1 Peter 3: 12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.
I had reached out to an author of friend of mine earlier last week. I wanted to gift her a book and needed her email address. After a quick banter back and forth, I asked her how she was doing. She said, “I’m getting ready for my son’s chemo treatment. It starts today.”
She is just one of the many authors in the past week seeking answers from the Lord. She is looking for a miracle. Another author friend is looking for a house so she can live without having serious detriment to her health. As I posted informaton about this show, more and more authors began to ask for prayer requests. Not just about writing. Health, finances, ministry, relationships, community, and so much more. My mother quotes a saying my old pastor used to say: “Prayer is the order of the day.” As child, I didn’t understand what it meant but as I type these words I get it.
My author friends and colleagues are hurting in so many ways. In this special episode of the Write Stuff, we are going to focus on your prayers and we will be praying for you. You can call in your prayer request at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11049169.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Perhaps these are verses that are familiar to us. Or, maybe they aren’t. When we are surrounded by pain of all kinds, how can we look upon the situation and see anything else but bad?
“Beauty for Ashes” is the inaugural book in The Father’s Daughters Anthology Series. Eight women gather together to show how God transforms wounds for worship, pain for praise, and tragedy for triumph. These real-life experiences show sour lemons turning into sweet delights. It is a testament to how life changes for the better when faith allows God to comfort, heal, and love His daughters. Join me as I talk with the creator of of this anthology as she shares with us the stories of eight women who have joined together to show that, yes indeed, we can obtain beauty from ashes.
Join us at 2 pm Eastern time. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here.http://tobtr.com/10707997.
Some time ago, I experienced the loss of a very close friendship. Circumstances had caused friction and thus, the split. I remember to this day the physical sensations which had assaulted me. I couldn’t quite catch my breath. My vocal cords tightened so much I had a hard time swallowing. In the center of my chest, I felt a peculiar ache. It’s hard to describe it exactly so forgive me if I sound a bit melodramatic — a pain that did not sting, a cut that did not burn, but a hurt that burrowed inside of me. When I discussed this in one of my writer groups, after all, the physical abnormalities lasted for a couple of days, a mental health professional told me, “It sounds like you had a traumatic event which may very well be a broken heart. ”
A broken heart. As authors, we use the words to describe a character’s plight but perhaps we forget that our stories are ripped out of the pages of real life.
The words of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” ask a question about why fall in in love when a heart can be broken? In fact, she says, “Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?”
Join me as we continue part 2 of our discussion with Steven Menking from the Amateur Society. You can listen in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/10585025
In April, my hubby and I were walking our dog one afternoon when we came upon our neighbor from a couple of blocks down the street walking her dog. I asked after her husband, who I knew had been sick for a while and she told me he’d passed away a month before. Shocked, I gave her my condolences. She talked about her husband for a few moments. Then I started to share some of my memories of her husband as we walked back to her house. Her smile as I told a particularly humorous event lit her face up. She looked beautiful as we shared in the memory.
About two months later, we walked our dog again and she was sitting outside her home reading a book. After my dog and hers greeted each other, I asked how she had been doing since her husband’s death. She said, “I should be getting over it now.” I froze for a moment and knew in an instant she may have been mimicking someone else’s platitude. It angered me. Her husband had just died TWO months ago. Was it comforting to tell a woman who shared her life with her spouse that she should be over it now?
Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be the last time I’ve heard of people, in the middle of grief, being hurt by well-meaning people. In fact, it would be several more stories over the course of this time that led me to reach out to my returning guest co-host and contributor, Gary Roe. Well acquainted with grief and loss, I wanted him to help understand that in our efforts to give comfort, we need to be so careful of how execute it. In fact, in our well-meaning attempts to help, an certain arrogance may precipitate our words and cause more harm than good.
Join me by calling in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/10332995
Write Now Literary is pleased to announce The Book Tour for 40 Days of Healing by Danyelle Scroggins. July 27, 2017 Publication Date: June 12, 2017 Genre: Inspirational ASIN: B072MS2TLR ISBN-10: 154806775X ISBN-13: 978-1548067755
40 Days Of Healing takes the reader through 40 days of fasting in hopes of being delivered from the “IT” that has caused separation between them and God, and gives them the opportunity to journal their most personal prayers, thoughts, and intentions.
40 Days Of Healing is also a complete guide to 40 days of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is an opportunity for mind renewal in your mind, body, and spirit. It is saturated with wonderful scriptures to help usher you into your healing.
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional by marriage.
Last month, we focused on women’s empowerment in different areas of life — from purity, to boundary settings, Biblical studies, and in the midst of illness. This month, we will be focusing on men’s empowerment in different areas. So join me for a series of discussions to empower men.
This week on the Parker J Cole Show, we will be empoering men going through grief. Grief encompasses many aspects of life from the lost of a spouse or child, to the lost of a parent or friend. Sometime grief encompasses the loss of financial income and stability, personal goals, and other things. However, even in the changing culture of gender roles, men are still expected to be strong and resilent. Yet sometimes, grief can be hard to get over.
Join me for this edition of the Parker J Cole Show as I talk with author and survivor, Gary Roe about empowering men enduring grief. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you download the Stitcher app on your mobile. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8671599
Elizabeth Chalker is no stranger to illness. She has been suffering from a debilitating disease for years. From being on the fast track in life and success to dealing with chronic pain and fatigue every day, no one would be more surprised to hear bitterness and resentment from her lips.
However, even in the midst of illness Elizabeth continues to empower women with her story. I called her book, ‘Hanging on by the Scratch Marks my Nails Left Behind’ a book that is open heart surgery for the soul. When pain wracks your body and no one seems to get it. When the doctors can’t figure out what to do, and medicine gives no ease, how can you be empowered?
On this episode of the Parker J Cole show, Elizabeth will tell you how to be empowered in the midst of illness. Join me for a discussion of joy in the midst of pain and contentment in the middle of adversity. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8487691. Tune in!