Here My Cry … Listen To My Prayer, O God.

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by B. J. Robinson

Hear my cry, O God; 

Listen to my prayer. 

From the ends of the earth I call to you, 

call as my heart grows faint;

Psalm 61:1-2 

New beginnings burst forth with a shower of flowers, green grass, and tiny green leaves sprouting on trees. There is nothing like the dawning of a new spring. This year my azaleas were the prettiest they’ve ever been, and I thank God for being able to enjoy the beautiful flowers. 

Spring has always been my favorite season with renewal and rebirth. My lilies are an example of tiny green sprouts shooting forth from the ground to begin a new season of life. Fall is my second favorite season because I love the turning of the leaves in all their splendor of crimson, gold, and orange. 

I’ve always loved the outdoors and nature and have felt closer to God appreciating His beautiful creative world. He is the greatest artist of all. I open my eyes to the beauty He has created for us to enjoy. Sunlight spilling across oak limbs, sunshine shining upon waters, animals playing, little children enjoying the outdoors, and flowers budding, blooming, and blossoming make the world come alive with springtime beauty. 

The prettiest places on God’s green earth are not fancy homes, but the land around true homes. If I am not using my War Room to pray, I enjoy the great outdoors. I have a table on the back porch and a swing from which I can complete morning devotions and pray as I listen to birds sing their happy morning tunes, God’s creatures. I see oak limbs waving to me, and flowers greeting me. I smell my sweet tea olive, gardenias, honeysuckle, and roses. Sights, sounds, and scents are part of the enjoyment.

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From the ends of the earth, I call to God in prayer. His beautiful landscape of the world uplifts me. He hears my prayers. I am His daughter, but another flower in His garden. 

Open your eyes, listen with your ears, sniff the scents, and open your heart to God in all His glory. You’ll feel closer to Him. I always do when I take the time to be open to Him and the beautiful world He has created. 

B. J. RobinsonB. J. Robinson pens stories in various genres for reader choice. You’ll find contemporary, historical, short stories, and novellas from which to select from her inspirational Christian selections. One of her favorite genres is historical romance.Check out her Amazon page and choice of books at Visit B. J. at 

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by Rebekah Beene

Ever so often we find a movie that is truly outstanding. One of those movies is “Woman in Gold”. Only one outburst of curse words makes any movie better, but this movie is a wonderful reminder of goodness triumphing and a stellar portrayal of restoration following artwork looted from Jewish families by the Nazis during the war. Mrs. Altman, the niece of the woman in the $135 million portrait, had to face her fears and return to the country she fled during the war. But with the help of a young, inexperienced lawyer, the portrait and many other works of art were returned to the rightful owner.

Restoration is a precious gift and the enemy will work hard to keep you from what is rightfully yours. But as you and I prevail in prayer and submit our lives to God, we can trust Him to return what we truly need and miraculously achieve this for us.

Oh beloved, perhaps your family didn’t lose millions of dollars’ worth of fine portraits and artworks. But you feel robbed just the same. Your heart was stolen and your hope feels gone. As you look back at the past, you have huge regrets over things you can do nothing about. And as you look forward you have fears that seem insurmountable. God wants you to know this morning that He is in the restoration business. He alone can retrieve your hopes and dreams. He alone can make all things new for you. But this is for sure – God wants to heal your broken places and restore you to your full worth in Christ. You may have to face some fears and allow God into the hidden recesses of your life – where you felt robbed and where you feel raided. But as you spend time with the Lord, confess your life’s heartaches and ask Him to do what only He can do – He does exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.

He wants you to know Him and the power of His resurrection. He wants to give you precious jewels of faith, hope, joy, peace and more. He wants you to have rest in the weary days of life. He wants to return your value to you – that you are more than a number on a list, more than a spot on a pew, more than a worker in an office or a factory. You are His and that gives you great value – more value than you can imagine. As you listen to your Father God and look at His Word, you will find great riches that are waiting for you to take back and live the lavish life of a believer. You aren’t the sum of the things you’ve lost – you are the grand total of all that is available to you as you relish the Presence of Holy Spirit and the blessings given through your Savior.

God loves you and He’s for you. Start there. Move forward into expectation of restoration. Watch as you live a more fervent life in Christ! Pray without ceasing – always talking to the Father about your needs and those of the ones you may be seeking restoration with. And rejoice that you have wealth untold as you live in the Light of God’s abundant portions for your life!

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

Colossians 2:2-3 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Psalm 19:9-10 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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

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
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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The First Step

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by C. J. Peterson

It’s always the first step that is the scariest. This applies to just about everything we do in life. Whether it’s sending the book up to the publisher for publication, deciding to move to the house you’ve always wanted, accepting the job that will require more responsibility, or even in going to church (or a new church) for the first time. It’s a fear of the unknown. It’s leaving the comfort of what you’ve always done. It’s taking a risk, that may bring about a great reward, but you never know until you take that first step.

I will be the first to admit that I like to see the whole plan before I make a move. However, in recent years, I have learned to have a plan, but be prepared for it to change in a heartbeat. This sometimes requires flexibility that a person like me doesn’t normally enjoy.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Sound familiar? While I don’t normally get to see the end of the road before I take the first step, I know Who does. I know that God is the One in control, and I trust that He wants only the best for me. I am reminded of that in another of my favorite verses, Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If you are having a hard time making a decision on whether or not to take that first step without knowing the outcome, please remember this:

God bless,
C.J. Peterson
‘While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.’ 

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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Writing What I Need to Know

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by Precarious Yates

There’s an old adage that says, “Write what you know.”

While I understand the importance of this saying, I approach writing from a different paradigm.

I write what I need to know.

Many of the books I have written have taught me a lot.

Last year, I released a book under my other pen name, Joanna Emerson. The Mapmaker’s Daughter taught me the extent of the trauma the Irish experienced during English occupation, especially as it pertains to the Potato Famine. Even though I had lived in Ireland for 4 years, I didn’t know the depth of the issue. I put what I learned into a steampunk story. Steampunk is a genre that is alternate history, imagining what it would be like if there were flying machines filling the skies in the 1800s. If you’re interested in checking out this genre, I invite you to download The Mapmaker’s Daughter.

It will be free through St. Patrick’s Day.

Writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate gave me insights I would not have otherwise had in regards to enslaved African Americans in South Carolina. I knew facts. I knew so many Civil War facts that I could rattle them off with almost clockwork precision. I needed something more. I needed empathy. I needed to know what it felt like to be a black woman in Charleston, SC in the 1850s. This insight helps me understand my friends whose descendants were enslaved. It taught me that even if my own ancestors didn’t enslaved people, it’s still important for me to say, “I’m sorry.”

Hannah’s Civil Pirate, written under the name Joanna Emerson, will be available on April 5.

The next book that I will be releasing this summer is 4 Dreadful Judgments, book 4 of Revelation Special Ops. This book has taught me that even though many books are written with stereotypical characters, it’s important to challenge stereotypes. I don’t want to just challenge the stereotypes prevalent in society at large. I need to challenge the stereotypes that exist in my own mind and heart. All of them. The visible ones and the invisible ones. The stereotypes that make writing easier, and the stereotypes that fuel the current vitriolic rhetoric that’s so pervasive right now. I need to challenge them all. Because the best writing challenges the reader, even when the prose is simple. And the best writing is anything but simple.

This is why I write what I need to know.

What do you need to know? And what story is fueled by this need?

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.


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One Crazy Free Book Offer!

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by Mary Findley

Some of our readers have taken advantage of the free first book in my The Great Thirst serial archaeological mystery. It has a nice collection of reviews. However, I am working on a promotion for The Great Thirst Boxed Set, the complete seven-part series, and it has not been so blessed with reviews. In hopes of making it more likely to be approved by promo sites, I would like to make a crazy offer. Anyone who would like a free copy of this ebook set, please just post a comment with your email and I will get you a copy in mobi or ePub. Please help me get my books in front of more readers, and I will be so grateful! Here’s the Amazon link so you can check it out!

In case you are shy about posting your email, here’s mine. Please let me know if you prefer ePub or mobi (Kindle) format.

Thank you so much!

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 19:2 Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.

There are many people who are easily excitable and motivated. They are quick to jump on board and quick to fall off. They jump in with great gusto and are driven along by their emotions. Zeal is a good and needed thing in the cause of Christ, but zeal without knowledge is a bad thing.

We need to know with our heads and hearts what we are standing for and promoting. We need to be grounded deeply in Truth before we promote it. Knowledge helps us to keep from error. There are many things that have been said and are being said in the name of the Lord that simply are not backed up by Scripture. Many people have been led astray by false teachings and are leading others away simply because they have not taken the time to get grounded in the Word.

We must be students of God’s Word before we become proclaimers of it. We must not let our emotions drive us, but instead let the Spirit drive us through the Word. It is easy to get off track. We must strive to be certain that when we profess to be speaking for the Lord that we really are. More harm than good has been done by wrongly motivated zeal than about anything else in the church.

I am not saying we shouldn’t be zealous about Christ and his Word. We absolutely should be. But, we must be sure that we know what we are talking about when we speak. False teaching causes many people to never know Christ as Savior and Lord. It easily causes people to put their trust and hope for salvation elsewhere.

Study the Word, pray that the Spirit gives you proper understanding of it, and then get all excited and go and tell everybody that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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A Review Revisited: Take and Give

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by Paula Rose

This review originally appeared on Books-N-Reviews by Paula Rose on Publishers Marketplace.

Publisher: David C. Cook | Published: August 15, 2015 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (406 pages) | ASIN: B00U0RA92C and ISBN: 9781434708663 | Series: Haven Seekers | Origin: NetGalley 

Take and Give

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TAKE AND GIVE by Amanda G. Stevens pulls us deep into the story from paragraph one jolting you into a futuristic world. It doesn’t take long to forget this story isn’t your present as you share much with these characters because what they are going through spirals into your mind leaving you to wonder. What if?

With suspense and ghastly images, you are embedded into these times musing about the people and their futures along with your own!

These characters become united by tragedy, fear, persecution, and need all the while opposites attract and repel almost immediately.  However, their secrets, situations, and sacrifices are the glue holding them together, but can these same things be their unraveling? 

To Lee, Marcus is dead, and to Violet, Marcus helped give her life. For Austin, his career is toast, but for Sam Stiles, Austin’s career is their protection.  In Austin, Marcus could have seen a murderer. In Marcus, Austin could not see a criminal. Meanwhile, Constabulary Agent, Jason Mayweather, sees all of them as needing to die. 

Their past, their backgrounds, the belief systems go far beyond the current times, but they come with them into these days making each question themselves and each other.

***This opinion is my own.***


Helping the criminal Christians is something Lee does at an undisclosed location. It’s where she and a few others seek to give them medical care. Many have suffered losses or endured re-education since much of Christianity is now classified as a criminalized terrorist activity, even their Bibles are now contraband. The Constabulary Agents, whom can be deadly, investigate these innocents.

However, things are getting even worse for the country too.

Now, Texas is the Republic of Texas and patrols its borders to keep their former government counterparts out. Christians are losing more rights every day outside the Texas border. Knowing that these people are not true criminals has not made Lee adopt their faith, but she will not do what the government wants.

Even people within the government are helping the persecuted.

In TAKE AND GIVE by Amanda G. Stevens, the absolute power not only establishes corruption, bias, and superiority, but it also breeds sympathizers, resistance, and a safety underground, bringing new purpose and new understanding to the populace.

Author Bio:

Paula RoseAuthor Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

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Prayer for Peace

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace”   (Jeremiah 29:7).

The principle involved in this text would suggest to all of us who are the LORD’s strangers and foreigners that we should be desirous to promote the peace and prosperity of the people among whom we dwell. Specially should our nation and our city be blest by our constant intercession. An earnest prayer for your country and other countries is well becoming in the mouth of every believer. Eagerly let us pray for the great boon of peace, both at home and abroad. If strife should cause bloodshed in out streets, or if foreign battle should slay our brave soldiers, we should all bewail the calamity; let us therefore pray for peace and diligently promote those principles by which the classes at home and the races abroad may be bound together in bonds of amity.

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From Fetters Free

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The LORD looseth the prisoner”   (Psalm 146:7).

He has done it. Remember Joseph, Israel in Egypt, Manasseh, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others. He can do it still. He breaks the bars of brass with a word and snaps the fetters of iron with a look. He is doing it. In a thousand places troubled ones are coming forth to light and enlargement. Jesus still proclaims the opening of the prison to them that are bound. At this moment doors are flying back and fetters are dropping to the ground.

He will delight to set you free, dear friend, if at this time you are mourning because of sorrow, doubt, and fear. It will be joy to Jesus to give you liberty. It will give Him as great a pleasure to loose you as it will be a pleasure to you to be loosed. No, you have not to snap the iron hand: the LORD Himself will do it. Only trust Him, and He will be your Emancipator. Believe in Him in spite of the stone walls or the manacles of iron. Satan cannot hold you, sin cannot enchain you, even despair cannot bind you if you will now believe in the LORD Jesus, in the freeness of His grace, and the fullness of His power to save.

Defy the enemy, and let the word now before you be your song of deliverance; “Jehovah looseth the prisoners.”

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Home Blessings

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“He blesseth the habitation of the just”   (Proverbs 3:33).

He fears the LORD, and therefore he comes under the divine protection even as to the roof which covers himself and his family. His home is an abode of love, a school of holy training, and a place of heavenly light. In it there is a family attar where the name of the LORD is daily had in reverence. Therefore the LORD blesses his habitation. It may be a humble cottage or a lordly mansion; but the LORD’s blessing comes because of the character of the inhabitant and not because of the size of the dwelling.

That house is most blest in which the master and mistress are Godfearing people; but a son or daughter or even a servant may bring a blessing on a whole household. The LORD often preserves, prospers, and provides for a family for the sake of one or two in it, who are “just” persons in His esteem, because His grace has made them so. Beloved, let us have Jesus for our constant guest even as the sisters of Bethany had, and then we shall be blessed indeed.

Let us look to it that in all things we are just — in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbors, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions.

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