Thursday, February 25, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us

Unhealthy thinking knocks on our doorsteps daily.   

Read what Beth Moore has to say in her new book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us:  When I find myself in the act of unhealthy thinking, I need to call my soul to switch tracks. Tell myself: 
I am a child of God.
I am clothed with strength and dignity.
My security is mine to keep.  God gave it to me & no one can take it from me. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Book: Deep Harbor

Deep Harbor (Northern Lights)

I had the privilege of reviewing Lisa Tawn Bergren's book Deep Harbor (Northern Lights).  This is the second of three books in the Northern Lights Series.  You may recognize the author's name from her popular children's books - God Gave Us...

It always amazes me how God continually provides me with words that hit the heart.  Words that I know will help me continue to heal from the Interrupted Expectations in my life. 

Read a quote from the book about grief:
Day after day, you put one foot in front of the other, and pray that God will make a path for you...No doubt you are feeling terribly lost.  That too will wane.  Gradually, life begins to fell all right again, even without your spouse.  It's like losing a limb.  You just have to get around without it...Sometimes you remember, and you ache for that limb.  But in the day-to-day living, God teaches us how to do it in a new way.
Wow...can you relate? 

I really enjoyed this christian novel focusing on the relationship of three women and the struggles that they face through death, disappointments, and emptiness.  You will be drawn into their lives as you also reflect on your relationship with others and God along with the Interrupted Expectations in your life.  Unlike a self-help book about grief, loneliness, and life's yuck, novels can bring healing in a way other books can not.   

Even without reading the first book of the series, The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights), I was able to jump right in.  An easy read with great conversation and a descriptive tone, this is a great novel that you will be glad you read.  And like me, you will be excited to read the next book in the series Midnight Sun

These books were provided for review by Waterbrook Press.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Out of INsecurity

Holley Gerth has been a guest writer on this blog in the past.  Take a moment to head over to her personal blog to read the first post in the series called - OUT of INsecurity 1: C'mon, girls, let's go!  There you can read comments from others as they battle insecurity. 

This goes right along with the past posts about Beth Moore's book So Long Insecurity.

While you are there check out other posts by Holley.  God has blessed her with understanding and insight as she battles infertility.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us

Here are some promises from our Almighty God taken from So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore.  I encourage you to grab your Bible.  Print off this list or find the list on page 333 of the book.  During you quiet time focus on the promises that God has given to you. 

I, the Maker of heaven and earth, will:

perfect everything that concerns you (Psalms 138:8, KJV)
work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)
contend with those who contend with you (Isaiah 49:25)
fight this battle for you (2 Chronicles 20:15)
equip you with divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4)
delight to show you mercy (Micah 7:18)
meet all your need accordings to My glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
give you grace that is perfectly sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9)
be your power in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within you (Ephesians 3:20)
Take peace in this sweet brother or sister in Christ.

Read a book review here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

April will be the 10 year anniversary of my sister's death.  Healing has occurred slowly but surely.  I remember wondering if the pit in my stomach would ever stop aching.  Though the pit is still there, God has blanketed it with a peace and love that is indescribable. 

In my healing process, God continues to use people, sermons at church, and books (including scripture) to help me made "sense" of my Interrupted Expectations and my omniscient God. 

Beth Moore's So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us is the latest book.

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us

As I have blogged so many times, I still struggle with "what next".  My fears.  I hurt deeply once.  Will God allow me to hurt again?

Beth Moore revisits a similar inner turmoil.  While in prayer with God, she heard this (quotes from her book in italics):
Child, tell Me your worst fears.
Well, I can answer that one.  Pain.  Pain like no other.  Lose.  Lose that strips you of life as you know it.
Let's say those things happened.
Be still my heart. 
Picture yourself going through the whole process of one of your worst fears becoming a reality.  Get all the way to the other side of it.  What do you see then?...Okay, you did a good job thinking up something terrible.  What then?
Wow...I would be right where I am now.  Growing, changing, and hopefully encouraging others.  All along, God has been with me holding my hand (carrying me through the roughest waters). 
It was as if He said, "As long as you're going to borrow trouble on the future, why don't you just go ahead and borrow the grace to go with it and see yourself back up on your feet defying your enemy's odds...just as you and I have done a dozen other times."
Another level of healing...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

Read a review of this book here. 

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us

Here is a quote from Beth Moore's book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us that I wanted to share.
"He knows it's scary to be us." (pg 86)
When I read this quote I froze.  God knows how scary life is. 

God does not take lightly that some of us are struggling with infertility.  God does not take lightly that some of us are dealing with cancer.  God does not take lightly that for some of us death has struck our family.  God does not take lightly that we all grieve from Interrupted Expectations.  God does not take lightly the hurts, heartaches, and hangups that have occurred in our lives!
The thunder crashes in the heavens, and the earth grows dark in the middle of the afternoon, and a man, beaten to a bloody pulp, cries from a cross between two thieves, "It is finished."  Because He did, one day God will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those who trusted Him and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away and all our hardship will be finished. (pg 86)
Praise!  The!  Lord!

If you have never trusted in Jesus as your personal Savior, I invite you to today!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us
If security says 2+2=4, insecurity says 2+2=9. 
When insecurity strikes, suddenly we are unable to make logical conclusion.  In her book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us, Beth Moore helps correct our bad math. 

Here are a few examples she gives to demonstrate our bad math:
I tried to talk to her + she seemed really distracted = she hates me
She's really gorgeous + she gets a lot of attention that I don't = she must be really conceited
She's got this + she's got that = I've got nothing
Hit any soft spots?  Yeah. We all do this.  Beth Moore reminds us to "roll our eyes at ourselves and think, There you go with the bad math again."

I don't know your situation.  I don't know what Interrupted Expectation that you are experiencing.  But, I wonder, is insecurity hindering us from healing? 

Read the book review here. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Excerpt: So Long Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us  Read a book review here. 

In reading the book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us, I marked particular pages that really hit me.  Those pages that the Holy Spirit said "mark this."  So, here I am to share with you!

Beth Moore spends almost 350 pages helping women get over the insecurities that this world puts on us.  But what we forget is that insecurity it not of God.  Yes, life will throw us some curve balls but we have the power to choose how to handle them.  Will they crumble our security or will we stand strong in the strength God has equipped us with. 

Read what Beth Moore wrote:
Every human battles insecurity to a degree.  Some a lot.  Some less.  But all just the same.  If these words hit a chord with you.  Be sure to check out this book.  Learn to stand on the promises of God. 
The next time someone says or does something to you that has the capacity to dent your security, instantly think one of these thoughts toward that person:

You can hurt my feelings, but you can not have my security.  I won't let you.  It's mine to keep.  You cannot have it.
You can criticize me and even be right about what I did wrong, but you do not get to damage my security.  It's mine to keep.  You cannon have it. 
You might have embarrassed me, but I refuse to let it fall on me so heavily that it smothers my security.  It's mine to keep.  You cannot have it.
You may be so intimidating and threatening that I feel I have to hand a lot of things to you, but I refuse to hand over my security.  Who you are doesn't get to dwarf who I am.  My security is mine to keep.  You cannot have it. 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Review: So Long, Insecurity

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us   

When the opportunity presented itself to review a Beth Moore book, I immediately jumped on it.  If you are familiar with Beth Moore, whatever she writes - whether Bible study or book - it is going to be real, deep, and life changing. 

If you struggle with insecurity for any reason, So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us is a book that will guide you back to the truths.  Moore reminds us that we are God's child, chosen for an important purpose. 

The focus of the book points to Prov 31:25 
She is clothed with strength and dignity
Moore hits about ever insecurity imaginable caused by abuse, pride, your personal appearance, fear, and more.  If you truly want to develop security as a child of God, Moore will guide you through her personal experience of regaining her God given security.

The book is also available on Audio CD

Preview the book by reading Chapter 1 or learn more about Beth Moore here

In the next coming blog posts, I will be focusing on some areas of this book that we all need to read.  Don't miss it!

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.