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Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Reminder

First Christmas Adventure with Grandma!

(this is not a personal story, but one someone sent me via email, by an unknown, not named person)

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I
was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to
visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There
is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled
to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.
I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the
truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with
one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they
were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between
bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No
Santa Claus?" she snorted.... "Ridiculous! Don't believe it.
That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain
mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't
even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned
out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had
a little bit of just about everything.

As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.
That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said,
"and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you
in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's Store.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my
mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself.
The store seemed big and crowded, full of people
scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just
stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill,
wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I
thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my
neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my
church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly
thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy
hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he
never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always
wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all
we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he just
didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with
growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a
red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm,
and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the
counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.

"Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby." The nice lady
smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed
a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put
the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry
Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag
fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible)
in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby,
From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted
on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's
house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever
officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and
she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front
walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa
Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath,
dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded
his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and
Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the
front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.


Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments
spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's
bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa
Claus were just what Grandma said they were, ridiculous. Santa
was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have Grandma's Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: A
$19.95 price tag.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and
FRIENDS that care. And may you always believe in the magic of
Christmas! God gave His own son as the very first Christmas offering.
How can we do any less than give of our best!

Monday, December 15, 2008

What Do You Choose?


Every morning we face a choice. We can get out of bed and see life one of two ways....with the glass half full, or the glass half empty.

We're faced with choices every hour of every day. Choices to growl, complain and criticize, or CHOOSE to be thankful. We can speak words of peace, words that bring life and freedom, words of joy....or we can sow words of doubt, fear and negativity.

There isn't a person in this world, no matter how rich or seemingly blessed, that doesn't struggle with something in their life. It might be a physical problem, a marriage issue, a conflict with a child, sibling or parent. A job that's stressful, a bill they can't pay, or someone who's rejected their love. None of us are immune to stress or trouble.

But each of us faces the same thing when crisis comes. How will we choose to respond? The Bible is so very clear. The words that we speak can bring life, or they can bring death. God works through the words that we speak. He desires to bless us, to bring us the desires of our heart. But are you tying His hands by the words that constantly tumble from your lips? Do you speak doubt and fear? When you pray, do you pray the problem, or pray the answer? Do you use His Word in your prayers, or dig deep into the dung pile and pull out words that are a stench to His nostrils?

I urge you to listen carefully to the words that come out of your mouth. Make it a priority, this next week, to consider what you say when something goes wrong, or when you're troubled or stressed. Are you quick to complain, grouch, find fault, or do you give God the glory, speak positive words of faith in His ability to see you through?

If not, why not? Do you really believe God is able to conquer the giants in your life? If so, being to SPEAK like you believe it. You'll be amazed at the power your words will release....and the way God will move in your life!

Friday, December 5, 2008

So Much To Be Thankful For





Thanksgiving Is Over, But....

Is that any reason to quit giving thanks? We dedicate one day a year to giving thanks, but how many of us do it even on that day? Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over, but Christmas is coming and it shouldn't be all about shopping, baking and decorating. It, too, needs to be a time for quiet reflection on all we have to be grateful for. Here are just a few of mine:

A wonderful family who loves, encourages and supports me, and my writing career

Our home finally sold and we're moving toward closing. Yes, we'll be moving just days before Christmas, which is inconvenient, but I don't care. I'm so grateful we'll only have ONE mortgage payment, instead of the two we've carried for 2 yrs.

My second book releases in late January, with another releasing later in the fall, and yet another contract on the horizon for 2010. Can't say more than that right now, as it's not official yet.

A healthy body and the ability to get out of bed in the morning without the pain that so many experience....no sickness, no disease, and a healthy husband as well.

Gas that's now under $2.00 per gallon and still heading down. Talk that it could hit $1.25 by the first of the year. I never would have believed, 8 months ago, that we'd ever see it under $4.00 again. Wow! This is awesome!

God loves me and accepts me just as I am, with my graying hair that keeps wanting to grow out and show the roots, my overweight body, my occasionally crankiness toward my hubby, and my propensity to procrastinate on things that need to be done. I'm so thankful He doesn't judge me the way I sometimes am prone to want to judge others.

See what I mean? And that's only just a tiny bit of what I have to be thankful for. How about you make your own list? It's amazing what writing it down will do for you. Do I have things that trouble me, or that I'm praying about? Sure. We all do. But choosing to put my focus on the good rather than my needs frees God up to do what He needs to do in my life. I'm no longer complaining or worrying, I'm praising Him instead. A good place to be!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Destroying the Monster of Doubt

Doubt rears its ugly head in almost every aspect of life, and negativity races hard on its heels. I've had the opportunity to entertain both of those creatures recently, but have decided to shut the door rather than invite them in.

As you may know, we accepted an offer on our house after some back and forth countering. My husband & I were both a bit nervous about it, with the economy the way it is, and stories we've heard of closings falling through at the last moment. We know we're blessed to have an accepted offer, but still had to clear the very large hurdles of the inspection and appraisal, and all that each could entail.

A week ago I went to Wed. night prayer meeting at church and had a good time of personal prayer, with some quiet reflection and listening to the voice of the Lord. I was (once again) giving our house situation to Him. We've been carrying two mortgages for almost two years, as our new house was built and the old one didn't sell. We moved back to the old one when our well almost dried up this summer (at the new house) and we knew we'd be out of water for 2-3 wks (turned out to be 4). Not long after, we put both houses on the market, and asked the Lord to sell the one He knew to be best.

Due to the shaky housing market and economy, both Allen and I were struggling with trusting that the sale would go all the way through. That night at prayer the Lord spoke in such a sweet, gentle voice. He told me that He's going to bring it to pass and I had only two responsibilities: Shout the Victory, and don't allow any word of doubt or negativity to cross my lips during the entire process.

Now don't you know, that when everything is going well, there's no danger of doubting? I understood that something could be coming that would tempt me to doubt, so I shared with Allen what the Lord said, the next day. I had to remind him a couple of times when he started speaking in fear....even tho the Lord told ME, not him, to shout the victory, I knew I needed my husband's support, as well. He agreed, and each time he began to speak out of fear and I began to remind him, he'd catch himself and change.

Since then, we've had opportunity to doubt. We hit some snags with the inspection, and it took 5 days before we got the buyers response....a time when doubt and negative words might easily have flown out of our mouths. I kept thanking the Lord that He's in control, and that He's going to take us clear to closing and funding, no matter WHAT it looks like now. We're now moving toward the FHA appraisal next week, and I'm guessing we'll have opportunity there to either shout the victory, or doubt. I'm choosing victory. God IS in control. He DOES want the best for us, but He needs us to be in agreement with Him, not working against Him with our words and attitudes.

I had a choice whether to share this or not. Think about it...I had to step out in faith just posting this. After all, I'm putting my faith on the line, that I really DID hear from the Lord, and He does speak to us today. But again, I'm choosing faith over doubt.

I'll be posting again on this subject after we've signed the papers and are moving back to our new home...right before Christmas. Will it be a push and hard to get ready for Christmas? Sure. Do I mind? Absolutely not! I'm shouting the victory for all the blessings the Lord has given us during this wonderful Time of Thanksgiving, for the Lord is indeed GOOD!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Do You Have A Vision?


I've been thinking lately about visions and dreams...not the type that come to us in the night, but the "God" kind. We're created with a desire for something bigger than ourselves, something that we can only attain with supernatural help.

Sure...we each have a dream. Maybe something we'd like to purchase, or a new job we're striving for. But I'm talking about a larger vision than material things or our career. What is your purpose? Why did God put you here? What do you hope to accomplish? And are you dreaming BIG dreams, or just ones that you can attain on your own?

If the dreams you have can be fulfilled by your own hard work, then they probably are simply that...your own dreams, not God's vision for you. If you're dreaming God's dream for you, then it's bigger than you--bigger than anything you can do on your own.

God wants us to enlarge our vision--reach for something bigger than we've dared to before. You may already have an idea what your purpose or ministry entails, but have you sought God's heart for how He wants to implement it? Is it bigger than anything you can bring to pass? Don't be afraid to stretch...don't limit yourself. Open your heart and open your spirit to what God has for you. He wants to do great and wonderful things through you and in you. That's right. YOU. Not the pastor, not the women's ministry leader, but YOU. Don't sell yourself short. God CAN use each of us, right now, right where we are.

Take time each day and ask Him to use you. Ask Him to reveal His dream and purpose for your life. Ask Him to stir up an excitement in your soul and point you in the right direction, then get ready. God always answers requests to be used for His Kingdom and glory, and trust me, it's never boring and always fulfilling. Take time to listen. He's more eager to talk then we are to listen....and He'll give you the answers you're looking for.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Counting My Blessings


So Much to be Thankful For

This is the time of year that we typically stop, take a deep breath and try to remember to count our blessings. I've been telling myself for several months now....God IS still in control. We've had our home on the market off and on for almost two years. We took a step of faith 2 1/2 yrs ago and decided to build a new home, and sell our other one when the new one neared completion. Unfortunately, we were less than half way through building it when the market began to bottom out and the old house hadn't sold.

In recent months I've been asking God for mercy....on our finances, our business, our home selling, my writing career, and wondering how He would pull it all together. But I serve an awesome, all powerful God who knows the beginning from the end, and who doesn't make mistakes.

A few days ago we came to an agreement with potential buyers for our old home, and we're now in the 'inspection and appraisal' stage, moving toward closing. Did we get exactly what we were hoping for on the price? No. But you know what, we don't care. Another 5 months of interest payments, insurance and property taxes would eat up the difference. So we're thankful, to the max. And believing that God has done a miracle for us, with the housing market and economy the way it is right now.

And my husband's business is moving forward, and getting past some slow downs that were holding things back for a while. Not there yet, but moving forward.

My writing has been blessed from the beginning and I have God to thank for that. Doors have opened that I'd never have been able to open on my own. And now I've been told that my debut novel, The Other Daughter, just went into second print a couple of wks ago. Wow! AND...I have a contract now for the sequel, which will release late next summer. That was something I'd been praying about for months, as it seemed so slow in coming. But the contract is signed and in the mail to me, and I'll sign and return it in a few days (as soon as it arrives, LOL!). The manuscript is finished, is undergoing a final polish now and will hit my editor's desk no later than Dec. 1st.

And my historical romance (Christian fiction with a suspense thread) hits shelves Feb. 1st, and I'm SO excited. I LOVED writing this book. The title is Love Finds You In Last Chance, CA and it's set in the old west. Check it out on Amazon by putting my name in the search engine... Miralee Ferrell....or just click here: Love Finds You
My new cover was posted a few days ago and I Love it! Let me know what you think?

So yes....I'm counting my blessings this November. God allowed us to keep our new house (we put both on the market and left it up to Him) and is blessing my writing career. Our kids are healthy and doing well, our marriage is strong and we have food in the cupboard. What more could I possible ask for!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ten Predictions

A friend sent me this today via email...it's not signed, so I can't give credit to anyone, but it's worth reading.

TEN PREDICTIONS NO MATTER WHO WON THE ELECTION:

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.

2. Prayer will still work.

3. The Holy Spirit will still move.

4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.

5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.

6. There will still be singing of praise to God.

7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.

8. There will still be room at the Cross.

9. Jesus will still love you.

10. Jesus will still save the lost.

ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW WHO IS STILL IN CONTROL?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Is He God, or Not?


There is so much concern now about the economy, the results of the election, the state of our nation and the instability of the world.

On a more personal level we face so much heartache and fear. Cancer, home foreclosures, job lay-offs, sickness, children going astray, marriages failing. No matter which way we turn we see pain, loss, discouragement, depression. What is a person to do?

I've faced several of these issues myself...either in my own life, or my extended family, so I'm not speaking theoretically, but from a deep well of experience on many levels. Do we tuck our head into the sand and burrow in....pull the covers over our head and hope it all goes away? Self medicate with drugs or alcohol, have an affair, slip into depression, lash out in anger...these are all options the enemy of our soul would love to direct us to, convincing us there's no other alternative.

The Bible asks where does our help come from...and it answers...it comes from the Lord. Peace isn't a transient, fleeting emotion. Peace has nothing to do with happiness, success or prosperity. It comes from a deep well in our spirit when we're connected to the Holy Spirit through relationship with Jesus. God's Peace transcends our circumstances and defies our emotions.

But what can we do in a practical way to help push back the fear and depression and help bring the peace of God to the forefront when crisis or tragedy hits? When a diagnosis of cancer hits our family, or our husband loses his job?

There are many things you can do, but I'll speak briefly to only two right now. One is praise and worship. No, we're not thanking God FOR the crisis or pain, we're praising Him that He's in control and walking with us THROUGH the pain.

The second thing to do is to use the Word of God as a weapon against the enemy. Don't get sucked into his lies that you're a failure, that life isn't worth living, that you're going to be destroyed. Lift up the name of Jesus, speak the Word of God outloud, declare it in your prayers back to the Lord, claim what He's spoken for yourself. Search out verses that speak to your situation and write them down...keep them in front of your eyes and speak them daily, calling on God to bring His word to pass in your situation.

God IS faithful and He cares for each one of His children. He hasn't abandoned you. He's walking through the darkness with you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Morning After...Thoughts on the Election

Hymn for the Morning After

Courtesy of Ingrid Schlueter...I've shortened this by taking out the lines written in German and have left only the English translation. It's a wonderful hymn and could easily be a prayer or declaration for God's people. Miralee


Nov 05 by Ingrid Schlueter

Reading the headlines this morning, a German hymn came to mind so strongly. I was at a loss to translate the text properly because my German is rough, but then found the translation online - the English stanzas are underneath the German ones. Two of these verses were included by Bach in his St. Matthew passion. This needs to be our attitude and our hope in the days to come. Just think of the world when this was written by one of God's children. The Reformation was in full spate and all of the persecution and hardship it created, including a 30-year long war. Yet God's people continued on in faith, because what God wills is always right.

What my God wants , may it always happen,
His will is what is best.
He is ready to help those
Who believe firmly in him
He helps us in our poverty , the holy God,
And punishes us in moderation
Who places his trust in God and builds firmly on him,
He will not abandon.

God is my comfort, my confidence,
My hope and my life.
What my God wants to happen to me
I do not want to strive against.
His word is true, for all my hair
He himself has counted
He guards and watches and has taken good care
That we should lack nothing.

Now must I, a sinner from this world,
Go hence in God's will
To my God:when it pleases him,
I want to hold still with him.
I entrust my poor soul to God
In my last hours.
You holy God have overcome
For me sin, hell and death

Just one thing, Lord, I want to ask you,:
You will not deny it to me:
When the evil spirit tempts me,
Let me not despair.
Help, guide and protect, ah God, my Lord,
To the honour of your name.
Who desires this will have his wish granted;
For this reason I say joyfully:
Amen

OUR GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE !! HIS WILL BE DONE !!

Monday, November 3, 2008

How Long Do We Have?


We serve a MIGHTY God....while the information below has proven to be true historically, I'm praying that God will turn what SEEMS inevitable toward the miraculous....and shows mercy and grace toward this country. Let's keep fasting and praying and repenting for America!!



About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'
'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'
'>From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'
'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history ­, has been about 200 years'
'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage'
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline UniversitySchool of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare.. ­.' Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already; having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.



Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sharing From Huntley Brown

I wanted to send this article from Huntley Brown - a fabulous concert pianist, a man of God and a black man. I appreciate so much his reasoning for not voting for Obama. I checked it on Snopes, and he did confirm it was his letter---but that there were some parts that he wished had not been shared, as he didn't intend for it to go public, and I've cut those places out of respect for his wishes. Miralee

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Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown



Dear Friends, A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an email with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but it's worth repeating...

First I must say whoever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be voting for him.

Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness. I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms He does because He is the leader.

I can't vote black because I am black; I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior.

In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few, wrong economic concerns will soon not matter.

We need to follow Martin Luther King's words, don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I don't know Obama so all I can go off is his voting record. His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007.

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)

To beat Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing. Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.

There is a reason Planned Parenthood gives him a 100 % rating. There is a reason the homosexual community supports him. There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc. love him. There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the Supreme Court. There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill. There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. There is a reason he voted No on banning partial birth abortion. There is a reason he voted No on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.


Think about this: You can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.

There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.

Obama tells us he has good judgment but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wright's sermons. I wonder why now?

Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19 - 20 'Go and make disciples of all nations.' This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you; talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?

Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a ...

1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.

Would you support a President who went to a church like that?

Just change the word from white to black and you have the tenets of Obama's former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside.

This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world.

A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if it is a white church or a black church it's still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.

Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: 'Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.

Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?

So what does all this mean for the nation?

In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing - judgment.

Read 1 Samuel 8 when Israel asked for a king. First God says in 1 Samuel 1:9 'Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.'

Then God says

1 Samuel 1:18 ' When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.' 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. 'No!' they said. 'We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.' 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, 'Listen to them and give them a king.'

Here is what we know for sure.

God is not schizophrenic

He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says, a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.

Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.

For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say; Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion. He might have to nominate three or four Supreme Court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be making laws that are against you. I know I can look the other way because of the economy.

I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends.

Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,

1. Whose value system should be placed on the nation.

2. Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?

Blessings, Huntley Brown

In his letter to Snopes, my Brown stated emphatically that he is not against anyone who's had an abortion and will be praying for whoever wins the election. This email was meant explain to some of his black friends why he was choosing to vote for McCain rather than Obama. He's not a republican or a demorcrat, he considers himself a Christian independant. I respect this man for having the courage to speak out.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Blog From Kim Vogel Sawyer

Risking my "comfort zone"

My friend and fellow author (only she's award winning AND a best seller!) posted a very thought provoking blog yesterday. Feel free to leave a comment here, or pop over to Kim's blog to leave a comment as well, and let her know you noticed it here.

Writes of Passage....Kim Vogel Sawyer

Warning: I am about to wax political, something I’ve never before done in a public forum. I am not a confrontational person, and I’m well aware that “talking politics” is a good way to stir things up. But I’ve been so burdened recently, and I just want to share my thoughts with you.

The presidential election is just around the corner. Like many of you, I’ve listened to the debates, read the newspaper, and fielded “forwards” (some accurate, some not) in email messages. For the first time in my adult life, I researched the voting records to see where each candidate stood on the issues that are most important to me. All of the information gathered has made me concerned for the kind of change that could come into America if Obama attains the highest level of leadership in our country. Although there are several things that bother me, two take precedence for me personally.

If elected, Obama has vowed to approve the Freedom of Choice Act , which includes making partial-birth abortion legal again and nullifying virtually every state and federal law that limits abortion in any way, including parental notification. America was founded on freedom for all, but--as I used to teach my fifth graders--with “rights” comes “responsibility.” I believe a leader has a responsibility to protect those individuals who are under his leadership. Obama’s past voting record and his support of this Act tell me he will not protect the most vulnerable among us: the unborn. The sanctity of life--of all life--is very important to me. Obama and I do not see eye-to-eye on this issue.

I’ve heard the argument that women should have the choice whether or not to reproduce. I agree, but I think the choice should come prior to pregnancy. After a soul has been conceived, the only moral and biblical choice is to allow the child to develop and come into this world.

On the left is a little boy named Jacob. He is bright-eyed and ornery and has a belly laugh that dares you not to join in. He was conceived out-of-wedlock by two kids who had no intention of becoming parents--in other words, he was a "mistake." But his mama decided two wrongs couldn't make a right (meaning she'd already erred in having premarital sex; terminating the pregnancy wouldn't erase that wrong and would only add to her regrets), so she saw the pregnancy to completion. Would her life be less complicated and with fewer responsibilities if she'd chosen abortion? Maybe. But I can tell you whole-heartedly that this little boy has brought her tremendous joy. She told me recently, "I can't imagine my life without him." And neither can I. You see, this little guy calls me Gramma, and I can't wait to see what he grows up to be.

I believe God has a purpose and plan for every life. When we snuff out a life before he or she is even born, what kind of blessing are we denying that child…as well as ourselves? The Bible is quite clear on God’s opinion of taking a life--He says don’t do it. I can’t waver on this issue.

Secondly, at the presidential debate at the college campus, an observer posed a question concerning whether or not the candidate, if elected, would approve the nation going to the defense of Israel were that country attacked. McCain stated that he would unquestionably defend Israel; Obama skirted the issue. That gave me chills. If America turns its back on Israel, God’s chosen people, then heaven help us. I believe part of the reason America has become such a mighty nation is because of our allegiance to Israel.

While standing in the grocery store line a few days ago, I listened to a conversation between two men who were discussing the candidates. Finally one of the men laughed and said, “Well, since I don’t really want either one of them, I’m just gonna do a write-in for Captain Kangaroo and leave it at that.” I had to bite my tongue not to give him a lecture on civic responsibility. This isn’t a laughing matter. Too much is on the line. Our next leader will most likely place several Supreme Court justices into power. Those individuals will make decisions that will impact us and our children for years to come. We must make informed, responsible decisions.

Psalm 111:10 tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” I believe every Christian should be standing right now in fear and reverence before God, seeking wisdom, and following His precepts. Sometimes we get swept away by one thought (this election’s premise seems to be “change”) and we neglect seeing the big picture. Of course there are things in America that need to change, but I sincerely hope in our quest to see something different we don’t sacrifice something precious, like our Christian convictions.

You don’t have to agree or disagree with me. I just felt the need to unburden my heart and to encourage each of you to be in prayer for our nation, for our next leader, for our next generations. Please exercise your right to vote, and vote responsibly. The choices we make today will impact us for a thousand tomorrows. Thanks for listening to my heart.

(BTW, I haven’t forgotten last week’s contest in honor of reconnecting with my “little sis” Lisbeth. Hubby drew a name from the hat, and the winner for a Kim Vogel Sawyer book is LASHAUNDA! Please contact me--kim at kimvogelsawyer.com--so we can arrange shipment of your book of choice. Thank you!)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Results On My Neck Surgery--God is GOOD!

I'm thrilled to be able to share that the surgeon looked at the MRI results and decided I'm not a candidate for immediate surgery on my neck. Wahoo!!! No pain, no big cost to cover the insurance deductible, no down time. God is Indeed GOOD!

My pain level from the bulging disks is very low and he said that unless it gets worse, there's no reason to do invasive surgery. There's no danger of permanent nerve damage, which was my biggest concern. I just need to be aware of things that can trigger a flare up of pain, and avoid those as much as possible.

Thank you to those who prayed for me and encouraged me while I waited on my appt with the surgeon.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rachel Hauck’s, Love Starts With Elle!


Love Starts With Elle! By Rachel Hauck

First the fun news! You can win a copy of Rachel's new book by posting a comment here:
http://www.rachelhauck.com/2008/10/love-starts-with-elle-blog-tour.html


I'm reading this second book in Rachel's series right now and LOVING IT! I thoroughly enjoyed her first book, Sweet Caroline, but I think this one is going to top it. Here's some info about the story line and the balance of the book tour, as well as a picture of Rachel.

About Rachel: Rachel Hauck is the author of ten, going on eleven novels, and has recently become an "acclaimed" author. (Yeah, funny how that happened. Some dude found her lottery stub stuck to the bottom of his shoe and tried to "acclaim" her. But her husband refused to pay out.)

Since then, she's gone on to become a best selling author of Sweet Caroline.

Living in central Florida with her husband of sixteen and a half years, one sweet little dog and one ornery cat, Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye football fan. One day she hopes to stand on the sidelines next to Coach Tressel as a famed, acclaimed best selling OSU alumni, beloved for her work in literature and letters. (She's written at least a couple hundred letters in her life time.)

Her current release, Love Starts With Elle (July 2008, Thomas Nelson) is set in the South Carolina lowcountry, and earned 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Club.

Look for her next release next spring, The Sweet By and By, the first book in the Born To Fly series with award winning country artist, Sara Evans.

Of the writing journey, Rachel says, "I'm humbled by the amazing things God is doing in my life. I love what I do, and am so privileged to work with Thomas Nelson fiction and am excited to see what God has in store for all of His authors and writers. Just keep praying and writing!"

Visit her blog and website at http://www.rachelhauck.com

About the book:

Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

Buy the book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Starts-Elle-Rachel-Hauck/dp/1595543384?&camp=212361&creative=383841&linkCode=wss&tag=sprightly-20

Blog Tour Post and Schedule link: http://www.rachelhauck.com/2008/10/love-starts-with-elle-blog-tour.html (Please include this link on your post, so that your readers can follow the tour!)

10/10

Martha at Our Family's Adventures

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Martha/

Robin at Writing Between Sundays

http://wwwwritingbetweensundays.blogspot.com

Trish at Books for Moms

http://www.booksformoms.blogspot.com/

Sunny at Life in the Estrogen Ocean

http://estrogen-ocean.blogspot.com/

10/11

Deborah at A Cup of Joy

http://acupofjoy.wordpress.com/

Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts

http://www.amychristopher.blogspot.com

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods

http://the160acrewoods.wordpress.com/

Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart

http://philippians4verse8.blogspot.com:80/

10/13

Melody at Kids, Cakes, Dishes, Laundry…In That Order

http://www.kidscakesdisheslaundry.blogspot.com

Pam at Without Fear

http://withoutfear08.blogspot.com/

Tasra at Real Women Scrap

http://realwomenscrap.blogspot.com

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/cappuccinosmom/profile/

10/14

Sarah at Real Life

http://www.reallifeblog.net

Jamie at Surviving the Chaos

http://www.survivingthechaos.blogspot.com

Miralee at Coming Home

http://www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com

DeeDee at Fiddle DeeDee

http://fiddledeedee.net

10/15

Tricia at It's Real Life

http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com

Christina at …And Everything Else

http://christina-everythingelse.blogspot.com/

Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms

http://blog.cwahm.com

Laura at LightHouse Academy

http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/

10/16

Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author

http://www.edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com

Melissa at Breath of Life

http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/

Amy at Sprightly

http://sprightly-amyanne.blogspot.com

Kate at A Simple Walk

http://asimplewalk.blogspot.com/

10/17

Joy at Five J's

http://fivejs.wordpress.com

Kathie at Strolling

http://takingastroll.blogspot.com

Julie at Booking Mama

http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/

Karen at Sky High View

http://www.sky-highview.blogspot.com

10/18

Karla at Looking Towards Heaven

http://karlascrazylife.blogspot.com

Patty at Fresh Brewed Writer

http://freshbrewedwriter.blogspot.com/

Teresa at Joy in the Journey

http://www.teresaslack.blogspot.com

Virginia at Book Reviews

http://www.virginiasmith.typepad.com/bookreviews/

10/20

Revka at Our Family Porch

http://ourfamilyporch.blogspot.com

Lauren at Baseballs and Bows

http://baseballsandbows.blogspot.com/

Camy at Camy's Loft

http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/

Beth at The Witing Road

http://thewritingroad.blogspot.com/

10/21

Kristy at Southeast Country Wife

http://southeastcountrywife.blogspot.com/

Susan at Scribbles

http://susanmaywarren.typepad.com/scribbles/

Patty at Girlfriends in God

http://patty-girlfriendsingod.blogspot.com



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