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10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I never do. I know I won’t keep them. However, we all need encouragement, especially at the onset of a new year.

Here are ten thoughts or encouragements to inspire you to get a good grip on making improvements in your life this year. You already know these, but if you do them, all your other resolutions should fall into place.

Here we go…

1) Gather up all the negative events of the year now closing: its sins, weaknesses, and failures; its heartaches and griefs. All that filled your year.

2) Lay them at the foot of the Throne. Turn your back on them and leave them all there.

3) Stand bravely at the threshold of this New Year and expect to see it filled with amazing surprises and God’s promises.

4) Walk through the portal of the New Year unburdened, forgiven, and free.

5) Walk arm in arm with your Beloved Lord into the unknown of each new day.

6) Walk wherever the light of His love and protection guide you.

7) Spend time each day leaning upon the breast of your Beloved.

8) Share with Him all your heart’s desires and disappointments, all your joys and hurts, and He will share with you all His love, guidance, comfort, and peace.

9) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Prov. 4:23 NLT) Guard against any influence that threatens to come between you and the Lord.

10) “Be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:19 NIV)

*And one extra: Crave the Lord’s will and be obedient to it.


**And most importantly: Praise the Lord no matter what!
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NLT)

May the Lord’s shadow of forgiveness conceal the disappointments and troubles of the year behind you, while His light is cast as a beacon of guidance to His safe haven of the days yet to be explored. May His hand be against your enemy and His peace reign all your days. May His servants Goodness and Mercy pursue you throughout the New Year.

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: 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, lynnmosher.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Just Dessert by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Just Dessert by Heather Gray

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Title: Just Dessert

Author: Heather Gray

Rating: five out of five stars

About the Book

Dessert…the perfect remedy when nothing in life seems to be going right.

What do you do when you are the sole protector of four children, your brothers and sisters? When each day is haunted by disappointment, disillusionment and desperation? When you believe that everyone who ever loved you, including God, has abandoned you?

You bake a pie, of course.

What do you do when you find a woman whose heart is consumed by fear? Who does not know how to trust? Who scoffs at your faith and throws your kindness back in your face?

You eat a pie, of course.

Review

Delectable Christian Fiction at its finest. I fell in love with Mary and her siblings. They had so much to overcome. Emotional and Spiritual healing arrive not overnight but all in God’s time. I loved the spiritual thread that was woven through this book. I found it very difficult to put this book down. It was such a delightful read. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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This review was submitted by: Wilani Wahl

CrossReaders Book Review: 12 Angels by Christmas: Sweet Christmas Romance by Lisa Grace

CrossReaders Book Review: 12 Angels by Christmas: Sweet Christmas Romance by Lisa Grace

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Title: 12 Angels by Christmas: Sweet Christmas Romance

Author: Lisa Grace

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Mirabel, a successful entrepreneur, sells her dating service Love Spark for millions, but can’t seem to find romance in her own life. Mirabel is forced to return to her hometown of Loves Park, IL for the holidays as her father’s hardware store must get automated before the first of the year in order to keep his supplier. He stubbornly insists Mirabel is the only one who can do it.
Mirabel decides to stop talking to God, since He never answered her plea to find love. She demands He face her, one on one, to bargain for her heart’s desire. To her surprise, God does.
He gives her a challenge: identify twelve heavenly angels masquerading as humans by Christmas, and He will fulfill her fondest desire, to meet the man He has set aside to be her husband.
Written in the Hallmark style of sweet Christmas romances, 12 Angels by Christmas is sure to become a holiday romance classic.

Lisa Grace is the author of many popular works including her teen Angel Series which is in development for a movie through Motion Picture Pro Studios. Check her author page for a complete listing.

Review

SOMETIMES YOU MISS THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

What a fun and delightful Christmas time story. I found Brady Watson to be a down-to-earth man who loved God, his family and genuinely cares about people. Mirabel Sanderson has proven to be a hard worker, dedicated to whatever task she undertakes, even to the point of having no personal life. The storyline of God having Mirabel locating 12 angels before Christmas to find her true love was heartwarming. Mirabel actually started looking at people in a different way, and she was locating angels, but she was also giving of herself. I loved the interaction between Brady and Mirabel, and was happy that together, they realized what was important, that love may be staring right back at you in a friend. This is a sweet, clean story, that does show people demonstrating God’s love.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

In Search of Bethlehem’s Babe

In Search of Bethlehem’s Babe

As darkness swallows up the day, the black-velvet expanse of night displays a bazillion, shimmering constellations.

Shepherds gather around a flickering fire to dispel the evening’s chill, the flames casting a warm glow across their faces, while others keep guard from the watchtower.

Peace and quiet surround them, except for the soothing crackle of the fire.

Their flocks lie still, serene.

The night’s shroud abruptly parts, revealing the radiance of an angel of the Lord. The shepherds fall on their faces, trembling.

The angel assures this cluster of caretakers, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV)

Heaven then severs the night sky to display more of its glory, unfolding a host of angels, as their voices ring out, “Glory to God in the highest. On earth, peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV)

Rising to their feet, the shepherds agree, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15 TLB)

One unusual star emblazons the eastern sky; one divinely-appointed beam of light illuminates the way to this heralded wonder.

Weaving their way through those rushing to find a place to stay, those having been summoned here to register for taxation, the shepherds follow the beam of light, seeking the site of this new Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths.

From a chorus of angelic voices to the clamor of the street, a multitude of sounds reaches their ears: the bleating of sheep, the braying of donkeys, the lowing of cattle. Suddenly, the cries of a newborn resonate above all the rest.

Finding their way inside a stable, the shepherds find the Babe of Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a hayed trough.

The shepherds encounter the Savior of the world. What they sought, they found.

Oh, to know the wonder of that holy night. To follow the Light, to find the Babe of Bethlehem.

Lord, take me to those fields filled with Your glory. Draw back the black curtain of my night and spill out the glory of Your heaven.

Lead me to that humble manger that I may learn to make my heart a humble manger-place for You. Reveal my life’s emptiness and fill it with the same joy of heaven that filled that night’s air. Guide me always by the Light of Your Life.

Give me willing knees to crouch before You in lowly reverence and awe. Give me listening ears to hear the rush of angels’ wings, to hear their glorious hallelujahs and the holiness of their worship.

Oh, that my heart would always be filled with the glory and wonder of that precious night.

Have you encountered the Babe of Bethlehem? Have you sought and found the Savior of the world? I pray your heart will be filled with Bethlehem wonder and glorious worship this Christmas.

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: 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, lynnmosher.com

Book Blast: In the Cleft:  Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman

Book Blast: In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning by Dana Goodman

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In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning

By Dana Goodman

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About the Book:

Author and Counsellor, Dana Goodman, shares her painful journey through heart breaking tragedy. After losing her 12-year-old son and 30-year-old husband to cancer, she must put back together the broken pieces of her life and her faith. Drawing hope from Christ, she describes how even the worst of tragedies can be rewritten into love stories so seeds of hope can be imparted to others.

Ron Dart, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the University of the Fraser Valley, says this about In the Cleft:

“I read the missive in a single sitting–was charmed and entranced, enthralled and captured by the poignant and evocative insights— it’s a burnished gold of a book—a real beauty—tragedy and hope, in an honest and raw way, jostling wisely and judiciously in your vulnerable soul–take heart—your well told and painful journey will bring healing and restore life to many—thanks for the sacrament and chalice of eternity so generously shared.”

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author photo graphic 48Dana Goodman, author and counselor, Dana Goodman, lives in Kamloops British Columbia. She wrote In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning as a tribute to her son after he died of an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme. His unquenchable faith gave her the courage to visit grief layers and find healing and life after unbearable heartache.

Dana’s greatest joy in life is Jesus Christ, even on the topsy-turvy days when he is hidden. She loves simple things like hot coffee, deep talks with girlfriends, journaling and having wonderful adventures with her family.

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