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September 19, 2012  

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Deanna Face I'm glad you're here. This ezine started ten years ago as a weekly e-mail to the women of Celebration Church, where I serve alongside my husband as co-pastor.  It was a time to share what was on my heart  with our ladies and invite them to join me with a cup of coffee at their computers. They ended up forwarding a lot of those emails and the list grew so large it eventually developed into this ezine with a lot more subscribers than I ever imagined in my wildest dreams! I'm thankful for each of you who join me here every week for coffee.  Here I share a devotional thought, recipes, books I'm reading and whatever else strikes my fancy. Enjoy.
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When Getting Your Own Way Destroys You

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
~ Matthew 10:30

God is looking for people who will come to Him with completely open hearts, not demands. So often, we come to our prayer time with our list of desires rather than an open heart to seek and fulfill God's desire.

True surrender is complete and utter abandonment to all that God wants. 

It's a putting away of the fleshly desires in one's heart and coming into full agreement with all that God has in mind. Many times we will be surprised at the outcome for as He declares in scripture:  "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." Isaiah 55:8

A few weeks ago I was discussing with my husband all that I want and don't want. I had such a detailed list. I told him what my heart was longing for as well as some thoughts as to what terrible outcomes would be. He gently reminded me..."honey, what does God want?" I have to be honest, I cringed to think about what God might want.  Once again I had developed my list of demands, longing for God to just stamp it with his approval, rather than seeking Him first for His mind on things.

All of this ended up showing me one thing -- my desires had to once again not only be placed entirely at the feet of Jesus, but created at the feet of Jesus!

Why would we want to go somewhere if God's not going with us?

Why would we want to arrive somewhere if God isn't there?

Why would we desire something that our character may not be strong enough to handle?

Why would we want to achieve something that God never intended for us to achieve?

We think we are ready. But, if we haven't continued to pray while daily releasing afresh, everything in our lives in abandonment to God -- are we really ready?

Why would we want to have something in a timing different than His perfect timing for us?  We don't like to wait.  But what if waiting saves us from destruction?

I hear people say things like, "I don't want to wait until I'm forty to get married."

Or, "I will never have kids."

Or, "I'm going to start my own business no matter what. I'm sick of working for people." what does God want? What if His perfect plan is that you marry at 42, have two children and work for an already established company? What if He wants to bless your socks off in ways you never dreamed through this, and instead you settle for your own way and end up in some horrible situations as a result? 

Something I have learned as well is that my surrender isn't once and for all. It's daily. Because every time I turn around my flesh is concocting plans again. Wanting it's own way, it's own agenda, it's own timing.

Daily I must go before Him and say, "not my will, but yours be done."

Many times even God-related things can be a snare.  I hesitate to say the "things of God" because if they are truly things of God they are not snares. But it's easy to convince ourselves that we know God's will on God-related issues because they most often appear to be only good things that would bless the world, and bless us.

Everything that appears to be a blessing may not be. 

I have been fasting this month concerning this subject and doing increased studies in the Word on the subject of surrender. I am resolutely convinced and recommitted to the fact that I don't want to go anywhere, do anything, or act on anything that is not 100% God's desire for me.

Whatever He wants for me, I want.
Whatever He doesn't want for me, I don't want.

My flesh may initially think I want something else, but when I get into His presence and come into agreement, I see truth and act on  it.  

This requires living in His Word and His presence daily and holding onto everything with an open hand -- ready to release or accept whatever He desires.

Reaching one's destiny in Christ is only fully possible when completely relinquishing the option of having your own way. Daily. Moment by moment.
Living a surrendered life is the only way to truly move forward with what God has for us, even if what He has for us is something we previously never expected.

Much love,
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In it's first week, my book JUGGLE debuted at #3 on the Amazon Best Sellers list in it's category - Business/Time Management. I'm humbled and honored about how God is using this book.

What is JUGGLE about?

Juggle is about freeing you to do the things you want to do.
 It's also about helping you juggle with excellence the things you have to do.
Within Juggle's pages you will discover keys to juggling your roles and responsibilities well, and living the good life you long to live. 
Along the way you'll also find rest for your weary soul and lots of encouragement that you can do this.

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Other books I recommend
Secret Menopause
I read this book last week and found it to be super encouraging! Although I must give the caveat that this is not a Christian book, this book is valuable for women who are at our nearing the change of life. Through it we learn that menopause is a transition, not the end!  Menopause also doesn't have the mean your sex life has transitioned to non-existent or less pleasurable.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., delivers a breakthrough message that will help millions of perimenopausal and menopausal women. It helps women to understand that life has just begun! It is the beginning of a very exciting time, full of pleasure beyond our wildest dreams!

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is internationally known for her empowering approach to women's health and fitness, bringing together the best of conventional, alternative and mind/body healing. She is co-founder of Women to Women, an innovative healthcare centre in Maine. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. Visit her website:
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From My Kitchen

A- May-zing Bran Muffins

I promise, they really ARE amazing, especially when they are served warm. People who don't even normally LIKE bran muffins really like these. I eat them warm and lightly butter them...heaven on earth.  This recipe makes A LOT of muffins and I don't make them all at once. I make up the batter and keep it refrigerated and then just bake however many I want to serve at the time.  The mix will keep for a few weeks, refrigerated.  

Bran Muffin   

15 ounce box of bran flakes cereal    

1 cup oil

5 cups flour                                                                        5 tsp. baking soda

4 eggs
3 cups sugar

1 quart buttermilk


Stir ingredients together. Bake in muffin cups for 20-25 minutes at 350. Butter and serve.



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I love riding my bicycle, shopping at thrift stores and  having a cup of coffee or tea close by at all times. I'm most passionate about writing things that make a difference in the lives of others. I especially enjoy encouraging leaders.

Here's my official bio, in case you've actually scrolled to the bottom and are still reading this e-zine. :)

Official bio:
Deanna Shrodes is a writer, speaker and certified coach. She serves as co-pastor of Celebration Church of Tampa alongside her husband Larry, and also ministers in churches and conferences internationally. She is an accomplished musician, worship leader, and songwriter.  The writer of the best selling business/time management book, JUGGLE, she has been featured in publications such as the Pentecostal Evangel, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Decision Today,,, USA Network News, and many more. Deanna has written articles for Jill Briscoe's magazine, "Just Between Us", Take Root & Write, Woman's Touch, Enrichment Journal, AG Women in Ministry Mobilized, Global Pastor's Wives Network, and Shepherdess Magazine among others. Deanna's work was also published in Simon & Shuster's "Chocolate Series"for women.  She is the founder of the Pastoring Partners Network,  a resource dedicated to the encouragement and empowerment of women in ministry. She is also the relationship advice columnist for a Tampa newspaper, "Insight". In addition to all this, she works as a certified career coach with a re-employment firm, helping many people across America in finding meaningful employment. Deanna and her husband of 25 years make their home in Wesley Chapel, FL with their three children. The family has two dogs, Max & Maddie.