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The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough

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The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough by Jack Alexander My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fear of not having enough or fear that God won’t provide are what author Jack Alexander calls a scarcity mindset. When we hoard what little we have, God can’t use us. The author writes, “When we have a scarcity mind-set, we hold on to what we have been given instead of freely giving it to others—and God’s miracle of provision stops.” In contrast to a scarcity mindset, the author urges us to develop a capacity mindset. Capacity is not limited to the current circumstances as we see or experience them. Rather, our lives and circumstances have the capacity to be more. While scarcity looks at how little we have, capacity looks at how much God can make of it. Again, the author writes, “Living within God’s capacity changes the entire conversation. It’s no longer about living in...

Shauna Niequist (@sniequist) on Learning to Swim in the Surrender of Faith

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I wanted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life (because I loved the cover), but Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way was the one on sale so I picked it up instead. I’m glad I did because my life is going through a bittersweet phase right now. I had never read (or heard of) Shauna Niequist but if I had any doubts about her or her book, they disappeared when I opened to the first essay and discovered to my delight she used my favorite metaphor for faith. Faith is like floating on water. Unfortunately, I tend to flail around like a drowning person. But if you relax and trust the water to hold you, you will float effortlessly. Here’s an excerpt from “Learning to Swim.” Book Excerpt I learned about waves when I was little, swimming in Lake Michigan in navy blue water under a clear sky, and the most...

Is God Calling You to Take a Step of Faith?

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That’s right. I’m talkin’ to you! You found this post because you’re searching for answers. You might even be trying to wiggle your way out of doing God’s will. It’s uncomfortable, isn’t it? God is asking you to do something that you’re not at all comfortable with and, to be honest, you’d really rather not do it. But it’s on your mind. You try to ignore it, but it never really goes away. It’s sort of like having a rock in your shoe. Such a little thing can make you really uncomfortable, and, if you try to ignore it, it just gets worse. Irritating, isn’t it? God can be so persistent sometimes. So what’s holding you back? You’re afraid, aren’t you? I know, because I’ve been there. In fact, I *am* there. That’s why I’m writing about this. So what are you afraid of? That it won’t work? That other people won’t support you? That other people won’t understand? That God really won’t come...