Friday, April 11, 2014

Heart of the Matter Interview

In case you missed my interview with Cynthia Simmons on her Heart of the Matter program, here is the link to listen to it. I am talking about leaving a godly legacy.

Heart of the Matter Interview

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heart of the Matter Radio Interview

Thanks to Cynthia Simmons for interviewing me for her program. I talked about leaving a godly legacy. The program will air tonight at the link below. Please take a moment at 9:30 Eastern time to tune in.

Heart of the Matter Radio Interview

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don't Be Anxious

Not being anxious is a mighty big order in the world we face each day. I will confess that recently I have not watched news programs or read the newspaper except to find out the weather forecast. All of the chaos and evil happening around us drives me to just want to bury my head in the sand.



I know, some of you are shaking your heads, saying that I need to be realistic and need to know what is going on. But, when the sights and sounds of these news stories causes me to fear or become depressed, I naturally avoid it.

And, can I admit something else to you? I also realize that all of the things happening in the world are clear signs to the end of times. Now, I know where I'm going. I'll be going to Heaven to be with my Savior. Don't get me wrong, that will be wondrous. But, I must confess that I want more time to accomplish the tasks I feel God has gifted me to do. This makes for a whole messy conflict of emotions inside.

This conflict is enough to pull me down and make me ineffective. However, as always, the Spirit leads me to a scripture that encourages and enlightens me. Let me share it with you in case you experience similar feelings.

Philippians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

These verses tell us what we should focus upon so we can rejoice in every situation and get rid of anxiety. We must learn to not focus upon the evil but focus on the truth and what is good.



Did you catch the promises God makes to us?

The Lord is near. Thus, we have no reason to fear because He is bigger than any situation. He will be with us through the valleys and hard times (Psalm 23 reiterates that).

The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. This verse explains that we will experience a peace that we will not understand. However, God has promised this peace that can put our hearts and minds at rest.

God's prescription for the anxiety over what I see happening in the world is not to dwell on those things. I should seek to think on the things of God. As to the things that cause me distress, I should pray and petition God about them but continue in an attitude of thanksgiving and rejoicing, not fear and trembling.


Do you find yourself being sucked into an anxiety brought on by the evil happenings in the world? Read and meditate on the verses above and see if you gain comfort from a Lord Who is near and promises peace. And, rejoice in a God who has everything under control and our best interest at His very heart.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mothers and Daughters

Teena Stewart is my guest today. We became friends and colleagues when we worked on the historical Christian fiction anthology, Brave New Century. Teena is sharing about a new book today.



Q:  What motivated you to write this book?
A:  My desire to improve my relationship with my mother, which at best could be described as strained.  When I shared some of my frustrations with women I knew I was stunned to learn that many of them also had painful connections with their moms. I wanted to encourage women who felt there was no hope for improvement.
Q:  Tell us a little more about your book
A:  I interviewed many different women, some with good relationships and some with poor ones. Their input on why these relationships were what they were was invaluable. Everything is from a Christian perspective and gives real life examples of these bonds. Based on those examples and my own experience with my mom, I share suggestions for what we can do to bring about improvement with the understanding that we have to set aside our desire for an ideal relationship.
Q:  Why do you think so many women struggle with this?
A:  There are a number of reasons. Dysfunction can be passed down from one generation to the next. Sometimes moms become controlling because they want to prevent hurt or want to live their lives through their children because of some unmet need of their own. Sometimes there is mental illness. Sometimes the mothers have experienced deep hurts in their own lives so they function based on trying to protect themselves. Sometimes it’s personality differences. There are many different reasons. The underlying thread that I saw as I wrote this work was that it’s because everyone is broken.
Q:  What do you hope women will learn from this book?
A:  First of all, forgiveness. If we can learn to forgive it will help us move on and avoid bitterness. But also, that there are no perfect relationships and if we want a relationship to change, we are the ones who have to make it happen, and not necessarily the other person.
Q:  What is the exact book title and where can people purchase it?
A:  It is called Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship published through Beacon Hill. You can order it via amazon.com or most any bookstore or through my website at www.teenastewart.com.

Mothers and daughters. In perhaps no other relationship are your hopes so high, and the dysfunction so disappointing. You feel locked into a hurtful relationship that you must deal with, and it’s wearing you down. But Jesus knew we would face brokenness in the world, even in close family relationships, and still He promised the Counselor would come alongside us.

As a daughter who has struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with her mother, author Teena Stewart will help you name your hurts, face the barriers that stand in the way of a healthy mother daughter relationship and forgive what feels unforgivable. Learn to cultivate a friendship, communicate more effectively, and become a part of the change you want to see. There is hope for restoration and renewal.


Thanks for sharing with us about your new book, Teena. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SPRING - A Time of Renewal

Spring certainly conjures images of new growth and renewal. Around our town we've been admiring the first flowers blooming. Those pretty little yellow daffodils that my mamaw called buttercups. But, this year it seems spring is being resistant to come, bringing warmer temperatures.



Just today we awakened to bright sunshine streaming through the blinds. Then as my daughter and I ventured out to eat in the early afternoon, we were surprised to peer out the restaurant window to snow. This wasn't a mere flurry. This was big swirling flakes peppering down. By the time we paid our bill and stepped outside, the snow was gone, leaving only wet ground, and the sun had burst forth again.

We East Tennesseans simply shrug and say: "That's East Tennessee for ya. If you don't like the weather, stick around, it'll change."

Do you ever need a renewal in your Christian walk? You know the times when you let your relationship with Christ grow a bit stale. You might even slip into old habits.

The Psalmist could relate obviously. Read these verses from Psalm 51:10-12.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from they presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."

Despite the fact that winter is trying to hold on around here, those little yellow buttercups pushed their way out and bloomed. Their bright yellow says to me that the warmth of the spring is just around the corner. Hold on.

In the same way the Spirit nudges and says that we need to get connected once again. We've been resistant and remained cold. We need to come clean and ask God to renew us and restore our joy that is only available through Him.

Let's be like those little flowers and show the Sonshine even if the world is resistant.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RELEASE DAY!

The day has finally arrived. Legacy and Love releases today!



The Prayer Shawl

Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?


Inheritance

Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?




Please check out these blog appearances to celebrate my new release today!

Linda Carroll Bradd's Blog

Fay Lamb's Blog, Inner Source

Melissa Finnegan's Blog

Monday, March 17, 2014

INTENTIONAL GODLY LEGACY

What kind of heritage are you leaving behind? 


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Do you have godly grandparents or parents to thank? 

Check out the legacy left to Alex and Hope in my new release coming Wednesday - Legacy and Love.

What are your thoughts on the quote above?