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You Were born for this

Summary:

His New York Times–bestselling phenomenon The Prayer of Jabez changed how millions pray. Now Bruce Wilkinson wants to change what they do next. You Were Born for This will inspire readers to look for the miracles God is ready to do through them on a regular basis.

Author Bios:

One of the world’s foremost Christian teachers, Bruce Wilkinson is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Prayer of Jabez. He is also the author of numerous other bestsellers, including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. Over the past three decades, Wilkinson has founded several global initiatives, including organizations that recruited and trained thousands of Americans to address hunger, AIDS, and poverty in Africa. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, have three children and six grandchildren. They live outside Atlanta.

David Kopp has collaborated with Bruce Wilkinson on over a dozen bestselling books, including The Prayer of Jabez. He is an editor and writer living in Colorado.

Click here to read an excerpt: You Were Born For This:7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles

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When I first saw the title I thought, I need to read this because I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe this book will give me some insight. I didn’t find my perfect career, but I did discover a part of my life as a Christian that I was missing–partnering with God’s Holy Spirit to meet the needs of others.

I teared up several times as I read the stories of how God used people like me to miraculously meet the needs of someone hurting–whether financially, spiritually or emotionally.

Seemingly chance encounters can be orchestrated by God to work a miracle in someone’s life.

So, what do I want to be when I grow up–NOW? I want to be used as a delivery agent for God to deliver his miracles all to His Glory.

This book was written for Christians to help improve their serve. I believe serving in this way is an excellent way to open the door for witnessing to hurting people.
Read You Were Born for This to see if you are overlooking daily miracles.

This is an example from scripture of a miracle encounter:

Acts 8:26-39 (New International Version)

Philip and the Ethiopian

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a]eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”[c] 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

In keeping with my goals for 2008, I completed reading the following for the month of January(If I read 4 books a month, then I’ve exceeded my goal of 40 books a year):

The Lady and the Cad by Tamela Hancock Murray – A Heartsong Presents Christian Romance. I chose this book because the hero’s name is Cecil and that’s my Daddy’s name. Actually, I chose it because I would like to target the Heartsong line for my Christian Romances and it’s a regency historical and that is what I’m working on now. I enjoyed this story–one of a sinner redeemed.

Leviticus – I decided to include the books of the Bible I complete as well. I’m reading from the Archaeological Study Bible that I received this year for Christmas. If you’re interested in what the Bible says about Tatoos, incest and what to eat read this book of laws. See my post Life is Like a Box of Chocolate Insects.

Numbers – Interesting things happened in this account of the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. The Israelites were counted. Spies reported. A donkey talked (and this was before Shrek). The Israelites grumbled. A hired gun couldn’t curse them.

Numbers 23:8 (King James Version)

8How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

Numbers 23:22 (King James Version)

22God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Numbers 24:17 (King James Version)

17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
I think this might be my favorite:

Numbers 23:26 (King James Version)

26But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie – see my post The Agatha Christie Code.

I’m working through Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook with my writing group at the Summit Church in Durham, NC.

I like to set expectations for the new year. By posting them for the world to see, I set myself up for some accountability.

This is what I’d like to accomplish:

  • Read at least 40 books (helps to improve my writing)
  • Complete 4 Bible classes– 1 each quarter(this does more for my writing skills than anything else I can do)
  • Complete a romantic comedy screenplay over the summer.
  • Complete a 2nd novel by the end of the year.

My desire is to get my first book contract this year.

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

That is such a great promise. But it is not easy to live by. The tough part of the above equation is to delight in God. It is so easy delight in my own self–seek my own pleasure, do my own thing. But when I delight in myself and not in God, even though I may be heading in the right direction, I’m just spinning my wheels, going nowhere.

He promises to give us the desires of our heart. Just like my husband and I wanted to give my son the one thing he wanted for Christmas, so God wants to give us good things.

So, this year, my one true goal, my one true purpose is to delight in the Lord — and all these things shall be added unto me. Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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