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If You Have to Make a Promise

If You Have to Make a Promise September 19, 2021

I’m over at Stand Firm today.

I had a whole bunch of important things to do yesterday so of course I settled down on my sofa with my device and googled, as I do every few weeks, “Rachel Hollis.” The first thing that came up was—and I can’t believe I missed this, I must be slipping—the important news that Dave Hollis is having some sort of new romantic rebound with someone named Heidi Powell. Well, as you know, I do live under a rock, but at least I have an internet connection, so I wandered around YouTube clicking on videos made by Heidi Powell. Turns out she’s kind of a big deal in the fitness world. It seems she sells some kind of meal replacement option, and she has a company called Transform.

It seems also that she was recently married to someone named Chris, together with whom she runs Transform, and Chris was supposed to be the person she was going to be with forever, but they both “hurt each other” a lot and so finally split up in 2019. This was upsetting both because Heidi didn’t really want to let go, even though things were so bad, and also she had been married before to someone called Derek, who now also works with the Transform company, and she fretted about the stigma of being twice divorced. She didn’t want to be “that” woman.

So anyway, Dave had been Instagramming her trying to get her to be on the Rise Together podcast, but she was in the middle of this divorce so she didn’t respond, but then, it just so happened that right after he announced his split up with Rachel, and Heidi messaged him to say she was so sorry, Dave asked her if she could come podcast with him about divorce, and she was going to be in Dallas the next week so it would be no problem to pop down to Austin, and they had a long and cathartic talk, though no podcast. Now if you click on official Heidi Powell links, a pop-up with her and Dave appears—30 days to a better you or something like that.

As I said, I had so many important things to do, so I watched the video about how Heidi met Dave, then I watched the announcement of her divorce from Chris and how she was going to move, then I watched the one of the new house, then I watched one about 14 foods you should avoid, and then a very informative one about how to lose weight and build muscle at the same time, something I have known was possible but was not curious enough to investigate. Then I finally faced the fact that it was Saturday night and what I usually do is read the lessons for Sunday, just so I know what I can expect in the morning. What unhappy thoughts might God have in store for me when I try to drag myself into the early dawn?

Turns out this week that Jesus is doing the same thing he always does, trying to tell his dim-witted disciples that he is going to die on the cross. They, of course, cannot believe him and so they are indulging in their usual activity, arguing with each other about who is the greatest. James neatly digests this ongoing dispute, not just for the disciples but for all of us, under the pithy soubriquet, “you adulterous generation.” You don’t have because you don’t ask, he says, and when you do ask you ask wrongly to “spend it on your passions.”

In all the years that I’ve been following Rachel Hollis—who I came to know about by way of Jen Hatmaker, who similarly is suffering a painful divorce, boy 2020 was the year—I’ve been fascinated …read the rest here!

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