12.31.2015

You Are (Un)Invited

The party sounded amazing. The people I’d heard were going are easy to be with, incredibly fun, and all have mad skills in the kitchen. And when I saw the invitation posted on a friend’s refrigerator I smiled at the creative brilliance.

The only problem was I didn’t get one.

I’d been checking my mailbox for days.

Every time I walked back down the driveway empty handed, I kept assuring my sinking heart that because we live in the country my mail is always a day or two or even seven days behind everyone else’s. No big deal.

But three days before the party when the invite still hadn’t arrived I ran out of assurance. I lost the pep in my rally. And I realized I was, in fact, not on the guest list.

When I ran into one of the hostesses later that day I lobbed out the equivalent of a Hail Mary throw in the final seconds of a game, “What do y’all have going on this weekend?” And then I felt as pitiful as the quarterback who watches the opposing team take what would have been his shining star moment and turn it into an interception.

She replied, “We’ve got plans with friends most of the weekend but would love to catch up with y’all on Sunday after church.”

And that’s when the hardest of all the realizations hit me.

We weren’t invited because they simply hadn’t thought to invite us. We weren’t in the circle of “weekend plans with friends.” Immediately the thought that hopped on me and stuck with super glue tenacity was “I’m not good enough.”

Read more from my post over at (in)courage today by clicking here.

12.24.2015

Merry Christmas!

2015 has been such an incredible year of growth and change for the TerKeurst family. And as we turn the last few pages of this year the word that best describes us right now is “thankful.”

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Mark and Theresa were married and welcomed our precious Selena Hope in March. Theresa and Selena have been beautiful gifts of grace to our family!

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We are also celebrating three engagements! In August, Jackson proposed to Amanda on a beautiful afternoon in a hot air balloon. We are so excited about their wedding in October of 2016.

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Michael got down on one knee and asked Hope to marry him with family and friends looking on at our home in October. We are thrilled to be planning for their marriage in February of 2016.  

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Ashley said “yes” to David in the cutest little barn in Alabama last month. We will be happily watching them tie the knot in April of 2016.*

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Lastly, our sweet Brooke is not even dating and we are so thankful.

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Life has such a way of surprising and delighting us.

One thing we know above all else is that God has a plan … a beautiful plan … a plan with ups and downs and twists and turns. But through it all, He is with us and He is good. Praying for you and your family this Christmas season.

Much love,

Art, Lysa, Jackson, Amanda, Mark, Theresa, Selena, Michael, Hope, David, Ashley, and Brooke

* (Photo by Cathrine Taylor)

12.1.2015

I Didn’t Know How to Find What I Needed in the Bible

I closed my eyes and warm tears slipped down my face onto my pillow. I knew I should pray but quite honestly, I doubted God was listening. I could hear the kids fighting in the kitchen. More evidence I wasn’t measuring up. I knew I should get up and address whatever was causing the chaos between them, but I just didn’t have it in me. Not that day.

Not when the very foundation of my family was imploding. I mean, if your house is on fire surely you don’t stop to straighten a picture hanging crooked on the wall. The issues with my kids felt minor in comparison to the issues with my husband.

“I just don’t know how to fix things between us.”

Those 10 words he’d said were running on repeat through my mind. Each time cutting deeper and deeper into the most vulnerable places of my heart.

I didn’t know what to do.
I didn’t know who to call.
I didn’t know how to pray and get some sort of answer from God.

And I certainly didn’t have a clue how to find something relatable to read in the Bible.

This is the desperate place I was in during the early days of my family.

The desperation. The helplessness. The days full of hurt and seemingly void of hope. I know those feelings deeply and personally.

That’s why my team and I are so committed to the work we do at Proverbs 31 Ministries. We are devoted to meeting women right where they are and helping them connect with God in ways that restore their hope, renew their relationships and, most importantly, revitalize their faith.

These women and families are literally begging for help. And we know if we connect their needs with God’s truth, their lives will dramatically improve.

Chances are if you’re reading this blog post, me or my team at Proverbs 31 Ministries have shown up in your inbox with words that the Lord gave us to make you feel less alone, more understood and more deeply connected with truths from the Bible.

Millions of women are engaging more deeply with Biblical truth and growing in their relationship with the Lord because Proverbs 31 Ministries exists.

In 2015 alone:

Over 500,000 people woke up with our First 5 mobile app, dedicating the first five minutes of their day to reading God’s Word.

810,000 women received Encouragement for Today devotions in their email inbox, with an estimated reach of well over ONE MILLION! We get women into God’s Word daily!

126,000 women from nearly 100 countries participated in our Online Bible Studies. They were able to learn how to connect God’s Word to their everyday lives, regardless of where they lived!

3 million people received our biblical teaching and inspiration through Facebook, with hundreds of thousands more on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Over 3,000 women pursued their calling in ministry through She Speaks Conference and COMPEL writers training. We love the multiplied ministry impact of equipping others to serve Jesus!

Yes, in a day and time where the world is trying to quiet Biblical truth, we’re determined to help people engage with God’s truth like never before. We’re determined to get people into God’s Word so God’s Word can get into them.

But we need your help.

If you’ve donated to Proverbs 31 Ministries before, thank you. Please know your investment is used to carry God’s Word around the world on a daily basis. Your continued support is a well-placed investment allowing you to truly know you’ve played a crucial role in fulfilling Jesus’ instructions for us to carry the Good News to those both near and far. Click here to continue your support.

And for those of you who haven’t invested yet, this is an incredible time to participate! Click here to give to Proverbs 31 Ministries today.

There are so many more to reach. We want to reach your friends and family and neighbors who have never known how to connect the life-changing truths from the Bible to their needs of today. And it is possible! We’re hearing from people every day who find Proverbs 31 Ministries resources then begin a relationship with Jesus and start studying the Bible as a result. He has answers for all their greatest needs. As Isaiah 55:11 reminds us, God’s Word never returns void!