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Mission Statement: Quiet Spirit writes with the focus to minister to those who hurt, to them who search for God, and those who wish to have a closer walk with Jesus.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview: Meet Mary Potter Kenyon

Mary Potter Kenyon

Today we have the honor of having Mary Potter Kenyon with us. Let’s greet her. I find her to be a a very interesting woman/.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Manchester, Iowa, with three of my eight children. In December of 2013 I became the Director of the Winthrop Public Library.
Your new book is being released shortly before the holiday season begins, and you mention several times the difficulty of facing holidays without your spouse in your book. Was the timing of this release part of a marketing strategy?
No, it was purely coincidental, though if you read my book, you know I don’t really believe in coincidences. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has marked the beginning of the “holiday season” but the first holiday I faced after the death of my husband was Easter. When my eight-year-old daughter decorated her usual “Daddy” egg, writing his name on it with a wax crayon, just as she always had, I lost it. I had to leave my sister’s house where we were decorating eggs. I headed straight to the cemetery and my husband’s grave. Holidays and anniversaries are particularly difficult for those who are grieving. The absence of the loved one is felt even more keenly on such days.
What else have you written?
I’ve written for newspapers, magazines and anthologies for over twenty-five years and currently write a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper. An essay of mine exploring the relationship between grief and creativity was featured in the January/February issue of “Poet & Writer’s” magazine and I had several devotions published in the 2013 NIV “Hope in the Mourning” Zondervan grief Bible. My books “Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession” and “Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage” were published by Familius in 2013 and early 2014.

You’ve started doing public speaking on this topic. Tell us about that.

I spoke about finding hope in the darkness of loss at a church in Coralville in April and the response to that speech was humbling. So many people needed to hear the message I share in my own journey of grief, that there is hope in the dark path of loss. “Refined By Fire” is as much about faith as it is about grief. I stumbled and fell on the path of darkness called grief, but the words of other authors who had gone down the road before me lifted me, as did the Bible, prayer, and even studying the science of grief. Surely we humans are designed to withstand loss, because we will all face it at some point in our lives. Like the authors whose words I read: C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, and Joan Didion, my book can help someone who is grieving. I also feel honored to be able to speak about my beloved David and grandson Jacob, to share their story in my book and public speaking.

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to reading more of your works. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

We Wait in Hope

“We wait in hope for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”
Psalm 33:20-21(NIV)

               As children of God we learn to trust Him and go through the time between our request and His answer in hope.
               Hope, as defined in Unger’s Bible Dictionary, is described in the New Testament the expectation of good. The Old Testament, hope is expressed as “safety, security, trust.”
               Where do we, as believers, place our trust when things go wrong? We should place our faith in Jesus. He will lead us through the darkest times.
               He protects us as we walk through the deepest valleys, no matter how prolonged the time we are there..
               How should we respond to God’s help and protection? The psalmist tells us we should allow our hearts to rejoice. We should practice being thankful for what He has done, be it deliver us or a loved one from sin, healed someone from the ravages of a terminal disease, brought about a return of a prodigal son or daughter to Him.

               Dear Father God; Thank you for your help and protection as we go through life. We are thankful for what you for do for us, even when we have been unfaithful. We know you act out of your grace for each of us. We give You all the praise. In the Name of Jesus we pray. AMEN 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Hope is in God

“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,
 but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse
 . . . guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”
 Psalm 25:3-5 (NIV)

David pens these encouraging words. Each of God’s children who trust in Him and follow His guidance will never have to be embarrassed by their actions or decisions. 

Does this mean those who flaunt God’s laws, laugh at those who belong to Him, and create terror in the hearts of Christian believers will ultimately face God’s wrath and consequences? I believe it does.

I heard a true story of a little four-year-old girl asking a neighbor lady if she loved Jesus. The lady, in her early 60’s, responded that everyone loved Jesus. The child’s response was “But, do you love Him with all your heart?” The woman was floored by the second question. The little girl handed her a booklet entitled “Four Spiritual Laws.” A few days later,the girl’s mother was able to lead this neighbor lady to the LORD.

Jeremiah 29:13 tells us, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” We have to want to have Jesus in our hearts and lives. When we choose to allow Jesus to enter our hearts, He is able to keep us safe as He protects us from harm.

When we get the idea that we can do things ourselves, we run into trouble and begin to ‘have issues’ with everything.

When we admit we can’t do things without God’s help and place our hope in Him, we become pliable and allow the Father to mold us into what He wants for us.