I invite you to join discussions, it enhances the reading experience for everyone. Please share your thoughts, opinions and knowledge in a respectful manner. May we all learn something in our endeavor to educate our hearts and minds. I look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Call for Help: Join My Launch Team

I’m pausing this week’s Book Club discussion on “The Fire of Delayed Answersby Bob Sorge to announce BIG News:
I’m in need of a LAUNCH TEAM!

 Can’t believe I just wrote that! So Exciting!

Anyway, I’ve finally done it. I’ve self published a book.

The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends is a compilation of three short stories designed to help you evaluate your walk with Christ and examine where you place your trust. While the stories are thought provoking and fictional, they aren’t too far from reality. Each story is coupled with Modern Events to show how unstable our world is. This is combined with Discussion Questions that aide you in assessing what you would do in similar situations, as well as help you contemplate how you can begin changing your life and world today. 

The Release Date for set for April 7, 2014

I need your help to spread the word. 

So I’m asking you to join my Launch Team!

The Precipice is a fast read and will not take up much of your time. 

What I’m asking for those on the Launch Team:

  •  Read The Precipice and leave an honest Review on Amazon.com (and/or GoodReads.com) preferably the first week it releases. But I know everyone is stretched on time, so a review anytime is greatly appreciated. 
  •  Spread the word and promote the book anyway you can, especially the first few weeks it is out. Ideas include: 
      1.  Interview me the week prior to the official release and/or anytime afterward 
      2.  Allow me to Guest Post on your blog and tell about my book 
      3.  Publish your own honest review of my book on your site, blog, Facebook page or other social media outlets 
      4.  Write a post inspired by the book and share it on your site/blog 
      5.  Share about my book on any of your social media outlet(s).  Use your own creativity to have fun and help a newbie author out

Benefits for joining the Launch Team:

  • The Precipice Free 
  •  Free book bonuses which I will send you. 
  • Thank you mention on my blog (including link to your site/blog) shortly after the book releases 
  • Satisfaction of knowing you helped me spread a message God has placed on my heart for each believer in Christ

I can’t do this without you. If you can help in anyway, large or small, please email me or message me on Twitter @TCAvey1

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's Possible, Book Review

Dave Arnold from Reflections from the Alley just released a new book, It’s Possible

This book has the potential to change your life into something more meaningful. It shows you that ANYTHING is possible. 

Without spoiling the book, let me try and explain:

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The sky’s the limit?”

As kids, we believed that.

We dreamed BIG.

But as we aged, we replaced those dreams with more practical goals…things that seemed more attainable…things that required less sacrifice…things that were less than what we were created to be.

We are each created with unique qualities that help us to fulfill the God-made purposes for our lives.
God has a plan for you, a plan that involves all the corky characteristics that make you, you.

As I read Dave’s book I found myself saying, “I’m guilty of this”, “I’ve felt this way”, and “So that’s what God was saying to me”.

I have two college degrees that I currently don’t use.

And while they seem vastly different (BA in Criminal Justice and RN,) they both catered to my unique wiring. 

Both areas I choose to work in required me to use critical thinking, to do research, and to help people. I went into specialized areas inside those professions because they required the things I liked to do and also excelled at. They enabled me to use my God-given talents. 

And while I enjoyed them, neither satisfied my soul. I wasn’t content. I always thought there was more I was supposed to be doing. 

 It wasn’t until God brought me to the end of me, that I began to see a different plan intended for my life.

I still don’t have it all figured out. 

But I do know It’s Possible to do more than what I had previously settled for.

It’s possible to dream Big and have God use me.

In God’s hands, anything is possible.

But you and I have to trust Him.
Dave’s book helped me and I believe it will help you begin to take a closer look at your life. 

It's Possible will help you see:

1.        Who you are.
2.        What you were created to do.
3.        What plans God has for you.

Anything is possible.

I encourage you to give this book a try.

It’s short, yet powerful.

Click here to purchase It’s Possible

Disclaimer:  I was given this book and asked to do an honest review. I did not have to give a good review, but I found it easy to endorse this book.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I Can't Manipulate God

Chapter 12 of “The Fire of Delayed Answers” spoke to me. 

I’m the prodigal son- demanding to get what I believe is owed me…deliverance from this waiting period! 

I find myself thinking, “Hasn’t this gone on long enough? What more do you want from me, God?”
As I wait, I stumble between surrender and taking matters into my own hands.

Today, I found myself prostrate, crying out, “I can’t. I can’t. I can’t”.

I can’t do anything to fix this problem.

I can’t do anything to make time go faster.

I can’t do anything…but wait.

There’s no magic formula to praying that will make God MOVE.

So as I wait, I reflect back on God’s goodness in my life and in the lives of others.

I also take comfort in knowing God understands, that’s why He brought me this book.

It’s helping me understand that my lack of faith, my inability to surrender, and my impatience don’t make God any less gracious.

He will answer my prayers.

He will bring deliverance. 

It’s just a matter of time…HIS time.

Not  mine.

Here’s a few quotes helping me through my fire.

“…when it comes to waiting we all blow it…none of us is capable of handling waiting properly…by the time God’s finished with us, we’ve blown it so many times … We realize that His redemptive work in us was not because of our right responses, but only because of His mercy.”  (pg 181)

I’m not unique in my inability to wait. God has dealt with a multitude of people like me. God is merciful. He doesn’t give us what we deserve. He gives us grace to endure, strength to carry on, and a harvest of blessings to those who learn “to wait” upon Him and are willing to give Him the glory due his name.

“When I invoke the promises of God as my just claim, I am not being arrogant; I am not being presumptuous; I am not being audacious or insolent…I cross over into presumption when I try to tell God when and how to fulfill His promises in my life.” (pg 182)

God does not change. He is good, just, loving, wise, creator, etc. I need to trust that. Trust Him. I shouldn’t rush His work in my life. I must be pruned on or be cut off (Luke 13:6-9) and pruning takes time.

“If there’s unbelief in our hearts, there’s no fire that’s better at bringing that to the surface than having to wait.” (pg 183)

Waiting shows me how often I turn to human resources and common sense to solve problems. My trust in God is small. He is doing a BIG work in my life and this waiting season is the answer to my hearts prayer for “MORE OF HIM”. God comes in the fire and He comes in the stillness. I can’t accept one without the other. When we are saved we get all of God, not just certain parts.

“We tend to put our focus on the wrong thing…”If I can only have enough faith, I know I’ll be healed.” Instead of seeking faith, seek the face of God.” (pg 186)

Like Moses I must say, “Show me your glory.” When I seek more of God, the pain of the fire begins to fade. The time constraints fall and my will is transformed.

“…sometimes God does wait till past midnight.” (pg 190)

I can’t put God in a box, thinking He has to answer my prayers in a certain way or time frame. While my mind knows this, it isn’t until I am forced to wait that I realize just how selfish I am. I want my answers in my way and my timing. 

God wants more for me.

So He delays answering and I learn to benefit from the wait. 

What about you, are you learning to wait?

Join the Book club discussing, “The Fire of Delayed Answers” by Bob Sorge, by either grabbing a copy of the book and joining the weekly discussions and/or leaving a comment below. You can read more about this chapter from: Jason, Sarah, Dusty, Kari, Glynn, and Joell.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Guest Post: Pretend You're Married to Jesus

I'm taking some much needed R&R time with my family this week. Graciously one of my favorite bloggers, Sheila from Longings End, is sharing her wisdom through another beautiful post. Happy Valentines. Enjoy and I'll see you next week.

Pretend you’re married to Jesus…

It is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness.
George MacDonald, Phantastes

What if married couples took this to heart?

What might the union, the family and eventually society look like?

How might loving your mate more than wanting to be loved work out in day to day living?

And what would happen if you really believed that everything you did to your spouse you did to Jesus?

These are all questions worth prayerfully pondering if you want to grow in love, learning daily to love like the Lord does.

In the beginning…


Us loving because He loved us first.

And you can’t love another more than you love yourself unless you love God most.

You won’t be able to lay aside your selfishness until you understand and appreciate His great sacrifice for you.

And your love relationship with the Lover of your soul needs to constantly grow, changing over time as He changes you – and me – for the better.

Spending time with God helps us become more like Him. Not only in prayer, Bible reading or Sunday services, but in every moment of every day being so consciously connected that He truly is closer than your next heartbeat.

Seeing Him in everything and giving thanks for it all, especially your spouse. He has given you the perfect imperfect partner to help perfect imperfect you. 

Mirror image…

Often what you don’t like in your husband or wife is merely a version of the same sin in you. Like can attract like.

But instead of casting stones, love your spouse enough to keep no record of wrongs nor hold onto a bad attitude. 

Instead love them as if they were Jesus Christ Himself right there in front of you, wet towel on the floor and all. And when she blows the budget on a grocery store sale pretend it’s Jesus with the empty pocketbook. 

Do unto others as you would have it done to you and always remember that Jesus said whatever you do unto the least of these brethren of mine you do to Me.

Closing the gap…

You will come nearest the soul of your spouse as you continue in loving them more than asking for their love. And of course it works best when both husband and wife feel this way.

So try to outdo each other in practicing the deeds of love as laid out in 1 Corinthians 13.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love never fails.

As you practice loving God’s way you will find joy in giving more than in taking or demanding love and you will see that as one-flesh partners if you hurt your spouse you will hurt yourself.

It is so easy to be selfish but it takes discipline, determination and devotion to God to lay down self for the sake of one’s marriage, putting your partner first. 

And Jesus came that we might have abundance including in our marriages. But the only way to win it is by being in it. Consistently abiding in Him, reading and studying His life-giving word, and giving your life away so that His way has precedence.

Day by day…

In marriage a husband or wife must choose to lay down selfishness in order to lift up God by putting their spouse first.

Maybe he really likes a particular meal, but she doesn’t and cooking it is not something she readily wants to do. She does it anyway asking God to change her heart so that she can prepare and serve it graciously.

Or perhaps she can’t sleep at night because something is troubling her and her mind keeps racing. He thinks it’s a tad irrelevant but listens to her heart and keeps himself from getting impatient even though he really needs to sleep so he can be alert for work in the morning 

In each example it was by loving the other more than oneself, that the marriage moved forward, the relationship strengthened and God was glorified.

Together at the banquet …

Each morning my Michael and I take our first bites of daily bread together. At our breakfast table, verses from 1 Corinthians 13 or Ephesians 4 are standard fare along with a portion from the gospels. 

You can grow your marriage up into all God wants it to be by doing the same, tasting together and seeing that the Lord is good.

Reading and re-reading certain scriptures helps us remember and learn to love like God loves us.

And it sweetens our marriage.

So with love in the air this Valentine’s week, but more so every day all year long, why not commit to spending time daily with your spouse and Jesus learning what love really is.

And then loving your spouse more…

All our longings end in love.

Sheila Kimball is the author of Heart Cry: 40 Reflections for a Woman’s Soul (2013). She offers C2: Comfort and Conversation for women, and with her writing-partner husband Michael Kimball provides life coaching for men, women and married couples. Longings End is their faith-filled blog focused on love’s healing power and tips for making marriages better. For more information, visit LongingsEnd.com and LongingsEndCoaching.com. A free copy of her eBook, BREAKOUT Manifesto: When you’re ready to break free of brokenness is available when you subscribe to Longings End.