It’s a done deal

It’s a done deal

by Suzanne D. Williams

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)

I had a BBQ sandwich for lunch – sliced ham slathered in sauce, French fries, green beans, and hush puppies with a bowl of homemade pickles. I sat at an over-varnished picnic table in a down-home local restaurant between “good ol’ boys” on their lunch break and enjoyed every bite.

No one anywhere can tell me I wasn’t there and didn’t eat it. For one thing, I have the receipt. For another, there are witnesses who’d remember seeing me at the table in the corner. My daughter, who sat across from me. The waitress who will recall taking my order. The girl at the register who’ll say I paid for the meal.

It’s equally ridiculous for anyone to say God doesn’t exist, and Jesus didn’t die on the cross. I’ve experienced both. God is real to me. Jesus lives in my heart. Those are absolutes.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t save anymore. He saved me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t heal anymore. He healed me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t rescue or deliver. He delivered me from paralyzing fear.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t prosper and provide for physical needs. He’s provided for mine many times.

You can’t convince me there’s any “good” to walking in the darkness when I’ve already experienced the light.

No man can undo how I’ve lived. I did get married in 1989. I did have a daughter in 1993. I buried one of my beloved grandmothers in 2008. I published my first book in 2011.

And yesterday, I had BBQ. It’s a fact. A done deal.

So is the work of Christ in my heart. Oh, I mess up frequently. I’m short-tempered and impatient with others. I must repent daily and lean on God’s mercies. But there isn’t a doubt in my mind where I stand in Christ. (Php 3:9)

My mother used to tell me, whenever I’d come home from school complaining about something this friend or that friend said, she’d say, “But they’re wrong.” That has solved more things in my life over the years.

Because the fact is, if you try to tell me God’s a myth, you’re wrong. If you try to say He doesn’t love everyone, you’re wrong. If you try to say my prayers aren’t heard and I shouldn’t expect an answer, you’re wrong. These are things I’ve already proven.

No government, political party, misled celebrity, confused Christian, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate me from the love of God, in Christ, my Savior. (Rm 8:38-39)

I’ve sat at the table. I’ve eaten the meal. I HAVE THE RECEIPT. Written in the blood of Christ, paid for when He hung on the cross, sealed when He rose from the dead. I have witnesses, a cloud of them in heavenly places.

And here’s the best part – if you can’t say that, God is standing here with an outstretched hand waiting to do the same for you! Anyone who comes to Him, He won’t cast out. (Jn 6:37) 

I’ll take it even further. You don’t think you need Him. You’ve lived your life minus God this far. Perhaps, you’re the person trying to convince me to give up, to turn loose, to let go, to realize how wrong I am. I’m wrong frequently and have to admit it. I’m a work in progress, learning every day to be a better person than I was the day before, but in this – in God’s salvation – I’m not wrong at all.

I’ve already been there, hand-in-hand with Christ when He raised me from the lowest place. It wasn’t a freak accident. He didn’t do it for me because in my delusion I needed something to worship. He did it because He’s alive. He did it because He’s willing and able. He’s infinite unfathomable love.

All God, all powerful, all day. You can count on it.

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 She Loves Me in the Fall

Fed up with her life, Lorelai McDowell went back to college. Though she’s older than other students, it’s never too late to start over. She only needs to apply herself, and with enough dedication, she’ll earn her business degree.

Jarek Barrow took the job filling in for the school’s current business professor, happy to expand his horizons. He loves his home state, but, in light of his brothers’ recent marriages, needs to strike out on his own. He’ll make new friends, see new places.

Yet, tossed together unexpectedly, time and time again, her desire for success and his search for a new beginning might create the best thing of all. A chance to fall in love.

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Liberating Inner Eve

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Liberating Inner Eve

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Liberating Inner Eve

by Bozena Zawisz

Liberating Inner Eve

I wrote “Liberating Inner Eve” as a result of my encounters with female clients from a Christian background who struggle to find a sense of personal strength, high self-worth, love, and acceptance.

“Liberating Inner Eve” offers psychological insight around the impact of commonly found interpretations of the teachings of the Old Testament (in particular the Genesis account of Adam and Eve) and New Testament (the lifetime of Jesus), on various themes relevant to women’s daily lives, such as how they experience their identity, self-acceptance, and self-worth.

Every Chapter of this book includes simple exercises, encouraging readers to take time to review their thoughts and feelings, relating to a particular topic.

Through “Liberating Inner Eve” I long to share with others how empowering the Bible can be in helping women find self-love, self-acceptance, and personal strength.

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CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published? & Discovering Your Miracle Self

CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published? & Discovering Your Miracle Self

CrossReads Short Takes

How Do You Get Published?

by Celine Healy

How Do You Get Published?

This is a reference and practical guide for fiction writers and authors who want to learn the best and easist way to become a published author. The crux of this book is for fiction writers to know all of the costs of production so that they have total control over their book publication.

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Discovering Your Miracle Self

by Terri Main

Discovering Your Miracle Self

Each of us are unique individuals with a unique potential. God desires for each of us to live out that potential. Too many of us are trying to be someone we think we should be or someone else wanted us to be without taking time to discover God’s plan for who we should become. This series helps you discover your own MIRACLE self.

This series is good for both individual and group study. Assume a group lesson will take about an hour.

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Book Spotlight: A Light in the Dark

Book Spotlight: A Light in the Dark

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A Light in the Dark

by Becky Doughty

A Light in the Dark

I hated Sebastian almost the first moment I saw him. But then I started to love him while I still hated him, which made things a little complicated.

Him and that guitar.

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 rock star 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?

NOTE: This book may contain triggers, due to the topic of domestic violence.

For fans of Rock ‘n’ Roll Romance, Wholesome Contemporary Romance, and Sweet College Romance.

Themes/Topics
*Clean romance
*Rock-star romance
*Contemporary romance
*College romance
*Domestic violence
*Homelessness
*Coming of age
*Romantic suspense
*Rock and roll, family life, orphan, murder, abuse, broken heart, street violence, hidden identity, and more.

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CrossReads Short Takes: DejaVu Bride & Kate

CrossReads Short Takes: DejaVu Bride & Kate

CrossReads Short Takes

DejaVu Bride

by Debra Ullrick

DejaVu Bride

A Clean Contemporary Christian Romance
Racing Series:
Book 1 The Bride Wore Coveralls
Book 2 Déjà vu Bride 
Book 3 Catch Me If You Can

Déjà vu Bride:
Furious with God, Olivia Roseman vows to never trust Him again. Why should she? Once again her prayers have gone unanswered, and once again another loved one has been ripped from her. With no job and only a few dollars, Olivia makes a choice to start over again. Without God and without love. However, her handsome new boss isn’t going to make forgetting God or keeping her vow to never love again very easy. Erik Cole questions the sanity of his moving from Swamper City, Alabama to Charity, West Virginia. That is, until he hires airbrush designer Olivia Roseman to paint his monster truck. When he senses that she’s a gal who is down on her luck, he vows to do whatever he can to help her. Only problem is, the little beauty creates more challenges than one. As his feelings toward her deepen, all Erik can do is hope and pray that one day Olivia will open up her heart to Christ—and to him.

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Kate

by Sharon Srock

Kate

She’s sworn off marriage…

Twice widowed, Kate Archer believes she’s better off alone. She’s not sure she could survive the heartache of losing another husband. Instead of romance she pours herself  into a project close to her heart: establishing a foundation to meet the needs of military widows—just like the grief-stricken woman she was twenty years ago when her husband was killed by friendly fire.

He’s still running from the past…

Nicolas Black has spent the past twenty years of his life—his entire Air Force career—trying to atone for the mistake that cost his best friend his life. Now he’s a police detective in Garfield, Oklahoma, but the guilt remains. When he learns of Kate’s new business endeavor, he wants to help. But being near the vibrant widow pushes all his buttons and makes him long for the things he’s never allowed himself to have—the home and family his buddy never had a chance to enjoy.

As Kate and Nicolas spend time together, a relationship neither expected quickly blossoms. But both remain oblivious to the tragic intersection that hides in their past…

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Kate is Book 5 in the Women of Valley View series:
Callie – Book 1
Terri – Book 2
Pam – Book 3
Samantha – Book 4
Karla – Book 6

Also available in audiobook.

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