Happiness According to Jesus – What it Means to be Blessed

by Bobby Schuller We all know that the Sermon on the Mount is a very controversial text. To someone that has been a Christ follower, it is basically second nature to quote it. However, looking in on our relationship with God from an outsider’s point of view, it sounds like shackles.

Bobby takes a look at the flip side of that coin. What if following God’s “rules” was actually freedom? What if it was the key to happiness instead of the key that locks us in a cage? This is such an important topic and I am glad to see a book focusing in on it. I am a firm believer in the “Freedom in Christ” idea. This book breaks down the Sermon on the Mount and looks at the ways it can cause happiness in your life.

Thank you, Worthy, for this great book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Oh boy, do I.

Who am I that He should love me? What have I ever done that He should care. How many times have I hurt Him that He would forgive? What is He to me?

Everything. All. It. My strength. My hope.

Sometimes I think back on my life and the crazy ups and downs. The twists and turns. The troubles I got myself into. The way I thought I was grabbing ahold of freedom and running to a life full of possibilities, when instead, those grabbed me and squeezed all the light out of my life. Squeezed and shoved me into a little box. A box with no light and no freedom.

God, my very own Savior, picked me up, made me white. Like snow. Pure. Blameless.

He carries me when I am weak.  He fights for me when I am still. He holds me when I am sad. He laughs with me when I am happy. I want to share every moment with Him. He is my sustenance. Without Him, I am nothing. I am broken. Weak. Hopeless.

Now I can walk with my head up. Without shame. I can know that I am never alone. I am always going to have a purpose. A purpose that I will gladly run towards.

I no longer need to search. I no longer need to wonder. Am I doing enough? Could I do more? I need to rest, have peace, joy, and look at each situation as an opportunity to bring Him glory. To God be all the glory. To me, a humble servant showing the handiwork of an awesome God.

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Prepare

by J. Paul Nyquist

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” James 1:2

“The verb used means we are to make a deliberate, conscious and careful decision to experience joy even in the midst of suffering. We are not to complain, shrink back, or express despair. Instead, we are to greet suffering with joy!” — J. Paul Nyquist

Having already seen and felt the persecution that is now upon us, this book was both convicting and like a soothing balm. How quickly our country has fallen from the basic, Biblical principles it was founded on. We are like the blind slowly being led to our deaths. Social changes come and embed in our thinking until we find that we are questioning the very idea that God must have meant something different when He blatantly opposes sins. We warp Him to be a God that we can understand and agree with. By doing this, the church is inviting persecution. It will be time to stand up for Him or flee. We think that won’t ever happen in America, but let me tell you, friends, it is here. It is now.

“When we suffer unjustly, we expect others to defend us. As we prepare for persecution from a hostile culture, we expect to be lovingly supported by family members and ably defended by our government, but the third counterintuitive biblical principle is that believers can expect to be exposed, not protected. This may not be true in every case, but as a general principle we shouldn’t rely on family or government to defend us when persecution comes. Often they won’t.” — J. Paul Nyquist (Bold is added by me)

Unfortunately, I know this too well. Standing firm in the beliefs of the Bible is not a popular thing to do. In fact, it is considered hateful. It will divide families, friends and neighbors. This book shows you how to prepare, how to pray and how to rejoice in it. Wonderful read. Please pick up a copy!!! Just head over here

Thank you, netgalley, for this wonderful read. As always, I have given my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

For all you Duck Dynasty lovers out there! Here’s a chance to win a FREE copy of Kay Robertson’s latest book!!!

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I recently reviewed this book and would like to offer you a chance to get to read it. Just a couple simple rules:

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A Robertson Family Christmas

by Miss Kay Robertson w/Travis Thrasher

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You have all heard of them. If you haven’t seen the show, Duck Dynasty, you have certainly seen their take over of Superstore shelves everywhere!! There isn’t a product that is safe from the Duck Commander logo (: From Sweet Tea flavored Chapstick to a Willie Chia Pet Beard, they’ve got it covered!

In this novella, we get an inside look at how the Robertsons like to spend their Holidays. It is a fictional story of boy, Hunter Clarke, that is struggling at home and is sent to spend the season with their family. They don’t condemn him for his bad behavior or attitude, but, instead, they love him and accept him as part of the family. They show him Christ’s unconditional love and mercy while changing Hunter’s heart forever.

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This is a fun book and well written. It is not the genre that I usually enjoy reading, but the story was entertaining and flowed well. It had a nice message and good insight on dealing with hurting teenagers. And, of course, it’s always fun to read about Christmas traditions!!

So, for all those Duck Dynasty fans in your life, here’s the link to pick up this new release!!

–Thank you, Tyndale House Publishers, for giving me a copy of this book! Here’s to many more!!

Guess what?? I am GIVING AWAY a copy of this book. Just head on OVER HERE to enter! GOOD LUCK!!!

Oh, my pride. *hiding in shame*

God is patient. I know I test His patience. I must.

I look back to a blog post I wrote a few days ago and I am struck by my pride. God has, obviously, not laid out His plans for me in a tidy little note. As I continue to seek Him, I get caught up in the emotions of life and I forget what the point is. The point of life. The point of everything I do.

Bring God much glory.  

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That’s it. My pouting, throwing a fit and demanding an answer surely doesn’t do that. I ask Him, “What did I do wrong? Why did you trick me? What’s happening?” wah wah wah. Each of those questions is centered around myself and not bringing glory to His powerful and merciful name.

Of course He could make it easy. Show us each step. But, why would we need Him anymore? If I know where I am going, I’m not going to rely on my GPS. (No, there’s no lame, Christian acronym there). It’s simple. He has given us His word, and believe me, there’s plenty in there to keep me busy without asking His will and whining about when it’s going to be revealed. Seek Him. Love others. Flee sexual immorality. Only speak to edify others. Be kind to your enemies…

I’m already done for and that doesn’t even scratch the surface!!

Oswald Chambers said, “The Christian should never ask the question, ‘What is God’s will for my life?’ You’re walking through a forest. When is the only time you ask where the path is? When you’re off the path, when you’re lost.” So, he said, “Just stay on the path. Just walk in the will of God. You don’t have to ask where it is, just step, step, step in the will of God.”

quote048-g-012I am including an awesome sermon by David Platt. If you have the time to check it out, PLEASE DO. It really touches on this subject and snapped my head back to where it should be. I believe that Satan’s greatest weapon against God is getting us worried that we aren’t doing enough. Getting us worried whether or not we are doing God’s will. Getting our focus completely on what we are doing and ourselves, instead of on the importance of God getting glory in each and every situation.

Yes, we thought He told us to do one thing. We thought that boy was ours’. We loved him. He wasn’t ours’. My heart shattered. So, how do I love God more from that? How do I bring Him glory? I suppose that’s my renewed focus.

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The hardest thing…

I am pure blond. Many of you do not know that because of my need for constant change (the only things I won’t change are my God and my family). So, whether you know me as the red haired Charity, the blond, brunette or black haired Charity, it is true. My secret is out.

Of course… Secrets are not my strong point anyway.

That being said, I go through life happily strolling along thinking everything is just fan-tastic. Out of nowhere, BAM! Someone is hurt, offended, angry, or who knows what.

This is my disclaimer: It is most definitely not personal if I upset you. I have no idea what I am doing in this thing called life.

It is so hard to respond well when I am blindsided by someone’s anger. What I am learning to do is realize that the anger is actually hurt. Hurt from some other area in their life. Hurt that I may have inadvertently inflicted, reminded them of, or simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time and felt it coming through.

I am reminded of a verse my sweet Momma made me memorize when I was a wee thing. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grevious words stir up anger” – Proverbs 15:1

It is never easy to choose kind words and a soft response when we are attacked. In the heat of the moment, or even the surprise, it is our nature to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, nobody cares.

In that moment, what they need is not my defensiveness, but my love. They need me to care about them, not about my own reputation. They need me to see how they are really feeling, how they are screaming out from the inside. They don’t need my reasoning.

It’s not about me. Life never is. It’s about representing the Father and His perfect love and grace. It’s seeing others how He sees them.

I challenge you today. Join me in seeking those that most need our compassion and grace. Pray with me, brothers and sisters. Love on those around you with all of your being. They are worth it. They are eternal. Your viewpoint, honor and reputation are not.

Son of Hamas

by Mosab Hassan Yousef (with Ron Brackin)

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Oh My Goodness. Let me just tell you that this is one of the most amazing books you will ever read. If you follow the news AT ALL, you have heard of the Hamas. They are responsible for many suicide bombings and other attacks that you have seen and heard about in Israel. This is the story of Sheikh Hassan Yousef’s son and heir to the Hamas legacy.

Sheikh was one of the founding fathers of the Hamas, and, by far, the most powerful. His son, Mosab, was expected to follow in his footsteps and lead this radical group. All was in place until he was shown the amazing love and mercy of Christ and begin to work and spy for Israel.

This is 100% true and will keep you wide awake while reading it at 2:00am (since most of us are mommies and that’s the first freakin’ second we have to ourselves).

While this is not a new release (copyright 2010, 2011), a movie, The Green Prince (based on the code name used by the Israelis), is coming to theaters and is a MUST SEE.

You can look at this website to find out when it is coming to a theater near you. If it isn’t, you can request it:

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In honor of the movie coming to theaters, I would love to give away a copy of this AMAZING book.

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