Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Jennifer Slattery

Today I welcome author: 
Jennifer Slattery

To win a copy
Beyond I Do

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Jennifer has become a sweet friend in very short time. As you read her words below, you will instantly see how God has impacted her life. What a joy to read. I asked Jennifer to share with us how God has led her on her writing journey. This is what she said:

The Dream Giver

Have you ever received a gift from someone and felt like it pointed to something greater? Or perhaps someone said something in conversation that pricked your heart in an eerie, foreboding sort of way?

In October of 2009, Dr. Art Criscoe, Senior Editor of Christ to the World Ministries, sent me a book.

One that made my knees quake. One that assured me not only of the call, but that God planned to do a great deal within me, to prepare me for that call.

I had no doubt the pruning process would be painful.

The book was titled, God Meant it For Good. By R.T. Kendall, it digs deep into the life of Joseph, exploring his deepest hurts, his worst betrayals, and the long periods of isolation he endured, reminding the reader of the bigger picture. And assuring them that, if called, God will likely do the same for them. For our good. For every dream comes with great responsibility.

Though I had no idea what lay ahead, I sensed God was moving me toward something.

Grabbing my ipod and running shoes for what I hoped to be a clarity-inducing time, I began pounding the pavement. Mile after mile, song after song, I sensed God’s Spirit stirring within me, asking me to surrender.

But surrender is excruciatingly hard when you have no idea what you’re surrendering to. I suspect this is the way it is with every call. Remember Joseph? He was given a vague, symbolic dream, one that promised purpose and divine guidance with little by way of an action plan.

And what about Abraham? God told him, “Go to the land I will show you.”

Um…okay. Where is this land, Lord?


How long will it take me to get there?


What about Moses, Esther, or Ruth? I could go on, but the Bible is full of people who had to answer God’s call before they fully understood what that would entail.

I imagine that’s God’s mercy, for if He showed us now all that lay ahead, we’d probably be overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. Either that or we’d become prideful, losing sight of the One who brings our God-given dreams to fruition.

Over the next five years, God pushed me, pulled me, stretched me, and squeezed me. We moved. Numerous times. My husband was sued unjustly. Five times. I lost a dear friend to brain cancer, acquired two chronic illnesses, experienced betrayals and rejection, and at times, was ready to give it all up. On more than one occasion, I argued with God over the call, asking Him to take it back.

But He wouldn’t. Rather, He reminded me of the cost—of my salvation, of my life—asking me to give it back to Him. For “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of what is planted in the soil dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”

In essence, through trials, frustrations, and set-backs, God brought me to a place of surrender.

And that, my friends, is when the dream began to unfold.

And in everything, find and maintain your surrender. Because that’s how you best connect to your Powerhouse, the Dream-giver and the lifter of your head.  

A bookstore/library-hopping/coffee drinking day
Jennifer Slattery and her writer friends:
Susan Aken and Kelly Klepfer

Jennifer Slatterywrites soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. 
Jennifer loves helping aspiring authors grow in their craft, and has editing slots open beginning in November. Find out more here

You can connect with Jennifer on: 

Beyond I Do:
Released Sept. 2014

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancĂ©. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

Read a free, 36-page excerpt click here
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Reader, Jennifer leaves these last words with us: Where are you? Are you in a place of refining? If so, rejoice! For God has great plans for you, my friend. Have you just begun to sense the call? If so, set your face like flint, for a time of training is coming! Are you standing on the other side of a trial, looking back on all God has done? If so, shout His praises, thanking Him for every heartache and tear.

If you don't have an answer, that's okay, just say howdy-do in the comment section. I love chatting with you.

Thanks so much for joining our chat today.


Cindy Q said...

Yes. I am looking back, but also looking forward. He is always at work. Fearful and trusting... :)

What a great post!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Love your outlook.

May, so thankful for your faithfulness in blogging. That takes a lot thought and planning. Thankful for you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

So nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us.