Crazy Love

For those of you who don't know, I have been in graduate school for almost the last 3 years working on my Master's in Nursing. Unfortunately, between my roles of full-time wife, full-time mom, full-time nurse educator and full-time graduate student, I have not been able to read anything thing much besides textbooks:( However, over the last 2 weeks I have had a short break before the summer session begins and I have gotten to catch up on some books that I have been meaning to read for a LONG time. One of these being Crazy Love by Francis Chan. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I bought this book about 2 years ago.

Let me just say that I am crazy in love with this book, even though it has definitely stepped on my toes, BIG TIME. The book speaks about "lukewarm" Christianity. It's funny... I never thought of myself as lukewarm. We go to church, we read the Bible to our children, we don't swear, we give to others, we work hard. But, as I read through this book, delved into the scriptures and took a good, long look at myself, my life, and what I consider important, I discovered that's just what I am... lukewarm.

Do I give until it hurts? Do I willingly and joyfully put myself out of my comfort zone to do what God has commanded? Am I willing to be uncomfortable and to trust in God to provide me with everything that I need? These were some tough questions for me to answer because, you see, I don't want to be lukewarm. I want to be crazy in love with God! God didn't just give up a little for me, He gave up His best. He gave Himself. Am I giving Him my best?

One of my favorites lines from this book was, "Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy". If you haven't read this book, I encourage you to. It is eye-opening and has sparked a fire in my life. It is my hope and my prayer that one day people will look at my family and think, "Wow, those Hatley's are CRAZY"!!!!!


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