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I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 (NIV)

 

I read the verse above the other day and was felt convicted. Because I have chosen to accept Jesus into my heart and I am now a daughter of the King, I have been given the robe of righteousness. I have the assurance of going to Heaven when I die, and I have access to so many of God’s blessings here on earth to when I choose to obey His commands. Obedience to God’s word opens the door to His blessings. God’s unconditional love can never be taken away.

As God’s child, why do I allow the stress of life to take away from the joy, peace, and love God has freely given to me, to share with others? Am I a good reflection of God to others around me … or does my life look like someone who doesn’t live with the hope of salvation, the peace of Jesus living inside me, and the strength and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

I realized I have to ask God daily to fill me with His joy, peace, and love so that I’m an accurate picture of life as God’s daughter looks like. Because sometimes, if I saw me, I would think twice about choosing the life of a Christ follower. It would repel me instead of invite me to check out how Jesus’ salvation could change me.

 

What about you? Maybe you have a different opinion you would like to share. I’m ready to listen.  

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About the Book:

Book Title: The Pages of Her Life

Author: James L. Rubart

Genre: Religious Science Fiction, Contemporary

Release date: May 21, 2019

How Do You Stand Up for Yourself When It Means Losing Everything?

Allison Moore is making it. Barely. The Seattle area architecture firm she started with her best friend is struggling, but at least they’re free from the games played by the corporate world. She’s gotten over her divorce. And while her dad’s recent passing is tough, their relationship had never been easy.

Then the bomb drops. Her dad had a secret life and left her mom in massive debt.

As Allison scrambles to help her mom find a way out, she’s given a journal, anonymously, during a visit to her favorite coffee shop. As the pressure to rescue her mom mounts, Allison pours her fears and heartache into the journal.

But then the unexplainable happens. The words in the journal, her words, begin to disappear. And new ones fill the empty spaces— words that force her to look at everything she knows about herself in a new light.

Ignoring those words could cost her everything . . . . but so could embracing them.

 

 

About the Author:

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He thinks he’s still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He’s the best-selling, Christy Book of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://www.jameslrubart.com More at http://jameslrubart.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart

 

 

My Review of The Pages of Her Life:

This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. This is an author that I have really come to love and can’t wait to read even more of his books. I would suggest to the readers to read Rooms, another one of James L. Rubart’s books because it is reference in this book; however, I am going to be reading it afterwards and it hasn’t taken away from this book at all.

 

The characters, storylines, and intrigue in this book drew me in with the first few pages and has kept me in suspense the entire time. I care as much for Allison as I do for Parker, and their mother. I can’t really say, though, I have even a smidgen of compassion for the antagonists in the book, and there are several.

 

I love even more the underlying message/theme that flows throughout the book. I love how the author speaks about dry bones, speaking to dead things and how important faith (belief) is. While Allison struggled with the meaning of that message, I also struggled and when she “got it,” I did too. Now to put it into practice in my own life as well as Allison did in hers.

Wonderful book – I think if you try it, you will fall in love too. I will be keeping my eye out for more books by this author. He is a breath of fresh air.

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions were strictly my own.

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a finished copy of The Pages of Her Life!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f2/the-pages-of-her-life-celebration-tour-giveaway

I heard on the radio recently how the North Koreans continue to be persecuted daily; yet they spend the majority of their time praying for their leaders. Not just praying for them in a rote sort of way, but believing God will get hold of their lives and they will become Christ followers, which ultimately would change the trajectory of their lives.

Lately I’ve been struggling with praying for a few specific people in my life. I’ve been frustrated and instead of regularly praying for blessing and favor in their lives (as God calls us to do regularly), I’ve been focused more on the ways I’m frustrated and not praying for them at all.

I was convicted when I heard about the North Koreans above. If they are willing and eager to pray for their leaders, knowing that is the only way real change will occur in their country, what is my excuse? Why am I dropping the ball and refusing to obey God’s simple command.

As I talk about a lot recently, God’s simple commands are … simple, but that doesn’t make them easy. Yet, God never called us to easy, He called us to obedience.

 

How about you? Do you feel convicted when you think about the consistent prayers of the persecuted North Koreans or, unlike me, do you regularly pray for those that frustrate you?

The last three weeks have been extremely stressful and busy for me. God, in all His loving kindness, showed me through another’s blog that my perspective had been skewed in the wrong direction.

I was looking at my schedule and “to do” list in crisis mode, when really everything I was dealing with centered around deadlines, plain and simple.

Deadlines can be stressful, but at the end of the day, that’s all they are is deadlines. Most individuals try to meet their deadlines, sometimes deadlines have to be adjusted, but overall, they are just deadlines.

A crisis is something far more serious with more lasting consequences. Crisis usually involves life-altering moments; deadlines are just inconveniences at worst, part of life at best.

After God spoke those reassuring words to me which helped me bring my perspective back in line with His, I was able to share that encouragement with one of our children less than 30 minutes later. When I explained to him what God had showed me, our child quickly calmed down to and was able to meet the deadline without any further stress.

 

Have you struggled with the difference between deadlines and crises in your life, similar to my struggle? Has God’s perspective on this matter helped you feel more peace? I’d love to continue this conversation with you.

I was thinking about children the other day … and how each one is created so differently than another. I used to own a daycare and all the children that I took under my wing were so different from one another: I had introverts, extroverts, high energy versus lower energy … yet all were amazing in their own way and had their own timetable of doing things.

 

One event I remember clearly was taking them on rainy (or snowy) days to McDonalds in the mornings to “run off their energy” after days of being cooped up in the house. The babies would love watching all the excitement around them while the toddlers would love climbing, jumping, etc., tiring themselves out for a nice afternoon nap.

I had two different kind of children though: I had those who rushed right in, could hardly get their shoes off fast enough before bolting into the play structure and I wouldn’t be able to coax them out for hours. Then, I had others who stayed right by my side, happily watching, maybe wanting to go in, but enjoying taking it all in before venturing forth cautiously to explore.

I would also observe other mothers in the group. Some would forcefully make their children go play, and the child would eventually go, crying and screaming the whole time. Other mothers would patiently encourage their children to go play, but if the child resisted, let them know it was fine, they could hang out with us until they were ready.

Overall, I tended to be that type of mother. I was fine with giving a child space, gently encouraging but not forcing, knowing that eventually the child would either want to explore when he/she was ready, but being okay with the fact it may never be something the child wanted to do.

The above observations are from over two decades ago, before I had children of my own. However, I’m realizing that all individuals (adults and children) react to situations similarly.

Eventually, if given enough gentle encouragement, children learn the basics they need to be fully functioning independent adults. Some children will rush into the experience, fully embracing all aspects of it and others may take a little longer. But the eventual goal will happen if approached in the way that best works with each individual child.

Everybody has their own comfort level and their own timetable. And each person’s timetable, whether fast or slow, should be okay. Something to think about …

 

Do you agree or disagree with my observations over the years? Are you someone who offers gentle encouragement or do you believe some children need a little more “pushing” in order to try something new? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

About the Book:

Book Title: Strike the Mark

Author: James W. Goll

Genre: Nonfiction Spiritual Warfare

Release date: May 7, 2019

Prayers that strike the mark are specific prayers authorized by the Holy Spirit and endowed with divine power to accomplish the will of God in your life and for the needs of the world. On the cross, Jesus fulfilled the ultimate answer to all of our prayers, but He awaits our invitation to come into our situations and circumstances. When people of prayer intercede, they create a meeting place between the heavenly Father and His children. God comes upon the person who is praying and moves them from the natural to the supernatural. Empowered by God, the intercessor has the authority to cut down enemy forces and pick out “targets” for God’s lightning bolts of glory, bringing victory and breakthrough.

Intercession could be called “extreme prayer” because it links extreme needs with the extraordinary power of God. Inserting ourselves into the gap between God and a need, we call upon the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who is ready to move us from finite ability to infinite ability, take hold of difficult situations, and help accomplish the will of God. We have the great honor of being called to “paint targets” on cities, churches, ministries, family members, contemporary “Sauls” (those who persecute or cause difficulty), and even ourselves. Our believing, persistent prayers will Strike the Mark!

He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark” (Job 36:32 NASB).

 

About the Author:

James W. Goll is the co-founder of Encounters Network – a ministry to the nations and the International Director of Prayer Storm.

He is the author of over twenty five books including The Lost Art of Intercession, The Seer, Dream Language, The Coming Israel Awakening and many others. James (Jim) is a member of the Harvest International Ministries Apostolic Team, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, and other national and international ministries.

He has appeared on the 700 Club, TBN, 100 Huntley, DayStar, God TV and other radio and TV broadcasts.

He and his wife late wife Michal Ann were married for 32 years before her graduation into heaven in September 2008. Together they parented four wonderful children: Justin, GraceAnn, Tyler and Rachel.

James continues to write, travel the globe preaching and ministering and lives in the beautiful hills of Franklin, Tennessee.

 

My Review of Strike the Mark:

This was definitely not a relaxing weekend read. This book has depth and is one that I will be reading and rereading multiple times, and I know I will continue to get new enlightenment every time I read it.

This book came at the right time in my life. God was bringing me to a new level in my prayer life, but I had questions. And this book has begun to answer them for me, along with giving me more things to think about.

Wonderful read. I’m reading it currently with a friend and enjoying that we are learning together. It’s easy to understand; yet carries a depth that makes one want to peel back the many layers to understand all of the message being spoken.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions were strictly my own.

 

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e2ac/strike-the-mark-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

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About the Book

Book Title: Moments We Forget

Author: Beth Vogt

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: May 7, 2019

Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.

Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.

Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?

 

About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor–or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

As a contemporary romance novelist, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2015 RITA® Finalist and a three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love (June).

A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at bethvogt.com.

An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.

Connect with Beth on her website (bethvogt.com) and her blog on quotes, In Others’ Words, or on any of these social media platforms:

Facebook.com/AuthorBethKVogt
Twitter.com/bethvogt
Instagram.com/bethkvogt

 

More from Beth:

“A sister is like yourself in a different movie, a movie that stars you in a different life.”

Deborah Tannen (1945-), sociologist

I’m launching Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, and I’ve just turned in the final book in the series. I’d love to share book three’s title with you, but I don’t know what it is. (Of course, book three might have a final title by the time you read this—that’s part of the fun of prerelease deadlines.)

One thing I do know: the theme of “Little Women gone wrong” is woven through all of the books . . . thanks to the Thatcher sisters: Payton, Pepper, Jillian, and Johanna.

Sisters, be they real or imaginary, can be complicated.

Of course, there are sisters who have close relationships. They “get” each other and love doing life together.

But then there are the sister relationships that are like mismatched socks. Or those expensive jeans you loved in the store, but when you bring them home, they never quite live up to those moments in the dressing room.

Such are the Thatcher sisters. Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper grew up in the same family. They’re all tall. They love Broncos football and board games. But in so many ways their lives are like different movies because they each made different choices. Choices that changed and separated them. Moments We Forget continues to explore whether the Thatcher sisters can find a way to understand each other enough to bridge the distance between them.

My Review of Moments We Forget:

I had just finished reading Things I Never Told You, the first in the Thatcher sisters’ novel series, and I couldn’t wait to pick up where I left off in Moments We Forget. I was not disappointed. This series is a little different for me in that the main characters are not women of faith when the series begins … but it’s so much like life that I was brought into it and held captive throughout both books.

I love how the author keeps the differences between the sisters very natural and how it’s so like authentic families, where just because two people are born into the same family, their experiences, personalities and unique interests make them very different people.

I love how close the family is, but yet there is something missing and that is God. I love the natural flow of the storyline, the different plots that are introduced and continued from one book to the other and I can’t wait to learn more about Johanna as I believe she is getting to the point where she is more vulnerable and might need a breakthrough.

I am really loving this series, cannot wait to read the third book and am grateful for the opportunity to read this one so quickly after reading the first. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.

 

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Livin’ Lit, May 7

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Hallie Reads, May 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 19

Godly Book Reviews, May 20

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Beth is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card plus a softcover copy of Moments We Forget!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e26d/moments-we-forget-celebration-tour-giveaway