March 25, 2015

Feeling “Stuck” in Life? Find Hope, Answers and a Giveaway Here!

Have you ever felt “stuck?” If so, this message is just for you!

I’m excited to share my friend Pat Layton’s new book, “Life Unstuck,” not only because of the beautiful heart behind the author but also because it is grounded in one of the most precious and beautiful Psalms in the Bible … Psalm 139. Using Psalm 139 as her guide, “Life Unstuck” takes us on a journey that equips us how to identify when and where we have gotten stuck so that we can move forward with great confidence and joy. It’s packed with personal stories and practical application that will truly help create forward progress in your walk with Jesus. LaunchFBGraphic.Pat Layton Q: Pat, what led you to write your book Life Unstuck?  Life Unstuck is the result of over 30 years of life transformation! My first time reading Psalm 139 as a new Christian, led me on a journey to personal healing from a very broken past that had climaxed in having an abortion at age 23. God used the 24 verses of Psalm 139 to show me His redeeming love and grace and those words became the roots God used to lead me into full time ministry. Very soon after receiving my own healing God led me to open Tampa, Florida’s first crisis pregnancy center and write what is now an international post abortion recovery curriculum called Surrendering the Secret published by Lifeway in 2008. A few years ago God began to stir the Life Unstuck message in my heart which resulted in this new book!

Q: What’s different about Life Unstuck compared to all the other books out there about God?  Life Unstuck is basically a life coaching, life FREEDOM plan using the 24 verses of Psalm 139! In this prayer/poem David addresses God in a direct and personal manner using the pronoun “YOU” 11 times twisted together with the use of the word “ME” 13 times! Life Unstuck breaks down this interaction between David and God and shows us how to apply it’s rich revelation to our own lives.

Q: Your book is filled with scriptural truth. Can you share a sample or two of these verses and why you chose them?  Verse one kicks off the rich depths of Psalm 139 and prepares us for a deep dive. “Oh Lord you have SEARCHED ME and you KNOW ME!”  David gets us at “hello”. God knows you, He sees you. Everything about you! How you think, how you talk, where go and who you go with! At first look, I was not so sure this was actually GOOD NEWS! I have done a whole lot of stuff in my lifetime that I don’t like thinking about being in front of a Holy God. As I have allowed God to work this verse out in my life and heart, I have come to find complete hope and peace in those words, God KNOWS me and Loves me Still!

Q: Who did you write your book for? Who can benefit from this message?  My dedication page is “for the woman who secretly suspects there is nothing more but desperately dreams there is. The bottom line is, this book is ONLY for those women who ever find themselves STUCK somewhere in life—relationships, finances, marriage, ministry, parenting….ONLY HER! J

Q: What do you feel is the greatest obstacle people must overcome in order to make a deep relationship with God a priority?  Overwhelmed schedules and misplaced commitment. In other words, letting life AROUND of God overtake life IN Him!

Q: How has Life Unstuck changed YOU?  The year of writing Life Unstuck was by far the toughest year of my journey as a Christian. I lost friends. I lost identity. I lost family physical closeness as each of my children and Grandchildren moved away from home. I even moved from my own home of over 20 years. My foundations were all rocked one by one, BUT GOD! As I dug into these verses every single day, by ORDER of a contracted deadline, God changed me. He unstuck me from many areas of bondage and burden that I never knew where keeping me away from my next adventure with Him. I re-learned that He sees me and has a plan for my life—a good plan. A God plan!

Q: What is your prayer for anyone who reads Life Unstuck?  My hearts desire is that every woman who reads Life Unstuck will fold the last page of the book with a smile on her face and a feeling of peace, purpose and passion. I pray she is a different woman from the one who opened the first page. The foundational truths found in Psalm 139 are never “mastered” this side of heaven. We always need to be reminded of them and to re-embrace them, regardless of our level of spiritual maturity or experience. I pray that the Unstuck Manifesto becomes worn from wear and a part of her very core!

Q: What are some practical ways your readers can implement the principles found in Life Unstuck  Life Unstuckprovide the reader with personal hands on tools and exercises that will help them gain deeper insight into the one of a kind woman God created her to be; provide very specific steps for confronting the past in a healthy way; offer her steps to take for developing a more intimate relationship with Christ; help her intentionally discover her purpose in life TODAY just as she is living it and stir her heart and mind towards dreaming big God sized dreams for her future. PatLayton.Cover

Giveaway

Pat, thank you for stopping by today!

Pat has graciously agreed to give away a copy of “Life Unstuck.” So please leave a comment today sharing a place you feel “stuck” and why, and we will choose one comment to receive a copy of her book. Stop back here Friday and check for a comment from me, at the end of the comments, to see if you are the winner.

If you want to learn more about Pat, visit her website by clicking here.

Blessings,

March 10, 2015

From Your Father’s Heart …

*** Please find the Winner of Joanna Teigen’s book at the end of this post ***

I hadn’t planned to write  a post today, but the Lord has laid a message on my heart. So here I am. I know one of you, one of God’s precious daughters, needs to hear these words from her Father today.

Are you wondering if your life has value? Purpose? Do you wonder whether God even knows you exist? Whether He hears your cries?

Oh, how I have been here … wondering, questioning, seeking.

The answer us a resounding YES! Our lives have value and purpose. God not only knows we exist, He delights over us and rejoices over us (Zephaniah 3:17). He sees us at all times (Psalm 139). He hears our every cry. He sees our every tear.

Sweet friend, Your Father in heaven created you with a special purpose in mind. Your name is engraved in the palm of His hand. He knit every inch of you together in your mother’s womb. He has a plan for your life…a plan that only YOU can fulfill.

We have an enemy whose goal is to feed lies to our souls … lies that we are unworthy … lies that our lives are insignificant … lies that we have no hope because of what we have done or what has been done to us.

Jesus exposes this liar. He warns us that Satan is the father of lies and that there is no truth in Him.

But the choice is ours. We listen to the liar OR we listen to the heart of the One created us.

Read through these life-giving, life-transforming words from Your heavenly Father …

the Author of Life,

the Maker of your heart,

the Lover of your Soul,

your Conquering King.

Let His Word turn your empty into full and let it be your JOY and heart’s delight!

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You are LOVED … with an everlasting, unconditional love.

You are PRECIOUS and VALUABLE … your name is engraved in the palm of God’s Hand.

You are FORGIVEN … you need only repent of your sins.

You are SAVED … you need only accept His free gift of unforgiveness.

You are REDEEMED …. the old is gone and the new has come.

You are saved for His PURPOSES … to live your life for Christ and allow Him to use you to bring glory and honor to His Kingdom.

Open your Bible today and read the amazing Truths and promises God has to speak to you.

And if you struggle with believing these truths, please leave a comment and know I will pray for you today.

*** The winner of Joanna’s book is LUANDA S. who posted on 3/6 at 6:24 am. ***

Congratulations. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address so that we can send you your book.

Blessings to you,

March 3, 2015

A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son (New Book & Giveaway)

You know my heart for prayer, and I know your hearts for prayer, so I could not wait to share this book with you!

Last year, I received an e-mail from a friend inviting me to contribute to Rob and Joanna’s new book, “A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son.” I couldn’t say yes fast enough because prayer, and more specifically, praying God’s Word, completely transformed my mother’s heart and changed our home.

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A few months ago, I shared with you Rob’s first book, “A Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter.” And I am even more excited to share today’s book because now you have a matched set…whether you have a son or daughter, a grandson or grandaughter, or a niece or nephew, you have access to beautiful, powerful prayers to pray.

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So many times we want to pray for our children, but we just don’t know how to pray or what to pray. This book teaches us how to pray for every area of their lives. And they fill the pages not only with prayer but also with stories (like the one I share about praying for my son, Bo) that help bring those prayers alive so you can see them at work in a real family.

I invited Joanna to stop by and share a message from her heart so that you could get to know her. So below, find a message from her heart to yours. At the end of her message, I invite you to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of their book, “A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son.”

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Joanna, thank you for stopping by today.

Grab a Plate!

 A huge part of my life as a mom revolves around preparing food for the seven of us in my family. I create the shopping lists, shop the aisles of the grocery store, drive home and put it all away, and then create meals to put on the table from day to day. I try to keep each of the kid’s cravings in mind as I shop—chocolate milk, Honeycrisp apples, frozen fruit bars—because in some mysterious way, food says “love” to each of them.

We celebrate life together over food, too. Thanksgiving turkey and pie, Superbowl pizza and wings, birthday cake and ice cream–it’s impossible to separate our family’s connection with each other from the meals that we share.

This past summer we were thrilled to adopt our little boy. If we have ever had a reason to celebrate, it’s him! What’s tough, though, is that he has sensory processing issues with his mouth and food allergies as well. As much as we’ve embraced him into the heart of our family, he’s still on the outside looking in when it comes to sharing in our meals together. So many foods bring anxiety, tears, gagging, vomiting, itchy skin, or dangerous allergic reactions. The food=love equation isn’t working out so well for us!

As his mom I can become frustrated. His daily diet is better suited to a toddler than a big kid. His menu isn’t growing at the same pace as the rest of him. Even with therapy and persistence, progress is slow. He’s constantly hungry because hearty, filling foods are the hardest to swallow. I worry about the nutrients he’s missing out on, whether he’ll fit in at school, or if he’ll get sick. I worry that it will stay this way forever.

Watching him struggle reminds me, though, that I have areas where I’m slow to progress. Parts of my life and character that seem stuck in immaturity. Does a new social opportunity send me running back to the safety of familiar friends? Does humbling myself to admit my part in a marriage conflict make me choke? Do I hoard what’s on my “plate”, because fears about finances keep me from sharing what I have? Is the Bible so complex or confusing that I stick with simple, feel-good devotionals instead of in-depth study?

Just like I am eager to nourish my son and help him grow, God is eager to feed me—his daughter—and grow me into a woman of faith, wisdom, and love. The “food” he provides is the truth of his Word.

“…you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

What are you hungry for today? A sense of purpose? A closer, more intimate marriage? A breakthrough with your stubborn teenager? A deeper knowledge of your gifts and talents and where to use them? Relief from the pain of injury or disease? Peace despite the wounds of abuse in your past? Freedom from addiction to food, social media, shopping, or a destructive relationship? God holds out his Word, with all of his power to transform, heal, and satisfy every longing in our hearts. He invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

The big question is this: What is keeping us from feasting at God’s table? Let’s pray today for an eager appetite for his Word. A new palate that savors the deeper truths of Christ. The courage to pick up our forks and knives and dig into the meat God has for us.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Joanna, it has been a blessing to hear from your heart today. Thank you!

Friends, we would love to give away a copy of her new book, A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son,” so please leave a comment today sharing  what keeps you from “feasting at God’s table,” from spending a few minutes in quiet time with Him. And then share one step you can take toward changing that (getting up a few minutes earlier, taking the first five minutes of lunch hour to open God’s Word, bringing you Bible to carpool line, etc.). We will choose one name to win a copy of her book.

** Joanna Teigen and her husband, Rob, are the co-authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates, A Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter, and A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son. She enjoys homeschooling, marriage mentoring, and life and laughter with their five children. She makes her home in West Michigan.

Blessings,