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JEBR: “Love Without Limits” by Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic (pronounced ‘voy-chick’) is a remarkable human being.  To put it to you bluntly, he was born without limbs – no arms, no legs – just a torso, handsome face, and a little foot that he affectionately refers to as his “chicken wing.”  You might expect him to have taken the self-pity road in life because, well, he has every reason to be bitter, feel sorry, shortchanged in life, and down about himself.  Instead, however, Nick travels the world, inspiring, encouraging, and spreading God’s message to multitudes, all with a sense of humor, winning smile, and his special hug.
Nick Vujicic on tour
Nick Vujicic on tour
It might also be tempting to assume that Nick would be the poster child for a man of God destined to be single, being that he is a missionary and is, well – without limbs.  Once again, Nick defies the odds by not only getting married, but getting married and having a child with a beautiful full-bodied woman who admires him and sees his lack of limbs as only noticeable the way someone’s height or weight might be.
Nick and Kanae Vujicic
Nick and Kanae Vujicic
They write a book together telling both of their stories of their struggles through Christian single-hood, seeking to align God’s will with their hearts’ desires.  They then unfold their story, from their first meeting to their dating, marriage, and life as a family of three.  You can hear the joy and love in their individual voices as they share the telling of their story and their full satisfaction with God’s leading them to one another.  They are honest with their insecurities, blunders, and challenges as well.  Ultimately, they wrote this book as an encouragement to singles out there to “hold out for love” and after reading through all 242 pages of encouragement in one evening, their mission had been accomplished on me.
Nick, Kanae, & Kiyoshi
Nick, Kanae, & Kiyoshi
I’ll include the primary messages that Nick wants to share with everyone, whether they continue to read the book or not – because it will give you the best test of whether or not you want to read on and because even if you don’t, these messages are enough to lift your heart in these matters of the heart.
  • Never give up on love if love is what you want, because God planted that desire in your heart for a purpose
  • You are worthy of love because you are the creation of a loving Father
  • There is someone who could love you and share your life
  • A successful marriage requires reciprocal and unselfish love as well as shared, deep, and lasting commitment
  • Parenthood will test your marriage.  It will also strengthen your bonds of love, but only if you develop deep empathy and unwavering support for each other by putting your  family’s welfare above self interest.
  • The “work” of being married is mostly about giving up our naturally self-centered ways and learning day by day to put God first, our spouses and family second, and ourselves third.
  • Your marriage, your family, and your home should always be a safe, loving, caring, and comforting place – a refuge from the world and all of its challenges.
Nick Vujicic Quote
Nick Vujicic Quote
As a single Christian woman who desires to be married one day, the first three messages are the most relevant and I will store these in my heart and mind as weapons against discouragement and lies.  This is not necessarily the relationship book that I would say to “go out and get immediately!” but it is available for free from the NYPL and therefore probably most libraries.  It’s a light, easy read, and I simply am so in awe of this man, Nick Vujicic, and wanted to see what he had to offer.  It’s not available for purchase on Thriftbooks (my other go-to) his other books are and it is available on good ‘ol Amazon.  I’ve been reading up on Christian relationship books a lot lately…haha…guess why?!  So look out for more reviews soon.  Til then, stay in love with God and love!

today a wise woman told me…

…that I’m wise! She said that there’s a difference between smarts and wisdom and that I have wisdom.  She said that I carry myself well, that I’m a cool girl, that I’ve done well for myself, and that I speak motivating words.  She’s a jazz singer and said that it took her a long time to realize that that’s what she wanted to do and all she wanted to do and she told me to never give up and never sell myself short. She said that it’s good to be grateful, but that I should take credit for being where I am as well.  She said “someone opened the door for you, but you had to stay on the other side.” She looked at me with her “third eye” and said that she saw something in me.  She said that she knows I want to be some sort of movie star and she sees it.  I can be a sultry woman or a coke head.  I wouldn’t have thought that, but I’ll take it.  She simply believes in me.  And believes in following your bliss.  And I shall. I read in “the Artist’s Way” today that you should just do it.  If you win you win and if you lose you win. There’s no reason to hold back from a challenge for fear of not being perfect at it.  First of all, perfectionism acts as a vice that keeps you ruminating in one place, never allowing you to move forward until you’ve “perfected” whatever it is you’re doing.  Paintings are never finished, they are just stopped at a certain point.  You can’t require perfection, it’s stifling.  If you simply said to yourself, “If I didn’t have to be perfect at it, I’d try…” and see how many things you realize you really want to try!  Don’t let perfectionism stop you! So with that said, meeting the challenge is a win in itself.  “If you lose, you win,” because you’ve grown and you’ve paved the way to meet the next challenge.  Meeting challenges is contagious.  Running that marathon will help you start that business or vice versa.  There’s power in the committing.