How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

Pardon me, but I’m over-the-moon-excited to share this post with you today.  I may be partly wrong, but I think I have the best family in all the world.  Okay, okay …enough with the puns but I couldn’t help myself.

One of my favorite things in all the world is to network.  My friend says I’m a Lego and I believe God has given me a gift that I pray will help connect others to a relationship with Jesus and each other.

Part of that networking involves encouraging and promoting the gifts of God I see in others.  I was reminded this morning in church that anointing literally means “to smear” — and I love seeing the anointing and presence of God graciously smeared all over the lives of others.

I believe that with any place of influence you’ve been given — whether large or small — you’re given the privilege and responsibility to use it to bring glory to God.  I also believe that showing how God is working in others through encouraging and promoting their effort is actually promoting the glory of God displayed through His children here on planet earth.  One way to point you to my Savior is by pointing you to His power to heal and restore and redeem through the stories others have shared.

So today, I share with you two beautiful stories of God’s glory displayed through our daughter, Carrye Burr and my husband, Roger Martin.  Both have just published a new book and I think they’re crucial “for such a time as this.”

Carrye has written her second book, How to Be a Moon–Embrace Your Worth.  Reflect God.  Light up Your GenerationShe’s a wife, mama to three (one adopted), a millennial and, in her own words, “a recovering people-pleaser” who hopes to “engage her generation with truth to combat the world’s lies about significance.”

She writes, “A moon doesn’t create light; it simply reflects a glorious sun.  To be a moon is to radically redefine our identity apart from achievement or comparison.   Our job isn’t to prove anything to God, but to accept the proof of His love and worth for us.  Our mission isn’t to accomplish more, but to allow more of God to be reflected in us.  Only then can He use us to powerfully illuminate our generation and change the world.”

But then my husband had the nerve to up and write about how we’re all “partly wrong” and in our desire to follow God and reflect His Light in a dark world, we  might have a few things messed up.

Roger poses the question, what if we’re wrong about some of our beliefs, conclusions, attitudes, motives and choices?  As a “partly wrong” expert (his words, not mine), Roger uses “humorous personal stories and compelling Bible instructions” to help us see that “living like we’re partly wrong makes us more humble, gracious, credible, influential, hopeful, teachable, forgiving, free and –oddly–more like Jesus!”  Which in turn makes us a good moon! (What can I say!  It was too easy a connection 🙂 )

I’m actually not sure which book you should read first.  That’s your call but I really think they both will make an impact on your walk with Jesus in a way that changes how you live out the every day of life in this world.  They’re not only affordable but, in my humble opinion,  you can’t afford not to read them.

I can vouch for these two individuals that they’re the real deal.  They’re the same on and off “camera” who walk this journey with Jesus with a humble spirit and a desire to point people to Jesus.

I’m probably shameless in my promotion of people I love and believe have something great to offer this world but I also believe God has given me this platform–however tiny it may be– to make much of Him and to make much of the good work He’s doing in me and those He has put in my path.

In my mission statement to “love God, love others and love connecting the two,”  this is part of that weaving and connection to bring many to the love and life Jesus has to offer as we make our way home to the Father.

And with that, I continue to connect by sharing the links for more life-giving words as written through Roger Martin, Jr. and Carrye Burr

Order your copy of How to Be a Moon :: Embrace Your Worth. 

Reflect God.  Light up Your Generation {by Carrye Burr} HERE

You can also read more on her blog as she blogs about parenting, writing, and wrestling with life issues while walking it all out with Jesus at Less to be More .

{{Cover photo of Carrye’s book by her cousin, Lee Waters, of Waters Art Studio and designed by her husband, Jeff Burr.}}

Order your copy of Partly Wrong :: Admit It.  Embrace It.  Live It. {by Roger Martin, Jr.}  HERE

While Roger’s website is undergoing a little “remodeling”–you can still access his thought provoking articles atA Ramblin Man

{{Cover photo of Roger’s book by our own Rachel Martin Raddatz and designed by a cool guy from .}}

**Both books come  fully equipped with discussion questions as a tool for personal reflection or for use in a small group setting …or perhaps like Scott–who prefers to discuss the book with his best friend, Wilbur, since he always has the best insights. 🙂


Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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    1. Joy Waters Martin

      It is😄. I’m so proud of him. God’s been writing it in him for awhile now.

  1. carrye1

    Thanks so much for sharing, Mom!!!! I love it and am honored to be side by side with my amazing father. (Not to induce gagging from all the sappy…) Love our family and can’t WAIT to read all of “Partly Wrong”!!

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