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Eleven Days to Go!

 

Hi everyone,

It’s time for the countdown…

Only 11 days to go before the release of Yesterday’s Eyes!  To receive a discount on all pre-orders, go to amazon.com today!

To God be the Glory.

One Month Left

There’s just one month and a few weeks left to go before the release of my novel Yesterday’s Eyes.

Again, it is my prayer that all who read it will be blessed.

Perhaps your blessing will come in the form of a renewed faith in Jesus Christ.

Perhaps you will relate to one (or more) of the characters, and through their story, learn how to overcome your own personal issues.  

Whatever form your blessing comes in, don’t throw it away. Accept it and let it set you free.  

In the name of Jesus.

 

“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison hoping the other person will die.” 

Unknown author

Vapors disappear quickly. The Bible tells us that our life is like a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.  James 4:14 (KJV)    

God, our Father and Creator of all things, did not intend for us to live life harboring grudges. 

Don’t let the vapors of your life be filled with bitterness and resentments. Let go. Breathe in. Forgive. And live.

  

Beauty

(Re-Post)

There’s all kinds of ways to be beautiful. And there are all kinds of ways to be ugly. But our true beauty lies far beneath our skin. Sometimes it is hidden by a self-made prison, condemned by our acceptance of an unconscious label that we may carry. Sometimes we struggle to be beautiful by someone else’s standards.

(We have to watch that.)

Sometimes the struggle is to be strong, intelligent, thin, buffed, handsome and of course, pretty, and no matter what – never, ever TIRED (ha!). Sometimes we struggle just to be.

And if we come up short, well…we might wrestle with those labels too. You know the ones that try to stick to us like glue.

But God has a different standard for beauty. And we would do well to adhere to it.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Sadly, there are some women I see who are walking around in 6 inch heels that are clearly uncomfortable. I can tell they’re not comfy by the bent over stature of the woman, or the way she limps (kind ‘a on the sly) while she’s walking.

I ask myself, why? Why would a person wear something that is so obviously uncomfortable? For the sake of fashion? For the sake of others?

Personally, I like wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. I like wearing jeans and sweat pants. But I also know how to wear dressy clothes when the occasion calls for it, yet even still, they need to be comfortable. I’m all about the comfort. And I’m not going to walk around all day in high heels just because I think I look my best in them or fashion (or somebody else) dictates that I should.

Nope. I’m going to wear my heels or wear my sneakers, I’ll exercise when I want to, and rest when I don’t. I’ll clean and moisturize my face, and if I don’t feel like putting on make-up – which is ninety percent of the time – then I won’t. And that will be good enough for me.

Now, God’s not saying that you shouldn’t pay attention to your outward appearance. Of course you should. You should never walk out of the house dirty and unkempt. But your true beauty should not be on the outside, but should come from within. Where the heart is. That’s where it counts the most. That’s where God looks when He wants to find the beauty of a person.

So, I challenge you. Whatever you do to beautify your external appearance – do twice as much to beautify the internal.

If you’re like me and don’t spend alot of time applying make-up and such, then that just leaves you all the more time to spend beautifying the inside!

Are you up for the challenge?

Help!

First there was the flesh eating disease, now we have the flesh eating humans. People eating other people.   First in Miami, then in Maryland.   In at least one case it’s implied that the cannibalism was induced by a drug known as ‘Bath Salt’.    

According to a CNN report, one former bath salt user described being on the drug as the “the darkest, evilest thing imaginable.”

Doesn’t all this make you want to open God’s book (the Bible) and at least read what He has to say about all of this?

Motivational speakers motivate.  Psychotherapists treat mental disorders. But Jesus Christ heals the mind, delivers, and saves your soul.  All in one.  Permanently.  

I’m talking about the kind of healing that delivers you from the demons that keep reminding you about how bad (you fill in the blank) treated you. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that delivers you from the drug and alcohol demons that keep holding you captive to their destructive, killing forces. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that saves you, forever removing the shackles that are keeping you from being free.  

That kind of help, that kind of power can only come from Jesus Christ! 

What’s eating at your flesh?  Not literally, but figuratively.  What’s numbing your soul, killing your compassion, leaving you just a little more hopeless, little by little, day by day, slowly tearing you apart? 

Take it to Jesus.  Surrender to Jesus.  Be set free.

 

 Ida has never been close to her mother, Mavis, but she is a little too close to Mavis’s husband, the less-than-godly preacher of First Presbyterian Church. When Ida gives birth to a baby boy, she claims the preacher is the baby’s father.

After Ida is convicted of negligent homicide and goes to prison, Mavis finds herself faced with the task of raising Ida’s six-year-old daughter, Tia. Mavis barely knows her grandchild, and must find a way to form a bond while she’s still struggling with her husband’s betrayal.

Tia has already spent time with an abusive foster parent, and now must learn to survive with her emotionally distant grandmother.

Yesterday’s Eyes is an inspirational story that exposes the journey traveled by three generations of women who must come to terms with the past and learn how to forgive one another if there is any hope of healing.   

Will the lost be found? The broken healed? The guilty redeemed?  And can three generations of emotional bondage finally be set free?  

Yesterday’s Eyes

in stores November 2012

Have you ever heard the old adage, “fight fire with fire”? I once bought into that logic. But as I have grown in Christ and His wisdom, I have come to realize that fighting fire with fire doesn’t make sense.

Literally, if you fight fire with fire, you end up with a bigger fire! Metaphorically, the fire stands for something evil, negative, unkind, or wrong. So, if we repay evil with evil, negativity with negativity, unkindness with unkindness, and wrongdoing with more wrongdoing, we make true another old adage – “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

And, we begin creating our own frustrations.

In order to conqueror negative forces, we must understand the hierarchy of emotions. Love trumps evil, positive behavior excels over negative behavior, kindness outweighs unkindness, and so on.

This is what Romans 12:18-21 tells us:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 8:28 tells us, “…that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So, if we are walking with the Lord, we can take comfort in the knowledge that whatever wrong someone has planned for us will ultimately be transformed into something good.

Romans 8:31 tells us, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” Many may be against us, but none will succeed because Jesus Christ is fighting our battles for us. But we must first surrender ourselves over to Him.

“…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

If you are tired of fighting battles, “Be not overcome with evil…” Instead, surrender your soul to Jesus Christ, and “…overcome evil with good.”

Wasted

This poem is for anyone dealing with a troubled spirit – depression, addiction, anger, fear, confusion or some other unnamed source.

You may think you’re going through it alone, but you’re not…your actions affect the reactions of others.

Most importantly, you don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus is waiting to carry your load. He will carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you. Surrender, trust, and believe.

Wasted

It is not your intention
to disrupt them,
But there is something unspeakable
in the air.

It is their intention
to draw the line,
to mask their love
with a persona
that doesn’t care.

And so they cry,
but only inside.
And you’ll never know
how much they love you.

So

You continue your path,
destructive, full of wrath.
Not knowing
how much reaping
you must sow.

But you do know
you can not slay your demons alone.
You can’t denounce them
without the blood shed by Christ.

Still your utterances are countless
and of useless meaning.
You pray heartless prayers
that will not suffice.

And so you suffer,
rebellious and hurt.
But it is not a solitary pain.

For those who love you,
it is contagious,
and they suffer
again
and again.

Don’t let the day come
when God’s voice becomes silent,
when He is no more knocking on your door.

For if that should happen,
you will have strayed too far,
and a life – your life –
will be wasted
for evermore…

© 2012

The Significance of Jesus

In the Gospel of John 1:1 it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For a long time I did not make the connection that the “Word” was Jesus Christ even though verse 14 tells me so. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

It was only after a particular Bible study did I put it all together. It’s also when I noticed that the ‘w’ in word is capitalized. This indicates to me that the writer is not speaking of a word in the literal sense, but of Jesus Christ – God’s Word made into flesh.

A second significant aspect is found in John 1:5: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus Christ is the light this verse speaks of, but those who were in darkness (meaning they were lost because they did not know Christ) could not or would not accept Him. This verse is significant because the same thing is still going on today.

There are many lost souls who have no true knowledge or understanding of Jesus Christ. Sadly, they want to keep it that way. But Jesus said if you are not with Him then you are against Him. “He that is not with me is against me;…” (Matthew 12:30)

So, if a person is not abiding by the commandments of Jesus Christ, they are against Him. They are living in sin. And living in sin is the same as being lost – both of which the word “darkness” in John 1:5 refers to.

A third significant aspect is in John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is a most significant statement because it is telling us what must happen in order for us to abide with God forever.

To be born again means that we must surrender our selves to Jesus Christ. We must repent of our sins, and be willing to change for the better. We must accept Jesus as our Savior, and be willing to put to death our old selves, hence the term “born again”.

If we put all our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, He can begin the renewing process within us. This involves a daily cleansing of our soul, and it is something we cannot achieve on our own.

While we will never be perfectly cleansed from all sin in this world, we will have a different mind-set, a change of heart that will allow us to turn away from the sinful habits that once held us captive.

Jesus Christ promises, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

I can’t think of anything more significant than that.

Job suffered through many trials and tribulations ranging from the deaths of his children to the boils that covered his entire body. His friends believed he had committed some sin in order for such evil to fall upon him. This caused Job even more anguish because he was a righteous man, and he knew he had done nothing wrong.

He couldn’t understand why he had to endure such tragedies, and he questioned God. When God answered him, it was in the form of Him reminding Job of who it was that had created all things in the universe.

God asked Job what role he had played in the creation process in order to help him realize the omnipotence of God. His questioning of Job was effective because Job began to realize how insignificant he was. Job’s statement in Chapter 42:6, “…I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes”, is evidence of him humbling himself before God.

Job came out of his trials and tribulations understanding the nature of suffering to be that sometimes both the good and the bad must be dealt with, and that even though his suffering was through no fault of his own, he still had to know (and believe) that God was in control. Even though his trust and faith were put to the test, he continued to turn to God for answers. The Bible tells us that Job “sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” during this time. (Job 1:22) And in the end, he was rewarded twice as much for his obedience and faithfulness.

It’s a good lesson in suffering. At some point, all of us will go through – or have already gone through – a period of trials and tribulations. If we are servants of Jesus Christ, we would do well to emulate Job because as long as we hold steadfast to God in the midst of trouble, He will see us through. Even when it feels like God is nowhere around. He Is…

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