The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

You know how we lived among you. You remember how you set yourselves to copy us, and through us, Christ himself. You remember how, although accepting the message meant bitter persecution, yet you experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit. You thus became examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. You have become a sort of sounding-board from which the Word of the Lord has rung out, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but everywhere where the story of your faith in God has become known. We find we don’t have to tell people about it. They tell us the story of our coming to you: how you turned from idols to serve the true living God, and how your whole lives now look forward to the coming of his Son from heaven—the Son Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, and who personally delivered us from the judgment which hung over our heads. (1Th 1:6-10 PHILLIPS)

I heard my mother tell the same story for the thousandth time and dismissed it as yet another retelling. Truth is, I’ve heard her tell many stories many times. They are like old hat to me now, so much I can recite them.

My mom is a Bible teacher, and for 17+ years I have edited her sermons for resale. You’d think hearing her speak would get old, especially since I know all the stories, but instead, it’s become my most enjoyable part of the week. I have my own office. I am, for most points, my own boss. If I need to know something, I walk out and just talk to Mom.

We have lunch together twice a week. We don’t talk about anything important, necessarily, but, looking back, it’s the togetherness that matters. It’s the fact I’ve spent so much time with her and Dad that I have all these memories, this comfortable “Thanksgiving” feeling that causes people to travel hundreds of miles, or perhaps only ten, to sit around a table each year.

I know her well now, and I imagine, she knows me. Our two days together matters to me significantly, and the stories – the stories. It didn’t seem important to hear how some woman I’ve never met tolerated a situation and overcame it until it applied to me. I saw myself walking in her shoes in part, and I said, “I can do this. I can overcome.” I would have never known that without hearing that story.

Or another tale she routinely tells that also, one day, there I was and realized, “Hey, that’s me.” Those people, who lived their lives as best God gave them to live it, will never know that some girl from Auburndale who writes books found inspiration from their walk with Christ. And I may not realize how the example I strive to set influences others who see me.

Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. (Php 3:17 CSB)

Someone, somewhere on this earth might change their behavior because of what I’ve overcome. That is a sobering thought that stands with me often and guides my reactions. After all, if I found comfort in an unknown woman’s example, then it stands to reason others could find comfort in mine. Or worse, I could lead them astray. I don’t want to be responsible for leading anyone away from the cross and the grace God has extended to all men.

This changes my behavior. Many times, I have an opinion. But what if my bad temper, my snappy response turns someone off to the gospel? Or what if, like those stories, a woman I’ve never met hears a story about me and says, “I can handle this. God and I, together, will overcome this situation in my life?” That fruit, years after it is sown, will abound to my account. (Php 4:17)

So, as I gather this holiday amongst the family that God has given me, I’ll be grateful for many things, greatest of all for surviving this tough year, but also for other people’s walk of faith whose stories, whose victories have changed mine.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come lose yourself in the romance of Christmas with these 4 clean stories, and put a little holiday sparkle in your day!

“Welcome to Wonderland” and “His and Hers Christmas” are exclusive to this set. You won’t find them anywhere else!

HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS 

KISS ME, SANTA 

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA

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.

So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

by Lisa Prysock

Last week, there was a terrible shooting in a church in Texas.  It’s heart breaking to see these things happening.  Men, women, and children were shot to death in a brutal slaying in God’s house.  There have been persecutions like our generation has never before seen to Christians all over the Middle East and in many other parts of the world.  America isn’t a nation exempt from end time turmoil.   

The whole earth trembles for the return of our Savior.  We’ve had wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and shootings all over.  We’ve seen an extreme increase of violence all over the world and a rejection of God splitting our nation in half.  It has never before been this dangerous to be alive as Israel and America are targets of those who are enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Yet, some still reject the Lord and believe they can go on without Him.  Maybe they are afraid to take a stand for faith seeing what is happening to Christians.  Maybe they have given up and don’t think they can be saved.  Perhaps they don’t think they can ever be “good enough” to come to the Lord or live up to the standards God calls us to in the Bible.  My friend, if you are feeling this way, I hope you will not give up.  He will save all who call upon Him.  His salvation is a supernatural and beautiful act of mercy and grace to the believing heart willing to surrender to the Lord.  None of us are good enough until we come to the cross and surrender our hearts to Him.  For by one man sin entered the world (Adam), and by one man (Jesus) we have redemption. 

Yes, it is hard… there are sacrifices He calls us to make in obedience to Him.  It isn’t an easy walk or for the faint of heart.  It’s not a walk I can do without His help.  Daily I need Him to strengthen me and help me.  I often fall short, but I know I’m giving Him my best.  The truth is, my salvation comes from the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the blood He shed for me.  My salvation is not of my own works, but by accepting the work of the cross.   

The Holy Spirit, dwelling in me, strengthens me to live out my faith and grow in paths that are pleasing to Christ.  He’s not finished with me yet.  There are some things He is still working on in me, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word, I know the Lord has transformed me.  I’m not who I used to be.  I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus and am so thankful for all He has done in my life.  Yes, we’re called to be brave.  I’m thankful for His mercy and protection in my life.      

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh… 

Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Acts 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

Acts 2:40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  

Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

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 homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average 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.  Regarding this 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.  She remembers writing her first book in kindergarten with help from the teacher and a stapler to hold the pages together.  She won a literary award for a short story in eighth grade and has been writing ever since.   Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 

Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley containing a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene 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!”   

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold. She recently released Book 3 in the series, Dreams of Sweetwater River. 

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage 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 while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in a creative way.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com 

A portion of the proceeds of her books goes to support missionaries.  You can find out more about Lisa at her author website and sign up to enjoy a free newsletter; find out when her next book is coming out and where to enter book giveaways; find out about author events; receive coupons for totally free and discounted books; and enjoy more reader resources at www.LisaPrysock.com (including free vintage recipes, inspirational blog entries, and writing resources).  She really enjoys hearing from readers and loves to read their reviews at sites where her books are available for purchase such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, Kobo.com, Apple iBooks, Walmart.com, or your favorite retailer where you purchased this book.

Links: 

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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.
When the Night Is Dark and the Road Long

When the Night Is Dark and the Road Long

by Lisa Prysock

Lift up your head 

Look up 

Sing praise to the Lord anyways 

Lift up your head 

 Look up 

For soon the dawn will blaze 

 

Lift up your head 

Look up 

Soon this tide will turn 

Lift up your head 

Look up 

His whispers you’ll discern 

 

Lift up your head 

Look up 

Can you hear Him cheer you on? 

Lift up your head 

Look up 

He’s given you His precious Son 

 

Lift up your head  

Look up 

When the night is dark and the road long 

Lift up your head 

Look up 

Can’t you hear His song?  

 

There is no greater love 

Than from Him above 

In Joshua 1:9, He promises to never leave us and commands us to be brave and courageous.  In Psalm 27:1, He reassures us that He is our light and salvation, reminding us to fear no one.  In Psalm 32, He reminds us we are forgiven.   In Psalm 96, He tells us to sing a new song!   In Psalm 34, He reminds us the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him.  In Psalm 23, He lets the enemy know you’re coming to the wedding supper of the Lamb.  In Psalm 18, He reminds us He is our rock, fortress, deliverer, God, stronghold, refuge, and shield.   In John 14:27, He grants us peace.

If you’re going through trouble, take heart my friends.   Sometimes when trouble comes, it’s actually everything falling into place.   We grow.  We stretch.  Our faith is strengthened.  Remind the enemy of the Word, which will stand forever.   Keep looking up and have a blessed day!

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 homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average 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.  Regarding this 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 containing a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene 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!”   

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold.  

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage 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    

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64  

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock 

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/