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2012

News: Daphne’s Article “No More Shame” Published & Upcoming Event

Happy Wednesday, readers! I hope you’re enjoying this lovely Fall day wherever you are.

 

I have lots to report!

  

  First, I’m honored to have my article, “No More Shame” published in this month’s issue of Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. “No More Shame” is part of the series “Jesus is… Deliverer / Healer.”

 

I hope you will head on over, read, comment, and share with others who may be hurting. While you’re there, feel free to look around and read some of the other great articles on the site. Better yet, subscribe to their monthly newsletter.

 

 

 
And now on to the next bit of news… 
 
I am so excited to be part of the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival this Saturday in Lakeland, Florida. This will be a one-day event (9am – 3pm) to “promote Polk County’s creative side, a celebration of all things book!” I am one of 28 authors and illustrators exhibiting their work. There will also be a used book sale to benefit a local charity, as well as a book giveaway to children (while supplies last).

 

 

I hope you are able to attend. If you do, please come by my booth. It will be great to chat with you awhile.

 

This is a great opportunity to speak with local authors and editors, to be inspired by them, to encourage them, and to network. Oh, and you can also get started on your Christmas shopping!

 

If you’re unable to attend and would still like to purchase one of my books, please feel free to visit my Books page.

 

I am so excited about what God is doing, dear ones. Thank you, all, for your continued support and encouragement.

 

Blessings and hugs,
Daphne

 

Spiritual Insight… Straight from My Bearded Dragon LeeRoy

This sight disturbed me and made my skin crawl at first.
 
As the days went by, a spiritual application revealed itself to me–courtesy of our bearded dragon, LeeRoy.

 

Before I share my insight, I’m curious… What do you see? What spiritual application can you uncover?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us …

  • How has this spiritual truth played out in your life?
  • How is it playing out in your life now?
  • What Bible passages come to mind when you see these pictures?
  • How can you apply them to your life today?

 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Big hugs,
Daphne

 

In His Presence: Snatched from the Fire to Live for You

I’ve been reading through the shortest books of the Bible—right before the New Testament. You’re likely to skip over them—they’re so short.

 

 

After reading some of them, I’m learning they’re nothing to skip over. Lots of great—and heavy—stuff there.

 

 

Today, I’m in Zechariah 3. I feel led to pray this chapter back to my Heavenly Father.

 

Is this your prayer too?

 

 

Father, I humbly come before you—your child.

 

I know I am yours, yet sometimes I still struggle with my past—it haunts me. Please rebuke the accuser—my enemy. Tell him, “No more! Enough!”

 

You have snatched me from the fire and taken off my filthy clothes. You have stripped me of my sin and guilt and put rich garments on me. How splendid! How beautiful!

 

Thank you, Father, for making me yours.

 

Help me to walk in your ways and to keep your Word in my heart. Instruct me, Master—I want to obey You.

 

Be the head of my household—You are welcome here. Teach me to guard all that you’ve put in my care—to use it all for You.

 

Help me to spread peace to those around me—to be generous, to get along with them as much as it depends on me.

 

Break down the barriers that keep me from others. Give me courage to invite them into my home and life.

 

Bless you, my Lord. Bless you, my King. Bless you!

 

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

 

Amen.

 

 

 

Come alongside…Can you relate with this prayer? Which part speaks to you most? Will you share this prayer with someone else?

 

 

 

For more posts on seeking His presence, visit the “In His Presence Link-Up” at Mentoring Moments for Christian Women.

 

A Lawn Full of Blessings

Ever have someone bless you? Maybe it was something they said or did? I’m sure you have.

 

Let me ask you this…. Of all people, did you expect that person to be the one to bless you?

 

An unexpected blessing–from someone I least expected–fell on my lap just this morning.

 

My husband started a new job last week, and our lawn hadn’t been mown in that time. He usually mows our lawn once a week, using our neighbor’s mower. In return, he also mows that neighbor’s lawn.

 

It has rained quite a bit in our area lately, and our lawn looks more like stalks of corn. (Okay, so I’m exaggerating.)

 

Each evening, my husband has come home with the intention of mowing the lawn, but alas, the rain has prevailed.

 

I guess I should say at this point that I’ve never mown a lawn in my life. Seriously. And with my chronic neck and back pain, I probably shouldn’t be mowing lawns anytime soon.

 

Nonetheless, after several days of seeing the grass grow exponentially, I decided I would just mow the lawn myself. That way, I could cut the long green blades before the city posted a citation on our door and–more importantly, bless my husband so that he wouldn’t have to worry about it. (I could pay a visit to my chiropractor later on today if I needed it.)

 

As I was returning from dropping off my kids at school this morning, I prayed, telling God that I wanted to bless my husband by mowing the lawn.

 

As I parked the car, I noticed another neighbor motioning me to come over. He asked if he could borrow our mower so that he could mow his lawn and he would also mow ours.

 

“That’s great,” I said, “except it’s not our mower. It’s his mower.” I motioned to our neighbor. “I left him a message this morning to see if I could borrow the mower today.”

 

“Tell you what,” he said, “If he’ll let me use his mower, I’ll mow your lawn, my lawn, and his lawn.”

 

“Are you sure?”

 

“Of course. That way, Luis [that’s my husband’s name] doesn’t have to worry about it.”

 

“Wow!” My voice started to shake. “What a blessing! I’ll let you know when I hear from him.”

 

I literally skipped inside the house—a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

 

“What a blessing!”

 

 

Long story short… The neighbor is outside—at this very moment—mowing my lawn.

 

 

This man—one who keeps to himself, hardly ever says a word—has blessed me. I know God sent him to me today to show me that He is in control of everything—even my lawn.

 

My heart beats with excitement: Luis will be so surprised!

 

 

In the meantime, I can enjoy the sweet smell of freshly cut grass!

 

Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over-will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

 

 

How about you? Do you have a story about how God blessed you using a person you least expected? Share it with us.

 

 


 

Encouragement to Reach Out to Others in Need

 
 

 

Happy National Day of Encouragement!

To celebrate the sixth anniversary of the National Day of Encouragement, I want to thank you, my readers, for all your continued support and encouragement. Every phone call, email, text, like, comment, click, and share encourages me to keep writing His words.

 

Did you know that the Bible talks a lot about encouraging one another? Here are just a few examples:

 

Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

 

 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

 

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

 

 

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13)

 

 

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

 

 

I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other. (Romans 1:12)

 

 

But did you know that God himself is the ultimate encourager and comforter?

 

You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted, you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. (Psalm 10:17)

 

 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

 

 

My prayer today is that you will accept God’s comfort and that you, in turn, will encourage those around you.

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

 

 

Big hugs,

Daphne

 

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