Who would have thunk the golden years would be this full. The long, lonely hours of writing books have been replaced by the exciting opportunities of speaking around the country.
Then all of this is now punctuated by glorious grandma-moments with daughter Betsy’s 3 children half an hour away in Southern Oregon and monthly visits to care for daughter Emily’s new son in Northern CA. Some aspects of grandma-hood however are not for the faint-of-heart as seen in this short video clip.
Dear God, keep this grandma strong for the climb!
As the summer temperatures top 100 this killer-July in southern Oregon, I am cooled by an eyelet-clad doll standing on a shelf in my office.
She was a gift designed and created by a dear lady in a retirement home where I spoke not too long ago.
Two things about this little Judy doll touch my heart.
Yes, it’s true I have no physical legs, but thankfully, God has crafted me strong spiritual limbs, that run others right into His presence as I distribute my three books and give speeches to young and old.
And my kewpie doll’s blond curls validate Psalm103:5b from the Message Bible: You’re always young in His presence. (A promise that I value more and more!)
Grateful am I, this hot day, for the wise octogenarian, who is now with the Lord, who gave me a tangible reminder of how cool God’s love is.
And I’m claiming God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4 to turn down the heat on the aging process: Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you. (Amplified Bible)
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“To God be the Glory, great things He hath done…”
My spirit is singing these words loud and clear!
However, saying “yes” to a book in one’s belly is not for sissies. Writing then rewriting ad infinitum, then editing and reediting and reediting again seemed endless. But thankfully Jehovah Raah’s cheers (raah, raah, raah!) kept this old lady going. What a relief to know the Lord as the Author and Finisher and me as His scribe. Then came the glorious day. . .
Pinch me, graphic designer Naphy! Are we really across the finish line? Twice we thought we were there, then the finish line moved! But the third time this mother-daughter team submitted the manuscript to www.Createspace.com was a win. Thank You, Lord!
You’ll meet some new participants in this book:
Used in conjunction with the Living in the Names of God chapter book, this companion Bible Study will take you beyond my personal experiences with God into the lives of biblical characters and – even better – into your own life. As you honestly and prayerfully work through the questions, you will discover God’s involvement in your life in ways you never realized before.
The lessons are designed for individual and/or group study and are appropriate for the following:
Along with the new book I am always available to speak (truly I am a speaker first, then a writer). I have given Names of God talks in several churches already and just this weekend conducted the first Living in the Names of God Ladies Retreat (men would have enjoyed it too). Together we chronicled our spiritual journeys by identifying which names of God met us along the way.
My prayer is that learning to know God on a first-name basis will ignite an ever-deepening love affair between you and the One whose grandeur requires oh-so-many names. Now let your God hunt begin: Let those on the hunt for You – sing and celebrate. (Psalm 70:4 MSG)
So without further ado – here is my new book!
Living in the Names of God Bible Study is available on Amazon. A Kindle version will be available soon!
Living in the names of God describes my life these days as I focus on finishing the Companion Guide/Bible Study to Living in the Names of God. Eighteen Hebrew names of our mighty God are dancing around in my head so that I see Him more than ever in Christmas sermons and music. In Isaiah’s 9:6 and in Handel’s Messiah I detect the presence of El Gibbor (Mighty God) and El Olam (Eternal Father) and Jehovah Shalom (Prince of Peace).
Yes, the Lord liveth and blesses us with His presence. Oh the joy of meeting Him in the dailies and growing in our understanding of Who He is, how He wants to be known and what He wants to do in our lives.
Speaking of growing, I have a growing collection of items containing the Hebrew names that I love:
That’s my update. Now what about you? Have you discovered your favorite name of God yet? Where have you encountered Him this year? I’d love to hear how God has become more personal in your life thanks to His many names.
I’ll keep you posted when in 2014 the Companion Guide/Bible Study is available. My prayer is that it increases your awareness of your Ever-present Companion who longs for you to trust Him in the tough times and thank Him when the good times roll. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see You.
Haven’t gotten the book yet. It’s available through Amazon.
Just wanted to make a special announcement:
Living in the Names of God is
now available as an eBook on
Amazon Kindle for $3.99.
You can purchase it here.
Is it Christmas? But it’s August…
Here I am in the midst of Oregon’s 2013 record-breaking heat wave, and I’m hearing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus as I hug my first copy of my new book Living in the Names of God. Handel’s Messiah provides the perfect musical backdrop for this new book about His Majesty and Me – a book about 18 Old Testament names of God that find their fulfillment in the New Testament’s Messiah, Jesus Christ.
But don’t get scared, Living in the Names of God, is not a heavy-duty book on theology. It’s God’s names and attributes wrapped in autobiography stories about how God has shown up and saved my day again and again for the past twenty years.
“How did I pick the topic?” a friend asked. My answer, “It picked me.” Read Chapter 1 His Majesty and Me: How My Love Affair Began below and see how God met me, a woman, a wife, a mom, a grandma, an individual walking on artificial limbs or wheeling in my wheelchair.
His Majesty and Me
How My Love Affair Began
*Excerpted from Living in the Names of God by Judy Squier Copyright © 2013 by Judy Squier. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
You just read the introduction, which is followed by eighteen more chapters, one for each of God’s Hebrew names. You’ll learn what the name means, something about its context in Scripture and you’ll discover how knowing God through that name can transform your everyday life. For example: Do you feel inadequate for life’s challenges? Let me introduce you to El Shaddai, the God whose supply exceeds life’s demands. Do you keep coming up short? Meet El Elyon – the God who gives height and dignity to our low places. Are you overcome with that sinking feeling? Then it’s time you make the acquaintance of Adonai Tsuri – the Rock-Solid God who makes us unshakeable.
Soon to follow will be a Bible Study (coming early 2014) for those who want to go deeper. I was working on it recently while on an Alaskan cruise with our family.
My prayer is that you, the reader of Living in the Names of God will experience your own love affair with our unfathomable God whose many names will help you begin to fathom the depths of His person. As you learn His titles, may you begin to recognize His presence in new ways – in songs on Sunday mornings, in daily events and in life’s drama. Expect to hear yourself utter worshipful whoops, “It’s You, Lord.”
I welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing which of God’s names are your favorites and how He, through one name or another, has shown up in your own story. Seeing the Lord in our every day evokes Glory-Hallelujahs, so let’s join our voices together no matter what month it is.
Living in the Names of God
Available on Amazon
“Power comes to its full strength in weakness, the Bible says, and Judy makes that truth visible. She lives her life in and through her Lord and His many names.”
– Elisabeth Elliot Gren, Author & Speaker
I can’t imagine my life as Mrs. David Squier nor mother to Emily, Betsy Boop and Naphtalie without the radio broadcasts of Dr. James Dobson, America’s family counselor. How many of us were empowered in our quest to become Godly men and women, husbands and wives and Godly parents – thanks to Dr. Dobson’s daily interviews of people of faith in all walks of life? All the kids in Portola Valley, California knew silence was enforced at the Squier House twice a day – first for Dr. Dobson and then for Paul Harvey.
But then one day about three years ago Jim Dobson disappeared. Tuning into Focus on the Family, I discovered another Jim was broadcasting in his place.
I’m happy to report Dr. Dobson has been found. We saw him alive and well, stronger than ever, as David and I joined 40 other couples for a Valentine’s weekend in Palm Springs, California. The event was hosted by the entire Dobson family and the staff for a ministry called FamilyTalk, which was birthed the day after Focus on the Family retired their founder in 2010.
FamilyTalk airs throughout the week for half hour interviews and is hosted by Dr. Dobson (www.drjamesdobson.org) and co-hosted by his son Ryan and Luanne Crane. The program can be found on 1100 stations throughout the country. (Check the above website) If your town doesn’t yet carry it, you can listen by downloading from Dr. Dobson’s website and click on BROADCASTS (top middle of the screen).
In addition to the beloved radio programs, Dr. Dobson and his staff are tackling the formidable assignment of converting his 40 years of timeless wisdom into the largest, searchable library of family resources ever created using today’s technology. Our computer-savvy children and grandchildren will soon be able to access sound Judeo Christian answers to their endless questions about marriage, family and culture.
Furthermore FamilyTalk expects to complete a brand new eight part film series in 2013 called Building a Family Legacy. Who of us doesn’t remember the Turn Your Hearts Toward Home series in the 80’s, which was viewed by eighty million Americans, one third of the population in the United States?
One more thing: Be sure and get your copy of Dr. Dobson and co-author Kurt Bruner’s first book in a three part series: Fatherless is a novel which vividly imagines a future thirty years down the road in which present-day cultural trends come to sinister fruition. Chapter One is a grabber as we read about the young disabled man being transitioned (a euphemism for euthanized). Why? To relieve his family and his society of any physical, emotional and financial burden. OUCH!Fatherless is available in bookstores now or on the Amazon: https://amzn.to/3LSU3Qw
The Squiers left the conference inspired anew by 77 year old Dr. Dobson and his undying commitment to America’s families and to the Judeo-Christian foundation on which our nation was built.
We want to add our names and our resources as one of the 10,000,000 families who FamilyTalk seeks to impact in the next 1000 days.
Now that you, too, know where Dr. Dobson is, here is his contact information if you desire to companion with him to strengthen crumbling marriages, provide resources for stressed families, to speak into our declining culture, to spread the life-changing and nation-changing gospel of Jesus Christ:
Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk,
540 Elkton Drive, Suite 201
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
After 33 years of the Squier Christmas photo cards, our Thanksgiving photo shoot was pre-empted by the birth of a new grandson, Nico Christian. Yes, Elizabeth and Beau are busy parents and Granny Goose (Judy) and Pops (David) love having their family nearby. We see our other daughters and their spouses during frequent trips to the SF Bay Area. And in between Judy is busy writing another book while David catches up on some of the things he missed during 40 years at Lockheed.
Above photo from left to right: Judy, David, Emily, Jeremy, Beau & Elizabeth with Luka, Brianna, and a newborn Nico, Naphy & Andrew.
Celebrating 2 Births in 2012 – Nico & Jesus!
Topping the Squier’s Thank You list is what our Savior Jesus accomplished on the old rugged cross! Our sins’s crimson stain, He Washed white as snow. . .
Happy Thanksgiving from the Squier Family!
Regarding the photo: David added the cross to the Sheep’s Rest landscape last year at Judy’s request. Amy Mayfield caught the picture with the red leaves flowing down like Christ’s crimson blood! What a Savior!
JUDY SQUIER has authored His Majesty in Brokenness, Living in the Names of God and the Living in the Names Bible Study. Husband David and she have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Never did Mr. and Mrs. Squier dream that their long-awaited golden wedding anniversary would coincide with David’s memorial service. Judy resides in southern Oregon, alone, yet not alone. Thanks to the Good Shepherd!