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was born and raised in the South. She met the love of her life
at Clemson University and together they are Tiger fans through and through!
She now lives in the North just outside of DC.
Lindsey loves Spring and Summer – she is just not a fan of blizzards.Warm weather also means she gets to enjoy family beach trips,
great cookouts and time on the back deck, reading a good book
in the sunshine (when she can), a glass of local wine because
they have several great wineries around nearby,
and watching her boys play in the backyard.Her heart’s desire for you to know just how much you are loved by God.
You are not alone in this journey – He loves you!
The Cafe congratulates Lindsey
on the recent release of her first book titled
45 Days of Prayer: A Prayer Guide & Journal.
Here is a brief overview in her own words,
How would things change if we gathered together to pray?
What if we gathered together to pray for specific topics at the same time?
Can you imagine what the outcomes would be?
45 Days of Prayer is a prayer guide and journal
that will help you do just that.
It is designed to give the opportunity to pray in a group
or by yourself over 45 topics for 45 days!
Each day of prayer gives you a place to write your own prayer down
as well so that you can look back and see how God is working.
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with Lindsey Smith
to dive deeper into the story behind 45 Days of Prayer.
Enjoy her answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
Today’s 7 Questions
LifeLetter Cafe: What were the driving factors that led you to write this book? Lindsey Smith: Originally, the 45 days of prayer topics for this book were going to be used for my website Learning Grace Thru Motherhood. Yet, the Lord had other plans for it. He kept putting on my heart to turn it into something more than several posts on my website. I felt lost at where to even start with a book, yet God put certain people in my path to openly start talking to me about self-publishing a book. From there, it seemed that doors kept opening and it became more clear that I should write a book, so this brought me to where I am today with 45 Days of Prayer.
LifeLetter Cafe: You talk about “experiencing the power of God” – what are the most predominant factors that cause us to miss out on this?
Lindsey Smith: I think that in the world we live in, it has become too noisy. Let’s be honest, we are always within reach of technology and people can be always within reach of us, just by the push of a button. We are constantly connected. We struggle to put technology aside and actually have a conversation. I think this is where most of us miss out. There are too many distractions pulling us away from praying or having our quiet times or even having a conversation with the person sitting right in front of us. These are the factors I believe play the biggest role in having us miss out on a real relationship with God and miss seeing the power of prayer.
LifeLetter Cafe: What have been your greatest challenges in terms of developing a personal prayer life?
Lindsey Smith: For me, the biggest distractions is the one that I listed above. Technology. It is constantly notifying you to pick it up! From notifications on social media, news outlets, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc., smart phones beep and let us know that someone wants something, that someone liked or commented on our photos, or a news story just appeared. This can be the hardest thing to steer away from. No wonder the younger generations of today struggle with relationships – they have access to everything at their fingertips – literally! This is also my struggle and one that can keep me away from my quiet time. I try to make it a point to have my quiet time in the mornings and not pick up my phone during this time. I usually leave it in another room from where I’m having my quiet time. It lets me have a quiet time at least until the kids get up.
LifeLetter Cafe: What are your primary goals for 45 Days of Prayer? What should readers expect?
Lindsey Smith: My primary goal for 45 Days of Prayer is that it gets into the hands of the person who needs it the most. My heart truly believes that there are some people who need to read this book to draw them closer to Jesus. I know as a mother that sometimes with all the to-do lists in our heads, the kids running around, and the messy house in front of us, that we get too distracted and feel lost for what to even pray for. The goal of the book was to have a topic to just be able to sit down and pray about for the day and to give people a space to write their own prayer down, which I found has helped me remain focused and not get distracted. I also hope readers gather a group of family or friends to take the #45daysofprayerchallenge together for 2 reasons – to hold one another accountable and also to have multiple voices raised up to our Heavenly Father.
What can readers expect? They will see a short introductory section of what prayer is about, followed by 45 days of topics to pray over, with Bible verses to pray through and a prayer to help them get started, followed by a blank journal to write on.
“I can attest that when
we take a complete step of faith and trust,
that even when our prayer is not answered,
He is doing something good in us.”
– Lindsey Smith
LifeLetter Cafe: What is your message to those who feel God has let them down – even after a season of heartfelt prayer?
Lindsey Smith: I can answer this from the pain felt in the past. I remember praying for my best friends mother to be healed after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember being so happy when she went into remission, only to have that happiness shattered when it came back and had metastasized. When she passed away during my senior year of high school, I remember thinking – how could a loving God take away my friend’s m? I didn’t understand why a loving God would allow people to walk through so much pain after the loss of a dear one.
So I became angry at Him and walked away from my faith for about 7 years. I did what I wanted to do when I went to college and even after graduating until one day all that anger and bitterness hit a wall and the floodgates opened. Of course, the Lord wasn’t surprised by any of this. He knew my heart, saw my pain that I tried running away from, but yet just like the Prodigal Son returning home to His Father, feeling ashamed and guilty for what He had done, the story says – “…the Father ran to Him”, and that is what my Heavenly Father did. God rejoiced over me, He celebrated at my homecoming and since that day He has continued to work in me.
My Father has drawn me close to Him by giving my heart joy that could not be fulfilled by the things of this world, that previously had only left me disappointed in the end. He has never let me down and never will let me down. It was only the sin of this world that let me down. It was never His plan for any pain to enter his creation, but yet when Eve took the bite of fruit in the garden – sin, sickness, and evil entered into God’s perfect Creation.
If you have felt let down by God, I promise you He can never let you down. His character is one of love and that can’t change because without it, God would not be God. It is in His nature to love, it is who He is. Yet our hearts can feel that way anyways when our prayers don’t turn out the way we want them to. You have to be willing to step out in faith and willing to put complete trust in our Savior. I can attest that when we take a complete step of faith and trust, that even when our prayer is not answered, He is doing something good in us. I don’t think we will always know the reason until the day we meet Jesus, but I do know that it is for our good.
LifeLetter Cafe: Talk about how God has revealed Himself to you through persistence in prayer?
Lindsey Smith: When we take the time to build a relationship with someone, it is then that they start revealing to you things about themselves that you didn’t know before. To me, that is how my relationship has been with my Heavenly Father. As I started to spend time with Him, the more I learned about Him and His character, the more I felt like He heard my heart. Those silent moments you have when you feel like the Holy Spirit speaks truth to you or whispers to you things you need to hear at that moment, or when I was spending time in His word, it felt like He was speaking off the pages. This is the power of our God! He speaks to us through the pages of His Word, even though it was written thousands of years ago, because it is God-breathed. He also reveals Himself through the Holy Spirit, which if we believe in Him, comes to live within us to help guide and lead us.
This is what happened to me. The more time I spent with Him through prayer and reading His Word, the more I felt His presence throughout my day. When the Lord drew me back to Him, it took some time, but I had a desire to know more about Him. I was eager to open my Bible to read it and started to pray, yet I often struggled because I would get distracted or my mind would start wondering. It wasn’t until I started writing down my prayers that I really felt like my prayers started to improve and I wasn’t as distracted. It has since become a habit or part of my quiet time – that I write down my prayers, which in turn has helped me become more persistent in praying. It also brings me to tears looking back at my prayers and seeing them answered months or even years later, or even to see how God was working on my heart.
LifeLetter Cafe: OK – please share a favorite “moment” or chapter from your book… and tell us what comes next for you as a writer?
Lindsey Smith: I think my favorite part of the book is when I talk about confessing your sins before God in the opening of the book. It was during the writing of this book that a Pastor came and spoke to our church about grace and addressed how believers often come before the Father confessing their sins first, and then feel condemned at how awful sinners they are. He then continued to say that instead of confession first, we ought to go before the Father thanking Him for all that He has done for us. This approach turns the attention away from us and onto the Savior who died and stands in front of us, so that we can approach the throne of grace. I think that was an ‘ah ha’ moment for me and so I felt led to put it in my book.
What is next? I want to continue to write books, and also posts for my website Learning Grace Thru Motherhood. I feel led to turn the 45 Days of Prayer into a series of books, but focus on different areas, such as praying for your husband, kids, etc. Yet, we will see what the Lord has in store. I also have Bible Studies that I post on my website, with one coming out this summer on the book of 1 John.