From Doubt to Shout by Rebekah Beene

A few weeks ago I got weary. I’m talking heart numbing, tear shedding, forget about it weary. My prayers (specific ones) were not getting answered and I saw all kinds of destructive behavior flying around like a tornado. I was tired of that and tired of not seeing the fruit of my labors.

One day I had a startling realization. I can’t say it was super spiritual but it was definite. “It is what it is”. With just a little bitter undertone I explained it to God like this: “Okay, God, it is what it is. I cannot do a thing about any of this. I’m tired of trying. If YOU don’t do it, then it’s not going to get done.” I shared it with my husband in my bitter undertone voice – cynical and ready to throw in the towel.

Little did I know that God was waiting on me to get out of His way, to get off His throne and to realize that indeed I CAN DO NOTHING! Even my prayers mean nothing without divine connection to Him.

God evidently was waiting on me to meet the end of myself. And here’s what He did. He sent me a copy of a prophetic message from a pastor in Alabama (via a friend). As I listened to that message I was undone – I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking through this man. My inner man received the entire feast and internally I was changed! I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true.

Within an hour I got a phone call correcting a situation to my delight. Within another hour I was asked about something I’d never been asked about before in my life, to my great delight! By that evening the evidence of God changing hearts, setting things right and answering prayer was fully displayed.

My doubts turned to shouts. Why? Because God changed me! Does this mean everything is hunky dory? No, but this means that I have relinquished my right to be the one who has to fix everything! What a freedom! I no longer have to accept all the fault for others’ wrongs, I no longer have to wash their clothes white for God, and I no longer have to lose sleep, cry my heart out and wonder what I’ve done wrong!

Oh beloved, it’s time for you to go from doubt to Shout! God is with you. He hears your prayers. He loves those you are praying for more than you do! And His plans for you and your situations, loved ones and everything else are good and right and going to happen. Rejoice as you come alive in the Light of God’s Glory & Grace!

Ecclesiastes 7:13  Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent? 

Matthew 19:26  And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
CrossReaders Book Review: Wild Prairie Rose: Christian Historical Romance novella (American State Flower)  by Teresa Ives Lilly

CrossReaders Book Review: Wild Prairie Rose: Christian Historical Romance novella (American State Flower) by Teresa Ives Lilly

Title: Wild Prairie Rose:

Christian Historical Romance novella

(American State Flower)

Author: Teresa Ives Lilly

Wild Prairie Rose

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

When Rose puts an ad in a western newspaper advertising for a husband she hopes to find a gentle but plain looking man. After traveling to Prairie City, Iowa she discovers there has been a mistake in her ad and her intended is expecting something far different than a wife. Will God help Rose find love and discover her own true beauty?

Review

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
I enjoyed this clean Christian romance with two people, both Christians, but both considered plain in the eyes of most people. Sadly, others saw the outward appearance and did not see the beauty inside their heart and soul. Rose placed a mail-order bride ad and when it was answered and she ended up in Prairie City, the man who sent for her was only looking for a cook and housekeeper. Broken-hearted, but without any other options, she accepts what has happened. Her prayers remain steady and her answers from God are always, Trust Me. Earl is in love with her from first sight, but why would she even look his way? A life and death situation opens the door for two people to finally admit their feelings, both trusting the Lord and His perfect timing. The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning in this sweet romance. The dialog is gentle in reminding us that God’s timing is always perfect.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Amber Alert & Healing Love

CrossReads Short Takes

Amber Alert

by Linda K. Rodante

Amber Alert

If you love clean romance mixed with mystery, suspense and humor, try Amber Alert. “[It] takes the reader on a suspenseful ride with unexpected twists…and characters you’ll care about.” Sandra D. Bricker, Best-selling author of Live-Out-Loud fiction

Sharee Jones didn’t plan on falling for a man who resents God, didn’t plan on the mutilated dolls or the threatening notes interfering with her Christmas program and the child who’s to play baby Jesus. She thought God’s hand was in it, but how can it be, when everything she hoped and prayed for is crashing down?

John Jergenson thought taking the maintenance job at his cousin’s church meant leaving his guilt-ridden past behind. But he hadn’t counted on Sharee and her program, hadn’t counted on her laugh or the warmth in her hazel eyes. And he certainly hadn’t counted on her wanting to know the truth about his past life. He wants to leave, but Sharee could be in danger; and if he runs again, will he ever forgive himself?

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Healing Love

by Laura Hilton

Healing Love

Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Among her biggest concerns is the well–being of her dog, Chinook, as she is no longer able to keep up with the high–energy Siberian husky. Adding insult to injury, she fears she’ll never marry for love, for what man would willingly wed a woman who needs help with even the most basic of household tasks?

Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his young wife, who died in childbirth—an aneurysm, the autopsy determined, but he still blames the midwife and the herbal remedies she administered. He meets his next–door neighbor, Kristi, when he discovers her wrecked buggy and takes her to the hospital. Eager to deepen the friendship that forms between them, he offers to take care of exercising her dog. But the harsh words of Kristi’s father discourage him from pursuing a relationship further—for the time being. Shane isn’t Amish, although his grandparents were, and Ira Lapp would rather his daughter marry an aging Amish widower than a young Englischer.
Despite all the forces that would keep them apart, Kristi and Shane can’t deny the strong attraction between them. So, their on–again, off–again relationship persists, as Kristi submits to physical therapy for her leg and Shane reevaluates his reasons for being Englisch. But will they find a way to stay together? Or are their differences too divisive to resolve?

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Hope – Put Off the Old Self by Mark Malcolm

Verses

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  John 3:1-5 (NASB) 

Devotion

The baptism of a believer is an outward sign of the inward change that is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This baptism of spirit comes when we accept the sacrifice of Christ and openly declare Him as our savior and salvation from sin. The act of the water being poured, sprinkled, or if a person is dunked is not what makes it so we can enter the kingdom of God. The change in our heart where the baptism of the spirit is what makes it so we can enter into the kingdom of God. If this change is not within our heart, no confessing with our mouth, no outward activity, no effort on our part will open the narrow gate of salvation that passes through the Son of God, Jesus, the Christ.

Further, it is not the actual change of the heart that enables us to enter into the kingdom of God. No act, no action, thing work performed by us can open the doorway. It is the fact that God came to Earth and took the form of a human being, was accused of crimes He didn’t commit and was ultimately executed for them, and then rose from the dead to rise and sit at the right hand of God. This act by Jesus alone is what atones for any wrongs we have committed against God. This act alone, a work started and completed by God Himself as Jesus on Earth, is what creates for us a path to Heaven. Our understanding within our heart that we needed this done by Jesus, our honest, heart-felt acceptance of this fact, is the change of the heart spoken of.

The shift of a person’s heart is not something you or I can see from the outside. The truth or falsehood of someone’s verbal confession of Jesus as the Christ carries with it absolutely we can physically see just by looking at a person. We are forced to accept the verbal confession of this fact as truth, just as your verbal confession should be accepted by those you encounter.

Ah, but what people can see, what people do see, are the fruits of our behaviors from that point forward. Confess with your mouth the savior Jesus Christ, and live with your heart the truth of that statement. Do this and you will no longer wonder if you have the Spirit because those around you will tell you that you do.

For Further Study and Action

* Research the Sacrament of Baptism through online sources, books you have (or purchase), or via personal conversations with servants at your church

* If you have not been baptized consider it but only if you have accepted Jesus into your heart

* If you were baptized sometime in the past, consider a reaffirmation ceremony formally as an outward sign of the New Self you are striving for

Bio from my web site :

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

http://www.firstchevalier.com/about-the-cavalier/

For an autographed version (cover price is $8.99). Amazon can’t get that and shipping is covered for the $10 purchase price.
http://www.firstchevalier.com/product/guardians-of-the-herald-angels-and-demons-2/

 

CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Every Whisper: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2) by Naomi Rawlings

CrossReaders Book Review: Love’s Every Whisper: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2) by Naomi Rawlings

Title: Love’s Every Whisper:

Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 2)

Author: Naomi Rawlings

Love's Every Whisper

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Victoria Donnelly wants to do something right at least once in her lifetime. With five years of failed courtships behind her and the calendar inching closer to another birthday, she’s finally found a way to redeem herself in the eyes of her family. But her plan requires her to return to her home town of Eagle Harbor, where forgotten feelings for a man she can never have lie buried.

Elijah Cummings has loved Victoria for fifteen years. But fishermen’s sons don’t marry shipping barons’ daughters. He knows it. She knows it. The entire town knows it. Resolved to keep his distance from Victoria, Elijah focuses on establishing a much needed life-saving station, risking his own life by rescuing sailors stuck aboard shipwrecks… until he learns she’s about to make an irreversible decision, one she’ll spend the rest of her life regretting.

He knows how to save drowning sailors—but how is he to save the woman he loves from the biggest mistake of her life… without destroying both their hearts in the process?

Come back in time and revisit the remote town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan, in this memorable story of love, courage, and drama by fan-favorite author Naomi Rawlings.

Eagle Harbor Series–Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Book 1: Love’s Unfading Light (Mac and Tressa)
Book 2: Love’s Every Whisper (Elijah and Victoria)
Short Story: Love’s Beginning (Elijah and Victoria)
Book 3: Love’s Sure Dawn (Gilbert and Rebekah)
Book 4: Love’s Eternal Breath (Seth and Lindy–winter 2016)
Book 5: Love’s Constant Hope (Thomas and Jessalyn–summer 2016)
Book 6: Love’s Bright Tomorrow (Isaac and Aileen–winter 2017)

Review

I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
This is the second book in the Eagle Harbor series but can read easily as a stand-alone. It does have many of the characters from the first book, Love’s Unfading Light. What a beautiful story and a reminder that God has created each of us fearfully and wonderfully. That includes any imperfections or flaws that others may see. Victoria Donnelly feels inferior to others, she is tall and does not think herself pretty, but even worse, she stutters. Elijah Cummings has always been a champion for Victoria and has been in love with her since they were in grade school. Gilbert Sinclair and Elijah have been at war since school, and even as adults, they battle, for land and her affections. What happens when Gilbert proposes marriage to Victoria with the encouragement of her parents? She is no more than a pawn in their game. What happens as the town becomes divided regarding a new dock and warehouse by Gilbert and the request for a U.S. Life-Saving Service station by Elijah and both are vying for the same piece of land? This story is a beautiful story of faith, family and friends. The plot kept me captivated with a cast of delightful characters, heartwarming moments and the love of God without feeling like a preachy story. “When a man’s way please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts