Life Unstuck {Book Review}

I could not have predicted how much I would need the wisdom found in Life UNSTUCK when I agreed to review it. That’s just life, right? It’s happened to all of us… You’re moving along at a good pace, certain of the direction you’re headed, when all of the sudden you realize something isn’t right, you’re stuck.

Unstuck Truth #2: If we want to see what God sees, we have to think like God thinks.

It’s not always a choice we’ve made that’s gotten us stuck. Sometimes it’s something that’s happened to us. In my case it was a miscarriage. I came out of a fog one day and found myself sitting still in the middle of lost dreams and lost hopes wondering what to do next. It was at that time that Life UNSTUCK arrived in my mailbox. Sometimes God’s timing is almost more than I can bear.

You can do this because you are worth it and God is all about you.

I started reading immediately. I took the self-assessment which confirmed that I was stuck, but was encouraged by Pat Layton’s kind words reassuring me that God had put this book in my hands just for this time and this purpose and that He would show me the way to freedom, the way to a Life UNSTUCK.

If you think it enough, you will say it. If you say it enough, you will begin to believe it.

Life UNSTUCK is broken up into four parts. Section one of the book is a sort of introduction to the idea. It was here that I learned that the concept for the book was actually taken directly from Psalm 139. Since I was already doing a Bible study of the Psalms I took this as yet another confirmation that God meant to work in my life through the pages of this book. I found myself returning to Psalm 139 several times, reading it through slowly in order to let the words really sink in.

Unstuck Truth #7: Sometimes we have to go back to get ahead.

Section two of the book is about making peace with your past. In all honesty I don’t have many issues with my past. I didn’t expect to find much value in this section of the book, but I was wrong. Reading the stories and Unstuck Truths throughout the section reminded me how far I’ve come- how far God has brought me, and it gave me renewed courage. Remembering God’s faithfulness to me in the past helped me see I could trust Him in my present.

This concept should sound familiar by now. Life unstuck is all about exchanging what the enemy wants to sell you in lies and deception for what God promises you in truth and love.

Section three of Life UNSTUCK is the one that made the greatest impact on me. It’s difficult to understand how there could possibly be any purpose to the pain I’m experiencing in my present situation. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you’ve recently felt the sting of loss too. Life UNSTUCK really did help me. Section three is a study of Psalm 139:13-18. I felt God breathing hope back into my life.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place…”
“Your eyes saw my unformed body…”
“When I awake, I am still with you.”

It was heartbreaking to read these words. To consider the life that had started in me and ended far too quickly. I was angry. I was sad. Yet I found hope written in these pages. I could see God was moving. I can see God is moving through my story, even in this difficult part of my life. God redeems every situation, and that’s what gives it purpose.

Discover, uncover, or recover your passion and your calling.

Section four is all about the future. It was good. It was powerful. To tell you the truth it was a little beyond me for where I am right now. I’m still a little stuck here in my present. God is working in me, drawing me closer, showing me the purpose of this moment. It’s not quite time for me to move on yet. Every time I start thinking about the future it just feels… Well, empty I guess. But, I know this processing of my present situation is temporary and I look forward to reading section four of this book again in a week or two.

My unstuck rest and restoration allow my heart to become God’s resting place.

Life UNSTUCK is a book I know I’ll be returning to time and time again as I move forward through life. I have read Psalm 139 many, many times, and yet never have I understood it as I do now. Life UNSTUCK has given me a better understanding of myself, to be sure, but it has also given me a greater understanding of the compassion and faithfulness of our loving God. I highly recommend this book. It is certain to live up to it’s promises of helping you find peace with your past, purpose in your present, and passion for your future.

Life UNSTUCK
Author: 
Pat Layton
Publisher: Revell, March 17, 2015
Number of pages: 245
Buy Link: Amazon

Unstuck Truth #24: Life unstuck sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

Special thanks to Revell for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through the Revell Reads program. This post contains affiliate links, learn more here.

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I look around, eyes wide open, and discover You are here.
Not where I expected You to be. Not over there where I thought You should be.
Here. Close. So close we share our breath.
You in Your awesome power and me wrapped up in all my smallness.

Even with eyes open it’s hard for me to see You here. I know You’re here because You have promised to be.
Sometimes I don’t feel it, but I feel the unmistakable peace of knowing.
The unshakable peace that comes only from You.

I love having You here. Beside me. Within me. Me within You.
The journey is long, but because You are with me I know I can make it from here to there.

I turn my face defiantly from fear, from the unknown, from all that the world throws at me.

I trust You.
You.
You who fills me.
You who overcomes my every fear.
You who fulfills my every need.

Here is not what I thought You meant when I heard Your promise whispered softly in the darkness.
But here is where You are. So here is where I want to be.
You and me, so close we share our breath.
In and out. Quiet and slow.
Peacefully.

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Father in Heaven, I pray for my friends who don’t understand the here you have brought them to. I pray for the ones who got bad news today. Yesterday. This week. I lift them up and ask You to draw near to them. I ask You to be their here and now. Ever present. Attentive. Sure. Thank You, Lord, for understanding what we cannot understand. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for always fulfilling Your promise. We turn to You with faith and trust. In Jesus name, amen.

Last week I had a miscarriage and as I’ve been recovering God has been whispering promises to me from the past. You may remember this post as it is one that I published back in 2012 after my youngest was born. God’s promise then is still the same today. He is here, whatever you or I may be going through. Take refuge in His presence, friend.
God loves you yesterday, today, forever.

Keeping Cadence with God in February

Jennifer McLucas One Word Large

Keeping Cadence with God in February has been a journey of dashed hope and desperate faith.

Early in the month I knew something was different. All the scheduling and routine I had built into my life in January… I felt my spirit caution against it in February.

It was frustrating. I didn’t understand. I felt like I was moving forward with the schedule and routine, why shouldn’t I continue it?

There was no answer. Just a perpetual feeling in my spirit that I needed to rest.

So I trusted The Spirit. I put away my bullet journal for the month and turned my focus toward rest. I started taking better care of myself. I made sure I ate throughout the day. I drank lots of water. I allowed myself to doze off on the couch when I felt tired.

I admit it felt a lot like I was moving backwards, but there was such peace in it that I allowed myself to embrace the rest and self-care I felt I was being called to.

My pastor gave a sermon from 1 Kings 19. Elijah was in the desert, waiting to die under a tree, when an angel came to him and told him to eat. He ate and drank and went back to sleep. The angel came to him again, and again, Elijah ate and drank. The angel told him he was on a journey and that he wouldn’t make it if he didn’t eat and drink as commanded. The sermon stuck with me. I understood that I too was on a journey. I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew that I needed to take care of myself.

God is Faithful

On February 16th I went in for what was supposed to be a routine ultrasound. I should have been 9 weeks pregnant, instead the baby measured at only 6 weeks. The doctor thought there might be a chance that I was wrong about my dates and scheduled a follow up ultrasound for 2 weeks later. That appointment is first thing tomorrow morning.

This has been the L-O-N-G-E-S-T two weeks of my life.

I have been an emotional wreak for the last two weeks. I am certain that I’m not wrong about when I got pregnant- at least not 3 weeks wrong- and yet I can’t help but still hope that somehow, someway…

It’s heartbreaking.
It’s gut-wrenching.
It’s devastating.

I am not alone. God was preparing me for this, guiding me through it before I even knew something was happening. My body is well nourished, well hydrated, and well rested. I am physically prepared for this journey. God has given me the gift of His peace and His presence. I know He is with me. I know He has a plan.

February has not been a perfect waltz. I have been clumsy and God has had to carry me through most of the steps. This month has been a freestyle dance and I am a partner without grace or skill. And yet, somehow God has made this dance beautiful.

Heartbreakingly, gut-wrenchingly, devastatingly beautiful.

My family and I appreciate your prayers for peace and comfort, thank you.

Cadence is my One Word for 2015. This post is part of a series, Keeping Cadence with God. You can read the introduction post here.