A Devotional from the Heart of Atlanta

A Devotional from the Heart of Atlanta

by Lisa M. Prysock

Good morning friends!  This is the day the Lord hath made and we rejoice in it!  I’m so excited to bring you this devotional from the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia this morning!   This is a view of the city skyline and the historic hotel we stayed at overnight as we settle our daughter at college. 

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I have to admit this is a big change for us!  She’s our baby; the last of five children.  It’s a bittersweet moment as we watch her spread her wings.  It’s hard to let our children go and yet, we spend years training them for this so they can make an impact on the world.  Here she is moving into her dorm:  

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We enter this phase of life intrepidly.   She has filled a big role in our family, and not having her with us in Kentucky fills me with all sorts of anxiety.  Will I be able to adapt without her there?  Will she adapt to being away from home?  Will she remember to call home often?   

Yet, one thing resonates in my spirit this morning!  This day did not take the Lord by surprise.  He had had a plan for our beautiful daughter all along.  He knew this day would come!  He is holding each of us by the hand this morning.  This is the day He hath made, and we will rejoice in it and with her!  Whatever our anxieties, worries, or fears, He’s got this and He’s got us for He hath said, I will never leave you nor forsake you!  Be blessed today my friends!  This is the day He hath made!

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

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Opinions – We All Have Them

Opinions – We All Have Them

by Sherry Chamblee

Some of them are right, some are wrong. But one thing we all like to do is share them.  

We share our opinion on whether someone made a right or wrong choice, what someone’s motives were, how they could have done it better.  For the most part, these days, those opinions are shared on social media and are directed at news stories, or some sort of current event that everyone’s talking about. We often even get asked directly about our opinions on these things, even though it won’t change a thing.  

I do it too. I want people to know my opinion of things just as much as anyone else does.  

But you know, sometimes my opinion doesn’t matter. Sometimes it has no bearing, and will help nothing in the situation if I share it. Sometimes I’ve shared my opinion anyway…maybe we all have.  

Our society right now is teaching us to give our opinion on every little thing – and every big thing – as if our opinion can and will actually make any difference.  

We share these opinions as if we know – as if we have all the information and every right to make a judgment.  

One thing I’ve learned is that usually the truth of a matter is a shade between the two sides of the story being told. One might be more right than the other, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t spinning it their direction just a little too.  

James 3:6 King James Version (KJV) 

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

We take too much upon ourselves. We decide we have the right to our opinion, which we do, but then we decide we also have to inflict that opinion upon everyone else around us.  

It’s ok to have an opinion – but I think we all need to take a step back and determine whether or not we need to share that opinion. 

Sometimes we just have to ask ourselves if it’s necessary to say it out loud. You know? I mean, sometimes fires are beneficial, but oftentimes they’re incredibly destructive. The fire that a tongue can start is most often an unchecked wildfire rather than something that purifies.  

Some things are better left said only to God in prayer.

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/

Do You Love Tea Parties?

Do You Love Tea Parties?

by Rebekah Beene

I love tea parties. I always have. I even have a photo my mother took of me at about age 4. You guessed it. I was having a tea party in my room! Tea parties are such a lovely things and they never cause trouble or point to anything but happiness. All my favorite things.

But this morning I’m thinking about Martha Washington and all the other women of historical action figures like her husband. And I’ll tell you something. They were mighty women! They were strong and their prayers routed demons. How do I know this? Because the men they loved went to war. And the women who prayed didn’t just hold tea parties while they were gone. Martha’s man was in the frigid waters of the Delaware River and his troops were in very bad straits. He planned three crossings but they only made one. Who was with Him? The Lord. Who was praying? The wife.

Oh beloved, I understand your plight. You know what kind of mess your loved one is in. You know it’s impossible. You are afraid. You want to just hold tea parties and have fun with the girls but it’s war. The fear you are experiencing isn’t your outcome. We have all been there. I am there now. We have a wonderful outcome but we haven’t crossed the Delaware yet.

But God says to me and to you: “I understand you’re afraid. Start praying anyway. This is your walk out of fear and into faith.” Pray? I’ve been praying. You and I have loved ones who are in battles we can only see with our eyes, but they are experiencing the battle in their souls. Whether it’s your spouse or your adult child or your friend, this war is not over till God posts the victory flag. But that’s his intention. Victory is always your outcome. Don’t let fear choose the reality – fear is a henchman of satan and satan is always lying and he has taught his troops to lie. We are going to choose the Word of the Lord and we will pray it and pray faith and stay on the front lines of our own battlefield of prayer. We aren’t relenting. We aren’t wasting time wringing our hands or asking to be relieved of our duties. Don’t worry if in the midst of the battle your prayers change. For beloved, every battle is a season of change for every soldier of the Cross. We are all soldiers whether we like it or not. And we are all overcomers whether we believe it or not.

God loves you and He’s for you. You are the most instrumental warrior in your battleground. Don’t stop praying, don’t let fear win and rejoice that you’ve been called, chosen and enlisted. Thank the Lord for His answers ahead of time and keep pushing into the enemy’s camp. And shout out with a voice of triumph as you walk in the Light of God’s overwhelming victory for you.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

I Thessalonians 5:17-18 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

I John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.

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.
Passing the Pearly Gates

Passing the Pearly Gates

by Sherry Chamblee

My pastor gave us a great message last night on Revelation 21, and one thing that stuck out to me was what he was saying about the gates of pearl. The pearl is the only gemstone that’s created by a living creature – the pearl is the oyster’s answer to pain.

His thoughts were that perhaps, just perhaps, the gates being made of pearl is God reminding His people – the ones allowed into the New Jerusalem – that while the city offers freedom, that freedom came at a great price. That price was a painful price. It was God’s answer to pain, but it also represents Christ’s pain – caused by our sins.

So this made me think –  if the reminder is the intention of the pearly gates, then that means we don’t forget everything that happened here on earth.

We won’t just forget this life on earth. It’ll have a mental impact of some sort, even in eternity…because if God wants us to remember His pain on the cross that procured our salvation, then that means God wants us to remember. Seems simple, right?

But I think we sometimes give ourselves a pass – even when we sin here on earth, someday we’ll forget it all because the Bible says God will wipe all tears from our eyes. Of course, the Bible doesn’t say He’ll wipe our memories. And He doesn’t say that He’ll wipe away all the pain of those memories…

So – what if a painful memory from our life here could taint a relationship there in heaven? What if, before talking to someone in Heaven, we hesitate because the pearly gates remind us of the pain that our actions caused in regards to that person.

What if we treated everyone around us with that thought in mind?

The thought that in Heaven – in the New Jerusalem – we’ll be interacting with this person, and our interactions now will be remembered then – every time we pass the pearly gates. 

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/

Choice of Words

by Ruth O’Neil

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” Proverbs 16:24 ESV.

As writers we use words a lot. When writing, we painstakingly choose just the right word to convey our meaning. We might even look to a thesaurus for help. But what about our everyday life? I know I often carelessly allow hurtful words to come out of my mouth. So many days I wish I could edit my speech as easily as I edit a piece of writing.

Then there are the times my words are nice such as when I send a card to a friend. It makes me smile when I receive a handwritten note from a friend myself. I have one friend who hung the cards her friends sent her during a surgery on the wall so that she would remember to pray for them specifically. Prayers are good words.

One time I sent a gentleman a sympathy card after the loss of his wife. I included a couple memories I had of her. He was so moved by my simple words that he called to thank me. These words took only a moment of my time to jot down, but were so appreciated.

I try to use my words carefully, although I’m not very good at it. At least with the written word, I can scribble out and rearrange so that my mood and intentions are clear.

The Bible also tells us in Matthew 12:36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (ESV). Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

What are you doing with your words today, whether they are written or spoken? Do you use your words to uplift people and brighten their day? Or do your words tear people down?

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 ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com