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I stood in line waiting for my appointment with editors at the WFTS conference. I turned around to see this gorgeous smiling face. "I'm Donna Pyle."
"I'm Jessica Patch. What do you write?"
Donna shared a little of her testimony with me and in that very second, I knew we were knit together. Friends for life. Donna is full of passion for Jesus and a hunger to see women grow closer to Him. She's bubbly, funny, full of godly wisdom and above all she's a woman of integrity! I can gush all day, but I won't!
JP: Donna, let readers know more about you and your passion for Bible Study.
DP: Jessica, thank you so much for hosting the exciting launch day festivities!
Hi, y’all! I’m a life-long Texan who loves Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, traveling, and kitty cats. Well, I didn’t grow up going to church regularly. I remember hearing about God the Father, but didn’t recall that God was married. I know, right? When I became a Christian 21 years ago, God gave me an insatiable desire to understand His Word. Out of that quest, God revealed such über cool truths that I thought others might like to know it, too, so I started writing Bible studies. Now, 19 in-depth studies later, I know without a doubt this is God’s calling in my life. I launched Artesian Ministries in 2007 and have the privilege of traveling all over the US and internationally teaching God’s Word. There’s nothing I love more than digging into Scripture. There are so many women who don’t know how much God loves them. He’s given me incredible opportunities to let them know.
JP: You had me till cats! Just kidding speaking of cats, check out Donna's cozy little critters.
I thought cats always landed on their feet?
Um, Donna, she's giving me the
JP: Ok, now back to the real cat's meow--the study! I’m more than excited to be a part of helping you launch your newest Bible study, The God of All Comfort! When women dig into this 8 lesson study what will they discover? What makes this study unique?
DP: Many people know several Bible passages about comfort. But when life blindsides us, we struggle to recognize HOW God comforts us in real time. That’s what this study does. I interviewed several faithful Christians who went through heartbreaking life situations. They reveal exactly how God comforted them and how that experience affected their lives and strengthened their faith. Although we dig into lots of verses about God’s grace, love and comfort, it also demonstrates how God comforts us when we need it most. It shows us how to recognize it, embrace it, and cling to Him when life turns upside down.
JP: I think we all love comfort, and there’s nothing wrong with that—to be comfortable. Sipping hot tea while reading a good book or dipping in a steaming bubble bath is comforting, but it doesn’t bring the Greatest Comfort! Will women explore the difference between earthly comfort and heavenly comfort?
DP: That’s a GREAT question, Jess! Absolutely, there’s a difference and this study explores it in depth. Earthly comfort expires. Chocolate gets consumed. Flowers die. Friends move away. Loved ones disappoint. But our God of all comfort lives inside of us. He is with us every second of every day to offer everlasting comfort! This study hits hard issues such as childhood sexual abuse, loss, cancer, addiction, divorce, spiritually mismatched marriages, the stress of a child serving in the military, and more. These amazing story-sharers reveal exactly how God comforted and restored them. The Scripture passages to look up along the way and small group questions at the end of each chapter urges us to dig deep and experience this study in a community of believers. If you have suffered, needed comfort, or craved compassion, this study is for you.
JP: Speaking of earthly comfort for a minute, answer the following questions:
Flannel or cotton? Cotton! I live in the deep South. Flannel in this heat causes spontaneous combustion.
House shoes or bare feet? Definitely bare feet. Otherwise I’d miss the lovely feeling of stepping in cat urp first thing in the morning every now and then. TMI?
Make-up or “whacha see is whacha get” ? Make-up! I’m blonde, so I have no eyebrows, eyelashes or color without make-up. Nobody survives seeing that. :)
Tea or coffee? Coffee, oh yes, coffee! With a side of chocolate.
Baths or showers? Baths. There’s nothing like soaking in a hot bath to relax while reading.
Music or silence? Music is my soul’s language. I love music - especially worship music.
Country or city? I’m a country girl at heart, but a city girl by amenities. If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Rain or sunshine? Rain. I really love rain. The life it brings and cozy time if offers.
JP: Yes, yes TMI! lol When would you say you feel the most comforted?
DP: It’s truly the little things. A handwritten note in the mail letting me know someone’s thinking about me during a hard time does wonders. And did I mention chocolate?
JP: You did! I think I have your Christmas gift picked out! Let’s chat about spiritual comfort for a moment. Share one of your most memorable moments when the greatest source of Comfort—Jesus Christ—comforted you!
DP: The day I signed my divorce papers two and a half years ago was the hardest day of my life. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, do anything, or get off of the sofa when I got back home from court. At one point, I was in a heap on the floor just sobbing. In that moment Jesus’ comforting presence was so powerful and tangible that it startled me. He was right there with me on the floor, catching each tear, and reminding me how much I’m loved and cherished.
JP: I love that He bottles our tears and never mishandles our heart even when others do. Donna, I’ve had a blast hanging out with you today. I know I’m going to jump in quick on this study and I hope the readers out there will too!
Tell everyone about the comfy goodies you have for them today!
DP: I’m so excited about this launch drawing! We have:
· Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display)
· Signed copy of The God of All Comfort
· Starbucks ground coffee
· Beautiful coffee mug with The God of All Comfort cover on it
· $30 iTunes gift cards (worship is essential to comfort!)
· Signed set of my DVD Bible study series, Your Strong Suit
Here’s how to enter the contest:
Answer Donna’s question: "When was the last time you experienced God's comforting presence? How?"
- Follow the blog!
- For extra entries: Tweet this (add @jessicarpatch to tag me so I can count it a 2nd entry), share on facebook (tag me so I can count it as an entry), and follow @DonnaPyleTX on twitter!
- The contest ends on Sunday, August 19th and the winner will be announced on Monday, August 20th!
Here's a another peek at The God of All Comfort:
Eight Lessons about Hope in Christ.
Life is hard. Really hard for some of us. We suffer, we grow discouraged, we struggle with sin. But when we view our sufferings from the balcony of faith, we rest in the assurance that God never leaves us unloved or uncared for. His hope is a beacon of comfort.
Over these eight lessons, our journey will take us through a section of Scripture titled ''The God of All Comfort,'' in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. The apostle Paul, the author of that letter and an expert when it came to suffering, lends insight and encouragement that God is not blind to our troubles. Along the way, we will meet faith-filled Christians who relied on faith despite their heartache. Through their stories and God's Word, we will experience the unmistakable handprint of a loving, merciful Savior.
For individuals and small groups, this Bible study offers hope provided by a God who relentlessly pursues us with His ultimate comfort.