Please welcome my friend and fellow author Joanna Weaver to my blog! Joanna’s new book, At the Feet of Jesus, just released at the beginning of October. To celebrate the release, she’s actually hosting a live webcast on November 8 (RSVP here), and now through 11/7, you can enter to win the iPad she’s giving away! That’s so exciting!
Thanks, Joanna, for guest-posting! Be sure to visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
“It’s harder to win back the friendship of an offended brother than capture a fortified city. His anger shuts you out like iron bars.” —Proverbs 18:19, TLB
My mind was in turmoil as I took the kids to school one cold winter morning several years ago. Yesterday’s slush had hardened into large, icy ruts that caused my van to lurch from side to side. I had to struggle to keep hold of the steering wheel. But the real struggle that morning was inside me.
A misunderstanding had erupted between a dear friend and me, and it was never far from my mind. Jessica’s sweet voice drifted from the backseat as she sang along with a popular Christian song on the radio. “Has Jesus ever crossed your heart?”
The words were strangely familiar. They echoed the words I’d used the day before to pronounce judgment on my friend. “Well, I guess you find out what people are really like when you cross them,” I’d told my husband in a moment of anger. But now I sensed the Holy Spirit turning my own words like a spotlight on the darkness of my soul.
What about you, Joanna? I felt the Lord prompt softly. What has this “crossing” of your heart brought out in you?
What He showed me wasn’t pretty. There were things in my life I’d left unsettled, core issues I’d refused to contemplate. But it was time to face them, and I knew it.
I’ve found that Jesus goes out of His way to prepare my heart to listen and learn from His gentle rebuke. If you haven’t experienced this sweet aspect of our Savior’s discipline, may I suggest you spend a little more time in the Living Room? Because when you’re busy in the Kitchen, the rebuke sounds harsh and demanding, just one more duty to fulfill. But when you listen from the Living Room, you hear the love in God’s voice and it sounds like life for your soul.
Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver Copyright © 2012by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.