You and I? Each one of us knows someone who is in desperate need of the grace and freedom found in a real, growing relationship with Jesus. Someone who needs her fears recognized, her questions answered, and her disbelief turned on it’s head in light of the Truth. Is God bringing someone to mind right now? What about your neighbor from across the street, or that other tired mama in your yoga class? Could it be your tender-hearted daughter, or your crazy-fun-but-oh-so-broken mother? Maybe it’s the under-tipped barista you see every morning on your way to work, or the hairdresser who is in the middle of some dark circumstances.
…they are in need of the message found in this book…they are in need of a relationship with God.
Can I ask you to join me in this movement, friends? Are you willing to stand in the gap and minister to those who have yet to truly discover God, or experience His grace? His forgiveness? His love? Together, we can impact this world for Him.
- Provides an inviting look into the nuts and bolts of faith and what it means to call one’s self a Christian.
- Encourages readers to come closer to God by offering spiritual insights and testimonies.
- Dispels the myths and negativity surrounding Christianity in our culture today.
- Equips readers with spiritual truths to some of the most pressing questions regarding one’s faith.
- Unwraps the elements of faith and offers growth-provoking questions in eleven well-resourced chapters.
Join me as we launch this book into the world. Today (and for a very limited time), here are just a few of the items you’ll receive for purchasing this guide…for joining me on this mission…and for standing in the gap:
The Individual Package
Purchase 1 copy of “For the Love of God” and receive a PDF copy of the companion devotional, “Reset: A 30 Day Devotional to Renew, Refresh, and Restart Your Life in Christ”
The Gift Package
Purchase 2 copies of “For the Love of God” and receive 2 PDF copies of the companion devotional, “Reset: A 30 Day Devotional to Renew, Refresh, and Restart Your Life in Christ” and an exclusive interview with Emily Wierenga
The Ministry Package
Purchase 10 copies of “For the Love of God” and receive 10 PDF copies of the companion devotional, “Reset: A 30 Day Devotional to Renew, Refresh, and Restart Your Life in Christ”, an exclusive interview with Emily Wierenga, a beautiful printable download of The Names of Christ, and an hour-long interview with Jenny Sulpizio for prayer, answering questions, or mentoring!
The Big Package
Purchase 100 copies of “For the Love of God” and receive 100 PDF copies of the companion devotional, “Reset: A 30 Day Devotional to Renew, Refresh, and Restart Your Life in Christ”, an exclusive interview with Emily Wierenga, a beautiful printable download of The Names of Christ, and an hour-long interview with Jenny Sulpizio for prayer, answering questions, or mentoring, and Jenny’s speaking fee waived for your next event to have her come and chat with your group about this book!
After reviewing the packages, simply purchase the appropriate amount of books for your needs.
Then, forward your receipt to Jenny using this link!
She will send you the other elements included in the package of your choosing!
Do you know how much I appreciate you and the time you take to read what God has laid on my heart?
No, really — every time you read a blog post, or comment on a Facebook update, or connect with me on Twitter, my heart does a little happy dance. Because it tells me that what I’m sharing is resonating with you — that you’re walking this journey right alongside me. Together, we’ve confessed that running after control or perfection in our hearts and homes isn’t working, we’ve walked through the messiness of motherhood together, and we’ve wrestled through some of the hard questions when it comes to being women who love Jesus and what that means for our day to day lives!
You, sweet friend — mean so much to me. And that’s why I cannot wait to share this next leg of the journey with you!
Today, I’d like to officially open the doors to you to join something kind of big…something new and fresh…something insanely fun and ridiculously practical! I’m extending an invitation of sorts — to join a community of Jesus-loving women who come together to talk about motherhood and being a wife, following our Savior, and sharing His love in our community…in very real and intentional ways. I’ve got so many ideas of how we can link arms together, so many projects we can partner on to make His name known in our families and neighborhoods and I desperately want you on the team!
So, today I’d like to pull back the curtain on something I’ve been working on…
Each week, we’re going to take some time on Saturdays (well, that’s when I’ll send you a note, but you can read it anytime) to connect and grab hold of that intentionality — sharing our hearts and lives together! You can think of it as a sort of newsletter, but it’s a lot bigger than that — it’s a conversation and a community! I’ve got so many things in the works for this special group — including some soon to be launched projects and exclusive offers just for you!
And if you sign up for The Breakfast Club right away, you’ll be able to snatch up my very first special offer for you! This wonderful printable is my first “thank-you” gift for taking that next step with me! But it’s not going to be available for very long — so hurry up and sign up today! I promise to only send you content that is going to bless and encourage you in your journey!
I have to apologize because things have been kind of quiet around here lately. Like, crickets. Minus the chirping and stuff. Let’s just say I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work on a project I’ll dish on in the near future (more on that later though). I’ve also been doing a lot of reading as of late and wanted to take a minute to share a great new book with you that just released: 50Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha. Honestly, this book is so great. Not only because it’s a well-researched, well-written book,that’s seriously overflowing with a wealth of information, but because these women–the fifty ladies introduced within–have rich stories to share. Their testimonies are some of the most amazing I’ve read. Plus, I just love the fact that no matter how much time has passed or how many years separate us, the women depicted in this read are so relatable. We should all get to know ‘em…
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Anne Hutchison to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, women both famous and admirable live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to readers that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.
I just love that.
Go get yours now… (click on the link up there in the text…way up there. See it?)
Oh, and here’s a little bit of info about the author, Michelle DeRusha. Yah. She’s pretty awesome.
A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska in 2001, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens … and God. She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at michellederusha.com, as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star, Prodigal Magazine and The High Calling. She’s mom to two bug-loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and is married to Brad, an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun.
Guest Post by Lindsey M. Bell
I’m what you would call a recovering perfectionist. I’m still a perfectionist…but I’m getting better at not requiring perfection all the time.
I’m learning each day God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. (He knows that’s never going to happen anyway!) What he wants from us is to lean into the perfect Savior. To aim for excellence, yes, and to do our best, absolutely…but to leave the perfection to Him.
Part of my transformation came after reading these words in Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book, Love Idol (which, by the way, I highly recommend). Jennifer was quoting Tullian Tchividjian’s book Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Here is what he said:
because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak;
because Jesus won for me, I was free to lose;
because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one;
because Jesus was extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary;
because Jesus succeeded for me, I was free to fail.[i]
You and I don’t have to be perfect women. We don’t have to be perfect moms. We don’t have to be perfect homemakers, employees, or wives.
We don’t have to be perfect, because HE already is!
And when we fall short, He is able to fill in the gaps for us.
That doesn’t mean we become apathetic or lazy, of course, but it does mean we stop beating ourselves up for what we can’t do (or didn’t do or wish we would have done).
By all means, try to be a better mom by reading books that will encourage you. (In fact, I’m holding a “Become a Better Mom Challenge” in September on my blog: http://www.lindsey-bell.com. I’d love for you to join me and receive a new challenge each week that will help you become a better parent.)
Try to be a better wife by being intentional about your marriage. Be a better disciple by spending time with the Lord on a daily basis.
Be better—yes—but let better be good enough.
My grandmother, when she samples a new food, often says, “That’s different.” It’s become a fun game to try and figure out if she means good different or bad different.
Ladies, when you become better—when you become more patient with your children or more understanding of your husband—it is definitely good different.
You might not be perfect, but you are different today than you were yesterday. You are good different, and that is enough.
Let’s talk: At what are you trying to become “better”?
To sign up for Lindsey’s “Become a Better Mom Challenge,” or for more information, visit her blog.
Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity, a parenting devotional designed for busy moms. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can find Lindsey online at any of the following locations:
Her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com
Her website: www.lindseymbell.com
[i] Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011), 22. Quoted in Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee (Tyndale, 2014), 132.
Guest Post by Sarah Burris
I have three perfectly imperfect, beautiful children all under the age of five. And as a woman blessed with a young face, I get stares and comments every time I go out. Every. Single. time. A trip to the store isn’t complete without stares from well-intentioned men and women to the effect of “You really have your hands full!” or my personal favorite, “You have them in all sizes, small, medium and large!”
One Saturday afternoon, my husband and I found ourselves out and about and in need of lunch for our children. So, we dared to eat at our favorite fire station themed restaurant. It is one of our kids’ favorite places to go because of the free fire hats, Cheetos, and of course, the special soda for lunch. I
t was a typical meal with three young kiddos: Chaos. It was one of those times that as soon as I had a moment to sit down, someone needed something. One had to go potty. Followed by another. Then, the drinks needed to be refilled. On top of it, the baby needed to be fed. And of course, another trip to the potty and many more, ups, downs, and everything in between. It was a time where I wish I had just one more hand so that I could try to get a bite (just a small bite!) of food. As if that wasn’t chaotic enough and my nerves weren’t on the fritz, my loving, sweet-faced two year-old spilt his soda. Red. All over the table, himself, the floor, and me. A sticky, red, gloriously imperfect mess. I was stressed out, frazzled and counting down the moments (make that, seconds) until we got them in the car and home. However, that’s when I stopped myself and realized I had a choice: I could choose to stay upset, angry, and annoyed, or I could choose to take those moments as a time to strengthen my resolve, smile, laugh, and with grace and understanding, tackle those mommy challenges with confidence. Because every day is a challenge. Every moment, in fact. And as I soon realized, my attitude will make all the difference. So, will I choose to let the stresses of the day break me down, or will I opt to tackle such a challenge with a resolve; to serve the Lord with rejoicing.
The Bible encourages us to rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) In the frustrating times, in the exhausting times, in the times of great trials and testing, and in the times when I just don’t think I can clean one more dirty dish. Why? Because people are watching. And I can serve as a small glimmer of light and love to them while on this journey of mommyhood. Often times, we moms are rushing off to soccer practice, school, groceries, and churc…and people are watching. The world is watching.So, I decided in that moment to smile, and to take my sticky, red and orange, exhausted children and clean them up. To exude patience and understanding, and to be who I am called to be: Different. A woman of grace and a light in this dark world. I can fully minister to the people around me and to my children, in my attitude, and I can choose to be a woman who rejoices. Always.
Sarah Burris is a mom to three young children under the age of five. She currently resides in Arizona.