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A sharp knife in the back

Yesterday I worked very hard cleaning my home and my car. It was one of those days I pushed myself beyond my own limits. When you live with chronic pain you don't have to do much to cause more pain. You feel it deep within your body. It's almost as though your bones are screaming and your muscles are saying, "No, no more, please."

As the night approached it felt as if I had a knife in my back. A sharp knife, sticking in my shoulder blade. Each movement hurt. Even being still made me want to cry out. Nothing seemed to take the pain away. The more I moved, the more it felt like it was digging in deeper. You just want to reach back there and pull it out to give relief, but you can't. It's not reachable. It's not doable on your own.

Ever feel betrayed? You feel like you have put everything you have into the relationship and then out of no where comes a sharp object and you know it's going to hurt. You just don't know how much at the time. Maybe just…

Is that stretch a bit uncomfortable?

Never think something so small has no purpose. Never under estimate God's calling. Two sentences that carry much meaning for me this week. We tend to look at our smallness and think, "No way." We tend to look at God's calling and wonder, "Are You sure, God?" Why do we question Him so? Why don't we just have faith He is going to do what He has set out to do? The thing is, He wants to use us for His glory and honor. If we are not going to make ourselves available, He will use someone else and we will miss out on a huge blessing.

"Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done."  C.S.Lewis


"Continuous effort---not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential."  Winston Churchill


Everyday we must wake as if it is a new day. A day awaiting new blessings and new opportunities. Too many times we just have the attitude that as morning breaks open nothing new will happen. We will live that sa…

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with JOJO TABARES

When you ask someone to tell you about themselves and the first thing they say is, "I am a child of God", that tells you much about that person already. To know who we are in Jesus is the most important aspect of who we are. It's everything. When we find ourselves in Jesus everything else just seems to find its place. Meaning, when we put God first, He cares for the rest.

My guest today is, JoJo Tabares. JoJo, is a woman of truth and wisdom. Listen to just a few of her favorite quotes.

" A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11 
"Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1Peter 3:15

A friend recently commented to me that a friend said to her, "…

Do you know a safe place?

Living in Missouri is a little scary this time of year. Tornado alley as it is called. Tornadoes have been all around us. First, my prayers are at heaven's doors for all those effected by these devastating monsters that come out of no where and attack randomly. Neighborhoods destroyed. Families being uprooted. Once a tornado has come through and wreaked havoc, where and how do you begin again?

Some of us are living as though a tornado has touched down in our hearts. Our lives are surrounded by debris as we try to pick up the pieces. Shattered lives. Shaky ground. Unsteady weather. What do you do? Where do you go?

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Through its waters roar and be troubled, through the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the taber…

A KILLER AMONG US by LYNETTE EASON

Okay, when you pick this book up plan on turning page after page and letting those chores go. Seriously, I couldn't stop reading. To tell you a little about the book, this is the third book in, Lynette Eason's series, Women of Justice. The first two are Too Close To Home and Don't Look Back. If you enjoy, Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon, you are going to love Lynette Eason. Wow, can this girl pull you into a story. She keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book! Friends, that is a gift.

In, A Killer Among Us, we have Kit Kenyon, who is a hostage negotiator and her new partner? He is Noah Lambert. Of course there is a serial killer and yes, they are on the case. The thing is, they didn't expect to be in the case. Both Kit and Noah have pasts they are trying to escape from and they dive into this case. Noah has gotten peace through his faith and Kit is trying all her might her figure it out on her own. These two characters feed off one another and conne…

God's love flows deep

Matthew 9:20-22 "And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, 'If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.' But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, 'Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.' And the woman was made well from that hour." NKJ

We can find this story in Mark 5:21-43 and Luke 8:40-56.

I must say, this is one my favorite stories. It is one that blesses me deeply. It is my hope that you too see more to this story and find a deeper faith.

During this time when a woman's flow came she was considered unclean. She was an untouchable. She was not welcome near others. Friends nor family welcomed her. She was dirty. She was in pain. She was lonely. Can you see her there? In her deepest pain and she wants is to be accepted and loved. Everyone has turned away from her. She lived alone. She ate alone. For twelve years sh…

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with HEATHER FUNK PALACIOS

I am excited today! Yes indeed, I love Fridays! Why? I get to interview the most amazing people. People who love the Lord and strive to leave yesterday behind, while they look forward for all Jesus has for them. That in itself is exciting to see and to be surrounded with. Encouraging others brings us together. It takes the spotlight off our circumstances and places it on the glory of God, opening our heart for more blessings. He pours out His goodness to us. All we must do is lift our cup and it will soon be overflowing.

Today my guest is, Heather Funk Palacios. Get ready for a huge blessing, my friends. Heather loves the Lord and chooses to make her life about Him. Like us, she struggles daily. But the most important thing is, she turns to the Lord and trusts Him in everything. Heather is on a mission to share the love of Christ. Through her words you will clearly see He is present in her life. Grab yourself a great cup of coffee and sit back for an extra special gift today as we me…

WE SHALL SEE GOD (Charles Spurgeon's classic devotional thoughts on Heaven) by RANDY ALCORN

No author in history has more material in print than Charles Spurgeon. During his lifetime, Spurgeon and his writings affected the world far and wide. Today, nearly 120 years after his death, countless people continue to have a passion for this London preacher, and more and more discover him every day. Some of Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons were those that he preached on the topic of Heaven. Up until now, however, very few of these sermons have been accessible to a mass audience. In what is sure to become an instant classic, best-selling author Randy Alcorn has compiled the most profound spiritual insights on the topic of eternity from these sermons and arranged them into an easily-accessible, highly inspirational devotional format complete with his own comments and devotional thoughts. Whether you are familiar with the works of Charles Spurgeon or not, you are in for a treat, as Alcorn invites you to sit at the feet of the Prince of Preachers and discover timeless pearls of wisdom …

SHATTERED by MELODY CARLSON

I have been a huge fan of, Melody Carlson, for years. She is now writing moving stories directed for young adults facing issues no one wants to speak about. "Shattered", blew me away. It is the second book of the, "Secrets Series". This book moved me to tears and opened my heart to the pain, Cleo, was facing.
In this moving novel, Cleo, isn't happy with her mother. In fact, she pretty much wishes she was gone from the face of the earth. Her mother might be a little over protective, but she loves her daughter with all her heart. We see this family face a  trial no one wants to face. Cleo's mother is murdered and now Cleo is left with guilt and anger. She wants nothing more than to cover up her pain and she begins doing so with prescription drugs she finds in the medicine cabinet. Soon, that simply isn't enough and she turns elsewhere. Cleo is holding on to secrets. Secrets that are eating her alive. Many times it is our actions that not only hurt us, but…

I must believe

What happens when you hurt? You hurt others. What happens when there is no forgiveness? You are slowly being eaten away like a deadly cancer. What happens when one tells lies about you? It feels as though you have a canker sore on your tongue. When someone is in attack mode the natural thing for us to do is be in defensive mode.

What happens when you think everything is going wonderful, but you wake up one morning and it feels as though the earth has stopped spinning? Maybe the axis broke and everything is just standing still. Have you been there too? You shake your head. You try to stand from the shock, but what do you do?

I have found myself asking God, "Okay, where are You?" Really. I see Him in everything around me daily. I am amazed by Him, but today I find myself just wondering what He is up to and where He went, because things are just not right. But all of us could say that in some sort of way today I am sure. We could look into the lives of our own families, our c…

A HEART DIVIDED by KATHLEEN MORGAN

What if you had to choose between family and love? Remember the Hatfields and the McCoys? You will soon forget them as you pick up the newest novel from, Kathleen Morgan. She has taken that story that we have heard over the years about feuding families and brings together a story that engages us in each character as hope comes alive. In a feud is there really ever a winner? I don't think so. Not much can come from fighting continually over who is right and who is wrong. As we see here in, A Heart Divided, we see just how much pain comes with a feud and how it separates us from not only family, but all our Savior has for us.
We meet the Caldwells and the Wainwrights in this vengeful story. Two families feuding over property rights. On one dark night in the Colorado Rockies in the late of June in 1851, one family loses a son as gunpowder ignites. This is just the beginning.

The story travels over twenty years later and the feud is still alive. Cord Wainwright and Sarah Caldwell ar…

SEASONS OF GRACE COMPLETE SERIES by BEVERLY LEWIS

Inspiration lifts us all to take a peek deep within our own heart. Beverly Lewis takes us on a journey through three books, "The Secret", "The Missing", and "The Telling". Each title really tells the emphasis of each story continued.

In, "The Secret", we meet, Grace Byler. Grace lives at home with her Amish family. They hold a deep love for one another, but there is something mysterious going on with Grace's mother, Lettie. This mother is holding a deep hurt. A hurt so strong she can't let go. This hurt is not only bringing, Lettie, to a place of pain, but her entire family. We watch this family fall apart as one secret comes between them. If only, Lettie, could share. If only truth could be found, peace would reach them all. We too meet, Heather Nelson. Heather is an Englisher from the city who would come to the countryside with her mother to find solace. Heather is diagnosed with cancer and avoiding the truth herself.

These are such …

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with CARRIE BETH STOELTING

My guest today is, Carrie Beth Stoelting. I am so excited to have her join us. What a precious young woman she is. It is so wonderful knowing there are people like, Carrie, in our world making a difference for Jesus. It is my hope that through our chat you will learn a few things about, Carrie, that are new to you. I hope through her words we can find ourselves seeking Christ on a deeper level.
If you were to go to Carrie Beth's Facebook page today this is what you would see set as her status. "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 I love this about her. She is all about Jesus and sharing Him with everyone she comes in contact with. I have asked, Carrie, many questions. Some deep and some simply fun, but th…