That was back in 1980, and since then God has continued fulfilling His plan through my ministry of having over fifty books published and speaking in eight foreign countries and over thirty states. I’m the most shocked person of all, not knowing what He intended and has expanded. I praise God that our daughter whom I abused calls me her best friend and our family is whole (but not perfect!).
What are some of your favorite speaking topics?
One of my favorites is the motives of our hearts. All of us at times wonder, “Why do I keep doing something even though I say I won’t?” Even when we ask for God’s help, it’s hard to take hold of His power. Although I’m still learning, I can share with others how to dissect the intentions of our hearts. By identifying the lies that were birthed because of the wounds of childhood, we begin to distrust God’s love and goodness. We learn to protect ourselves through any variety of sinful strategies. But we can learn instead to respond with the fruit of the Spirit by truly believing God wants our best. Those are the principles my husband, Larry, and I share in Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today.
I have a future book coming out called Pure Hearted: The Blessings of Living Out God’s Glory. It builds on the ideas of the Never Ever… book. My passion is to bring heart transformation within the Body of Christ. We are also lay counselors and speak individually and together.
Kathy, for any of your readers who email me (KathyCollardMiller@gmail.com), I’ll put their name into a drawing that when Pure Hearted is released, I’ll pick one winner to receive one of the first copies off the press—autographed, of course.
Let’s talk about your latest book, which is a women’s Bible study: Whispers of My Heart: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series. Please tell us about it.
I’m very excited this is now available because it’s an expanded and updated version of a women’s study I wrote back in the 1990’s. It’s has ten lessons about prayer with questions and commentary for individuals or groups. Plus, each lesson ends with my signature “Letter from God.”
The series originally had twelve study books and I’m expanding and rewriting each one. Another one is already available on women of the Bible: Choices of the Heart: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series. It also has ten lessons for individuals and groups.
What was the inspiration for them?
In the 1990’s, I had about ten books published, and I’d always wanted to write Bible studies since I taught them in different venues. But I didn’t feel qualified because I didn’t have any formal training like seminary or Bible school. I sent a book proposal for a general women’s Christian Living book to an editor and received back a rejection letter. But in the letter were these words: “We aren’t interested in this idea but we are interested in developing a women’s Bible study series. Would you want to submit some ideas for that?” It seemed like God was opening a huge door wide and I jumped through it before He could close it. <Smile>
I submitted several ideas and they picked out two to start. That was the beginning of the twelve that were written and published over the following several years. They turned out to be hugely popular and even though they are out of print—except for the new re-written ones—I still receive requests for copies. I’m so excited the studies are available again.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m excited that God is always giving me new ideas and usually those ideas are birthed from His own work in my life and in studying the Bible. As a result, over the last several years, I noticed how often God/Jesus asked questions in the Bible. I began to recognize how significant they were in how the questions, often unusual, drew out the motives of the person. For instance, why would Jesus ask a disabled man who had waited by a pool of water for a very long time, “Do you want to get well?” Duh! Why else was he there? But Jesus’ wanted to not just heal the man physically but emotionally and spiritually. In a very near future book I’ll be examining 100 of the questions God and Jesus ask in the Bible. It’ll be in a devotional format. I’m excited about that.
Sounds like a great book! Thank you, Kathy! It’s great to have you back at Divine Detour.
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