Do You Love Tea Parties?

Do You Love Tea Parties?

by Rebekah Beene

I love tea parties. I always have. I even have a photo my mother took of me at about age 4. You guessed it. I was having a tea party in my room! Tea parties are such a lovely things and they never cause trouble or point to anything but happiness. All my favorite things.

But this morning I’m thinking about Martha Washington and all the other women of historical action figures like her husband. And I’ll tell you something. They were mighty women! They were strong and their prayers routed demons. How do I know this? Because the men they loved went to war. And the women who prayed didn’t just hold tea parties while they were gone. Martha’s man was in the frigid waters of the Delaware River and his troops were in very bad straits. He planned three crossings but they only made one. Who was with Him? The Lord. Who was praying? The wife.

Oh beloved, I understand your plight. You know what kind of mess your loved one is in. You know it’s impossible. You are afraid. You want to just hold tea parties and have fun with the girls but it’s war. The fear you are experiencing isn’t your outcome. We have all been there. I am there now. We have a wonderful outcome but we haven’t crossed the Delaware yet.

But God says to me and to you: “I understand you’re afraid. Start praying anyway. This is your walk out of fear and into faith.” Pray? I’ve been praying. You and I have loved ones who are in battles we can only see with our eyes, but they are experiencing the battle in their souls. Whether it’s your spouse or your adult child or your friend, this war is not over till God posts the victory flag. But that’s his intention. Victory is always your outcome. Don’t let fear choose the reality – fear is a henchman of satan and satan is always lying and he has taught his troops to lie. We are going to choose the Word of the Lord and we will pray it and pray faith and stay on the front lines of our own battlefield of prayer. We aren’t relenting. We aren’t wasting time wringing our hands or asking to be relieved of our duties. Don’t worry if in the midst of the battle your prayers change. For beloved, every battle is a season of change for every soldier of the Cross. We are all soldiers whether we like it or not. And we are all overcomers whether we believe it or not.

God loves you and He’s for you. You are the most instrumental warrior in your battleground. Don’t stop praying, don’t let fear win and rejoice that you’ve been called, chosen and enlisted. Thank the Lord for His answers ahead of time and keep pushing into the enemy’s camp. And shout out with a voice of triumph as you walk in the Light of God’s overwhelming victory for you.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

I Thessalonians 5:17-18 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

I John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.

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.
Passing the Pearly Gates

Passing the Pearly Gates

by Sherry Chamblee

My pastor gave us a great message last night on Revelation 21, and one thing that stuck out to me was what he was saying about the gates of pearl. The pearl is the only gemstone that’s created by a living creature – the pearl is the oyster’s answer to pain.

His thoughts were that perhaps, just perhaps, the gates being made of pearl is God reminding His people – the ones allowed into the New Jerusalem – that while the city offers freedom, that freedom came at a great price. That price was a painful price. It was God’s answer to pain, but it also represents Christ’s pain – caused by our sins.

So this made me think –  if the reminder is the intention of the pearly gates, then that means we don’t forget everything that happened here on earth.

We won’t just forget this life on earth. It’ll have a mental impact of some sort, even in eternity…because if God wants us to remember His pain on the cross that procured our salvation, then that means God wants us to remember. Seems simple, right?

But I think we sometimes give ourselves a pass – even when we sin here on earth, someday we’ll forget it all because the Bible says God will wipe all tears from our eyes. Of course, the Bible doesn’t say He’ll wipe our memories. And He doesn’t say that He’ll wipe away all the pain of those memories…

So – what if a painful memory from our life here could taint a relationship there in heaven? What if, before talking to someone in Heaven, we hesitate because the pearly gates remind us of the pain that our actions caused in regards to that person.

What if we treated everyone around us with that thought in mind?

The thought that in Heaven – in the New Jerusalem – we’ll be interacting with this person, and our interactions now will be remembered then – every time we pass the pearly gates. 

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

Beloved

Beloved

by Lisa M. Prysock

When I really think of all that the Lord does for us and has done for us, I stand amazed!   In sending His Son, we have forgiveness and salvation through the work of the cross… but He doesn’t stop there.  He loves us and desires to have fellowship with us on a daily basis.  The idea that He wants to talk to me and show me many things, and to have a very real and personal relationship with me, with you, with each and every one of us is yet another wonderful blessing of knowing God.  He never turns us away when we want to spend time with Him, even though sometimes we get busy and don’t take the time to be faithful in this.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Then there is His provision for us, both in the natural and supernatural realm.  Not only has He given us this beautiful earth with bountiful and ample supplies of fresh air, water, food, and beauty all around us, but He also provides a way for us to have homes, gardens, clothing and other material possessions, jobs and careers, families, friends, churches, schools, communities, neighbors, and purpose… especially purpose in serving Him and loving others.

On top of this, He gives us the freedom to study, create, choose our courses of action throughout each day, and pursue His plans for us… and even a variety of things that are not necessarily the best of what He wants for us.  He gives us great mobility and freedom of choice.

When I think of all of the beauty alone in the earth that He has placed here for us to enjoy, my heart is overwhelmed.  From mountains and meadows, to oceans and rivers, to butterflies, birds and animals, to trees and flowers… the earth is full of His handiwork, all placed here for us to enjoy.  What a mighty and gracious God we serve!

As a writer, I am truly appreciative of the fact He also allows us to enjoy the artistic achievements of our fellow man.  From bridges and skyscrapers, to music, movies, books, art, and talents of many kinds… it is mind boggling!  There are so many unique things in the world that reveal the heart of God to us and His love toward us.

My friend, we are loved, in fact, we are truly beloved!

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.  Psalm 40:5

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

Links: 

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Life

Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28)

We are all the same beneath our skin. We all bleed red. We all breathe air. Barring flaws brought about by the power of death on the earth, we function the same.

Digging deeper within us, past the physical to our soul, our mental needs are also alike. We desire love and peace and happiness. Perhaps, there we might differ somewhat. One might like something that another might hate. Some people are more gifted in one area than another – whether in a particular sport, the creative arts, or even in business. But take us home at night and we seek security, safety.

Delving deeper still, to the spirit man (for we are spirit, soul, and body, as God has created us) and we seek something to worship – a divine being, an idol made with man’s hands, even, in many instances, our children or ourselves. But the need is there for everyone. (1Th 5:23)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Ps 139:14) 

We are all alike, no matter where we live, how we live, or what we believe in. God didn’t create Adam and ask for a do over, and He doesn’t look at you and see the color of your skin, your weight or height, your grades in school, the failure of your marriage, even if you’ve been convicted of a crime. He doesn’t have a scale He weighs us on to see if we measure up to His ideal of perfection.

Our prejudices, the names we call each other, the spite we cast on our neighbors, the arguments we have, the battles we’ve fought in the name of freedom or insult or creed, are just that, ours. We scrabble and claw at each other, always seeking to be on top, first in line, above the heap. We trample on each other trying to get there, not caring who is pushed aside in our efforts.

We’ve become black and white, Democrat or Republican, British or American, Muslim or Christian instead of the one thing that we all are, that the God of heaven made us to be … whether you believe in Him or not.

Human. We are human. A gunshot, a knife to the chest, a plane crash, an automobile accident has the power to kills us all. A handshake, a hug, a smile, three small words, “I love you,” can bridge the gap and mend our differences.

No, some people in their humanness won’t ever see that. In the absence of God’s light is only darkness and darkness breeds hate, sickness, and ultimately death. Some people will, consumed with that darkness, do unspeakable horrible things, things that require extreme consequences. We must have rules and laws or else we descend into chaos.

But I should never walk into a room and look at you and think of what you lack. I shouldn’t scoot aside because she’s Asian or he’s from the Middle East. I shouldn’t criticize you because you didn’t go to Yale or Harvard or … high school. I should see only your face, that you smile and laugh, that you love, that you trust. I should treat you as an equal because that’s how God created us all.

On a level playing field, striving for one thing – Life.

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Soldier

Katy Hansen’s husband died in a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan, and the future they’d planned dissolved in an instant. Left with a young son to care for, in the last ten months she’s had to bury her grief and learn to be both mom and dad.

Harper Chavez lost his arm in the same bomb blast and carries the mental pain of it everywhere he goes, but his personal issues won’t let him forget the last thing his buddy asked him to do – take his wife, Katy, a note penned the night before his death.

Yet this one simple mission, one hour of their time, changes everything they thought they knew. She isn’t as alone as she thought; he’s much stronger than he realized; and together, there’s power in forgiveness, and maybe, love in moving on.

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

Silver Words

Silver Words

by Sherry Chamblee

I’ve been thinking lately of the words we hear from each other. We say things flippantly, sometimes purposely being hurtful, oftentimes just careless. We say things without thinking, we ramble on as if words are cheap.

Now I know our words are not on the same level as God’s, but look at the care that God takes with His words. He says His word is established forever:

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

And He makes a point that all His words themselves are tried and purified. He keeps His Words clean, pure, solid.

Psalm 12:6-7

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever

God is talking in these passages about His Bible, but I think it can also serve as a reminder of how we’re supposed to be trying to be like God.

Are our words like something precious and easily used to turn into useful tools? Or are our words harsh and brittle, divisive and hurtful?

Our words aren’t Scripture, but they can have an affect that lingers on for generations. Our words impact other people’s decisions, and those are decisions we’ll all have to live with. Our words can change the course of a day, a week, a year, or someone’s life.

Let your words be as silver, purified, tested, found to be true and honorable and helpful.

God’s Word is our final authority, but I think we can take a lesson from God in how we talk to each other, and how seriously we take the words that come out of our mouths.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/