Friday, September 7, 2012

Trusting God in Suffering Series starts Monday!

I'm so excited today to be starting the new series I've been telling you about. It will be every MONDAY right here.

Here's a little intro for you.

Is God really in everything? You might be thinking...I can take what God may send my way, but what about any suffering I have to go through because of other people's sins and mistakes? What about things that people do that trouble or annoy me? Is God in that stuff, too?

I'll also include telling you the story of the birth of my daughter who was born totally blind, and also sharing insights from my friend, Emily—whose daughter was just in an accident that will involve a long recovery, who so many have been praying for, with the other girls in the accident. 

I'm giving you a sneak peek today into our new series, by playing a 3 minute clip for you of a talk I gave about a year ago (I had gained 10 pounds before this talk, and thankfully they came off when I stopped eating fries and hamburgers every chance I had! I'm not kidding!)

I'm trying to eat better! And just so you know, no one told me I had big hair. Now I know! That's just a T-state thing: Tennessee and Texas. I don't live in a T-state so now I'm flattening it or wearing it pulled back in a clip! ☺

I felt like Corrie ten Boom there. 

Corrie's family had hid Jews in their home, and ultimately they were all sent, including Corrie and her family to concentration camps. She had a testimony of God's grace to share after the war, and spoke all over Europe and eventually America, calling herself, a "Tramp for the Lord." 

She spoke once among so many great speakers who had degrees, and many listings and letters beside their names in the program.

Corrie's description read in one word: watchmaker.

The church where I spoke was gorgeous, and has distinguished speakers with advanced degrees and long descriptions. 

I was set to speak and I could have summed up my description in one word: homemaker.

I apologize for so much background noise. (There were a number of people outside the room we were in, and the camera man's mike picked them up as if they were practically with us!)

I'm praying for you right now to be able to hear the message in spite of hearing the people who were having a blast that were not in the room with us! I try to mix up the clips in this series with some new ones I will make for you so you don't get weary with the noise.

So—first off—in our IS GOD IN EVERYTHING SERIES?

How did I define suffering?

Suffering is having what you don't want, or wanting what you don't have. Is suffering one of your companions by that definition? 

Then come join us, right here—every Monday! I'm pondering adding a second day a week on this series—probably Thursdays so we can cover more in a week. Ask a friend who is on your heart to join us by clicking the email envelope with the arrow in it, right below my signature.

"It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees."
~Psalm 119:71

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." 
~James 1:2-3

Walk by faith, 

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