Dead Sea Rising!

The last few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Launch team for Jerry B. Jenkins new novel, Dead Sea Rising, including having live video chats with him about dead-sea-rising1this debut novel in his new series, Dead Sea Chronicles. If you’re not familiar with #JerryJenkins, prolific author, you may be familiar with his blockbuster series, Left Behind, which has been made into several movies. That series left so many of us biting our nails, up all night, voraciously reading until the very last page of each book. This new series may do the same, and the first book, Dead Sea Rising is in bookstores now, with more info and free chapters at DeadSeaRising.com. If you’re looking for a good book to cuddle up with and binge read, this is for you!

Here is my official review of #DeadSeaRising:

Dead Sea Rising is the new release from Jerry B. Jenkins (of the megahit, Left Behind Series) and Book One in his new Dead Sea Chronicles Series.

This book was a compelling read for me, at times thrilling, tense, and sweetly romantic in spots. Though not my normal type of read, I did enjoy it and particularly appreciated the archeological facts and Biblical history.

While reading, we flip back and forth between two main time periods, places and characters – modern day Manhattan and ancient Mesopotamia. A third time period from the Viet Nam War Era comes into play giving valuable background info on modern day Manhattan character, Dr. Ben Berman, and Charm, a young and beautiful Vietnamese woman.

The modern day Manhattan story line revolves around Dr. Nicole Berman, archeologist, and her quest to win a dig license in Saudi Arabia. Nicole believes she is on the brink of discovery that would change Middle Eastern history forever. But is it possible that there is someone out there trying to stop her at all costs, and is this person responsible for her mother’s injuries?

The ancient Mesopotamia story line finds Biblical character, Terah, in one hot spot after another serving his many gods, and as King Nimrod’s Chief Officer. It is remarkable here to see how Jerry Jenkins (with Biblical consulting from Dr. Craig Evans) takes the few Biblical facts we do know about Terah, the birth of his son, Abram, later known in the Bible as Abraham, and those around him and weaves them into an intriguing story of love, loyalty, conflict and loss.

I reminded myself as I flipped the pages, that this is book one in an upcoming series, which usually means the setup of characters and story lines that will be fleshed out and continued in greater detail in books to come. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Sea Rising and look forward to the release of Book Two!

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Prayer Changes Things!

Do you believe prayer changes things?

I mean, do you really believe prayer changes things?

Do you have Faith that when you pray, God is listening, and not only listening, but that He will also answer you?

Hmmm…consider this…

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, ”
and…

16 “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

Prayer Changes Things
So, today, live your life beautifully, do good, do what’s right, and don’t do what’s wrong; seek God’s heart. And pray – for yourself, for your family, for your friends. And pray with belief that God attends to your prayers; pray with Faith,
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.”
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“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
Hebrews 11:1-2
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 So, have Faith and Pray
because
Prayer changes things!
Have you prayed yet today?

Rise Up and Shine!

Helloooooooooooo!

It’s time! Time to get up and move, that is!  Time to dance, time to walk, run, laugh, sing, rejoice, praise!!!

Yes, it’s time to rise up from wherever you are and shine!!!

I’ll supply the words, and you supply the tune, the beat, the drum, piano, screaming guitar, etc!! In other words, dance to the beat of your own drum 🙂

And as we dance, here’s a question to ponder:  Do you like to fly under the radar; live simply, don’t make waves, see everything in black and white terms? Do you feel your life is boring or not meaningful?

Well…here are the words to a great song – ponder them in your heart as you sing and dance today!

Colors
Let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 Yeah yeah
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This love I feel
(repeat)
For You came to me
In a whitewashed time
Nothing was real,
Nothing worth a dime
Went through my days
Just getting by
Nothing to show
Or testify
 
Nothing to testify.
 
But then I heard You say,
“I made you, you are Mine,
Rise up and shine”
“Open your eyes and see
The colors I have made to be,
Change your white to bright
And make a difference
 
Yeah, change your white to bright
and go make a difference”
 
So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 Yeah yeah
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This joy I feel
 
So yeah, I opened my eyes
And looked around me,
Wow! 
 Now I see, God,
You are real
And all around me
 
I have a call
A difference to make
A purpose to fill
And not for my sake
 
So, yeah, I changed my white to bright
And now my heart can see
The colors you made
And purpose for me
Yeah, a purpose for me
and victory 
 
I changed my white to bright
And now I see
The difference you made
The difference for me
 
 So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
The Lord is real
 
Let my voice raise high
Let my heart cry out
This love I feel
 
So, let the oceans roar
Let the earth cry out
This love is real
 
The Lord is real
And now I feel
I was meant to be
To make a difference,
 
Yeah, to make a difference
To make a difference…
 You see?
“I made you, you are Mine,
Rise up and shine”

MIndy with TLW Girls Heart comp

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”
Jeremiah 31:3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn (made) you with lovingkindness.”
Isaiah 41:3 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine!”
 John 8:32 – “…and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
 Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Have you changed your white to bright?  Do you wanna make a difference? Let’s do it! Now’s the time! 
 
Let’s live in the difference!!
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Be Strong and Courageous…

Are you strong and courageous?

Do you have within you what you need to accomplish what is on your plate today? Are you discouraged, or afraid you might fail?

Well, take heart, my friend – God’s got your back!

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”   Joshua 1:7-9New Living Translation (NLT)

 For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

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Trust in that.  Believe in that.  Look up and reach out to God – raise your hand and give it to Him to hold.  Close your eyes and imagine God right there with you, taking hold of your hand – leading you, comforting and guiding you. Giving you strength and courage.  No matter how big or little your need.  Ask Him to take hold of your hand and pour His strength into you through the joining of your hands. 

Go ahead, do this right now. 

Then in your mind and in your outstretched hand, grasp hold of His strong and very capable hand, close your fingers tightly around his; hold on and don’t ever let go!

13 “For I hold you by your right hand—  
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

“Do not fear, for I am with you.”

Isaiah 43:5

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:20

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+41%3A10&version=NLT

Heart-Healing Words

Happy Sunday to you!!

Are you happy this morning? Or are you, like me, maybe feeling a little hurting in your heart – from hurt feelings, or maybe sadness from a loss?

A few days ago someone I love slung some very hurtful words at me and in hurt and anger I slung a few ugly and not nice words right back.  Words that I thought would never come out of my mouth. Today I feel great remorse (even though I am still reeling in hurt).

However, I read a few Words this morning that sounded so good and reminded me where I always can find healing for my hurt. These words were:

How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Ps 119:103
And I am reminded again of how magically reviving and hurt-healing the Words of this Book can be to me when I remember to seek them out and let them into, and wash over my heart. I love to also dwell in Psalm 139 to know that I am not, I am NEVER alone. And there is good with me, wherever I am – always.
Today, I choose to dwell in His Words, instead of those other hurtful words.
And bask in His awesome healing.
How about you – where do you turn for your heart healing?  I invite you to click the link above to read Psalm 139 – let the Words flow over and sink into your heart as you reflect upon what they are saying to you.  Then re-read verses 13 & 14.
Oh, how I love these beautiful Words! They tell me (you) that I (you) was planned and placed and created by a wonderful Maker, whose works are **marvelous  – marvelous! – that means I (you) am marvelous! We are marvelous!
So I will let those hurtful words someone said to me, roll right off of me! They don’t stick today because God’s wonderful Words have healed my heart! I was created wonderfully and marvelously, with awe, and as long as I choose to live in this example of goodness, I can be wonderful and good, and no words can take that away from me (or you)!
So, choose to embrace this wonderfully marvelous self who God created you to be and let your heart be healed!
**Some other Bible versions use the word “wonderful” here. God’s words are wonderful! We are wonderful!
Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 139 – New American Standard Bible

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God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience. – For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I