Be Careful Little Eyes

Be Careful Little Eyes

by Suzanne D. Williams

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Php 4:8) 

What are you lookin’ at?

No, seriously, what are you looking at? What have you set before your eyes? What’s playing in your ears? Is it a view of the circumstances? The voices of negativity and doubt?

There comes a time when the children of God have to make a choice to either listen to worry and fear or slam the door in its face. On a practical level, that may mean no Facebook for you. Or no TV. No internet.

Here’s a biggie – it might mean upsetting that friend or relative who likes to keep you informed. I have a friend who loves political things. I have another who is always watching the weather. On a good day, neither one is harmful. But when a category 5 hurricane is bearing down on you, there’s that choice – to shut the door and lean on God, the maker of all things, or to feed your fears until they’re as big as that storm.

Now, I’m not saying to be unprepared. Whatever you face, whether it’s chemo or your light bill or your children’s future, you should pray and do what God directs in your situation. But there’s a difference between preparedness and fear.

There’s a song we sang when I was young. It went, “Be careful little eyes what you see.” Then in the next verse, “Be careful little ears what you hear.” What a great lesson for us to learn.

What we look at, what we listen to is vital for our success or failure, and I want to know when I’m staring the monster in the eye that the Greater One inside of me had been given all He needs to operate in my life. That my faith in the Anointed One will take precedent over anything else I have to do that day. (1Jn 4:4; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17) 

Because the Man who calmed the storm lives inside of me! The Man who said, “Here’s My peace. Take it,” when He faced the biggest chance to be afraid, the cross. Death is staring him in the eye and all the powers of hell rage against Him, yet He trusted His Father to carry Him through. (Mk 4:39; Jn 14:27; Jn 10:17; Lk 22:42)

That’s peace! So pick up your shield and use what the Good Lord gave you. You have faith as your guard, a sword powered by the very anointing that raised Christ from the dead, and a gospel of peace to guide your feet. Close off to the winds around you, shut the rains out, and spend time with God seeking peace. (Eph 6:13-17; Rm 8:11; Ps 34:14)

He can handle your situation. No battle you face is too hard; no river is too wide; no mountain is too high. Lift up your hands in praise, and watch and see what God can do. (1Ti 2:8)

He made something out of nothing, after all. (Ge 1:2-3; Rm 4:17)

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; (Ps 91:9)

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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 www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Magnolia Storms

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Magnolia Storms

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Magnolia Storms

by Janet W. Ferguson

Magnolia Storms

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Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Wisdom to Know & Disillusioned

CrossReads Short Takes: Wisdom to Know & Disillusioned

CrossReads Short Takes

Wisdom to Know

by Elizabeth Maddrey

Wisdom to Know

Is there sin that love can’t cover?

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.

Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.

While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

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Disillusioned

by Christy Barritt

Disillusioned

Nikki Wright is desperate to help her brother, Bobby, who hasn’t been the same since escaping from a detainment camp run by terrorists in Colombia. Rumor has it that he betrayed his navy brothers and conspired with those who held him hostage, and both the press and the military are hounding him for answers. All Nikki wants is to shield her brother so he has time to recover and heal.

But soon they realize the paparazzi are the least of their worries. When a group of men try to abduct Nikki and her brother, Bobby insists that Kade Wheaton, another former SEAL, can keep them out of harm’s way. But can Nikki trust Kade? After all, the man who broke her heart eight years ago is anything but safe…

Hiding out in a farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Nikki finds her loyalties—and the remnants of her long-held faith—tested as she and Kade put aside their differences to keep Bobby’s increasingly erratic behavior under wraps. But when Bobby disappears, Nikki will have to trust Kade completely if she wants to uncover the truth about a rumored conspiracy. Nikki’s life—and the fate of the nation—depends on it.

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Opinions – We All Have Them

Opinions – We All Have Them

by Sherry Chamblee

Some of them are right, some are wrong. But one thing we all like to do is share them.  

We share our opinion on whether someone made a right or wrong choice, what someone’s motives were, how they could have done it better.  For the most part, these days, those opinions are shared on social media and are directed at news stories, or some sort of current event that everyone’s talking about. We often even get asked directly about our opinions on these things, even though it won’t change a thing.  

I do it too. I want people to know my opinion of things just as much as anyone else does.  

But you know, sometimes my opinion doesn’t matter. Sometimes it has no bearing, and will help nothing in the situation if I share it. Sometimes I’ve shared my opinion anyway…maybe we all have.  

Our society right now is teaching us to give our opinion on every little thing – and every big thing – as if our opinion can and will actually make any difference.  

We share these opinions as if we know – as if we have all the information and every right to make a judgment.  

One thing I’ve learned is that usually the truth of a matter is a shade between the two sides of the story being told. One might be more right than the other, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t spinning it their direction just a little too.  

James 3:6 King James Version (KJV) 

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

We take too much upon ourselves. We decide we have the right to our opinion, which we do, but then we decide we also have to inflict that opinion upon everyone else around us.  

It’s ok to have an opinion – but I think we all need to take a step back and determine whether or not we need to share that opinion. 

Sometimes we just have to ask ourselves if it’s necessary to say it out loud. You know? I mean, sometimes fires are beneficial, but oftentimes they’re incredibly destructive. The fire that a tongue can start is most often an unchecked wildfire rather than something that purifies.  

Some things are better left said only to God in prayer.

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/

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Tears of the Sea

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Tears of the Sea

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Tears of the Sea

by MaryLu Tyndall

Tears of the Sea

What do mermaids, curses, evil warlocks, kingdom rebellions, adventure, and romance have in common? They are all part of Tyndall’s new book! A branch into the fantasy world for this best-selling historical romance author!

Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her. Yet, after three hundred years, her failures have left her heartbroken and alone.

Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal sent him far away to battle Natas’s rebellion. He longs to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh, but he is destined for a mission, but where and to help whom? He doesn’t know. After Savion falls off his ship during a storm, he wakes on the shores of an island with visions of a dark-haired mermaid tending his wounds. Later, when a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.

Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all: save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die.

“It spoke to me … A tale of hope, sacrifice, and love …” Debbie Mitchell, book reviewer. 
Amazon categories:
>Historical Romance
>Pirate Romance
>Mermaid Romance
>Fantasy and Fairy Tales

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