If our roles were reversed, and you were telling me your story, I know that together we could find something beautiful that you have already gathered in the course of your fight. I’m also willing to bet that with a few intentional but relatively simple adjustments, you could find yourself with more treasure than your arms could hold or your heart contain, not in spite of your battle, but because of it. But finding that treasure is a trick sometimes. It can be difficult because so often we invest so much energy in surviving a battle that there’s little left for discovering what wonderful things might have happened inside of us in the process. My deepest hope is that this book will help you do just that.
As we travel together through part 1, we’ll look for treasure. We’ll sift through the soil of the battleground to discover the gold that glistens beneath the surface. Once we know it’s there, the next step is to face our fight with faith and ask, How do I win this thing? Part 2 will focus on battle-proven strategies for winning the battle. Now, for our purposes, “winning” doesn’t necessarily mean that God has worked everything out as we had hoped (though it sometimes happens that way.) It means that God has worked everything together to make us stronger, better, and more beautiful. Do you have faith to believe that you could walk off this battlefield more alive and free and ready to face your future than you have ever been before? Please, believe it. It’s possible, friend.
I don’t know exactly what you’re facing today, but I want you to know that I am praying for you. I know that you’ve scraped together all your courage just to open the cover of a book that promises this fantastic opportunity to revisit the battle-ravaged country of your soul. I am praying for you. That life will spring from the pages, His voice will ring in your ears, and you will know for certain that the Captain and Commander is bringing life from ashes, order from chaos, strength from pain.
I am praying for you. That the tears you cry as you walk this road will bring healing as they flow and will usher in hope for a new and lovely season where laughter is not a rare guest, but a welcomed friend. I am praying for you. And I want you to know it.
Let’s find some beauty, shall we?
An excerpt from Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern ©NavPress, used with permission. For more about Beautiful Battlefields and Bo Stern, visit www.bostern.com, or connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/beautifulbattlefields) and Twitter (@bostern).
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