Counting Blessings 9/24/2021

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by Staci Stallings

Sometimes life is designed to make you remember what is really important and how easily our “blessing counter” can get skewed.

So for about 3 months now, I have been “counting down” so to speak for November. November 1, “A Time to Love” would release and “Some Say Love” would go on preorder. In order for that to happen, I had to have “Some Say Love’ finished at least the first draft.  To make a long story short, I ended up writing around 140K words in 21 days, which is INSANE.  But I got it done.

I was so looking forward to November as all of my marketing and hard work was going to pay off—maybe even resulting in hitting a “list.”  I was working almost literally around the clock to get this to happen, marketing, writing, publishing, and trying to keep up with my crazy-crazy life outside of writing.

Things looked to be going great, but then around November 4, I started having health issues—major ones. By the 7th and 8th, my body had slammed on the brakes, and by the 9th, I was in the Urgent Care. The 10th I made a trip to the Emergency Room with horrible symptoms that they did not at all understand. They gave me a mild painkiller (I wasn’t in pain, just felt like my body was about to shut down completely!), and they sent me home.

The 11th was one of the worst days I’ve ever lived through physically. I was mentally a wreck, and my body kept going into spasms I could not predict, control or fix.  It would be four full days before I got any kind of answer as to what was going on. My natural health lady finally figured it out. I had gone into near total adrenal collapse. My estrogen went off the charts because my progesterone had virtually crashed into nothing.

I don’t know how well-versed you are in the importance and function of hormones, but let me just tell you, when they get as out-of-whack as mine were, coming back is NOT an easy road. It is slow going and a process of boosting the good things in your body, eliminating and detoxing the overloaded hormones, and artificially boosting certain hormones enough while the other two processes are going on so that you don’t lose your mind!

It has been quite a trip, let me tell you.

So November didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned.  Mostly, I’ve been sitting in the chair and progressively going from near catatonic to mingling with the family, to watching movies, to reading, and now to actually working a little each day.  So with this Thanksgiving season, you can bet I am taking care to count my blessings—little things like getting more than a few hours sleep at a time before my body freaks out, having a wonderful family who loves me and is doing everything they can to help me get well, GREAT health people who have gone out of their way to help me figure this out, living in a place where I have access to good stuff to get me going again.

Yeah, I thought this year I would be thankful for sales, and I am. They just aren’t on the top of the list anymore.

It is funny though how a couple of the reviews I’ve gotten for “A Time to Love” have mentioned that Jenna’s grief seems to “drag on” and how her recovery doesn’t track the easy road some have experienced.  I have to say, my November has felt a lot like Jenna’s grief process—slow, meandering, getting a few things right as other things seem to fall apart… Strange how life sometimes really parallels what we write.

I hope you and yours have had a safe, wonderful, peaceful, healthy Thanksgiving, and I’m wishing you all a most wonderful holiday season!

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About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: DAILY BIBLICAL WISDOM 9/23/2021

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DAILY BIBLICAL WISDOM:

AN OUTLINE OF UNDERSTANDING AND

REVELATIONS ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD (VOL. 1)

by Charles Adikwu

DAILY BIBLICAL WISDOM

Many Christians today have access to the written word of God, but very few have cracked the code that gives access to the hidden mysteries packed in the word. It is these few that have access to the hidden mysteries that have been doing exploits in their lives and individual ministries (callings). The only way to access the hidden mysteries of the word of God is when there is a deeper understanding of the Logos (written word of God) that will institute the Rhema (revelation) that backs that word.

Every spoken/written word of God (as contained in the pages of the Bible) carries the ability to produce life-changing realities in the life of everyone who approaches it insightfully. It is in the place of revelation that a believer (through the help of the Holy Spirit) is able to unravel the mysteries bottled in the word of God. The Bible clearly shows us that we need power to unravel scriptural secrets. “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” (Romans 16:25 KJV)

It is the quest for a deeper understanding of the mysteries about the presence of God that has moved me into coming up with a book like this. I know that there are a lot of people out there who are finding it difficult to get results from study of the word of God that will lead to the manifestations of His presence and this is why I had to go into the spirit space where I sought the help of the Holy Spirit to assist me in the understanding of the Bible verses used in this book.

This book will give you a deeper insight into understanding God’s personality and how to foster a sustainable relationship now and in the world to come when Jesus comes to take His saints back home to the Father. As you read this book, may the Holy Spirit be your teacher and show you the deep things of God in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Mistaken Murder and Small Town Status & Our Life’s Journey 9/22/2021

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Mistaken Murder and Small Town Status

A Katy Cross Cozy Mystery Book 7

by KC Hart

Mistaken Murder and Small Town Status

Someone in Skeeterville has a serious beef with Hernando and it’s up to Katy to figure out who…

Sixty-thousand-dollar stud bull Hernando is shot in his pasture and falls on one of his owners, crushing him to death. Katy Cross, along with everyone else in Skeeterville, assumes the shooting (and deadly cow-tipping) are nothing more sinister than a tragic accident and a case of terrible luck.

Everyone else in Skeeterville, that is, except local Post Mistress Barbara Jean Nelson, who makes it her business to let everyone know she suspects foul play. Barbara Jean’s reputation as a hateful gossip proceeds her, however, and no one takes her accusations seriously… until she is attacked at the post office, barely escaping with her life.

With one of Hernando’s owners in the grave, and the only person who suspected foul play in the hospital, Katy decides it’s time to take the bull by the horns. Can she find the true murderer and uncover their connection to the dead cash cow?

Join Katy Cross and her friends and family in Skeeterville as they work together to solve this latest mystery. This Christian cozy mystery contains no gore, sex, or foul language, but is full of humor and southern small town charm.

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Our Life’s Journey

The Past/The Present/The Future

by Donavon D Campbell

Our Life's Journey

Our Life’s Journey was designed through the inspiration of a Caribbean couple wanting to share a different and exciting personal experience. It targets a variety of audiences, including young adults, families, couples, and seniors.

When Donavon and Samantha Campbell heard the phrase “from nightmare to sweet dreams” while listening to their youth pastor, Michelle Clarke, preach her first sermon, they were motivated and empowered to make this book a reality. It will remind the readers there is hope and a bright future ahead, despite struggles and disappointments. They were further inspired by a co-worker’s statement that if anyone wants to experience growth or success, he or she must “do uncomfortable things to achieve goals in life.”

Our Life’s Journey identifies challenging topics, such as understanding love, dealing with life’s transitions, overcoming health and environmental struggles, discovering how to keep a positive mindset despite the negatives, and learning to fully depend on God’s help in life.

The authors hope that every reader of this inspired book will be motivated to accomplish their heart’s desires and expand on their talents . . . let’s GO!

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Lend a Vet a Helping Hand 9/21/2021

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by Rhonda Underhill

While many people offer veterans their heartfelt thanks for their service to our country, many vets and their families appreciate more concrete forms of help, including assistance with job and house-hunting. Grace & Faith 4 U can be an inspirational guide when it comes to reaching out to those in need.

Job Opportunities

Hiring a veteran can help them be self-sufficient. Look for opportunities for good fits, either within your own industry, or in other businesses where you have connections. Veterans have a variety of skill sets applicable to many different lines of work. According to Military.com, vets typically have exceptional organizational and strategizing skills, take direction well, and are fast learners. Many veterans have specialized training and education that can be utilized in a civilian workplace setting.

Educational Pursuits

The GI Bill offers a number of different training and education opportunities for veterans. This can allow them to pursue new areas of interest that can lead to new career paths. You might be able to help with identifying area educational institutes that have specialized veterans programs and provide them with information related to admissions, enrollment, and financial planning. You may also be able to help identify areas of interest and align them with course offerings, or make arrangements for career counseling through local colleges, universities, and vocational training institutes.

Family Support

Veterans may have challenges reintegrating into civilian life after being deployed, and you may be in a position to offer support for the entire family. This might include helping with getting settled in and reacclimated in a new community, making introductions within your social circles, church, and neighborhood. You may also be able to help vets identify services they may be eligible for. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has a wealth of information that can help you help the vets in your life connect with available services in your community.

House Hunting

Veterans may be eligible for various types of housing assistance in the form of VA loans. This typically means they have the opportunity to buy a house with little or no money down, as well as forego private mortgage insurance. There are a number of steps involved in buying a home, including monitoring credit score and debt-to-income ratio, searching for the best home fit, and going about the mortgage application process. A seasoned real estate professional and mortgage lender can aid in the process.

Veterans and their families make considerable sacrifices for their country and their fellow citizens. If you have a heart for service and want to show your support, look into opportunities within your faith community and local veterans support groups. There are myriad needs to be fulfilled, and you’re sure to find opportunities to help. Grace & Faith 4 U can provide you with insights and inspiration for helping others as you pursue your own spiritual path.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 9/20/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 7:3-5 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye when you can’t see past the log in your own?’ Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye, then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

We don’t think much about our own issues when we criticize or judge others. It’s not too hard to convince ourselves that we don’t have any issues, or if we do, that they don’t really matter. We are easily led into the trap of seeing ourselves in a positive light and others in a negative one.

Jesus instructs us to look inward before we look outward. An honest look at ourselves through the lens of God’s Word quickly reminds us of just how far short we fall from God’s standards. None of us can honestly say we don’t have issues, that there is no sin in us.

Jesus instructs us to take our issues to God before we attempt to address the issues others have. Only the pure in heart have the right to confront others with sin. Think about this a moment. I wonder how many professing Christians actually live this out. It is easy to pull out our Bibles and point out the sins of others. It’s another thing to pull out our Bibles and let God point out our own sins. I wonder how we would act differently when confronting others if we were to spend time before the Lord in repentance first. I suspect we would be a lot more compassionate and gracious.

Jesus reminds us that it’s hypocrisy for us to intervene in someone’s life without first dealing with our sins before God. Don’t let Satan deceive you in this. All of us are sinners and need to let Christ purify our hearts before we stand in judgment over others.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Being a Magi 9/17/2021

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by Staci Stallings

A long time ago I read a book that said, “There is a reason you notice the things you notice.  They come into your sight to tell you something.” (paraphrase) I took that to heart and began actively noticing.  That is, I notice when I notice something.  Rather than going through life oblivious to the signs God is putting in my path, I either actively seek them or at least I get the message with only a couple of occurrences.

Much like the man in the flood who was standing on his porch as a boat went by.  The people in the boat told him he could come with them.  He shook his head. “God will save me if He wants to save me.”  Several hours passed, and now he was hanging onto an upstairs window.  A second boat came by.  The people in it said, “Come on with us!”  But the man replied, “No, I love God, and if He wants to save me, He will.”

Hours passed, and it grew dark.  A Coast Guard boat with a search light found the man clinging to his chimney.  “Come on! Get on!” they yelled. But the man refused.  “I love God, and if He wants to save me, He will.”  An hour later the man appeared at the Pearly Gates.

St. Peter looked at him incredulously.  “What are you doing here?”  The man shrugged. “I guess it was my time.  God didn’t save me.”  To which St. Peter said, “That’s weird.  We sent three boats!”

Several years after I heard this story, I heard Oprah Winfrey say something similar.  She said (paraphrase), “To get your attention, God will send a breath. Then He will send a pebble, then a brick, then a boulder, then the whole house will come crashing down!”

Let me just say, for myself, I prefer to catch what God is telling me at the first boat, the breath, or at most the pebble.  So, I have become very conscious of the messages God sends to me.  And they are everywhere!

In music, books, the Bible, conversations, on billboards, in magazines, sometimes even in dreams.  Recently I’ve been preparing a project that is very close to my heart for which God has given many signs and messages since it was first conceived.  For this one project I have received messages ranging from videos depicting the story, songs, email messages, and even a tour bus following me down the road!

The ultimate (so far) message was that just before I mailed the project in, I was praying over it in the Post Office, and my oldest daughter said, “Look, Mom.”  When I opened my eyes, she was holding a piece of paper about five inches from me in my direct line of sight.  It said, “Your talents will be recognized and suitably rewarded.”  I just started laughing because I get signs and messages, but most of the time they take at least a little bit of interpretation.

As I was recounting these events to my sister, she laughed.  “You are such a Magi.”  To which I said the only logical thing, “Huh?”

She went on to explain.  “The Magi were astronomers.  They spent their time looking for signs in the sky, signs of a new king, signs of a shift on the earth begun in the heavens. That’s what you do!”

I’d never thought of it quite like that, but I’ve got to say, it’s great fun to be a Magi.  You should try it sometime.

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About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The Six Loves of Jack Brown 9/16/2021

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The Six Loves of Jack Brown

by Danny Mac

The Six Loves of Jack Brown

Six women reveal their relationship with Jack. They describe his life of joining a company at age seventeen and working his way up to sales where he finds his calling. Meeting and falling in love with the boss’s daughter, Sarah, they marry. Jack sees the market changing and wants to change with it and so they buy the company from her father. They struggle for many years and it pays off into a successful enterprise. They have one child and raise Katherine to adulthood. After Kathrine’s senior year of high school, Sarah dies from cancer. This leaves Jack aimless and depressed as he gave up control of the company to be with his wife in the end. The next ten years he dates four women who help him cope with life as he searches for God to join his wife again. In the end, he finds God and loses his life. As the women disclose Jack’s life, they uncover their own life with and without Jack.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Stir Yourself Up & Southern Belles 9/15/2021

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Stir Yourself Up

Rekindling Your Passion and Fire For The Lord

by Sheldon Newton

Stir Yourself Up

A MOST IMPORTANT BOOK TO READ AS WE PREPARE FOR HIS COMING?

Are you struggling in your walk with the Lord? Perhaps you are a minister who has been preaching and teaching His Word for years, and now you feel weary, depressed, frustrated and burnt-out. Maybe you are one who – at one time – was on fire for the Lord, but now your walk has come to a stand-still. Then again, perhaps you have been going through all sorts of hardships, trials and difficulties which has distracted you from spending time with Jesus like you used to. Issues came up and now your spiritual life is not what it used to be. Church has become boring. Reading your Bible daily has become dull and uninteresting. You don’t pray like you used to, fast like you used to. You have become fearful in sharing your faith and lettings others know that you are a christian. Regardless of the reason you may have lost your hunger and fire for the Lord, it’s time to get your passion and zeal back for the things of God. And this book will stir you up and show you how to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Get your copy now and “GET STIRRED UP!”

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Southern Belles

(Cactus Creek Book 5)

by Janice Cole Hopkins

Southern Belles

Joanna Dobson comes to stay at the King Ranch because Magnolia, her mother, was Abby King’s cousin. Joanna is immediately interested in Grayson Fox, but the recent death of his parents has him questioning if he ever wants to marry. In the meantime, Adele Mead is caught in a rough situation in Maryland. When she rescues a hurt man, she falls hard for him, but she has a difficult time convincing him he’s the right man for her, although she knows he cares for her. When she does, they must flee, and they head West toward Cactus Creek. As these stories merge, can they all find the happiness they so desperately long for in the aftermath of the Civil War?

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Book Spotlight: A Groom for Agatha 9/14/2021

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A Groom for Agatha

The Blizzard Brides Book 27

by Parker J. Cole

A Groom for Agatha

A widow woman wanting to save her farm, an honorable man with the means to save it, the forbidden love that may save them both.

Agatha Waters has embraced widowhood after her husband of twenty years. She had a wonderful marriage and isn’t greedy for more. When the pastor of Last Chance forces the women to send for new spouses, she does so reluctantly. While waiting for a reply, she discovers her farm is in trouble. A chance visit from a family friend gives her an answer to her problem in a most unique way.

Lance Montcalm has loved Agatha for a long time, but never thought he would be able to express it. When the opportunity comes for him to help her, he proposes a risky plan — she marries him for a short time to obtain the financial assistance needed to save her farm.

Would their temporary marriage give Lance a chance for Agatha grow to love him? Or will it simply save the farm and break his heart?

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Change of Address 9/13/2021

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by Rebekah Beene

Recently I helped fill out a change of address form online for a friend. On the form it asks if it is a temporary change or a permanent one.  I had to think about that for a moment. Permanent sounds so, well, permanent! But it simply meant is this change for a season or are you staying gone from that address forever.

Oh beloved, this morning I’m thinking about our lives as believers.  We have had a permanent change of address from earth to heaven. But also we have this temporary home where we will still receive from the Lord. He provides more than mail – He is the Source for our lives.  He just doesn’t change our address to confuse us. He changes our address so that we no longer have to worry about what to keep and what not to keep. Junk mail isn’t forwarded. Neither do we need junk from any source.

Your life is so precious to God that He takes care of everything from beginning to end for you.  That situation that keeps showing up in your mind as troublesome junk mail is something you don’t have to let load you up and run over your life.  You may have to do a return to sender – give it back to the enemy and refuse possession.  It sounds crazy but the more you refuse the junk, the more you will know the good from the bad.  God sees what you need so you can trust Him to deliver whatever is pertinent for you.  If it is addressed with fear, worry, anxiety, depression, sorrow, guilt or pain – it’s not for you.  Don’t even open it up and give it a thought.  You are more than the junk you receive. You are born again to live in peace, love, joy, favor, faith, strength and calm.

God loves you and He’s for you.  Thank Him this morning that you have had a change of address through Christ. And praise Him that you have also had a change of mind through Holy Spirit. And then live, filtering out the junk from the good, in the Light of His wonderful Truth over your life!

Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household.

Philippians 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Rebekah Beene

 

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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