Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Book From Robin Jones Gunn

Sisterchicks Go Brit!
In Stores Now!

London calling all Sisterchicks...
Hop on a bus to pick up your copy today.
Robin is a new friend that I've met since moving to Vancouver. She's an ex-pastor's wife, excellent author, speaker and all 'round compassionate lady. I love her dearly, and you'll love her writing! She's fun and winsome, and she's got just enough ornery to keep you glued to the page. Enjoy all the adventures of the Sisterchicks series!

Any Old Thing

The Lord is my white-out, my post-it note, my thumb drive. My God is my white-out, by whom all my sins are erased... Hmmm. Just doesn't have the same ring as David's song in 2 Sam. 22...

2 Sam. 22:1-4 – “David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2He said: ‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-- from violent men you save me. 4I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.’”
David was sitting around the rocky hills of his hideout with his band of merry men, and he started looking at the ordinary things around him. Rocks, shields, his fortress - and he began to interpret God in his everyday surroundings.
Okay, try it. How is God like a post-it note? How is God like a computer thumb drive? You don't know what that is? Well, pick something else, but look around your ordinary life, and find something to contemplate. Here are a few ideas:
  • God is like my water bottle: He brings me refreshment.
  • God is like my coffee cup warmer plate: He maintains those things that bring joy to my life.
  • God is like my cell phone: He's with me wherever I go.
Now, this may seem silly to you, but think about the good things this simple little exercise accomplishes. It makes us think about the Lord throughout the day, and it also stretches our minds to contemplate aspects of God we might not have considered before. I'll bet if David had a cell phone or post-it notes, his Psalms would have sounded much different - but the praise sounds just as sweet to the Lord.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Always A Way

Tenacious. Determined. The Little General we used to call her. Emily has a will of iron and a head that could crack concrete. But she's always got a smile while determinedly pursuing what she wants. And she won't fight you for it. She's more of the passive agressive antagonist. She gets you talking and laughing about something entirely different, and before you know it - you've agreed to the thing you denied her 10 minutes ago. Her older sister, Trina, has learned to just give in right away. Her father and I are still holding out, trying to be the teaching, training parents that illustrate she can't live this way all her life. Can she? Maybe she can. You see, for Emily, hope springs eternal. There's always a way around the obstacle before her. I read a Scripture the other day that reminded me God also sees a way around any obstacle...

2 Sam. 14:14 says, "Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him."

In God's economy, there's really only one circumstance in which forgiveness is no longer possible - death. Then, it's too late - no second chances, no mulligans, no go-backs, no do-overs. But until you're pushing up daisies, God is working to make a way around any obstacle that comes between you and Him! 2 Sam. 14:14 says, "...He devises ways..." so we don't have to be estranged from Him! Now, when God puts His mind to something, I'm thinking He can be pretty creative!

If our flawed Little General, Emily, can maneuver her way around most of life's obstacles, certainly our perfect Heavenly Father can ALWAYS make the way clear when something comes between us. Whether sin has separated us or busyness or simply our own fleshly desires, if you are still breathing, you still have the opportunity to draw near to God. There is always a way.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

What Kind of Person, What Kind of Needs

I’m about to send a proposal to a couple of editors, asking them to publish the GOOD a.m. LORD! devotionals in book form. I have to tell them what type of audience would like to read that type of material. If you receive those devotionals, I need your help! Can you describe yourself for me? What is it about devotional studies that you enjoy? I'm not looking for flattery here. I’m truly looking for a description of the person who reads it and the needs it fulfills in your emotional and spiritual life. Would you pick up this type of devotional book at a bookstore? Why or why not? Do these devotionals really work best as e-devotionals rather than in a book? How would I need to change them to make them fit a book format?

Please leave your comments. I might even use your quote in the book proposal I present to the editor! Thanks in advance for your help.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Mother's Day Bible Verses

Hi all!

Hey, I just found a fun website, Associated Content, that announces certain topics to write on that you can then claim and submit an article. If the powers that be decide they like it enough to post online, it's published on their news e-zine. Cool, huh? Some articles are paid a flat rate, some on the number of times it's viewed, some are purely a charity case!

Here's my first submission. It was a fun, quick list of 10 Bible verses to list on a card or letter for Mother's Day encouragement.

You should be able to just click on the link below, but if you can't get there that way, here's another way.... Highlight the address, and copy it by pressing the "ctrl" and "C" keys at the same time. Then click in the line at the top of your web browser and paste the address by pressing "ctrl" and "V" at the same time. Then press enter, and you should get there!