CROSSROADS: A New Christian Contemporary Romance by Cathy Bryant

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CROSSROADS

a Miller’s Creek novel

A soldier battles for the soul of a prodigal…

A bitter single mom and atheist starts her own real estate company in the nostalgic and picturesque town of Miller’s Creek, Texas. Then her young daughter’s disturbing symptoms lead doctors to discover that her leukemia has relapsed. With her new life now turned upside down, Mara Hedwig struggles to keep her business afloat. And her daughter’s worsening condition forces her to rethink her beliefs about Carter Callahan and his God. Will Mara make the return to Christian faith in the face of life’s greatest challenge?

An ex-military operative struggles with the return to civilian life while coping with his rebellious teen-aged daughter. During a house-search, Carter meets Mara, a headstrong Realtor who wants nothing to do with his God. But when Mara’s little girl is diagnosed with leukemia, the clock begins ticking for him to convince Mara to return to a life of faith. Just as he seems to be making headway, circumstances beyond his control throw his efforts into a tailspin. Can Carter learn to rest in the sovereignty of God?

What Readers Are Saying

“In CROSSROADS, Cathy shows us that even those with significant crosses of their own can become a catalyst for those they encounter who have lost their way.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“Every one of Cathy’s Miller’s Creek books has kept me entranced in their stories for hours upon hours. And with each new story, I kept thinking… this was my favorite. Cathy’s newest book CROSSROADS has me saying that again.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“Reading books by author Cathy Bryant, leaves me feeling thankful each and every time! I have LOVED her Miller’s Creek books and wonder how she can top one book to the next but she does, and she nails it every single time!” ~Amazon Reviewer

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Cathy Bryant

Cathy BryantAmazon best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons. All the Miller’s Creek novels have been on the Amazon Best-Seller list and are rated at 4.5 stars or higher on Amazon. Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks. A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She’s written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books in collaboration with other Christian authors, and for online sites. In addition to writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping, romping in the great outdoors, and mini-farming. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at http://www.CatBryant.com/ or make contact with her in these places:

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:11-14 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD. Do any of you want to live a life that is long and good? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.

If you want to live a life that is long and good, then you have to watch your tongue. This does not mean you are guaranteed a long and good life, but it does mean that you will enhance your chances of living a messed up life that may be cut short if you don’t watch your tongue. It has been said that honesty is the best policy, and it is true.

Lying to others makes you untrustworthy. If others cannot depend on you to be truthful, you will fail to have anyone in life who can depend on you in time of need. You will be lonely and without help in your own times of need.

A much better way to live is to turn away from evil and do good. When you live rightly with God, you can be trusted to tell the truth. God is truth and those who live in Christ will be a people of truth. A person that wants to please God will seek to be truthful in all things, even when it may not be convenient or when it may be costly for him to do so.

We need to work hard at living in peace with others. Truthfulness is absolutely essential for peaceful living. It doesn’t come naturally or easily, but with a lot of effort it can be done. Our commitment to godliness enables us to not be at odds with others because of our untrustworthiness. Peace sometimes eludes us because of the heart issues of others, but as far as it is possible with you, live rightly with God so you can live rightly with others.

Notice that this is doable. We are told to take charge of our tongues, hearts, and living. If it were not possible, God would not tell us to do it.
C Through Marriage
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The Necessity of an Unchanging God by Parker J. Cole

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People change. It is a well-known fact. From the earliest moments after conception till we are lowered in the ground, we are in a constant state of change. The wonder of our early years fades away into the search for identity from our teenage years and young adulthood via crafts, careers, or higher education. After that comes the need to find fulfillment in love and marriage and family life. Lastly, we seek security and stability in our later years. And that’s if life doesn’t throw all kinds of blazing, red-hot fire balls studded with spikes at us. People change. It is a necessity. Never to change is never to grow. If we are stuck in the wonder of discovery how would we find ‘that place’ to call our own? If we keep searching and searching for our identity, how can we share who we are with a spouse to create a family unit? Thus, how can we have stability in our later years? Change is necessary to the human heart. People change. It is a double-edge sword. Not all change is good. There are times when we make choices that alter our personalities. Optimism turns into pessimism while joy morphs into bitterness. Drive slows into lethargy and passion withers into apathy.

Perhaps life circumstances lead us into a downward spiral. But if we can’t spring back from the downward spiral, we cannot grow. We cannot learn. We cannot change.

Yet sometimes we feel it’s better just to stay at the bottom of the pit. Wallow in the mud and dirt of unrealized dreams and broken opportunities. Suffer the loss of relationships rip apart by miscommunication and ulterior motives. Why bother to change? Enter Our Lord and Savior…the Unchanging God. He reaches out His hand and drags us out the pit. With brisk strokes He wipes off the dirt and mud we saturated ourselves. He leads us away, steady grip. Then you realize He was there the entire time, immovable. We simply neglected to reach out to the Rock.

It’s interesting to note a lot of verses in the Bible make references to God’s steadfastness in a changing world. A particular verse however brings this aspect of God’s nature into blazing light. Matthew 28:20 “…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” In order for God to be with us always, He has to be unchanging. In order to be unchanging, He has to have all power, all knowledge, and existing always. He cannot be swept by uncertainty or broken down by powers beyond His control. He doesn’t need to discover Himself or be mystified by His creation. Nothing catches Him by surprise.

Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

A hymn I used to sing in church came to mind and I can’t think of a better way to end.

Time is filled with swift transition,

Naught of earth unmoved can stand,

Build your hopes on things eternal,

Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

About the Author:

Parker J. Cole

Parker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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New Christian contemporary romance released 4/15/15 by B. J. Robinson

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One moonlit night eight summers ago, Callie and Connor fell deeply in love on the banks of a tranquil river. Opposite worlds collide when he asks her to marry him. Is it true, what they say, about leaving the past in the past so it can’t steal your future, or will Connor prove everyone wrong by bringing the past to life when he asks Callie to marry him?  
Separated eight long years without a word from Connor, can Callie find it in her heart to say yes a second time when he resurfaces in the life she’s made for herself. He’s hung his shingle outside a law office. She’s hung a board sign that reads Callie’s Nursery. Just when there’s a ray of hope, Connor discovers they were both adopted, and his adoptive father tells him he and Callie are sister and brother. He’s determined to find their birth parents and prove his father wrong.  
 
Neither lived the life they wanted together, but neither has forgotten that one moonlit night when their love and passion ran so deeply on the banks of the river, the night that changed their lives forever. The past can’t be rewritten. Time won’t stand still, but can their love overcome the past and change their future? 
 
Can he live life for what tomorrow may bring, forgetting what yesterday has taken, when Callie’s accident leaves her in a coma? Will the private detective Connor hired prove his father wrong? If he does, will it matter? Sometimes patients wake from a coma to live again. Connor refuses to give up on Callie. Will she get the chance to say yes again and finally wear his ring?

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B. J. Robinson

B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling Christian and inspirational romance from Florida. Last Resort is her debut Christian romantic suspense. Meet Me at the River is a short book of devotionals and short stories, including a story titled “Lisa Has Her Wings” inspired by her sister. She’s penned books in romantic suspense, mystery, contemporary romance, and historical romance to give her readers a selection from which to choose.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:9-10 Let the LORD’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will never lack any good thing.

We are to show the Lord reverence. This means that we are to not dishonor Him by the things we say and do. It means that we take seriously what He teaches us and obey His commandments. It means that we don’t take our salvation lightly. It means that we purposely seek out His best for us, which is holy living.

If our conduct and conversations do not show reverence for the Lord, we cannot expect the Lord to help us. So often, people treat the Lord as one who is at their beckon and call. He is expected to deliver without regard for how we live. So many get the idea that we don’t have any role to play in our relationship with the Lord.

Many professing believers do not strive to become holy because they fail to see it as a necessity. The belief is that once one is saved, then they can go on with their lives, forgetting about growing in faith. There is a satisfaction with a profession of faith and little interest in pursuing holy living. Such thinking does not honor the Lord. We cannot be true to the Lord and honor Him without a commitment to holiness in our lives. We are made holy by how we live. We cannot separate holiness from living in Christ.

Those who trust in the Lord will have all they need in life. We trust Him for our salvation and holiness. We immerse ourselves in Him and when we do, we will lack no good thing. We may lack some things, but never that which is good for us. Always remember, what is good for us are those things which help us to be prepared for heaven.
C Through Marriage
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I Can’t… But He Can by Staci Stallings

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I believe one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in learning to be a Sower of Jesus Seed has been in the realm of stepping back from what “I’m called to do.”

You see, I used to take an idea like sowing God’s Word as something of a mandate or a requirement. It was a burden placed on me by God, and I had better figure out how to do it and do it right, or ELSE. I would walk away from divine encounters with other people feeling dispirited and worried. What if I said the wrong thing? I should have said this. I didn’t say that.

And after awhile, I talked myself out of saying anything at all. If I did say something, I said half of what came to mind because I was afraid to give voice to the other half.

What I am learning being a Sower of Jesus Seed, however, is that Jesus doesn’t require you to do the work.

The Scripture about the yoke captures this quite well:

” Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 11:29

Now you might not know much about yokes, so let me explain this a little.

In the way olden days, before tractors and farm equipment, people used oxen to plow their fields. Because it was important to have an ox that behaved and knew what it was doing, they would yoke or harness two oxen together–a bigger, stronger, more experienced ox and a smaller, weaker, less experienced ox. Then the younger one would learn from the older one.

But here’s the thing, the older, more experienced ox would naturally pull far more of the weight of the plow even though the two were “yoked together.” The younger one was more along for the ride than doing any of the heavy lifting. In short, it was there to learn, not to do.

So Jesus is saying, “Listen, this is not all on you. It’s on Me. Put My yoke on you and let Me shoulder the load. When you yoke your life to Me, you will find rest because you won’t have to do the work yourself. I’ll do it, and you can enjoy the ride and learn.”

Another way to say this is that Jesus will do the work THROUGH us as we willingly surrender to Him.

One of the phrases I have learned by heart over these past few years of learning to be a Sower is this, “I can’t, but He can, and He will… if I will let Him.”

I can’t. Oh, how freeing are those words when you understand that they do no brand you a failure. When I learned the power of being honest by being able to tell God “I can’t,” life became a whole new ballgame for me. It was as if God was saying, “Well, I was wondering how long it was going to take you to figure that out.”

But He can. God can do miraculous things, things you cannot even begin to imagine or even hope for. He absolutely can, and He absolutely will if you will ever stop trying to do them for Him. The second I let go of trying to please Him, trying to be good enough, trying to make Him happy with my effort, He stepped in. And it’s AMAZING just to watch Him work!

And He will. Oh, the miracles I’ve seen. Not big ones maybe, but miracles nonetheless. The housewife who could not stand up for herself finally realizing her cowing to every demand placed on her was doing no one any good. Then watching her stand up and stop being a doormat for everyone. The woman drowning in debt who is coming to the end of the tunnel into a whole new life. The woman who was ready to quit on helping because things weren’t turning out the way she wanted.

God has worked miracles in these cases. Changes in hearts, minds, attitudes. Changes in outlooks and renewed hope for the future.

If I will let Him. Maybe it sounds easy to just let God do it, but for me, it’s been incredibly hard to learn that and even harder to practice it. It sounds so counter-intuitive. What King shows up and says, “Here let me do that for you”? What King kneels to wash feet, to touch lepers, to lift a paralytic from his mat? What King?

Our King.

He can, and He will. When you can’t. If you will let Him.

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2012

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Staci StallingsNow a #1 Best Selling Christian and Inspirational Romance author, Staci Stallings, a stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors including http://CrossReads.com, http://Graceandfaith4u.com, and http://StaciStallings.net.

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12 years of hope by Kari Trumbo

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Mark 5:25-34 God’s Word Translation

In the crowd was a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years. Although she had been under the care of many doctors and had spent all her money, she had not been helped at all. Actually, she had become worse. Since she had heard about Yeshua, she came from behind in the crowd and touched his clothes. She said, “If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll get well.” Her bleeding stopped immediately. She felt cured from her illness. At that moment Yeshua felt power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

His disciples said to him, “How can you ask, ‘Who touched me,’ when you see the crowd pressing you on all sides?”

But he kept looking around to see the woman who had done this. The woman trembled with fear. She knew what had happened to her. She quickly bowed in front of him and told him the whole truth.

Yeshua told her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness.” God’s Word Version ~ Names of God Bible.

This story is in many books on healing by faith, books about healing in God’s time. It’s a lovely story but I think each and every time I read it in one of those books I have to shake myself. At least to my mind, they are missing the point. As someone who has been praying for healing for a decade, I can acutely feel this woman’s anguish at feeling like the Father does not hear. Now, granted, there are a few things she had to deal with that I don’t. For one, she had a bleeding disorder which meant she would have been considered unclean…for twelve whole years. Can you imagine being shunned from a community for twelve years? If she had a husband, he couldn’t touch her or go near her. Like me, she had been under the care of many doctors who did not help and in fact seemed to make things worse. I can totally relate.

Here’s what I pull from the story though. After 12 years of suffering, not just from bleeding, but financial ruin and being ostracized, she still had the faith to seek out Yeshua/Jesus. She knew she couldn’t touch him personally, that would make him unclean. That’s why she’s so embarrassed and does not want to admit even touching his clothes. She probably didn’t want anyone to even notice she was there. Technically, even though she was immediately healed, she wouldn’t have been clean for seven days. It was a big deal for her to risk finding Jesus, but he doesn’t get angry, he doesn’t condemn. I picture Him in my mind smiling at her and maybe even reaching out to touch her arm to let her know (and the crowd) it was all right.

I may never be healed in my lifetime, or I could get healed in an instant. I will continue to have faith that it’s always possible. The woman in the story may have bled the rest of her life if she’d lost faith. If she’d become bitter she never could have been used in the powerful way she has been used. Through her story, I continue to have hope even when it seems foolish to keep it.

About the Author:

Kari Trumbo

Kari Trumbo is an aspiring author, freelance editor, wife and mother to 4 vibrant children. She homeschools, teaches 4-6th graders Kids Club at the Paynesville Bible Church, crafts, and reads voraciously.

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Faith Looks At the Evidence By Ada Brownell

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJ). “Faith is being sure of what we hope for; and confident of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

Yet, we humans don’t think much about what we can’t see, and don’t pay enough attention to what we do see.

Almost every day the majority of people see eggs. Never do we look at the slime and think of what we can’t see: a living creature. Feathers. A beak for pecking. A voice for clucking or crowing. Yellow feet for walking. Wings. Machinery to produce more eggs and chickens. Beady little eyes that blink and see. Ultimately perhaps, a platter of delicious fried chicken.

In the same way, we never think of how we began as a tiny fertilized egg with all the DNA and genetic info from our parents to make us who we are. We don’t even try to fathom the miracles of our bodies—our brains, growth, our senses, how our limbs work and bend in all the right places. We had not one, but two sets of teeth, so convenient because baby teeth wouldn’t last or work well for adults.

Most of us have no idea of the miraculous functions of our organs and cells. We seldom think of how life began in the first place.

Then there is the urgent need for humans to worship and know Someone beyond ourselves. If they have never heard the gospel and don’t know God, nearly every people group in the world invents something to worship. They make idols, worship the sun, the moon, the stars, mountains, animals, the earth, ancestors, men who claim they’re god, and even worship themselves.

All my life I’ve heard testimonies of people who tried everything the world has to offer except the one true God and they’re hearts are still empty. One of the richest men in the world said, “Do you know what it’s like to be able to buy anything? If someone made it, I could buy it. One day I sat on the bed beside my wife and said, ‘Is this all there is?’”

That’s when he reached out and found the Lord and for the first time he and his wife were filled with real joy and contentment.

What satisfies most is not visible. You don’t hold your breath because you can’t see oxygen. You can’t see gravity, but it still keeps you from falling into space or jumping off tall buildings. From an early age we learned whatever we drop splats and when we fall, we go down. We can’t see the pull of gravity, but we believe in its effects.

Hebrews 11 goes on to say, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made out of things which are visible” (verse 3).

Long before men discovered all the amazing things at work in the invisibile, God revealed it to those who believed. Like Job, when he was discouraged, God reminded him. Check out the whole conversation in Job 38. Here are excerpts.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Who marked off its dimensions? On what were its footings set? Who set up the sea behind doors? What is the way to the abode of light?” The chapter is filled with awesome challenges to those who refuse to see the evidence of a loving, powerful Creator or are doubting He’s there.

Evidence of God’s handiwork is everywhere and when we notice, we can see it in our lives. Those who experience Redemption know it came from beyond what our eyes can see. How can

our guilt for sin disappear in a moment? Our desires change the instant we connect with our Maker. When someone is healed do they see the power at work? Even natural healing that occurs in our bodies after injury or illness, do we see how God placed healing mechanisms inside us?

Oh, but we can see the evidence, and faith leads us to look at evidence. When we face a crisis, thank God for answered prayer in the past. Even though we don’t see how it happened, we recall the evidence.

We have evidence our Heavenly Father is concerned about us. Hebrews 11 reminds of that, “But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Allow yourself to examine the evidence and believe in the invisible!

© Ada Brownell 2015

MEET ADA BROWNELL

Ada Brownell

Ada Brownell is the author of six books, about 300 stories and articles in Christian publications, and she spent a large chunk of her life as a reporter, seven years of that as a medical writer, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She and her husband L.C., have five children, one of them in heaven, eight wonderful grandchildren.and two great-grandchildren.

Among her books: The Lady Fugitive, an historical romance; Imagine the Future You, a youth/parent Bible study; Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a novel for middle grade up; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, evidence we’re more than a body; Facts, Faith and Propaganda, a book designed to build your faith; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; Most books are available in paper or for Kindle. Imagine the Future You audiobook is available at http://www.Audible.com Free book with new Audible membership.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!

Open your mouth and fill it with the things of God. Chew on the riches of His grace. Feast on the love He has for you. Let Him fill you up with His righteousness and holiness. Let the Lord be your nourishment. Taste and you will see that the Lord is good.

The Lord is good completely. There is nothing about the Lord that is bad. He is incapable of doing anything to you and for you that is not good. He will always do good through you if you will let him. Don’t deprive yourself of a good life. Feast on the Lord. Learn His ways and do them. Trust in Him alone for your living. If you do these things, you too will know the joys of living.

The joy of the Lord is unspeakable and full of glory. It is not something that we can easily describe. It is a deep and abiding confidence in Him. It is the assurance of soul that you are in God’s favor. It is the sense that everything is as God says it is. We are children of God and someday we will be with Him for all eternity. The joy of the Lord is being deeply rooted in Christ. It is found only in those who put the Lord first in all of their living.

Are you trusting the Lord in all things in your life? Do you have that total dependence on Him for all things? Do you have an unshakeable and immoveable confidence in the Lord? Oh, the joys of those who trust in Him!
C Through Marriage
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What’s in Your Alabaster Box? by Lynn Mosher

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I have an old shoe box. Packed away somewhere. Filled with precious things. Love letters from my pre-wedding hubby. Old mementos. Probably a pressed flower or two. And other things I don’t even remember. I haven’t seen its contents in years.

Do you have a box like that? Is it filled with precious keepsakes like secrets, baby shoes, love letters, awards?

We keep tokens like this because we value them, maybe not so much for worldly value but for heartly value.

We have all read or heard many times of the story of a box (or jar) made of a highly esteemed stone, containing a prized ointment of great monetary value.

Passover was near. Jesus was in Bethany, having dinner, and “there came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head as He sat at meat.” (Matt. 26:7 KJV)

Such a touching and devoted gesture. An alabaster passion box, full of an extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard poured out on the One she loved the most.

In regard to this, I wrote in a past post, Sweet Smell of Sacrifice http://goo.gl/MnnH6V …

She lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, and it likely trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment…

Don’t you know that through the long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, in the courtyard of His judgment before Caiaphas and Pilate, and until that garment was removed, Jesus must have breathed in that sweet smell of sacrificial love poured out upon Him, while this scripture likely echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Amp)

As He probably did not wash His hair, the fragrance clung to it. That sweet aroma must have wafted its fragrance of love into His nostrils throughout His torment at the whipping post and while hanging on the cross, more than likely thinking, “This is for all those who will pour out their love on Me.”

But when she poured her fragrance of passion upon her Beloved Lord, some of the disciples became indignant and asked, “Why was this wasted?” (Matt. 26:8 NLV)

What would happen if we considered our heart as our alabaster box?

What precious things fill your heart? Special memories of love? Treasured moments with friends or loved ones? Encouraging words said to you? Cherished times spent with the Lord?

Or maybe it is filled with bitter memories of anger, abuse, addiction, or unforgiveness.

When you meet with your Beloved, to dine in His presence, to sit at His feet and tell Him you love Him, what passion fragrance do you pour out on Him?

Do you pour out the stench of whining, complaining, or bitterness? As the disciples said, “What a waste!”

Or do you pour out that overflow of sweet-smelling love, gratitude, and thanksgiving? Does your Beloved Lord receive it as He did the loving gift of spikenard?

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

(2 Cor. 2:15 NLT)

~Lord, may the contents of our alabaster hearts and lives be poured out as a pleasing aroma in Your presence.

Lynn Mosher

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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 http://lynnmosher.com

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