I was asked today by Phil, our director of production and Jackie, our Senior producer if I would write the leader’s guide curriculum that goes with our upcoming video series on the Life of Paul in Rome with teaching from David Nasser. The study is geared for youth and will release August 1.
I feel very honored and humbled to have the opportunity to write on this video series and reach teens in this way. One, I love that it is based in Rome and is about the life of Paul. Two, I am a huge fan of David Nasser. He spoke often at Liberty University when I was a student there and the Lord always used him to speak to me. I also love that he is scripturally-focused and has a heart for the next generation. Third, of course I love that Bluefish is behind it all. Our producers have worked really hard on it.
I am excited to start plugging away at this in the upcoming weeks.
This past week, I enjoyed talking to Phil about his recent trip to LA to film two separate series for our upcoming youth ministry kit.
Phil and Josh filmed Marcus Goodloe aka “Goodie,” in a downtown loft in LA. He taught on the upcoming youth series called Choices. Goodie is on staff at Mosaic with Erwin McManus and has a passion for leadership training, particularly to youth and young adults. I really love that we get to partner with such creative and brilliant leaders there at Mosaic.
Sean McDowell was also a part of the upcoming series. He encouraged teens in the series called Friends, which was filmed at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools. Sean actually teaches “Apologetics 101” and “Old Testament Survey” there.
I smiled at Phil when he said that he and Josh managed to fit in a Dodger’s game (actually I got a little jealous). Phil and Josh hung out at the game with Chris Seay from Ecclesia Church and Eric Bryant from Mosaic (author of Peppermint Filled Pinatas). They also ate good Mexican food at the same place Richard Nixon used to dine.
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming 2009 Youth Ministry kit. We have some awesome leaders lined up for the teaching and some really impacting interviews from teens. The kit will release August 1 so you can keep an eye out for it at bluefishtv.com.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Dr. Falwell’s death. It’s so hard to believe one year has already gone by. I remember the funeral like it was yesterday. Jeremiah and I flew from TX to VA. We were interviewed twice by reporters in Lynchburg and for CNN. It was such a surreal time and so hard to grasp the reality. We were in shock for several weeks. Still today, it’s hard to believe.
Dr. Falwell’s legacy will continue on in our hearts just as I told CNN. He founded Liberty University with the purpose of raising up Champions for Christ. He had a mission to fulfill on this earth and he accomplished more in a lifetime than a person could in one year. I really got to know Dr. Falwell better when Jeremiah took care of him in the hospital in March 2005. Jeremiah was his nurse. They would watch LU basketball together and Jeremiah would bring him hot chocolate at his request. For a seminary class assignment, I was able to go up to his room and interview him (we still have the recording). I saw him in his hospital gown with his wife, Masel. He was the first to say he would marry me and Jeremiah. We took him up on his offer and in December he married us.
He remembered our names where we were from and he always had an encouraging word. He truly loved people and those who rubbed shoulders with him the most, knew he did. He was a man of great faith and inspired multitudes, many of which we have no idea. He inspired my entire family and my Dad in his new faith. He invested in his family, college students, Liberty University, Thomas Road, the Liberty Godparent home, politics and so much more. My college experience was what it was because of his influence. Liberty changed my life and changed countless of my friends’ lives.
What a joy to know today that he is with Jesus- with the One we’ve all been waiting for. He is missed greatly, but his legacy will continue on in the hearts of those who really knew him. Thank you, God, for using Dr. Falwell in my life. How has Dr. Falwell influenced yours?
In 2000, Brian came on board at Bluefish excited to use his radio/television/film degree to communicate biblical truth. At this time, he also founded the RightNow Campaign to help our generation use their gifts and passions to do something significant right now. Since then, Brian has established a network of 75 mission agencies and service organizations to partner with RightNow and has connected over 2,000 opportunities to make a difference in the world.
This Spring, Brian Mosley was named Executive Vice President of Product Development. He leads a team of two writers, two graphic designers, and eight video producers who create all the video resources Bluefish creates each year. To date, over 93,000 churches have used at least one Bluefish TV resource.
“I enjoy being behind the scenes shaping part of the message without being the person who delivers it. In a society where there are more screens (TV and computer) than people, we love using those screens to encourage people to live out their faith. I love that I get to work with such a creative and passionate team,” says Brian.
Brian anticipates many exciting opportunities for the Product Development team as they continue to expand and produce new resources.
I just received several copies of the bookzine I contributed to with LifeWay. It’s called Insider: What Guys are Thinking and Why You Need to Know by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice (based on the book: For Young Women Only). I contributed the article: Avoiding Digital Dangers. My main points for teen girls to consider when they’re online were: Say no to excessive digital doses, peel off the masks, guard from infatuation, and your relationship with God trumps everything. You may just have to purchase the book to read further. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to see the article. Teens using wisdom on the internet is a huge passion of mine and I’d be glad to offer any advice.
I go through times when I really blow it. Either I’m angry, selfish, frustrated, impatient, hateful, and just a real jerk. (Am I the only one here with this problem?) In marriage, I see these moments of “blowing it” come out the most because my husband sees every speck of dirt in my life- that others may not see. But he also sees the gems and the moments when I am obedient to God’s Spirit and there is harmony.
It is in these times of screwing up, that I sense God’s unfathomable grace more and more. Grace is something I am only touching the surface of. Why does he love a sinner like me? He came to die on the cross for my sins way before I was born and had the chance to steal candy from the drug store- when I was four years old. He died for the wretchedness that is in me and he now calls me to live for righteousness instead. What a divine rescuing!
The grace He has for all of us when we blow it, is truly a gift and is precious- it really is Amazing Grace. At any time God could pour his wrath out upon us, but he chooses instead to withhold it. He beckons us to come near to Him and choose LIFE…not death. It is always when we look at ourselves and what we can do on our own that we fail. It is when we surrender and give our life to Him that we find our life. These truths are hard to even describe.
Yesterday was a highlight as I was able to meet Margaret Feinberg and have lunch with her and her husband, Leif. They flew in from Colorado to discuss potential projects with us. We sat in the conference room with our team for lunch (Margaret and I being the only women of course). They talked about their summer plans, upcoming projects, and Leif’s adventures/stories working with TSA- which made me laugh a lot. Margaret and Leif have so much life in them and it was a joy to just sit down, relaxing over lunch.
It’s an amazing thing when you read a person’s writing, (their heart & soul) you already feel like you know them. A friend of mine gave me one of Margaret’s books, Twentysomething: Surviving and Thriving in the Real World a few years ago and I loved it. It’s so evident Margaret’s passion is for people and for God alone. I love how she says she loves many things in life, but some of her best moments are spent communicating with her readers, like you and me.
Thanks for all you’re doing to reach twentys and thirtys, Margaret!
It can be really frustrating figuring out what to get our Mom’s for Mother’s Day. My Mom and Dad came into Dallas last night for some appointments, so we celebrated Mother’s Day early. I decided to go with a hands on approach in regards to my Mom’s gift.
I washed her feet for her. I had purchased Earth Therapeutics’ cool mint foot mask, soothing booties/socks with tea tree oil, and mint/tea tree oil foot wipes (I got these surprisingly at Kohls but Whole Foods has this line as well). Playing calm ocean music, Santori Splendor, I filled a small tub with lavender bubbles and washed her feet. Then scrubbed them with a pumice brush. I dried them and spread the foot mask all around her feet and toes for 30 minutes. She loved the tingling feeling from the peppermint. I loved peeling the mask off- I felt like I was back in third grade peeling the Elmer’s glue off my hands. Her feet were now smooth and like new. The whole time, she was just soaking it up and smiling, saying “Oh this feels so good.”
I couldn’t believe how much she loved this gift of being pampered. I know, every woman enjoys this, but I had never seen my mom enjoy getting her feet washed so much. This was my first time washing her feet and for me, it was incredible knowing I was serving her and that I was so grateful for all she is to me as a Mom. She works hard on her feet everyday, serving those she loves.
I could have given her clothes or jewelry, but this act meant much more than something material. So go ahead, take my idea, I’d love for you to bless your mom like this too.
We had our first yard sale this month. The purpose: to get rid of things we don’t use and raise money for the baby (baby Krieger fund). In order to gauge what we should include in the sale, we used this rule: If it’s not been used in the past six months, get rid of it. For me, that meant raiding my closet and toiletries. We also sold electronics, ironing boards, chairs, paintings, and all kinds of random house-hold items.
The yard sale was run by the nearby park and community center. Many people showed up for it and we lined our belongings along the sidewalk. We labeled everything with very reasonable prices and started the sale at 7:00 am. As soon as we started setting up, we were attacked by the early bird yard-salers.
What I learned? People will buy anything (a person’s trash is another’s treasure), I don’t miss my stuff and I feel a lot more relieved from the stuff, it’s worth spending 9 hours of my day getting rid of stuff and raising around $500.00. Yep, that’s what we raised. Anyone can find things they don’t need anymore- when they do they should sell it or give it away.
My husband and I were so encouraged this month. I am learning what it means to live simple, yet still live with quality things. I am learning I don’t need a whole lot and that “stuff” will never satisfy. Then of course after learning this, we met a young guy named Kevin who lived across the street from the yard sale. He gave us a tour of his four story town home, with a deck on the roof and a view of the city.
I would love to live in something like this. But that thought only lasted a few minutes. I was more excited about our amazing sale.
It’s not everyday that you receive a phone call from one of the most influential evangelical leaders in America.
Brian Mosley, EVP of Bluefish TV production who I work under, posted a home video of his daughter memorizing Psalm 23 on Godtube, Youtube, Bluefish TV, and other viral sites. Now, over 6 million people viewed the video and are sharing it on their blogs and personal websites.
Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has been one of those 6 million people. Dr. Dobson saw Little Girl and Psalm 23 and loved it. He called Brian from Colorado to say he really enjoyed the clip and has shown it to a lot of people. Brian’s daughter got on the phone with Dr. Dobson and they chatted a little. Her main points were that she was four years old and was going to the circus that night.
Brian thought it was really cool that Dr. Dobson took time out of his day to call him and talk to his daughter.
Dr. Dobson is a man I greatly admire. Growing up, my mom always received his newsletter in the mail, listened to the radio programs, and supported his ministry. She even bought The Strong Willed Child to read because of me. In college, I interned at Focus on the Family’s book publishing department with Brandy Bruce– who has become a dear friend of mine. Brandy is now Associate Editor there in book publishing.
It is still such a great blessing to be a part of Focus, whether it be through writing for the magazines or being in prayer for what God is doing there in Colorado around the globe.
One of my favorite places when living in Colorado for the summer: garden of the gods