In Others’ Words: Guest Post by Debut Author Jill Kemerer (and Giveaway)

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“God had sent her what she’d been too afraid to ask for.” ~ Small-Town Bachelor by Jill Kemerer

Do you ever get excited about something only to chastise yourself that it’s impossible? It seems so far out of your reach, you won’t even consider it.We think we don’t deserve wonderful surprises, so we tuck the dream away. We don’t pray about it. Instead, we ask God for smaller things.

Unfortunately, I do this all too often.Silly, huh? I read the Bible every day and pray. The Bible is full of miracles. It’s also full of God’s love. So why do we assume God doesn’t want to give us something utterly amazing? Why are we so willing to give up on big dreams without even asking for them?

In my book, Small-Town Bachelor, Claire has convinced herself she’ll be content with her life if she gets hired at the zoo. There is nothing wrong with going after a dream job.The problem? She really wants a man who loves her and puts her first, but she doesn’t believe he exists. She doesn’t pray about this dream. She tucks it away. It’s just too big.

Here’s the thing. God wants us to pray for what we want. He loves listening to our prayers, wants to hear all about our biggest dreams. When you take the leap and pray for something impossible, you start to see it through God’s lens. The more you pray about it, the more possible it becomes.

Like any good parent, God surprises us. Sometimes He answers the prayers we’re too afraid to ask. Because He loves us. We have a good God.

In Others’ Words: Do you ever limit your prayers to the possible?

**I loved reading Jill’s debut novel! I have an extra copy to give away to one commentor — so be sure to join the conversation today!**


Jill Kemerer About Jill ~

Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.

Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website and find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Small-Town Bachelor ~

A Place to Call Home  Small-Town-Bachelor-Cover-small

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…

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  1. April 10, 2015, 5:04 am   /  Reply

    Hi Jill,

    You’re right. God wants to delight us. I’ve started praying big recently for a dream of mine. Thanks for the reminder it’s okay to pray for our dreams.

    I’m so excited about your book. Congratulations! I’d love to be included in the drawing.

    I hope you and Beth have a great weekend!

  2. April 10, 2015, 5:21 am   /  Reply

    Thank you so much, Jackie! I’m smiling big over here that you are praying for BIG things!! Bless you!!

    Beth, thank you so much for hosting me today!!

  3. Deanna S
    April 10, 2015, 7:44 am   /  Reply

    I’d enjoy reading this! I don’t limit my prayers. If it’s big enough to be a concern, it’s big enough to pray about. Big, small, He listens to all… 🙂

    • April 10, 2015, 11:36 am   /  Reply

      Wonderful!! Go you!! “Big, small, He listens to all” What a great way to look at it!

  4. April 10, 2015, 8:00 am   /  Reply

    Jill: Thank you for sharing this posting. I often have difficulty praying BIG! I really liked what you wrote here: “God wants us to pray for what we want. He loves listening to our prayers, wants to hear all about our biggest dreams. When you take the leap and pray for something impossible, you start to see it through God’s lens. The more you pray about it, the more possible it becomes.”

    Inspiring for sure!

    • April 10, 2015, 11:38 am   /  Reply

      A. Catlin, I’ve struggled to pray for the impossible many times. Hey, I struggle to pray for the little things when I’m down! But the Bible is so clear about God wanting to hear our problems, our hopes, our dreams! He loves us!

  5. Gail Hollingsworth
    April 10, 2015, 8:05 am   /  Reply

    I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of the areas hit by an F5 tornado on April, 27, 2011. Some areas in our city have still not recovered completely. Your book, Jill, sounds like one I’d like to read. Please add me to the drawing.
    I too, seem to limit my prayers at times. But we serve a BIG God who,is waiting only for us to ask for what we desire. But not all that we ask is what’s best for us or what He desires for us.
    My future daughter-in-law has a very important job interview today, please pray that she does her very best interview and for good results.

    • April 10, 2015, 8:10 am   /  Reply

      I’m so sorry you experienced an F5, Gail. How horrible! My daughter and I were trapped on the highway last night while tornado sirens went off. It was scary. I’m so glad our town wasn’t hit, but my heart is breaking for all those people in Illinois. I will pray for you future DIL right now!!

  6. Abby Breuklander
    April 10, 2015, 8:23 am   /  Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I can’t tell you how much I needed this today! I need to stop thinking that He couldn’t possibly be able to surprise me beyond my wildest dreams….He’s proven that He absolutely can!!

    • April 10, 2015, 11:39 am   /  Reply

      Abby, my daughter and I were talking about this very thing all week. How hard it is to just trust He can surprise us and wants to!

  7. April 10, 2015, 2:34 pm   /  Reply

    Beth: This is a great -sounding book.Thank you for having Jill on your blog.

    Jill: This sounds like such a good story, I wish you well with it.

    • April 10, 2015, 4:25 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you so much, Cecelia! That means a lot to me!

  8. Connie R.
    April 10, 2015, 3:48 pm   /  Reply

    Sometimes I pray for the impossible, but I think I pray without faith that it will take place. I know that God is able to do anything, but I don’t think what I pray for is important enough for His consideration, I guess.

    • April 10, 2015, 4:26 pm   /  Reply

      Connie, I do that too sometimes. We’re not perfect. That’s okay. But we are important in God’s eyes–so much more than we can imagine! Keep praying!

  9. Deanne Patterson
    April 10, 2015, 8:40 pm   /  Reply

    I sometimes struggle with feeling I am not important enough to pray big. Thank you for your encouraging words. As one of God’s children I am worthy and I know he hears all of our concerns big and small. I will keep praying. Please enter me in the draw, the book looks like a great read.

    Deanne Patterson [email protected]

    • April 13, 2015, 7:36 am   /  Reply

      Deanne, I understand, and I love what you said about being worthy! Yes! We are worthy–because we’re His!!

  10. Linda Kish
    April 11, 2015, 8:59 pm   /  Reply

    I don’t pray all of the time and when I do, I don’t think I have ever asked for anything for myself. I don’t know that I ask for anything for myself from anyone really. Is that odd?

    • April 13, 2015, 7:40 am   /  Reply

      Linda, it sounds as though you’re a very generous person. I hope you’ll try praying for yourself, too. God wants YOUR prayers! Give your problems and dreams to Him!

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