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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Everything is Possible

Excerpt from's Daily Devotional-- really speaks to writers.

Jesus said in Mark 9:23, "Everything is possible for him who believes."

The Nike sporting goods company used a very simple but powerful phrase in
one of their recent ad campaigns, "Just do it." This is going to be a little
different Devotional today. I want to take a moment right now before you do
anything else and simply ask the Lord to open your heart to hear this
message today since it has to do with faith. Now, let me ask you a question.
What is something that you have always dreamed of but have never done? Maybe
it is to see a certain place or do a certain thing. What is something that
you have always dreamed of but have never done?

The writer of Hebrews defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 as, "Now faith is being
sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Note the key
words in this definition are SURE and CERTAIN. True Biblical faith is not
something we simply hope for, but we are SURE of what we hope for. True
Biblical faith is not just a blind leap into the dark, we are CERTAIN of
what we do not see. That is why Jesus told us that, "EVERYTHING is possible
for him who believes." Not a few things, not certain things, not most things

Today, I want to challenge your faith and encourage you to fulfill your
dreams. As I share with you often, this journey through life is very short.
It is over before we even know it. We know the Bible teaches us that
tomorrow is promised to none of us, that each day is literally a gift from
God. We must treat each day as the precious gift it is and make the most of
it. Too many people live their lives in those "ruts." You get comfortable in
making life work for you on a daily basis and get locked into a routine that
you rarely if ever deviate from. You complain how boring life is, how
unexciting life is, when the problem is not life but the way you choose to
live it each day!

Here is my word for you today, my challenge. Sit down with a paper and pen
and answer the above question on the paper. Write down what it is you have
dreamed of but never done. Maybe you always wanted to see the Great Wall of
China. Write it down. Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to ride a
horse. Write it down. There is not one person reading these words today that
doesn't have something you have always wanted to do or some place you have
always wanted to visit. Everyone has a dream they have not seen fulfilled.

After you have written down what it is you have always dreamed of, take that
paper and pray over it. Pray in faith that God is going to let you see your
dream come true. God is not some magic genie in a lamp that we rub and make
wishes to. However, God is the One who promised that, "Everything is
possible for him who believes." God is the One who promised to, "Give you
the desires of your heart." As a follower of Jesus Christ you have very
right to hold God to His promises. There is no dream that is too big for

Monday, July 27, 2009

10 Things

10 Things That Happen After We Die

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 tells us that when Christians are absent from the body they are present with the Lord. Here’s a list of ten things the Bible says happens to Christians after they die.

1) We Are Received By Christ
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” - Acts 7:59

2) We Are Escorted By Angels To Heaven
“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.” - Luke 16:22

3) We Are Greeted By Christ
“But Stephen, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” - Acts 7:55-56

4) We Enter Into The Joy Of The Lord
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

5) We Are No Longer Under The Curse
“And there shall be no more curse?” - Rev. 22:3

6) We Become Like Christ
“Dear friends, now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him.” - 1 John 3:2

7) We Dwell With God
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” - Revelation 21:4

8) We No Longer Suffer
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:4

9) We Serve Christ
“The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” - Rev. 22:3

10) Will Are With The Lord Forever
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” - John 3:16

Courtesy of Bible Study Planet

Saturday, July 25, 2009

John 17:26


July 25, 2009

"I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you
known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and
that I myself may be in them."

-- John 17:26

Jesus reveals God to us. One of the reasons he does this is so
that we can know who God is and what is important to him. Clearly,
one of the most important things on Jesus' heart in this prayer is
that we share his love for us with each other. In this way, Jesus
comes to life in us.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Comfort for the Caregivers

When Someone You

Love Has Cancer

Author: Cecil Murphey

Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-7369-2428-3

Retail: $10.99

A Word from The Man Behind the Words

"When Shirley walked in from the garage, she didn't have to say a word: I read the diagnosis in her eyes. I grabbed her and held her tightly for several seconds. When I released her, she didn't cry. The unshed tears glistened, but that was all.

I felt emotionally paralyzed and helpless, and I couldn't understand my reaction. After all, I was a professional. As a former pastor and volunteer hospital chaplain I had been around many cancer patients. I'd seen people at their lowest and most vulnerable. As a writing instructor, I helped one woman write her cancer-survival book. Shirley and I had been caregivers for Shirley's older sister for months before she died of colon cancer.

All of that happened before cancer became personal to me--before my wife learned she needed a mastectomy. To make it worse, Shirley was in the high-risk category because most of her blood relatives had died of some form of cancer. Years earlier, she had jokingly said, "In our family we grow things."

In the days after the diagnosis and before her surgery, I went to a local bookstore and to the public library. I found dozens of accounts, usually by women, about their battle and survival. I pushed aside the novels that ended in a person's death. A few books contained medical or technical information. I searched on-line and garnered useful information--but I found nothing that spoke to me on how to cope with the possible loss of the person I loved most in this world.

Our story ends happily: Shirley has started her tenth year as a cancer survivor. Not only am I grateful, but I remember my pain and confusion during those days. That concerns me enough to reach out to others who also feel helpless as they watch a loved one face the serious diagnosis of cancer.

That's why I wrote When Someone You Love Has Cancer. I want to encourage relatives and friends and also to offer practical suggestions as they stay at the side of those they love.

The appendix offers specific things for them to do and not to do--and much of that information came about because of the way people reacted around us.

It's a terrible situation for anyone to have cancer; it's a heavy burden for us who deeply love those with cancer."

----- Cecil Murphey

The World Health Organization reported that by the year 2010 cancer will be the number one killer worldwide. More than 12.4 million people in the world suffer from cancer. 7.6 million people are expected to die from some form of cancer. That's a lot of people, but the number of loved ones of cancer sufferers is far greater. What do they do when a special person in their life is diagnosed with this devastating disease?

Murphey brings his experiences as a loved one and many years of wisdom gained from being a pastor and hospital chaplain to his newest book When Someone You Love Has Cancer: Comfort and Encouragement for Caregivers and Loved Ones (Harvest House Publishers). His honest I've-been-there admissions and practical helps are combined with artist Michal Sparks' soothing watercolor paintings.

Readers of When Someone You Love Has Cancer will receive:

Inspiration to seek peace and understanding in their loved one's situation
Help in learning the importance of active listening
Guidance in exploring their own feelings of confusion and unrest
Suggestions on how to handle anxiety and apprehension
Honest answers to questions dealing with emotions, exhaustion, and helplessness
Spirit-lifting thoughts for celebrating the gift of life in the midst of troubles

Murphey explains why this is a much-needed book: "Most books about cancer address survivors. I want to speak to the mates, families, and friends who love those with cancer. I offer a number of simple, practical things people can do for those with cancer."

For more information on Cecil and his books, click here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Seeds--news and seeking submissions


Updates and reminders

Dear subscribers and friends,

Happy summer! Happy iced lemonade and volleyball! Happy swimming and hiking!

I hope you are enjoying sunshine, time off for relaxing on the lawn, and children’s laughter!

New stories at Seeds in Season. See them at

*Reminder: the contest and drawings will conclude July 15th .

Enter the contest for the book “Living With Courage (Lessons from Daniel)” by Bill Crowder by simply sending me an email as a visitor if you have not previously done so. You are still qualified if you’ve only contacted me for bible study or newsletter subscriptions.

*Be entered in the drawing for the book “You Can Do It (Guide to Self -Publishing)” by Athena Dean, by sending your comments about the website, how it has helped you, about articles that have impressed you, about your book if you have been published, or about your personal testimony.

Three new contests will begin July 31 and run until Oct.31 for:

> “New Visitor” drawing – win: 2 gift books by RBC

> “New Comments” drawing – win: the sacred music cd “Eyes on You” by Ruth Wood of

Comfort Cafe

> New! Find the verse hidden somewhere in the website’s content “Psalm 91:11“ - win: A $10

Barnes and Noble’s gift certificate. First contact wins.

*Remember that Seeds in Season Writer’s Resources Website has gone from a quarterly e-zine to publishing 3 times a year. Reminder: we need your submissions! Please contribute your devotionals or articles specifically about writing or the writing life to encourage someone browsing the web, or someone looking for answers about God. We are a ministry, and cannot pay for articles. But I can re-pay you by listing your books, links and information.

*The webzine calendar is this: 3. Summer/fall Aug. 1 -Oct. 15 . Submissions should be emailed before July. 31, the sooner the better please!

1.Holiday edition October-February, with a deadline of Sept. 30 .

2. Spring/summer edition March-July, deadline Feb. 1.

Small additions will be made as able. Check for new information and links.

*Notice: New Features

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*Read Angela Duncan’s gracious and humbling comments about Seeds in Season and the SIS Bible Study. “Work of the Faithful” at Special.pdf

*New Archives containing my own articles from Winter 2008 - spring 2009 will become available at # 1 is now available for you to borrow.

* Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

Marlene Bagnull, conference director of “Write His Answer”

August 6-8. Visit website for more.

*American Christian Writers Conferences

July 31 and August 1, 2009 Minneapolis, MN
August 8, 2009 (Saturday only) St. Louis, MO

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THOUGHT for today:

"His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bad may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower.” ~Cowper

We may never know the results of our labor until we kneel before God’s throne. In that moment,

we will know the sweet flower of obedience to God during our time on earth. How will you spend that time?

How will you use the words you write?

“And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever.” I John 2:17

Check the website’s new content index for this edition.

Thank you, and God bless you,

April B

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Day He Has Made

Another great excerpt from

I don't know about you, but I get EXCITED to wake up and see what God has in
store for the day. For me, every day is like Christmas. Virtually every day
I have a very packed and tight schedule and am required to be at certain
places at certain times. So I pretty much know going into each day what I
will be doing each hour. Despite that rigid structure, I still get charged
up since I know as the day unfolds God is with me each moment and that He is
in control of everything that happens. Even when things don't go exactly as
I would hope or plan, I have great peace in knowing that God is still on His
throne and still in control. I also know that during each day, He is going
to bless me in ways I had not even considered or thought of. I don't know
about you, but I enjoy God's blessings and can't wait to see what they will
be that day.

I realize that the first thought many of you had as you read the opening
line, "Are you ready to have a GREAT day," is "is this guy crazy?" You are
thinking, how can I have a great day when I am in such a financial mess? You
are thinking, how can I have a great day when my body is ravaged with pain
and sickness? You are thinking, how can I have a great day when I am
mourning the loss of someone I loved so much. You are thinking, how can I
have a great day when my marriage is on the verge of divorce. You are
thinking, how can I have a great day when I am enslaved to drugs, alcohol,
gambling, food, shopping, illicit sex, or whatever bondage you may be in.

My word for you today is to not let the day-to-day challenges of life burden
you to the point you stop looking forward to each day. The Bible tells us
that tomorrow is promised to NONE OF US, and that each day is literally a
gift from God. We need to embrace the day for what it is, a gift from God,
and be thankful for it despite whatever challenges the day may bring our
way. We live in a sin-filled and evil world. Because of that, we will always
have trials and tribulations, always have battles and challenges, but we can
still have peace and joy because we know that God will help us be victorious
over those trials and tribulations, those battles and challenges!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

What do you Magnify?

Got this in an e-mail, author unknown---


If you think about a magnifying glass, its purpose is to make objects or text on a page appear larger than they are in reality. When you magnify something, you don't actually change the size of the object, you change your perspective of it.

Our minds can work like a magnifying glass. The more you think about something, the larger you perceive it to be. That's why we have to keep things in the right perspective. If we focus on our problems, they can seem so large that we can be consumed by them! But when you focus on God and magnify Him in your life, all the things of this world just seem so small and insignificant in comparison.

Think about it this way: if you were to hold up a quarter with your arm outstretched in front of you and one eye closed, the quarter seems small compared to everything else around you. But when you pull the quarter in closer to your eye, it appears much larger. In fact, if you hold it close enough, you aren't able to see anything else! So often in life, our difficulties and challenges seem so much larger than they actually are simply because we are holding them closer to us than necessary. We are dwelling on them more than we need to. But when we have the right perspective, those same difficulties become much more manageable.

To keep the right perspective, magnify the right things in your life. When I come up against challenges, I remind myself of all the great things God has done for me. I begin to thank Him for allowing me to know Him; I thank Him for my family, my children, and my husband. I recall how God brought me through past trials and difficult times. I am always amazed at how my perspective changes when I have a grateful heart and choose to count my blessings!

Today, I encourage you to take inventory of your thoughts. Maybe even make a list of all things that are magnified in your life right now. Hold that list out in front of you and think about how big your God is! Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in greater ways. Sing a simple song of praise to Him as you release that list of cares into His loving arms. Remember, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Just watch the weight of the world disappear as you magnify Him in every area of your life.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: WHAT DO YOU EXALT?? WHAT DO YOU MAGNIFY? Is it your problems or the God that is greater than any problem that you have???

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

"Hot" New Fiction

Even Smoke Runs From the Fire.

Firefighting burns in Aidan O’Neill’s blood, but his innate gift for reading flames has made him overconfident and sometimes puts lives in danger. When one call goes horribly wrong and a rookie is hurt, Aidan ends up suspended and finds himself questioning everything.

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

An arsonist is targeting Reno, leaving a scorched path of destruction. The department calls Aidan back, but his return is troubled. The gift he relied on for so long has gone silent and it’s as though the fires are coming for him, hunting him down. Teaming with a beguiling fire investigator who may know more than she’s saying, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the flames burn ever closer.

An Explosive Blend of Action, Romance, and Danger.

“A sizzling debut novel from a writer who really has the goods. Shawn Grady is an author to watch.”
-James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived

“Shawn Grady is the real deal- a real-life fireman who can take you into the inferno, scare the living daylights out of you, and drag you back out reeking of smoke and gasping for air. Through the Fire is the best book on fire-fighting I’ve ever read, and there’s enough mystery and suspense to keep you scorching through the pages.”
-Randall Ingermanson, Christy award-winning author of Oxygen

Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. �He was named �Most Promising New Writer� at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. �Through the Fire is his debut novel.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn�s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University as a Theology undergrad before shifting direction to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, Nevada, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador

Friday, July 03, 2009