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Pause For Construction

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Please excuse the interruption in my current series on Boundaries!

I am pausing to clean up my blog and make way for new directions.  So excited to see God at work in my life!

The series on Boundaries will resume in Sept.

Boundaries In The Bible

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8484808_s the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

God is a Holy and Righteous God.  Because of his holiness He establishes boundaries throughout Scripture. To accept those boundaries brings joy, peace, and blessing.  To reject those boundaries brings heartache, misery, and death.
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Where I End and You Begin


“You need boundaries…even in our material creations, boundaries mark the most beautiful of places, between the ocean and the shore, between the mountains and the plains, where the canyon meets the river.” 
― Wm. Paul YoungCross Roads

Boundaries

There’s a place where I end and you begin.
It’s called a boundary.29034145_s
This place defines who you are.
Separate from me.
It protects your thoughts, and ideals
Your own vision to see.
It lets you choose the path you walk
Your own guide to be.
If I push and prod my way
Across this boundary,
You cease to be uniquely you.
In fact, you become me.
                                                   —-E.Austin

I wrote the poem above  to reflect  a simple but important concept….that boundaries are essential to a healthy relationship.  Without boundaries…dysfunction and heartache thrive.  Please join me in a series on boundaries. Read the rest of this entry

Hebrews: A Better Blend Giveaway

“The new is in the old concealed; the old is by the new revealed.” —Saint Augustinedownload (1)

Hebrews: A Better Blend became available hot off the presses on July 1.  I am very honored to be part of the launch team for the 2nd published Bible Study by author Leah Adams.  I became acquainted with Leah when I joined her for a Bible Study online which involved her first published work, From The Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest – Creating A Godly Legacy.  Leah has a heart for sharing her love for Jesus and how he has transformed her life.  She has a gift for involving the reader in an interactive, though provoking and faith building experience.

So let me highlight some of the wonderful delights I found in this Bible Study of Hebrews:

  • Sweets Galore!!! There is a coffee and sweets theme that adds some fun for enjoying on your own or as part of an intimate Bible Study group. For each chapter of the 8 week study, Leah has provided a wonderful recipe to enjoy.
  • Bite size nuggets of information and discovery.  Hebrews is not an easy book of the Bible to read or understand.  Leah breaks it down in to manageable  components that are easier to comprehend.
  • Comparison and blending of the Old and New Testaments.  Leah provides explanations of how the Old Tabernacle and Old Covenant with God’s people portrayed God’s plan for the future and pointed toward Jesus as the fulfillment of the old as he ushered in the more superior New Covenant.
  • Inspires Faith and Intimacy With God:  Leah showcases how much love God showed in sending Jesus as the perfect and final sacrifice so that ultimately intimacy with God could be restored with you and I.
  • Interactive and Reflective method of studying God’s word.  Leah has provided verses for you to explore, as well as fill in the blank and though provoking questions for you to answer and discuss.  She has included places for you to journal about your personal reflections and discoveries.
  • Application:  Not only does Leah share stories that reveal her own personal applications of the truths found in Hebrews, but she leads you down your own road of seeking God’s will for how to apply these truths so that you can build your faith and trust in God.  Her desire is for you to have a better understanding of the foundations of the life-giving relationship that Jesus has provided as the bridge to connect you to a rewarding and intimate daily walk with God.

 So, now for the Giveaway!  Leah is graciously offering a free copy of her book.
To enter: Help share the news of Leah’s publication.  Leave me a comment saying that you made a tweet about the giveaway or shared on other social media sites, and I encourage you to use the hashtags #HeBrews and #byfaithi.   I will count 1 entry for each social media site.
Another entry option is to leave a comment on my blog about What inspires your faith and intimacy with God.
IMPORTANT! When you click on the comment box, there will be another box for your email address (not made public), which I will need to contact the winner.

This giveaway will close Sunday, July 13 at 8:00 pm.  Winners will be determined by random drawing.  The winner will be announced on this same blog site no later than Monday, July 14.  Good luck and God bless!

WINNER: twiga92.

To view more about this Bible Study book, visit the info page at Warner Press
Also visit the Amazon.com page where you can order the paperback or Kindle additions.
Visit Leah at The Point Ministries.

Book Review: Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

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My 9 year old and I just finished reading the first book in the Faithgirlz series, called Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek.  This series was written by Jill Osbourne and chronicles the adventures of a 7th grader named Riley Mae.  The book is about the ups and downs of being the new spokesperson for a line of flashy athletic girl shoes.  Riley Mae learns that the excitement and glamour also comes with a lot of commitment that takes her away from the things that she enjoys doing, and causes her friendships to be affected as well.  As a Christian, she feels the conflict of being part of a glamour world and watching the disappointments of those who struggle with not having money and nice things.  Her Christian values prevail, and she clings to the desire to care for and reach out to others.

Ansley ( age 9) shared her thoughts about the book, and she had many favorite parts. A mix of humor, adventure, and mystery were reflected in her choices.  She could relate well to Riley Mae as they both liked the outdoors, sports, etc but also girly, glitzy things to wear, such as the shoes in the shoe line Riley Mae represented.  She liked that Riley Mae was a Christian girl who was kind and considerate to others, and didn’t pick her friends based on “being popular”.

In my opinion, the author did well with capturing story aspects that would appeal to a pre-teen/young teen  market.  As a chapter book, this book often has incentive to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next.  The entire book also ends with some things not getting closure and promise of more continued adventure in the next book of the series.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Summer: Boost Reading Skills and Christian Growth

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

School is out, and summer is here. 4595018_s If you have children, you know that they look forward to a much-needed break from the classroom and very intense learning and studying.  But, just because summer is here, doesn’t mean they should abandon the books.  There are many studies that show children fall behind in reading skills, and other academic skills when they don’t continue summer reading.  Young children, however, need more than just having access to  books.  They need guidance to make sure that they the books are age appropriate and they are developing comprehension skills as well.   The best way to develop comprehension is to ask questions, and that’s where parental involvement is so vital.  If you are also wanting to build spiritual understanding and growth, then reading with your children during the summer can incorporate biblical teaching as well, and this can be a great bonding time.  
This summer, my soon to be 10 year old is at that age where she really enjoys reading together and wants to be asked questions.  

For the summer, we have chosen 2 reading projects.
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Overcoming the Voice of Discouragement

Have you been listening to a voice of discouragement? 11882514_s Has that voice caused you to have doubts, fears, or worries that you didn’t have before? Has that voice dampened your enthusiasm and clarity of purpose?  Has that voice distracted you from hearing God’s voice speaking in your life?

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.-Psalm 16:8

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The Warpaint of Malice

Beware when you are met by a fellow human wearing the warpaint of malice!
What Is Malice?  A desire to harm others or to see others suffer

Col 3:8  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  15573942_s

1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Psalm 140:3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Acts 8:23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Prov 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

When we hurt, it is natural to want to be defensive and maybe even to lash out.  I think that one of the basic needs we all have is to feel respected, and to feel that we are fairly dealt with.  We may not have to be the center or attention or the winner of everyone’s admiration, but we don’t want to be the rejected, mistreated victim of another’s bad day. Read the rest of this entry

Merlin’s Blade: A Book Review

Merlin’s Blade, written by Robert Treskillard, is the first in a trilogy series._225_350_Book.1021.cover  I usually don’t pick a fictional book as a Christian book review choice, but I found it to be a refreshing change. Being familiar with other Merlin accounts that I read as a child/teenager, I found that this story stayed true to many of the expected elements of tradition, but it also had enough originality to keep me wondering what would happen next.

The characters were many in this book, and sometimes I lost track of who was who, but most of the characters took on vivid personalities that were very believable and often complex.  The main character, Merlin, was easily connected to from the beginning as the reader becomes quickly acquainted with the tragedies of his sufferings and humble, yet courageous spirit. The setting took place in an ancient time where living conditions were harsh, and traumatic events including injury, suffering and death were common place.  The conflicts of right/wrong, good/evil, loyalty/betrayal, honor/power, and Christianity/pagan worship were woven throughout the plot and story development.  Although the style of the author is not necessarily easy reading, I found that at times I could become very engrossed in the reading and not want to put the book down at the end of a chapter.

This type of book genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historical and adventurous fiction, then this is sure to be an interesting series to follow.  I personally plan to read the remaining books, and look forward to more of Merlin.

 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye is the hardest one to say!12474537_s

The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains…..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.
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