Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In The Whisper

Have any read a book by Karen Kingsbury? I was introduced to her a couple of years ago, well not to her personally but to her books and I got to listen to her speak at an E-Women Conference in Birmingham a couple of years ago. I decided to check out her books after listening to her speak. I can't really remember too much of what she said, but she seemed genuine and heartfelt in her message, and that obviously left an impression of her in my mind.

I started with some stand alone titles and got hooked! I mean seriously hooked. They are awesome in every way. They reel you in fast and keep you turning the pages and when they're over, they leave you thinking about what you just read and wishing it would keep going. Luckily, she usually writes 4-5 books in most of her series, so they do keep going, at least for a little while.

They are Faith based fiction novels that have grown my faith in so many ways. They are books about faith lived out in these fictional characters that you literally fall in love with and feel like you know them personally. I love them!

I'm currently reading my way through the Baxter Family Drama-Sunrise Series. Real life stuff man.

You will usually find me crying happy tears or tears of sadness because of what a character is going through, because it's stuff that we all go through, and it hits home. I feel silly crying and reading, but I can't help it, you try reading one of her books and not be touched to tears. I dare you! :)

The books are laced with scripture, and is used in ways that have taught me to apply scripture to my own life. These books are mentoring me.

In the book I just finished in the series one of the main characters is prego. She goes in for her ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby and gets devastating news. Her baby has anencephaly, a neural tube defect that will cause the babies death shortly after she is delivered.

Ashley the mom, believes in God for a miracle and her family is praying and believing in a healing miracle for the baby girl, they name Sarah. With the exception of one sister, who is a doctor and believes in this instance an abortion is called for to save her sister grief of dealing with a baby that will surely die after it is born. Ashley stands firm in her faith and refuses to have an abortion and decides to trust in God for a miracle, up until the end when she realizes that God isn't going to give her this miracle.  She accepts this fact, but she has questions from God. Such as WHY? Why didn't God save her baby, heal her? Why didn't He give them the miracle they were praying for?

And this is how He answers her "Daughter, My promises are faithful and true...but you must look for Me in the gentle whisper" confused she remembers reading this verse in the bible but isn't sure what it means, so she goes home to look it up, it must hold the answers she is looking for. She finds it in 1Kings 19: 11-13.  
Then he was told, "Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GodGod will pass by."
    A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
 13 When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. {msg version}
In these verses Elijah has come to God looking for answers, but he's looking for something BIG to happen, to know it's God's hand at work. Three times, three big things happen but God wasn't found in them, only when Elijah hears the gentle whisper does he knows that it was God.

God is found in the gentle whispers of life.  Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for something big to happen we overlook the small things that God uses to bless us.

An encouraging phone call or email, an unexpected visit from an old friend.

He may not change our circumstances or give us the miracle we pray for but if we are still and listen for his voice we will see his works all around us.

He can use a death to heal broken relationships, change and soften hearts, lead others to Christ, renew a lukewarm faith. Even though a death may have still happened while we were praying for a miraculous healing, all of these other things happened as a result of the death. Prayers were not wasted, just answered in a different way.

It's OK to ask our Why's as long as those Why's lead us into a better understanding of Who Christ is.

I sometimes ask God for signs or reminders that He is still with me, that's why I think He led me to do the stones, because I have a need to remember.

When a situation seems bleak I ask for a miracle, because that seems to be the only way out.  If I'm not careful though I will get so busy looking for the "big one" that I miss all the little ways that He's blessing me.

God may not stop something painful from happening, but He provides all we need to get through it. Love of family and friends that reach out to us and are Jesus with skin on. That's the  power of God working with us in our circumstances

I'm going to end with a quote from Summer {the third book in the Sunrise series}Let me set up the scenario first. They are at a  family picnic, one they do every year, and Ashley and her sister Brooke-the Dr. that wanted her to get the abortion still have not spoken since the 'suggestion', their other sister Kari wants to help them reconcile and this is part of what she says to Brooke to help her understand Ashley's point of view.
"All of life changes us. We go through birth of a child, and we're changed forever. The death of a mother-and we're never the same again. We can't run from the things in life that change us. Maybe we have to embrace them."
How has things that have happened in your life, changed you? Do you run from hard things or welcome them?  Me?-I tend to run, then God gets a hold of my heart and I walk through it with Him, it's really the only way. Isn't it?

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  1. "He may not change our circumstances or give us the miracle we pray for but if we are still and listen for his voice we will see his works all around us." I love this. We can miss the majesty when we are looking for the majestic instead of the minute, because truly, He is in it all, regardless of our circumstances or trials.

  2. Thanks, Alia. I'm guilty of looking for 'the big one' to happen, and sometimes miss all the little blessings. God works everything for our good, and none of it is wasted-this gives me courage to face whatever each day has planned for me, the good and the bad.

  3. I haven't read her books, but I feel the same way about Francine Rivers and her stories! Wonderful!

    You're right. God often speaks through a gentle whisper -- a still small voice.

    Thank you for the precious post.

    God bless!

  4. I've never heard of Francine Rivers, but I'll have to check her out now!
    God Bless you too Beth!

  5. Hi Alecia - I have read most of her books and I love them too. Its great to read books full of emotion and drama AND Christ centred. Great post Alecia and thanks for linking up again. Look forward to seeing you there again next week :)
    God bless

  6. Thanks for the intro to a new author.

    I try not to run from the hard stuff...because He usually keeps sending me lessons until I get it!

    joy and blessings,

    1. Me too girl!! I'm hard headed, he knows that it takes longer for me to learn, thank goodness He's patient :)

  7. That is a GREAT series!! The 5th book was the hardest for me to read - but I couldn't put it down :) The next Series (they all start with "F") wasn't as "great" for me, but still good - the next one (they all start with an "S" Sunrise, Sunset etc..) was better - and I haven't started the Take 1/2/3 series yet - I needed a break from Karen Kingsbury - but I should start them soon because the Bailey Flanigan series is calling my name - and it comes after the "Take" series ;)

  8. The Take 123 series is the first series I started with and couldn't get enough of. I then started reading back to the beginning, I'm almost there,I'm sure Trey wishes I were done, lol, bc I can't put them down once I start.
    I can't wait to finish out the Bailey Flanigan series, I'm tempted to read the last one just to know how they end :)the suspense kills me!!

  9. This is the 2nd time today someone has posted about the small stuff - being content to impact one person instead of 100, seeing God in the whisper, not the big stuff. I'm listening!!
    BTW, I love Karen Kingsbury books!

  10. lol! Usually when I see something over and over, it's because God is trying to tell me something too.

  11. Thank you for linking up with me last week. Hope to see you again this Thursday! :-)


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