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Something In Your Hand

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Something In Your Hand

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146 pagine
2 ore
Pubblicato:
May 14, 2013
ISBN:
9781301301287
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Libro

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Eunice's violent stepfather calls her a bastard. Her best friend despises her for being fatherless. In order to fill her deepening void, she considers joining the convent, but one priest changes her mind forever. At 23, while at university, she gives birth to twin boys. Their father is everything she fears in a man, and the future is bleak. Believing she was created for greater things, she begins a challenging life of single parenthood. Yet she longs for love and acceptance like most women. But the cost is too high, until she meets Jesus who loves unconditionally. Then He takes her on a journey of discovering her true identity. She confronts layers of painful issues buried deep in her soul. Years later, she marries an unbeliever and her world turns upside down. As the trials and persecution increase, the crowd of christian friends grow smaller by the day. She's left hanging on God's promises . . .

Pubblicato:
May 14, 2013
ISBN:
9781301301287
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Eunice Wangui was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes inspirational articles, poems and devotionals for various ezines and is the author of More Precious than Rubies, a fiction novel.

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Something In Your Hand - Eunice Wangui Stuhlhofer

SOMETHING

IN

YOUR HAND

by

Eunice Wangui Stuhlhofer

What others are saying about Something In Your Hand

I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but once I started, I could not keep it down. The story of Eunice's life and the faithfulness of God in her life is uplifting and very inspiring . . .

-Susan M

The moment Eunice (the author), put that book in my hand, after church…she blessed me in so many ways, that I could never comprehend. I started to read the book on that Sunday night before my bedtime – I had 30 mins to go through it before saying goodnight, only to realise hours had passed by as I kept turning through the pages . . .

-Mercy Waititu-Dibarbora

A great book! And a must read: the blending of personal experiences, biblical truths and final challenge makes a wonderful book that will transform the readers’ lives. To those in need of a second chance, you will be very encouraged and uplifted. It is refreshing to the heart and touching to the inner being.

Rev. George Nuthu

Something in Your Hand

Eunice Wangui Stuhlhofer

Smashwords edition

Copyright 2013 Eunice Wangui Stuhlhofer

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

This book is available in print at all Amazon stores

The stories in this book are based on true events. Except for the author’s family, all other names used have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.

Eunice’s blog www.eunicewanguistuhlhofer.wordpress.com

Dedication

To my twin sons:

Martin Muriuki and Marvin Murathi

You are the best

Foreword

I count it an honor and a joy to introduce the author of this book. You’re about to embark on a journey of a life that’s full of dynamism. Eunice Stuhlhofer has travelled such a journey that only God could’ve brought her through. Her life began by being born to an unwed mother to becoming an unwed mother of twin boys. She lived the life of a single parent and then became a wife in an unequally yoked marriage. You would wonder why this would-be-nun wants to share anything about her life. It’s not really about the circumstances in her life, but about the God who helped her go through them.

I invite you to step into Eunice’s shoes. Picture yourself experiencing rejection because you’re an illegitimate child, or the shame of being an unwed mother with many unanswered questions, and much more. Yet in the midst of her storms, she met her Savior: Jesus Christ.

I recommend that you read her story. Let it draw you into her life, and you’ll see how faith in God has strengthened her to walk through life. You’ll enjoy this book as Eunice discusses her struggles and triumphs. She understands that she couldn’t escape the consequences of her life’s decisions, but through God’s mercy and love, she could continue living. I believe you’ll enjoy this story of a heroic woman who has placed her total faith in God.

So, go and grab a cup of coffee and crawl up on the sofa and take the journey.

REV. GLORIA YOUNG

AG Missionary

Contents

Chapter 1 Twins are whole

Chapter 2 Whole and Complete

Chapater 3 A Glimpse of The Earlier Years

Chapter 4 Created For Good Things

Chapter 5 Single Parenting

Chapter 6 Contentment; A Secret Treasure in Every Season

Chapter 7 Every Believer Has a Pulpit

Chapter 8 Forgiveness; The Message of The Cross

Chapter 9 Inside the Pit

Chapter 10 The Prayer of Salvation

Chapter 1 Twins are whole

Muriuki and Murathi are twin brothers.

Since childhood, they’ve attended the same institutions of learning. In their early school years, they sat in the same classroom but at the age of eight, the teachers separated them claiming, that the boys tended to depend on each other.

When one fails to answer a question in class, the other naturally assumes he could give the answer, instead. The boys think that it doesn’t matter, since they’re twins. But it does, she said.

The class teacher may have been right, but as a parent, I was worried that the separation would affect their emotions and academic performance.

I was wrong—very wrong.

Although there is a unique bond existing between twins, making it wonderful as they grow together, each is whole and complete—thanks to the creative power of an awesome God.

As the boys grew, I recognized their differences in character and personality—just like any parent. Sometimes, I struggled to acknowledge their individual uniqueness, because I wanted them to do things together, since they were twins. That hasn’t always been possible. God has shown me in many ways that each is whole, complete, and unique.

A while ago, God reminded me once more about this wholeness thing. My sons’ program of study included spending a semester abroad in one of the partner universities as exchange students. We prayed for the entire program, but my desire was for them to get offers at the same university; as usual, I wanted them to be together—doing things together. However, that didn’t happen despite much prayer.

Different universities in different countries selected them for the exchange program. I was quite disappointed since I hadn’t anticipated such diversity. Apart from the financial burden it was going to create, I didn’t like the separation.

Out of desperation, I cried out to God, Lord, is this really you—or the enemy? Why did You allow the separation knowing that they were twins?

Then He answered, I created each one of them whole and complete.

He reminded me of His great love and unfailing faithfulness throughout their lives, which spanned more than two decades. Had I forgotten His good deeds so soon?

With that, I rested my case.

Chapter 2 Whole and Complete

Use the talents that you possess; for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.

Author unknown

The word whole is defined as containing all components; complete; not divided or disjointed; in one unit. In wholeness, there is no need for additions—since there are no omissions.

God is whole and complete and in Him, we find our completeness. He designed us whole and complete after His own image and gave us a free will to make choices.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

—GENESIS 1:27

In addition, each one of us is a single being with complete mental and physical faculties, not dependent on another; no one is bound to another functionally.

God created us to relate to and complement one another but not to complete each other—as we sometimes think and act. These biblical truths require revelation to be effective. With that view in mind, we can say that God has placed something in our hands to accomplish His purposes; we possess a divine wholeness to fulfil our assignment here on earth. However, due to the fall, we face opposition that threatens to destroy the fulfilment of those purposes. In order to overcome, we need to be connected to God, the Author of wholeness and completeness.

And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

—COLOSSIANS 2:10

When God asked Moses to go to Egypt and lead the Israelites to freedom, he felt incompetent or incomplete for the enormous task. As a product of the fallen nature, he was bound to face real opposition. Pharaoh was real and so were his strong horsemen.

God showed Moses that the stick in his hand was enough; a wooden shepherd stick became a powerful tool to accomplish extraordinary purposes. The stick saved lives, performed miracles, and fought battles at the command and power of God.

Moses answered, What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD didn’t appear to you? Then the LORD said to him, What is that in your hand?

A staff, he replied.

—EXODUS 4:1-2

But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it."

—EXODUS 4:17

Wholeness is not eloquence, physical strength, colour, appearance, or intellectual knowledge: it’s the inner realisation of the completed work of Jesus Christ, which triumphs over our weaknesses and limitations. There is no wholeness apart from Him (JOHN 15:5).

I was walking on the street several years ago, when I met an old classmate accompanied by a certain man.

May I introduce to you my better half? she asked with a smile, referring to the man beside her.

Pleased to meet you … better half, I said, the last two words sticking out only in my thoughts.

Over the years, other people introduced me to their better halves. Although the phrase refers to married couples, for some reason, I never liked it. Better half seems to suggest that one is incomplete without the other, who’s the better of the two—irrespective of whether it’s the wife or husband—at that particular moment. If that’s correct, it undermines the wholeness of one individual while championing the other; however, this is only a personal opinion based on semantics.

The essence of any good relationship is in its complementary nature. Married couples complement one another, but they don’t make each other whole; each partner is whole—or is ideally supposed to be. Expecting completion from another is inconsistent with God’s design and causes deep relational problems. I’m sure we’re all happy to meet, relate, and even marry complete and whole persons—not halves. Aren’t you?

When we expect others to complete our lives—or make us whole, we miss opportunities to contribute our uniqueness through our talents and gifts. Be it our spouses, family, or friends, depending on them for wholeness robs us of our destiny and burdens the relationship.

It’s also impossible to pursue a fruitful relationship with

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