The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

By: Rebekah Beene

I know I’m not the only wife who has little worries about her husband. The first time I remember thinking my sweetheart was dying was when he had an allergic reaction in the 80’s. The next time was when he grabbed his chest and exclaimed “ow!” while we were riding the motorcycle! That one will get you for sure! Then there were the blowouts on motorcycles. Off and on through the years he’s had some mighty close calls – all of which turned out fine. We are getting older, so when he has heartburn or grabs his back in momentary flinches I automatically say “What’s wrong?” “Are you okay?” and then “Don’t scare me!”

As we sat on the couch together yesterday morning before I headed to work I took his hand and held it. Then I just sighed. He wanted to know why and I told him I just enjoyed sitting there in the quiet of the morning. Holding his hand was so very comforting – that hand I’ve held for many, many years. I don’t want to every quit holding his hand. Together is so very good. Forever is even better.

I also know that no matter what I have a Savior Who promises to hold my hand forever, through all things, in spite of whatever comes my way and even if I find myself without other hands to hold.

Oh beloved, this is how God feels about you. He loves you. He relishes time with you side by side. He wants you to know that He is that constant companion that will never leave you or forsake you. If you are alone, you don’t have to be lonely. Even if you have close ties with a loved one, it is God’s hand that will keep you secure and give you ultimate satisfaction. No other person, place or thing can do for you what God does. His hand of anointing is on you. His hand of blessing is over you. His hand of protection is all around you. This is where your true power comes from. Fear has to leave, worries have to flee, and questions are silenced.

God loves you and He’s for you! Rest in His Presence and let Him hold your hand all the way as you live in the Light of His Loving Presence and Care.

Isaiah 41:10.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:13. For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

Psalm 63:8 I cling to You; Your strong right hand holds me securely.

Psalm 18:35. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

Hosea 6:3.  Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

Spotlight Title:  Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar

Spotlight Title: Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar

Spotlight Title:

Breaking the Silence

by Diamante Lavendar

About the Book

This is a fiction/memoir book written about my life. It takes the reader on a journey through abuse and loss to hope and healing. It speaks of the healing power of faith and hope and the amazing beauty of becoming a mighty overcomer in Christ.

Review

Lavendar does a great job at reeling you in. She’s careful with her words but she definitely doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The subject matter in this book is real, even though this novel is just based on the author’s life, I can only imagine the real pain she must have suffered in her childhood. It’s incredibly difficult to even think about such things but this book does the victim and protagonist, Joan, justice.

Breaking the Silence shines some much needed light in a very dark area. It is sad but there are parts that are heartwarming, such as Joan’s faith and the ‘Life Lessons’ we see inserted in the book. I really enjoyed the poem at the start; it set the tone for the rest of the book and gave us just a snippet of what we were to expect from the rest of the story. The last line told us not to lose hope, I believe this is a message from the author not just to other victims of sexual abuse but also to every other person who’s ever struggled through anything in life.

The quotes given throughout the book were also great. In some of the darkest moments in the book there was a life lesson that made me genuinely smile. I felt like they fit in with the flow of the story and didn’t distract from the reading at all. I also liked the inclusion of the main character’s faith.

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Visit the author at: http://www.diamantelavendar.com

CrossReaders Book Review: The Doctor’s Bond (Christian Romance): Sacred Bond Series Book 4 by Lee Tobin McClain

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Title: The Doctor’s Bond (Christian Romance): Sacred Bond Series Book 4

Author: Lee Tobin McClain

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Bad Boone McDermitt’s back in Pleasant Haven, Florida to help his troubled nephews, not to romance the preacher’s daughter! But the handsome doctor sees a kindred spirit in restless, talented Abby Smith, and he’s drawn to her spirituality as much as to her beauty.

The problem is, Boone doesn’t think he’s good enough for Abby, and a few small-minded church people agree. As for Abby, she must choose between a dutiful life with the clean-cut minister dear old dad’s chosen for her and the dangerous, passionate freedom Boone represents. It’ll take a lot of prayer and an assist from the Sacred Bond brothers to teach Boone and Abby that sometimes, the biggest risk is in not following your heart.

Review

TRUST. FAITH. PUTTING YOUR HOPE IN GOD, NOT IN MAN

I really enjoyed this book, which is part of a series, but reads well as a standalone book. I found Boone McDermitt to be a better representative of a Christian than many actual so called Christian people. He lives more Christ-like and less judgmental, but growing up, in a small town, and having the town drunk for your father is never easy. Abby Smith is on the other end of the scale, she is the preacher’s kid, which puts her under another microscope. The storyline brought out so many real life applications and kept me captivated. It shares that living life as a Christian doesn’t mean it comes without heartache and physical emotions and feelings. I enjoyed the open and honest dialogue with the characters and the heartwarming messages. This story shares God’s love without being preachy telling the story.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

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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.

New Year’s Soup

New Year’s Soup

Last year, I read a post and the last sentence made me think, “And the empty pot awaits, ready for a fresh batch.”

It reminded me of the story of Stone Soup. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a synopsis of this version of the story:

Many years ago in Eastern Europe, people hoarded their food in a time of famine. One day, a soldier wandered into a village and asked to stay for the night. The people told him to move on as there was no food.

“Oh, I have everything I need,” he said. “In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you.”

Pulling out all he needed from his wagon, he filled his cauldron with water and built a fire for it. Then, he took a velvet bag and drew out an ordinary stone and dropped it into the water.

The rumor of food spread and the villagers came to the square to find out.

As the soldier sniffed the broth, he said, “Ahh, I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage – now that’s hard to beat.”

Soon a villager brought him a cabbage he’d been hiding and added it to the pot. Then, the soldier said, “You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king.”

The village butcher brought out some salt beef and added it. Over and over, the soldier raved how good the soup is with added potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on.

Villager after villager brought out the necessary ingredients until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

With all the added ingredients, the soup turned out to be delicious.

~If your year was anything like mine, the cauldron of 2013 contained a variety of ingredients, some positive, some negative, and flavored with a dash of hope and a soupcon of joy or maybe even en grande quantité.

Now, the kettle for 2014 is empty and sits waiting to be filled, ready for all the ingredients of a new year.

What ingredients will fill your New Year? What will fill your heart?

I pray the Lord will fill your New Year with hope, peace, comfort, joy, and an abundance of blessings.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
(Rom. 15:13 NKJV)

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Bio: 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.