I had the joy and pleasure of spending time with Lindsay Swartz, Jen Wilkin, Kristie Anyabwile, Catherine Parks, and Jani Ortlund during a spring Fear and Faith event. The ERLC has uploaded several video interviews and I didn’t want you to miss them. Hear from these women as we seek to help think biblically about the fight for faith.
Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.
I know this because I’ve struggled with great fear and continue to learn how to fight it with faith. In Fear and Faith, we look our fears in the face, name their root cause, and learn together how to lean on the One who we can and should trust. Fear has a way of whispering lies to our souls about who God is. But the Lord is better and through exploring what the Word says about our sovereign, good, and loving God, we can learn to rest in His ever-open arms. Ultimately we fight fear by trusting in the Lord and fearing Him. We fight fear by knowing our Savior.
Today is release day and I would be so honored if you’d grab one and share it with your friends and family.
You can learn more about Fear and Faith as well as read the endorsements from Matt Chandler, Nancy Guthrie, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Jen Wilkin, Gloria Furman, and more here: http://www.trillianewbell.com/books/fear-faith/
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You can purchase via Amazon and other retailers: http://amzn.to/1Dkxe3H
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If you choose to do a review—Fear and Faith is on Goodreads in addition to Amazon.
Recently, I had the opportunity to share at a conference about a very different topic and I said, “I’m not up here just because, I’m here because I believe in the message.” I didn’t write Fear and Faith simply for the chance to write; I believe in the message of the book and am praying that the Lord would use it for the good of those who read and for His glory. Would you join me in that prayer?
Thank you so much for your support of Fear and Faith!
With gratitude and anticipation,
p.s. Check out these interviews that about Fear and Faith (this will be updated as they post):
David Platt’s Radical.net: http://www.radical.net/blog/2015/04/fear-and-faith/
Jamie Ivey’s The Happy Hour podcast: http://jamieivey.com/2015/04/01/happy-hour-34-with-trillia-newbell/
(Update: Much has changed and it’s exciting. To keep up with prizes, incentives, and how you can learn about HOPE please Sign up for our newsletter! )
I was a fitness professional for eight years before my writing became intensive. Over the past year, I’ve concentrated my writing for the wonderful organizations I work for, speaking, and sharing about United, and have finished my second book. But fitness remains an important aspect of my life, and I’m excited to share it with you.
Caring for our bodies can be a way to honor God. He created us not to lay waste to our bodies through abusing them, but so we might use them for His glory and His purposes. And though godliness is of supreme value, we know that physical training is of some value to the Lord. Paul helps us see the false dichotomy when he writes, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). But I don’t want to train just to train; I would like to train for others, too.
So, I want to train my body to the glory of God, and bring you along with me—all while raising awareness and funds for charity organizations and initiatives.
Swim, Bike, or Run for a cause.
Over the next year, I will swim, bike, and/or run to raise awareness and funds for HOPE International and the Psalm 139 Project. These organizations are special to me, and I can’t wait to share what they do with you. Throughout the year, I’ll write articles about the organizations, highlight key initiatives and programs, as well as share posts related to fitness, theology of fitness, and general fitness training. Because I will be training, I’ll update you with how I’m doing as well. I hope to post on these topics at least twice a month.
The first half of the season will be devoted to HOPE International. The fundraiser for HOPE will run from now until May 15, 2015 (the date of my first triathlon), with a goal of raising $3,500. After May 15, I’ll begin featuring the Psalm 139 Project until October 2015 (more information about the 139 fundraiser will begin in the spring). My goal is to end the fundraising year with an IronMan 70.5 triathlon in Augusta, Georgia (more about that coming too).
What is HOPE International?
Let me start by saying, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of organizations that work and give to impoverished countries. I simply lacked trust and faith that the money was going to the right people. After meeting and interacting with Peter Greer, President and CEO and, Chris Horst, VP of Development, I knew that not only what they were doing was legitimate, they were working with the utmost integrity.
So what do they do?
From their website, HOPE’s mission is to invest in the dreams of the poor as they proclaim and live the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities. They do this by: Sharing the hope of Christ as they provide biblically based training, savings services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty. The love of Jesus Christ motivates them to identify with those living in poverty and be His hands and feet as they strive to glorify God.
How it works:
In a few short weeks, I will share with you the dates of my races and ask you to consider partnering with me by pledging per mile or giving a flat dollar amount. You don’t have to wait for me to give! If you are intrigued and ready to give now, feel free to donate to HOPE now.
But I’d also love for you to join me in a race on your own!
You can Tri for Others, too!
If you’d like to join me, receive a few fitness tips (but not coaching), have a fun group of friends to cheer you on, and raise awareness for these organizations, please join me by:
1) Sign up by joining my Tri for Others club (this is not an organization and you DO NOT have to do a triathlon).
Sign up by joining the Tri for Other Facebook group, or if you do not have a Facebook account, or do not wish to be public, you may sign up through a newsletter. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. (NOTE: If you sign up for your race with Team-Magic events, you can sign up under my team “Tri for Others” and receive 10% off your race fee! I will hand out the special code after the club is developed)
2) Commit to one race (or as many as you’d like, and it does not have to be a triathlon). Sign up for a road race of any kind (run or bike) or/and a tri/duoathlon, etc., anywhere in the United States or beyond. I’m doing a few triathlons, cycling events, and road races. Once I know who’s “in”, I’ll provide more info about what I’m doing, and I’ll also give you tools to help you get started. If you are in the Nashville or Knoxville area, you can join me at a few events. Otherwise, the Facebook page will be designed to cheer each of us on, in our races, wherever we are doing them.
3) Fundraise with little effort. The idea of fundraising can be daunting, and I don’t want you to feel any pressure. Even having a team will make this extremely special. I will be doing a series on fitness and highlighting these ministries on my website/blog. I’ll also have direct links to fundraising pages so people may give directly to the organizations. If you’d like, you could simply share the link with your friends so that they might give as the Tri for Others team raises money.
Here are some quick and easy (and clickable) reminders:
- Interested in participating, join Tri for Others through Facebook and/or via the Newsletter.
- You do NOT have to do a triathlon. You can do a 5K, 10K, half Marathon, etc. All fitness levels are welcome.
- Much more information about the organizations is forthcoming, but feel free to click on these links to learn more about the organizations now: HOPE and Psalm 139
**Tri for Others is a club, not an organization, dedicated to bringing awareness to charity organizations. It is not a training facility or group. I will not be doing one-on-one coaching or training. I am happy to be a part of X3 Endurance, who does provide coaching, if that is what you desire. Please consult a physician before trying any physical activity.
In a few short hours I’ll have the joy of giving a talk on womanhood at the ERLC Leadership Summit. It’s a topic that I have spoken on several times over the past few years but each time I study it I learn something new. Today’s breakout session is called “June Cleaver, Clair Huxtable, or the Proverbs 31 Woman”.
So often we get our cues for what it means to be a woman based on culture. This isn’t new to us, even Peter urged the Christian women of his day not to allow the culture to influence and shape their view of womanhood (1Pet. 3: 1-6). Our culture may say that to be a woman we must do it all, have it all, and pursue it all with a smile. Our culture may say that to be a woman we must stay-at-home, cook a meal each night, be silent, and do it all with a smile. But the Bible paints a different and much more freeing picture.
To be a woman is first to be made in the image of God. To be a Christian woman means that we are His—made to bring Him glory in all we do. Womanhood isn’t about a list of tasks. We are fearfully and wonderfully made equally and different from the man. The Proverbs 31 woman gives us a picture of an excellent wife, but all her tasks culminated in one thing—she was a woman who adored and feared the Lord.
This glosses over much of what I will share but what I pray that the women will hear today is that God isn’t after our tasks, He wants our hearts. And I pray that they’ll know that because of Jesus there is freedom to run this race differently. The Lord supplies the grace to be what He calls us to be. We don’t have to muster up strength in and of ourselves to be God-fearing women. Salvation begins with the Lord and he doesn’t then leave us to our own. He finishes the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6).
You can watch all of the main sessions via this LIVE stream including a talk I will be giving Wednesday morning on women and sexuality.
In a few weeks, I will be visiting the campuses of Focus on the Family to meet with staff and ministry partners. We’ll talk about the themes of United: about the benefits of diversity in the church and life, and how our adoption into a new family changes how we relate to one another.
Focus on the Family is a Christian organization that has provided resources to help families thrive for over 35 years. Their aim is to assist couples in building healthy marriages and parents in raising their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.
I was invited to share as part of Glenn Stanton’s Family Insight Lecture Series. Stanton is the Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus and speaks around the country on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage, and parenting. My talk will be on women and diversity. In addition to the lecture, I will meet with staff for a Q & A about diversity and ministry at Focus.
While both events are provided primarily for the staff and community partners within the Focus family, Focus recently opened my sessions to the public as well. If you are in the Colorado Springs area, I’d like to invite you to join me and Glenn Stanton on Thursday, February 6, from 11:30- 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Focus on the Family.
I am honored to visit with Focus and thankful to see a ministry rich in tradition and Christian values think through these important topics. I hope to see you there!
For more information about the lecture time contact: Carrie Kintz at email@example.com or 719-531-3312.