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And Then There Was Silence

Candle in the Dark

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Less than fifty years after the Jews returned from the 70 year Babylonian exile to their homeland, the people were at it again. The last prophet of God recorded in the Old Testament, Malachi, brought a message of hope of the coming Savior, condemnation for the heartless, rote religion that was being practiced in Jerusalem and blessings for those who served God with all their hearts.

And then there was silence. Although God did not speak to humanity through prophets for about 400 years, He still was actively involved in shaping the course of history in preparation for the incarnate arrival of Jesus. To name just two things, the conquest of Alexander the Great brought oppression to the known world, but it also brought a common language that accommodated spreading the Gospel to the Mediterranean world after Jesus’ resurrection. God also preserved the hope of His people through the revolt of the Maccabees and the miracle of the candles which is still celebrated during Hanukkah.

There are times in our lives in which it seems that God is not speaking to us, but we can be assured that if we are faithful to Him, He is working behind the scenes to prepare our path for even greater events to come. With this in mind, go light a candle, read the book of Malachi (it’s only four chapters) and then rest in the knowledge that God is always with us and is working in our lives, even if we can’t hear His voice.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon. 

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In His Hands

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Photo by JJ Verhoef on Flickr.com

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Over two hundred fifty years ago, Jonathan Edwards (the preacher, not the politician) preached what became a famous sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” If ever there was a hellfire and brimstone sermon, this is it. I cannot argue with the premise of this sermon, because according to the Bible, all who have not believed in Jesus Christ and confessed that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9) are in fact, doomed to the horrific eternal punishment that Edwards so eloquently described in his sermon.

What really resonated with me about the sermon is that Edwards wasn’t just talking to the people who were outside of God’s will and knew it, but he also addressed those who went to church, behaved properly and were Christians from all outward appearances, but did not have the faith and belief in Jesus in their hearts.

I thought of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” while reading I Chronicles 21. King David did something that made God really angry. David confessed his sin and God made David choose from three different consequences: three years of famine in Israel, three months of being overrun by Israel’s enemies or three days of a deadly plague at the hand of God.

David threw himself at the mercy of God, “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” David belonged to God and understood that the best place for an imperfect person who belongs to God is in the hands of a merciful God.

Either way, we are always at the mercy of the all-powerful God; wise people will trust in Him and live under His mercy. Otherwise, we are indeed “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The choice is yours to make today.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

Q & A with Katherine Weaver (part 1)

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I had the privilege of interviewing Katherine Weaver, the author of seeing God in the simple things early in 2013 and here is the first part of that interview. 

Lisa: Where are you from originally?

Katherine: I grew up in the (Williamette) valley, in Dallas, and then my family moved to Culver when I was 13. I went to high school there, got married, went to Central Oregon Community College, moved to Portland for 10 years, moved back to Madras in 2005. I call Central Oregon home. I love the climate and the ability to kayak! It’s something my mom and I do together a lot in the summer.

Lisa: What is your spiritual background? Were you raised in church?

Katherine: I would say I was raised in a Christian home, but not one that attended church religiously. I remember going, but I don’t know that it was every week. God was always understood though, He was part of our lives. Dad wasn’t able to go with us to church; he worked 7 days a week most of the time. He sacrificed so much for us to grow up in such a fantastic place. But you never realize that as a child. Then, when you become an adult, you look back and see what your parents went through. It’s humbling to see now how much they sacrificed for us.

Lisa: Is this (seeing God in the simple things) your first book? How long did it take you to write it?

Katherine: Yes. Well, I didn’t know I was writing a book at first, I’ve always written journals and stories. But when my life hit the fan in 07, I started writing things down. My 15 year marriage ended, among other crises, and writing was my way of reminding myself that God was still close by. He was holding my hand in the hurricane and I would not be blown away. It was more comforting to me at first. Then as I compiled more of them, I started sharing them with family and friends. After a year or so, they told me I should put them together in a book. After about 3 years, I felt I was ready to seek a publisher. I didn’t know how to do that, but a friend of mine had just published a book with Tate Publishing. I sent them six of the chapters and said “God, it’s in your hands, I’m not going to worry, or check back, I’m letting it go.”

Six weeks almost to the day, which they said was their window, I got a phone call. She said, “I’m with Tate publishing and we have received your submission and we are hoping you have more than six chapters.”

I said, “Yes, I have 75 more!” and that was that. It took about a year to get through the publishing process, everything takes forever. But it’s done and published and was quite an experience.

Lisa: But it sounds like you have had some life experiences that a lot of people can relate to, unfortunately.

Katherine: Yes, and when you read the book, you will see that come through. Each of the stories point back to God, He is present, it is never a downer. We were not created to be victims. It is interesting to see how He uses the things we go through. When we are going through the whirlpool we say, “This has to stop, NOW!” But then you get to the other side and look back; “I can do this now, because I went through that.”

Part 2 of this interview will be posted in the next blog. Stay tuned!

Katherine Weaver’s book, seeing God in the simple things is available for purchase online from Tate Publishing:

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/search.php?search=Katherine+Weaver

Please visit Katherine’s website at booksbykatherine.com.

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