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 When I am in pieces and feeling no peace, it does not mean He has withdrawn his peace.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.