The Lure of Lesser Lovers

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Now for today’s blog…

Friend, if you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, then you are His. He is yours. In one of my last posts, I talked about how God romances us. But why does He continue to woo you, to romance you on a daily basis? Why does he continue to pursue your heart? (He does, you know.) Because our minds forget. Spiritual amnesia runs rampant as we wander off to the wooing of other lovers.

“Step right up!” the barkers of the world’s Big Tent call. “Come and see the greatest show on earth!” And even though we know in our heart we’re going to be disappointed, we enter the tent flaps, find our way to the seat marked on the ticket stub, and wait to be entertained and amazed with all the world has to offer. In the end, we are always disappointed. This was not the greatest show after all. And even though we don’t deserve it, God woos us yet again.

Throughout the entire story, Rhett Butler tried to win her heart, but Scarlett was smitten by the milquetoast Ashley Wilkes. See her tears in the picture! Oh my.

Finally, as the story comes to a close, Rhett walks away in frustration. “I feel sorry for you, Scarlett,” he declares. “You are throwing away love with both hands and grabbing for that which will never love you.”

As I watched the movie, I kept thinking, doesn’t she see how much Rhett really loves her? He’d move heaven and earth to please her, if she would but let him. Why is she going after someone who would never make her truly happy?

 And we are Scarlet, ignoring the only One who can make us truly happy and chasing after figments of our imagination…things that will never make us happy—milquetoast lovers who pale in the shadow of the Lover of our Soul. Of course, in the end, Scarlett realizes her love for Rhett, and runs home to tell him so. But it is too late.

As with most analogies, this one has a fatal flaw…Jesus will never throw up his hands and walk away. “Here I am!” Jesus says. “I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20).

 Let’s Pray

Jesus, forgive me for being enticed by other lovers: people, possessions, religion, work, and the list goes on. I know You are the only One who loves me perfectly and completely. I open the door and welcome You. Thank You for continuing to pursue my heart every day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What do you think? 

What are some other lovers that pursue your heart?

Has there ever, ever, ever been any other person or possession that totally satisfied your soul?

Let’s make a list of other lovers that pull at a woman’s heart. Leave a comment  and I’ll combine them all to make a list and post it on a future blog.

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78 Responses to The Lure of Lesser Lovers

  1. Rachel August 30, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    The ‘stealers of the show’ for my attention is usually housework and the computer!! Guilt and condemnation usually follow in tow when I am distracted from spending time in God’s presence – even if I awake at 5.30am, I have to FIGHT to stay on track…

    • Jennifer howard September 3, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      I would really love to have this book . It’s very difficult to separate time and now I will stop trying .

  2. Louise Loo August 30, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Praises and compliments from others!

  3. Juliana Waszkiewicz August 30, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Hello Sharon!

    Thank you for the devotional today! Great reminder, and, first of all, i want you to know that your work with devotionals is a great blessing helping me to make the warmth of God’s love a part of my mornings.

    Now for the list…. ill give 3: men, family, beauty (as in “invest all your time and money in looking like this supermodel and you will be then worthy and happy”).

  4. Nicky August 30, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thank you Sharon this word was in season. On Sunday morning the call came again from Jeremiah 3 and 1Chronicles 30 to come back and serve God wholeheartedly. And while hearing this I sat there and thought why does God keep on pursuing me when I keep on being unfaithful to him? And the answer is simply – love. It’s His very nature, entirely filled with pure true love. But the question was still how can He love a broken, bruised soul like mine? And the answer still is love. And He kept on whispering to me His promises in His word that He will never cut down a bruised reed and that He will not extinguish a smoldering wick.
    And oh how have I been lured by an inadequate lover who satisfies my flesh temporarily, it does nothing NOTHING for my soul, but yet I fall into his arms so often and leave empty. And then there I am naked and shameful, reeking of my lesser lover’s cologne and every time, every time God calls me back. Unconditional love, grace and mercy! I am overwhelmed. Totally and utterly wooed, I fell in love again and I gave Him my heart.

  5. Kate Walsh August 30, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Alcohol. Sometimes when things get hard some women will drink a whole bottle of red wine to drown their sorrows rather than talk to God or get help from other people or some young girls will go out and get drunk every weekend. Sorry if I offend anyone.

  6. Jean August 30, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    For me the pull of other lovers are people. I think they should satisfy my needs. I always seem to forget that they will always disappoint. Jesus is always ready for me to sit at His feet and He always has the right answer for me. I have to continually remind myself that others cannot do that for me. Thank you for your daily devotions. I have just started reading them and they seem to speak to me. It’s the girl thing I think. Ha.

  7. Pamala Hodge August 30, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Sharon,
    This one really showed me how much I am like Scarlet. I always that she was dumb. Not I realize that it is me that’s dumb! I have allowed the lovers of my job, being a servant, and running a household wooooo me! As of today I am vowing to let my heart, ears, eyes only be receptive to wooing of my heavenly Father!! I want to elaborate on the being a servant. I am constantly serving. If anyone needs help I’m there. Or if I see a need that I can help with I will offer the help. I go as far as volunteering my family for things without asking them! (Bad I know). But in all this serving I’m doing, Jesus isn’t always the center focus of my heart. I am not the romatic type so wooing is difficult for me. Please pray that I will be able to make this change! Thank you and God Bless!!

    • Sharon August 30, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      We are so dumb to go after lesser lovers! I just look at her face and cringe!

  8. Rebecca August 30, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    My list is
    acceptance or peer pressure
    computer
    work
    TV
    kids
    thoughts (as a woman I tend to even multi task during my time with God)

    but really it all boils down to “time management” Like has been said so much lately I have to choose to put HIm first and make the decision to spend time with him. I can so many days say that I will talk with God later or read my Bible later but as the day goes on I just don’t “find” the time. But if I decide to do it first then I don’t have to worry about “finding” the time.

  9. Jackie August 30, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    What about the lure of fashions & jewelry. I find I continually need to temper this in me.

  10. Taña August 30, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Personally I have been persued by alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, relaxation and comfort, entertainment and being center of attention. Ick! Talk about lesser lovers! I am so grateful Jesus never gives up even though I don’t deserve his love!

  11. nancy August 30, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Sharon
    Yes Jesus continues to woo me. He’s really put on the charm lately. I love it! Oh but I will admit there are many that tug at my heart. My two sons are the biggest lovers in my heart next to Jesus. My husband can be but I’m not happy with him right now. Then there is the usual stars and famous people. Michael W Smith has really taken a spot in my heart but I can’t help it. Not only is he good looking but he is madly in love with the Lord and so talented. I can’t help but not allow him to tug at my heart. It’s hard in today’s world to love just one. I’m so glad I have Jesus in my heart to send me reminders of his love a how to keep me in line. However no matter who has a place on my heart, The Lord is who satisfies me to no end.
    As I posted yesterday I have started a new blog to display my poems that I’ve been writing. I will post one day. I’d really like it if you would read the post I did last night. It’s called Oh Beautiful Day. The weather was so perfect yesterday and the day was just right, so naturally I had to tell the Lord what was on my heart. It’s full of praise and love for the Lord. I am in constant awe of how long the Lord waited for me. He wooed me a very very long time. It comforts me to know that all this time I was not abandoned. I feel foolish for taking so long, however, I’ve been forgiven. Best decision I’ve made ever.

    • Sharon August 30, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      I just love your honesty!

  12. Nancy August 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Food! Why do I turn to it instead of to God to comfort me and satisfy my soul?

  13. Janice Bentley August 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    At one time I allowed my husband to tug at my heart and lull me away from my first love, Jesus. My husband is a Believer, so it was through no fault of his that I allowed this to happen, but it did. I was taken to my knees, and kept there for a few years, by a tragedy that happened in my life. That gave me time to put God back in His rightful place as first in my heart. And it took the pressure off my husband to be my “completer”, because he can never be that. That is God’s job.

  14. Christina August 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I have found the biggest one for me would be Romantic Comedy movies. They start out with the lonely girl always dreaming of that debonair, charming young man, but never able to find him (I feel that is something I can relate to). Then, as the movie progresses she meets Mr. Charming-Handsome-Funny-Romantic, he sweeps her off her feet, they fall in love, ride off on his honeymoon stallion and live happily ever after. It feels good to lose myself in that imaginary world, but then, it is over as soon as it started and I am left with an emptiness, yet still lusting for that facade of what love really is just because it gives my old-man temporary satisfaction.

  15. Angie August 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Something that comes to mind is husbands….we rely on them to “fill our love tank” and when they fall short, we feel devastated and perhaps we question his devotion, loyalty, and honor. But our husbands are mere men and the expectation of them to woo us continually is an unrealistic expectation. Thank you Sharon for this devotion. I thank you for allowing God to work through you to speak especially to me as I have been struggling with just such a thing over the past month! Only His love is continuous and we are shown that in several ways – one of them being demonstrations of love from our husbands. That demonstration was prompted by God in the first place so it is to Him that we give the credit of the wooing and then thanks to our husband for being the vessel.

  16. KaTrina August 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    My children… they are my life and everything involving them consumes me.

  17. Darcie August 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Attention (from anyone or anything), pride, money, drugs/alcohol…

    I loved this post and shared it with my online Bible study group. It is SO easy to be distracted and wooed from our relationship with Jesus. But, in the same breath, it is SO easy to fall in love and stay in love with Him! He wants to love us and give us all the attention we desire. I pray that we as women would remain faithful to our call and love the ONE man who will never betray us or break our hearts! 🙂

  18. Beth Rose August 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    my own children
    my husband
    what others think about me
    money-making it and spending it
    myself
    fear
    worry
    eating
    coffee
    pride
    entertainment
    jealousy

  19. Kathy August 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Sharon, this has truly been something on my heart for a while. I have pulled away from church, people and even my family, but I still long to be with them and to have peace in the midst. My hurt overwhelmed me and I saw and felt only fear. I know and say that we all are not perfect and that people make mistakes, but yet I find myself being critical when I am overwhelmed in my own emotions and forget to BREATHE. God continues to touch my heart and speak to me, telling me what decisions to make and what not to say, but I allow my flesh to dictate the outcome rather than give in to His truth. I now understand what means to be spiritually blind and pray that He will help me to keep my eyes on him and not man. When I allow man to establish expectations, I get disappointed.
    Thank you for this eyeopener.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  20. wendy August 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    my worries and problems – yes even the ones I find myself handing to Jesus only to go run back and grab them! But each time He reminds me “Sis, I got this.”.

  21. Amy August 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I am sooooo Scarlet. I am such a task oriented person. I would even turn down a friends invite for lunch if a job on my list “needed” done. I always have a list going of things to accomplish each day. When I go to bed at night, the list is all completed, I feel empty. Yet, the very next day I accomplish the task of completing the entire list to perfection and again the emptiness is there. I am running to my Ashley, (finish my list) knowing that this will NEVER fill me. Lord thank you for pursuing me. I know that you created and wired me to be a task oriented person. Help me to use this in me to your glory. I don’t want to wait to the end of my story to come running to you. I choose You this day to fill my heart!

  22. Lucy August 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Sharon, I had prayer that God would show me through my morning devotions today His desires for me! I am in the middle of a seperation from my husband who has numerous addictions and refuses to address them! I asked God to be my husband two weeks ago and that has been the most wonderful gift ever! God has given me specific gifts daily and showed me love, protection, provisions and care! I have a new relationship with him like never before! My addict husband continues to play with my heart and try to get me back, but I finally told him that he has been replaced by God! God is the lover of my soul and I thank you for your devotion this morning! Isn’t God good and right on the money with showing us His plan! I thank God for working through you and I love waking up to Girlfriends In God each morning! Love In Christ, Lucy

  23. Swansong August 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    What a wonderful devotional article! Yes, I’ve definitely had my Scarlet O’Hara moments in terms of “other” lovers. The “lovers” that lure my heart away from my ‘First Love’ are the worlds I create in my own imagination. The characters I write and the stories that thrill me. I tend to live too much IN them and FOR them. My fairy tale fantasies often woo my heart away from God, and oddly enough, it was those same fantasies, theater, music and stories, that indirectly led me to Him in first the place. I’m in a very difficult season in my life right now. My husband of 35 years has Alzheimers-so I am always looking to escape the pain and sadness of what is happening to him. I’m ashamed to say that my imagination or a good fantasy book, is often the place I go for escape instead of into the arms of my ‘First Love’ through prayer and worship. But like Scarlet, I am weak and frightened, and I don’t always see the truth about what my heart really needs. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Sharon!

  24. Carolyn August 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Sometimes its seemly “good” things that woo us away from Jesus! Today I heard Charles Stanley talking about how we as Christians will turn to music, camp and fun things of our faith when the number one thing should be a relation with the One true God! I was very convicted because I listen to Christian music all day and think I am in relationship! Praise Jesus, that He is always there to take us back and love on us!

  25. Jen August 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    selfish ambitions
    fears and insecurities
    looking towards others for approval
    “chasing after the elusive purple unicorn”- you know, the things that don’t really exist and won’t make a difference in your life for the better but we still go after it trying to fill that hole in our hearts that only God can fill.

    • Juliusz December 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Great post and one that I can really retale to! My own garden is a shambles, tree debris litters the sides of the driveway, plants have overgrown their garden beds, weeds are springing up like crazy. Indoors is a little better but still needs work.My life is a little like that, too. I have let the weeds of life clutter my mind and other areas of my life. It’s time to step up and move out of that phase. Time to unclutter and prune my own life in so many ways.I’m not waiting for tomorrow. I’m starting today. It’s time to let the seeds that God has planted sprout and come into full bloom and time to prune the stuff which is not bearing fruit.

  26. Ellen Lukens August 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Hello Sharon,

    I just love your devotional’s they touch my heart everytime. God’s word is so true it took me a long time to realize this. After reading your devotional I thought of the things that I use to go after that never satisfied me. Like going after different men, drinking, spending lots of money that I did not have. Those things left me so empty, and miserable. Until, one day the Lord really spoke to my heart he was saying to me aren’t you tired of chasing after things that leave you so empty? Yes I was very tired I was saved I knew I was doing wrong; that day I got on my knees, and cried out to him Lord please forgive me of all my sins restore your fellowship in me that was there at one time. I left the Lord he never left me isn’t that wonderful that he never leaves us that he brings you back to life. I was in darkness for awhile but now I see the light. He’s my Heavenly Father lover of my soul I love him so much. Im never empty anymore, I have peace in my life. He’s working in my heart everyday purusing me it’s so wonderful. I can go on and on about the Lord however, I need to pray and get my school work done. I’m going back to school at almost 55 years old. Pray for me it’s very hard to study ,and try to do everything else that needs to be done. Praise the Lord for he is great!!!!!!

    In Christ Love,

    Ellen Lukens

  27. Donna August 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    For me, shopping/buying shoes and clothing has been an obsession until recently; the urge to buy more and more can become quite strong, very much like an alcoholic needing a drink. I have since recognized this unhealthy habit for what it is and know that behind the urge to keep shopping is a need that only God can satisfy. You don’t need more clothing and shoes by the hundreds; you need God to fill that empty hole that shoes and clothing cannot fill.

  28. LaKesha Williams August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Parents, children, husband, job, housework, church ministries, people.

  29. valerie August 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Problems I worry about, my boys, my husband, even my dogs can woo me away!

  30. Cherise August 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    In addition to too much time on the computer, I’ve found I spend more time doing things for the Body of Christ than spending time with Christ. While I’m still learning as I study the Word and put lessons together for others, I’m not spending quality time praying and listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying to me about me.

  31. Debbie Holzmacher August 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    The purchase of our dream home!! I so needed this, this morning!! My pursuit of other things other than the Lover of my soul! Whom have I in heaven but thee and besides thee I desire NOTHING else!!! My heart and my flesh may fail but God is my portion!!

  32. Susan August 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Thank you! Food ~ my food addiction. God is truly with me this week and showing me to make the right choices. Thank you. Love & blessings, Susan

  33. Mery August 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Thank God for you, Sharon. He has used you for so many lives! Thank you for letting God use you, really your testimony has changed me. For me the “lovers” that keep me more distracted are pleasure, vanity, and sometimes leisure.

  34. Sheryll August 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    babies-they always have and always will steal my hear. I can become so wrapped up in small (young) children, that I don’t know what else is going on around me.

  35. Colleen August 31, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    I will call friend after friend and relatives, to ask “pray for me about….”, when I have not even brought it to the one who loves me and is waiting for me to cast my cares on Him. By the time I realize how I’ve been distracted to give my needs to truly dear friends, i have wasted much time by not going to the lover of my soul first.

  36. Sai August 31, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Dunno if this is a right state to be in… I’m married for just under a year and i have been giving all my attention and time for my husband who is really loving and doting.. I have gone far from spending quality time with the Lord and have got accustomed to a busy routine.. home and work… I try to read the ‘girlfriends’ devotionals as I start my day at work and I find there constant reminders of a God who keeps wooing me back to him

  37. Roxy August 31, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    i used to be emotionally dependent with the one person in my life, when few years back he broke my heart and crushed my soul. It was then that I realized that i actually idolized him even trust him about my faith. I was so in the depths of depression that even death seemed so precious, when God spoke to my being and the Holy Spirit made me understand what He said in Isaiah 48:10-12 – “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” and in 2 Cor 12:9 (portion only) – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
    It took a while for me to heal, having tried to subject myself to evil things. But God must have loved me so much to keep evil things away from me. He gave me enough time alone for myself to learn to trust only Him and no one else; to love Him above all else; and to pursue just Him while alive…

  38. Vicky August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Facebook has kept me from giving God me time, watching soaps because I am not home to watch them during the day, hitting that snooze button constantly; all these things I allow to get in the way of me and my precious Groom!

  39. A September 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I think that there are many things that distract me in our lives:
    – electronics (tv, instegram, phones, etc.)
    – work
    – friends
    – family
    – tasks (chores, cooking, etc.)
    But we just need to take a break, and listen to God’s beautiful voice calling our names.

    Thank you for your devotional Mrs. Jaynes! I need to remember to live my life for God, it doesn’t mean I have to do, it just means to honor him in every little way that I can!!!

    God bless you!!!

  40. Tracy September 2, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    food and approval of other people – and facebook~
    I am so grateful for this post! so many good answers and things to think about! I never put it in terms of Ashley versus Rhett before, but yes – i turn to food for comfort when the people in my life “let me down”, and facebook is stealing my time to prepare for and invest in the purpose God intends me to fill. I don’t want to be like one of the five foolish virgins who got locked out because too late they realized they hadn’t gotten enough oil! I need my quiet time with God every morning to start my day on a solid foundation. and if I start to feel unsure or hungry for more through out the day, I should be “snacking” on some meditated Word. Reconnecting with my Source, not adding chocolate or carbs of some kind to fill the gnawing feeling when I am trying to avoid more conflict with co-workers or family members to keep their approval instead of following what I know in my heart is God’s instruction! Thank you Sharon – very timely reminder 🙂

  41. Angella September 3, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks a lot for today’s devotional. I really need to erase the line between the secular and sacred in my life. . Left job, family friends , church where I was very active moved to a different country because of my husbands job. He is doing well,but not me. Spent years trying to have a baby, and was lonely just could not focus on God. We prayed. He finally blessed us with our son! He is almost three, but the past years, I have been overwhelmed with the secular; cooking cleaning , taking care of my baby alone in every way,taking care of every aspect of the house, taking care of the husband etc. I always get to bed tired and have to drag myself out of bed to start another day. Sometimes, I can read the word, sometimes I can pray. But I want to say since a friend signed me up for girl friends devotional, it’s a lot better. Thank you all so much. I appreciate this. I am still below where I was and desire to be in my walk with the lord. Often alone and having no one to talk to or visit, doesn’t help at all. I really badly need this book. But the devotional today is of great help. I will put it in practice from today. Knowing I have not spent time with the father by the end of the day really leaves a horrible glory ache! I love the lord and I want the feeling of closeness and great fellowship back! I need it, badly! I read the free sample chapter but I know it will take a while for the book to be available in our bookshops here in Africa. And there is no ebook yet, I think? I just have to get my hands on this book somehow!
    Once again, thank you Mrs Jaynes and all the other girlfriends! You are precious!

  42. REBECCA September 3, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    its have always been a big doubt for me how to every chores you handle for the glory of GOD, i made an attempt to practice but could not found the right step.. like some of our daily routines i just cannot relate it for GOD’S glory….

  43. Larna September 3, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    HI Sharon,

    Thank you for this message, for it is to find a man who can love me and treasure me with all their heart and to be accepted and loved by others.
    most of my life I have had to pay for a little bit of love from anyone, even my own parents and that made amd still makes me feel as if I am only loved when I can do something for others. sometimes even with God I feel that he is not really there for me for many reasons and now I have even decided to start paying my tithes just so that I can feel his presence in my life… I might be wrong but that is just how my life has been I all I want is for that to change for good.

  44. BECKY September 3, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    i found it difficult to relate every day chores for the glory of GOD…….. plz help

  45. Rose September 3, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Hi Sharon

    responding to todays Girlfriends e-letter and… I need this book!
    Praying I may be picked for the free copy.
    Lots of love to you and the girlfriends for their huge and important outreach to sisters globally. xxxooxxx

  46. Lindy September 3, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I need this book! I love the Girlfriend in God devotionals, I so relate to Amanda and this one: The Lure of lesser lovers is so much of what God is showing me we as people are doing.. We look at others and wonder how they can make the choices they do but though our choices have different faces, we also fall into the same trap. Thank you for the awesome content!

  47. Angie Wisler September 3, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I need this book!!!!!

  48. Diann Holbrook September 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Dear Sharon,

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing, I so related to Amanda’s story. I have a full time job and take care of my parents. I have a recently divorced daughter that I try to help, and a little grandson. I feel guilty when I don’t get to spend more time seeking God. My husband wants to drive me to work so I really don’t get any time in the car. Did I mention my husband is on disability so he is always at home. I really pray for the “Glory” of God’s presence in my life.

    Thank-you,

  49. Tammie September 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Thank you for day’s devo
    tion. I need a book to guide me to do everything with and for God.

  50. Tracye September 3, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Good Morning Sharon!
    I just read your devotional “When You Feel There’s Just Not Enough Time”.
    I am that person! I get up early, have a 1.5 to 2 hour commute (each way) to
    work, and when I get home at night, I’m so exhausted and I
    only want to rest. I’m so glad God has given you a vision to write A Sudden Glory.

    I need this book!!!

    Tracye

  51. Candice September 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I thoroughly enjoyed today’s post! What perfect timing! I woke up this morning thinking about tomorrow, the first day of a new school year for me, a third grade teacher. I’m also enrolled in a doctorate program, working in a inclusion classroom this year (with half the class having special needs), and raising three boys (ages 2, 4, and 10) by myself. So busy, yet wondering how I can still find that special time to spend with our Lord. Yes, I need this book to help me erase the lines I’ve created between the secular and spiritual world, when it comes to the daily grind and praise and worship. 🙂

  52. Kia McNeil September 3, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I need this book!

  53. Patsy September 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Thank you for todays message, We wake up every morning with finishing are day because we are thinking of everything we have to do, and not inviting God to start are day with us. I need this book I need his Sudden Glory

  54. Kathryn Van Dorp September 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Good morning! As I read your devotional this a.m. what came to mind was when we were “in training” for our special needs daughter. Each time a therapist came our older son was “left by the wayside” which in the end proved very dangerous for him…he in his wee mind decided it would be better to visit Oma way down the road than stay and be left out. When I saw him on the road, things needed to change. It became clear that if this was to be a “good thing” for “all” I had to take charge and be responsible so we decided together that instead of only a one to one we would all “learn” together how to exercise our daughter and do it within the Everyday duties and living that we did. i.e. we would play together on the “ball” or do “speech” things as a game together! Physiotherapy was done outside in playing. It was great mostly. So in reading your blog on the other loves and feeling guilty makes me think of that and the same with growing in our spiritual lives, do it within the daily context of living your day. My best devotional time was “in the bathroom”. Short but sweet :)! With 3 children plus 2 from neighbours and living on a farm it was how it had to work. He blessed us through it all and now I have the time…..to devote to Him. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Kathryn

  55. Sherry Tharp September 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head!! I feel like amanda! I struggle to juggle everything and constantly feel like a failure! Id love to have this book!! I work 40 hrs or less a week, am taking care of my elderly dad, hes living with me now, go out of town to check on and feed his cows, go to his home in a different town to check his mail and help him pay his bills. Plus i have my own family , house and stuff to do. i feel stuck between both the secular and spiritual worlds. I use my driving time as prayer time

  56. Elaine Tomasello September 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I need this book!

  57. Courtney September 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I would love a copy of your new book.

  58. Bernie McGinty September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Sharon, I do need this book. I live alone and sometimes it is really lonely so I spend alot of my time reading. I have two daughters-in-law that I would love to share this book with. They are mothers of young children and I know their time is precious. Perhaps this book could help them learn to commune with God while doing other things.I love your devotionals and have been reading them everyday for about two years now. Keep up the good work and God bless.

  59. Bernie McGinty September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Sharon, I do need this book. I live alone and sometimes it is really lonely so I spend alot of my time reading. I have two daughters-in-law that I would love to share this book with. They are mothers of young children and I know their time is precious. Perhaps this book could help them learn to commune with God while doing other things.I love your devotionals and have been reading them everyday for about two years now. Keep up the good work and God bless.

  60. Becky Hardcastle September 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you so much for your wise words and encouragement every day in GIG!!! I am going through a different time in my life right now. My father passed away in Feb. of this year. I had hip surgery in June, and now am trying to make everyone around me happy. I know it cannot be done on my own, but with God all things are possible. I particularly am having a hard time with my mother. She was never a happy person before my father died, and is now an even more difficult person to deal with. I am the oldest daughter, and all negativity is heaped on me. I feel like I am constantly trying to make everything right in her world, but am neglecting my own. I am trying to heal physically; but seem to be so much more depressed every day. I realized from my sunday school class yesterday that God is my only hope at giving it all to him. I look forward to reading your book “A Sudden Glory”. Thank you so much for being here to share your life’s work!!!! God Bless you in an abundant way!!!!!

  61. Mary F September 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Sharon- The stealer of my waiting on God and listening to His still small voice is not sticking to my schedule of early in the morning seeking Him….then the demands of the world start to crowd out my time….also listening too much to what the world says is so important ….take for example eating healthy, therefore shopping, recipes, preparing etc…I wonder what Jesus would say about all this… when He said the Kingdom of God is not meat or drink but righteousness, peace, joy…or how the poor have to be content with whatever they can find….Jesus’ menu seemed to be simple- some fish and loaves…

  62. Grace Kruse September 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Thanks Sharon for that wonderful thoughts for today! God indeed is truly using this to teach us. Indeed God’s timing is perfect! I absolutely need this wonderful book:)

  63. jennifer September 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    im a teenager and i feel the same way amanda does. Sometimes school work is too much that i tend to spend less time with him. i always feel terrible for not spending time with God. i need this book (:

  64. Cathy September 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Feel just like Amanda in your post today. So many demands, I don’t know which end is up. My emotions are so raw I can hardly see straight. Not even sure all these words are spelled right! I need “Sudden Glory”! I need to scream, but I can’t even do that right now! GOD help me!

  65. Jen September 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Yes, I am the selfish scarlet too.
    Thank God He had to let me go.
    He allows me to try to fill the void in my own way.
    He does not force me to love Him.
    He allowed me to make mistakes.
    He gives me LOTs of rooms to grow.

    I am thankful that I do not need to force Him to love me back when I am the most unlovable person that I can be.
    I do not need to do anything to make Him love me more.
    We may be able to fool ourselves and pretend to love God or someone, but God can never pretend how much He loves us. 🙂

    I praise God for not forcing me to love Him, because He truly knows when I do not need to pretend how much I love Him. Peter realized how much he loves God after he denied Jesus three times (John 21:17). Jesus was never insecure for asking Peter those questions. God knew Peter was the insecure one and He made it clear to Peter that He prayed for him already. This clearly shows that we love Jesus, because He loves us and not because we love Him. We are only lying if we claim to love God but never experienced the kind of love that Peter found in his repentant heart. David and so many others in the bible can know and testify that only the love of Jesus can make us truly love Him. 🙂

    Spending time with Him does not tell Him that we love Him, but knowing that our whole heart, body, mind and soul belongs to Jesus. It is not about our time, but it is all about Jesus in our heart, body, mind and soul!

    It is time for me to get out of this chair to follow Him and feed His sheeps! LOL 😀

  66. cindy September 4, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!

  67. Elsie Davies September 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Hello Sharon my name is Elsie Davies i really need your book. I am a young women with a lot of problem. I am a full time employee as well as a full time student. I am focus, dedicated, passionate, faithful, hard working and always seek the Lord at my job or at school. I am having problem at home, when i get home for the weekend my body and flesh become very lazy and do not want to do anything.This problem as been going on for a while, i will pray about but do not see any change within me. During the week i will not seek the Lord nor get my life organized like i do at work or school. When ever i am home i get into a lazy mood and do notting, i turned into a procasting person, my school work do not get done on time, my house is not as clean as my office. I wast God time with watching T.V. for hours. I have pray but i do not think i am truly listening for God voice or instruction on my life. I faithfuly ready your devotion send to me via email from you and the other ladies. But i notice is that i am not faithful, commited to God on the weekend as i am during the Week. I really need prayer and help on how to fix my lazy soul, spirit, procasting body and flesh. I am madly in love with God and he is the only Husband for me, He has never let me down and i do not want to let my Father down. The Lord means a lot to me, so i really need help on changing my ways and how to ready. I have books at home but i do not like to ready, T.v has been my comfort for so long as i can remember. As a little child it was the only place i feel love and where no one could hurt me since i grown up in a family with no love. My family do not show affection nor expresses their love towards each other. I need delieverance of this lazy and depended spirit on t.v out of my life.

  68. Tammy September 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I am TRULY in need of this Book!

  69. Terri September 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    I need this book!! I am a people pleaser and never to seem to have any time for me or for prayer.

  70. Lisa September 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I walk every morning , I pulled weeds, I paid my bills, I organized my files and I cleaned house to the glory of GOD today. PRAISE THE LORD I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

  71. Lisa September 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I walk every morning , I pulled weeds, I paid my bills, I organized my files and I cleaned house to the glory of GOD today. PRAISE THE LORD I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

  72. victoria September 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I woke up at 6:45 am today, took did my morning toilet, made my son’s breakfast, went to work, worked 5.5 hrs, went to the university, and took my course book from the library – all to the glory of God!

  73. dee September 7, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Hi Sharon

    I have been enticed by the need to make a name for myself
    In my career. I spend hours and hours at work to perfect my craft so
    I can do my best. I also have a deep longing for friendships. I moved from huome to pursu a career leaving my husband behind. Its tough being in a new city, often am lonely, when I extend invitations to the friends and they repeatedly decline I feel crushed. Maybe I have offended people. I have come to realise God only is all I need. I have been lured by the need fo people’s approval and have become shallow because I don’t speak my mind as I should or stand up for my beliefs. I gained weight because of my addiction to food.

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