Return of the Swans by Laura J. Marshall and Suzanne Williams

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This is a sneak peek and book cover reveal of Return of the Swans, the first book in the Kilts n’ Kisses trilogy … inspirational historical romance at its finest by best-selling authors Laura J. Marshall and Suzanne D. Williams.

Here’s an excerpt from the story set in Scotland:

The man’s arms at either side of her didn’t give her much room to breathe. Her anger boiling over, thought of clamping her teeth into the tanned skin of his hand brought pleasure. The muscles of his thighs flexed hard as he guided the horse around rocks and up a steep slope. Turning her head to gaze one last time at the white birds, she met his eyes over her shoulder.

“Tis a pretty site, is it not?” Colin Taggart’s voice held amusement.

She sniffed and faced forward. Though keen on viewing the glass-topped loch with its serene white swans, she’d not give him the satisfaction of seeing her envy of its beauty. Her father had already subjugated its borders to the vile clan.

And now the land held the weighted memory of that soul-stealing kiss. Shona’s first. Her head had dizzied and ceased rational thought. Even now, with the offenders steely arms about her, she was breathless. Red swam before her eyes and she clenched her small white teeth. Despite the hatred of the Taggart name, some indefinable pathway was burned forever in her mind of this man Colin and his lips upon hers.

The earth rose up to meet them and they climbed further through the highlands and onto Taggart land. Shona lost track of time. Her ankle pained her, hanging as it was across the shoulder of the horse. They traveled past low thatch-roof croft homes, tidy gardens of potatoes and greens, and pastures of grazing sheep. The well-worn path before them passed through a large village where it widened before leading to a monstrous castle centered atop a hill surrounded by rolling waves of barley and rye.

Colin led the horse through the open portcullis and into the inner courtyard. A servant came forward to take the reins, and he hopped from the horse. Shona sat ramrod straight, wondering what they’d do to her. He held out his arms to help her dismount. Widening her eyes, she glanced then at the people nearby who stared curiously at them.

“I can do it myself,” she said, anger lacing her voice.

“See that you do and hurry up about it.” He gave instructions to the servants pertaining to the horses then waited while she eyed the ground and her dismount. “I’ve enough to explain without you further injuring yourself.”

“Further injuring myself!” Shona huffed, lifting herself from the horse and landing on both feet. The injured one crumpled beneath her, and she cried out in pain.

Colin leapt forward and caught her arm, helping her rise. The nearness of him brought their kiss back into her thinking and for a moment, she indulged her fancies. He angered her, but he also entranced her; and somehow, she couldn’t separate the two. Where one ended the other began, both tying them together. The spark of it raced up her limbs, and she trembled. Whether from shared heat or the pain in her foot was questionable.

Colin gave a teasing grin. “Aye, and ye did that soundly enough the first time without my effort as well.”

Let’s take a look at the cover for Return of the Swans:

Return of the Swans

Author Bios:

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 a monthly column for on the subject of digital photography, as well as 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 or link with her on Facebook at

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Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of short Christian romances which include the Faith & Fame series and the serial novel Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken. Single titles are Persistent Love, A Heart’s Home, and All the Angels Stood. She is the author of Archibald’s Bible Adventures (children’s books) and two nonfiction devotionals for women and moms (Battle Cry Devotional Series). She is co-founder of The Edge Books. Visit her on her website to connect at or follow her on Facebook at

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End of the Year Thoughts… by Parker J. Cole

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Foremost, as an author, with every new book, you learn something new. Whether it’s about yourself or the industry, or just about people.

Two years ago, I checked off my bucket list item and published my first book, Dark Cherub, known to some as Christian horror, others as a thriller. From that book, I learned to pursue your dreams.

My second book, Many Strange Women, which came out earlier this year taught me something else. The power of someone believing in your God-given talents. With help from my agent and my critique partner and so many others, my second book taught me a lot about believing in yourself. It also taught me the importance of encouraging others in their dreams.

Now, with this third book, The Other Man, I’m learning the support of a great team of authors and fans. How cool is that?

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I’ve learned a lot in this past year about writing and relating to the issues that affect people on an everyday basis. As a Christian author, I feel I have a calling to write about things that affect people and relationships. In Dark Cherub, I speak to the ramifications of the choices we make and how every choice affects the next person in small or big ways. We don’t have to look any further than the Michael Brown case in Ferguson that caused such uproar. If he hadn’t stolen and choked the storeowner as the video showed, who knows? Maybe he’d be alive today. One choice, one decision, affects the next person.

In Many Strange Women, I deal a lot with self-hate and themes of what true beauty is. My life is riddled with episodes of looking in the mirror and hating what I saw. Wishing I could be someone else prettier, smaller, skinner, etc. Past mistakes made looking at my face even that much harder to stand. And yet, God’s love makes us beautiful and worthy.

With my newest book, The Other Man, I seek to talk about temptations wrapped in gold but what’s on the inside? These are issues that affect Christians and non-Christians alike. I’ve been told I shouldn’t write about things like this because it doesn’t edify the body of Christ. I have to disagree. A lot of Christians deal with self-hate, bad decision making, and temptations.  Why wouldn’t I talk about what’s relevant to our society today? Is the reason why the Church is not as effective is because we’ve turned a blind eye to the problems lying in our congregations? Have we become so holy we can’t see the person next to us? Is that why the Church isn’t as effective today as it has been?

I believe God is calling all the artists – the writers, the singers, the rappers, the painters, the sculptors, and others to take up the banner He’s given us. We are in a world saturated by pleasure and stimulated by the flesh. In order to make a change, let’s do our part in the battle. Perhaps we artists aren’t the soldier’s like the apologists, the missionaries, the pastors, and teachers. Yet we still carry a part in this war.

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Parker J. Cole

Parker J. Cole
Author of Dark Cherub, Many Strange Women, and the upcoming release, The Other Man

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In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning

By Dana Goodman

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Author and Counsellor, Dana Goodman, shares her painful journey through heart breaking tragedy. After losing her 12-year-old son and 30-year-old husband to cancer, she must put back together the broken pieces of her life and her faith. Drawing hope from Christ, she describes how even the worst of tragedies can be rewritten into love stories so seeds of hope can be imparted to others.

Ron Dart, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the University of the Fraser Valley, says this about In the Cleft:

“I read the missive in a single sitting–was charmed and entranced, enthralled and captured by the poignant and evocative insights— it’s a burnished gold of a book—a real beauty—tragedy and hope, in an honest and raw way, jostling wisely and judiciously in your vulnerable soul–take heart—your well told and painful journey will bring healing and restore life to many—thanks for the sacrament and chalice of eternity so generously shared.”


author photo graphic 48Dana Goodman, author and counselor, Dana Goodman, lives in Kamloops British Columbia. She wrote In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning as a tribute to her son after he died of an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme. His unquenchable faith gave her the courage to visit grief layers and find healing and life after unbearable heartache.

Dana’s greatest joy in life is Jesus Christ, even on the topsy-turvy days when he is hidden. She loves simple things like hot coffee, deep talks with girlfriends, journaling and having wonderful adventures with her family.

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Author Interview with Jill Overstreet Twigg

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Our Interview today is with Jill Overstreet Twigg. Thanks Jill for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question #1 What is the best thing about being an author?

I love seeing and hearing the reactions of my readers to one of my books. I have received emails and letters telling me how they were uplifted and encouraged and waiting for the next one.

Question #2 What are some of the challenges of being an author?

A big challenge for me is to set time aside and write every single day. It’s hard when you are around family that you don’t see often and you want to spend as much time with them as you can. I try and pick one day a week and do nothing but write the whole entire day.

Question #3 Describe a Typical Day for You.

A typical day for me is to get up around 6:30 and take my walk and pray, workout some scenes and plan out my day. If I know it’s not going to be a writing day, I will divide my time between reading and what has to be done like cleaning or a project. I will read a chapter then set my clock to race against it to get back to my book of the moment. That way I can divide my time between doing what I love to do and what I have to do. Can you tell I like to play games?

Question #4 What genre(s) do you write? And why or how did you chose them?

I write Christian Romance/mystery. Who doesn’t like a good love story? I like to write stories that I enjoy reading myself. They have to be clean. I would definitely want to bring honor and glory to the Lord with my writing.

Question #5 Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

I do read Christian romance. It has that heartwarming feel as if you just watched a Hallmark movie. Some of the secular stories just have unnecessary scenes that really don’t add to the storyline.

Question #6 What is something that readers would be surprised to know about you?

Maybe that I live in a barn and a bat comes in to visit me each night. I may have to name him soon, because I think he thinks he’s a pet.

Question #7 When and how did the writing bug bite you?

Five years ago my husband moved us to Louisiana so he could work and study for his captain’s license which left me some alone time to the tune of 6-8 weeks at times. It was really just a test to see if I could write. I wasn’t even sure I would turn it in anywhere. I had written a screenplay many years ago and had acquired an agent that was interested, so I thought I would try my hand at a novel. Writing detail and people’s thoughts were a challenge. I was used to just writing dialogue.

Question #8 When you write, do you plot everything out or not? Why does that work for you?

I have an idea of the plot from beginning to end, so I just have to write details in between. I’m pretty spontaneous. I may get an idea for a scene while I’m driving, walking or sitting in the doctor’s office. My first book, I wrote a whole scene on a plane writing about the plane experience.

Question #9 What is the best thing a reader or reviewer has ever said about you?

I had an email from a reader that stated she felt that God was speaking to her through many areas of my book, at a time when she needed it. The book was full of hope and encouragement for those going through life with uncertainty. That God will be with you no matter what and He is in control. And to trust Him. My books had enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing till the end, had Bible verses to help you along life’s journey and the joy and love that no one can fulfill fully except the Lord. It was very encouraging.

Question #10 What is the worst thing a reader or reviewer ever said about you? How did you handle that?

That my first book was the worst she had read that year so far. I have to tell you my heart dropped. But I was reminded that not everyone is going to love my books or even like them. She didn’t give a very famous author a good rating either, so I shouldn’t take it to heart too much. I had a purpose and that was to entertain and to uplift. And from the encouragement of my readers, I had accomplished so much more. I was encouraged as they were. I felt that if I could bless just one person, I had reached my goal.

Question #11 If you could go to one place and write, where would it be and why?

I went to a scrapbooking retreat a few years ago and at the place where we ate our meals, they had a porch on the back of the building that faced a huge pond which early in the morning mirrored the trees on the other side. I could have sat in those rockers and wrote all weekend. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I find that I draw in scenes during restful spots like that.

Question #12 If you could have one experience back to do over again, what would it be and why?

I wish I could have been home with my girls while they were in high school. Even though they turned out to be wonderful ladies, I felt that I should have been home for them in the evenings. The drawback of owning your own Pizza shop.

Question #13 Who do you consider a mentor in your life? What did that person teach you?

I met a wonderful person in Louisiana named Gayle Feibel. She encouraged me to write. She was always ready to answer any biblical questions I had. I didn’t go to church until I could drive myself when I was sixteen. So I didn’t really have a mentor in that aspect growing up. But I went to discipleship classes, learned to memorize and was off and running. But it wasn’t until later that I got more deep into the Word and Gayle helped me a lot. I could also say that my husband was an inspiration. I saw a difference in him after we had moved and it encouraged me to step up my game, so to speak and study more.

Question #14 Is writing your only job? If not, tell us a little about your “day” job.

Since moving to La, writing is my only job, my hobby as my husband calls it. He works a schedule that allows him 2-4 weeks off. So we are able to jump in the truck and go. That has been a blessing.

Question #15 If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

My last job was a billing manager. I can throw a mean pizza having owned a pizza parlor Twiggy’s. My daughter is an Occupational therapist assistant and that sounds like a lot of fun. There are so many possibilities.

Question #16 What is your favorite verse in the Bible? Why?

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. I have used that verse many many times in my life and it works.

Question #17 What is your favorite quote? Why?

What goes around, comes around. I just believe it whether its used for bad situations or good ones.

Question #18 What is your favorite book? Why?

Finding Hope by Brenda Coulter. It got right to my heart and made me not just cry, but sob. I LOVED it!

Question #19 What other hobbies do you have?

I love to read, go to garage sales and make greeting cards. Pinterest definitely feels like a hobby to me. I love making the different things I’ve pinned whether recipes or crafts.

Question #20 What is your workspace like? Clean or chaos?

It’s only my computer, a comfortable chair and possibly a notebook that I’ve written in while not at home, so it is clean. However, if I had a desk that I always used, there’s no telling . . .

Question #21 How did you break into writing?

It was an accident really. I had a story in my head and it was a test to myself to see if I could put it on paper. I’d written about 74,000 words and figured I was done. I didn’t tell anyone that I’d sent it in, so that if no one was interested in it, I wouldn’t feel like a failure. I received a call two weeks later for my first book.

Question #22 Where can people find you on the Internet?


facebook- for my first book The Dublin Destiny.

I am working on another website which will have Bound by Fate.

Pinterest- -

Question #23 What advice do you have for other authors?

Never give up on following your dream. I researched a lot of authors and blogs and read, read, read, so you get a feel of how other authors are writing and different tips.

Question #24 Tell us about your book.

Bound by Fate is the story of a young wife who after leaving a baby boutique finds her husband murdered in the car. Later she learns that he anticipated his demise and left her clues to possibly solve his murder and discover more than she may have bargained for. She gets help from an unlikely hero who discovers that she may be in more trouble than she realizes. The story has a small hometown feel. The people draw you in and the mystery keeps you glued to the pages.

Bound By Fate

Question #25 Tell us about the characters in your book.

Jessie is an orphan who was never fostered out. She grew up a loner and married the first guy that was interested in her. Drake ran away from home when he was 14 and was emancipated at 16. He renovated a barn to live in and put himself through medical school. Ruby, Drake’s “adopted” mom taught him the love of Jesus. Delane is quirky and Ruby’s best friend since childhood. You can always find her in a hat of some kind. She speaks her mind and doesn’t necessarily have tact. (She will be a stronger presence in the next book) Monica is a deaf young girl who Jessie befriends and mentors. Bailey is a college buddy of Drake’s who is a U.S. Marshall. (He will be a main character in the next book)

Question #26 Do you include your own life in your books? Why or why not?

I do have some situations that have been intertwined in the storyline. We play a scavenger hunt game at Christmas and that was what gave me the idea for the clues to the murder for this book. I have a friend name Delane and she did make a particular hat that’s mentioned in the book.

Question #27 What is special to you about this book?

I think just the way the story came together. It felt just like a glove. I had characters named after my friends. There’s a strong message of relying on God to get you through situations and to never, ever doubt that He’s taking care of it.

Question #28 What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I hope readers take away that again, God is always in control, no matter what. You just need to trust Him, because He is in the impossible business. He’s got this. And that authors don’t need to put garbage in their stories to have a really great book.

Question #29 What’s your favorite “treat”?

On a really hot day, I can knock down a 7-11 Slurpee like nobody’s business. Other than that, me and mint chocolate Oreos have a great relationship.

Question #30 Morning or night, which is the best and why?

I’m a night owl. If I can get my normal stuff done during the day, I can write till wee hours of the morning.

Question #31 Favorite season and why?

Just moving to NY from FL and Louisiana, I’m able to see the trees change into beautiful colors in the Fall. There all kinds of Apple and autumn festivals around as well.

Question #32 Favorite sport and why?

Love football. I think because I had a boyfriend that talked football a lot and I figured if I was going to understand what he was saying that I needed to do some research. I memorized all the NFL teams and their quarterbacks when I was in high school. It was something that I could watch with my dad and I’ve been to many professional games and one college game.

Question #33 Least favorite household or yard chore?

I don’t like to vacuum. I have to lug the cleaner out of the closet, switch the attachments to get the baseboards and it gives me the chills when the hose scrapes on a tight carpet or floor. I can’t vacuum the car. I have to use duct tape.

Question #34 Least favorite thing to do?

I hate to get up in front of people to do anything, even if it’s people I know well. I can’t take attention on me. I am not able to eat at a restaurant by myself. Can you tell where my self confidence is? Something I am definitely working on.

Question #35 Favorite thing to do?

I love doing girl things with my daughters. Shopping, lunch, pedi’s, movies etc. We have a good time.

Question #36 You have a whole day to go anywhere and do anything. What would that be and why?

Usually on my birthday I plan a “me” day. I get a massage, maybe have lunch with a friend, finish Christmas shopping and go to the movies. I finish out the evening with dinner with my family.

About the Author:

Jill Twigg

Born in Kansas as an Air Force brat, Jill has lived in Germany and Okinawa as well as six states. She now resides in a New York barn and in Florida with her daughters and eight grandchildren as well as her husband Bruce, a merchant marine in the Gulf of Mexico out of Louisiana. When not writing she is spending time with family and friends. Jill enjoys making greeting cards, movies and collecting books for her library. She has a great love for the Lord and women’s bible studies. She is looking forward to her new release of the first book in the Chandler trilogy, “Bound By Fate.”

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Being a Magi by Staci Stallings

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A long time ago I read a book that said, “There is a reason you notice the things you notice.  They come into your sight to tell you something.” (paraphrase) I took that to heart and began actively noticing.  That is, I notice when I notice something.  Rather than going through life oblivious to the signs God is putting in my path, I either actively seek them or at least I get the message with only a couple of occurrences.

Much like the man in the flood who was standing on his porch as a boat went by.  The people in the boat told him he could come with them.  He shook his head. “God will save me if He wants to save me.”  Several hours passed, and now he was hanging onto an upstairs window.  A second boat came by.  The people in it said, “Come on with us!”  But the man replied, “No, I love God, and if He wants to save me, He will.”

Hours passed, and it grew dark.  A Coast Guard boat with a search light found the man clinging to his chimney.  “Come on! Get on!” they yelled. But the man refused.  “I love God, and if He wants to save me, He will.”  An hour later the man appeared at the Pearly Gates.

St. Peter looked at him incredulously.  “What are you doing here?”  The man shrugged. “I guess it was my time.  God didn’t save me.”  To which St. Peter said, “That’s weird.  We sent three boats!”

Several years after I heard this story, I heard Oprah Winfrey say something similar.  She said (paraphrase), “To get your attention, God will send a breath. Then He will send a pebble, then a brick, then a boulder, then the whole house will come crashing down!”

Let me just say, for myself, I prefer to catch what God is telling me at the first boat, the breath, or at most the pebble.  So, I have become very conscious of the messages God sends to me.  And they are everywhere!

In music, books, the Bible, conversations, on billboards, in magazines, sometimes even in dreams.  Recently I’ve been preparing a project that is very close to my heart for which God has given many signs and messages since it was first conceived.  For this one project I have received messages ranging from videos depicting the story, songs, email messages, and even a tour bus following me down the road!

The ultimate (so far) message was that just before I mailed the project in, I was praying over it in the Post Office, and my oldest daughter said, “Look, Mom.”  When I opened my eyes, she was holding a piece of paper about five inches from me in my direct line of sight.  It said, “Your talents will be recognized and suitably rewarded.”  I just started laughing because I get signs and messages, but most of the time they take at least a little bit of interpretation.

As I was recounting these events to my sister, she laughed.  “You are such a Magi.”  To which I said the only logical thing, “Huh?”

She went on to explain.  “The Magi were astronomers.  They spent their time looking for signs in the sky, signs of a new king, signs of a shift on the earth begun in the heavens. That’s what you do!”

I’d never thought of it quite like that, but I’ve got to say, it’s great fun to be a Magi.  You should try it sometime.

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for December 10 Morning

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for December 10 Morning

“So shall we ever be with the Lord.” – I Thessalonians 4:17

Even the sweetest visits from Christ, how short they are-and how transitory! One moment our eyes see him, and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, but again a little time and we do not see him, for our beloved withdraws himself from us; like a roe or a young hart he leaps over the mountains of division; he is gone to the land of spices, and feeds no more among the lilies.

“If to-day he deigns to bless us
With a sense of pardoned sin,
He to-morrow may distress us,
Make us feel the plague within.”

Oh, how sweet the prospect of the time when we shall not behold him at a distance, but see him face to face: when he shall not be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night, but shall eternally enfold us in the bosom of his glory. We shall not see him for a little season, but

“Millions of years our wondering eyes,
Shall o’er our Saviour’s beauties rove;
And myriad ages we’ll adore,
The wonders of his love.”

In heaven there shall be no interruptions from care or sin; no weeping shall dim our eyes; no earthly business shall distract our happy thoughts; we shall have nothing to hinder us from gazing for ever on the Sun of Righteousness with unwearied eyes. Oh, if it be so sweet to see him now and then, how sweet to gaze on that blessed face for aye, and never have a cloud rolling between, and never have to turn one’s eyes away to look on a world of weariness and woe! Blest day, when wilt thou dawn? Rise, O unsetting sun! The joys of sense may leave us as soon as they will, for this shall make glorious amends. If to die is but to enter into uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is indeed gain, and the black drop is swallowed up in a sea of victory.
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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes for 12/9/2014

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Jer. 1:6-8 “O Sovereign LORD,” I said. “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” “Don’t say that,” the LORD replied, “for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Maybe you understand all too well Jeremiah’s lament. Maybe you too have been given a task to do by the Lord and all you can see is your inadequacies. Maybe you too have argued with the Lord and expressed why you can’t do what He has given you to do. Or, maybe others have so convinced you of how inadequate you are that you don’t see yourself as being able to serve the Lord beyond your comfort zone.

Hear the what the Lord is saying to you today. No matter what you, or others, may think about you, you ARE able to do what God is sending you to do. The Lord doesn’t not send His children out on their own to sink or swim. He goes with them to take care of them as they go. The Lord is with us to show us exactly what to do and how to do it. He is with us to strengthen us for the task set before us. He is with us to calm our fears as we step out in faith. He is there to empower us to so that we don’t quit because of the people who may oppose us. He is there to give us all the resources of heaven to use as we obey Him. There is no excuse for not doing what the Lord gives us to do.

The Lord told Jeremiah you MUST go. Jeremiah wasn’t told wherever he was to go or whatever he was to say; he was just told he must go. It’s not for us to decide the task or the details. We are just to obey. Now, we do have the option of not obeying, but as Jonah found out when he tried to not go and obey, the consequences aren’t so good. God never sends us out without a purpose or a plan on how to complete the task He sets before us.

When we obey the Lord it is good for our souls and good for those we are sent to. Don’t resist God’s will for you. Trust and obey Him. He will go with you and help you each step of the way to complete His will for your life.
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Devorah’s (Deborah) Prayer by Paula Rose Michelson

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Scripture: “Barak said to her, “if you go with me, I will go; but if you do not go with me, I will not go.” Very well,” Devorah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Siser over to a woman.” (Judges 4:8-9) In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again,” (John 3:3)

What were you thinking my sister, my kinswoman?  How did you come to feel comfortable with the task laid before you?  I know that you were a woman of prayer, one that was called by God Most High. If I could have been there would I have heard your petition which is, I think, founded on the same questions all of us women pray when we are asked by God to step out of our normal roles and assume a mantel that is unique?  If so I believe that your prayer might have sounded something like this:

“Oh God why have you chosen me for this work,

I am as a seed of wheat,

Not yet ripe for the harvest,

Yet you call!

Oh God why have you asked me to lead men,

I am as one unprepared for war,

Not schooled in weapons and fighting,

Yet you call!

Oh God why have you asked me to bear the burdens of the nation Yisrael,

I am as one of the least of your people,

Not wise in my own understanding,

Yet you call!”

“Daughter, it is because you see yourself as nothing,

Saying, “I am as a seed of wheat,

Not yet ripe for the harvest,

That I call!

Daughter, it is because you see yourself as one unprepared for war,

That I ask you to equip my people with righteousness and send them out with prayer,

For there is no weapon fashioned against my righteous ones that will stand,

That I call!

Daughter, it is because you see yourself as a seeker of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

Because you have an undivided heart that yearns for and reaches up to me,

Saying “What is God’s will in this matter,

That I call.

Many are ready for leadership in the world’s sight,

Many are prepared to do things in their own way,

Many believe they have a burden to serve but will leave when the battle turns against them,

But few truly know how to seek after me with all their mind, all their heart and all their soul.

That is why I have chosen you,

For you have chosen to abide in me,

I have chosen you to be a standard to my people,

an example of selfless devotion to their God.

That in seeing your selfless devotion to me,

They may also come to know Adoni-Jireh,

The Lord that will provide today,

Then, they will learn to search for my provision tomorrow.

For just as I had my servant Moses lift up the serpent in the desert,

That all who looked upon it in faith would not die,

Even though they had been bitten by a deadly snake,

My people must learn to look at those I have lifted up and not judge them,

But see me!”

“This I understand Lord Most High,

This, I Devorah, pledge to do and this will I sing about,

And give glory to your name for you chose a servant not a warrior,

That your name would and will be forever proclaimed!

“Yes, and in the future that is yet to be another comes that is greater that he,

Greater than Moses who I led through the red sea,

Greater then any who have walked the earth,

for this is the Messiah who will herald in the rebirth.

“My Lord, I do not understand for I am not wise,

However, if you will it,

I will pray for those who will hear it,

that you open up their eyes.” 

Oh Devorah did you know, as I think all the righteous do, that life is fleeting and there is more to us than the here and now? If so, may I, and all that follow after be as wise as you were. Wise enough to know our wisdom is as nothing before the throne of God Most High. Yet, wise enough to know that what we say and do matters both here and now and ripples throughout eternity. May God grant us all a modicum of understanding and a heart that is melded to His, least we fall into Satan snare and become ineffectual for all who care to hear and heed the message of the Lord and His Messiah.

Paula Rose Michelson 2001

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Paula Rose Michelson

Paula Rose Michelson’s journey from fear to faith in Messiah and her awareness that the Lord turned her, “darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29), as she took, “every thought captive unto Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), thus daily having her thoughts, “transformed by the renewing of (her) mind”, (Romans 12:2), lead her to found LAMB Ministries in 1988. She continues to call her to help women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture and prayer.

Her books: Christian romance with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, nonfiction recovery, and political satire stem from her belief that God is in control.

She is the wife of Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Field Missionary, Ron Michelson. The mother of two married daughters, and grandmother of seven grandchildren, when not involved in ministry, writing, speaking, or teaching the effective use Scripture, you will find Paula researching her next book or meeting with friends.


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The Storm Clouds Roll by Sherry Chamblee

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I love a stormy sky. The kind that makes you wonder what’s coming next, lends rise to thoughts of running for the storm cellar and hunkering down with a good book and a radio nearby. The sort of skies that blow and rage at you, bringing rain and thunder, and whipping your hair in your face just enough to make you feel like something new is coming. Yes, that kind. It’s weird…I know…but there it is. You know my secret now.

Is it ok for me to love the stormy skies? Sure, why not. I can’t make the storm come, can I?

But then I wondered…is Heaven going to have storms in the sky? Probably not. 

But I really do enjoy a good storm – though not the destruction that comes with some storms, no I don’t enjoy that at all.

You know, it’s like that in life sometimes too. We love the excitement of something, but then after it’s done there’s destruction left behind that’s just not as enjoyable.

Sometimes as Christians we can get in this mode of anything we enjoy will surely be in Heaven someday because God has allowed us to have these feelings – we love something, so surely it’ll be with me forever in eternity.

Where did we get that notion?  Certainly not from the Bible.

In fact, God tells us to learn to enjoy HIS priorities, and HIS things, precisely because that’s what Heaven will be filled with.

God isn’t obligated to place things in Heaven that we’ve enjoyed here on earth. He isn’t obligated to have stormy skies just because for some reason I find them fun and exciting. In fact, I think I should work on learning to love the peaceful blues, the gentle and kind weather, because I just don’t think God’s going to have destruction and mayhem in Heaven. 

I Corinthians 2:9

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

God created us to love, but He then tells us to love the things HE loves.

God created us to form friendships, but He tells us to form Godly friendships.

God created us to enjoy life, but He then tells us to enjoy the things of God, living life to HIS glory and not our own.

So I have to remember, just because I like it, doesn’t mean God likes it. And my like-meter needs to measure up to God’s.

Matthew 6:20

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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Book Spotlight: Princess Nevaeh: Lesson on Self Discovery by Paulette Harper

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Princess Nevaeh: Lesson on Self Discovery by Paulette Harper
Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Thy Word Publishing (August 27, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0989969142
ISBN-13: 978-0989969147
Genre: Children

About The BookPrincess Nevaeh

Six year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is. She will soon learn that her wish to be a princess takes a little more than just asking. Lessons on self-discovery are taught by her Mimi who makes her understand that being a princess takes work.

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Paulette Harper

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole, Living Separate Lives and The Sanctuary. She resides in Northern, Ca.

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