Social media is all abuzz with the latest story about the Christian mom blogger, Glennon Doyle, and her engagement to retired soccer star Abby Wambach. I’m not a soccer fan. Never heard of Abby Wambach. I’m also not familiar with Glennon Doyle’s blog. The story caught my eye because of its title in the Washington Post which was “A Christian mom blogger announces she’s engaged to soccer star Abby Wambach.”
Interesting, I thought, so I clicked the story and read.
And I was inspired.
And their happiness gave me hope…
Not for all the obvious reasons one might assume, or I guess for many Christians, there was no obvious reason to be inspired or hopeful or delighted by their story at all (lest we forget the recent story of gospel artist and evangelist Kim Burrell’s rant opposing homosexuality which led her to be uninvited to Ellen’s show and a host of other cancelled events).
But inspired and delighted and hope-filled I was because of the seemingly simplicity of the title of the story, but the magnanimity of its meaning that more and more Christians are embracing, understanding, and living out their love for others because inherently they know that God loves them.
This is huge people.
As a Christian mom blogger myself, I know how intimidating and fearful it can be to speak your truth. I mean for heaven’s sake, the trepidation of having your kids read your blog and really hearing, learning, or discovering mom’s authentic self is frightening enough, aside from what the world may think once you publish a post.
This is why I was inspired.
Glennon Doyle isn’t just experiencing love and happiness and joy and peace, but she is also experiencing FREEDOM.
As a Christian Sunday school teacher myself, I know how confining church can be when people are teaching and espousing principles they believe are Christ-like which are actually opposite to the nature of the character of God, all the while making people who are different feel damned, cursed, broken, and confused.
But to really know God, and to know His freedom takes guts. It takes courage. It takes conviction. It takes a personal relationship with God that you don’t even really have to explain to anyone because you know, like a song we sing at my church, you know “who God says I am.”
The media seems all too interested in who they were previously married to and the timeline of the engaged couples’ new relationship, but for me, I could care less. All that matters to me is that I see a Christian mom blogger living her life and living her truth and being blessed by God with the gift of love.
This also is huge.
The church is always talking about how God is a God of second chances. Hopefully church folk can be equally as excited and delighted that God has seen fit to extend His grace and mercy to these two women who found each other in whatever way that happened, and blessed them with love again.
I too am a Christian mom blogger.
And I celebrate their love because I know who God says I am.