Giveaway Winners Announcement: Rivera has graciously offered to give away 2 extra copies of her book, so we have 3 winners this week!
Congratulations to: Marcia ~ Debbie ~ Paula. You will be notified via email for confirmation. Thanks to everyone else from leaving such wonderful comments. Rivera and I have prayed over each request.
I’m so excited to introduce you to my good friend, Rivera Douthit.
I’ve known Rivera for years and can tell you she’s the real deal. Rivera’s love for Jesus is contagious and she just released her first book, Intimacy, which reveals the true meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today I’m giving away a free copy of Rivera’s book and asked her to share with us how God called her to write Intimacy.
We all desire it. Guess what. God does too! With us! He created us to need to be seen, known, and understood. Intimate moments with God: seeing Him seeing us, hearing Him clearly, and a deeper understanding of His love and who we are in Him, fuel the fire of intimacy in our earthly relationships.
The greatest rest, confidence, ministry and relationships flow out of that secret place with Him.
How do we get there? If you’re like me, you don’t want another list to check. We already have enough of those. God invites us to stop doing and just be.
Three years ago, God confirmed He wanted me to write a book but didn’t give me details. After months of striving to create an idea that I thought would sell and attending numerous writer’s conferences, God assured me that I was already writing parts of my book. He wanted me to rest in His plan. He showed me my journey with Him in writing would probably look different than most. I surrendered and sat the book down for over a year—waiting to hear from Him.
Last summer, it was finally time. I asked, “Lord if the time is now, what do You want me to write? What is already in my writing that you want included in a book?”
Soon after, I woke up in the night to Him saying, “Intimacy.” Then I heard, “into me You see. I see you Rivera. People need to know they are seen and loved and wanted, first by Me, then by others. I want them to really know Me and not the religion of going through the motions. The only way they can know real intimacy is to know it with Me first.” I wrote these words down.
The next day, without knowing anything about God’s words to me, my best friend posted on Instagram. Her hashtags were #intimacy #intomeyousee. I knew God was confirming His direction for the book.
After praying for a specific deadline, God said Christmas. I thought this seemed a little impossible, but if it’s what He wanted, I was willing to at least try. Once I said yes to Him, anything and everything tried to prevent me from writing with focus, including the passing of two of my close friends within days of one another.
By November, I only had two chapters written. Discouraged, I told my husband, “This whole writing thing is impossible. There’s no way I’m going to get this book written by Christmas. I can’t do this. I give up!” He was stunned and silenced.
Later that day a friend called and gave me a Word the Lord had given her to speak over me. She said, “God’s saying ‘Arise.’ It’s from Isaiah 60:1-5. Maybe you know what this means.”
I responded, “I’m pretty sure He’s telling me to get over myself, rise up, and do what He’s asking me to do.”
The same night, I was reading in Nehemiah 6 where the enemies of Nehemiah were trying to get him off the wall around Jerusalem. They didn’t want Him to successfully rebuild the wall, so they sent messengers to attempt to prevent, distract, and destroy God’s mission. Nehemiah refused to come down from building the wall.
God was telling me to stay focused and learn say “No.”
Toward the end of chapter 6, the wall around Jerusalem was completed in record time—52 days—and the enemies of God stood in awe. They knew God Himself had rebuilt the wall.
Holy Spirit said, “Rivera, count the days till Christmas.” I counted, and it was 52 days exactly. I knew God was promising, if I would do my part and lean into Him, the book would be written.
As I wrote each day I prayed for manna, “Give only what I need for this day God.” Groups of prayer warriors prayed alongside me. The book was written consecutively: chapter one, two, three, four, and so on. I wrote the last paragraph on Christmas Eve.
Intimacy is not a “how to” book, it is a personal journey of the heart. It’s an invitation to lay down religion and preconceived ideas about God and enter into a deep, meaningful relationship with the Lover of our souls.
Thank you, Rivera, for sharing your story with us!
To enter the drawing leave a comment below sharing how your relationship with Jesus is different now than it was a year ago. How has it changed? Or, does it seem the same.
To connect with Rivera and order her new book just go to www.RiveraDouthit.com