Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Got imagination?

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine  

Ephesians 3:20


Monday, May 18, 2015

A Royal Priesthood!

 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9

Whether you like it or not, if you are a Bible-believing follower of Jesus, than you are part of a royal priesthood. What is a royal priesthood?  It is a group of people who are both priests and rulers.  The priest part we can operate in now on earth in this age, the ruler part we will enjoy mostly in the next age.  So, what does a priest do?

A Priest:

  • Represents God to the people and the people to God. 
  • Has access to God that most people don't have
  • Offers sacrifices of repentance for others
  • Spends time in study and devotion in order to be made holy
  • Offers thanksgiving and praise to God

Too often I don't think of myself as a priest, do you? Yet when I  read over this list of duties, I realize that I can do all those things here on earth. In fact, I'm supposed to be doing all those things. I represent God to the lost. Where they don't have access to God, I do and I can pray for them. I can ask God to forgive them, to open their eyes to His love and glory. I can and should be devoting my life to ministering to God and becoming more Holy every day.  And lastly, I should be in the habit of daily offering thanksgiving and praise to the Father.  If I'm not doing all those things, then I'm shirking on my duties as a priest.

We have been purchased by God. We have been set apart by Him just as He did the Levites in Israel. What is our goal summed up in the verse above?

To set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! 

And Lord knows this dark world needs a good dose of God's holy light!  That's us! 

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Jesus, Matt 5:16

So, put on your priestly robe and get out there and shine!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fun in Tennessee!

I'm in Tennessee!  Pigeon Forge, to be exact.  I had a horrific trip out here, missed my flight in Chicago and had to spend 6 hours there, but I finally made it and have spent the last two days with two of the most precious ladies in the world!  Julie Lessman and Bonnie Roof!!!   Most of you know Julie because of her FABULOUS books! If you think her books are good, you should meet the lady herself. She's just as sweet and Godly as her writing.  I met Bonnie online and we instantly connected. She's a dear lady with a heart of gold. We had a blast hanging out and eating and chatting and learning more about each other and sharing our "God" stories.  I tried to post a picture but couldn't get it to work from my Ipad, which is all I brought.  Sorry. Julie and Bonnie have left and I'm hanging here with my Mom and Sister. My brother flies in on Sunday. Hoping to relax, enjoy family, and eat.
I pray everyone has a fabulous weekend!  God Bless!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Our Blurry Reflection !

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  1 Corinthians 13:12


Monday, May 11, 2015

Garrisoned by God's Power!

You are born into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay imperishable, unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed for you in the last time.  1 Peter 1:4-5 AMP

Garrisoned - to occupy with troops, to fortify, to post or station troops

I love this, don't you?  We who belong to God are surrounded by His Power as if we were surrounded by a fortress of well-armed, well-trained troops. I don't think we realize this or even think about it very often. I know I don't. Sometimes I feel so alone, particularly when bad news comes.  Yet, if God would but open our eyes for a second to the spirit realm all around us, I think we'd be shocked at the number of angelic troops standing guard over us and keeping the forces of darkness at bay.

I'm reminded of the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 6  where the Syrian King was out to kill Elisha and surrounded him during the night.

When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?
[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

How many times I've begged the Lord to allow me to see such a sight. Yet whether He grants my wish or not, I know I, too, am surrounded by angelic warriors.  So, the next time you are afraid or nervous or upset and you feel alone, or you feel the enemy closing in, close your eyes and picture the host of mighty warriors garrisoned around you and your family!

For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91: 11-12 AMP

Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?  Hebrews 1:14

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Frenzy! Yay Medieval! and Paradise Giveaway!

Last week I posted a short survey asking the question what you all preferred that I write next. I thought you might be interested in the results.

66 people responded.

Another Pirate Novel                 25 People, 37.88%
Medieval or Viking Romance    28 People, 42.42%
The American Revolution          16 People, 24.24%
Other                                            9 People  13.64%

Others' ideas:  Viking Romance, Mermaid Romance, World War II, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Escape to Paradise sequel, The 50's, Revolutionary war mystery

The really weird thing is, I had truly felt the Lord leading me to write a Medieval series, but wasn't completely sure. But the results of this survey, along with other signs I've been receiving, confirm my choice.  In fact, I've already begun to start the vast amount of research I'm going to have to do since I know very little about that time period. (Except that there were castles and hunky knights!)

For those of you who did not choose Medieval, don't worry. I am planning on writing more pirates novels in the future, along with a host of other ideas.  THANK you all so much for voting!!!  I value your opinions!


Recently, my publisher combined all three books in my Escape to Paradise series into one neatly packaged volume.  I have SIX copies I'd like to give away!  No cost to you! I'll even pay the shipping. (Sorry US only. The Shipping outside of the US is outrageous! Unless you are willing to pay)

I will give a copy to SIX people who:

  • Promise to leave a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble of the trilogy
  • Sign up to follow my blog via EMAIL (Form on the right side of this page. Scroll until you see it)
  • Leave a review on one of my other books that you've read on Amazon. (Tell me what book and your handle) If you have left reviews on all my books, tell me that in your comment.
  • Sign up for my newsletter (also to the right)  If you've already signed up, let me know
  • If you enjoyed the series, promise to tell one other person about it, someone who you think would benefit from the spiritual themes.

What a deal!
Leave a comment listing that you have done the above, along with your email, and I will have choose 6 winners. I will check each winner's comments (along with my newsletter and email subscribers and reviews)  to make sure they have done the above. If not, I will have choose another.

WINNERS will be announced on the 22nd!  

Leaving on May 12th and returning on May 21st.  I'm visiting my Mom and sister. And guess who else I'm seeing???  For those of you who know her and her writing, you're going to be jealous!  Julie Lessman!!  We rented a small cabin just for a day, along with a lovely lady who I have never met before, but someone who I feel like I've known forever, Bonnie Roof!

Should be a fun, relaxing trip! Pictures to be posted next Friday if I can manage it. :-)


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To guard you in all your ways!

For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Psalm 91:11-12