52 Gold Nuggets

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by Holley Gerth

(Keep reading for contest details on how you could win this book!)

“We all have days that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads and eat a dozen cupcakes.” — Holley Gerth

Yup. Been there, done that. A dozen times. How about you?

Life is tough. It’s full of rough patches. Times when we feel we just can’t move on.

Our heart needs encouragement during those gut-wrenching journeys. What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by Holley Gerth does exactly that.

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This little book is full of 52 gold nuggets to help us hold on. You can read one a day or one a week.

For an extra boost, read the entire book in one evening!

Each truth starts with verses from the book of Psalms and then a story that we can all relate to, applying it to our lives. She ends with a spot to write “what my heart is saying to You” and “what my heart is hearing from You.” I personally love this style of writing as it’s easy to understand and it sinks in. Awesome.

I found when I had a tough day the reading was exactly what I needed to hear. Love it when God does that.

This is a book you will read over and over again!

Put away those cupcakes and pull out this little treasure of 52 gold nuggets!

Your heart will grow stronger.

Contest!!

I would like to give away my copy of What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, Oct 4th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)

**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**

From My Playlist – Take Me To The King

She raced upstairs and into the bedroom, dropping to her knees by the bed. She flung her arms across the duvet. “I can’t take it any more, Lord!” She clenched her fists, fingernails digging into her palms.

Stress from her job compounded with the anxiety of the pressures at home weighed on her. There was no escaping the merry-go-round.

She wanted off.

Now.

There was only one place she could think to run.

Tears rolled down her cheeks. “I surrender.” She released her hands, palms up.

Have you ever been in a situation like this? Your world has come crashing down around you and you don’t know where to turn? Nothing seems to be going right?

I think we can all answer yes.

I can. The woman in the above story was me. 2014 has been a rough year. In January, Jeff lost his job and he’s still looking. I’ve gone through mega stress at work and other personal challenges. Add on top of that the rejection roller coaster of trying to get published. However, I’m constantly reminded that God is in control and He’s got this!

We know life is full of challenges. Unfortunately, they’re waiting at every corner and just when we think we’re gotten over a hurdle…WHAM! There’s another.

And another.

How do we deal with them? That’s a toughie. Some run and hide, burying their head in the sand hoping the problem goes away. Others stand on a soapbox telling the world about their every woe, so people will feel sorry for them. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true. We’ve all seen it. Others run to an addiction of some sort. These aren’t the answers.

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Today’s song from my playlist gives us the right one. When our hearts are broken into pieces, when we’re tired and don’t know what to do—there’s only one place to go. One touch that will heal.

Take me to the King. I want fall at His feet.

Once we do that, He gives us peace and comfort. Do our challenges disappear? Of course not, but we learn to deal with them better. We grow stronger knowing He’s right beside us.

How about you? Where do you go?

Run to Him. His arms are waiting!

Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Take Me To The King (Tamela Mann)

This song is powerful!

 

From My Playlist – Victor’s Crown

Saturday I worshiped with 190,000 women all over the world in the Beth Moore simulcast. Can I sum it up in one word? That’s a hard one, but I’ll try.

POWERFUL!

Such an amazing experience knowing you’re praising God with that many women at the exact same time, singing the same songs (Travis Cottrell and his team lead us…wow!). Plus, listening live to Beth share the message the Lord gave her was overwhelming. There were times I was driven to tears and times I couldn’t stop laughing.

It was a day I needed after weeks of busyness filled with stress.

What did I take home with me? Lots. Here’s what hit home for me.

Jesus wants me to know who I am and who I’m not.

Beth gave us an Identity Declaration. We read it out loud and then we sang it in a song with the worship team. Powerful words. To read it go here.

I am a woman of God and I’m redeemed! Not only that, but I’m loved, pursued, and chosen! I need to remember this in the times when I’m feeling down because things aren’t happening as quickly as I want them to. God knows the big picture. He’s chosen something special for me. In His timing.

And for you!

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I need to sweep!

Beth spoke about times when a woman needs a clean sweep to find what we’re missing. We have so much in our culture to keep us busy that we’re just “adding God on” to it. The problem is we don’t have time! We grab little snippets here and there and don’t go deep enough. He wants more. We need more.

Join me and sweep it out, girlfriend! (And yes, you guys too!)

The entire day hit me hard and was amazing. These are just a couple of highlights. One song that stood out for me was Victor’s Crown. I would like to leave you today with this from my playlist. I love the line “every stronghold shall be broken.” Not may be broken. It SHALL be broken. Christ made it possible.

We need to remember that when we’re caught in life’s vice-grip of tough battles.

Thank you Lord for giving me this powerful day.

I’m changing my story and trusting Him!

How about you?

Were you at the Beth Moore simulcast? If so, share your take home? What stood out to you? I’d love to hear!

Luke 1:45 (KJV)
Blessed is SHE who believed.

Victor’s Crown by Darlene Zschech

Listen to the words of this powerful song!

Vacation Adventures

School’s back in session. Summer vacations have ended. It’s time to get into our fall schedules.

Christmas is around the corner. Ouch! Did I just say that out loud?

Let’s back up and forget I said that. :-) We’re supposed to be focusing on vacations.

What’s the craziest adventure you’ve ever taken on a vacation?

I think for me it was a submarine ride in Hawaii! Was it nerve-wracking walking the plank (yes, literally!) to get to the sub and going deep under water crammed into tight quarters with people you don’t know?

Kind of, but guess what?

We loved every minute of it! Such great fun to see another world under water. We even saw a sunken ship. Too cool.

How about you? Tell us your craziest adventure!

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From My Playlist – Waterfall

Happy Labour/Labor Day everyone! (Just covering all my bases!) :-) Hope you’re all enjoying the last official weekend of summer. Can you believe it has come to an end? How did it sneak by so fast?

I have to admit…I’m glad the summer of 2014 is over. It was a tough one for me. I faced stresses around every corner. I felt my well had run dry and I couldn’t face anymore.

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However, God was with me every step of the way. He washed me with His waterfall of peace. Dumped me with buckets of hope and gave me the strength to make it through the day.

I love the words of Chris Tomlin’s newest song, Waterfall. His love is like a waterfall. It runs wild and free.

How about it? When you’re going through the tough times in life, do you let God’s waterfall wash you?

Let’s dance in the rain!

How has your summer been? Share with us. I’d love to hear from you.

Waterfall (by Chris Tomlin)

Listen to the lyrics of this song. God covers us with His river of grace!

 

In Memory of Jack – Guest Post by Heather Joyes

A dear servant of God went to be with the Lord recently and my friend Heather wrote a poem about him. Jack Chubb was such a delight to all who knew him. Thanks Heather for sharing this beautiful tribute to his life.

In memory of Jack
Thou he is gone
His message lives on,
“Jesus is the Way.”
With humility and joy
He served the Lord.
In prayer
He laid himself bare.
With firm conviction
He pursued his mission.
Though trials assailed
He knew Jesus never failed.
Now clothed in glory
Where the truth is heard
He rejoices with the Word,
Singing praises,
“Jesus is the Way.”
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See You in a Little While by Steven Curtis Chapman
This song is powerful. We will see our loved ones who have gone on before us…in a little while. Praise Him!

From My Playlist – Basics of Life

Picture this…you’re sitting at a restaurant table. You have your iPhone out. It chimes, announcing the arrival of a text. You pick it up and respond.

Your husband is checking Facebook on his tablet in between bites of his meal.

Your youngest is playing a game on his Nintendo.

None of you are talking—only with your fingers.

Sound familiar?

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Have you ever wondered if technology is taking over our world too quickly? Think back to ten years ago and how far we’ve come in only that short of a time period. Think ahead ten years. Can you imagine the possibilities?

I’m not sure I want to.

Doesn’t it scare you? It does me.

If we can use technology and be connected the way we can today, what will we do with the knowledge we’ll gain tomorrow?

Recently, I saw the movie Lucy. I’m still debating on whether or not I liked it, but it got me thinking. After a fluke situation, Lucy gains 100% capacity of her brain cells and makes an interesting statement. She says, “It’s like all things that make us human are fading away.”

Hummmm…

I believe there’s more fact than fiction to that statement. With each passing year and increasing gigabytes, technology is taking over our thinking. We’re not required to use our brains. The computer will do it for us.

Don’t you think we need to somehow get back to the basics of life?

Don’t get me wrong…I love my technology! It’s just that we can’t let it take over and do our thinking for us. What ever happened to families sitting down and talking instead of texting over the dinner table?

Has it really come to that?

When I started thinking about this concept, I immediately thought of the song by 4Him called Basics of Life. Yes, it’s an oldie but a goodie.

It talks about the same thing. A new day has dawned and we’ve rearranged the way we think. We’ve strayed from what the Bible teaches. Some believe that if we think and try hard enough, we can become gods. The lines have blurred and we’ve crossed them, stepping into dangerous territory.

basics of lifeMy favorite line in this song is, “But I still believe in the old rugged cross.” It gives me chill bumps and I pump my fist in the air!

No matter what changes come our way, what technology brings us, or what our minds can comprehend, one thing is certain…

The Rock of Ages will stand.

He never changes.

How about we get back to the basics of life?

It’s where Jesus is.

What are your thoughts on how fast technology is growing? Is it good or bad? Share in the comments section.

Basics of Life – written by Mark Harris and Donald Koch