Jesus. No other name above His. He is Alpha and Omega. Beginning and the end.

Jesus is the REASON we have eternal life. #sacrifice #thecross #deathtolife #resurrectionpower

His love is amazing. The ultimate – no one bigger, badder nor better than Jesus. HE is the reason, HE is the way to the TRUTH, the LIGHT, and our salvation. Eternity is real. You either choose heaven or hell. No in between. No limbo. No earth. No grave holds us down when we live in Him. Jesus is crazy in love with you. Not crazy like the world is. Crazy in LOVE with YOU. He loves you with an everlastinggggggggggg love. I emphasis that love. LOVE. Truth. I emphatically share that JESUS is Lord. Our guarantee that HIS love for YOU is real. Trust him with all you are – no doubt, no fear, nothing can change his love for you. There is not one thing that change his love for you.

In Luke 23, he shares the account of Jesus as he walked the road to the cross. Knowing he’d be crucified, he continued to communicate with the Father. (God). What a pure relationship. He said, Your will be done, Father. I will DO what you instructed me to do. I will GO where you send me.

Have you ever thought or asked that of yourself – asking God: what do you want me to do – today? In this very moment? Have that hard conversation. … then pray to Him, asking him with honest intentions!! He will answer and guide you.

If Jesus asked the Father, and then replied, I commit myself to You, then so shall we…. right?

He is our Mighty Fortress.

I share this with you, to encourage you to never give up; Never think you are too far gone to make a comeback. You will! God’s got you through his amazing and willing SON. Jesus is with you, my friend. Stay with Him. Seek refuge in the ONE true place that will heal you.

Resurrection in your own life is real. It is for this time and place. (it might not happen in an instant, it may take a week, or month, just do not let go of His promises). Abundant life.

I am praising God with you right now. Let’s celebrate His goodness as changes for His good are made in us!!!

I enjoyed this book, it is like living real life, the drama, the reality, the good, the struggle — BUT God. I am so happy to read an author’s book that relates real bible comfort. References to God – “emotional – loss, faith, hope and redemption” is how Debbie Macomber put it. (and we love our Debbie Mancomber!!!); I enjoy books that as I read it, I feel like I am in the book/storyline. It’s better than TV – which can be numbing; My imagination takes me to the place – and relating to my own story! #greatread #easy #real #enjoyable

The book tells the story of a couple helping people in the world. Real missionaries. The heart of people and pains we walk through.

I enjoy the creating of a story from a story. Something real and making it relatable in a novel. As I am still reading the book, I am digging into the real Biblical story of Miriam. As long as it doesn’t become sacrilegious to compare the two stories, I find it to be delightful, and a good wholesome option as I choose what books to read.

I will definitely be following Jill Smith in her future books. Looking forward to more from her in the future!

This book based in the early 1900s and in the Boston. On a quest to Ireland,  by a promise made, Maura journeys to Ballymun to teach.   

As the story line reads, the tension of living in another country offers insecurities and some isolation, as I would imagine, especially during the early 1900s.

Like a feeling of being a fish out of the water.  
As Jennifer writes, I can feel and hear the sounds, voices and countryside; She took me there. 

I felt a part of the story – which is what I do LOVE about Jennifer’s writing. 

An easy read. Sweet. With light tension through the book. 

I would recommend any books that Jennifer Deibel writes. She is a pure joy!  

Ah!!! I so enjoy the writing of Erin Bartels! She’s a midwest girl like me.
Her book “All that we carried” is a novel tells a story that is relatable, easy to follow, yet enticing enough to want more with each page read!
Life is “treacherous” at times… how we handle each situation is a story.
I enjoy relating my life to the story line of any book I read. Which I found this one to be on core to my style of what I enjoy …..
Can’t wait for more from Erin! Great job girl!

The characters are real to life, especially if you are a midwesterner… with some drama, but hope in the midst of the story line… much like life.

I will continue to read more from Erin, cuz I am biased to the midwest, and she brings HOPE that comes from God into her stories.

Hope seems to be my word for the past year, after writing FOREVER HOPE.

Ya’ll – God is real. Hold onto him, and grab a copy of All that we carry, here

What I appreciate about Sharon’s writing, whether in book form, or blogging, (and speaking), she is honest, real, forthright and relevant for today. 
In her newest book, When you Don’t like your Story.…. it relates to our very personal life. 
Life is tough. We do things we regret; things happen to us that may be simply horrific, time passes and we don’t accomplish as much as we had hoped to… but in those deep dark times, is when God sheds HIS light !

God uses broken vessels to show HIS glory. When we are blinded by our thoughts, life, experiences, God will open the eyes of our heart to see HIS love in us. when we can FULLY trust he will turn ALL things for our GOOD, that includes the bad stuff. 

Allow God to talk to you as you read this book. Pray before starting this book. If you are stuck in life, using this book, the Bible with Prayer and Faith can move from this place to a better one. Only Believe.

Here we are, December of TWENTY-TWENTY.

Pandemonium. Pandemic. Irregularities of every kind. Sickness. Aloneness. Depression. Suicides. Chaos. Virus called Covid19. Deceit. Election gone awry. Hatred. Sadness and too much of it!

We ask WHY. This IS our FREE America, yet people are acting crazy. Some ask why God would allow this to go this far. It is SO important to read the Bible and KNOW he is God. He gave this instruction manual to learn from.

The scripture tells us in John 16:33, we will have trials and tribulations. Wars, rumor of wars. He warns us so we will indeed HOLD ONTO HOPE. With God anything is possible, we can fight the fight of Faith. Matthew 19:26, 1 Timothy 6:12.

Notice in the two words pandemonium and pandemic. Did you know that PAN+ in LATIN derives from daemonium, “evil spirit” (from Merriam Webster Dictionary). DEMON. Demonic. All this crazy worldly state of confusion and disorder, is from the enemy of our soul. the devil. I don’t even want to capitalize his name. He is to remain lowly, the snake that he is. He has brought into our world such ugliness and hate.

I have spoke openly that I will NOT fear. I have the power in my hands that Jesus Christ has given me. No weapons of warfare will come against Isaiah 54:17, 2 Corinthians 10:4, me nor my household. I will not tolerate it. I can CHOOSE to live with a smile. With a heart to help and care. I do not walk in fear wondering what might happen.

Today, take the time to realize what a warrior you are in Christ when you trust Him FULLY with all your being, you never have to fear sickness, the government, people, situations. God is the ONE true God, who will help you conquer any need you have. Faith. Hope and Love.

Blessings to you today – let’s get ready to take 2021 with Christ and see where he will take us!!! I’m ready !

Do any of you recognize this “Farrah Fawcett” comb from the 70’s?

The infamous Farrahhh Farrah Comb for feathered hair

The old adage, they don’t make things like they used ta, still holds true. I bought this comb back around 1977- ish- give or take a year, when I had the “Farrah Farrah” fluffy, layered long hair look.

The sturdy feathered hair comb from the 70’s

It worked for me. Not just the comb, but the hair style. Youthful, fun, wind in the hair flying in the air, like ya just don’t care! ~ good times ~ good memories and wonderful friends.

At one point in the early 80’s, I thought I lost this trusted comb. I had to succumb to buying a new one. One less sturdy, and yellow, (one of my least favorite colors). It just didn’t have the strength of my blue comb. (one of my favorite colors). Many months later, the blue comb came out of hiding; I don’t recall where it was located… but there was a bright ray of excitement when it surfaced. I could never get rid of this comb. It laid at the bottom of my treasure chest for years, when I decided to wear short hair. There was less tangling and need for such a big comb than in the Farrah days. I pulled this out of the chest the other day, and reminisced at those high school days, curling hair with girlfriends, the laughter, heartbreak and innocence.

This very many years later, I have decided to use it again, with medium length hair, it reminded me how life is when we trust in God.

God is the blue comb. Strong, mighty, unbreakable, and long lasting. Life, in its variables offers yellow combed seasons when we don’t feel so strong and secure.

I am glad I chose the “blue” combed lifestyle. Choosing to trust God during some difficult seasons in life helped me walk through it all. Endurance is key to this life. Never allowing the enemy to comb through our emotions and circumstances.

Be sure to hold on to God – he is a never ending help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

2 Corinthians 1:6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

2 Corinthians 6:4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Colossians 1:11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience

I write this story for you my friend. Never let go. God is with you. He is going to help – in the exact moment you need the answer, and when you release your arms to Him. He is a good good Father!

Father we thank you for memories that are sweet. Guide us when we feel lost, insecure and uncertain. We never want to let go of your grace, and knowledge that you will never let us fall too far you won’t save us!

Sticky

God keeps me safe, not matter the chaos in life. I am safe. I am secure.

It is not by my works, but with a willingness to follow Him, I will be obedient.

He keeps me. Alive. Fulfilled. I lack for no good thing.

I will obey God in all I do.

He preserves me.

He has my life in His hands.

God is faithful. He holds me close to his bosom.

I will praise the Lord – with my soul.

I am faithful to God – because he has been faithful to me, before I was in my mothers womb.

I am purified by the Blood of Jesus. Whole. Blameless.

God has set me on secure ground, and on high places. He guards me with his angels, who go before me, keeping me safe.

God delivers me from evil.

Psalm 23

To this, I sing Praises to the King.

I say Yes and Amen to his promises.

Yes and Amen is what God says when I lean into HIS word and trust Him with all of me.

In these times of restlessness and evil bouts of hatred across the world. Sickness threatens our being by the organizations that may have an agenda.

But we stand secure. With God. We stand. No fear. Only live in Hope and Faith. We stand on His Word. We praise him in the storms of life. We pray without ceasing. We love God. We trust Him. We lean on him, and ask his wisdom for what to do. We love, even when it’s hard.

God, you know all things. We trust fully in your plan. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. We, your people have the land. It belongs to us, because you said you’d take it from the wicked and give to the righteous. We / I am your righteous child. I am yours. Imperfect, but holy, because of the blood of Jesus that lives in me.

I love you Jesus. I will lay my head down to sleep tonite, and rest in your arms, keeping me safe all the days of my life. You plan my moments. You are mine and I am yours. Praise Your holy name. I say this, trusting you bring me through like a shining star. Amen.

Verse mapping and diagraming scripture!

While writing Forever Hope, (released February 13, 2020 on Amazon), it was evident God wanted me to share my story. It’s raw, real, simple and to the point.

I will admit, there was a bit of arguing with God while writing the manuscript over those twelve months. I didn’t mind sharing the facts, but the details were a bit daunting, and I wasn’t certain I needed to share them. I’d get through a few pages, and be in tears. The emotions, the memories all came rushing up to the surface. There is something about writing our memoirs that bring to life what we are conveying. God was so merciful during those experiences. The healing THROUGH each event was absolute. Yet, there is a special bond between pen and paper that connects those who read the story. That’s why I continued writing, seeing it too its’ completion.

I will admit it was not an easy task. But the assurance of knowing that someone, or many, would be touched by the story made it all worth the effort. I prayed, talked and questioned – ‘why was it that I was chosen to live this life, with this story for this generation?’. God knows. I don’t. But in the spirit of listening to my Daddy, who knows what He is doing, I wrote. I conquered, and found a love for writing that was deeper than anticipated.

As the chapters unfolded on the computer, the assignment to offer each chapter a title that was intriguing, simple and to the point. The first chapter was the most challenging to commit to. Deciding to name it Genesis, (not after the musical group, lol), but the Genesis from the Bible. Beginnings. The start of something. That is where I began. Not as a baby, but the transitioning of my early childhood memories, a monumental move from Chicago to suburbia, which left me struggling as a child.

My mom wasn’t a great communicator. She did the best she knew how. But it was simply tough for me to move from the friends made, then to move mid way through the first semester made it more challenging. Like a huge pimple on the middle of a forehead, or sticking out like a sore thumb, is how I felt — for years. It’s awkward, those early years. Pre-Pubescent. Insecure. Uncertain of what laid ahead. But God had plans.

It was a plan He made. Two families moved to the same area only a short time before our family did. They were the ones who adopted me into their lives, as a surrogate daughter. They were the ones who introduced me to Christ. I had no idea what that meant, or how I would live that life out. But it was a preparation for my adult life. God was my safety net through tough times that would happen long before I experienced the situations.

The beginning.

When is the end? I do not know. But I trust a God that knows. He prepared my first half of my life, andif I get to live to 100ish, I get to share his grace with my faith.. My story is deep. It’s wide. And every step I took, was a step of assurance that he is with me always.

You can grab your book at Amazon for the full scope of this eventful life shared for all to be encouraged by. Live by faith. Do not doubt. The everlasting Father is amazing and trustworthy!

Hope is forever when you live in the freedom of Christ.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for your guidance, even when we do not understand what is happening. May we live in full trust of your plans. When we make decisions, let us ask you first how to follow through in each event. thank you for hope, love and your amazing grace. Without you, I can do nothing. In Jesus name. Amen .