Peace for a Lifetime – Win a Copy!
Today is Thoughtful Thursdays and it is my pleasure to welcome Lisa Murray author of Peace for a Lifetime. As I read her book I know that if you haven’t found peace her words certainly will help you discover it through our Lord Jesus. I am praying to have the ability to remember Scripture like Lisa does.
Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?
I was born and raised in the church. My mother and father were both active, my mom being a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years. I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was 13 yrs old at a youth camp in North Carolina.
When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.
I used to love to read. Never thought of myself as a writer. In my teens and twenties I was a lyricist and singer in the Christian music industry. I found I had a deep love for words. How powerful they could be in our lives.
What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?
My latest project is my book, Peace for a Lifetime. It is important to me because of its message. I want the body of Christ to experience the healing and wholeness that is available to them through Christ, both spiritually and emotionally. I find inspiration through what is happening in my life as well as what is going on in my clients’ lives.
What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)
Hopefully my book. I love writing my blogs, but felt God clearly directing me to write this book. My heart and my passion is to help people. To walk with them. To see them healed, freed, strengthened, and encouraged.
You can experience peace, not just for today, not just for tomorrow. (click to tweet)
How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, is my favorite, along with Jesus Calling. I use NIV the most, but also reference others as well. My quiet time is usually first thing in the morning when all is quiet and before my workday begins. After I read and pray, I usually like to spend several minutes in solitude, as my book details.
What is your favourite scripture or scriptures and why? What is your thinking about memorizing Scripture? Do you have any tips for our readers on ways to memorize that work the best for you?
Probably between Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 29:11. I love them because they speak of God’s love and intentions toward me. They comfort me and give me both strength and peace for my journey. I grew up memorizing Scripture for Sunday School, for VBS. By the time I was 12yrs old, I had memorized the books of the Bible both forward and backward. I studied music most of my life – I’m used to memorizing things. I repeat the verses. I write them down. I visualize them on the page. I focus on the meaning and sound of each word.
As a writer, time is important; quiet is important. How do you find that quiet time to reflect and write?
Finding time is the hardest part. Usually I set aside time in the mornings. That’s when I feel the calmest, the freshest, the most connected to what God is speaking to me.
Do you have hobbies, or sports that you are interested in? What is it about these activities that you like? Looking at your personality are these activities ones that God has brought to you?
I don’t really like sports, though I can enjoy thoroughly going to a game. It’s definitely not a passion. I love beauty. Wherever I can find beauty, whether through cooking, travelling, art, architecture, music, people, that’s what I get passionate about.
What is one important lesson that Jesus is teaching or has taught you that has changed your worldview, your outlook, and/or your relationships?
How He is perfectly in control. I find the greatest peace in releasing my agenda, my need for perfection, my worry, and settling into the plans He has for me. That is enough. That is peace.
What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?
To be a grandmother. I was never able to have children of my own, but I raised a stepson. Jeremiah 29:11.
In her new book, Peace for a Lifetime, Lisa Murray shares the keys to cultivating a life that’s deeply rooted, overflowing, and abundant, the fruit of which is peace. Through personal and professional experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lisa discovered how to take the broken pieces of life and find indestructible peace with herself, God and with others, and she passionately shares her breakthrough in this timely, well-written, book.
Through Lisa and other’s stories you’ll realize that you can experience the life for which you long. You can experience abundance beyond anything you can imagine. You can experience peace, not just for today, not just for tomorrow. You can experience peace —for a lifetime!
Today you have a chance to win a copy of Peace for a Lifetime. Runs for five days. Come back and enter again and again.
Please enter the Rafflecopter below. If you have any questions or problems, email me at Janis.