Have you ever met someone on a whim and then afterward realized what a special moment you just shared?
Well, I met sweet Danise Jurado this spring when we happened to be neighbors at a blog link-up. Danise has a wonderful story of forgiveness, struggle and continual work of grace as she lives out the plan God has for her. She has written her first book, Fulfilled ~ Learning to Live The Life God Promised. And today I am honored to welcome her to this space to share a little snippet from her book. (Stay through to the end for a chance to win a copy.)
Peter was surrounded by the facts of his situation. The waves crashing all around him were the facts. Jesus, who was walking on top of the waves and clearly not affected at all by the facts of Peter’s situation, extended His hand to Peter and said, “Come.” Peter stepped out of the boat onto real waves.
The facts in Peter’s situation were real; they were real waves and could drown him, but the faith he had in God was truth. Facts might be real, but our faith is not found in the facts — faith is always found in the truth. As Peter kept his eyes focused on Jesus and His promise (the truth), Peter walked over the waves (the facts) as though they weren’t there at all.
Our faith in God’s Truth can prevail over our facts when we, like Peter, keep our eyes on God and His promises. Although facts are real, they aren’t always the truth. Yes, it’s true that Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and as he looked at the waves instead of Jesus, he began to sink. However, he didn’t drown. Jesus rescued him in the midst of his doubt. It might have only been for a short time, but Peter still walked over those waves like they weren’t even there. So what if he got a little wet at the end? He stepped out in faith and saw the glory of God at work in his life. He also discovered that, even when his faith failed him, God never did. God is always faithful. The facts in our lives are never bigger than the truth of God’s promises.
Throughout this book, Danise shares solid truth along with amazing stories from her own life where God’s Truth overcame the facts of the situations. I found myself underlining and agreeing with page after page of truth throughout this book.
Here, Danise shares her reason for writing this book:
Each day, I am personally in need of God. Each day, He leads me with His comfort and guidance.
- I have been discouraged and God has given me hope.
- I’ve experienced lack and God has provided.
- I have worried, and God has given me peace.
- I have allowed bitterness to burrow its way into my heart, and God has shown me the way to forgiveness.
- I was spiritually blind, but every day, God helps me see.
He continues to be my divine mentor, teaching and leading me through all the seasons of my life. God fulfills my life with His truth, and then, as I share this hope He has given to me, His truth brings freedom to others.
This week, I am giving away a copy of this book, Fulfilled. For a chance to win, leave a comment below. One person will be randomly selected. You have until the end of Monday, August 17th, to enter. The winner will be notified by email on Tuesday, August 18th. Check back here for the winner announcement.
*Updated on Aug. 18th – Congratulations to Lori of Searching for Moments on winning the book, Fulfilled! Thank you to all who participated!
To purchase a copy of Fulfilled click here. Danise is donating 50% of the proceeds from this book to The Dream Center, a volunteer-driven organization that serves over 85,000 people each month.
And here’s a chance to wind Danise’s $100 Giveaway.