My verse for this week

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/isa.43.2.NLT

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My mission in life

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Ted Talk on being man enough – wow!

Loved this! What a challenge he issues to men!

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Review: The Genius of One (Greg Holder)

This non-fiction book about church harmony and unity is excellent! I needed to read it just at the point I received it, and the message came through in an easily read writing voice. You want to listen to Holder’s points because he’s genuine and fun and passionate about his topic.

I do feel this is a topic every church attendee ever should read and consider. We all need to be reminded, encouraged and challenged to work together, and to love each other.

Book Description:

The world is fractured. Tensions are high, patience is low, and goodwill is hard to come by. In The Genius of One, author and pastor Greg Holder reminds us of the high value Jesus and his early followers placed on community and offers guidance for how to see and relate to one another in emotionally and spiritually healthy ways so that we, the church, can fulfill Jesus’ prayer for us and model a better way of loving one another in a fractured world.

Tracing back to a prayer Jesus prayed on the worst night of his life, “That they”—that we—“would be one,” Holder takes his readers on a winding journey from that glorious prayer to the practical realities of everyday life. For those who cling to the hope that God is still at work, this book will both stir a deeper longing for a better way and provide practical steps toward that way.

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Review: Rooted in Love (Valerie Comer)

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It was a treat to immerse myself in Arcadia Valley recently with Comer’s excellent and thought-provoking writing. This is the second novel in the Garden Grown Romance series, though it could be read on its own as well.

I particularly enjoyed that Comer took on the challenge of writing about divorce and remarriage from a Christian viewpoint. Due to my own experiences, I wanted so much to walk through Alaina and Cameron’s growing relationship and their struggle with what an imperfect background means for a couple striving to do life God’s way. It was well-handled as a serious issue not to be glossed over, and felt very real but not too heavy a load for the plot to carry.

Meanwhile, there were Cameron’s very active twin boys. I loved them so much! Like my own boys, they came across as full of energy, needing to be valued by the adults around them, and capable of great love in return. Comer always has the ability to make me love the children in her stories!

This book is definitely a great read you shouldn’t miss. You can also check out more of Arcadia Valley with other authors writing in this great setting – I’ve started Elizabeth Maddrey’s series and it’s a good one too!

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A challenging word, Tuesday edition

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Galatians 6:7‭-‬8 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.6.7-8.NLT

Who or what am I living to please? How does that impact my choices and words every day? 

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Words to Live By, Wednesday edition

It really should be that simple, shouldn’t it? A life of helping everyone out, so no one is in trouble. But we need God’s love and strength to keep us from following the natural desire to think only of ourselves…

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