No Brakes, No Steering

No Brakes, No Steering

by Rebekah Beene

Danny decided our car needed washing, so we pulled in to one of the newest ones while we were in a nearby town. This one was different than any I’ve ever seen. You pull up, choose your wash, pay the money and then you put your car in neutral, take your hands off the steering wheel and remove your foot from the brake. It then compels you forward and take you through the entire wash by itself.

It sure felt weird neither to steer nor to put on the brakes. But when we were through we drove out the back door on to the rest of our day with a clean car!

God spoke to my heart: with this faith life there will be times I am going to ask you to take your hands off the wheel and quit stepping on the brake. I AM the One who will get you where you need to be. You may feel like things are in neutral but I AM the One who will get you where you need to be.

Oh beloved, you’re not coasting nor are you in danger of losing control. In fact, when you give God control of the situations in your life things happen in the heavenlies. The whole realm of God’s help comes to assist you to do His will. We’re not meant to be saved for heaven and then be in control of our whole lives. We become new citizens and no longer drivers – we aren’t driven by popularity, politics, position, or any other man-made device for success. The impetus becomes God’s call. You may be considering what God is doing in the midst of your hardest situations but you can be sure that His promises prove true always – all things work together for good because you are called according to His purpose. As you release your life to Him take note – what looks like dangerous, out of control living, will become focused and meaningful. You may feel like putting on the brakes today but allow God to take you all the way through. Something wonderful is awaiting your obedience and the outcome will be glorious.

God loves you and He’s for you. Two strong reasons to let Him lead, guide and direct your life. Every moment you relinquish your own control – or the control others want to have over you – to God is a shining moment of glory in the Kingdom. Rejoice, beloved, that you are living completely free and going forth in the Light of His Wonderful plan!

I Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Psalm 119:60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

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.
Real Things

Real Things

by Sherry Chamblee

We have a weird idea of what “real” means these days, don’t we?  

I mean you’ll hear people talking about “real” women looking a certain way, “real” men acting a certain way, putting “real” issues into what we write as authors.  

Thing is, real women come in all shapes and sizes, including the very tiny, very fit size. Real men are sometimes quiet and understated rather than loud and outgoing and take-charge. Real stories sometimes include happily ever after endings and real people sometimes live very clean lives.

Sometimes we have to strip away all the trappings in order to get to the reality of an issue though.  

Take salvation, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Christianity has added all these trappings to it – we go here, we do these things, we don’t go to these other places, and we don’t do these other things. The rules and standards may be absolutely correct, but do they enter into the Gospel message itself? Are those rules what save us?

We ask people if they want to go to heaven someday. We talk about the wonderful way Heaven is, the glorified bodies, the life eternal. But is that the reality of what salvation is?  

Heaven will be wonderful, I agree…and Jesus does talk about that. But is that why we’re saved? Is that what salvation offers us?

In reality, the standards and rules of Christianity are secondary to salvation. They are the result of a salvation decision.  

In reality, Heaven is a byproduct of obtaining salvation. Salvation gets us primarily a relationship with Jesus Christ, a reconciliation with God the Father, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. If Heaven wasn’t a place at all, than that relationship with Jesus Christ would still be everything we’d ever need, here on earth and on into eternity.

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/

Two Minute Devotional:  Why Do All of Those “Begat’s” In the Bible Matter?

Two Minute Devotional: Why Do All of Those “Begat’s” In the Bible Matter?

by Lisa M. Prysock

And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other was Zillah.  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. Genesis 4:18-20

And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.  Genesis 4:21

At first glance, all of those passages of ‘who begat who’ may seem awfully boring, but through them, we not only see how generations were formed and those that carried the lineage of the Kings and tribes of Israel who birthed Christ the Messiah to the world; but we see how valuable each of these people were to God.  We see that many were the mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, or great grandparents… the list goes on…  who shaped ordinary people who often did extraordinary things!  Each of these names mentioned in the Bible are important to the Lord.  Each contributed to the world, and many contributed to the Kingdom of Heaven with their gifts and talents.

Can you imagine a world without music?  I’m thankful for Jubal.  Not all of us may appreciate steak, but I am also thankful for Jabal, because I appreciate the cattle that provide us with steak.

I believe God has placed something unique inside each and every one of us.  If you are a mother or a father, you are helping to shape someone else’s life.  If you are a teacher, you are shaping the students in your class.  If you are an aunt, a sister, brother, cousin, friend… you are impacting those around you.  Some of you have multiple talents.  Fathers, if you have a skill and support your family by using your skills, gifts, education, and/or talents, you are making a huge difference in the lives of your spouse and children.  I believe that the “begats” reveal the love of our Heavenly Father to us in that He offers to each of us redemption, salvation, and unique purpose in living.

Adam, the first man, named all of the animals.  Jubal developed musical instruments. Noah saved the animals during the great flood.  Abraham had great faith.  Moses had leadership ability.  Jacob birthed twelve princes of Israel.  Joseph could interpret dreams and had leadership ability.  King David could take down giants, wrote many of the Psalms, played the harp, made a fine Shepherd, and became one of the greatest earthly Kings Israel ever had.  Through his lineage, our Savior was born from into the earth.  In Christ, ye also trusted after ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise… (Ephesians 1:13)  The AMP version goes on to say we are as owned and protected by God!  Today and every day, we can take great joy in knowing how much the Lord cares for us and that He is with us on a daily basis watching over each one of us.  Not one of us is forgotten.  I am thankful that the “begats” reveal not only our heritage, but so much more to us!

About the Author:

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 Shoemakeran 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: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com

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

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com

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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