10 Years . . . 10 Friends . . . 10 Books

The Scale is Tipping Heavily . . . in the Wrong Direction.
Yesterday I had a meltdown. I was in our staff chapel service, sitting on the front row (my very favorite place to sit), hearing about our desire-satisfying-God. We turned to Psalm 145:15-19:

 
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” 
 
All I could hear and feel in that moment was the very opposite. God has not satisfied my greatest desire. Was I the exception to Psalm 145?? Tears flowed.
 
You’ve been there, too, I know. You encounter disappointment, heartbreak, or hardship, and think, “God must not love me” or “I’m not worth anything” or “My circumstances will never change—this will go on forever!” 
 
Minute by hour by day by month the pain piles up and the disillusionment grows. Oh, you may not voice it, but as you weigh your experiences against Truth, you find the scale dipping lower and lower—not in favor of Truth, but toward your experience.   
 
Yesterday, I knew I needed Truth. So, I printed out these 22 Liberating Truths from Nancy’s book Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free! Then, I handwrote all 22 verses that went with the corresponding Truths. And you know what? I found the scale inching up, moving—and with it, my heart—softening, believing, hoping.   
 
10 Years…10 Friends…10 Books
Truth. Don’t underestimate its power! Jesus says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31b-32, emphasis added). 
 
We’ve had the incredible privilege over these past ten years of seeing freedom in Christ realized over and over. Over 700,000 copies of Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free! have been sold, 14 language translations have been made, and thousands of lives, like this one, have been set free: 
 
“I am a converted ‘frazzled, exhausted, joyless, anxious woman.’ Because I read Lies Women Believe over three years ago, I am now filled with joy, peace, and contentment! I am confident in who I am in Christ. He is working in my life to ‘rearrange me from the inside out,’ and I am so excited to share this freedom with other women I’m about to burst. I tell everybody, ‘You have to read this book!’” 
 
We agree. So, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Lies Women Believe, we’d like to give away 10 copies of the book to 10 friends. Leave a comment below letting us know what friend you’d like to give a copy of this book to, and we’ll send you two copies—one for your friend, and one for you. Be sure to post your comment by 10 a.m. EST on Friday, April 1.
 
Oh, and be sure to come back tomorrow and Friday for a couple of scale-tipping, Truth-filled posts from this book. 
 

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.

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