The Light of Jesus Can Never Go Out

There seems to be a darkness covering America, and it is trying to swallow the Light of Jesus.

The darkness appears through negative voices who only want to harm others. These voices speak loud and boldly as it tries to silence the voices of those who don’t agree with their voices, therefore, silencing our freedoms of speech and religious freedoms.

Am I wrong?

It seems that this darkness disguises itself as our friends but they oppose what we believe in. And they are relentless, trying to steal the very hearts of America. But we are the very hearts of America. We are in this life together, trying to make our way in the world, and I realize that we are not all going to believe the same. I would not be completely honest if I didn’t say that I used to get so upset with those who didn’t agree with me, and I’m sure I turned some people off. But I realized that we’re not always going to agree, but this is no cause to be angry with others who don’t see things our way.

Our enemies lurk about, waiting for those whom they can devour,  those who distort the truth and try to deceive others through propaganda. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, pretending to care about us, but in fact, they don’t care about any thing but power and control.

Social media and various news outlets try desperately to hijack our thoughts, emotions, and now even our actions by trying to silence and stop us for standing up for what we believe is right. They have been working overtime to obscure the light of Jesus.

I would like to begin stepping out and begin shining a light on the darkness wherever that may lead. I appreciate all who have taken an interest in my blog site. So, I’m wanting to know how you might feel about me taking this blog site in a direction that may open the world’s sleepy eyes and hopefully bring those who don’t know Jesus, to come to know Him.

What do you think? Are you ready to hop on board and make a difference in the world?

 

 

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Hurting Hearts Need a Light

I’m happy to announce that my latest book, Hurting Hearts Need a Light, is now available in paperback on Amazon. God has a purpose for each of us; something we can do better than anything else, but when we go through trials our vision can become blurred, and our hearts could use a bit of encouragement and hope.

Take heart and pick up your copy of Hurting Hearts Need a Lighthttp://bit.ly/2K7SvSWPaperback

eBook: https://amzn.to/2ruqvCg

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me along my journey. God is truly great, and to Him I give the glory.

I would appreciate if you would consider adding our name to my mailing list should a day ever come when social media shuts down. I can keep you updated on my Works-in-Progress. I will not inundate your mail boxes.

The verse that inspired me to write Hurting Hearts Need a Light was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, this ruffled my feathers. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop the work of God.

I’m blessed to do what I love while spreading God’s love and grace.

Special blessings for special friends and acquaintances.

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Happy Spring and Thank You

Feeling blessed…Happy spring everybody

I know that with all the social media outlets, it’s difficult to keep up with all of those that we are subscribed to. I’m subscribed to ones that I find interesting and where I can benefit from the information and be encouraged along my journey.

I set aside my WIP (work in progress) because I felt led to write something that offers hope and encouragement to those who might need it.

I’ve published a short read that offers encouragement to those who may be struggling in their lives, or those who don’t believe that they were born with a purpose. We are all born with a purpose, and when we discover our unique purpose it gives us a renewed hope because we have something to look forward to. The print version of my eBook will be available soon.

I’d like to take this time to thank you–my subscribers/followers–who take the time to read, or at least scan, my blog posts. I really try not to inundate people’s mail boxes because I know that our mailboxes fill up quickly and it’s hard to keep up with all of the information that passes through our lives each day.

So, thank you. I hope you have an amazing day and an awesome summer!

 

 

 

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New Book Now Available

I am happy to announce that my new book is now available as an eBook on Amazon and other outlets. The print version is coming soon. You can watch my book trailer here, and while you’re there you can check out my new changes on my website and let me know what you think.

You can also find the book on Amazon.

I would also love for you to join my mailing list. If a day would ever come when social media shuts down and we can no longer connect through social media, it would be nice to still have the opportunity to be connected. Please consider joining my email list. I’ll also be able to keep you updated on my WIP in the coming months. I will not send out emails often.

I put my work-in-progress (WIP) on hold after I felt led to publish this inspirational book, Hurting Hearts Need a Light to offer hope and encouragement to those who feel there’s no light at the end of their tunnel, or they don’t know what their purpose is in life. It was such a delight to write.

The verse that inspired me was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, this ruffled my feathers. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop the work of God.

I am so blessed to be able to be doing what I love, and by spreading the Word of God through my writing. For those who read this book, I pray that it will bring you a special blessing.

Thanks to all of you who have join my community of friends.

 

 

 

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Hurting Hearts Need a Light

Digital version to be released soon on Amazon and other outlets. Print version coming soon after. Book trailer here

I put my previous work-in-progress on hold for a few months after I felt led to write this inspirational booklet, Hurting Hearts Need a Light. It’s to offer hope and encouragement to those who might feel as though the light went out at the end of their tunnel, and they don’t know what their purpose is in life.

The verse that inspired me to write Hurting Hearts Need a Light was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, you can imagine that this ruffled my feathers a bit. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop God’s work from being done.

Society strives to erase Jesus from the public domain. They are in our schools, colleges, in some of our religious congregations, and our political arena. Evidently, society hasn’t read how the story ends because if they had they would know that they will never be able to erase Jesus from the heart’s of His children because Jesus lives!

We are all born for a purpose. What is your purpose? May you discover it in Hurting Hearts Need a Light.

~Blessings

 

 

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A Married Guy’s Encouragement to Single Parents

I’d like to thank Brad Klassen who is here today with his latest post on single parenting. Brad is a writer, a story-teller, and public speaker, and he’s sharing his experience he had one night when he took his daughter to ER. While waiting for the doctor, he thought about how single parents cope with incidents without a life partner to share them with. I believe every single person can relate to this experience.

My wife and I have been married for 15 years. We have 4 healthy, awesome children.

Recently our second oldest came to us saying she had been having some pains in her cheek. As experienced parents, we decided to ride it out for a while to see if this would be a passing pain, or if it would end up being something more serious. She kept having pain.

Then one night, after she came to our room in pain three times, I took her to the emergency room. Continue reading

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Dictionary Or Living Word: 3 Steps To Bringing Bible Reading To Life

I’m happy to introduce Brad Klassen, and I welcome him as my guest blogger today. Brad is an author, speaker, and story teller, and he has a passion to share his knowledge and thoughts on parenting, as well as offer some insights on how to build your children’s love for Jesus.

Today he offers tips on how we can bring the Bible to life and to help people grow in their walk with Jesus. You may subscribe to his mailing list and receive a free PDF on 17 Practical Ways to Grow Your Child’s Love for Jesus on his website at adventuresofjuniorbear.weebly.com.  

Coming out of the Christmas season, I am guessing you saw one.

You know. One of those plays where children dress up in house coat robes and beach towel head wear, go up on stage, and forget their lines all to bring a Bible story to life.

As a parent myself, I’ve seen them. The kids are so cute, right?!

Why is it that there is only one story and one time of year where we do this in our church culture? Is there, after all, only one Bible story to bring to life? Is that the way our kids will understand the most beautiful Book we can know? Continue reading

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What’s In A Name

When I was growing up, I remember my dad telling us kids, “Be careful how you act and the things you say because your name will follow you.

I had two older brothers and each of us were five years apart. I remember my brother who was five years older than me. I followed him through school, and had some of his teachers, and I knew the coaches. It didn’t take long to notice that he had made a name for himself. Throughout my school years, several would ask me if I was so and so’s sister. When I said yes, they’d tell me what a wonderful guy he was, or that they had thought the world of him. As the years passed, I was proud to be his sister, and therefore, I tried to keep the good name.

What About You? Continue reading

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“Let The Little Children Come Unto To Me, And Do Not Hinder Them…”

The Secret of the Golden Heart

The Secret of the Golden Heart / http://www.debbie-erickson.com

Alon, the ancient oak—the forest’s primeval icon—loomed. Its dark, edgy streaks wound around its bare, twisted trunk, forming black-eyed knots that stared through the shadows with contempt. Its branches sprawled over the forest canopy like mummy fingers, but it was the huge black hole in its trunk that still stirred embers around his nerves, even after all these years.”

This story is a fun adventure, filled with mystery, and it offers an overall theme that embraces the true meaning of faith while transporting readers to a faraway galaxy; a galaxy that may very well exist far beyond a telescope’s eye.

May God touch little hearts and minds in big ways and sprout the seeds of faith that will grow into mighty oaks.

God is our refuge where we can find solace. He is our strength. What a comfort to know. It’s my desire that children will learn to trust Him. He will not disappoint. His blessings are real and lasting. May He get the glory.

 

 

 

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Rise Above The Ashes

*Revised. Originally published in CandidlyChristian : http://candidlychristian.com/stay-positive/

Do you sometimes feel beaten down by the world? Do you spend your time spent around those who tell you ‘you can’t’ rather than those who tell you can?

It’s easy to allow others to drag you down, who are negative individuals who have little positive things to say.

As much as I can emphasize because I know life can get really hard sometimes, there is a flip side.

As I grow in the love and grace of God, I realize that you live a much more stress-free life by staying stay positive than by being negative. Negativism stresses the heart and body. But God says, “…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” ~  I Peter 5:7 (NASB) And He cares more than our finite minds can fathom.

Life is short. It passes quicker the older you get. And it’s way too short to have negative thoughts. And it’s way too short to be around negative people; verbally or emotionally. But when you are around negativity, try to still be a witness for Christ, and shorten your time around them.

When we look at the world stage, we can see so many people who have lost hope, and without the hope of Jesus, they may feel that there isn’t much to live for. I’m guilty of missing opportunities to share Jesus with those who have no hope. We have to show them there are things to live for.

I titled this post, “Are You Getting Stirred Up For Jesus?” What I mean is: Are you rising above negative voices that seem to drown us each day? Voices that try to steal our hope? Voices that try to steal our enthusiasm or life?

There are voices that will seek to harm us if we don’t become a light and lift them to a positive level.

3 Ways to Stay Positive

What can we do to stay positive when society seems to be falling apart?

1.) Fellowship

First and foremost, it’s profitable to spend more quality time around those who love and care for you, and those who will give you more encouragement than discouragement… those who want the best for you and reinforce truths that tell you that you can rise above the negativity.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” ~ Hebrews 10:24

2.) Focus

Don’t look at the world’s or society’s standards to gauge your own life. Don’t look for hope or encouragement from the world. Instead, keep your eyes on Jesus.

3.) Fill Your Mind With Good Things

Last, and most importantly, read encouraging books and articles by successful, Godly people who can help you in your journey who’ve walked down the same paths as you—those who can ‘Pump. You. Up’(stealing a line from Arnold Swartznegger) Some might be ministers who offer hope and healing to the brokenhearted, and some authors who’ve been successful and who has made Godly principles a daily part of their lives. Those who won’t listen to anyone who tells them they can’t do it.

We are living in times of negative voices and it’s important to rise above the negative voices that shout “There’s no hope,” or, “It can’t be done.”

“And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” ~ Matthew 19:26 (NASB) We can rise above the hate and strife and start causing a ‘ruckus for Christ’ by standing up to those voices in order to be able to make them hear a better voice—a better way of life—in telling them the message of Christ.

The world needs to hear more positive voices, and see more happy faces. Your life isn’t hopeless. You can be healed from your wounds. You can be successful. You can rise above the chaos and negativity if you trust Jesus with your life and your future. Trust Him.

“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” ~ Proverbs 23:18 (NASB)

Let’s get pumped up for Christ!

Let’s rise above the noise and make some positive noises of our own!

What About You?

Have you ever felt like you’ve been beaten down by the world’s voices? Have others left you feeling depressed or anxious?

Please share your experience so others can find encouragement in knowing that they’re not alone.

How do you rise above the negative voices?

 

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