Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

All We Would Ever Need May 30, 2014

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cryOne morning I was eating breakfast and I heard my daughter yell “Mommy.”

As a mother you know when your child is hurt, I went running into the bathroom. I found her sitting on the floor with a huge scratch running down her calf. She somehow scratched herself with her toenail while she slept.

I quickly moved into action and got the Band-Aids down and some antibacterial ointment. After I finished bandaging her up she looked in the box and noticed there were no more Band-Aids, “Oh, mom we don’t have anymore Band-Aids.” 

I assured her I knew we needed more so I just purchased some the other day. Relief flooded her face. I am sure she knew she might need more in the near future…like most children 🙂

I thought about this conversation later and realized how we often say the same thing to God.

We get hurt, broken hearted, we fall into sin and when we finally fall to the ground and shout out, “My King!” He will come running. 

He knows His children’s voices better then we know our own, He knows when we are hurt.  He comes running and the King of Kings kneels down beside us and covers our hurts with more than bandages.

He covers them with His love, grace and mercy.  He unselfishly pours those things out over our hurts and our sins.

When He’s finished we might look up at him and say, “But Father, you used all you have, you couldn’t possible having anymore love for me the next time I am hurt or screw up.” 

He smiles down at you and says, “My child, I knew you would need more so I purchased all you would ever need, more then you could ever need.  The price was costly, but well worth it. The price was paid on the cross.  I have many more boxes of love, grace, and mercy for you. Just ask and I will come running.”

We never have to worry that He will run out of those things, He can’t, He won’t.  He knew we would need more so He purchased all we would ever need, that is our King!

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT

Have you felt that way, that you had to have used up all of God’s grace, mercy and love? Can you share a time He reminded you that He was all you needed?

 

Write to the Point with Tina E. Pinson April 30, 2014

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Pinson_Tina_WebsiteImageToday we get write to the point with Tina Pinson. I interviewed Tina a while ago. If you would like to read her first interview click here. Read to the end, she has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about your newest book.

My latest releases are Then There Was Grace and Christmas in Shades of Gray. Also the fourth in my Shadow Series — This Shadowed Land came out as well.
Today I want to take a closer look at Then There Was Grace. The story was written during the month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11.
Then There was Grace tells the story of a man Adam, who is ready to leave his wife Grace, when she is taken from him in a tragic event, leaving him to raise his twin 4 year-old daughters, Faith and Hope.
Adam walks through the aftermath, trying to deal with life beyond Grace and the grace he fills no one would ever give him when they learn he was preparing to leave Grace.
I suppose it’s my attempt at trying to understand what took place and whether the human race understood how much grace God continues to give them.
What do you do when you’re not writing?

I probably get lazier then I should and spend more time reading. Usually when I’m not writing, it’s because I’m having a hard time focusing and getting it down on paper. The past few months life itself has offered up a struggle and I fight to get sat down and write. Well, actually, I have been getting some writing, now it’s just getting it put into the computer.
Where do you get your ideas?

I get ideas from stories I might have seen or things in life. As I said Then There was Grace came from what was happening in the world. ThenThereWasGraceCoverArtChristmas in Shades of Gray is fictional look at my father in laws life. Other stories are taken from things that have happened in my life and many are pure imagination. Several what if’s as well. Like watching an old movie and asking myself what would happen if the characters were such and such and something else happened.
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I am for the most part a seat-of-the-pants writer. I say most part, because I will write up little point outlines from time to time so I remember what I thought about and need to get in the story. But I have never started a story from outline. Although since most of my stories come to me in dreams, they may be considered an outline of sorts.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

No, I can’t say I have. Some I haven’t even tried to get published yet. But most, I would say, I just had to take some time before I was about to get them into the hands of a publishing house.
Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I do use some of my characteristics in my characters. I would say Rebekah from The Shadow Series is fashioned some after me. As is Sam in Touched By Mercy. Rebekah looks more like me and is somewhat of a tomboy like me, then I allowed her to do things I always dreamed of. Sam is fashioned more after my emotional character.
Are you working on a new project now?

I am working on a few stories, some that I’ve been working on for a time. I also started a sequel of sorts to Touched By Mercy, called Tamed By Mercy, and am working on a novella called Her Secret Garden.
Anything you would like to add?
As a writer, one of my greatest hopes is that I leave a legacy of words that glorify God and direct others to the truth. I realize my books are fiction, but I do believe that God gifts storytellers with imagination to reach those who might not stop into a church or pick up a bible. Getting my books into the hands of readers is not an easy task, so I would covet your prayers for my writing and for each life my writing touches.
Thank you so much for letting me visit today. Those who leave a comment will be entered into a drawing for an eBook copy of Then There Was Grace. Tell me how fiction has touched your life?

Thank you, Tina, for visiting with us today.

Readers, let Tina know how fiction has touched your life and you will be entered in a drawing to an eBook of her book. Leave your comment by May 7th at 5:00 pm for your chance to win.

 

Redeemed: Embracing a Transformed Life December 3, 2013

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Redeemed:

Embracing a Transformed Life

by

Kerry Clarensau

Book Description:

GOD’S GRACE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY!

He wants to:
heal the scars of your past
renew your perspective
safeguard your sexuality
provide life-giving relationships
enrich every moment of your time

Open this book and learn how to embrace an all-consuming relationship with God. He can transform every corner of your heart!

Each chapter includes:
• Group discussion questions
• Five daily readings with prayers and Scriptures for meditation
• Personal reflection questions and space for journaling
• Video introduction (accessible by a QR code)

My thoughts:

I only got to read a sample of this book, I would’ve really liked to read more to get a better picture, so my review is based off the little I read.

What I really liked about the book was at the end of the chapters were a lot of discussion questions and then daily devotions to do on your own. I really think this book could be transforming for many women  if you haven’t already gone through a lot of healing.

For me it was kind of review of a lot of the things God has revealed to me though my personal healing story. But if you haven’t walked through that process yet I think this book would be a great place to start. It would especially helpful to do with this with someone else or a group of ladies.

If you are looking for healing and grace you will find that hope in this book.

Click here to watch a video of Kerry talking about the book.

Click here to visit Kerry’s blog.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

Can You Find Grace in 40 Days? October 8, 2013

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40 days

40 Days of Grace

By

Rich Miller

From the back cover:

Rich Miller has spent his ministry trying to help people accept, and then keep accepting, God’s perfect grace. As president of Freedom in Christ Ministries he helped develop the Grace Course which teaches this concept. In 40 Days of Grace, he has gathered his lifetime of reflections into devotional readings that thoroughly explore what it means to live a grace-filled life.

 
Rich has seen, time and time again, that so many of us start out excited and grateful for God’s saving, rescuing grace, and yet somehow we take a wrong turn. It’s as if we gradually get tricked into believing that somewhere God changed the rules and it’s actually up to us to make the Christian life work. We are drawn into self-effort and forget what it is to live by grace.
 
40 Days of Grace is a powerful reminder of the Father who loves us and runs to meet His wayward children–a chance to rest in His grace.

My thoughts:

The funny thing about this book was that I often felt like I wasn’t getting anything out of it but then as I would talk to my Bible study group I would remember something I read that totally applied and share it with them.

This book is full of nuggets of wisdom. Little things you will grasp and not want to let go of.

I discovered, through this book. that I really don’t have a very good understanding of grace and I still feel unworthy of what I do understand.

I really liked when the author talked about guilt is a fact not a feeling. Wow. So often as a child I felt guilty. Now I know I felt that way because of abuse done to me, but I wasn’t guilty. You can be guilty and never feel that way. This is a nugget I will remember.

I enjoyed how the author used a very relaxed tone with his prayers at the end of each days reading. They sounded like something I would cry out, not forced and fake.

A good book for a deeper look at God’s grace.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.