Bruce spent a few hours in a auto salvage yard this past Saturday and he’s my hero.

Why would my husband hanging out with broken down/smashed/torn up cars make me so proud, you ask?

Well, I’ll tell ya.

You see he left the house driving a car that could only transport our four boys plus one friend. When he pulled back into our driveway (my smiling face and waving arms greeting him) he drove the same car but now it could hold our four kiddos plus TWO friends. That’s right people. Instead of a car with second row bucket seats, given my hubby’s mad “underworld” search & rescue skills, we now are the proud owners of a second row bench!

(sidenote: this addition will make my neighbor’s and my life easier, 5 less trips to school each. I *heart* carpooling…)

I really wish there were pics of my CFO hubby hanging out with “car guys” or climbing into a sawed-in-half suburban to reclaim some floor mat thingy.

He describes it as an out-of-this-world experience. Only 15 minutes from home but light years different from our day-to-day reality. The pace was different. The priorities were different. There weren’t even chairs for the boys to sit on while they ate lunch…so the “car guys” graciously offered my boys a cardboard box to sit on (I do have that picture).


and yes they are eating McDonalds and playing on iPhones…

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from junk yards, that Saturday night Bruce and I attended a charity event to raise money for Dravet Syndrome Research.

One of Bruce’s co-worker’s helped planned the event, because he has a son, Caeden, with Dravet Syndrome. At the age of 9 months, Caeden was playing on the floor when he began to have a seizure,  that seizure continued for an hour. The next 5 years Caeden continued to have frequent seizures and some more prolonged seizures. At one point this sweet boy spent 10 days in the ICU recovering from an epileptic episode (during that time he woke up and didn’t recognize his parents).

My heart broke when I read story after story of children with this syndrome. Imagining the pain their parents have experienced–not knowing when the next seizure would come, how long it would last and would it take away the skills their child had developed (i.e., walking, talking, eating).


You may be thinking, Heather, what do a salvage yard and a charity event have in common? And weren’t you supposed to review Lisa Chan’s new DVD?

Here’s the point.

We forget that this world is passing away. This is not our home.  {Lisa Chan}

The feeling my husband felt while he was at the salvage yard, out of place and not at home, is the feeling we should have on this earth.

These horrible things that happen in this life, children getting genetic disorders which traumatize a family, don’t seem right, because we live in a broken world.

But you and I have a hope beyond this world. We can store “treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19) by showing Christ’s love to a broken world.

Bruce returned kindness to those men who offered the boys a cardboard box. Bruce & I, in showing up at the event Saturday night, encouraged his co-worker that we care, we see their pain and we want to help find a cure for their son.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself if not accompanied by action, is dead. {James 2:14-17)

the DVD

In this 3rd installment of Lisa Chan’s TrueBeauty DVD collection, “not of this world”, Lisa addresses our attachment to earth. She helps us refocus our daily priorities to match up with what truly matters for eternity. She shares truth through her own stories and Scripture.

Like the other TrueBeauty videos I’ve reviewed (be still & deny yourself) this video includes an interview and story of another individual. In “Not of this World” Carolyn shares her experience as the wife of a convict, how she clung to Christ and how others met her physical needs so once her husband was released from prison, their family could heal emotionally and,  ultimately, find Christ.

Here is the trailer for the DVD (click here to watch the trailer if you are reading this post via email)

True Beauty Not of This World TRAILER from Flannel Staff on Vimeo.

I have to admit my favorite part of this DVD was not in the 17 minute video. It was in the 13 minutes behind-the-scenes clips, in which they interviewed Carolyn’s husband. He shared about growing up with an abused and abusive mother, about how he feared no one could ever love him, and how God completely redeemed his life.

I also love how they shared the power of discipleship. One man (no one knows his name) came into a prison cell and shared a Bible verse with this convict, whose response to the gospel was,  “what do I have to lose”. Now this ex-con is discipling others in prison and works as the head chef at a homeless shelter in San Francisco. His wife is discipling other women as well. Go and make disciples. Even if you are just one step ahead…

the giveaway

The generous folks at David C Cook are giving away a copy of this DVD to one of my readers. Please leave a comment and/or tweet about the giveaway to be entered to win.

When you lift your eyes to Jesus and let go of this world, what matters most comes into focus. Follow Him. Live each day for Him. Hold this world loosely.  Share your heart, your stuff,  your time, and your Savior. {Lisa Chan}

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