Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst July 24, 2019

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New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.

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.

My thoughts:

What a powerful book. I decided to review this because I heard Lysa speak on the subject of “between two gardens” and found it deeply intriguing.

This book is written from a very vulnerable place in in Lysa’s life. She was in the middle of her marriage falling apart, cancer diagnosis and she didn’t know the end of the story. If you follow Lysa at all you know God has brought her through and healed her marriage, but as she wrote this book she didn’t know what would happen.

I love the illustrations that she uses to teach the reader her points. At the end of each chapters is a place to go deeper. Reflect on what chapter and answer questions about your own journey.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Sharing Our Stories November 1, 2013

Filed under: Melissa's Genesis 5020 — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:55 am
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book-textbookA sweet friend of mine forwarded me a devotion Lysa TerKeurst wrote recently on Proverbs 31. Guess what it was about?

Genesis 5020 and the power of sharing our stories. Yay!!! I was so excited to see her write on this subject since it’s so near and dear to my heart.

This week I started a new Wounded group for women who have suffered abuse and I was once again reminded how God has used my story to give others hope. That’s what it’s all about. If we keep all God has done in us locked away He gets no glory. I want Him to have ALL the glory, that is why I share my story.

He wrote it, not me. If I wrote my story it would not have a happy ending, I would be divorced and still suffer from my wounds. But because Jesus wrote my story I am healed, set free, my chains are gone and I want the world to know.

How about you?

You can read Lysa’s devotion here.

Then you can email your Genesis 5020 story: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com  and let God get the glory. Or, if you don’t want to share your story on the internet, reflect on who in your life needs to hear your story, who needs to know there is hope?

Have a blessed weekend 🙂