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Perfect Peace


You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.– Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

I’m finding it more difficult to find perfect peace, when so much terror and catastrophes are happening around me. I have gotten riled up because of politics on Facebook, about people on the news being displaced from their homes and livelihoods, and terrorists roaming among us. I always have felt protected in the US, but it’s getting more difficult to bring my Christian values into sync with worrying about my family’s future. Are you left feeling confused, angry, and constantly riled up by others opinions? Will we ever feel peaceful  again?

Looking at this verse it shows us that we can find peace from God, not in our mind. We need to trust in His love and care. Our minds are whirling with all kinds confusion. However, peace is God’s response to us, when we look to Him. God’s presence is in all of our circumstances. I  know my mind is prone to project the worst circumstances that can happen. If our mind is steadfast on God we are confronted with the fact that God is in control. Renewing our minds with this reality brings trust, and that trust opens our hearts to peace. Only God knows where our lives are moving. Not being in controls is difficult for all of us. We cannot live in the past or fear the future. We need to reach for God’s comfort and protection, whenever our peace is disrupted.

Lord give us an internal and eternal peace in your loving care for us. These are hard and fearful times and we need be assured of peace through it all. Amen

Share Good Things


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Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Galatians 6:6

As children, we were taught God’s word, to pray and to share what we’ve learned with others. These qualities were important to our growth as a person and  a Christian. God gave us his word as a guide to live. He wants to know his word is in our hearts, so we need to share what we have learned with others.

We are taught, as writers, how to put words together, the rules of writing, and how to put our knowledge on paper. This is our opportunity to find an opening in our stories, articles, or novels to work God into the mix? God gave us the path to achievement, share the good things he’s given you, as a teacher. Find a way to weave God into your writing, even if it’s a thank you in the acknowledgements. He gave you the talent, words, and path. Share the good things he has given you with Him and your readers.

Lord, Thank you for being with us on our path as writers. We acknowledge without your help, we wouldn’t have made it this far in our journey. Forgive us for the times we don’t acknowledge your part in our journey. We thank you for all the good things you have taught us, as we try to remember to share them with others to show you what we have learned.

Sunday Christians?


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May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NIV

More than one Sunday, I’ve noticed people forgetting their Christianity as soon as they got outside the doors. They listened to God’s word and when they got to the parking forgot the spirit of unity God wants for us. People were in such a hurry to start their day, their Christianity stayed inside the church. It’s not everyone, but the few it pertains to can shake your faith. I started waiting until the parking lot emptied out, while listening to music or reading, so I don’t get nervous. I can be impatient, too. I don’t want the situation to overpower my Christian sense.

Christianity shouldn’t end after we leave church services. When we gather on Sunday, God gives us a spirit of unity, or a sensitivity to our brothers and sisters. This unity should cause us to encourage others. Our Christian attitude will call them to stay faithful to the call of God in their lives. Don

Lord, help us to have a sensitivity to our fellow Christians that will encourage them and call them to God. Remind us that even though we have things to do, the more courteous we are the quicker we will get there without a mishap. Remind us our children are watching. Help us to teach them courtesy and Christian love. Help us to help them to live what they hear on Sunday by modeling it for them.

Day 1 – Meet Author Angela Joseph


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Today I’m happy to be hosting Day 1 of a virtual tour for Angela Joseph’s book, Women for All Seasons. Today, Angela gives us some information that will help us get to know her and her book a bit better.

From Angela Joseph, Author of Women for All Seasons

Writing is my passion. It’s what makes me look forward to each day. It’s what transports me from the mundane aspects of my life into any realm of fantasy or reality that my heart wants to dwell on. I have been writing for a long time, since high school, that is really long. Women For All Seasons is the third book I have written, but the first I decided to publish. The reason being that as a Christian I see it as my duty to use whatever talents and abilities God has given me to help spread the Word. Women For All Seasons deals with stories of women of the Bible in an easy-to-read, but thought-provoking format.

The inspiration for writing this book came from the scripture verse in Ecclesiastes 3: 1 which says, There is a time for everything, And a season for every activity under heaven … I have chosen 12 of the most popular female characters in the Bible and used their stories to illustrate this verse. If we live long enough, we’ll all experience our spring, summer, autumn and winter. Just as the earth goes through the seasons, just so our lives reflect those seasons, and each one carries with it its joys and its problems. Therefore, the book can be seen as a metaphor for the biological, spiritual and emotional seasons that we as women experience. The first story is that of Esther, a young woman who became queen at just the right time to save the Jewish people from extinction. According to her uncle Mordecai, she was brought into the kingdom “for such a time as this.” She is in the spring of her life.

After spring comes summer, a time of abundant growth. We see Hannah, a woman burdened by grief because of her barrenness. Hannah cries out to God, he hears her and blesses her with not one, but five more children.

Then comes fall – This is a time when we begin to shed some things, but it’s also a time of great beauty. Here we see Naomi, saddled with two widowed daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, and wanting to shed the burden of being a widow.

Finally, winter, a time of decay, but still a time of beauty and a time of preparation for what is to come. In the book, Sarah, Abraham’s wife represents the winter of our lives. She is ninety years old, has been barren all her life, but God tells her she is going to have a son and that through her all the nations of the earth will be blessed. How can she believe this? But Sarah does become pregnant and does give birth to a son. Sarah thought she had passed her fruitful stage, but those dried, decayed branches of winter are the same branches that birth new leaves in the spring.

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