You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream {Review}

Hey friends!  Happy Friday!  I’d love for you to watch this short video review of my friend Holley’s new book called “Your’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”: (email readers click here)

 
Screen shot 2013-02-23 at 7.41.35 AM“What you’re doing today may not feel like enough. But if you’re simply saying yes to Jesus and whatever he asks, then it is more than enough—it’s world changing. And so are you.” Holley Gerth, “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, p 64
 

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4 Books For Saturday

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This weekend I’m going to spend every spare minute reading no less than 4 different books. Some of them are new, hot of the presses, not yet released beauties. Others have lived on my Kindle reader for weeks because I simply have not had the time to read. I need a large dose of slow time when I can read words that grip my heart and challenge me to become who God wants me to be.  Maybe you want to read with me?

You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

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Do you have dream burning in you heart but you have no idea how to share it with the world? Holley does and she will walk with you hand in hand and cheer you on! I am part of the launch team for this book and the group of women God has brought together is amazing and rocking their dreams! Why don’t you gather a group of friends and plan now to read this book together? It would be so fun! Pre-order this book here!

Anything by Jennie Allen

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I talked about this book here and I have not been able to pick it up since. I’m still thinking about it because her words went straight to my people approving ways. If you are ready to go there…we can be undone together.

To Walk or Stay by Lara G. Williams

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I am pre-viewing this new book written by my sweet friend Lara. This is her story of how God did a work in her marriage—but first her heart during a trial that would have crushed most of us. Her words are real and weighty in a good, good, way. In short, it is moving my heart big time. It will be released next month, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.

31 Days of Forgiveness by Traci Stier-Johnson

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I followed Tracie’s 31 day series last October and it was powerful. Her newly released e-book has all 31 days plus bonus content. You will find yourself sitting in heaps of grace as you read. Tracie’s words will gently draw you and your heart towards the forgiveness we claim and the forgiveness we ourselves must extend to be like Jesus. Plus she is giving all proceeds from the sale of the book to the Seed Company for Bible translation. I love that. Might I also say, Tracie is my dear friend and one of the brave girls. She inspires my heart every day. 

 

So, what are you reading? I hope whatever book you are curled up with this weekend encourages and moves your heart.

xo,

Stacey

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Weekends, Worship and a Winner

“When we depend on Jesus, when we know we can’t but he can, we worship. It is so much bigger, yet so much simpler, than we let it be. When we let peace rule, we worship. When we receive God’s truth, we worship. When we remain in him, we worship. This is what it means to respond to God,” emily p. freeman, Graceful (pg 149).

Congratulations to Faye Howard who won a copy of this awesome book.

She will love it.


I pray for you sweet friends to catch your breath this weekend, that you let peace rule, and

your heart worships in every moment you are given.

xoxoxo,

Stacey



Dear Me…

A letter to me 25 years ago, from me. Inspired by the new book Graceful

by Emily P. Freeman.

Hey girlfriend.

How are you doing? It is me, or rather you in 25 years. Just think Back to the Future and we will be fine. I’m writing you this letter because I am reading a book that I think you would love. It is written by a girl who is an awful lot like us. In fact, she grew up in Columbus. But the good news is she moved away before she went to East High School, so it is totally okay for us to like her. She has a lovely way with words and I know they would speak right to your heart.

The name of the book is called Graceful and it is all about letting go of your try hard life. Don’t you just love the title? Wouldn’t it be awesome if people said that about you and me? Instead, they say things like…

good girl
smart girl
nice girl
church girl

And we spend a whole lot of time trying to live up to what they think and say. The truth is, I know you are tired of trying to be the person they think you are. Since rebellion is not really your thing, you keep doing what is expected.

So back to my friend Emily. In her book she says, “The energy it takes to live for you is killing me—to see me through your eyes, to search for myself in your face, to be sure you are pleased with me. I want you to always be pleased with me,” (Graceful, pg 20). See, I told you she was a lot like us!

What about God? How does He want us to live? Listen to how Emily puts it:

“There is a different way to to live, a way that is full of grace and mystery, a way that cannot be outlined or studied for or figured out. Life isn’t about trying hard to be good, it’s about trusting God to be graceful in us,” (Graceful, pg 13).

Girl, you are graceful. God says so.

You are “specially marked by God’s divine grace,” (Graceful, p14).

Can you wrap your home-permed head around that fact? You are specially marked by God with grace. He sees you and He whispers…Graceful. Amazing, right?

Check this out. I found this verse in Ephesians 2:8,9:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And it is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (ESV).

See, since you can’t read all of Emily’s words, you will have to go straight to her source. God tells us that we were saved by grace. And we move on from there. You don’t work toward grace. You move from it. You are grace(ful) from the beginning of your relationship with Him. And the sooner you believe that, the easier life will be for the both of us. This is the game changer for all of us good girls. You can’t get more graceful than you already are.

So, let it go of the fear of failure that dominates your life. Forget trying to please everyone and be all they think you are. Instead, lean heavy, into the arms of God who has marked you with grace and calls you His own. The One who calls you Graceful is ready to wrap you up in nothing but love.

And breathe deep all that is Graceful.

LYLAS,

Me

To get your copy of Graceful: Letting go of the Try Hard Life, click here.

***I’d love to give away a copy of this wonderful book. Tell me what you think of when you read the word Graceful

I’ll choose a winner from the comments left below. Winner will be posted Friday.

(I was given a copy of Graceful for the purpose of review. The fact that I love it is because I’m a huge fan of Emily’s and a good girl in search of daily reminders of who God says I am.)

{Want to write a letter to your teenage self? Link it up with Emily over at Chatting at the Sky on Friday. Details are right here.}



Wrecked

“To be wrecked requires a moment.” – Jeff Goins


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From Jeff’s website:

“If you order the book the week it releases (Aug 1–4), I’ll send you six exclusive gifts valued at over $158:

  • Electronic versions of the book (a $31.47 collection).
  • Advance download of the unabridged audiobook (a $29.99 value).
  • The 10-week “action guide” for group or individual study (an exclusive guide valued at $12.99).
  • Complimentary copy of my latest eBook, You Are a Writer in all formats (a $14.97 value).
  • Free download of my hour-long audio program, The Writer’s Studio, plus a companion worksheet (a $19.98 value).
  • 50% off my upcoming online writing course, Tribe Writers (a value of $49.50).

Don’t miss this! All you have to do is buy the book before Aug. 5, scan the receipt, and email it to wrecked@goinswriter.com. Once we confirm your receipt and contact info, you’ll be given immediate access to the free gifts. If you have questions, check out the FAQ.

You can get the book at *AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks a MillionChristian Book DistributorsParable, and other book stores.”

Jeff Goins is a blogger, speaker and author. He works for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit, where he serves as the Communications Director. In his free time, he writes books and shares ideas worth spreading. He and his wife Ashley live in Tennessee with their son and dog. Visit his website at Jeff Goins, Writer.

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Question: Tell me about a moment that Wrecked you for good?



This Weekend I’m…

This weekend I’m …..

Finishing this:

Going here:

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And celebrating:

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And I couldn’t be more excited!

Whatever you are reading, wherever you are going, and whatever you are celebrating, I pray that God blesses your weekend like crazy.

xoxo,

Stacey

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