Ever read a book that you found so many helpful nuggets in it, that you had to highlight things? Better yet, you have to put the book down to work on the suggestions or tips?
Yup, this is one of those!
Get your highlighter and pen out, friend.
Get ready to change your perspective, look to see how God is working in your circumstances, and take action.
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Each chapter has a story, either from the Bible or from the author’s own life, describing how what seems to be a red-light moment (aka, stop – you’re going the wrong direction – move along, Betty – etc) can be redefined and looked at as, in actuality, “red means go”.
Take, for example, her TV career. She shares with us that when the red light turned on on the set, it was go-time. Better be ready to GO when you see the red light!
Very interesting premise.
That’s usually the OPPOSITE of what we’re taught about red lights.
And at the end of each chapter, she has an application section (appropriately called, SHIFTING RED MOMENTS TO GREEN TRIUMPHS) with some questions to probe/inspire you to think deeper.
Some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book
Have you ever KNOWN what you’re supposed to be doing, but then pretty much everyone around you shoots that down? To the point you’re afraid to even talk about it, wondering if you heard correctly from God, OR feeling like you were just convincing yourself to do this, and everyone else can see better than you?
She states, in Chapter 4, discussing “who holds your ladder”,
“Where you are going and what the Lord has called you to do is specific to you. Not everyone can help guide you because not everyone has the wisdom or insight to help you arrive at this destination.”Chapter 4
What I got from that quote is: Like Mary, sometimes we must treasure things in our hearts.
Keep our plans or thoughts close to our chest.
Well-intentioned people who have not seen God move may try to talk you out of doing something you’re supposed to do. And JUST because someone is older than you does NOT mean they have the measure of faith or wisdom that you need in order to encourage you to head where you’re supposed to be headed.
In Chapter 6, she talks about how our character grows through the dark, much like roots (which also grow in the dark) are what stabilize the plant.
Like roots, our growth through the trials looks ugly and nobody really wants to see that (or even thinks about it), but it makes a beautiful flower or tree producing fruit at the other end of that.
In Chapter 7, she encourages us to take account of where our time goes each day.
If it’s not going where we want it to, we must make changes.
A time audit will show us what’s been most important to us. We should be aware of where our time goes and what season of life we are in, as well.
She expands on these concepts in the chapter.
This book is well-organized, and you will find lots of nuggets to encourage you to seek God’s perspective on things happening to you.
Have you read ‘Redefining Red‘ yet? What is something you enjoyed or got out of it?
Share with us in the comments – we would love to hear what God has shown you or is doing in your life!