Lord, whatever it takes, make me like you!
You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.
At our very core, every one of us is a “twisted siter” within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our good-girl desire to put Jesus first and our bad-girl realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.
In this life-changing book, Joanna Weaver, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate.
With an optional 12 or 14-week Bible study included, Joanna shows how you can find what you long for: hope, healing, wholeness and joy. Having a Mary Spirit will launch you toward lasting personal transformation: soul-deep change that results in a complete makeover – from the inside out.
Also available in Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
I’d actually planned on writing a different book, but no matter how hard I tried it just wouldn’t come. A six-month sabbatical from writing turned into six years of intense writer’s block. Along with that came an intense crucible time in my own personal life. Through a falling-out with some very dear friends, and the removal of man’s approval, God began showing me ugly places in my heart where my flesh had asserted her authority over His. Core issues from my childhood and fault lines in my psyche that left me vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.
Everything finally culminated during a frustrating time in our church building program. It’s then God whispered to my heart, “You’ve got a Martha spirit, Joanna. You’re a good girl wanting to do good things, but you are running ahead of me. You are doing this in your own strength and as a result your work is cloaked in your flesh … and your flesh ain’t that pretty!”
It was a hard truth to hear, but I’ve learned that God only reveals so He can heal. All I have to do is agree with the diagnosis and Dr. Jesus will bring the cure! Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out was birthed out of those difficult six years, and outlines how we can partner with God in the transformation we need.
Looking back, I wouldn’t trade that dark night of my soul for anything in the world. While, like Paul, I have not attained all that I want to be or should be. Yet, thank God, I am no longer what I was. Isn’t it amazing how God takes the very things the enemy means for our destruction and uses them for our construction … the all-important process of making you and I less like us and more like Jesus!