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Jump November 8, 2013

Filed under: Melissa's devotions/articles — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:38 am
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man jumping 2My son and I have this nightly ritual we do when I put him to bed. He takes a flying leap off his bed right into my arms. He loves to see how far he can jump and how far I can stand away from the bed and still catch him (this makes me a little nervous).

One night he said he wanted to jump without me there to catch him. So I moved to the side and he jumped.

He stood back up, looked at me and said, “I jump further with you.”

Those five words stopped me.

I jump further with you.

Wow. It hit me.

I jump further with Jesus.

If we tell Jesus we can handle something He will step aside and allow us to jump. But the thing is when we jump without Him we can’t go as far. We can only go as far and do as much, as our natural selves can do in the flesh.

But with Jesus…..

I jump further.

I can do more for Him when I jump with Him.

And the cool thing is, even if it looks scary we can do it afraid (as Joyce Meyer says) because we know Jesus will be there to catch us.

Are you ready to jump into the arms of your Savior?

What is He asking you to do that you have been afraid to do, or what have  you been trying to do on  your own?

Whatever it is, you’ll jump further with Jesus.

 

Jesus is Enough October 25, 2013

Filed under: Cool videos — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:52 am
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feet-in-chainsIs Jesus really enough? Do you really believe it? Deep down in your very being, is He enough to heal your wounds, your marriage, take away your shame, set you free from addictions?

If you said yes, do you live like that is true or do you live a defeated lifestyle?

I was sent a video a couple of weeks ago and I sat there and wept as I watched. I realized I often live like Jesus isn’t enough. I often live like I have to hold onto my chains, like I am afraid to let them go because I might go back.

I thought I would share this video with you. I hope you will be as touched by it as I was and know that Jesus is enough.

Check the video out here.

In what way do you need Jesus to be enough today?

 

Write to the Point with Mary L. Ball September 11, 2013

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:05 am
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pic on book coverToday we get write to the point with Mary L. Ball. She has a giveaway for you so read until the end.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I live in the North Carolina. I’m a member of ACFW. When I’m not running around in my latest character’s head I babysit my two grandsons, support my husband’s ministry and enjoy singing gospel as I have time.

As a retired secretary I have always wrote correspondence, but it wasn’t until years later I started scribing devotionals and short stories. From there, I evolved to fiction writing. After almost two years of writing and editing, I received a contract from Prism Book group. My debut novel Escape to Big Fork Lake released in March 2012 and is available on Amazon and most online retailers.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I asked for God’s forgiving grace when I was a young lady in my twenties.  After taking a turn and traveling down the wrong roads, I rededicated my life to the Lord eighteen years later. I’m smarter now and understand the tricks of the devil. I praise Jesus Christ each day for his salvation.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

I hope that readers will see that sometimes God plans are best and if we trust in the Lord, we can receive our hearts desires.

Stone of Destiny

The sapphire symbolizes s mental clarity, faithfulness and truth. For centuries, the legion of the Harrison family revolved StoneofDestiny_Ebook  orginalaround a ring. The family stone believed to have divine favors that transform lives-sometimes forever.

Taylor has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete. That is until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom.

First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn’t understand; mere thoughts that should remain unspoken, are voiced.

Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself-forcing her to question everything she believes.

Is this a fairy-tale or her soul, reaching out for a different world, a life she can only find through faith and a divine trust in God?

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

My life is extremely busy, so I only blog once a week. I often struggled with what to blog about so lately I’ve devoted my blog to highlighting other authors. It’s my hope to give back to some of the authors who graciously host me on their blogs.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Yes, more than one I hope you don’t mind my sharing them all. Each of these verses has a special meaning in my life.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13

Where can we find you on the web?

http://marylouwrites.weebly.com/

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Certainly, Melissa I want to thank you for having me on your lovely blog. I think your ministry is great.

Thanks Mary and thanks for taking time to share with my readers.

Readers, leave a comment for Mary by September 17th to be entered to win her book. She is giving away an ebook copy of her book for Nook or Kindle.