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Dealing with Disappointment

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Depending upon the results of the United States election yesterday and which candidate you voted for, you may find yourself facing disappointment this morning. Or maybe you are in the middle of a stressful situation with a family member or at your work place. You may have gotten test results back from the doctor that you weren’t expecting. Each of us face disappointment in our lives. Sometimes daily.

I was praying about some recent disappointment and came up with a new motto. Instead of thinking about ________ (fill in whatever situation you are going through), I choose to focus on Jesus. I like these verses from Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV).

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

So instead of wallowing in the muck and mire of disappointment, I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus.

social-media-2015Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. She has a regular column in Home School Enrichment magazine and has written for Christian Devotions. Her newest novella released in November, Love in the Seams. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

 
 

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Songs of The Season

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Silent Night . . . Away in a Manger . . . O Holy Night . . . .

‘Tis the season for Christmas hymns! Here are two lesser-known (but theologically rich) Christmas hymns. They’ve been around for centuries, but their timeless messages are new to me. Meditate on these lyrics:

Of The Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending, He.
Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore.

Oh, that birth forever blessed when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bore the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer, first revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven, adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
All dominions, bow before Him and extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert ring, evermore and evermore.

This is He whom Heaven-taught singers sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the Long-expected; let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee, with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

~ Aurelius C. Prudentius, 413, cento
Translated by John. M. Neale, 1818-1866
and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1977
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To Us A Child of Hope Is Born

To us a Child of hope is born, to us a Son is giv’n,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey, Him, all the hosts of Heav’n.

His name shall be the Prince of Peace, forevermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counselor, the great and mighty Lord.

His pow’r, increasing, still shall spread, His reign no end shall know;
Justice shall guard His throne above, and peace abound below.

~ John Morrison, 1781
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What’s your favorite Christmas hymn?

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Jericha Kingston

 

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Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt, PhD with Cecil Murphey

There is HOPE, even on the darkest of days…

 

A twelve year old girl—verbally, mentally, physically, and sexually abused—walks into a church in 1985, hears the word of God preached by Billy Graham, and gives her life to Christ during the invitation where Mr. Graham points his finger at her and says, “Remember this: God will never leave you or forsake you.” Little did this girl, or Billy Graham, know how special those words would become to her a year later when she was naively lured into sex trafficking.

Stolen

Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman—someone Kat wished she could be like—who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you’ll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home—it’s also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.

Authors: Katariina Rosenblatt and Cecil Murphey

Publisher: Revell, 2014

Cover art: Design Source Creative Services

Review by Candice Sue Patterson 

Tears fell from my eyes as I read Katariina’s story, both happy and sad. Joyous for her survival and amazement at how merciful God is. Grieved for everything she endured and how frighteningly real and more common sex trafficking is becoming. I rarely read anything that’s not fiction, and I write contemporary romance so why did I choose this book? I chose this book because I’m a Sunday school teacher to a group of pre-teen girls, many of whom live in abusive situations and ride the bus to church. I want to be aware of child predators so not only can I protect my own children, but so I can help protect other children as well. Human trafficking is on a steady rise and as much as I’d like to pretend it doesn’t happen, it does. Billy Graham had no way of knowing how his words to Katariina would pull her through the toughest times in her life. How his words would point her to Jesus, the Light in the darkness, the Hope in a hopeless situation. A situation most don’t survive. Our cause for Christ has a purpose.

I recommend this book to anyone with children, especially girls. I also recommend this book to anyone who works with children. Get to know the facts, know the signs. Are parts of this book difficult to read? Yes, but they’re vital to learning the truth. I appreciate Katariina for sharing her story with the world, which I’m sure wasn’t easy, and for her continuous effort in helping other victims.

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Katariina Rosenblatt, LLM, PhD, is living proof of the promise she heard long ago at a Billy Graham crusade that God would never forsake her. Katariina has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution and an LLM graduate law degree in intercultural human rights, and she works closely with law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security to eliminate human slavery. She also founded Stolen Ones—There Is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing other victims of human trafficking. For more information, visit www.StolenOnes.com. She lives in Florida.

Cecil Murphey has written or coauthored more than 130 books, including the bestselling 90 Minutes in Heaven with Don Piper and the autobiography of Franklin Graham, Rebel with a Cause. He was a collaborator on the bestseller Gifted Hands with Dr. Ben Carson. Cecil resides in Georgia.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Book Reviews, Candice Sue Patterson

 

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Snot and Sin

Pegg10The capability of the human body to store vast amounts of disgusting material is amazing. You know this is true if you’ve ever dealt with a sinus infection or prepped for a colonoscopy. These things are not for the faint of heart!

I recently suffered three weeks under the mother-of-all sinus infections. It finally broke up amid hot compresses, antibiotics the size of suppositories, and enough hot tea to hose down a fleet of UPS trucks. As the bacteria withered beneath this onslaught, I began to blow snot like rodeo bull. I found the storage capacity of my sinus cavities alarming. If industrial strength Kleenex were on the market, I would have bought a case.

Another disgusting material our bodies harbor isn’t as readily visible, yet sin permeates the very fabric of our being. It fills cavities within us against our will. No hot compress will ease its pressure. No antibiotic will kill it off. No hot tea will wash it away. No amount of Kleenex will wipe it up. The only cure for sin is Jesus Christ and His cleansing blood.

I can mop up the results of one sneeze and stay clean until the next snot-rocketing blow, but this only works until the Kleenex runs out. Thankfully, Christ’s love and forgiveness never run out! When sin blows through our spiritual Kleenex, Christ is there to wipe us clean when we repent and ask His forgiveness. Dealing with our sin without Christ is like mopping up after a sinus infection without Kleenex – only messier.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Humor, Pegg Thomas

 

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To Ski or Not to Ski

Marge12Cold and shivering—and bereft of any sense of accomplishment—I stood at the top of Mount Everest. The ski instructor called it the bunny hill, but I knew better. The icy slope in front of me could only lead to one thing. A painless death was out of the question, so I gripped my ski poles and prayed I’d be lovingly remembered. I took one last, shaky breath. It was all the encouragement my skis needed. One minute I was awaiting my demise, the next rushing toward it at breakneck speed. My skis traveled in opposite directions. My poles flew through the air. I didn’t mind. Better a snowball than a javelin. In the moments that followed, I became a firm believer that what must go down should never come back up.

I still have times when I feel as though I’m standing at the top of a mountain—figurative, of course—and wonder how I’m going to make it down. I see the slippery slope, and my mind pleads for escape. I can’t stay where I am—I know that—but the only way down looks like a scary one. Sometimes the situation involves facing an illness, or a problem with a family member or friend. At times my life takes me in a new direction, one that holds uncertainty.

Fear is a powerful emotion. Do I succumb to it and lay helpless in the snow, or do I get up and ski? Those moments of fear are inevitable, but we don’t have to let them rule us. When Jesus died on the cross, He conquered death and fear. With His help, we can take up our ski poles and glide—or tumble, if need be—our way to victory.

~ Marge Wiebe

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Humor, Marge Wiebe

 

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Merry Christmas!

Marge16Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It’s also the busiest, and often I find myself getting so wrapped up in preparing menus, buying gifts, decorating, etc, that it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason for the season. So every year I strive to make it my goal that whenever someone mentions the word “Christmas” around my children, or if someone asks why we celebrate the holiday, the first thing they’ll say is, “It’s Jesus’ Birthday!” Of course, this is usually followed by a sentence with the word “gifts” somewhere in it. As a parent, I confess my absolute favorite part about the holiday is seeing the joy on my children’s faces as they open their gifts on Christmas morning.

I wonder if this is how our Heavenly Father feels when He sees our joy as we celebrate His Gift to us. Does He look forward to our excitement? This year, as my family cuts the cake that reads “Happy Birthday, Jesus” I pray our hearts will overflow with praise and gratitude for the greatest gift ever given.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

~ Marge Wiebe

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Marge Wiebe

 

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