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Well, I’m pleased to announce the release of my second novel, A Sad Soul Can Kill You! Although written as a stand alone novel, A Sad Soul Can Kill You is a continuation from my debut novel, Yesterday’s Eyes. However, if you did not read the first novel, fear not. A Sad Soul Can Kill You is written in a way that allows you to empathize – whether you’ve read the first novel or not – and relate to the trials and tribulations that each character goes through.

Synopsis

After reconciling with her mother and grandmother, Tia Sparks has made a new life in Chicago with Lorenzo, her husband of thirteen years. Still, overcoming the trials and tribulations from her past has not prepared her for this latest set of disheartening challenges.

Lorenzo has been harboring a secret for years and it’s threatening to physically destroy him. It’s turning him into a man that Tia no longer recognizes. With her frustrations continuing to mount, Tia makes a decision that she quickly finds herself regretting.
Serenity, their thirteen year old daughter, struggles to find her place amidst her own low self-esteem and the distance of her parents. With nowhere to turn, she makes an irrational choice that places her directly in the path of an unstable neighbor.
Soon all of them begin to realize the high price they must pay for their discontentment, and Lorenzo fights to relinquish the nightmare he’s been holding onto.
With God all things are possible. But can each of them find redemption and deliverance before a marriage is destroyed and lives are changed forever?

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Often, we look for solutions outside of God’s plan. We have an urgency that is not compatible with His timeline. It becomes a challenge to wait on God. And so without consulting Him, we make choices that turn out to be mistakes.

And then we expect God to bless something that He has never played a part in, something He has never condoned.

Psalms 127:1 tells us, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…” That means if God is not a part of our plan, we’re going to have some problems with it whether it be in the execution of it, the structure, or the maintenance.

Waiting on God’s timing is sometimes hard to do. But I have faith in His wisdom that surpasses mine. And it’s worth it because God (the One who created us) knows what’s best for us (His creation). Likewise, He knows when it’s best for us. And I can testify that the reward for waiting is well worth it.

I had been waiting a year and some months for God to answer a particular prayer of mine. While He did not answer my prayer directly, He indirectly answered it by not opening any doors for me or allowing any alternatives that I could see. That clearly said to me, “wait”. And so I did.

Sometimes, though the enemy will throw a distraction at you in the midst of your waiting period. It becomes unclear whether the distraction is God answering your prayer or whether it is from the enemy.

This is when wisdom and spiritual discernment become invaluable tools. As a believer, I asked myself the following questions in order to discern whether the answer I received was from God or was a distraction from the enemy.

– Am I ready and in a position to receive that which I have been praying for?
– Is the answer I’ve received going to require much difficulty and discomfort on my part?
– Does the answer appear to be logical or does it create a whole new scenario of unanswered questions?
– After receiving an answer, is there still a sense of uncertainty within me?

It was clear that the answer I received was from God. It was clear because what once seemed impossible had now become quite achievable. Everything fell into place and the door that had been shut was thrust wide open for me to walk through.

So just when it felt like the last minute was upon me, it wasn’t; it was just God working on His own timeline. He had answered my prayer, and the thing once withheld from me was now mine to have.

Some have no desire to wait for Lord. They exclaim “I know what’s best for me!”, as if they are truly the captain of their own ship…well, to some extent they are. We all are when it comes to the ability to make choices – and even that is a gift from God.

So we can choose not to wait on God and execute our own plans, but if we wait on the Lord and let Him guide our footsteps, we’ll always have a 100% guarantee that everything will turn out fine.

If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, consider turning your life over to Him. Come before Him in repentance, and stop trying to do it all on your own. It’s okay to look to the Lord for your direction. It’s okay to wait for His guidance. He will never steer you wrong.

Nothing offers a 100% guarantee on all things at all times…but waiting on the Lord truly does.

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A troubled spirit combined with a fragile heart keeps the soul in a state of weariness. You might pretend that everything is alright but you can never be delivered from this type of bondage by pretending.

As a work in progress, I continually pray the same prayer that David prayed in Psalms 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV)

Through the power of Jesus, your spirit can be renewed. Your heart can be cleansed from all the negative, unproductive clutter that’s been residing in it.

These lyrics from the song “Awesome” by Pastor Charles Jenkins say it all:

“My God is Awesome

He can move mountains

Keep me in the valley

Hide me from the rain

My God is Awesome

Heals me when I’m broken

Strength where I’ve been weakened

Forever He will reign…”

If you’re still dealing with a mountain of burdens, if you feel like you’re drowning in the storms of life, if you’re feeling broken and weak, and you’re still holding on to memories of mistreatment from the past, it’s time to let go.

It’s time to let Jesus shine His light into the dark recesses of your heart. Let Him remove all the neatly organized grudges you’ve been holding onto.

Suppression can be fatal.

The feelings you’ve been harboring in your heart are manifesting themselves in the form of:

Depression

Obesity

Strife

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Stomach ulcers

Addictions, and a host of other physical and mental ailments.

If God has blessed you to see another day, it is because He is giving you another opportunity to surrender yourself to Jesus and be delivered.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  (KJV)

Today is your day. Be delivered from the old you and start enjoying the new you – the one who’s been finally set free.

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Some people don’t know what love is. I’m not talking about love with limits… “I’ll love you so long as you…” No. I’m talking about unconditional love. But many don’t possess this attribute, therefore, they are unable to give it.

God gives us a pretty clear description of what unconditional love is in 1Corinthians 13 – specifically verses 4 through7 – and by finding out what love is, we ultimately find out what love IS NOT.

Verse 4:Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

Verse 5: “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Verse 6: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Verse 7: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

This is how God intended for us to love.

But we tend to make our own rules in this world, don’t we?

We should get back to God’s rules. We should use 1 Corinthians 13 as a standard by which we measure how we love. Many will fall short; all the while thinking their love is unconditional. But the Bible tells us “…the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight…” (1 Corinthians 3:19 NIV)

And in Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,… As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What we think we’re doing doesn’t compare with what God KNOWS we’re doing.

If the way you love doesn’t measure up to God’s standards, surrender your heart to Jesus. Let Him transform you, fix you, and lead you down the pathway of unconditional love and life everlasting.

To discover what it means to be unconditionally loved, study the Gospel of John and see what our Savior, Jesus, did for us.

Giving God the Glory…

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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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“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace….take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one….Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”    NIV (Galatians 6:11-18)

What does this passage written thousands of years ago from the Bible mean?  How can its words still hold the sound of truth all these years later?  Because it IS the truth.  It is the Word of God.

What if you were about to take a ride on a motorcycle, and your friend told you to put on your helmet so your head would be protected in case you had an accident?  You believe in helmets, but just not for you, so you take the helmet and throw it on the back of the motorcycle.

Unfortunately, you end up in an accident, hit your head, and die.  That helmet could have saved you had you put it on.

It’s the same way with God.  It’s not enough to just believe in Him.  We must put Him on – the full armor of God – and keep Him on.  We must LIVE Him in order to be eternally protected.

Try it for yourself:

God’s Word is righteous in a world that is full of perversions…“This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.”  Psalm 118:20

God’s Word will give you peace in a world that is full of violence, worry, anger, and fear…  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

God’s Word – if you believe – produces faith, and faith in Jesus Christ overrules the devil…”because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

God’s Word is full of truth in a world that’s full of lies“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

Accepting God’s Word means accepting Jesus Christ and that brings eternal salvation to you and to me!

Do you know Jesus?

I mean personally know Him, as in communicating with Him on a daily basis.  No, I don’t mean just calling on Him when the rent is due and you don’t have the money, or calling on Him because you just WANT some money, or praying that He’ll get you out of whatever trouble you’ve somehow found yourself in.

I mean having a personal relationship with Him every day.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as YOUR personal Lord and Savior, then the first thing you must do is:

Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins and then rose up from that death on the 3rd day (the Resurrection).  (Hebrew 11:6)

Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour before men.  (Matthew 10:32)

Repent of your sins (feel sorry for the sins you’ve committed, and have a desire to change).  (Acts 2:38)

Be baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins.  (Acts 2:38)

Ask Jesus to come into your life and take over.  He will begin to change you.  And you too, will have the peace of God “… which passeth all understanding…”. 

If you remain faithful in your walk with Christ, you too, will begin to learn how to put on – and keep on – the armor of God.

No matter what may happen in this world, you need not fear because remember what Jesus said in 1 John 4:4 –“…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

And the one that is in this world is my enemy and your enemy, satan.

Don’t let this world destroy you.  Don’t make the eternal mistake of thinking that you’re stronger, because without Jesus Christ…you’re not.

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that’s it’s good, very good, to have a friend like Jesus.

(Scripture italicized for emphasis only)

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