Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Finally - a Recording from the Book Launch Event on February 12, 2017

It has taken my publisher 4 and a half months to get this recording of my book launch event off her iPad and onto YouTube. Not all of the podium time got recorded as the iPad shut down. The two opening segments are here and are so memorable. 


I am grateful they are what got recorded.

She then went to an iPhone and recorded the raffle segment with my nephew, Ryder, helping me. 

When your bring up Part 1, Part 2 is alongside it. 


Enjoy!

February 12, 2017
College Club, Seattle Washington

Seeking the Light of God's Comforter,
When Challenges Dim Our View

Lynn with her publisher, Athena Dean Holtz

Lynn with friend and host, Bill Brady

Lynn with friend, Graham Kerr

Friends extending praying hearts and hands


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #16 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View"

10.   Shadows

The challenges that life brings long for restoration. When I step outside God’s zone of comfort, I falter. I am reminded of how much the security of his shelter provides. I need but take one step back to where He will envelop me. Faith. Shadows. Both are gifts from God. Both are places where He dwells and invites me to enter in and share the security of a safe space with him.



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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #15 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View"

2. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60: 1)



Light can bring joy. Joy can bring a lightness. It says my light has come. The challenges feel heavy. My focus needs redirection. 
God’s presence is within me. It is the glory of the Lord that rises upon me each new day. Whatever I can or cannot accomplish, the Lord’s glory is still upon me. He will help me manage how I feel. I matter that much to him. He is the quiet in the day’s beginnings. I can arise and shine with him and for him.


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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #14 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View

43.   Taking a Stand


How do I stand my ground where God has asked me to live? Scripture reminds me that his peace transcends understanding. When I am in pieces and feeling no peace, it does not mean He has withdrawn his peace. When I have wavering doubts, his truth is bigger. He says his shield of faith is present to help me fight the battles.


Lord, standing with you will not mean I am always sure-footed. Standing with you means you are standing with me, holding me steady. And for that I am most assuredly grateful. Amen


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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #13 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

52.  Our Caring Shepherd

He is closer than close, embracing each of us. He understands the deepest woundings. He woos us, aware of our need to be nearer to him. We can heal through the receptive touch of the help only He can give.



Watercolor/Mixed Media image of the Shepherd by Mary Peterson


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


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #12 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View"

I came to recognize more deeply that I serve a faithful God. He continues to uphold me as I face challenges, some lasting years beyond the cancer diagnosis and triumph. He reminds me very often that the enemy is beaten. I am not. He is worthy to be served and praised. He first served me as Savior. Now I serve him with a spirit of joy, gladness, and song because He has shown me that is how one celebrates knowing the Lord is the One securing the victories.

25. Serving the Lord With Gladness




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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #11 "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View"

How can God work within my brokenness? 

Foremost, I committed my life to him. As shattered as I can feel, his good plans for me remain intact. 

Do I trust him completely? Am I pliable? Can I soften to be honest and share with him all that concerns me? Am I willing to look and acknowledge where my hands have misshapen my life? 

When I choose to surrender my control, I become clay in my Potter’s hands. I am ready for him to work. His fingers can mold, refine and restore me as seems best to him.


42. Fingerprints
Jamie Zach -  Kingston, WA


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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 10 from "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View"

The flowers receive his sunshine and rain. I see how beautifully they are dressed in his attentiveness toward them. I desire to receive God’s exhortation to cease from striving. I know his consistent faithfulness and that he provides for all my needs. I have a choice to receive and be thankful for what he gives. I can dress in the comfort of his care.





7. How Am I Dressing These Days? 

Here is a bonus photo from this shoot - a close up of the name of the one-room school house, indicating we still have many lessons God is teaching us if we enter his classroom! 



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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #9 Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View

Lord, you have entrusted me with your presence. I could choose to cling to yesterday. I would rather walk forward with you and be nourished by the new songs you have for me. With you as my maestro, I want to excel as I sing! Amen.


Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter - When Challenges Dim Our View.   12. “Singing a Song of Zion”  Redemption Press.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #8 Seeking the Light of God's Comforter - When Challenges Dim Our View

Lord, I believe you can intervene and touch the cells of life where your plans for me are deeply embedded. Yet I often feel numb, scared, and weary.

" I have the supreme authority, Lynn. My Spirit is neither numb nor unaware of what you are going through. I am able to calm the storm of your concerns. Press into me. Listen. Receive my strength. Let any cells of negativity and concern drain away. I will replace them with touches of acceptance and patience. Co-labor with me. Cell upon cell I designed the blueprint that is you."




Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View  5. Cell Power. . .Can You Hear the Call? Redemption Press. 

Click here for the Redemption Press Website store for purchase. You can also take a PDF look at all the front matter of the book (Table of Contents, Endorsements, Acknowledgements, etc) and the complete 15 texts and photos of Section ONE of the book!! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weekly Excerpt #7 (Easter Week) "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View

Jesus, our Savior, spent thirty years in preparation before his public ministry began. Immediately following its commencement, He was led by the Holy Spirit and tested for forty days in the desert. 
(Matthew 4: 1-11) 


Afterwards, He moved forth fulfilling his earthly destiny.


Lord, you ask me to walk, not in a barren place, but in a deep place with you. Our entire journey is important. Help me appreciate you as the One knowing where we are going! Any wilderness time becomes a place where my trust in you can bloom. Amen.



Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View  51. Is the Wilderness Always Barren? . Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 6 Seeking the Light of God's Comforter---When Challenges Dim Our View

Lord, I am aware that the ultra sound I need most to hear is the whisper of your presence in the midst of my turmoil. Thank you that your songs of delight are not dependent on my feelings. Your love and faithfulness is resonating at all times. Amen.





Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View 27. Ultra Sounds. Redemption Press.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weekly Excerpt # 5 Seeking the Light of God's Comforter--When Challenges Dim Our View

Let’s go fly some kites! We will attach prayers to soar them into God’s loving presence. Once entrusted to him, we will await his perfect timing to respond.


Lord, there is a time for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3). Thank you that in my season of great need, a true friend came bringing hope, love, and new ways to sing and pray. Amen.


Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View. Redemption Press. 20. “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”


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. 








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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.