God’s Best During Your Worst: A Preview

How big does God need to be?

Sometimes when we’re in the midst of tragedy, it’s difficult to grasp God’s presence and comfort.

I should know.

After suffering a seizure on April 1, 2011, doctors found a tumor on my brain and told me I may only have ten days to live. I spent those ten days seeking answers. Why was I facing such horror? What had I done to cause this? Was God punishing me?

Was God even there?
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A Friend to All Women

Shouldn’t Christian Women Be the MOST Confident?To my lady friends (or to men who know a lady). Check out Jillian Lancour and her Clothes and Curves website. She is truly a friend to all women.

I love this woman! I met Jillian a few years ago and immediately connected with her. Besides being one of the funniest women I know, she focuses on what her purpose is: to share Jesus with hurting ladies. She makes you laugh while building you up at the same time. Then she makes you think.

Check out her September 13, 2019 blog, Shouldn’t Christian Women Be the MOST Confident? 

Leave her a note and tell her how her blog effected you. She’s so nice … she may write you back.

Love you , Jillian. Keep smiling.

2019 AWSA Conference in Murfreesboro

Pardon me for as I offer a bit of shameful self-promotion.

Look what was included in the August/September 2019 edition of Leading Hearts Magazine. Here’s a copy of a full-page ad (page 34) handed out at the 2019 AWSA conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee last month.

If you pull up the magazine, before you even get to page 34 and after, you’ll see wonderful information from terrific women who love talking about Jesus. While I smile at what I found in the publication on Page 34, my heart sings from what this this magazine offers. Be blessed by the stories and articles shared in this publication.

Let me know what you liked best from these articles. What stories moved your heart?

 

Does God Hear Your Cries?

Do you wonder if God hears your cries? Feels your pain? Of, frankly, if he’s even there at all?

Check out Kristen D. Samuel’s latest blog.

 

5 Reasons Why God Cares About Your Depression

Thanks, Kristen.

Filling a Need … Finding Peace: A Story

Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) was a leader among tax collectors. He could afford great jewelry and fine clothes. His position allowed him to charge the people of Jericho more than they owed. Everyone knew he skimmed off the top. They feared this little man.

But this little man had a secret—he wanted more. He had a need. A nagging in his heart that rubies or fine spices couldn’t satisfy. When he heard that this man Jesus was coming to town, he knew he had to talk to him. See him.

Zacchaeus left his tax collecting table for the place where he thought he’d have his chance to see him.

Drat. He’d already passed. He needed to guess … which road would he take? To see Jesus he’d have to take a gamble and run ahead. Hopefully he’d guess right and get there before Jesus arrived. But where to go?

He had an idea. By the Sycamore tree. That’s where he’d wait. He’d have an opportunity to talk with him, for sure.

But when Zacchaeus got to the Sycamore tree, other people were waiting there for Jesus, too. Double drat. What could he do now? He wanted—needed—to see this Man of God for himself.

Zacchaeus looked back down the road and saw a crowd walking his way. Was Jesus surrounded by all those people? How could Zacchaeus make his way through so many people? He was so short … he’d be lost in the crowd for sure.

He looked around. There—the tree! He could climb the Sycamore tree and at least have a look at him … this man who heals. Zacchaeus wasn’t sure what he’d gain by just seeing him, but it had to be enough.

The crowd came closer and Zacchaeus could hear their voices. Begging for Jesus’ attention. All coming at him with requests. Needs. Everyone had a need.

He had a need.

Zacchaeus sighed. What’s the use? He had been fooling himself. He may be rich, but his wealth cost him more than he planned. He had treated people terribly. And now he was going to miss his chance to ask this Jesus for what he wanted most: peace. He needed peace. But it wasn’t to be.

The crowd milled then stopped under the branches of the Sycamore tree. Jesus hushed the crowd with his hands. They waited, anticipating divine wisdom from Jesus. Instead, He looked up.

“Good day, Zacchaeus.”

Zacchaeus caught his breath. “Um … good day to you, teacher.”

Jesus smiled. “Why are you in the tree?”

He felt foolish. “I wanted to see you. I’m so small.” He cleared his throat. “I really wanted to talk with you … I thought maybe you could help me. But you’re busy. Everyone wants to ask you for something.”

Jesus continued to smile as he held out his hand. “Zacchaeus. Come down. I’m coming to your house today. I’m going to stay with you. We can talk about your lack of peace then.”

Is this how it began? I put a bit of flesh to the story, but it could have happened that way.

How diligent are you chasing after Jesus? What are you willing to do to find peace?

God’s Splinters

We’ve all heard it before. “God never gives us anything we can’t handle.” [BTW, that’s totally bogus, but a topic for another email.] Or how about, “When God closes a door He opens a window.”

Sound bites that find their footing in truth, but sometimes come off a bit too churchie.

(Can I get an AMEN!)

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Fix Her Upper: Reclaim Your Happy Space … A Review

How did they do this?

Fix Her Upper: Reclaim Your Happy Space faces dark issues with truth … and levity. Yes, that’s right. Levity. Beth Duewel’s story of sitting in the dentist chair made me laugh out loud (yes, for sure). Because Rhonda and Beth offered this work with levity, I dropped all my barriers and was excited to let them in. I wanted to hear what they had to say.

Yet make no mistake. This isn’t just fun and games. Their anchor into Happy is their relationship with Christ. These women make Christianity look attractive. The message isn’t preachy, it’s offered with a smile and hug.

We’ve all at one time or another lost our Happy Space. This book helps us find it again … or find it anew.

It’s available at Bold Vision Books June 28th, but you can pre-order it now.

Yes, You Learned Math You’ll Never Use After High School. Here’s Why.

I follow Brandon J. Adams, and you should consider following him too. Here’s his latest post. If can find him at https://brandonjadams.com/

I see it all the time – some character on the internet asking why they were taught (fill in the blank algebra) they never used after high school instead of (fill in the blank practical math like budgeting or taxes or mortgage math).

Having served in the teaching profession, this question is really mine to answer. I now oblige.

Beyond the fact that many schools do offer alternative courses in such math (I’ve taught them)…

…or the fact that practical math is far easier for someone to self-teach, so we reserve algebra for professionals…

…or lines like “it’s about problem-solving” or “we could use more trade schools” or “because federal agencies are dictating our content #lessgovernment #murica”…

…the answer is simple.

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