Wednesday, November 28, 2007

From Her Heart

I heard Ney Bailey speak 18 years ago at my church in California. The church was very conservative about women's roles in church at large ministries, but they made an exception for Ney to share her testimony--her experiences regarding her relationship with God--during Sunday morning services. The Women's ministry of my California church started a special collection to send Ney to Eastern Europe before the Berlin Wall fell. I signed up for her prayer letters. I still get them.

I also love her book, Faith Is Not A Feeling, I've included an excerpt from her introduction on this page. If you haven't read it, you should. She's a blessing.

"Feelings are a part of each of us. They can be either friend or foe, depending on how we utilize them. Come with me now as I share with you some of the struggles and trails I've had in learning how to harness and channel my feelings. Come with me as I share how I've learned to use them as an avenue to take me to God's Word.

Thousands of people who have heard the words on the following pages have come to me, called me, or written me to say that their lives will never be the same after hearing these truths. As you read this book, I pray that you will be encouraged and challenged that God will strike fire in your heart, and that your life will be changed because you can say, "Now I understand what it means to walk by faith. I understand that faith is not a feeling but a choice to take God at His word."

--Ney Bailey, excerpt from her introduction to Faith Is Not A Feeling

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