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Please welcome Sheila Hudson, author of the 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life series, as she she shares her post about life lessons. At the end of the post, check out what we're giving away.
Lesson for a Lifetime
Sheila S. Hudson
13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life took a lifetime of experience before I was ready to pen it. First I had to live each chapter which took thirty years in campus ministry plus stints at pulpit ministry, new church ministry, and teaching at a Christian college. These combined experiences with my husband provided an insight into the lives of those I encountered.
Ministry has its own set of frustrations and heartaches which over the long run produce patience and eventually wisdom. No other experience could have given me an education unlike any given curriculum in a university.
My experiences include the challenge of raising a family, teaching, and ministering based on the local academic calendar. That is like living on a roller coaster. But in spite of any hardship or sacrifice God has provided blessings galore to counterbalance disappointments beyond measure. He has provided mentors, counselors, and those who’ve “stood in the gap” for us during each crisis. From what I have gleaned in life I offer in 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life as a journey of faith. Each difficult life situation inevitably strengthens character and reveals an extra portion of God’s grace.
The core lesson of 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life is forgiveness. Learning to forgive has been a theme of my life beginning with forgiving a parent, forgiving theft, forgiving parties in a divorce, forgiving myself, and forgiving God. Service to God demands humility and only when I am driven out of my comfort zone do I find it. A secondary theme is generosity not only in goods but in spirit. None of the lessons in this book are easy. I have lived each one and struggled to find that hidden rainbow. But one thing I can promise. If you practice the 13 lessons learned, you will discover a life that’s filled with purpose and joy.
An award winning writer, Sheila Hudson's byline appears on essays, travel columns, features, and humor published in multiple editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chocolate for Women series, From the Heart collection, Not Your Mother's Book series, The Book of Hope, God Allows U-Turns, and The Expressive Heart. Sheila has also been a feature writer for The Christian Standard, The Lookout Magazine, The Costumer magazine, and the Purple Pros.
Sheila has won awards in several different genres and now turns her focus to the relationship closest to her heart-the one with her husband, Tim. In 1992 the Hudsons founded Bright Ideas as a vehicle to foster inspiration through writing, speaking, presentations, and informational media.
In honor of Sheila and 13 Decisions series we're giving away three (3) copies of her newest book, 13 Decisions That Will Transform Your Marriage, each accompanied by a pendant-style cross bookmarker.
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