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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Single Act of Obedience - Part One

An impression. A prompting. A thought. A single step of faith. An act of obedience. As Christians, we often have them throughout the day. Times where we feel God (the Holy Spirit) is prompting us to do something. It could be as simple as expressing a word of encouragement, praying for someone, moving in a direction He is showing you to go. It can be a reminder to call someone.

I often have said to the ladies in the Bible study I lead that the more you obey those prompts from the Holy Spirit, the more He has to show you. Obey when He calls to you.

I had such an opportunity a week ago. I felt prompted to ask a question concerning a contest that was held just days before. I figured it was closed since it was to take place over the weekend and that entries were no longer accepted, but I couldn't get past the feeling that I still needed to ask.

The answer came back, yes the contest was closed, but the blogger was open to still taking a look at my writing pitch. I debated and prayed and almost didn't send back what was requested. But I couldn't deny the overwhelming sense to follow through.

Only God knew that my single act of obedience would provide so much more. He used that step of faith and multiplied it to something I never imagined. Because of following the prompt to send an email God provided a writing goal that I've had for quite some time.

Only God...

Here's the rest of the story.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd's Roses Have Thorns tells the tale of seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg. This plucky young Swedish woman leaves her homeland to set sail for England in 1565 realizing the unlikelihood of ever seeing her loved ones again. Running away from the knowledge that her fiance has fallen in love with her sister, she welcomes the unknown adventure.

Once in England, her circumstances change allowing Elin to serve in the court of Queen Elizabeth. In an era of uncertain times, political unrest, and never knowing who one can trust, the heroine strives toward a close relationship with the monarch.

Sandra's love for the time period and her interest in detailing the events shines through in each scene. Kudos for a well written and meticulous novel.

This book was provided free for review by the author and Howard Books.