Blessing in the City

Blessing in the City

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

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Jesus Is Living Water

Jesus Is Living Water

An encouraging excerpt from the devotional  Arise Warrior Princess  by Lisa M. Prysock

Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7  

1  His foundation is in the holy mountains. 

2  The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 

3  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.  Selah. 

5  And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her:  and the highest himself shall establish her. 

6  The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there.  Selah. 

7  As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there:  all my springs are in thee. 

I’m sure you will agree that this is an encouraging Psalm!  Because we are grafted into Zion, we can find many of God’s promises to us in the Bible.  Right away, the first verse in this Psalm tells us that our foundation in Him has been established.  The words comfort and remind us of how much the Lord delights over us when we then share the gospel with others.  When we actively do our best to bring more souls to Jesus and turn hearts toward Him, He is very pleased.  We can’t take fancy cars or homes to heaven, but we can bring souls!

My grandfather used to have a saying I heard him repeat often:  “What a privilege it is to serve the Lord!”  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this, especially when we feel ourselves growing weary of the many things we do to help bring in the harvest.  It is so important that we take time to refresh.  They that win many souls will shine bright as the stars of heaven.

I am also reminded that the Lord gives us everything we need to accomplish what He calls us to do for the Kingdom of God.  He provides the water, the sunlight, and the seed.  Yet in His graciousness, He makes a way for each of us to find and have an active role in serving Him.  This passage reminds us of the way He celebrates when new souls are brought to Jesus and come into the Kingdom of God.  The Lord doesn’t just notice; He actually writes down who had a part in this taking place!  What a tremendous comfort to each of us!

I also notice that the Lord speaks of the singers and players on instruments being there.  He delights so much when we worship Him.  He inhabits our praises and we then become more aware of the river flowing from us as we learn to rest in Him and worship our King.  That spring is Jesus!  He is living water!  It bubbles.  It flows.  It winds.  It ripples. It brings life and healing everywhere it goes.  My friend, that river is inside each of us who have accepted Him!  Likely you have heard the verse John 7:38:  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. May we carry it to bless others everywhere we go.

About the Author:

Lisa PrysockWhen she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”

“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.

Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.

She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com

Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

by Rebekah Beene

Today marks the inauguration of a new president. This is historic and amazing. That we have an opportunity to vote is something many countries have no voice about. My parents took voting seriously and I couldn’t wait to vote when I was old enough. This is a new day with new plans and new hope for our country. Time will tell but we do have the hope that for believers, God is in control and His plans for our lives are always good.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that you have been inaugurated! Although there was no vote of angels to put you where you are, Jesus went to the cross so that you can have a new beginning. But more than that. So you could be admitted into heaven. But oh more than that! He wants you to know that it is quite the ceremony that you said yes to Christ! You are the person for this hour! You have the credentials of heaven and the seal of the Cross! You may feel like an outsider and that you don’t have what it takes. But beloved, you are in Christ! You’ve been made authentic in the power of the Holy Spirit. You may feel small and insignificant and unworthy. But God says you are chosen, called, anointed and appointed. This is what you were born for. To be an ambassador of heaven and a foreteller of glory!

Lay aside those things which try to convince you that you’ve missed it or that you don’t have what it takes. This is your greatest adventure! You’ve been inducted into the hall of fame – and you will live your life for the fame of the Savior! The things you think you can’t do are just stepping stones to the life of faith you can live!

God loves you and He’s for you! Rejoice in His abilities working within you. Rest in His promises living inside of you. And Go forth into His calling with no looking back! God is always with you and your life is going to be a beacon of hope to many others as you live in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. NIV

2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

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.
With God

With God

by Sherry Chamblee

Luke 1:37  For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  

Have you ever thought of those words? Ever considered the scope of those words? Ever considered the restriction of those words?

“With God” – that means just that – WITH GOD nothing shall be impossible.

I think far too often I hear the verse that says “with God, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.”  When really, God’s emphasis is on the “WITH GOD”.

Having God with me is the most important part of that little verse. Before I claim that nothing is impossible, I’d better be really sure that I’m WITH GOD. Not that He’s with me, but that I’m with Him. Oftentimes I’m just going along my merry little way, assuming that what I’m doing is God’s will simply because I’m doing it. But that may not be the case. I need to actually check with Him.

Maybe that’s why we’re defeated so often. We don’t check with God first to see if our actions are what God wants for us.

So before we go off into that next battle, be extra sure that God is directing us there – not just following us into it. God is the leader, not you or I. He’s the One that tells us to go here or there, or fight in this battle or sit this next one out. He is the One who tells us what to say if we’ll let Him guide our tongue. He’s the One that brings us shelter and refuge when we’re weary and battered.

And remember, WITH GOD, nothing shall be impossible.

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/

Does What I Read Honor God?

Does What I Read Honor God?

by Lisa Prysock

Originally published by Lisa M. Prysock on November 3rd, 2014 at www.LisaPrysock.com, Inspirationals Blog Post

Philippians 4: 8   (paraphrased)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.

It’s really been on my heart to share that one of the reasons I started writing was because it is so hard to find clean literature to read that is wholesome in nature and really honors God.  There is so much out there that can erode our hearts and minds.  I try to make it a priority to evaluate carefully what I spend time with when choosing a book to read or choosing a television program to view, or where any entertainment is concerned.

I believe it is important to choose with the greatest of care what we put into our minds.  What we put in seems to come out later. We think about what we read in books and what we watch on television when we are sleeping and as we go through life.  I think this is true about most of our encounters in life.  I usually ask myself when considering a book to read, if I read this book, or if I watch this television program, will it honor the Lord?  Will it educate me about something I should know about?  Is it wholesome?  Is it uplifting?  Does it bring me closer to the Lord?  I’m reminded of that verse that the pure in heart shall see God.

Everything I have read in my life has shaped me in some way.  Everything we do, see, hear, or read has some kind of impression on our hearts and minds, whether good or bad.  The Bible says to guard our hearts and to renew our minds in Him through the reading of the Word.  With this in mind, being selective is a good thing.

I plan to be choosy about what I read.  If you read this blog, chances are you are choosy about what you read also.  That’s an admirable quality to nourish and pass on to our children.  I want to read literature that gives me hope, joy, and peace; literature that brings me closer to God in some way.  Literature that is uplifting, interesting, educational, heartwarming, and passionate about Biblical principles in some way is what is on my reading list.

Many people have often laughed at me for choosing books and programming that are extremely old-fashioned in nature– or books and movies that have Christian themes.  I find it hard to keep my relationship with God intact if I have to repent for watching or reading something I should not have.  There is a very real battle out there for our hearts and minds.  The scriptures say that in the last days, it will be like the days of Noah when everyone did what was right in his own eyes.   The truth is, I would rather others find me amusing than to be displeasing to our Lord.

About the Author:

Lisa PrysockWhen she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”

“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.

Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.

She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com