Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Devotional submissions

Authors/writers submissions are being accepted for a women's devotional book.  350-500 words.  Must have scripture at top.  Include a 2-3 line bio.  Looking for personal experiences that will encourage women in all walks of life, particularly single moms.  If your submission is chosen for this compilation you will be paid $25.00 and one book plus discounted books for speaking events.  Please email your submission to sduhamell@juno.com with your name, address, phone number and email address.  It would be helpful if you would include a short expression of why your devotion should be chosen for this book.  Submissions must be received by December 31, 2012. Happy Writing!

Monday, July 2, 2012

A SEASON OF DROUGHT


Three year droughts don't come often but when they do they get your attention.  Things around the yard are looking brown and dry except for a few green spots where the sprinkler system has been hard at work.  There are some tomatoes and blooms on the vegetable plants that are noticiable stressed. Even though I carefully handpicked plants and planted them at just the right time and place.  Using almost perfect soil, weeding regularly and watering - still a drought can change the outcome of what you expected when you planned and planted your garden. There are seasons where I go through droughts as well.  You know, where you plan, prepare and do everything right but it turns wrong.  When a drought goes too long it starts to cause noticable stress reactions.  You wonder where the Lord is and has His ear turned from your voice. 

Recently I was talking to a woman who had prepared for her retirement.  She tried to keep out of debt and live within her means.  But a few serious house repairs and medical expenses has her retirement in jeopardy.  Another prayed for her children believing the Lord would do great things but the children, now grown,  have turned from their faith and walking in the ways of the world.  A woman and her husband in ministry had what appeared to be everything and one day her husband felt he had to leave to be "fulfilled" somewhere else.  She believed it could never happen to her. These woman have prayed and prayed, waiting on the Lord to rain on them again. 

A drought will come to all of us at one time or another.  We drench ourselves in the Word so it goes deep within our hearts.  We continue to ask the Lord for rain even when the ground around us is drying and turning brown.  Keep praying.  Don't make too many decisions during a drought they will likely be based on emotion rather than truth. WAIT and remember the promise in Hosea 6:3...."Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."

What do you during a drought?  Press on to the know the Lord, pray, pray and pray.  Remember when Elijah was looking for rain in I Kings 18?  The others had turned to foreign gods and did everything to bring about rain.  Then stepped in Elijah.....prayed to the one true God.....stepped back....waited.  Then sent his servent to look towards the sea to for rain.   He came back and said, "there is nothing there".  Elijah told him seven times to look again.  On the seventh time he came back and reported there is a small cloud the size of a man's hand rising from the sea."  Shortly after that it rained.  Not just a sprinkle or shower but it is described as "heavy rains" pouring on their heads.  We would have called it a "gully washer"! 

Droughts have a beginning and droughts have an end.  Don't forget the rain cloud was a small cloud rising.....it was the beginning of the end of the drought.