Lessons Learned : August 2018

All summer, I’ve been pushing myself to try new things. I keep telling myself it’s practice for moving overseas. So (in keeping with this fun little monthly tradition) in August I learned:

How to waterski…

I was determined to learn to waterski on our family vacation. It took me a while to get the hang of pulling myself up out of the water, but once I did—it was amazing.

How to paddle board…

When I watched people do this on the river in Chicago, I thought they were crazy. It looks like it would be so hard to balance—especially with all those ferries splashing around—but it is actually so much easier than I expected. I felt so relaxed while paddling around the quiet lake with my sisters.

Submission in Ephesians 5—what does it even mean?

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know that I’ve struggled with the definition of biblical womanhood and especially the term “submission” for a long time. It’s almost an obsession for me. So when I found out that one of my longtime favorite pastors—Pete Briscoe—preached a sermon on submission this month, I was really curious what he would say. I’ve been listening to Pete for over a decade and I really trust him as a leader and teacher. Back when we first moved to Dallas in the pre-podcast era, my mom used to drive out from Garland to Carrolton every so often to pick up his latest sermon series on CD. I would listen to the sermons at night as I went to sleep. In high school, his series on Galatians helped me to move away from the legalism where I’d begun to trap myself. When I graduated college, I sent him a note telling him just how much his sermons have meant to me over the years. Anyway, his recent sermon on submission is amazing. I’ve already listened to it half a dozen times (I’m not kidding when I say this topic is an obsession). Here’s a quote that sums it up pretty well:

Submission is not word for women; it is not a word for marriage; it is a word for disciples of Jesus Christ.

I would attempt a full summary, but the whole thing is so good. Just listen to it.

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