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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sexual Harrassment

Seems like every time we turn on the TV nowadays, there's a woman complaining of sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual misconduct. But whatever name you call it by, it's horrible and it's been around a long time. Here's an excerpt from a post I wrote some time ago:

Ammon, Tamar's half brother was so infatuated with her he could think of nothing else. His friend, noticing his depression, asked him what was the matter. Ammon told him, and his friend came up with a plan. He told Ammon to pretend to be ill and when the king asked him what was wrong, he must say he was ill and could Tamar come over to his quarters and make him some cakes.

Ammon did as his friend advised. David instructed Tamar to go over and bake the cakes for her brother and, you guessed it, he raped her. The Bible goes on to say that Tamar begged Ammon not to send her away because she was now a disgraced woman. However, he now hated her more than he had loved her, and had her thrown out of his house. Read 2 Samuel 13: 1 - 20.

We later learn that Absalom, Ammon's older brother, killed him.

Sometimes we don't pay for our sins right away, but we do pay. I've been telling you about my book Coming Out of Egypt that deals with the topic of sexual abuse. One night, unable to bear the thought of her younger sister being molested by her father, Marva kills him.
This sets off a snowball effect of delinquent behavior by both girls. In the midst of all this, Marva’s former teacher, Cicely, intervenes and saves the girls from certain doom. In the end, they become Christians and begin to feel better about themselves. However, Marva knows that one day she will have to pay the price for her rash behavior. When will the axe fall?

If you prefer to read about heiresses in dungeons, cowboys and cowgirls, aliens and devils, then look elsewhere. But if you enjoy women’s fiction that focuses on social issues and real life events that touch all of us, Coming Out of Egypt is the book for you. If you enjoy learning about exotic cultures, with an element of sweet, clean romance, then Coming Out of Egypt is the book for you. If you want to learn more about the power of redemption to change lives, then this book is for you. Coming Out of Egyptt received a five-star rating from Readers’ Favorite and 4.5 stars from other readers.

Right now, Coming Out of Egypt is just .99c on kindle, but if you prefer print, you can get it here. If you would like an autographed copy, just email me and I’ll tell you how you can get it. Until next time, remember,"... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3: 13-14).

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Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Okay To Be Scared

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in the year 1985 by AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs. Since then, breast cancer has been observed annually to raise awareness and funds to fight this dreaded disease. Cancer is no respecter of persons. Women from all walks of life have fallen and continue to fall prey to its attack. The CDC states that apart from some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity. It is also the second cause of death in women of all races in the United States. However, in spite of these statistics, survival rates are improving. Women are beating this thing.

I am not writing from the perspective of someone who has been there, done that. However, I did have pre-cancerous cervical cells some years ago. When I was diagnosed, I called on God, followed the doctor’s advice and had surgery. Throughout the entire time, I found strength in God. I remember walking in to the hospital with my daughter the morning of my surgery with just my driver’s license in my hand, as the nurse had instructed me to do, and I was thinking, I don’t feel scared. I’m going to have surgery for the first time in my life and I don’t feel scared.

God was with me.

But because I didn’t feel scared doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be. If you’ve just received a diagnosis of cancer, you may be scared to death. And that’s okay. The disciples in that boat, seasoned fishermen, were scared for their lives when the storm arose. They woke Jesus who was asleep in the stern and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4: 39) The Bible goes on to say, “He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

As a Christian woman, you may ask yourself many questions. “Why me? I serve God, don’t I? I attend church regularly, don’t I? I tithe, I do this, I do that …” There was a man in the Bible who did all that and more and yet, God allowed Satan to take all that he had and afflict him with horrible illnesses. But in spite of all this, “Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (1: 22).

So, what am I saying? I’m saying it’s okay to be scared. Jesus understands. Just trust Him. Call on Him. Even when you don’t know what to say, just whisper His name and you’ll receive comfort.

Speaking of comfort, sometimes you can find comfort in an object – a keepsake, gift or something that has special meaning. I have two Breast Cancer Awareness bangles that I want to give away. The month is almost over, but I’ll carry it into November. The first two women who write to me and request it will receive this lovely bangle FREE and postage paid.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

I'm Not A Scaredy Cat


Is your child afraid of the dark? Does he cower in fear at strange noises and situations? Most young children do, but even if he doesn’t, this book will teach him that God is always near, and he can trust Him in everything. This lovely hardcover book with its colorful illustrations and funny little verses will delight the hearts of children everywhere while teaching them to face their fears. Written by Max Lucado, I’m Not A Scaredy Cat features a little prayer that a child can easily learn.

“God, you are good.
God, you are near.
God, you are here!
And, God, you love me.”

With Christmas just around the corner, this book will make a perfect gift for your son or daughter.

You can win a copy of this cute little book when you enter the exciting giveaway. Just click on this link: http://www.blessedfreebies.com/im-not-a-scaredy-cat.html


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Devotional For Your Kids

As godly parents we know the importance of getting our children grounded in the word of God. The Bible tells us we are to train up our children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). However, some of us may lack the ability to break down scripture in a form that children can understand, or we may just feel inadequate to the task.

Sarah Young has come to our rescue with Jesus Always, a book with 365 devotionals for kids. The devotionals cover everything from spending time with God, seeking His help, trusting Him and experiencing the joy of the Lord. In fact, joy seems to be the overriding theme of the book.

But what I like best about the devotions is they are written from the POV of Jesus, so when the child reads it, he feels like Jesus is right there speaking to him personally. Here's one example: When you run into problems, look for Me. I’m right there with you.

The book itself is very attractive. The hard, purple cover features embossed lettering and art work. Pages are smooth and glossy with purple borders and green headers and footers. This book will make a great Christmas gift that will last a child a long time. You do not have to worry that the book will fall apart. The binding is sturdy and the cover is hard. I highly recommend this book, and now you can enter this giveaway to win 1 of 5 free copies. Just click this link: http://www.blessedfreebies.com/jesus-always-365.html


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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Nothing Is Impossible



The words of this song popped into my mind as I woke up this morning. Some of you may be familiar with them:

Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God,
Nothing is impossible when you're trusting in His Word 
La la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la
So put your trust in God alone 
And stand upon His word,
For everything, yes everything, 
EVERY THING is possible with God

You can tell I don't remember all the words, but the catchy melody stuck with me all morning as I got ready for church. The song reminded me of some seemingly impossible situations I, and others known to me, had been through. And God brought us through every one of them.

When the angel told Sarah, Abraham's wife, that she was going to have a child, she laughed. She was ninety years old! But the angel said, " Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18: 14).

And if you've read the story, you know that she did have a son the next year, exactly as the angel said.

Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.

Whatever you are praying about, whether it is about a family member or a national crisis - and we ought to pray about that - do not doubt. Only believe.

Here's a video on the same theme for you to enjoy:

 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Picking Up the Pieces

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Every time I look at images of the storm-ravaged areas in Florida and the Caribbean, I feel a leaden weight in my stomach. Houses, stores and other buildings have been reduced to a pile of match sticks - at least that's what they look like to me. And I can't even begin to imagine what will happen to Barbuda and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and Mexico. The list goes on and on. 


As I thought about all this, I leafed through a book by Max Lucado. Now this gentleman is one of my all-time favorite Christian authors. I have received lots of comfort and inspiration from his writing, but this book GRACE For The Moment had been sitting on my bookshelf untouched for quite a while. This morning as I turned the pages, reflecting on the effects of hurricane Irma, a header jumped out at me.

A Complete Restoration

And in his own inimitable way, Max begins with the words, God loves to decorate.

Say what? What happened there with Irma was not decoration, it was destruction. But a couple lines down, Max writes, "portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace." Comforting words, profound words expressed as only Max Lucado can do it. But as I read further I saw that he wasn't speaking about physical restoration, although God can and does do that as well. He is talking about inner restoration of the soul, of the mind until we become fully attuned to Jesus Christ.

Sometimes in order to restore, God may chip away a little bit here or there, or sometimes, according to Max, "He's been know to gut the whole west wing."

Friends, some of you may have lost more than the west wing. You may have lost everything, but God loves to decorate, He loves to restore, He loves to replenish.

Here are some promises from His word:

 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.Psalms 71: 20

 ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’Isaiah 44: 26

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  1 Peter 5: 10

There are many more such promises in God's Word. And He keeps every one of them.
I want to get Max Lucado's book, GRACE For The Moment, to you. I will send an electronic version of this book to the first three people who write to me and tell me why they would like a copy. Please write to aquildon@yahoo.com. You will be entered into my mailing list where you can receive my newsletter. God bless.

Friday, September 01, 2017

A Prayer For Texas


In times like these it's difficult to find the right words. My prayer is that this passage of scripture will bring some hope and comfort to the people of Texas. God bless you.