Monday, February 18, 2013

when you forget to pray for You (giveaway!) and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

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I just have to tell you that one of the highest honors of hosting this gathering every week is getting to know you, being able to support you, and learning from you.  It's incredibly rewarding to be able to facilitate relationship growth, to be able to read your blog words, and see what you're up to on Facebook.  God uses Facebook, you know.  

Many weeks ago, a fellow Soli Sister, Julie Gillies, put a prayer request out of Facebook.  She was in incredible pain at the time.  I commented on her post to ask if I could send out an urgent prayer request to the the SDG group so that we might lift her up and ask for healing.  She immediately responded with a "yes!"  Later that day, God whispered to her that she would be healed and very soon after, her pain was gone.

After that little bit of conversation and the miraculous presence of God, Julie asked me to review her new book, Prayers for a Woman's Soul.  I said "yes" of course because it's my personal mission to collect books and art produced by fellow Soli Sisters because I wanted to help her in any way possible.  And clearly, we are a praying group, so I knew y'all would be interested.

Essentially this book is about being diligent about praying for YOU.  Just like we are often the last ones to sit down at the kitchen table to eat dinner (which is usually cold by then), we are often the last on our list for prayer.  I cannot count how many times I knew I needed to pray for myself, but began to feel guilty, and so I prayed for everyone else first.  By the time I got around to me, I had either fallen asleep or my attention was needed elsewhere.

But as Julie speaks of airplanes and oxygen masks, we are reminded that praying for ourselves is about survival.  She writes:

"Praying for myself has enabled me to persevere when I wanted to quit, to forgive when I wanted to hold a grudge, to hope when reality screamed "Impossible!" and to remain close to God when I ached so badly I wanted to run and never look back.  In essence, praying for myself not only helped me, it transformed me." (page 13)

I don't know about you, but I long for transformation.  But if I'm only focused on others, I shut out the very Voice that coaxes me into the chrysalis and back out again.  

Julie gives us one prayer a week to pray for ourselves daily.  Each prayer is so rich and thought-provoking that you really do need a week to digest it.  Along with the prayers are relevant scriptures that form the key tenets of the prayers she writes.  And each week, she shares her own heart and life in a real and authentic way.  It's always nice to know someone else can relate to how we are feeling ourselves.
I also love the fact that this book as a table of contents.  We know the basic theme for each of the 52 weeks.  Therefore, we don't have to travel through the book just by numerical weeks.  If God places something on our hearts, we can use this book as a resource to speak specifically to what God wants to address in us.  

Maybe you are looking for prayers regarding your marriage?  (week 49)
Maybe you need help discerning balance for your life?  (week 26)
Perseverance?  (week 28)
Contentment?  (week 38)
Calling?  (week 50)


Interested?  Of course you are!  You can win a copy of this book (sorry, oxygen mask not included) by entering below.  If you don't win, don't panic.  You can also purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here.
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30 comments :

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book! And I love Julie's permission to pray for ourselves like wearing an oxygen mask on a plane. We all can understand that.

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  2. Thank you, sweet Jen, for your beautiful post, and for introducing "Prayers for a Woman's Soul" to the lovely Soli Deo Gloria ladies. I'm so excited to give away a copy! :-)

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  3. Jen, I saw your note on Facebook today and I thought it might be Julie's book! So excited to read it...however and whenever I get it. Great review, by the way!

    Want to review I'm Outnumbered? :0)

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  4. I remember praying for Julie then. She is an awesome lady and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thank you for writing about her.

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  5. I never actually thought of it that way, of how dangerous it can be to pray for ourselves last. I'm good at asking for it, just not so much at doing it. Hmmmm...

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  6. THis book looks great, praying for myself has changed me in the sense that I am valuable to Him...and I am in need of His perspective on all things but truly I also need to remember that He does care for me and not just as a conduit-as in one who only has value by doing for others, praying for others. But just for me. He cares for me. And that was ...is an epiphany I need to be able to truly value others.

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  7. Never thought of it that way, like the oxygen mask in an airplane, but it really makes sense!!! I just had to join this giveaway! And I didn't know SDB had a FB page! Liked it of course, Jen. Btw, I have not forgotten about my promise of a painting for you. It's just that I keep joining things. This time I am busy because i joined an art fair!!! Blessings to you and hugs from the Philippines! :^) patsy

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  8. What a beautiful book, inside and out! So glad you are featuring it here and helping us know Julie better. And what a gift she has created - I often forget to pray for me, especially with any deep thought. It somehow seems wrong to spend too much time on myself; and yet, the oxygen mask. Great analogy.

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  9. Love this!! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to check out the book :-)

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  10. I collect my friends' books too, Jen! And Julie's is a good one. Sweet lady with a lot of wisdom. Glad she wrote some of it down!

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  11. It sounds like a lovely and much needed book; do we all forget to pray...REALLY pray...for ourselves? Probably. I know I forget to really pray for myself. btw, I don't "do" fb so won't be participating in the giveaway. Might I suggest, next time you have a giveaway, give readers the option to promote on their blogs? For those who don't do social media like fb and twitter. The more time I spend on social media, the less time I have for those things in my life that are more important to me.

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  12. It sounds like a really fabulous book, one that is a treasure that should be kept close by, always.

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  13. Why is it us mama's always put ourselves last on the list, I hear this from so many of my friends, so I know I am not the only one.

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  14. Jen, some good thinking due to your post, thank you.

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  15. Oh, can't wait to check out this book :) Sometimes I feel like all I do is pray for "help"-just toss out the most urgent situations and plea for wisdom- I long to pray with vision and purpose beyond the moment. Looks like this book could help me with that.

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  16. Hmm...I too have problems remembering to include myself in prayers. I generally only manage during silent confession in church.

    Vic303

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  17. Just the reminder I need as I am always last on my list. I tell myself that I am interceding, and praying that someone stands for me in the gap. This is good discipline, as the warrior who does not care for themself is too weak for battle.
    Peace and good to you, and to Julie for his wisdom.
    Chelle

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  18. Read about your book, and your giveaway, at TWO blogs today, so I thought I'd come check out the action! Thanks for the reminder to pray. Why is it we seem to remember to pray for a list of others but fail to pray for the one person whose needs we know best? Good reminder.

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  19. I love the analogy of the oxygen mask. You're so right: a spiritually starved woman cannot sustain her family in prayer or giving what she does not have to give.

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  20. This sounds that such a rich, deep book that each of us should have on our nightstand or coffee table. Please enter me in the drawing-I'd love it.
    Noreen

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  21. Sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for the great review & for hosting & God bless!

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  22. Oh that sounds like an amazing book. I love the idea of having a week to digest it. I am not sure if this give away is open to Australia, but if it is count me in!

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  23. Look at all of those smiling faces! Ahhh, where to begin?

    Excited about Julie's book!

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  24. One way or another, I WILL get this book!! It sounds awesome!!!

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  25. So necessary and so hard to do. I think, as women, we have given of ourselves to others so often, that we pray for ourselves last, IF AT ALL.

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  26. I see praying for myself like the instruction that is given to airplane passengers...give yourself oxygen first so that you can help others. I can't offer strength through prayer for someone else if I'm weak in prayer for myself.

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  27. This sounds like an awesome book that draws closer to God through prayer. What a great oppty!!

    Blessings
    Adrienne

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  28. I just ran over and bought Julie's book. I was amazed at the price. I think I'll be ordering some for gifts, too. I find myself praying more for others than myself. They seem more worthy of God's attention.

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  29. So true and her book sounds wonderful...my friend was in town so no post for Monday this week..Thanks, Jen, for your generous spirit :)

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