Thursday, October 8, 2015

Verse of the Day - 1 Corinthians 1:24-25

So, I finished Romans. A little early! I decided to just move on to the next of Paul's letters, so 1 Corinthians, here I come!

I loved this verse. I read it with some airquotes around  "foolish." I encourage you to read the whole chapter to understand why he is calling God's plan of salvation foolish (because, well, he's NOT!)

But it is to highlight just how FOOLISH we are to think we can out think, out plan, out whit God. (Isn't that like the Survivor tag line or something? Or close... LOL)

What might seem "foolish" to some is actually wiser than our most intellegent philosophers. And what some view as God's weakness (his son dying) is stronger than our biggest strengths.

It is a reminder to me of how foolish it is to try and put God in a box. I was trying to explain this to my Lacy a few weeks ago when she was asking some GREAT questions about God.

Our brain is filled of "boxes" of truths. Things we know, understand. Those truths are shaped by our experiences and perspectives.

Sometimes we take out a truth, erase a few things, make some corrections, as we grown and learn.

So our truths aren't always "accurate" but things we believe, sometimes even passionately. They are truth to US.

Our human nature is to take the truth of "God" and toss him into the box of "higher being." Or, for some, toss out that box all together because our experiences have taught us that there isn't any truth in that at all.

Here is my opinion.

God cannot be fit into a box. Not accurately anyway.

If we could put God into a box and keep him contained there, then he would be nothing more than a human flawed perspective.

That brain that has all those boxes?

Yeah. God made that.

So if you ever look at that "higher being" box and see the lid closed, thinking God is packed neatly inside, I suggest you open the lid, because it is full of lots of human assumptions and errors. Because God cannot be "understood" completely by the meer human brain.

In fact, as a believer in Jesus, I believe that I will spend all my days taking steps closer and closer, learning more, and more, but the image will not be made complete until we are in heaven.

Another good verse ---

I Corinthians 13:12 (nlt)- "Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows ME completely."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Verse of the Day: Romans 15:30

"Dear brothers, and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me." Romans 15:30

I skimmed over this verse at first.

But when rereading the chapter, I paused at the words, "join in my struggle."

How many times are my prayers limited to a laundry list of my OWN struggles/wants/needs?
How many times are they just a list of "bless so-and-so"?

Do I truly stop and "join in the struggle" of those around me through prayer? Do I remember to join in the "struggle" through prayer with my church, my pastor, missionaries around the globe?

Something to ponder today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Love's Gift!!! 

So Excited!!

My newest adventure -- I mean, project -- I mean, BOOK, is available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon. It will be releasing NEXT TUESDAY, October 13th! One week from today!!

This is my FIRST Christmas book, and I'm SO excited to have teamed up with 7 other romance authors to bring you Love's Gift, a collection of Christmas novellas just in time for the upcoming holiday season!

My novella, A (kinda) Country Christmas set in Gatlinburg, TN is included!! (for those looking for paperback, it will be available as a single title in November!)

More details on Love's Gift!:

Eight Christian romance novellas celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!

Each of these never-before-released inspirational romances has an uplifting message that will help you relax, forget your worries, and focus on the real meaning of Christmas: Jesus, God's gift to the world.

Join eight beloved Christian romance writers as they weave tales about all kinds of Christmas romance.

Can you go home again for Christmas? Belle Calhoune’s inspirational romance novella says yes, and it’s particularly exciting when you find your Mistletoe in Montana.

Debra Lynn Collins wonders if you can actually give someone a man for Christmas… and A Match Made for Christmas is one Christian romance that answers that question!

Valerie Comer introduces us to a disillusioned toy store clerk and a mall Santa who don't see eye-to-eye on the whole Christmas season, but that's nothing a few Merry Kisses can't cure.

And Christina Coryell’s Unwrapped takes traditional Christmas celebrations to the next level when heroine Trina Miller falls for her best friend’s brother.

If you like Christian fiction with hospital settings, Heather Gray’s An Informal Christmas will warm your heart as her hero and heroine overcome their differences to help sick kids.

Christmas isn’t everyone’s favorite time of year. In fact, Christmas light displays take on a whole new meaning when you hate Christmas! But the hero of Elizabeth Maddrey’s Christian romance novella Operation Mistletoe won’t let heroine Victoria Spencer stay a Scrooge for long.

In the Christian romance A Bond for the Holidays, a family almost falls apart when a terrible secret is revealed… but this inspirational novella by Lee Tobin McClain shows how God’s love can work a miracle.

Maybe you prefer celebrating Christmas 365 days a year in the Smoky Mountains. In Krista Phillips’ inspirational Christmas novella, A (kinda) Country Christmas a woman does just that—until a handsome, world traveler shows up and ruins everything.

Join eight Christian romance writers on a journey that will warm your heart, deepen your faith, and help you embrace the true gifts of Christmas.

Let's Chat!! 

What's the last Christmas story you read?
Do you read Christmas books ONLY around the holiday or do you read them whenever?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Verse of the Day: Romans 15:17

No graphic today.

But this verse struck me today.

"So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God."

Lots of great reminders here.

Am I allowing Christ to work through me?
Am I REJOICING for the things Christ has done through me?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Anniversary Style Verse!!! 16 years!!

Changing up Verse of the Day a bit today --

Because hubby and I are celebrating 16 years of marriage as of about 2-ish this afternoon!!

My Bible reading for today -- (although the note was wrote a few years ago, it's still my heart today!)

Lord, may I continue to me a crown to my husband!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Verse of the Day Romans 15:13

Praying that you OVERFLOW with confident hope today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

VOTD - Romans 12:4

Backtracked a little today.

Can I just take a moment and say how COOL Romans 12 is? I've read it like 4 times over the last two weeks because it is just filled to the brim with such amazing spiritual truths.

Seriously, if you've been feeling a little blah and stagnant for a while, go read Romans 12. It'll give you a nice jumpstart!

Today's verse - Romans 12:4

I have like 12 verses highlighted and underlined in the chapter, but this one stuck out to me today because it kinda fit the theme of my last two!

I love the last part of that verse, "We all belong to each other."

As followers of Jesus, we're ALL members of the body of Christ.

The verses after are great too! Has God given you a gift? (if you doubt, to be sure, YES he has!) USE IT!