--- Isaiah 40:31
Last call to enter the book giveaway contest for God’s Provision in Tough Times. I’ll be giving away two free copies after the contest ends today (Friday, June 28) at 1:00 p.m.! All you have to do to enter the contest is: 1) be a subscriber to my Soar With Eagles website, and 2) leave a comment.
Winners will be announced at end of contest.
Can’t wait to see who wins!!
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The book giveaway contest for God’s Provision in Tough Times ends tomorrow, Friday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. I’ll be giving away two free copies of the book, and will announce the winners on Soar With Eagles at the end of the contest.
In order to enter the book giveaway contest you must do two things: 1) be a subscriber to Soar With Eagles, and 2) leave a brief comment.
If you have friends who are going through adverstiy who would be interested in God’s Provision in Tough Times, please encourage them to enter the book giveaway contest.
Thank you to those who have subscribed to SWE and left comments! I am so touched by your response, and pray that God’s Provision in Tough Times will touch your heart.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Do you ever find yourself thinking that it’s just too late in your life for certain things to happen? I didn’t even realize that I do this. That is, until I took a lovely walk through the French Quarter in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday with my daughter Megan.
We stopped at an art gallery and admired numerous paintings by highly skilled artists. One piece in particular caught my eye, but the hefty price tag prohibited me from purchasing it.
Taking into account my age and my lack of income, I bemoaned my circumstances to Megan as she walked slightly ahead of me on a narrow sidewalk. “I love oil paintings, but I’ve never had the money to purchase any.”
Megan murmured something.
“What?” I called out to her. “I didn’t hear you.”
She continued walking but turned her head toward me as she repeated her comment. “Yet.”
“You haven’t had the money to purchase works of art. Yet.”
“Yet,” I repeated.
“Yet,” Megan affirmed.
In the window of another shop were photographs of England, the one place I’ve wanted to visit since I was eleven years old. “I still haven’t been to Europe.”
My daughter, diagonally in front of me on the threadlike sidewalk, muttered something.
She turned sideways, still walking. “Yet.”
“You haven’t been to Europe. Yet.”
Yet. I pondered the word, my foot twisting on a raised cobblestone. “Yet,” I said out loud.
“That’s right, Mom. Yet.”
“So what’s your point? I don’t have the money to buy art and I don’t have the money to travel to Europe.”
“Yet. You talk as though you’ve given up on your dreams. If you give up on your dreams, they definitely won’t happen.”
“I’m being realistic, Megan. I’m an unknown Christian writer who just started their career and hasn’t earned a penny.”
“Yet. You never thought you’d write a book, but you just signed a book contract.”
Yet. I stopped and let her words sink in. Yet! This child is right! I’ve given up on my dreams. Dreams can’t happen if we give up on them, if we allow them to die, if we stop pursuing them.
I hurried to catch up. “Yes, Megan. Yet! Buying fine art and traveling to England have not happened yet!”
She glanced at me and smiled, the teacher and student trading roles. “Yet.”
What about you? Yes, you. What dreams have you given up on? Maybe you should tell me while we’re having this conversation. I’ll start the sentence, and then you fill in the blank: “I have never…….”
This is where you need Megan: “Yet.”
Isn’t that three-letter word unbelievably empowering?
What’s your biggest dream? The one you’ve never told anyone, the one you are most afraid will never happen? I know you have one. This time, say your big dream out loud. Speak life into it. Revive it. I’ll help you begin: “I have never……”
And Megan says: “Yet.”
You see, what you are saying, in essence, is this: I have had this dream for a long time, but it hasn’t materialized. Yet. I thought my dream was dead because I thought it was impossible for it to actually happen. But if I remain hopeful and focused and keep my dream alive and continue to work, it could happen. Yet.
I’ll take the last turn: “I have never written a best-seller.”
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me such an incredible daughter, and for the opportunity to share her wisdom with my friends.
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Photograph: Cynthia Howerter © 2012
It’s official! God’s Provision in Tough Times has released on Amazon.com and is ready for ordering!
Like you, I cannot wait to get my copy of it! Yes, even the author has to wait to get their copy!
To celebrate the release of this God-ordained book, I am giving away two free copies of God’s Provision in Tough Times! All you need to do to enter the book giveaway is to: 1) be a subscriber to Soar With Eagles if you are not already, and 2) leave a comment.
You may begin leaving comments now! The drawing for the two winners of the God’s Provision in Tough Times Book Giveaway will be held on Friday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m., and the two winners’ names will be announced on Soar With Eagles on Friday at that time.
If you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a favorable comment on Amazon.com. The more favorable comments the book receives, the higher the visibility Amazon will provide it on their website. Also, please tell others about God’s Provision in Tough Times.
A little information about God’s Provision in Tough Times for you:
Cynthia Howerter and co-author La-Tan Roland Murphy have both experienced God’s provision in tough times. Along with 15 guest writers, they candidly share their own personal stories of unemployment, underemployment, and financial despair.
You will find encouragement and hope as you read each story. Many of these writers lost their income, savings, homes, and health insurance. Some found themselves on public assistance while others faced homelessness. Their faith and trust in God was refined and strengthened as He provided a successful path through their difficulties.
Each writer’s personal story demonstrates the power of God who knows exactly what you are going through and who promises to care for those who put their faith and trust in Him.
God’s Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by guest writers Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.
It is the sincere hope of La-Tan, our 15 contributing writers, and myself that God will use this book to touch the hearts of many people and draw them close to Him.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Last May, I happened to be driving on I-85 in North Carolina on what could be called “Turtle Day.” Seemingly every turtle within a five-mile radius of the interstate crawled onto the busy road.
Traveling at 65 miles per hour, I came upon turtles so quickly that there wasn’t time to swerve to avoid them. Fortunately, I missed every turtle in my lane for at least 25 miles.
Then came the small turtle. Cringing, I prayed that my tires would miraculously miss the little terrapin with a great desire to cross a high-speed highway.
But it wasn’t to be. With a thump, I knew I’d run over him. Heartsick, I looked in my rearview mirror only to see pieces of exploding turtle shell. I had murdered my first (and hopefully my last) turtle.
Fast forward to this week. Back on I-85 in North Carolina, I saw a small groundhog on the left berm, and hoped he’d stay put. But this little guy had the heart of an adventurer.
Scurrying into the lane ahead of me, he stopped cold and stared at me. Bearing down on the little guy at 65 miles per hour, I could not swerve without losing control of the car. I prepared myself to become a double-murderer.
Then, little guy made an on-the-spot decision: he bolted for the right side of the road as fast as he could run. Just as he reached the safety of the right berm, my car passed him thump-free.
The turtles’ and groundhog’s approaches to adversity made me think of how people handle tough spots.
Some folks allow their problems to immobilize them. They view some difficult situations as hopeless. Usually it’s because they can’t see how God can deliver them out of their troubles. Like a turtle, they pull in their appendages and shut their eyes to what God can do.
Other folks see their problems as overwhelming as the national deficit. But rather than sit still, they, like the young groundhog, take charge of their situation. By turning their problem over to God, they run the race the Lord puts in front of them and they keep moving forward.
Hmm. Turtle or groundhog. Which approach makes sense to you?
For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLV)
Photograph by Andrea Bowling Perdue © 2013
TO GOD BE THE GLORY