DON’T LET DISCOURAGEMENT BE YOUR DOWNFALL

Lately, we’ve had a lot that we could be discouraged about. So today I want to talk to you about what to do when you get discouraged. One of the main tools the devil uses to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life is discouragement. He orchestrates circumstances that are designed to make you give up. Don’t fall for it! As author Wilie Jollie said, “A setback is a set up for a comeback!” If you have experienced a discouraging setback, here are some strategies for overcoming the discouragement the enemy sends your way:

  1. Pull away and spend time alone with God. When you get discouraged, that’s your cue to go into your prayer closet, close the door, and allow the Lord to minister to you. Pour our your complaint before Him (Psalm 142:2). Go to the Word find applicable scriptures and let Him speak life back into you. Ask Him to give you a new strategy if the one you have been using has not worked. Be determined that you won’t come out of the secret place until you get encouraged.
  2. Encourage yourself. I Samuel 30:6 says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Psalm 43:5 says David said to himself when he felt discouraged, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God!”  So when you are discouraged that’s the time to rehearse past victories and engage in some strong self-talk! Grab yourself up in your own collar and tell yourself to get it together! Speak the Word of God out loud to counteract the voice of the enemy!
  3. Engage in praise and worship. In 2 Chronicles 20:22-23, praise and worship confused the enemy and caused those armies coming against Judah to fight each other. When the enemy assails you with discouragement, that is the time for you to get mad and fight back!  Use your spiritual weapons and sing songs of praise and worship. And keep on singing until you feel better.
  4. Take your spiritual authority. Just as God has not given us the spirit of fear, He hasn’t given us the spirit of discouragement either. What we may think is the negative emotion of discouragement is actually a spirit of discouragement. Therefore, if there is a spirit behind it, we can take authority over it in Jesus” name! James 4:7 (NIV) says,” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Saints, when the devil pummels you with negative thoughts and attacks you with a spirit of discouragement, you must always wage a counter-attack. Don’t just roll over and take it and let the devil have his way with you!  You know the Word!  You must be like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky and refuse to throw in the towel. Remember you are not in this by yourself. God says you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. 

The last time you got discouraged How did you come out of it? Please leave a comment below.

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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS FOR CHRIST FOLLOWERS!
We must be mindful of the fact that the personal relationship we have with God on a daily basis is possible only because Jesus was born to die. I encourage you to celebrate Christmas all year long and prepare to make a deliberate effort to keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of your family’s Christmas holiday beforehand. Get your copy of my latest book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday at Amazon.com or purchase copies for those you know and love with small children! Help the Revolution that began in 2020 to continue in 2021 and beyond!

HOW TO DEAL WITH LONELINESS

Happy New Year to you! Now is the time to thank and praise God for letting us see another year! Hallelujah! No matter what happened during 2020, if you are reading this, at least you can say, “I’m still here!”

During the pandemic, we have had to practice social distancing. We have not been able to see our friends and loved ones as often as we would like. Because of the isolation, loneliness has set in for many. Even King David suffered from loneliness at times. He writes in Psalm 102:7 “I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.”

I remember one Saturday night when I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was sooo lonely. I had graduated from Oral Roberts University, but everyone I hung out with was still in school. They had no time for me, and I completely understood it, but it didn’t hurt any less. That evening, there was no one was available to talk to, not even my family members. So I just turned on the worship music, danced before the Lord, and worshiped Him like I had lost my mind. To my amazement, that loneliness broke off me! I had a breakthrough at that moment. That’s when I saw that although everyone had abandoned me, God had not abandoned me, and I had survived an emotional firestorm!

So what are some other ways we can deal with loneliness? I think that if we have the right perspective during the inevitable bouts with one of the enemies of our souls we will fare much better. Therefore, I’d like to share the following thoughts about loneliness with you today:

  1. God orchestrates lonely times for a reason. He is in control of when they start and when they end because He is the “Master Chess Player” Who moves people on and off the “board” of our lives. If He allows the loneliness to set in, we need to ask, “God, what are You trying to accomplish in my life?” I personally believe that loneliness is God’s way of calling us into deeper fellowship with Him.
  2. We need to know who we are in Christ so that we won’t wrongly interpret the loneliness. No matter who comes and goes in your life, whether you have people around you or not, you must know that nothing affects your identity in Christ. Do not allow the devil to deceive you into losing the awareness that you are righteous, accepted, approved, blessed, and highly favored by God in Christ Jesus.
  3. We have to learn to be content in whatever state we find ourselves. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”  God said He will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He will not sentence you to isolation forever. In due time, fellowship with others will be restored.

So if you are feeling lonely today, don’t despair. God knows you are a relational being, and He will not let the lonely time last one minute longer than required to accomplish His divine will in your life. Therefore,  embrace the loneliness by spending more time with God. Get a journal and write down thoughts that come to your mind and let God speak to you. Finally, continue to reach out to others as the Holy Spirit leads until your change comes. Remember I Peter 1:25 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” That means loneliness cannot last forever because everything is subject to change except the Word of God.

How do you deal with loneliness? Please leave a comment below.

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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS FOR CHRIST FOLLOWERS!
We must be mindful of the fact that the personal relationship we have with God on a daily basis is possible only because Jesus was born to die. I encourage you to celebrate Christmas all year long and prepare to make a deliberate effort to keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of your family’s Christmas holiday beforehand. Get your copy of my latest book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday at Amazon.com or purchase copies for those you know and love with small children! Help the Revolution that began in 2020 to continue in 2021 and beyond!

HOW TO GUARANTEE YOU’LL MAKE IT TO YOUR PROMISED LAND

Have you seen the next technological marvel in the news: the self-driving car? Isn’t the thought of not having to drive your vehicle mind-blowing!? That’s the wave of the future, and if you own one of these babies and you want to be able to enjoy the benefits that a self-driving vehicle would afford you, there are certain things you must do. Likewise, if we want our lives to be “driven” by God, there are certain things we must do, as well. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” This morning I heard God say when we apply this verse to our lives, it’s analogous to owning a self-driving car. If we want to end up at the destination He has for us, whether in the natural or the spiritual, there are certain things we must do:

  1. Get in the car and turn on the power.  Proverbs 3:5 starts out with “Trust in the Lord.” When we get in the car, that’s analogous to trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The first requirement for receiving God’s direction is to receive salvation through His Son Jesus Christ and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Next, we must start the car, or turn on the power, and that’s analogous to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Finally, we must know that we can only rely on God’s help and trust in Him only. We can’t trust in man, and we can’t even trust in ourselves.
  2. Set the GPS. Proverbs 3:5 also says, “Lean not to your own understanding.” In a self-driving car, if you desire to get to a specific destination and you set the GPS, you are no longer relying on your own understanding of how to get to the place you need to go. In the same way, we must rely on God’s unlimited understanding about where we are going in life and abandon our tendency to reason. Sometimes you have to be OK with not understanding everything that is going on in your life.
  3. Turn on the auto-drive. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Acknowledge Him in all your ways.” In a self-driving vehicle, you must acknowledge that you possess the auto-drive feature in the car and turn it on. If you don’t turn it on, it won’t work. Likewise, we must acknowledge God in everything we do. We need to ask for His input before we make decisions and take action. Only then will we receive wisdom, guidance, and direction for our journey.

Do you want God to direct your path? Do you want your life to be in “auto-drive mode” where you KNOW you are moving toward your God-given destiny, guaranteed? If you trust God, rely on His unlimited understanding, not your own, and acknowledge Him and ask for His input before you make decisions and move out, you can relax in knowing that your path is being divinely directed. God will supernaturally drive your “car” for you, and you will make it to your Promised Land.  

What do you need to do differently, if anything, to apply Proverbs 3:5-6 to your life? Please leave a comment below.

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday. Give the gift of Keeping Christ in Christmas!

THE DANGER OF HURRYING

Today I want to talk about a topic that may or may not be a problem for you, but I sure have to pray about it often: my tendency to hurry. Have you ever noticed that God is NOT in a hurry? For instance, He took 400 years to deliver the Israelites from bondage. Isaac, Abraham and Sarah’s promised child, took 23 years to manifest. Joseph was in prison for 12 long years. Obviously, our heavenly Father is not in a rush. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Unfortunately, I feel like I’m always rushing around. Even in my house, I walk fast! When I am walking fast, scurrying to get here and there, I now recognize I am not resting on the inside. I am in a state of stress. I believe in 2021, God wants me to focus on entering into his rest. That means no matter what’s going on externally, I want to stay peaceful on the inside. God has told me I need to slow down and avoid the hurry because when I slow down, I automatically feel more peaceful inside. Do you need to slow down and smell the roses, too?
 
Why do we hurry? There are several reasons why we may fall into the trap of hurrying:

  1. Procrastination. When I think about it, I need to stop putting myself in positions where I need to hurry. Many times I procrastinate and then end up having to hurry to make up the time. That’s my fault. Maybe the Holy Ghost told me to move, but I lingered a few more minutes and wound up in hurry mode to meet a deadline.
  2. Satanic influence. Sometimes the devil may put the thought in your mind to hurry and make you think that if you don’t, you will have dire consequences. An example might be a decision or a purchase you need to make. But if you hurry, you can miss God and be out of His timing. Satan knows that when we’re distracted and hurried, we won’t focus on the Master anyway.
  3. Letting people dictate our schedule. When we let people control our schedule instead of the Holy Spirit, we may end up hurrying. Notice that Jesus was never in a hurry. When Jairus asked the Lord to heal his daughter, He stopped on the way to heal the woman with the issue of blood. When He heard Lazarus was sick he waited two extra days. He always took His time and listened to the Holy Spirit so that He could be where He was supposed to be at any given moment. He never let people dictate His schedule.

Saints, another word for hurry is “haste.” Isaiah 52:12 says, “For you shall not go out with haste nor go on go out by flight, for the Lord will go before you.” When we refuse to hurry, we can be led by the Lord. When we are hasty in our actions, we are running ahead of the Lord. He can’t lead us when we are out in front. 

As you can see, haste can be your enemy. If God hasn’t told you to make haste, that can be a sign of impatience. Or it could be classified as presumption. Haste can cause you to lose your peace. Haste can cause you to get out of God’s timing and make mistakes. As the old saying goes, “Haste makes waste.” Therefore, let’s be determined to avoid the hurry and move with the Lord at HIS pace.

How does hurrying affect your life? What do you feel you need to do, if anything, to address this issue in your life? Please leave a comment below.

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday.

The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask

2020 has certainly been a year to remember! This pandemic has wreaked havoc in our nation, and I know we all want to get past this and put it behind us. The governor of Virginia has just given us new Coronavirus mandates. Masks are now mandatory. I understand that no one likes to wear a mask but this is what we must do to get control of this virus. Therefore, we need to look on the bright side and change our perspective about the mask situation. If we change our focus and choose to focus on the positive, then we can accept what is, change our feelings, and peacefully get through this.

Therefore, I’ve come up with eight benefits of wearing a mask. You know how the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So here are some alternative (and somewhat humorous) perspectives on wearing a mask so that you can feel good about the mask that you’re wearing. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” According to Numerology.center, “the number 8 in the Bible is a new beginning, it is a number of hope, and new horizons, and [a] bright future.”  So here you go, The Eight Benefits of Wearing a Face Mask:

1. It filters bad odors and keeps your nose from being knocked off.
2. If you have food between your teeth after a meal, nobody will ever know.
3. If you have bad breath, the mask will hold back that green cloud coming out of your mouth.
4. If you’re a woman, you can leave your house without wearing makeup and not scare anybody.
5. if you are engaged in a boring conversation with a person, they will never see you yawn.
6. if someone says something crazy to you, and you have a negative expression on your face, the person will only be able to see half of it.
7. In the wintertime, the mask will keep your face warm and keep you from having to wear a ski mask.
8. You can talk to yourself behind the mask without people thinking you need to be in a mental institution.

So wearing a mask it’s not so bad after all, is it? There’s a bright side somewhere, and every cloud has a silver lining. Comedy is not really my gift, but give me a break. I did try! But all jokes aside, this is an important issue, and if we want to get control over this Coronavirus pandemic, then we need to do our part and wear a mask. It’s not a political statement. it’s a scientific protocol that works. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Let’s make the wise choice to wear a mask and choose life not only for ourselves but for those around us. We can do this!

What are your thoughts abourt wearing a mask during the pandemic? Please leave a comment below.

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday. To get your copy today, click on the link below!

https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Christ-Christmas-Thought-Provoking-Holiday-ebook/dp/B08LDS7FHF

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON REJECTION

Today I want to talk to you about one of the painful realities of life: rejection. As Christians, we will experience rejection because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We will be rejected by people at times and experience the loss of a relationship. However, we need to maintain a proper perspective if we are to maintain our identity in Christ. Rejection becomes a major problem when we wrongly interpret what rejection means for us. In order to combat the effects of rejection, we must know who we are in Christ on such a deep level that no one can alter our view of ourselves, which should be based on God’s view of us. Therefore, we need to make sure we have the proper view of rejection. Instead of thinking that the rejection means there is something wrong with us, here are some alternative thoughts that will help us to keep rejection in its proper context:

1) God has to remove idols. God says in Exodus 20 that we should have no other gods before Him. If He sees that a person in your life is becoming too important, and you are looking to that person to meet needs you should only be looking to the Lord to meet, then He is obligated to remove that person from your life. It’s not about your worth or value.

2) God will remove spiritual threats. Any person that causes us to not be our best for Christ is a demonic distraction and a spiritual hindrance. God may remove people who cause you to backslide or sin against Him. He will remove them because they are a spiritual threat that will keep you from staying vitally connected to your God.

3) God removes hindrances to the fulfillment of our destiny. If a person is going to derail your destiny, God has to remove that individual so His plan for your life can come to full fruition. Sometimes perceived rejection is about Him removing certain people to make room for those who are predestined to usher you into your destiny.

So you see, rejection doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. However, that is what the devil would have you believe because your identity in Christ would be in jeopardy, and you would never be able to fulfill the purpose and plan God has for you. You must remember that you are the righteousness of God, and no one can take that with them when they walk out of your life.  

Think about it: if God wants to separate you from someone either one of three things has to happen: 1) you must walk away, 2) they must walk away or 3) somebody has to die. If you refuse to walk away, then God has to remove the person, but that doesn’t mean that your worth and value are in question. Therefore, we need to take our thoughts up to another level and view God as the Master Chess Player Who moves people in and out of our lives at will. We can’t allow the enemy to bombard us with lies, condemnation, and shame. We must view rejection from God’s perspective if we want to stay peaceful when people exit our lives. 

What are your thoughts about rejection? What are some of the ways you have dealt with it in your life?

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MY NEW BOOK KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Praise be to God! The paperback and Kindle versions of my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday is now available for sale on Amazon.com! My goal is to present to parents with an alternative tradition that will keep Christ firmly anchored at the center of their family’s Christmas holiday.

I am now offering the Kindle version of the book for FREE (Yes, FREE!) for two days, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4, 2020! Here is the link you will need to download the book:

https://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Christ-Christmas-Thought-Provoking-Holiday-ebook/dp/B08LDS7FHF

AVOIDING SPIRITUAL IDENTITY THEFT

Have you ever had your identity stolen? If you have, you know what a headache it is to restore your credit. Your credit score gets messed up. You have creditors calling you about charges you don’t know anything about. Some people have the police come after them for illegal activity that some knucklehead decided to engage in. You have to get a new credit card and call every creditor with payments connected to your card. It’s awful, isn’t it? Likewise, the enemy of your soul seeks to commit spiritual identity theft on a daily basis. He is out to steal your identity in Christ so that you will never be able to fulfill the plan and purpose God has for you.

Our spiritual identity rests on seven pillars. We have to know that in God’s eyes we are 1) Unequivocally righteous, 2) Unconditionally loved, 3) Totally accepted, 4) Completely approved, 5)Wildly blessed, 6) Highly favored and 7) Infinitely valuable. Therefore, as you can imagine, it’s extremely important that we hang on to who we are in Christ no matter what situations arise in life. We have to know who we are (and whose we are) on such a deep level that nothing can shake it. Therefore, to keep the devil from stealing your identity, you must employ similar tactics used to keep people from stealing your earthly identity. Here are three anti-identity theft strategies that are analogous to what needs to be done in the spirit to avoid spiritual identity theft:

  1. Guard your personal information. Be careful to protect your social security number and other personal information so that criminals will not use be able to use them to your disadvantage. In the same way, you must be on guard in the spirit. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV), “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” That means that that you need to pay attention to what you allow into your ear and eye gates. Also, be careful who you allow into your inner circle.
  2. Lock your credit report down with a credit report freeze. When someone steals your identity, one of the first things you need to do is to submit an online credit report freeze request for each of the three major credit bureaus. Likewise, you must have the Word of God “on lockdown” in your heart. Hide the Word in your heart, know it like the back of your hand, and be fully persuaded that God’s Word is true.
  3. Check your credit report on a regular basis. To minimize the damage that identity thieves can do to your credit, it’s imperative that you check each of your credit reports with the 3 credit bureaus at least once per year. In the same manner, whenever the enemy tries to steal your identity in Christ by using people or situations to get you to alter the way you view yourself, you need to examine any thoughts that don’t line up with the Word of God. You must cast those thoughts down! Don’t even entertain them!

Beloved, refuse to let the enemy steal your identity. Take steps to make sure you are fully persuaded about what God says about you. Refuse to see yourself through the eyes of people and the circumstances the devil presents to you. You must do what you can to keep your spiritual identity intact because, if you don’t, you will never fulfill your destiny in Christ. Don’t let it happen to you!

Have you ever experienced spiritual identity theft? What did you do to recover? Please leave a comment below.

I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON MY BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!
I am launching my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Though-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday very shortly. I am looking for people who would be willing to read an electronic copy of my book and give an honest review on Amazon.com when it’s released later this year. If you would be willing to give me a hand, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com, and I will send you a copy of the book, keep you posted about the progression of my marketing campaign, and let you know when the book is released so you can post your review. Thanks for your help in advance!.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTIVATING FRIENDSHIPS

I pondered recently on the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree that Jesus told His disciples in Luke 13:6-9. The owner of a vineyard had a fig tree that was not producing fruit, so he wanted to cut it down. However, his gardener told him to wait another year and allow him to dig around it and fertilize it. God gave me a fresh application of the passage of scripture that I want to share with you today.

FRIENDSHIPS MUST BE CULTIVATED

When I read that passage, God showed me how that tree represents the friendships in our lives. Like that barren fig tree, friendships must be cultivated. Uncultivated friendships will never be fruitful. Friendships left unattended will die. In verse 8 of the parable, God gave me three principles for cultivating our friendships and making them gro

GIVING TIME – ALLOWING THE FRIENDSHIP TIME TO GROW

First, the man who took care of the vineyard told the owner when he threatened to cut down the barren fig tree, “Leave it alone for one more year.” That indicates friendships take time to grow. That’s why we need to have patience with the people He has placed in our lives. Let’s not be so apt to cut people off so quickly. Given time, the friendship can grow and end up be a very beneficial connection in the long run

DIGGING – GETTING TO KNOW THEM

The second thing the vineyard worker said he would do is to “dig around” the tree. When it comes to friendships we, also, must do some digging in the sense that we have to spend time getting to know one another. That takes more than a text or Facebook message. To get to know likes and dislikes, we must spend time with each other. We need to dig deeper and ask questions. We need to find out what makes people tick. Digging can only really take place when we spend time with each other in person or have phone conversations.

FERTILIZING – SEEKING TO ADD VALUE TO THOSE AROUND YOU

The third thing the gardener said he would do is to “fertilize” the tree. In the same way, we need to “fertilize” our friendships by adding value to the lives of those around us. When we pray for and with our friends, come to their aid when they need help, rejoice with them when they experience good fortune, and weep with them in tragedy, we fertilize the friendship and add value to the lives of others. When you give gifts that bless your friends, give them an encouraging word, or do what you can to help them to fulfill God-given potential, that is the fertilizer that helps friendships to thrive and grow.

FRIENDS ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD

My dad once told me, “If you have one good friend you can trust in your life, you are blessed.” Friendships are necessary if we are going to progress in life. God has handpicked people to usher us into our destiny, and those friends are precious gifts from the Lord. Like the gardener in the parable, let’s make sure we are making the effort to cultivate the friendships that God has so lovingly placed in our lives.
 

What is your view on how to cultivate friendships? Please leave a comment below.

I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON MY BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!
As I had previously stated in my last newsletter, I am launching my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Though-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday very shortly. I am looking for people who would be willing to read an electronic copy of my book and give an honest review on Amazon.com when it’s released later this year. If you would be willing to give me a hand, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com, and I will send you a copy of the book, keep you posted about the progression of my marketing campaign, and let you know when the book is released so you can post your review. Thanks for your help in advance!.
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ARE YOU THRIVING?

I pray that all is well with you and that you are flourishing even in the midst of this global pandemic. I thank God for Jesus Christ and that He shed His blood for us so that we could experience His keeping power in times like these. This has been a year like no other, but we can still thrive when we put our trust in the Lord. We have to be determined that we will come out of 2020 better than we went in. When we press into God, receive His instructions and wisdom, and do what He tells us to do, the enemy will lose, and we will be the victors when it’s all said and done and the dust settles. Amen? Be determined to thrive in spite of it all!

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for being a part of my online community! It’s been my pleasure to serve you, and I pray that you’ve been blessed and encouraged in some way by the poems and inspirational writings God has given me to share. I want you to know that you are greatly appreciated.

I also wanted to let you know that I will be on hiatus for the month of September. I didn’t take any time off this summer, and as you know, I also am in the process of launching my new book, Keeping Christ in Christmas. I wanted to give a shout out to all of you who have agreed to be on my launch team, read my book, and post an Amazon.com review before the book launches on November 14th. Thanks for your help in advance. I have a lot to do between now and then, so you won’t see me interacting very much on my social media platforms for the month of September. I will be back in October, Lord willing, and I look forward to seeing you then.

If you’d like to be a member of my book launch team, there is still time! If you’d like to receive a free digital copy of the book and read it before the rest of the world and be so gracious to post on Amazon.com for me, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com and type in the subject line, “COUNT ME IN!” That will allow me to keep you abreast of my marketing campaign activities. Thanks in advance!

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WILL YOU HELP ME LAUNCH MY NEW BOOK?

I have got some exciting news I’d like to share with you! I am on the verge of publishing my third book!! YES! Praise the Lord! It was a hard-fought battle, and it took me a few years to push this little book out, but I finally got it completed. To God be the glory!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK

The title of the book is Keeping Christ in Christmas: Thought-provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday. My purpose in writing this book is to show parents and their children a unique way to experience a more Christ-centered Christmas holiday. Jesus is the reason for the season, and since Christmas is the celebration of HIS birthday, I present some novel ideas in the book that I believe will help families to have very merry Christmas with Jesus securely anchored as the focal point. My goal is to remind readers of the real meaning of Christmas and introduce them to a unique holiday alternative that will result in Jesus getting the full attention and glory He deserves during Advent.

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN MY LAUNCH TEAM!

I really believe God wants to use my book Keeping Christ in Christmas to relay a message to the body of Christ. However, if that message is to go far and wide, I am going to need your help! If you join my launch team, here’s what you’ll get:

  1. I will send you an electronic version of Keeping Christ in Christmas, and you will get the chance to read my book before the rest of the world.
  2. At the end of the launch, if you have posted a review of the book on Amazon.com, you’ll also get an electronic version of my second book, The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great Relationships.
  3. You will have the opportunity to tune into my complimentary exclusive online Poetic Growth Gathering, where I share poetry from my first book Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth and facilitate thought-provoking group discussions. This will include a question and answer session where you can ask me questions about myself and my books. (Date and time TBD)

HOW YOU CAN HELP AS A LAUNCH TEAM MEMBER

So what does becoming a member of my launch team entail? These are the possible ways you can be a blessing and help me to share the ideas God gave me:

  1. Read the book by November 1st. (It’s a quick read with large print and only about 90+ pages long.)
  2. Download a $.99 Kindle copy of the book after the book goes live after November 1st and encourage those you know to do the same. 
  3. Write an honest review of the book and post it on Amazon.com on or after November 3, 2020. I will be trying to get as many reviews on Amazon as I can before the launch date on Saturday, November 14th. 
  4. Help me to come up with promotional ideas that we as a team can implement.
  5. Order a copy of the book (paperback or Kindle), take a photo of yourself holding up the book or your tablet (with the book cover showing), and post it on your social media platforms.
  6. Think of at least three Christian parents with small children that you know and tell them about the book or purchase a copy for them.
  7. Share news about the book, book quotes, and your personal thoughts about the book in written, video, or audio format on your social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, blog, podcast, etc.); I will send emails with content you can easily cut and paste or upload.
  8. Let me know if you pick up on any errors I need to fix before the book launches in November. 
  9. Introduce me to people you may know who have a need for a speaker or poet for their event.

I understand that you may not be able to help me with all of the above items, but anything that you can or would be willing to do would certainly be appreciated. I would love to have you on my team! And even if you’re not able to participate, any fervent prayers that you send up asking for God’s favor and the success of the book would be appreciated.

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you’d like to help me get this urgent message out to parents, positively impact the spiritual lives of children, and help Jesus to enjoy His birthday even more as we strive to keep Him at the center of it all, please leave me a comment below and let me know if you’d be willing to run with me! I will send you a future follow-up email with your electronic version of the book for you to read at your leisure, and I will give you information about the next step in the process.
 
Thanks for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you! May God bless you REAL good!

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