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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Join me on Mary DeMuth's Blog Tour for A Slow Burn




Meet the author of A Slow Burn, Mary DeMuth.



Mary DeMuth is an expert in the field of Pioneer Parenting. She helps Christian parents plow fresh spiritual ground, especially those seeking to break destructive family patterns. Her message guides parents who don’t want to duplicate the home where they were raised or didn’t have positive parenting role models growing up.



An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year 2nd Place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award finalist).



Mary is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and parenting seminars, addressing audiences in both Europe and the United States. National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, and U.S.A. Radio network. She also has articles published in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, and HomeLife.



As pioneer parents, Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France where they planted a church.
Learn more about Mary at http://marydemuth.com/.


When I heard Mary DeMuth was looking for influencers of her new book, A Slow Burn, I jumped at the chance! Having read the first book in the Defiance Texas series called, Daisy Chain. I was anxiously awaiting the release of the second book because it would continue the story that I got so wrapped up in. A story of tragedies, human struggles, suspense, and ultimately Gods redemption. Her characters, though fictional, became so real to me and I felt as though I was going through their trials right along with them.

Mary tackles some tough situations in her novels, things other writers may choose to leave alone. But she presents them with poise and grace and has a way of weaving hope into the most desperate of situations.

A Slow Burn focuses on the mother of a murdered girl. Her grief and regret at being a less that perfect mother and looks at her relationships with others in the book as well as the relationship she had with her now gone daughter and also God. The suspense is such that each page gives way to the next, making it very difficult to put this book down. the tears flowed liberally as I read, but the little victories of the characters brought joy to my heart as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to get lost in a story. If you haven't read the first book Daisy Chain I recommend getting that as well. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have.

Thanks Mary for sharing your gift of words with us!

Here is an interview with Mary DeMuth about her new book, A Slow Burn:

Where did you get the idea for the book? I wrote the series of stories based on hearing friends of mine talk about their Christian homes that appeared great on the outside, only to hide abuse on the inside. This really bothered me. Daisy became the inciting incident to explore three people’s stories relating to authenticity and hiding. In book one, Daisy Chain, I explore a teenage boy’s perspective to a family in crisis. In book two, A Slow Burn, I examine what would it be like to have deep, deep mommy regrets enough to want to be free from them. In book three, Life in Defiance, I tell the conclusion of the story through a battered wife’s perspective.
I am not a teenage boy. Nor am I a neglectful mother. And I’m not a battered wife. But I’ve interacted with folks who are. It’s for them that I wrote these stories.

What are the major themes of the book? You’re never too far from God’s grace and love and forgiveness. That God is a pursuing, redemptive, relentless God. He loves His children, even when they run far, far away. That Jesus comes to us in surprising packages, and sometimes we’re so bothered by appearances that we miss Him.

What kind of research did you have to do for the book? I had to figure out how a drug addict acted and thought. I had to research what drugs do to a person, particularly the lure and the trips they take folks on. I had to get into the mind of a drug addict, which wasn’t easy for me, someone who is terrified of drugs. I created Defiance from my head and my two-year stint in East Texas.

With which character do you, personally, identify most and why? That’s really hard. I see myself in all of them. When I feel guilty about my parenting, I relate to Emory. When I feel like an outcast, trying to do the right thing, I understand Hixon and Muriel better.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book? That God is bigger than our sin, our regret, our hopelessness. He takes delight in intersecting the darkest of circumstances. He is there, available.

If you would like to know more about Author Mary DeMuth please check out her Web Site :
http://marydemuth.com/

You can purchase A Slow Burn from Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310278376

You can check out other bloggers on the Mary DeMuth "A Slow Burn" blog tour here:

M. DeMuth – Tour Stops
Thanks for stopping by Mary DeMuth’s A Slow Burn Blog Tour.
Here are the blogs featuring A Slow Burn during our SEPT 28-OCT 3 Tour.
Admissions of a Suburban Philosopher
All are welcome here
A Musing Mom Speaks
A Sandy Path Book Reviews
A Writer’s JourneyAdventures of the Duncan Six
AP Free Writing 101
Arkansas Dreams
Aspire2 Blog
Awesome God…Ordinary Girl
Be Your Best Mom
Beams of Light Ministries
Bell Whistle Moon
Blog Tour Spot
Bluebonnet in the SnowBook Nook Club
Caregiving and Beyond
Carla’s Writing Cafe
Carly Bird’s Home
Carma’s Window
Cheaper by the Half Dozen
Cindy’s Stamping and Reviews
Communicating the Vision
CommuniKateCritty Joy
Declaring His Marvelous Work
Drive Home Productions
EdgewiseElizabeth Bussey
Faith…Creativity…Life
Fiction for the Restless Reader
Fictionary
First Impressions
Five Bazillion and One
Fresh Brewed Writer
Gatorskunz and Mudcats
Heading Home
His Reading List
i don’t believe in grammar
J’s Spot
Joy in the Journey
Karen R. Evans
Kristin Early
L’ChaimLatte with Me
Lit Fuse
Literary Fangirl Book Reviews
Luxury Reading
Merrie Destefano
Mocha with Linda
Moments with MarLo
Musings by Lynn
Musings of Edwina
My Alabaster Box
My Life Message
Net’s Book Notes
Niki Nowell
One Desert Rose
Paper Bridges
Passionate for the Glory of God
Pollywog Creek
Ranunculus Turtle
Real Hurts, Real Hope
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Refresh My Soul
Restore
Scraps and Snippets
Sheila Deeth
Sherri Woodbridge
Snapshot’s Photoblog
Surviving the Chaos
The 160-acre Woods
The Gospel Writer
The Harrison Kaleidoscope
The Heart of Writing
The Stubborn Servant
The View from Here
This That and The Other
To Be Beautiful
Unreasonable Grace
Walking Daily
WhadUsay
Where Romance Meets Therapy
Word Vessel
Write 2 Ignite
Write on the Knows
Writer’s Wanderings
Writing to the heart of the matter

Idependence... Or Lack There Of...

In my current job I am taking care of a cancer patient. He is a lovely person and I have grown quite fond of him. In the past two weeks he has been having more and more trouble keeping up with himself and it has prompted the family to have someone spend the nights with him. He is in a really tough period of his illness. Still wanting to be independent and self sufficient, but unable to physically do so. I can see the struggle that is happening within him as he has to continually trust, humble, and surrender himself into the hands of those caring for him.

This experience got me thinking about my relationship with God. I am a very independent person too. I like to handle things on my own. Thinking I should be able to do this or that. God tells me through His Word that He is my supply, He is my provider, He is who should be in control. I often find myself having to humble myself before Him. Especially after I've made a terrible mess of things trying to handle them on my own.

My client with cancer and I are very much the same in that respect. If he would call for help before trying to handle things on his own, it would prevent a lot of messes and embarrassing situations. If I would call on God in the situations that arise it would also prevent a lot of messes and embarrassing situations. Letting go of myself has been a long, hard, learning process.

Pride is a monster that I battle with on a daily basis. It's the root of my independence. Somewhere I got the message that needing help is a weakness. This message is a lie from the enemy. God actually created us to need Him. We were created for Him. It doesn't make us weak to need God or others. We are walking in obedience to God's plan when we surrender our selves to Him in ALL areas of our lives. God counts us strong when we give Him control. In our weakness He makes us strong. I think of this verse in God's Word when the "Me" monster rears its ugly head and I end up falling flat on my face.

Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Notice the key words here in this short verse: ALL, THROUGH CHRIST, STRENGTHEN.

-God says ALL, not some.
-God says it's only through Christ that this can happen.
-God says He will provide the strength we need.
-God says we can do ALL through Christ in us.
-God says He provides the strength.

No where in God's Word does it say we can do all thing on our own, independent from Him.

Dear Father, Thank You for placing people and circumstances in our lives that remind us that we are Your children, created by You and for You. Thank You for sending Your son Jesus to be able to live in each one of us who allow Him in. Thank You for sharing Your power with us. Thank You for being patient with us as we learn to be dependent upon You. May we surrender out selves daily to You Oh God! Amen.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Media Release for "A Slow Burn" By Mary E. Demuth





A Slow Burn by Mary DeMuth.

She touched Daisy’s shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.
Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.
Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy’s murderer-a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy’s death continue to mount, Emory’s safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can’t shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisy’s disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for?

The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, this suspenseful novel is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and the pain of telling the truth. Most of all, it is about the power of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer holds us captive.
About the Author: Mary DeMuth
Mary DeMuth is an expert in the field of Pioneer Parenting. She helps Christian parents plow fresh spiritual ground, especially those seeking to break destructive family patterns. Her message guides parents who don’t want to duplicate the home where they were raised or didn’t have positive parenting role models growing up.
An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year 2nd Place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award finalist).

Mary is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and parenting seminars, addressing audiences in both Europe and the United States. National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, and U.S.A. Radio network. She also has articles published in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, and HomeLife.

As pioneer parents, Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France where they planted a church.

Learn more about Mary at http://marydemuth.com/.
A Slow BurnRelease: October 2009
Soft cover, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0310278376

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Deception Prevention

So many things try to pull us away
From believing what's right and true.
Deception abounds from the evil one
Half truths set our minds askew.

We have to be sure, we know God's word
So we're able to discern,
The subtle lies and urgings
The enemy will have us learn.

Satan does what he can to deceive us,
Of this we can be sure.
He'll make bad sound good, and good sound bad.
He tries to dig into our core.

His goal is to tear us away from God,
In such a way that we're unaware.
It is so important we guard our hearts,
Lest we get tangled in his snare.

God tells us how to do this
Through the instruction of His word.
Its so important that we know it,
To put in practice what we've heard.

In Paul's letter to the Colossians
He gives us some advice.
Do not handle, taste or touch
The things Satan uses as his vice.

It's best not even dabble
In those things that lead astray.
Before we know it, we're sucked in
And carried right away.

The way to stand in victory
Is to stay connected to the Head.
Taking hold the power
Given to us, through Christ instead.

So let us be encouraged,
We've been blessed with all we need.
Stay rooted in the Word of God,
And we surely will succeed.

-Mary Dreisbach


Colossians 2:21- Do not Handle! Do not Taste! Do not Touch!

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Slow Burn By Mary DeMuth




My fellow sister in Christ, Mary DeMuth has a new book coming out on Thursday. I am reading it now and it is excellent, beyond excellent! Mary has a gift of weaving words into story and story into mystery. She takes tragedy and shines the light of God's redemption into the bleakest of situations, she keeps you guessing. It is extremely difficult to put this book down.
This is the second book in the Defiance Texas Trilogy. Daisy Chain is the first book in the series and a definite must read!

To blitz Amazon on its release date, click here.
A Slow Burn releases Thursday. Oct. 1

A Slow Burn releases this Thursday!Consider this initial review:

"The acts of forgiveness, denial, betrayal, love, humility and hatred are expertly examined in this Defiance, Texas sequel. It's almost as if Mary knows just what to write on paper to touch each of our souls, and then does so as if she is speaking to us as individuals. Her words make you feel what each of her characters are feeling and saying and you will find yourself laughing out loud, crying your eyes out, loving without shame and then feeling betrayed all within minutes of each other." The Book Journal

If you're planning on purchasing the book, would you do me a little favor? Please purchase via Amazon on Thursday, October 1st, its release date. Click here to buy.

http://www.marydemuth.com/

Angels Among Us

I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in thy way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.-Exodus 23:20

Before God created the earth and us, He created the Angels, spirit beings made to help our Lord. Coming across this promise got me thinking of all the times God has put people in my path at just the right time when I needed direction. Yep...I bet those were his Angels in human form at the time.

A few years back, my situation seemed very hopeless. My marriage was falling apart, my oldest son at 18, was involved with drugs and in and out of jail, My middle son was suffering as of yet undiagnosed mental illness and I was trying to hold my quickly deteriorating family together on my own. Feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, I didn't know what to do or where to turn. At that time I didn't belong to a church and I had very few friends. My relationship with God was very one sided, I didn't know much about Jesus and salvation or what that meant.

One Sunday my Mother-in-law invited me to come to this church with her, She had just started going and thought I would enjoy it. I went, the people were very friendly and made me feel welcome. Looking back I think God used his Angels through my Mother-in-law and those people.

Then a week later when I returned to the church, the pastors wife came to me, she showed genuine interest in getting to know me and I felt like my one sided prayers were answered. Finally someone who wanted to listen. She met with me and listened to my story, She explained Jesus and His love for me. She went out of her way to make herself available to me and eventually I was led to living my life for Jesus through her. Yes! definitely another Angel situation.

When my son was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder, God sent other people suffering mental illness into our lives to help us understand the disease, help us be more accepting. Showed us the resources available to help our son.

When I suffered depression God sent people to pull me out. When I had to separate from my husband God sent me a support system of friends via my new found church.

When my son was just about ready to buy heroin to get high, God sent an Angel in the form of an undercover police officer to head him off. He was arrested that day...and it was the last time he ever sought drugs again because in the process of jail and recovery this time God showed himself to my Son and he accepted Christ.

I could go on and on. Take some time to think about all the times an Angel interceded in your life. Maybe you never thought of them as Angels, but God clearly promises that He will send His Angels to to guide our paths on the way to the place He has prepared.

Thank You Dear Father, for loving us so much that you have every aspect of our lives covered. You know our needs before even we do and You have set in place an army of Angels to help see us though this life. Thank You that we can 100% count on You to meet our needs. Help us to trust that You are in control. What an assurance You give to Your children. May our faith in You grow and may we recognize and appreciate those Angels You have placed in our lives...Amen

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Deliverence

Day # 2 of promises. Oh there are so many, we are so blessed. Many of us don't realize all the promises God makes to us if we just know and follow His direction.

Psalm 50:15- Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.

Psalm 91:14- Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him.

The promise: God will deliver us! Take us from our troubles and set us on a rock high above our enemies. now this is not a literal rock, but rather a state of being. the outer circumstances of our troubles may not go away immediately, but the peace God brings to it helps us through.

Our part: There are things we need to do in order to take hold of God's promises. In Ps. 50 He tells us we need to call out to Him. We need to share our troubles with Him, ask for His help and direction. In Ps. 91, He says those who set their love upon God will be delivered. Setting our love on God means out hearts must be set on Him we need to give our hearts to Him. Making sure that He takes first place in all things. We need to have our hearts dependent upon God and again He says He will deliver us.

The last few words in Ps. 50 sums up the benefits of taking hold this promise of deliverance.
It says..."I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me" To glorify our God is why we are here. So another responsibility we have after being delivered is to bear witness to God's deliverance.

Next time we find ourselves in trouble and feel like we are drowning, remember these two verses(they are just 2 of many that promise deliverance), Call on God and set your hearts on Him and we will be delivered!

Deliver me Lord from my enemies
Pluck me from this stormy sea.
Set me high upon a rock.
Set this captive free.

That evil knows You're in control
Make our troubles small and our faith grow
We surrender our hearts to You Oh Lord,
Letting Your Glory show.

Amen.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just For Fun...Bunnies

Bunnies

I pulled into my driveway
And there before my eyes
Stood three little bunnies
I caught them by surprise.

I looked at them,
And they looked at me.
When I opened up my car door,
They darted wildly.

One ran forward,
One ran back
The third little bunny
Was frozen in it's tracks.

I tried to reassure them,
I meant to cause no harm.
You need not run away from me.
I turned on all my charm.

From where they were, the two that ran
Turned around to look.
Their frozen little friend stared,
As it's tiny body shook.

I didn't mean to scare you
I am friend, not foe
Please continue playing
It's time for me to go.

So I walked up the driveway
And as I glanced around,
I saw those bunnies hopping
A truce that day was found.

I watched them from my window
For a couple minutes more
Happy little bunnies
Frolicking on earth's grassy floor.


It's just incredible to me how much joy these bunnies brought me and got me thinking that if I take so much pleasure in these bunnies, then how much more pleasure does God get when He sees his own children enjoying,trusting, and playing.

Luke 12:7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(or Bunnies)...Italics mine.

Promises

I have a little box full of Bible promises. When I pull one out, it gives a promise from God. Today's promise tells me that I shouldn't worry when I am called to speak. He will provide the words when the time comes.

When we put our trust in Jesus, He lives in us. We are hooked up, plugged in, and equipped. Abiding in Him gives us power to do all the things He wants us to do. He works through us. God will give us what we need, when we need it! They key...Keep our eyes and heart set on Him.

The promise states in Matthew 10:19-"Take no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it is given to you in the same hour ye shall speak it."

Another Promise just popped in my head, this one is from the book of Philippians 4:13- "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Jesus works through us and we are strong in Him. What a promise, what a treasure!

Dear Lord, Thank You for wanting to live in us. Help us to always remember You are there. When we find ourselves doubting or thinking we can't do something, remind us Lord that you will provide what we need. Help us put our trust fully in You. Amen.



Friday, September 25, 2009

Clean Sink

I cleaned my sink today! Have you ever heard of The Fly Lady? She suggests we always make sure our kitchen sinks are clean. Then every thing else will fall into place as you clean around that central point, but the key is always start with a clean sink.

I got to thinking about this. I thought about the sink being like our hearts. If the kitchen sink is full of gunk and food particles,dishes and all brown and yucky, then it affects the way the whole Kitchen looks, It is the heart of the kitchen. The only way to get it to sparkle again is to take out all the bad stuff and then scrub!

If our hearts get caked with dirt and grime nothing else in our lives will look good either! We need to take our hearts to the master cleaner every day and ask Him to clean it up. As we get clean, our burdens seem less, the world around us is brighter and we are then able to reflect the light and love of Christ as we should.

Does Your sink need a cleaning?

What Do You Think?

Philippians 4:8 -Finally brothers, whatever is true, what ever is noble, what ever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable...if anything is excellent or praiseworthy...think about such things.

Our thoughts can get us in trouble. They are a stomping ground for Satan. When we allow our thinking to go to a place of negativity, let's face it, it affects our whole being. We feel anxious, grumpy, fearful, depressed, and our perspective usually gets blown way out of proportion. If this is where we let our thoughts dwell it's very difficult to feel good inside and everything suffers, especially our relationship with God and others.

Our thoughts can also have the reverse effect when we choose to think about good things and reject those that bring us down. Thinking about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy will bring us peace and calm to our spirits. It lifts us up, and Satan has no place to get into our lives.(This really makes him mad)

I think the key to thinking well comes from how we see God in our day to day situations. If He is in everything we do and we consult Him and think how He would handle things, it helps us to see more clearly. We also have to guard our thought life, be vigilant about what we take in. We have the choice to accept or reject the things we hear, think, and see in any given moment.

So if we find ourselves in that downward spiral of negative thinking...try this...catch ourselves, acknowledge our thoughts are going towards the negative and consciously make a choice to think on the things that Paul mentions. If we think long and hard enough and ask Gods help we will succeed in changing our thought patterns and therefore closing the door on Satan's influence in our lives. If we do this God promises us peace(that's in vs. 9)

Thought Life

Let us set our thoughts on what's noble and true
Lovely and pure and admirable too.

Things that are pure, praiseworthy,and right
On these things we shall set our sights.

Reject those thoughts that bring us down
preventing Satan from coming round.

Then the peace of God will reign supreme,
And our hearts and minds He will redeem.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

God's Plan For Me

God has a wonderful plan for me, I just don't know what it is...
There are so many things I want to try, but those I succeed with are few.
I guess through trial and error, I'll figure out what God wants
I will try not to get frustrated with myself when I fail to follow them through.

It doesn't mean I'm a failure, or that I'm not good enough.
God applauds me for trying, comforts me when I fall and cheers when I get back up.
He walks behind and before me and surrounds me on either side.
When things don't work out and I'm empty, He is faithful to refill my cup.

Maybe it's Gods way of saying, this is not the thing for me
So let it go and try something else, don't let discouragement get in the way.
Nothing I do will be wasted, though it may not be God's plan
I'll keep seeking His will for the answer every time I pray.


-Mary Dreisbach

So many times I have felt like a failure, at least in my mind, when the things I've tried didn't work out.
I have realized though, that nothing was a failure, just a step closer to knowing what and what not is God's plan for my life. When we were created, even before, God had a plan in His mind for us to carry out. It's up to us to figure it out and do it. So if something doesn't work out, try not to think of it as a failure, but as a step closer to knowing God's plan for your life. Keep asking God for direction and wisdom.
God is the Great Provider in all things. When we trust this He is faithful to show us. So often we forget to ask Him for the things we need to know.

Dear Jesus, I pray for all of us who are seeking your will. I ask for strength and peace in the journey. I thank You that You have already set apart a plan for each of us to accomplish for You while we are here in this world. Please guide our steps, take our hands, and lead us to the place meant for us. Let us never take You out of the equation of our search. May we set our eyes on you in all we do. Amen

In Christs Love,

Mary

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eternal Joy

The truth ...inner joy does not depend upon outward circumstances. Joy is a deeply rooted confidence(faith) that God is in control -- no matter how it looks on the outside. The waves on the ocean may be turbulent and choppy on the surface, but the depths of the sea is calm. Our lives can reflect this when we are able to put our trust in our Creator knowing He holds us in the palm of His hands, and looking forward to the joy set before us when we are finally called home. Jesus knew this joy and was able to endure the most horrific torture imaginable by keeping His mind heavenward.

Hebrews 12:2 - Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV)

Eternal Joy
God is in control...
Don't you know?
We're held in the palm of His hand.
There is never a day
That He won't show...
The way for His children to stand.
He's authored our faith
He gave His decree's
Though we may not always understand.
God will work it out
Of this we are sure
When we live our lives by His command.
Let us not grow weary
He'll finish His work
As we take hold of all God has planned.
Joy is a gift
Deeply rooted in faith
When we're fixed on the Promised Land.
For the Joy of the Lord
Is the strength in our lives.
And a commitment of faith it demands.
By: Mary Dreisbach

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Funeral

***This is my 18 yr old son***
Three teenage boys, who happened to be 2 of my sons and one of their friends, and I went to the funeral of one of their friends yesterday. The funeral home was filled with teens gathering to pay their last respects.

My children are ages 16 and 18 and they are pretty much your typical, strong, self confident,can do all, teenage young men, as were most of the kids there that day; but as I took my seat in the back of the room, I saw them with fresh eyes, God's eyes. This day in their lives was probably a turning point for most of them. When we are young death is usually the farthest thing from our minds. Teens especially come at life with an attitude of invincibility. "It can't happen to me" thinking clouds their choices.

On this day, though, that changed for many of them. Their walls of cockiness and self imposed strength came tumbling down. The minister directed his talk towards them and each one sat quietly and respectfully listening to the message. It was the gospel message of Jesus. How He came and He will forgive all things if they just ask Him into their hearts. The message for these kids was, even though their friend is no longer with them, that they themselves can make a choice right now, today to live differently. Then their friends death will not have been in vain.

From my position in the back of the room I watched the kids, tears running down, each trying to comfort one another. It was a sad event but such a holy moment. This is what God calls us to do...reach out, let our defenses down and love.

This day was living proof to me, that God can take the most horrible circumstance and bring something good from it. I was witness to God's amazing power and love there in that funeral home. Hundreds of teens heard God's message for them that day, and even if only one is saved, That young boy who died, his death was not in vain.

I just ask if you are reading this, that you take a moment right now and say a prayer for all who heard God's message yesterday, that their heart would be open and they make that choice to live differently. Thank you!

Mary

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Heart for Jesus

I was thinking about my walk with Jesus. How I asked Him into my heart, wondering what would happen next. Really I couldn't imagine that He would want to invest all the time I thought it would take to fix me. I decided that day though, that I was willing to give my heart to him because I knew I wasn't getting anywhere on my own. I was like one of those fix it upper houses that you just never got around to because the work seems so extensive and overwhelming. So every time I'd start to tackle an issue, it would just be too big and I'd give up. By the time I let Jesus take over the renovations, my heart was in terrible disrepair, dilapidated, peeling, musty, and dirty. Well let me tell you. Jesus set to work immediately! It didn't happen over night, but little by little, my wreck of a heart began to actually look like a heart again. it's been about 3 years now since that day. I am amazed at the work he has done. I wrote this poem to remember from where I came, where I am now! Also to encourage anyone who is in need of a renovation of the heart! Thank You Jesus, my Master Architect!

Mary

Home Sweet Home

I made a little home for Him
Deep within my heart.
There wasn't much to work with
Cuz it was broken all apart.

But from the day He entered in...
That meager little home,
Transformed from a ram shackled hut
To a castle made of precious stone.

He cleared out all the garbage,
Swept the floors all clean,
Removed every cobweb,
Making His new home just gleam!

With all these renovations
Taking place inside
Something began to happen
To the place He now abides.

The inner beauty, He created
Grew from the inside out.
His unmistakable workmanship
Became due cause to shout!

If Jesus can make even me
Into a castle grand,
Then surely you should let Him in
To be made over by His hand!

So invite the Master Architect
Into your heart today
There is nothing that He can't restore
Into a place He'll want to stay.

Everyone will marvel
At the wonders He has done
Redeeming what was once a dump
To a mansion shining in the sun!

On My Knees...

There have been so many times I've found myself on my knees before God. Lost would be the best description of how I've felt in those times. As I have spoken with others about their own life struggles I realize I am not alone. We all feel lost sometimes. Life can become so confusing,burdensome, chaotic, scary, and just plain overwhelming. In God's word, David The Psalmist, describes his despair and troubles from the depths of his heart. He lays it all before God, holding nothing back. David is considered a man after God's own heart. Why? I think because he was honest with God about who he was, He wasn't afraid of sharing his heart with God. He trusted That hi God would understand and take care of Him. David cried out to God in all situations. He praised God, he thanked God, he sought God and he worshipped God. David was far from perfect and yet God chose him as King over His people.

God is not looking for perfect little robot people, He's looking for our hearts. He wants ALL of us. He wants to be our life force. When you think about it, we really can't do much of anything without Him. But with Him He gives us strength to do ALL things.

Thank You Lord for wanting us just as we are, I thank You that we don't have to be perfect before we come to You, but that You will guide us on the journey of perfection as we put our trust in You. Meet us where we are today. Take our hand and lead us in Your ways. Amen

Take some time today to write your own Psalm to God, pour out your heart to Him, and watch as He takes what you give to Him and makes something good from it. He loves you. He wants you. He knows you, and He sees you. Give it a try!

Blessings,

Mary

Here I am Lord,
On my knees
Hands outstretched,
Crying out
Desiring more of You.
Pour into me Your Spirit Lord,
fill me up to overflowing.
I surrender all I am
for You to use.
Take me and make me
into what you'll have me be.
Empty all the garbage
from my heart.
Erase the fear,
The pride and shame
Replacing them with
Love's bright flame.
Igniting a fresh fire
deep within.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Busy, busy, busy this seems to be every ones status these days. Autumn days send us into a frenzy. Much like squirrels scurrying about collecting nuts for the winter, we two legged creatures do much the same thing. I guess being a mother, I will always associate Fall with back to school. The days get shorter, but our list of things to do gets longer. Gone are the long lazy days of summer. Our focus is on cleaning up, readying for winters chill, homework , switching clothes, school shopping, church and other social functions start back up and there just seem to be activities galore. It is so easy to get caught up in doing. I am the kind of person that likes to take hold of every opportunity. I don't want to miss anything. The only problem with this is...When I have my hands in too many activities I am never very effective in any of them.

I begin to get frustrated and when this happens I can almost feel God's finger gently tapping my shoulder. "My child" He says, " I have a plan for you, but you are too busy doing all these other things to hear what it is." But God...I'm needed here and the church needs me there. The house needs cleaning and my friends want me to spend time with them. There's this class and that activity. Kids need rides, ministry and missions, fundraisers and family functions. There are just so many great things to be doing, and in and of themselves they are all good.

I think what I am realizing as I grow older is that I can not do all or be all to every thing or everyone. That's not my job....I believe only God can accomplish that. So I am feeling the need to pare down my life. Figure out just what it is that God is calling me to do and put my full efforts into that. How will I know for sure? Well, all I can figure is that frustration will have no part in Gods plan, I will know because God will take it and bless it and prosper His plans. This passage in Jeremiah tells me so. Also notice the last part about bringing us back from captivity. For me captivity is all the things that hinder me from doing the things He has set out for me to do. This passage is full of promises and also gives the resolution...Pray and seek God with all your heart, then He will be found by us. How cool is that?

Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me, and find me when you seek me with all your heart.I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity."

Whose Team Are You On?

Life is full of so much hurt and pain. We are born into it. For some it started from the moment they emerged from the womb and for others it's been a more subtle exchange. Those things that entangle us are just lurking, waiting to pounce and destroy our very being. God's word tells us point blank that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion waiting to devour us.(1 Peter 5:8)

So what can we do? Do we have to be sitting ducks? NO! That's what Satan wants us to think. He wants us to feel defeated, he wants us to give up, throw in the towel. Everyday that we give in to the things that hold us back is a victory for him. Think for a moment about this...whose team do you want to be on? who are you routing for? Where are your loyalties? It's up to us to choose.

Sometimes the trials we go through seem too big, to hard, too impossible to face. Think of some of the things that are part of your life that may be dragging you down. Things like the past, abuse, unfrogiveness, rejection, loneliness, worthlessness, foolishness, pride, lies, bitter anger, fear, worry, doubt, marital difficulties, wayward children, family turmoil, the crazy mad hurriedness of life...the list can go on and on. Think about all these things as members of Satan's team.

Now I want you to look at the other team, God's team, it's members are made up of love, peace, goodness, faithfulness, joy, strength, wisdom, perseverance, hope, comfort, patience, encouragement, promise, unity, care, purpose, thankfulness, and praise.

We so often think we can't switch teams, but that's just another lie Satan wants us to believe. We were born with free will. We DO have a choice. It won't be easy to switch. We may have become comfortable with the members of Satan's team, they may have become so deeply ingrained in us, because we've spent so much time with them. But God is calling us out. He wants to recruit each one of us to join His team. It may look as if Satan's team is winning, but what Satan doesn't know is that God's team has already won. He has overcome the world(John 16:33)

The choice is yours, whose team do you want to be on? This passage from Romans may help you decide...


More Than Conquerors - Romans 8:28-39


28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


God Bless You,

Mary

Friday, September 18, 2009

20% Off "Lord, I Just Want To Be Happy"

Amazon is gearing up for the release of Leslie Vernick's new book "Lord, I Just Wat To Be Happy" I received this 20% off offer in my e-mail this morning and thought I'd pass the information on.

I want to let my bog readers know also that Leslie has not asked me to promote her book, this is a ministry that I wholeheartedly believe in and it is my privilege to spread the word. My hope is that people be blessed and helped in their relationship with Jesus through gaining a better understanding of who we are in Him. When we can embrace our relationship with Jesus it becomes a trickle down effect in all of our other relationships as well.

Blessing to you all!

Mary

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thank You!

Thanks to all who responded to my giveaway of Leslie Vernick's new book, "Lord I Just Want To Be Happy" I have sent emails to the winners. I hope you will be blessed by it!

I will be holding more give aways in the future so please check back often! Thanks for being part of my blog family!

Blessings,

Mary

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In Jesus We Have Peace

I've often wondered(I do a lot of that) why God let's so much trouble come to His world. Before I became a Christian I had in my mind that in following God everything would be OK. Obviously these fantasy thoughts of mine never materialized and after accepting Christ, Satan brought this disillusionment of mine front and center.

Now why is it that I should think life be all rosy for me? In the Gospel of John Jesus is trying to tell his Disciples that he will be leaving them and they will be scattered from there comfortable surroundings, from all they know. Jesus further and very plainly states point blank, "In this world you will have trouble" The things He says directly before and after this somewhat distressing statement creates a buffer for us, Jesus gives a promise and an explanation of His promise.

Lets Look at this passage in John 16:33 - "I have told you theses things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

So the promise is when we abide in Jesus, we will have peace...why?...Because He has overcome the world! So yes, there will be trouble even for Christians, especially for Christians, But because we know what Jesus did for us and that He walks with us to give us strength and grace in times of trouble there in our peace lies. This sense of peace enables us to take on trouble with a different perspective. It's still not easy but it can be done. This passage is just one of many that give promise of God's peace.

"Lord, I Just Want To Be Happy" is a brand new book with a fresh look at what is means and even how to achieve the peace God calls us to possess. I am promoting this book written by Author, Leslie Vernick because her previous books have all touched and helped me deeply in leading me to a deeper walk and understanding of Jesus call on my life.

If you would like a free copy of Leslie's book, I am giving away 3 copies to the first 3 people to E- mail me at sqkyclean67@aol.com with their address. God Bless!

In Christ's Love,

Mary

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Christian Counselor, Author and Speaker, Leslie Vernick has a new book coming out on October 1, 2009. The book is called, "Lord I Just Want To Be Happy". How many times have we sent up that prayer to God? What exactly does happiness mean in a Christian's life? Based on her own experience and the experience's of those she counsels,Leslie has felt called to address this very common plea. Chocked full of practical biblical wisdom, Leslie addresses this topic with gentleness and compassion, and her desire to see others grow in their walk with Christ.

So here's the deal! I am going to be giving a free book to the first 3 people that e-mail me with the titles of all 5of Leslie's previous books. You can get this information on her website at:
http://www.leslievernick.com/

E-mail me the titles and your mailing address @ sqkyclean67@aol.com. I will let you know if you are one of the winners!

Thank you...I know you will be blessed by this book!

Mary

Sunday, September 13, 2009

International Justice Mission...

Here is a short mission statement taken from IJM's web site:

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

I recently attended a conference where this Justice organization was introduced and my heart just broke at the horror of Human Trafficking. Can you imagine being taken away from your family and sold as a sex slave to be used 20-50 times a day by men in any way they want. Can you imagine sleeping on the floor of a brothel just waiting, knowing whats coming and the terror that must go through these young girl minds. I am writing this today to make you aware. This actually is happening as we speak. Please pray for these girls and this organization. Please take the time to check out their web site. I have posted a link to it on my blog so you can easily access it. If this touches your heart please take the time to pray and ask God to show you how you can help. I will be posting more as I learn more. Thank you for reading and for praying.

In Christ's Love,
Mary

Friday, September 11, 2009

Let Me Introduce You To Jesus

This poem was sent to me by a dear friend, and I felt the need to pass it on.

* Life can easily feel like it's piling up on us, but God's word tells us not to fear. Psalm 27:1 says...The Lord is my light and my salvation -whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid.

* We sometimes feel frustrated,anxious,and worried over things we need to face or are going through; but God's word says in Philippians 4:6,7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

* There are days we feel our burdens laying heavily on our shoulders. The weight of them slowly crushing us into the ground. But guess what? Gods word has something to say about this too! in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says: "Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO JESUS©
By: Gene Minix

So your day is a dark one.
The clouds are hanging low.
You are troubled inside
And you don't know where to go.
Let me introduce you
to Jesus My Savior and my Friend.
He can put a ray of sunshine
Where the darkness has been.
He'll take away your fears
And He'll give you peace within.
Yes, let me introduce you to Jesus.
He'll be your Savior and your Friend.
You've tried the world's ways
And the world has let you down.
You feel so empty deep within
And no peace have you found.
You are longing, seeking, sighing.
Your life is in despair.
Give it all to Jesus,
O, how He loves and cares.
Let me introduce you to Jesus
My Savior and my Friend.
He can put a ray of sunshine
Where the darkness has been.

Copyright 2009, by Gene Minix All rights reserved.

Friday Challenge...Pay It Forward

In comemmoration of 9/11 I would like to invite you the change the world...let's combat evil with good. Please read on...

One of my favorite movies is "Pay It Forward" The concept of blessing some one and then having that person bless 3 more people is a great way to share the love of God with the world! One person's kind gesture can have a great impact in God's kingdom. So often we think things like "what can I do? I'm only one person, I can't make a difference!" This is so not true! Think how wonderful it makes you feel when someone gives you a compliment, an unexpected gift, a genuine smile or hug. Now you take that warm fuzzy feeling and bless other's and they bless the people in their circle and before you know it we have a whole bunch of people feeling God's love and sharing it! You don't need to be a bible scholar to spread God's message. His greatest commandment is to Love...To love Him and others. We can do this people!!!

So today I send out this challenge of paying it forward...dare to love and see what happens!

I would be so honored if you would share some of your ideas and stories...it will be so exciting to see the power of love in action!

Now....get ready, get set, GO!

If you haven't seen the movie "Pay It Forward" yet...I highly recommend checking it out!

Love Ya!

Mary

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reporting For Duty!

Every day seems much the same. Wake up, read my Bible, get kids to school, off to work, dinner, evening activities, and back to bed! This is the scenario of most of my days. Recently though I've felt somethings been missing, and it has in a big way!

What's missing you ask? Intentionality, purpose, relationship. If I'm not careful I find I'm living life on a hamster wheel. Oh, I'm always busy doing stuff, but it's like I'm mindlessly going about my day, just like that hamster running round and round on it's wheel. This can easily become a hard to break pattern if I don't catch myself.

So today, after I read my Bible, I reflected on Jesus' life. He lived everyday with purpose. He reported for duty to His Father each morning in prayer and spoke with Him throughout the day to know what God wanted Him to do next. Jesus purpose was to fulfill God's will and that should be ours too!

I am stepping off my wheel today, I've been called for duty and am reporting to my Commander and Chief!

I thank You Lord for creating me...I commit all I do today to Thee... You cared enough to set me free... Help me to carry Your message for the world to see! Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Practice The Opposite

Sing praise to the Lord when you're feeling blue,
Though it goes against what you want to do.
Thank Him for all the battle's He's won,
And the hurdle's you've already overcome.

Try not to dwell on the problem at hand,
But on learning to live by God's command.
Hiding His word deep down in your heart
Will give you the perfect place to start.

Don't let your feelings define who you are.
For you are God's child and He'll search wide and far,
To bring you into His loving arms;
Where He'll shepherd and shelter and keep you from harm.

So let's practice the principle of opposites.
When down,practice up to stay out of life's pits
In fear display courage; when angry, you bless.
And when you are sad, proclaim happiness.

Becoming aware that you feel as you do,
Instead of the feeling becoming you,
Is an insightful key to emotional health,
And a skill we must master, then share the wealth!

Stones Of Remembrance

Recently I went kayaking with my girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. As we floated down the Delaware River, we came upon an island calling for us to explore. At the edge of this island there were large rocks and the way they sat it created a pool of water, calm and crystal clear. Paddling our kayaks and securing them between the rocks, we gazed into the beautiful pool. I immediately noticed perfectly smooth, round river stones at the bottom of the pool and so being the adventurous spirit I am, of course I had to check them out!

Scrambling out of my wobbly kayak was no easy task, but I managed, and soon found myself wading in the cool clear water. Bending down I began to collect the choicest stones. My girlfriends all looked at me and asked what I was doing? "Collecting river rocks" I replied. After I had gathered what I wanted I threw them in my kayak and off we went down the river. We had a wonderful morning together. God blessed us with great fellowship and perfect weather. It was a birthday I will never forget. When we arrived back At my friends home, I retrieved the stones from my kayak and presented each lady with a stone of her choosing. They asked what this was for? I explained, "I had so much fun celebrating my birthday with all of you, and thought these stones would be a nice way to remember this day." Thrilled, they each picked a stone and off we went back into our busy lives.

Remembering good times is so crucial to making it through the tougher times in life. When we are going through storms and trials and it seems there is no hope, these are the times we need to pull those stones of remembrance out of the drawer and place them in sight so we know things will be OK. It's the same with God. If we take time to reflect on all the good things God has helped us achieve in the past so far, it brings hope to our heart, that though we are going through a terrible season, we can remember it is just that! Seasons come and they go. It is so important to our faith, to be able to sit with God and recall all the many ways He has helped us Thus far.


In God' s word there is a story in the book of 1 Samuel 7 where Samuel does just that and he places a Rock between two towns as a remeberance of all the help God has given so far. It was imperative in the day's of Samuel to trust God, there was much fighting among the nations and many times the battles seemed too big to even consider fighting. But through relationship and trust in God's sovereign Power it enabled them to come through those battles and taught them to count on God for guidance, direction and deliverance. Remembering gives us the courage to carry on!

Take some time today to read the story in 1Samuel and reflect how you can relate with Samuels experience. Write down some ways God has helped you in the past so that when thing get tough you can look back and be encouraged.



May You all be Blessed abundantly by our Lord today!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Set Apart and Special

I was reading in Galatians this morning about how Paul was called by God, from being a persecutor of Christians to a promoter of the Gospel of Christ. Paul was writing to the people of Galatia, describing the transformation that God made in his life. He told them that he was set apart from birth by God for this specific time. This got me thinking. God has so very uniquely created each one of us. we are ALL set apart for something special by God. Something that he has planned for us before we were born. Picture this for a minute. Every single person was fashioned and designed for a purpose. Every person plays a role in shaping God's kingdom. We were intended for something, each one of us.

So how will we know what our purpose is? It struck me that life floats by so quickly, and if we are not careful and we get too caught up in life's flow, that we risk the chance of missing our very purpose of being here.

It also hit me that when God finally got Paul's attention, Paul responded to God's call. What if Paul would have ignored it? We need to take heed to this lest we get so caught up in our own lives that we miss what God has for us.

To know what God created us for, we must be attentive to Him, we must be listening for his call and when we hear it, and this is probably the most important part of the message, we must obey and follow his call.

Has there ever been a time that you felt God's call on your life? Did you follow his call or did your shrug it off? What happened?

For me, I am hearing God's call on my life to write and to be an encourager, I never thought of myself as a writer, but I have decided to follow this calling. I am writing as much as I can and trying to learn as much as I can about how I can hone my skills in this area. I hope you'll follow mwe through this journey and pray for me along the way, that I may glorify God and make His name famous in all I do...And I will do the same for you!

What is God calling you to do?

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for making each of us special. For appointing each one with a specific job in your kingdom. For the opportunity to serve You in spreading Your word and for loving us so much.
Help us to be attentive to your call, to obey when we hear, and to take on the challenge of Your work with all we've got. Help us to recognize and remove all obstacles that are keeping us from achieving what You have set us apart to do. Thank You and I love You. Amen

Monday, September 7, 2009

Congratulations On The Birth Of Your Book!?

There is a special kind of birth that I have had the privilege to witness. It's not the birth of a baby, or an animal or anything like that. The birth I am talking about is the birth of a book. I have had the honor of watching as the idea was conceived, and the growth of the content was written and the labor of the final printing in book form came out. It is a long, tedious, painstakingbut worthwhile process and when it is finally finished it feels as though you have given birth to a beautiful baby. A book of this nature is not just a bunch of words slapped together on pages, pasted between two covers. This type of book has been carefully prayed about before, during and afterwards. The words have been lovingly written with God as the mentor. They were crafted and honed to say just the right thing. This book is a living expression of God's love written through the hands of it's author. It's a masterpiece of God's handiwork. I am in total awe of what can happen when we say yes to God's calling on our lives, the beauty He creates through us is an incredible testimony of who He is and what we are capable of doing through Him.

Lord, I thank You for allowing me to be witness to your amazing love and power. I thank You for the people who accept the call You have for them. I pray that this book come into the hands of all those who will benefit from the message You have conveyed. I praise your wonderfulness dear Lord! In Jesus Name, Amen!

"Lord I Just Want To Be Happy" by Author and Christian Counselor, Leslie Vernick, is the book of which I wrote about. So many times this is our cry to God when our lives seem to be falling apart. This book promises to lead the reader on the road to the true joy, peace and happiness only Jesus can give. Coming October 1, 2009

I hope You'll check it out!

Tools Of The Trade

I am finding that social networks on the Internet are very useful tools for staying in touch and even witnessing the love of Christ to those who are lost and hurting.

I have a Face book account and I love how I can hop on-line and see what's happening with all my friends. People share all kinds of things and I like the fact that I can comment on the things they say. I've been able to keep up with relationships that otherwise would have fallen by the way side due to changes in lifestyle.

Another great use for these networks is to get information out to a vast number of people in a short efficient amount of time. Sharing upcoming events, prayer requests, book releases, or celebrations have never been easier. Face book and other networks afford us the opportunity to share more of ourselves.

God calls us to love and encourage one another, and Internet social networks when used responsibly are useful venues to do just that.

Dear Lord Jesus, Help me to always be an encouragement to the people I come in contact with. Shine your light through me, that I may reflect You in the things I do, say, and write. Lord, I want to be like putty in your hands. Mold me and shape me to be more like You, that there be less of me and more of Thee. Thank You for loving me so. Help me to love others. I pray this in Your name Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Question's Lord?

Lord how can I ever thank You enough,
for bringing me through all the rotten stuff?

How can You love me after the bad things I've done
Yet over and over You forgive each one?

Is there anything Lord that I can do
To show my undying thanks for You?

Is there any way that I can pay You back
For shining your light where all was black?

When will I learn that You're always there
Watching over me with Your loving care?

Lord, why do I doubt You when life gets hard
when You faithfully heal the parts of me that are scarred?

These questions I ask, though the answer is clear,
I'm Your child, You love me and You count me as dear.

The only way I can ever repay
Is to live my life for You Lord, each day.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Leslie Vernick's New Book Coming Soon To A Book Store Near You

Leslie Vernick has a new book coming Oct. 1, 2009...Woo Hoo!!! It's Title..."Lord I Just Want To Be Happy". I am very much looking forward to reading this book and seeing what God has put on Leslie's heart to share with us. I have read all of Leslie's previous books and each one has held practical biblical truths for living and coping with difficult situations. Leslie draws on her own experiences and of experiences of those she counsels. She has a true servants heart and it comes shining through in her writing. Leslie uses easy to understand concepts and uses the wisdom and gifts God has given to her to help others draw closer to Him. I highly recommend checking out this new book if you want to gain a better understanding of true happiness through Jesus Christ. You won't be disappointed I am sure...

Here is a short more in depth introduction to the book that I took from Leslie's Web site http://www.leslievernick.com/(which is also a great resource, packed with practical counsel) I highly recommend checking it out as well!

Coming October 1, 2009

“Leslie Vernick offers hope, help, and messages of encouragement...in this delightful book. I love it. It makes me happy.”Jan Silviousauthor of Big Girls Don’t Whine

Do you find yourself praying,“Lord, I just want to be happy”?Maybe you can’t see how God could possibly get you to a place of peace and contentment. However, it’s not the new circumstances we often pray for that move us toward lasting happiness, but rather something entirely different. Drawing on her own struggles and those of people she has counseled, and using scriptural insights in fresh ways, Leslie Vernick reveals practical and simple steps to help you
recognize and change habits that, day by day, keep you from experiencing happiness
make good choices and learn from mistakes without beating yourself up
develop the skills that will enable you to let go of negative and painful emotions quicker
transform difficult circumstances so you can live with gratitude, joy, and purpose Application questions help you work godly thinking, as well as healthy skills and habits, into your life and heart. You’ll soon discover that, even if nothing changes in your circumstances, your inner chains can be broken and you can go free…into a new path of real contentment and happiness.

Drawing from a commitment to biblical truth and from rich familiarity with spiritual masters, Leslie Vernick offers practical, helpful direction to walk the road to spiritual maturity-which sometimes includes happiness now and always centers on hope for happiness forever, in knowing God. Dr. Larry Crabb, Psychologist, Author and Founder of New Way Ministries

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Because I prayed

Holding on to past hurts, unforgiveness, insecurities,can surely leave a gaping hole for Satan to work his way into our lives. He's just prowling around like a roaring lion waiting to devour.
How can we close that gap? For me it's a combination of prayer and obedience. When I am feeling weak, if I go to God first thing, He gives me the strength I need to be obedient. And of course i trust he will do this for me. It's times when I try to take things on by myself, that the hole grows. I hesitate, procrastinate, ignore, rush, hurry, or try to cram 24 hrs of activity into 1 hours time. Let me tell you this does not work. What happens is I crash, get crabby, prideful, self righteous, and just plain self centered. This is the perfect stomping grounds for Satan to dig right in.

My point in all of this is to say if we become aware that this is whats happening, all we have to do to get back on track, is believe God is bigger than our problems and take them to him pray. He's waiting to take the burden you bear right now. So get alone with Him and pour your heart to Him, then listen. He will speak one way or another, and when you hear, follow what He says.


Because I Prayed

Just so you know in the matter of a day
I've come full circle because I prayed
That God would help me find my way
Disarming the anger I kept at bay.

It's the uncommon woman that can let go
Of the pain and hurt that others show
But God will help forgiveness flow.
And through her the light of Christ will glow.

Because I prayed, God reached out,and placed His hand in mine.
He led me through the raging storm,till it calmed and all was fine.
By His power and by His might He helps me walk the line,
Each day I come closer to His table where I'll dine.

Then I thanked my God and praised Him,for His protective loving care
He has become my Rock and Refuge, all because of prayer.
And when I'm feeling alone and lost I become more aware
That He's always watching over me and when I call Him, He is there.