Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Trusting God.


Good morning, friends.

Life is hard, isn't it? So many things can weigh on our hearts and minds, and for me, this week has been exceptionally taxing. But through it all, I have come to this conclusion once again...God is good. He is for us. His plans are higher. Prayer is powerful.


Our son who is a police officer, was working nights Sunday evening. On his 9th traffic stop for the night, things went drastically wrong.

The man and woman in the stop made up their minds that they were above the law and would resist. Both took swings at our boy and the man grabbed for our son's service weapon.

Thankfully, God had a different plan. He had awaken me many times that night and because sleep eluded me, I prayed. Some of my prayers revolved around our son. I believe it was God's divine grace and protection coupled with the intercessory for my child, that kept him from being harmed that night, and giving him the strength to fight.

Hearing stories like this is hard. We try and protect our babies, even after they are grown.

We want what is best for them. We mouth innumerable prayers on their behalf....cry buckets of tears without them knowing. But we still must leave them in the Father's hands for He knows what is best. They don't truly belong to us anyway, do they?

This morning, after having such a heavy heart all night for my child, God placed a rainbow in the western sky as if to say, "Trust me. I promise, I'll never leave you nor him!"

I guess it's time to dust myself off and straighten my armor. He's got this...


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review - The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Hey there friends.  Okay, so the title may not grab you.  You may be thinking, "Well that doesn't sound very exciting." Oh, but it is!

Several weeks ago, I had the awesome privilege to receive a copy of The Complete Jewish Study Bible in the mail to look over and review.

A Jewish Bible has been on my radar for a long while, so when I received it, I was a little over the moon.

Why the big deal over another Bible, and why would I be interested in a Jewish one at that?  Let me tell you why....

This book is so rich in content.  I guess describing a Bible as "rich in content" is kind of unnecessary, however, this study Bible offers so much to aid in your understanding of the original meanings.

Often what happens in translations is the original text is changed a bit to fit into modern day language.  But with this Bible, it gives the reader what is described as, "information from Jewish sources to explain a thoroughly Jewish book - the Bible- written by Jews, about Jews, initially for Jews in the Jewish Land of Israel."

For me, this is incredibly helpful and insightful, especially when I am studying for a lesson I'll be teaching or a new project I'm writing on.

I also love the fact that it uses the proper and original Hebrew names like "Yeshua" for Jesus, "Moshe" for Moses, "Adonai" for Lord, and so forth.

In the back of the book, the reader will find a Glossary of Hebrew words with the very helpful pronunciations in English.

Also in the back, are scripture readings for Shabbat (Sabbath) and the various festivals, feasts and fasts.

I highly recommend this Bible to enhance your study experience.  For those of us non-Jewish Christians, this book gives us a feel for the true and original richness of God's Word to man.

Hope this has been helpful.  You'll just have to check it out for yourself! Here's a link for purchase:

Blessings and Shalom!


*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blue Family, Rise!! For With God, Defeat is NOT an Option!

He comes home tired.

Tired of the calls and the noise, the whining, the bickering.

Tired of the fights, the threats, the killings.

Tired of a new day with new problems.

Tired of the injustice, the hate, the lies.

Tired of the politics and the talking heads.

Tired of the sin.


I wake up tired.

Tired of fighting back tears.

Tired of seeing him so weary and worn.

Tired of the feeling of helplessness.

Tired of the continual brainwashing of a greater agenda.

Tired of the worry.

Tired of the struggle.


Blue family...are you tired?  Are you feeling these same emotions?  Are you ready to give up the fight?

Please don't.  Stay in the game.  Hold your head high.  Don't be afraid.

Our God is the Great Deliverer.  He has called you for this very moment in time to do the very things that make you weary.

He knows your heart is worn.  He sees the tears spilled in the darkness.  He knows the deep hurt that wounds your heart every time another brother or sister is slain.

But here's the thing....He never leaves your side!

He is there when you can't take another step, yet gives you strength to lift your foot.

He is there when you feel as if you can't go on or want to quit.  By His power, you're strengthened to a new day.

He is there when the pain is so great you cannot catch your breath; He breathes for you.

He is there when the fears penetrate your sleep and invade your peace of mind throughout the day.  It is also He who gives you rest and sets your feet on solid ground.

This is your time to shine for Him!  He is equipping you to achieve.  NOTHING can defeat our God nor thwart His plans.

Use these times to further His Kingdom.  Be a city on a hill - a light that cannot be hidden.

Take back the darkness.  

Plow full force, head-long, into the storm.  Your Mighty Defender stands ready to aid and equip.

Do not cower.  Do not cringe.  Cling!

Your Warrior arises.

Fall in line behind Him and you will find victory!

Rise, friends.  With God, defeat is not an option!

Standing "Blue" strong,