Monday, September 3, 2012

A Review of Lisa Chan's New Video - Be Still

Earlier this summer, Lisa Chan's marketing folks asked me to preview her new film series called "Be Still" here on my blog.  Inspired by her husband's book Crazy Love, I was thinking this was pretty cool to get to preview a film before it was released.  A first for me as a faith based blogger, all I needed to do was watch the video, include a link to the series, and blog about it.

Easy as pie, right?  Wrong!  Attempting to watch a video called "Be Still" on our intermittent internet service was like trying to have my 7 and 8 year old boys read War and Peace!  I would see about 45 seconds of film, wait... and then another 45 seconds!  This 23 minute film took me 2.5 hours to watch one day when all the kids were finally in school.  Be Still?  Are you kidding me?

As I am engaging in her story, I was also finding myself resentful.  Seriously!  Early on, I watch Lisa as she unloads groceries from her car to her home.  In one trip, she manages to bring in all her bags.  I don't know about you other moms, but I never am able to complete a shopping trip in one load!  Then, we follow Lisa inside her home and, immediately, I am feeling uncomfortable.

Seeing her modest environment neat and orderly, I begin to glance around my own home.  Kitchen piled high with dishes, mountains of kid shoes and dirty socks by the door, toys scattered around the living room, how can I begin to "Be Still" and watch this video?  I don't have time to Be Still!  There is way too much to do around here.  Be Still?  Who is she kidding?

But I continued to watch.  I continued to listen.  Forgetting for a moment all the tasks around me, Lisa talks about Mary and Martha.  Immediately, I am reminded to make myself sit and, not just listen to what this other mom (not so unlike me) has to say, but to just be.

This is what Lisa is sharing with us in her new series "Be Still" -- to just be in God's presence.  Once we allow ourselves to "be" at His feet, then we can discover the overwhelming peace Lisa describes.  And you know what?  God doesn't care at all about my messy house or chaos, He just wants to fill me with His peace in the midst of it all.

And it works!  I recently found myself in the middle of a serious situation.  Close to a panic, my breathing became irregular and, rather than "be still" at all, my hands began to shake.  The notion to be still seemed impossible.  Where was God in this situation?  How could He be present in the mess I was faced with?  Could God really be a part of other's evil pressed on my faith based life as a mom?

Want to know what happened?  In the midst of the turmoil, I heard God whisper to me "Excuse me, can I tell you something?".... just "be still... and know that I am God."

Lisa Chan's series "Be Still" is available here:  https://flannel.org/products/true-beauty-be-still
If you would like more info, let me know and I can forward you Lisa's bio and press info on "True Beauty:  Finding Your Identity in Jesus"
I hope you will explore her teachings.  The marketing folks said that they will provide a free copy for me to distribute to a reader.  So, let me know if you are interested in a comment and I will pass your request along.  It looks like such a cool series and may be a rewarding opportunity for moms, a group of friends, or your study group.


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