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I want to share with you today a really good piece about forgiveness. It's a little long for my blog spot, so I am giving you the link to the full article. I know you'll be blessed by it! -Nancy
Unforgiveness: 5 Ways to Reverse it Today
by Wyatt Fisher, Psy.D. and Michelle Graham
Wyatt Fisher, Psy.D. is a believer, psychologist, and owner of ChristianCrush. He's passionate about creating the most authentic platform on the web for Christian singles to connect and develop God-honoring relationships. - See more at: http://www.christiancrush.com/relationships/unforgiveness-5-ways-to-reverse-it-today.html#sthash.e9ArGIgU.dpuf
Welcome Guest Blogger, Author Kathryn Bain!! Wishing all moms a Happy Mother's Day this week!
I used to enjoy movies, but any more they’re filled with so many curse words or a lot of nudity that I’ve stopped watching them. As Christians, we need to be careful what we spend our time on. There’s a saying, garbage in, garbage out. The more you watch these types of movies or television shows, the more you’ll be prone to use the language or act out the situations.
Philippians 4:8-9 states, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. If we spend time watching or reading unclean movies or books, we give the devil more of a chance to sneak in.
Our minds are too important to spend on sinful things.
That’s why it’s so important to spend time with God. The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll become acquainted with God’s word, and the less you’ll want the garbage the world has to offer.
With Mother’s Day coming up quick, I thought I’d give you a list of movies that you can enjoy with your family without any embarrassing moments.
1. For those who want romance, how about Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping. This mixes humor with romance. And you can’t beat Sandra Bullock for great acting.
2. Want something you and the kids can enjoy? I suggest you watch Happy Feet. Cute penguins, good music, and funny.
3. Get a bunch of your girlfriends over for a night of watching Mom’s Night Out. I loved this movie. It had great humor, and trust me, you’ll relate to the mother in this story.
4. Want a dash of suspense, The Watcher in the Woods starring Bette Davis will keep you awake at night. And no naked or half-naked girls being chased with chain saws.
5. Want something you and your daughters can enjoy together? Download a copy of Little Women. It’s got romance, suspense, laughter, and those moments when you’ll need the tissues near.
6. Into sci-fi, how about the original Star Wars. It’ll help you get ready for the upcoming release in December.
Too many times I hear Christians say they can’t find anything good to watch that doesn’t have a lot of garbage in it. If you try hard enough, there are a lot of good movies out there. You just have to be persistent.
Also encourage your children to be more discerning about what they watch and read. Show them how the “f” word is used more for shock than substance. By teaching them to tell the difference, you’ll help them grow to want only substance in their lives.
And isn’t that being a good mother is all about?
A note from Kathryn:
I have lived in Jacksonville for over 26 years where I am a Florida Certified Registered Paralegal. I have worked in the legal field for over twenty years specializing in guardianship, probate and estate planning. I am also the mother of two grown daughters. You can find me:
My first book Breathless was released January 13, 2012. My second, a humorous novella titled Game of Hearts came out March 1, 2012. My next romantic suspense Catch your Breath came out in 2012.
For Mother's Day, my book One Last Breath will be on sale for $0.99!
I'm so happy to introduce you to my dear friend and sister in Christ, Karin Taylor. I know you will be encouraged by her blog today! Nancy
In this life that God so graciously gave you there will be trials......don't you just hate hearing that? So why did He put you on this earth...to be miserable? "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience" (James 1:2-3). Trials are of outward circumstances, which are conflicts, sufferings, and troubles that all believers encounter. They are unpleasant and may be extremely grievous, but as believers we should take those opportunities to rejoice as God uses them as a tool to refine and purify our faith, which in turn produces patience and endurance. Having said this I admit patience is not one of my virtues and often comes in as a very bothersome inconvenience. But God, in His infamous way, uses this testing to refine us and mature us in our Christian walk. And as Christians our ultimate goal is to grow and mature and not be stuck at a certain point in our walk with the living God, as if to only survive, but to do what Our Lord has called us to and that is thrive.
Living Life is all in your attitude. Having just gone through my most recent of trials, breast cancer, my Lord has taught me this very valuable lesson on thriving. My goal in this life and as a pilgrim on this earth; let people see the face of Jesus on me. Let the Glory of our Lord shine through me and let me give the ever deserved praise to my Jesus. Ahh, Jesus, the amazing Savior who did walk this earth, and suffered severely for those who hated Him. I couldn't do that, but I can suffer this short trial to give that glory to Christ who took this sickness and nailed it to the cross. Don't you want to be able to look back on a season in your life and see the strength you had in God? He's so proud of you.
We don't always understand why we have so many seemingly endless trials, but what we need to be able to learn to grasp in our hearts and in our spirits is that we are not alone or forgotten. We are the very workmanship of Christ; His beloved; a chosen race, a holy nation, a royal priesthood; a people for His own possession; a friend (1Peter 2:9). Grasp on to His Love and don't allow the enemy to make you feel like you are only surviving, but hear God telling you to thrive and claim the victory.
Karin is a native of the Southwest and is known for her contagious laughter, encouragement to those in need, and a strong faith in her Lord. We pray her recent trial with cancer is almost done, and we know she will have much to share with those fighting the battle. Let's keep her lifted in prayer.
I'm so honored to welcome Nan Jones, Author and Blogger, as my Guest this week! I know you will be as inspired by her writing as I have been. Thank you Nan, for sharing what God has put on your heart. - Nancy
And My Restless Heart Stilled....
by Nan Jones
I lay crumpled beneath my blanket. Still. Worn. Depleted. My
spirit sighed with the agony of burdens, with the sorrow of
brokenness. In my stillness I silently screamed to the Lord, Oh
my God! Help me...help me, Lord.
I opened my eyes to face the window. Dawn burst forth with its
glory. Magenta and tangerine ribbons waltzed across the sky
proclaiming God's faithfulness. A cardinal's song broke through
my silence, bringing remembrance that God is good and worthy
to be praised.
From deep in my spirit arose a well-loved psalm. With tears
sliding down my cheeks and dripping onto my pillow I spoke
"Oh God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts
for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where
there is no water."
I began to praise my Redeemer, to thank Him for who He is. I
thanked Him for His mercy and faithfulness. I thanked Him for
His precious Spirit that enfolds me and shelters me in my pain.
And my restless heart stilled.
Psalm 63 goes on to say, "Because Your lovingkindness is
better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless
You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name ...
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in
the night watches, because You have been my help.
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My
soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds
me." ~ Psalm 63: 3,4,6-8
The Hebrew word for praise as used in this text is shabach (shah-
vahch) meaning, not only to adore or to glory in something, but
shabach means to still or to quiet. I love that! In Psalms 65:7
and 89:9, the Lord used shabach to calm the tumultuous seas. In
Proverbs 29:11, the word shabach is used to refer to hushing
things stirring within someone's heart.
When I choose to give the Lord praise, regardless of my
circumstances, His peace settles upon me and calms my fears.
Praising Him reminds me who He is and who I am not. Praising
Him ushers me into His Presence where I am comforted and
sheltered beneath the shadow of His wings.
Will you praise Him with me? Will you glory in the Lord your God,
thanking Him and cherishing His magnificent love? His love never
fails. His mercy endures forever.
I'm learning that when it seems my life has been cast onto a
tumultuous sea that threatens to destroy me - I'm learning that
if I will but praise the One who tells that sea how far it can go, I
will find peace.
My restless heart will be stilled.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort n His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, "The Perils of a Pastor's Wife" which is slated to be released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence.
You many visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/.
I am so excited to welcome Guest Blogger Dianne Butts! Her contact information is below this post. Let us hear your thoughts on this excellent blog. ~Nancy
By Guest Blogger Dianne E. Butts
It’s the beginning of a new year and many, if not most, people have at least some random thoughts about the coming year: what they'd like to accomplish this year or what they'd like to change in their lives. Are there areas you'd like to improve upon? Goals you want to work harder toward? Dreams you want to achieve? For me, as the clock ticks forward in time for all of us, I sense an increasing urgency to do all I can to impact this world for Jesus Christ and be used by Him to bring others into His kingdom for all eternity.
What about you? What is your priority for your life? Do you, too, have that urgent sense that time is ticking away and running out?
Also at this time of year, if you're a football fan, time is ticking toward the Super Bowl. Maybe your team is already out of the running. But maybe you're hoping your team will make it all the way. (Go Broncos!)
I've heard athletes and coaches urge each other on saying, "Leave it all on the field!" This means leave everything you've got out there – all your energy, all your skills, everything you've learned, everything you've gained through your experiences. All of it. Expend it. Use it. Leave it out there. Don't "save" some of it for the next game. Don't sit on the sidelines and keep it to yourself. Get out there on the field and give it all you've got!
In Nancy’s post on 11/30/14 titled "The Night is Almost Gone," these inspiring words:
Ask God to reveal to you what your role is in sounding the alarm. You may not be a prophet, but you are a redeemed, beloved disciple who is called to be salt and light. Be sure your alarm is not droning on unheeded, first. Then, get serious about your part in touching a wounded, bleeding world who needs the Light of Christ.
I don't want to get to eternity and think: I wish I would have tried harder.
- I wish I wouldn't have been afraid to tell someone about Jesus.
- I wish I wouldn't have let that opportunity to talk about Jesus go by (Ephesians 6:19-20).
- I wish I hadn't been embarrassed by or "ashamed of the gospel" (Romans 1:16).
- I wish I would have tried harder, worked harder for the Kingdom of God.
When I get to eternity, I want to know I did everything I could to bring people to Jesus. I'm searching for and creating ways to do that. How might you do this?
Start with prayer. Ask God to guide you to where He wants you working. In what way has he perfectly designed you to reach out with His good news?
Next, study. Of all the books we can study, the Bible is first priority. Get a "through the Bible in a year" and read it daily. If you're behind or get behind, don't get discouraged. Just read two day’s worth until you're caught up. Attend a very good Bible study if you can. Also read other good books. Some of my favorite authors are Jonathan Cahn, Mark Blitz, the late Grant R. Jeffrey, Pastor John Hagee, and Dr. David Jeremiah.
Then, go out and make disciples. Find a way. What is your expertise in life? Where has God already placed you? Start there, unless He calls you elsewhere. Other ways you can share Jesus from where you are right now might include a blog like this one. You can use social media including Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to reach people all over the world! I Tweet a lot and I get a lot of responses from people asking questions, including atheists, Muslims, and people of other faiths. You might be a speaker. A writer. An actor. (Karen Covell, Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network says, "Hollywood is the most influential mission field on earth.") You might be a preacher, a secretary, a factory worker, or a waitress. Wherever you are, God has placed you there strategically so you can reach a specific sphere of people whom no one else can reach.
I believe 2015 will be an important year. Every year is important of course, but some years we can foresee events that will make it different and perhaps more important than others in history, such as election years. In 2015, for the second year in a row we will witness a total lunar eclipse on the first and the last of the seven annual Jewish holy days (on Passover, April 4, and the Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015). There will also be a total solar eclipse seen in certain parts of the world (March 20, 2015). I believe these events are incredibly important spiritually – signs from God. Do others think I'm crazy? Sure. And I hear from them. But I believe it. So I'm leaving it all out there on the field. I'm talking about it and blogging about it and Tweeting and Facebooking about it because I hope my efforts might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
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Someone once asked another believer, "How do you want to leave this world?"
The answer came back, "Exhausted."
That’s what I want to do: I want to leave it all here. Every ounce of energy. Every moment of time. Every opportunity exploited to the full. (I've missed enough of those already. I want to do better from here on out.)
What will you prayerfully plan to do in 2015 in order to "leave it all on the field for Jesus Christ"?
FEATURED AUTHOR THIS WEEK:
Marguerite “Markie” Madden of Metamorph Publishing
This week I’m happy to share a brief snapshot of Author Markie Madden. Marguerite “Markie” Madden was born in Texas but grew up in Michigan. She, like many of today’s authors, grew up writing, beginning in grade school. She currently has three books available, all with a different genre and perspective, which gives readers a taste of variety. Her memoir, Butterfly Cancer, is “a shockingly raw and honest look at a cancer patient’s life during treatment.” “I hope to inspire anyone reading this book, whether they're cancer patients, family members, or someone suffering from another life-threatening illness. The book will show that, even though I'm not the same person I was before the cancer, it is possible to come through the other side, and there's no telling where your life might lead! Have hope! One of my reviewers said she ‘cried in sadness and in joy’ when reading my book.”
Markie says, “Butterfly Cancer got it’s name from the story about how the butterfly effect theory (you know what I'm talking about: a butterfly flaps its wings in Japan and causes a hurricane in Florida) ran through my life, leading me to become a self-published author. As a wife and mother of two teens, Markie enjoys having one of her daughters working alongside her as an illustrator in their family publishing company.She also has three rescue dogs and her horse, Athena, who's featured on the cover of her book, Keeping a Backyard Horse, a non-fiction self-help about horse care. Her third book, Once Upon a Western Way, is a romantic fantasy fiction.
You can find all Markie Madden’s books on Amazon, CreateSpace, and Barnes and Noble for print copies, and on Kindle for e-books. They will soon also be available on Smashwords for Nook and iBooks, and on audiobook from Audible and iTunes.
Visit Marguerite Madden’s website for much more information at:
Official Website www.margueritemarkiemadden.simplesite.com
Enjoy her blogs at: www.writermarkiemadden.blogspot.com
*Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of any of the subject material mentioned. I have not read these books yet, so cannot vouch for content.* nl
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