Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live

 Thank you to Frontgate Media for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

As a Christian woman, and a blogger, you might think that my life is an open book. The truth is, I am usually very guarded, and only share life intimate details with the people I know and trust the most. This happens to be a small circle of family members and close friends. The past few years have not been easy ones for me to pull through. Just over two years ago, I was going through a very dark period, which left me questioning a lot of things, and left me feeling very hurt and disappointed. For the first time in my life, I felt that my faith was being put to the ultimate test, and I wasn't sure if I was going to come out on the same side I started my journey on.
It takes courage to keep the faith. I say that because I have lived through some less than pleasant situations. Cancer has claimed all of my grandparents, most recently my Gram (December 2016). My parents, and my sister have all had their share of health concerns, and even now walk their own paths toward uncertainty. My church, a place that I have grown in faith, have loved, have served with my whole self, has let me down and hurt me very deeply in recent years. The outcome was traumatic for me, and I wondered (still do sometimes) how I could stay on in a place that I could barely force myself to walk back into? So many questions left unanswered... so many pitied looks from people I have loved... such hurt in my heart.

Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live

As I tried to deal with my personal problems and work through the hurt and the anger that was festering in my heart, I knew that I could achieve peace once more, if I allowed myself to open back up to God. Could I do it, though? The church is supposed to be a safe place, where people work together to build God's Kingdom. The reality is that the church is filled with all types of people and personalities... and some of those people have the same undesirable qualities that I do, such as selfishness, egotism, attention-seeking or self-serving. These are underlying qualities in me, and are not usually presented at the forefront. In my life, I put serving God above all else, because I believe that that's what we are called to do. Sometimes, life's situations can really bite the big one, and people you thought better of or highly regarded can truly let you down, even take advantage of you, and that's unfortunate. It's unfortunate that we treat each other that way.

Leading worship at my church

Were the answers to my problems lying before me in scripture? Probably... but at the time, I couldn't bring myself to pick up my Bible. I have been working on rebuilding my relationship with God through prayer and simple conversation since this period in my life came to be. It has not been easy. There have been days where I have thrown up my hands and said, 'God, why am I still here? What else would you have me do?' I haven't gotten any clear answers, though I have prayed ferveshly for them to come. The one thing I have heard God saying to me, though, is that He's not done with me yet, and that we still have work to do, right where we are now.

So, that meant that I needed to change my heart, and reset my attitude. Friends, let me tell you, for a stubborn girl like me, it has been hard! When you are used to doing things a certain way, and the rug is swept out from under you, you likely land on your rear, embarrassed, and not wanting to get back up. I knew that it was time for me to dust myself off, and move on, even if it meant that I had to do some major hand-holding.


These past few weeks, I have been reading Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live by Tracie Miles. I don't have a lot of time to read, but once I started thumbing through this book, I knew that God had placed it into my hands as a tool for healing. 

. In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. 

This book will equip you to: • Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts; • Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances; • Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps; • Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and • Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

For me, the idea that happiness is based on a choice rather than my circumstances was eye opening, and really changed the way I perceived situations. It's my choice to remain in the doldrums, or to choose to experience joy in all situations of my life. Tracie gives such outstanding advice for women who are stuggling. The tips offered in this book are so inspiring, and I am planning to share this book with the gals in my small group as we lean on one another in Christian love.

Friends, if you are struggling with your faith, know that you are not alone. Even those of us who feel very grounded in their faith have moments of weakess. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Unsinkable Faith, and let the Lord speak to you through Tracie's words. Your heart and spirit will be lifted, and you will be blessed as you face the days ahead.


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