April 23, 2011

Silent Saturday

In the Gospels very little is said about this day...the day after the crucifixion. Jesus’ body was quietly and quickly tucked away late on Friday afternoon so that the Jewish believers could keep the Sabbath holy. I've often wondered what took place on this "silent Saturday."

There are some things that we can surmise.
This was a day like none other for the followers of Christ. It followed a night when one of them had betrayed Him, and another had denied Him three times. Worse yet they had been present while their teacher, leader, and friend was cruelly put to death.

April 21, 2011

People of the Book tour kick-off featuring Kathi Macias

Today I am featuring an interview with award winning author Kathi Macias. Her latest work, People of the Book, which is the fourth and final book in the Extreme Devotion series, is absolutely phenomenal. Each one of the books in this series set in a different country. I haven't read the first three books in the series but hope the publisher will offer them for the Kindle so I can do so soon. Hint, hint New Hope Publishers.

It is not very often that a Christian fiction book has the power to keep me up at night. People of the Book did more than that. It challenged my commitment to Christ and caused me to question just how far I would be willing to go to hold on to my relationship with Him in the face of trials and or persecution. I am still thinking about many things since reading this book. I'll share some of them as a part of my review in another post.
Please be sure you don't miss the important contest information tucked within this interview. You'll find out everything you need to know to win all four books in the series in this post. Good luck and enjoy!

A walk in the park

The room was black as night. I awoke alarmed, not by the clock but, because of the chill in the air. Shivering violently I rushed to grab my favorite robe glancing at the time on my way back to bed. It was almost 8:00 a.m. much to my surprise.

The day was here. An adventure about to begin. Pulling back the shade I was greeted by gray skies and billowy clouds. They seemed to threaten to spill torrential rains at any moment. "Go ahead" I said in a way that suggested the clouds might actually hear me. The wind seemed to speak back in a blustery voice. Its chilling reply unnerved me.

What a change in weather we had experienced over night. A sudden drop like this has the ability to stop me dead in my tracks. But there was no way that I would cave to the pain. I'd been waiting for a very long time for this day.

April 15, 2011

Embracing the present

As the journey, which I spoke about in my previous post Casting off the past, continued I saw the neurologist occasionally for other issues plaguing me. The subject of MS would come up every now and then. I would always quickly dismiss it.

In 2005 I began suffering from frequent blackouts. It was then that a new batch of tests revealed diffused lesions throughout my nervous system. This is one of the classic signs of MS. Of course there are many others. A list of symptoms can be found here.

I was told that I would need to make major lifestyle changes. One of the most important areas to manage would be stress. It’s okay. I laughed, too. It’s easier said than done. I was advised to consider leaving “the ministry” or modifying my involvement.

Casting off the past

The year was 1999 and I remember it as if it were yesterday. My attending physician, a neurologist, burst into my room and loudly proclaimed “I think you have MS. We’ll need to run some tests to confirm it.”

To be honest, I didn’t know much about MS. Quite frankly, I didn’t care. My focus was on my swollen leg which was a whale of a situation that had brought more than one doctor to their wits end.

April 10, 2011

Sunday Scripture-Hiding

"You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!" Psalm 32:7 Amplified Bible

April 3, 2011

Sunday Scripture-Wait

"Can the no-gods of the godless nations cause rain?  Can the sky water the earth by itself?

 You're the one, O God, who does this. So you're the one for whom  
 we wait.  You made it all, you do it all." 
Jeremiah 14:22 The Message
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