Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Trusting God When Bad Things Happen

Guest post by Shelley Hitz

My heart continues to be heavy for all those grieving today across our country.  I don’t believe it was a coincidence that I published a book this past week called, “Trusting God When Bad Things Happen.”  And even before the tragedy in Connecticut, I felt led to offer it free on Smashwords this month.

Trusting God In The Midst of the "Storms" of Life

When bad things happen, what is your reaction? Do you trust God even when you don't understand?

There was a dark season in my life when it literally felt like an earthquake had occurred. Everything in my life seemed to be falling apart...my family, my finances, our church. And I asked God the simple question, "Why?" This book is the result of my own search for answers. In the end, God gave me illustrations that I will share with you and brought healing to my heart and my distorted view of Him. I was able to trust Him again, even though my circumstances had not changed.

I pray that God uses this short eBook to deeply impact you as well. I have included questions for reflection for you to go through individually or as a group.

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I (Jesus) have overcome the world!" - John 16:33 

One Reader’s Response:

"This book has Biblical answers to the 'Why?' we are hearing so much today after the shooting tragedy in Connecticut. Thank you, Shelley, for the timeliness and wisdom." ~Barbara

Download This Book for Free
For anyone interested, you can download the book "Trusting God When Bad Things Happen" FREE this month.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263666
100% Off Coupon Code: HB95F
Expires: January 1, 2013

This book is also available for $0.99 on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ALLQW5A

Please feel free to share this book and coupon code with anyone you think could benefit from the topic.

Friday, December 14, 2012

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dreams and Doubts

Sometimes the doubts can overwhelm the dream.  But more than believing in ourselves, we must believe in God; for we know the heaviness of our flesh and our sinful nature.  We must remember that God placed that gift, the gift of our dreams, that burning desire inside of each of us for a reason. 

Instead of burying the talent, as the fearful servant did in Matthew 25 and then returning it the same as when it was given to him, we must be like the “good and faithful” servants who invested and risked; sowing and reaping, overcoming the fears they likewise may have felt. For their desire to please their lord with gain far outweighed their self-doubt and what-ifs. 

We must be brave and prayerful when following the dreams that God has placed within our hearts. As writers, the words fairly flow from the heart, from the head, images and stories. We strive to prove ourselves worthy of our calling. We study and read, learn from our counterparts and all the while, a little piece doubting the existence of this “talent,” asking ourselves, “Is it real?”

There is a love there that can’t be denied, a burning; the love of images that flit through the mind at the merest mention of a word, time, or place; stories that catch fire in the soul and where we live for meaningful moments (of writing) during each day.  We yearn to share the journeys, the struggles, and the triumphs.  Most of all, we yearn to show the world our Lord; the One who picks us up and cheers us on when everyone else has called the coroner and pronounced us dead. The One who mends our broken hearts, heals our broken bodies, and gives us a testimony from our testing. 

I encourage you to be confident and stalwart; steadfast and humble. 

God will give you increase and you will enter the joy of the Lord.

Walk in God’s own dreams for your life; they are in your heart and you have been following them all along. 

Habbakuk 2:2-3

Then the Lord answered me and said:  

"Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; 
But at the end it will speak and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it; 
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry." 

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