Stephanie Shott Ministries

Houston, We Have a Problem – When your book launch is like the Apollo 13

By July 18, 2014 Uncategorized
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In 1970 the Apollo 13 launch was seemingly a seamless launch! A well planned, thoroughly prepared thing of beauty that had spectators amazed and the whole country was cheering them on.

And then something went terribly wrong.

An oxygen tank exploded and crippled the ill-fated flight. After dealing with the immediate and obvious dangers of the explosion, James Lovell contacted NASA and uttered these famous words, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Thankfully, they were able to land, but they never were able to fulfill their goal.

On Monday, The Making of a Mom launched with a seemingly seamless launch. It was well planned, thoroughly prepared and I was so excited about all the sweet partners in ministry who not only have been cheering it on, but have been part of the launch team.

And then something went terribly wrong.

Two days later I began receiving emails from those who had pre-ordered The Making of a Mom and each one informed me that they received an email from Amazon that The Making of a Mom was NOT IN PRINT.

Oh yes… HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

EVERY PRE-ORDERD book that was ordered before and even on July 14th was lost in the shuffle of switching publishers from Regal to Revell.

It turns out that the books you sweet friends pre-ordered under the Regal brand and Regal’s ISBN will not be shipped because it now no longer exists. It’s now under Revell and has a new ISBN and even a new website link. And I have no way to know who pre-ordered, or how many or how to get in touch with those who did.

SOOOO… what’s a girl to do when her book launch gets lost in the Amazon shuffle?

Ask for help. The only answer can be to ask YOU to help!

I’m asking you to help this launch fulfill its mission. If you pre-ordered The Making of a Mom on or before July 14th, please cancel that order on THIS AMAZON LINK (which says, “Out of print”) and order your new book on THIS AMAZON LINK (which is the new Revell link).

You ladies know my heart is to reach a million moms for Christ and I’m so sorry for the inconvenience!

AND IF YOU COULD HELP GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PREORDERS AND ABOUT THE MAKING OF A MOM, YOU KNOW I WOULD BE SO SUPER GRATEFUL!

The enemy may be hard at work to prevent us from reaching a MILLION MOMS, but we are in this together and we know the Lord has already won the victory, so I’m walking in that victory He died to give us!

I know what the enemy means for evil, God uses for good and that Romans 8:28 is real and true and reliable.

How about you? What do you do when you have to say, “Houston, we have a problem?”

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REAL Help for REAL Moms & a MENTORING RESOURCE for the CHURCH

By July 14, 2014 Uncategorized

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Motherhood was like a messy experiment or me and my children were the guinea pigs.

I wrote The Making of a Mom so your mom journey doesn’t have to be as messy as mine and so you don’t have to take your journey alone.

I wrote The Making of a Mom to give real moms a real look at biblical motherhood in real life.

And I wrote The Making of a Mom to provide a unique all-in-one resource to help local churches begin or enhance their mentoring ministries by discovering how they can change the world one mom at a time by making mentoring missional.

And TODAY is the day, sweet friends! YOU have been on this journey with me and the M.O.M. team for a while now and we’ve seen some amazing “GOD” things happen along the way.

1. The M.O.M. Team grew and currently has 30 mentoring mommas who consistently share from their own mom journey to help you along the way.

2. M.O.M. Groups launched up all over the world using our supplemental material to mentor moms in their local churches and in their communities.

3. We have received countless emails from women LOOKING for M.O.M. Groups and desperate for someone to walk with them along the way.

4. Our Facebook page grew like crazy and we are now moving into our new Facebook Group where YOU are invited to join the group and the conversation about all things MOM, MINISTRY LEADERS & MENTORS.

5. We created 2 free downloadable books that quickly became popular and women used them to mentor moms in M.O.M. Groups as well as a resource for moms who read it on their own.

6. The M.O.M. team met in Colorado and prayed over YOU, over the upcoming conference and over the moms and the children of the next generation.

7. We planned and are getting ready to hold our 1st ever conference for women of ALL ages and stages of life.

8. The Making of a Mom was picked up by Regal in September of last year and recently obtained by Baker Publishing under the REVELL brand.

9. YOU can purchase The Making of a Mom TODAY!

If mothering is messy for you, or if you wonder if you’ll ever get it right, or if you’re a mom who just needs some encouragement and to know she’s not the only one who feels like she’s messing up and wants some REAL HELP for REAL MOMS from a REAL BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE that isn’t glossed over, then you won’t want to miss reading The Making of a Mom.

And if mentoring is something you know you need to weave into your women’s ministry but you felt like it was too hard, The Making of a Mom is the all-in-one resource you need. Intentionally written as an in-reach and an outreach resource, The Making of a Mom includes questions at the end of each chapter and venue specific planning guides in the back.

The Making of a Mom makes mentoring easy and provides the solution to the 3 things most would-be mentors fear most…

1. What will I say? (The questions at the end of each chapter serve as a catalyst for conversation.)

2. What will I do? (The venue-specific planning guides in the back of the book provide the tools to mentor moms in your church, your home, and in your community.)

3. What will I use? (The Making of a Mom is a dual-purpose book to reach moms who don’t know Christ and minister to the ones who already know Him.)

THROUGH THE M.O.M. INITIATIVE & THE MAKING OF A MOM, WE ARE ON A MISSION TO MINISTER TO THE HEARTS OF A MILLION MOMS WHO KNOW CHRIST AND REACH A MILLION MOMS WHO DON’T!

WILL YOU BE PART OF THE REVOLUTION AND BE ONE OF THE MILLION MOMS.. OR HELP US REACH ONE OF THE MILLION MOMS BY BEGINNING OR BEING PART OF A M.O.M. GROUP?

TODAY, WE ARE ASKING YOU TO PURCHASE 1 BOOK FOR YOURSELF AND 1 BOOK FOR SOMEONE YOU WILL COME ALONGSIDE WITH AND MENTOR…

OR SOMEONE YOU WANT TO MENTOR YOU…

OR YOUR WOMEN’S MINISTRY LEADER SO YOU CAN BEGIN MENTORING MOMS IN YOUR CHURCH!

And be sure to support your LOCAL CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE and order it through them if you can! ;-)

WILL YOU HELP US TAKE TITUS 2 TO THE STREETS AND IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY AND THIS CULTURE FOR CHRIST THROUGH THE POWER OF MENTORING?

CLICK this link to discover more about how to begin a M.O.M. Group in your area.

Here’s what others are saying…

BY: TRICIA GOYER

I’ve been mentoring teenage mamas for 13 years. That’s a fancy way of saying that once a week I lead a support group where we bring in speakers, and we encourage moms by sharing our lives. Through the years, I’ve had people tell me they want to do something similar, but they don’t know where to start—or even if they qualify, since they haven’t done this mothering thing perfectly. I now know the resource that I’m going to point them to first: this one! The Making of a Mom is an encouraging guide to becoming a mothering mentor. Stephanie reminds us that we don’t need to be perfect; we just have to be willing to open our hearts and lives to others. Every mom needs a community of love and support. This is the perfect book to help a mom on her parenting journey—especially as she opens her heart and life to others! Tricia Goyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of 40 books, including Lead Your Family Like Jesus

BY: RHONDA RHEA

Where was The Making of a Mom when I was raising five kids? I love that Stephanie doesn’t heap on a big, fat load of “if you would just be a better person, a better mother, blah, blah, blah . . .” Instead she meets a mom right where she is and lets her know she’s not alone in the challenges of parenting—or in trying to encourage others in those challenges. The Making of a Mom helps us all chuck the guilt, understand God’s deep and unshakeable love, and encourage us to pass that love along. Rhonda Rhea, Humor Columnist, TV Host and Author of 11 Books, including Espresso Your Faith and Join the Insanity

BY: KATHI MACIAS

The Making of a Mom is an exciting new book for all moms that also helps the Church put Titus 2:4-5 into action. Whether you’re in the middle of motherhood, your children now have families of their own, or you’re still thinking and praying about motherhood, this is the book for you! Kathi Macias, Award-winning Author, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today  

Oh…and today I’ll have two different radio interviews! One at 6:45 a.m. ET on WCBQ with Dr. Alvin Jones and the other at 12:05 p.m. on the Debbie Chavez Show. Hope you’ll listen in.

OH… and don’t forget to join us at BETTER TOGETHER! A great getaway an time to be REFRESHED & REFUELED & a great time to discover how you can be part of making mentoring missional in your own neck of the woods. ;-)

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Where I’ve Been Lately & Why I’m Telling You

By July 2, 2014 Uncategorized

image003Hi ladies! I know you must think I’ve fallen off the map, but I’ve got my feet planted firmly and my heart seated in the heavenlies!

The Lord has been doing some amazing things and I just have to share with you that we are on the cusp of reaching this generation of moms in new and profound ways. We’re mothers on a mission to mentor other mothers and now the book that works in tandem with the ministry is coming out in just a few short weeks!

I’ve been super busy planning BETTER TOGETHER, a conference with 20 speakers & 45 workshops designed to meet every woman in every stage of life. (HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE… CLICK HERE TO REGISTER).

And I’ve been crazy busy launching my new book, The Making of a Mom

And I’ve been super crazy busy helping M.O.M. Groups launch and sharing with churches about how they can start mentoring ministries in their church and how they can make mentoring missional.

I’m asking you to help me take this missional mentoring revolution to the next level!

Today, I want to ask you to help me by doing 3 things…

  1. Please take a minute to watch the interview I had with Arthelene Rippy recently and I was able to share not only about the conference and the book, but why I’m so passionate about reaching a MILLION MOMS for Christ and how YOU can join the revolution!
  2. Above is a pic of my book with a link to Amazon. It would be a huge blessing if you’l POP OVER and PRE-ORDER it, not only for yourself, but for at least ONE MOM you plan on mentoring… OR, if you’re a young mom, you can get one for the MENTOR you plan on asking to walk with you in your journey.
  3. Ask your women’s ministry leader or pastor to implement a mentoring ministry in your church… and even better a missional mentoring ministry where you can not only minister to moms who know Christ, but reach those who don’t. Our passion is to reach the moms of THIS generation so we can reach the heart of the NEXT generation and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

If you can’t view this video in your email, please click this link.

So, this is what I’ve been doing lately. I want to change the world and I believe that if the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, then the church that mentors those hands will win it.

I’m trying to reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ and I can’t just watch the next generation get lost somewhere between our cultures skewed view of the significance of a mother and our lack of involvement in the lives of the next generation of moms.

A MILLION MOMS sounds impossible, I know. But NOTHING is impossible with God and if only 3 moms in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other moms, we could reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ and impact over 2.5 MILLION CHILDREN as a result!

Wanna join me?

If you’d like me to come to your church and share about how you can make mentoring missional or about how you can start mentoring moms in your church, please email me at stephanie@themominitiative.com.

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Are We Dummying Down Motherhood?

By June 10, 2014 Uncategorized

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I’ve seen the quote above a ton of times in social media circles and every time I read it, I have to admit it makes my heart sad and I can’t help but wonder…would Mrs. Proverbs 31 have agreed with that statement?

In our attempt to meet moms where we are, is it possible that we’re leaving ourselves to bask in our weaknesses?

I realize that quotes likes these are meant to make us moms feel better on those days when life is hard and our homes look like a tornado just went through it..but my fear is that what was meant to meet us where we are has become the very words that keep us there.

The Proverbs 31 woman has always been intimidating to me. She’s like the unattainable Pinterest perfect woman we all long to be but never feel like we can become.

But have we quit trying to become the best wife, mom, and even Christian we can be because we have come to the conclusion that we will never be the Proverbs 31 woman so why try?

Lately, it seems the banner for Christian women has become, “I’m okay. You’re okay. We’re all okay just like we are.”

In a sense that’s true if we are in Christ, He accepts us as we are because we are His.

But okay isn’t where we are supposed to stay. Because we are His we have been given the power and the passion to be more than what we can be in our own strength.

Life happens and sticky floors are a reality, but is the way motherhood is being presented these days a reflection of what we’re called to? Does it look anything like the example we are given in Proverbs 31? Are we teaching Proverbs 31 yet living as though it doesn’t exist?

So, I wanted to get some conversation started. Do you think we are dummying down motherhood?

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When God Is Silent ~ Will You Still Believe?

By May 16, 2014 Uncategorized

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It’s not always easy to keep the faith, is it? Our circumstances have a way of taking the wind our of our faith and call us to believe in God even when we don’t see Him working in a specific area.

But God is faithful to fulfill His promises whether we see them or not.

Today, if you’re struggling with finding God in your circumstances… or if you aren’t hearing from Him like you once did… or if you’re wondering if He sees you and knows what your going through… or if He even cares… I want you to know He is faithful, He is good, He is merciful, and He is kind.

We may not understand what He is doing or why He isn’t revealing Himself to us like we think He should. But His character assures us that His silence does not equal His absence. And His silence does not equal His inactivity.

He is constantly working behind the scenes of our lives even when we don’t know it.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE GOD IS BEING SILENT IN A SPECIFIC AREA? IN OUR 4 PART SERIES, WHICH ONE SPOKE MOST CLEARLY TO YOU?

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When God is Silent ~ Part 4

By May 15, 2014 Uncategorized

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Sorry I’m a little late with the last post in our 4 part series about those times in our lives when God is silent.

Sometimes He’s silent because our lives are loud. Sometimes He silent because He is testing us. Sometimes God is silent because He is getting ready to reveal a deeper more intimate knowledge of Himself or bless us in a way that is exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ask or think.

But sometimes God is silent and we have NO IDEA WHY.  That’s what happened to Job.

He was just going about his business, being a righteous man, loving the Lord praying for his kids…when all of a sudden his world caved in on him. In one day, he lost his camels, his sheep, his donkeys, his oxen and his kids…ALL OF THEM. And then Job’s friends came around wondering what kind of secret sin Job had going on because things like that NEVER happen to someone who is living for the Lord. Right?

But Job wasn’t going through all of that because he was unrighteous…in fact, the opposite is true…it was because of his righteousness that he was suffering such tragedy.

As he sat is dust and ashes with boils covering his body he began crying out to God, wondering where He was. Listen to his heart’s cry…

Job 9:16-18, “And even if I summoned him and he responded, I’m not sure he would listen to me. 17 For he attacks me with a storm and repeatedly wounds me without cause. He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.?”

Job 23:3-4, “If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. 4  I would lay out my case and present my arguments.”

Job 23:8-10, I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. 9 I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. 10 “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.”

Job 30:20, “I cry to You, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before You, but You don’t even look.”

Job was experiencing a serious season of silence from God and he was having a really hard time dealing with it. I think we would too! Job started blaming God for what he was going through…feeling like God was far from Him…crying out to God, but God was silent.

Did God even see him? Did God care?

But in all of Job’s questioning, crying and complaining, the Bible say, he maintained his integrity.

Job 27:3-5, “Job said, ‘As long as I live, while I have my breath from God, my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies…til I die I will not put away my integrity from me.’”

Remember, it was Job who even said, “Though He slay me, yet shall I praise Him.”

Job is the ultimate example of a serious season of silence. He suffered unimaginable loss and unbearable pain…and He cried out to God to show up and intervene, yet God was silent.

He didn’t know why. To Job, it didn’t make sense. He was a righteous man. Why would God allow him to go through such terrible things?!

He kept crying out, but nothing! 

Then, suddenly from Job 38-41 we see God breaking the silence with a reminder that God is in heaven and He does what He chooses. Even when we don’t understand.

Job finally dealt with some issues and God restored to Job double what he had lost.

Although Job was never told why he went through all that he did…or why he had to suffer through an excruciating season of silence from God, he went through that trial broken but holding onto his integrity…trusting God to be good even through his circumstances were bad. 

Ladies, we don’t always get to know why we go through what we do. We don’t always understand the seasons of silence we experience, but we assured by the Word of God and the character of God that His silence never equals His absence…neither does it equal His inactivity.  

You see, you are the apple of His eye, inscribed upon the palm of His hand, He knows the number of hairs on your head and the thoughts of your heart, He will never leave you, He will never forsake you, you are forever His and He is forever your God.

Don’t you dare give up! God’s silence does not mean He is inactive or absent. Keep trusting God even when you He is silent…He is working behind the scenes of your life, making something beautiful out of the broken pieces of your life.

Are you going through a season of silence?

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When Mother’s Day is Hard & a Radio Interview I Hope You Won’t Miss

By May 10, 2014 Uncategorized

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Hey there sweet friends! It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and it will be my FIRST Mother’s Day without either mom.

Many of you know my mom went home to be with Jesus about 3 1/2 years ago and my birthmom joined her in October of last year. So, this year, I’m mother-less for Mother’s Day and my youngest son is living in Manhattan, so one of my sons won’t be with me on Mother’s Day too.

Sort of strange for someone who loves her mommas and loves being a momma.

BUT GOD.

He has given me the grace to press into Him through this season that is sometimes hard for moms like me…and for moms who have suffered extreme loss, maybe even the loss of a child.

So, for each of you, I want to encourage your heart with BUT GOD!

Yes, sweet friend. He is the strength of your life! Press into Him. Lean on Him. Trust in Him. He is there for you even on those days that are hard. Like when you’re without your mom on Mother’s Day. Or without your children.

Big hugs to each of you!

And I want to ask you to join me tomorrow night (Sunday at 9 Central) on 89.7 Power FM on the PowerTalk show with Autumn Miles and Rick Walker. 

I met Autumn in California when I went out there to do a video shoot for The Making of a Mom. We connected instantly and I just love her heart and passion.

And I’m honored to be their guest for their Mother’s Day show. You can listen in on 89.7 FM if you’re in the Dallas area or you can go online and listen there. We’re talking Mother’s Day, moms, The M.O.M. Initiative, The Making of a Mom and how mentoring really makes a difference!

Hope you join me! :-)

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When God Is Silent ~ Part 3

By April 28, 2014 Uncategorized

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For those of you who are just joining this series on the seasons of God’s silence, I want you to know I treasure your emails and comments. Your emails remind me there’s a reason this is one of the topics I speak on often. It’s because we’ve all been baffled by those seasons of silence when our prayers seem to hit the ceiling and God feels so far away.

But God never allows us to experience His silence by mistake.

In Part 1, we discovered that sometimes God seems silent because our lives are just so loud. We allow ourselves to become so busy that our lives drown out the still small voice of God and then we wonder where He is.

In Part 2, we learned that sometimes God is allowing us to go through a season of silence (or maybe even causing us to walk through a season of silence) because our faith and our character is begin tested.

And today, in Part 3, we are going to peel back another layer to some of the reason for those seasons of silence as we find that…

Sometimes God chooses to be silent right before He reveals Himself to us in a new and profound way.

From Malachi to Matthew there are 400 years of silence. They are known as the SILENT YEARS.

But oh ladies…when HE broke the silence…His voice was loud and clear…THE MESSIAH HAD COME TO THE EARTH to be the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD and NOTHING WOULD EVER BE THE SAME! 

In John 11, we get a glimpse of how God is sometimes silent before He is getting ready to reveal Himself.

You see, in the town of Bethany, a man named Lazarus was dying. He as a friend of Jesus’. Lazurus had 2 sisters. Mary and Martha…and they sent messengers to Jesus and said, “Master, the one you love so much is sick.” (Jn 11:2)

No I’m sure they were expecting Jesus to hurry to heal Lazurus…after all they knew He LOVED Lazurus. But the Bible goes on to say, So, when He heart that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” (Jn 11:6)

Jesus didn’t start heading for Bethany for 2 days and by the time He arrived on the scenes, 4 days had passed. They were looking for Jesus to show up and heal their brother.

Now you can imagine how they must have felt. Jesus had healed others. They were well aware of what Jesus could do. But why wouldn’t He heal their brother? Didn’t Jesus care? Why didn’t He do something? Didn’t He LOVE Lazarus?

OSWALD CHAMBERS once said that many times, “His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvelous understanding of Himself.”

Had they not experienced the Lord’s silence for 4 days, they would have never experienced the miraculous hand of God.

Sometimes, God is silent right before He reveals Himself in ways that would not be possible if He had shown up earlier. 

They wanted Jesus to show up and be the Great Physician…but Jesus wanted to reveal Himself to them as the Resurrection and the Life. 

Sometimes God is silent right before He reveals Himself in ways we would have never been able to see before.

The waiting is worth it, sweet sister and it is for your good!

ARE YOU IN THE WAITING ROOM BECAUSE HE IS GETTING READY TO PULL BACK THE CURTAIN ON SOMETHING EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL YOU COULD ASK OR THINK?

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When God Is Silent ~ Part 2

By April 24, 2014 Uncategorized

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I mentioned in the last post that this is one of the talks I’m asked to speak on frequently because it is where we all live. It also seems to be one of the top five posts I’ve ever written in terms of hits. 

That speaks so loudly to my heart about where people are… wondering where God is… wondering if He cares.

My heart hurts with each one who feels far from God or is in a desperate place ~ longing to hear from God yet can’t seem to hear His voice.

There are times when it seems like God is silent because our lives are just too loud. But sometimes God chooses to be silent in our livesBecause He is Testing Us. 

Did you know that anything of value must be tested in order to determine 3 things?

  1. Authenticity – is it the real deal
  2. Value – what is it really worth
  3. Is it flawed – does it have flaws or imperfections

In 1 Peter 1:6-7 we’re told we will all go through times of testing. “ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”

Those tests come in many sizes, shapes and colors, but sometimes those tests come in Divinely decreed SEASONS OF SILENCE

That’s exactly what happened to Hezekiah.

Hezekiah was described as a king that trusted the Lord, kept the Lords commands and did not cease to follow God. The Bible goes on to state that out of all the kings of Judah – (those who came before him and those who came after him) – there was NO KING LIKE HEZEKIAH.

He wasn’t a perfect man, but the Bible says the Lord was with him and he prospered him.

As time passed, Hezekiah came down with a terminal illness. (2 Kings 20 gives a bit more detail of the same account than 2 Chronicles 32) God sent Isaiah to tell him it was time to get his house in order because he was going to die. But Hezekiah began praying and crying out to God for mercy and before Isaiah could reach the middle court the Lord told him to turn around and got tell Hezekiah that He heard his prayer and was going to give him 15 more years.

But Hezekiah had a propensity for pride. And it wasn’t long after God healed Him that he decided it was time to flaunt his stuff.

So, God decided to send him a season of silence in a specific area of his life to show Hezekiah what he was made of:

2 Chronicles 32:31 ~ “However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”

The test wasn’t so that God could see what was in Hezekiah’s heart. The test was so that Hezekiah could get a good look at his own heart. 

One day I asked a older man at church why he thought God allowed us to go through some of the stuff we go through…and he said, “SO WE CAN SEE WHAT WE’RE MADE OF.”

You see, sometimes the Lord chooses to step back and let us see ourselves as we really are…what we’re made of?

We are flawed, fallible people who mess up along the way. Sometimes we need to remember that. It keeps us from thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. It keeps us from taking God’s blessings from granted and it helps us minister to others when we come through that thing to the praise and glory of God. So we can comfort others with the comfort we’ve been given.

When we walk through seasons of silence as a result of being tested like Hezekiah was, we demonstrate 3 things.

  1. Authenticity – is our faith really real
  2. Value – how valuable is our faith to us
  3. Is it flawed – what areas of our faith are flawed

REMEMBER, FAITH BY ITS VERY NATURE MUST BE TESTED and sometimes God chooses to test us by His silence.

Today, sweet friend, are you being tested by God’s silence? What are you made of?

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When God Is Silent ~ Part 1

By April 22, 2014 Uncategorized

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This is one of the messages I’m asked to speak on often because it’s a season we have all faced at one time or another. Maybe you’re there now.

We’ve all been there. 

The place where we are desperate to hear from God or to see Him move in our circumstances, but it seems as though our prayers are hitting the ceiling. At times like that, it’s easy to feel like God doesn’t see us or like He doesn’t really care.

I hear from women who feel stuck. Like they can’t hear from God. Like He isn’t there or He doesn’t care. SO, for the next 4 posts, I will be sharing a bit about what I speak on that I hope will encourage your heart.

So this is for you…the sweet lady who is in the middle of a season of silence and is wondering why God seems so silent.

We’ve all lived long enough to know that life isn’t always easy. We’ve all walked through some difficult places in our lives….those times when life is hard and you feel like God is far.

You pray for God to show up and do something, but you feel like He isn’t listening…times when God is silent.

Maybe you feel like you’re walking through a season of God’s silence in the area of…

YOUR FINANCES – you take one step forward & at least 2 back. One financial need after the other with no end in sight. You’re in debt up to your eyeballs, you don’t even know what a savings account is and you’re wondering where God is…why He isn’t doing anything…Does He care?

YOUR MARRIAGE – you’ve done all you can to be a good wife and make your marriage work, but nothing has changed. You still have the same problems you did a year ago…a decade ago and you’ve grown weary. You’re tired of being hurt, tired of trying and your heart for your husband is growing cold.

YOUR PARENTING - you’ve raised them the best you could, you’re doing everything you can as a parent. You’ve taken them to counselors, you’ve soaked your pillow with tears and worn holes in the carpet beside your bed where plant your knees night after night as you cry out to God for your kids, but they keep making one destructive decision after another.

I don’t know where you are or what you’re going through, but I believe the Lord has me sharing this for a reason and I believe many of you are feeling broken by God’s silence. You’re wondering where God is, why He doesn’t do something. Wondering if He sees what you’re going through and if He really cares?

I have to share something with you…As I was praying over you all and praying for our time together, the Lord lead me to Isaiah 40:1 which says, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.”

I don’t know what you are going through, sweet friends, but I know God wants to comfort your heart.

You may feel like you are broken…you may feel like God is silent, but I want you to know…based on the WORD OF GOD and the CHARACTER of GOD…that – God’s silence does not equal God’s absence…nor does it equal His inactivity. You may not see Him doing anything – you may not hear Him, but I assure you, He is with you and He is working behind the scenes of your life…oh yes…He is very much at work in your present circumstances.

Most of us have experienced ‘the wait’ that takes place in a doctor’s office. It seems like forever between the time you sign up and the time they finally call you back. And then you have to wait some more.

It’s all so awkward. Even frustrating.

Maybe you feel like you’re in God’s waiting room. But I want you to know if you’re in a season of silence, you’re actually in good company. Abraham, Moses, Job, Joseph, David, Asaph, the Sons of Korah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul, Mary, Martha and a host of others who have gone before us, have all experienced their own seasons when they felt broken by God’s silence.

And if you’re like me, the first thing you tend to think when you’re feeling broken by God’s silence is that you’ve done something wrong…like there must be some sin you’ve committed, something you’re holding on to that has put a divider up between you and God.

And to be honest, sometimes that’s true. 

But when that happens, the Spirit of God makes us keenly aware of what it is we need to deal with, and it is God’s goodness that leads us to repentance. So, we confess it, forsake it and move forward in our fellowship with the Living God.

But if we choose to hold on to it, we are choosing to keep the dividing wall up and we can’t really expect to hear from God. (Isaiah 59:2)

BUT, sin is only ONE REASON that God may choose to be silent in our lives. God is God…and His ways are higher than ours – so to be honest, we may not always know all the reasons for the season’s of silence we go through. But threaded throughout the Word of God are many examples that can help us better understand our own seasons of silence and how to handle it when we feel like God is silent.

Sometimes God is silent…Because our lives are just too loud.

Let’s face it, we’re all busy…maybe too busy. We’ve got distractions coming at us from every direction. We’re constantly on the go. Playing taxi drivers, running errands and moving at warp speed trying to get it all done.

We’ve got laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework, shopping…oh, and let’s not forget the full time job. We’ve got a cell phone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other and we’re taking care of business on the fly.

We get SO wrapped up and distracted by our dailies that we leave God out and then wonder where He is.

Our lives have become so loud that we drown out the still small voice of God and at times, He may choose to be silent in order to get our attention.

He knows that His silence is deafening to our hearts. He knows that His silence will speak very loudly to our souls.

Today, if you’ve allowed your life to be so loud that you’ve drowned out the still small voice of God, I want to encourage you to take some time and just bask in the beauty of knowing Him.

Be STILL and KNOW that HE IS GOD. Press into Him. Delight in Him. Make Him the object of your affection. 

When my hubby and I went to adopt our puppy, we sat in the middle of the cute little litter of precious pups trying to figure out which one would become ours. One little guy managed to waddle his way up into my hubby’s lap and when he pulled him up to his chest, that cutie patootie tucked his head down and pressed his little puppy head against my husband’s chest as hard has he could.

Needless to say, he won our hearts and we took him home.

We named him Wilson (after the soccer ball on Castaway…yeah…we’re goofy like that) and even at 130 pounds, he pressed his gargantuan Dobbie head against us just like he did the day we sat sat among the litter looking for a the puppy we would take home and make ours.

We loved how he PRESSED IN! And how he never stopped pressing in until the day he died ten years later.

When our lives are loud and we long to hear from the Living God, we have to press in!

PRESS IN…be still and know that He is God. Don’t allow your life to be so loud that you drown out the still small voice of God.

Is YOUR life too loud?

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