Meet Bible Study Author, Donna Pyle (plus a Giveaway!)

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Thanks so much, Heather, for having me over to get the word out about my new Bible study, The God of All Comfort.

We are a comfort-loving society. We like our creature comforts, so to speak. But in the midst of suffering, true comfort often surprises us. A kind word. A soothing hug. A special delivery of the Savior’s love. Right where we stand. Right when we get blind-sided. In the middle of hurt. On the main street of chaos. In the vortex of life’s storms.

We all need comfort and compassion because life gets tiring, does it not? When we struggle with sin, when family members aren’t saved, bills stack up unpaid, work exhausts, our health fails, and loved ones hurt – discouragement easily seeps in.

Suffering causes us to forget our blessings and look only to our circumstances – especially if we suffer over a prolonged period time. It creates distaste for the present. Dissatisfaction with the past. Distrust of the future. God desires something infinitely better for us. Nothing touches our lives that He has not filtered first.

But when we view our difficulties from the balcony of faith, we rest in God’s assurance that He never leaves us unloved or uncared for. God’s hope shines as a beacon of comfort.

In order for us to be able to relate to comfort from many different scenarios, I interviewed faith-filled Christians who  relied on timeless truths to walk in obedience despite loss and heartache. Through their stories and God’s amazing Word, we follow the unmistakable handprint of a loving Savior who turns scars into life-changing stories.

Let me warn you these stories aren’t pretty. Loss, betrayal, shattered trust, anger, misplaced expectations, abuse, cancer, fear, divorce, and sacrifice bleed onto these pages. But we can relate to them, because perhaps we’ve been there. But these scenarios are quickly followed by love and hope provided by God, who relentlessly pursues us with ultimate comfort.

This study is different. Yes, we dig through Scripture in great detail, but we also see through real life stories how God spoke comfort into devestating situations. It shows in high-definition the way God pursues us in love with His ultimate comfort. This study is designed for small groups, but can also be done individually. It would make an excellent gift for someone you know how may be going through a difficult season in life.

You can order it from Concordia Publishing House, Amazon, and Christian Book.com.

I’d love for you to win a signed copy of this study, along with other nifty prizes:

  • Signed copy of The God of all Comfort
  • $50 Visa gift card
  • $15 iTunes gift card
  • Chamomile tea
  • Mug (with study logo on it)
  • Signed copy of my DVD Bible study series, Your Strong Suit, based on God’s armor from Ephesians 6.

TO ENTER, FOLLOW THESE THREE EASY STEPS:

  1. Follow this blog;
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (and let us know you did!); and
  3. Leave a comment below answering this question: When did God’s comfort surprise you most?

THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNED ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD!!

I would love to connect with you! You can find me here:

WEBSITE: http://www.artesianministries.org/
BLOG: http://www.hydratedliving.com/
TWITTER: @DonnaPyleTX
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/#!/donna.pyle.71

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33 thoughts on “Meet Bible Study Author, Donna Pyle (plus a Giveaway!)

  1. God’s comfort during the loss of my daughter last Oct was deeper and richer than at any other time in my life so far. I felt Him close to me for weeks, waiting for me to lean on His shoulder.

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  2. I tweeted about study. I am @MelissaWaters15.
    God has surprised me when my mother committed suicide. I blamed myself and really didn\’t want to be with God at the time although I was a Christian. I kind of shut down for about six months. I was in a very dark place in my mind and heart. I still functioned as a wife and mother, but personally I was in a dark place. I didn\’t want to go forward for fear of losing what was behind, my mom. I cried many tears asking WHY, Why God, Why? Then one day I heard a small voice in my Spirit say \”You could of prolonged it, but You couldn\’t prevent it\”. This stopped me in my tracks. What did that mean. Later that day one lady who was mentoring me said the exact same thing to me. She said we can prolong something but we can\’ t prevent another person from doing something they want to do and that is how God is. He gave us all free will.
    Talk about an eye opening experience. I quickly ran to the throne room of grace and clung to the altar for days.
    M. Waters

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    1. Melissa, oh my word. How heartbreaking. That small voice in your spirit and your friend are absolutely right – there’s nothing you could have done from preventing your mom commiting suidice. Free will is a great privilege – and a great responsibility. I’m so very thankful that, after processing that devestating loss, you ran back to God instead of running the other direction. I’ve just prayed for you and that God will use that experience in your life to reach others with hope and healing. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  3. I have always had a tense relationship with my dad. Recently, we butted heads on a few things and haven’t spoken in a while because of this. Before I became a Christian when this would happen I would be afraid of what he might do to get even with me and at the same time be heartbroken about my dad not loving me. Now I know who my true Father is and know he is the ultimate protector and comforter. I’m no longer afraid or heartbroken BC I know my Father loves me unconditionally.

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    1. Wendy, what an amazing testimony of God’s working in your life that He has removed that fear and brokenheartedness. That’s such a hard situation that Satan will keep trying to use to cause hurt. I’ve prayed for God to keep His armor tightly around you as you keep your eyes on Him for strength and grace. Thanks so much for stopping by and getting the word out on Google+. Blessings!

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  4. Heather and Donna, thank you for introducing us to these impactful studies! God’s comfort has carried me through some really desperate times. But, I think I’m even more surprised how He comforts me in the smaller, daily trials such as recovering from losing my patience raising our daughter 🙂

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    1. Noelle, you hit the nail on the head! God’s comfort is a constant presence in our lives if listen with ears of faith. And yes, raising daughters can be a challenge, indeed! Having been one, I can testify to that. 🙂 Blessings!

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  5. I am sharing this giveaway on FB.
    Donna, God continues to comfort me on a daily basis as I continue to heal from finding out horrible news involving a very close family member and I’ve had to remove that person from my life. It’s been difficult, but nothing could ever prepare me for this journey at 49 yrs old. God will help me. Please pray for me.

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    1. Kim, I just prayed over you and your situation. And I also prayed for the other person. I love your simple, yet vital, 4-word statement: “God will help me.” YES, He will. Keep leaning into Him for strength. And thank you so much for sharing this on FB to help get the word out about this study.

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  6. Gods comfort suprised me most when I got one of those big cards in the mail signe by all the people i worked with i really needed it and they didnt even know that i had lost someone very close to me . they were just sending it to send it but God had a plan and God suprised me with his love and comfort

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    1. Brittany, what a touching gift from your co-workers! Don’t you love it when God provides exactly what you need right when you need it most? Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story!

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  7. Well, I already follow this post and I am sharing this on FB but I think God has comforted me the most just knowing that He loves me unconditionally. So many of my own family members do not do this. I am the black sheep of my family and I so wish that I had learned about His love when I was a teenager but like they say, everything happens for a reason and I am so glad that I have found Him now. I really would love to do this study! 🙂

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    1. Christy, how very true that God loves you unconditionally. And the thing about a black sheep? God is color blind. If you follow His Son, the Shephard, He knows you and welcomes you into the flock. How wonderful that His love brings you comfort! Thanks so much for sharing this and good luck in the drawing!

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  8. I had an older brother that passed away a couple years ago. We called him Sonny. He had what would be called now a severe learning disability – looked perfectly normal but could not read or write or count – none of that kind of stuff. But if he liked you, he would do anything in the world for you. And what little possessions he had, he was so very proud of them. He was living in a group home with other men like him when he went out to the end of the driveway one morning to meet the van that picked him up on certain days to take him to the Sr. Citizen’s Center. But when the van came that day, he wasn’t there waiting – so the driver drove up to the house and asked about him. The women that run them home were alarmed so they all walked to the end of the driveway. They found my brother, lying in a ditch, dead. It was hard for me to accept that – the fact that he had to die in a ditch, all alone just made me so sad for him. But God assured me that my brother was not along at all!! God was there… Jesus was there… And a host of others. My brother fishes in Heaven with at least one other brother – maybe two. God’s comfort make all the difference in the world to me that day.

    By the way, I have followed and shared this – would love to win the book for a young lady I know that really needs an independent study that she can do at her own pace. Thank you!

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    1. I cannot imagine how that must have felt when they found your brother. I’m so very sorry for your loss and heartache. And I’m applauding your amazing faith to lean into God and His comfort instead of turning away in anger. Thank you for being brave to share this here. I pray this study speaks God’s comfort into that young lady’s life that you mentioned. I have discovered many women getting this study not for themselves, but those they know who are hurting. That is such an amazing picture of Jesus’ love.

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  9. This year has been a year of life changing events for me. Much of early 2012 challenged me in all aspects of my life: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through various situations, I began to doubt the love of God. I grew continually frustrated with God’s promise of unfailing love. Sadly, I began to believe that in this broken world…God’s love was failing. I gave up thinking He could use me to show His love to others I was around, because more often than not, it was rejected. My doubt grew to anger and the feeling of defeat. But, as the days came and went, I started to realize that was exactly what the devil wants us to believe. Eventually, I realized that I was being sucked in to putting a time limit on God’s love. I was the “doubting Thomas” that EXPECTED to see results because we live in a society where we shouldn’t have to wait for anything. As I hang my head in shame for losing faith in a living God that IS faithful, I was reminded that God breaks us to bind us. I was surprised at how comforting that thought was. Through the hurt, His love and faithfulness is ever before us, comforting us. Another way God comforted me through these “growing pains” was providing me with family and friends who prayed, encouraged, and never stopped loving me. My prayer for those who become weary and defeated in various situations is to remember we are resting comfortably in the palm of His hand. He’s got us in His grip!

    Thanks for sharing these encouraging studies! I look forward to passing them along to my facebook friends!

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    1. Kristin, you said one thing that stopped me in my tracks: “I was being sucked into putting a time limit on God’s love.” WOW. What a profound insight into what many of us do when we’re hurting. Shame is straight from the enemy, so hold your head up and focus your gaze on Christ. Family and friends who prayed for you are so vital! I cannot thank you enough for your vulnerability and honesty. Blessings as you continue walking in His grip!

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  10. I have shared this on FB and emailed because there are some many around me needing God’s comfort from the little things to the BIG issues of life. I have to say that I have had God’s comfort and grace all my life and really never knew it until after my mother died in 2007. I was left to take care of our disabled father with my sister. I always wondered why I had to walk such a hard path of having alcoholic parents who ended up with strokes, heart attacks, and disability which left me at 15 years old without parents really. I was blessed with a sister (who is much older then me) take me in as her daughter and lead me to the right path of life. God also gave comfort when he brought to me my husband who didn’t run when he saw the disfunction of my life having to care for my parents at a young age. I thank the Lord everyday for having him to lean on in the worse times of my life. My parents did get saved again in the end years of their lives and that also gave me the comfort to know that God’s grace even extends to second chances to make things right. My father left us almost a year ago on Sept 1st to join God and my mother in heaven. Shortly after his death, I began working on our family tree to update and complete it. During this, I come to find out that my mother’s past was trickle with sin, fustrations, hurt, and much more that would make any mother want not to live. Being the baby, I was the “opps” in her life at 37 years old. She lost two babies due to crib death and an accident along with miscarriages. By the time I was conceived, she didn’t care about having any more children or rather she was pregnant. She drank heavily to the point of falling down drunkenness. My aunt told me that she prayed many times that I would be ok but everyone pretty much determined, including doctors, that I would be dead, brain damage, or have alcohol syndrome. The story was told to me by several aunts that in the delivery, there was complications and my mother suddenly had a change of heart and God opened her eyes. A nurse came in to find her weeping over the damage she caused her child that she was about to loose. The nurse helped my mom out of bed telling her that God’s given her another chance and if she wanted this child that she needed to get down on her knees and pray. My mom did just that and she was saved. That is how I got my name sake from a nurse (or angel of God.) Unfortunately the “saving” didn’t last too long for over the years of devastation, hurt, stress, and betrayal, the devil final broke through my parents’ walls of faith and they began to drink, turning into people I never knew. I could go on with my stories of disappointment and the courage of living my life but I found out that God wanted me here on this earth and never left my side like a true parent. Yes, at times he let me go on my own to experience life but then was there when I needed a helping hand. He took all the bitterness out of my heart that I had for “missing out” on the normal childhood and gave me a message so great that I couldn’t put in this one little blog. God gave me a understanding and comforting heart to share with others when they have to walk down this part of the path of life (loosing their parent). Burying parents before 30 years old is a rough thing to deal with but God’s comfort helped so much. He made me walk this path to be a testimony and that makes me proud that I can use it to help others come into God’s comfort and realize that his grace is wonderful even on second chances.

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    1. Kelley Ann, what a stunning testimony God has given you to share. There is so much hurt and devastation in your story that it’s hard to discern how good could possibly come out of it all. But with God all things are possible – and you are a living testimony to that. He is shining radiantly through the comfort He provided and His hope that exceeds all else. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m praying that God continues to shine brightly through you!

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  11. I signed up to follow the blog and shared this on Facebook. I think God surprised me most with His comfort when I was speaking to a group of women at a banquet. I was going through a hard time and just as I was sharing a message with these women, God spoke LOUDLY to my heart.

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    1. Sharla, isn’t that just like God to interrupt what we believe to be “our” message to say something better? Three days after my divorce was final, I was scheduled to lead a weekend-long retreat out of town. God used that difficult trial in my life to extraordinarily impact us that weekend. He does that – when we’re listening and let Him. Thanks for stopping by to share that!

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  12. God’s comfort surprised me most when my son went on his first mission trip last year. He would be gone a whole year and I was fearful of the unknown. All through the process, God showed me how it was His mission. God even brought complete strangers into our path to reassure us about this mission. When it was time for my son to leave my fear was subsided and I felt a peace about his going. Now he just left a week ago for a new mission and for another year and again God has comforted me.

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    1. Deb, how wonderful to hear of your son’s heart for mission work! God’s mission field desperately needs our young people to reach the next generation. Your son’s passion to help others is a clear reflection of faith passed down through the generations. As I read how you faithfully relied on God for comfort, it’s easy to see that your spiritual walk has greatly impacted your son. Blessings as you continue shining His light!

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  13. Donna, you’re such a delight! Two years ago , when my twins were six months old, I had to make a very difficult decision: homeschool my 6 year old daughter, or put her in school. I had been homeschooled, and had planned on homeschooling my own children for as long as I could remember. When it became clear to my husband and I that our daughter should go to school, it tore me up for weeks, but God comforted me in that hard time, by whispering His promise to bring great good from this decision – and our obedience to His voice. I was baffled that He would ask this of me, after all this time. For almost twenty years, that had been my plan, but in those few short weeks He revealed to me that my plans aren’t always His – and that He may call me to change my plans from time to time, to show me that He is sovereign and that His ways are much better. Our oldest is entering 2nd grade this year, and our second will start kindergarten. We’ve never once regretted our decision and God has been faithful in taking care of her – and bringing great good from it, already.

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    1. Gabrielle, it’s the ultimate act of trust to willing hand over your children in obedience to God’s prompting. As I read your story of faithful submission, I thought of Abraham when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Yet in the nick of time (God’s perfect time) he spared Isaac and lavishly blessed Abraham. One of the stories in this study is from a military mom who had to release her son to active combat in the Middle East and how hard that was. I believe you will relate very well to what she shares. It’s been such a great joy getting to know you online and seeing how God is using you to bless and encourage others.

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  14. God’s comfort really, really surprised me when I was knee-deep in my battle with clinical depression and anorexia nervosa. I was in so much physical, emotional and spiritual pain that feeling God’s comfort was like a cold drink of water on a hot, parched day. Oh, how I love Him.

    By the way, I shared this great offer on my Twitter account (@laralsadowski).

    Blessings,
    Lara

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    1. Lara, how very much like God to continue comforting when in the middle of our worst struggles. I love the image your words paint of God hydrating us in our desert times. Thanks so much for sharing that and getting the word out on Twitter about the new study! Blessings.

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  15. Thank you for sharing. I am sharing this on FB as well. God has showed me comfort in so many different ways. Currently, he is giving me comfort as I send my son 6.5 hours away to college. I just knew I wouldn’t be able to leave him but God told me to trust Him. I am trusting God and know he will take care of my 18 year old son. (He turned 18 on Saturday & we moved him in on Sunday!) I know God has wonderful plans for my beautiful son!

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    1. Melanie, it’s so very touching to see how much you love your son! A mom’s love is fierce, tender, and so strong. God will keep those bonds strong across the miles as He reassures you with His comfort. There’s a story in my study that goes indepth about a mom who had to release her son to serve in the Middle East. I believe you will be able to relate to that very closely. Blessings and thanks for sharing this on Facebook!

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