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Friday, March 18, 2011

the shelter of God's promises {a giveaway}

Where do you turn for shelter in the worst storms of life?

At my Bible study a few weeks ago, our lecturer said that we turn to the phone before we turn to the throne...or texting, or blogs, or facebook, or twitter, or however we stay connected with people. So true. We often run to the first available person, looking for a quick fix. Someone to listen to our worries or sorrows. Someone to assure us that everything is going to be okay. And yet we fail to go straight to our Maker, The One who knows us best. We are swayed by our ever changing emotions and forget to stand firm on God's Truth. We forget to stand under the shelter of God's promises. And God's promises will never fail us!

I just started reading The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh. As I read the first chapter I was struck by these words:

I would not have made it this far without the promises of God.

As I began thinking about the promises of God and what they have meant to me in my life, I could so relate to those words. I would not have made it to where I am today without the promises of God. When Cora died I was forced to ask myself if I really believed God's promises. Did I really believe what I had always said I believe? I had to choose to hold onto God's promises when everything around me was falling apart. And I am so thankful I did. God's promises are true. God's promises are dependable. God's promises give us hope and a future even when everything else comes crashing down. There is no way I would have made it this far without the promises of God.

I am excited to read more and join Sheila on her journey of searching Scripture to find what God has promised us and what His promises mean.

Would you like to read along too? Thomas Nelson Publishers has given me five books to giveaway to my readers. Yeah! Oh, and did I mention that this book includes an in-depth Bible study? So, you can grab a group of friends to read along with you and do the study together.

Giveaway Details:

The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh

FIVE winners chosen at random

One entry per person

Giveaway ends Sunday, March 20th at 10pm (CST)

To enter leave a comment in today's post
(bonus: tell me one of God's promises that you are standing under today)


Blogger Nancy said...

He will never leave me or forsake me! Amen! God Bless you Jess! (my blog: )

March 18, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Danielle B. said...

Today as what would be our twin girls' fifth birthday, His promise and hope of heaven, of eternal life, is soothing to my sad and grieving heart. And the comfort in knowing and believing that God's purpose is greater than my grief and pain. Thank you!

March 18, 2011 at 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Lissa said...

His mercies are new every morning! And I will never leave you nor forsake you. Two promises I am standing on. :)

March 18, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Leatha said...

I'm reminded of God's promise to me in John 14:1 - Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God and believe also in Me. My time on earth can be overwhelming and I'm reminded that if things went smoothly it would make me want to stay here and not long for heaven to be with Him. Thankfully, scripture reminds me to lean on Him and that He is in control. I'm thankfully that I serve an mighty God.

March 18, 2011 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger The Marini's said...

I'm standing under God's promise, "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!!" Amen!

March 18, 2011 at 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Amy G said...

Sometimes you scare me... and I mean that in a good way. Both my parents, for reasons they will not go into, have deserted me. There is no contact at all with them. They have deserted not only me and my husband, but we also have 2 young children whom they have turned their backs on as well, all the while pointing the fingers of blame to me and telling me that if I wanted a relationship, I would make it happen. But numerous times of trying to make amends has not worked. The reason I say you scare me is b/c I had just woke up from another dream where they were ignoring me and nothing I could do was right, and what did I do but turn on the computer, get on FB and then on here. But I did not turn to God. I felt convicted as I read. So, thanks for pointing me in the right direction. These are the promise I am standing on: that God created me, loves me and accepts me, that He knows my heart, that with His help I can be a better parent than what I have known.

Bless you, Jess. You are an encouragement to me.

March 18, 2011 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He is always God and always good.

March 18, 2011 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Immeasurably More Mama said...

James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

"Running to the phone before the Throne" - very convicting!

March 18, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous tami said...

(i need this book!)

the promise?
as my little man would sing for you: he's still workin' on me, to make me what i ought to be! it took him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the earth and jupiter and mars! how loving and patient he must be! cuz he's still workin' on me :-)

that's not a scripture, but it's totally biblical, so i'm stickin with it.

March 18, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Lane said...

His mercies are new every morning. Praise the Lord!

March 18, 2011 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Amee said...

that He is always there...walking with me and carrying me when I need it...

thank you for this post...I truly enjoy reading your thoughts. your post on being intentional with your time a few weeks ago has stuck with me!

March 18, 2011 at 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that I am not alone. Being a single mom is alot harder than people think, and everyday I am reminded that God will not leave me and that I am really not alone.


March 18, 2011 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

He is real and he loves me. Those are the promises I hang on to. Would love to get this book to discover more about God and his promises.

March 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am living in the promise of Hope today!

March 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger KAPeterson said...

The promise that He has HIS timing figured out and everything w/ my move will get done despite not feeling well. Hope you're doin well Jess! I LOVE your blog and inspiration. Kelli


March 18, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Tarra said...

The word says in Isaiah 26:3 You Lord give Perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you! I need that perfect peace!

March 18, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Sounds like an interesting read!

One of the promises I always keep in mind - Jer. 29:11.

March 18, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

God never fails!

March 18, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger marietta said...

When I can't figure things promise is.
I will direct your steps ( Proverbs 3:5-6 )

Love your blog today today Jess. God Bless.

March 18, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger A said...

today the promise i am standing under is based on job 42:2: I know You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

great giveaway! i hope i win ;-)

March 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

March 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Beauty from Ashes! Oh, how I live by His proclaimation of restoration and redemption!

March 18, 2011 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I would love to win a copy! I love readin Shelia Walsh. I had the pleasure to hear her speak several years ago at a Women of Faith conference and was greatly touched. I am standing under the promise that He will provide and will not leave me stranded!

March 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger mary said...

I could definitely use the encouragement of this book -- He will never leave us nor forsake us!!!

March 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This looks like a great book and I have been trying to find a book to base my upcoming devotion for a women's retreat. This may just be the trick!

I love Romans 8:31-32 "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not with Him also freely give us all things?"

March 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Psalms 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

If I ask He will respond, maybe not the way I want, but He is there!

My fears are also dust because He has taken them from me.

March 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

I really like Sheila Walsh. I can imagine that this is a great book.

Sounds simple, but the promise that has meant the most and really changed my life is the sweet beauty of "God loves me"...yes me, even me...a lot. :)

March 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

As a pastor's wife, I'm clinging to this promise:

For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints as you still do.

Hebrews 6:10

March 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger McKenzie said...

I am standing under the promise of new life that he has blessed me with. I know that this baby is his and I must only be a nurturer to teach them about him.

March 18, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Karie said...

His promise to provide.

March 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

His promise to never leave me and always provide. But more importantly his promise of heaven and eternal life where one day I will see my angel granddaughter, Sophia again. She would have been 3 years old on March 27th. We miss her so much but are grateful for the promise of one day seeing her again. God Bless you and your family!

March 18, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Hi promise to never leave or forsake me. :)

March 18, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Perpetual Blind Date said...

I love that God promises never to leave me. No matter how bad I mess up he is always there waiting for me to come home

March 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Today it's, Great is your faithfulness -- your mercies are new every morning.

The Lord is my portion and my cup.

March 18, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

The more obedient I remain, the better the blessings. It's amazing to be able to look back and thank Jesus for getting me through the difficulties in my marriage.

March 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Janel said...

I am standing firm in His promises of an Eternal life with Him. His promise to send signs that will ready us for that eternal life. What a glorious day it will be!

March 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

man, this is so encouraging! I have really needed this lately!! Right now, I'm resting on all of God's promises about his GOODNESS...specifically Psalm 145 this week!!!!

March 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am standing on the promises of hope and heaven today. A teacher at my children's school is dealing with the unthinkable as her 3 year old was just diagnosed with neuroblastoma this past weekend - it has spread to his bones and prognosis is not good. We are all in such shock and my heart is breaking for this sweet innocent little boy and his mama and daddy. Our little community has been rocked by this terrible thing and many are wondering "why God?" I've thought of you over and over these past few days and how you chose to stand in faith even under the worst circumstances - I'm praying this family will be able to do the same...

March 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Al's World said...

Love Sheila...she is amazing! I am standing under the promise that He is our Redeemer! He has saved me not only saved me from death..but from my own insecurities, and my own foolishness. How great is our God!!!

March 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

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March 18, 2011 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Happy Hodge Podge said...

Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so!
So simple, yet so profound.

Would love to win a copy of this book to start a Bible study small group next month with my friends.

March 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This book looks amazing! For me, the most difficult and rewarding of God's Promise is to trust Him and that it's HIS plan and not ours.

March 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Kimmy B said...

Aww what a great give-away. I'm currently reading Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More by Joanne Heim. It's pretty good so far. I love your blog, even if I do stalk it quietly without ever commenting very much. OH and I must say I LOVED the song you posted the other day, I replayed it over and over. Thanks for sharing it with us.

March 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

This book sounds like something I need to be reading right now! How often we forget where God has brought us from and the protection he has provided along way. Thanks for sharing this post and letting me know about this book!!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

March 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous jeri said...

God has a plan even if I don't understand or know the what the plan is. I have had to hold tight to God's promises with the birth of my second child would has down syndrome.

March 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger KMDEBRUIN said...

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Thank you for being a wonderful reminder of God's gifts in my life!!

March 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Kayla said...

One promise I've always stood on is that "no weapon formed against me shall prosper". (Isaiah 54:17) I believe that no matter what devises the enemy uses, I can always stand victorious. It doesn't always feel like it, but it sure gives me hope! I love that and Jeremiah 29:11~ God's thoughts towards me are to prosper me and give me hope! Those two verses are so precious to me, someone who battles daily with depression, but has overcome by the blood of the Lamb!

March 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love the quote "we turn to the phone before we turn to the throne" very powerful. How often do we as woman do this? I also loved the comment "you scare me" her heartfelt feelings were quite powerful.

The Lords promises are SURE, this I know. I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. I have a LOVING husband and soon to be NINE amazing children! If the LORD was not a part of our life, I don't think we would have succeeded these last 21 years.

May the LORD continue to bless you and your sweet family!

Heather--Fredericksburg, VA

March 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Heintz said...

The promise that He will never forsake me!

March 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

Our 9 year old son, Micah has had cancer 2 times since he was 5. The Doctors predict that it will come again. We will be out of treatment options when it comes back. But we know that God is bigger than statistics. We cling to the truth that He is sovereign. He promises us eternal life if we believe in him. He assures us that he uses our pain to mold and shape us. He promises He will never leave us and will carry us when we can't walk on our own. What a great God we serve.

I have never commented before, but have read your blog for a long time and have been blessed by your writing. Thank you.

March 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Amy B. said...

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!
Luke 1:45

March 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger E Truitt said...

Would love to read this book.
I find comfort in knowing that even in the most difficult times God will carry me through the storm.
You are an inspiration to all!

March 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

"Before you were born, I set you apart."
Jeremiah 1:5

I have been so blessed by your blog. You have a beautiful family, both on earth and in heaven!


March 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, thank you for making me think about Gods promises today. One of my favorites is the fact that it is HE who sustains us... Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Is. 46.4

Christina E. ~ New Hampshire

March 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Amy J. said...

Holding onto Psalm 139:13-16 and covering my children with those words. Thank you!

March 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

I am also very partial to:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

March 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

I am standing on the promise that God knows the plans that he has made for me. Even when I don't understand I know that He knows.

March 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

I lost my best friend, my mama, one week ago today. It has been a week that I have truly felt lifted up by the Lord. I have tried not to be swallowed up in my own grief to know how lucky I was to have my mama for 40 years. I cannot imagine any loss worse than the loss of a child. My heart breaks for those who have.

March 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Sherrie Kulwicki said...

"This light and momentary affliction is yielding for you an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison."

March 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

"And my God will supply all your needs according to HIS glorious riches IN Christ Jesus." So appreciate your blog, your honesty and your willingnesst to share your journey with us.

March 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Utecht Family said...

Love your giveaways Jess! :) One of my favorite promises is Lamentations 3:22-24 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.'"

March 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The joy of the Lord is my strength!

I'd love to read a copy ;-)

March 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

He is ALWAYS faithful.

March 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cling to the promise that God has a purpose for my pain. These trials are for a greater plan that I will never fully understand. Dawn

March 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love this book. I am standing under the promise of Romans 8:28

March 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Sarah C said...

Right now I am struggling to find my place in this world. I'm weighing my options and really just trying to figure out which path to take. I'm litterally staring divorce in the face....or do I stay in this unhealthy, abusive relationship as I have for many years..? Either way, God has promised to never leave my side. I know He is here and listening when I talk....but I'm still so very scared. He calms my fears and I trust in Him to help me through whatever decision I make.

March 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

this book sounds amazing! And, I love the new blog layout :)

March 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am standing on Jeremiah 29:11. Being a Military family and not knowing what is coming next, it's comforting to know that God has it all sorted out for us ahead of time.

March 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

That God has far more good things in store for me that I can even possibly image or dream about.

March 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

after discovering that my little girl has a focal cortical dysplasia (which more than likely formed in utero) that Psalm 139 is true - specifically that He knit her together - this did not take Him by surprise. Sunshine

March 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Rozen said...

The promise very dear and close to my heart is in Jeremiah 29:11. I am so blessed to know that He has a plan for me!

March 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous EricaG said...

Today, after my kindergartener got into a bit of trouble at school, I am taking comfort in Psalm 103:17. "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children." Thank you for your post today.

March 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I would love to read this book!

My husband and I are going through some major turmoil in our marriage, and I am clinging onto God's promise that he will work all things (even this horrible situation I'm in) for my good because I love him and believe in his name.

March 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Your blog and faith are so inspirational to me! I just ate lunch with my toddler on the back deck and I would not be enjoying those blessings if we didn't put of faith in God that he would provide for us, allowing me to SAH- he makes good on those to who believe! :)

March 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Standing firm in the promise that God is always with me.


March 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! I was just talking with a good friend about wanting a good bible study and this sounds perfect! Totally convicting post-running to the phone instead of the throne. I am so guilty and want to make a change. I read your blog most every day and am inspired by you. Joel and Levi are blessed to have u in their lives. Enjoy your weekend! Lori from Cali

March 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is having open-heart surgery on March 24th, so we are resting in the promises of either God's healing here on earth, or being together in heaven if the
surgery does not go as we plan.
Janet D.

March 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

He will not give me more than I can handle. I am 39 weeks pregnant and we just found out that our 2 yr old daughter is goign to have to have the open heart surgery in the next couple months that she was supposed to have last year but was cancelled due to good reports on her heart. It is very overwhelming when I think of doing this without God. But I know I am not alone.

March 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8

dfoster (at) nmsi (dot) org

March 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Todd and Courtney said...

Your page looks great Jess. Levi and Cora are such cute little siblings. I think they look alike!

March 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Jeremiah 29:11 - 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

This is promise I am standing on today!!!

March 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Bridgette said...

His promise that even though I don't know what is going to happen in the coming months (BIG decisions to be made) He promises to protect my family and I.


March 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

He is with us and loves matter what!

March 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Susy M. said...

The promise of God's hope is that I will be reunited with my grandmother again and I will be able to see all the loved ones gone before me. He gives us the hope of everlasting life. For this, do not be afraid to die.

March 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

The promise that my girls and I talk about often is the one of heaven. No tears, no owees. The knowledge that our baby is in heaven has gotten me though the last few months. Thanks, Jess! Happy reading!

March 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger The Sieberts said...

would love this book :o)

March 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

He has promised to supply every need we have. Phillipians 4:19. God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs-not luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.

March 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I will put my trust in him and know that he is ALWAYS in control. I reminded myself of this when I did IVF and after my daughter was born with problems and stayed in the NICU for a month.

March 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I love how this book said that! I often turn to fb, or txting instead of God...
His promise to me that I often stand on is: that he will never leave me or forsake me!

March 18, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah Marie said...

John 14:1-3

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

March 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

He will never give me more than I can handle in one day and that his mercies are new each morning.
This book sounds wonderful and I would enjoy the bible study too!

March 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Wanting What I Have said...

I cling to the fact that God is sovereign in all things. In the happy things and in the gut wrenching, heart breaking things. He is good and He is sovereign.

March 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Matthew 6:25-34 is the promise of God I hold to every day. thanks for sharing your life with us.

March 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Amy B. said...

Thank you for sharing this book. One of God's promises in my life is in July of 2010 I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. He saved me from any harm or physical impairments. On Monday, March 21st I have to face a second surgery to do some repair to the aneurysm. I'm trusting in Him to bring me home healthy and well to my 4 children!

March 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger BURNS FAMILY said...

I am holding onto God's promise that I am truly loved by Him! Thank you!

K. Burns

March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Peace of my Heart said...

Sounds like a great book! What a wonderful picture the word "shelter" paints of God's promises!

March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each day is a new opportunity to do good things, love others, cherish all of our blessings that He bestows on us constantly.
Donna in VA

March 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Brittny said...

This book sounds wonderful!!! I know that God promises to be with me while my husband deploys for a year to Korea!! He's been with me through every other trial in my life and will be with me through this one too!

March 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Mory said...

That He will restore the years the locusts have eaten. (10 years of a very difficult marriage)

March 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Emilee P. said...

Hi! I would love to win a book! I claim God's promise that He is always with me and that He will never forsake me every day! love ur blog! you are such an encouragement! love ya!

March 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Corinne Doughan said...

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have recieved from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows." 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

March 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

I've been wanting to try starting a small group! *that He has a plan for me* Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."

March 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger tami said...

oh how i need to hold on to those promises!!

March 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger LL said...

God's mercy and forgiveness, that he is always there, and all I must do is call out to him and let him into my heart.

I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

March 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Great post and sounds like a good read. Really hope I win this one! :)

March 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Ps.34:18

March 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

… He works things for the good and He is God. This would be a wonderful addition to my reading list this year.

March 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Trinity said...

after my beloved papa bud died and my family had to relocate 200 miles away (all within 3 weeks) i felt so sad. and then 3 months later we found out we were having a baby. God promised to never leave me alone and He hasnt. I see my grandfathers sweet smile in my baby girl!

March 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger JAMBA said...

A friend's 27 year old son died recently in a tragic accident. My friend's granddaughter was out to eat shortly after it happened. She looked up at the waitress and said, "My Uncle Scott died. But he's in Heaven with God and he's happy, so it's OK." Reminded us of God's promise of life ever after with him.

March 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

“Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91 14-16. As a cancer survivor I cling to the promise of a long life surrounded by His relentless love! Lisa A, Gibbstown, NJ

March 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me.

March 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger gmarie said...

In losing our first child God revealed to me His promises in Psalm 139 which has now become my life verse. It comforts my heart to know he planned every second of my son's life to be used to glorify Him and that He new every moment I was experiencing which meant it was for good and therefore beautiful. What a gift :)!

You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:1-6

March 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to have a copy!

I am standing on the promise that the peacemakers are blessed. I am rest in Him and know that all is well.

March 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run in to it and they are safe. ~Cathy

March 18, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger The Crafty Pie said...

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. No matter what I may be going through and how my "world" is always changing, He will never change! I can always call on God and he is always there.

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

March 18, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

That God has a plan for me, and He will use it for good!

March 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I work at a small Christian high school in Ohio. Our much-loved principal was diagnosed with a brain tumor this week. It all happened within a matter of days.

I struggle with the sadness and sorrow of this event. However, I KNOW that God is in control and anxiously wait to see His glory revealed through this tragedy.

March 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I cling to the promise that God is in control, and He is holding me firmly in the palm of His hand.

March 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I could really use this right now. Love your blog. :)

March 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

That He will comfort me, take on my burdens when I am weary and give me rest! Would love to have this book!

March 18, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

The verse at the end of your 'Blessings' post is the promise I've been holding onto today; Isaiah 49:23 has been such an encouragment to me.

YOU, Jess, are a huge encouragment to me as I struggle with 'losing' my old life as I just moved to a tiny Iowa town from San Diego. I share your blog with everyone I know; you're the best! Thank you for sharing your faith and hope with us!

March 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

That He will never leave me!
As hard as it was, He was there when my daughter was born 10 weeks early and He was there when my mom passed away 4 months after my daughter's birth.

He provides! Praying He provides a way for me to continue to stay home fulltime with my daughter.

March 18, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Kara Janzen said...

This book looks wonderful! Would love to read it when I find the time. :)

March 18, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Grace from God.

March 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

His grace and mercy endureth forever!

March 18, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

one of His promises I must always remember - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I just adore your blog and praise you for being such an inspiration to so many people!


March 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Country Roads said...

This is a promise of God's that I have lived under for over 40 years: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

March 18, 2011 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger The Straka's said...

I'm living under the purpose that God watches over us in our time of need. I have several friends in need of prayer and that's been very comforting to me. Thank you for the giveaway!

March 18, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Rob and Corrie said...

Oh! The other night I sat down and went thro' some specific things that were on my heart, and promise from Scripture that "took care of" each one of them!
So tonight, I am thankful that "His divine power has granted to us ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence..." {II Pt. 1:3}
Love and thanks.

March 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

Hi Jess,

How are you? As always I am reading and smiling at your blog! You are such an inspiration to so many. YOu have shown me the way so many times and brought me back to what is important! Bless you for that! Give Levi and Joel a big hug for us! Still pray for you daily and wishing you lots of love from above! miss you all! God's love is forever in my heart and daily life. "Love NEVER fails" and so is God's promise to love and forgive those that are lost and in need.

March 18, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

He doesn't promise that life here on this earth ... even as a Christian ... will be easy. He does promise that He will never leave or forsake me. &&& that's the promise that I'm standing on.

March 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Wehoagies said...

Jesus loves me, this I know...

March 18, 2011 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Nicolle said...

He who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion in Christ Jesus.

March 18, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra Davis said...

He will never leave me nor forsake me! That is all that matters!

March 19, 2011 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah K said...

I am so very inspired by your blog! Thank you for reminding me of what God promises in the midst of unimaginable pain.

March 19, 2011 at 1:47 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

March 19, 2011 at 5:27 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

That He is sovereign. Even when life seems chaotic, I know that He is in total and complete control.

March 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Maggie Miller said...

Would love to win this book- just what I need to read right now! Love your blog!

March 19, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger January said...

Girls inmy Bible Study have mentioned this book! I bet it would be a humbling read! HE is so good to us! And BTW-that Levi is adorable! Loved the picture of him sleeping in the crib! precious!

March 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger cindy.singer said...

I'd love to read along! God loves me no matter what!

March 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

He is FAITHFUL. That's where I'm at today.

March 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger rebecca said...

I am living under the promise that he will never leave me or forsake me. I have had a tough couple of years and have felt so cold inside even though I know God is here I just can not feel him right now. Sometimes I feel like I am just going through the motions...
But I am not giving up I know he is guiding all the hardships I am facing and in the end I will be a much better person

March 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I love her and would love to read this book! I am believing that He provides today!

March 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Courtney Mayfield said...

His promise of eternal life and that I will one day again be with Dylan.
Thanks you!

March 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger sl said...

His mercies are new every morning!
He will never forsake me!

March 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God works out all things in His perfect timing!
Mrs. B.

March 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a great read! I have followed for a while but don't often comment. I love your blog and think your faith is truly inspiring. I'm also a KS girl (live in Olathe, outside of KC). I would have to say the He has a plan, and it is for good. He's fulfilled this countless time, and it continues to encourage me when things get hard.

March 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

Thank you for your blog. You give me such strength every time I read it. I have a dad who has been fighting stage 4 esophageal cancer for the past year, and I stand on the promise that no matter what the future holds for my dad, I will get to spend eternity with him in heaven one day where he will no longer be suffering from this terrible disease!

March 19, 2011 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger dmeryan said...

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

March 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger vonFRINKenhagen said...

I'm reminded of the hymn "Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior." One of my favorites - "He's my all-in-all!"

March 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger lyndsey said...

The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’ ~ Psalm 32:8
i would love to read this book. great giveaway!

March 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Wow I would love to read this! I'm trusting God's plan for my life despite redundancy. He has proven himself to be trustworthy and I'm clinging to the promise that he knows the long term plan which is better than I could plan for myself.

March 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Mommy to Many said...

That HIS promises are true!

March 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

His love and goodness, His working in my best interest is not contingent upon what I do or do not do~ He is 100% all the time faithful! I can count on Him to be ever-present and never-changing even when things around me are a little shaky.

March 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Melissa Joy said...

I would love to read this book. Seven of our eight children are in heaven, and I cling tightly to the promise that He will be the God of our children, since we belong to Him. We are so thankful for His covenant promises!

March 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger colleen said...

...that His JOY is my strength!

March 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Jermaine said...

God's grace!

March 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger JulieA said...

As we continue to pray for sweet Kate, we cling to God's promise that His plan is perfect. Thanks for always sharing from your heart!

March 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Ravan said...

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much mor valuable then they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:26-27

March 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger mrjasperson said...

God is an Awesome God.

(Much like Calla) our Ella was born as a micro preemie at 26 weeks. My TRUST in God and faith helped me through it all...thanks for the chance to win!

March 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex said...

He holds my hand each new day, loves me no matter how my day has gone.
Faith, Hope and my solid rock !!
thank you for blessing me with your blog, i absolutely love reading what God has put on your heart and what He is doing in your life.

March 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger JenReece said...

That he will give me nothing I can't handle and he will always provide!

March 19, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Blessing - Linda A

March 19, 2011 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

God's promises are so amazing!! My favorite quote is "when you can't trace His hand, you can always trust His heart"!

March 19, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

He will never forsake me.

March 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger MCA said...

His promise to me today is that he will not leave us in the cold, dead days of winter (physically and spiritually), as today is the first day of Spring (and my little girls 3rd birthday).
Thank you so much for your constant encouragement and steadfastness in the Lord.

March 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Retromommy said...

This is the promise I have clung to these past few months:
Ps 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Thank you.

March 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Christy F. said...

He will provide financially for my husband and I.

March 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Marcie said...

God's promise of eternal life means the most to me! What an awesome promise!

March 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger The Muncies said...

He has already won the victory!

March 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger R.W. Shipshape said...

He is the Good Shepherd and He takes care of His sheep. I'm trusting that He is who He says He is.

March 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Georgie M. said...

After the tragedy in our hometown this weekend, a beautiful day in the park went wrong when the children's train derailed. One child lost his life and many others were critically injured I am trying to hold on to God's promise the He will never leave us and that He is in control.

March 20, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Also - the new blog design is so cute!

March 20, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I would love to win this book... underneath are His everlasting arms. He will hold us in the trials that threaten to wash us away. I would like to give this book to a friend who recently lost her husband and is facing his birthday this week. May God bless you for sharing

March 20, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

He came so that I may have life and live it more abundantly!

March 20, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That His mercies are new every morning and that He will never leave me or forsake me.


March 20, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Anonymous vicki said...

the only thing that gives us hope is God's promises.
thank you for your story

March 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

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