Christian author speaks at 6th annual luncheon

Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:51 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner, rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

At the sixth-annual Call Her Blessed luncheon, Christian author Liz Curtis Higgs shared a message that she never gets tired of telling: How much God loves women.

“God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you, but women don’t believe that,” she said to the crowd of more than 500. “Have you ever tried to give a compliment to a woman? She’ll say ‘Oh, this old thing?”

The Call Her Blessed Luncheon is a fundraiser for Christian Homes and Family Services, which helps women with unplanned pregnancies and finds Christian parents for adoptive children. The agency is licensed by the state of Texas to provide maternity care and foster care, and in both Texas and Oklahoma to provide adoption services.

About 40 percent of the agency’s $2 million budget is funded by adoption fees. For the balance, the agency relies on donations from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.

Since 1962 Christian Homes and Family Services has placed more than 1,850 children into adoptive homes, provided maternity care for more than 2,500 women, and cared for more than 1,570 foster children.

Alan and Melanie Pigg were interviewed as part of the event; the two adopted two children through the organization.

“I had heard that being a mother is like your heart walking around outside of your body,” Ms. Pigg said. “I understand that now.”

Mrs. Higgs said that God’s attitude about us is the same that an adoptive parent has for their child.

“Isn’t it wonderful the Lord loves us exactly as we are,” she said. “He doesn’t expect you to be perfect, He expects you to be His.”

Higgs is the author of more than 30 books, with 4.5 million copies in print; her most well-known is her “Bad Girls of the Bible” series. She also spent a decade as an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine and has won speaking awards.