Hello? Remember me? I can’t remember the last time I blogged an update. It has been a very busy season and I was blessed when Kathy Carlton Willis and her team sent me some wonderful blog posts to share this fall. They were wonderful and spanned throughout late September and October. Thank you, Kathy and team!
I thought I’d share what’s been going on and what’s coming up.
- I finished teaching Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst in as many as 5 different ways. I’ve never done this before and it was a HUGE step of faith. I taught it as a Sunday School Class and as it usually goes, I think I learned the most. I was able to lower my walls and make new friends. There have been times my biggest rejections came from teaching, so this was HARD. But God saw me through it, and I’m thankful. I taught twice a week through an online Facebook group (no video) and that was special. I’m so proud of those ladies. I also met with people privately and/or shared my journaling to encourage those I know are struggling. This book is a life-changer. I put it up there with Beth Moore’s Believing God.
- My husband is on the tail end of teaching seven weeks straight. Most of those weeks were not local, so that put me on full-time duty. It isn’t easy for any of us, but this is new for him, training on a full-time schedule, and he enjoys it.
- Our oldest started college. I didn’t think much of the transition because he is a commuter student, and honestly, I’m still recovering from his senior year of high school. His grades are amazing and he’s made a couple connections. We see more change on the horizon come January, but we think they are open doors we are excited to see him walk through.
- Our youngest started middle school. I also didn’t think much of the transition because physically, it is a move down the hall. No big deal, right? But, I forgot the drama. So much with girls and middle school. I really struggled with this one, but through it, she learned wisdom and discernment, and boundaries. I’m drained, and the hard part is, we’re just entering the teen years.
There was also a visit to my home town and a quick trip to the Adirondacks. I’m still critiquing and writing ENGAGED. I’m not where I want to be with it, but I have much of it plotted, so it should flow well. The feedback I’m receiving from promotions I did with ENTRUSTED and ENTANGLED has been so positive, I’m so grateful. I also did a book club for ENTANGLED and that went really well. I’m trying one for ENTRUSTED on my author page, but it is slow going. I think that will pick up once more readers find me. And I pray they do!
At the end of Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst challenges readers to have the courage to ask loved ones, “What’s it like to do life with me?” Boy, that is tough. I haven’t done the official assessment yet, but late August my husband shared something that I knew was a blindspot for me, I didn’t see it. And instead of feeling rejected, I knew it was an area to work on.
So that’s everything going on right now. Tired? I am. I didn’t even talk about all the menopause stuff and the changed I’ve implemented. But that’s what life is like with me right now. Busy!
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The last book review of 2012 from none other than Sheri Rose Shepherd. Her latest? Your Heart’s Desire–14 Truths that will Forever Change the Way You Love and Are Loved.
I first learned of Sheri Rose from her His Princess: Love Letters from the King. To this day I receive a letter in my inbox and they are always exactly what I need to hear from my Heavenly Father. I was curious. Could God use her again as a vessel to change others for God under the topic of marriage?
Yes. Like Beth Moore, Sheri Rose Shepherd’s writing comes from a life deep in hard experiences. She’s upfront from page one that she thought she had it all, lost everything, doubted everything down to and including God caring for her, and by His grace, pieced her life back better than it was. This time she knew it wasn’t man who could rescue and be her everything, it had to be Jesus.
Sheri Rose shares from the very worst in places (her engagement to three different men at the same time and how that came crashing on her) to encouragement she can give as a life coach. Each chapter also has a prayer, Scripture, Love Coaching, and resources for a small group including a QR code you can capture on your smartphone.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Sheri Rose Shepherd proves the leaders with broken, flawed lives make the best. If a speaker or author wants to share their perfect life, I’m not interested because they aren’t living authentic. I want to soak in truth from someone who has been there. This book is challenging because she’s been at the hard and low places, and no one walked away.
The truths are:
1. Desiring a “Happily Ever After”
2. Desiring a Godly Man to Marry (for singles)
3. Desiring to Leave a Legacy for My Loved Ones
4. Desiring God’s Design That Me and My Man Become One
5. Desiring God to Give Me The Power to Remain Pure
6. Desiring to Give and Receive Love
7. Desiring to Embrace My New Life in Christ
8. Desiring to Become a Woman My Man Can Lead
9. Desiring My Son to Become a Man of Faith
10. Desiring a Miracle to Build a New Foundation of Love
11. Desiring Expressions of Love and Romance in My Marriage
12. Desiring to Believe God Can Change a Man and Save My Marriage
13. Desiring to Glorify God by Showing Honor and Respect
14. Desiring to Surrender My Whole Heart to the Lord
I think there is at least one truth that can help each reader. I have a feeling there might even be more than one. Your marriage is worth the time to read this, and my hope is you put Your Heart’s Desire on your top priority reading list.
Hope and healing for every woman who has ever loved a man
Bestselling author and Bible life coach Sheri Rose Shepherd shares 14 truths that will forever change the way you love and are loved. This book is written for the married woman who loves her man but struggles in her marriage. It’s for the single woman who wants to find a godly man to love and for the divorced woman who believed in her marriage until her man walked out.
Each chapter has life-challenging love stories, love coaching, powerful prayers, inspiring scriptural love letters, and a Transforming Truth.
If you’re ready for a refreshing perspective on love, men, and marriage, this book is for you.
To purchase, click here.
I received this book through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.