Ask the Animals by B. J. Robinson

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Job: 12:7-9 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

Job: 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Luke: 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

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I love animals, and my husband and I have three dogs and a shelter cat. Our golden cocker spaniel is Sunflower. Honi is our golden retriever and looks just like the one on the cover. Frankie is our Siamese cat. We have a husky named Cherokee. Our pets have been a great blessing in our lives. We enjoy, love them, and thank God for blessing us with the sweetest pets. This is a novella of nine chapters and an epilogue, perfect for an appointment, the airplane, etc. I enjoy taking a break from a long novel in between and writing some shorter work.

The Long Winding Road Home: Honi and Frankie Blurb

The Long Winding Road Home99 cents Inspirational New Release. Honi, a golden retriever, is playing ball at the park with her owner, handsome Allen, when along comes Mona with her cat, Frankie. The cat gets off her leash, and Honi bounds after the cat, pulling the leash from Allen’s hands. They’re off on their long, winding road home. A journey for pet lovers, cat and dog lovers, from YA to seniors. Two pets bring a couple together.

Allen and Mona search for their pets but do not find them. Will they ever see either of them again?

Family, relationships, pets, animals, dogs, cats, love, romance. Will the long, winding road home change the journey of life for

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“No, never had it done. She’s not the type of dog to run away, and I’ve never had any issues with her. If it weren’t for … his voice trailed off.”

“I know my cat. Sorry.”

He patted her shoulder. “It’s okay. We will get them back. You’ll see.” Allen helped her into the vehicle, and tingles shot all the way up her arm straight to her heart when his hand took hers. She was a hopeless lovesick case, but he didn’t need to know it.

Allen drove to a restaurant that offered a seafood buffet. “Hope you enjoy seafood.”

“Love it. My favorite, and I haven’t eaten out in ages. Thank you so much. This is a real treat.”

“I’m glad I could do something to cheer you.”

She smiled. “Your company does help beat the blues sitting home in a lonely house without my best friend.”

“I know exactly what you mean, and your company blesses me in the same way.”

Blesses. Not many men use such language. Maybe he is a believer.

Mona decided to cut to the chase. “Animals are such blessings in our lives.

About the Author:

B. J. Robinson

B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing. She pens various genres to provide choice for her readers. You’ll find romantic suspense, sweet contemporary romance, mystery, short stories, novellas, and full-length novels from which to choose when you check out her Amazon page. She’s an Amazon best-selling author with over twenty books. Blessed with children, grandchildren, and pets, she writes from sunny Florida where she lives with her husband and pets. Visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/BJRobinsonHistoricalRomance, http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com, or at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBJRobinson

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Matt. 26:41 “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.”

Most professing Christians are not paying much attention to their souls. They take salvation and eternal life for granted. They make assumptions about not needing to be too careful about how they live since they made a profession of faith in Christ. They assume that grace takes care of any sin issues that they may have and that God will accept them regardless of how careless they may be about how they live. They trust in past experiences and do not worry about any future consequences. They embrace the love of God and dismiss for the most part the holiness of God.

Most will admit that what Jesus says here is true. Experience teaches us that when we let our guard down, temptation overpowers us and we fall into sin. Very few people would ever disagree with this truth. But, there is the thought that it doesn’t really matter all that much. We are covered by Christ’s righteousness so a sin here or there won’t matter to God. He knows what we are like and will overlook it. What we fail to consider is what the Word of God teaches us about holy living.

God is holy and no sin will ever be in His presence. God declares that we must become like Him in holiness. We cannot tolerate sin in our lives and still be holy before God. Holiness is a separation from sin. It is living with the intent to not sin. It is taking care of the soul so that when temptation comes we will be able to resist it. It is striving to please God and not taint our souls with sin. And when we do sin, it is confessing our sin and seeking Christ’s forgiveness. It is diligently seeking to live above sin instead of bucking underneath it.

We are alert best when we pray the most. Prayer keeps Christ close to us. It keeps us wanting to not sin. It keeps us wanting to live consistent with the righteousness and holiness of Christ. Staying in close touch with God is our defense against falling into sin when we face temptations. Failing to pray opens the door to certain failure. The spirit may be willing, but without much prayer, the flesh will prevail and we will fall into sin.
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About the Author:

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

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

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

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Even When It’s Tough by Staci Stallings

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Some guys run into burning buildings for a living. Some run into the line of fire to save others. Those men often absorb injuries to themselves but do what’s necessary despite the danger and pain to do it.

My dad is one of those guys except he doesn’t run into physically burning buildings, he runs into the spiritually burning ones. Though he did attend the Seminary when he was younger, he is not the leader of a church. He is not a deacon or even a spiritual mentor on some roster somewhere. His training comes from life but his calling comes from his heart.

Put simply, he has a heart for the hurting and the lost. He will get in there and be with someone when everyone else is scrambling for the emotional exits. I can’t say that I’ve always known or appreciated this quality about my dad, but since my brother’s death, it has become well-pronounced. Others now look to my dad for guidance when the unthinkable happens.

And somehow, my dad is able to be there.

I’m not sure how much courage it takes to do that because frankly, I’m sure he’s still dealing with the tragic loss of his son, but he doesn’t back down from hard. When a family in our hometown recently put their mother into hospice, Dad was there. When another family lost a young man to a car accident, Dad went to hug, to hold, to help.

Then they asked, as others have, if Dad would say a few words at the wake service. What do you say to a grieving family when your heart is still broken from your own loss? What do you say to these parents who just lost their child to a car accident?

Or to another set of parents who just found out their son killed himself?

I don’t know what you say, and I’m not sure my dad does either. But that doesn’t stop him from going as it does so many of us. He goes anyway. It is that courage and that example I am most grateful for in my life. To have that model to follow and emulate is a gift without price to this daughter’s heart. It gives me not something to live up to, but something to remember when life throws awful things at the people I love.

I am convinced there is no greater gift than showing up for others in the tough times.

The other night my dad called as he so often does for computer help. We have a running joke between us that I’m the Dell spokesperson and this time I’m going to charge him double (of course, double of nothing is still nothing, but…)

I walked him through the process of doing what he wanted and then asked what this particular project was for. He said, “Oh, they asked me if I would speak at the wake tonight, and I wanted to have something down on paper.” My heart broke for him and swelled with pride at the same time, knowing how close we were to memories of my brother. I said, “It never gets easier, does it?”

He said simply, “No.”

About the Author:

Staci StallingsStaci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling Contemporary Christian author and the founder of Grace & Faith Author Connection and co-founder of CrossReads. You can check out one of Staci’s Best Sellers…

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Swimming in the Deep End by Lynn Mosher

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Gasping for air.

Swallowing water with each breath.

Reaching for anything to grab.

Going under for the third time in water depths twice my little height.

Frightened beyond words.

Will anyone notice?

Around the age of eleven, I was with some friends at the pool. In the deep end of the pool, some of the older kids played a game with other kids on their shoulders. I don’t remember if they were playing “chicken” or not.

One of the older girls asked if I would get on her shoulders.

“Sure,” I said. “Just don’t dump me backwards in the deep end.”

Into the shallow end we went and up on her shoulders I went. And what does she do? Yup. She dumps me backwards off her shoulders in the deep end!

I couldn’t swim very well. I could play around in the water if my feet touched the bottom of the pool; I felt safe there. I always struggled to swim. I had no body fat to keep me afloat. Too skinny! My biggest fear? The deep end!

I almost drowned in the deep end that day. But, suddenly, a hand reached out, grabbed my arm, and pulled me up to an inner tube from a tractor tire that just happened to be in the deep end.

Rescued.

I didn’t have a storm around me, though it felt like it, so I understand a little how Peter felt as he stepped out of the boat that day, full of courage, yet, “when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted.” (Matt. 14:30 TLB)

Just as the Lord heard Peter and “immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him,” (Matt. 14:31 NKJV) and saved him, so He reached out and saved me that day.

The deep end still scares me. My lungs even close up when I see someone struggling underwater on television or in a movie. But the crazy thing? I love the water!

I didn’t have a storm around me, though it felt like it, so I wonder how Peter felt, as he looked at the raging waves billowing against him, when “immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.” (Matt. 14:31 NKJV)

He heard my cry, just as He heard David’s plea, “Reach down from heaven and rescue me; deliver me from deep waters” (Ps. 144:7a TLB), and He answered, as David said, “Though I am surrounded by troubles, You will protect me…You reach out Your hand, and the power of Your right hand saves me.” (Ps. 138:7 NLT)

Jesus calls us in the midst of the rushing, storm waters to come to Him. Ever so gently He calls…Come a little deeper. Come on. I’m right here. I’ll not only rescue you but I’ll teach you to swim in the deep end. I won’t let you drown.

There is no fear of sinking, for He reaches out, grabs us with a mighty grip, and will not let go. He is our Life Preserver.

Have you been swimming in the deep end lately?

From His feet, Lynn

Lynn MosherBio:

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website http://lynnmosher.com

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Hatred: What is it? by Naty Matos

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For quite some time I’ve been listening to the words that come out of my mouth. As a Christian we should be intentional in our words because we know that there’s power of life and death in the tongue. I hear a lot of people use the word hate very casually without understanding the implications. To be honest, I’m one of those people. In moments of anger or when I’ve been displeased. I’ve used the word I hate inappropriately.

As I usually do in these situations I like to go to the root of the definition. According to the Webster dictionary hate means an intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury and/or an extreme dislike or antipathy.

When I look at this definition it changes my perception of hatred. We are so afraid to say we hate something, but what caught my attention were the sources from where hatred can come: fear, anger or sense of injury. This tells me that as believers we should not live in hatred because all those avenues are resolvable according to the word of God.

The other part of this definition that catches my eye is the word intense hostility. This is the part where I think we use this word inappropriately. How many times we say I hate (place here the name of an inanimate object)? If we are honest with ourselves we may highly dislike an object, but to have such strong feelings for something that doesn’t even has life doesn’t make any sense.

We also use terms like, I hate (placed the name of an animal here). For the most part that is something born out of fear. Sometimes is legitimized by an attack by said animal, sometimes is not. I used to say that I hate rodents. I have never been attacked by one, but if I’m honest with myself I have never been hostile to one. The times I’ve been in contact with them it has been through a glass at a pet store, through a media screen (movie, TV) or running in the backyard of the house we used to live when I was growing up. My fear was taught by my mother who feared them. So to say that I hate them is inaccurate. Don’t get me wrong, I still highly dislike them and if I had to come into a closer contact with them I would need assistance because I would not deal with them alone.

When it comes to people is when I think the term is applied more accurately. The feelings of anger and hostility towards someone can make us truly hate someone. Lack of forgiveness, and holding on to offenses will definitely take us towards the path of true hatred. However the fact that we are angry at someone or at a situation doesn’t necessarily means that we hate them.

About this author:

Naty Matos

Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at http://www.therisingmuse.com

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 40:8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart.

Do you take joy in doing God’s will for your life? Do you see what God has given you to do as a blessing or a curse? Does living in Christ thrill your soul like it used to? Are you enjoying your journey of faith? Do you really enjoy serving others?

The Lord wants us to enjoy our life in Him. He wants us to look forward to each new day of life and what it holds for us. He wants us to know the delight of living in close fellowship with Him. He wants us to live in Him out of love and not out of duty.

The only way we will ever be joyful in our walk with the Lord is to stay in His Word. We need to know the Word well. We need to let the Spirit brand deeply on our hearts God’s Word. The better we know the Word, the more we know of God’s love and faithfulness. We discover just how great our God is and how He is able to help us in our journey of life. God’s Word hidden in our hearts remind us that whatever we may be experiencing in life, there is a home in heaven that awaits us. It reminds us of God’s plan of redemption, not only for us, but for the whole world. It reminds us that we are never alone, that God is always with us to enable us to live with confidence life in Christ.

Having the Word in our hearts enables us to not sin against God. It gives us the authority of heaven to resist Satan when we are tempted. It gives us purpose and direction for life. It gives us understanding of why we need Jesus as we live in this world.

If the joy has gone out of your faith walk, get back into the Word. Let it saturate your soul. Hide it in your heart and soon you will once again delight yourself in the Lord.
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

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

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

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

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

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Gift Giving by Rebekah Beene

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Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it’s a new baby or a wedding I enjoy wrapping things up and giving them away. Christmas is wonderful for me because it’s the special time of year where we celebrate the best gift ever! And blessing our loved ones with gifts just puts the icing on the cake.

Sometimes I find myself wearied by trying to find just the right gift. I either don’t have the money for what I really want to give or I have the money and can’t find that thing that I just know would be perfect. Frustration sets in as the ideas in my head don’t match the outcome.

What a blessing to know that we can find all the joy we need in Christ! He is truly a gift from God we can remember every day! He is the gift that keeps on giving! We find joy in all that it means to belong to Christ, to be filled with Holy Spirit and to be sealed and secure in God. This is just the right gift and it never wears out or goes out of style.

Oh beloved, unwrap your gift again! Look all the wonders of the Lord over and admire them! Use those wonderful gifts. Find Joy in all your needs being met. Find more joy in realizing that you are born with a purpose and born again to fulfill that purpose. Find joy in what God says about you – you are redeemed, loved, chosen, appointed and anointed! You may not find joy in every day – some days are just hard. But you can always find joy in the LORD.

God loves you and He’s for you! We can all find joy for the journey as we go from living in the dark into His marvelous light!

Isaiah 35:10

And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away. NAS

Psalm 119:143

As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. NLT

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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Parker’s Top Ten Episodes of the Write Stuff by Parker J. Cole

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Next week Tuesday is the 2nd year anniversary of my show The Write Stuff where I feature authors of Christian fiction and non-fiction every Tuesday 7pm Eastern time. You can catch show via my blog site at thewritestuff.wordpress.com.

I’ve enjoyed every single show I’ve had the honor to host but there are some that stick out to me for one reason or another.

  1. Romantic Love vs. Arranged Marriages – This show was my first. My guest, Rachel Rossano contacted me and decided to take a chance on a newbie host and see if we can make this thing work. Incidentally, she’ll be co-hosting with me again for the 2nd year anniversary show.
  2. God’s Stepchildren – Aliens – My guest, Roystonn Pruitt and I talked about aliens, UFO’s and the place if aliens in fact do exist. I enjoyed this show because I realized we’d hit a topic some church circles neglect to address.
  3. Multiverses, Magic Potions, and the Cross – My guests that day were Brita Skinner, Rebecca Minor, and David G. Johnson and we discussed all thing Christian speculative fiction. It’s an genre low on the totem pole of Christian fiction but we had such a great time.
  4. The Secret Everyone Knows – My guest, Minister Yvette Tatum touched on a very sensitive topic of child sexual abuse. We had callers and commentators. I was honored to be used in such a way to help those who are hurting get help. Since then, I’ve made a decision that as long as God allows me, my show will be an avenue to address this issue.
  5. Christian Horror – Enough said! My guest Nancy LaRonda Johnson had a great time talking about this. It…scared some of our listeners. Bwahahaha!
  6. Stereotypes, Hillbillies, and the Truth – My guest Debbie Richard was such a great host. She expounded on the stereotypes we all know and love and then shared her family story with us.
  7. The Fourth Dimension – This show is probably my favorite. My guest, Josh Peck and I talked about time, quantum physics, string theory and the wonder and depth of our Lord. It was fantastic topic we explored
  8. Romancing the Red Planet – My guest Douglas Woodward discussed why we are so in love with our planetary neighbor next door and whether or not we should believe we may soon have clear cut evidence of our Martian friends
  9. Wherever the Evidence Leads – Lewis Smith went down and dirty on obliterating the lies famous books like the Da Vinci Code and other revisionist religious historical fiction try to tear down the faith.
  10. YOUR SHOW – Do you want me to host your book on my show? I’d love to! Simply contact me at writestuffradio@gmail.com. As you can see we talk about a wide range of topics that affect the diverse Christian community. Each book tells a different story. Each author brings their own spin. Let me know. I’d love to have you.

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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Be A Quitter by Sherry Chamblee

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Sometimes quitting is good. Let me explain.

I decided to quit all coffee this last week – cold turkey. For some that’s not a big deal. For me it is. Fifteen years of at least two cups a day – and big cups, mind you. If I went anywhere overnight I had to know where the closest coffee machine was for the next morning. Seriously, it was part of my planning for when we went on trips…where’s the coffee. Couldn’t be without coffee or the headaches would start, and I’d get all foggy.

I’d thought of quitting before, but the time never seemed right. I didn’t have time to suffer the headache that would come, or I didn’t want to work at non-crankiness for whatever was happening in the coming days that week. I didn’t want to be sans caffeine for church, because I wanted to be awake for the preaching. I didn’t want to be sans caffeine during the week because I have people to take care of. I didn’t want to have blinding headaches for a week, or to be cranky from now to a coffee-less eternity. After all, it’s my personality in a cup, right?

So I stayed on it.

Then, one Sunday night, I ran out of creamer. Now I take my coffee with lots of creamer, and sugar, no straight black coffee for me. So no creamer means no coffee.

I decided, right then and there, that this would be where I took my stand. I prepared like a general planning for overtaking a difficult enemy hill. I had my headache meds, my schedule cleared, and my family braced.

I don’t remember Monday.

Well, seriously, Monday was sort of a blurry day of brain fog and headache. Family was just fine, but they left me to my fate for the most part. Tuesday and Wednesday were much better, still a little fog, but not as much pain and I could talk…which is nice.

Then by Thursday I felt human again – and caffeine free. Weird.

Seriously, I’m fine now.

So…I got to thinkin’…

Sometimes we get stuck on things spiritually, too. We have these holdups, these addictions that aren’t necessarily sin, but they weigh us down. They make us stop and have to plan for them, make us go out of our way to keep them in our life, and they can interfere with ministry if we let them take control of us. Sometimes things we hold on to, habits, schedules, distract us from what we should be doing for God.

So what’s distracting me spiritually? What’s getting in the way of ministering to those around me every day?

And why am I not giving it up yet if it’s a distraction from what God wants?

Am I afraid of the consequences? Afraid of the possible pain? Afraid of the hassle it’ll create to let it go?

Am I afraid of getting that weight off because I think the disaster that will follow is more than I could bear?

Look, the headache may come. The hassle might happen. There’ll be a struggle most likely. But didn’t God say He’d be there for us in trials and temptations?

So while there might be a bit of a struggle to get out from under the things that distract us, in the end the struggle is worth it.

I’m clearer now, able to pick up and go when I need to without needing to find the nearest gas station coffee machine and able to say I’m honestly not controlled by caffeine. I’m not letting it control me.

Let God be in control. He does it better anyway.

Sherry Chamblee can also be found at her blog http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com where you can now sign up for her newsletter.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry 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 also be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com or her Facebook page, Author Sherry Chamblee.

You can also follow her on Twitter @SherryChamblee

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 37:8 Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others–it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.

Let it go. Whoever or whatever you are angry at, stop it! Letting anger control you does nothing but hurt you. The more you lash out, the more damage it does to your soul. Anger that is not self-controlled can only damage or destroy. Righteous anger moves us to act to right the wrong. Any other anger moves us to do wrong.

Watch out so that you don’t envy others. The world is full of people different than you. Many people are better at what you do, have different gifts than you do, are more successful than you are, look different than you do, have better jobs, have it easier than you do; the list goes on and on. It makes no difference at all as to how we differ. Everyone is on equal footing at the Cross. Everyone stands before God equally to account for their living. God treats all people the same. Everyone will be judged on the righteousness of their heart and how they have lived. The only one you will ever hurt by envying others is yourself.

If you are carrying around a spirit of anger or envy today, do something about it before they destroy your spirit. Confess them to the Lord. If you need to, let your emotions drive you in your confession. It’s okay, He can handle it. Get it out on the table so that God can help you. Ask Him to help you gain control over your emotions (after all, self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit) so that you don’t let anger or envy control you. It is sin to not do it. Don’t put it off, do it now.

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

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

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

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

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