Friday, August 25, 2017

Allowing Jesus to Turn Water into Wine

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).

Scripture’s account of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana is compelling. Jesus loved a celebration. Although He felt that his time to manifest God’s glory had not yet come, He knew His Father’s heart that the celebration not be spoiled.

Jesus and water are themes throughout Scripture.

Immediately after His baptism in the Jordan River, Satan tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 days. The anointed waters of baptism surely nourished Him to resist.

When adversities pound into my life, I am exhorted to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1: 2).

How can I count the daily afflictions “as joy” had I not the strength of the Holy Spirit’s blessed presence – a wine transforming my watered weaknesses for God’s purposes? It is a surrender impossible without my trust in Him.

My life, no longer full of a vitality once known, can cause me to feel much like the jars of clay filled to the brim with plain water. Though water is life giving, when celebration is the dress for the day, what am I to do with the feelings that I have been left out?

I can remember Mary’s words to the servants at that Cana feast. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).

God asks me to trust the miracle of His living water within me, more powerful than wine, but also the fruit of the Vine I cling to.

God trusts me! Best I keep learning by trusting Him so that I can can be ready for His transformational miracles that will change my life.

Lord, only You have the power to make the changes in my heart and life that will most richly honor You. My heart’s desire is to be still and to let Your power unfold miraculously. Amen.

(devotional from a January, 2015 Rest Ministries' posting)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Excerpt #20 "Having the Faith of Abraham"

16. Having the Faith of Abraham

As a spiritual descendent of Abraham, I look heavenward to the stars. What can I learn? God called Abraham his friend. He blessed him while acknowledging him as righteous, not because he always did things right or even understood God’s ways. 

Perhaps I am looking for strength in my fractures rather than looking to the One who wants my attention. 

God asks me, “Are you willing to surrender your ways to believe my ways are best? Can you trust me without comprehending my reasons?”

 I ponder my response. My yes will require my flexibility, allowing God’s best to rise to the top filling up my fracture lines with himself. That is a reality I desire. 

God has the stars in his universe and the plans for my life under complete control. Abraham learned, after that star-filled night, that God’s promises for him came to pass. God’s plans for me unfold as my heart-pieces rest into his peace and as new life involvements replace former times. I smile at the stars and believe for the more that is yet to come.

Watercolor image by Dave Peterson,
Edmonds, WA

Lynn L. Severance. “Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View”. 16. “Having the Faith of Abraham.  Redemption Press.  Click here for ordering information. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Excerpt # 19 "I Am Praying for You"

Lord, you are a light of hope and strength as you send special ones to minister to my needs. Keep all of us covered with and within your faithfulness as we bless and comfort one another. Amen.

Lynn L. Severance. "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View" 34. I am Praying for You.. Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Excerpt # 18 "Homeowner"

41. Homeowner

God’s Holy Spirit within me transformed a spirit that was void of life into a true home. I want to provide a place for him to rest. He wants me to be at rest.

He brings the seeds for our garden that will grow his fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5: 22-23a).

With his help, I can be vigilant to notice anything that will disturb our sacred soil. Thieves are ever ready to break in and rip out the seeds that have taken root and are growing. These weeds of sin, doubt, fear, and self-pity are only a few potential home-wreckers. They need to be thwarted so that the garden thrives. 

Blooms appear. 

Bouquets from our home can then be shared with others.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Excerpt #17 "Putting the New in New"

4. Putting the “New” in New

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 
(Isaiah 43: 19)

God sees all of my days from their beginning until their ending. His bringing each day to me is what is new. Sometimes there are joys. Other times obstacles emerge. He flows with his grace and with me, either through them or around them. He is with me. I am not to be waiting for him to arrive. Obstacles are an opportunity for his strength to be manifested. His faithfulness is foremost in my thoughts if I stop and remember He has been with me in the past, continues to dwell with me in the present, and He will lead me into tomorrow.

Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View. 4. Putting the "New" in New"   Redemption Press. 

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. 


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

Book Excerpt #16 "Shadows"

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". 10 "Shadows". Redemption Press. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Excerpt #15 "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! "

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". 2. "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! ". Redemption Press. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Excerpt #14 "Taking a Stand"

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" . 43. "Taking a Stand". Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Excerpt #13 "Our Caring Shepherd"

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". 52. "Our Caring Shepherd".   Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Excerpt #12 "Serving the Lord with Gladness"

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". 25. "Serving the Lord with Gladness".  Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Excerpt #11 "Fingerprints"

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". 42. "Fingerprints".  Redemption Press. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Excerpt # 10 How Am I Dressing These Days?

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" . 7. "How Am I Dressing These Days?". Redemption Press. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Excerpt #9 Singing a Song of Zion

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Excerpt #8 Cell Power. . . Can You Hear the Call?

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

Book Excerpt #7 (Easter Week) Is the Wilderness Always Barren?

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

Book Excerpt # 6 Ultra Sounds

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.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Excerpt # 5 "Let's Go Fly a Kite!

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". 20. “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”. Redemption Press.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Excerpt # 4 "Promises, Promises"

“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"  58. "Promises, Promises". Redemption Press.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Excerpt # 3 "Looking at the Glass, Lightly"

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" 8. "Looking at the Glass, Lightly" . 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