The God of the Impossible

The God of the Impossible

by Suzanne D. Williams

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Lk 1:37) 

Mary, when tasked with carrying the Christ child, asked the angel about the impossibility of it, and the angel laid to rest the wishes of God, once and for all. There is nothing impossible to God.

This is a powerful truth, yet in our modern lives, we’ve relegated the miraculous to a handful of rare instances, half of them strictly from coincidence. We’ve forgotten the supernatural power of God, written about on page after page. The Bible begins with the impossible – God forming the sun and moon by the power of His word, creating animals … man … from dust. Fashioning a woman from Adam’s rib. (Ge 2:22) Fast forward within its pages, and a donkey talks; the sun stands still; and the dead come to life again.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. (Is 59:11)

God’s actions are not accidental nor haphazard. He knows what He’s capable of, and the Scriptures tell us He’s willing. This is the essence of faith, to trust that what we cannot see, what has been deemed impossible, can and will come true. (Eph 3:20; Heb 11:1) Jesus Himself said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (Jn 14:12)

Often, we are too conscious of our shortcomings. We allow God the magnificence of doing the impossible, only, once in a while and never through us. But God works in the physical world through men. Our faith should not be in ourselves, but in the power of the Holy Spirit to work through us. God is sufficient, more-than-enough for any situation. (Eph 3:20; Php 3:10; Col 1:11)

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. (Act 4:33)

I admit sometimes the impossible seems huge. There are things in my life I’d like corrected, but I can’t, as yet, picture them that way. I strengthen my faith in the meantime and remind myself daily that, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Php 4:13) All means “all.” It includes my health, my finances, the life of my daughter, and my relationship with my spouse. It means when my water pump needs an expensive repair right before Christmas and my car’s tires are bald, when there’s no gifts under my tree because I owe money to him and her and them, God is big enough for that.

I’ve seen great things, impossible things, happen in the lives of my friends this year, and I rejoice. I will go into 2018 with that same heavenly praise, believing for great things in my life. I will press toward God and trust Him for the impossible. It’s exciting when you grab hold of it. Right now, unseen to me, God already has the situation under control, and at the moment I need it most, the answer will come.

The Savior arrived in that manner. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, while wisemen studied the stars in the Far East, under the nose of an evil king, He was born to a girl who chose to believe. Not so impossible, after all.

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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.

What’s For Christmas?

What’s For Christmas?

by Rebekah Beene

Danny asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was hard pressed to think of anything.  While I was thinking about it, he said I don’t want a thing. I’ve got what I want. That’s how I feel too. Now there will probably be something under the tree, but we received so much this year and we are very grateful to still have one another.
Oh beloved, what are you longing for this Christmas? Do you have a list ready? Are you frantically hoping your list gets filled? Maybe you’re hopeless. Nothing has ever turned out right on Christmas anyway. Hallmark makes it all look so easy. But life can get messy. People disappoint, jobs play out, money runs out.  You can end up with a very bare tree and even barer hopes and dreams.
God wants to speak to your heart this morning. He wants you to know that He is the Gift that keeps on giving. He makes the straggly struggles turn into messages of love.  He causes the crashes of heartaches turn out to be joyful refrains of beautiful music. Not everything can or ever will be perfect. But Christ in you is the hope of your glory. Turning your eyes and thoughts away from what isn’t and focusing on what is will help.  Don’t waste all your resources on waiting for the right moment to enjoy the season. Greater is He who is in you – and great is your blessing and reward. Those who keep following Christ no matter what are those who find abiding joy and rest and peace and purpose.
God loves you and He’s for you. Praying today that you will embrace His love and wear it for the watching world. Trust God. He knows where you are. Maybe the season may not be jolly for you, but it can be enough. Because of Christ and the Light of the World. And because you are choosing to live in that Light and rejoice in Him too.
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Luke 1:79 TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace.
I Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory
Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us.

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.
I’m Glad You’re Here

I’m Glad You’re Here

by Precarious Yates

How many of us have felt like we’re in the way? Like we’re unwelcome or unwanted? Maybe you’re in your car and can just sense that driver behind you, who’s driving much closer to your bumper than is safe, and you can sense the thoughts in their heads. I wish this person didn’t exist. 

Maybe your childhood was filled with neglect. You constantly had the sense you weren’t wanted. 

Perhaps you made a mistake at work and overheard a colleague say, “If she wasn’t here, it’d be better.” 

People so often think and spout off careless, insensitive, and hateful words. Some of us are surrounded by people who do this way too often. 

I want to tell you that YOU have been equipped to change this! How? 

When God looks at you, He smiles. He adores you. His thoughts toward you are a continuous stream of, “I’m glad I made this one!” 

In that revelation, you can speak blessings over those who gush the careless words. Whether they hear you speak or not, you can still bring transformation with words of blessings. 

16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 

“God, bless that one with the revelation of your love!” 

“God, bless her with peace as she drives, even if there’s a storm in her life.” 

“God, bless him with patience for others, and bless the work of his hands.” 

When we speak blessings, a new atmosphere radiates out of us: the atmosphere of heaven! When people encounter that atmosphere, they will hear the whisper of their Father, “I’m glad you’re here.” 

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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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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.

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