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Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome A Season of Hope Guest Post- Sarah Jacobs


Welcome, Sarah, Congratulations on your new book. Please tell us about it.

 A Season of Hope is an Inspirational Romance. When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn't upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda's not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda's family over the next ten years. As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he's crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he's hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college. When Amanda's summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler's impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she's falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she's hiding a secret, too. Phoebe Garrison, Amanda's controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda's manager is just what she's been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe's obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.

Book links:
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About the Author: I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack and Tuesday. Author contact links:
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Monday, June 19, 2017

DANCING ON HOLY GROUND

Chills went down my spine the first time I heard the voice of God in the movie  The Ten Commandments.  
  "put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

My 5-year-old brain truly thought it was God.  


I wanted to take my shoes off and obey, even if our household was far from serving God.
 Twenty-two years later, God saved my miserable soul.
 I still get the chills when I see Moses bow down to God and take off his sandals. Now I know it was just an actor.
Of course, my favorite Hymn is Holy Ground
As a new believer, I looked forward to singing it.
One Sunday morning, as the congregation sang,"We are standing on Holy Ground..."  the Spirit convicted my heart. 
...If you believe this, why do you go out to clubs and dance while the guys ogle you? 

Ouch!  Was that God speaking to me?   
 The previous night, my sister and I went to a dance club with friends.  I love to dance.  In fact, I have won contests for limbo, twist and free dancing.  What's wrong with dancing?
We considered leaving early after a guy said something rude and provocative about my dancing.
My sister and I felt a twinge of conviction but did not act on it.


As I finished singing the song, conviction and sorrow overwhelmed me. 
I repented immediately.
Wherever I go, God is with me.  His Spirit lives in me.
I'm always standing on Holy Ground.
I realized it wasn't the dancing that displeased God (King David danced); it was the way I danced.  It provoked men to stumble. If I truly admit it, I wanted the attention.
As I grow in the Lord I see how wrong I was. 
I still dance.  I do not go out to clubs.  I dance in my house and in the homes of family and friends.  
 My favorite place to dance is in my kitchen during the early morning.  I raise my arms in praise and dance unto the Lord.  No award can measure up to the joy and peace I feel when I dance in the presence of my King.
May I always remember that I'm on Holy Ground, whether I am at the grocery store, movie theater, or in my home.
Where is your Holy Ground?
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ACHIEVING "O" STATUS

I love a beautiful summer night.  The stars intrigue me. God's speckled lights bring me joy as I admire how He orchestrated patterns for our enjoyment.  
The twinkle of a star is a God wink to me.
 For fun, I researched star classifications. After all, God created them and His Word states we will shine like stars in the universe.
...then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.- Philippians 2:14 NIV
I love the thought of being light in the darkness.
I derived information from Atlas of the Universe:
·         Stars are given classifications according to their surface temperature and brightness. 
The classes are O, B, A, F, G, K, and M. The O stars are the hottest, M stars the coolest.
·         O stars are rare but bright.
·         M stars are numerous but dim.
·         Our sun’s classification is somewhere in the middle.
I took the liberty and used these classifications to represent Christians as stars.
Since O is the hottest and most rare, I classified it as Obedient. Complete obedience is rare-I know it is for me.
Oh, to always be obedient to the Master, a bright light to lead many to righteousness. 
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
The more numerous yet weaker stars are M-Mediocre. No one wants to be mediocre with low quality, value, ability, or performance. 
Notice the word mediocre begins with me. Life is me-focused, not caring to put in the effort it takes to shine brightly. 
I've chosen mediocrity instead of obedience.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16). 
I don’t want to be spit out. However, I've left a bad taste in His mouth.
I knew God wanted me to call a friend to see how she was doing. I did not want to speak with her because she complained and recited the same stories. Years with a counselor did not help her.  
I almost obeyed God and sent an email. 
An email was safe-mediocre.
You need to call her, the Spirit echoed in my head.
I ignored it.
Call her!
Lord, I don't want to hear the same stories over and over.
A few days passed.
Call her now!
I said, But Lord...
The Spirit interrupted, I did not ask you to heal her, that is my job, just listen like I listen to you.
I wanted to cry- I blatantly disobeyed and tried to justify my half-hearted attempt with an email. 
I remembered my pastor's words, "Partial obedience is disobedience."
I called.
She recited the same stories, but my attitude changed-I desired to listen to her like the Lord listens to me.
Complete obedience brought peace to my heart.
When it comes to serving God, I desire to serve with a wholehearted devotion and a willing mind, giving my best because he gave his best for me.
I still fall short- I praise God for His grace and mercy.
Now, when I observe the evening sky, I'm reminded to shine like an "O" star.

I'm an "M" star working on "O" status through prayer and Bible study.
What star are you? 


Do you have any advice on how we can achieve  "O" status?
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It's Complimentary!

Do you find it difficult to accept a compliment? 
As a speaker, I'd receive accolades.
 I knew I could not teach without the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Replying with a "thank you" alone made me feel like I took the glory and didn't give to God?
When I said, "Don't thank me, It's all God," the person left looking bewildered.
I've been asked how to receive compliments by Christians seeking to please God,

"Cherrilynn, I know God gave me this voice, how do I accept a compliment without sounding prideful?"

"Cherrilynn, I don't feel comfortable taking a compliment when God gave me the talent to play the piano."

God has given each of His children talents and gifts, so how do we glorify Him when we are praised for using them?

As believers, we are commanded to give Him the glory.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.-Mathew 5:16 ESV

Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:31 NIV

When we are tempted to take the glory for ourselves, God is not pleased.
We can follow Jesus' example.  Jesus answered Satan after being tempted.


And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8 ESV

If anyone deserves glory it is Jesus, but He showed us how to handle the temptation to bask in the glory that belongs to God. 

I desired to received attention. 
I did not receive it from my earthly father. I was abused and ridiculed by him.
Like everyone, I just needed to feel loved.
I found myself interrupting people mid-sentence, what I had to say was important, wasn't it?
I dated guys who admired me but I had no business spending time with them.
The limelight was my place to shine.
After many years of studying the Bible and praying Scripture, many of my selfish desires changed.
I now realize God loves me unconditionally.
No more permanent void!
No more mission to be in the limelight. 
 Now, I long to point people to the One who rescued me from the darkness. 
When pride knocks on my door, I answer it with the truth. (tweet this)
I remind myself Christ died on the cross for my sin, apart from Him I can do nothing to please God.
 Jesus made this statement:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
 My heart fills with joy knowing God gives me the power and wisdom to complete the work He ordained for me. 
God uses me and you to further His Kingdom and bless others.
Yes, we have a part in all of this. 
Obedience. 
We need to take the time to study and practice.

So how do we accept a compliment knowing we worked hard with God to bless others with the talent He gave us?

As I prayed, The Spirit gave me a few responses.
"Thank you, I praise God for using me."
"Praise God and thank you."
"Thank you! Isn't God good to use us to bless one another."


God knows our heart. 

When I desire to be the center of attention, I repent and ask God to heal me of any pain and to fill my void of loneliness, doubt, or worry with His Love.

Do you find it difficult to receive compliments? How do you handle it?  Join the conversation.