Friday, January 23, 2015

I Will Say Yes To God - Will You?

Many people have posted their WORD for 2015 - a word that is meant to affect their actions and attitudes in the coming year. A WORD that will help them say yes to God.

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Say Yes to God
At first, I thought my WORD was GO FORTH. I still do but with a tagline.


For the last week I have been lacking energy and focus (Tweet This).

Part of this may be due to the gray winter days that can drag me down. Living in New England can be dreary.

Over the last couple of weeks, the WORD in my journal has been about listening. Scriptures jump off the pages with words like:

I am doing a new thing.
Sing a new song.

If He is doing a new thing and I am supposed to sing a new song - I guess I'd better listen so I know how to say yes to Him.

And, to be honest, I have been trying to DO, DO, DO but those things may not be what God wants me doing. Or they might be but I need further direction to follow.

If this sounds like a jumble - you're right. For that reason, I have stepped aside to be able to listen to Him.

What is your word for 2015? What do you think that means as you seek to say yes to God? What have you seen God doing during these first weeks of the new year?

Pray for me as I listen...

I am taking a short break from blogging this week so I can hear what God is saying. As I LISTEN, I pray I will be able to GO FORTH with clear direction.

I want to say yes to God - How about You?  Tweet This


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Never Ever Be The Same - New Book by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller

Never ever be the same - book cover
My guest is Kathy Collard Miller. She and her husband, Larry have a new book published and I'd like to share an excerpt. Be sure to leave a comment for Kathy and Larry - they have graciously offered to give away a copy of Never Ever Be The Same

I don't know about you but I often turn to self-protective measures when I am faced with difficulties. Kathy and Larry's book will address this tendency and it is perfect for your small group or Bible study.

Here is a sample story:

Whats Your Walker?

by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller 

One Christmas when my ninety-year-old mother-in-law, Audrey, lived with us, our then-three-year-old grandson, Raf, was fascinated with Audrey's walker. As he walked (or ran!) away with it, Audrey became visibly anxious calling out to him, Don't take away my walker. I need it. I'm dependent upon it. I'm just an old woman, so don't hurt it.

I felt sad to think Audrey believed we wouldnt help her and that she was on her own. She felt she had to call after Raf and try to control him. But she didn't have the strength to retrieve the walker or follow Raf to supervise. My husband, Larry, and I, on the other hand, could do something and we decided that Raf couldn't play with it because it caused her too much anxiety.

We each have our own kind of walker that we believe we require in life to meet our needs. We demand from people or things, Don't take away my idol. I need it. I'm dependent upon it. I'm just an incompetent Christian, so don't hurt it. Our idol may be a relationship, an accomplishment, our reputationpick which walker you believe you need for your security and happiness.

But our idol never satisfies. Only God can provide and protect us sufficiently.

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This article is excerpted from Never Ever Be the Same (Leafwood Publishers) which offers Christians hope that they can change their ungodly reactions through identifying their self-protective strategies and trusting God instead. The authors are Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller and includes biblical principles, insightful stories, and helpful instruction. It has individual and group discussion questions.

Never ever be the same
Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller are speakers and authors. They have been married 44 years and Larry is a retired police lieutenant. The Millers live in Southern California, and have two grown children and one grandson. Visit them at Kathy blogs at

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