Journaling the God Stops for You from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thank you for coming by. I thought we’d take a break from our “If I could have coffee with God. . .” series because I have several “God Stops” I want to share with you. Grab your coffee and come on in to your favorite comfy place. 🙂

For those of you wondering what a “God Stop” is, it’s something I’ve learned from Beth Moore and just taken it to another level. Every morning I sit and have coffee with God and I begin to journal the things that I’m thankful for from the previous day. No matter how tough the day was, there is ALWAYS something to thank Him for. There is ALWAYS a moment or two or three that He imprinted His signature of love on in some way. Thanking Him for these “God Stops” is a great way to begin your time with Him. 🙂 I’ll be honest, and I’m sure it’s this way for some of you, too, sometimes, I’m easily derailed from the God Stops and I wind up on the negative track. I’m here to tell you that does happen but as soon as you recognize that, get right back to the God Stops.

Speaking of getting back, it’s been a while since I’ve shared some of those with you, so let me share a big one. My husband and I have landed where we believe He wants us at this time, and it feels safe; it feels right and there is peace. 🙂 That’s a huge relief, because as I shared in May’s monthly WOW (Words of Wisdom/Weapons of Warfare) our souls were getting real thirsty! I so understand Psalm 42:1 so much better, because I was that deer who was panting for the water brooks (spiritual refreshment, aka, fellowship and spiritual food)! a BIG thank you to Shiloh Christian Fellowship for the haven of rest that they were during the short time we were there! 🙂

Another big God Stop has to do with these book signings, which I have to be totally honest about: I’ve been having such a difficult time and dreading them! 🙁 I know that for many of my friends, they don’t get that because they consider me to be a total extrovert, but actually, I am introverted when it comes to many types of settings. See, because a lot of my junk is unpacked from my trunk, the true me is emerging and the true me loves to share, teach, encourage and lift others up, but the true me no longer needs to be the center of attention or the life of the party. So to sit in a corner, or wherever I’m sitting at these book signings, and wait for people to come up to my table is not only humbling – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but it’s so stinking uncomfortable. I think I am the biggest stockholder in Spandex because I truly am being stretched out of my comfort zone.

Well, let me share what happened at my last signing, because by golly, I think I’ve experienced a breakthrough! 🙂 Oh, before I do that, let me say that every book signing I have done, there has been at least one God Stop, and I have come to realize that it’s not about selling books, but more about divine appointments, aka, opportunities to speak encouragement into the lives of others.

Anyway, I was at the Citrus Plaza Starbucks, about an hour into the signing and I hadn’t really spoken to anybody, except for a “Hi, how are you?” or other casual phrases. So two girls walk in and I recognize one of them right away but they walk on by not even seeing me. By the time they’re done getting their drink and on their way back, the one that I recognized saw me and came over. We used to attend the same church and she actually does worship and attends the new church that we attend, and though I’ve seen her, she hasn’t seen us because it’s a pretty big church. Oh, did I mention that this church has a book store?

Anyway, she told me she’d been thinking a lot about me lately because of my first book and wondering how that was going. I was really surprised by that. I didn’t know she knew about my first book.  I showed her “A Cup of Encouragement” and explained how He had blessed me with the writing of it and the publication of it and that I believed He was using it to build an audience. She was genuinely excited. 🙂 Then I somewhat awkwardly and clumsily stated that I had wanted to talk to the pastor about putting it in the book store but . . . my sentence faded off into the coffee-aroma air unfinished as I realized that I probably never would have gotten the confidence to go and present it to the pastor! 🙂 🙁 🙂

She interrupted my negative thoughts with: “My husband helps with deciding what goes in the book store, so” – it was my turn to interrupt her. I picked up “A Cup of Encouragement for the Day” and handed it to her, while scribbling an invoice for inventory purposes and I said, “Here, you and Jason look this over and decide if you think it will work in the book store.” She didn’t hesitate one bit. 🙂 She even offered me her cell phone number. After we talked for a couple more minutes, her and her friend left. I knew within seconds of her leaving that had I not been at this book signing, in other words, had I not shown up, I never would have had that opportunity. It would have remained on my “I wonder if . . .” list! 🙂

I have one more God Stop to share with you from that same book signing. It happened after my lunch break and about an hour into the afternoon session. I was sitting there getting caught up on some Facebook messages and having my own pity party which included balloons pumped up with negative thoughts! I was determining in my own mind that I didn’t want to do these book signings anymore and I was going to stop pursuing them with such enthusiasm because I’m just not having fun and I’ve had about enough of this humble pie. 🙁  🙂

The book signing was scheduled to end at 5:30 and I had decided I wasn’t staying past 4:30. Well, about 3:45, some bright and beautiful angel came to my table and we began to talk. She’s an author as well, though not published yet. We both agreed that writing the book is only half of the journey and that a big part of the journey was the marketing. I confessed to her that I wasn’t having a good time sitting there trying to look like I was enjoying myself while people stared at me from a distance! This is what she said:

“Girl, do you realize that you are in the unique 20 percentile of the world because you are an author? You need to get up and go introduce yourself to some people as a newly-published author and show them your book. Not everyone can say they’ve written a book! “

I looked up at her with my mouth ajar because for the first time since I started doing these signings, something in me stirred. She went on to inspire me into action with a challenge: “I’m going to just sit right over there – never mind, I’m going to sit right here and watch you go introduce yourself and when you come back, I’ll critique you.”

That is exactly what I needed, a challenge, and then some critique. After trying it a couple of times, I was a bit more encouraged and a lot less discouraged. I felt as though I had a major breakthrough and I must remember this when I do my next book signing on July 7th. Just thinking about it I hear the words, ‘give me a cup of courage’,” but then I remember this angel and her words of inspiration and her challenge and that collides with the truth that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”!

Thanks for letting me share . . .



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One Response to “Journaling the God Stops for You from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Ellyn Fasel says:

    Thanks for the news!! I think it’s going to open some eyes.