Dear Readers, Patsy is in a Ladies’ Life Group that I visited earlier this year. When I found out about her book, it really caught my interest. I knew I had to tell y’all about it.
Welcome, Patsy. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I love to have fun, play games, eat good food, spend time with family and friends, and team up with God.
Tell us about your family.
I met my husband, Mike, when I was attending college at
. We’ve been
married for 46 years now—hard to believer—and have three amazing children. When
my children married, our family expanded to 6 children, because I consider my
new in-law children to be as amazing as my biological ones. We have 6
grandchildren—2 boys and 4 girls. With the oldest being 7, they are truly
inspiring, unique, and challenging! Tulane
Have you written other nonfiction books?
No. This is the maiden voyage.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I’m thinking about it. God continues to give me these one-liners, and so far I’ve compiled almost enough for another book. I am very open to the idea of another book and to blogging.
Good. What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to landscape, remodel, build, decorate, cook, and travel.
Why did you write the featured book?
I never set out to be a writer. I was an art major and then got my Masters in
education administration. Life brings challenges, and I was desperate for
answers. I didn’t have to be a brain surgeon to realize that God knew more than
I did, and He had all the answers, so I started asking Him questions. My Mom
always encouraged me and my siblings to ask questions and to speak up. Well, I
started getting these one-liners because I guess God knows that I’m a
bullet-type of person—a bottom-liner. With these revelations from God, my life
changed and became rich and full. As I would share them with others, I would
always see their eyes light up, and then their lives started to change for the
better. I got a lot of encouragement from friends who kept telling me that I
needed to write these in a book. I knew that I needed to share them with a
larger audience, and voila! The book!
God will use other people to nudge us to do what He wants us to. What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want them to know how personal God is, and how much He loves each and every one of us. He wants to be our friend, to talk with us and us with Him, to walk with us through life, to give us peace and joy, purpose and destiny. These One Liners from God helped me in that process and on my journey. I know they can help others in their process and on their journey.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Yes, read the book and reread it. I find that over and over again, the truths that God gave me brought about personal transformation, more than just more information. I know that by becoming more and more familiar with the profound simplicity of what God shared with me, our emotions will begin to default to the truth that’s in our heads.
Please give us the first page or two from the book.
Employment with Benefits
Times were tough for our family of 5 in the 1980’s. We not only didn’t have an abundance of money, but we were in a cash flow crunch as well. I remember having to put two weekly paychecks together to make our house payment of approximately $425.00. The $300.00 my husband brought home every Friday was his gross salary. No income taxes and no social security were deducted. During the week (from one Friday to the next Friday) we could spend no money other than use our gas credit card if we needed to fill up the cars. Health insurance? What was health insurance? We didn’t even know we needed health insurance!
It seemed that there was always something that the kids just wanted to get when we went out shopping. I remember dreading the inevitable “lane of death.” That would be the section of the grocery store that surrounds you and pulls the very life out of mothers as they wait in line to check out. The zone where the imaginations of children run wild with the expected tastes of candy, the latest cheap toy that falls apart when you look at it, and the pencils and pens with “Cinderella, Bugs Bunny, or The Incredible Hulk” on top, all brightly colored and embellished with feathers and “gems.” I would always tell them that we “couldn’t afford it.” To sum it up, I had a fear of lack, and I was afraid to dole out one penny that we didn’t need to spend.
Years dragged on with not a lot of change in sight. Thank God that my husband was the one who decided to faithfully tithe. We held onto the fact of “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:37-39). We may not have had carpet in our house for awhile, but all the kids in the neighborhood enjoyed skating on our cement floors, and we never missed a meal or a mortgage payment. God was faithful, but the true sense of God’s richness and prosperity I had not yet experienced.
The Lord in His wisdom began to show me that my fear of lack was like a net that caught the blessings that were continually coming from heaven, to be diverted from me. He also began to show me that it was the Provider, and not the provision that was important, and as the years went by, there was a change in my life from knowing “about God” to really beginning to know Him as a person and my best friend. My focus became one of connection with Him instead of the manifestation of His provision. I started to diligently seek to be one with the Lord and to live in the moment with Him.
Over time things began to change. Our marriage began to be enriched, our children began to get established in their lives and their own relationships with God, and the monetary provision just kind of crept in on the coattails. It was through experiencing God Himself that our lives became rich in all areas. After all, where God is, there will also be the true riches of life which are embodied in Christ (Ephesians 3:8).
And so I found myself driving back home from
after helping a dear friend with her daughter’s wedding. I didn’t just think it
would be nice to help; I was compelled to make the trip to assist her. I knew
that’s where God was, and what He was doing. We (God and I) were one in this—a
team so to speak. Noticing that I was low on gas, I pulled into the service
station and prepared to fill the tank. As I swiped the credit card at the pump
not thinking about the money that it took to make the purchase, I remembered
the times that we could barely make ends meet monetarily. At that moment I was
so overwhelmed with the goodness of God, and His faithfulness, for He had
indeed blessed us beyond measure.
“Oh Lord,” I said, “thank you so much for providing the money for the gas so that I could make this trip to help with the wedding!”
Immediately I heard this response,
“I always pay my employees’ expenses!”
I love that, Patsy. Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
They can find me at http://patsymathieumoore.com/
Thank you, Patsy, for sharing this with us. I’m looking forward to reading the whole book. I have it, but I’ve had a couple of really busy weeks. Things are settling down now, and I’ll start it tomorrow.
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