Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/3/2020

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But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. II Corinthians 10:13 ESV

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You have to know your limits. You have to know the assignments God has called you to take on, the anointings He has given you for those assignments, and the special gifts He has given you to help fulfill the assignments. Unlike some of the other people that had worked in the church of Corinth, Paul knew his limits. The others boasted of things they were not called to do in order to curry favor with the Corinthians. Paul, on the other hand, only boasted of things he had been called to do. Even then, he designed his boasting to glorify God (II Corinthians 10:17).

You have to know your limits. Paul was limited to the religious sphere of life. He was called by God to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, whereas Peter, James, and John were called to spread the Gospel to the Jews (Galatians 2:9). You, on the other hand, may have been called to an entirely different sphere of life. Maybe you’ve been called to be a teacher, or a business owner, or a truck driver, or an accountant, or whatever. The Kingdom of God embraces every sphere of life and every sphere needs people that can help bring it into alignment with God.

You have to know your limits. You have to know, because going outside of your limits will thwart your effectiveness. Indeed, it can be dangerous to go outside of your limits. A person called to go into business that feels he/she can only serve God in the religious sphere will have problems and will cause problems. They will be trying to operate without the proper anointing and without the proper gifts. Instead of flowing in the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be trying to make things happen in the power of their own strength.

You have to know your limits. So, if your limits are not clear to you, then you need to pray about them and find out. You need to ask God to show you what He wants you to do with your life. You need to ask Him to show you the way.

Only then can you be truly effective in the Kingdom of God. Only then can you be truly happy and fulfilled.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

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Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

by N. I. Nwokolo

Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

10 humorous but reverent essays on some female heroes of the Scriptures. Just not necessarily the ones you might expect!

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CrossReads Short Takes: His Eyes Told Her So & A Home for My Heart

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His Eyes Told Her So

by Debra Ullrick

His Eyes Told Her So

Contemporary Christian Romance (Runaway Bride Novella)

Two friends brought together again by a… A chipmunk?

When wedding dress designer Bethany Galloway flees her own wedding, leaving her groom at the altar, all she wants is for him to be happy. All her controlling mother wants is for Bethany to marry him or someone of equal social status and wealth, and her mother won’t stop badgering her until she does. Needing a reprieve from it all, Bethany heads to the one place that holds special memories for her. While there she runs into someone from her past, a man she has never forgotten.

After years of fleeing from one place to another in order to avoid the tabloids, Lawson Harper finally settles down in the one place that has always brought him happiness. The only thing missing is someone to share his life with. When he rescues a screaming woman, he discovers she is an old friend he once had a crush on, Bethany Galloway. However, because of his family’s reputation, he will not give in when the old feelings begin to resurface. Lawson refuses to let his family’s slide through the mud drag Bethany down as well. But sometimes true love doesn’t list to common sense, reason, or reputation.

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A Home for My Heart

Norma Gail

A Home for My Heart

Alone and betrayed by a former fiancé, American professor Bonny Bryant accepts a position at a small college in Fort William, Scotland. But when she meets a fellow professor, Bonny discovers her wounds may be the scars of healing Kieran MacDonell needs to reach past his own grief. Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

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The Door of Escape 6/30/2020

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by Suzanne D. Williams

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.”  (Matthew 16:1)

This story is also told in Mark 8:11-13. On my first read of either gospel, I got all hung up on their need for a “sign,” but that isn’t what matters here. We should know and understand Jesus’s response to them, yes. He had replied about this subject earlier in Matthew 12:38-39. His reason for that response and this one, however, is because their motive for asking was a TEMPTATION.

Maybe you’re still cloudy and not following me. The other day, scrolling Facebook, I came across a woman’s remarks on a controversial topic. She sought to have a “discussion” and seemed frustrated no one would join in. Now, I have deliberately avoided sharing the topic itself because I believe that will not help anyone. But whether she realized it or not, she was TEMPTING people into strife and debate.

1 Corinthians 10:30 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

The church has largely misunderstood this verse. Three times, the apostle Paul says “temptation” is the subject here. A temptation is an OPPORTUNITY to sin. An opportunity can be refused or accepted. It is never something dumped on you that you can’t refuse to participate inYou are not FORCED to take temptation. This sounds cut-and-dried, but we know in our hearts how hard it can be not to react to people’s conduct.

Not every temptation is obvious. Some are like that woman’s post, a chance to say what would be better off forgivenGod is never behind strife and confusion. He never supports arguments. We are to love our neighbor, and we are told our motive for that love is of utmost importance. (Php 2:3; 1Co 14:33; Jas 3:16; Rm 1:29; Gal 5:14; 1Co 13:1-3)

Jesus had given the people plenty of signs of who He was, healing all manner of disease and delivering the demonically oppressed, and in the days to come, He would give an even greater sign with His sacrificial death(Act 10:38) He said this same thing to the Pharisees and Sadducees with His reference to Jonah spending three days and nights in a fish. (Mt 16:4) In short, He didn’t need to prove Himself to anyone. That “proving” would have caused Him to sin.

The church has taken this verse in 1 Corinthians 10:30 and applied it to any sort of calamity, removing the point of the discourse—temptationThe verse has become an excuse to bear up under pressures that Jesus died to remove, physical and mental healing especiallyBut in the verses preceding it, Paul lists a number of temptations (opportunities to sin). He talks about lust, idolatry, sexual sins, and also murmuring and complaining. He gives the Israelites behavior in the wilderness as an example of what not to do when faced with a choice to obey or disobey God. When presented with the temptation to say and do the wrong thing, to complain about leadership, for example, they accepted it and suffered as a result. (1Co 10:6-10; Num 14:1-2; Num 21:5-6)

God has made us strong in Him and more than able to say “no” to whatever wrong opportunities are presented to us. Jesus’ victory over death and the grave provides us with the wisdom to see temptation for what it is, and He gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us to refuse it. We are not weak and helpless, loaded with cares, waiting for God to decide if He feels like opening the door of escape.

The door of escape has already been opened, and it will never be closed!

I warn you, though. People will not like it when you refuse to join in, and it can hurt to walk away. We want to have our say, but instead must do like Jesus. Standing in front of Pilate, with an opportunity to defend Himself, He said nothing. He knew the power of His words. He’d once said He could ask, and His Father would send 12 legions of angels to rescue Him. He held silent and gave His life for those who slandered Him instead. (Mk 15:4-5; Mt 26:53; Mk 15:18-20)

We must never forget that but emulate it and with our actions show clearly the love of God.

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“There is no better portrait of God than in His Word. Though many men held the brush over thousands of years, God directed each stroke, never altering in His purpose.” 

A Good Life 

A GOOD LIFE 

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Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-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 www.feelgoodromance.com or www.suzannedwilliams.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at @SDWAuthor 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: The Point is … Happy Father’s Week 6/29/2020

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by James Collins

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

The brilliant philosopher, Rodney Dangerfield, once said, “I get no respect.” As a father, I appreciate that statement. There are times when I get no respect. For example, for Mother’s Day, the kids went all out. Momma got breakfast in bed, a spa treatment, lunch at a fancy restaurant, jewelry, flowers, a magnificent steak dinner, followed by coffee and dessert. For Father’s Day, I got a coupon for a halfprice kid’s meal and a pair of socks.  

So, my family was shocked when on Monday I announced that it isn’t Father’s “Day,” it’s Father’s “Week.” I said, “All week long we are going to celebrate Dad.” My announcement was met with audible sighs and rolling eyes. One of my precious children said, “Whatever!”  

What is Father’s Week? It is a week where I get the TV remote – I choose what shows we watch. For Father’s Week, we are watching John Wayne movies and bad TV preachers. I like John Wayne, well, because he’s John Wayne. I like bad TV preachers because I like to make fun of them. One guy, who claimed to have the power to heal all manner of sickness, was wearing a cheap toupee. If that guy could heal, don’t you think he should be able to heal himself up some hair? But I digress… 

Father’s Week means that I get to take undisturbed naps in the middle of the day. I get ice cream and cookies with every meal. I get to sit on the porch and read a book while the family mows the grass. I get unlimited refills on my glass of iced tea. I get the first fruits (that’s biblical) of all junk food that comes into the house. I get waited on hand and foot. 

So far, none of my children are on board with Father’s Week. Oddly enough, my wife isn’t either. Maybe I have the wrong idea about my role versus their roles. 

Similarly, Christians often get the wrong idea about their role versus God’s role. Sometimes we think God is sitting in heaven, waiting to meet our needs. God is indeed a loving Father who provides for us, but He doesn’t exist to serve us. 

The truth is that we exist for God. He created us and has equipped us to serve Him. The Bible says that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared beforehand so we would do them. Everything about us was designed by God to equip us for the work He preordained long before our birth. 

The point is: God uniquely created you, and He has provided you with everything you need to serve and glorify Him. All you must do is step out in obedience and fully rely on His grace and power. 

Are you serving your Heavenly Father like you should? Get busy serving Him. 

Oh, and Happy Father’s Week.  

I must go now. The kids have stolen the TV remote again… 

Fort Scott's First Southern Baptist ChurchThe Point Is ...

James Collins

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James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey to Gratitude 6/26/2020

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by Sherry Chamblee

I know two people who stand in stark contrast with one another.

One has had some bumps in life, relationship setbacks, career failures, been hit hard by some people who failed him I think.

The other has a serious disease that will eventually take his life most likely. He’s lost relationships over that illness, had to change careers because of it, had some really epic setbacks and lives daily with pain that he knows is only going to get worse.

The first lives life cynical. I see what this person says, how they react to the world around them. I know what they used to be like, too. They used to be upbeat, friendly, outgoing… though sort of always had a darker streak, something grim about them that now that I look back might have indicated that much of the upbeat aspect of their personality was them trying a bit too hard to convince the world that everything was okay.

The second is serene. This person has struggles, daily. I see their comments, how they react to the world around them. I see that this person admits to feeling down sometimes… but at the end of each day, this second person gives God praise. They admit to the down times, but are uplifted daily by God’s grace and they uplift others just by declaring God is good in the midst of that pain.

These two stand in stark contrast in my mind. I’ve known both for about the same length of time. I’ve seen them when they were young, and I see them now.

There’s another older woman I know. She’s had a life of extreme highs and lows. She came out of severe poverty to eventually living a very comfortable life. She’s lost everything, then worked hard to get her feet under her again. She’s had ideals, then been met with finding out things were never going to be what she’d originally dreamed. She’s had a huge house with all her needs met, only to lose it all and live in a rented room far from any other family.

This woman is one of the most grateful people I’ve ever met. Everything around her is beautiful. She sees the wonder and joy in everything, from the small apartment she has all to herself right now, to the moments she gets to sit and watch the water in a river stream past. She reminisces about the wonderful life she’s had. She talks about how lovely life is. She gives God all the glory for all of it.

The different examples of these people are what I’m thinking about these days. Am I following a path that will lead to me being joyful? Or bitter? What journey am I on right now?

Whatever I’m grateful for now is determining what I’ll be grateful for as I get older.

God deserves all praise, even when we don’t understand His hand. Even when everything is taken away from us, there is still going to be something beautiful in our life.

About the Author:

Sherry ChambleeSherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Beneath Outstretched Arms

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Beneath Outstretched Arms

(Walk With Me Saga Book 1)

by Venessa Knizley

Beneath Outstretched Arms

“…could it be possible for happiness to be the product of two sad people finding each other?” ~ Tristan

The year is 1348. The Plague has reached Totnes, leaving Velena with little choice but to leave hopes and dreams behind in order to take shelter far from home and the man she is to marry. Meeting Tristan again was the last thing she expected.

Kind and honest, he is the light to her darkness, carrying with him the secret for dispelling her fears, once and for all. But is it wise to find companionship with a man who is not her betrothed? It’s been three years. Is Peter even alive?

Beneath Outstretched Arms is the first of five books to be released in this compelling new medieval series, Walk With Me.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Jack’s Jewel & From the Top of the Mountain to the Bottom of the Sea

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Jack’s Jewel

(Time-Told Tales Book 4)

by Janice Cole Hopkins

Jack's Jewel

Jack’s mother sends him to sell their cow, but he can find no one who wants to buy her. Before the town market closes for the day, he trades the animal for some remarkable beans. His mother is not pleased, however, and demands that he leave. He heads south, hoping to find a home. In Fairleigh, the earl is going to allow him to plant his beans in one of his fields, but Jack cannot help but notice the earl’s beautiful daughter. However, he will have to use all his wits if the earl ever allows him to court Pearl.

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From the Top of the Mountain to the Bottom of the Sea

Lessons from Elijah and Jonah

by Janice Cole Hopkins

From the Top of the Mountain to the Bottom of the Sea

We can always learn much from God’s prophets, and this is certainly true of Elijah and Jonah. Although their stories are very different, they also have remarkable similarities. Come along and let’s study their lives. legacies, and lessons.

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Book Spotlight: Beatitudes and Woes: A Speculative Fiction Anthology

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by Parker J. Cole

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Beatitudes and Woes

A Speculative Fiction Anthology

by Parker J. Cole

Beatitudes and Woes

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Around this time last year, I had the honor of being part of a wonderful anthology called Beatitudes and Woes. In this anthology, thirteen Christian authors bring to life a beatitude and woe from the scriptures in fantastical ways. 

Published by Bear Publications, Beatitudes and Woes features highly imaginative stories that take the concept of Jesus’ teachings in the avenue of fiction. From high fantasy to science fiction even a superhero story, Beatitudes and Woes remains a unique book sure to have something for everyone. 

As the only romance writer among the bunch, I used the opportunity to write a sci-fi court scenario with romantic elements. It was interesting to flex my writing muscles in the speculative world, but I had a lot of fun doing it. My story, called “The Door to Wishes”, explores a concept where Earth has come to the aid of another world that reached out for assistance and eventually intermarry with the species.  

In backstory, you learn that Kulkutern is an ice world who has depended on Earth. I felt it was necessary to have this element because often, our world is treated so shabbily. In secular science fiction, Earth is just an ‘insignificant pale blue ball’. We’re often treated like leftover baby food. I wanted to change that view of Earth, so this planet is grateful to Earth for its help. 

I won’t reveal more than that because I’m going to share an excerpt but there’s something for everyone within book. Each story ends by quoting Jesus-from either one of the nine “blessed are” statements in Matthew chapter five or one of the four “woe to” sayings in Luke six.

EXCERPT FROM THE DOOR TO WISHES 

Detroit, Michigan  

9th District Kulterian Morals Court  

May 19, 2107 

“I object!” Chanucer Dewright leapt up from his seat in the courtroom. “She’s a liar!”  

“Ms. Sautern, please restrain your client,” Judge Markolo Quinn ordered with a narrowing of his eyes. “Before I hold him in contempt of court.”  

“Yes, Your Honor,” Advocate Judith Sautern assured hastily, placing a restraining blue hand on Chanucer’s shoulder. “Please understand my client is severely distressed about the—”  

“I can appreciate your client’s situation, Ms. Sautern, but he will respect this court and this office. Have I made myself clear?” Judge Quinn’s eyebrow lifted in warning.  

“Perfectly, Your Honor.” Judith glared, her black pupil-less eyes hardened like chips of obsidian. “Chaz, sit.”  

Anyanna’s lying,” he hissed, sending an incensed gaze in the direction of the witness stand to behold the Kulterian woman sitting in the box. The woman’s royal blue skin, with its patches of darker blue hexagonal scales along her neck and on the right side of her face, seemed almost garish among the warm, brown tones of the courtroom. Chaz snorted at the sight of the blue tears trickling down her cheeks from the same obsidian orbs as his advocate. It was all a show. A show to condemn him.  

“She’s trying to destroy me,” he told Judith as he flopped back down into the chair. “You can see she’s trying to destroy me!” He rubbed the back of his neck. “I’m surprised her father isn’t here in court, gloating.”  

“I know that, but you have to control your emotions or people, human and Kulterian alike, are just going to assume you’re lying.”  

Chaz dragged shaky fingers through his long dreadlocks, feeling the slight slickness of the jojoba oil he used to care for them, moisten his hand. His blessed oil that his sister, Gloria, had given him before she left to marry her Kulterian husband, the brother of his wife, and relocate to the distant world of Kulkutern.  

“Use this whenever you’re in doubt,” Gloria had told him that day two years ago. “I’ve had it blessed…by Pastor Owen,” she added, referring to the pastor who’s church they had gone to for years. “It’s not like it has special powers or properties, Chaz. Just a way of consecration and being obedient to whatever God’s will is.” 

 Was this farce, this great lie gripping his life with the acidic talons of a beast, a part of God’s will?  

“This is a delicate matter.” Advocate Judith whispered. “It’s already going to be difficult to prove you aren’t the father when the DNA test states otherwise.”  

“I’m not,” he gritted out. “I’m not.”  

“If you don’t maintain your composure, this court will rule in her favor. There is too much at stake here. So, please, keep quiet no matter what she says.”

There’s more where that came so pick up your copy of Beatitudes and Woes today! 

When you explore the Beatitudes and Woes of the Bible through the stories of 13 Christian authors in this uniquely powerful anthology, you will find tales of courage in the face of suffering, persecution, unexpected loss, self-sacrifice, joy in spite of circumstances, tears suppressed and expressed, love from the heart, kindness shown to friends and strangers, a monster slain, an alien plague, high adventure, a comedic hero finally taking a stand, a lost love found, and much more in these beautifully-crafted tales.

Where did the idea for this Collection of Short Stories come from?

One day, several months ago, in a Facebook group not so far away, an author posted this:
…I think it would be cool if someone organized a speculative anthology where each story is based on one of the 9 Beatitudes in Matthew or one of the 4 woes of Luke. 13 authors, each assigned/choosing one of those verses, expressing it in fantastical story form…

That author, C.W. Briar, had created a firestorm.

Immediately, interest piqued. Christian authors and readers jumped on the bandwagon of this wonderful idea. Of course! Why hadn’t we thought of it before? General online excitement ensured as authors clamored for a chance to be one selected for this project. After all, most of us could recite these verses forwards and backwards.

But had we ever had a chance to explore them in a deeper context? What better way to do that than through the universal language of story?
-Parker J Cole.

Each story ends by quoting Jesus-from either one of the nine “blessed are” statements in Matthew chapter five or one of the four “woe to” sayings in Luke six.

Featuring:

“AS THE PROPHECY FORETOLD” by C.W. Briar ∞ When a prophet comes promising the family’s power to defeat an ancient dragon, the emotional conflict is tied to the father’s hope to provide a better life for his wife and son.

“THE DOOR TO WISHES” by Parker J. Cole ∞ Chaz knows the child his alien wife carries isn’t his, but finds an ability to wish for dreams to come true.

“RIGHTFULLY OURS” by Steve Rzasa ∞ The Duval family is fleeing through space from a colony where they once lived. Achille Duval finds himself having to stand up for the truth and do what’s right when no one else is willing.

“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL” by Lelia Rose Foreman ∞ Will a jealous thief of podvines and pigs on one of Talifar’s islands face justice? Or mercy?

“WONDERMIND AND THE ALMOST KING”; by Gen Gavel ∞ Khaled has seen heaven and returned from the throne of God. Will he live his God-given life on Earth, or will he choose to give it up in the face of an oppressive ruler from afar?

“THE TEARS OF THE EMPEROR” by RJ Conte ∞ Laki wants to do the will of God; shed magical tears that will cleanse his island from sin, but he also wants to protect his people, especially his sister, from the suffering his tears could bring.

“CINEMA BENDIGA” by Hillari Deschane ∞ A strange group of people have been committing crimes against the state–or have they? Will the letter of the law be upheld, or will the investigating detective allow himself to find true righteousness?

“THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT” by JL Ender ∞ A comedic superhero finally makes a heroic stand against nefarious villains.

PLUS:

“THE HEARTSTONE” by AT Hamlet

“HOPEFIRE” by Rachel Kimberly Hastings

“THE PATH OF MERCY” by Rebekah Loper

“THE PROMISE” by Andra Marquardt

“SOMETHING IN THE WATER” by Randy Streu

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Everyday Examples 6/22/2020

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by Ruth O’Neil

So often we want to shield our children from all the things that are bad in the world. My husband and I were no exception. Until one day when we realized that we could use these life lessons to show our kids there are consequences to the sin in our lives. In a word, they could learn at someone else’s expense. 

We had tried to teach them using examples from the Bible of people who didn’t do things God’s way. Sarah knew God said she would have a son, but she got tired of waiting and sent Abraham to her servant Hagar. That was not one of her best decisions!  

Rebekah wanted Jacob to have the coveted birthright and they both lied to get what they wanted. Jacob ended up having to leave home for fear that his brother would kill him.  

David saw a beautiful woman that he just had to have as one of his own. He brought her into his home, spent the night with her and she became pregnant. David tried to cover up his sin by murdering the husband so he could marry her.  

There are so many more examples from the Bible on how not to live our lives, but those can sometimes seem like characters from a story and not real people. It can be hard for our children today to relate to them. However, there are people living on the earth today that can do a great job of showing our children how not to live their lives.  

One member of our family was in a physical relationship with a girl who was not only way too young for him, but also way too immature. His brothers did the godly thing and reminded him that they weren’t married and should not be living together. More than one person warned him the girl might get pregnant. He usually just shrugged his shoulders and said, “She’s taking care of that.” However, he was foolish, reckless, irresponsible, and the girl did become pregnant. Not with just one baby, but with twins! 

The couple constantly fought and argued. The guy knew he was not in love with the mother of his children and had no interest in marrying her. 

Amidst the fighting and arguing there was talk of giving the twins up for adoption. My husband really didn’t want our kids to hear about it. He would rather they be kept completely in the dark, that way there would be no heartache for them later. 

But, there was the problem of the mother being around and her growing belly would soon tell all of their secrets. I knew secrets like that couldn’t be kept long, especially with our daughters who were nine and twelve at the time. I convinced my husband that we had to tell our kids, but that we could also explain this is what happens when you don’t follow God’s rules. If the couple had been in love and had been married when the unexpected pregnancy occurred, there would not have been all the problems and animosity that arose because of it. 

Throughout the next nine months, our girls were able to witness the misery brought on by having sex outside of marriage. They sometimes heard the arguments. They saw that the father of the babies was always stressed. They saw that he ignored his girlfriend’s phone calls. Since the couple eventually decided to keep the babies, my girls witnessed how much money was spent on taking care of them. They knew the financial burden on the father who was required to pay almost half of his month’s salary in child support. They heard when there was arguing about who got the kids when. sometimes think this experience scared them from being intimate before their wedding nights. They knethey never want to be in the position of being a single parent or worse yet, having to make the choice of keep or give up for adoption. 

Bad things are going to happen to us and to those around us. We can choose to either hide it from our children or use it to show what God’s plan is for our lives.

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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