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Charmain Griffiths
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  • Conyers, GA
  • United States
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Something About Me and My Book:
Wife of 20+ years, mother of 3 teenagers. Works full-time and Grad student part-time. Loves God, believes in the Bible. Great motivator and encourager of others. Motto: It ain't over YET.

Book: Withstanding the Winds - An Encouraging Devotional Journal.

I got tired of hearing all the negativity in the media...another foreclosures, job loss, business closing... and it caught my attention. I know from experience that if you keep rehearsing negative things then eventually negative is all that will be produced. You see we are a "voice-activated" people. If we speak will be. As I prayed about this-of course I went to God, the only true source I know that is never caught up in the changes of time but it always consistent and sure - and I got the idea to send emails to all my buddies to encourage them. I called it Words of Encouragements. I did it for over a year and I watched as God used it to bring so many people to a place of peace and contentment in Him.



There is a song I love to sing in part that goes, “I know the Peace Speaker, and I know Him by name.” In times of difficulty and confusion, I sing it, and it helps to calm my fears and bring me to a place of surety—a place where I can feel “solidness” under my feet even though I may be sailing through the rough waters of life.

The song reminds me of an account recorded by the Apostle Mark’s Gospel, chapter 4:35-41, about Jesus and His disciples sailing across the sea in a boat when a windstorm arose. Mark tells us that Jesus was asleep at the time when the winds were raging, and the disciples were struggling to keep the boat safe in the turbulent waters. Someone woke Jesus up and pretty much asked Him (paraphrased): “What’s up with that? What kind of behavior is this you are showing, sleeping while we are fighting to stay alive?”

Can you just picture the scene? Jesus is asleep on a pillow, his demeanor restful, and his clothes still dry and in order while his disciples (his followers) are all exhausted, in disarray, stricken with fear, wet clothes clinging to them. Whew! Then Jesus does the unimaginable thing:  “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39-40 KJV).  He spoke to his followers: “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

Jesus is still speaking these same words. I don’t know about you, but I find that in my moment of greatest need, Jesus always seems not to be there. Like He is asleep while I am getting frustrated, discouraged, and tired. It is at this my weakest point, when all my energy is depleted, that I remember: I know the peace speaker. I know Him by name. What a relief!

Word of Encouragement:
There is no need to be fearful about the storms of life. They will blow over. They will try to scare and shake you up. To be honest, sometimes for a moment it will seem like they have succeeded. As if any minute now everything will be lost. Take your eyes off the storm and go below (on your knees) and find Jesus. He is on board; and yes, He is not perturbed by the present situation. He is in control.

Be blessed always.

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At 11:26am on January 3, 2011, Kate L said…
At 10:41am on January 3, 2011, Karen Gammons said…

Welcome Charmain :) I'm a Tate author as well. Just wanted to invite you to have a look around my page and to also share my book trailer with you. My kids made it for me. Hope to you see you around the different websites.

Karen Gammons
At 4:51pm on January 2, 2011, Judi Chesshir said…

Hi!  I am with Tate.  My book is already for sale on the Tate on-line book store.  It will be officially released in Feb. It has been an exciting process.  My books should be shipped out within the next few weeks for me to do book signings with.  Congrats on your book and best wishes!!


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