August 31, 2012

Rushin’ Through Life

I don’t know about you, but I’m busy.

I know I’ve written blog posts about this too. Recently, in fact.

And I’m not complaining. Not at all. Because being busy means I have a lot going on. And having a lot going on, in my mind, means I’m blessed. I have a full life, with satisfying work, amazing friends and family, and a passion for living.

But sometimes, that can all get overwhelming.

So we take little breaks. We need them. Without them, our engines would keep running full steam ahead—and would eventually explode.

And of course, that would be bad.

So I’ve been thinking: What if we all just slowed down? Just for a day? Even for a weekend if we could manage it?

How amazing would that be?

How refreshed would we feel?

To take time to just…be? To enjoy those things you don’t often get to do, simply because you’re going, going, going?

Well, I’m taking that challenge. I cleared off most of this weekend for just that purpose.

Hardly any plans.  

Time to relax, read, write, reflect.

And I couldn’t be more stoked.

I’d issue the challenge to you as well. Is there a day or an entire weekend that you can devote to relaxation, rejuvenation, and enjoyment? What would you do on a day like that?

*In honor of Labor Day, I’ll be taking a short blogging break on Monday.

** Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 29, 2012

A Few (25) of My Favorite Things…

I really like learning random things about my friends. That’s why I appreciated recent blog posts by fellow writer peeps Beth Vogt and Melissa Tagg. Beth named 25 things about herself and Melissa named 25 things she likes that start with the letter “T.”

So I decided to write about 25 things I like that start with the letter “L.” You know, for Lindsay.

1.     Lip gloss. Not quite lipstick, but leaves your lips all slick and shiny like people in the movies. Love it!

All you need is love...
2.     Love. Okay, I know that one was cheap, but it’s all you need anyway!

3.     Listening to music. Especially show tunes.

4.     Lavender. Both the color and the smell—so relaxing!

5.     Lizzie. As in Bennett. As in Pride and Prejudice. As in, I love this character so much I want to name my first child Elizabeth. Let’s hope my first child is not a boy. (And no, I’m not pregnant!)

6.     Lackadaisical. Because it’s fun to say.

7.     Lawyers. Okay, I really only “like” one—my husband.

8.     Loofas. Soooo much better than washcloths, let me tell ya.

Laughter...
9.     Laughter. What would life be without it, especially the belly aching kind?

10. Lollipops. Both the candy and the song (“Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly-lollipop.” So simple.)

11. Little Women. Who doesn’t love this book and movie? Sigh. Reminds me of childhood. (Not the story, but the fact that I read it when I was a kid.)

12. Ladybugs. They’re just so cute!

13. Licks from my puppy. Okay, I don’t exactly like this, especially since we’re trying to teach her not to lick…but she’s just so sweet when she does it! Puppy kisses!

14. Licorice. But not the cherry kind OR black OR pull-and-peel. Just give me good old-fashioned strawberry, please. Or green apple. Yum, yum.
Me love books.
15. Literary stuff. You know, like books. And reading.

16. Libraries! ‘Nuff said to explain the joy that bubbles up when I think of this word.

17. Life. Guess I should say this one. Seems rather obligatory, don’t you think? But I am! I’m so grateful for every day I have on this earth with my loved ones.

18. Light. I can’t work in the dark. I fall asleep.

19. Labels. The extremely organized detailed editor in me loves labels.

20. Lists. The extremely organized detailed editor in me ALSO loves lists.

21. Lindsay. As a name. I’m named after my parents, who both have the middle name “Lynn.” Love namesakes!

22. Lemonheads (the candy). Bring on the sour stuff!

23. A Little Princess (the “a” doesn’t count!). Loved this movie when I was little. Love, love, love.

24. Luke. As in the book of the Bible. I like how Luke is so practical and logical. And detailed! Sounds like someone else I know…

25. Learning. I’m always aching for knowledge about a variety of topics.

And now, I want to learn about you! What’s your favorite thing that starts with the letter “L”?

*Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 27, 2012

Getting to Know Author Lisa Jordan (and a Giveaway!)

I’m so thrilled to have my writer buddy Lisa Jordan on the blog today. Lisa amazes me: she works full time, is a wife, has grown kiddos—who I’m sure still need her and just a little of her attention—and has had two books published. Lakeside Family just released this month from Love Inspired; see the end of this post for your chance to win a copy.

This lady works hard and you can tell. Her books are wonderful and so is she!

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Married 23 years to her real life hero, Lisa Jordan knows a thing or two about romance. She and her husband have two college-aged sons and will be facing an empty nest soon. By day, Lisa is an early childhood educator, and by night, she is a contemporary romance novelist with Love Inspired. Lakeside Reunion, her debut novel, is a 2012 Carol Award Finalist. Lakeside Family, her second novel, releases in August 2012. She is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Agency. In her free time (ha!), Lisa enjoys good books, chick flicks, crafting with friends and feeding her NCIS addiction. To learn more about Lisa, visit her website at www.lisajordanbooks.com.

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Because Lisa’s awesome, she agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing.



Tell me about the first story you ever wrote, no matter how old you were! How old were you, what was it about, and what was your inspiration for it?

When I was 16, I realized I wanted to be a writer. I had been hooked on teen romances from First Love by Silhouette. So, of course, my first story was a romance called The Boss’s Son. This girl falls in love with her father’s boss’s son. The only piece of riveting dialogue I remember is the girl’s father asking his wife, “Honey, have you seen my green tie?” Engaging, isn’t it??

Haha, let’s just say you’ve come a long way, Lisa!! Speaking of your writing, Lakeside Family is the beautiful story of a young girl fighting for her life. You seem to have a special place in your heart for children—especially since you work with them all day during your full-time job! Is there one child whose story has particularly inspired you?

My beautiful niece Lilly has special needs. Despite her physical and mental abilities, she has a gift of encouragement. She is a sweet, sweet person who is able to make others feel great about themselves. Lilly doesn’t realize she’s different from other kids. She doesn’t hate.

Those are attributes to be admired for sure. I simply loved the setting of your two books. Is Shelby Lake a real or imagined place? If it’s real, tell us about one of your own adventures there. If imagined, how did you dream it up?

Shelby Lake is a fictional town loosely based on my area of the world. I’m surrounded by God’s artistry with lakes, mountains, and watercolor backdrops every season. When I started this series, I wanted a small town setting to give readers a hometown feel. My friend Amy likens Shelby Lake to Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls. I played around with names until I found one I liked.

Wow, you’re so lucky. I just get brown and more brown colors here in Phoenix…year round. LOL. And I love Gilmore Girls! Moving on…I’ve often heard it said that, as writers, we add pieces of ourselves or people we know into our stories. So I’m curious: In what ways, if any, does your main character Josie resemble you?

Josie is much prettier than I am with a better figure. Her baking skills exceed mine. When I started Lakeside Family, Hubby had lost his job due to economic downsizing. My childcare business kept us going. Josie’s struggles with money and hope and faith mirrored mine. I had moments of shaky faith. Also I can be a bit of a control freak…if I’m in control of the situation, then I know the outcome. Surrendering control can be tough at times.

I hear ya, sister!! Okay, so let’s get to know the author behind the book a little more. Since you write romance, this is appropriate: What’s your perfect idea of a date night with your man?

For me, it’s spending time together. I don’t care if we’re eating out, fishing in the stream, or cuddling on the couch watching a movie. I just like the time together to talk, snuggle, and just be there for one another. A great day would be fishing with him on the stream, followed by a yummy dinner and ending the day with a good movie or two.

Ah, that sounds so romantic! Okay, we’ll end with a fun question: You’re locked in a room for a week and only allowed three items (no people allowed!). What are they?

My MacBook with Internet (Bible, WIPs, Kindle app, music, community all in one package), lip balm, and bottled water…I’m assuming food and necessities will be provided?

Okay, sure, I guess I’ll be nice and let you have something to eat! Hehe. What about the rest of you? What three items would you bring?

*Lisa has generously agreed to give away a copy of her book to one random commenter. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. 
 

The one man she never wanted to see again is the only who can save her daughter’s life.

In the space of a minute, Nick Brennan learns he has a nine-year-old daughter— and that she desperately needs his help. All this time, his high school sweetheart, single mother Josie Peretti, thought he knew about their child. And that he just didn’t care. About the ill little girl—or Josie, the woman he’s never forgotten. But Nick made a long-ago promise never to forsake his family the way his father did. A promise he vows to make good on now… if only Josie will bless him with a second chance.


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Site Celebration Contest: Lisa is celebrating the release of Lakeside Family with a month-long party of giveaways, including Coffee Lovers and Tea Lovers baskets. For more details and to enter the gift basket giveaways, leave a comment here.

August 24, 2012

And the Winner Is…Plus Weekend Plans

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card and celebrating my blogging birthday with me!

So now, without further ado, the winner is…

TC Avey!!

TC, I’ll contact you for an address soon. Congrats!


I’m so glad it’s Friday. The last week has been ca-razy busy. I’m looking forward to a nice date night tonight with my man and then hope to get lots of work done tomorrow on my next novel (finally!). Then Sunday, I’m singing all three services and hoping to relax the rest of the weekend.

Quite simply, I need a Sunday like that!

Your Turn: What are you up to this weekend? Any rest in sight? Anything fun?

August 22, 2012

Be Still


The last several weeks, I’ve felt like a chicken with its head cut off.

Running, and running, and running…

In circles, circles, circles…

With no real direction.

I’ve got my full-time job.  I’m prepping for an upcoming writer’s conference. I’m grading papers for the side teaching job that provides the money to go to the conference. I’m trying to start my next book. I’m trying to plan creative blog posts.

I’m trying, trying, trying.

Striving, looking anywhere I can for success. Is it under this rock? No? Move on to the next. Maybe it’ll be there.

Go, go, go.

You can do it, Lindsay. Push a little harder. Dig a little deeper. Bend a little faster.

And do the twist.

Hot potato, hot potato. One a penny, two a penny. Cacophony.

And I wonder why my hands are getting burned and my back aches.

It’s not that I don’t love what I do. Thank goodness I do. But there’s never enough time for it all.

I feel like I’ve been searching for something.

An answer. Some great revelation that will get me “there.”

And finally, it came to me.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I want to. I really do. But it’s hard to stop.

To let go of the things I THINK will get me where I want to be.

To be still.

To fall back and think of Him, only Him.

But that is exactly…

Exactly…

What I want—no, need—to do.

Your Turn: Ever find it hard to simply be still?

*It's not too late to enter to win a $25 Starbucks gift card in celebration of my blogging birthday.

*Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 20, 2012

Blogging Year in Review – Plus a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!


One year ago tomorrow, I started this blog.

I can hardly believe that I’ve come this far—really, that I’ve found enough topics to write about for a whole year and that people keep coming back to read it.

I’m amazed. And humbled.

This last year, I started this blog as a chronicle of my writing journey, but soon discovered that I wanted to write about more than just that—like my faith, my marriage, romance, fun everyday things—and I thank you all for joining me on this journey so far!

This year, I’ve been so pleased to interview and host six fellow authors—and next year, I plan to have a lot more (two within the next month alone!).

In March, I started my Names of God series, and so far have 16 posts talking about who God is to me and how He shows Himself to me in different ways.

Sometimes on Fridays, I ask a fun question so I can get to know all of YOU better.

Because to me, this blog is a conversation. It’s not just about me getting up on a stage and shouting my thoughts from the rooftop. No. Instead, it’s a way for me to communicate my thoughts and for you to communicate yours back.

So, to thank you all for engaging me in conversation for a year (!), I’m doing a fun giveaway.


The winner will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Here’s how to be entered to win (you must do both steps to qualify):

FIRST: Become a blog follower or subscriber (if you’re already one, you can skip this step!). Do this by using the Google Friends Connect “Join This Site” button to the right OR by entering your email in the Follow By Email box. (Note, if you do the latter, you will be emailed a confirmation.)

SECOND: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite drink at Starbucks! (Include your email address so I can get ahold of you if you win.) If you aren't sure how to comment, just use the Anonymous selection and then put your name and email address at the end of the comment.

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES: Tweet or post on Facebook about this contest for extra entries. Be sure to let me know in your comment that you’ve done this so I’ll know.

The contest will close Thursday at 7 pm (PST) and I’ll announce the winner (who will be chosen randomly) on Friday. Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.

Hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for your support and celebrating a year with me.

What’s your go-to Starbucks drink?

August 17, 2012

Fun Friday: Camping Style

One thing I’ve done since I was a little girl is go camping. Here in Arizona, you probably think there’s only a desert, right? Wrong!

About a 2 hours’ drive north of Phoenix, there begin to be a plethora of camping options in the forest.

This weekend, we’re going with our Sunday School class, and it should be a blast.

But I’ve been asked—am I tent camping or using an RV? Well, much as I’d love to use an RV, a tent is my fate. And that’s okay. Sleeping on the blow-up mattress and getting filthy remind me of all the awesome things I have at home. Hehe.

And it is pretty cool to hear the rain patter at night on the tent roof. (As long as there aren’t any leaks!)

What about you? Are you a camper? If so, do you tent camp or use an RV of some sort? Or are you a cabin-only kind of person?

Happy Friday!

PS - Be sure to stop by Monday when I’ll be celebrating a year of blogging and doing an awesome giveaway!

*Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 15, 2012

Classic Rock Lyrics Applied to the Writing Life

So I’ve kind of had fun with finding lyrics and quotes that apply to the writing life—and yes, there are many that do! (In fact, if you missed my other two posts on this, you can find them here and here.)

So without further ado…classic rock lyrics applied to the writing life (um, and yes, I DO realize that many of these are taken out of context…and if I accidentally utter offensive lyrics because of the original meaning, well, it’s unintentional!):

What you utter upon your 20th revision of the same scene:
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try…
--Satisfaction, Rolling Stones

What we say when we’re part of the writing community:
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
--A Little Help From My Friends, Joe Cocker

What we writers are ALWAYS doing:
And I'll be...
Taking care of business, every day
Taking care of business, every way
I've been taking care of business, it's all mine
Taking care of business, and working overtime
--Taking Care of Business, BTO

What we sometimes feel like agents/editors are saying to us:
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Somebody better put you back in your place
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
--We Will Rock You, QUEEN

What they’re REALLY saying:
Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own
Wheels make you crazy
--Take It Easy, The Eagles

What you’ll be saying when that agent or editor finally says YES (believe!):
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
--Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Your Turn: What’s your favorite classic rock group or singer? Have any other fun lyrics to apply to the writing life?

*Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 13, 2012

How to Be Friends with a Writer: Guest Post by Melissa Tagg


Today my amazing friend and critique partner, Melissa Tagg, is guest posting. She is officially my first guest post-er…and I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Yahoo! Melissa is so kind, sweet, and just all-around pure awesomeness. She's listened to me whine and celebrated small victories with me...and I haven't even met her in person yet! That's about to change in about 5-1/2 weeks.

Watch out, Dallas! Here we come.

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I’m so tempted to spend this entire guest post gushing about the awesomeness of Lindsay Harrel. I am crazy blessed to be her critique partner, and even more, her friend. And I’m
p-u-m-p-e-d to get to hang out here today. Thanks for having me, Lindsay!


Every writer needs a Lindsay in her life.

By which I mean we need those amaaazing fellow writer friends who so totally get us. You know, the ones who know exactly what we mean when we say things like, “I’m trying to figure out my MC’s black moment and my GMC feels all muddled and I’m scared my own personal HEA is out of reach!”

We’ve got our own code, yeah?

But alas, writers must live in the real world—which means we’re going to have to interact with the others. The non-writers. The people who may sometimes look at us like we’ve got silly putty for brains.

I think it’s only the kind thing to do to help ‘em out. So below I offer…

Tips for Being Friends with a Writer

1)   Try to avoid using scary words around us. Words like synopsis, query and pitch. They make us uncomfortable. And by all means, avoid the doozy: rejection.

2)   If you see us staring at a wall or out the window, don’t ask when we’re going to get to work. We are working.

3)   When you’re tempted to say, “But your character isn’t a real person. Stop worrying about her.”…resist! Or else be prepared for the stink eye.

4)   Don’t ask us when we’re going to be rich and famous. We’re wondering that ourselves, and we’re pretty sure it’s not going to happen because of writing. That’s why we come up with crazy plans to marry Tim Tebow or go on Wheel of Fortune. (Okay, fine, maybe that one’s just me…)

5)   Bring us chocolate. Or coffee. Or both!

6)   Don’t worry about us if it seems like we’re always babbling out loud when no one’s around. Truth is, we’re not just talking to ourselves. We’re talking to our fictional peeps. See, we’re so not crazy.

7)   If you find us tied up with rope, stuck in a tiny space or, really, any matter of “Why in the world did you attempt that?” positions, don’t ask questions. Just know we were probably testing out something from a story…and help!

8)   Unless you’re our parents, spouses or we owe you big-time, don’t ask for free copies of our books. Shell out the mullah, buy the book and we’ll love you forever and probably even forgive you if you’ve disregarded all the above tips!

I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here. So if you’re a writer, what other tips would you offer for braving friendship with our kind? And if you’re not a writer, is the list do-able or are you now fearful of us crazy writers?

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Melissa Tagg is a former reporter turned fiction writer who believes faith, laughter, and love are the perfect mix for a fabulous novel. She is the marketing/events coordinator for My Book Therapy, 2010 winner of the MBT Frasier Award, and a past ACFW Genesis Finalist. She blogs regularly at www.melissatagg.com and loves to connect on Facebook and Twitter (@Melissa_Tagg). Represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary, Inc.

August 10, 2012

See You At…


Hey all! I’m currently visiting my grandparents in Texas, so I’m not going to be around as much today.

But yesterday, I guest posted at my friend Lisa Jordan’s blog about ways to intentionally stay connected to your spouse. I’ve learned a little about this, especially during the years when Mike was in law school and I was in grad school.

So hop on over, show Lisa some love, and say hi!

For those interested, Lisa’s second book, Lakeside Family, just released from Love Inspired. I’m interviewing her on my blog and doing a giveaway of her book later this month. You won’t want to miss it!

Happy Friday!

*Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 8, 2012

Names of God: Living God

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God has many names in the Bible, but maybe none so convicting as “Living God.”

Why?

Here’s what Ann Spangler* has to say about the name: “This title sets Israel’s God apart from the false gods of the surrounding nations. Unlike idols of wood and stone, made by human hands, the Living God is himself the Maker of heaven and earth. He alone is the source of our life.”

Wow.

Sometimes, I can get a feeling of superiority that I don’t worship idols. A sense of pride can creep up in my heart, because I don’t bow down to things made of wood and stone.

Yeah, and then my conscience burns.

Because in my pride, God starts to prod me. I start to wonder…what if there are other idols, ones not necessarily made of wood and stone, but things I’m bowing down to all the same? Things I’m building my life around. Things I’m trusting in.

Like my dreams.

Or money.

Or even…gulp…myself.

Yep, then I definitely go down a few notches in my own mind.

Because I don’t always act like He’s the Living God.

I don’t always bow down to Him. Instead, I shake my fists when He makes a decision I don’t like.

I don’t always build my life around Him. Instead, I get so caught up in my goals, what I want, the trappings of this world…that I just kind of change directions…and forget.

And I don’t always trust Him. Instead, I trust in the things that I can see. The things right in front of me. My own abilities.

Even though those things have clearly failed. Every. Single. Time.

But God is merciful. He knows we would struggle with these things sometimes. That’s why He gave us the Holy Spirit—to speak to our conscience, make it burn, and give us a passion for living for Him.

The Living God.

Your Turn: When you hear “idol,” what comes to mind? When have you seen God’s mercy? When has He been the Living God in your life?

*In her book Praying the Names of God
*Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 6, 2012

Our God Is Greater

Well, He did it again.

Still amazes me.

But we’ll get to that in a moment.

On Friday, I received some disappointing news. I’m okay—I’m not sharing this so you’ll feel sorry for me.

I’m sharing it to show what God can do.

All weekend, I’ve been fighting a frown. Trying to distract myself. And yes, ice cream was involved in this attempt! Hehe.

The thing is, deep down, I know God’s got a plan for me, even in this. He’s got it covered. It may be frustrating to me to not know what that plan is—where each bend in the road may take me—but I trust He knows. And it’s the best plan possible.

I’m trusting in that too.

While—by God’s grace—I haven’t been absolutely wallowing in my disappointment too much this weekend, I haven’t been fully embracing gladness either. While there is some positive in the situation, I often focus on the negative instead.

And I tend to forget—or push aside thoughts of—God’s greatness.

The fact that He’s in control.

He knows why He’s got me where He does.

He planned it that way.

And I can either stomp my feet like a little child, cross my arms, stick out my lip, and ask, “Why, oh why?”…OR, I can plant my feet on the firm foundation of who He is, lift my hands in praise, open my mouth, and sing “Our God is Greater.”

Yep, guess what song we sang in church yesterday? Like I said, He amazes me, as does His timing. Here’s the chorus:

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God*

And this part is absolutely, wash-me-away, draw-me-to-my-knees powerful:

And if our God is for us, than who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, than what could stand against?

Indeed, what?

NOTHING.

His power stands. And so does His plan for us.

And even though I don’t always understand it, I wanna embrace it.

Your Turn: Has God’s plans for you ever surprised you? Frustrated you?

*From Chris Tomlin’s “Our God Is Greater”
**Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August 3, 2012

Fun Friday: Where You Wanna Be

For some reason, the last few weeks have been really stressful. I’ve felt like I’m constantly behind, plus I’ve been contending with migraines that like to get me down and hot, muggy weather.

I just really wanna get away.

I know, I know. I just got back from the Caribbean like a month ago. Not even.

Still, right now, I’d love nothing more than to hole up in a cabin up north with my computer and a good book. I’d alternate between writing and reading. That would be so incredibly relaxing.

Well, a girl can dream, right?

Your Turn: If you could be anywhere right now, doing anything, where and what would it be?

August 1, 2012

Names of God: Yahweh Shalom

I’ll be the first to admit it—I’m the queen of worrying.

It’s so bad that if my husband is 5 minutes late coming home, I start imagining car wreckage and what have you.

And if a friend takes too long to text me back, in the back of my mind, a voice is asking, “Is she mad at me?”

I worry about my children—and I don’t have any yet!

And I definitely worry about my writing journey. When will I get an agent? Will I ever? Will I ever be published? Will all of this be a waste? Will my life matter?

The Bible tells us to trust in God. He will never forsake us. He will walk through the flames with us. He is everlasting, the only thing truly steadfast. His eye is on the sparrow. He cares about each one of us.

Such truth, and yet—still—I worry.

But I desperately want what the Bible talks about in Philippians 4: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Peace.

It’s not illusive, something that I’m always seeking but can never find.

It’s something offered only by our Savior, a deep knowing that everything will be okay.

It’s God Himself.

His name, Yahweh Shalom, means “The Lord is Peace.”

An interesting thing about the word shalom, according to Ann Spangler*: basically, the meaning goes beyond the normal meaning of peace, and “comes from living in harmony with God.”

It’s almost like, to live in true peace, we have to think like God.

And God thinks about the eternal. He’s concerned with our souls, not our happiness here on earth.

So yes, His eye is on the sparrow, but that doesn’t mean the sparrow will not suffer cold winters. And it doesn’t mean the sparrow won’t ever break its wing.

But the sparrow will not starve—at least, spiritually speaking.

And the sparrow will never be alone.

Oh, that I would think about the eternal. The things that matter.

Because if I did, then I would realize that everything that God allows in my life is meant to shape me, mold me to be more like Him. To give me His perspective. To help me think like Him.

To bring me peace.

Because peace isn’t just about a lack of conflict.

It isn’t even about a lack of worry.

Peace is keeping my eyes on Jesus, on the eternal, and remembering two very important truths:

There is more to all of this than I will ever see.

And He’s got it all under control.

Rest in that, dear friend, and be at harmony with the One whose name is Peace.

Your Turn: How has God been Yahweh Shalom in your life?

*In her book, Praying the Names of God
**Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net