Monday, August 18, 2014

When I was a Child

Welcome friends. I have to send my computer to the doctor and won't have it for ease of access to post for the next couple of weeks, so I pulled up a post from 2012 to share with you. I hope you enjoy it!

photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net

When I was a child I believed that if people really knew what I was like, they wouldn’t like me and so I kept who I was to myself.
Now I know that I am greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4). So here I am, writing a blog and sharing who I am in the hope that you will be encouraged.

When I was a child I believed that I couldn’t do anything right, so I was constantly down on myself, mentally beating myself up for failing…again.
Now I believe that I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me. Romans 8:37 Failing on a project does not make ME a failure, besides, it’s okay to mess up. That’s when we learn and grow stronger as we get up and try again.

When I was a child I believed I wasn’t enough unless I did everything right. And so I worked harder or didn't try at all.
Now I know I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7). He is enough. I don’t listen to the world tell me I have to do more to be accepted. I just walk close to Jesus.

When I was a child, I was easily led away into fear. “What if something bad happens” was a frequent companion in my mind. It could grab my mind and preoccupy my thoughts beyond any need for concern. 
Now I believe God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) and when those “what if” thoughts invade my thinking, I turn them over to Christ.

When I was a child I believed I had nothing to offer. After all, everyone else seems to have so much more than me in the way of talents and gifts. I didn't get out there to try new things and offer what I DID have.
Now I believe  I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14) and I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). He has given me something to do and he will equip me for those tasks. And I try.

These are just a few of the lies that impaired healthy living for me. And I still struggle with some of these from time to time, but in the end, I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. Revelation 12:11(NIV)

What we believe determines how we live.

Have you discovered a truth that has made a difference in how you live?

Resources I recommend:
Believing God by Beth Moore
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer 
    Who You Are in Christ (Joyce Meyer article)
The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson  
    Neil has several resources that are excellent.
    


Monday, August 11, 2014

Dying for Their Faith


I was going to write something else today, but my heart is heavy for all that is going on in Iraq. Little children put to death for the sake of convincing adults to recant their faith in Jesus. Houses of Christians marked so no return home is possible without death. 

I've heard bits and pieces online, then we go on with our life promoting this and that. I'm guilty. We laugh at the memes. We ask people to buy our books. We chatter about favorite sports teams. We hashtag our life like nothing is going on. 


The fact is, this has been going on a long time. In other countries, by different means, by other haters of God. But with social media what it is, news travels to our living room within minutes of it happening. Our lives our invaded with fact and we have to make a decision. 


You see, #this is not enough. It is too easy to share it then forget it. A half-hearted nod toward heaven and we move on. 


We hashtag our life like nothing is going on 
while people are dying for their faith.(Click to Tweet)

So what will it be?

RIGHT NOW...in THIS moment we need to forget ourselves and pay attention to what is happening across the world.  

What if...
....for more than a moment, more than a hashtag, we each stepped
    away from our keyboards and social media, took a day off-or 
    even part of a day- from our jobs, our mundane tasks and got on 
    our knees and prayed!? 

          What if....
          ...we challenged all our friends and followers on social media 
             to do the same.

             WHAT IF.....
             ...we called our representatives in government and 
                made our concerns known. That something needs to 
                be done to aid in the ceasing of this action.

                   WHAT IF.....
                   ....we found an organization we trust to donate to for 
                       relief efforts for those fleeing from this atrocity?

I wonder what would happen? 

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:4 NIV

If our #pray isn't accompanied by earnest prayer, 
than it is only a hashtag! [Click to Tweet]

Monday, August 4, 2014

Video Devotional:God Restores

"Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you." Joel 2:25


No matter the shards of pain that pierce our heart, God restores and makes whole. 
[Click to Tweet]

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted ; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted , To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners." Isaiah 61:1

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spotlight: Deadly Communications by Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan has a new book out that looks like an exciting read. Thought you might like to hear all about it. If her book piques your interest, let her know in the comments below. It always does an author good to hear what people think about their books. 

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Deadly Communications

Improving communication skills is never easy. In this case, it could be murder! Maven Morris is a speech-language pathologist on medical leave–or as she likes to put it: out to pasture.

When she’s offered a lucrative position by one of the community’s most powerful men to help his traumatic-brain-injured daughter improve her communication skills, Maven discovers deadly secrets behind the iron gates of the mansion.

Now, she must find the courage to seek justice no matter who gets hurt–even if it’s her.

Find it on Amazon  

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A message for you from the author: 
Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries!

Life can be difficult. I know this very well! Two years ago I was diagnosed with bilateral benign tumors. The good news was that they were benign. The bad news just because they’re benign didn’t mean they wouldn’t wreak havoc in my life!

And they have—but let’s not dwell on the bad news.

As with most writers, when something happens in my life I immediately connect it back to my writing in some way or in this case many ways. I now write devotions for my own blog as well as for others encouraging those who face physical trials.

But my real-life problems have also affected by fiction writing. As a writer of suspense and mystery stories, my characters are always facing problems—life and death problems, but I wanted to take that to a new level.

I wanted to show people with real-life problems while being involved in the suspense part of the story. After all life doesn’t stop when we get a bad diagnosis or have a tragedy in our life.

Life keeps going and so must we. Or at least that’s the message I want my readers to get as they read my latest release—DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS.

It’s not always easy to create characters with real-life problems while entertaining readers, but I think I’ve done that with Deadly Communications. It features Maven Morris, a crime-fighting speech pathologist! (I was a speech pathologist for more than 30 years.)

After a series of life-changing events, Maven can’t find a reason to get out of bed. But her best friend won’t give up until she gets Maven up and moving. Once Maven gets out of bed, her compassion and curiosity propel the story forward until she finds herself in some dangerous situations.

Maven and I both know that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries! But we’re also learning that attitude is half the battle as we face difficulties in this life. The other half is trusting God in the good times and the bad.
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Lillian Duncan: 
stories of faith mingled…with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband, two parrots, one Jack Russell, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel she’s thinking of renaming Clifford since he keeps growing and growing and….


As a speech pathologist in the public schools for over thirty years, she worked with students of all ages with a wide variety of conditions. She specialized in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives. especially God’s Word.

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced mystery and suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. 

To learn more about Lillian and her books, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com 

Monday, July 28, 2014

It’s All About the Signs

I do greatly enjoy garage sales. But I have a pet peeve. Okay, maybe it really belongs in the zoo – it’s about the size of an elephant.

It’s the signs.

There’s the misdirect. One sign at the entrance, then you get to follow your nose.

There’s the invisible. Yellow print on white paper in the glare of the sun. Hello.

There’s the impossible to read. Words are too small, squashed together or the lettering is drawn with a ballpoint pen. You’ve already made the turn but where do you go?

There’s the confusing. Coming from a distance, you see a sign on one side of the street, so you change lanes. Then when you get close enough to see the arrow (because it is so tiny) you realize they are trying to direct you to an entrance on the other side.

There’s the mismatched. Each sign is made from a different color and different style. So it’s hard to know if you are following the right sign. Or if there are 10 garage sales in the area you need to chase down.

Signs help us get to where we are going. Even with a map, you need to have signs to know where you are Okay, some of you are reminding me about your GPS. “Who needs a map?” But then again, haven’t you ever heard of a GPS being wrong? Then where would you be without a sign?

Each of our lives is a sign directing other people. To something.

Is your life a misdirect? Leading people away from what they are searching for? Are you invisible? Hiding so no one can see what you stand for? Are you confusing and unclear with your manner of living – saying one thing and doing another?

As believers we should direct people towards God. If our lives are not clear depictions of who we follow, then they will not find God by watching our lives.  

Where are you directing people?

Re-furbished and re-posted from 2 years ago from my blog.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Video Devotional: Living Outside the Box of Fear

Living within safety perimeters, is like 
living in a box made of fear.(Click to Tweet)






"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deut. 31:6

"Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you," 
declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8

God didn't create us to live stuffed into the shadows 
listening to our fears. (Click to Tweet)


Have you created a box to keep yourself safe? 
What one thing can you do today to begin living outside of that box? 






Monday, July 14, 2014

The Best Reason to Ask “What If?”

Across town from friends, I often experience vastly different weather than they do. Welcome to Nebraska!

Recently, less than 20 miles from my house, tennis ball size hail tore up Blair, Nebraska. We saw the storm line of clouds from our back patio, but had no damage. Not really even any rain. In Blair, sides of houses look like someone took a  machine gun to them. A major car dealership experienced hug damages to their inventory.

Not too long after that storm, another one moved through the region. Barely anything came down at my house. Afterward, I was surprised to learn that only about an hour to the north of us, twin tornadoes touched down, bringing destruction to Pilger, Nebraska.

I thought about this later. How we can be so close to destruction, but totally unaware of it. We go on with our lives while others just a short drive down the road are having their lives destroyed.
I think we do the same thing with people and their private hurts.

Sitting next to us on a bus or standing in line at the store is someone who may be hurting, but we judge other people’s actions based on OUR reality- which happens to be just fine at the moment.

We get upset when they look at us with a sour expression or raise their voice or get impatient with us.

Normally “what if” only leads to regret and shame. It can paralyze us and bury us in. Maybe this is an appropriate time for “what if”.

If we knew what they were walking through, we might have compassion on them. What if they are hurting? What if they just experienced a financial hardship? What if someone they loved just died? What if someone just abused them?

We might offer a hand up instead of a hand out the door.

Next time you are tempted to make assumptions about the stranger who infuriates you based on your own current reality, stop and ask yourself “what if”.

What if this person doesn’t know Jesus? What if this person has lost faith? What if this person has never met an authentic Christ follower?

That one simple question might just lead to a changed life and a new friend. This is one “what if” you may regret NOT asking.