For those of you who’ve normally kept up with my blog, must have noticed I haven’t written all summer. This is why:
1. We’ve Moved!
Towards the beginning of this year, I felt God was preparing my family and I for a big change. I had no inclination of what type of change this could be, but I felt many doors closing, and change imminent for us.
As of June 5th, 2020, and in the weeks to follow, it was made clear to my husband his job was no longer secure.
Since his personal medical history was being called into question, in relation to his depression the last year or so, we felt it was time to begin our search for another ministry position and place to live.
This is a large reason I couldn’t bring myself to write to all of you. I didn’t know how to respond to this painful, hurtful, and enraging circumstance we found ourselves in.
I didn’t want to hurt our past congregation, because they had nothing to do with this.
The pastor, the head deacon, and another deacon are to blame for this outrageous, and illegal course of action. The church and these people are to remain nameless, for their privacy.
The most painful part of this whole ordeal was the loss of a close friendship, and leaving the close friendships that remain in tact.
Also, leaving an entire group of people, who’ve loved on us and prayed for us, but not being able to tell them the truth – the real reason we moved.
Now the truth is out. The Lord gave me permission to finally share it.
Finally, in my devotional today, I came across this verse:
‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. ‘ – Genesis 50:20
This seemed quite fitting for our situation this summer. Even though we were pushed out, under unfair and painful circumstances, God still means it for good.
My family, and Bold & Beautiful Inspirations Co., now reside in Wisconsin! So keep an eye out for more content and new books this fall!!
Most of you know this already, but we are expecting another baby! We found out shortly before the whole job drama blew up in our face, so we haven’t had much time to celebrate or communicate our joy to the world.
I am in late February and no, we don’t know the gender yet! lol. Keep an eye out for that announcement in October…
For Bold & Beautiful Inspirations Co., I’ve been contemplating a fresh vision. Being in a new place, a new ministry, and new stage of life, I wish to allow my business to grow as well.
Please join me in praying for direction and wisdom as I move forward. I pray my writing will change the world for the better, comfort those who are suffering, and inspire those who are lost and hopeless.
A portion of this new vision will be creating music videos on my YouTube channel, which I am very excited about! Also, finishing my chapter book I began in the spring.
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Where is Wisdom by Scott James, is a great book for elementary aged kids.
If you would like a book to teach your kids about the wisdom of God, this is the book for your family. With poetic descriptions, inspired by the chapter Job 28, and incredible illustrations, this is a winner.
Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife Jaime have four children—Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, & Bethan—who served as the inspiration and original audience for this Advent devotional.
They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Scott works as a pediatric physician. Scott serves in the children’s and youth ministries at Brook Hills and is passionate about helping families grow together in Christ.
For those of you who are God-led and willing to do so, I have a BIG favor to ask of you.
This is not mandatory, nor is it demanded. This is not a whimsical request or an impersonal one.
This request has a purpose. This request will change lives.
A New Kind of Project
Many of you are already familiar with my book, The Miscarriage Project: Testimonials of Parents Who Found Hope in God.
Well, I am planning another book with similar format to this one, but not about miscarriage. This is about helping others through a different kind of tragedy.
Abuse comes in all kinds, but it is time to shine light into the darkness of our past. Healing cannot take place until we face the pain of our past head on.
My BIG Request
As a fellow victim of abuse, please hear my sincere request – to share your story, too.
As a victim, you never forget, but you are not alone in your suffering. My hope is to inspire others who’ve been abused to find true freedom from their pain.
That’s why I’m calling this book, The Freedom Project.
Again, I’m only asking those of you who are ready and willing to share your story of abuse. I am not asking those of you still deep in the suffering of your wounds.
For this project, I am asking for testimonials of abuse victims who’ve found peace and healingthrough faith in Jesus Christ.Also, for people who’s goal in sharing their story is to help others.
This is not to mudsling anyone responsible for abuse or use as an opportunity to play the blame game. All persons involved in sharing testimonies and all persons mentioned will be anonymous or names changed. This will ensure protection of privacy.
My Prayer for You
Finally, I am praying for all of you reading this. Whether you’ve been abused or not, we all have struggles. I pray you all find the freedom in Christ you’ve been yearning for.
You can email your story or any questions to: email@example.com
Galatians 6:2 NIV
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
John 8:31-32 NIV
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Luke 6:27-36 NIV
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
I loved reading Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson!
As a fellow author, I loved Peterson’s descriptions of his creative work and his process.
Also, I liked how he incorporated the Christian perspective. As a Christian writer, it is hard to find colleagues with writing integrity and class.
Review – Outstanding!
I would read this book again in a heartbeat, it’s that good! Peterson is a great writer, he writes from the heart, and he writes for Jesus.
About the Author
Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author.
The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in 2015.
In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date.
He’s been married for 24 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children.
His eldest is an animation student at Lipscomb University, his second son is a touring drummer and record producer, and his daughter recently released her first album.
In his spare time Andrew keeps bees, builds dry stack stone walls, gardens, draws, and sleeps.
Letters to My Students, by Jason K. Allen, is meant to equip pastors and missionaries for their ministries.
As President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen has more than enough expertise to back up his points from the book.
Allen focuses the most on expository preaching, which isn’t bad in of itself, but as a previous Bible student myself (different college), I don’t agree with him.
Narrative preaching has it’s place, to help us understand the biblical people as people. People mentioned in the Bible are not just characters in a story. However, I do agree narrative preaching is not meant to be the main form of preaching and teaching Scripture.
I do think, however, Allen does a good job at instructing his students to be prepared for careers as preachers or missionaries. It is not a calling to be taken lightly.
I might recommend this book to other Bible students, as a resource or point of reference, as far as the sermon style debate goes. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for the average Christian.
About the Author
Jason K. Allen is the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
Since coming to Midwestern, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America.
In addition to his role as president, Dr. Allen serves as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry.
More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries.
He is the author or editor of several books, including The SBC and the 21st Century, Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Being a Christian, and Portraits of a Pastor.
Dr. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, Preaching and Preachers. He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.
After watching I Still Believe tonight, I am in awe of the power of God, yet again!
I Still Believe
This movie is based on the true story of famous Christian singer, Jeremy Camp; of his rise to fame and his beautiful love story of him and his first wife.
My heart both hurts and is joyful. So full of the Holy Spirit, I can’t sleep without telling you all about it.
Our faith is strengthened by adversity and struggles, not cupcakes and unicorns- sorry to disappoint you.
This time in our lives is so unique in that everyone is struggling. Everyone is acknowledging a common struggle and banding together to find hope.
The problem is, anything they find that’s not Jesus will disappoint and fail them.
Now is the time to speak up. Now is the time to share your faith. Time and resources are not an excuse in a quarantined world.
What are you waiting for?
Speak up and let your faith do the talking. Be real, be honest, be faithful.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”