Archives for November 2013

Anticipating God

Tara Alemany, Author and Speaker

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jerermiah 29:11

As believers, we strive every day to find God’s will for our life and to remain within it. Some days, we do better than others.

It’s easy to think, if we know God’s will for our life, we know where he’s taking us. But that’s not always the case.

When Jesus was in The Garden of Gethsemane, he knew where the Lord was leading him. And he knew that path led to the cross. But he’s one of the few examples we’re given in the Bible where the outcome was as expected.

When Abraham took Isaac to Mt. Moriah, he expected to sacrifice his son there. It seemed inevitable that it was where God’s will was leading. (Gen. 22)

When God told Gideon to tell all of his soldiers who were afraid to go home before the battle with Midian, I’m sure it seemed like God was setting Gideon up to lose. Yet when God told Gideon to test the men and only keep those who lapped water like a dog, Gideon obeyed. It was where God’s path was leading him, and it seemed that path led to certain destruction. (Judges 7) [Read more…]

Do the Holidays Get You Down?

Tara Alemany, Author and Speaker

This is a repost from my company’s website, Aleweb Social Marketing. In the interest of getting the word out to as many people as possible, I wanted to share this here as well.

Two years ago, I was sitting at the Thanksgiving table feeling resentful because no one else seemed to get how much pain I was in. I wasn’t thankful. I didn’t want to celebrate. Less than a month before, I’d found out that my fiancé was dead.

Yet, because I was always the hostess, the expectation was that I would be fine doing with everything this year too. I wasn’t! I was hurting. I’d lost someone I loved less than a month before, and was still waiting to be able to bury him.

But it wasn’t just Frank’s death that overwhelmed me. It was coming this close to my dream of having someone to share my life with after so long spent alone, and having it snatched away. I was dealing with grief, feelings of betrayal, hurt that loved ones just didn’t seem to understand, confusion, and so much more.

Maybe you know someone who is hurting over the loss of a loved one right now, or that is struggling with some other loss. Or perhaps you know someone who needs to escape the trap of shame, low self-esteem, abuse, poor health or other seemingly insurmountable challenges?

It’s a lonely and debilitating place to be.

And it’s why I created The Survivors Summit. Our speakers have been there. We’ve faced hard times and challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time. Yet, each one of us not only survived, but thrived afterward.

The Survivors Summit - speaker line-up

We want to use our stories to bring hope and inspiration to those who are hurting, especially at this time of year.

Here’s a special resources page that includes important information, sample tweets, as well as posts for Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

Would you be willing to help get the word out? You can share the website privately with people you know could use it, or you can grab what you like from the resources page and spread it all over your social networks. Whatever feels best for you!

If you have a mailing list, I’ll be adding a sample e-mail as well that you can alter as you’d like.

If you’re a blogger or podcaster and want to conduct an interview before The Summit, contact us and we’ll connect you with the right people.

There’s a special discount code that will work only for the first 50 registrations. When they order their tickets or replays, have them enter “first50” as the discount code, and they’ll save 20% of whatever it is that they bought.

It would mean a lot to me if you would support me in promoting The Survivors Summit.