A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell


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Yes, she was dramatic in her life and in her profession. And, yes, she was probably self-absorbed. But she never let her daughter drift far from her mind and heart. Although Rosalind would not know for many years that her mother took care of her from a distance while on the stage, it was true. The men in her life were poor choices and added reason to love from afar. Charlotte finally retired to a 16th Century limestone mansion named Fosberry Hall. The first time she saw it, it took her breath away. Now it became almost impossible to breathe from the stuffiness of the life and relationship with her husband, Lord Fosberry. And then it happened. She was contacted to perform. But how would she be able to do it? She was bodily heavy, held like a captive in a fortress, and had little resources now of her own. This story will show how love prevails in an unexpected way and how our true Lord covers our losses in our time of need. Lawana Blackwell is one of my favorite authors of Historical sagas. This is a lovely new story and I whole-hardheartedly recommend it. Don’t miss this intimate mother and daughter renewal.

This book was provided by Bethany-Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

 

 

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Where is Her Past? “The Inheritance” by Michael Phillips


 Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 9.45.42 PM.png Oh, Wow. Now I have started another saga and I have to wait to see what happens! A great story in the tradition of Michael Phillips, a master storyteller. You cannot read a novel of the ages like a thriller novel. The story unfolds slowly, and as it does, you will see the author’s romantic and beautiful language. A young woman working in Washington, DC, who is quite successful, is still feeling lost inside. Her lineage is uncertain, she was raised by her grandparents, but she never quite fit in there in their community. She doesn’t understand why. What is missing that would help her feel whole and that she belonged?  If you like history of the Scottish, Celtic, or Norse, this might be just the book for you! This is a very new book, so I will not spill the beans! Read this story; it takes a while to get into it, but it is worth the read. I just hope it will not be too long before the next part of the story is written! Enjoy. Another great book by Michael Phillips and Bethany/Baker Books.

This review is written as my own opinion. This novel was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books.

A Part of Me


Yes, It could be me...or, could it be you?

Yes, It could be me…or, could it be you?

The trees are bare, the sky so still, Seems only yesterday leaves were gold,

Fall to winter, winter to spring, The season’s change can be so bold.

A certain sadness is felt in the air, And yet with renewal beings hope,

With each new bud and leaf of green, Lays optimism within our scope.

Seasons come and seasons go, As years go drifting by,

We must change as life must change, Until the time we die.

Mary 1988

Let my heart break once more, If it brings me still nearer

To the One who can heal me, And take away all my fear.

Oh, Jesus what you did on that old rugged cross

Makes my pain so little a loss.

Let my heart break once more, If it takes me back to Calvary

To the tree where your blood flowed, And slaves to sin became free.

Oh, Christ, the sacrifice is so not comprehended

Take your sheep you’ve so tenderly tended.

Let my heart break once more, It it brings honor to the Master

Showing praise to Him to linger, And remain towards others long after.

Oh, Savior, accept my most sincere adoration,

My joy, my song, my jubilant elation.

Mary 2000

Praise be to God!

Sovereignty of God: The Disposal Proposal


Is it not true that we say we believe and know that God is sovereign, then turn around and doubt that He knows everything about us, including the future?  It isn’t funny at all, except that I am shocked almost to laughter sometimes of how I presume things.  If you are anything like me, you may be dumbfounded when things of the past glare at you when you reflect back on them.

Our heart is full of deceit.  Even before we sin, the propensity is there.  Our study and preparation for life is not for just a one-time race that we think we are starting.  It is for later on…the “moment” in the race when we feel like throwing in the towel, giving up on church, blaming God for pain and loss.  The Holy Spirit nudges that will and spirit of your own and gives you the strength to keep going.

God had to save me from myself, as well as from hell.  I didn’t understand this for many years.  I think I do now.  The more I see of His goodness, the more I see of my sinfulness.  I was a slow learner, even though I accepted Christ as a child.  It was the in-between years that got me.  I must have thought that I could be disobedient until I got tired of it and would change my course.

So, here I am, still asking Christ to help me with my baggage…after all, it’s heavy!  It gets in the way, and I am tired of it even more than other people are.  I know He will help me rid of it when He knows I am one hundred percent serious.  Serious is when you fall on your knees and say you know you have been stupid, accept His “disposal proposal” and move on.

“Lord?  I am ready.”

 

When a Woman finds her Voice, by Jo Ann Fore


When A Woman Finds Her Voice

When A Woman Finds Her Voice

About This Great New Book by Mary Young Robinson

It didn’t take long for most of us to learn to put the mask on, protecting ourselves from more shame and pain. And then there were those well-meaning non-victorious Christians who just encouraged that type of living filled with pride.

Well now we know! That’s definitely NOT what Christ wants for us. Jo Ann Fore is able to plainly articulate why that plan always fails. With grace and experience, Jo Ann seeks to point others to the real answer and how to apply it Biblically.

Using her own war battled wounds and scars, Jo Ann genuinely hugs each reader with her insight and encouragement. It is amazing how God is still raising up special people like Jo Ann to melt our hearts and strengthen our spirits through Jesus Christ.

I won my book through a give-away on Good Reads. (a great place to read reviews and leave reviews)  I would have bought it anyway…and now I want to get it into the vision of other wanderers…you will love her stories! You will love how God has helped her overcome!

Friends, don’t you agree that when you are depressed, ashamed, and nursing wounds, you wish you could talk to just one person who understood?  Jo Ann does, and she surrounds herself and ministry with other vital women who are learning the process that will make them free.  Read it, make notes, and treasure your outcome as you serve others.

GUEST Dr. Michelle Miller Bengtson


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When I was traveling up north and observing and drinking in the beauty of the fall colors, there were times when I saw one tree changing its colors but surrounded by trees that had not yet begun the process of change.  It made me think of those times in our lives when God calls us to do something new, to forge a new path, to stand apart, despite all those around us who are not called to the same in their journey or perhaps resist change.  It’s not easy to blaze a new path, especially when we are surrounded by those who want to hold on tightly to the old, familiar ways of doing things.

As I looked on those changing trees flanked on all sides by those yet to give in to change, I realized how beautiful the one tree was that was undergoing the transformation. What a beautiful sight it is to gaze upon those whom He has called and set apart for kingdom purposes.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

Will you embrace change today?

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The ‘Have it Your Way” Gospel


Jonathan Cahn

Jonathan Cahn

by Jonathan Cahn

A fast-food franchise made famous the slogan, “Have it your way”.  Unfortunately, we live in a fast food culture and subscribe to a fast food FAITH.  What this means is:  the subjectification of the Gospel.  The Gospel isn’t really about God anymore but what God can do for me.  It’s not about truth, but what I feel.  If I feel it, it’s true.  It’s not about the absolute, it’s about subjective.  We don’t mold our lives to conform to God’s absolute truth.  Rather we mold our beliefs to conform the way we live our lives.  The Bible has become as valuable to us as a hamburger.  Have it your way.  We must reject fast food Christianity–the subjectification of the Gospel.  We’re not SAVED by a subjective truth.  Such gospels and philosophies save no one.  We’re saved by the Absolute Truth, the unchangeable God, and the unalterable Gospel.  Reject the spirit of the age and live by the Holy Spirit.  Let’s not bend the truth to fit our lives, but let’s conform our lives to fit the truth.  For the eternal and unchanging truth of God…is not a hamburger!

Slogan:  “Do it God’s way”.

Romans 12:2     ESV   “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of our mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Is it Polite to discuss Religion and Politics? Daily Prompt


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Who brought the subject up?  I believe if the other person brings the subject up, you actually have a duty to either share the GospelGood News” or your own Godly view of the world.  Be sure you quote Bible verses and truths correctly.

Number 2:

You must give the other person their say, even when you know it is opposite of God‘s Word.  It is polite, and they might listen to you better if you treat them kindly which is commanded and shows your obedience.

Number 3:

Know when enough is enough and have a plan in mind of how to escape before anyone is actually angry.  Once a person has built up too much steam, they may decide to never talk to you in a personal way again.

Number 4:

Always show God’s love by using respect for where the other person has come from, or walked.  You have no idea how they came to think what they think.  Will you be the instrument that God will use to spread the gospel?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NOEL TO ALL


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cherish to remember that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you are with, or where you are, you can savor the savior. It is Christmas morn, a little snow on the hills and our porch. The cat is happy by the fire and the dog is happy to jump around in the new fallen snow. No matter how you feel or what your lot in life is, you can grab the joy that Jesus Christ brought into this world. A fallen world of bad choices and sin wear and tear on our souls and everyday lives. But HE OVERCOMES! No matter what is under your tree this Christmas, may you reach for His hand and celebrate His birth and His relationship…today, tomorrow and into the future He has promised…Merry Christmas.

YOU HAVE BEEN HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND THE JUDGE SAYS “NOT GUILTY”!


How do you see yourself today?  Do you depend on how you feel about yourself or do you take what people say about you and apply that to your mind and heart?  Who has the right to say anything about who you really are?  Who sees the inside and who tells you the truth?

Paul says that the mark of a true believer is that we put no confidence in the flesh; we put no hope in our selves.  He explains all the things he could have ‘esteem’ in about himself, his heritage, his passion for the Church, his knowledge of Scripture, or being a good person is not how  a Christian or God bases esteem.

You hear people talking about our journey with Christ must be a relationship.  That relationship involves a Holy God, His son, His Holy Spirit imparting knowledge into your heart.  Heart knowledge…heart esteem…heart relationship.  So, we allow these God personalities to block what the “Evil One” or flesh would say to us as individuals.

Those of us who are married or have been married, know that relationships involve open honesty and transparency.  The same applies to the ultimate relationship with God.  Listening to the Holy Spirit (thereby gaining insight and strength), telling Him the secrets of your heart (He will not condemn), He will encourage and speak truth, and responding in obedience.  (You can only be in relationship when you submit)

Healthy Esteem?  God provides that.  Will you accept it?