Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Now, STOP and LISTEN

As I was flipping back through the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst I was reminded of the question we often ask ourselves,

How do I know God is speaking to me? 

How do I discern whether it is His voice speaking 
or just my own idea? 

What if God is telling me to do something that doesn't seem to make sense?

I think the way we discern God's voice is we learn to recognize it the way we recognize the voices of those close to us: by knowing Him. And when we know Him, we can tell if what we're feeling led to do is from Him or not.

When God speaks to me, it is a certain impression on my heart that I've come to recognize as Him. There are five keys to help me determine if what I am hearing is from God or not?

1. Does what I'm hearing line up with Scripture?

2. Is it consistent with God's character?

3. Is it being confirmed through messages I'm hearing at church or studying in my quiet times?

4. Is it beyond me?

5. Would it please God?


Asking these questions helps me determine if it is God speaking or ideas in my head.

We must spend time in the Word and in prayer daily with Jesus. There is no way around it and sometimes it is hard to find that time. We must get into God's Word and let it penetrate our hearts and let the Holy Spirit illuminate it to make things clear. Lysa tells us to  

"Simply Start and Start Simply".  

As you are reading a passage ask yourself: 

Who is this passage speaking to? 

What is it saying to me? 

What direction is this passage giving? 

How might I need to change my way of thinking or
acting as a result of this verse? 

What are some other verses that relate to this topic,
both in the Old Testament and New Testament?


God wants you to hear from Him. (Read that again: God wants YOU to HEAR from HIM!) He wants your faith to grow. In Philippians 1:9 it says

"This is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight." 

Daily adventures with God will add an excitement to your life that will change your whole perspective. Hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered. These are "divine appointments!" You will begin to live in expectation of hearing from God every day.

Even as a minister's wife I struggle with whether what I am hearing is from God or my own impressions. By going back to these five questions I can clearly distinguish the difference.

What was the last thing you remember God telling you? 

Are you listening to His voice? 

Are you being obedient and doing what He has asked you to do? 


I challenge you to take a moment in your quiet time and ask God "What is it you have to say to me today, Lord?"

Now, STOP and LISTEN.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Living God's Word by J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays

Living God's Word by J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays is designed to walk the reader through the
Bible in a two fold process so that they will gain an understanding of the Bible as a complete story not as individual parts and learn to interpret the Bible responsibly.


The book is split into twenty chapters or sections. Each chapter deals with a particular section of the Bible according to subject matter. For instance, the first section Creation and Crisis walks the reader from Genesis chapter 1 to chapter 9 and then to chapter 11. This section deals with creation, the fall, the world's first murder, and the spread of the wickedness of man throughout the earth. Each chapter ends with a synopsis of the Great Story up to that point.

This is a really great book for those who may struggle with historical events or keeping a timeline of the Bible events. It is also a great book for those who are knew to the Bible to get a good grasp on what happens when and who did what.

If you are someone who is trying to get a handle on how the events in the Bible played out as far as who what when and where or a new Christian I would suggest you pick up a copy of the book and go through it but take your time. This is not a book to be rushed through. Stop and notice the details and the connections.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. I am someone who does have a hard time with timelines and sequence of events for historical happenings. I was encouraged to memorize each chapter heading so that I could quickly go through each one in my head to put things in order when studying or talking with someone. They were easy to memorize and it has actually helped me a lot. There were also a few things that the book pointed out about or in the Bible that I had never noticed before!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Everyone Has a Story To Share

I love to tell the story of God's grace and goodness. 

         Chapter one, starts with a baby girl being born, nearly fifty years ago, with a handicap known as Spina Bifida to an unsuspecting couple with three boys already in the family. I cannot fathom what these parents felt when they heard the doctor say "there is a problem with your baby and she needs to be rushed to Columbia University hospital". While the mother stayed in the hospital in Sedalia, the father and an aunt took the baby to start the extensive testing to see what could be done. Several months later and several tests later the parents were told it does not look good that she will walk or ever be able to have babies in the future. God stepped in long ago and had a different plan that would play out.

          Chapter two,is this same girl and she is now eleven years old and no one can tell she has a handicap. This was a monumental year because as she was growing up and attending a small,  Southern Baptist, country church she was being taught about Jesus and His great love for us and was being shown through their lives what it meant to be a Christian. During a crusade, on a football field, she heard Jesus calling her name and inviting her to become His child.

          Chapter three, is filled with the Jr. High and High School years. Let's just say there was plenty of drama, boyfriends, more drama, and loves lost.  Junior year was a great year because she met a great guy who told her he loved her on the first date. He was a Senior and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer. I wonder if this country bumpkin thought she struck it rich? God stepped in long ago and had a different plan that would play out.

          Chapter four, he was twenty, she was nineteen and they did marry but God was taking him on a path that led to the ministry.

          Chapter five, she became pregnant seven months after they got married. After telling her parents she was expecting, she did not expect the reaction she received from them. They were very concerned about her health and the health of the baby. God stepped in long ago and had a different plan that would play out. During her 5th month in the  pregnancy she got a call in the middle of the night that her dad had a massive heart attack and needed to get to the hospital as soon as possible. As they approached the emergency room she saw her brother and another person outside the doors wailing. She knew he was gone. He had a relationship with Jesus and she knew she would see him again someday but she also knew he would not see his grandson when he was born and be a big part of his life. They went through a fog for a few months but knew the day their son Joshua was born that he was born at a time when they all needed him. Almost one year later another phone call came from the mother saying that her brother had been on a three wheeler accident and was at the hospital and to get their quick. The fog came back! She knew he was gone, just by the sound of her voice. John was Joshua's best buddy and only twenty three years old and had his whole life ahead of him! We had Joshua's first birthday on the day of John's funeral. God stepped in long ago and had a different plan that would play out. During these difficult months the loving people of God rallied around them and lifted them up in prayer and friendship. They were serving in a small church in Sedalia and could feel the love and devotion.

            Chapter six, they go off to seminary thinking it would be four years but ended up being seven years. God was sovereign and saw to it they were taken good care of and loved by the two churches they served in Arkansas. It was a time of spiritual growth and reliance on God and they became stronger because of the separation from the family back home.

I am Julie Paul and this is my story. I am always amazed by God's grace and goodness throughout my life. He has brought me through good times and not so good times but I know without a doubt God stepped in long ago and has a plan that will play out. God bless you as you go on your journey and share your story!



Auntie M's Bookshelf is very excited to have Julie Paul as an author
 on this blog! We hope you enjoy her story, insights and inspirations as she shares the story of God's great love in her life and the lives of those around her. Thank you so much, Julie!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken compiled by Steven K. Scott

The book The Greatest Words Ever Spoken compiled by Steven K. Scott is a book I think every Christian should have on hand.

The purpose of this book is to categorize and organize the promises, commands, and words of Jesus in a manner which is easy to navigate. Each chapter or section begins with a brief summary of the specific words and sayings that are to follow. The section is then further broken down into smaller categories. This process makes it easy for the reader to quickly find the information they are looking for.

Steven K. Scott encourages and even challenges Christians to know what Jesus said. He lets the reader know how important the words of Jesus are for our Christian walk and points out that not knowing them keeps us from doing them.

Jesus' greatest promises were made to those who will hear His words and do them. His words will provide abundant light and perfect wisdom for any decision you face and all the power you will need to overcome any adversity. But the promises He makes and the power He offers will never be known by those who refuse to hear His words.

I like this book because of how it is broken down and organized. There are nine chapters in this book and each chapter has anywhere from one to seventy nine sections dealing with everything from the Holy Spirit to Seeing with Spiritual Eyes. If Jesus said it then you can find it in this book and you can find it easily. This is a great go to source for study, encouragement and teaching. I also really apprecaite the fact that Mr. Scott did not take credit for writing this book. He is listed as the one who compiled the book but he clearly stated on the front of the book that it was written by Jesus.

I have included an excerpt from the book below so that you can check it out for yourself.







My recommendation is to get this book and keep it as reference material.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Excited About My Next Book Review!

I am very excited to get my book for my next book review. I will be reading The Greatest Words Ever Spoken by Steven K Scott. After I read his book The Jesus Mission and loved it I decided that I wanted to read this book but until recently it has not come up for me to review. I will be receiving this book somewhere near the end of this month. It may take me a bit longer to finish and review this book due to the fact that I am finishing up school but I will try to stay on schedule. So glad to be review again. Oh how I have missed this!

Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris


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Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris is a book that strives to challenge today's Christian to hold the truth of God high without putting people down. While I completely agree with this direction of thinking I am just not sure that Mr. Harris accomplished the task.

I do have to admit from the beginning of this review that I am not a fan of Joshua Harris. After reading his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye and seeing the trouble it has caused in some religious circles I decided to treat this author with kid gloves. I tried to give this author a second chance with this book Humble Orthodoxy because the topic is something I strongly believe in. It was very near the beginning of the book when I realized that this book may not be what I had hoped.

When Joshua Harris begins talking about his friend who was a new Christian and an author and how his book received some negative feedback from Christians I started to cringe. It seemed to me that Joshua Harris backed a book written by a friend without really checking for content or Biblical accuracy. Then when Christian started voicing their concerns to the author about the problems with the book Joshua Harris took the stance of defender because he believed these voiced concerns to be personal attacks. Joshua Harris freely admits that the content of his friends book is indeed theologically flawed yet this author backed it anyway. Why?

I do agree that the Christian community has a problem when it comes to holding the truth of God high while not putting others down but standing and saying when something is wrong is not the same as putting someone down. In this case of Joshua's author friend and even Joshua himself I believe that often times when we get called on our mistakes we get our feathers ruffled and pride gets in the way of true growth. We take the stance of someone being attacked and read things with a tone that reflects our wounded pride rather than the tone that may have been intended. From holding press conferences to do damage control from his dating book because people were taking the book to literal and using it as a guideline for their lives to this book where Joshua blurs the lines between personal attacks and standing up for your faith it seems to me this author is still very immature in his faith.

While this book does make some valid points about a very serious issue in the American church I believe that Mr. Harris' viewpoint on speaking out about your faith and orthodoxy as it pertains to today's church may need further refining.

I do want to say though that while this may not be one of my top ten favorite authors that doesn't mean that reading this particular book won't give you some points to start thinking about when it comes to your own faith and how you portray it to the world around you. Just remember to read with a discerning eye and be clear about what motivations may have prompted or clouded this author's thinking for this particular book.

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