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

Beloved

Beloved

by Lisa M. Prysock

When I really think of all that the Lord does for us and has done for us, I stand amazed!   In sending His Son, we have forgiveness and salvation through the work of the cross… but He doesn’t stop there.  He loves us and desires to have fellowship with us on a daily basis.  The idea that He wants to talk to me and show me many things, and to have a very real and personal relationship with me, with you, with each and every one of us is yet another wonderful blessing of knowing God.  He never turns us away when we want to spend time with Him, even though sometimes we get busy and don’t take the time to be faithful in this.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Then there is His provision for us, both in the natural and supernatural realm.  Not only has He given us this beautiful earth with bountiful and ample supplies of fresh air, water, food, and beauty all around us, but He also provides a way for us to have homes, gardens, clothing and other material possessions, jobs and careers, families, friends, churches, schools, communities, neighbors, and purpose… especially purpose in serving Him and loving others.

On top of this, He gives us the freedom to study, create, choose our courses of action throughout each day, and pursue His plans for us… and even a variety of things that are not necessarily the best of what He wants for us.  He gives us great mobility and freedom of choice.

When I think of all of the beauty alone in the earth that He has placed here for us to enjoy, my heart is overwhelmed.  From mountains and meadows, to oceans and rivers, to butterflies, birds and animals, to trees and flowers… the earth is full of His handiwork, all placed here for us to enjoy.  What a mighty and gracious God we serve!

As a writer, I am truly appreciative of the fact He also allows us to enjoy the artistic achievements of our fellow man.  From bridges and skyscrapers, to music, movies, books, art, and talents of many kinds… it is mind boggling!  There are so many unique things in the world that reveal the heart of God to us and His love toward us.

My friend, we are loved, in fact, we are truly beloved!

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.  Psalm 40:5

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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Life

Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28)

We are all the same beneath our skin. We all bleed red. We all breathe air. Barring flaws brought about by the power of death on the earth, we function the same.

Digging deeper within us, past the physical to our soul, our mental needs are also alike. We desire love and peace and happiness. Perhaps, there we might differ somewhat. One might like something that another might hate. Some people are more gifted in one area than another – whether in a particular sport, the creative arts, or even in business. But take us home at night and we seek security, safety.

Delving deeper still, to the spirit man (for we are spirit, soul, and body, as God has created us) and we seek something to worship – a divine being, an idol made with man’s hands, even, in many instances, our children or ourselves. But the need is there for everyone. (1Th 5:23)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Ps 139:14) 

We are all alike, no matter where we live, how we live, or what we believe in. God didn’t create Adam and ask for a do over, and He doesn’t look at you and see the color of your skin, your weight or height, your grades in school, the failure of your marriage, even if you’ve been convicted of a crime. He doesn’t have a scale He weighs us on to see if we measure up to His ideal of perfection.

Our prejudices, the names we call each other, the spite we cast on our neighbors, the arguments we have, the battles we’ve fought in the name of freedom or insult or creed, are just that, ours. We scrabble and claw at each other, always seeking to be on top, first in line, above the heap. We trample on each other trying to get there, not caring who is pushed aside in our efforts.

We’ve become black and white, Democrat or Republican, British or American, Muslim or Christian instead of the one thing that we all are, that the God of heaven made us to be … whether you believe in Him or not.

Human. We are human. A gunshot, a knife to the chest, a plane crash, an automobile accident has the power to kills us all. A handshake, a hug, a smile, three small words, “I love you,” can bridge the gap and mend our differences.

No, some people in their humanness won’t ever see that. In the absence of God’s light is only darkness and darkness breeds hate, sickness, and ultimately death. Some people will, consumed with that darkness, do unspeakable horrible things, things that require extreme consequences. We must have rules and laws or else we descend into chaos.

But I should never walk into a room and look at you and think of what you lack. I shouldn’t scoot aside because she’s Asian or he’s from the Middle East. I shouldn’t criticize you because you didn’t go to Yale or Harvard or … high school. I should see only your face, that you smile and laugh, that you love, that you trust. I should treat you as an equal because that’s how God created us all.

On a level playing field, striving for one thing – Life.

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Soldier

Katy Hansen’s husband died in a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan, and the future they’d planned dissolved in an instant. Left with a young son to care for, in the last ten months she’s had to bury her grief and learn to be both mom and dad.

Harper Chavez lost his arm in the same bomb blast and carries the mental pain of it everywhere he goes, but his personal issues won’t let him forget the last thing his buddy asked him to do – take his wife, Katy, a note penned the night before his death.

Yet this one simple mission, one hour of their time, changes everything they thought they knew. She isn’t as alone as she thought; he’s much stronger than he realized; and together, there’s power in forgiveness, and maybe, love in moving on.

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 http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor

Silver Words

Silver Words

by Sherry Chamblee

I’ve been thinking lately of the words we hear from each other. We say things flippantly, sometimes purposely being hurtful, oftentimes just careless. We say things without thinking, we ramble on as if words are cheap.

Now I know our words are not on the same level as God’s, but look at the care that God takes with His words. He says His word is established forever:

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

And He makes a point that all His words themselves are tried and purified. He keeps His Words clean, pure, solid.

Psalm 12:6-7

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever

God is talking in these passages about His Bible, but I think it can also serve as a reminder of how we’re supposed to be trying to be like God.

Are our words like something precious and easily used to turn into useful tools? Or are our words harsh and brittle, divisive and hurtful?

Our words aren’t Scripture, but they can have an affect that lingers on for generations. Our words impact other people’s decisions, and those are decisions we’ll all have to live with. Our words can change the course of a day, a week, a year, or someone’s life.

Let your words be as silver, purified, tested, found to be true and honorable and helpful.

God’s Word is our final authority, but I think we can take a lesson from God in how we talk to each other, and how seriously we take the words that come out of our mouths.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

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/

The Recovery Room

The Recovery Room

by Rebekah Beene

My hubby had a stroke in May. When that stroke occurred we were in the midst of a misdiagnosis. They didn’t get it right. Twice. It was only because of the Holy Spirit speaking to a physician after my husband’s arrival in Little Rock that the real problem was discovered. I’ll ever be thankful for a woman up early for her quiet time who heard the Lord speak to her heart: “Go see that  man in person.”  She responded and came to see him in person and discovered that this could not possibly be a simple back issue.

Now we could spend all our days lamenting the missed problem. We could be angry, frustrated, bitter and focus on the what if’s, how could they’s and more.  But honestly we were so thankful someone figured it out so that we could begin the recovery. Without a diagnosis that’s correct there cannot be true recovery.

Oh beloved, God wants to take you to the recovery room. He wants to heal your hurts and relieve your pain. His Holy Spirit knows the truth. He is moving heaven and earth at this moment to secure your total recovery.  He is speaking to your heart as well.  He may be totally changing your life in the process. Let Him.  Even though I am still so very sorry my sweetheart had a stroke there are some things that have changed that I like.  You will love the changes God does for you. If you can just quit focusing on the what if’s and begin to praise Him and walk with Him into the recovery room you will have the life of freedom you’ve always wanted.  It’s there for you. You cannot take yourself through the process. You’ve got to let Someone who understands the entire thing walk with you through it all. This is not your undoing, this trial you are going through. This is for your promotion – to bring you up into the power of the Holy Spirit in ways you’ve never experienced and to trade the natural for supernatural living.

God loves you and He’s for you.  This process will be for your good, that’s God’s promise in His Word. Rejoice that you have been called up to His best. And rejoice that your healing is secured as you walk through it all with the One Who loves you more than you can ever imagine and calls you His own.

Isaiah 53:4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins!

Psalm 33:14-15 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

Isaiah 64:8 And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

Jeremiah 17:14 O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!

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.