Anyone who lives near me knows 2 things about my life over this past year–
#1) I have just finished writing a book that has taken me a LONG TIME to birth 🙂. My new book Life UnStuck-Peace with your Past; Purpose in your Present and Passion for your Future was officially turned in to my publisher on June 1 and releases with Baker Revell in March 2015. It has been a tough but exciting journey as I have LIVED and BREATHED each word I have written–literally practicing what I was preaching! I am now in the editing and cover design stage of the process. This is what we have so far–we would love to hear what you think?
Throughout my writing process, my friend and mentor, Lysa Terkeurst has reminded me that “whatever you are writing about is where the devil sets up a playground in your life”. I have discovered that to be so true. My friends and family have prayed me through this tender process while at the same time helping me navigate the flip side of my joy.
#2) As one door OPENED in my life another door has been CLOSED. A very precious part of my life has come to an end. It was not my choice nor what I wanted. In fact nothing about that process has been exciting or pretty. My heart was broken in such a way that I still wake up some mornings facing the battle of stomping on the enemy and taking authority over my heart and thoughts. I am stirred to remember who my Jesus is and how HE would have me respond in heartbreak. As I have for over 30 years, I have pressed in for God’s help by digging into HIS BESTSELLING BOOK–The Bible. I have spent some time looking at some of the stories of UNStuck Women in the Bible who help us develop our own character and strength.
I stared at the beginning of the book with our dear sister–Eve! As I reread her story in Genesis Chapters 1-3 I was reminded of 2 things that correspond to my own journey:
#1) God has deposited into every women, beginning with Eve, the dangerously delightful, particular power of INFLUENCE.
We women have the God given ability to influence those around us–and influence them we will! That influence will leave us and them, either STUCK or UnStuck! I have been reminded through Eve, regardless of my circumstances–good or bad, my hearts desire is to use the influence God has given me to honor HIM and to lead others to Him! I am so grateful to be reminded that in spite of Eve’s wrong choice that fateful day in the garden, God covered her. He told her about her redeemer. He gave her a fresh promise and He led her on her way.
#2) NO HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS have existed past these eternity changing moments, that have not inherited Adam and Eve’s nature. We all sin and fall short. The key is to FALL/Fail FORWARD!
“We can stop the altogether foolish, egotistical habit of being shocked when we do something that shows us to be less than the splendid creatures we think ourselves to be. We can stop the equally foolish habit of expecting more of those around us than we have the right to expect, knowing that they too are the moral and spiritual offspring of these very first humans!”
As I write this post, I am actually thinking of so many women in my life who are living on the edge of Stuck verses UnStuck. For example, a sweet friend, whose Pastor husband of 30 plus years decided to choose his NEW GIRLFRIEND at work, over his wife and 2 beautiful daughters. I am thinking of HER STRUGGLE and her STUCK Place, so much like my own over these last few months. STUCK in the failures of both my own heart and the hearts of others.
As we each deal with the life we are living today, both the joys and the heartbreaks, lets challenge one another to choose our influence wisely. Let’s choose Life UnStuck!
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