Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22











Friday, August 26, 2016

2 Book Reviews

I have two books for you today by the same author. The author happens to be my sister, J.E. Grace. I'm so proud of her.

The first is called "The Zarion" and is a Christian Sci-fi apocalyptic story. This is free on Kindle today.

https://www.amazon.com/Zarion-Saving-Mankind-J-Grace-ebook/dp/B01AYWGFKW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_v_d_ZCfWxbSE4DJ8M_tt

The second is "Pacific Cove - Haunted Visions." This is a story of tragic loss, healing, spirits, faith and love. Not a scary haunting story, but one of suspense. This book is free on Kindle today.

https://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Cove-Haunted-J-Grace-ebook/dp/B01KECQ86S/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_v_d_QBfWxbCQWMFJH_tt

I hope you enjoy them.

Gratitude
1. My sisters
2. Writers
3. Good stories to read

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It is Well With My Soul

I am happy to say that my shakedown in faith is over. It is well with my soul.
To honor that, I would love to share my favorite song by Kristene DiMarco called, "It is Well With My Soul." Fancy that.

There are three lines that have seen me through many a rough spot.

The first is:
"And this mountain that's in front of me, will be thrown into the midst of the sea."
(This gives me chills and makes the hairs on my arms stand up.)

The second is:
"Let go my soul and trust in Him.
The waves and wind still know His name."
(These lines make me tear up; every time.)

Enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI

Gratitude
1. Singers
2. Music
3. Songs that speak to my soul

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you;
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah





Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chapter 4, Verse 8

I shared with you a while back that I was doing a study of all the Chapter 4, verse 8's in the books of the Bible. I wrote them all down in a journal, chronologically, to see if there was any continuity or flow. Although I found there was none, it turned out to be a good lesson in scripture writing, never a bad thing in and of itself, and it was fun.
I did find more verses that have become my favorites.
My all time favorites have been Philippians 4:8 and Psalm 4:8, and I have now added:

Job 4:8  As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

Proverbs 4:8  Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

Luke 4:8  Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.' "

Romans 4:8  "Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them."

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

James 4:8  Come near to God and He will come near to you...

1Peter 4:8  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1John 4:8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

I hope you find comfort in some of these as I have.

Leave me comment of your favorite Bible verse. It does not have to be a 4:8 verse.


Gratitude (prompts from aholyexperience.com)
3 gifts of endings
1. Old job
2. Old house
3. Old life

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah 


Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review - Sarai

Today's book review is for another great Biblical fiction book I read called, "Sarai," by Jill Eileen Smith.
https://www.amazon.com/Sarai-Wives-Patriarchs-Book-Novel-ebook/dp/B006G2YPAM/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_v_d_5dYTxbFWW0ED5_lm


It is the story of Abram and Sarai later called Abraham and Sarah. The story is wonderfully told in a rich story line of faith, patience and perseverance. Page length is 322 pages. I highly recommend this book. It is free on Kindle today and is one of three in a series.
Again, I am not being paid to endorse this book.


Gratitude
1. Books to read
2. Stories of old
3. Great authors

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More Great Blogs

Last week I said I would share more blogs that I love. Today I am sharing three.

Fr. Drew Downs
http://drewdowns.net/
Fr. Drew is an Episcopalian priest living in Indiana.
A quote from his "about" page says, "Let's build a better church, a better faith, a better way of living. One full of creativity, hope and surprise. For our work is not to make the same ol' things, but a new thing. A freakin' awesome new thing."
What's not to love, eh?

Arabah Joy
http://arabahjoy.com/
Arabah's blog is another one full of resources to help you grow in faith. She offers many printables and she has started a new resource called "Grace Goals" Go check her out!

The Contemplative Writer
https://thecontemplativewriter.com/
A wonderful blog about contemplative prayer, writing and spirituality.
Ed Cyzewski is an author who offers soul care for writers and resources for practicing daily prayer.

I hope you will stop by and check them out.
More blogs next week.

Gratitude
1. Bloggers
2. Sharing faith stories
3. Christian resources

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah



Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review - "The Centurion's Wife"

Scripture story.
The Faith of the Centurion
Matthew 8:5-13

Book review - "The Centurion's Wife," by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn

Loosely based on the above scripture.
Main characters are:
Leah - Pilate's niece/servant
Pontius Pilate
Porcula- Pilate's wife
Herod
Alban - The Centurion
The story takes place just before Jesus' death and after. It is well written and the story moves right along.  I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it for those who like Biblical fiction.
https://www.amazon.com/Centurions-Wife-Acts-Faith-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5J4PZ6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_e_n_WzNRxbNS6D893_lm


I am not being paid to endorse this book. I liked it and thought I'd pass that along.
It is free on Amazon for Kindles today.

Matthew 8:13
Then Jesus said to the centurion,
"Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would."
And his servant was healed at that moment.

Gratitude
1. Stories of faith
2. Christian writers
3. Redemption

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah





Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jesus' Surprise Parties

My mother loved giving surprise parties. If she was in charge of a party it was going to be a surprise. You could almost count on this. She would invite you to dinner on your birthday, but the surprise was in who would be there.

Imagine the surprise when the two Marys went to the tomb of Jesus and instead of finding Him they found the stone rolled away and an angel sitting on top of the stone!! (Matt 28:1-7)

Imagine the disciples surprise when they went to Galilee and saw the risen Christ standing there talking to them! (Matthew 28:16-20)

Imagine the surprise when some of the disciples fished all night and caught nothing, but in the morning the risen Jesus appeared and filled their nets!!  (John 21:1-6)

Imagine, once again, the disciples surprise at Pentecost when tongues of fire appeared and came to rest over each of them, filling them with the Holy Spirit!! (Acts 2:1-4)

John 21:25 "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

I can only imagine the joy these surprises created and they must of felt kind of like a surprise party.

A surprise party given by the risen Christ.

I can only imagine...


Joshua 24:15
 "...but as for me and my household,
we will serve the Lord." 

Gratitude
1. My mother's surprises
2. Jesus' surprises
3. Grace

Phil 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah