I was a young, teenage mom when I gave my life to God. I had completely gotten my life off track, but when I prayed that prayer of relinquishment I trusted that God could do something with my life. Boy, He didn’t disappoint.
Over the years I’ve been involved in wonderful churches with dedicated believers. I’ve walked through life with a godly man, and I’ve done my best to encourage and inspire others … but looking back most of what I’ve learned about discovering God’s will for my life I’ve learned from some really powerful books.
Below are six books that have transformed my life. They’ve helped me to focus on the most important things. They’ve helped me to set my eyes on eternity. They’ve guided me in discovering God’s will.
All of these books are biblically based. And in the case of Joanna Weaver and Sally Clarkson, I know these women personally, and they truly live what they write about. In the other cases, I’ve watched these godly people for a long time, and they also live what they believe.
It’s important to open our hearts to God’s Word. (Very!) It’s important to seek the wisdom of others, too … even if it’s in the pages of the book.
I hope you take time to read one … read three … read all six! And when you do I want you to send me and note and tell me how their words have impacted you, too!
Finally, take time to ponder the quotes I’ve selected. The key to discovering God’s will is taking time to think about God’s plans for this earth, for eternity, and His plans your place in both.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
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Experiencing God Workbook
“The truth is that God can do anything He pleases through an ordinary person who is fully dedicated to Him.”
― Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing God
The Circle Maker
“Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don’t just pray. Keep a prayer journal. Define your dream. Claim your promise. Spell your miracle.”
— Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Own Your Life
“From the moment we take our first breaths, our days are numbered, so how we live matters. The decisions we make—the important ones and, yes, the mundane ones too—they all matter. Everyday decisions add up to form the life we live and the legacy we leave behind.”
— Sally Clarkson, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
“All over the world, people go to unimaginable lengths to find God–which is sad when you consider the unimaginable lengths God has already gone to find us”
— Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life
The Purpose Drive Life
“You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.”
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life What on Earth am I Here For?
“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
— Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God