Finding God: Linda Evans Shepherd on 100 Huntley Street

By Laurie Winslow Sargent:

Did you see  Linda Evans Shepherd on 100 Huntley Street this past week? If not, you can watch the broadcast, below.

 

I was excited to see Moira Brown interview Linda Evans Shepherd on 100 Huntley Street this past week!

Linda is the beloved founder and owner of our blog Finding God Daily and the Christian suicide prevention site Thinking About Suicide, both with Right to the Heart Ministries, so I thought I’d surprise her with this article! 

 Moira, the host, mentioned ThinkingAboutSuicide.com during Linda’s interview, which in this past month reached 3,000 hurting people across the world. Site visitors there are either actively suicidal, depressed, or have lost loved ones to that tragic end. They are directed to crisis lines and other resources, while being encouraged by those who have been there that there is indeed hope.

Both blogs are authored by members of  AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, also founded by Linda) to touch the lives of others.

The main focus of the 100 Huntley interview was on Linda’s new book, When You Need a Miracle: How to Ask God for the Impossible (forward by Don Piper, known for 90 Minutes in Heaven).

Linda shared stories about how to trust God in difficult times. She described how, years ago she and her toddler daughter were in a terrible car accident. She was told her daughter  Laura would forever be in a vegetative state and to give up hope. But Linda did not give up hope, and Laura is blessing to Linda and others.
Hear the full story in the interview. Enjoy seeing the voice and face (and heart!) of Linda, the woman behind our blog, Finding God Daily!
When You Need a Miracle: Linda Evans Shepherd on 100 Huntley Street

 

 © Laurie Winslow Sargent. Laurie edits Finding God Daily, and is an author/contributor and magazine article writer. She blogs for parents at  ParentingByFaith.com and for writers at  SellYourNonfiction.com.  Join her on Twitter as @LaurieSargent.

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Find God While Doing Nothing

By Karen O’Connor:


Image by Michal Marcol/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Imagine! One can find God while doing nothing.

That came as a surprise to me until I read Psalm 46:10 in the Bible:

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Just reading these words helped me to put on the brake, to slow down, to come to a full stop in life and rest. That doesn’t mean we must, or are even able to, sit in a chair and twiddle our thumbs or zone out on our responsibilities. But it does mean we can let God be God. We can trust him to meet our needs, to keep the earth spinning on its axis, to oversee the day and night, and to manage all the details of our lives.

It is okay to give ourselves a ‘time-out,’ not for misbehaving, but for refueling. Doing nothing can sometimes be more productive and creative than doing something. Our hearts and minds will open to possibilities and probabilities during a time of quiet. Ideas come to us. Opportunities pop up. Solutions to problems are suddenly clear. And all of this can happen when we are still and know that God is.

What a blessing it is to find God while doing nothing because that means there is nothing we have to do to find him! He shows up unbidden and without asking for anything except a chance to interact with us as we stop and sit a spell and simply be.

© Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com.

Be inspired by this Christian singer with a rich, soothing voice in this YouTube video:  Brian Doerksen-Enter the Rest of God. Since it is audio only, feel free to shut your eyes and drink in the music.

Find out more about Brian Doerkson and his music at briandoerksen.com. You can also find Brian on Twitter at @briandoerksen.

 

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Finding God While Driving in Traffic

By Karen O’Connor

Finding God while driving in traffic has made me a safer driver. Instead of being impatient with people who dart in and out of lanes around me or faulting myself for not paying closer attention to such drivers, I decided to pray. What an experience it has been. I whisper a prayer of protection for myself as well as everyone I encounter on surface streets and on the freeway.

“God, please lead us to where we’re headed and bring us all home safely at the end of the day.” “Lord, thank you for all the men, women, and students driving to and from work and school. May all of us do our best and reflect your love to the people we spend time with today.”

When I say such prayers, I actually feel more alert rather than distracted. My heart and mind are in the right place—full of good will, instead of judgment and annoyance. I am also reminded of this encouraging verse from the bible: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18).

Finding God while driving in traffic is something I now look forward to each day as I get into my car. And I hope my prayers will bring peace and calm to others, as well as to myself.

Enjoy this excellent YouTube video about how to reduce your risk on the road and drive safely:

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