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Happily Ever After

 

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Romans 6:23- “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Although I always enjoy the process of beginning to write a new book, there is nothing more satisfying than the moment I type, “THE END.”

After months of writing, weeks of editing, cover selection, formatting—everything that is involved in producing a book—when it all finally comes together, it is a joy—and a relief!

Actually, we don’t type the words “THE END” anymore, but I remember the “olden” days when books and movies did bear those very words.

I also remember a variation in which the words “HAPPILY EVER AFTER” were just as prevalent—especially in children’s books.

I even recall Porky Pig stuttering at the end of his cartoons, “THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!”

But, in the real world, there is no “END.”

Many people think that death is the final goodbye. However, the Bible teaches that humans beings have eternal souls. It even says that it is totally up to each of us where we would like to spend eternity.

Putting our faith in Jesus Christ as our savior assures us that we can spend eternity in heaven, rather than hell. According to God’s Holy Word, those are our only two options.

If you have made the choice for Jesus, then I rejoice with you!

If not, I urge you to get a Bible and open to the book of John. Begin reading there. 

You will no doubt have questions, so please seek out a Christian friend or pastor. They will be able to lead you to faith in Christ. 

Recognizing that we are all sinners, each of us need to put our faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness. His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead gives us the assurance of an eternity in heaven with Him and other believers.

Your final breath here on earth—will be swallowed up in victory!

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More Priceless Than Rubies

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Proverbs 31:10– “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is above rubies.”

Rubies are exceptionally durable, second only to diamonds in hardness. They are one of the few gems whose color reaches vivid saturation levels.

Rubies come in all varieties of red, from pinkish, purplish, orangey, brownish, to dark red. The color can often help identify the stone’s geographic origin. Stones from Myanmar generally command the highest prices, followed by those from Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Fine quality rubies are some of the most expensive gems, with record prices over $100,000 per caret.

I’m not sure what the average woman weighs, if we convert pounds to carets, but God says a virtuous woman is worth more than that. 

I count myself fortunate to have had a truly virtuous mother. I hope you, also, have experienced the joy of growing up in a Christian home, raised by a mother who always put God and her family above herself. 

I think back to many instances of total unselfishness on her part. Her moral standards were impeccable and her motives beyond reproach.  

My mother is a jewel and our family is fortunate to still have her with us.

As we honor our mothers this Mother’s Day, let’s be mindful of just how precious a mother of noble character can be. Her value to her family is beyond measure.

More priceless than rubies.

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Checking for Messages…

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Romans 10:17– “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

 

I used to be really bad about checking my phone for text messages and voice mails.

Then, there came a time when I missed something really important. From that point on, I made a conscious effort to form the habit of checking for messages throughout the day.  

When I awoke this morning, the first thing I did was check my phone for messages. 

Later, I swept the patio.

Back inside, I checked my phone for messages.

Following my shower, I checked my phone for messages.

When I finished vacuuming—you guessed it—I checked my phone for messages.

It’s a habit, to be sure. But, it’s a habit built on the need to be informedconnected—kept “in the loop.

The Bible contains countless messages for each of us. 

When I realized that I wanted to know what God had for me each day, it became easier and easier to form the habit of reading it daily. Over my morning cup of coffee, I stay connected to God through His Word.

Have you checked your messages?

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Scientific Benefits of Friendship

 

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I Samuel 20:42- Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’”

 

Watching the news this past week, I saw a piece entitled: The Power of Friendship. For ten minutes the newscaster talked about the health benefits of having friends.

It all boiled down to new scientific evidence that if a person does not connect to others, they end up with too much belly fat and/or other health problems equivalent to smoking sixteen cigarettes a day!

Wow. Relationships are important.

The Bible gives us examples of beautiful friendships, but one of the most tender is that of the friendship between David and Jonathan. Each would readily have given up their life for the other.

Abraham was called God’s friend. 

Jesus wept when his friend, Lazarus, died.

Although the value of friends here on earth is important for many reasons (even our physical health, it seems) God tells us that our spiritual health is dependent on being connected to Him.

The story of the vine and the branches definitely depicts this necessary connection.

More important than our relationship with our earthly friends, is our relationship with God. We don’t want to end up like a branch that withers and dies when it is no longer connected to the vine!

So, be a true friend to others. Care for their spiritual health by encouraging their relationship with Jesus—“a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

 

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Now Available On Audible

 

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The Choice: Will’s Last Testament is now available on Audible. In a few days, it will also be available on iTunes and Amazon. The amazing C.J. Stephens produced it for me. His exciting voice makes the words come alive in this emotion-filled Christian Fiction book. Be sure to listen to the audio sample on Audible.     Brenda Poulos

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Perfect Peace

 

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Ezra 8:23- “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”

 

My friend was recently hospitalized. It became apparent at one point, that we might lose her. However, many days (and prayers) later, she rallied. 

She is now on the road to recovery.

But, what if God had not chosen to heal her? Would that have still been an answer to those hundreds, if not thousands, of prayers?

It would not have been the answer we wanted but, yes. It still would have meant that God answered according to His will. Which, as a matter of fact, is how we all prayed. 

We asked for healing, while at the same time, asking for God’s will to be done in her life.

It’s not easy when we pray for God’s will to be done because we are not always going to get the answer that we want. 

Believers in the verse in Ezra were praying for a safe journey for themselves and their children. You may be praying that a loved one would come to know the Lord or that a job offer might be received.

Whether with ayes,” “no,” or “wait,” we can be assured that God will answer according to His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

And, because of that, we can experience His perfect peace. 

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Light in the Darkness

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2 Samuel 22:29– “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”

 

A couple of weeks ago, 13-yr-old Jesse Hernandez fell into a drainage pipe in L.A.’s Griffith Park.

Eleven feet down, in a six thousand foot search area, Jesse was in total darkness.

He may have not been able to see, but Jesse knew what to do. He prayed.

“I was praying for God to help me and not to die,” he said. “It was all quiet. You could just hear the water running through and you couldn’t see anything.”

Jesse kept praying and twelve hours later, he was rescued. 

The Bible says that Jesus is light and that in him there is no darkness at all.

He lights our path. He guides our way. 

Jesse’s physical eyes may have seen darkness, but his spiritual eyes gave him the confidence that his Savior was with him.

And Jesse gave God the glory.

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Treasure Hunt

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Proverbs 2:3-5  “…indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

 

My husband did a lot of driving this past week. While he’s behind the wheel, I enjoy reading vanity license plates, signs, billboards, and the names of various businesses as we travel from state to state.

This trip, I noticed a commonality among many different businesses. Some of their names were: JUNKYARD TREASURES, GARDEN TREASURES, ANTIQUE TREASURES, and JEWELS AND OTHER TREASURES.

Why have so many used the word Treasures?

Treasures is one of those words, much like secrets. It taps into a human emotion which focuses on the promise of getting privileged information—tapping into what was previously unknown—what was once hidden.

As an author, I recognize the power in those words.  After all, who doesn’t like a good mystery?

But, a mystery is only as good as its promise that, in the end, the mystery will be revealed.

There are more than 80 verses in the Bible referring to treasure, mystery, hidden treasure, and hidden understanding. As I read through them, I realized just how much more I need to learn…just how much more I want to know.

Silver and gold? 

Look again.

The hidden treasure is insight…the understanding… and knowledge of God.

We are to LOOK for it. CALL ALOUD FOR IT.

As fervently as we would for silver or gold. 

 

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It’s Not About the Bunny

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Isaiah 53: 3-6~ “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet, it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And, we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But, he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”

 

I heard a story this week of a man who was recently exonerated of three murders after spending 27 years on death row.

On a talk show, he said there was nothing more horrible about the whole ordeal than hearing the word, “guilty” when he knew he hadn’t committed those crimes.

Jesus heard those words and He, too, was innocent. He was also called names, treated cruelly, and even put to death for the sins of mankind.

Following His resurrection, he was called pure and blameless by Almighty God; then exalted to sit at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

As a Christian society, we have set aside Easter as a time to remember what Jesus did for us.

Let’s not make today about “The Bunny” or the eggs…not about a fancy ham dinner or sack races in the park.

Just as at Christmas we celebrate His birth, today let’s celebrate His death and resurrection.

Once again, let’s remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

 

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True Potential

 

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Romans 8:34b- “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

 

After Christmas, I had a hard time finding enough good places to store all of my decorations. That’s how my Nutcracker ended up in the hall coat closet…got caught on my sweater as I was taking it off the hanger…toppled onto the vacuum…landed on the floor…was decapitated…and suffered a broken arm.

It will never again be a useful nutcracker.

Oh, I can glue it back together. It might even look like a nutcracker. But because of the way it was broken, its mouth will never be able to move.

It will never again fulfill its true potential…as a nutcracker.

You know, God had a purpose in sending Jesus to earth. It was necessary for His perfect son to die in order that we might live.

Our Savior was broken— for us.

He paid the price for our sin.

On the cross, Jesus willingly fulfilled his potential. He conquered death and the grave.

Once resurrected, he took on a glorious, new and perfect body; and later was reunited with The Father in Heaven.

His power was not diminished.

His purpose was fulfilled.

He became MORE, not less.

He had done the will of the Father.

He was glorified by God and now sits at his right hand. He is active. Alive. He listens to our prayers. forgives our sins, heals, sustains our universe…

And continues to love us with an everlasting love.

 

 

 

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