Stacy Voss

See life differently. Live courageously.

Stop Picking Daisy Petals: You Are Loved

Remember the childhood game of picking petals off a flower to determine the level of someone’s love for us? Of course we knew it was immature and untrue, yet somehow we kept plucking away. We sit back, reminisce and laugh–until the moment we recognize we haven’t fully outgrown this game of yore. The truth is, too many of us continue to waver in our belief that God loves us.

We get a new job or the doctor gives has good results.

He loves me.

Bills exceed our income. Our marriage crumbles.

He loves me not.

Oh, friend, can we just stop the game here and now? Pluck the final petal-  the one landing on He loves me–and pluck no more, for He does in ways that exceed anything you can imagine.

As I’ve studied everything Christ endured leading up to the crucifixion, I’ve one of the thoughts that repeats over and over is simply this: we really have no right to question His love. Are we really so bold as to say that someone could voluntarily endure extreme forms of torture for our benefit, but if we make one wrong move, that love is over?

As we wrap up this day of love, I have a message for all of you. It doesn’t matter if you are married, widowed, single, divorced or claim “it’s complicated” on your Facebook page, you are loved. Period.

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Embrace it. Relish it. And dare I say–live it.

Stacy Voss

Reflecting Easter

In case you haven’t heard, my newest book, Reflecting Easter: Living and Understanding the Resurrection, is now available. It was a fun hard book to write that helped me maintain the status quo rocked me to my core. I can’t tell you how many times I questioned my reasoning for writing a book about Easter. I mean, who really wants to stop and fully reflect upon everything that Jesus did for us before and during the crucifixion?

Not me!

But I’m glad I did because what it taught me is incredible.  As I leaned deeper into the pain–and the incredible love behind that sacrifice–I came to understand the depths of God’s love for us better than ever before.

I’d love for you to join me on the journey of Reflecting Easter this year! It has 40 short devotions leading up to Easter and 10 additional days to help us uncover how to truly let the resurrection reflect in our everyday lives.

The devotions aren’t dated, but are designed to be started 40 days prior to Easter which happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. I personally think that is absolutely the best way to kick off the season since Easter is the fullest embodiment of love.

I’m throwing multiple launch parties in the next week and I’d love to have you come join in the festivities. All three events are open-house style, so feel free to pop on by if you can make it. Books will be available at all of the events.

Upcoming Launch Parties

February 10th, 9-11 am – North Denver  

Java Mama Coffee Shop (with free access to a killer play area for the kids with the purchase of a beverage); 8350 Colorado Boulevard #180; Firestone, CO 80504Reflecting Easter

February 10th, 1-3 pm – South Denver

Solid Grounds Coffee Shop; 6504 South Broadway; Centennial, CO 80121

February 17th, 10 am – noon – Castle Pines

This tea party and book signing is generously being hosted at a private residence. Anyone is welcome, but please email me to RSVP and to get the address.

How to Get Your Copy of Reflecting Easter

Books will be available for sale at all of the launch parties listed above and is also available on Amazon/Kindle and my store.

I’m also toying with hosting an online Reflecting Easter group. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please leave a comment or email me.

I hope to see you soon!

Stacy Voss

Choosing to Accept

We’re faced with daily choices: what to wear, what to make for dinner (at least that’s what you overachievers who actually cook tell me), who to spend time with and so much more. But there’s one decision to we must make that trumps all others: choosing what to accept.

God’s word tells us who we are.

Others weigh in and give their thoughts about our identities.

And then we, too, make our judgments about ourselves. I’m pretty sure this is the category that will trip us up more than the others.

What will we choose to believe?

I want to share part of Lysa Terkeurst’s book, The Best Yes (which is an incredible read!): 

I am a child of God, therefore I don’t have to be afraid or dismayed. I know God is with me. He will strengthen me, help me, and uphold me with His hand (Isa. 41:10).

I am a child of God, therefore no weapon formed against me shall succeed. God will disprove every tongue that rises against me in judgment (Isa. 54:17 ESV).

I am a child of God, therefore God is in my midst, a mighty one who will save me; He will rejoice over me with gladness; He will quiet me with his love; He will exult over me with loud singing (Zeph. 3:17).

I am a child of God, therefore God’s word is there for me. It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105).

These statements are powerful, but they’ll never be unleashed or lived out in our comings and goings until we do that crazy thing called making a choice. Actually, it rarely is a one-time deal as we’re forced to make it over and over. But it’s a good thing to be forced to do, for the consequences of not choosing are much too great.

So my friend, whether you’re facing doubts, insecurities, fears or any of the other emotions that try to rule our thoughts and minds, I want to challenge you to make the choice to accept God’s truth (probably yet again) as to who you are and who He says you are.

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Then, let’s take this challenge a step further as we walk out in that truth.

Stacy Voss

Linking in with Five Minute Friday, writing prompt: accept.

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