What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside."End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the “I’ll start again Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal – and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Other products in the Made to Crave family include the Made to Crave devotional, video study and participant’s guide, and Made to Crave for Young Women. All available now!
Reality often ends up so very far from the life we long for, doesn’t it? Bible teacher Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands daily disappointments and life-altering loss. By walking through her own valley, she’s discovered that in God we can find unexpected strength as we wrestle well between our faith and feelings.
In this six-session video Bible study (DVD/digital downloads sold separately), Lysa offers a safe place to share your disappointments, fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity.
With solid truth, vulnerability and honest humor, Lysa will help you:Find peace and hope for the future when you feel like your life is not what you expected.Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train yourself to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so you can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give you more than you can handle.Shift your suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing you.Know how to encourage a friend and help them navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.
Sessions include:The Birthplace of DisappointmentLiving Between Two GardensProblems Placed On Us and Problems Within UsThe Four Steps of RestorationWhen the Enemy Comes Against UsKingdom Minded, Eternally Focused
Designed for use with It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way Video Study (9780310094364), sold separately.
Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love. Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
Lysa TerKeurst knows what it’s like to consider God just another thing on her to-do list. For years she went through the motions of a Christian life: Go to church. Pray. Be nice. She longed for a deeper connection between what she knew in her head and her everyday reality, and she wanted to personally experience God’s presence.
Drawing from her own remarkable story of step-by-step faith, Lysa invites you to uncover the spiritually exciting life for which we all yearn. With her trademark wit and spiritual wisdom, Lysa will help you:Learn how to make a Bible passage come alive in your devotional time.Replace doubt, regret, and envy with truth, confidence, and praise.Stop the unhealthy cycles of striving and truly learn to love who you are and what you’ve been given.Discover how to have inner peace and security in any situation.Sense God responding to your prayers.
The adventure God has in store for your life just might blow you away.
A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It’s not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us flings their arms wide open and pulls us in close.
Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created.In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the Ultimate Embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity. Welcoming us into the safety and hope of His grace and His love.
And because we have been fully embraced by Him, we can spend our lives held securely by Him and trust all of His ways.
Through these 100 devotions, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts, readers will be equipped to:Begin to find freedom from the struggles that have held them hostage by learning new ways to experience God’s love and more authentic ways to trust Him.Surrender their deepest hurts by processing them in a godly way with Lysa, a friend who understands their pain.Hear the Lord speak intimately to their heart by learning how to seek His direction.Release the tension of wondering, If God is near why does He sometimes feel far away? by spending intentional, guided time with Him each day.
With an exquisite cloth cover, highly designed interior, ribbon marker, and stained page edges, Embraced will be a treasured keepsake for you as well as a meaningful gift for those you love.
You’ll discover lessons from each of these women that will help you persevere through the circumstances you are facing today. Learn how to:Apply biblical lessons to their own modern-day strugglesLive through their failures as well as successesDraw near to God in a world filled with trialsFind lasting contentment Overcome rejection and insecurity
This Participant Guide features discussion questions, background information on each character, space to write down thoughts, a helpful Leader’s Guide, and much more.
Sessions include:Eve: Finding Lasting Contentment in the Truth (Lysa TerKeurst)Rebekah: Breaking Free of Feminine Stereotypes (Jonalyn Fincher)Leah: Overcoming Rejection and Insecurity (Naomi Zacharias)Hannah: Surrendering in Waiting (Amena Brown)Abigail: Dealing with Confrontation in RelationshipsGomer: Learning to Accept Unconditional Love (Jeanne Stevens)Mary, Mother of Jesus: Moving from Comfort to Courage (Jeanne Stevens)Mary Magdalene: Transforming from Outcast to Follower (Jonalyn Fincher)Mary of Bethany: Putting Our Faith into Action (Elisa Morgan)Martha: Finding Our Identity in Jesus (Amena Brown)The Woman at the Well: Turning Our Messes into Messages (Lysa TerKuerst)The Syrophoenician Woman: Approaching God with Persistency and Boldness (Naomi Zacharias)
Designed for use with the Twelve Women of the Bible DVD 9780310691624 (sold separately).