Talking to Jesus

I’m going through a season. My mother had a stroke, and I went to Florida to help take care of her and my younger siblings.  It didn’t seem like that big of a deal when I decided to go; I’ve always had a busy schedule, so taking on this new reality will be a breeze.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I didn’t think about how it would affect me to get up every day, get the girls ready for school, get them to school, go to the hospital, get the girls from school, get supper together, homework, baths, stories, bedtime, wash, rinse, and repeat. I fall into bed every night exhausted, having little or no time for anything other than schoolwork.

Somewhere along the lines, I realized I was missing something vital.  I was missing my prayer time; I was missing my time with Jesus.  In all the rush to get everything taken care of, I wasn’t taking care of myself, and I miss the most vital part of my life because of my new obligations.

I let chaos take precedence over priority.

Even after I realized what was going on, it was still difficult to set aside time to seek the Lord and talk to him like I so desperately needed. So, Jeannie Blackmer’s book, Talking to Jesus, came at just the right time.

            Talking to Jesus is a reminder that prayer is a conversation with Jesus, taking a look at different people in the book of Matthew and their conversations with Jesus.  From the Leper to the Disciples, Blackmer uses a unique way to tell the Biblical story and gives a Personal Response to make the stories more relatable in our modern world.

“No matter how discouraged or disgusted you may feel with yourself, no one is unworthy of Jesus’ touch, no matter what.” – Jeannie Blackmer

Each devotion also has a Reflection section with scriptures to help you talk to God through your situation and an Observation section with questions to prompt you to dig deeper.

We all have real-life situations where we struggle with finding our voice with God.  Talking with Jesus is a great book to help you find your voice and slow you down for a few minutes to spend much-needed time, talking to Jesus.

“One of the great privileges as a believer is the gift we’ve been given to talk to Jesus as our redeemer and our best friend. Pray persistently with faith, thanksgiving, and humility. Pray with others and for others. Pray without ceasing and then watch and listen.”

For your chance to win a copy of Talking to Jesus, leave a comment below; I would love to hear how you make time to talk to God.

A New Type of Missionary

When my husband was at Bible College, I remember so of his friends saying they would go wherever God sent them, as long as it wasn’t to Africa. They didn’t mean just Africa, they meant anywhere that wasn’t the United States.  At the time, I remember thinking, “oh yeah, me too.”  I didn’t want to live in a foreign country; I’d like to visit, but I didn’t want to live there.  Little did I know, God was birthing in my heart a desire to do short-term missions and to love and support those that are called to long-term missions.

God was birthing in my heart a desire to do short-term missions and
to love and support those that are called to long-term missions.

A couple of summers ago, I went on a trip to Honduras. It was an amazing trip; I was able to meet a child I was sponsoring and do Vacation Bible School with her and the children at the community center our church sponsored. What an excellent opportunity to not only show love but also to receive love from the children and adults of the community.

There was little for us to worry about in the little village we visited and city where we stayed. We spent most of our time making memories that will last a lifetime. However, the memory I have of the capital, Tegucigalpa, was being told to keep my daughter and the other girls with us, very close.  Not only is Tegucigalpa one of most dangerous cities in the world, but it is also a haven for abductions of people forced into human trafficking.

It wasn’t until roughly four years ago that I come to know that trafficking was happening, not only in other countries but also in the United States.  I had a hard time coming to terms with modern day slavery because I couldn’t believe it was real. Now, however, knowing what I know, I am so thankful for a new type of missionaries in the world.  These people are the advocates for the abolishment of human trafficking; they fight for the individuals forced into a world darkness.  These people bring hope and understanding, but most of all, they bring the love of Jesus Christ to a very hurting people.

How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
Psalm 41:1 (NASB)

When I was asked to write a review for Kimberly Rae’s new book, The Shadow, I was excited; I don’t often get the opportunity to review fiction. This book will grab you on the first page.  I couldn’t stop reading it.

Meagan Winston works for an organization called Rahab’s Rope.  Stateside, there is a store that sells items crafted by women in India.  These women are part of what Rahab’s Rope does in India.  They created a safe place for women coming out of human trafficking and an opportunity for these women to make an income by creating jewelry and other items that are sold in the Gainesville, Georgia store.

Upon returning from her most recent trip to India, Meagan is approached by Cole Fleming who is working with the FBI to uncover who is smuggling drugs in and out of India.  Meagan is the main suspect, but she has bigger problems.  She is also being stalked.

The story is well written and keeps you engaged.  Each chapter is short and is written from a different point of view.  There are several secondary characters that add unique moments to the story. You can’t help but root for Meagan and Cole and their passion to be a new type of missionaries.  This is a story of trust, redemption, hope, and love.

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