LaShawnda, describe yourself for our visitors.
I am a believer. First and foremost, I believe God – His every word and promise. That faith leaves me wide open in many ways to the machinations of the world. I believe all of Gods’ creation carries of His light, life and love and I have only to address that likeness in them to connect with them and share their journey. Meaning, I trust and believe people also, until they prove themselves untrustworthy. I’ve been deeply hurt and emotionally crippled at times, before I realized that not all of God’s creation recognizes that they are carriers of His light, life and love, so they respond from the darkness that surrounds them.
I guess that’s a colorful way of saying, I strive to be all that God created me to be to everyone He brings across my path. I’m resilient. Persistent. Hopeful. Faithful. Loving. Kind. And Holy Spirit controlled.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I would like to think I am never (or rarely) disconnected. I find it interesting when people talk about finding time to connect with God or making time to commune with God. His Spirit is housed within me. There is no where I go where He is not present. I believe He is always with me, just as He says in His word. So I speak to Him throughout the day. Pick up a train of thought as it crosses my mind and address it to Him. When I’m too frazzled, I ask Him to quiet me. When I feel I am about to break, I ask Him to shield me. When I need rest, I ask Him to slow me down. When I need motivation, I ask Him to lift me up. When I feel exceptionally proud or disproportionately sad, I ask Him to correct me. Adjust me. Re-focus me.
He’s pretty much all I have in this world; and it’s lucky for me that He Is Everything. I’m holding on to Him as my lifeline. That’s how I stay connected.
Tell us about your current book.
The Process of Asking for, Receiving and Giving Love & Forgiveness (Love & Forgiveness for short) is a study of the Biblical life principles of love, repentance, forgiveness, communication, giving and receiving. It also illustrates how to apply the principles to everyday life. Love & Forgiveness is straightforward and very heavy on quoting the Word of God as given in the Holy Bible. It’s an application study that holds value for someone new to Christianity as well as a Christian who may feel their learning days are done.
What influenced you to write this book?
I committed myself to the Lord. Meaning, I’ve willingly submitted myself to God’s authority and the influence of His Holy Spirit. With that submission, I gave Him back everything He gave me – my talents and skills among those. With that being said, I can only say that the Spirit of God guided me towards this course. I can’t pinpoint the seed that originated the thought. One day it was on my heart to share what I have learned about God’s word and how I apply it to my daily life. And here we are… some months later.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
I came across many verses during the writing of The Process of Asking for, Receiving and Giving Love & Forgiveness that never really impacted me before. There were many verses that opened my mind and poured into my spirit.
I was rather surprised by how much the Bible talks about repenting. I came up with the title and outline without ever thinking about repentance. I wrote the section on love first, and then tried to write the section on forgiveness, but I hit a wall. I was stumped for a good couple of months. Then I came across Psalm 51. The whole psalm is David articulating his repentance for his sin against God. That psalm pointed out how we have dumbed repentance down with wordy or wordless apologies. Saying “I’m sorry” has taken the place of changing your behavior.
So what happens when people simply say they’re sorry but they don’t really repent for their harmful actions?
They stay in a cycle of dysfunctional relationships. They repeat the same hurtful actions to other people they have relationships with. The cycle continues to snowball until we have a society that doesn’t value people and relationships as much as popularity and material possessions.
Love is the cornerstone of life and relationship. First John 3:14-15 says: If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
True love involves making things right when we mess up. We need to repent in our relationships as well. When our behavior hurts our loved ones, we need to change our ways if we want to maintain access to their lives.
Luke 3:8 tells us, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
1. God loves you.
2. God is love.
3. God’s love saves.
4. Everything else comes back to the above three.
What’s next for you?
The Process of Asking for, Receiving and Giving Love & Forgiveness is the first book of The MeatyWord series – a collection of topical application Bible studies. When the series was put on my heart, I wrote down five or six topical areas I wanted to cover with it. I’ve since added at least two more. The next book in the series will be on healing.
The MeatyWord Series is shaping up to be an ongoing work that I hope to receive and give a great deal of joy and fulfillment from producing.
Where can visitors find you online?
All over! My books are available for purchase on my website and blog as well as www.amazon.com and www.bn.com. The Process of Asking for, Receiving and Giving Love & Forgiveness is priced at $12.00 plus S/H.