Candy Cane Kisses: 8 Christian Christmas Romances

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Candy Cane Kisses brings you eight brand new Christmas romance novellas by eight of your favorite Christian authors!

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It’s not too early to get into the Christmas spirit.

Candy Cane Kisses is a collection of stories that will fill your heart with holiday cheer. Enjoy never-before-released stories by award-winning authors Susan May Warren, Margaret Daley, Kimberly Rae Jordan, Autumn Macarthur, Lesley Ann McDaniel, Jan Thompson, Marion Ueckermann, and Susette Williams.

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Stop Playing Church

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by Suzanne Williams

I wrote a scene the other day and heard the voices protesting it with every letter that I typed.

“Don’t say that.”

“Don’t go there.”

It hit me afterward. So much of Christian writing has become about coddling Christians. It’s there to keep us in our glorified bubbles, untouched by the world. Chaste. Innocent.

Gullible.

If I’m being totally honest (the only way I know how to be), the negative comments I’ve received were all from Christians. Picking the pole out of my eye, they fail to see the beam in their own. (Mt 7:3) 

Yet it comes down to this:  in order to be light in the darkness, I need to portray the darkness as well. I can’t avoid it or I fail as an author. I fail in the job God has set me to do.

Life’s a bed of roses. No, it isn’t. STOP PLAYING CHURCH. Instead, BE the church.

Jesus came to save those who were lost, and He wasn’t afraid to turn over a few tables, raise a few eyebrows to do it. He made waves. Drew a figurative line in the sand more than once and said, “Go ahead. Cross it.” (Mt 18:11;Mt 21:12;Mk 11:15;Lk 19:10;Jn 8:7) 

But not as, “make my day.” Instead, “Let me make yours.”

Jesus identified with our struggles. (Heb 4:15) He carried ALL our sin, the big ones and the little ones, and that is the essence of Christian writing. Not to make my bed on a cloud somewhere, untouched by the world. But to write life exactly as it is, sin-laden, and bring those characters back to a realization that despite all they’ve done, God still loves them.

When authors can do that effectively, when they will dare to write what’s in God’s heart, they’ll touch souls and change lives. Isn’t that what apostles Peter and John prayed? “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.” (Act 4:29) 

Notice, the results:  “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Act 4:33) 

Amen.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne D. Williams

Best-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.

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Writing While Waiting

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by Ruth O’Neil

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when it was almost impossible to write? If I were to be completely honest, I’m there right now. Circumstances in my life are threatening to overtake me and run me down. Writing has been difficult for the last six months. It isn’t that I don’t have the desire to write, but when I try to make time to sit down to write, my brain is often too tired to think.

All writers have bouts with unproductive times. It can be writer’s block, another job, raising a family, business, or, like me, simply the inevitable circumstances of life.

I may not be doing a lot in the way of publishable writing, but I am still putting at least some words to paper. Besides little projects and assignments here and there, I am writing things down in my journal. I am writing down my feelings of what is going on around me. I give voice to the angry rant that will never be published as is.

I also began writing down my prayers in a separate journal. It doesn’t really take much more time to write down my prayers than it does to speak them out. In some ways, it takes less time because I’m more focused – my mind has a tendency to wander.

While I’m not journaling with the intentions of using those words in my writing, it doesn’t mean I can never use any of it, once I’m far enough removed from my present circumstances, that is. Maybe I can use the topic. Maybe I’ve captured enough of my own raw emotions that I can relay that to my readers later.

In the midst of not being very productive in my writing, I am still writing. If sometime you find yourself unable to write anything of real value, jot down your thoughts and feelings in a journal. Write down details of the circumstances surrounding you. Cry out to God using your pen.

You never know, someday you may be able to actually use it to help someone else.

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

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Gems From Pastor Jim by Pastor Jim Hughes

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 119:51 The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your law.

Pride comes before a fall. When pride rules, we become self-focused. We begin to think that we are God. We forget who we are and our place in life. The proud have little or no regard for others. They use others to their advantage with no regard for feelings. What do we do when we find ourselves in the presence of proud people? We stay true to God and his law.

There is the temptation to cower and compromise in order to appease. However, it is never the right thing to do. We must stand firm on truth and never turn away from it. The way of the Lord is always right and we must never let anyone lead us away from it.

Proud people come across as strong, but the reality is that behind their persona of strength lies a person of insecurity. Proud people do not want to be seen as they really are. They try to cover up who they know themselves to be. They tend to dominate others so they don’t have to deal with themselves. They have a need to be looked up to, to be thought more highly of than they ought to be.

Those who live by God’s law are a people who know they have nothing to be proud of. Who we are flows from God in us. We are who we are because of what God is doing in us and through us. We owe ourselves and all we do to the gracious hand of God upon us. We depend on Christ for our worth, not ourselves. We understand that apart from Him we are nothing. Living life God’s way keeps us humble before both God and man. For the humble in heart, there is no turning away from God’s Word; it is our sole blueprint for life.
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About the Author:

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 chaper 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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Druid’s Spear Excerpt

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by Parker J. Cole

Ken Aoki’s world is shattered with the loss of his mother. All that is left is two strange objects she willed to him. If the doomsayers all over the media are right, and everything is soon to end, then at least the apocalypse will end his pain.

When he stumbles onto his best friend’s corpse and is attacked by a powerful stranger that leaves him for dead, he wakes to find himself mixed up with cave dwellers whose hopes rest on the mysterious artifacts in his possession.

The beautiful and aloof Rin Uchida helps Ken discover there’s more to himself than he ever knew. As the planet is bombarded by natural disasters, Ken and Rin race against time to stop a dangerous adversary that will do anything to complete his objective – destroy humanity at any cost.

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Rin followed the raucous sound of the juusha of Rhychard as they gathered into the large anteroom. At its highest point, the galley rose about fifteen feet in the air. Whether by design or not, a cluster of stalagmites ranging in various sizes rested in the center. It formed into something that resembled a chandelier made of earth.

Rin strode forward until she stood under it. As a child, she’d feared the day the rock chandelier would come crashing onto her skull. The dire thoughts of that event had faded over time however, and she saw the edifice as a sign of community. Soon the Elder and his son Alderic would come and stand with her. A sizable fire blazed and crackled nearby and she stepped closer to it to feel its warmth, although she doubted it would have the ability to melt the icy dread inside her chest.

“Uchida-san, is it true? Has Ludovicus awakened?”

Rin turned toward the voice and saw one of the older women before her, eyes wide. “Hai,Obaasan.”

The woman’s fingers clutched at her throat. “What will the Elder do?”

Rin reached out and clasped the woman on the shoulder. “Do not worry, Obaasan.Ludovicus will not defeat us.”

I hope. She hugged the woman, feeling the slight tremors rake through the diminutive frame. After some more words of comfort, the woman left and Rin sighed. The story had been passed down for so long that the reality of it seemed a distant thing. On the one hand, she wanted to ensure she would never forget why she and the others lived in caves, waiting for this day. On the other hand, that day had arrived. Stories had transformed into reality. That reality struck the juusha of Rhychard in the hearts.

“Uchida-san, where is Tambo?” a young child called out to her in the throng.

Rin smiled, thinking of her companion, and glad for the diversion of her morose thoughts. “He’s probably on the hunt. He’ll return when he’s ready.”

At that moment, the Elder, fenced in by both Callen and Michel, with Alderic bringing up the rear, entered the room. Rhychard’s juusha dropped to their knees and bowed as they passed. Rin followed suit and stood once more. The Elder, old and bent over by age, still had the mental agility of his youth. Swathed in a silvery robe embroidered with dark thread, he made an impressive sight among the juusha.

His dark eyes had a rich, otherworldly gleam in them, bright like the stars in the heavens. The reflection of firelight danced in their depths.

She focused on his son, Alderic, the pompous but likable giant and the self-proclaimed future leader of the people as he strutted about. A massive man with coal-black hair that hung about his head in a shaggy style, he exuded an aura of vitality felt by all. When he folded his arms, they bulged in an almost grotesque way, with veins interrupting their smoothness. Skin baked by the sun gave him a swarthy appearance. Alderic winked at a couple of young ones who giggled.

Alderic caught her eyes roving over him and waggled his eyebrows in a comical way. Rin laughed and shook her head. The Elder’s son desired her for his wife, but their friendship made that impossible. Rin would never see any of the men she’d grown up with as more than childhood companions. As she developed into a woman, she’d seen their interest in her but thwarted it. For a reason unfathomable to her, she distanced herself from relationships. Perhaps it was because of her destiny. The Elder stated she would be the one to bring Ludovicus’ end. The thought tied knots of tension in her stomach again. Did she truly have the strength to bring about the end of such a great evil?

The Elder came and stood under the rock chandelier while Callen and Michel faded into the background. He raised his hand to quiet the murmurings of the people, and a hush fell.

“It is true. Ludovicus has awakened.” The Elder’s voice boomed, a striking contrast to the look of frailty he had on him. “We have prepared for this day. We will not allow Ludovicus to touch the Descendant. We will withhold his gain on what is precious to us. Do not be afraid.”

Rin swallowed a sudden lump in her throat as the Elder turned. The black orbs locked onto her, the force of the gaze strong enough to render her immobile. For a long while, the silence lingered in the anteroom as the people waited to hear what was next. Rin wanted to know, too. Why did the Elder stare at her so? Was there some hidden secret he needed to relate to her? A command?

As if he heard her, he nodded and lifted his hand in a gesture for her to come to him.

“Our next move is to find the Descendant before Ludovicus can. This will require an individual agile in mind and body to undertake this task.”

Alderic cleared his throat meaningfully and puffed out his chest. Rin barely stopped herself from rolling her eyes.

“Will Alderic-san be enough to stop Ludovicus?” a voice called out. Others murmured alongside the query.

“It is not my son who will go to fetch the Descendant, but Uchida-chan.”

Alderic whirled to the Elder. “Otousan!”

“Be still, Alderic.”

“Otousan! I am more than capable of retrieving the Descendant. I have trained for this moment for as long as I can remember.”

“Yet this mission is not for you. Uchida-san is best suited. It is not through my preference, but the will of the Creator.” The old man then turned to Rin. “Will you accept this task, Uchida-san?”

The words hung in the air like a mist and settled over her with a chill. A part of her screamed that she could not do this. Retrieval of the Descendant would put her life at risk. Ludovicus’ power would only grow the longer time passed. She was but a child.

“Let us just say I am more confident in your child-like weakness than my son’s adult strength.”

Rin released a pent-up sigh. If Senpai believed in her, then she had to believe in herself.

Rin knelt to the ground before her leader, head bowed. “As the Creator wills, so I will do.”

A harsh gush of air erupted from Alderic. Rin’s lips twisted at the irony of their situation. She, the reluctant chosen to fetch the Descendant, and Alderic, the rejected eager one. She stood once more as the Elder said, “Uchida-san will choose of you those to accompany her. That is all.”

The crowd disbursed with a flick of his hand and the juusha walked out of the anteroom with a few who remained behind. Of those left, Rin knew they anticipated the opportunity of traveling with her.

How do you choose your companions on a pathway to hell?

About the Author:

Parker J. ColeParker 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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Inspired by Faith, Locale, Life Experience, Family, Friends & History

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by BJ Robinson

How do you find inspiration to write?

Faith spurs me on as I find inspiration in scripture from God’s Word, locales from vacations and nature, life experience, family, friends, and history. Born in the Bible belt, I grew up on country music my mother loved which impacts my writing. Various country artists write gospel music or songs that relate to their faith, and I enjoy listening to them. Some have signature songs that show their faith, and some have entire gospel albums.

Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood come to mind since I have CDs of both listened to them while driving back and forth to work. From my mother’s world, I grew up listening to Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Norma Jean, and Kitty Wells. I still listen to Dolly and Loretta. I know many churches say country music is not the type to listen to, but I was reared on it, and believe it or not, it is God-inspired when country artists let Him work, just as when a writer lets Him work. As with anything else, it depends on what you listen to.

I love old-fashioned gospel music and hymns, but from the Christmas day I lost my father at four years old, I remember my mother singing the song “How Far is Heaven” by Kitty Wells. A favorite sung by Alan Jackson is “In the Garden,” and I always loved “Church in the Wildwood. George Jones sang “Flowers for Mama,” and Charley Pride sung so many beautiful songs. I loved the Statier Brothers and the Oak Ridge Boys. There are just too many beautiful songs and artists to name, but I love them all. There’s faith in my music, my writing, and my life. I love reading God’s Word, watching faith-filled movies, and reading Christian novels.

Some of my favorite movies have been the Sherwood ones. My husband and I watch them over and over and enjoy them every time. God moves through movies, music, novels, nonfiction, and His Word if you open your heart and mind and let Him, and He inspires my writing and my soul through them all. He moves through the breeze as leaves whisper in the wind, through the skies as they reflect His glory and creativity in beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the sun sparkling on the water of rivers, lakes, and the wide, blue ocean. He is everywhere and can be found in everything if you open your eyes and ears and listen and hear. I hope you find Him as you go about your day from the morning to the sunset. Jesus is my best friend. Let Him reach your soul and steer you through life. There have been so many times in my life that I knew it was literally Him who saved me in more ways than one through His mercy and grace.

As a product of the South complete with an accent that announces it, locale plays an important part. If it’s about the South, I’ll be inspired. If you’re stuck, read other authors in your genre or who write and set their books in a locale that inspires your muse. I read as much as I write and enjoy books by other authors in various genres, but my favorite ones are romantic suspense and historical romance. There are so many wonderful Christian authors I have enjoyed through the years. Eva Marie Everson, Chris Fabry, Naomi Musch, and Danielle Thorne are a few of my favorites.

As a teen, I loved Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, and as a younger reader, I read every Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on. The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder were also a favorite. From the depths of my faith, mind, imagination, life experience, family, friends, and history, I create characters that will transport you to another era or another time and place who enjoy scenic vacations. Growing up, we never could afford family vacations, so I find it fun to write about the places I have been.

One thing I am thankful for is that we don’t have to wear the yards of material and layers women did during the Civil War era. Gardening had to be pure drudgery. The South is too hot and humid to wear layers of clothing while gardening. I love the outdoors and working in my flowers, but I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed it back in the day.

My novels are character driven, and I’m a morning writer. I’ve always felt I did my best writing then. Once I get into a novel, the characters tell their story. In the wee hours of morning, I’m perking with the coffee.

So, what inspires my muse? Faith, locale, life experience, family, friends, history, research, learning, listening to music, the news, and reading other authors all enhance my creative mind and inspire me to create other worlds through characters who lived in the past and tell their own stories or through modern-day characters who enjoy living stories from my imagination in vacation spots I’ve visited. I am inspired each time I gaze at the ocean, rivers, lakes, the sky and clouds, sunrises, sunsets, and the majestic mountains He created and through them all, I am inspired to create with His help, guidance, and direction. God bless you.

B. J. RobinsonB. J. Robinson is a multi-published, award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty books as well as short stories and novellas. Blessed with her faith, husband, children, grandchildren, and pets, she finds inspiration and hopes to introduce people to her best friend, Jesus. For a selection of her work, visit her at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1460500513&sr=1-2-ent

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How Jesus Dealt with People

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by Michael J. Findley

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Throughout His ministry, occasionally Jesus dealt with those who openly rejected Him, such as Herod and the Romans who were like the atheists/secular humanists of today. So [Herod] continued to question [Jesus] for a long time, but Jesus gave him no answer at all. (Luke 23:9, ISV)

Several times Jesus dealt with those who pretended to accept Him, such as the Sadducees. They are like modern liberals who choose to accept some Scriptures, but use their own opinions to reject other Scriptures. When they brought up a spurious question about a woman with seven husbands to Jesus, He revealed their true intentions. Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29 HCSB)

At His trial, Jesus gave the High Priest, a Sadducee, very brief answers to direct questions. But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him,I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63,64 NKJV)

Frequently Jesus dealt with the Pharisees. These were the conservatives of the first century. Unlike the Herodians and the Sadducees, Jesus spent much of His ministry attempting to instruct the Pharisees. As Jesus said, “They sit in Moses’ seat.” As exemplified in the confrontation in John 5, the Pharisees talked to Jesus for years. Both Nicodemus and Paul were Pharisees who believed in Jesus.

But Jesus spent the majority of His ministry instructing His disciples. Yet after three years of intense instruction in the true meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures, they still did not understand. “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” Jesus asked him. (John 14:9 ISV)

After His resurrection, He met two of His disciples and walked with them on the road to Emmaus. “Then Jesus told them, “O, how foolish you are! How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! The Messiah had to suffer these things and then enter his glory, didn’t he?” Then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them all the passages of Scripture about himself. (Luke 24:25-27 NIV)

After rising from the dead, Jesus spent all of His time on earth providing evidence of His resurrection and explaining the Old Testament.

Image Credit: from Waiting For The Word “Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples” Artist: Nelson Flikr Commons

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 119:49-50 Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me, it comforts me in all my troubles.

It is okay to ask the Lord to remember His promises to you. When you are reminded of a promise of God, tell the Lord what He said He would do for you, trust Him to keep His word, and then act like you believe it. It’s one thing to know God’s promises, it’s a totally different thing to stand on them. I suspect that most of us don’t want to believe that God will do what He has promised; for if were to believe it, it would move us out of our comfort zones. We like to believe in God in a certain way. We don’t want Him to act in less than a predictable way. We get uneasy when God acts outside the box of our experiences or expectations.

When we consider God’s promises, we need to be discerning. Not every promise of God in the Scriptures are for us to claim and stand on. There are some things that God promised to the nation of Israel that do not apply to us. Owning every promise of God as our own can lead us into wrong doctrine and very frustrated Christian living. When God does not give us what He promised to the Israelites, doubt and confusion can set in. God always keeps His word to us. We just need to make sure that what we are asking God to do is what He has promised to do for us.

God never makes a promise to us that goes contrary to the Word. If it is not in the Word or backed up by the Word, then what we claim to be from God cannot be from God. He never makes a promise that is inconsistent with who He is. He never promises us anything that is not permitted within the boundaries of His holiness.

The promises of God fill a great need in our lives. When we stand on the promises we have renewed strength for living. There is no situation in life that is not helped by God’s promises if were to but believe and trust. God’s promises give us hope, they revive our souls, and they comfort us in our times of trouble.
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About the Author:

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 chaper 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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Prayer, Prayers, and Praying

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by Rebekah Beene

“Dear Lord, thank You for a beautiful day” is how my bedtime prayers always started. Then with my mom by my side we’d go through the take care of’s. “Take care of momma and daddy…” and on down the line throughout our family. You could say I’ve been praying for family all my life.

They were the simple prayers of childhood and probably not deeply doctrinal or anything profound. However this morning God speaks to my heart…

I Am that I Am. My hearing is not contingent on the length, breadth or abilities of your prayers. I don’t grade anything, especially prayers, on the merit of who prays best. I look on the heart. You don’t have to worry so much about how to pray- just seek My face.

Oh beloved, you’ve been praying and praying and praying. God heard the very first prayer you ever prayed and He’s been listening always. You prayed as a child but you’ve grown older and your prayers are more urgent, even some you are praying for are in desperate need. God hears. He loves when His children pray. The greatest gift He gives a born again believer is His Presence and His ear. You’ve been praying so long for one particular item that you’re about to think it’s no go, that He isn’t going to answer that one. You’re no beggar hoping for a scrap of bread. You’re a resident of heavenly places knowing that living water is flowing from your belly and you are fully equipped to wait, listen, pray and seek His face. You are an intercessor – you are a mediator on behalf of those you pray for. Heaven knows and time will tell that you have prayed huge, audacious, unbelievable prayers. Heaven rejoices each time you talk to the Father about your needs and praise Him for who He is! Destiny awaits those who seek His face and destiny for you is peace, love, joy, confidence, strength and dignity. Don’t shed another tear over unanswered prayer. Instead begin thanking the Father that His answer is perfect and on the way – right on time! This is your greatest power – to talk to the Creator of the Universe about everything and bring everyone’s needs to Him in prayer.

God loves you and He’s for you. The prayers of a child mean much to the Father and you are a child of God when you put your trust in Christ. Praise Him for the trust you have in Him and thank Him for answers as you walk in the knowledge that He hears you always.

Psalm 116:2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ]. AMP

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.

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”.

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My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
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The Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

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by Charles Stanley

Acts 13:1-3

Fasting has two important components. One is abstention, which eliminates distractions. The other is undivided attention on God, which allows connection with Him on a deeper level.

Daniel was living under captivity in Babylon when he read God’s promise to free the Israelites after a certain period of time. He earnestly sought the Lord by means of prayer and fasting (Dan. 9:2-3). Then through the angel Gabriel, God gave the young man greater understanding of what He had previously pledged.

Scripture contains other examples as well. When King Jehoshaphat learned that a powerful army was on the offensive, he called for all of Judah to come together and fast (2 Chron. 20:1-4). God gave encouragement and strength for the future. Fasting was also part of the early church’s preparation for choosing its first missionaries, during which the Holy Spirit directed that Barnabas and Saul be commissioned for the work (Acts 13:2).

Fasting does not bring us a quicker answer from God or persuade Him to follow our plan. Instead, it prepares us to see our situation through His eyes and to act on what we learn. At times I have sought the Lord to get His assessment of how I am doing. This discipline has helped me gain His perspective on my life and work.

Fasting involves a strong desire to hear from God, a period of time to connect with Him, and a willingness to abstain from food or some activity. If the idea intimidates you, remember its purpose is preparation so we might draw closer to God and receive His encouragement and direction.

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