Contemplative, journaling, prayer, praying, quiet time, seek Him

“She Led a Contemplative Life”

Contemplative – it seems to be the latest buzz word. It is pronounced differently today than back in my day. Back then, (and no, it wasn’t in the dark ages), the accent was on the syllable “pla” so that it sounded like contemplaaative. Now the accent is on “temp” so it sounds like conTEMPlative. Same word, different accents, same meaning.

Mirriam-Webster defines contemplative as: given to or marked by long, quiet thinking; involving, allowing or causing deep thought; devoted to religious thought and prayer.

I recently started working on Sunday mornings as the lead teacher for the 2-year-olds at a local church. They have a time of fellowship before the worship service begins, and they bring in a coffee truck for members to purchase a cup of coffee or tea while they mingle and talk with other members and visitors. If one works or volunteers with the children, one’s coffee is free. As I stood in line to get my coffee, a woman walked up to me, introduced herself, told me she was part of the prophetic ministry at this church and asked if I would mind if she gave me a prophecy. (Please keep reading! This is not a blog about whether or not prophesy is real, for today, etc.) I told her I didn’t mind and she proceeded to tell me that she believed the Lord wanted me to know that He has a time of refreshing for me, that it will be like I’m standing under a waterfall and refreshing, renewal and rest will flood over me. She ended by saying that this time of refreshing is near. I thanked her and she walked away.

You are probably wondering what that prophecy has to do with being contemplative. Keep reading – I’m getting there.

On the Tuesday following that Sunday, I heard a devotion and the speaker used St. Judith of the 14th century as an example. One sentence stood out to me: “She led a contemplative life.” It immediately occurred to me that is one way for a time of refreshing to occur. Not that I have to manufacture a time of refreshing – God will bring it to pass in His timing. But spending more time in thought, prayer, journaling, reading the Bible can prepare me for that time of refreshing.

What does this have to do with you? I don’t know of anyone who is not crazy-busy these days and with the holidays just around the corner, will be even busier. Who among us could not use more quiet time? What if we begin today spending more time in thought, prayer, journaling and reading the Bible–how would that change our daily lives? Yes, we may have to give up some things to do this – TV, social media and other distractions – but I am sure if we do give up those things, God will meet us in our contemplation.

So, who will join me in leading a contemplative life?

Please leave a comment to let me know you are joining me.

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BOOK REVIEW:Never the Twain

Delia Latham has written Book 2 of the Hummingbird Hollow series, “Never the Twain,” and it is just as charming as Book 1, “Hummingbird Kisses.”

Inn the Hollow is a beautiful inn located in the middle of Hummingbird Hollow and is surrounded by  gorgeous flowers, gardens, and a lush, green forest. Inn the Hollow is owned by Toni Littlebird, a Native American, who has the “gift” of communicating with the thousands of hummingbirds that live in the hollow. It’s almost spiritual to watch her talk to and “listen” to the hummingbirds.

Cass Townsend has been forced by her family to take a two-week vacation from the family business before total burn-out takes over.

Ryder Hayes is hoping to buy an Arabian Horse located on a ranch not too far from Hummingbird Hollow.

Both have reservations at Inn the Hollow.

Cass is Miss Propriety – almost to perfection, if such a thing were possible. Never a hair out of place and always dressed for the occasion. A savvy business woman, she never relaxes.

Ryder is a fun-loving, hard-working down-to-earth kinda guy. He loves to joke, but is a true gentleman.

When the two meet, sparks began to fly.

“Never the Twain” is a delightful story–one that the reader will long remember after the last page. I highly recommend this book!

This book was given to me by the author for the sole purpose of reading and writing a review. The opinions expressed in this review are the reviewer’s only.

 

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Book Review: Love Waits

Love Waits is the latest book in the Davenport series by Judah Knight. The adventure continues as Jon and Meg Davenport, their niece, Lacey Henderson and her boyfriend, Kerrick Daniels, search for buried treasure. Love Waits is an action-packed, suspense-filled story, with romance woven throughout the novel. Knight does such a great job of describing the scenery, readers can visualize themselves in the midst of the advevnture. Authentic details add to the reality of the story.

Although Love Waits is Book Five in the Davenport Series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. However, if you have not read Books 1-4, I would encourage you to do so. Join in from the very beginning and follow the Davenports as they live the adventures of a lifetime!

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Book Review: The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement

THE GIFT OF PROPHETIC ENCOURAGEMENT – HEARING THE WORDS OF GOD FOR OTHERS

Author: Debbie Kitterman

I appreciate receiving an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Publishing.

 Have you ever wondered about prophesy? What does it mean? What does the Bible say about it?

Wonder no more! Debbie Kitterman answers these questions and more in her newly-released book The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others.

Even the word “prophesy” can make people wary. Ms. Kitterman explains prophesy, and all that it entails,  in easy-to-understand terminology. In addition to the information in each chapter, she adds “Go Deeper” – questions to help the reader think about points made in that chapter; “Activation Prayer” and “Activate Encouragement” – prayers and encouragement to help the reader on their journey to understanding prophesy.

The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others should be at the top of your reading list. It will answer your questions and will bless you so that you may bless others with prophetic encouragement!

 

 

 

 

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God Sees You by Debbie Kitterman

Not everyone is called to be a prophet, but we are all called to prophesy. To prophesy simply means to strengthen, encourage and edify. The Holy Spirit will help us speak words of encouragement to those who need to hear them.

 I’m pleased to have Debbie Kitterman as my guest blogger today. Debbie is the author of The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others. The book releases on August 21, but you can pre-order it from Amazon now!

God Sees You

 Debbie Kitterman

 The evening teaching session had ended when the women’s ministry leader asked if I would spend a little time doing ministry.  As I was looking out into the audience this young girl caught my attention.  When I looked at her, I saw a picture of her standing at volleyball net. So, I asked her if she played volleyball.

Immediately, she snapped “NO! I don’t play volleyball.”

“Are you sure,” I asked?  I went on to explain, “when I looked at you I saw a picture of you standing at a volleyball net.”

“Nope, I don’t play volleyball, you’ve got the wrong person.” She responded as she folded her arms across her chest.

“Oh, ok, well I guess that picture wasn’t for you. Do you mind if I still pray for you?” I asked.

She responded by shaking her head no and I moved on to minister to the next person.  I didn’t have time to really process it during the moment, because I still needed to minister to others. Later that night, I went to bed thinking about the young girl and the clear picture I had seen.

The next morning at breakfast, a group of ladies asked me to sit with them. Upon sitting down, one of them leaned in and whispered, “The girl last night – the one you asked if she played volleyball.  She plays every Friday night.”

What?!? I wanted to shout but instead, I turned my head, so I could look her in the eye and asked, “How do you know this?”  The lady went on to explain in a whisper that she was the young girl’s mother and she wanted to apologize for her daughter. She was sorry she had lied about playing volleyball.  She went on to explain her daughter was afraid and embarrassed to admit playing volleyball because she wasn’t sure what else I might “know.” I asked where her daughter was and if she would be willing to talk to me.  I assured her I didn’t know anything other than she played volleyball.  I explained, it was one of the ways God likes to encourage others. God wanted the daughter to know He was real and He knew exactly who she was.

This is why I wrote the book, The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement.

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There is a lot of misunderstand around the gift of prophetic encouragement and because of that it scares people or makes them uncomfortable. I get it.  There has also been some misuse of this gift too.  However, the spiritual gift of prophecy is to be approachable!  Jesus was approachable, and we are to be approachable too. Everyone needs encouragement.

The daughter agreed to talk with me and as I sat with her and her mom, I explained that God was only trying to encourage her.  Because she later let me pray over her, I know why God showed me the picture of volleyball.  He really did want her to know He knew her.  Why?  Because she doubted that anyone saw her.  She felt overlooked and inconsequential.  However, God wanted her to know that was not the case.  There are several Scriptures that spoke truth straight to the lies she was believing.  God had me share them with her that day and I challenged her to find more truths in God’s Word.  One promise I shared say was:

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…” (Genesis 28:15a NIV) 

The message to her that day, and to all of us is: “God Sees You!” Paul talks about the gift of prophetic encouragement is in 1 Corinthians 14:  It’s purpose is clear.  To encourage, comfort, and strengthen those who hear and receive it. And, it’s for ALL!  This is a gift, that Paul tells us to eagerly desire.  It is a necessary gift.  It is a gift that can change the world and atmosphere around us.

 

Buy “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” here: https://amzn.to/2N3wcPO

To get Pre-order Bonuses go here: http://debbiekitterman.com/gift-of-prophetic-encouragement/

About The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others

“The gift of prophetic encouragement is a necessary gift, one that the Church is in great need of during these last days.”—from the foreword by Wayne Cordeiro, president, New Hope Christian College; author, The Divine Mentor

The book clears away the confusion about the prophetic gift today, pastor and ministry leader Debbie Kitterman reveals the good news about the gift of prophecy in this practical, powerful book: We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God. Prophecy is an ordinary part of the Christian life. In fact, it is God’s way for us to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ.

So, open your ears to hear God and break out of your comfort zone to deliver His messages to those who need them most. Act now—His words can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

 

Prophetic Encouragement is Full of powerful testimonies and practical application, this book will help you break out of your comfort zone and embrace a lifestyle of encouraging others–just as Jesus did. You will learn how to deepen your relationship with God, open a direct line of communication with him, and share his words with others.

 

The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement  is completely unique in challenging believers to be the gift of encouragement others need today.  This book is written to give an interactive experience. Here are the book’s features:

  • Teaching on the gift of prophetic encouragement
  • Activation Prayers and Activation Exercises to take you deeper.
  • Testimonies that will build your faith and increase your boldness.
  • A profound foreword by Wayne Corderio
  • Chapter questions for personal study or discussion

 

 

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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com

 

 

Follow Debbie Kitterman

Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: FB Ministry Page :: LinkedIn :: Google+:: YouTube

 

 

There is a lot of misunderstand around the gift of prophetic encouragement and because of that it scares people or makes them uncomfortable. I get it.  There has also been some misuse of this gift too.  However, the spiritual gift of prophecy is to be approachable!  Jesus was approachable, and we are to be approachable too. Everyone needs encouragement.

The daughter agreed to talk with me and as I sat with her and her mom, I explained that God was only trying to encourage her.  Because she later let me pray over her, I know why God showed me the picture of volleyball.  He really did want her to know He knew her.  Why?  Because she doubted that anyone saw her.  She felt overlooked and inconsequential.  However, God wanted her to know that was not the case.  There are several Scriptures that spoke truth straight to the lies she was believing.  God had me share them with her that day and I challenged her to find more truths in God’s Word.  One promise I shared say was:

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…” (Genesis 28:15a NIV) 

The message to her that day, and to all of us is: “God Sees You!” Paul talks about the gift of prophetic encouragement is in 1 Corinthians 14:  It’s purpose is clear.  To encourage, comfort, and strengthen those who hear and receive it. And, it’s for ALL!  This is a gift, that Paul tells us to eagerly desire.  It is a necessary gift.  It is a gift that can change the world and atmosphere around us.

 

 

Buy “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” here: https://amzn.to/2N3wcPO

 

To get Pre-order Bonuses go here: http://debbiekitterman.com/gift-of-prophetic-encouragement/

 

About The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others

 

“The gift of prophetic encouragement is a necessary gift, one that the Church is in great need of during these last days.”—from the foreword by Wayne Cordeiro, president, New Hope Christian College; author, The Divine Mentor

 

The book clears away the confusion about the prophetic gift today, pastor and ministry leader Debbie Kitterman reveals the good news about the gift of prophecy in this practical, powerful book: We are all prophetic because we all have direct access to God. Prophecy is an ordinary part of the Christian life. In fact, it is God’s way for us to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ.

 

So, open your ears to hear God and break out of your comfort zone to deliver His messages to those who need them most. Act now—His words can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

 

Prophetic Encouragement is Full of powerful testimonies and practical application, this book will help you break out of your comfort zone and embrace a lifestyle of encouraging others–just as Jesus did. You will learn how to deepen your relationship with God, open a direct line of communication with him, and share his words with others.

 

The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement  is completely unique in challenging believers to be the gift of encouragement others need today.  This book is written to give an interactive experience. Here are the book’s features:

  • Teaching on the gift of prophetic encouragement
  • Activation Prayers and Activation Exercises to take you deeper.
  • Testimonies that will build your faith and increase your boldness.
  • A profound foreword by Wayne Corderio
  • Chapter questions for personal study or discussion

 

 

[author photo]

Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com

 

 

Follow Debbie Kitterman

Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: FB Ministry Page :: LinkedIn :: Google+:: YouTube

 

 

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Life Changing Book

Book Review: Sacred Rest

Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

When I saw that Sacred Rest was available for review, I immediately responded that I wanted to read this book and write a review. I am a “self-diagnosed” insomniac and for years have searched for methods that would help me sleep. So I was interested to see if this book offered any solutions that I had not come upon. I was not disappointed.

Sacred Rest is, in my opinion, a ground-breaking book. Dr. Dalton-Smith uses her own experiences with exhaustion and near burn-out, proving that she not only knows of what she speaks in a clinical sense, but also in a personal sense.

The book is divided into three sections: 1) “Why Rest?” wherein Dr. Dalton-Smith discusses the practical aspects of rest; 2) “The Gifts of Rest” covers the spiritual aspects of rest; and 3) “The Promises of Rest” where the reader is challenged to explore each type of rest further.

Dr. Dalton-Smith offers an assessment at the back of the book, which she encourages the reader to complete as it will show the reader what types of rest in which they are experiencing a deficit. After taking the assessment, the reader returns to the section where Dr. Dalton-Smith discusses each type of rest, offering ways to replenish each type.

Sacred Rest is packed with information and should be read slowly so the reader can absorb the information and incorporate it into their lives. For those who have trouble sleeping, for whatever reason, this book will be life-changing.

 

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Book Review: Time and Tide

Time and Tide is a spell-binding story, not just of love, but of healing, recovery, and redemption. It is a story that kept me reading late into the night.

Chad Cusher is a recovering addict who has moved to Moanna Island from Atlanta, where his addiction caused him to have a car accident, almost killing him and another person. He is at Moanna Island to continue his recovery from the addiction as well as from the accident.

Ryan Mason is a born-and-bred Moannanite who left college and moved back home to help her father take care of her brother who is schizophrenic and in a rehab center.

Although Ryan is not aware of it at the time, she and Chad first cross paths at the rehab center. A few days later, Chad sees her on Moanna Island, introduces himself and thus, begins a friendship that soon develops into more.

This is the second book by Kristen Terrette that takes place on Moanna Island. From the description of the Island, I wish it were a real location!

Ms. Terrette deals with the addiction problem and the schizophrenia with such gentle grace and offers hope that there is recovery, and most importantly, redemption through God for these and all issues that we face in life.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to future books by Ms. Terrette.