In Chapter five of First Samuel, we see a key phrase—“the hand of the LORD” (“hand of God”; “God’s hand”). And it’s interesting because throughout the Psalms in my Bible, I’ve marked similar words—“God’s hand”; “God’s right hand.” His hand is powerful! We see a vivid illustration in this chapter, which will hopefully cause us to see the power of His hand in our own lives.
What happens when the glory of God departs? In Chapter 4 of First Samuel, the people of Israel are mourning—yet, for believers in Christ, it should inspire a praise!
In this chapter of First Samuel, we see the God-side of intimacy, and an important aspect of CLINGing. We also see the ongoing fruit of a mother who knew how to cling and pray. Never discount what God is able to do through your prayers. He is able to impact not only your own life but the lives of others—and maybe even a nation!
Chapter 2 puts the spotlight on what it looks like to cling to God, and what it looks like *not* to cling to God….and how God responds. I am loving the interaction on YouTube as we study. Join us!
We are kicking off the CLING Series this week with the first chapter of First Samuel . . . all about a woman who was serious about clinging to God. I pray it blesses!
I’m excited to be starting a new YouTube series in which I’ll be going through the book of First Samuel—one chapter per week—beginning next Sunday. The focus will be on knowing God, so that we can grow in intimacy with Him—and cling to Him. We will also focus on who is clinging to God, and who’s not, and what that looks like. First Samuel is such a rich book. I’m praying for God to meet us in an impactful way as we journey through it.
The introductory video is posted below. I hope you join us!
Cling is now available! It is my earnest prayer that God will meet each and every reader in a special way and, as a dear sister expressed, create an army of CLINGers—people who choose a lifestyle of intimacy with God. By God’s grace, it is both possible and powerfully rich!
Last week I was reading a few Psalms and this verse jumped out at me:
“This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:9).
As awesome as it is to know “that God is for me,” the first three words are what grabbed me—this I know.
Those three words strengthen me time and again. Those three words help me to cling to God in every situation. In particular, when challenges arise, I always ask myself, What do I know to be true?
It’s almost here! Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God releases March 1, 2017. In addition to the book, there will be a 6-session DVD study, which also releases on the same date.
As I’ve shared, cling is a word that has been on my heart for years, a frequent cry of my heart—Lord, help me to cling to You. That prayer arose as I studied Deuteronomy and was swept away by that one word in these verses:
“You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.” Deuteronomy 10:20
“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4
That word had apparently become such a part of me that it even worked itself into one of my novels. Continue Reading…
I had an amazing time filming the sessions for the Cling bible study in Traverse City, Michigan, this week. I had to share about it because God has been so present every step of the way, beginning with the idea to do a bible study. It wasn’t my idea or my agent’s. Soon after I received a contract to write the book Cling, one of the editors at Discovery House Publishers said she thought it would also make a great bible study. She presented it to the media side of the ministry (Our Daily Bread Ministries) to see if they would be interested in the project. A few weeks later, it was a go. Just like that. All God.
In June, Julie Richardson flew down to see me. She’s a producer with Our Daily Bread, and said she wanted to get to know me a little and hear my heart about the project. We spent an entire day together (plus dinner the evening before), talked about ideas for the filming, and even spent time in prayer for the Cling bible study—that God would give direction, clarity, and wisdom for the project, that He would use it to impact each person who picks it up, and so much more. I was blown away by her Spirit-led leadership, and by the company’s willingness to invest time and resources into the project in that way. All God.