Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 4 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5: 3). 

I desire to be his devoted follower. Even when I falter, He never does. His love never fails nor do his promises.

God is honing my unconditional love for him as He fulfills his promises. He’d rather I focus on this than on my feelings or understanding of how He will bring fulfillment. With my trust and faith in him, we share confidently on the road to his revelations. I have made a promise to follow him, no matter the cost.

 Indeed, both of us are promise keepers!

Lynn L. Severance. 
Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View  Devotional 58. Promises, Promises - Redemption Press.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 3 from "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

Lord, every day I see glimpses of beauty amidst the more marred parts of your created world. Help me recognize your touch, especially in my life events that are hard to understand. Knowing you understand can bring me a peaceful contentment. Amen.

Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View . Redemption Press. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photos from Lynn's Book Launch Party for "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter"!!!

On February 12, 2017, my CPA, Bill Brady, gave me a Book Launch Party at Seattle's College Club on Lake Union. It was a sunny day with a view from the deck of the Seattle skyline. 

My cousin, Tom Heins, a professional photographer, graciously offered to take photos of the event. 

Having combed through 132 photos, here are the ones that best represent the day - a milestone day in my life, for sure. 

To all who prayed me to this event, many thank yous. To those who helped set up the room and keep the event moving along, abundant thanks, as well. Enjoy this virtual tour of the day. 

To enlarge the photos, just click on them once as I can only size them to fit in this smaller space! 

Entryway as guests entered the venue room, framed photos that are featured in the devotional book. 

First Steps: signing guest book, getting a name tag, signing a raffle ticket, rejoicing and being glad in the day!  

Book sales table

Centerpieces on table to mirror the colors in the book's cover photo: a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee.

Venue photo boards shared the journey of my getting some of the photos for the book: this is the Skagit Valley in Washington state.

This venue board is a tribute to Tim Hansel, to whom my book is dedicated. 

Ah - great memories from 2001 and 2001 when I was able to be in Oxford and Cambridge. A number of photos in the devotional book are from those travels, including a study week in C.S. Lewis' home. 

With my  cousins: Teri and her brother, Tom Heins who also was the photographer for the Book Launch!! 

. . .with Graham

With our host, Bill Brady, long time friend and my CPA who certainly gave the gift of a wonderful day! 

Various special groupings of friends! 

Graham brought the special prayer focus for the day. With holy oil from Israel, he anointed the palm of my right hand (my writing hand) by forming the sign of the Cross on it. 

Next, he asked I place the anointed hand on my book as he prayed the book out to those who would find comfort and encouragement from the Holy Spirit when reading it. 

All gathered were asked to extend their hands to join in the prayer.

Time at the podium to thank those in attendance, introduce Bill Brady, and share in the joys of the day. 

The oil painting on the mantle is one done by my mother, Maggie. It is used to begin the book's  Introduction Section THREE of devotionals. 

Signing books for friends . . what fun!!

A joyous hug from my step-sis, Nina, who came from southern CA to attend the celebration! 

. . .with Sonia Evans - a joy in my life since she was in my first grade class 41 years ago! 

. . .with my publisher, Redemption Press' Athena Dean Holtz

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #2 from "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

Lord, your basket of provisions holds bread, blessed and broken. Your basket is always full. Help me receive from you and from others the gift of relationship. Thank you that you meet every one of my needs in abundance. Amen.

Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter—When Challenges Dim Our View  Redemption Press. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 1 from "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

“I believe strongly that, as Christians, each of us is traveling on the same road, gifted with various talents, yet wearing different shoes. God determines the kind of footwear He hands us for use at various times of our journey. We decide whether to accept or reject our shoes.

They come laced with his grace for the job at hand. They come soled with his promise to travel with us as He knows the way He has ordained we should go. Others’ footwear may look more chic but, in his eyes, we can be right in step with what He wants.”

Lynn L. Severance. “Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View” Redemption Press. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Celebrating My First Book Review!!

When I  opened my laptop this morning to access email, there in my 'inbox" was the daily blog posting's notice that comes from my friend, Lisa Burgess. 

Only today (February 23,2017) my book, Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View was the focus on her blog, "Lisa Notes".

Lisa and I met when I came on the devotional writer's team for Rest Ministries in 2008 and have been friends ever since. She is a prolific reader and blogger and I often gasp at how much she reads - and then reviews books for those who appreciate her blog. She also blogs about her daily life and involvements. I know you will find her blog of great interest as you wander over there to see how she has reviewed my book.

I feel most honored that Lisa has done my first "official" book review - putting it out there on social media. She also left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, my friend. Seeing Seeking through your keen eyes is a true delight.

Lisa, husband, Jeff and their family

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Days After - and Valentines!

Well, it happened and it was wonderful. 

What a joyful culmination of 7 years as I was surrounded by people I love and people throughout many seasons of my life.

My cousin's professional photos will take a few weeks for him to process so I have been dependent on friends sending me a few.

My publisher posted some images and also a 1 minute video on Facebook. There is a link below that will lead you to view. You'll  get a sense of the room as she panned around. Even if you are not a FB participant, the link has come up for those who never go near Facebook!!

I had an amazing crew of friends. My step-sis and another dear friend helped me get all the decor from my 3rd floor apt. to two cars in my parking lot and then TO the venue and INTO the venue space. Others were waiting with eager and skilled hands to take what we brought and help get the room  set up. The last candle was "lit" just as the guests stepped through the door. Whew - it did take a village.

The place was a buzz with joy, chatter, people connecting - some realizing they had mutual connections and never knew it.

 I was in a whole new realm - no longer "on my couch"! 

I have since seen names in my guest book and realized some friends were there but I never had the opportunity to talk to them. . .and some I never "saw" in the sea of faces.

Books were sold - amazing people manning that table and happily handing books to many who wanted to purchase Seeking the Light. And a significant number of people bought more books  as they thought of a friend going through a challenging time and wanted to give them a copy. 

I loved the experience of signing my book for friends. I loved them telling me why they had bought the book for their friend and that helped me inscribe just the right words for that person. Life was going on elsewhere in the room but I was where I was needed and knew all were being well taken care of without my buzzing around! 

There was a time for prayer, for introductions, for thanking and giving and embracing the moments as they came.

It was a milestone day for me - all ordained by God for his perfect timing and all prayed about by each of you who have been my support team for many years!  

Then there was the clearing up which my same crew took care of and I cannot begin to say enough thank yous to those who were the worker bees. They allowed a protective shield around me knowing that I needed "energy" to do what I could  with the book part of the day.

Then my friend and my step-sister got all that they had taken down from my 3rd floor apt. back UP into it and then we all collapsed.  . .them from all that work  . .and me from the kind of "work" it had taken for me to be there in the role that was for me.

I sit in the memories that will be pondered for many a day to come. And for a gal who cannot remember when I last got flowers that I could count as Valentine love - there were people who brought me flowers. What a gift of surprise. What a gift of a day.

Below - a few photos!

First the link to the "live" one minute video . Let it load a bit and some may need to find the volume icon to be sure the narration is on. Then again, it might all be fine with no adjustments needed but to let it load - it will eventually come on!! 

With my publisher, Athena Dean Holtz, taking a "selfie" at the book table where I was signing books! 

Long time teacher friends who came - all of us now retired!! 

A couple of friends chatting in the entryway! 

When there are more photos, I will post them. 
These give you a sense of the lovely day!