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Feeling a little weary and worn today? Take in these heartening words from Joanna Weaver’s At the Feet of Jesus . . .

“One of the most precious ways God expresses His love for us is through His Word, the Bible. The Hebrew word for Bible is Mikra, which means ‘the calling out of God.’

Isn’t that wonderful? We don’t have to wonder what God thinks, what He feels about certain topics, because to a large extent He has already told us through Scripture. Better yet, we don’t have to wonder whether He loves us or not. According to my dictionary, the Old English word for gospel is godspell. God spells out His love for the whole world to see. It’s right there in His Word.

‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you,’ the Lord tells us in Isaiah 43:1,4. ‘I have summoned you by name . . . You are precious and honored in my sight . . . because I love you.” We are a chosen people. Made holy. Deeply and dearly loved by God. How do I know that? I hear God’s voice telling me, ‘calling out’ to me, every time I open His Word.

I love the way Kent Hughes describes the intimate impact of spending time with God. ‘Think of it this way,’ he writes. ‘Our lives are like photographic plates, and prayer is like a time exposure to God. As we expose ourselves to God for a half hour, an hour, perhaps two hours a day, His image is imprinted more and more upon us. More and more we absorb the image of His character, His love, His way of dealing with life and people.’

That’s what I want. That’s what I need. And that’s what I receive when I spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. I get more of Jesus and, in the process, a little less of me.”

A message from the heart of author Joanna Weaver . . .

“‘Change me, God!’ These words have been my daily prayer since I was a young Christian. My deepest fear has always been waking up twenty years from now still the same person I am today. With the same annoying habits and petty attitudes, the same besetting sins and false beliefs—all because I refused to change. I don’t know about you, but that terrifies me.

I want to be more like Jesus. I need to be more like Jesus!

Transformation. That is my heart’s cry—not only for me but for you as well.”

I first learned of Joanna’s heart for spiritual transformation through her book, Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God. So I was eager to get my hands on her devotional—and with good cause.  At the Feet of Jesus has been a source of encouragement and inspiration. I love being able to soak in Joanna’s wisdom and comments on Scripture with each morning reading. And since Christmas is just around the corner, I can’t help but think that this would make a great gift for the friends on my shopping list!

If you’d like to pick up a copy, you can purchase her beautiful book at this link. (HINT: Did I mention it would make a great gift?) ***Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and WaterBrook for providing a copy for me to review. Continue Reading…

The sands of doubt

Renee Ann Smith —  April 20, 2011 — 45 Comments

“He is the Rock: His works are perfect, and the way He works is fair and just; He’s a God you can depend upon.” ~~Deuteronomy 32:4

“After reading every book he could find on the existence of God and enduring months of sleepless nights, [author Brian Jones] reached the point of panic attacks and deep depression, even thoughts of suicide. One night, frantic, he called a former professor who had been a mentor to him.

‘In the last six months doubt has begun to paralyze me,’ he told the older man. ‘It’s like when water goes back out to the ocean. [Doubt] is washing away the sand underneath me, and my feet keep sinking lower and lower and lower. If this keeps up, there won’t be any sand left to stand on.’

Rather than reacting with a sermon on the necessity of faith, the wise professor acknowledged Brian’s struggle, even sharing his own battle against unbelief. But then he added these final words, ‘Brian, listen to me when I say this. When the last grain of sand is finally gone, you’re going to discover that you’re standing on a rock.’

‘That one sentence saved me,’ Jones wrote. It helped him hold on long enough to eventually rediscover hope.

No, his doubts weren’t obliterated overnight, but the professor’s words provided Jones enough light to start heading back home. Away from the wilderness of wondering and wandering, back to the only place that’s truly safe . . . the heart of God.”

~~from Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

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~My review of Lazarus Awakening~

Jesus raises Lazarus to new life

When the daily grind of this oppressive world leaves me feeling used up and wasted, I wonder if it would be easier to turn off my emotions, just stop caring, and travel through life with a little less pain. But when I follow this plan, my joy slips away, too, and I find myself simply ‘going through the motions’–walking, talking, working–but falling far short of the abundant life the Father planned for me.

This is the kind of half-living Joanna Weaver addresses in her book Lazarus Awakening. Does the following excerpt describe how you’ve been feeling?

“We live in graveyards filled with memories. Wandering through life in perpetual mourning over the things we have done and the things that have been done to us.

We may do our best to outrun the mistakes and regrets, the hurts and disappointments, but apart from God, we find it difficult to escape the cycle of shame and self-hatred that keeps our ‘sin . . . ever before’ us (Psalm 51:3). Unfortunately, the coping mechanisms we embrace in order to manage our pain only reinforce the strongholds in our souls.

That’s why Paul prayed that we might be sanctified and made holy ‘through and through’—spirit, soul, and body (I Thessalonians 5:23). For although Christ has been enthroned in our spirits, there are kingdoms in our souls that have yet to receive the good news. Places in our minds, wills, and emotions that must be brought under His control.

Because any arena in our lives where Satan feels relatively comfortable is a stronghold from which we need to be set free–a tomb God wants to open.

  • Are you shy by nature? Well, then, [Satan will] make sure you are humiliated regularly to reinforce your fear of people.
  • Are you prone to worry and anxiety? He’ll make sure that it seems everything and everyone is against you.
  • Do you struggle with pride and anger? He’ll make sure that people know how to push your buttons—and that they do it with great frequency . . .

He has as many different methods as there are individuals, but his one goal is to contain and restrain you. To entomb you so he can consume you. To incarcerate you with so many lies, insecurities, and guilt feelings that the gift God intended your life to be remains undiscovered.

How does he do it? Doubt by doubt, insult by insult . . . ‘This is who you are,’ he hisses . . . ‘This is all you’ll ever be,’ he gloats . . .

Doing his best to convince us how very small he says we are . . .”

Back to me: Can you relate? I can! Then what’s the answer for us when we’re in this state? God gives us some guidance in Colossians 2: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

This means, make an effort to rekindle that initial relationship. Pour out your heart to the Lord in prayer. Search for hope in His Word. Consciously think about Him and all that He is to you. Spend time with others who love Him, too. Cut out of your life anything that brings you down or pulls you away from Him. And maybe you want to pick up a book like this one, with its practical advice, inspiring examples, and Scriptural wisdom.

Grab your own copy of the book at this link. It’s sure to touch your heart and give you hope!

Key Quote from Joanna Weaver:Act as though God loves you. Put the full force of your mind behind your faith. Roll aside the stone of unbelief by replacing lies with God’s eternal truth.” Continue Reading…