so that God shines {Giveaway}

Y’all I am so excited to introduce our guest today, Marilynn Chadwick. I first “met” Marilynn through an interview on Wendy Blight’s blog, Living Truth. You can watch her interview, which I highly recommend, by clicking HERE. I of course had to pick up her book on prayer ASAP and I am so glad I did!

You can find Marilynn on her Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. And now, without any further ado, gilding the lily, fluffy or “darling” words…you get the idea…here is Marilynn Chadwick. {Anyone else do a drumroll at their desk?}

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As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”-John 9:1-3

Miracles can happen when we take God at His Word.  If I’m alert and watchful, I notice the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of His work all around me. You can read about my “God watching” experiences in Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars: Learning to Hear the Voice of God

The miracle story in John’s Gospel of the man born blind falls in the “not-so-subtle” category.  “Who sinned,” the disciples asked Jesus, “this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  I understand their question. When we suffer and answers to prayer are slow in coming, it’s tempting to feel like our pain is a payback for some unknown sin.  I’m watching people I love face difficult and stubborn trials.  I’ve agonized in prayer, but for whatever reason, the answers just haven’t come…yet.

Jesus assured his followers that it wasn’t the man or his parent’s sin that caused the blindness.  Rather, it happened, “so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”  Did you catch that? The suffering wasn’t payback.  It wasn’t for character-building.  It was so that God’s work would be displayed, a word which comes from a Greek word that means “to shine.”  You mean my trial can give God a chance to shine?  That’s a whole new twist on my  afflictions and those of the ones I love.

We are told that Jesus healed the man…an astounding miracle that resulted in the young man’s salvation and a demonstration of God’s mighty power to the incredulous onlookers.

I am encouraged to look at my trials with a new resolve.  Determined  to grasp  glory for God as I watch His hand at work.  I choose to believe…to take Him at His Word.  And to wait for my answers with joy.  My prayer is that in every situation, His work may be displayed.  I want God to shine so that others will believe, too!

What area of your life right now are you letting His light shine through? Do you think God is using something in your life for His glory? If so, what is He using?

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of THREE copies of Marilynn’s book below. Want MORE chances to win?

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You have until Friday to enter, winners will be announced on Monday’s blog.

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Marilynn Chadwick is the author of  Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars:  Learning to Hear the Voice of God, released by Simon and Schuster’s Howard Books in 2012. Her story is about what happens when one ordinary woman says to God, “Break my heart for the things that break Yours.”  Marilynn’s prayer journey allowed her to see God’s miracles close up and personal within her own family and as far away as genocide-torn villages in Africa. She and her husband David have served the Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC,  for thirty-two years. They have three children and one grand child.  She is founder and principle speaker for Women Under Construction which reaches women of all ages, stages, and economic backgrounds with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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85 thoughts on “so that God shines {Giveaway}

  1. Heather, I had no idea you were having Marilynn over today. What a blessing for your readers! I do encourage everyone who stops by to watch the video. You really get to know Marilynn and hear her heart. She is the real deal!! You can’t help but want more prayer in your life after hearing her amazing God stories.

    Her book is very practical and gives you bite size pieces of advice on how to incorporate more prayer in your life. Love, love “watchwords,” “prayer triggers,” and the Chubby Book.

    I love you, Marilynn, and love to see how God is using Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars. May Heather’s guest post today draw many more closer to His heart in prayer today.

    Blessings,

    Wendy

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    1. Wow…can I ever relate. Storms can hit out of nowhere! Just remember Jesus was with them in the storm…and even slept in the back of the boat. The storm doesn’t mean you’re out of God’s will. He can get you to the other side…just stay close to Him.
      Love,
      Marilynn

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  2. This is a great reminder about how to look at our trials, that they are a place where God can shine. Thank you for sharing this with us Heather and Marilynn! I’ve just sent it to a friend, and posted it on Twitter. I’m also signing up on Marilynn’s blog.

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  3. What area of your life right now are you letting His light shine through? Do you think God is using something in your life for His glory? If so, what is He using?
    I just lost my 25 year old niece to suicide. I lost my mom to suicide in 2006. The Lord is showing me that the Truth the Way and the Light will expel the darkness our family and myself are facing as we walk through this time of grief.

    He is using my faith in His Son to witness to my family in our sorrow and pain.

    M. Waters

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    1. Praying with you in this time of grief. I hate the way the enemy brings torment. May the Lord make you a vessel of peace and joy to those drenched in sorrow. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world….and sometimes in our own families. Praying He carries you above the fray. Stay close.
      Together,
      Marilynn

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    2. Oh sister, I feel your pain. My step-mother took her life the same week we miscarried our first child. It was not an easy time, but God got us through. He is faithful to be with us. Praise be to His name in all circumstances!

      ❤ Heather

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  4. Just finished praying for my son, who struggles with alcohol. He said to me this morning “My walk with God isn’t good, I’ve gone back to my old ways and I feel guilt asking God to help me…again.” This message couldn’t have been more perfect, it showed me a different way to go before the Throne!

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    1. Wow! He is already showing such strength, relying on God through this struggle, continuing to seek God through prayer. Agreeing with you and my sister Marilynn as you pray over and with your son. Praying Ephesians 3:20!

      ❤ Heather

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  5. Looking forward to reading this sometime soon! We moved from Charlotte 2 years ago to Wake Forest, NC and Forest Hill Church was our church home for 9 years. God knew that we needed to be in a church where we could learn and grow closer to Him.

    Our lives were changed in AMAZING ways as HE healed a broken marriage and restored us to a healthy place. Marilyn is such a blessing to so many people there in Charlotte! (I’ve shared this on Pinterest and I am signing up to receive her blog too).

    Blessings and Love from Wake Forest!

    Cathy Hillyard

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  6. I have been wanting to read Marilyn’s book since I first heard about it. Heather, thanks for sharing this with us and thank you for the giveaway. I shared this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and will subscribe to Marilyn’s blog also.

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  7. I’ve been going through the motions of prayer because there isn’t even a whisper. I’m looking forward to reading your book and being encouraged through your blog. Thank you for your ministry.

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  8. Heather the area I am working on in my life right now is to give it all to Him. My favorite saying today is “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything You gave me”. Erma Bombeck WOW~ I have been in Melissa Taylor’s study of I Used to Be So Organized and now John and later Unglued. God really touched me even prior to being approached about loving and serving women who are hurting, who want to fall more in love with Him and for me to let myself yield my shyness unto Him. I have enjoyed listening to you during the conference calls lady and love all your insights. I would love to have Marilyn’s book. I am sharing this on Facebook and Pinterest and also subscribing to Marilyn’s blog. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words about the Conference Call, I had so much fun with everyone! I can’t wait to dig into Unglued with you! Melissa is such a blessing with these online studies.

      You will love Marilynn’s book!

      ❤ Heather

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  9. Again, as I said on FB – Thank GOD for Blogs/etc…even though I am not physically in Charlotte anymore, I can stay in touch with these wonderful women.

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  10. I love the idea that things sometimes happen so that God’s works are more evident. I know people often question why things happen. The sad part of that, to me, is that we have to be shown God’s works, because we just don’t always trust that He is working.

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  11. Three years ago, my family went through a trial that felt like it would never end. During that time, our family drew closer to God and to each other. As a result, I am more empathetic toward others who are going through the same thing.

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    1. I agree with your insights, Lori. Seems like I get “trained” in my trials, too. Sure makes us walk tenderly with the wounded. May the Lord use your beautiful mercy gift to heal wounds all around you in a hurting world.
      Love,
      Marilynn

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  12. Thanks Heather for sharing Marilyn’s book with us today. Her post is so encouraging. It has given me hope for my future knowing God uses our trials for His glory. I knew that but sometimes we need to be reminded. God bless!

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  13. I never seem to have my prayers answered. They always seem to be in limbo. I like the part where you say, “It wasn’t for character-building. It was so that God’s work would be displayed, a word which comes from a Greek word that means “to shine.” You mean my trial can give God a chance to shine?” If I can remind myself of that when I am going through trials I could do a better job of thanking God for the trials in my life and even praying for my enemies.

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  14. Oh, how I needed this today. I love “… to wait for His answers with joy.” I’m so thankful that God’s word is active & alive today! Thank you God! I’m so thankful that God goes through the trials with us, that He never sleeps or slumbers.

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  15. I love, love, love the title of Marilyn’s book! God does indeed sometimes whisper and roar. Prayer is such a vital, integral part of our spiritual journey and intimacy with the One who knit us together. Thanks, Heather, for introducing us to her. Marilyn, praying God’s blessings over you and your ministry! Off to share on Twitter and sign up for Marilyn’s blog…

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  16. This is my first time to this site. What a blessing it was. Thanks for the reminder that I maybe the only Bible people read and I so want Jesus to shine through my life and actions. I had a question, Is this book sold on Amazon? I am new at being a christian and I do have a hard time listening to God’s voice. I was thinking this book could help decifer what is me and what is Him.

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    1. Hi Amy, So nice to hear from a newly committed believer. I hope the book (and yes, it’s on Amazon) will help you find practical ways of listening to God’s voice. I think He’s always speaking, but it’s hard to listen in such a busy, noisy world. Keep persevering. It’s well worth the effort to stick with the journey! Blessings, Marilynn

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    2. Welcome Amy! I am thrilled that for your first visit you got to meet Marilynn! How wonderful! You can indeed find her book on Amazon as well as most book stores; though I would call ahead and make sure they have one in stock. I have direct links above. You will LOVE her book!

      ❤ Heather

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  17. It’s exciting to learn about this book and to get to know a little about Marilynn. I subscribed to her blog and look forward to getting a copy of the book soon. A comment that she made ” to take Him at His Word. And to wait for my answers with joy” really hit home with me, and that is something I so desire in my life!! Thanks

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  18. This sounds like such an awesome book! I would love to read it. It is going on my wish list that is for sure!

    I shared this post on both Facebook and Twitter! I also signed up to receive your blog in my e-mail! Thank you for sharing today.

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  19. I needed to hear this today, thank you. I’m unemployed and having a difficult time finding a job. God has used season of my life to draw me closer into His arms. For that, I’m very thankful.

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    1. Hi Bree,
      Sounds like you are using this difficult time just the way God would want you too….to abide in Him. I love your wise words about how He uses the seasons of life to draw you closer. I think we all needed that reminder!
      Marilynn

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  20. What a beautiful post! I remember watching the interview when the book first came out! Definitely on my list of books to read! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your heart with us. Shared the article on Twitter, FB and subscribed to email. Our prayer life is so important and I’m so grateful that you wrote a book on this topic!

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    1. Kristi, You are such an encourager. It means so much to know that we share this love of prayer. Hoping to hear more of how God works in your life as you continue to follow your heart of prayer!
      Together,
      Marilynn

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  21. Have to believe that some how God is going to use my health problems for His glory. No matter how miserable I am feeling, I make the effort to smile and not take things out on those around me.

    Subscribed to blog

    Shared on Facebook

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  22. Heather, thank you for having Marilyn visit!
    Marilyn, what incredible wisdom… take Him at His Word! It’s one of those principles I know in my mind, but many times, I allow my emotions or my “logic” (heaven knows I’m not a logical person… why I trust in it is crazy!) to take over. I’m currently watching God’s glory shine through my sister’s 13 year illness. Through her outrageous struggle, she exudes His Spirit. This is a huge inspiration for me to follow her lead regardless of my circumstances. Thank you so much for this needed perspective.
    With love and gratitude…

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    1. Noelle, Thanks for telling us a little about your sister. I also know someone who shines brightly through their long struggle, and it occurred to me this morning that the secret weapon seems to be “joy.” Sure gives God glory when we see this “shining through,” doesn’t it? So glad you shared this with us! Marilynn

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing. Marilynn’s book looks so awesome!! I pinned this on pintrist, shared on FB, and visited Marilynn’s blog and subscribed. I hope to hear more from Marilynn!

    I too would love to hear more from God and desire to be able to discern his voice. So many areas in my life seem gray right now and it would be comforting to know that I am moving in the direction he wants me in or if I’m moving in the direction I want to be in.

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    1. Hi Lori, So glad to get to “know” you through the blog. I appreciate your honesty. Many of us can identify with “gray areas” of life. I sense you’ll be hearing God’s voice with greater clarity, because you are truly seeking him. And we know that He rewards that diligent search (Heb. 11:6). Hope you’ll share your stories! Love, Marilynn

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  24. I just had to download your book, Marilyn, to my Kindle. I can think of several family and friends that I would love to be blessed by your book. I’m looking forward to reading it and furthering my relationship with God. Thank you for loving Jesus and helping others to seek Him, love Him and hear from Him. Thank you Heather for blessing us today!

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  25. Sometimes I have a hard time even hearing the roar….Through a group healing of adults molested as children, I am sharing my love of Christ with the women that sometimes wonder where God was during that time.

    I can’t wait to get the book!

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      1. Thank you, Heather! I am going to order the book. It looks like something I could really gain insight from. It’s a long path to healing…

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        1. Wendy, thank you for considering Hidden Joy as a resource for your ministry to these women. You are offering them Hope and the only source of long term healing when you offer them Jesus. May God bless you and richly bless the work of your hands and your heart as you serve Him this way.

          Blessings,

          Wendy

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  26. I am struggling with an issue right now. I have to pray daily for God’s wisdom & guidance in the issue. I shared this page on facebook & subscribed to Marilyn’s blog.

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