Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Do you have any heroes?

Do you have any heroes? 

Next Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day, 
when we honor those who willingly fought—
sometimes to their death
to keep our freedom intact. They are our 
military heroes, the ones we build memorials to. 

If you are a veteran, I thank you. 

I do not have military heroes in my family tree. But I’d like to build a memorial to my second grade Sunday school teacher, a spiritual hero. This twenty-something college student willingly gave up dating/TV/goofing off time to study God’s word so she could teach it to a bunch of squirrely seven-year-olds in a Los Angeles church attic classroom. 

This young lady painted a picture of Jesus in my heart that caused me to fall in love with Him, and surrender my life to Him. I don’t remember her name; she may not still be on this earth. But she is my hero, who deserves the applause of Heaven for leading this little redhead into the Kingdom of God. 

What about YOU? Do you have a military or spiritual hero? Or maybe both. Please share. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chatterbox or Communicator?

When I was a child, my mom often called me a "chatterbox." It was not meant as a compliment.
I grew up believing I talked way too much. When you believe something about yourself, whether it's true or not, you make it happen. So, I talked too much. Sometimes I still do.
As an adult, however, I discovered my gift: communication. Now we know where the source of my desire to talk, sing, teach and write all those words, originated from: the Giver of all good gifts.
I have found there is a difference between chattering--- just talking to fill up empty space that you feel uncomfortable with--- and communicating.
When I say or write something that lifts another out of a deep well of despair or tweaks erroneous
thinking about the Father, I am communicating His heart of love and goodness. This is my passion, to reflect Jesus more accurately to you than you saw Him a moment ago.
I often ask the Lord to keep a watch at the door of my mouth, so I don't chatter. I want my words to count for eternity. To lift up and build and reveal His goodness and wisdom. To nourish a soul or a million souls. To pass on His heart that spills over with love for you. Even just to make you laugh, so you'll be healthier. 
If you want to call me a chatterbox, that's your choice. I prefer communicator. Most times our worst faults, when turned inside out, become our greatest assets. 

Were you made fun of as a child for anything? Have you found that very thing to be an advantage?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Help Me Name My Newest Book & Win a Prize!

If you like to play with words and enter contests, you'll want to help me name my newest book & win a prize!

The book is a fun-packed devotional about popular toys through the ages and how they reveal God's heart to us. I have a title: If Toys Could Talk, but I need a subtitle. 

I love clever, snappy titles that create curiosity. My first four books are:

Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top;

The Heart of Humor;

Shock the Clock; and

Touchable God.

To see their subtitles, please click on the
book titles.

If YOU are the one to come up with the subtitle I use, you'll win
a $15 Toys R Us gift card
the use of your subtitle on the book
your name mentioned in the acknowledgments, and
a free autographed copy of the book!

There is no end date for this contest; I will run it till someone--maybe YOU--comes up with
the winning title. You may either put your title in the comment section below or email me at jeanettelevellie(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks for your help, and Blessings on your brainstorming!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

If You Think God Can't Use Little, Broken You...

Think God Can’t Use Little, Broken You?

Noah was a drunk

Sarah was too old

Jacob was a liar

Leah was ugly

Joseph was abused 

Moses had a speech impediment and anger issues

Gideon was afraid

Samson was a womanizer

Rahab was a prostitute

Timothy was too young

David had an affair and was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Jonah ran from God and was depressed

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt 

Peter denied Jesus

The disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The Samaritan woman was divorced

Zaccheus was too short.

The Apostle Paul was too religious

Lazarus was dead. ***

Care to change your mind? 
God is interested in your story, broken as you may be. 
Someone needs what you have to share. Please don't give up on yourself. You are mighty valuable to God, and to me. 
***(This list was copied from a Keruso t-shirt seen at a Bible bookstore)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why Humor?

    In this Podcast interview with Robert Moore, a talented writer from Ohio, I answer the question "Why Humor?" and talk about some of my humor writing techniques.

    I hope you find it fun to listen to my method of telling about the stupid things I've done that lead to opening reader's hearts to Jesus.

    If you'd like to cut to the part where Robert and I chat, start at 25:04.