Friday, July 27, 2018

God and Our Lives

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers onto the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. Exodus 20:5 (ESV)

God loves each of His children. As a parent, he wants what is best for them. We have written evidence of how great God’s love is. The Apostle John tells us God loves us so much he willingly gave His son to die for our sins. He warns us no to have any other gods before Him. He tells us not to make carved images or likeness of any heavenly body.

The Lord keeps his children safe. He gives doctors and medical personnel knowledge to keep each of those children safe and healthy.
Our heavenly Father gives us reminders of His presence as we go through our day. The sound of birdsong, the beauty of a flower, the colors of the sky and the wispy clouds. He sends these messaged to us to remind us that He is near to us and that He wants us to stay close to Him.

Yes, God describes Himself as being jealous. This is a positive attribute. He wants what is best for us. Simply put, God cares for each of us. I once heard that God cares for each of us as if there was only one of us.

We, as His children, are responsible to live our lives in such a way that we reflect Him and His ways to all we meet. This could be seen as a big undertaking. I have found a small way to make people I meet at least stop and think, even if only for a second. At the end of our transaction, either in person or on the telephone, I tell them to be blessed. Some seem to not know how to respond and they choose not to. Others smile and respond with, “Thank you. You be blessed, too.”  This is something to think about. It might make a cashier’s day go a bit easier. Or maybe a phone center realizes her work is appreciated. It’s one way to be Jesus’ light in a dark world.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

God Did a Wonderful Thing

My dinner companions, Q.S.W.M.

One of my dear friends had talked about getting a group of women together from our old church, the one we were part of in the latter part of the 20th Century and very early this century. She had talked about doing something like this a couple of years ago but it didn’t work out.

There were seven of us, we ranged in age from the late 50’s up to the mid-80’s.  One lady was invited but she had a doctor’s appointment.  One thing we did was look at an old picture album of pictures of people who went to that church before we started going there. I recognized a lot of the ones I knew from when I went there.

Another thing we did was we each mentioned at least one of the women who went to that church who are now in our cloud of witnesses. Several of us mentioned more than one woman. As each of us spoke a name, the others all agreed.

All seven of us are retired. The organizer thought of some who are employed and of one of whom we are unsure how to contact. One lady, she thought of,

lives in the next county north of us.
God did a wonderful thing when He led me to that little church. He also did a wonderful deed when He led us to our new church where several of these same ladies worship.

God is Good All the Time, All the Time, God is Good

PS. I received a group picture with me in it. I am in the teal at the far end of the group.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Book Review: A Defense of Honor: Haven Manor 1

By Kristi Ann HunterA Defense of Honor (Haven Manor)

After Kathryn Fitz Gilbert chose to leave the London society because of a rumor about her, she became ‘Kit’ and chose to spend twelve years hidden away from people in rural England. Now she has business in London. A chance meeting with a titled man causes her to reflect on her past and wish that things could have been different.d by Ba

Then that man, Graham, Lord Wharton, stumbles onto her new life.  Can Kit forgive herself for the ruined life that she feels responsible for?  And the lives she has tried to save?

Kristi Ann Hunter has created an excellent story of inspiration and romance tied into a Regency genre book. She has described the settings well. The characters come alive as they interact with one another. 

I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical romance books. A Defense of Honor is the first of a series. I plan to watch for and read the books that follow.   

Published by Bethany House, A Defense of Honor is available in paperback and e-book at the following outlets. Some of these outlets also have it in hardcover,

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