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Monday, June 22, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Matthew 23: 37
1. We make a decision to do something for God.
2. He shows us the strategy to fulfill the decision.
3. When we flounder, as we often do, we reinforce our decision.
4. God provides the strength to keep going.
"Sometimes sitting with our problems is the best thing we can do. Quick fixes can make things worse. Sometimes, the long way around a problem is the only way around it."
The Spiritual Path to Weight Loss by
Gregory L. Jantz, PhD
Do you need some sitting time? Some quiet time? Some listening to God time?
You know prayer isn't about talking all the time. When does God get a chance?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Forgive me for sending it on. Those who own the book may have just read it, but today, it's on my heart.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Several years ago I took a fiction mentoring class for three days with award-winning Christian author, DiAnn Mills. One lesson focused on symbols. I explained I hated that. She tirelessly tried to convince me of its importance. The next year I took a class from DiAnn at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writing Conference, and I finally got it. Sorry, I was such a hardhead, DiAnn.
In my latest release, Worth Her Weight, food symbolized freedom to my main character. Of course, she learned that freedom only exists through Christ.
Tomorrow is Flag Day in America which gets me to thinking about how symbolism affects our lives. Men and women have died protecting the flag. Because we love America, we handle the flag with care by keeping it off the ground and folding it a certain way. Tomorrow, as flags unfurl across our cities, our minds will think of the United State of America. The flag doesn't become the land mass from "sea to shining sea," nor the great people that live within its boundaries, but we do fly it as a symbol of those things.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
|At Windy Saddle Cafe|
|Archway on downtown Golden street|
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
Giving thousands of dollars or heading up a drive for a charity may attract lots of attention and do good. Big things do help. But, small things done on a daily basis can affect as many lives.
How about ...
Giving a smile to everyone you meet.
Buying a cup of hot chocolate for someone who is cold but can't afford one.
Taking a meal or flowers to a sick person.
Spending valued time visiting an older person who can rarely get out among people.
Sending an apple to your child's teacher, or your Bible teacher.
The Bible tells us to think of others more highly than ourselves. In other words, we must be willing to put ourselves out to help someone else.
Need help yourself?
Focus on others, and God will handle your problems.
One of my favorite New Testament heroes was Barnabas. He never got the glory given to the apostle Paul, but without him, Paul's message could've been stopped. Barnabas was always the encourager, the helper, the peacemaker.
God, help me be more like Barnabas. Show me something I can do to encourage others.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
P. S. Find my impartial book review after I introduce Writing With God's Hope blog followers to Caryl.
I longed to interview you so others could get to know you as I did, so here goes:
If you were a song, what would it be?
But the song I have to choose to be is Andrae Crouch’s To God be the Glory. It embodies what I try to make my whole life about: thanking Him for everything He’s done for me that I did not deserve, but He gave them to me only to show his love for me. As an author, I’ve adopted the life premise: Praying my story gives God glory!
Oh, wow, congratulastion ahead of time, Caryl and Ron.
This is my unsolicited, unbiased review of the above book. What is Biblical fiction anyway?
I love reading the Bible. It's God's guidebook--the Word from God's mouth. This book is many things; poetry, history, memoir, letters, and law, but one thing it is not is fiction.
Because its pages fill with examples of real people, we're given knowledge of how others dealt with similar problems as we do. This scroll could not hold everyone's story in detail, so we only read brief excerpts or scenes of the lives of its heroes, heroines, or villains.
Have you ever wondered about the rest of the story, the part not told? What was it like to be a brother or sister growing up with Jesus? How did Bathsheba adjust to Solomon? Did she love him, hate, or resent him? What was it like to live in the early years after the creation of man when there was no one to marry except your brother or nephew?
That's where Biblical fiction comes in play. A wonderful author, like Caryl McAdoo, reads the Bible story and thinks "what if."
I read her book Then The Deluge Comes. This story traces humankind from the sixth generation through Enoch, Methuselah, and on to the time of Noah and the flood. The book is the sequel to her first one, A Little Lower Than the Angels. Not only does, McAdoo address the idea of marrying your sister, but about what happened to Cain after he killed his brother.
The characters are true-to-life with layers, complications, likes and dislikes as we do today. They coped with the trials and dangers of that time period. They quarreled and loved and hated just like us.
The book gave me new insights into the Old Testament time of Genesis and how then, as well as now, we choose individually whether we will follow God's laws or rebel. I liked the romance between Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and the women Lamech found at God's direction. I loved seeing through Shem's wife, Jemri's eyes the building of the huge boat.
Another interesting factor about this book envisions a parallel universe between mankind and the angels in heaven.
I loved reading Then The Deluge Comes and highly recommend it. Be sure to leave a comment below along with your contact information for a chance to win a free copy of Then The Deluge Comes or the first in the series A Little Lower Than The Angels, your choice if you're the winner.
And, thank you, Caryl, for being my guest. I'm honored.
Don't forget to write a comment below along with contact information for a chance to win one of Caryl's Biblical fiction books. I'll draw names on June 14. Don't delay.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
In Christian Weight Controllers, I was told, "understand that God loves you even when you don't love yourself."
|God helped me lose 95 pounds and keep it off for 18 years. Praise His name.|
God controls the whole earth. He made humans in "His image." He wanted us to give love to Him of our own free will. He desires we follow Him willingly.
Don't fight the facts of nature. Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other--so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life.
Neither do I understand how my husband can eat one bite of candy each day, or forget about it and leave it in his drawer for weeks, while it burns in my brain until I finish the whole package.