Guest Post: Stacey Weeks & Glorious Surrender

Posted January 25, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, nonfiction, Stacey Weeks / 5 Comments


Please join me in welcoming Stacey Weeks to the blog today to chat about the new edition of her book, Glorious Surrender!

GLORIOUS SURRENDER by Stacey Weeks
GENRE: Christian Non-Fiction, Spiritual Growth
PUBLISHER: Grace and Love Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2021 (new edition)
PAGES: 130

Do you long for the joy of complete dependence on God yet fear the cost of full surrender? Do you long for unconditional acceptance and love but fear exposing your heart? Do you long for solid peace, absolute trust, and contentment amidst alarming circumstances but fear that those circumstances might shatter your soul?

We fight God for control of our lives because we worry that suffering will overwhelm us. We want a future free of risk, hurt, and heartbreak. But God isn’t calling us to risk-free lives—He is calling us to surrender. Some of God’s greatest blessings are hiding behind those parts of our lives that are most difficult to surrender.

The second edition of Glorious Surrender includes five personal, in-depth study times in the Word to aid in the application and understanding of Scripture.

 

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the secret to love

by Stacey Weeks, author of Glorious Surrender

I’m a sucker for musicals. I adore it when actors burst into song and dance to express their emotions. If only life were like that – free, expressive, and perfectly choreographed. One particular musical includes a high-energy number that poses several questions about love:

  • How does she know that you love her?
  • How do you show her you love her?
  • Does he leave little notes to say that she’s on his mind?
  • Does he send flowers when the skies are grey?
  • Does he take her out dancing so that he can hold her close?
  • Does he dedicate a song with words meant just for her?

It finishes with a declaration that a man who does all of those things loves you. As a contemporary romance author, I write often and frequently about love. The majority of readers expect a swoon-worthy romance built on growing affection and admiration between the main characters that includes many of the above ideas. Readers want a love that conquers all. But the secret to this kind of love is not found in a feeling. It’s found in a choice to walk by the Spirit.

Those who walk by the Spirit will not gratify the desires of the flesh, which are in opposition to love (Galatians 5:16). Titus 2 commands the older women to teach the younger women to love their husbands and children. If love can be taught, then love can be learned. If love can be learned, then a decision to love can precede the feelings of love.

1 Corinthians 13 defines love with actions. That means we can choose actions that align with the fruit of the Spirit over actions that align with desires of the flesh. When we forget the power of the Spirit that lives within us, we are impatient, unkind, envious, boastful, arrogant, and prideful women that insist on our ways. When we ignore the Spirit, we become irritable, resentful, rejoicing in wrongdoing instead of truth. We are weak, without belief or hope, and defeated. Scripture indicates that we can change these actions regardless of how we feel.

The first step in loving better is to examine our lives for enmity, strife, and fits of anger and heed the warning that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:21). We abhor the evil we see rooted in us and hold fast to what is good, praying the Lord transforms our actions of obedience to genuine love that outdoes others in showing honor (Romans 12:9-10).

I confess I do not always do this well. Many days, my default response is to keep a record of wrong. In a novel, those records of wrong make for interesting reading, but in life, they illustrate our need to confess and repent. If God can take this self-centered, short-tempered woman and give me all that I need to obey, then He can enable you to choose love. And the desire or feelings will come as we walk in obedience.

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If you long for the kind of joy and faith that helps you choose love amidst alarming circumstances, check out the Second Edition of Glorious Surrender.

Winner of the Women’s Journey of Faith Award, Stacey Weeks invites you to travel with her through the thirteen chapters in Glorious Surrender and address the deeply rooted fears we have as mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. Reflection questions designed to prompt deeper thinking and personal application can be done alone or in a group. Glorious Surrender concludes with five passages of Scripture along with study questions designed to walk you through the text and apply everything you have learned about suffering, surrender, and God’s sovereignty. Some of God’s greatest blessings are hiding behind those parts of our lives that are most difficult to surrender.


Stacey is a mother of three, a sipper of hot tea with honey, and loves to share the hope of Christ with women. She has a Graduate Certificate for Women in Ministry, is a multi-award-winning author and novelist and is a frequent conference speaker. Find more information at StaceyWeeks.com

Find free short studies and short stories at StaceyWeeks.com/free-shorts/


What about you? What makes you want to read Glorious Surrender by Stacey Weeks?

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