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Empowering the Transfer of Moral Values and Faith by Marilyn Howshall

Empowering the Transfer of Moral Values and Faith by Marilyn Howshall

EmpoweringTitle: Empowering the Transfer of Moral Values and Faith

Author: Marilyn Howshall

Rating: five out of five stars

About the Book

How can parents effectively transfer their moral values and faith to their children, forming moral character in them while at the same time promoting true discipleship to Christ?

Empowering the Transfer of Moral Values and Faith promises to be eye-opening and life-changing for all serious Christians, parents, young couples, and single adults whose desire it is to embody the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His influence in your heart and life will transform you into an effective influence in the hearts and lives of others, beginning with your own precious children. This book informs parents of actions to take now to become better parents. Equipped with new understanding of how God works in you, He will enable you to bring His moral standard into your home, and empower you to transfer moral values and faith to your children.

Review

I remember in the past, always wanting my children to treat each other nicely, but I had no idea how I was to go about teaching them how to love in a practical way. The principles that I learned in this book taught me how to do that.

It is not a book with a step-by-step formula to follow, because such a formula would be assuming the role of the Holy Spirit to direct us in His specific ways for our families. But it is a book that challenged the way that I defined my morality and also the way that I defined discipleship.

After being exposed to these principles, I began to seek the Lord in how to cooperate with what He wanted to do (first in me, then through me). This meant that I began to tell the truth that I was passing on my own immorality to my children, and I didn’t want to do that ANYMORE. I also saw that my discipleship efforts were all in vain because I had been operating without the understanding that relationship was the foundation of true discipleship.

I can’t say how thankful I am that I have learned these truths when my children are still young, that these truths that have become a part of who I am, and that I now have the tools that I need to disciple my my little ones to Jesus. If you are ready to cooperate with the Lord in having your own heart transformed, enabling you to lead your children through the same process, then I highly recommend this book.

5stars

This review was submitted by: Christi Faagau – please visit the website at: http://transfermoralvalues.com/ for more information.

Jody Hedlund – Christian Author Interviews

Jody Hedlund – Christian Author Interviews

 

Welcome to Christian Author Interviews. Enjoy our interview with Jody Hedlund, an award-winning historical romance novelist, in this episode. Listen in via the video or audio and share your thoughts in the comments. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below and share this interview with your friends!

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About Jody Hedlund
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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling books, The Preacher’s Bride and Unending Devotion. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Her latest book, A Noble Groom, just released.

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Books Mentioned in the Interview

The Doctor’s Lady

The Preacher’s Bride

Unending Devotion

Rebellious Heart

A Noble Groom

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Knock! Knock!

Knock! Knock!

Lord, I hear You knocking. I’m coming.

Come on in. It’s cold out there. Make Yourself at home. Please come in and help me renovate my home for You.

Help me clean out the closet of my hidden thoughts and throw away the trash of wrong attitudes. Dust behind the doors where preconceived ideas accumulate like cobwebs.

Sweep out the corners of my heart where the soil of unwillingness has piled up. Dig into those deep crevices of my soul where stubbornness plants its roots. Shine Your light into the dark recesses of my emotions so nothing can remain hidden from Your forgiveness.

Remove from the shelves of my mind all the negative thoughts that I cling to and replace them all with Your promises that they may be readily available whenever I need them.

Scrub down the walls that have been littered with the graffiti of my words that are dirty blemishes on Your Spirit and Your Word. Repair the cracks in the walls so that the enemy cannot ooze in with his unwanted ideas.

When spiritual unrest jams up my usefulness as a channel, rout out all the garbage of self that Your living waters may run freely to cleanse me.

Fix the holes in the roof where the rains of difficulties leak in and threaten to dampen my soul-rest. Seal up the broken windows where the winds of discontent blow in so easily. Let Your joy clean the windows and give them the sparkle that the world needs to see.

Clean out the soot of wrong burning desires that have blackened my chimney. Cleanse it that it may allow the vapors of praise to rise to Your throne. Rekindle the embers of my heart’s passion that have grown cold. Ignite a blazing desire to know You more, to serve You more, and to love You more.

Use my tears to mop the floor of my soul where it has been trampled upon with the muddy feet of those who would rather walk over me than to see the hurt and pain within me.

Dismantle the fences that I have unwittingly built which have kept me from reaching out to help someone or kept some hurt soul from reaching in.

Help me build on that one sure Foundation that is unshakable and can withstand all storms and disasters. Help me erect that exterior that holds all else together, using my obedience as the cement to hold Your bricks of truth in place. Make sure I pick up and use each brick so that the edifice does not become faulty, because each truth left lying on the ground is useless.

There is but one chair within these walls, and it is the throne upon which I give You the honor of sitting. When I try to sit upon it myself, shove me off! Make me land with a jolt hard enough to bring me to my senses, because it is Your throne, meant only for You.

Lord, this is Your home. Let us build it together and keep it clean together. May it always be a temple in which You may reside and can always feel proud enough to bring others to visit. May it be a monument to Your grace, Your forgiveness, and Your love.

“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it…”

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At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

Book Blast: Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal 5/21/13 -$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Book Blast: Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal 5/21/13 -$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Title:Every Hill and Mountain (Time and Again)

By Deborah Heal

About the Book:

Every Hill and Mountain
Visiting another century…not the summer vacation she had planned.

Those who have read Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy know that Abby Thomas is a college student on a summer service project with 11-year-old Merri. And they know that the summer is not going the way Abby had expected—but in a good way. For one thing, she meets a very nice guy named John Roberts. And for another, she discovers a strange computer program called Beautiful House that lets her fast-forward and rewind life. Not her own, of course, but those of the people who lived in Merri’s old house. And the Old Dears’ old house, and…well, any old house.
And since the program worked so well for the Old Dears’ family tree project, Abby’s college roommate Kate hopes it will help her find out more about her ancestor Ned Greenfield. And Kate’s fiancé Ryan thinks the program has lucrative commercial potential.

Abby and John reluctantly agree to help Kate, but only on the condition that she and Ryan promise to keep the program a secret, because if it fell into the wrong hands…well, no one wants Big Brother invading their privacy.

The two couples take a trip to the tiny town of Equality, set in the hills of southern Illinois and the breath-taking Shawnee National Forest. According to Kate’s research, Ned Greenfield was born there at a place called Hickory Hill.

The mayor, police chief, and townspeople are hospitable and helpful—until the topic of Hickory Hill comes up. They seem determined to keep them away, telling them, “There’s nothing there for you to see.”
Eventually they find Hickory Hill on their own—both the mansion and the lonely hill it sits upon. Built in 1834, Hickory Hill stands sentinel over Half Moon Salt Mine where the original owner John Granger accumulated his blood-tainted fortune.

Abby and her friends meet Miss Granger, Hickory Hill’s current eccentric owner, and they eventually get the chance to time-surf there. Their shocking discovery on the third floor concerning Kate’s ancestor Ned Greenfield is almost too much to bear. What they learn sends them racing to the opposite end of the state to find the missing link in Kate’s family tree. And there they are reminded that God is in the business of redemption—that one day he’ll make all things new.

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Deborah Heal
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Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again time travel mystery series, was born not far from the setting of her book Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the setting of Time and Again. Today she lives with her husband in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website www.deborahheal.com and her Facebook author page www.facebook.com/DeborahHeal.

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Cleaning Up the Garden!

Clean up time! This time of year, the die-hard gardeners are in the process of cleaning up all the dead leftovers from last year’s garden. Tenderly caring for their plots, they…

*prune and weed for better growth

*embed stakes in the soil for plants to have strength to grow

*purposely sow seeds for the harvest they desire.

As I studied Revelation 3:19 one day, God plopped a thought into my head. Love it when He does that!

Here… I’ll show you…

In Revelation 3:19, the Lord says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (NKJV)

What does that have to do with a garden? Let’s see.

As I study a verse, I look up the meanings of the words. For instance…

*love used here is the Greek word phileo, meaning to be a friend, fond of, to kiss, be kindly disposed to one, more nearly represents tender affection.

*rebuke means to admonish, convict, correct, reprove, chasten, punish.

*chasten primarily means to train up a child, educate, discipline, correct.

*zealous means to desire earnestly, pursue, strive after, busy oneself about, covet, moved with jealousy.

*repent used here means to think differently, reconsider, to change one’s mind.

Doesn’t sound anything like a garden, you say? God showed me to think of it this way:

He is the Great Gardener of the garden of my life.

Yes, I know, we’ve all heard this before. However, if He loves us, which He does, He says, “As many as I love, I clean up their garden.”

Jesus said, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me.” (John 15:1-4 NLT)

Therefore, how can the garden of my life be inviting to others if there is no upkeep? Who wants to look at a garden of weeds and ugly overgrowth?

If I cling to the weeds of sin and the overgrowth of disobedience and circumstances in my life, then they will smother His presence within me, and I will be fruitless.

When I repent and earnestly desire God’s discipline and teaching in my life, I allow Him to prune me, to pull up the weeds, to kick out the garden-eaters, to fasten His stakes of strength, and to sow His seeds of the Word for the harvest He desires in my life. He will discipline me anyway, so it is to my advantage to let go.

God says, “Let Me share the tending of the garden of your life.”

“Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with

Your instructions. You give them relief from troubled times.”

(Ps. 94:12-13a NLT)

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home. http://lynnmosher.com

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