God Wants to Use You & FREE Ebook

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God Wants to Use You

Do you ever think about what God wants to do with YOUR life? Not your pastor’s. Not your ministry leader’s. Not your spouse’s or child’s life… No- YOUR life. God wants to use you to make a difference in this world!

Many times, we think we are not good enough for God to do something “big” through us. At least I’ve thought this way before. I’ve thought that I’m not good enough, I’ve made too many mistakes in the past, I don’t have the qualifications, or someone else can do a better job than I can.

What we fail to realize is that there is no “big” work for Jesus and “small” work for Jesus. God has a unique plan for every person’s life. He has a design and purpose for your life that only you can fulfill. And whatever it is is HUGE.

This weekend at one of the church services, I spoke to a sweet woman in the choir who was singing in all eight services. She brought Christine Caine’s book, Undaunted, to read between services and I asked her about the book. We chatted for a few minutes (PS: I want to read it too!) and at the end, she said “Christine encourages me to do more for God with my life.” To which I replied, “He’ll show you! His way, his timing.”

A Peek into How God Revealed Part of His Plan for My Life

I’m privileged to announce a beautiful exclusive FREE ebook, What I Wish I’d Known, from Faithlife today! Last Summer Faithlife brought together some women in ministry for a summit in Dallas, Texas. It was a blessed time of sharing testimonies, connecting with other ministry leaders, and learning from one another.

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This book offers a compilation of the most powerful and applicable insights that these ladies have to offer. Explore Pam Farrel’s advice on following God’s compass, Elyse Fitzpatrick’s journey to get to the heart of God’s message, and Liz Curtis Higgs’ advice on taking criticism.

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I’m thrilled to have the honor of contributing a chapter to this beautiful book!  My chapter contribution is the backstory of my ministry, how God started working in my heart to write and a little peek into the journey of how He worked it out, step by step. He continually amazes me at how his plan for each day unfolds.

To download this FREE ebook, head over to Faithlife to download and enjoy!

Rachel

PS: I thought you might enjoy the spoken word poetry I gave in the church service introduction this weekend; it’s not the best recording but I thought I’d share anyways. :) I highly encourage listening to the sermon! We had an incredible Easter weekend with so many people coming to know Jesus for the first time!

Praying for My Husband & Messy Beautiful Love book giveaway

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Praying for my husband is something I love to do. I’ve seen God work in our marriage and answer prayers directly over and over again through our fourteen years together. In the spring, my husband knew that he was going to need to make a job change due to anticipated upcoming schedule changes at work. I can’t tell you how much I prayed for him and over him. And I’m so thankful for him. God has answered our prayers and continues to do so.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Darlene Schacht, although she hardly needs an introduction!

Darlene Schacht is the well-known Time Warp Wife whose purpose in ministry is to encourage wives to put God first in their lives. She inspires us to love our husbands and children, and to be good homemakers. In doing so, we bring glory to God. God has created each one of us with a purpose, which is first and foremost to glorify Him. When we live as Jesus lived in obedience to the Bible, we bring glory to God, bring peace to our home, and draw closer to our husbands in the process. 

Darlene is an Evangelical Christian who has been married to her husband Michael for over twenty-five years. They have four children and two adorable pugs. Their lives are basically surrounded by three things: faith, family, and books. 

I had one interview question for Darlene about this book:

The book starts and ends with prayer. Why is that important to you?

“Have you ever heard the saying, “All we can do now is pray?” Unfortunately that’s an attitude that’s common in our society—if everything else fails, let’s turn to God, it’s worth a try.

What we fail to remember time and again is this,

“[God] is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
We serve a God who created the moon and the countless number of stars. We are intimately connected with Him, and He is intimately connected with our lives. He knows the situation (and is at work in our lives) before we breath the first word in prayer. He loves us more than we’ll ever know and He wants the best for our marriage.

There is power in prayer because there is power in the One who loves us.”

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

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I had the privilege of reading Darlene’s book and it is now available for purchase. Her raw honesty and Biblical marriage advice will keep you turning page after page. Today I’m so excited to be giving away, not one, but two copies of this beautiful resource!!

This book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages (Thomas Nelson), delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

You can visit Darlene’s website at: www.TimeWarpWife.com, but before you do, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow for Whimsical Wednesday, when I host a blogger linkup party for 100% Christian encouragement!

Rachel

For more prayer/ marriage resources, check out:

7 Ways to Pray for Your Husband for 7 Days

Prayer Changes Marriages

A Prayer of Thanks for My Husband

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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World & Bible Study DVD Giveaway

I’ve been reading the book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver. I feel a bit late to the party on this book because many of my friends have read it already since it originally released in 2000. I can’t express how much I appreciate this book. The subtitle is “Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life.” Certain seasons of my life have been busier than others, but I certainly am in a busy season.

The material in this book is absolutely fabulous. Joanna expresses much of my personal struggle as she outlines the struggle of many Christian women- we want to be close to Jesus, but the daily busyness of the world intrudes on the opportunities to draw close to Him. When we read the story of Mary and her heart for God, we want to be the ones listening intently to the Master teacher. But the Martha in us tells us there is much to be done and we should be moving along.

If you’ve never read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, I can’t recommend it enough. And whether you’ve read it or not, I want to be sure you know about the incredible NEW material published just this year! This beautiful book in the new edition contains a 12 week companion Bible study guide. And I’m so excited that Joanna also offers a 10 session DVD AND Bible study guide for group or personal study with a TON of bonus material that you will not want to miss, including tools to go deeper into the study.

Now to be honest, I’ve only watched the first session of this study, but truly it is one I can’t wait to dig into more. Joanna’s warm and open style of teaching will capture your heart from the first word. I’ve been contemplating how and when I’m going to complete this study, but I wanted to list my ideas out for you to see if one might meet your needs.

  • Host a group study in home, at church, or in the community.
  • Use the DVD for you and one other accountability partner. Maybe this person is a neighbor, friend or co-worker you see regularly for convenience of discussion.
  • Use the DVD and study guide for personal use. (Very affordable!!)
  • Host a retreat using the retreat session on the DVD. (How cool is that??!!)
  • Host a Bible study marathon day. What’s that? One day or weekend in which you watch ALL the DVD sessions, in this case, 10 sessions of 20-22 minutes each. How does that work? Be sure to come back on Monday for my next post to see how I’ve used the Bible study marathon method successfully!!

I really want you to see how affordable this Bible study is. So check out the book HERE, the DVD and study guide pack HERE, and the single copy study guide HERE. 

And now for the super fun part!! I’m so excited to be giving away 2 sets of the book, DVD and study guide today!

maryheart giveawayI’m really pumped about this because I receive many emails from readers who say their church doesn’t have the resources to purchase Bible studies and could I send study recommendations, especially free studies. This giveaway will be incredibly beneficial to whomever wins it!

Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter and be sure to return for the next post about how to host a Bible study marathon! Have a great weekend!

Rachel

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