Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

by Rebekah Beene

Today marks the inauguration of a new president. This is historic and amazing. That we have an opportunity to vote is something many countries have no voice about. My parents took voting seriously and I couldn’t wait to vote when I was old enough. This is a new day with new plans and new hope for our country. Time will tell but we do have the hope that for believers, God is in control and His plans for our lives are always good.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that you have been inaugurated! Although there was no vote of angels to put you where you are, Jesus went to the cross so that you can have a new beginning. But more than that. So you could be admitted into heaven. But oh more than that! He wants you to know that it is quite the ceremony that you said yes to Christ! You are the person for this hour! You have the credentials of heaven and the seal of the Cross! You may feel like an outsider and that you don’t have what it takes. But beloved, you are in Christ! You’ve been made authentic in the power of the Holy Spirit. You may feel small and insignificant and unworthy. But God says you are chosen, called, anointed and appointed. This is what you were born for. To be an ambassador of heaven and a foreteller of glory!

Lay aside those things which try to convince you that you’ve missed it or that you don’t have what it takes. This is your greatest adventure! You’ve been inducted into the hall of fame – and you will live your life for the fame of the Savior! The things you think you can’t do are just stepping stones to the life of faith you can live!

God loves you and He’s for you! Rejoice in His abilities working within you. Rest in His promises living inside of you. And Go forth into His calling with no looking back! God is always with you and your life is going to be a beacon of hope to many others as you live in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. NIV

2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

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: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

Title: Nowhere for Christmas

Author: Heather Gray

Nowhere for Christmas

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere… A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago. The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure and calamity as bad luck seems to stalk them. They get a flat tire, the bumper falls off, the car overheats – and that’s only the be-ginning! Along the way they meet some interesting people – from a bait shop owner who moonlights as a mechanic to a chatty preacher’s wife and a highway patrolman whose wife and mother can’t agree on the best way to remove a skunk’s stink. Hungry, cold, and tired, the three finally reach Nowhere only to discover the town is nothing like they expected. They learn that reaching their destination doesn’t necessarily mean the journey has ended.

Review

Nowhere for Christmas was the first book of Heather Gray’s I have read, but I can’t check out her other books fast enough. It was just what I needed at this time. Avery was assigned to write a Christmas story about Nowhere, Oklahoma. She and her son, Eli had to make the trip with the photojournalist that had been assigned to the story, Gavin. Since they had never met, neither one had any idea what to expect. Gavin thinking Avery would be a man and Avery and Eli thinking Gavin would be an old stick in the mud, everyone was pleasantly surprised. It all started with a rental car mix up from a SUV, to being offered a sports car, to ending up with a hatchback with over 100,000 miles on it. This was one of the funniest books I’ve read. I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Pretty much anything that could go wrong…did, making this the worst road trip in history. (Or was it?) I can’t recommend this book enough!

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This review was submitted by: Teresa Sapp

CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

If you are feeling overwhelmed with change, challenges, or checklists, you may wonder how you can partake now of God’s happiness and find your pathway to peace, hope, and joy.

With loving insight, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses two attributes that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness – the power of creation and service with compassion. As a treasured daughter of our Heavenly Father, you can develop those remarkable abilities as well as find happiness in the journey.

By listening to the Spirit, you can come to realize that creating is not just done with paint, pen, or pottery, and compassionate service is more than a casserole or a card. As you bring something into existence that has never been before and as you serve others – even in small ways – you cannot help but participate in the wonder that is God’s joy.

In The Remarkable Soul of a Woman, President Uchtdorf’s timely thoughts on creating and being compassionate will buoy you up, give you strength, and help you realize what a great power for good you truly are.

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Saving Grace

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Saving Grace

What happens when a New York City opera singer flees to a small town in Montana to escape a stalker? Tracy Fontaine is about to find out.

When an obsessive fan forces Tracy to change her name to Grace Addison and go into hiding, the last thing she wants is to get to know the locals. Now, not one but two men have worked their way into her daily routine, much to the chagrin of jealous local girl Sophia, who insists on prying into Grace’s past and stirring up deadly trouble.

Will Grace find love in Madison Falls…or will her stalker find her?

Madison Falls. Home of faith, love, peach pie…and a dollop of danger.

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With God

With God

by Sherry Chamblee

Luke 1:37  For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  

Have you ever thought of those words? Ever considered the scope of those words? Ever considered the restriction of those words?

“With God” – that means just that – WITH GOD nothing shall be impossible.

I think far too often I hear the verse that says “with God, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.”  When really, God’s emphasis is on the “WITH GOD”.

Having God with me is the most important part of that little verse. Before I claim that nothing is impossible, I’d better be really sure that I’m WITH GOD. Not that He’s with me, but that I’m with Him. Oftentimes I’m just going along my merry little way, assuming that what I’m doing is God’s will simply because I’m doing it. But that may not be the case. I need to actually check with Him.

Maybe that’s why we’re defeated so often. We don’t check with God first to see if our actions are what God wants for us.

So before we go off into that next battle, be extra sure that God is directing us there – not just following us into it. God is the leader, not you or I. He’s the One that tells us to go here or there, or fight in this battle or sit this next one out. He is the One who tells us what to say if we’ll let Him guide our tongue. He’s the One that brings us shelter and refuge when we’re weary and battered.

And remember, WITH GOD, nothing shall be impossible.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Starlight Inn

Author: Lucie Ulrich

Startlight Inn

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

Beautiful book about Family, Faith and Forgiveness!

Review

Starlight Inn captured me from the first page. This book was one that once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. Lucie has introduced us to some amazing people in this book, one being the mysterious Tillie Spencer, a little elderly lady who brings good to all she encounters. It appears that Tillie is an “Angel on Earth!” Ella Dixon and her sister Eva were born on Christmas, and Ella needs to get to New York to celebrate their birthday and Christmas. However, Ella has a business to run and last minute deadlines to meet. She gets caught in a blizzard in her rush to make it to New York for the festivities, and ends up finding a room at the Starlight Inn. She is introduced to Nick, who owns the Inn with his sister Fran. Nick and Ella’s attraction to one another is immediate, but they both have busy careers and live 100 miles apart. Tillie has a solution to everything, and seems to know things nobody else knows, as well as a way of walking in a room without being heard. Nick and Ella are convinced that Tillie is an angel, but according to Tillie, she “would have wings if she were an angel!” This book is all about faith, family, forgiveness, and fresh new beginnings! I recommend this book to everyone! I am hoping Lucie will make Tillie and friends a series!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

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