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Monday, July 2, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Bonnie Leon Writes a Devotional About Jesus' Time in the Garden of Gethsemane. She's Giving Away a Copy of Her New Book, Joy Takes Flight.

Bonnie will give away a copy of her new book, Joy Takes Flight. To enter to win leave a comment with your email address.
A Perfect Prayer
Last Sunday, my pastor painted a vivid picture of Jesus' time in the Garden of Gethsemane the night of his arrest. Though I'm well acquainted with this portion of scripture I saw it with new eyes. I love that about God's Word--there is always more to learn.
That night, Jesus knew what lay ahead--his arrest, brutal beatings, rejection, crucifixion, the weight of the world's sin laid upon him and the forsaking of The Father. He was the man/God. As a man he asked three of his disciples to wait with him. He wanted his friends by His side. I believe he also wanted the disciples to witness his humanity and a humility which is greater than pride.
If the disciples had remained awake that night they would have seen the heart of their Lord. In Mark 14:33 & 34 it says, he was deeply distressed and in verse 34 Jesus tells the disciples, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." And then he goes away and he prays that if it were possible that the hour might pass from him. "Abba Father," he said, "Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
What a perfect example for us. Jesus told those he loved that he was distressed and he wanted them with him. (Sadly, his disciples let him down.) Jesus went to his Father and prayed his heart. He was honest with God when he asked if there might be another way, but ultimately Jesus’ desire was for God's will, not his own.
What a blessed reminder -- God's will, not mine.
In recent weeks I've said many prayers, beseeching God for mercy and help, wisdom and discernment. And he's answered. But when I look around me, all is not well. Life challenges my faith. There are no answers only a desire and need to trust. I pray my heart, but I pray for God's will above all else. I long for the faith to see beyond my present circumstances and for assurance that nothing touches me or the ones' I love except by God's permission.
When we place our lives into the hands of Almighty God and trust him, he will show us the way. He will give us peace. When Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane that fateful night He did not demand His own way. He placed himself under His Father's authority and he obeyed by laying down His life for all mankind. Where would we be if He had refused?
His prayer is a perfect prayer. His heart is a perfect heart. He is our perfect example.

About Joy Takes Flight
Kate Evans and Paul Anderson are finally married, settling in, and starting a family. They rejoice when Kate finds she is pregnant, but soon it is clear that there are hurdles ahead.
Should she continue in her dangerous profession as an Alaskan bush pilot? Can she really fall into the role of a wife? Then tragedy strikes, life begins to unravel, and Kate fears she may have lost Paul for good.
Chock-full of high-flying adventure, romance, and the drama of life, Joy Takes Flight is the exciting conclusion to Bonnie Leon's Alaskan Skies series.

Bonnie Leon is the author of nineteen novels, including the recently released Joy Takes Flight, book three in the Alaskan Skies series, the popular Sydney Cover series and the bestselling Journey of Eleven Moons. 
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother.
Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Visit Bonnie's Web site


Miss Mae said...

Hi Bonnie,

Wow, 19 novels!!! That's HUGE! :)

Love your book cover, and I hope you have the best success with all your books. :)

June Foster said...

Bonnie, I'm wondering if you or your husband pilot a plane since this is the profession of your heronine. My husband used to fly a small plane. What an experience. I breathed out a long sigh after reading your devotion. Loved it. June

Finbar said...

Thanks for reminding everyone that perfection exists in only one place in our world. We try, we fail, we must try again. Keep the faith. Thanks again.

Connie Almony said...

A wonderful reminder. Even Jesus submitted to His will.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

A story about an Alaskan bush pilot sounds like a very exciting book. It also sounds refreshing to have a story about a married couple instead of a new romance just blossoming.

Bonnie Leon said...

Hi Miss Mae. How nice to hear from you. And thank you for your encouraging words.

I'd love to take credit for the book cover, but the Revell team created it. They make beautiful covers.

Bonnie Leon said...

June, my husband and I are not pilots. My husband loves to catch a ride in a small plane, though, whenever he can.

Me -- I must admit I no longer fly at all. I have an ear disease that makes me miserable if I do. I had a bush pilot, Gayle Ranney, help me with the flying scenes. She's been piloting for nearly fifty years . . . in Alaska. She's amazing.

A long sigh . . . that blesses me and brings tears to my eyes.

Bless you.

Bonnie Leon said...

Finbar and Connie -- interesting that you both mention reminders. We do need to be reminded of God's grace and goodness, His power and perfection . . . all of it.

We need one another for reminding, comforting and holding up the other.

Blessings to you.

Bonnie Leon said...

Linda, the book is full of adventure and it addresses some of those things we all deal with in marriage and life.

Happy day to you.

Gina said...

Thank you so much, Bonnie, for this beautiful and insightful devotional. You captured so nicely the essence of faith and the reality is that life isn't always easy; but He is always there for us.

Gail, your blog is so fantastic, and so interesting. Thank you for sharing so much. (Sorry I am a little late to the party this week!)

Blessings and hugs, Regina

Jojos Corner said...

Hi Bonnie! So excited for your giveaway! Can't wait for Joy Takes Flight!!!

Janice said...

That book cover is great! I was earlier reading about women wearing scarves and how they cover up the vulnerable area of the neck so the woman appears more competent, etc. That was in Woman's World magazine. Then I saw this cover picture. Timely!

I would like to read the book and also the devotional which sounds perfect for the time leading up to Easter.


Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bonnie Leon said...

Gina, thank you for stopping by. You're right -- life is not easy. Sure wish it was though. I couldn't make it without the Lord.

Bless you.

Bonnie Leon said...

Jojos, I love your enthusiasm! :-)

Bonnie Leon said...

Janice, thank you for the tidbit about the scarves -- very interesting. I've never heard that.

I hope you get a chance to read the book.

Grace and peace to you.