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Unnecessary Pain

Across the bordered line of emotion, beneath the settled pain, in his heart lies an evil easily swayed towards destruction, and ready to be seduced by pain.

This evil, better known as the master’s dragon, is supposedly under lock and key; quietly serving a life sentence of memories while waiting for the moment of rejuvenation.

Yet the dragon would be nil were it not for the master who constantly fuels the fire of which it breathes.

Who constantly remembers the pain of a past that’s been allowed a space, though dark is this place, in his heart.

Then enters a light – just a flicker at first, and the dragon’s pace quickens as its master recalls the hurt.

But The Light grows brighter, and It does not burn. And to feel It warms his soul – for this light is Jesus Christ.

And He has not come empty-handed.

Nay, He is heavily equipped with love.

So, with one painless thrust, He pierces into his heart. And the dragon standing guard cries out.

But the master does not hear, and his heart is elated for alas, unto him comes the Dragon Slayer.

© 2013 Catherine Flowers

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To satisfy the soul we must seek the eternal – not the temporal.

There are too many choices in the world today; most of them having to do with satisfying our fleshly desires. From clothing to furniture and everything in between, we are bombarded with options.

Take a simple thing like vanilla ice cream. When I go to the grocery store to buy a ½ gallon of vanilla ice cream, that’s all I want. But I must first sift through the different types of vanilla. I am offered French vanilla, vanilla bean, New York flavor, Home style, or soft churned (I’m sure I’m forgetting some).

We need to be careful not to get caught up in the materialistic whirlwind that will never provide satisfaction for the soul. Some of you are still dealing with that void. It’s still there, and you wonder why. That’s because it’s a spiritual void and you keep trying to fill it up with worldly things. It doesn’t work.

Our souls require spiritual food that can only come from the Word of God. And when we begin to receive His word on a regular basis and allow Jesus Christ to dwell within us, then and only then does that void begin to close.

Take inventory. Look at all your things. Then take a look inside.

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (NIV)

Now vanilla ice cream is a small example. And it’s not a sin to acquire things. The message is, let us be careful not to place heartfelt allegiance to the material things of this world – things that have no eternal significance. For in doing so we give our Father in Heaven a clear message that our heart is not with Him. And there can never be any satisfaction of the soul under those conditions.

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To Be Continued

We all have a story to tell. Never mind the beginning chapters; how will your story end?

Will it end with you being the same way – broke down, lost and confused – that you were at the beginning of the book? Or will you end on a triumphant note, standing tall, knowing at last who you are, why you were created, and where you’re headed.

The first few chapters of your novel may be painful, filled with all sorts of emotional issues and baggage weighing you down. Page 119 might take us with you on your treacherous journey through quicksand, but page 207 might find us standing along side you on solid, not sinking, ground.

That’s your story.

Someone else’s story might take them a little longer to reach victory. We may have to suffer with them through 300 pages of stumbling across rocky ground. And page 305 might find them still stumbling.

To those I say, put on the whole armour of God. The enemy is not playing with you. You need to get geared up.

Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (KJV)

Can you see the metaphor? The whole armour of God – that’s the protection of God in the form of His truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and Word (Bible). Clinging to all of these becomes our armour, our protection. It’s no wonder that we are told in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;…”

How will your story end? How do you want it to end? Surrender yourself to Jesus Christ. Trust and obey Him. He will grant you everlasting life – and that’s what I call a happy ending!

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A Truthful Life

We are always a work in progress. But through Christ’ strength, we can live a blameless life.

The Word tells us that if we will humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, He will lift us up.  (James 4:10 KJV)

It calls for a surrendering of our own will and an obedience to Christ. 

By His lifting us up, Christ proves Philippians 4:13 -“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” – to be true. 

Yes, we are constantly a work in progress. But if we say we love the Lord, let us not make excuses for unjustifiable behavior. Let us continue striving to stay on the pathway of righteousness, settling for nothing less than a truthful life.

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Are You Ready?

This is a thought provoking video that I wanted to share with those of you who may not have seen it. It’s something to consider…

http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/2333115

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Hello all!

If you would like to listen to my live interview please click on the link below:

http://www.artistfirst2.com/ArtistFirst_Maxine_Thompson_2012-12-03.mp3

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Live Interview

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Join Dr. Maxine Thompson with Debut Author, Catherine Flowers, on 12-3-12 for a live interview on www.ArtistFirst.com.

Monday, December 3, 2012, 9:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

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A Dream Come True

Photo: Look what we found todayyyy :D

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Well, I was going to tell everyone that there’s just 1 day left until the release of Yesterday’s Eyes, but if I’m to be specific (and I am) it’s really only 13 hours left until release! 

To order your copy now visit: amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or blackexpressions.com. 

You can also purchase Yesterday’s Eyes as an audio book, and if you would like to read it on Kindle,  be sure to let the publisher know when you visit amazon.com.

As always, to God be all the Glory…

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As the time gets closer for the release of Yesterdays’s Eyes, I remain careful to give God all the glory. I am thankful for the blessing He has bestowed upon me, but more thankful that I am able to be used by Him.

I am thankful that I am God’s vessel – to be filled by Him in whatever way He chooses – a vessel that releases His blessings and spills them out onto the tangible pages of a book. 

God’s Word has the power to change the unchangeable, to offer light where darkness exist. He has given us a way to freedom – Jesus Christ. Through Him, we are no longer limited by our past, we can no longer be defined by what has happened to us.

Jesus stands waiting.  “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (KJV)

If you’re still in bondage, Jesus is waiting to set you free. Let the yesterdays of your life be no more. 

No matter how bad things may seem, God is ALWAYS in control. Now let Him be.

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