Archives for October 2016

A Change of Heart

by Ruth O’Neil

Too often we look for a change in the conditions which we are in, when what we really need is a change of attitude. If I were to be completely honest, I sometimes need to change of attitude myself. As a mom, it wasn’t particularly uncommon for me to tell my children they needed to change their attitudes. My kids needed a change of attitude at times, they could sit there and whine about doing their schoolwork – which wasn’t going to change the fact that it had to be done – or they could change their attitudes, realizing that if they would just focus, it wouldn’t take long to do it. They might have been grumpy. They might have been dragging their feet about something they needed to do. They might have been fighting with each other or arguing with me. If a household chore needed attention they could ignore it and come back to it later in a worse state, or change their attitude and just do it. Whatever the circumstances were, they needed to rethink, and change, the way they were handling it.

There are plenty of times, more than I care to admit, when I could handle situations so much better if I change the way I looked at the problem. But sometimes, a change of attitude goes hand-in-hand with a change of heart. You might think these are the same, but they’re not. The Bible tells us that, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34 KJV). If our hearts are in the right place, we won’t just spew ugliness out of our mouths.

Think about Paul. He had a thorn in the flesh. We don’t know exactly what it was, but we do know that he asked God repeatedly to remove it. I imagine that when Paul first began asking, there was probably an attitude problem. I would’ve probably been the same with lots of begging and tears. As Paul grew closer to the Lord, he began to have a change of heart, which turn affected his attitude. No matter what the circumstances are that you face today, know that you can go to God and request a change in your heart and in your attitude.

Paul tells us, after mentioning his flesh, God told him. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

God wants to carry your burdens. He wants us to come to Him for strength and comfort. It is when we learn to completely hand over to Him all of our difficulties, hardships, concerns, and troubles, knowing that He will take care of them, is when we truly have a change of attitude. You will feel a difference within yourself. Your attitude will be better, your heart will be lighter, no matter what the circumstances are.

Hand your troubles over to God and allow Him to give you a change of heart today.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Good Clean Murder

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Good Clean Murder

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Good Clean Murder

Traci Tyne Hilton

Good Clean Murder

Award Winning Mystery from Best Selling Author Traci Tyne Hilton!

Bible school student Jane cleans houses to make ends meet. She’s getting by just fine — until she finds one of her customers murdered in his bed.

Enjoy this cozy Christian mystery for free today!

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Wish For Adam Kincaid & A Light in the Dark

CrossReads Short Takes: A Wish For Adam Kincaid & A Light in the Dark

CrossReads Short Takes

A Wish For Adam Kincaid

by Kelly Hunter

A Wish for Adam Kincaid

All single mother Billie Temple wants for Christmas is to trade her hectic Sydney lifestyle for simple country living and a place to call home. All widowed cattleman Adam Kincaid wants is for Billie and her son to go away.

Moving to the small town of Inverglen to run the local pub gives Billie the fresh start she’s been looking for, but her new landlord Adam is less than accommodating. He questions her career choices, her ability to live without neighbours in his rustic little farmhouse rental on the hill, and most of all he questions his ability to keep Billie and her young son safe.

With Christmas looming and danger circling, Adam has two choices. Open his battered heart to them and risk losing all, or send them away …

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A Light in the Dark

by Becky Doughty

A Light in the Dark

On stage, Tish Ransome sings about heartache and passion, betrayal, and about love gone wrong… but she knows very little about any of it in real life. The rockstar princess who swears like a pirate—literally—is loved and adored by family, friends, and fans alike, and her world is filled with good things, her future bright.

Behind the scenes, however, trouble is brewing. When Tom, her best friend and co-founder of the Marauders, tells her he’s leaving the band after graduation, Tish must find a new wingman to step into Tom’s hard-to-fill shoes. The moment she hears Sebastian Jeffries play, she knows he’s the one.

Yet with Sebastian comes a taste of the things Tish only writes about, and she can’t resist the lure of the tortured artist. Sebastian, likewise, is drawn to Tish’s brilliance, but like a moth that hovers too close to the flames, is he killing himself just to be near her? Can Tish save Sebastian before it’s too late, or will he pull her down into the darkness with him?

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Encounter Life in Christ

Encounter Life in Christ

by Rebekah Beene

There were encounters with church I had as a child. Although my parents didn’t attend church until I was much older, they allowed me to attend here and there. I have discovered that church is a great place to learn the Word and learn more about the Lord. But life is where you learn to lean on the Lord and find His place for you in the world. If we’re not careful we will find our place of acceptance but miss our place of worship.

Oh beloved, God sees you. He knows you’ve tried hard to find your place. You want to fit in and you’ve done a lot of things to make it so. Yet you are still searching. Your heart is still longing for something more. This morning the Lord wants you to know that relationship with Him is your heart’s desire. Nothing else will do. You may learn a lot, but as you learn to lean on the Father you will find your life will become peaceful and you will feel that you are where you should be. Church one day a week won’t do for you what relationship with God every day will do. Outside the walls of the building you can still enjoy salvation, justification, and more. You are perfected in Christ. And the Holy Spirit has sealed the deal for you – by residing in you – you carry the glory of God everywhere you go.

This is amazing! No more worries about fitting in because God has fit you for Himself! No more wishing you could be different because Christ has made you brand new! No more hoping you find purpose and meaning for Holy Spirit has sealed you for the Kingdom!

God loves you and He is for you! So much that He’s welcomed you into His household of faith with open arms! You belong! You are perfect for heaven and God’s plans for you are huge! Rejoice and run to Him this morning and thank Him that His plans will be completed as you live in the Light of His Presence and Purpose!

Isaiah 4:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 

2 Corinthians 3:4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.

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.
Book Spotlight: My Scriptural Journal: The Promises of God

Book Spotlight: My Scriptural Journal: The Promises of God

Book Spotlight

My Scriptural Journal

The Promises of God

by Heather Bixler

The Promise of God

A four week Bible Memory reading plan for Kindle.

***** KINDLE is READING PLAN ONLY!*****

The goal of “My Scripture Journal” is to help you to grow deeper in your walk with Christ by reading the Bible and memorizing scripture. The scripture memorizing technique offered in “My Scripture Journal” has been shown to help others memorize scripture out of the Bible.

When we study the Bible we learn the tools needed in order to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. God doesn’t promise a life free from trials. However He has given us the tools we need to fight our battles through His word, the Bible. When we memorize scripture we automatically have the tools on hand that we need to get us through whatever life throws our way.

“My Scripture Journal” is designed to help you memorize scripture while also learning more about God through His word. This plan for reading and memorizing scripture is designed for those of us who have either a short attention span, or busy lives, in order to help incorporate God into our everyday life!

This scripture journal is set up where you will study one snippet of scripture per week. There will be seven different activities you will complete in order to help you memorize the scripture and get into the word, one activity per day of the week. At the end of the beginning of the next week we will move onto another scripture.

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