Thursday, April 23, 2015

God Never Leaves Your Side, Even When All is Silent.

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When we last moved to a new state, I was full of energy and hope. I was looking forward to the possibilities of friendship and God's plan for our life here. I had just became a Christian and I has a great group of Christian friends I was leaving behind, hoping that I could find the same connections in our new city.

My expectations and God's plans didn't quite match up though. We moved and with only one car, it made it hard to find good connections in a small rural town. I searched for friends and a good church home but moving in the middle of winter made things difficult. 

"No wonder Chelsea's memory had become her greatest weapon, a sword she wielded wounding others, to protect herself. For decades she had waged this war, but at what cost? Now she stood alone on the battle field, bleeding and bruised. There were no victors in this war, and Chelsea counted herself among the casualties." 

-Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, Max Lucado

I went six months without either. No matter how much I searched I didn't find anyone I could connect with. I felt alone - alone in my struggle of discovering what being a new christian meant, alone as a mother to a young son in regards to friends.  That new belief passion was beginning to fade and I was left with the test and thoughts of whether or not God was actually there with me. 


Have you ever gone through a period of what seems like silence from God? Especially when things seem unbearable? 

This is the feeling Chelsea Chambers from the book, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café by Max Lucado, had when she took a daring step taking over her mothers cozy coffee shop. As a newly single mom of two she had to navigate the new situation all alone. When Chelsea hit financial trouble with the café she had no choice but to close shop. That was until a stranger, Manny, comes down like an angel from heaven to help. He updates the Wifi, which ends up attracting customers for their chance at connecting with the divine. 

This heavenly novel is the newest from Max Lucado. Another Max Lucado book review?!-- you are probably thinking. Do you just love his writing that much? While I do enjoy Max Lucado's books very much- I really don't think I have found one I haven't loved- the reason I have reviewed one a month for the past few months is because I was selected as a Family Christian Max Lucado blogger! It is an exciting opportunity that I feel honored to be apart of. 

Of all of the Max Lucado books I have read, this one is by far one of my favorites. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is not the typical Max Lucado book, it is a fictional story that opens your mind to the wonders of God and the things around us that we cannot see. 

"Personally? I think there's more going on around us than we realize. I think God uses even the bad and ugly things to lead us to a good place." 
-Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, Max Lucado  

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is a story of friendship, redemption, the power of prayer and trusting that God really is there when you feel alone. It is a quick and easy read that wil make you want to find a cozy coffee shop to grab a fancy cappuccino, sit and read the book all over again. I know I will!! 

Though I felt alone this past year, I knew I wasn't. A few years ago I was given my very first prayer journal and ever since I have been writing in it almost daily. It has been a tool to allow me to look back and see that though I may feel alone at times, I never actually am. 

God is always by my side, every step of the way, with his hand in everything that happens. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully written Tara. I'm looking forward to reading the book! Love the Tea Cup. :)


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