Thursday, October 23, 2014

Making Eye Contact with God by Terri Gillespie

Book Blurb:

What kind of eyes do you have?
Are they downcast and sad, or are they full of God’s passion?

This weekly devotional, for women only, enables you to really see God in a new and fresh way.

Using real life anecdotes, combined with scripture, author Terri Gillespie reveals God’s heart for women everywhere, as she softly speaks of the ways in which women see God.

Read an Excerpt:

Are You a Porch Swing or a Tractor? 
“For indeed the body is not one part but many … 
If the ear says, ‘I’m not an eye, so I’m not part of the body,’ 
that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body.” 
1 Corinthians 12:14, 16 

The old insecurities rolled in like a dark cloud.

A conversation with my friend about intimacy with the Lord and Secret Places brought back how awkward and clumsy I had always felt in life. In the hallowed Secret Place, surely God must favor someone like my friend—gorgeous, slender, and soft-spoken with a voice that would move angels.

I imagined elegant women like her waiting for the Lord in their bucolic Secret Place, swinging on porch swings with fragrant flowers everywhere. Beautiful praises pour from their lips.

The Lord appears in the distance and opens his arms. The stunning women skip and twirl gracefully into his loving embrace. Together, they walk into the sunset holding hands; butterflies dance about their heads, and birds chirp sweetly. Then, I imagined me in my Secret Place. Vrroom! Vrroom! I wait on a tractor belching smoke and fumes. Off in the distance, I see the Lord. He opens his arms. My foot presses the accelerator. I’m bouncing over mounds of dirt, whistling (because I can’t sing), and pulling a trailer full of yesterday’s and today’s responsibilities to show the Lord how much I do for him. Although he smiles, he’s also coughing and waving away exhaust fumes. I pause, cup a hand to my ear, and listen as God yells his message of love to me above the noise.

The elegant worshippers must have God’s favor, right? My clumsiness must be a barrier to true intimacy with the Lord. That’s what I’ve told myself. I can’t raise my eyes toward him because I’m ashamed that my very nature disrupts the quiet and tranquility of the Secret Place.

Insecurities keep us from making eye contact with the Lover of our soul.

The truth is each of us is capable of pleasing and loving God in ways no one else can. He formed us for that purpose—to praise him. And his Word tells us that he loves all types of praise and worship (Ps. 148).

Do you love the quiet type of praise and adoration in the morning? God does, too.

Or maybe you love to talk out loud to him as you take an evening stroll and enjoy his creation. He loves that, too.

Perhaps you take pleasure in worshipping him in dance, even if you are too afraid to participate in your congregation. Know that he also takes pleasure in this.

The greatest form of intimacy is to look the Lord “in the eye” with the confidence of someone who knows his or her identity in the Messiah. Think about this the next time you feel distracted with thoughts of how you aren’t like someone else.

Now, I know he looks forward to me on my tractor. And I try to remember that my trailer of good deeds and responsibilities isn’t what makes me attractive to the Lord. He simply wants—me.

I still struggle with the insecurities, but I’m not as shy about trying new ways of worshipping and praising the Lord—I even climb off my tractor from time to time.

This week, allow the Lord to introduce you to you. Permit him to reveal those insecurities that keep your eyes downcast. Explore who you are in the Secret Place—with the One who created you.

Okay, LORD, you made me. Help me to be the best tractor—or porch swing—I can be. This week, expose the areas of insecurity keeping me from making eye contact with you. And LORD, I also want to explore the unique ways you created me to praise and worship you. I commit this week to learn how to overcome my insecurities and take joy in who you created me to be—even if it’s a little scary and I discover that I’m even more unique than I thought. In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

Let’s take it to the Secret Place: 

Are there insecurities that keep me from freely worshipping the Lord in my Secret Place? 
In the congregation? 
What are they? 

How do insecurities manifest themselves at these times? What do I hear that is contrary to God’s Word? 

What are my unique qualities? How can I praise God through them? 

What did I learn about my insecurities? 
What did I learn about my uniqueness? 
How did God speak to me in my Secret Place? 
Has our relationship improved? 
 In what ways?

Buy her book here:

About Terri:

Terri Gillespie is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, and speaker. She is head writer for the Restoration of Israel Minute heard on 25 stations in 11 states and Canada, has contributed to several other books, magazines, newspapers and published her first book, Making Eye Contact with God—A Weekly Devotional for Women. Her first novel—The Hair Mavens: She Does Good Hair—won BWB’s Lyra Best Women’s Fiction for 2013.

TERRI is giving away a copy of MAKING EYE CONTACT with GOD. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


bn100 said...

Nice cover

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Terri Gillespie said...

Thanks! There's a funny story about that cover. ;-)

Linda Cox said...

This sounds like a wonderful devotional for women. And I agree .... great cover! God bless!

Terri Gillespie said...

Thanks, Linda!

Unknown said...

Yes, this definitely sounds like a devotional I need (and I am looking for a new one). Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win!
Kelly Y
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Deanna Stevens said...

a leaf miracle. grandma's stories, such an interesting review. I would enjoy reading your book :)
d_stevens310 @ live dotcom

Caryl Kane said...

I can't wait to read "Making Eye Contact with God"! Thanks for the chance.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Terri for visiting Barn Door Book Loft. A good place to visit. I would love to win your book. Sounds like would be good to read and also share with my church Library. Thanks!
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

Thanks Terri for visiting Barn Door Book Loft. A good place to visit. I would love to win your book. Sounds like would be good to read and also share with my church Library. Thanks!
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Terri Gillespie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. Don't you love how a good devotional points us to God's embrace? I hope Making Eye Contact with God will be that for you!

Terri Gillespie said...

Hi Deanna, thanks for stopping by and for your sweet encouragement. Yes, that leaf miracle was amazing. I still have one leaf--I gave the other one to our secretary who wasn't able to go on that trip.

Terri Gillespie said...

Thanks, Caryl and Maxie for reading this blog, too! God bless you!

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