Caution!

Caution!

by Rebekah Beene

As we traveled home yesterday from a nearby town we decided to take a different route. We even took a side trip to see an old cemetery. What we found was a beautiful old church and I took a picture of it. We drove on to see if we could find another out of the way treasure but we discovered the pavement ended just over the hill. As we turned around to head back to the main highway I asked Danny if we could take another picture of the church – this time with the gate. God was speaking to my heart.

Wrapped across the gate was the word CAUTION in black letters on yellow tape.

Oh beloved, God wants to caution you and me this morning. He loves His daughters so much that He watches over us day and night. And He spreads His warnings before us so we aren’t captured in anything.

He says CAUTION – be cautious not to allow fear, worry and anxiety to reside in your heart. There will be times that these things will come to you. But you don’t have to allow them to live within you. Fear will rob you of the adventure the Lord has for you. Worry will rob you of the faith to move mountains. And anxiety will weigh your heart down.

He went on to say be cautious about making decisions without prayer. Just as the caution tape was draped across the church’s gate He drapes His Spirit across thresholds you encounter. Make sure He has spoken before you proceed. Once you have found God’s counsel on decisions you can go forth with power and confidence!

Finally He says be cautious – cautious about the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart. Make both of them pleasing to Him. Are you speaking things without consulting His Word? He directs us to speak the TRUTH in love – to ourselves first and foremost. Don’t allow words like useless, powerless, hopeless, and other negative thoughts to escape your lips. You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Don’t allow untruthful declarations about life and loved ones escape either. Instead declare blessings! Speak out God’s will over them. Praise the Lord when you feel like cursing yourself or others. You have been called to speak the oracles of God in blessings so that you receive blessings back and so that the ones you are praying for will be changed! Your words matter! Be cautious!

God loves you and He’s for you! Don’t ever be cautious about praying, about believing God or about praising Him always. He is the reason you live – through Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Step out of the miry clay of self-condemnation and apathy of spirit. Thank the Lord for His caution when you need it but live fully alive in the Light of Words of Life!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

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.
Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

by Lisa Prysock

Today I Will Choose Joy

 

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

I notice my family is happy and joyful when they are able to laugh together.  It unifies.  It strengthens us.  It changes our atmosphere. It changes our whole day from gloom to sunshine.  I love to hear the laughter of my children in our home.  It lifts my heart.  It binds us together.  It helps us create fantastic memories.  I believe laughter is an outward expression of our inner joy.

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22, KJV

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.  Psalm 16:11, KJV

Grateful to God

 

I also notice my husband loves to come home to a house filled with peace, thanksgiving, and praise.  I like to keep the local Christian radio station on when I’m preparing dinner.  Many times while I’m singing to the Lord along with the radio, he comes home from work and immediately senses the atmosphere is a happy one.  It sets the tone for our whole evening to go well.  Other times, we may be worshipping the Lord and feel the presence of God in our midst. In His presence there is safety, more joy, and greater peace…

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.  Psalm 32:11

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:1-2

Rest Area
Keep Calm

When we take time to rest in the Lord and set aside time for proper physical rest, I believe it baffles the enemy.  Another way to overcome trouble is to set our hearts and minds on an attitude of rest, trusting in the Lord and moving through our day in peace.  My husband and I try to do what we can when challenges arise.  We pray.  We make a plan.  We tackle it to the best of our ability and then leave the outcome in the Lord’s capable, mighty hands.  I believe being at rest is yet another way to baffle and battle opposing forces.  I believe when we do our best to honor the Lord with one day a week of rest, our bodies become refreshed and we are better prepared for the week ahead.

Come unto me, allyethat labor and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28, KJV

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.  Exodus 31:16-17, KJV

In summary, if you haven’t tried joy, rest, and praise in your home, or perhaps you feel your family drifting away from these as we all do from time to time, ask the Lord to help you implement them and start winning your battles!

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

Links: 

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https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com

Essential Acts of Worship

Essential Acts of Worship

by Ruth O’Neil

It doesn’t matter who you talk to; there are as many ways to worship as there are believers in the world. Worship can be corporate or it can be personal, hopefully believers experience both corporate and personal on occasion. Scripture tells us there are four basics to worship and all should be included in our worship time whenever and wherever one decides to worship.

Singing 

Singing is a form of worship that can be highly emotional. One can be moved to quiet tears or moved to dance with joy as David was when the Israelites brought home the Ark of the Covenant. Despite what some people think, the beat of the music doesn’t matter. The music that moves one person to worship may put another to sleep or bring on headache. It’s the words of the song that are important. It’s the words that bring about the meaning of the song, along with the emotional response from the listener. Be careful about judging others in the form of music that bring about worship for them. Worship for one can be as a member of a 1000 person choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” while for another, it’s singing along to a song on the radio in the privacy of the car.

Make sure your worship includes some type of music.

Prayer 

Prayer is the form of worship that not only allows us to speak to God, but also allows Him to speak to us. One can pray anytime, anywhere, in a crowd, or all alone. Prayer needs to be more than a list of what we want. If you have trouble thinking of things to pray about, make a list you can refer to during your prayer time.

Don’t think that you always have to kneel to pray. Pray whenever someone or some situation comes to mind. Pray whenever things are quiet and you know you won’t be disturbed. Pray short prayers throughout the day, if that’s what you have time for. Do as the Bible says and “pray without ceasing.”

Tithing 

Tithing is the act of obedience in giving back to God. The Bible commands us to tithe and gives us some guidelines. Tithing can take place in a number of ways. One can tithe to the church, one can give directly to missions, or simply to give, in Jesus’ name, to a need. Tithing should be as private as possible. What you tithe is ultimately between the giver and God.

Preaching 

One cannot grow spiritually without another one to lead. Yes, personal Bible study is extremely important, but there is much to be said when sitting under teacher who is more knowledgeable in the Scriptures.

It doesn’t matter where or when you worship, is on you do as you do it regularly and that it contains these four aspects. They do not even have to all be done in the same one-hour church service. You can incorporate these four acts of worship throughout your day.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

Usable

Usable

by Sherry Chamblee

Am I usable for God? Not am I good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough. But am I usable?

What does being usable mean?

Colossians 2:20-23

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

This passage struck me today. We know from other passages that God does expect us to be obedient children, so these verses aren’t telling us to be lawless, or to go ahead and live in sin.  But I’m seeing this passage as referring to being caught up in following ritual, obsessed with doing things just right to the point where we forget who we’re serving. Instead we really wind up serving the rules. We’ve let them become our master.

If the law is our master, then we aren’t usable to God anymore. We’re ignoring Him.

God is our Master. What He says, goes… yes?  It might be a subtle difference, but I think it’s important.

God doesn’t give us the law so that we’ll follow it blindly and forget all about Him. He wants us to be in a relationship with Himself, so that following His laws becomes a natural outcome of that relationship.

And once we see it that way, we see how God can truly use us.

It no longer is a matter of “merely” loving my neighbor and haphazardly figuring out how to show that. It’s now a matter of listening for God’s guidance in how to show that particular person what God’s love looks like.

So if I let God be my master, and not just the law, than God’s the one using the law in my life to do His will in the world.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

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/

 

 

A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Ruth O’Neil

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 

This verse may be written in sometime toward the end of the first century, but it is still relevant to us living in the 21st century maybe even more so.

People are obsessed with the dark. Have you noticed the themes of entertainment lately? Many movies and books are “dark.” The Christian is commanded to be a light in the dark. In a conversation with other writers one day we were commenting on how many places where an author can advertise his book are full of other books that are simply filth. At first, I didn’t really want to advertise my book there because I didn’t want it mixed up with the trash. However, as I thought about it later and as one of my writing friends commented, that book would stand out because of its light.

Sometimes people make fun of me because of what I won’t watch. I let them have their fun because my convictions may not be theirs and vice versa. However I am convinced this is how Satan sneaks into our lives and pulls people way. He makes the dark look inviting and exciting.

That is why I have devoted my life to writing good things. Where there is utter darkness even the smallest of light will be seen. Yes, I could make more money writing things that were more sinfully appealing, but I won’t. I want to be able to stand before God and not have any shame in anything I wrote. I want to hopefully meet people that, because of my writing, were led to Christ, or at least deepened their relationship with Him. That kind of success is something money can’t buy.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to open your eyes to the light. Take 30 days and only watch, read, and participate in things that are wholesome. You know – the things that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about your grandma or your kids were there with you. Take note of your attitude and demeanor after those 30 days. Has anything changed?

I hope so.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com