More Than Sorry by Sherry Chamblee

More Than Sorry by Sherry Chamblee

What do we get told when we do something wrong to a friend or our brother or sister? We know we should say sorry, right?

Well I was thinkin’ and actually there’s more to it than that.

I started writing this as a devotional for kids, then realized it really should apply to all ages. Kids aren’t the only ones who have to ask for forgiveness, are they?

Think about the last time you did something you had to apologize for. I mean, we’re adults, right? We’re all grown up, this should be easy. We’ve done it, what, a million times…give or take half a mil?

Yet still, when we have to do it, our heart races, we get sweaty palms, nervous butterflies in our stomach. It’s like a first date all over again, only way scarier.

Will the other person accept our apology? Will they forgive us? Will the relationship be restored? Will they yell and scream first? Or is it all over and we just have to go find another group of friends because we can never show our face at the office water cooler again.

I learned this awhile back from someone else who was kind enough to pass it on, and I’ve tried to teach my kids this way of apologizing too.

Here’s the formula:

I did –

It was wrong because –

Next time I’ll –

Will you forgive me?

First confess. Tell the other person exactly what you did that was wrong.

Second, tell them what was harmful about that action…how it was hurtful.

Third, tell them what you’ll do differently from this point forward. Make this a positive. Something specific that you’ll try to do to ensure you’ll be more mindful next time.

AndfFourth, ask for forgiveness. Ask them directly for a decision in the matter. Show them you will wait for their response, and that they’re a part of this process just like you are. Show them you care about their forgiveness.

It seems so simple, but honestly, is that how we’ve asked for forgiveness in the past? Especially point number three, I think we neglect that one. We might confess, we might ask for forgiveness, we might even map out why it was wrong. Very rarely do we think about what we’ll do instead next time. This point is for us…it’s our plan of action, our call to arms. It’s our map for the road ahead.

None of us are perfect. There’s going to be chances to apologize. Let’s make the most of those chances, and do it right. Restore the relationship.

Be more than sorry. James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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/

Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

Book Blast: GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness by By Femi Bolaji

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GOD TELLS THE SUN TO SHINE: An amazing story of love and forgiveness
By Femi Bolaji

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About the Book:

God tells the Sun to Shine is a short story about ambition, love, intrigue and forgiveness. The main character is the second-born of twin boys Esau and Jacob. Jacob struggles to come to terms with the privileges that the natural birth order accords the first-born twin Esau. He becomes so obsessed with the desire to become the alpha male in the family enterprise that he plots with their mum to upstage Esau. Although his plan succeeds, he is forced to flee the homeland after Esau plots to kill him in retaliation. For two decades, his life in exile is marked by turmoil in love, marriage and work. When a business arrangement goes pear shaped and he is faced with bankruptcy and the loss of his family, he decides instead to return to his country and face his nemesis – Esau. How will Jacob manoeuvre his way through the ordeal?

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Femi Bolaji - photoFemi Bolaji is a seasoned writer and commentator on topical Christian themes. He likes to tell Bible-based stories in contemporary language and style that would appeal to all, yet with profound insight and application to the pressures of modern day living. He is an alumnus of the Bartlett, University College London. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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It’s All in the Cross!

It’s All in the Cross!

In the
Cross
Is set
What I
Cannot
Forget
It is the blood of redemption of the Christ Who came to save
To lift us above a life of sin, to keep us from an eternal grave.
In the
Cross
Is
Joy
Life
Love
Hope
Faith
Peace
Power
Victory
Increase
Comfort
Strength
Holiness
Patience
Kindness
Humility
Tranquility
At the foot of the cross
is where I’ll be.
Will you meet me there
on bended knee?

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com.

The Other Side of the Cloud

The Other Side of the Cloud

The Pillar of Cloud.

Billowing majestically, it moved forward…and the Israelites advanced.

Pulsing with power, it hovered…and they pitched their tents and waited.

The Cloud…always in front of the people. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” (Ex. 13:21-22 NIV)

The Angel of God. Giving divine guidance by day and fiery heat and light by night.

But the horses’ hoofbeats pounded. The chariots rattled. And the marching soldiers’ footfall droned. The enemy closed in on Israel, in pursuit of their lives.

Israel shook in their sandals. They cried out to the Lord.

Moses said to them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:12-14 NKJV)

“Raise your rod, Moses,” God said. “Raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.” (Ex. 14:16-17 NLT)

“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them…coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.” (Ex. 14:19a, 20 NIV, emphasis mine)

The Living Bible says, “It gave darkness to the Egyptians but light to the people of Israel!” (Ex. 14:20b) Darkness to the enemy; and on the other side, light to the people.

The Lord stood between His children and their enemy.
He had their backs! And this enemy at the rear was history. He had a plan for their future and a path all mapped out for them to move forward.

God does the same for us. Sometimes, He performs His handiwork behind us, in the background. So, what is behind us? Our past? Depleted circumstances? Old way of thinking? Attempts of the enemy?

The Lord stands between us and our past and whatever attempts to come against us, protecting us. He has our backs! Our enemy is history. He has a plan for our future and a path all mapped out for us to move forward.

No matter what attempts to overtake you, God has drowned it in the dark depths of the sea of mercy and forgiveness, if you have given it to Him.

Whatever is on the other side of the cloud, the Lord stands ready to fight for you. Stand still and see what He will accomplish for you.

Let God’s pillar of cloud be darkness to what is behind you and a glory light to what is in front of you.

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Lynnmosher.com.

It’s IN You!

It’s IN You!

It’s not in me.
I cannot do this; it’s too hard.
I don’t have the strength.
I don’t have the patience.
I can’t conquer this.
It’s not in me to forgive.
It’s not in me to love.
How many times have you said those or similar things or heard someone else say them?

What do you need today?

* Strength?
* Power?
* Patience?
* Love?
* A forgiving attitude?
* Courage to conquer an addiction or thought pattern?
* Or maybe something else?

Whatever battles you face each day, I’m here to encourage you: you can withstand them. You can be an overcomer! You can win! You can conquer! You can be the victor! If you have welcomed Christ to live in your heart, then all you need is IN you.

* The Truth is IN you.
* Eternal Life is IN you.
* The love of God is IN you.
* The mind of Christ is IN you.
* When all is dark, His light is IN you.
* Through His Word, His joy is IN you.
* If you believe, the word of God works effectively IN you.
* When you abide in Him, His Living Word abides IN you.
* “God is working IN you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Phil. 2:13 NLT)
* You can conquer because “The Spirit who lives IN you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NLT)
* God began the good work IN you and will continue until it is “finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil. 1:6 NLT)

When Christ is in you, you can do all things through Him.

Paul said that the overwhelming victory of Christ is yours (1 Cor. 15:57) and you are more than a conqueror through Him. (Rom. 8:37) To be more than a conqueror is to gain a surpassing victory.

How do you gain this surpassing victory? All you need is already IN you, “for the kingdom of God is inside you,” (Luke 17:21b Phillips), because Christ lives IN you (Col. 1:27). All you need to do is make withdrawals.

Christ’s strength has not diminished. He is our Victor! We can have victory, because God “always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ.” (2 Cor. 2:14a NIV)

Be encouraged: Go forward into this day with all the Lord has placed IN you.

It IS IN you! You CAN do it!

“Christ IN you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27 NKJV)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.