|A Sudden Glory: God's Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More|
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Do you feel spiritually empty even though you're doing and believing all the "right" things? Jaynes invites you to experience God's presence, power, and love like never before! Explore what it means to truly live in God, which will ultimately lead you to an encounter with the Lover of your soul. Includes chapter-by-chapter group discussion guide.
Q: What prompted you to write A Sudden Glory?
A: I had just finished a big writing project, and asked God, “What do You want me to do for You now?” I thought He would give me my next “big assignment,” but He surprised me. He often does when I take time to listen. He told me, “cease striving and know that I am God.” For years I had been like the disciples caught in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, rolling from one wave of deadlines to the next, one project to the next. But it was if Jesus was standing up in my storm of striving and speaking to the winds and waves in my life…”Settle down. Be quiet. Cease striving.” When I did, Acts 17:28 came to mind. I believe God put it there; it certainly was not on my radar that morning. It goes like this: “In Him we live and move and have our being.” God prompted me to camp out on that verse for one year…no new big writing projects…simply learn what that means and how to live it. A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More is the result of spending the year letting God teach me what it means to erase the lines between the secular and the sacred so that all of life…all of it…becomes an act of worship where He makes His presence known.
Q: What do you think God really wants from us?
A: Boy, that’s the big question isn’t it? That’s what we all want to know. But I think we’re asking the wrong question. God wants us to ask Him what He wants for us, not from us. He longs for us to experience the abundant life Jesus came to give and the intimate relationship for which He created us. Sometimes our natural bent of working for God stands in the way of our worship of God. He desires for us to experience His presence on a moment-by-moment basis – not in little puffs in times of refreshment, but in a continual breathing in and out of His presence.
Q: What is a common struggle of women today when it comes to their spiritual lives?
A: For most women, the busyness of life tends to crowd out the Source of Life. Even though they long to have an intimate relationship with God, they are having a hard time making it happen. Most feel like they are missing the mysterious formula to make an intimate relationship or a spiritual closeness happen. Many are going to Bible studies, having a quiet time when they can, but still feel like they are disappointing God at the end of the day. Bottom line…they long for something more in their relationship with God, but aren’t sure exactly what that is.
Q: What is the Glory Ache?
A: The glory ache is the persistent longing to experience God’s presence and working in your life on a daily basis.
Q: Where does this glory ache come from? Has man always had it?
A: Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT says that “God has planted eternity in the human heart.” Since the fall of man, when communion with God and man was broken, every person has been born with the ache to experience God’s presence. Some just don’t know exactly what that ache is, but they know there has to be something more.
Q: What is a sudden glory?
A: A sudden glory is a moment when God makes His presence known to you in an intimate, personal way. You know, oh you know, that is it Him. Sudden Glory moments are God’s salve for the glory ache- manna moments to feed the hunger until we finally reach heaven’s home.
Q: Glory is a tough word. Break it down for us. What is a simple definition?
A: Glory is how God manifests Himself or makes His presence known.
Q: How does God make himself known to us?
A: The ways God makes His presence known to us are just as creative as He is…infinitely so. A few ways are through the Bible, prayer, nature, other people, and circumstances.
Q: Every woman wants to be pursued? How does God pursue us?
A: I told my husband that a woman’s idea of romance is a feeling of being continually pursued. He said that didn’t make sense. You pursue something in order to catch it. But it makes sense to women! We long to be continually pursued and God gets that. He pursues us through a sunset, a specific Bible verse where He reveals a new truth for the first time, a song that comes on the radio at our specific point of need. The catch is not to miss it. To open our eyes to recognize God’s passionate pursuit routine of life!
Q: What is the key to experiencing moments of sudden glory?
A: The key to experiencing moments of sudden glory is to expect them and look for them – pay attention. To de-compartmentalize the sacred and the secular aspects of life, or rather to erase the lines that separate the two, and merge all of life into a steady stream of communion and union with God. When did God speak to Moses at the burning bush? When he turned aside to see.
Sometimes we get so busy doing, that we miss God's gentle whisper drawing us closer. It is not a matter of if God speaks today, but if we'll listen. When God extends His hand and invites you to the dance floor, make sure you dance card isn't full. Moments of Sudden Glory abound if we will take the time to recognize them.
Q: What is the difference between following Jesus and living in union with Jesus?
A: During the three and a-half years of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he called men and women to follow him. In the upper room, before he went to the cross, he invited the disciples, and all of us, to abide or remain in him. I see that as a big difference. Following means to walk behind. Abiding in or union with means the two are becoming one. He is in me, and I am in him. You can’t get much closer than that! It is a sacred union of the most precious kind. Where he goes, I go. When you experience union with Jesus, a certain sweetness flavors all of life.
Q: What is the key to living in union with Jesus? How do we erase the lines between the secular and the sacred?
A: It’s Acts 17:28. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Living all of life to the glory of God. Washing dishes to the glory of God. Filing papers to the glory of God. Loving my husband to the glory of God. Peeling potatoes to the glory of God. Singing praise to the glory of God. The key is to erase that line between the secular activities (where we spend most of our time) and the sacred (where our souls long to be) so that all of life becomes an act of worship. Seeing the Sacred right smack dab in the middle of our busy messy lives.
I’m not saying we give up our times of solitude with God. We need that. If Jesus had to get alone to spend extended times of communion with the Father, then how much more do we need to do the same? But what I am saying is that I don’t visit with Jesus in the morning and then rush off to accomplish the day’s work hoping he’ll bless it. He and I are doing the day’s work together. Sacred union. Constant communion. It’s the only way.
Q.Why do we miss God speaking to us or moments of sudden glory?
A: I think one reason is that we don’t expect it. We need to make sure we don’t lower our expectations of God to what we see in the lives of others, but raise them to what we see in the Scripture. God’s made His presence known all through Scripture and He is the same today, yesterday and forever. It’s not a matter of if He speaks or not. It is a matter of if we will listen.
Another reason we miss the moments is because we are allowing the busy blur of life to block out the Source of Life. I want to sit with the blind beggar, face upturned. When Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” And his reply was, “Lord, I want to see.”
Q: What can we expect when we make Acts 17:28 a reality in our lives?
A: We can expect life to be brimming with moments of Sudden Glory where God makes His presence known. We can expect manna moments to be scattered about our lives with God’s generous hand…His lavish response to our ache for something more!
Q: What do you hope women will take away from reading A Sudden Glory?
A: I pray that they will be reminded of God's passionate pursuit and let themselves be caught all over again. I pray that they will stop feeling like they are constantly disappointing God and start experiencing His love for them in a more powerful and intimate way than ever before.