Beloved

Beloved

by Lisa M. Prysock

When I really think of all that the Lord does for us and has done for us, I stand amazed!   In sending His Son, we have forgiveness and salvation through the work of the cross… but He doesn’t stop there.  He loves us and desires to have fellowship with us on a daily basis.  The idea that He wants to talk to me and show me many things, and to have a very real and personal relationship with me, with you, with each and every one of us is yet another wonderful blessing of knowing God.  He never turns us away when we want to spend time with Him, even though sometimes we get busy and don’t take the time to be faithful in this.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Then there is His provision for us, both in the natural and supernatural realm.  Not only has He given us this beautiful earth with bountiful and ample supplies of fresh air, water, food, and beauty all around us, but He also provides a way for us to have homes, gardens, clothing and other material possessions, jobs and careers, families, friends, churches, schools, communities, neighbors, and purpose… especially purpose in serving Him and loving others.

On top of this, He gives us the freedom to study, create, choose our courses of action throughout each day, and pursue His plans for us… and even a variety of things that are not necessarily the best of what He wants for us.  He gives us great mobility and freedom of choice.

When I think of all of the beauty alone in the earth that He has placed here for us to enjoy, my heart is overwhelmed.  From mountains and meadows, to oceans and rivers, to butterflies, birds and animals, to trees and flowers… the earth is full of His handiwork, all placed here for us to enjoy.  What a mighty and gracious God we serve!

As a writer, I am truly appreciative of the fact He also allows us to enjoy the artistic achievements of our fellow man.  From bridges and skyscrapers, to music, movies, books, art, and talents of many kinds… it is mind boggling!  There are so many unique things in the world that reveal the heart of God to us and His love toward us.

My friend, we are loved, in fact, we are truly beloved!

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.  Psalm 40:5

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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https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com

Silver Words

Silver Words

by Sherry Chamblee

I’ve been thinking lately of the words we hear from each other. We say things flippantly, sometimes purposely being hurtful, oftentimes just careless. We say things without thinking, we ramble on as if words are cheap.

Now I know our words are not on the same level as God’s, but look at the care that God takes with His words. He says His word is established forever:

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

And He makes a point that all His words themselves are tried and purified. He keeps His Words clean, pure, solid.

Psalm 12:6-7

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever

God is talking in these passages about His Bible, but I think it can also serve as a reminder of how we’re supposed to be trying to be like God.

Are our words like something precious and easily used to turn into useful tools? Or are our words harsh and brittle, divisive and hurtful?

Our words aren’t Scripture, but they can have an affect that lingers on for generations. Our words impact other people’s decisions, and those are decisions we’ll all have to live with. Our words can change the course of a day, a week, a year, or someone’s life.

Let your words be as silver, purified, tested, found to be true and honorable and helpful.

God’s Word is our final authority, but I think we can take a lesson from God in how we talk to each other, and how seriously we take the words that come out of our mouths.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

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/

The Recovery Room

The Recovery Room

by Rebekah Beene

My hubby had a stroke in May. When that stroke occurred we were in the midst of a misdiagnosis. They didn’t get it right. Twice. It was only because of the Holy Spirit speaking to a physician after my husband’s arrival in Little Rock that the real problem was discovered. I’ll ever be thankful for a woman up early for her quiet time who heard the Lord speak to her heart: “Go see that  man in person.”  She responded and came to see him in person and discovered that this could not possibly be a simple back issue.

Now we could spend all our days lamenting the missed problem. We could be angry, frustrated, bitter and focus on the what if’s, how could they’s and more.  But honestly we were so thankful someone figured it out so that we could begin the recovery. Without a diagnosis that’s correct there cannot be true recovery.

Oh beloved, God wants to take you to the recovery room. He wants to heal your hurts and relieve your pain. His Holy Spirit knows the truth. He is moving heaven and earth at this moment to secure your total recovery.  He is speaking to your heart as well.  He may be totally changing your life in the process. Let Him.  Even though I am still so very sorry my sweetheart had a stroke there are some things that have changed that I like.  You will love the changes God does for you. If you can just quit focusing on the what if’s and begin to praise Him and walk with Him into the recovery room you will have the life of freedom you’ve always wanted.  It’s there for you. You cannot take yourself through the process. You’ve got to let Someone who understands the entire thing walk with you through it all. This is not your undoing, this trial you are going through. This is for your promotion – to bring you up into the power of the Holy Spirit in ways you’ve never experienced and to trade the natural for supernatural living.

God loves you and He’s for you.  This process will be for your good, that’s God’s promise in His Word. Rejoice that you have been called up to His best. And rejoice that your healing is secured as you walk through it all with the One Who loves you more than you can ever imagine and calls you His own.

Isaiah 53:4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins!

Psalm 33:14-15 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

Isaiah 64:8 And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

Jeremiah 17:14 O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!

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.
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

The Entirety of Me

The Entirety of Me

by Suzanne D. Williams

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Mt 7:1-2 NKJV) 

You don’t know me. All this you see on the outside is the result of what I’ve been through on the inside. The moments I’ve lived that have made me, me. The choices I’ve made, both good and bad, the things I’ve done that have changed me.

You decide my judgment, the right and wrong of my life, without holding my hand in the tough times.

I was frightened. Who consoled me?

I was tempted. Who offered guidance?

Who reads my innermost thoughts? Who knows how my joints are knit together, the aches I have in the morning, the afternoon, the evening? The worries I carry that I should not. The sadness, depression, anger.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps 139:16)

What you see of me is but an nth of who I am and what I’ve done. These words I’ve written are a sprinkling on a much larger page. A book. A Facebook comment. A tweet of less than 140 characters.

In those small spaces is the entirety of me?

No, it doesn’t include the private places, the tears I’ve cried, the arguments I’ve had, the losses I’ve survived, the accomplishments I’ve made. All of me … all of you … is known only to God.

A God of mercy. Not judgment.

We can judge the fruit of a man, but we can rarely judge their motives with accuracy.”  – David Guzik commentary

“Judge every man in the scale of merit;” i.e. let the scale incline towards the side of merit or acquittal.” – Pulpit commentary

To be like Christ, to show the depth of His mercy, when I am hungry, you feed me. When I am destitute, you house me. Instead of walking just one mile, you will walk two. (Mt 25:35-36) 

And if I, in my despair, should offend you on one side, you offer me the other as well. If I require your coat, you offer your shoes. (Mt 5:40-41) 

Only God knows the heart of man, and though my actions or yours or the woman we pass at the grocery store may appear to do wrong, He sees the pathway we took to get there and knows exactly how to mend the broken pieces and make us better the following day. (1Co 2:11) 

In that lies forgiveness and mercy. You judge me for my yesterdays. But God makes today about who I can be tomorrow. And here’s the kicker, forgetting the stumbles I made along the way.

Be like Christ.

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mt 25:40) 

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 http://www.feelgoodromance.com