Monday, July 29, 2013

God, Me, And Sweet Ice Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments



In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.




Book Excerpt:

The Taste Test

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him” Psalm 34:8 (NKJV).

Every good cook knows that in order to produce delicious food, you have to taste the food as you prepare it.  Every fine chef will tell you this is a cardinal rule. And again, when the dish has been served, the taste test is the moment of truth.  I enjoy preparing meals for my family to enjoy.  Yet often I’ve had to coax a picky eater to “taste” a new dish.  “You can’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t tasted it,” I say.  This Scripture, like an excellent cook, urges you to taste.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good. . . .”  Taste--I could coax you, as I’ve coaxed my children.  Taste--I could challenge you.  Taste—I will attest to His goodness. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”  This Scripture is a challenge with a promise.  If you give the Lord a try, you will experience His goodness, leading you to trust in Him, resulting in blessings for you. Haven’t we all enjoyed the savory delight of a delicious dish well prepared?  The goodness of the Lord can not be compared.


When I made the decision in 1977 to make Jesus the Lord of my life, I tasted. Every day I read a little devotional booklet called Our Daily Bread.  Its simple format consisted of a few verses of scripture, followed by a prayer.  I was faithful to this daily exercise to honor my new commitment to make God a part of my life.  I tasted a little each day, not knowing exactly what to expect. I wanted to know more about God and Jesus Christ; I started reading and praying more.  Soon God became more indispensable to me than my sweet iced tea.  I became hungry for His Word, the Bread of Life. It’s made all the difference in my life.  I offer you this challenge—taste and see.  I believe that you, too, will attest to the goodness and the blessings of the Lord.

Suggested Readings: Psalm 145:7; Isaiah 63:7; Nahum 1:7.

Journal Considerations: Have you noticed how chefs always “taste” the food they are
preparing?

 Have you taken the “taste” challenge?  If you haven’t would you now?

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, nourish our hearts, souls, and minds with your goodness.  I praise You for your goodness and your righteousness.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Thought for the day:  Only Jesus can satisfy the needs of our souls.

Prayer Focus:  Those who suffer from brain injuries or disorders which destroy the sense of taste.


About The Author:

Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments will be released July 11, 2013.  Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers.  Rose is from a small Georgia town, and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years.  She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years.  Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.





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Also available in print from your local bookstore, online, or from the publisher at:  www.lighthousepublishingofthecarolinas.com

Rose Chandler Johnson is giving away a copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.





9 comments:

Amy D. Jenkins said...

I enjoyed my first visit to The Barn Door Book Loft. Thank you for the wonderful review of Rose Chandler Johnson's "God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea." I know her book is going to be a blessing to all who read it.

~Amy D. Jenkins~

Amy D. Jenkins said...

I enjoyed my first visit to The Barn Door Book Loft. Thank you for the wonderful review of Rose Chandler Johnson's "God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea." I know her book is going to be a blessing to all who read it.

~Amy D. Jenkins~

Faustina Smith said...

The book sounds quite refreshing! I look forward to reading it, whether I win it for free or not.
Thanks to Amy for the word up!
Faustina Smith

fsmith283@comcast.net

Linda Kish said...

This book sounds wonderful. I hope I get lucky.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Rose Chandler Johnson said...

I'm so excited that you ladies are interested in God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea. The reviews have been awesome. I pray you'll read it and be blessed...whether you win a copy or buy one. May His Grace and Peace be upon you.

squiresj said...

Would love to win and read and review this book. Would love to get to know your work. Sounds interesting. Count me in.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Martha Sturm said...

Would love to win this book for a friend who has been through a long health journey. She also always has sweet tea ready to serve!

Martha
josieringer@gmail.com

Anonymous said...


Karen, thanks for introducing me to another author I didn't know. Rose, The cover caught my eye and like the title. I love sweet iced tea. And, I love the LORD. But do need to read my Bible more. Please put me in for a chance to win your book. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

apple blossom said...

sounds like a book I'd love to have thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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