Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control?  There is hope!  One minute Devotional

Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control? There is hope! One minute Devotional

by Lisa Prysock

Psalm 31:7-8, KJV  

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:  for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Are you hungry to be doing something for the Lord or serving Him in some sort of capacity than your present circumstance?  When we are tempted to give up, hang on more tightly!  It is often darkest just before the dawn!  We can turn to our Savior and pour out our heart to Him.  He hears our prayers.

Psalm 34:18, KJV 

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I have often run to my Savior in my brokenness and as Hezekiah did, spread it out before the Lord in prayer.  Sometimes all I could do was just let the tears stream down my face because I could not find the words, but I knew that my heavenly Father saw every circumstance and knew the load of the burden I was under.

Not only did He lighten my burden, He stepped in and began to move things around for me in my life.  At first I could not see what He was doing.  If I had looked at my external circumstances, I would have given up.  Instead, He helped me to look to Him.  I just had to trust Him that He was working behind the scenes on my behalf.

During this time and whenever I feel times of trial or testing, I continue to pray, read the Word, rest in Him, wait on Him, and offer my praises up to Him.  I often have felt His sweet and reassuring presence with me in a greater way during the most difficult trials of my life.  These have been moments in our relationship that I deeply cherish and will never forget.

After a little time had passed, I was pleasantly surprised that the Lord had changed my circumstances almost entirely.  When I looked around and took inventory of my new situation, I realized that He had put me in a new place, gave me new ideas, and the strength and knowledge to implement them.  I knew that in my own strength I would never have been able to get my feet where He had placed them or open the doors that He had opened for me.  The Lord is mighty and delights in rescuing His children.

2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

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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God’s High Places

God’s High Places

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (Psalm 91:14)

Does the Lord say this to me? Yes, if I have known His name. Blessed be the Lord, I am no stranger to Him. I have tried Him, proved Him, and known Him, and therefore do I trust Him. I know His name as a sin-hating God, for by His Spirit’s convincing power I have been taught that He will never wink at evil. But I also know Him as the sin-pardoning God in Christ Jesus, for He has forgiven me all trespasses. His name is faithfulness, and I know it, for He has never forsaken me though my troubles have multiplied upon me.

This knowledge is a gift of grace, and the Lord makes it to be the reason why He grants another grace-gift, namely, setting on high. This is grace upon grace. Observe that if we climb on high, the position may be dangerous; but if the Lord sets us there it is safe. He may raise us to great usefulness, to eminent experience, to success in service, to leadership among workers, to a father’s place among the little ones. If He does not do this, He may set us on high by near fellowship, clear insight, holy triumph, and gracious anticipation of eternal glory. When God sets us on high, Satan himself cannot pull us down. Oh, that this may be our case all through this day!

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You Have a Choice This or Nothing

You Have a Choice This or Nothing

by Rebekah Beene

When my kids were little supper was always at the table but it wasn’t always what each child wanted. So I would always say “you have a choice this or nothing.”  They generally chose supper as it was.

Oh beloved, this day God does not restrict our prayers as only one or nothing. We have the Word of God in written  form but we have the Word of God – Jesus – who became flesh and dwelt among us. When we are faced with two choices we always choose to be obedient to the Lord as children who love God our Father.

But we don’t have to labor at the banquet table of what ifs, how to’s or anything. Jesus taught His disciples to pray Your Kingdom come on earth… He tells us in the realm of prayer to pray expecting to receive. He says ask, seek, knock and keep on asking seeking and knocking. The prayer of apathy, resignation or self provoking is mentioned nowhere.

God loves you and He’s for you. So beloved believer pray for the Kingdom to come on earth in your situation. Ask for big scary prayer answers that have no hope for an answer without intervention from the Lord. Don’t worry about anything but pray and believe you receive.  Your King loves to answer, your Savior intercedes 24/7 and Holy Spirit is your Guide. When you release unprecedented prayer you receive a banquet of blessing! Don’t fear missing God’s will for it is His good pleasure to restore, heal and deliver. Rejoice that your prayers can have real answers that show His power and glory as you walk by faith and not by sight!

James 5:13-15 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene– walk!”

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.
Pinterest Fail Christianity

Pinterest Fail Christianity

by Sherry Chamblee

Lately I’ve found a few recipes that I think will be great for Easter. One is this carrot patch brownie recipe where you make the brownies, then dip strawberries in orange-colored frosting and line them on the brownie so it looks like a carrot patch.  It looks beautiful and wonderful and like a picture. You know – the sort of thing that makes everyone want to go out and buy all the ingredients right now just to try it.

Yeah. Well, then we try it and it looks nothing like the picture. We’ve all had those Pinterest fail moments, right? Those don’t get shared on our social media pages all that often though. We just act like they never happened. We only take a picture of that time those brownies turned out well, ignoring the time before when you accidentally added too much baking soda to the recipe and the batter exploded all over the inside of the oven.

No one ever takes pictures of when the noodles were soggy, the soup was lumpy, the vegetables didn’t glaze, and the spare ribs burned. No one shows the blackened sides of a grilled cheese from when they forgot to turn it over because they were trying to get their kids to clean their room instead of watching what they had cooking on the stove. Not that I’ve ever done that.

Look, our lives are messy. Just accept it. Because if you’re pretending that everyone else’s life is perfect and that YOU have to live up to that perfection as well, you’re allowing yourself to be set up for failure and disappointment. Accept that there will be messes that happen. It doesn’t mean you have to live IN the mess all the time, just realize that the mess will be there.

God doesn’t expect us to be perfection. He said He’s the only One Who is perfect, after all. We strive to do better not to make ourselves look good to Him, but because we have a Good Father, and we want to be just like Him when we ‘grow up.’

God’s not judging you based on the Pinterest moments anyway. He’s already well aware of all the other things in your life. You’re not surprising Him or anything.

Don’t go around wishing you had that picture-perfect moment all the time, because you’re going to miss out on the candid shots that maybe aren’t as clean, but are just as awesome.

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/

Back to Normal?

Back to Normal?

by Ruth O’Neil

Let’s all give a collective sigh. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over. All we have left is New Year’s. Shortly after that, the kids go back to school and things get back to normal.

But, what is normal?

And who likes normal anyway?

This is the time of year when people begin making all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions. Those resolutions run the gamut of eating healthier, losing weight, making more money, being happier, etc. Before we turn the calendar to remind us that February has come, we will more than likely have forgotten all about those resolutions that seemed so important at the beginning of January.

What about the goals we’ve set that aren’t necessarily resolutions? How far will we get down that list?

There is nothing wrong with making resolutions and setting goals. However, the one element often missing from our plans is God. Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Hmmm… Maybe we should look to Him or at least consult Him on what our plans are.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years about planning – and I do a lot of planning – my plans are not always what God has in mind for me. I have learned that I need to seek His will for my life. When I do that, His plans become my plans. His goals for my life become my goals. Only when I seek Him are we on the same page.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” A future and hope. I’m not sure there is anything that sounds better than that!

So, over the next few days, as the year comes to a close, take time to pray and ask God what He would like for you to accomplish this next year. Write down some of your ideas and lift them up before Him. Once your goals match up with God’s, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in one year.

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