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Real Comments From Real Readers

The Countdown begins-

just a few days until the release of “Peace For A Lifetime”!!!!!

So here we are.  Two days until the March 7 release!  Yet somewhere inside of us there is the question, do I really need this book?  With so many books out there, is this a book I should actually reach out and purchase?  Can I really experience peace for a lifetime?

I decided NOT to give you my opinion – it might be a little biased:-)  

So I sent my book out to a group of bloggers to get their feedback.  Man, has it been overwhelming and exciting!!!  I wanted to share with you just  a few of the comments that have been coming back to me.  Some are personal and I have protected their identities. Others have written reviews for you to check out and see for yourself.  

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The Bravest Step You Can Take

Clark Kent.  Indiana Jones.  William Wallace. These were some of my favorite movie heroes growing up.  They were the bravest of men.  They faced enormous, sometimes super-human challenges.  They overcame.  They conquered.

 

I admired them for their courage.  I envied their indomitable will.

 

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Ten Things To Do When There is a Mountain Standing in Your Way

Have you ever stood in the shadow of a mountain and felt so small? Are there days you feel like David holding a handful of pebbles as Goliath towers in the distance, echoing impossibility and certain defeat? Continue reading

Three Things To Do While You Are Waiting For the Sunrise

This article was originally published by (in)courage.me online Christian magazine. 

http://www.incourage.me/?p=164765<http://www.incourage.me/?p=164296>.

My favorite thing about growing up in Florida was the time my family spent at the beach. No, I’m not a sun-goddess. My fragile and freckled pale skin has never stood a chance against the intensity of Florida’s sun-saturated sky, but I still love the beach.

Though I love the sound of the waves and the feel of the sand between my toes, my favorite pastime is to wake early each morning while everyone else is asleep and head out to the beach. With coffee in hand and a blanket draped around my shoulders, I make my way to a vacant beach chair and wait.

I wait as darkness looms all around. I wait, though the wind can cut mercilessly through any warmth from the blanket. I wait, though there is a heaviness in the air, a stillness that seems as intractable as it is dense. I wait.

I wait, because eventually the moment comes when the darkness gives way to a new day. The sky is painted in the most delicate array of color. In that moment everything changes. I wait for that moment, because every single day the sun rises I am reminded that the darkness doesn’t last forever. The light always comes.

For each of us there are times when it seems like the darkness before dawn will go on forever. Each of us will have moments, perhaps seasons, where the struggles of life threaten to overwhelm us, shake us from our safe, familiar bearings, and walk us into the coldest, harshest places.

Light in these seasons can seem so foreign, so other-worldly, so decidedly out of reach. Yet in the darkest moments, light is our greatest desire.

If you have ever felt lost in a season of darkness, there are three things to remember:

Hold on.

Though everything in you feels like there is no hope, Scripture says that, “Joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NCV). Your joy will come. It may not feel like it today, but just as sure as the suns rises every morning, you can be sure that this season will pass. Darkness cannot last forever. Trust that there is light beyond the darkness. Morning is coming. It will be better than you can imagine. You can make it through.

Listen inside.

When you are going through difficult seasons, sometimes your only focus is getting out of the season. You long for relief. If you could, you’d put on your running shoes and run as far and as fast as possible away from the pain. No matter what you’re feeling, try to listen inside. Is there a wound God wants to be healed? Is there a principle God wants you to learn? Is there a way you can use this painful place as a source of growth on your journey? Your healing lies within. His light lies within. Reach for it. It may feel covered and hidden, but it is there. He won’t disappoint. You can find purpose in the pain.

Be compassionate and truthful with yourself.

 Sometimes when the light is dim and hope seems so far away, you might have the tendency to be the most critical and condemning of yourself. Your thinking becomes both extreme and negative. It is crucial that you learn to be compassionate and truthful with yourself. The truth is, though your pain is real, His banner over you is love. His light reaches into the deepest places. He is your light and your salvation. The truth is you are completely loved by God. The truth is you are stronger than you believe.

Are you struggling today in a season of darkness? Do you feel hopeless that morning will ever come for you?

Hold on. Listen inside. Be compassionate and truthful with yourself.

Light is made brighter, more brilliant, when it is displayed against the backdrop of darkness. His light will be made more breathtaking and miraculous against the backdrop of your night.

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Even in the midst of the darkest nights, there is a sunrise coming!

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Why I Don’t Want My Kids To Be Happy

I don’t want my kids to be happy.  Sounds horrible, I know, but it’s true.  Continue reading

Return of the Prodigal, Part Two: What Happens When God Calls You By Name

If you didn’t read last week’s post, you can catch up at http://lisamurrayonline.com/2014/08/return-prodigal-part-one-youre-waiting-end-long-road-home/.

 

I sat and listened to him fill in the missing puzzle pieces of his life. With each story, a mixture of joy and pain. There is the distinct realization that in every event, every experience, we were missing. Continue reading

What Not To Do When You Are Living “In the Meantime”

 

Something speaks to us, beckons us, calls us to leave the place where we call home, to step out into the unkown.  We obey.

 

The destination is unclear, uncertain.  We take steps in its direction, we calculate the goal, but the outline of this new home seems just out of reach, out of focus against the landscape of the present.

 

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Touched by a Human

It was a day filled with its usual busyness. I was between clients. I was hurried, trying to check-off one more item on my “to-do” list. It was the last phone call to return. A gentleman answered. The phone call resembled many others, questions, logistics, information.

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