowned out by “all the other people praising God for what happened!”

Discussion

  1. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Awesome!! FYI, Steven Curtis Chapman and his family will be on the Larry King Live show Aug. 7th, Good Morning America on Aug. 5th and an article in People magazine about their family & tragedy will hit stands on Aug. 8th. Go God!!!

  2. 52

    good to know! i’ve heard about y’all being on the show, but i’ve never seen it. we’ll tune in!

  3. 53

    Hang in there Lysa!

    I am reminded of the verse in 1Corinthians 9:19: “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more.”

    It is no different than any other issue: homeschool or public school; dresses or pants; long hair or short hair; make-up or no make-up – the list is endless. But the rule has to be His Word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our life.

    Romans 14:22: “Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” The body of Christ would actually function as a “body” if I lived out my faith and you lived out yours. Imagine if we supported and encouraged one another? Working mothers encouraging stay-at-home mothers; dress wearers supporting pants wearers…you get the picture. Our faith in Christ should be lived out different because we are different. But our faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ unites us! Not what we watch or do not watch.

    I am finally comfortable with my walk with Christ and comfortable with people whose walk looks different from mine. Doesn’t Satan throw enough darts at us – why should we help him?

    May we be faithful to go where God leads us without expecting others to follow. Also may we always be aware of the fact that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood.” Do you see how we have bought into the enemy’s lies? We are no longer fighting the good fight of faith if we are busy judging each other.

    Let us encourage each other to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves – and that includes Oprah!

    Keep living your faith!
    Karan
    kstandley@windstream.net

  4. 54

    Lysa,

    Thanks for the heads up. I am recording it.

    I think it is wonderful for you to be able to be a voice for Jesus on a show that millions watch everyday. We need to never underestimate the power the Holy Spirit has to change the people’s lives. What a perfect opportunity for the lost to be reached….watching Oprah. God can use anything to further His kingdom He just wants us to be willing.

    Thank you for sharing your testimony of obedience in such a public arena.

    Tasha

  5. 55

    We are to be salt and light in the world and you are doing that Lysa. We can’t stay in our holy huddles and only associate with other believers. Of course, I don’t agree with Oprah’s New Age philosophy, but Jesus loves her. I think if more Christians would show the love of Jesus to others who may not share our faith, they might see the difference and ask us why. That gives you an opportunity to say why.

  6. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Lysa,
    Just want you to know that when your segment on Oprah originally aired, I was in the process of adopting my daughter. Up until that time, I had sort of an attitude that I was doing God some kind of favor by interrupting my life to adopt another child. But God spoke to me through your testimony and the testimonies of the other families. He said rather than doing Him a favor, I had been CHOSEN. That a birth mother on the other side of the globe prayed for a mother for her baby…God scanned the earth, and He chose ME! Of all the women who could do this job, God chose me.

    Whoa.

    What an honor. What a privledge to be chosen by Him to adopt.

    God used you to refine my heart and rid it of some stinky pride. Because of your obedience to be on Oprah, my little girl got a much more humble mommy.

    So be encouraged, Lysa…God is using you in a dramatic way in people all over the world.

    I love you!!!
    Sandy Cooper
    http://www.godspeakstoday.blogspot.com

  7. 57

    What a great opportunity to let God shine forth in what He has done in your life! I’m not an Oprah watcher because of her new age leanings, but I will definitely tape it and watch this segment. May God bless the viewers of the show and woo them to Him through your story!

  8. 58

    I’ll be watching for you but sorry, the kids ate all the Doritoes.
    I was already planning on watching, as Chatty Kelly told me about it today.

  9. 59

    I didn’t see the first one, so I’ll be watching tomorrow.

  10. 60

    I just found your blog today from Antique Mommy and was SO blessed! I sat and watched with tears running down my face. My husband and I are moving as missionaries to Swaziland, Africa in September to work with orphans. And something you said about saying yes to what God asks of you resonates with me. I’m too just saying yes and hope to continue saying yes to everything He assigns for me to do. Thank you for inspiring others to do what God drops in their hearts!

  11. 61

    I LOVE it when naysayers are drowned out by people praising God!

  12. 62

    oh for goodness sake! it is totally ridiculous that people would put you down for being on oprah. oprah is not an evil person…she is just confused. ok, very confused. not everything on her show is from the pit of hell (can I write that here?:) i don’t love oprah, but the fact is that her show reaches the masses and what an incredible outlet to inspire and show the Glory of God…hey! I watched that show the first time and you inspired and encouraged me! so pooh pooh on your naysayers!

  13. 63

    Just sending you hugs and thank you for following the Holy Spirit. I don’t watch Oprah, but Oprah needs to head Jesus just as much as the person walking past my house in the morning. It is all the same in God’s eyes.

  14. 64

    AMEN! What a blessing both times it aired.

  15. 65

    Hey! Hope you had a great time at my house this morning! You were here with all the kids and lots of friends. I cried through most of it. What a wonderful, beautiful story!

  16. 66

    Lysa,
    I have never seen the show….and too late today, I suppose. Although I understand those who are anti-Oprah, because, well…I guess I’m pretty much against what she’s “for”, not necessarily her.

    BUt I think you made a great point…go and preach Jesus! And, um, isn’t that a pretty good platform to preach Him on? I pray many will be drawn to Christ through your show. Maybe I’ll catch it one of these days….

  17. 67

    Oh Lysa, I am so glad you talked about this and let us know it was being re-aired. What a blessing!

    My very good friend and her family have the opportunity to be on Oprah with a new book that Celine Dion is writing. It is an amazing opportunity for them to share their story and how God has just worked in the most incredible way in their life.

    She has gotten a little flack for going on Oprah and I was telling her about you. So, I passed this along to her today. I know it will be encouraging for her.