When God Says

When God Says "Go": Rising to Challenge and Change without Losing Your Confidence, Your Courage, or Your Cool

by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9781683225553
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 237,303
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes at LizzyLife.com about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a minister, speaker, and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness, and hope in heartache. She lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they were totally worth the wait.
 

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CHAPTER 1

When God's Call Scares You to Death

Moses' Story

Based on Exodus 3–4 So now go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people out of Egypt."

Moses gapes at the fiery bush, reeling. He shrinks from the light, recoils from the heat, resists the words.

Go.

You.

Egypt.

Go to Egypt, the land of Moses' childhood, the land he fled forty years earlier — and for good reason. Go to Pharaoh, the king who would gladly remove Moses' head from his body without thinking twice.

Moses bows low, tries to find respectful words to speak back to the God in the bush. "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?"

"I will be with you ..."

As the voice goes on, Moses sits back on his heels. He wants to say, "I have no doubt You are more than qualified to confront Pharaoh — but me? Why me? Are You sure You have called the right man?"

Forty years ago, maybe young Moses would have risked a return trip to Egypt, even embraced the challenge — bold Moses, confident Moses, defender-of-the-Hebrews Moses. Unmarried Moses, childless Moses, adoptive-son-of-the-princess Moses, who could afford the luxury of courage. Moses who once was brave enough to challenge an Egyptian overseer.

Maybe this flaming God has missed the last four decades Moses has spent away from Egypt, hiding in Midian: safe years, happy years — raising kids, tending sheep. Moses tries to picture leading the sheep home this evening, telling his wife, Zipporah, "So I spoke to a fire in a bush in the woods today — turns out the bush was actually God — or maybe it was the fire that was God, not the bush — anyway, God is sending me back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh and set all his slaves free! I could get killed, but — well, the fire in the bush said I should do it." If he weren't so terrified, it might be almost funny.

But the fire God is waiting for an answer. Moses swallows his objections and plays along, stalling for time. "So, uh, suppose I go to Egypt — which god do I say You are? The Egyptians have never heard of You — a thousand apologies, I mean no offense."

"I AM WHO I AM."

As God explains, orange flames flickering in time to His words, Moses tries to listen, but he can hardly hear past the thundering of his own heart, the objections clamoring for attention.

When God finishes speaking, Moses turns on his logical voice, the one he uses with his children when they get irrational. He has to help this God acknowledge the weakness in the plan — namely, Moses.

"I'm just a nobody Hebrew — an outcast. Maybe there was a time they might have heard me out, but not anymore. What if they don't believe me?"

The bush glows brighter, hotter. "What is that in your hand?"

"A staff."

"Throw it on the ground."

Feeling a little foolish, Moses throws the staff down in front of the bush. The instant the wood hits dirt, it begins to writhe. Moses blinks hard, not trusting his eyes. The staff softens and coils, snakelike — no, wait — it is a snake! Golden and glistening in the firelight, its beady yellow eyes fixed on Moses. And now it's rushing toward him, charging.

With a yell, Moses runs, bare feet scrabbling on rocky soil. He trips, falls back onto his elbows, crab-walks backward as fast as he can scramble. The snake follows, slower now, pink tongue flickering, staring Moses down with those hard yellow eyes.

The voice in the bush rumbles — is it laughing? — and commands, "Reach out your hand and take the snake by the tail."

The snake has frozen in place at the sound of the voice. Head raised, tongue fluttering, eyes unblinking.

Moses leaps to his feet.

"What are you waiting for?" booms the voice. "Pick up the snake!"

So this is it. Moses has asked too many questions. Shown too much fear. The fire God is going to smite him right here: death by snakebite. At least death will come swiftly — a few hours' agony at most.

Moses reaches a shaking hand toward the snake. It holds still, watching him, as if preparing to strike.

Breathing good-bye to his wife, Moses moves fast. He clamps his fist around the smooth, twitching flesh. Squeezes his eyes shut, waiting for the bite, the burn.

Nothing happens.

He slits one eye open. Shouts in surprise, loses his grip. His staff clatters to the ground. His staff. The snake has become a staff again. Slowly Moses bends to pick it up, trembling all over, half laughing with relief.

"That — that was a good trick," he tells the bush. "You got me."

"It is no trick," says the bush. "It will prove to Pharaoh that I am with you."

The voice shows him another marvel, covering Moses' hand in leprosy, healing it again — and at the end of it, Moses' skin is fine, but his head is pounding. He just wants to go home. Home to Zipporah and the family. Home where staffs remain staffs, hands remain leprosy-free, and heads remain firmly attached to bodies.

Perhaps he needs to make his objections more detailed. "Pardon Your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent. I am slow of speech and tongue." As if to prove his point, Moses' tongue hitches, and he stutters. "These miracles are astounding. But I can't do them justice."

Angry flames roar, stretching high as treetops. Moses cringes away from the billowing heat. Presses tentative fingertips to his face to see if his eyebrows are singed.

The voice growls, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

Moses buries his face in his hands, exhausted. This voice, this God, is relentless. Moses can't hint or hedge anymore; he will just have to say it. "Pardon Your servant, Lord — I am honored by Your request, Your faith in me — but please. Please send someone else."

Flames surge; heat washes over him in a wave. He tries to run but there's nowhere to go.

* * *

Poor Moses. He thought he had left Egypt and danger behind forty years ago. Gone was the bold young man, the cocky prince of Egypt who thought he could save people. Make a difference.

No, Moses knew better now. Life had taught him different. His place was here now: here in Midian, far from Egypt; here with his wife, their family, his sheep. It wasn't a thrilling life, but it was safe. Comfortable. Predictable.

And then a fiery bush starts talking. And this is no idle chatter — weather predictions, sheep-shearing strategies — no, the bush has plans. I AM has plans.

"So now go. I am sending you."

Back to Egypt, to danger, to an unpredictable life with dizzying purpose.

When God Changes Your Plans

I am thirty-three, and life has never been better. Happy marriage, three crazy kids, fixer-upper house in a great neighborhood. My parents and in-laws both live nearby (translation: endless supply of free babysitting), I have finally found close friends, we love our church. After eight years, this town has become home. I'm ready to mark out a burial plot in the woods behind our house, because I never want even my bones to leave this place. A few months later, God says, "Move."

I'm like, "Excuse me? You didn't — You don't mean me?"

And He says, "Go sell your house, leave your extended family, and move. Go to a city where you've never lived and know not one single soul, and start a new church with your husband, your kids, and a handful of strangers."

I fill our boxes with tears.

* * *

I'm sitting in a history class in college, listening to this girl laugh in one breath about drinking beer out of her rugby boot then rant in the next breath about how she's fed up with hypocrisy in Christianity. I'm insecure, reserved; she's intimidating, outspoken. But as class ends the Holy Spirit whispers, "Give." The girl sprints out of class. I shoulder my bag and sprint after her, waving an invitation to a Bible study.

* * *

I'm stuck. I've been stuck for a while. People hurt me — worse, they hurt people I love — and I retreated. Built an invisible box around my heart and locked myself inside where it's safe. There is no risk-taking inside this box. No conflict, no potential for disappointment or betrayal. For months, years, I ignore the knock at the door. I keep my box clean, love and serve Jesus as hard as I can from inside these walls, my fortress. But the knocking is becoming louder. Insistent. Deafening. I press my ear against the door, already knowing what I will hear. God's voice, kind but firm, speaks gentle through the keyhole: "Grow." With shaking hands and wounded heart, I fumble for the key.

God Is Always Calling

Our God is always calling His people to go: to move, to give, to grow. Moses, Abigail, Mary, Jeremiah ...God called them all to fulfill His purposes, just as He calls us today. Our Bible heroes responded much as we do: with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity and hope. Like us, they faced doubt, regret, weakness. Their stories and struggles can help us face our own.

The question isn't Is God calling?, because God is always calling. Always urging us onward, giving us purpose, encouraging us to grow. The question is Will we answer His call?

Maybe it's time to go. Go somewhere new, someplace we've never been. A geographical place, a spiritual place, a relational place. Maybe it's time to move forward after being stuck with one foot in the past. Or time to go deeper — in Bible study or intimacy. Time to go higher — in prayer or in dreams.

Maybe it's time to give: to use talents and opportunities God has given.

Or maybe it's time to grow, right where we are: to dig into the Word, dive into our heart, and become the person God is calling us to be.

When God says, "Go," we face a choice. Will we swallow hard and step up, saying, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)? Or will we sit back and stay safe, stammering, "But Lord ..."?

Whether we're ready or not, God is calling us all to go somewhere new in our walk with Him. So what are we waiting for? Let's answer His call. Let's go for it.

Let's Go Deeper ...

For Further Study

Read about Moses' early adult life in Exodus 2:11–25. What signs of courage and leadership do you see, and why do you think Moses lost these traits?

Journal Prompt

1. What specific challenges and changes are you facing right now?

2. What are you most afraid of as you face those challenges?

3. Which call feels the most relevant to your life right now: move (move somewhere new, redirect your life in some way), give (give more to God or to people), or grow (face a weakness, develop a new strength)?

Prayer Prompt

The LORD is my light and my salvation —
CHAPTER 2

When It's Not about You

Jeremiah's Story

Based on Jeremiah 1 and 20:9

Jeremiah.

Something whispers him awake. His eyes spring open to darkness.

Was he dreaming? Sleep cobwebs his thoughts.

He lies still in bed, listening, but all he hears is soft breathing, a few gentle snores from a houseful of sleeping souls, the people he loves most, all crammed into one small home — his brother Nathan's family: wife Leah and children, too many children to count, as Jeremiah likes to tease.

He must have imagined it, the voice.

The cobwebs are thinning, his thoughts clearing. If he wants time alone (and he always wants time alone), he must steal it now.

He eases out of bed, tiptoeing with excruciating care past the children's pallets — one false move and the whole house will wake, clamoring for food, for help, for shoulder rides. Little Joel mumbles in his sleep, and Jeremiah freezes midstep.

He counts to one hundred — the house remains silent but for the sound of Joel sucking his thumb — before deciding it's safe to move. From the peg beside the door he grabs his cloak then opens the door so slowly he's sure he has reached age twenty by the time it opens.

Outside he slips his feet into sandals, breathes deep, and smiles. His favorite hour. The predawn world is strangely hushed, as if even the animals and birds hold their breath, awaiting the sun, awaiting His call.

He considers lighting the lantern he keeps beside the front door for these late-night-early-morning excursions, but decides no, he wants the dark. The privacy, the quiet. He likes to tread lightly, leave no mark, not disturb. Light or no light, he knows the way.

Careful and quiet, by faint moonlight he picks his way to the path that leads to the stream, the path his brother's family walks a dozen times each day fetching water. Come dawn this path will be bustling with women and children bearing buckets.

He steers away from the main path and follows a less-worn route — the animals' path — to a hidden curve where the stream pools beneath a copse of trees. Here the stream slips quietly over stones, a quiet song. His song. The rhythm to his prayers. As he enters the copse and his ears catch the first notes, his heart gives a happy leap, his soul starts to sing: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants. ... When can I go and meet with God?

The water is black, tipped silver with moonlight. Jeremiah slips off his sandals and steps into the shallows, giving a sharp gasp as the cold bites his ankles. The chill wakes his senses. Jeremiah lifts his hands and begins to pray, mouthing words at first, then building to a quiet murmur. It's too early for shouting.

As night's black softens to navy, Jeremiah returns to the bank. From a notch in a tree he pulls down an old blanket and lays it folded on the ground. He kneels.

He is in between psalms, just listening — the lullaby the water sings to the banks, the tales the wind tells to the trees, the scritch-scritch of waking animals scurrying in the underbrush — when suddenly it all falls silent. So silent he is sure he can hear the heartbeat of the earth. And in the nothing, a quiet voice calls.

"Jeremiah."

He is so startled, he leaps to his feet. His eyes search the trees — dark shadows with reaching arms. Mist creeps along the ground. "N–Nathan?"

Louder now, and closer: "Jeremiah."

In the voice is the thrum of the ocean, the roar of the lion, the call of the wind.

Overwhelmed, Jeremiah feels his eyes fill and his throat seal.

He covers his ears, and this time he hears the voice as if from within his own soul. Gentler now — the music of the stream, his stream, familiar strains now given shape. Lyrics.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."

Jeremiah falls to his knees, claws at his feet to remove his shoes on this holy ground — Oh yes, already barefoot. His mind is frantic, splintered thoughts sprinting. What have I done — oh, help, what do I — ? He can't complete a thought.

Again comes the voice, soft as water: "Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Jeremiah is shocked into speech. He has begun training to be a priest, but — a prophet? One who hears from God and speaks for God? Jeremiah's heart pounds out a painful rhythm. "Ah, Lord God! I do not know how to speak. I am too —"

Too what? His mind offers a dozen deprecations, all true: immature, inexperienced, shy.

At last he settles on a word: "I am too young." He bites back the rest of what he wants to say, sure the Lord won't appreciate the sarcasm: Just ask the other priests at Anathoth — they won't even let me near the incense for fear I'll burn the place down.

The voice takes on a stern edge — it sounds remarkably like Jeremiah's father, Hilkiah, rest his soul. "Do not say, 'I am only a child.'"

Jeremiah bows low and nods vigorously, his forehead scraping against the rough grain of the woolen blanket. In the silence, he anticipates the Lord's next lines, the words he has always needed to hear, has secretly longed to hear. The words he imagines his father would say were he still living: "You are chosen for a reason, my son. Your gifts ... your heart ... your training. It's why we named you Jeremiah, 'May Jehovah exalt.'"

But no. The voice says, "You will go to everyone I send you to, and whatever I command you, you shall speak."

Jeremiah's panicked thoughts skip to Samuel the prophet, his hero. Samuel spoke for God. He judged the nation. Appointed Saul king, then prophesied his demise. Appointed David. A fluttering starts in Jeremiah's gut. He really might be ill all over his mat.

Surely Jeremiah wouldn't be that kind of prophet. ... Maybe he'd just be the sit-humbly-at-the-temple-circumcising-babies-and -comfortinglocal-widows-and-occasionally-forecasting-minor-droughts kind of prophet. Surely there were no big proclamations with national significance in his future. No appointments with kings.

He pictures meeting King Josiah. Tries to imagine himself walking down marbled hallways, sitting at long tables with important rulers from Egypt and Babylon. Fear closes a fist around his throat; he fights for breath.

(Continues…)



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Table of Contents

Introduction: When God Says, "Go" 11

Chapter 1 When God's Call Scares You to Death Moses' Story 13

Chapter 2 When It's Not about You Jeremiah's Story 20

Chapter 3 When Your Past Is against You Mary Magdalene's Story 39

Chapter 4 When It's Time to Go All In Peter's Story, Part 1 55

Chapter 5 When God Changes Your Plans The Story of Mary the Mother of Jesus, Part 1 72

Chapter 6 When You Can't Stay the Same Esther's Story 91

Chapter 7 When You Used to Be Brave The Story of Mary the Mother of Jesus, Part 2 113

Chapter 8 When God's Call Is Unclear Samuel's Story 132

Chapter 9 When Your Call Isn't Glamorous Jonathan's Story 155

Chapter 10 When God Says, "Stay" Legion's Story 172

Chapter 11 When God Calls without Warning Abigail's Story 190

Chapter 12 When Your Time Has Come Peter's Story, Part 2 203

Notes 221

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thedanielsr 6 months ago
Love how the author uses examples of imperfect people in the Bible as examples to show us how God can use us. IF we are willing to hear God calling us and go!
PTL6KDS More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Laing Thompson has an engaging writing style that makes you feel like you are sitting over coffee with her discussing God and his people. This title is the second book she offers in a Bible study format, the first being When God Says Wait. When God Says Go, is set up with 12 chapters that focus on specific Bible characters who are challenged by God to step out of their comfort zone. Whether it is Moses, who is afraid or Esther who cannot stay removed each Bible character reflects an area we have all encountered at some time in our life. I love how Elizabeth can weave a Bible story into my own life and cause me to think about the challenges I face and how they are not much different from theirs. This study would be good for a group or as an individual. Whether God has called us in significant ways or small quiet ways, He is still in the business of calling us. Growing through studies such as this one offers us additional opportunities to learn how to hear Him. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
Both encouraging but convicting this book is full of wisdom. The author clearly presents her points and backs everything with scripture and experience. These are the things that make books great and she does them so well. She has a clear writing style that makes it easy for the reader to understand and follow. She doesn’t make the reader feel trapped or bored. Love her inclusion of personal narrative. Overall great applicable book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way required to write a review.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
For many of us, change does not come easy. We are comfortable right where we are, thank you very much. Where we go to church, where we live, the grocery store we use to buy our groceries have become like a well worn shoe and the thought of breaking in a new pair is not something we want to think about. We are happy right where we are. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unless God says go. Then our discomfort level rises and we can think of a multitude of reasons why that does not make good sense. After all we have a ministry right where we are, right? And there are others much more capable of doing the thing God wants us to go and do. Face it, change can be scary. Elizabeth Laing Thompson gives us an excellent book filled with Bible examples of people like you and I that were faced with that same challenge of stepping out of their comfort zone and into the unknown. With each example in the book there is a reflection of the Biblical account of the person in question as well as tying the example to our life today. The end of each chapter includes a Let’s Go Deeper…section with scripture for further study and a journal prompt and a prayer prompt. Scripture is referenced liberally throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is facing change in their life. If you feel God is calling you to a new adventure this book will help. Or if you simple want to dig deeper for a better understanding of the scriptures, I know you will benefit from this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing was under no obligation to post a review.
chemil33 More than 1 year ago
When God Says Go is a well written book about overcoming our fears and concerns when God calls us to step out of our comfort zones to follow Him; trusting Him to help along the way. The author uses real people from the Bible who faced the same challenges with weaknesses that God turned into strengths. Elizabeth presents each character’s call to go from God and personifies their possible responses. Then she draws on her own challenges and shares her responses and hesitance. There is a self-examination section at the end of each chapter that challenges the readers to go deeper. I found this book to be interesting as well as informative in helping me to grow in my Christian walk. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Laing Thompson's newest book "When God Says Go" is funny, honest, challenging, and packed with scripture references and real-life stories from Elizabeth's own journey of God taking her places she didn't always want to go. Each chapter highlights a well-known bible character in their journey to GO where God called them, whether going physically to a new place, being asked to do something they didn't feel equipped to do, having their plans changed, working and learning through challenges, or just being asked to grow spiritually right where they were. Elizabeth's storytelling is REAL, painfully honest, funny, and she makes familiar characters come alive so that we can truly relate to their stories and struggles to go (or grow) from God's call. In reading this book I was reminded that when God says GO, that He is with us all the way and fully equips us for each step of the journey. Each chapter ends with further study, discussion questions, and prayers prompts, making it fantastic for individual bible study or small groups. Go get this book!
SueM_Florida More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by this author that I have purchased. Elizabeth has a writing style that brings familiar bible stories to life. She uses these stories, along with her personal experiences, to draw out biblical truths that apply to us today. I have had many 'ah ha' moments throughout the book. It is an easy read and great for personal use or group study. At the end of every chapter is a 'Lets Go Deeper' section which includes passages for further study, journal questions to ponder and a prayer prompt. These are very helpful tools to apply what you have read to your own life and take your relationship with God deeper. If you happen to be in a period of waiting in your life, I also recommend Elizabeth's other book, 'When God Says Wait'. Both are worth the read and filled with nuggets of wisdom and encouragement for your walk with God.
DebbieCossey1 More than 1 year ago
When God says go is a very good book for those who are afraid to move forward or change way God says for us to do something. It shows us different people who God called to do something and the excuse they gave God for not doing what He has called them do to. It shows that no matter what it God has called you to do is prompting you to change there is a way to do it-- whether it is to go to mission field, to be a pastor or just dig deeper into His word. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publish and was under no obligation to post a review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
When God Says "Go" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson is a wonderfully inspirational book that encourages readers to grow in their faith, to grow in their relationship with a God who gives us what we need, when we need it. With wit and humor, the author has crafted an easy to read book that is infused with truths from God's Word. Using ten individuals from the Bible, the author tells their story in a conversational manner to convey a different concept from each one. From Moses we are reminded that God is always calling--how will we answer His call. From Mary Magdelene readers are encouraged to not let a shameful past destroy our present joy. From Peter we learn that there is a time to go all in when Jesus says, 'come' and that even though we might fail cataclysmically, God still has a plan and we can trust Him to fulfill it. At the end of each chapter is Let's Go Deeper section with suggestions for Further Study, Journal and Prayer Prompts. I liked this book as it is a wonderful reminder that as God has called me to surrender to His will, He is with me always, and He is the answer. The pressure is off of me to perform because whatever the situation is, it is about Him and He is able. When God Says "Go" is an insightful devotional for personal use or for gift-giving. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: Go. One small word. . .so much power. When God says, “Go,” we face one of life's greatest decisions. When God says, “Go,” we must face our fears. . .our excuses. . .and our selves. When God says, “Go,” it's time to answer His call wherever it leads. When God says, “Go," what will you do? Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who were called by God to fulfill His purposes. . .people like Moses, Rebekah, Abigail, Jeremiah, Mary, and others. These Bible heroes responded much like we do--with a jumbled-up inner storm of excitement and fear, insecurity and hope. Their stories and struggles will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you face your very own doubts, regrets, and worries. When God calls, it’s time to go. Maybe somewhere new, someplace you've never been. Maybe it’s time to go forward after being stuck with one foot in the past. Maybe it’s time to go deeper—in Bible study or relationships. Time to go higher—in prayer or dreams. Time to go and give—to use talents and opportunities God has given you. Or maybe it’s time to go and grow, right where you are. . .to dig into the Word, dive into your heart, and become the woman God is calling you to be. Ready or not, God is calling us all to go somewhere new in our walk with Him. So what are we waiting for? Let’s answer His call. Let’s get started! My Review: There are so many prayers that will go unanswered in life. We walk around many times wondering why and being completely mystified as to how we will ever function in this life based on the fact that a certain prayer goes unanswered. Many times we experience people or situations that seem they will never end and it is learned after the fact that, that God is in teaching mode. Some of us if not most just wish that there was a neon sign pointing to the way we should go--but many times its just not that simple. When this is the case, it will be through agonizing pain that we will have to grow through the experience. That's right! Grow! That is what is all about "growth." The author takes lessons learned and combines it with Biblical truths that are evident in these growth experiences. Based on different Biblical accounts, the author leads us through the encouragement and enlightenment that we all need in order to survive those in between times that make us feel isolated and alone, and above all make us feel the furthest from God. **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
JenniferKPowell More than 1 year ago
This book really met me where I am – needing a push in the right direction to follow what God wants me to do. I love the historical fiction accounts of famous Bible characters such as Mary, Jonathan, Peter, and others at the beginning of each chapter. Elizabeth’s fresh take on their stories were thought provoking and illustrated the points she made. In the first chapter she pulls no punches when she simply reminds us over and over that God says to those who have doubts, “I am with you.” Think of every person who struggled in the Bible – God reminds them he is with them. He is with us too and if we have Him, what else do we need? I especially needed to hear that. If you liked Elizabeth’s last book, “When God Says Wait”, you will love this book also. I can’t recommend this book enough! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
MEPinkham More than 1 year ago
When you hear God saying, "go," what do you do? Hide? Say, "I'm not qualified," or, " surely someone else can do it better." Do you tremble in fear? Or wonder what in the world God is thinking, choosing you? In this book, we see how some of our favorite Bible Heroes answered the call, and what we can learn from their doubts and fears, and their trust in God to be able to work through them. A great book to read when you are doubting whether you are worthy of God's call. Because, if He calls, He thinks you are. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The choice , thoughts, and opinions are mine alone.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Truth We've all been there. We hear the voice of God, telling us to go...to do His will in a certain situation. Do we listen, or do we make excuses until someone else steps up and grabs the blessing that we were meant to have? When God Says Go is a great reminder that it's not about us, it's about Him and His will. Courage to step up doesn't come easy, but it helps to know that God will be there right beside you, guiding your steps and helping you to succeed. I highly recommend this book to those who need that extra nudge to do the right thing....which includes most everyone, I believe. “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
delsiek51 More than 1 year ago
I appreciate Elizabeth Laing Thompson’s honesty in ‘When God Says go’, sharing her experiences and encouraging the reader to let go and let God. Her insights are refreshing and uplifting, but also challenging. As I read each chapter, I enjoyed the examples of Biblical people who were used to help us continue to move forward in our faith in following our Savior. I was reminded of the verse in 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” As I began reading the book, I thought I would pick a favorite chapter but soon realized that it was impossible to do so, as each Biblical person has a lesson to share. You will meet Old and New Testament people that God used in spite of their human faults. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BMace More than 1 year ago
'If God has called you to do something for Him, you can have every confidence that He is with you and will provide what you lack'. One of the first statements in this book that made me stop and really consider why, when God says go, I always find excuses. A very well written, easy to read, devotional style book encouraging one to really believe that God is with you. My insecurities and feelings of inability shrink with the knowledge that God CAN! I need only to be ready to go and do wherever He has planned. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Carolm More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book full of inspiring stories and guidiance to help get you outside your comfort zone or away from just saying ‘I can’t’. Every chapter starts our with a biblical story followed by great real life stories. Great book! ‘I received a complimentary copy from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.’
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt like God was calling you to go out of your comfort zone and do something new for Him? The author shares various examples of people in the Bible who were called by God and their first response was "I'm not sure I can do this." or a similar response. This book is inspiring and encouraging. Great to give as a gift, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Laing Thompson has written a book that is both a devotional and a "how-to" book on how to best accept God's challenges. She focuses on ten people from the Bible who followed God's advice to "Go" and she helps us relate to their Bible stories by adding how she thinks they reacted before they agreed to the changes that He was suggesting. Some of them are very familiar characters: Moses, Jeremiah, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Peter, Esther and Samuel but Thompson also features the lesser known stories of Jonathan, Legion, and Abigail. In each individual chapter the author shares the scripture that supports the Bible story and she also lists other scriptures pertinent to that particular person. I especially like that she then concludes each chapter with a Journal Prompt and a Prayer Prompt to help deepen our understanding. I believe that Elizabeth Laing Thompson listened to and responded to a special voice when she wrote "When God Says Go". She was prompted, she obeyed and this book is the result. I recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand the challenges that God is presenting and then be brave enough to say Yes to the changes! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Our lives are so hectic that it sometimes seems that we don't have the strength or courage to do something new. We look at people from the Bible like Moses, Mary, Rebekah, and Jeremiah and wonder how they found the strength to follow God's leading. The world didn't want them to anymore than it wants us to, but there is strength found in God's direction. In this new book, Elizabeth L. Thompson provides direction in where to find God's direction and what to do when He says "Go." Go is an action word that implies that we are to move forward. But, sometimes that moving creates fear in us, making us doubt that we can do it. Sometimes we may even doubt that God is telling us to go. How can we find the answers to our questions, to our fears? One proactive step is to search the Bible and study the many examples God has provided for us. God gives us examples of moving forward (like Joseph and Job), of accomplishing big tasks (like Moses and Mary), of using the talents He has given us (like David and Paul), etc. We just need to trust and Go! I really enjoyed this book and will be sharing it with others. Too many times we think God only tells missionaries to "Go," but that isn't true. This book will help readers understand that and find ways to overcome fear, anxiety, and complacency. I recommend it to Christians who want to hear and do what God says. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Jdp15 More than 1 year ago
"When God says Go" is a must read! I really needed to read this book. The quote from the back of the book is me: "When God says 'Go,' faith says yes, but fear says no." I get so afraid and I'm always saying I can't. On page 31 & 32, Elizabeth talks about: But God Can... And I really needed to hear that. I can't, but God can. I also loved how she wrote the stories of those in the Bible that God called. It was so easy to read and relate to them. Thank you so much for writing this book! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Ndfin More than 1 year ago
"When God Says Go". Has God ever told you to GO or Grow? How did you answer Him? Why did you answer the way you did? Was it 'NO' because of fear, weakness or feelings of not being adequate? Or was it 'YES, Lord, lets go and/or grow!' This book takes you through people's stories in the Bible from Moses to Samuel to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and their circumstances and how they handled the decisions they had to make when God asked them to GO. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
“When God Says Go” is tellingly subtitled “Rising to challenge and change without losing your confidence, your courage, or your cool”. This clever alliteration gives an indication of the story within, because although this is a work of nonfiction, it reads more like a collection of personal accounts, threaded together to form a manifesto of sorts about facing and conquering life changes. The truth of the matter is, few of us welcome change, yet we all find ourselves having to deal with it throughout our lives. We like to be in control, and so often when God beckons us to a task, we balk due to fear and uncertainty. Thompson points out a profound truth here, however: “God’s call wasn’t about the people he called—God’s call was about Him. It was and is and ever will be about Him…When we live our life devoted to fulfilling God’s purposes, we stop worrying about ourselves: our success, our reputation, our appearance. We lose ourselves in Him. In His purpose. In His call.” Building upon this insightful realization, each chapter is about a calling. Ten Biblical characters’ stories are highlighted among twelve chapters, after which a relevant explication in a modern setting ties the past and present together, followed by a corresponding example from the author’s life. Each chapter ends with a “Let’s Go Deeper” section, which includes a Bible reference for further study, a journal prompt, and a prayer prompt in the form of a Bible verse. This thoughtful organization and conversational tone draws readers in and makes “When God Says Go” a wonderful resource for either individual or group study. No matter how great or seemingly small our own calling may be, this book reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved—and still loves—us. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
When God Says Go Is a Very Challenging Book “When God Says Go” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson is a book to challenge our walk with God as she makes the people of the Bible come alive. Also she gives examples of calls He makes in our world today. His call to “go” is not always to cross an ocean but to just get on with being what He calls us to do daily. I consider it a book that I will want to read again and think that it would be a good study book for a ladies group. There are twelve chapters. Each chapter ends with “Let’s Go Deeper…” with ideas for further study, journal prompt and prayer prompt. Some of the Bible personalities looked at are Moses, Jeremiah, Mary, Esther, Legion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.