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

Fear and God

Fear and God

by Sherry Chamblee

II Timothy 1:7 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Proverbs 28:1 

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. 

Fear does weird things to us, doesn’t it? It makes us run when there’s nothing chasing us. The panic of fear can cause us to say things we shouldn’t say, and do things we shouldn’t do. It can make us shove aside people we should be helping, and trample underfoot those who need us the most. Fear is a big scary monster, and yet – it doesn’t exist.

It’s no wonder God tells us that this is not HIS spirit. God has not given us fearful spirits, but bold, courageous ones. He gave us the spirit of love, power, and a sound mind.

Fear takes our sound mind away. Fear takes our love away. Fear takes our power away. Fear leaves us running down an empty road, afraid of the boogeyman when there’s nothing behind us. Nothing.

We are fleeing from air.

What do we fear?

We are afraid of so many things – sometimes our mind is creating a fear out of the things we put into our minds. Gossip, tattlers, talebearers- people who love to spread stories that are false, or mostly false. Fear comes from dwelling on what ‘could’ happen.

So how do we conquer fear?

I John 4:18 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Psalm 56:3-4 

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Point ourselves to Christ again. That’s how we overcome fear. Look at God, trust in Him, praise Him, give Him glory for His mercies, and trust that no matter what happens to me, God is in control and God is in it all.

Trust in God is the only thing that effectively overcomes Fear.

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/

Commitment to Marriage by BJ Robinson

Commitment to Marriage by BJ Robinson

. . . , For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh, So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:5-6 NIV

Husbands and wives are companions and fellow travelers through the journey of life to help one another as long as God allows breath and life on earth. Commitment to marriage is important in journeying to heaven together. A vow before God was signed, a contract. To enjoy the blessings of a Godly marriage, this cannot be taken lightly since couples vowed to be faithful and love each other no matter what. Blessings come through commitment during struggles as a marriage is forged like strong steel.

It is a blessing is to grow together with love for God so your love won’t flicker like a candle in the wind. To keep your marriage strong, show respect for your partner in front of others. Study your partner. This reminds me of the Sherwood movie “Fireproof” when one fireman tells his coworker to study his wife and get a college degree in knowing her. And she should do the same. What are her greatest needs? What do his moods center around? How can I satisfy my husband or wife? Your aim should be to please each other, and your husband or wife should come first, well second. God comes first. Aim to please your husband or wife before others. Remember, you are one. Marriage is the eager anticipation of a perfect bond enjoyed in eternity as Christ’s redeemed bride. You and your husband are spiritual travelers. Fullness of joy will only be found at His right hand. Delight yourselves in the Lord together. A godly marriage will make you eager for more, a perfect love, the only perfect love, the love of Jesus in heaven.

The blessings of a godly marriage are enduring through life, death, and into heaven, the beginning of eternal blessings. Marriage is converging with your partner in the stream of life at one point with a strong force. God merges two lives into one like a deep, great

river for a restful blessing of the soul when two people find contentment and peace of mind with each other and God. Marriage begins at the altar and should end at the grave through laughter, tears, joy, and heartbreak as God sees you through the trials of life.

Too many people just give up in frustration during troubled times. Remember to forgive as the good Lord forgives you and pray for each other. Hold fast to the other part of you, or you’ll lose half of your soul with the loss of your soul mate. You may not realize this until it is too late.

Dear God,

Father, we confess we’re sinners who need grace, but Your grace can and will see us through. Thank you for sending Jesus to save and pardon us through grace. Help us walk through this world together as husband and wife, a couple who is in Jesus and in whose hearts Jesus lives, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, copyright 1973, 1978, & 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

 

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and penning Civil War era historical romance as well as various other genres to provide choice for readers. She also enjoys writing devotionals. She’s an Amazon best-selling author and has written over twenty books. Blessed with children, grandchildren, and pets, her three dogs are part of the family. Visit her at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU.