Book Review: Released

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Five Minute Friday: Notice

Notice. You have to stand still or stop to really notice. Does it all just fly by? Does it seem like it’s going too quickly?

When my son was little I remember treasuring each stage and every new growth spurt. I might not have loved every one of those stages, but I knew they would end and quickly and I loved him no matter what. Still do.

Now that we are all adults, it seems that life is simply a series of stages and seasons and it’s up to me to intentionally notice and treasure what is good, whether it’s a rough season or a great one.

There is always something to learn if I just notice.

There is a blessing in every stage, in every day. Especially when it’s feeling tough.

This rocked my morning when I read it… some words of wisdom from a former pastor of mine:

There are no “coincidences”, only divine appointments cloaked to look like mere fate. There is no karma, luck, happenstance or chance in the way God has ordained His universe and, by extension, our lives. Things may appear haphazard, but they aren’t. So, God actually has a deliberate plan for all of us today. We can either do His will — or ours. We can either run His pattern — or ours. We can either live for time — or eternity. So, watch out! There will be more than one opportunity for us to do something that will change the course of history before nightfall. Look for it carefully, for it will likely come disguised as an interruption, a problem, or a seemingly unimportant person. Remember: Nothing trivial will happen today. It all matters.

~ R. Steven Warner

What do you notice in this day of your current season?

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Five Minute Friday: STILL

Being okay with change is one thing. Finding your new normal in that change is yet another. I am still getting used to the new normal that happened with the last big changes in my life, and here comes another one.

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

I will. I have to or I don’t survive. Sometimes it feels like we’re holding on for dear life with the pace of change in this world. So the question is, what I am I holding onto? I choose to hold on to the Almighty God and His promises to take care of me and love me. Period. That’s really all that matters. The rest of the stuff in life still happens, but when my focus is on Him and what He is doing with my life, I don’t have to stress or worry about things.

“Be still and know that I am God”, He reminds me again. And again.

He is God and I am not. I remind myself of that often, especially when my troubleshooting, problem-solving brain can’t get it solved. I am so thankful that He loves me and knows what is ahead. He knows, He’s got it, and I will be still and seek Him.

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He who is in you is greater . . .

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Share Hope

Accidental Sabbatical

Will you help me share hope with someone who is out of work?

It is challenging to market my own books, because I wrote them to encourage and help people, not to make money. I wish I could afford to just give this book, Accidental Sabbatical, to anyone without a job to share hope.

This week, a friend suggested that perhaps I could sell more if I change the word ‘God’ to ‘higher power’. But I’m not just writing about some vague higher power in the world. I am writing about the Almighty God who is THE higher power. And if that means limiting the market, I’m okay with that. I don’t proselytize or preach; I simply share hope.

My challenge during this Accidental Sabbatical has been to maintain hope and faith and God has provided hope, peace, and provision. For this time, He has given me a part…

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Five Minute Friday: DARE

Thinking about courage today and how to manifest it in my life.

Accidental Sabbatical

Speaking to myself:

I dare you to trust in Him.

I dare you to be bold and walk into the fear.

I dare you to look above the negative and see only positive.

I typically don’t make decisions based on emotion, and I believe daring someone to do something is just that. But that isn’t necessarily negative.

Courage is an emotion.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the verb dare means:

‘:to have enough courage or confidence to do something: to not be too afraid…

:to do something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do.

:to tell someone to do something especially as a way of showing courage.’

So again I say to myself: have courage, even if it is difficult and you’re afraid. I dare you.

What will you dare yourself to do today?

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Will It Matter?

Where does time go? Not only in a month, or week, but each day?

Each day I have something to do. Some things that must be done whether I want to or not; other things that I really want to do. And always I am hopeful that I am doing something meaningful, that what I’m working on is going to matter in someone’s life; that what I’ve written will help someone.

I ask myself every day: “What am I going to do today that will matter in five years?”

It helps me focus on today. So where does the time go?

As I read a Facebook post today by the Bethany House Abuse Shelter, I realized again that for some women the days and weeks and months, even years all remain the same. Until they don’t.  Until they get free. Or until the abusive man they are with takes their life.

Bethany House Abuse Shelter in KY posted this sobering story of Monica Helton Wells being brutally murdered by her boyfriend on October 15th, and more domestic violence ending in four additional fatalities in the following week in their community.

On one hand when I read stories like that, I feel so blessed that the Lord helped me to escape and to share my story of release from an abusive marriage. Yet, on the other hand, I feel sad that I couldn’t give a book to each one of those women and help them to make a personal decision to get away.

But that’s the point. I can’t ‘make’ a woman who is enduring abuse do anything to get free. No one else can. She has to make the decision and then take action on her decision. All I can do is share and pray. And pray some more.

Whenever I wonder why I am in this season to write and share and more importantly, to pray, something like this comes along to remind me and help me focus with new strength.

Will you pray with me? Not only for women who are victims of domestic violence, but for renewed focus and strength in whatever season you are in and whatever you are doing that will matter for eternity.

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Five Minute Friday: BECAUSE

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future

And live is worth the living, just because He lives!

Because He Lives is one of my favorite old worship songs ever!

For several years now, I have signed my Christmas cards and other personal notes, “Because of Him”, because everything that I am is exactly that – because of Jesus.

Because of Him.

I am forgiven and will spend eternity with Him.

I am loved and safe and where He wants me to be.

Everything in my life is because of what Jesus did for me.

That is the most important ‘because’ in my life.

How do you finish that sentence? Because…

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Five Minute Friday: HOLD

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'” 

~ Ann Landers 

Hold your head high.

Hold on!

Some days it feels like I’m holding on for dear life; other days it feels like fear is holding on to me. But I make the conscious choice to decide that the troubles will not capture or defeat me.

I’m not going to write about those troubles or give them any publicity!

Instead I’m going to hold them hostage and force them to listen to my blessings:

I am blessed to be a child of the Almighty God.

I am blessed to be able to love and be loved.

I am blessed to have daily bread.

I am blessed to be able to hold on, regardless of the troubles, because I believe that God has it all under control even when I know that I do not.

I choose to hold onto faith rather than fear.

How about you? What are you holding onto?

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