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BOOK RELEASE: “Mysteries Such As These” (a book by Heather Joy)

Hi friends! I hope this finds you all doing well!

I have been keeping busy, busy, busy these past few months! Overwhelmingly busy, actually! I’m not complaining though — it’s been good for me.

And what’s the title of this post all about anyway?! oh THAT! I’m so very excited about this!

As most of you know (at least, those of you who have followed this blog for awhile), I’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time now. In fact, I’ve had a burden about it for awhile. I wanted to write something that would help and encourage people. I wanted to write something that was real…

Well, the day has finally come! I released my first “ebook” yesterday afternoon!

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when it comes to disappointing God…

so you think your sin disappoints God…?

so you think your spiritual failures break His heart…?

so you think you can’t share your testimony without being a hypocrite…?

so you think the guilt you feel is from God…?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

today is Thanksgiving Day – which just so happens to be my favorite holiday of the year!

i hope you all have a wonderful day today with your friends and family. eat lots of turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and potatoe salad and veggies and ham and… oh, everything!

but above all that, i hope you remember the true reason for Thanksgiving. take a moment to thank the Lord for the many blessings He has provided to you and your family.

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Prayer: touching the heart of God.

The Lord is so good. The weather this week has been beautiful – with just a couple of storms. I noticed the grass at my house this morning – it looked perfect. It was a rich green, freshly cut, thick – I don’t think I’ve ever seen grass so perfect before. And the trees had little leaves on them waiting to grow to their complete size in the coming days. The flowers were beautiful, vibrantly colored, and dancing in the breeze. And all this I noticed in a 5-second walk from my front door to my car.

The Lord amazes me each time that He answers a prayer. I’m amazed not because I think He’s incapable of answering prayers – but because He grants me access to His throne room and to His heart. He allows my prayers to touch and influence His heart. He not only hears me, he listens  to me!

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Why I love the Lord.

On Sunday nights after the evening service, a group of the “singles” (not restricted to age, or even marital status really… we just say “singles” because we make up the majority of the group) usually go out to dinner or dessert. This past Sunday, however, we didn’t go out after the service. We stayed at the church and had a prayer meeting, after which my friend bought pizza for everyone.

There were eight of us all together, and for over an hour we shared prayer requests and sought the Lord in prayer. Some people are burdened with financial difficulties, others with strained or severed relationships, and others with illnesses and injuries. But God is good, and I know that He is weaving the tapestry of every life to bring about His will for us.

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God’s chisel.

I saw this video for the first time last night and it struck a huge wound in my spirit. I laid in my besd last night as I watched this little video on my cell phone and I cried because I realized… I’m Tommy.

Most of God’s “chiseling’s” are talkers. I don’t want to be a talker. I don’t want to be “in control” anymore. No matter what it may cost, or how much it may hurt I want to be surrendered to the chiseling of of God’s handiwork.

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Dust.

The first text message rang in shortly after I had crawled into bed. It was my friend Caleb who is currently living in Florida while attending Bible  College.  “Have you ever thought about the fact that you have treated Jesus Christ worse than anybody else you know? I’ve known that, but it really just sunk it. I’m a turd.”

The reality of his message far outweighed the humor in his self-accusing closing sentence. I thought on what he said for a few minutes before I responded. “Yeah, that thought has in fact crossed my mind before.”  Truth be told, just days ago I was driving in my car replaying memories of different times in my life. I remember telling myself that I’m the worst sinner I’ve ever known.

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Question of the day: 2010 was the year…

This week’s QOTD post is going to be a bit different. There are no right or wrong answers. I just want to hear from you and learn a little about what your year contained.

It doesn’t have to be a huge 25-point list or 4 paragraphs of information – it could be just one or two or five things. Whatever – as little or as much as – you want to share is completely fine.

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Thanksgiving 2010.t, 2010.u, 2010.v, 2010.w, 2010.x, 2010.y, & 2010.z

Today I’m especially thankful for a godly mother. As her and I prepared to cook lunch for the family last weekend we were talking about how good God has been to us, and reminiscing over all that has happened (and could have happened) in our lives. We talked about our church and how thankful we were that the Lord had led us to a church where the truth is preached, the standards are high, and where the corrosion of compromise has not set in – all by the grace of God. We discussed so many things – things that I often take for granted, things I just “expect” to be in my life, things that could be taken away and dropped at any moment.

I want to remain faithful to the Lord – I don’t want to compromise the standards and convictions the Lord has asked of His children. I don’t want to forget the truth of the doctrine taught in His Word. I don’t want to ever walk away from what is right, and good, and acceptable to my Savior. God help me.

It’s easy to take the routine, mundane things for granted, and it’s easy to despise the things that bring us heartache and pain – but what about thanking God for those things? Each situation we face and circumstance we go through play a part in creating our future. Each event is carefully crafted and placed into our lives by God. He purposed for us to endure struggles at times… we shouldn’t cast them aside and sigh with relief when their over. We should embrace them, thank God for them, and ask Him what His purpose was for placing it in our lives – there’s something He wanted us to learn. But sometimes it will cost us something… sometimes it’s going to hurt…

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Thanksgiving 2010.o, 2010.p, 2010.q, 2010.r, & 2010.s

Sometimes, when you don’t know what to say, it’s best to let someone else do the talking.

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Thou that has given so much to me,
Give one thing more–a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.”
~ George Herbert

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” ~ John Henry Jowett

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