Friday, September 22, 2017

Humbling Yourself Changes Everything -- Guest Post by Tricia Goyer

How does humbling yourself change everything? Tricia Goyer shares her #walkitout story today on Notes of Jubilee.  Thanks Tricia!

How Humbling Yourself In Your Time of Need Changes Everything
by Tricia Goyer

The other day I was cooking dinner when my six-year-old son rushed into the kitchen.

Beads of sweat slid down his red face. “I’m so hot. You never get me anything to drink.”

I stirred my spaghetti sauce with one hand as I turned to him. “Excuse me?”

His voice rose in a full, high-pitched whine. “You never give me anything to drink!” He waved his hands and dropped to the floor.

I took in a breath and then released it, telling myself to keep my voice steady, calm. “I’d be happy to get you a drink. I just need you to ask.”

He kicked his foot against the floor. “But I want a drink now!”

“I know you do.” I peered down at him. “And as soon as you ask the right way I’m happy to get some some ice cold water.”

And then my son stood, smiled up at me and asked so sweetly for a drink of water … NOT!

Instead, he whined and fussed more. Finally, I asked him to leave the kitchen.

You know what? He never did ask. In fact, he didn’t get anything to drink until fifteen minutes later when we were sitting down to dinner. He was so bent on complaining and whining—in feeding his discontent—he didn’t want to release his control in order to ask me for help. I would have gladly given him the drink he requested if only he asked in the right away.

Feeding Our Discontent

I wish I could say this is just a little kid issue, but I’ve been there myself. During my teen years I lived in that storm of discontent. I complained when things didn’t go my way. I worried. I fretted. I fought. I even took matters into my own hands when I found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy at age 15. My own fears and worries led me to a choice I now regret—I had an abortion.

It wasn’t until years later, at age 17 when I was pregnant again, that things took a turn for the better. It’s then I humbled myself and turned to God. By this point I realized the whining, complaining, and acting out wasn’t getting me what I wanted or needed. At six months along, I wrapped my arms around my growing stomach and prayed, “Lord, if you can do anything with my life, please do.”

God showed up big time. He not only gave me Himself (which is the best!), He has also led me on a journey where radical, and wonderful things, have happened. This has included marrying a wonderful Christian man, having two more kids, starting a crisis pregnancy center, mentoring teen moms, adopting seven more children, and writing over 70 books!

God didn’t just offer me a cup of cool water when I asked. He opened the floodgates of blessing. But it took me humbling myself and seeking Jesus to meet my needs.

This reminds me of a Scripture I was reading just this morning,

 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
 Lamentations 3:55-58

Mumbling, complaining and griping is easy, but they rob us of having our greatest needs met. Yet when we humble ourselves and turn to God, things will change for the better.

When we call to the Lord, He hears us. When we turn to Him, He comes. When we call to Him, He reminds us that He is present and we have no reason to fear. When we place our needs in His court, Jesus redeems our life.

It took a lot to humble me as a teen—two unplanned pregnancies in fact. Yet I’m thankful that I learned back then that when I turn to God He will meet my needs. He will meet them in more wonderful ways than I ever expected.


You can read more about how God can show up radically in your life in the book Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time (

If you pre-order Walk It Out before October 1, you’ll also receive 30 Days of Prayer as You Walk It Out FREE! Details here:


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming "Walk It Out" Release

I am happy to share with you the upcoming release of Tricia Goyer's latest book, "Walk It Out."

What Happens When We Read God’s Word and Actually Do What It Says?

Bestselling Author Tricia Goyer demonstrates the powerful work God accomplishes if we are willing to step out in obedience to Biblical commands and His quiet urgings, no matter our fears or feelings of inadequacy
In Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time (David C Cook, October), the newest of bestselling author Tricia Goyer’s inspirational works, readers are challenged to obey Scriptural mandates and watch their purposes unfold as God uses their past sins and greatest shortcomings to redeem the lives of others. Goyer’s own experience as a teen mother and her past abortion are central to the book, highlighting the guilt, shame, and fear that kept her from sharing her story with others. Yet, once she obeyed God’s call to reveal her testimony to her pastor, church community, and other women struggling with the same feelings of inadequacy and loneliness, she saw a glorious purpose that God had designed just for her. And that was just the beginning.

Readers will find the strength to reject their desire to please others and live a life of comfort in order to regain the excitement of pleasing God and watching the twists and turns of an unexpected path with Him. A Discussion Guide for groups is included in the text for further study and reflection. Goyer encourages women to find support and love in a community of Christian women and shares her life-saving experiences with a small group of women, including her grandmother, that offered her the redeeming love of Christ in the face of an unplanned, unwed teen pregnancy.

Walk It Out illustrates the real-life results of listening to the Scriptural mandates such as care for the orphan, serve the poor, go into the world to spread the gospel, and love others of all races. The author’s journey, from accepting Christ’s forgiveness and telling her story of redemption to answering the call to adopt seven children when she least expected, is filled with the exhilarating, radical, unexpected life that we experience when we walk into God’s plans for us.

Tricia Goyer, when asked about her active work in the community and abroad, says,

“I neither planned or expected any of this—from the ten kids to the stamped-up passport. I didn’t accomplish these things by making a list and checking it off. They happened as I took steps of faith to follow God’s directives.”

Tricia Goyer is the author of over 70 books, including her popular works of Amish fiction, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction titles. She and her husband, John, are the parents of ten and the grandparents of four.

A best-selling author, Tricia also founded Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana and leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The homeschool mom has co-authored with Max Lucado, Robin Jones Gunn, and many other Christian writers. Well-known for her inspirational public speaking and her personal blog, Tricia has over 100,000 social media followers. With a heart for teenage mothers, adoption, and missions work, Tricia spends much of her time ministering to others in her local community and around the world.


Walk It Out
Discovering Your Purpose, One Step at a Time
Tricia Goyer
October 2017

It is such a joy to share this news with you. I have found encouragement in Tricia's book about motherhood called "Blue Like Play Dough" and have also enjoyed several of her fiction books, including The Swiss Courier.


Monday, September 11, 2017

My Favorite Things - Sept 2017 Edition

Dear Reader, how I love to share my favorite things with you. I can gush about the temporal things that don't mean much compared to the eternal, but in the here and now, they bring a bit of joy. As always, my favorites are not sponsored and I have not received compensation. I just love 'em.

Let the joy commence!

I have a love hate/relationship with perfume. I am pretty picky about scents, especially ones that end up on my skin. No thank you to the florals like rose, lavender and gardenia. Ick. Uh, uh to the smells of linen, and the like. I prefer citrus generally speaking. And my dad's aftershave from when I was a kid. Oh goodness does Old Spice and Aqua Velva take me back to comforting times. As a side note, I was in Goodwill last week and a gentleman near me, wearing a suit, smelled of Old Spice. I wanted to throw my arms around his neck and breathe deeply. Not having time for a stint in jail that particular day, kept me at bay. My fellow unsuspecting male shopper, if he only knew, would thank me for refraining, I am sure.

But I have found something that has ended all my search for the perfect perfume. Behold, CLEAN White Woods:

Oh Mylanta, it smells good! And, yes it's floral, but not your typical floral. Now, I must be honest. I bought a discounted rollerball duo of Clean White Woods and Clean Skin. I love both scents, but White Woods I am reserving for special occasions.  Since I cannot seem to find it in the rollerball style anymore, I am hoarding it. Frankly, $72 for a 2oz bottle is a bit more than this gal wants to splurge. Rest assured, it is worth every penny. Thankfully, Clean Skin is still readily available at a price I am willing to pay. It has become my everyday scent.


My hair is pin straight. When I was perming my hair (7th through 12th grades - no use denying it since there is plenty photographic evidence), the stylist would have to leave the perm solution on way longer than anyone she'd ever encountered. She worked hard for her tip, lemme tell ya. Having said that, it will be no surprise when you learn that the next item on my favorite's list is L'Orreal's BOOST IT high lift creation spray.

A swift pass with this bad boy and your hair will stand on end if you want it to. I usually desire just a little lift around my crown and this does the job beautifully. Yes, you get stiffness, but a quick brush through with your fingers takes care of that. Oh, happy day!

My list would not be complete without a proper mention of chocolate in some form. If I am predictable, so be it. Mama needs Jesus, chocolate and coffee. In that order. And if there is caramel thrown in to the chocolate, I cannot resist. I will not resist. Hello Halo Top!

How can anyone turn down ice cream with protein in it? It's all natural, has no artificial sweeteners, no corn syrup and no synthetic growth hormones. Their Chocolate flavor has very few ingredients as compared to other brands and it's sweetened with erythritol, which has low glycemic impact. Sure there is some controversy over erythritol. I ignore it. But don't ignore this brand of ice cream. I have also had the oatmeal cookie flavor -- a nice change of pace. Next to try is the Salted Caramel because the only thing better than chocolate, is, you guessed it, caramel mixed in. Oh, I mentioned that already? Sorry. Not sorry.

So there you have it. Share in the comments your current favorite things. They don't have to be perfumes, chocolates or hair spray, of course!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Movie Review - The Man Who Invented Christmas

I've been asked to do a review of the upcoming film called "The Man Who Invented Christmas." Honestly, my immediate reaction was to say no. Any reader who is at all familiar with me will will not be surprised to know that the title put me off. I know that it wasn't a man who "invented" Christmas, at least as Christians are supposed to celebrate it.

However, there is much to be said for the fact that mankind has added many traditions to the holiday so that it has become something quite secular in nature. So, keeping that in mind and ignoring the unfortunate title (for now), I agreed to review the movie. I am not endorsing this film as of yet. I am merely alerting you, dear reader, to it's upcoming release. A review will follow in the near future.

With that in mind, here are the details as they have been given to me so far.

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is a delightful family film that will hit theaters on Friday, November 22 - just in time for this holiday season! Dan Stevens brings beloved author Charles Dickens to life as we follow the inspiration that helped him craft one of the most cherished novels of all time, A Christmas Carol.

Synopsis: The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Written by Susan Coyne
Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce
Bleecker Street will release THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS in theaters on November 22, 2017

Truly, with a cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens, it has to be entertaining. I can tell you with a fair amount of enthusiasm that the trailer promises a delightful movie (You can view the trailer by clicking here). As a writer, I look forward to watching the story of another writer unfold. I do look forward to previewing this film and giving my honest thoughts.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Ezekiel Project

 Well, dear reader, I have a project. That's not so surprising, now is it? I do love me a good project. I always have great intentions and start well. Finishing well is a bit harder for me. Especially since I think I may have bitten off more than I was prepared to chew.

An author acquaintance of mine (Lee Warren, you can find him by clicking here) had a great suggestion in his newsletter for digging deeper. He mentioned that he was writing out Martin Luther's 95 Thesis as a way to slow down and think about his faith. What a great idea.

I am reading Ezekiel in my personal Bible study time. Yowza. What an interesting, difficult book. It's quite overwhelming. And downright heartbreaking. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say, it's quite heavy. The day I read Lee's newsletter, I decided that I would write out the book of Ezekiel. Seemed like a great idea to help me wrap my brain around the images given.

Good gracious, I think I should have started with an easier, perhaps shorter, book. It's slow going, I must admit, but then, that's the point. At any rate, I am finding it helpful. Though, I readily admit to looking up other artist's interpretations of the images. It's not cheating, right?

I am wondering, dear reader, what are you doing to slow down and dig deeper today?