Thursday, December 20, 2012

Praying for "Pixie Dust"


My friend, Margaret Feinberg has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life!  To learn more, visit watch the Wonderstruck video HEREor visit the website:  www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck have experienced the following symptoms:

-An inability to stop smiling
-An uncontainable desire to pray
-A loss of interest in judging others
-A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
-A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around

In fact, as I read a sneak peek of Wonderstruck, there was a  word, (really "two" words) at the beginning that intrigued and pulled me into the pages:  "pixie dust." 

That's right.  Pixie dust.  

Margaret isn't suggesting that you ask God for magic, but she states:  "Praying for pixie dust is a childlike expression of trust and hope -- trusting in both God's wisdom and winsomeness, finding hope in God's mercy and mirth."  She also describes a lovely picture of what Jesus was probably like with children: whispering in their ears, giving bear hugs and twirling them with delight. He declares that "the kingdom of God belongs to those who maintain childlike receptivity.  Those who refuse to receive the kingdom of God like a child will miss it entirely."  How many times have I missed it?  

Read my related November post, "Ageless Childlike Faith" HERE.   

Do you recall the phrase, "I want to feel like a kid again"?  That is what I want - to have more childlike receptivity and to be more responsive to Jesus as those children were with Him. I want to feel like a kid again.  

Oh, how not to be distracted in this life by "efficiency and effectiveness" and lose the simple closeness I can have of being in the presence of  Jesus!  I don't want to travel life alone and miss the wonders of what God can show me! I plan to open my arms wide with great expectation and know that He will never disappoint me.  I will be praying for pixie dust, and not "pray it safe."  

I hope you will join me in reading "Wonderstruck."  Let's pray for -- and expect -- wonder.  He's just waiting to show himself glorious to us.  Let's feel like kids again.  


Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.95 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble for all you savvy shoppers.  



  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Why Live "Wonderstruck?" with Margaret Feinberg


My friend, Margaret Feinberg has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life!  

To learn more, visit watch the Wonderstruck video HERE, or visit the website:  www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck

I have had the privilege of getting a sneak peak of her new book, and it is so good that I immediately ordered a print copy from Amazon, for the killer price of $7.57.  You can also order now and receive access to 6 exclusive gifts worth more than $300. Find out how, HERE.

While you are waiting for your order to process, here's more about Wonderstruck from Margaret herself:

Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?

"Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasons—some may be in one right now.

My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, 'God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.' 

God did not disappoint."

What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?

"Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.”

Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.

In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before."

Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?

"If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High?  We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and we’ll send you one."



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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Seeing God's Wonder

Photo from: http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/curtis/curtis.html
A wonder of this world that I would absolutely love to see is the Northern Lights.  For me, having the opportunity to see this mysterious and glorious light show would truly be a highlight in my earthly life.  

Unless I travel to the northern part of our hemisphere, I will not get to see this great wonder God has created.  However, I am so thankful for the many other wonders of God that I have experienced in my own backyard! 

Living in the Texas Hill Country, I regularly experience types of nature that are truly beautiful.  White-tailed deer are plentiful here, and waking in the morning to see three or four deer silently having breakfast in your backyard is truly a breathtaking moment designed by God for me to enjoy. 

My friend, Margaret Feinberg [www.margaretfeinberg.com], has a new book and 7-session Bible Study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God, releasing Christmas Day.  It is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life.  Wonderstruck [www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck] will help you:
  • Recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine
  • Unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days
  • Develope a renewed passion for God
  • Identifuy what's holding you back in prayer
  • Discover joy in knowing you're wildly loved
Want to learn more?  Sure you do!  Watch the Wonderstruck video here:  https://vimeo.com/53953257


So where have you seen the wonder of God in your life?
Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter Facebook or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right NOW with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.57 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble .