Growing Grass

(Not the kind you smoke)

Growing Grass“All people are like grass … the grass withers.” 1 Peter 1:24

“The grass withers … but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8

Some grow flowers or vegetables or fruit, but I grow grass … sometimes. Too many days I merely dampen the graves of dead seed.

Growing grass shouldn’t be hard. It grows natural (I hear) but not in my yard. In my yard I have to coax each blade from the earth. For fourteen years I’ve struggled to cover our lot with Bermuda grass. Experts say Bermuda likes hot weather and doesn’t need a lot of water. They should tell this to the blades of Bermuda in my yard.

Southern Living MagazineFor me, growing grass is like selling books. At first I have high hopes that all the seed will take root and soon I’ll have a lush, green lawn. Then, as the hard-baked soil blooms into wind-blown dust, I merely hope for some grass. Weeks pass, months, years … A few patches of green appear but it’s never what I imagined and certainly not what I see in Southern Living Magazine.

I do my part. I buy new top soil, sow seed, water as directed, and still all I get are bare spots with a few sprigs. I’m still speaking of grass, but my lawn is a metaphor of my book sales.

And not just my book sales, but the sales of many of our LPC authors. For two years I’ve prayed that each LPC book would sell 100 copies a month. That’s 3 sold copies a day. Doesn’t seem like that would be hard, but as with the seed in my yard, selling even one copy a day can be a tall task for some titles.

That’s why I’m always looking for new sales avenues – and help from God.

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7

I don’t give up on books. Not mine – not those of our LPC authors. If it’s God’s will to bless our words and effort, then we will reap a full harvest – of this I’m sure.

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

Selling books is like growing grass. We can do our part – sow, water, pray – but only God can make a thing grow. This is one reason I place such great value on prayer. Based on my experience, it’s the only thing that causes grass to grow and books to sell.

Please circle in prayer: “Lord, LPC and Christian Devotions Ministries are our church – a community of believing authors committed to serving You. Please show Eddie how to lead. Give him strength, wisdom, discernment, opportunities, and stamina. May you bless his hand. Expand his boundaries; enlarge his areas of influence for You. Keep him from sin and pain. May your strong hand be upon him. Lord, you have promised to be with us wherever we go. Lead us forward, now.”

If you would like to join my Circle Maker Prayer Team, click on this link. No pay – just a chance to pray and help a struggling writer and book publisher.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were gasping for breath? by Judith Rolfs

Breathless: Connecting Your Heart With God'sWouldn’t it be nice if you were gasping for breath? Not from physical exercise, although that’s great too, but spiritual exercise that leaves us panting for God?

Haven’t we all had moments when an inner thrill left us wanting more? Like when we take that first plunge in the ocean to enter the world of stillness then sound in a new dimension.

Or the inner excitement mid-point, not at the top of a roller coaster ride (which can be a mite scary) and not at the end when you’re sad it’s over, but smack dab in the middle of the descent when you experience pure exhilaration.

Is this the way we can feel about God?

Oh yes! Readers have told me my Breathless Devotionals help them do it!

God’s not the problem, we are. It often takes a tad of inspiration to get us through the veil of concern with the moment to enter into excitement of God.

Yes, reading the Bible is a good, and that’s how I began coming up with my Breathless Devotionals, but sometimes humanly conceived words oil the presence-of-God-awareness engine quite well.

How will you know if you don’t try? Just a few moments a day.  Get Breathless friends connecting your heart with God’s. You can have breath-taking insights of your own. 

God’s Provision in Tough Times by LaTan Murphey

God’s Provision in Tough TimesFaith, prayer, courage and steadfastness—I feel empowered just saying each word.  But real power is experienced when faith, prayer, courage, and steadfastness is lived out—put into practice. This is the difference between ‘talking the talk’ and ‘walking the walk.’

I watched, listened, and learned from my grandparents and parents during times of hardship.  They chose to react in faith—prayerfully and courageously as they stood steadfast in faith, on the principles of God’s word. These memories have often carried me through bleak days marked unwontedly on my life calendar.  Little did I know, their examples of perseverance, would display powerful survival tactics—helping me to endure as I encountered my own hardships.

Pain becomes power as we find courage to share our experiences with others.  I am honored to share the personal trials my family has endured throughout the pages of our new book entitled:  God’s Provision in Tough Times.  With pen in hand my prideful vulnerability turned honest in hopes you too might find strength in your time of need.

Perhaps you are going through a tough time or know someone who is. Be sure to order your copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times today.  You will be amazed by how many different kinds of trials each chapter represents.  Each contributing writer penned their painful experience—sharing one common purpose:  The desire to help YOU!

We pray you will find faith through prayerful living along with courage and steadfastness of heart as you walk through your own difficult circumstance.

You are not alone friend.  Order your copy today on Amazon.com. We would love to hear how God met your need during difficult times and how our book helped you find hope in the midst of hardship.  So be sure to leave a review after reading it.

God’s Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by Authors:

 Cynthia Howerter (cynthiahowerter.com) and LaTan Roland Murphy (latanmurphy.com) –  along with guest writers:   Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin