Pepper Basham Standing in Defiance of Worry & A Twist of Faith #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance
Life is filled with distractions and worry-instigators. They’re everywhere. From finances, to the future leaders of our country, to our kids’ decisions, or daily hear struggles, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, confused, or depressed by the constant bombardment of negative news and continual struggles. What does God tell us to do during these times? How does he call our hearts from the dizzying and exhausting carousel of anxiety that tempts us away from resting and trusting in Him?
Believe me, during the past year I’ve struggled with worry like I’ve never done before. A family move, financial difficulties, and job heartaches churned my heart into the spin cycle on a daily basis. Thankfully, God doesn’t leave me or you in our worry-tornados.
So what does God tell us to do?
I’m going to paraphrase Matthew 6:25 to get my point across:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Do not worry about purple potatoes or sci-fi attire. Is not life more than your coveted appointment, and the body more than the perfect pitch? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God takes care of the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more dream BIG for you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘what shall I eat’ or ‘what shall I wear. For the pagans become worried about all these things, and your heavenly Father knows what you need.
How do we battle against the chaos of worry?
We focus on the ONE thing…..
The One thing that fuels our stories.
The One thing that drives our passions.
The One thing that shines the light of truth on all of these ‘many things’ and puts them into proper perspective.
The One thing that brings rest to hearts stuck in the spin-cycle of comparisons, worry, distractions, and disappointments.
The one thing? Jesus.
How do we do this? Set our minds on Him and…worship! We life our worry-torn hearts in thanksgiving.
As Christians we’re at an advantage, you know.
The rat-race of the publishing world, financial struggles, and power struggles don’t have to control us.
We’re not slaves to them.
Do they exist? Sure – but those desires are not our masters.
They are simply one of the ‘many things’.
True success and rest comes when we keep our hearts focused on the One thing and revel in His remarkable love.
Pepper has also offered a book giveaway to celebrate the release of her latest book, A Twist of Faith. The giveaway is open internationally to anyone that can receive an e-format of the book, A Twist of Faith. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:
The giveaway will run until April 20, 2016 and the winner will be announced on April 21.
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction whenever she can and loves annoying her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and the second novel The Thorn Keeper in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, releases in April 2016 and has already garnered a 4 star review from Romantic Times. You can connect with Pepper on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com, Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper-D-Basham or Twitter at https://twitter.com/pepperbasham and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pepperbasham/.
Posted on April 6, 2016, in Book Giveaway, Guest Post, Ladies in Defiance and tagged a lady in defiance, heather blanton. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.
I’ve requested that my local library buy a copy of The Thorn Bearer. I want to begin at the beginning. 🙂
Trying to get my library too to buy The Thorn Bearer.
Looks like The Thorn Bearer would be the place to start!
O, I love Pepper’s writings. I’m happy with any! And this post. Thanks Pepper. At times, I can be a worry-wart, with all those things you’ve mentioned. But it’s true. If we focus on the ONE, we’ll be ok. As it is written that we should, “cast our cares to Him, for He cares for us.”
And this sums it up:
“those desires are not our masters.
They are simply one of the ‘many things’.
True success and rest comes when we keep our hearts focused on the One thing and revel in His remarkable love.”
Annie, you are sooooooooo sweet!
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Pepper’s books and featured a couple of them on my blog, but I have never read any! I know. My bad. I would like to start with A Twist of Faith as it sounds like one I could use right now.
I have so many books on my TBR list I totally get this! 🙂
I like to read the thorn keeper first :]
The Thorn Keeper is my favorite historical I”ve written so far – although my brainstorming team think book 3 in the series (yet to be released) is the best 🙂 To each her own 😉 LOL
I have read and loved the first two Penned in Time titles, I’m ready for A Twist of Faith!!! Thanks to both of you ladies for this giveaway!
Beth Erin, I can’t wait to see what you think of my contemporary voice 🙂
Definitely want to read A Twist of Faith. Read The Thorn Keeper and loved it. Reminded me again of how God loves us in spite of our past and mistakes.
The Thorn Keeper is my favorite historical I’ve written so far. I’m glad you loved it too
I’d like to read Twist of Faith first since I love contemporary!
I would like to read them all starting with The Thorn Keeper.
Since I haven’t read any of them, I would probably start with The Thorn Bearer.
Oh you guys are awesome!! Thanks for all the book love! And yes, yes! I am a fellow struggler of an anxious heart! Praise God for peace beyond our understanding and a bigger strength than all of our weaknesses!
The Thorn Bearer is the first book in the historical series (3 book series, The Thorn Bearer, The Thorn Keeper, and The Thorn Healer (Nov 2016)
A Twist of Faith is my first contemp romance and SO MUCH FUN to get into my culture of Appalachia!
Love this post, Pepper! So encouraging. I’m such a worrier, but God is so much bigger than my fears, I just need to remember that.
I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a copy of a Twist of Faith! I’m a die-hard fan of My Fair Lady and can’t wait to see the premise play out in a contemporary romance.
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I totally get that! I really struggle with worries and the comparison game. I’m so thankful God’s got it covered 🙂
Having enjoyed Pepper Basham’s Historical romances and loving contemporary romance even more than historical, I’ve been so excited for her new book, A Twist of Faith. When I saw it on pre-order awhile back, i kind of freaked out and immediately put it on my Amazon wish list. – Terrill
I can’t wait to see what you think 🙂 I LOVE this family and can’t wait to share their stories 🙂
…maybe “The Thorn Keeper.”
They all look so good but I think j will start with A Twist of Fate.