Saturday, July 2, 2022

Book Review: Just Imagine (God's Hospitality)

I just finished reading a book that a close friend (and mentor) wrote. Dianne is a mother and pastor and a lover of people. God gave her a passion for hospitality (which is another word for love). One thing that I admire about Dianne is that she challenges me. She challenged me years ago to do a women's retreat (I admit I did it kicking and screaming, at first). Another thing I love about Dianne is that she encourages me -- to keep going, to run the race, to seek God, to do what He's called me to do. I am so thankful for this woman. Her book is like her -- challenging, yet encouraging. It makes me want to love people better. Read it. The world needs radical hospitality.

This book is a call to bring radical love and hospitality to a hurting world. This beautiful book challenges us to get messy with people -- to get out extra paper towels! In a world where people are hoarding privacy and isolation has become the norm, intentional hospitality is needed more than ever. People want to be loved and feel like they belong. Jesus took the time to connect and touch people, and we should too. Whether you want to be more hospitable or you want that for your church, this book is an excellent resource. It contains wonderful life examples and even has self and church assessments that can help show areas for improvement.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Afghanistan: Teachable Moments

I am reading Afghanistan: 179 Days of Teachable Moments, a journal of Florence Robyn Smith's deployment. Each day has a title, experience and Scripture, in short segments that you can read in a few minutes. 

The book inspires me for two big reasons...

1. Journaling - Most of us go through life, just trying to keep our head above water, but if we would discipline ourselves, like Ms. Smith, to write down and reflect, we would see how God is working through each day, through each experience. I already keep a journal, but this book makes me want to dig more into my everyday experiences and reflect.

2. Doing -- It is inspirational to see a woman of faith step out to do something challenging. She did not have to sign up to be deployed, but the mission field is wherever you are called, even working for the military in Afghanistan.  

Here is the book's trailer.

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars! Thank you Ms. Smith for your inspiration to do big things for God!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pray Like A Warrior

"I have bestowed strength on a warrior..." Psalm 89:19

God tells me I am a warrior like David. Prayer is a sword that cuts through strongholds that we cannot see. Since we often cannot see the outcome of prayer (or we don't share testimonies), we assume prayer doesn't do much...and that is just what the enemy wants us to think. Don't fall for it! God has given us strength through Jesus, who has already overcome evil! We are warriors! 

Now, let's pray like it!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

God Delights In Us

"He brought me out into a spacious place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me." Psalm 18:19 (NIV)

God "delights" in me. Isn't that amazing?! A friend told me recently that she is God's favorite! Well, I'm his favorite too! And so are you! His heart delights in us, His children.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Love Letter From God

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If God wrote us a love letter, I believe it would read like this:
My Dear One,
I am love. Do you know me? I comfort. I heal. I hold. I weep when you weep. There is not a moment that you’re not on my mind. Do you understand who I am?

What I give cannot be bought. It has no strings attached. You can’t work for it, not even a lifetime of good deeds can buy it. My love…I give it freely to anyone who will accept it. Do you know how much I rejoice when one of my children accepts me?
Many stop there. They accept my free give of salvation, My Son, Jesus, as their Savior, but they think that’s it. They don’t know that they can get close to me. They don’t believe they can walk with me like I did with Adam and Eve in the garden. They don’t think they can talk to me face-to-face like Abraham or Moses. I am not a story, stuck in a Holy Book. I am The Living God. I am the same long ago as I am today.

I am a hand reaching out to you today, right now. My love is still the same. It is desperate to draw near to you. Will you come near to Me? Will you dwell in Me?

I long to answer your prayers, to heal your hurts, to deliver you from oppression and addictions, to teach you how to walk in My ways, and to take you deeper. I made you for Me. I give you gifts and so many blessings because I am Your Father. I hunger for you to press in. I made you for so much more than what the world wants you to settle for.

I am all you need. Come to me and let me show you My love. Ask Me, Seek Me, Search Me…I am here, waiting for you, My Child.

Yours Always,
The Father