Archives for February 2016

God’s Love is Grander than the Grand Canyon!! by B. J. Robinson

God’s Love is Grander than the Grand Canyon!! by B. J. Robinson

Psalm: 145:4-5 One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

God’s love is as wide and deep and great as the Grand Canyon He made.

His love flows like Niagara Falls.

His light shines like a Key West sunrise.

His love sparkles more than all the lights in Las Vegas.

But His love is true and steady, instead of glittering and flickering false hope.

Nothing is grander than our own Lord, not even the Grand Canyon He personally created!

Like an expansive canyon view, or an ocean-front view, His love spreads and expands throughout all eternity with no end in sight.

All you have to do is invite Him in as your personal Lord and savior, trust Him, and He will be your guiding light, outshining the glitter of Hollywood and Vegas.

©Barbara Robinson, July 19, 2007

Disappointed about something in life once again, Mom’s words rang in my ears as usual, “The Lord had something better in mind; everything happens for the best; it just wasn’t meant to be.” Each time life knocked me down Mom’s words picked me up and life went on. Mom is gone now, but her words still ring loud and clear each time I need to recover from life and its problems. I meet each of life’s disappointments by telling myself what Mom would tell me, if she were still here.

Met with major disappointment after major disappointment and many minor ones along life’s highway, God and Mom’s word about Him helped me recover and journey on to face whatever God had planned for me.

Father died one cold Christmas Day when I was four, and it was hard to see how the Lord could have anything better in mind by taking him away, but life went on. Mom explained it away that everything had happened for the best because Dad had a brain tumor, and he would not suffer in heaven. It may not have seemed the best for us, but Dad would no longer suffer.

One summer Mom was going to rent the perfect brick house, but someone beat us to it. “It just wasn’t meant to be; the Lord has something better in mind,” she said. Sure enough, a week later we found a house we loved with a lot cheaper rent, one Mom could really afford much better.

I never won anything in my life. I always came close, but close was never good enough. “It just wasn’t meant to be; the lord has something better in mind for you down the road,” she said. It happened for the best that I didn’t win because I had to be taught that winning wasn’t everything. When I learned that lesson, down the road, later in life, my short story and book won contests. By that time, I realized the real prize would not be won on this earth.

God has delivered me through storms and despair and pulled me out on the other side to a world of sunshine and rainbows. He showed me He did in fact have something much better in mind.

God’s love is no fairy tale, but like a fairy tale, He pulled me through the storms of life and set me down in the land of sunshine in the Sunshine State of Florida. As though a blessing from above stamped approval on my move, a rainbow appeared in the sky, though there had been no rain that day. It was the rainbow appearing after my storm of life, and God’s message that life was still worth living. It was my message that I had weathered life’s storms and made it through to the other side of the rainbow.

On my honeymoon, a double rainbow appeared as my husband and I looked out upon Niagra Falls in Canada. God and His word are amazing. I never once in my life ever so much as dreamed of seeing Niagra Falls. Yet, I stood with my husband and a new life, gazing out at the majestic beauty of the Falls with a double stamp of approval from heaven above, as God sent down his blessings. On a family vacation years later, I’d gaze out at the Grand Canyon in awe and think how creative God was.

But on my honeymoon, as I watched the water gush its way and spill over the sides, sunny skies, a double rainbow, and the roar of the Falls ushered in my new life. It was as though the Falls were washing away the past, and everything was clean and new. I had a bright new future and someone to love who loved me. Best of all, I had found God, and I knew I would never be alone in this old world again. I would always have someone to turn to. I would always have a gentle, loving touch, a hand on my shoulder when I needed Him.

The Lord had something better in mind and everything happened for the best, because through my pain, heartache, and despair, I came through a much stronger person and found the real love of my life, God. I learned to turn to Him in prayer, and He turned my world around. God worked a miracle in my life, and my entire life was completely changed. Gone was the old. Here to stay was the new, and I knew it was meant to be when the double rainbow blessed the day and our union. Thank God, I listened to my mother’s words, and they still ring loud, clear, and true, “The lord has something better in mind, and everything happens for the best.”

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson writes from the Sunshine State with a love and passion for God, family, and her pets, three dogs and a cat who keep her company as she writes. Her writing has won awards, and her books have been Amazon bestsellers, but the true reward won’t be found in this earthly world. You may find her work at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1456521102&sr=8-2-ent.

CrossReaders Book Review: Gold Dust Tea: Christian Historical Novella ( A Teacup Courtship Novella)  by Teresa Ives Lilly

CrossReaders Book Review: Gold Dust Tea: Christian Historical Novella ( A Teacup Courtship Novella) by Teresa Ives Lilly

Title: Gold Dust Tea: Christian Historical Novella

( A Teacup Courtship Novella)

Author: Teresa Ives Lilly

Gold Dust Tea

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Jennie Felder has come from Oregon on a mule train, to join her brother in Shasta, California.

When she arrives and discovers her brother is running the Gold Dust Saloon, she wants to leave, but has no place to go. Then, her brother gets put in jail, and she must run some kind of business to keep him from losing the building. Against the recommendation of handsome Lance Corte, Jennie converts the saloon into a Tea House.

Can she convert Lance’s heart as well?

Review

WAIT AND TRUST
I enjoyed this clean Christian western romance that has some mystery and suspense and a message that God can clean up any sinner. From Oregon to California in 1851, traveling by a mule train to join her brother Jackson, Jennie Felder is the only girl along with her father making this trek. The town of Shasta is mud and men, this isn’t a place for a lady, and to learn that Jackson owns and runs the saloon. Christian, Lance Corte, runs the mercantile, but he is leery of Jennie, is she like her crooked brother Jackson? The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning as the mystery of who is stealing the merchandise from the mule train as it is coming into town. Can the sweet nature and gentle heart of Jennie turn a saloon into a tea house and make a profit? While in jail will Jackson change or return to his old ways. I found the dialog heartwarming and the message that God has a plan for each of us, one where we will prosper and will be protected if we only trust and obey His word. God can clean the heart of any sinner if they only ask for forgiveness.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes: Whitewashed & Kissed By a Cowboy

CrossReads Short Takes

Whitewashed

by Amy C. Blake

Whitewashed

Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard. Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird─so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college─boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like when she finds millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discoveries secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts─her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?

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Kissed by a Cowboy

by Debra Clopton

Kissed by a Cowboy

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart. Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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Patience With Understanding by Daniel Colston

Patience With Understanding by Daniel Colston

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”—Proverbs 14:29-30

Anger is so damaging. It breaks relationships, ruins marriages, and produces negative physical symptoms. If left unchecked it will turn into rage or even violence.

Do you think you’re fine when it comes to anger? Do you assume that as long as you’re not punching holes in drywall or shouting profanities, then you’re doing okay? Do you justify your irritability with the person driving slowly in front of you, simply calling it frustration?

Recognizing that you have an anger issue is the first step to dealing with it. So ask yourself:

  • Do I lash out at others?
  • Do I silently hate others?
  • Would the people closest to me say that I have anger issues?
  • Do I clash with others often?

Even if you have a small anger issue, that can be devastating if given room to fester in your heart. It has been said, “bitterness is the poison that we drink hoping the other person will die.” We need to be freed from anger!

And we need to pull up anger at the root, not just address the symptoms. So take a look at what the root of anger looks like (this is borrowed from Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones).

  • My life will not be inconvenienced.
  • Your job is to not inconvenience me.
  • You failed at your job so I have the right and duty to punish you.

Anger is really a heart issue. The anger that rises up within us is a manifestation of the ruling desires of our hearts. If we are all about God’s plan then we won’t get upset when we are pushed down, punished unjustly, or made fun of. But if we are consumed with promoting ourselves and our agenda we will be offended every day.

I John 3:15 says, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”

According to that verse, anger and murder are on the same page. And John got those words from Jesus in Mathew 5:22, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

You have to begin to see that when you are angry with someone you are not just sinning against them, but against God. Being filled with anger is also failing to obey the second most important commandment, “love your neighbor as yourself.” Life is so much more beautiful when you don’t have any bones to pick, scores to settle, or wrongs to right. Let God be God. He is a better judge than you.

I hope and pray that God gives you peace and frees you from any sin that has a foothold in your life. Do you have a story about how God has freed you from sin?

Daniel ColstonDaniel Colston is a youth pastor in Roanoke, Virginia. He is married with no children yet, but he is considering getting a German Shepherd. He has written two books called Jesus Without Lines and Unstoppable: 40 Keys for Chasing Your Dreams, Achieving Your Goals, and Finding God’s Best For Your Life. He blogs at danielcolston.com.

CrossReaders Book Review: Spring Break (Seasons of the Heart Book 3) by Susette Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Spring Break (Seasons of the Heart Book 3) by Susette Williams

Title: Spring Break (Seasons of the Heart Book 3)

Author: Susette Williams

Spring Break

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Kelly Sanders volunteers at an orphanage and loves working with children—even if they can be a bit mischievous at times.

Marc Stevenson is used to fighting fires, not rescuing damsels in distress out of trees. He thinks Kelly would be perfect for him, except for that one flaw. How does a man, with visions of children, fill a nest that’s sure to be empty if he spends it with the woman he loves?

Will some munchkins playing matchmaker be able to bring Kelly and Marc together? Or will love’s ember never have the chance to be ignited?

Review

This is an emotional clean Christian story. Kelly Sanders has a dark and painful past that holds some sad secrets. She has a love for children and works with orphaned children. Marc Stevenson comes from a Christian home and long line of firefighters. When a rescue at the orphanage brings Kelly and Marc together, there are sparks between them. What happens when a future dream is extinguished? Will this be the end to their relationship or will God open a new door?

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts