Precious

Precious

by Rebekah Beene

My mother, like most women, had a few pieces of delicate glassware that sat in a safe place. One such set was a demitasse coffee urn and cups. I remember it well because I was in charge of picking that set out as a gift from my mother’s friend. I had gone with this friend to Dallas one summer to go to the theater and other things. She wanted to give my mom this gift and asked me which set.

As God brings this to mind this morning I remember there were several sets in that shop and some were very special antiques. She tried to steer me towards an expensive one, but my eye was on the blue set and that’s what she bought. My mother knew antiques but she loved that set – it was precious to her because the friend gave it to her and I picked it out.

Oh beloved, you are precious to the Lord! You are treasured and you are priceless. You are esteemed by the Father because Jesus gave you to Him and you were hand-picked before the foundation of the world. He says you were worth the price! You have been set apart as well. No ordinary life for you. God’s plans include keeping you safely tucked away in the shadow of His Presence. No foe can buy you away from Him and no weapon can crush you. You are delicate, fine and cherished. But you are sturdy through Holy Spirit and you will be used of God for Kingdom purposes.

God loves you and He’s for you! The enemy will try to convince you that you are useless, worthless and unlovely. But the Lord says prized possession and beautiful and precious! Run to the Father, let Him remind you who you are and then live in the Light of His thoughts about you!

Isaiah 43:4 Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to Me. You are honored, and I love you. NIV

I Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

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.
CrossReads Spotlight: Prince From Her Past

CrossReads Spotlight: Prince From Her Past

CrossReads Spotlight

Prince From Her Past

Contemporary Christian Romance

by Carol Moncado

Prince of Her Past

Princess Yvette of Mevendia has been engaged since before her first birthday. Thanks to the ridiculous contract her father signed, the engagement is still intact and the wedding set to occur a week after her eighteenth birthday, even though the groom’s been dead for over seventeen years.

Or has he?

Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario and his nanny narrowly escaped death when a car accident claimed the lives of his parents. Raised in hiding in the United States, and recently informed of his royal heritage, Nicklaus has returned to the land of his birth just in time for his wedding.

Nicklaus finds himself attracted to Princess Yvette, but is that enough to go through with the wedding? Or will he suffer banishment not only for himself, but the nanny who raised him and the fiance he’s only just met? Despite his tall, dark, and handsome appeal, Yvette isn’t sure she wants to go through with the wedding – but she really doesn’t want to be exiled either. She prefers to be proactive, to go after what she wants, but this time, the princess finds her future, her chance at happiness, in the hands of the prince from her past.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Dark Justice & Oceans Apart

CrossReads Short Takes: Dark Justice & Oceans Apart

CrossReads Short Takes

Dark Justice

by Brandilyn Collins

Dark Justice

“If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.”
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While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country.

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Oceans Apart

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Oceans Apart

This is the biggest weekend for the Inn at Crescent Cove since Lily Duarte bought it a year and a half ago—it’s been booked for a wedding. Now if only she can stop dwelling on the last wedding she planned, then called off at the eleventh hour…her own.

Trying not to regret breaking her engagement to her rage-aholic ex-fiancé, Lily puts all her focus on making this wedding a success. But when the bride turns out to be a nightmare and one of her key employees quits, Lily begins to question her ability to make it as a business owner. Even worse, she questions if she’ll ever find love with a man who doesn’t turn out to be controlling and abusive.

Matthew Case has flown all the way from Baghdad, where he runs a computer consulting business, to act as best man for a lifelong friend. While he’s happy to be there, the trip serves as a brutal reminder of how lonely is own life is. His purpose in Iraq is clear, but none of the women he’s met there have captured his interest, much less his heart. Is he just being too picky? When he enters the Inn at Crescent Cove, the gorgeous dark-haired owner grabs his attention. Could she also be the one to win his heart?

For Lily, the handsome best man could be the best thing about this wedding-gone-haywire, but he lives halfway around the world. Does she dare hold out hope that he’s really the Prince Charming he appears to be if their worlds are oceans apart?

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves.

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He Goes Before You Into Galilee

He Goes Before You Into Galilee

by Lisa M. Prysock

Do you ever feel afraid to share the gospel, to believe, or to take on an active role in sharing Christ with others in some way?  You are not alone my friend.  Sometimes I wonder if my books or any of the other things I do within the body of Christ are making any difference at all.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we can and are making a difference.  Sometimes it’s hard to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.  Other times, it seems like anything we might commit to might be exhausting, in addition to uncomfortable.  Not to mention, we may face persecution from our friends and family for sharing the gospel.

I know of at least two ladies who may have felt this way when they had an encounter with Jesus and tried to share it with others… and the others were not just any believers, these were the disciples!  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were among the first to go to the tomb and find it empty because Jesus had risen from the dead!  They went to anoint the body of Jesus with spices and along the way, worried about who they might find to roll the stone away.  It was very early in the morning.  The Bible says in Mark chapter 16 that it was at sunrise when they came to the tomb.

Then they suffered a joyful shock to discover the very great stone had been rolled away and on the right side of the sepulchre, there sat an angel clothed in white.  These are beautiful details that encourage our faith in God’s Holy Word.  We know that it was sunrise; we know the stone was very great; we know the angel was sitting on the right and not the left; and we know that the angel was clothed in white.

Reading this account in Matthew chapter 28, we discover that there was an earthquake as the women neared the tomb and as the angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone.  In this account, we know that the angel sat upon the stone.  In both accounts, we find out the guards became as dead from fear when these events transpired.  We also discover that the angel’s countenance was bright as lightning and his raiment white as snow.

The angel explains that Jesus has risen from the dead and isn’t there.  He invites them to come inside and see the empty tomb for themselves.  After this amazing discovery, Matthew says the women then ran with great fear and joy to tell the other disciples.  They run right into Jesus on the way!  Now they are completely ignited with joy and running even faster to tell the disciples.  The Lord tells them to tell the disciples and Peter, He will see them in Galilee.

The disciples are weeping and mourning when these brave and devoted ladies arrive with this news.  They do not believe their story.  They don’t believe yet that Jesus has risen from the dead.  Their reactions must have broken the hearts of the women who had seen Jesus with their own eyes.  I’m thinking Mary Magdalene was thinking, just you wait and see!  She may have been washing the dishes with some emotional vigor and wondering what the Lord would think of their unbelief.  She may have had to endure some insults and the doubts of the others that may have made her feel inferior.  Meanwhile, the chief priests and elders are busy giving a bribe to some of the soldiers to tell a lie to the governor (and anyone else that asks them) that the disciples have stolen the body of Jesus.

Galilee is to the west of Jerusalem.  I believe the disciples then began to make the journey toward Galilee as Jesus had instructed Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to tell them, even though they didn’t yet believe this new report that Jesus was alive.  I can hear it now!  “All right Mary, we’ll go to Galilee if you stop pestering us, but only because it’s not safe to remain where we are.  Until we see for ourselves, we don’t believe your story…”

As they make this journey, Jesus appeared to two more of them in the countryside, but the disciples still didn’t believe the reports.  One night, maybe in the very next day or so, while having dinner together, perhaps in Galilee or still on the way there, finally Jesus appears to all eleven of them.  He upbraids them for their unbelief.  I believe He wanted them to have a greater trust in each other.

Nonetheless, Jesus is extravagantly merciful.  After the scolding, He passes on down to them the greatest calling and honor of every disciple and Christian ever given:  The Great Commission to go into all the earth and preach the gospel to every creature making more disciples of Christ, baptizing them in the name of Jesus.  Hereby we know each of us have a role to fill in this great call in some capacity or another.

I hope this encourages you as much as it does me.  We know that the disciples were very effective; that God sent help to them with many more new Christians like Paul and others; that He promised nothing would hurt them; and that the Lord confirmed their work with signs and wonders!  The book of Acts is filled with accounts of their astounding growth and the miracles that the disciples performed in the name of Jesus.

Yes, at first the two Mary’s had to suffer the unbelief from those around them, but eventually, the truth was made known to all of them.  We need not fear.  We may suffer on the earth for a short time in our work for Christ, but along the way, many will come to know Jesus and great things will happen.  He sees your suffering, your discomfort, even the smallest sacrifice to be obedient to Him in being a part of this work.  Nothing else is as rewarding as being a part of building His Kingdom.  Eventually, all will know the truth.  I hope you had a blessed Easter and Resurrection Sunday and are as ignited as ever to do something wonderful to spread the gospel, pray for others, and share the love and truth of Christ in all you do.  I know He will not leave you!  He is with us even unto the end of the age.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  Mark 16:7, KJV

Author Biography

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

Links: 

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Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight

Leaving Oxford

by Janet W. Ferguson

Leaving Oxford

Free April 15-18

Leaving Oxford: Christian Fiction~Faith, Humor, Romance, Southern Style

Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.

A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.

As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

Praise for Leaving Oxford
“Southern humor and charm shine through in Leaving Oxford, with characters you’ll feel like you’ve always known and a theme eternally relevant.” – Misty M. Beller, Christian historical romance author.

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