Whether we title these unexplainable happenings miracles, God-sightings, or some other name, people love to hear of such occurrences. Why? They increase our faith by providing evidence of the miraculous in our everyday lives and heighten awareness of God’s desire to minister personally to us and through us.
Unique connecting verses, defining thought, key words, and personal challenges will help the readers go beyond the “good for her” feeling and bring each story’s teaching to life in their own daily walk. Many will find comfort knowing they are not alone in hearing God’s voice or direction. Others also will deepen their walk with God, gain the courage to listen for God’s voice, be a noticer of others’ needs, and practice hearing and answering God’s call to deliver a specific answer to a specific person.
Sometimes walking in faith seems risky because it means obeying even if the directions don’t seem to make sense. When Abraham brought Isaac in faith up the mountain for a sacrifice, he risked all believing that God’s character would not fail him. God did keep His promise and provided a lamb, and Abraham passed the test of trust and faithfulness. What do we risk daily for the Lord? These life-vignettes encourage readers that risking embarrassment is a small price for the incredible joy of seeing God work over and over again. How can YOU put hands and feet to your faith and BE The Miracle for someone else?
GENRE: Nonfiction, Christian
PUBLISHER: Elk Lake Publishing
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2015
“The next time you have a nudging from God, take the step of obedience and watch God work.”
Be The Miracle is both uplifting and convicting. It’s a sweet collection of tender touches from God, written engagingly as though you and the author are swapping stories on a road trip or over a cup of hot chocolate. Yet, within these vignettes are reminders that God wants to work this way in and through and for each of us. And, implicit in the reminder is the question: what have I missed because I didn’t pay attention?
My absolute favorite story in the book is the very first one – “Surprise Us For Dinner, God” – which tells how the author and her husband both felt led to give a certain amount of money to some missionaries for six months. This was a sacrificial amount of money for them and would require them to give up all of their food budget for that six month period. Yet they knew they had to obey this nudging from God, so they scrounged up some basics they had around the house and asked God to surprise them for dinner for the next six months. I’m not going to give anything away but y’all… this story shows so beautifully how those little nudges in our spirit are SO IMPORTANT.
To me, this is one of the biggest lessons I’m taking away from Be The Miracle – pay attention to the nudges. When God tells me to write someone or call someone or give a specific amount of money (or eggs even lol) to someone – even if I don’t yet know who that someone is – I need to obey. Not only because of what He’s waiting to do for that someone but because of what He’s waiting to do IN ME. Delight me. Humble me. Amaze me. Grow me. I miss so much joy in my journey with Him when I don’t listen right away to His nudging.
I also was so struck by the intimacy of the author’s relationship with God. It takes a day-to-day friendship with Him in order to recognize clearly His voice and His leading. While I do have a close and connected relationship with Jesus, I know that I can definitely improve in this area of friendship with Him. Life just gets in the way, doesn’t it? But, oh goodness, what we miss when we don’t make time to hang out with this Friend. Not as a chore or a duty or a checklist or homework … but just being in each others’ presence and enjoying conversation.
Bottom Line: Be The Miracle will inspire you and encourage you. The stories are quick and easy to digest, and the application/life lesson sections at the end of each vignette make this a great choice for a morning devotional. This isn’t a “name-it-and-claim-it” field manual – quite the opposite. Instead it is a sweet testimony of what God can do in us and through us when we make a daily habit of walking closely with Him as friends.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Great book!
Life is all about stories, and Delores credits her Native American heritage with her gift of storytelling.
The curiosity of a toddler, the energy of a teen and the goal from the title of Gordon Mote’s song – Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory equals one hyper-grandma. “Too blessed to be depressed” is a signature response that is also a self-reminder to daily count those blessings. Among those blessings are a treasure of a husband, Ken, three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
When she is not at the computer writing you might find her in the study reading a few of the books stacked there, or in the living room, reading a few of the books stacked there, or just before falling asleep, reading a few of the books stacked… well you get the picture. She is also caregiver for an elderly parent, and active at their church (First Evangelical Free Church) http://www.firstfreeracine.org
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What about you? Do you have a story of listening to God’s nudges or someone else doing the same?