What Is Success and Why Do We Want It So Badly?

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by Precarious Yates

Cheers to the impossible, and all the tears it’ll take to get there! 

Except, I don’t know where ‘there’ is. Some best-seller’s list? A successful movie?  

What is success and why do we want it so badly? 

Contrary to that title, I don’t have an answer.  

Maybe I long for justification? 

Do I want success to justify what I love to do? Do I want success to justify what I feel called to do? 

Justification. 

Those He predestined He also called, and those He called He also justified, and those He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:30) 

I’m sick of wrestling with the thoughts that I’m full of selfish ambition. 

I want to go forward, not backward. I want the freedom to know I’m not doing the wrong thing. I don’t mean the moment to moment wrong thing, I mean in the grand scheme of things, the big picture. Am I headed on the wrong path? 

In the latest book I wrote, the main character counseled her husband over and over again: bide your time, honey, bide your time. I probably need the advice that came from my own hand! 

But bide my time for what? What’s the end game? What’s the purpose? 

Drive can be a best friend and a ruthless enemy—one of the most ruthless enemies! It can help us finish a project. It can keep me up way past my bedtime and steal health, sanity, fortitude, relationships. 

I haven’t wanted to blog anymore because I don’t have the answers. I just don’t. I don’t want to pretend to have what I don’t. I don’t even have conclusions. Just questions. All I have are questions. 

Why? 

Is this for real? 

Will I be stuck in a cycle of failure? 

Most who will encounter that last question will try to redirect with different questions: 

What is success? 

What have I succeeded at already? 

Isn’t contentment beautiful? 

Intelligence is beautiful, right? But only if it’s used for good. In this day and age, the question of good and its answer are so ambiguous and nebulous (kind of like this post). It changes with fashion. The lack of its absolute makes ‘good’ so frustrating. 

But really, “good” is simple and concrete. 

It’s loving God and loving others. 

It’s caring for widows and orphans in distress. 

But how? How can a person do that with writing? 

What 

Is 

The 

Point?

John 15:8 has this interesting and powerful verse: “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” 

If we continue to do what God has called us to do, even when it doesn’t make sense, any measure of success brings Him glory. 

Stories can transform people, and stories can transform culture. Think of what change the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought. Forrest Gump completely transformed the way people in America treat those who have lower IQs. 

And success usually comes in the form of monetary compensation for our work. Sometimes God tests a person’s faith through poverty. And sometimes God tests our faith by giving us resources—and lots of them. Our response to either situation can either enhance our selfishness or bring God glory. 

This post may have seemed all over the place, but perhaps a few of you have struggled with the same things I have. Maybe you’ve been hacking away at this writing thing for a decade or more with only the trickle of fruit to keep you going, a dangling carrot just millimeters beyond your grasp. Like when I try to reach for something on the top shelf and my fingers push it further away with each attempt. All the while, so many others are achieving wild, stratospheric success. 

If you’re on this same wave of thought as me, not wanting to complain, but at the same time constantly trying to achieve what seems impossible, then let’s take some time to encourage each other. Post a comment of encouragement to others on this journey. 

Because… 

Cheers to the impossible! And all the tears it takes to get there!

About the Author:

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

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Do You Love to Enter Contests?

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by Rebekah Beene
I love to enter contests like the one at our local grocery store. I enter this contest because I have a friend who won the pick up truck one year. I especially love contests during the holidays. I have rarely won anything, but I still enter them. Someone has to win. And the more you enter the greater your chances of winning.
Enter a contest you have a vague chance of winning.  Enter God’s Presence and you are automatically a winner!  Glory!
Oh how we often forsake time in His Presence and settle for activity and business. But one moment in His Presence changes everything and gives us a heart to know Him more!
Oh beloved! Go ahead. Take the chance. Try the Lord out and see. He won’t disappoint you ever. He is hearing your desire to find meaning for this life. It’s not found in the lottery or the latest contest entries. It’s all found in His Presence! Every prayer you breathe, every tear you shed, every plea you cry out with – you are experiencing Him.
He says to us all His morning – come away with Me. Enter My gates – they are never locked to you. Enter My courts where you are free to remain. Better is One day in My Presence Than thousands elsewhere! I will put Thanksgiving in your heart and praise as well. Then you will be able to return it back to Me. My Presence is where you find meaning and purpose for life. There is abundant peace as well, along with comfort and joy! Nothing compares to being in My presence. You were born again to live everything in your life right out of My presence.
Beloved the Only Living God loves you and He’s for you. That’s why you find all you need in Him. Run to Him today and wrap your life around Him. You will never be disappointed as you live in the Light of His love and His care!
Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Psalm 63:1-2 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.  Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.
Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Time To Say Goodbye Excerpt

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by Parker J. Cole

Though tears blurred Gargi’s sight, they could not mask the massive form as it stood outside the curtains. Hastily she wiped at her eyes. “What did you just say?” she repeated. 

The man, hidden somewhat behind the yellow and orange checkered drapes, shoved them aside and stepped into the secluded space. His physical presence gave the distinct impression of causing the room to shrink in response to his girth. 

“I said I hope he rots.” The unmistakable note of unadulterated sincerity scraped at her frayed nerve endings. 

Maybe in other circumstances, at some other time and place, Gargi would have been alarmed to see a strange man peeking at their misery. Yet the last couple of days had taken their toll on her. Dev’s condition threatened his survival. If he lived— 

If he lived… 

The idea, the thought of ‘if,’ wrenched a sob from her. 

Dear Jesus, please let my brother live. Don’t take him from me. 

“Get out of here!” she screeched. “I don’t know who you are and I don’t care. Just go!” 

The man took another step toward her. She felt his intrusion into her personal space like a palpable insertion. He topped Dev by several inches, with broad shoulders, a wide chest straining the dark green T-shirt, and long arms with meaty hands. His dark golden eyes meshed unexpectedly with the red gold of his hair. A well-groomed beard framed the lower half of his jawline. 

“I’m going to go.” The man’s voice had a gruff drawl to it. “You don’t have to know my name, but I will tell you someone else’s name. Alma Bertha Reckley. She may not mean a thing to you and that piece of trash lying there, but she means the world to me.” 

He pointed a long, thick finger at Dev’s prone figure. “That worthless scum stole my mama’s life savings. So, I’ll say it again. I hope he rots.” 

Heat flushed the surface of her skin like lava-flow. A fine trembling wracked her limbs. This man, whoever he was, had no idea what he was talking about. 

“My brother,” she gritted out, “did not steal anything from anyone. He was set up. There were four others involved in this scheme and they implicated him.” 

“Baloney,” the man scoffed. His thin brows arched. “If he was set up, then where are these so-called conspirators? Nowhere to be found.” 

Gargi stomped over to the man, barely conscious of her actions. All she knew was that she wanted to shut him up. 

“Perhaps you don’t understand English well. My brother is innocent. He gave everything of himself to others. Orphanages, charities, churches, the list goes on.” Her arms flung wildly into the air. “How can he be the type to steal from anyone?” 

The man snorted. “People who don’t work for their money tend to part with it faster than those who do. Else, why spend a million dollars on a sports car?” 

A red haze obscured her vision. She snarled like a wild animal. “Get out! You have no right to be here!”  

The man lifted an arrogant eyebrow. It made the heat scorching her skin reach new depths of intensity. Could he see the steam coming out of her ears? Why wasn’t he running away from the violent urges she fought to contain? 

“I think I have every right.” His gruff drawl flattened to a rough tone of scorn. “I want to see him either rot or do the time the good people of the U. S. of A.’s justice system ordered him to do.” 

Every muscle in her face hardened like stone. “Get out of here now before I call security.” 

He shrugged. “Go right ahead.” 

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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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 15:11 Even the depths of Death and Destruction are known by the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!

We don’t know what it is like to die. It’s a once in a lifetime experience for us. There are no do-overs. We will live on, but in a totally different way than what we have known. Death is a mystery to us. God tells us some things to expect, but until we live it we will not know what it is like. What we do know is that God knows. He knows everything there is to know about death, all the glories of heaven and all the goriness of hell.

Every human being who has ever lived has been warned by God about death and destruction. He has ingrained in the human soul a sense of right and wrong. He holds each of us responsible for the knowledge we have been given. God purposely forbade Adam and Eve from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge because He knew that man would not be able to handle the knowledge of good and evil. He knew that because of man’s nature once he knew what sin was like he would gravitate towards sin and fall prey to it. God tried to spare them, and us, the horrors of such knowledge, but obviously they would not listen.

There are no secrets with God. He knows every thought of the mind. He knows every intent of the heart. He knows what moves us to say and what we do. The Lord knows it all. Do not be deceived by those who would deny it. Do not be deceived by the foolishness of thinking that you can hide your thoughts from Him. What controls your mind comes from your heart and He holds you responsible for what He finds there.

Dear friend, you can fool people and you can even fool yourself, but you can’t fool God.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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 chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

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

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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Excerpt from Under the Sun: A Traditional View of Ancient History

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by Mary C. Findley


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After the flood, the most rapid, massive cultural change on record is the Exodus. The time of the Exodus was a dramatic change for every culture on earth that we know about. Thousands of years before the label “Second Intermediate Period” existed, Jews, then Christians, then Muslims, understood that the Exodus was the destruction of all of Egypt. Understanding that the Second Intermediate Period was a result of the Exodus validates not only the Exodus, but the entire Old Testament as an accurate historical record. Secular Humanists refuse to acknowledge that the Exodus and the Second Intermediate Period are linked because the link validates the history of the entire Old Testament.

The Exodus ended Egypt’s thirteenth dynasty. The Exodus ushered in the Second Intermediate Period (SIP). An Egyptian document, the Ipuwer papyrus, describes conditions similar to several of the plagues and an invasion unopposed by an Egyptian army. The Exodus records both the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red (Reed) Sea and the Amalekites moving west toward Egypt. During the Second Intermediate Period Egypt was controlled by foreign Asiatic invaders. The loss of the entire Egyptian army explains why chariots and horses have never been found in any Middle Kingdom tomb.

The Exodus, which destroyed Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, left Egypt open to the Hyksos invasion. Foreign Asiatic invaders ruled Egypt during the SIP, with a capital just south of modern Cairo. Using a term from Josephus, modern archaeologists name these foreign rulers Hyksos. If they were the Amalekites, that certainly explains Balaam saying that Amalek was first of the nations (Numbers 24:20 NASB). Also, Amalek was headed towards Egypt when they met the Israelites as they left Egypt. With the CC date for the Thera eruption by 14C dating in the middle of the 17th century BC and the margin of error for 14C dating in the middle of 2nd millennium BC is roughly 100-150 years before than the actual date, that would place the Thera eruption at roughly the same time as not only the Exodus but also the Hyksos invasion of Egypt.

The Exodus began what archaeologists call the Second Intermediate Period for Egypt. This world wide cultural change fits well with Ussher’s 1491 BC date for the Exodus. The eruption of Thera destroyed not only the Aegean Sea Cycladic and Minoan civilizations, leaving the Mycenaean dominant but damaged every culture of the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian world. The Exodus was near the beginning of what is known in China as the Shang dynasty. The unknown beginnings of the Shang empire are centuries earlier. But China sees the Shang dynasty replacing the Xia empire about 1491 BC. The rest of Asia, the rest of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia, Japan, and Oceania still have no written documents. In these areas, our understanding of life after the Exodus is just as obscure as life before the Exodus. The many artifacts are difficult to interpret and date. Perhaps they were Ice Age, while Israel was in Egypt, or even after Israel was a nation.
The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt and the conquest of Canaan and the Judges for Israel was a time of severe upheavals for the subcontinent of India. India still had no written language that we know of. But this is the time of constant, pervasive warfare recorded centuries later in the Rigveda and the Mahabharata. Whether the Harappans were destroyed by Aryan invaders, internal warfare, natural disasters, or simply intermarried peacefully into the Vedic Culture, the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization was gone by (perhaps because of?) the Exodus 1491 BC. Without any certain links to other cultures outside of India at this time, it is impossible know if the Harappan culture still existed at this time. The CC views the era after the Exodus as the Vedic Age throughout India.

It is not even possible to agree on a name for this age for the Indian Subcontinent. Some scholars insist that this is the Aryan Age. Others, infuriated with this title, insist that there never were any Aryans in India. They believe this is the Vedic Age and only the Vedic Age. Still others, in an attempt to placate both, call this the Aryan/Vedic Civilization, which infuriates both groups. Still others call this time the Hindu Vedas period. Whatever you choose, many knowledgeable scholars will strongly disagree with your choice.

We know that the Indus Valley Civilization ceased to exist somewhere around this time. The major civilization moved from the modern southern Afghanistan/Pakistan/ Northwest India region east across the Himalayan mountains to the modern Bangladesh region and the Ganges River. It is impossible to be certain if this was a sudden or gradual transition. The Dravidian culture began during this time farther south in the area of modern central India.It is likely that the Exodus coincided with the eruption of a volcano on the island of Thera in the Aegean sea. This eruption, which destroyed much of the existing Cycladic and Minoan cultures, made the Mycenaean culture dominate in the Aegean Sea. The Mycenaean culture, which already existed, controlled the Aegean Sea after this eruption. The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt, the period of the Judges in Israel, the rise of the Mycenaean culture in the Aegean, and the rise of Phoenician culture in the eastern Mediterranean were all a result of the Thera eruption and the Exodus.

The historic birth of the nation of Israel, the Exodus, was not two million people walking nearly single file. It was a mass of terrified people with carts and animals (carts were mentioned as given to Lord at Sinai And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons… Numbers 7:3) crossing all at the same time. Unlike the Hollywood movies and Bible story books (which at times make the Bible seem like a fairy tale), they crossed en masse. Only a massed crossing would allow two million people with animals and carts to travel ten to fifteen miles in a single night.

Organization came later. Anyone who could not travel quickly rode in a cart or on an animal. They had an opening wide enough for all of children of Israel, about two million plus animals, to cross at nearly the same time. According to one manual of the USMC, one day’s forced march carrying gear is about twenty miles. It is a reasonable assumption that the wagons and pack animals made this a light crossing. That is, the children of Israel carried very little gear on their persons. Also, as slaves, they were used to hard work. Since parts of the Red (Reed) Sea are less than 15 miles across, this is a possible, though very difficult, crossing in a single night.

A very wide pathway also explains why Pharaoh’s army was deceived into following them. It was large enough to appear to be a permanent, or at least long term change to the sea. Pharaoh would have caught the Israelites before they reached the far shore. Except the dry ground Israel walked on turned to mud under the wheels of the Egyptian chariots.

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God’s Pumpkin Patch

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by CJ Peterson

God’s pumpkin patch is full of pumpkins that are ripe and ready to harvest. He carefully picks each one at the proper time and carries them into the house to clean out. He washed off the dirt and mud from the garden to make sure the outside is clean. Then He cuts off the top, cleans out all of the things we are hiding within ourselves that we have hidden, yet they are things that will spoil us if it is not cleared out. When He is finished, he looks at the pumpkin to decide what plan He has for that particular pumpkin.

He sets up the table, and then tediously carves a work of art into the pumpkin. It’s painful as He smoothly moves over the face of the pumpkin. When He is finished with the carving, He picks a scented votive candle that complements the pumpkin, and then lights the candle.

His children ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhhh’ as they use the sense of sight to see the brightness of the light the Father has placed within the pumpkin, as well as how it shines through the stunning artwork that is the entire pumpkin. They inhale with their sense of smell the aromatic melody of the pumpkin scent as it blends with the nutmeg and cinnamon candle within it’s shell. They touch the beautiful carving in awe of what the Father has made of a simple pumpkin from His garden.

“It’s beautiful, Father!”

“Then take care of it,” the Father replies as He hands His angel the pumpkin. “Go and make sure it’s light shines in the world.”

“What happens if someone destroys the pumpkin?” The Angel apprehensively asked.

“Then bring it back to me, and I will make it another work of art. Each pumpkin in My garden has a purpose. I have made each one to be a light in this world for Me and to show My love to them.”

The Angel nods before He walks out of the Father’s house, to see hundreds of pumpkins with tiny candles that lit the path. It was then that the Angel understood how each light is used to help another, to light the path to the Father’s house.

We are created for a purpose…you are created for a purpose. Whatever has happened in your past, God can and will use you if you go to Him and allow Him to clean you and allow you to be a work of art for Him.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the Gardener John 15:1

The Pumpkin

About the Author:

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

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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Honor All People

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by Mark Malcolm

Verse 

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.
17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.
19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
1 Peter 2:13-20 (NASB) 

Devotion 

“Honor all people…” All, people. Not some of them. Not just the ones we like. All people. 

Does that sound hard? Why does God want us to honor all people? Why does it “…finds favor…” with God? 

Honor is for other people when it comes from us. Honor is meant to help people around us. Jesus came to serve the world and the people in it, and as Christians, as the “brotherhood” (which includes both men and women) we are bound by our willing acceptance of that title to do as Christ did. 

What did Jesus do? He died for our sins. He suffered unjust persecution at the hands of the worldly authorities. He was physically tortured and executed wrongly. Does any of that sound “reasonable” to have happened to the Son of God? 

Jesus received UNreasonable treatment at the hands of the worldly government of His day. Verse twenty tries to explain this position to us. If we are punished when we deserve it we can bear that because we understand we did something wrong and deserve what we are getting, but when we are unjustly punished we feel indignant though our Christian example bore up under that unjust punishment. How then are we emulating our Lord and Savior if we resist the unjust punishment when He withstood it in silent acceptance? 

What would the outcome have been if Jesus tossed off the cross, refused to be accused unjustly, and forcibly stopped the Romans from crucifying Him? He didn’t deserve it did He? He had every right to stop them because He knew they were wrong, right? The people around Him didn’t deserve nor even know about the amazing gift He was in the process of giving them so why didn’t He just stop and take that gift back? Because He was being obedient to the task God had given Him, and it was counted as righteous forevermore. If we claim to be His followers we need to strive to do no less. This effort, successful or not is what finds favor with God. 

Bio from my web site :

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 15:3 The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

How does this truth make you feel? The Lord is watching everywhere; everywhere you go the Lord knows about it. He is aware of what you are doing at all times. He knows everything about you, inside and out. He knows when you do good and when you do evil. You do not get away with anything. How does that make you feel? Are you okay with it, or does it concern you?

You cannot hide from the watchful eye of the Lord. This is why we can’t let down our guard and assume anything. We must keep vigilant watch over our souls. The Lord will not accept our excuses for sinning. He cannot be fooled and we cannot hide anything from Him.

We cannot understand how the Lord is able to single us out of all the masses of people in time and space and know what is going on with us. All we know is that He can. Such knowledge comforts, challenges, and concerns us. He has His eye on both the evil and good. He knows. He knows what no one else knows. In our innermost secret places He knows whether or not evil or good has a hold of us.

The Lord is watching and sees the evil and good in the world. He is not surprised by the things that surprise us. He has all things under control and will make all things right when the time is right. No one is going to escape His judgment. Justice may not seem to be accomplished here on earth, but it is done in heaven. Do not let the evil of the world throw you. God is on the throne and Judgment Day is coming.

The Lord is watching you. Are you living a life that pleases Him? Do you put a smile or a frown on His face?

Before and After the Honeymoon

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 chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

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

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Finding the Purpose of Life: 5 Ways to Grow to Completely Whole

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by Paulette Harper

“So many of us allow bad experiences to get the best of us and we don’t learn how to turn those experiences into stepping stones for us to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially or socially.  I would be the first to agree that life can be hard and challenging however if we take a look back and begin to analyze how to use those bad experiences to help us in one area of our life, we will never look at bad experiences the same.” 

Coming from Paulette Harper‘s book Completely Whole, which provides women with keys to living a life on purpose, spirit, soul and body.  

Here are her five suggestions on learning how to live a happier life.

  • Accepting that sometimes the “Why” will never get answered.  When we can accept that many times we won’t be able to change the outcome and accept what has happened, and realized that it happened for a purpose and rest in that, we are better prepared to handle all experiences.
  • There is no easy way out. Many times we want to escape the bad experiences by not dealing with them head on, but that won’t solve anything. Stop for a moment, look at the situation and make the necessary changes that are required to be more empowered.
  • Realize that God is in control. Our lives are totally in the hands of someone who knows how all things will pan out. Trust Him in every situation, knowing that He will guide you as you look to Him for help.
  • Forgive yourself and others.  In life people will hurt us. That includes family, spouses, children, and parents.  As you forgive others for their trespasses, God will forgive you of yours.
  • Pray that God will show you what it is He is trying to teach you.  Allow this opportunity to let God reveal to you what lessons are to be learned. Treat each experience as a great opportunity to grow and mature.

About The Author 

 Paulette HarperIn addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, and Secret Places Revealed Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California. 

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A Review Revisited: Unshakeable Pursuit

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by Paula Rose

This review appeared on Books-N-Reviews on Publishers Marketplace by Paula Rose http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/ 

Published: November 15, 2014 | Format: eBook (156 pages) | ASIN: B00PHLAGAG | Origin: Author 

 Unspeakable Persuit

 Cover: Courtesy of Amazon  

 Thoughts:

Unshakeable Pursuit by Camy Tang is a white-knuckled read!

From page one, danger stalks two medical professionals, but Dr. Geoffrey Whelan and Maylin Kinley have no idea why. And when these two wounded souls are thrown together, they discover more about themselves and each other while fighting for their lives and protecting the people around them.

Dr. Whelan hasn’t forgiven himself for the death of family members in Japan, and Nurse Kinley had given up her family ties to have the career she desires, but these two are determined to keep their hearts from each other as their wounds are way too raw. However, with Geoffrey ‘s close family ties juxtaposed to Maylin’s emptiness, her pain is bound to increase along with the longing for true connection. Meanwhile, with Maylin’s kind heart nearer to his, Geoffrey knows she deserves someone with less baggage and guilt, but her closeness is calling his own beliefs into question along with many other areas of his life. 

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

Preview:

Dr. Geoffrey Whelan’s work in Japan during the tsunami aftermath didn’t help him.  In fact, it made his pain and questions more intense and his faith more in doubt.  Tormented by being the cause of death of two extended family members makes his own pulse that much more painful. Still breathing has brought Geoffrey back to Sonoma to help family and try to find a purpose for his life as if one could be found.

Although Maylin Kinley had met this doctor years ago, he seemed less flirtatious and more haunted, but how can she accurately judge his situation, when she had a family but is alone now?

Having tried so hard to fit into her family dynamic, she finally couldn’t take it and decided the emptiness of alone was better than the emptiness one feels when those who should love you don’t. If breaking up with her abusive ex-boyfriend to face her own family’s disapproval over her decision didn’t prove one type of alone better than the other nothing would.

The clinic is the only connection these two staff members share, but a visitor predicts danger is hunting both of them. 

About the Author:

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

Website: http://paularosebooks.com/ Blog: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

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