Does God feel far away right now, and you have nothing left to offer him? In Steadfast Love, Lauren Chandler shares with her readers a difficult time in her own life. When her husband Matt was diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer, she leaned on the Scripture passage Psalm 107 to help her along her journey. She shares her discovery of God's steadfast love during this storm of life when she called out to Him for help. He answered with an all-embracing love that is yours as well. Let the storms in your life cause you to call out to him as well. His love is all-embracing!
"Sometimes He wrings the worship from our hearts."
There are times when worship overflows easily and effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. Yet, there are other times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing left to offer. We are tired, or thirsty, or imprisoned in our own chains through our own devices, or caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea. This is when God shows us His steadfast love.
He wraps His eternally powerful, ultimately creative, nail-scarred hands around our hearts and squeezes with appropriate mightyielding an honest plea for Him to save us and deliver us from our circumstances, fears, and self control. And He does. He initiates with His steadfast love, and responds with the same.
Walk with Lauren as she shares what she has learned of the steadfast love of the Lord.
Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren is passionate about writing, music and leading worship, not only at The Village Church, but also for groups across the country. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren on a challenging journey, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in Matt. The Lord has been infinitely merciful to provide peace and comfort in uncertainty, and joy in times of victory and healing. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and his cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms.
I had the privilege to get to know and love Lauren Chandler at the height of the season when God was wringing worship from her heart. I saw her cling to Him for dear life and resolve to trust Him amid terrifying circumstances. I also saw the very worship she describes in these pages surface in exquisite beauty. I am deeply grateful God put her pen to the page to share with us what He's shown her and taught her in Psalm 107. Lauren has encountered the steadfast love of God vividly and powerfully. Within these pages, we are invited to do the same. Lauren's tremendous gifting is obvious from first to last. She devours the Scriptures and makes us hungry for them, too. This is a gorgeous book. For all our sakes, I hope and trust it won't be her last.
The steadfast love of God is a powerful balm for our souls, whether in the mundane details of daily life or in the deepest valleys through which we may be required to walk. I've watched as Lauren Chandler has clung to His faithfulness, goodness, and love in the midst of desperate places and have witnessed the sweet fruit as she has tethered her heart to the truth about His character and ways. Regardless of where you may find yourself in this season, Steadfast Love will be a means of sweet encouragement and grace.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss
"You can hear it in Laurens words in these pages youre holding in your own hand, even as you hear the thunder of your own rising waves, what she knows from riding out her own tsunami: Wisdom isnt a function of considering great amounts of knowledge its the wise who continually consider the great, steadfast love of God."