Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Kinked Hose, 66 Ways to Fix It, and a Giveaway!

Have you ever felt like you failed?

Sure you have. Who hasn't?

Did you ever feel like you failed God? That you're not deserving of His favor because you messed up?

If you're like the majority of people, even Christians, my guess is that you may believe that you're not always worthy of God's love because of a past sin, a current struggle, or even a lost temper.

Jennifer Rothschild's latest book, 66 WAYS GOD LOVES YOU addresses that issue in a fascinating way--through the discovery of God's love in every book of the Bible. 

She expertly explores each book to find a biblical nugget of love, then gently weaves that gem into a personal way the reader can experience that love. She does this 66 times, and it never gets stale. 

In Deuteronomy, God keeps His covenant of love to me and to a thousand generations.
Jennifer Rothschild, 66 Ways God Loves You

This didn't resonate with me...until after the kinked hose incident.

After a long day at work, I was tired and cranky. I felt overwhelmed by all the things still to do at home. 

I went outside to water the flowers, but the hose was kinked. Water trickled out as I attempted to unravel it. The hose didn't cooperate, and I became more frustrated.

Then, I lost it. 

The water may have been blocked, but a torrent of words rushed from my mouth--and they weren't streams of living water.

My futile attempt to fix the hose continued as I tried to now hang it back up. In the process, the water began to flow freely--all over my head. It would have been funny if I weren't so tired and frustrated.

Instead, I felt worse. Unworthy. Unlovable.

Then I read this:

He will never reject you even when you blow it. He will find you worthy of His affection even when you fail.
Jennifer Rothschild, 66 Ways God Loves You.

Not "if" but "when" you fail. Because we all will. We all do.

Even when I don't keep my promise to God, He still keeps His. I am always worthy of his affection.

This is just one of 66 marvelous revelations I discovered in this little book. Rich illustrations and concise teachings make this a lovely book for gift-giving or keeping for yourself to use as a devotional. Or just a quiet reminder of God's love at the end of the day.


I have a extra copy AND a stylish tote to give away! All you have to do is comment below, on Facebook (where this will be posted), or with an email response. I'll pick a winner at random.

If you can't wait to find out if you're a winner, you can purchase Jennifer's book at any bookstore or through

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  1. Oh, I love the premise of Jennifer's book - finding He loves me in every book of the bible!

    It's so good to know He loves me even when I blow it - because I frequently do!

    Love your story of the kinked hose - it sounds totally like something that would happen to me.

    1. It's truly a wonderful little read. Thanks for visiting, Jerrelea.

  2. OK, love the honesty of the kinked hose story. I find that I really lose my cool when I'm driving the 2 1/2 hour trek down to my mom's, or back from there. I encounter everything from freeway drivers (no need to explain that) to back-road country drivers (going at least 10 miles below the speed limit). My words are not, shall we say, God-honoring?!

    I love that God never rejects this poor old, failing-quite-often soul of mine.


    1. Isn't it amazing, Sharon...that God NEVER rejects us? Oh, we reject ourselves over and over, not finding ourselves worthy. I'm so grateful that the Holy Spirit drags us to the altar and says, "Ok, I got you here. Now look up. Do you see rejection or acceptance?" #alwaysacceptance.

  3. Mary, I always love your stories. You consistently make me smile and teach a valuable lesson in the process. Thank so much! I know I've had more than my share of kinked hose moments! Blessings!!

  4. The hose is incident is a bit humorous in retrospect, but when I picture myself in the same situation I can feel how easy it would be to feel like crap afterwards. There's always a humbling situation around the corner to keep us on our knees!