Monday, June 4, 2012
Over 5,000 Hits!--Debbie MaComber Book Reivew--And Bring On The Scary
June 4, 2011
Wow, I have had over 5,000 hits on my blog since it’s beginnin’!
When I check my stats—I am always amazed at not only how many hits I get—but where they are from. I have had visitors to my blog from the United States, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Germany, England, and Latvia. It floors me to think that I have anything to say that folks from these countries would be interested in. When I found that folks from Bangladesh had been here—I was really flabbergasted.
Well, anyways, I am bein’ made aware that there is an entire world community out there who reads my digital scribblin’s, and that I need to always be mindful of what I write, in order that I may not embarrass the cause of Christ. I ask that my readers pray for me that I stay outta the way, and let Him work through whatever posts He leads me to write. I ask that I never whine or moan, even when I am writin’ about a legitimate complaint. Please, Father, don’t let me run down other people. Instead, let me always strive to lift up people and encourage them in this life. Keep bitterness far away from my words. I ask that whatever I write be scripturally correct—even when I take my own personal ‘unique’ approach to the Gospel.
Just let me be REAL, Lord.
Okay—that was deep.
I have found another wonderful book to share with ya'll. If you have ever read any of Debbie Macomber’s novels—you know how beautifully she writes fiction. My favorite ones are the stories that revolve around a yarn shop on Blossom Street. I don’t knit, but the way she writes almost makes me want to learn how.
In ONE PERFECT WORD: One Word Can Make All The Difference, Debbie tells of how she has, for about the last twenty years, taken a single word, such as Hunger, Trust, Brokeness, Surrender, and others, and studied it for a year. I mean she really gets into each individual word, learning its every nuance and meaning.
Using passages from her personal prayer journals, anecdotes from her own and other’s lives, Debbie shows how we can each change our own lives through embracing a single concept for a time, and truly coming to understand how God uses that concept to teach us and help us in our growth.
I really recommend ONE PERFECT WORD, and also anything else you can get your hands on by Debbie Macomber. You will be blessed.
When I was readin’ the book, I thought, “Wow—I want to do this, Lord!” I want to dig deeper into these words and ideas that You have for me. When December gets here—I’ll be all ready to get my word to study for 2013!”
That is what I thought….
God let me know real quick that HE had other plans for me—like that was a surprise!
I recently received a DVD from a friend—HIND’S FEET ON HIGH PLACES, and as I was watchin’ it—I got the word from God that I was supposed to begin studyin’ NOW, and not the end of the year.
I had to ask Him THREE TIMES before I was certain that this was from HIM, and not anywhere else.
Any guesses as to which word He chose for me?
Come ON, Lord—FEAR?
Why not Joy, Wisdom, Love, Blessing, FASTING?
It has taken me some time, but I came to this conclusion. There are TWO kinds of fear.
There is anxiety, as in fearin’ God’s gonna ‘getcha’. That kind of fear is brought on by either sin in your life that is unconfessed, or by ignorance of Who God really IS.
Then there is the fear mentioned in Proverbs 1:7,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
This is a reverential awe—a deep respect that flows up out of your soul and shakes you to your core as you realize that the Creator of the universe, the One Who was, is and always will be…
I know, I know—it freaked me out the first time I really GOT it, too.
The other day at the library, Miz Doris asked me, “How are you?”, and I replied with my usual answer,
“If I get any more blessed—it’s gonna get scary.”
She gave me ‘the look’, and said,
“I don’t think that being blessed should be considered scary.”
“Miz D—I ain’t sayin’ that bein’ BLESSED is scary. I’m sayin’ that to witness the
power of God as He releases it into my life is so awe inspirin’—I would be a fool NOT to fear Him.”
This is gonna get interestin’….bring on the scary.
Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett
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