Monday, October 31, 2011

How Has God Amazed You Today?

“God just did something amazing!” When is the last time you stopped in your tracks and spoke those words?

This past month, I’ve gotten a lot of emails and letters from readers letting me know that something I’ve written has been used by God to give them encouragement and hope. C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know we're not alone" - and I always hope for that connection in my books.... that readers will think, "Yes! Someone else GETS it."

Still, it amazes me when God allows that to happen.

In the past several years I've been grumpy, frustrated, lonely, despairing, and often hopeless.. Yet God has been faithful, patient, merciful, and creative in finding ways to comfort and guide me.

If anyone felt their spirit lifted or heart encouraged when they read one of my novels or devotions or newsletters, then it’s only because I’m a fellow sore-footed traveler on rocky roads, able only to point to Jesus.

When I read letters from folks grappling with difficult situations, I wish I could lift the load from other’s shoulders. I wish I could take away their struggles. I wish I could open the doors that have been closed to them. Time and again I’m faced with the truth that in myself I have little wisdom or power to offer. But I know the One who has complete love, total knowledge, and limitless power. And I know His purposes and plans are wonderful (although He doesn’t always divulge the specifics– hence my bouts of grumpiness).

So let’s watch for what God is up to in the coming days. I can vouch for the fact that He is able to do amazing things. More than we ask or imagine. Sometimes I’m so busy looking at what I wish He would do (based on my plans for improving the universe) that I miss the cool things He actually IS doing.

Back to my original question – how has God amazed you recently?

Sharon Hinck

NEW: The Restorer-Expanded Edition


Cindy Thomson said...

I am amazed by your spirit, Sharon. Your caring heart for others (which is Jesus' heart for others) just oozes from you! No matter what, you are a blessing.

Sharon Hinck said...

Cindy, I have long admired your persistence, trust, and faithfulness as you walk out your faith. Jesus really does amaze us as He comforts us through the dear people in our lives, doesn't He? HUGS!

Lyn said...

So pleased to see you writing more these days Sharon, may the Father's extravagant love lift you up and hold you close always.

Sharon Hinck said...

Thank you, Lyn. God is so amazing with the way He lifts us and carries us - especially during difficult times.

Anonymous said...

I am at a loss for words. What you say here is sooooo like the way I feel and the way my life goes. It is so very encouraging to me to read this testimony from you. It makes me see I am not alone. I wish you and I could get together for a cup of coffee.

Sharon Hinck said...

Hi, kind,
Yet another thing we can be amazed at God for - the way He gives us words to communicate, and fellowship of heart as we recognize that others have similar experiences! Thanks so much for posting. HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Sharon,I just wanted to say that the Restorer series is among my favourites, and I am delighted to see that is once again available for purchase. I can resume recommending it to people who want Christian fantasy!

Susan Plett

Sharon Hinck said...

Susan, thank you SO MUCH for telling me that. It's been an amazing God-thing to watch Him open doors to get these books in print again...and my hope continues to grow for getting the fourth book finished, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

I imagine it's a bit easier to have the emotional energy to work on book 4 if the first books have risen again :)

Sharon Hinck said...

By the way, for those who have been commenting - I've now posted info on some free gifts I want to send readers who love the books...all the info is on the most recent blog post and my facebook page. :-)