Ramblings from the Shower by Faye Bryant – A Book Review

Do you sing in the shower? I don’t because it would scare my dog who likes to lay on the floor and go to sleep to the sound of the water. It seems to relax him. Faye Bryant meditates and ponders in the shower(as I do) and it’s from her meditations that she was given the idea to write this book about various questions and subjects that Christians are confronted with everyday.  As you read the book you almost feel as if you are sitting across the kitchen table from Faye with a cup of coffee as the two of you share the questions and concerns you have in your spiritual journey. She writes about some of the challenges she’s had in life and she explains them in an upfront honest way.It hasn’t always been a “June Cleaver” life for her. There is something in this book we can all admit to trying to either ignore or cover up.  She talks about self-inflicted stress and letting others control our emotions and admitting our mistakes. Do we control the outcome or does God? She uses experience and wit and charm to put you at ease as you are confronted with things that you perhaps may be wearing a mask about. Hopefully by the end of the book you will be able to take the mask off some of these things in your life you have tried to gloss over and you will be a much more free and usable Christian. I recommend this book to any Christian no matter what their level of spirituality is. It contains straight, honest, gut-level conversations we all have with God. So put on your “God goggles” as she calls them and be revived and renewed. You can buy it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“I wrote these words like I would talk to the person who is sitting there reading. I simply shared the answers I got while seeking God. My hope to share with folks who need the answers, but haven’t ever looked for them.”  Faye Bryant

  • ISBN-13: 9781439240328                 
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 212
  • I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

 

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Judge Not ((?)

Today I’d like to share a prayer from a Country Music veteran that he wrote for Randy Travis. Thereare a lot of horrible things out there right now on the news about his recent arrest in Texas. I am a lover of all kinds of music so it does not matter who it is but this is about someone whom I saw several years back in Branson, Mo at a prayer conference who got up and sang with the clearest voice ever heard of him and confessed his love of Jesus Christ and asked for prayer–He and his wife. It’s easy to point fingers and laugh at someone but as  a Christian it hurts me to see this happen to someone who has a God given talent and evidently battling many battles. It is my prayer he will receive deliverance whether he has to serve time or not and that God will show him grace and mercy in a far out way. Here’s what Stan Hitchcock prayed for his fellow performer. It will be the second post dated Wednesday, August 8th, 2012….Excuse my lack of tech. Since it was on Facebook I copied link but I guess you have to get the whole page. Here it is.

https://www.facebook.com/stan.hitchcock1

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Five Minute Friday – Here

It’s FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY. Just write for five minutes with no changes, corrections, etc and link to lisajobaker.com

Unloading the dishwasher thinking about things I really would prefer not to think about but then it turned into a conversation with God. Maybe more like a whining to God but it brought me to the point of saying, “I don’t have any more answers for anything.” Please take me over Lord completely.” Why do I not let myself surrender totally? I think I do each time I get those little revelations about things I’m grappling with and holding onto but why do I  go to that land of regret– can’t live there because it’s too hard to exist. That is when I want to say “I abide in you and you abide in me.” Being someone who wants EVERYONE to be happy I find myself languishing in their pain. Must be from growing up with an ill Mother. I always felt like her caretaker and it was my responsibility to make sure things ran smooth for her. I wasn’t important but I was needed. Funny way to think of yourself but not a real happy way to think of yourself.

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More Questions than Answers by Eleanor Shepherd – A Review

This book by Eleanor Shepherd is a good read for  those people in the church who have a desire to see others receive eternal life through the cross.  I have attended several churches who were always evangelical purposed and they each had different ways of reaching outside the church to those who might be in seeking mode.  I’ve seen the Roman Road and the ABC methods of presenting the gospel to others but Eleanor Shepherd recommends “accompaniment”–coming along side someone who might be searching for the truth–taking the time to build relationships with people allowing them to go at their own speed no matter how long it takes. As someone who once had to go to a minister’s house and present the gospel to them as if  they were someone on the street I found this book to be pretty interesting. Some  Christians want to say that they brought ‘X” amount of people to Christ as if they’re acquiring another notch on their gunbelt or they treat the lost  as projects not taking their questions into consideration but they try to make them believe what they believe instead of seeing them as a person seeking answers. We all have questions about God and it’s okay to have those questions.  There are some  we just can’t answer for others about faith. If we want others to see the authenticity of our transformation we must not be afraid to tell them that we cannot answer all their questions because there are some things we have no answer for.  They are a mystery and will never be known this side of heaven.  As the book says, if we knew everything it would not be “faith” would it?

More Questions than Answers  is loaded down with great information for people in Christian counseling, Bible teachers, Pastors, as well as laypeople. It is presented in three parts. The first is about the listening process, the second is “Discovering and Sharing faith, and the third is called  “The Source”, which shows us the importance of humility in our accompaniment as well as tolerance in this day and time when sin is not as easily understood by the young. They have   their own right and wrong. We can be perceived perhaps as judgmental sometimes when we don’t agree with others way of life.

There is so much information in this book that it could have been two books. It’s really hard to condense it into a few paragraphs. If you have a compassion for the lost as we all should there are many good points in this book to help you walk along side others in their search for a true relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and both parties will be blessed.

Eleanor Shepherd spent thirty years in ministry after ordination as an officer of The Salvation Army.  Along with her engagement in pastoral ministry and administration, she contributed over 85 articles, mainly to Salvation Army publications. These were distributed in a variety of periodicals in Canada, the USA, France, Germany and New Zealand.

Her degree in Psychology equipped her for learning the listening skills that she uses in spiritual accompaniment relationships. A venue where she has been able to apply them is in the leadership of College and Careers Bile study groups. She undertook this leadership in Montreal and Toronto along with Glen, her husband of forty years, who was also a Salvation Army officer. One of these experiences led to the conversion of a young Moslem and Eleanor published his story in Power for Living, the Scripture Press adult take home paper. Their College and Careers group field-tested the Bible study book created by the Shepherds, Why Families?

Prayer has played an important part in Eleanor’s life. For fifteen years, she has been a
member of the Intercessors, an international prayer ministry begun by Catherine Marshall. She has
done workshops and seminars on prayer and created a personal prayer support network for the
ministry of her husband and herself.

This network proved particularly valuable to the Shepherds when their 30-year-old son, John broke his neck in a car accident six years ago and became a quadriplegic. John was a student at Harvard Business School at the time and the Shepherds were serving with The Salvation Army in France.

Prayer and writing are intertwined for Eleanor in that she is a member of the prayer support
team of The Word Guild, a professional writers’ association to which she belongs. In addition,
she was for many years a prayer partner for Lin Johnson, the organizer of The Write-to-Publish
conference in Wheaton.

As well as writing, Eleanor along with her husband has spoken at many conferences,
particularly for clergy in Canada, the USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Haiti and
Jamaica.

Eleanor Shepherd     

Eleanor Shepherd’s book: More Questions than Answers

SBN 13: 978-1-60899-361-1
Pages: 184
Binding: Paperback

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Can be purchased at Amazon.com

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YOU ARE ENOUGH FOR ME – Five Minute Friday

I was visiting some of my sister’s blogs today looking for encouragement which there is so much from so many wonderful Godly women available and I found the Five-minute Friday blog hop which asks you to link five minutes of free thought writing with no fore thought or going back. I thought I would try participating today so here we go:

Without you Lord I would not even be able to think about writing. In my weakness you are strong. I am so tired of telling people where it hurts and I am tired of hurting. I am tired of being a half a person. Nothing of the strength I once had is left. Exhausted muscles that won’t respond and a spine that I depended on so much has defied me.  Yes I am an introvert but I need to have my spirit nourished and I need to corporately worship. That is what I strive for and that is what I hope for. Christ in me, the hope of glory. Yes, I trust you Lord and you are my sufficiency and I appreciate the revelations that you have given me throughout these last very long eight years of constant pain which makes it so hard to comprehend on some days but that is when the Holy Spirit refreshes me and encourages me as I write. I ask you Lord for your mercy and grace and help to lengthen this writing time with you as my guide. Help me to show your heart to those who need you and are needing encouragement. I lift my eyes to the hills from whence my help comes.

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His Commandments in Sapphire?

This morning I was taken to a telling in the Old Testament right before Moses received the Ten Commandments. It takes place in Exodus 24 and for some reason I don’t think I ever took this part of Scripture into my spirit as I did today.

Exodus 24:1-2  NLT

Then the Lord instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the Lord. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”

I don’t know if I have been blind til now but I have never seen this passage about the 70 elders going up.  Where have I been? The thought of Moses telling the elders something like, “And yes, as I was talking to God today he said to bring you up for worship as long as you don’t get too close.”  I wonder what they said to one another. They were probably fearful and maybe they might have asked, “Will the cloud be removed?

As we go on let’s look at verses nine through 11 of Exodus 24.

9 Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up the mountain10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was a surface that looked as if it were paved with blue sapphire stones, and it was as clear as the sky!11 These leaders of the Israelites saw God, but God did not destroy them. Then they ate and drank together.

These three verses are full of nuggets. Verse 9 says, “They saw God.”  What?  It doesn’t say Moses saw God and described Him to them or told them to run or anything–it says they saw GOD.  At this point I would really like some more info–how about you?  I want to know “more” God!  Verse 10 says that under God’s feet it looked like what was  blue sapphire stone or some translations say “a blue sapphire pavement”. Can you imagine looking at God standing on a throne of blue sapphire? After that we are told that these men “saw” God and he did not destroy them.  I bet they had wondered why God had really brought them up there but as Abraham was faithful to present his son Isaac as God had asked him, these men were obedient to their God and to their leader, Moses.  Many things are missed out on because of occasional disobedience.  What if these elders had not believed Moses and refused to go? What they would have missed. Well back to the story. After they see God and he doesn’t exterminate them the Word says ‘they ate and drank together.” Perhaps they had a picnic. They were there to worship God as the invitation relayed. Would we have heard singing and praying echoing from that “up” area. Did God join them in this fellowship? These are the things of the Bible that I love to ponder.

The last thing I received from these verses is that the Lord was standing on his throne which was sapphire stone. Can you imagine the ten commandments being written on this stone? I’m not going to get into the breaking of and redoing of the commandments. I am trying to give an image of blue sapphire stone reflecting with God’s commandments. They didn’t look like that when they were displayed in my elementary school above the water fountain (but I still read them everyday) But wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them that way? Jewish teachings say they could be turned over and the words were not backwards so they weren’t a reflection.   What I am trying to do today is just to extol this word so that you may also through the Holy Spirit receive something from God’s word in your place and time. Thank you for reading and may we praise Him at all times.

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The Christian Olympics

The Christian Olympics

Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Cor 9:24

How would you like to be greeted by your own Olympic coach every morning while you are having your morning beverage either at home or out and about with your mobile device?  If you’ve felt tired, down,  or spiritually weak as we all do from time to time I urge you to just try “The Christian Olympics” social experience.  I was fortunate to participate in this last week and I truly was inspired to make some changes for the better in my daily living.

As the title suggests this is a “faith based“interactive app which uses Mindbloom and Facebook in conjunction on a daily basis to encourage you and your friends in NUTRITION, RELATIONSHIPS, and FAITH. Using Mindbloom, Facebook,  and Coach Liz’s instructions you will be nourishing your “Tree of Life” each day and you will also have the opportunity “friend” others. By “friending” in the app  you can assist, encourage, inspire, and even share music with one another. (“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes  4:12)

This is a “special event” that is free and you can even ask your  family to come alongside of you  in the twelve events which take place over twelve days. Don’t worry, you will not be throwing a shotput or jumping off a cliff into cold water as you will be seeing in the real Olympics; but you will tackle overall wellness and at the same time receive friendship, inspiration, and encouragement which we need as Christians to “run this race”.

As mentioned before it is free and I hear there will be prizes.   So I challenge you to go the Christian Olympic’s Facebook page  where you can view all the details along with a video to get you ready for training in The Christian Olympics special event.  In faith I believe you will  be encouraged and you will also encourage others so don’t wait as this special event begins very soon.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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