"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Crazy Love...

I'm reading this great book. Let me introduce you to the author...
Meet Francis Chan.

{Picture by Kevin Von Qualen}

He's an ordinary guy who had a rough start in life.  His mom died when he was born and his dad was a tough character, who to his recollection told him "I love you" once {at his step-mother's funeral} before he also died.  Alot for a young kid to carry, but somehow he didn't just make it through, he made it through in a big way.  Somehow his hardships brought him face to face w/ Christ and his outlook on his life changed.  And he began to speak, and write and preach.  I've heard him speak several times at youth conferences and he can literally silence a stadium with a crowd of several thousand teenagers. 
He's real and relevant and in love with Jesus. 

And he wrote this riveting book called "Crazy Love" that I am only 4 chapters into, but loving.  The "Love" part is God's LOVE for us, and the "Crazy" part is how unlikely and ridiculous it is that a God big enough to speak the universe into existence with a word is also personal enough to want a relationship with us.  This Crazy Love God has for us is totally undeserving on our part.  Even at our best, we're still lightyears away from being deserving of even a flicker of His attention.  And yet, He gives it..to each of us...all at the same time....uniquely meeting us right where we are.  That is some kind of crazy love.

So, if you need a reminder that someone loves you like crazy and you've forgotten that that someone also personally holds the planets in orbit and the sun at just the perfect distance from us{all the while stooping down to listen to the thoughts of your heart}, then I HIGHLY recommend this book. 

"The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair,
and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing..."
Francis Chan 


Jeane` said...

There are many things I appreciate about our Heavenly Father, among the top: using the most unlikely people! I can never get tired of hearing the stories of transformation. Thanks for sharing!!!

lindsey said...

I havent read anything by Francis Chan yet but been listening to some of his messages on line. Great!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I spent 30 minutes here visiting back through your posts, and like always enjoyed every minute of my time. I love seeing how God is leading you and your family, and especially back to your home place. We moved back to my parents home years ago, and really enjoyed our years there. I know you all will to, and I know the house will like having teenagers in it again. I wish you the very best in this step that God so lovingly is taking you.

As for Franci Chan, I've heard of him but never read his books. What you shared of him just thrills my heart. I love how God takes nobodies(like me and him)and reveals Himself to us, adopts us into His family and suddenly we become somebodies...but only because of Him. I will look for one of his books.

Hope you have a good day today, and thank you for the blessing you were to me today, via your blog.

Kevin Von Qualen said...

thank you so much for giving me photo credit :)

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