Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

by Lisa Prysock

Today I Will Choose Joy

 

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

I notice my family is happy and joyful when they are able to laugh together.  It unifies.  It strengthens us.  It changes our atmosphere. It changes our whole day from gloom to sunshine.  I love to hear the laughter of my children in our home.  It lifts my heart.  It binds us together.  It helps us create fantastic memories.  I believe laughter is an outward expression of our inner joy.

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22, KJV

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.  Psalm 16:11, KJV

Grateful to God

 

I also notice my husband loves to come home to a house filled with peace, thanksgiving, and praise.  I like to keep the local Christian radio station on when I’m preparing dinner.  Many times while I’m singing to the Lord along with the radio, he comes home from work and immediately senses the atmosphere is a happy one.  It sets the tone for our whole evening to go well.  Other times, we may be worshipping the Lord and feel the presence of God in our midst. In His presence there is safety, more joy, and greater peace…

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.  Psalm 32:11

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:1-2

Rest Area
Keep Calm

When we take time to rest in the Lord and set aside time for proper physical rest, I believe it baffles the enemy.  Another way to overcome trouble is to set our hearts and minds on an attitude of rest, trusting in the Lord and moving through our day in peace.  My husband and I try to do what we can when challenges arise.  We pray.  We make a plan.  We tackle it to the best of our ability and then leave the outcome in the Lord’s capable, mighty hands.  I believe being at rest is yet another way to baffle and battle opposing forces.  I believe when we do our best to honor the Lord with one day a week of rest, our bodies become refreshed and we are better prepared for the week ahead.

Come unto me, allyethat labor and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28, KJV

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.  Exodus 31:16-17, KJV

In summary, if you haven’t tried joy, rest, and praise in your home, or perhaps you feel your family drifting away from these as we all do from time to time, ask the Lord to help you implement them and start winning your battles!

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The End Came With A Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The End Came With A Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The End Came With A Kiss

by John Michael Hileman

The End Came With A Kiss

 

*A Post Apocalyptic Suspense Romance*

From Bestselling Christian Author John Michael Hileman comes a story of sacrificial love in a world where a virus has turned most of the human race into beautiful zombies.

My friends and I used to laugh about the zombie apocalypse, the absurdity of it. But when it came, it was nothing like the movies had portrayed. We couldn’t have had it more wrong. There was no gore. There was no blood or tearing of flesh. It was the most beautiful thing the world had ever seen, and that was what took us by surprise. We were not prepared to have our destruction lure us in like a harlot.

You see, the end did not come with a scratch or a bite. It came with a kiss.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Come to Me Complete Collection & Worship Is This

CrossReads Short Takes: The Come to Me Complete Collection & Worship Is This

CrossReads Short Takes

The Come to Me Complete Collection

by Leah Atwood

Come to Me Collection

The complete Come to Me Series from bestselling author Leah Atwood, now available at a discounted price.

Come to Me Alive:

Bryce Landry, country music’s hottest star, has it all, or so everyone on the outside thinks. They can’t see his struggle to discover himself, to find his place in unfamiliar territories, both as a dad and as a Christian. He takes a month off and escapes to the small town of Oden Bridge, Louisiana, where his daughter lives with his grandparents.

Sophie Thatcher has never been a risk taker but never thought her life lacked until her boyfriend of three years breaks off their relationship. Only then, does she begin to question what she’s missed by always playing it safe. Meeting Bryce is a call to action. She can let fear rule or trust in faith, which means taking the biggest risk of her life.

As the weeks and months pass, they discover finding each other was easy, but holding on will be a different story.

Come to Me Free:

Career-driven Dani Trahan wasn’t interested in finding a husband. At only twenty-eight, she had plenty of time in her future to settle down and have a family, but for now, her sole focus was keeping her restaurant afloat. When tragedy strikes, however, she’s forced to examine her priorities and relationships.

Rob Jackson didn’t do relationships. He’d long ago accepted that happily ever afters didn’t belong to him. That was a decade ago, right around the time he stopped believing in God. Then he met Dani, and for the first time in ten years, he wanted to believe again—in love and in God.

To move beyond friendship, Dani and Rob must first accept several truths, but can they learn to rely on faith before it’s too late?

Come to Me Again:

Dominic Sellers dreamed of escaping a life of poverty and making a living playing music. On the brink of giving up, he’s offered the chance of a lifetime to be the new guitarist for Bryce Landry. His life finally aligned with his goals, but something was missing.

Four years ago, Maisy Rothchild walked away from her fiancé—her best friend and the only man she’d ever loved. She’d give anything to go back and change that day, but that wasn’t possible. There were factors that complicated the situation, things she couldn’t tell anyone.

When she makes a bold move to restore their friendship, can the same love that tore them apart bring them back together?

Come to Me Joyful:
(Bonus Novella)

Kate Jergens presents her life as the picture of perfection to everyone outside her close-knit circle. Old insecurities prevent her from letting people see who she really is. As the holidays approach, events cause those insecurities to reappear.

When Luke Tatum catches his co-worker, Kate, with her guard down he realizes he doesn’t know her as well as he thought. As he discovers who Kate really is behind her mask of flawlessness, his admiration for her grows and he finds himself more drawn to her.

When faced with the possibility of losing someone she loves, Kate’s faith wavers. This Christmas season, will she accept support from the man who loves her or will she push him away?

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Worship is This

by Heather Bixler

Worship Is This

Let’s explore what it means to worship God.

The mightiest God wants the smallest part of you.

The biggest God wants your attention.

The highest God wants to sit next to you.

Worship is this.

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Essential Acts of Worship

Essential Acts of Worship

by Ruth O’Neil

It doesn’t matter who you talk to; there are as many ways to worship as there are believers in the world. Worship can be corporate or it can be personal, hopefully believers experience both corporate and personal on occasion. Scripture tells us there are four basics to worship and all should be included in our worship time whenever and wherever one decides to worship.

Singing 

Singing is a form of worship that can be highly emotional. One can be moved to quiet tears or moved to dance with joy as David was when the Israelites brought home the Ark of the Covenant. Despite what some people think, the beat of the music doesn’t matter. The music that moves one person to worship may put another to sleep or bring on headache. It’s the words of the song that are important. It’s the words that bring about the meaning of the song, along with the emotional response from the listener. Be careful about judging others in the form of music that bring about worship for them. Worship for one can be as a member of a 1000 person choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” while for another, it’s singing along to a song on the radio in the privacy of the car.

Make sure your worship includes some type of music.

Prayer 

Prayer is the form of worship that not only allows us to speak to God, but also allows Him to speak to us. One can pray anytime, anywhere, in a crowd, or all alone. Prayer needs to be more than a list of what we want. If you have trouble thinking of things to pray about, make a list you can refer to during your prayer time.

Don’t think that you always have to kneel to pray. Pray whenever someone or some situation comes to mind. Pray whenever things are quiet and you know you won’t be disturbed. Pray short prayers throughout the day, if that’s what you have time for. Do as the Bible says and “pray without ceasing.”

Tithing 

Tithing is the act of obedience in giving back to God. The Bible commands us to tithe and gives us some guidelines. Tithing can take place in a number of ways. One can tithe to the church, one can give directly to missions, or simply to give, in Jesus’ name, to a need. Tithing should be as private as possible. What you tithe is ultimately between the giver and God.

Preaching 

One cannot grow spiritually without another one to lead. Yes, personal Bible study is extremely important, but there is much to be said when sitting under teacher who is more knowledgeable in the Scriptures.

It doesn’t matter where or when you worship, is on you do as you do it regularly and that it contains these four aspects. They do not even have to all be done in the same one-hour church service. You can incorporate these four acts of worship throughout your day.

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 http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

CrossReads Spotlight: Finally Mr. Write

CrossReads Spotlight: Finally Mr. Write

CrossReads Spotlight:

Finally Mr Write

Finally Mr. Write

Eighteen months. That’s how long 30-year-old Josh Wilson has to get married. He’s been widowed less than a week, but Bo Jamison, Josh’s late father-in-law, tied his inheritance to his marital status. Josh would be fine without Bo’s money, but failing to meet the stipulations means Bo’s wife and Josh’s daughter get nothing. And Josh can’t live with that.

Stephanie Jamison is only twenty, but her blog on purity is extremely popular. She’d planned to move in with her best friend in Serenity Landing, but the friend eloped, leaving Stephanie with no place to go. The nanny job offered by her great-uncle right before his death seemed to be the perfect solution.

Until she found out she’d be living two rooms down from the boy she used to have a crush on.

Josh barely remembers the girl who fell off the stage at drama camp. Though he’s fairly sure Bo was trying to set him up with Stephanie, he has no choice but to accept her help. Despite his late father-in-law’s interference, it’s too soon to move on – and Stephanie is much too young. Or he’s much too old. Or both. Besides, he has the Serenity Landing Comedy Club to save.

When circumstances spiral out of control, they have two choices – get married or lose everything. On the line are Stephanie’s blogging job she loves and the inheritance Josh needs for his mother-in-law. It’s the only way he can keep the club going and his employees paid. They grow closer, but will they ever believe he’s Finally Mr. Write?

Author Carol Moncado’s stories are truly irresistible! With endearing characters and make-your-heart-smile romance, you’ll keep turning pages, never wanting to reach ‘The End’… Go ahead and make room on your favorites’ shelf, because this fresh voice in contemporary Christian fiction is here to stay. ~ Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin

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