I have had the opportunity to write several articles during this tough time and I hope to share those soon. But today I wanted to send you a link to a video Moody Publishers asked me to record for all of us. My friends who know me well, know that I have endured various hard trials. The Lord has been faithful in those times. So, when Moody Publishers asked me to encourage us during this time I went to Romans 8. This is not some encouragement to be happy or pretend like nothing is happening. My desire is that we’d remember a Person not a concept. Our Hope is Jesus and my prayer is that this word encourages you as you endure–remembering that God is for you and will never leave you.
Know that I am praying for all of us as we experience this trial.
You may watch it here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-w8XFIFeWe/…
Please join Kristie Anyabwile, Courtney Doctor, Dennae Pierre and me as we share a short word and lead a time of prayer. We would like to join together to pray during this unprecedented time.
When: Tomorrow, Saturday, March 21
Where: Zoom meeting (space limited but will be recorded)
Time: 10:00 am CST; 11:00 am EST
How: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 346 116 0711
The Lord invites us to come before His throne of grace in our time of need. We hope you will join us as we go before the Father who loves us and is for us. Our hope is in Him.
We look forward to praying together!
If you can’t join us, this might be a wonderful time for you to grab some of your friends and family to pray together. There are ways for us to social distance together! I’ll be praying for you.
This is a strange time for all of us but not for our Lord. He knew we’d be “social distancing” for a time.There’s nothing and no one who compares to our God. And this truth provides strength to our hearts. Our flesh may fail, our hearts may fail, but we will endure because God is the strength of our heart. I have been praying for all of us as we adjust to a new normal–a “normal” that is quite abnormal! In the meantime, I’ve also been dreaming of ways to bless you. We are in this together!
Today I’d like to share a read along of God’s Very Good Idea. I hope you and your family enjoy this time of reading together.
Follow these links to view the video:
Grateful for you!
Recently, I spoke at a high school about loving your neighbor who is not like you. It was so much fun and completely chaotic. The lights went out–all electricity lost. I was screaming to 200 students about Jesus’s command to love. It was hilarious.
But they listened and were responsive and just so great. But then at the end something unexpected happened.The principal of the school came up to me and said, “I’m convicted. That convicted my heart. I am a racist against (a certain people group). I have a lot of work to do.” He continued to share more. I told him it was God’s kindness that he’d reveal that and thanked him for confessing.
God can work miracles with the lights completely out, when it seems like a complete disaster. God doesn’t need the
lights to work! God uses whatever He desires to work good in the world and in us. Also, God can change hearts. Let’s
have hope for others (and ourselves) that He can change us! He can. He does.
If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us. (1 John: 1:9)
A few nights ago my family experienced the hardest, most sobering time we’ve had since starting our #BlackHistoryMonth meal and historical conversations. It was kids choice night. The kids chose the dishes and we discussed some of the stories of Black children in the Civil Rights era. Our were thankful for what we learned that night, thankful for the kids who made it possible for them to enter their schools without much fear.
That evening was hard but a necessary part of teaching our kids the whole story. We thanked God for those kids and how their stories and lives changed history—changed all of our children’s futures.
You can learn more about what we did here: Kids and Black History Month.
This month my family will be cooking through “Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking” and discussing various aspects of Black History. Each week I’ll share briefly about what we discussed but I encourage you to research the people and places if you’d like to know more.
Saturday we ate Louisiana red bean & rice; wilted mixed greens with bacon and discussed the 1811 Uprising (Louisiana slave revolt). We discussed how the church has used the Bible to oppress slaves and what the Bible actually says about slavery in the context of the first century.
While waiting for our beans to finish, we listened to Fats Domino….He was born in New Orleans and was a leading pioneer of rock and roll. Inducted in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of fame in 1986.
Last night I made “Beef with onions and wine.” It’s a version of the French stew beef bourguignon. According to Martin, the author of the cookbook “Jubilee,” Mahalia Jackson called it “oven beef Burgundy.” Tonight we listened to music by Ms. Jackson and learn about her life. This recipe was stupid good. I mean: GOOD GOOD GOOD! Yum!
I hope to update the site once a week with the various things we are doing. But one of the best ways to get the full picture of it would be fo check it out and follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trillianewbell/. And although I haven’t announced this yet, I will be starting a YouTube channel where I’ll discuss some of these things.