CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Sojourner Christmas 6/17/2021

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A Sojourner Christmas

(Valley of Promise series Book 2)

by Linda Brooks Davis

A Sojourner Christmas

She relinquished her childhood home. Abandoned her former life. And set off for a faraway valley that’s touted as magical. As an aspiring newspaper reporter, Blossom Evans expects to find plenty of material with which to carve out a career. But alarming tales about the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas abound. Barely tamed, rugged brush land. Mexican bandits. Wildcats, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas as big around as dinner plates. Where will she find the courage to face—and overcome—such foes, even for her dream career?The first hint of an answer lies in the sleepy little West Texas town of Winters. An unexpected conflict is brewing, one that could launch a reporter’s career—or crush it before it begins.How will Blossom be lured into the fray? And where will she find the temerity to confront this particular brand of evil? It’s Christmas Eve 1923, and Blossom Evans is about to discover what’s she made of.

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Bride for Lane & The Abolitionist’s Daughter

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A Bride for Lane

Mistaken Identity Mail Order Brides Book 7

by Lisa Prysock

A Bride for Lane

Eugenie Hayes, an heiress seeking an escape from an undesirable betrothal, pursues a romantic notion to venture into the western frontier as a mail-order bride. Her mother met her father in the Wild West, and she aims to follow in their footsteps.

Lane Bolten, a Missouri farmer, wonders how he ended up with the wrong bride, and one who hasn’t worked on a farm a day in her life, can’t cook, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. There must be some mistake! This isn’t the bride he ordered from the agency.

Can a case of mistaken identity lead to romance, faith, purpose, and true love? Find out in this clean, sweet, Christian Historical Western Romance novella, and get your copy today!

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The Abolitionist’s Daughter

(Sons of the Shenandoah Book 1)

by Kathleen L. Maher

The Abolitionist's Daughter

The crusading daughter of a Washington politician, Marietta Hamilton comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horse traders from Virginia, Ethan Sharpe and his brother Devon would defend their livelihood from her interfering kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies separated over the course of a long and brutal conflict. Can the very influences which carved a chasm unite a torn family against all odds?

 

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Gems From Pastor Jim 6/15/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 4:18-20 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and went with him.

What strikes me in these verses is that Jesus knew the potential in Peter and Andrew. They were fishermen by trade, but they were far more than that in the Lord’s sight. Fishing was the only thing that they had ever known. They undoubtedly came from a long line of fishermen. There was nothing wrong with being fishermen, but it no longer was to be what they were to do. The Lord had other plans for their lives.

We are not told, but it seems only reasonable to assume that they weren’t the only fishermen out in that part of the sea that day. But, they were the ones the Lord chose to call. He knew things about them that no one else knew; He knew their hearts. He knew that they were humble men, open to doing what God wanted them to do. We are not told how they knew that Jesus was worthy of being trusted and followed, but they knew He was. They recognized Him as being God, even though at the time they did not fully understand what that meant.

Jesus did not see them as fishermen; He saw them as servants who would one day be pillars of the early church. He did not see their limitations; He saw their potential. We can be assured that when the Lord compels us to change the course of our lives and follow Him that He knows what He is doing. The Lord knows what we are capable of, even if no one else thinks we can do it. He never makes a mistake when He gives us an assignment in life. If we are willing to give Him our all, He will do amazing things in us and through us.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending 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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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: God Speaks…. We Listen 6/14/2021

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by Rebekah Beene

I dreamed last night that a grandchild was calling out to me from the hall. It was dark so I went to my bedroom door and beckoned the grandchild to come into my room. I told that sweet grandchild to stay in my room and to even come get in bed with me. We cuddled up and that was the end of the dream. I did wake up immediately and prayed specifically for that grandchild.

Oh beloved, God speaks this morning. You and I are that child. In the dark hall of life we call out to Him for help. He always comes to get us. He cuddles us up in His love and we are protected. This is what happens every single time we call upon the Lord. He is our Helper, our Protecter and our Source of safety.

Someone needs to know this morning that when you call out in the darkest times of life you will never hear God say, “Buck up”, “Be quiet”, “Don’t bother me”, or anything like that. Not ever. You never have to worry that God won’t hear you or that He won’t respond to you. Even if you have put yourself in the dark place by your own volition, there is still your Heavenly Father. He knows where you are and He is wooing you to call out to Him. The enemy says you’ve gone too far. The enemy says nobody’s there to answer. The enemy makes fun of you, puts you down, and dismisses your voice. But the Lord is with you. Always, forever and then some. You are His child, once you are born again, and you are taken care of, blessed, thriving and covered by the Blood of Christ forever.

God loves you and He’s for you. This is truth. Nightmares may press you to fear, but faith will press you to pray. Run to the Father this morning and thank Him for the help in the dark hallways of life. Worship Him for always being your King of Kings. And live in the Light of His wonderful plans and supernatural provision of Love for you!

Psalm 139:3-5 You search out my path and my lying down; You are aware of all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, O LORD. You hem me in behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.

Psalm 66:19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Psalm 31:22 In panic I cried out, “I am cut off from the LORD!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.

Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the LORD has heard my weeping.

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

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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Of Detours and Alternate Destinations 6/11/2021

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by Staci Stallings

The Imagination SeriesWe’ve all heard it said that God works in mysterious ways. I think some of His ways are more mysterious than others.

Take, for example, the strange case of the Bomb Cyclone and its effect on this author’s life.

Our story starts on March 8, the first day of Spring Break around here. As per the usual routine, said author’s family goes to the mountains skiing, leaving said author all alone for the weekend with Mexican food and movies (said author + mountains = inevitable trip to the ER because of breathing problems).

So, so far-so good.

Family arrives back home on Monday night and Tuesday we start to dig out from under all of the ski stuff they brought home and dropped in the floor of the kitchen, dining and living room. (We were not successful at cleaning said areas before Wednesday arrives.)

Here’s where the story takes a very strong detour toward an alternate destination we had not anticipated nor scheduled into our Spring Break plans. It begins Wednesday morning with a very strong wind. (Think hurricane or tornado force minus the hurricane or tornado. This is straight-line winds sustained at 65+ with gusts in the 85+ range…. ALL. DAY. LONG.)

Just before noon, the very strong wind did a huff-and-puff and it blew the transformer out. But the very strong wind was not done—oh, no, it was NOT DONE.

The very strong wind then got even stronger, and by nightfall, 18,000 people were without power, and traffic on multiple roads was a mess because of semis tipped over and vehicles flipped over and power lines down (you see where we’re going with this, right? Suffice it to say, it was no longer our little transformer that they had to fix).

Hunkered down in her now very cold house with no water, no heat, and no lights, said author did what any sane person would do—she started a fire and found a good book. And there she stayed for three long days.

The first book had been a recommendation by said author’s middle daughter. It was called “Off the Page.” The plot was intriguing—a character in a book, a handsome prince mind you, comes to life for one very special reader, a young girl who has fallen in love with him. In “Off the Page,” the prince is now out of the book and trying to adjust to real life. Intriguing 370 page book that took about 20 hours to read. That 20 hours was called “Wednesday.”

When that book was finished on Thursday morning, there was still no heat and no water (I’m convinced, I could do no lights if the heat and water worked, but without those two, it’s just MISERABLE). Trying not to move around too much because it was now unbelievably cold, said author began the first book in the series “Between the Lines” (some daughters don’t really care that mothers like to read books in order!).

Now, it’s Thursday and then it’s Friday.

The second book is finished when the power finally comes back on Friday afternoon.

So, lo and behold, who would have thought it, but those two books are going to factor BIG TIME into the next book I’m going to write! (I’m about halfway through Book #6 in The Imagination Series, and then we get to Book #7…. The finale, the one that I’ve been struggling to figure out HER backstory for. And now, God used a power outage that lasted 3+ days to shape and mold my character in my head and heart for Book #7. And I LOVE HER NOW!!! I can’t wait to write her story, which is odd because I’ve been dreading it for over a year now.)

So there you go, God’s ways really are mysterious. I am curious though, do you think He planned that Bomb Cyclone with the 65+ mile per hour winds so that it would knock out our power so I would have nothing else to do than to read those two books (which honestly, I would have never gotten around to reading without the power going off)?

Well, do you?

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BROKEN HEART STRINGS

Broken Heart Strings

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The Nonentity

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The Nonentity

(Flying People Book 1)

by Danny Mac

The Nonentity

The Nonentity is a salesman of industrial products looking forward to a life as a husband and father. He has a reserved personality and cherishes his life as an ordinary man. He discovers supernatural powers that force him to deal with issue bigger than he thought were possible. He spends his life dealing with extraordinary problems while helping his neighbors get through their life. Being a real life hero scares him because of the publicity that surrounds the notoriety. The unnamed man wants his saving acts published without giving up the freedom of being a dad and husband. How would you handle the fame that comes with being a star?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Unexpected & Love the Lord Your God with all your heart

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Unexpected

by Janice Cole Hopkins

Unexpected

Oliver Hartsell had no idea when he went to repair Mr. Austin’s windows that he’d end up proposing to the man’s daughter, but that’s exactly what happened. He didn’t regret it because he’d been secretly in love with Marie for a long time. However, he doubts she feels the same way about him, but he’s determined that she will. Yet, life has a way of throwing unexpected surprises.

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Love the Lord Your God with all your heart

(The Cooper Family Book 1)

by Anne Perreault

Love the Lord Your God

AJ Carter lives in a recurring nightmare. On the outside, her family are model citizens, outstanding Christians. There is a lot more going on under the surface than anybody, except for her best friend, knows. She has been a Christian all her life. But God… she feels that He’s just not interested in what happens in her life.

Mac Cooper has his own battles to fight. He has learned that he can’t fight them alone, that he needs help from the Lord. When he is given an opportunity to help AJ out, he finds himself very intrigued by her. But will God help him earn her trust? And perhaps her love?

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God Is The Creator Of Everything That Exists 6/8/2021

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by Pastor Robin MacKinley

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It looks like this post is about creation, but it’s really about who we should worship. Since God is the creator of everything that exists, why would we want to worship anyone else?

Say this to those who worship other gods: “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth and from under the heavens.”  Jeremiah 10:11

By Jeremiah’s statement, and other verses in the Bible, we know that God made the heavens and the earth. We humans, have no idea how big the universe is. So how do we describe it? Infinity.

Visualize this, you had a big container of red glitter and you dumped it out into a pile. But as you were dumping you saw one flake that was silver. Then perfection set in and you desperately wanted to get that silver one out of there. 

I don’t know about you, but for me, I would be all thumbs. I would have that glitter all spread out in a mess looking for that silver one. Those flakes would be sticking all over my fingers. Then, as I got aggravated and sighed a big breath, glitter would fly all over the place. 

The Earth In The Universe 

That is the perspective of the earth in this vast universe. The planet we live on is like that silver flake of glitter in the entire cosmos. Fortunately, God has everything sorted out and He is not all thumbs.

God can reach through the galaxies without stopping a planet. In His reach, He can do it without interfering with an orbit or messing up a solar system. He can do all of that just to knock over a hand-made god. 

In his vastness, He could hold the earth in his hand and pitch it like a baseball into infinity. Verse 16 says He is the Creator of everything that exists, including Israel, his own special possession. Yet Israel and the Gentiles can be quick to worship a created object and ignore the creator. 

God the Creator of Everything Loves Us 

Hand-made gods didn’t create a thing. Listen to how absurd it is to even worship a piece of wood. This verse in Isaiah is talking about cutting down a tree from the forest. 

Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread.Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it! Isaiah 44:15

Thankfully God the creator loves us all. Think about this. The earth in the universe is comparatively like a flake of glitter. And we are just a speck on the earth, how much smaller does that make us? 

I didn’t say any of that to make you feel small. I said it so you would know how important you are to God. And how much God loves us and wants to have fellowship with us. 

Lord, forgive us when we allow things to become a priority over you. 

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Masks Off, Forgiveness On 6/7/2021

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by Precarious Yates

Last week, the state of Ohio allowed those who have been fully vaccinated to take off their masks in stores and other public places. Other states around the country have also presented this option. Now, this is not a post about vaccinations. I have dear friends who sit all across the spectrum of that debate, and I have my own thoughts and feelings about the issue that I choose to keep to myself. What I do want to address concerns the main issue in this whole affair that sits central to Christianity: forgiveness.

This past year and a half has been a long tutorial on how to hold a grudge, take offense, isolate ourselves, and grasp an opinion so tightly as to lose friendships. Each one of these behaviors is so contrary to our Christian beliefs, but the tendencies have been cropping up in my heart and in the hearts of others who confess that they love Jesus. It’s time to take off our masks of self-righteousness so we can don forgiveness.

One thing I have observed over this past year is how a grudge can be allowed to fester and become septic. The moment we convince ourselves that a person doing _____ should not be in relationship with us (I do not count cases of abusive behaviors), we have formed a grudge. In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about how to treat people who offend us. We face it head on first. Then we bring another person with us. After that, we bring them before the church. If there is no change, treat that person like a tax collector or a sinner. But I have a question to consider: How did Jesus treat tax collectors and sinners?

Taking offense has become so popular that the best way to garner the most reaction on social media is to show how offended you are. If you are offended and angry, people take sides and it smacks of a sporting match. What side is going to win? I see this rampant all across the board, from Christians and non Christians.

Jesus said that we were supposed to stand out and be recognized, and our mark of recognition would be one thing: our love for one another. That is how people would know we are Christians. But how can we be filled with love when we’re filled with offense? How can we navigate our way back to love when we find ourselves filled with offense?

Jesus stressed forgiveness so much more than we usually take into consideration. The conditional language that Jesus employs sounds quite harsh at first. At the end of the parable of the unforgiving servant, found in Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus tells His disciples that if they do not forgive their brother or sister from their heart neither will their Heavenly Father forgive them. Yes, it sounds harsh. It’s that harsh because it’s that important. It is that important.

Why is it so important? 

Imagine heaven for a moment. The beauty and majesty of heaven is beyond comprehension, so allow your imagination to stretch out to its max.

Now imagine if God allowed unforgiveness in heaven? The most perfect paradise becomes the worst hell when our relationships plunge into grudge-gripped turmoil. The moment Adam hurled an accusation at God and at Eve (“This woman that You gave to be with me…” Gen. 3:12), we instantly see how grudges polluted Adam’s thinking and Eden was no longer paradise.

This past year and a half, many of us have plunged to the depths of human experience: so much loss, so much fear, so much isolation. Anxieties have soared to new heights in the depths of our despair. Psalm 130 has a similar cry:

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 

Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy. 

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

Lord, who could stand? 

But with you there is forgiveness,

so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

When we experience forgiveness, the most brutal dungeon becomes a paradise. This is why forgiveness is so important. It is the difference between hell and heaven. It is the difference between broken despair and beautiful wholeness. Forgiveness is the difference we long for. It is also the difference in which we can participate.

When we forgive, we participate in Jesus’ definition of love. When we forgive, we look more like Christ. When we forgive, we close the gaps of isolation. When we forgive, we turn dungeons into paradise.

This summer, we will see people with masks on, people with masks off, and people on either side of the issue judging the other side, sometimes with humor, sometimes with deep bitterness. Bitterness is the fruit of unforgiveness. Let’s be different. Because ultimately, forgiveness brings healing, deep healing, and that healing is what our world cries out for from the depths of a pandemic.

Whether you can take off the mask or have to keep wearing it, put on love.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Col. 3:13

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~ Eph. 4: 32

Many blessings to all of you!

~ Precarious Yates

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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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Modern-Day Good Fridays 6/4/2021

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by Staci Stallings

Notre Dame Fire

Notre Dame after the fire, April 15, 2019

Sometimes timing becomes important. This is one of those times.

Right now, as you read this Easter Sunday has passed, and we have entered fully into the Easter Season.

By the time you get to Easter, it’s sometimes easy to forget about Good Friday.  Good Friday, the day Jesus hung on the cross and died for our sins seems almost a distant memory, in the past that feels much darker than the bright joy of Easter Sunday. And once you get to Easter Sunday, you really don’t want to go back and contemplate Good Friday. It feels better to just leave it in the past.

I get that.  I really do.

But now, here’s the other side of the timing issue.  For me, as I write this, it is the Tuesday before Good Friday. Easter Sunday is but a promise. It is not yet, in my world, a reality.

More importantly to the story is that yesterday was Monday, April 15, 2019.  I don’t know if you remember what happened on that particular day, but over in France, there was a Cathedral called Notre Dame, and it caught fire and burned.

For 850 years it had stood, strong and tall, the steeple a beacon to the world around. And then the fire weakened the structure underneath and the steeple fell.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been here before.

On February 25, 2007, my home church burned down very much like Notre Dame. The fire started in the upstairs room, and by the time they got the blaze out, the only thing left of the sanctuary were the walls and a whole lot of rubble and ashes.  Our baptismal font survived, but literally not much else.

I remember on that morning when I got the news, trying to make sense of this for my children who were roughly 11 and 8 at the time.  I told them that the Bible tells us that Good Friday happens in life. It’s the day that to the untrained (or un-faith-ed) eye, it looks like evil won.

Jesus, the light of the world, hung His head and died. His grief-stricken followers took His body down from the cross and laid it in an unmarked tomb nearby. They rolled the stone in front of it, and to all the world, that looked like the end of the story.

Good Friday.

If there’s one thing I’m starting to get good at, it’s Good Friday.  We all have them.  I walk through a lot of them in real life but also in my books.  In the world, we want the fantasy romance. We want boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl falls for boy, and they live happily ever after. It sounds great. But in the real world, falling in love for real is fraught with Good Fridays.

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Some of them are external things that happen.  Girl loses her father for example, or boy loses his business Those types of Good Fridays are tough. But the tougher ones are the ones where boy’s past drives him to make decisions that break girl’s heart, or girl tries to recover her heart by going with someone who is not the guy that really loves her.

Good Fridays are tough, people.  Really, really tough.

And I don’t think we always understand that. I think most of us instinctively don’t like Good Fridays. We don’t know how to “do” Good Friday. We don’t know how to sit with grief or comfort the grieving. It makes us fundamentally uncomfortable. We would much rather bask in the sunshine of Easter Sunday when evil is destroyed and all is set right with the world.

The thing I think I’ve most come to understand is there is no Easter Sunday without going through Good Friday.  You don’t get healed without acknowledging and working through the pain. You get healed by breaking down, surrendering, and giving it all to God—dying to self just like Jesus did on that cross.

My stories are about people going through their own personal Good Fridays and what happens when someone is really brave enough to do that.  They are about how Easter Sunday awaits those who through faith walk through the valley of the shadow of death, give their lives totally to God, and let Him remake them in the rebirth of the resurrection.

So, I’m curious, dear readers, if you would like to share…. What stories have you read that really portrayed the difficulty of Good Friday and how it leads to the joy of Easter Sunday? Or what Good Fridays have you walked through that have led you to an Easter Sunday of your own? Or maybe you’re walking right now through a Good Friday moment. If you would like us to pray for you as you walk through it, please let us know.

I think each of these Good Friday to Easter Sunday stories are vitally important for us to hear and should be acknowledged and shared.  Because when you stop being afraid of Good Friday moments, I think then God can work Easter Sunday miracles through you as more and more people see the miracle that the women found on Easter Sunday—an empty tomb, meant to bury the Light of the World and be the end of the story—becomes a new beginning that will change the world through rebirth and resurrection.

That is the really Good News!

About the Author:

A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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