A new book for summer 2015!
Kick the Boring Out of Your Life – Released August 1, 2015.
My new book is in the delivery room of Harvest House hospital! It will hit book stores and Amazon August 1. I am excited about sharing what God has taught me in the past few years about Leveraging Pain, Travelling Light and many other things. I hope the following teaser gets you excited too…
In the fray of the frenetic pace we keep, it’s difficult to even care about priorities—let alone keep them in the right order. Many people are like the naïve bride who spends hundreds of hours planning the perfect wedding. She gives her attention to each sequin, napkin, and ribbon but fails to prepare for the marriage itself. Six months after the last of the confetti has fluttered to the ground, she gazes at her beautiful wedding album. Everything in the photos is literally perfect—except that she is standing next to Mr. Wrong. She got what she’d set her heart on—a perfect wedding. What she realizes too late is that her heart was set on the wrong thing.
I hate the thought that I could spend my life like a small child at Christmastime who unwraps a shiny new toy and then discards it to play with the wrapping paper. I don’t want to become so distracted by the temporary that I disregard the treasure. I need clarity to know what demands on my time, money, and energy are worth saying yes to and which ones should receive a resounding no.
How can I find the heart of what I want to live for? Who am I, and what am I about? If I’m a Jesus follower, I need to figure out how to distinguish the cluttered, claustrophobic life I’ve become accustomed to from the panoramic one God calls me to. Could “zooming out” help me identify what is important? Could a broader perspective help me find a life I can get excited about?
Are you looking for a new book to read this summer 2015?
Watch for Kick the Boring Out of Your Life to hit bookstores and Amazon on August 1, 2015!
Adventures with God
We stood on the hill top and envisioned David’s brave confrontation with the giant in the valley below. When the dirt beneath your feet is the same dirt that powdered the combatant’s feet, the previously mythic becomes very material.
At our leader’s invitation, Randy and I spoke on the precipice of that hill to our Israel tour companions about our thoughts gleaned from 1Samuel 17. We shared how we can “bank” faith compounded on our previous adventures with God—That we should take risks to right wrongs that are offensive to Him—And we are free to be ourselves as we respond to God’s assignments with the unique set of strengths and limitations we own.
“We also stand off against an enemy who would have us believe we are merely skinny kids. The reality is that we, in our mortality and humanity are outmatched. But the realities that were true for David are true for us. This means we too are responsible to live with awareness of what is going on around us and taking responsibility for it.”
After our devotional, one of our team approached us weeping. She thanked us for speaking especially to her. She said, “I have allowed fear to control me my whole life! We prayed with her that God would use the picture of this valley and her internal vision of David’s dual to help her trust God with her fear and grow her faith. Then I picked up a small smooth stone and gave it to her. “Let this be your Ebenezer- your monument to help you remember this moment, this picture and this prayer.
“The Ebenezer stone represented a fresh beginning, a reversal of course for God’s people. It also said something important about God: his mercies are everlasting; his covenant is forever.”~ from the website Another Think-One Christian’s View of Postmodern Life
The trip to Israel was life-changing for every one of us. It will enrich our teaching and my writing in countless ways. For this woman, it meant beginning again with fresh faith and the awareness that she doesn’t have to be the hero of her own story. God already is.
sand in your toes
frosty iced tea
a GOOD book all ……….alongside the water.
Mark your calendar, get yourself to the bookstore (or Amazon) on August 1 and add it to your summer 2015 reading list!
Boredom Busters for Women
Is YOUR life boring?
Mundane? Stale? Tedious? Tiresome?
Are you “too busy” to really live?
Do you feel irrelevant and unimportant?
Are you wanting change but afraid of what it requires?
Learn HOW you can create change and live a life you’ve dreamed of.
Boredom busters for women.
KICK the boring out of your life.
Start to live BIG, take risks and travel light
Kick the Boring Out of Your Life
– Think Big, Take Risks, Travel light
will hit bookshelves August 1, 2015.
Do you know anyone living a boring life? Share this with them!
The Truth about Broccoli – Isaiah 55
I prefer eating fruit to vegetables, but I know that veggies contain inportant fibre and nutrients that my body needs. I trust that nutritionists know what they are talking about when they tell me to eat my broccoli. I have faith that if I do what I am told, the vitamins and minerals in those healthy foods will, over time, nourish my body’s systems and provide them what they need to flourish.
I have never finished my grapefruit and suddenly felt its vitamin C surging through my body. I’ve never had a swig of milk and suddenly felt the calcium reinforcing my bones. I take it on faith that those things are happening.
Isaiah 55:10 says, “The rain and the snow stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow producing seed…and bread for the hungry…It’s the same with my word. I send it out and it aways produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
It is comforting to know that my spiritual nutrition is doing its work as long as I am faithfully in God’s word. It is making me stronger and wiser and more resilient.
Are you in the Word?
Are you learning and obeying?
If so, your growth is assured. Take it with a generous helping of faith.
I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s oldie but goodie Higher Ways taken from Isaiah 55:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…
And my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.”
God’s thoughts are all-encompassing. They include past, present and the eternal future. They include everyone and everything he created. His thoughts are absolutely pure; in harmony with his character.
By contrast, my thoughts are short-sighted. My idea of long-term is saving money for retirement. Seldom am I thinking about saving souls from a desolate eternity. I am incapable of an entire train of thought untainted by self-interest- let alone objectively taking into account the environment, the people of every nation and the generations that will follow me.
My prayer today is that God will infiltrate my thoughts, making me more reflective and responsible. Maybe that’s your prayer too.
The past few years my dear friend has gone through very rugged terrain with her child. I watch helplessly as her Mother’s Heart breaks time and time again.
Let me re-phrase: I feel helpless and yet I know my prayers for her and her family are heard and held by our Abba Father. He cares for her even more than I do and loves her lamb even more than she does.
In fact, he makes this beautiful promise in Isaiah 40:11:
“He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them
close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”
I love this promise.
God understands the Mother’s Heart.
He formed it out of his own Great Heart.
Yet unlike us, he is absolutely unlimited in his capacity to love, forgive, and even shape the circumstance he knows will draw a child back to his mother’s arms and his own. Is your heart breaking over a child who is determined to wander away from the green meadows God has for her? Know that your prayers matter. They are heard and held. God is at work, whether you can see it or not. He holds your lamb to his heart and leads you gently as you wait and weep.
Last night my mom and I attended a grief recovery meeting intended to help those of us who have recently lost loved ones to cope with the holidays. We were the only ones present who had two candles to light, representing loved ones recently lost.
Thinking about our first Christmas without my dad, my mind went back to last Christmas Eve. I stayed withmy precious papa, so weakened with cancer, while my mom and the rest of the family went to church. I knew it would be my last Christmas Eve with him.
I savoured every moment.
Today, I read these words in Isaiah 37:35. “For my own honour and the sake of my servant David, I will defend it (Jerusalem).”
I am certain I have been blessed “for the sake of God’s servant Gerry.” My dad loved the Lord with his whole heart. Everything he did was affected by his desire to be faithful to God. I can think of at least two times I was in grave danger of being sexually abused as a child. I believe that my parents’ and grandparents’ prayers were what kept those men from exploiting my weakness and naiveté. Who knows how many other dangers God protected me from for the sake of his servant Gerry.
I am so grateful for the legacy my parents have provided of devotion to God, prayer for loved ones, and faithful obedience. My life is richer for it. I am challenged to pass on that beautiful heritage so that one day, my grandchildren think of me and realize they are blessed for the sake of “God’s servant Donna”.