“Conduits of Life-Changing Love” by Jennifer Slattery

June 9, 2012
Jennifer Slattery

Jennifer Slattery

My dear friend Jennifer Slattery has a heart for orphans. Here, she shares with us how the Lord has touched her in helping those orphans. Read the rest of this entry »


God had a plan for me (revised from a post in September 2011)

May 16, 2012

After I graduated from high school in Hong Kong, I had no desire to attend college. Read the rest of this entry »


Julie-Allyson Ieron

March 16, 2012
Julie-Allyson Ieron

Julie-Allyson Ieron

Dear friends,

I am so happy to introduce to you my Christian friend Julie-Allyson Ieron. Julie is an author, writing coach, editor, and conference speaker. Two of her e-books are doing the Amazon Prime free promo in the next few weeks.

Book summaries are: 

Staying True in a World of Lies (free on Amazon Kindle March 17-18)
Updated Second Edition with Study Guide
Practical Models of Integrity for the Workplace and Beyond

Have you ever found yourself in a moral dilemma at work? Something seemingly insignificant that tested your resolve and challenged your integrity. Staying True in a World of Lies looks at integrity as the unification of thoughts, words, and actions. It is a timely, practical resource filled with stories of real people that will reinforce your commitment to Christlikeness—and energize you for the long haul. Then, rebuild your life around God’s character expectations using the bonus 12-session Bible study. 

Praying Like Jesus (free on Amazon Kindle April 5-7, Easter week)
Updated Second Edition with Study Guide

Prayer is more—much more—than a laundry list of requests. It isn’t about getting the answers we want just when we want them. Actually, it isn’t about us, at all. Prayer is about relationship between Almighty God and you. Praying Like Jesus introduces you to prayer from a close-up perspective—that of God the Son. This dynamic study of 52 ways Jesus prayed for you will challenge your heart to come into contact with the Heart that beats to intercede for you. Savor one chapter at a time or one each week for a year. And dig in for yourself as you use the 9-session Bible study included in this updated eBook package.

Bio 

Julie-Allyson Ieron (pronounced: I-RUN) is a perceptive journalist who investigates God’s truth and crafts her discoveries in ways that engage your mind and resonate with your heart. Her passion is to open God’s Word alongside you to equip you to apply its riches to your daily joys, questions, and challenges. 

She recently celebrated 25 years as an author, writing coach, editor, and conference speaker. Her ministry-defining project released in 2010: The Julie-Allyson Ieron Bible Reference Collection on WORDsearch 9.0. It features 9 of Julie’s books linked with 75 Bible reference resources. Additionally, most of her books are available in MP3 audio and e-book formats, as well as print. Her book, The Overwhelmed Woman’s Guide to … Caring for Aging Parents is a featured resource for Focus on the Family, where she was a radio guest. 

Julie is excited about her newest book: The God Interviews: Questions You Would Ask; Answers God Gives, scheduled to release from Leafwood Publishing in Autumn 2012. 

Julie’s personal life is as dynamic as her writing. She is her dad’s medical advocate, and along with her mom Joy (who is quick to point out she’s not Julie’s aging parent!) daily administers his tests, meds, and shots. In more relaxed times, Julie and Joy play violin and organ duets for weddings and church services (sometimes for funerals, too). Julie plays violin in her church’s orchestra, dabbles in art for fun, and plays a killer game of Scrabble™. 

Visit her website at www.joymediaservices.com or her devotional blog for caregivers: http://womencareforagingparents.blogspot.com.


“The High-Ways of God” by Fay Lamb

March 3, 2012

This post is written by Fay Lamb, the author of Because of Me.

Fay Lamb

Fay Lamb

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 

I love my walks around North Carolina’s Lake Junaluska. As I stroll alongside the rose garden or hike the secluded trail, I spend time with the Lord, contemplating his path for me.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about the “high ways” of God, and I’ve wondered what those ways mean to me as I trod the paths God has for me. If God named his “high ways” what would they be?

Satisfaction Boulevard: Worldly satisfaction is often found in things we buy or produce, but God calls us to satisfaction in Him. “Ho, everyone one that thirsteth come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea come buy wine without food and price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” (Isaiah 55:1-2) When I am dissatisfied, I’m telling God what He has provided isn’t enough. When walking Satisfaction Boulevard, I see that everything He has given me is more than enough.

Security Circle: While my trek around the lake is a short one, I have to watch carefully for individuals who may intend me harm. So it is with my life. I must watch for everyone and everything that will pull me away from my journey with God. Isaiah 55: 3 says, “Incline your ear, and come unto me, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” When we walk with God, we are safe—He is an everlasting harbor.

The intersection of Surrender Trail and Salvation Lane: God’s mercies are immeasurable. He met me where I was so I could continue a journey free from the burdening sin I once carried. God handed that burden to His son. “Behold I have given Him [Jesus] for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55: 4, 6) Because Jesus sacrificed for me, I can approach God’s throne and ask Him to walk with me in the cool of the day.

Sanctity Court: In the North Carolina mountains, the picturesque setting changes from moment to moment, making it easy to understand that with God, each day is a new beginning. No matter what I’ve done, God is faithful to forgive me if I ask. Isaiah 55:7 declares, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” God calls me to bring my sins before him. Each confession draws me closer to Him, the walk a more enjoyable one, as I move toward the future in God’s abundant forgiveness.

Sharing Way: When I walk, I carry a camera to record the beauty of the lake, the plants, and the wildlife. I marvel that God spoke it all into existence. Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” God’s Word is powerful, a gift for the ages—a gift that God says will accomplish its purpose of announcing salvation to mankind—the Creator’s message to His creation.

Singing Street: Following God’s paths leads to joy. “For we shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you in signing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” (Isaiah 55:12-13) I’ve never broken into song during my walks, but I’ve enjoyed the song of nature in the honking geese, the lapping waters, the rustling leaves, and my heart has been lifted in praise to the Maker of that chorus and for the “high ways” He has made for me.

BIO

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is published by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.

Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.

In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren. 

Fay’s debut novel: Because of Me:

Because of Me

Because of Me

Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.

Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago? 

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing (www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html), a division of Treble Heart Books.

Purchase the book at:

http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1


“Leah: A Desperate Housewife” by Fay Lamb

February 15, 2012

This post is written by Fay Lamb, the author of Because of Me. 

Fay Lamb

Fay Lamb

“And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban,
What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve with thee for Rachel?
Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?”
Genesis 29:25 

I’ve never watched the television show Desperate Housewives. Not one minute of it, but I’ve seen the commercials. That’s enough for me.  I can’t imagine living in a neighborhood of catty, conniving women. I wouldn’t want to live there, and if I found myself surrounded by such woman, I’d do everything I could to move.

The concept of desperate housewives isn’t new. We have a glimpse of two desperate women wanting the attention of the same man when we read the life of Jacob and his marriages to Leah and Rachel.

What must it have been like for Leah? She couldn’t remove herself from the situation her father placed her into. Her father had given her in marriage to a man who had eyes only for her sister, a man who when he found he’d been tricked into the marriage, immediately set about to marry the woman he loved?  And in some ways, Leah’s sister was as bad as the woman of Wisteria Lane.

Genesis 29:31 tells us that God saw that Leah was unloved—that Jacob had no feelings for her. His true affection belonged to Rachel. Leah could have resorted to conniving, as Rachel later did when she wanted Leah’s mandrakes. She also could have decided to make Jacob’s life miserable as Rachel had done when she demanded from Jacob things that were not his to give. “Give me children, or else I die,” she said.  Instead, Leah quietly endured.  This desperate housewife turned her attention to God.

And because God saw that Jacob loved Rachel and not Leah, He chose to bless Leah with children while Rachel was unable to bear children for a time. With each birth of her first four sons, Leah’s conversation with God showed the depth of her desperation:

 Leah named her firstborn Reuben, which literally means, See, a son. Then she said, “Surely, the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.” Can’t you just imagine this woman’s broken heart crying out, “Lord, my husband doesn’t see me”?

When she gave birth to her second child, she said, “Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore give me this son also,” and she named this son Simeon, which means, Heard.  In other words, Leah was saying, “Lord, my husband doesn’t hear me.”

Her third son, Leah named Levi, which means attached, and she said, “Now, this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons.” How sad it is to know that Leah was actually saying to the Lord, “Father, my husband’s heart is not joined with mine.”

And still in the face of Jacob’s lack of devotion, Leah continued to have faith in the Lord. When she conceived her fourth son, she named him Judah, which means Praise, and she declared, “Now will I praise the LORD. “

Leah may never have come to terms with the fact that her husband’s affections belonged to Rachel. In naming her younger sons it was clear she still longed for Jacob to love her, but Leah, a truly desperate housewife, gave her sorrows over to God, and God blessed Leah with children, and through the lineage of this quiet woman of prayer, the world received a blessing. . .Jesus Christ. 

BIO

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is published by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.

Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.

In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren. 

Fay’s debut novel: Because of Me:

Because of Me

Because of Me

 
Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.

Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago? 

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing (www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html), a division of Treble Heart Books.

Purchase the book at:

http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1


A ‘small’ request but a ‘big’ blessing

November 11, 2011
Hole Punch

Hole Punch - Wikipedia

Near the end of September this year, my co-workers and I moved to another office suite. As we settled in our new place, we discovered that something was missing. A 3-hole punch. My manager and I presented our request to the office manager.

She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, her smile affable. “Sure, I will order one. It will come in about a week.”

“Great.” My manager returned the smile, then walked beside me to his office.

We waited…

A week later, there was no sign of a 3-hole punch.  I let out a deep sigh, stood from my chair and strode over to the office manager. My gaze kind and my tone soft, I asked her, “Have you ordered a 3-hole punch yet?”

In an instant, her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. She bit her bottom lip as she cast her eyes to the floor, then looked back up and cracked a smile. “There was a backorder. Let me follow up.”

I could hear her heart hammering against her chest. It wasn’t your fault, I thought to myself. “Thank you.” I gave her a nod and left.

I waited…

This past Monday, the subject line of an email grabbed my attention: 3-hole punch. I read the email once and then twice as if I could not believe my eyes. It is finally here. I took my documents from my desk, walked to the printing room and glanced around. But I could not see the punch. Where is it?

I looked again, and this time my face lit up when an electric 3-hole punch appeared before my eyes. It was on the shelf that stood against the back wall. How did I miss it the first time? I approached the device and peered at it. It’s brand-new, and it’s really electric.

During our one-month waiting period, we just expected to have a manual 3-hole punch because we were told that the company would not buy an expensive electric punch. It did not really matter to me as long as I would have something to punch holes in my documents. But the Lord provided us with a better machine, far beyond our expectations. I acknowledged that God’s provision came from His Love, and I thanked Him and praised Him for His faithfulness.

Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!


Until we meet again

November 2, 2011

Dear Kody,

I wish you could receive my letter; I wish you could read my words.

I recall the day you first stepped into our church and worshipped our Lord together. Your visit gave us a lift and we welcomed you into our church family.

I recall the moments we talked about ministries. Your willingness and eagerness to serve the Lord encouraged us so much that I felt my heart leaping with joy.

I recall the times the two of us spent together: we ate out; we shopped; we saw a movie; we attended a Christian concert; … Our friendship grew as dear brothers in Christ.

I recall the day you came over to my home to celebrate Christmas together with my family. Our joyous laughter rang loudly in every corner of my place. The gift that you gave me is still treasured in my cabinet and well kept within my heart.

All these precious moments seem new as if they were now happening before my eyes; all these cherished moments seem fresh as if I were now hearing your voice.

Your physical pain I did not feel; it was the emotional pain that gave me the ache in my heart, the ache so deep and so immeasurable for me to say farewell to you as my dear friend and my dear brother in our Lord Jesus Christ.

You fell asleep in the loving arms of our Lord. You are now dwelling in the room He has prepared for you in His Kingdom.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember your kind face that shone with love, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember your tender voice that reflected your warm-heartedness, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever remember our friendship that connected the two of us in Christian brotherhood, and it still does.

Until we meet again, I will forever think of you within my heart.

Romans 6:5 (NIV): If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.