Monday, July 23, 2012

Congratulation to Kathleen who won the gift basket including a copy of Parables and Word Pictures From the New Testament by
Cheri Cowell Author, Speaker, and Sidewalk Theologian

Thursday, July 19, 2012

When You Need a Miracle

When You Need a Miracle: 
How to Ask God for the Impossible

I first met Linda Evans Shepherd six years ago when I attended a retreat at which she was speaking, and I had the privilege of taking her to dinner - just the two of us. I was so pleased to find a woman who is down to earth and loves Jesus above all else. We each shared about our lives and ministries, and by the end of the evening she invited me to be a part of a group she founded The Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. We've been friends ever since.

When I received in the mail a copy of Linda's new book When You Need a Miracle: How to ask God for the Impossible I didn't know what to expect, and perhaps you have a few questions, too. From the title you might think she will try to give formula prayers you can repeat in order to talk God into getting what you want, or doing spectacular things in your life. That's not the case. More than anything, Linda gives sound biblical teaching that will draw you into a closer relationship with Christ.

Linda knows from personal experience how tragedy can impact a life, and what it is like to desperately need and want a miracle. She doesn't take this subject lightly. Discouragement, hopelessness, why our prayers aren't answered the way we desire and how to cope during those times, what it means to ask in faith, the importance of praise, and so much more is within the pages of this book.

Linda is the author of over thirty books including When You Don't Know What to Pray: How to Talk to God About Anything and When You Can't Find God: How to Ignite the Power of His Presence, and the co-author of the popular series The Potluck Club and The Potluck Catering Club. Linda is an international speaker and media personality and is the creator or and appears as a frequent host of Daystar's Denver Celebration. She's the president of the nonprofit ministry Right to the Heart, which has seen over 500,000 people come to faith in Christ. She is married and has two children.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Linda's new book. We'll pick a winner next week!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Time to Reevaluate

The recent Colorado fires have caused me once again to reevaluate what’s important in my life. I don’t mean relationships (that’s a given), but rather “stuff”. What “stuff” do I have in my home that I feel like I can’t live without?

Over and over, those who were evacuated from their homes said, when told they had little time to evacuate, they grabbed their photographs first. I think that’s what I would take, too. 

Before you give me too much credit, understand that I love my stuff as much as the next person. But, photos are a visual reminder of memories; a visual reminder of happy birthdays, joyful weddings, fun school days, special events. Now that we can even take pictures on our cell phones we have instant “memories” that we can share with others. My cell phone is filled with pictures of my grandchildren, and I can instantly scroll through to ooh and ah, and relive the occasions on which the photos were taken. Basically, photos are a visual reminder of relationships, aren’t they?

All this contemplation made me think about the visual reminders that are all around me of my relationship with God – my family, friends, nature, and more. What about you? What are your visual reminders of God’s love and His relationship with you? 

Please share and leave a comment. I'd like to hear what you think.