The Novel Jane Eyre Urges Readers to Learn to Forgive

English: "How dare I, Mrs Reed? How dare ...

English: “How dare I, Mrs Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Quotes from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

In the book Jane Eyre, the main character, Jane, suffers great injustice during her childhood and adult life. The message of the book is clear: it is better to forgive than to seek revenge. This is a wonderful story with a powerful message.

Jane’s friend: “It is better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you; and besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil. . .”

Jane: “I am younger than you, and I could not bear it [the beatings that the first girl endured].”

Friend: “Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what is your fate to be required to bear.”

Jane: “I suspected that she might be right and I wrong; but I would not ponder the matter deeply; like Felix, I put it off to a more convenient season.”

Friend: “If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends . . .”

When Jane’s aunt, Mrs. Reed, abused her, Jane felt that it would be impossible to forgive her. However, as Jane grew, she learned to forgive her aunt.

Jane: “The gaping wound of my wrongs, too, was now quite healed; and the flame of resentment extinguished.”

“It is a happy thing that time quells the longings of vengeance and hushes the promptings of rage and aversion.”

“I had left this woman in bitterness and hate and I came back to her with no other emotion than a sort of ruth for her great sufferings, and a strong yearning to forget and forgive all injuries—to be reconciled and clasp hands in amity.”

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From Seventh Dimension–The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy

 Guest Post by Lorilyn Roberts

Chapter One

Dark Secret of Shale Snyder

Do You Have Dark Secrets?

“I hid in the closet underneath the stairs—my safe house. Nobody would find me in here.”–Shale Snyder

 Do you have a secret hidden in your heart—something that is so horrid that you wouldn’t share it with anyone? Nothing in your heart exists that God doesn’t already know about. There is nothing that God can’t heal, but there are “secrets” that will hold you back from experiencing God’s unconditional love. Satan will use anything he can in your life to prevent you from experiencing God’s grace—forgiving love, poured out and overflowing. God doesn’t want you to live in fear of your past, fear of something that you did one time that was wrong.

Psalm 44:21 states: “Would not God have discovered it since He knows the secret of the heart?”

Bring your pain before God, confess it, and allow Him to work it out in your heart. This is a pain you were not meant to bear. God died on the cross to heal you from your past. Don’t hide in a closet. Don’t hide from the world. Don’t hide from God. Bring your pain to God and allow Him to work in your heart and heal you.

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Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian author who writes children’s picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. The first in the series, The Door, was just published (October 2012).

Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Masters in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.

To learn more about Lorilyn, please visit her website at http://lorilynroberts.com or blog at http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com. You can follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/lorilynroberts. To connect with her personally, you can contact her by email at llwroberts@cox.net.

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Mark Burnett’s Bible TV Series: Epic Adventure

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By Rusty Wright

Think of it as Survivor: Earth

As reality TV host Jeff Probst might say (cue theme music; roll panoramic video), “This … is the planet Earth.  A spectacular paradise that can become a perilous jungle.  Two people – a man and a woman – are about to begin the adventure of the ages.”

“Their progeny will encompass vastly different walks of life, from kings to fishermen, saints to scoundrels.  They’ll display nobility and treachery, altruism and secret alliances.  But they’ll have one thing in common.  They’ll all participate in an epic struggle between good and evil.”

“What will happen when explosive personalities collide?  And in the end, who will find redemption and survive the ultimate tribal council?”

Dramatic Miniseries

That’s the drama the upcoming ten-hour miniseries, The Bible, seeks to portray when it airs on History Channel every Sunday evening this March.

Prolific television producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice,” “Celebrity Apprentice,”  “Shark Tank”) and his wife, actress/producer Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), spent two years creating what they hope will become a legacy.  They consider this “by far the most important project we’ve ever undertaken” and sought to paint “the grand narrative of God’s love for all of us,” from Genesis to Revelation.

Curiosity and Inspiration

“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” notes Burnett.  “We … are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into the Bible’s profound stories.  The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more.”

Spoiler alert:  Eve eats the fruit (as does Adam); Noah, family, and animals endure the Ark; God parts the Red Sea for Moses and company; Delilah cuts Samson’s hair; David slays Goliath; Daniel survives the lions’ den; Jesus does good, is executed, but rises from the dead.

“Dont make it lame”

But perhaps you already knew those stories.  Either way, there’s plenty of adventure and drama in this series.  At a recent Washington, DC, dinner, Burnett described his kids’ advice about the impending production: “Don’t make it lame.”  He didn’t.

This quality portrayal has loads of action and state-of-the-art special effects to grab channel surfers’ attention.  I’m no action-flick aficionado, but scenes like Ninja angels slicing their way through Sodom, the Red Sea crossing, and Goliath’s slaying made my spine tingle.  Abraham’s sacrifice of his son, Isaac, had me right there, wanting divine intervention to stop that knife from hitting its target.

Faith and Trust

The depictions were exciting, gripping, genuine.  I could identify with the characters’ human struggles, emotions and faith lessons, especially the oft-repeated “Trust in God.”  Fallible people like Abraham, Moses, and Peter seek to discover what God wants of them, and then trust him to provide and protect.

It’s chock full of timeless truths, and true to Jesus’ teachings.  As he said, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Producers sought to be faithful to the spirit of the book in adapting selected Bible stories for the screen. They take typical movie-making liberties – combining events and condensing timelines – to represent the gist of the book in limited hours.  Compressed narrative and dialogue skip some details and occasionally blur nuances.  But, sit back, relax, and take in the big picture: God loves us; he is faithful; he is merciful.

The overall presentation (of the six hours available for advance press screening) gets an “A” from me.  By all means, see the miniseries.  Read the original, too.  It is, after all, a very Good Book.

History Channel – Sunday (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)  History.ca (Canada)

www.BibleSeries.tv

Rusty Wright is an author and lecturer who has spoken on six continents.  He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively.  www.RustyWright.com

Copyright © 2013 Rusty Wright

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (as Jesus' mother, Mary)

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (as Jesus’ mother, Mary)

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My Husband’s Children’s Book, I See You There: My Father’s Love, Has Just Been Published

I See You There: My Father's LoveThe first page of Kevin's new book, I See You There: My Father's Love

Purchase I See You There: My Father’s Love.

My husband, Kevin Main, has written a delightful children’s book that will entertain children and reassure them of their father’s love.

I See You There: My Father’s Love

In this touching story, follow a father and his young children as they climb trees, splash in puddles,  gaze at the stars and more! Discover the simple beauty of spending time together while exploring God’s world.

Q. Why did you write this children’s book?

 A. A child needs to know, first and foremost, that he or she is simply and completely loved. This love can be expressed in many ways. One of the most important is simply spending time together. This book explores the love between a father and his children, as framed in God’s creation.

Young children come to an early understanding of God through their experiences in the world that surrounds them. Their perception of their father plays an important role in learning who their Heavenly Father is. This delightful story explores these elements in a way that will be entertaining for children.

Q: How will this book help parents?

A: Parents: I hope you see this book as more than pictures and words on a page. It is a tool. It is my prayer that you can use this tool to teach your children a little about the wonder of God and His amazing creation. Take the time to read to your children. Sit them on your lap. Let them turn the pages. Help them with concepts they might not understand yet. It will be time well spent and not soon forgotten.

As wonderful as a father’s love for his children might be, it will never match the love that our Heavenly Father expressed to us through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. What happened on the cross covers over our sins and connects us to God, if only we believe. This is symbolized on the final page by the father’s shadow, in the shape of a cross, being cast across his children. This is the ultimate connection I pray a child would make. God is all around us, we need only open our eyes to see Him there.

… what may be known about God is plain to see, because God has made it plain to see. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made… Romans 1:19, 20 NIV

Reviews:

You are right, our earthly father has a lot to do with the way we perceive our Heavenly Father. I think this would be a great help to kids in putting this together.   -Michael Card, award-winning singer, songwriter, and author.

A book written in love and with love that will bring the young reader closer to the Heavenly Father who loves all of us. Beautiful book, beautiful illustrations–a book your children will treasure for a very long time!  -Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Children’s Author.

Kevin Main has given us a gift! With poetic language against a backdrop of nature, this story beautifully illustrates a father’s love for his children. The parallels between an earthly father and our heavenly Father will help young children to understand the depth of God’s love for us and His continual presence in our lives—from morning ’til night, throughout every season of the year.  -Crystal Bowman, best selling children’s author of over 75 books.

Any young father who reads this book will be both inspired and encouraged—inspired to deeper relationships with his children and the created world, and encouraged to recognize the importance of his role as father -Patricia Magness, George and Janet Arnold Professor of Humanities, emeritus, Milligan College, and  author of: To Hold and to Have: A Guide to Children’s Bible Story Books in Twentieth-Century America

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Ben Carson: National Prayer Breakfast

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11

Ben Carson, a famous neurologist, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. He began by Ben Carsonreading verses about wisdom from the book of Proverbs, and before his speech was over, the audience was in awe of the wisdom and power of his words. His words were words of hope and healing for our nation. His common sense approach to solving our nation’s problems inspired me.

Dr. Carson is a man who has faced many problems during his life, including dire poverty and racial prejudice. However, he overcame his problems with the help of God and his mother. Through his faith in God, he developed his character and overcame his temper. His mother exercised her faith in God by asking God to give her wisdom to raise her two children.

With the help of his mother, he learned the value of a good education and that poverty can be overcome through hard work. Although he started school as a poor student, his mother’s insistence that he read two books each week improved his school performance, and he eventually became one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons.

WATCH BEN CARSON’S SPEECH AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

You can also see my other blog post about Dr. Carson and learn about his book and movie Gifted Hands.

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Whatever Rung of the Ladder You Are On, Climb Up

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 30, 2007) – Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Douglas Smith, from Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), grasps the next rung on a 30-foot ladder during a ladder climb qualification on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Completing the ladder climb in less than two minutes is a prerequisite to attend the visit, board, search and seizure school. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever rung of the ladder you find yourself on, climb up. Instead of whining and complaining that other people have more connections and more opportunities than you, be grateful for the opportunities God has given you and make the most of them. If you can’t find a job in your field, pray that God would open up something somewhere and humbly walk through the door that opens.

If your children have problems and aren’t progressing at school or displaying appropriate behavior, start where they are at and help them. If they can’t read on grade level, pick up a book they can read and read it with them. Meet your children at their level and work with them. Don’t expect huge leaps. Daily working with your children will bring progress over time.

If your marriage is struggling, pray for wisdom and read the Bible for guidance. Start working on the problem.  Maybe adding regular date nights would add some fun and excitement. Maybe talking to a counselor would help address some problems. If your spouse won’t go to Christian counseling with you, go by yourself and work on your own emotional healing.

Start at the point on the path where God places you and move forward. Accept the rung on the ladder where you are and move up. Develop an attitude of thankful and make the most of every opportunity. If God gives an advancement or blessing, praise Him. If He gives you grace to keep on going, praise Him. We can’t always be given a set of perfect circumstances. We have to take the circumstances that we have and work diligently with them. We must accept our rung on the ladder and climb up higher.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

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Seventh Dimension by Lorilyn Roberts

7thDim_3Dcov_1000woThis incredible story kept me turning the pages. I flew through the book and barely noticed the passing of time. The constant action, both internal and external, grabbed my attention. It’s a wonderful coming-of-age story about a bright, but sensitive, fourteen-year-old girl named Shale who feels misunderstood and isolated from the other students at her school and in her neighborhood. Judd, a boy at her school, ruthlessly picks on her and attempts to get her in trouble with the school authorities. At home, she feels out-of-place because her mom has remarried and her dad does not have regular contact with her. Feeling alone and confused, she wanders into the woods and finds a seventh dimension. This fascinating land parallels her life at home but takes place in the first century during the days of Jesus Christ, a key character in the story. This beautiful, yet violent, land forces Shale to face her inner fears and choose a new direction for her life, including making choices about her relationship with a handsome young man. Facing dramatic action and spiritual warfare, Shale completes her time in the seventh dimension and becomes a stronger woman. The story begs for a sequel by leaving loose ends about her romantic interest.

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Interview of Shale Snyder from Seventh Dimension – The Door

By Melissa Main

Shale Snyder is the main character in the book, Seventh Dimension.

Question: Why were you so bitter and angry at the beginning of the book?

 Shale: I didn’t like myself. I felt empty on the inside, afraid and insecure. I didn’t like that we lived with a family we didn’t know that turned out to be wretched. I hated that my father left me, that we didn’t have any money, and that the principal was out to get me. I hated that I failed in school, that other kids bullied me and called me stupid. What did I do to make people not like me? It seemed like even God didn’t like me—though I know now that wasn’t true.

Question: Why did you feel that you couldn’t talk to anyone?

 Shale: Whenever I expressed my feelings, others laughed at me. I learned to keep my feelings to myself—feelings of pity, compassion, and caring. That was the underlings’ way with me, to tell me lies until I believed them. I think I could trust Daniel—if I ever see him again. I trusted Daniel enough to give him the golden nugget and to ask him to retrieve my diary. Hopefully he will be able to get the papers and prevent Scylla from absconding with them. He won’t understand why I addressed the diary to “Dear Dog–” who that really is. Some things must remain a secret for now.

Question: Did you enjoy living in another dimension?

 Shale: I loved being in the seventh dimension, though at times I was afraid. Sometimes I feel like I am there again. I dream about it. The intense longing for the journey can be overwhelming. I used to not know what that longing was, and now I know, having been there. I was in the presence of another reality inhabited by the king with his mighty angels—even the underlings. It’s a world much bigger than planet earth, a universe that we can’t see that surrounds us, a spiritual world. This world intercepts it, but only at certain points, and when we quit praying and ignore God, then we lose those points of good interception. However, the underlings are not limited by the boundaries as we are, and they come out from the dark recesses and torment us if we don’t have the seventh dimension within. The king said when he was here, “My kingdom is not of this world.” He was just passing through, and so are we.

Question: Do you want to visit the seventh dimension again?

 Shale: I do want to visit the seventh dimension again in person. I know it’s also within me. Otherwise, the journey would be terrifying. The underlings are more powerful than we are, but no match for the king and his angels. If we aren’t careful, our pride can convince us otherwise. Such is the paradox of teenagers—thinking we are all-knowing and all-powerful, wanting to circumvent adults who can be very shortsighted, but teenagers are close enough to their childhood that it’s easier for them to believe. Teenagers haven’t lived long enough to become hardened as many adults are, and are still creative enough to be of tremendous value to the king and the underlings. Now I can only visit the seventh dimension in my mind.

I have shared with Rachel my adventure, and she believes, aware that I know things I couldn’t have known otherwise. Mother and the others don’t—not yet. There is always hope. When I took the rock up to my room, I said, this is my new beginning. I chose the road the king set before me. I must believe so I can be who he wants me to be. I must be strong enough and brave enough to do things others may not understand—but that’s how it is with the king. He gives us each a journey in the seventh dimension. We are in the process of becoming sons and daughters of the king—a process because the king must mold us. We are his, but if we don’t claim our inheritance, then what?

For now, I will walk this road until I reach the crossroads in three years, and then, if the king allows me, I will be able to visit the seventh dimension and meet up with Daniel in Israel. If it’s in the king’s will. Hopefully Daniel will believe – otherwise, he might still be in first century Israel. The king is relentless, though. He won’t let go of you once you call out to him. The king won’t let go of Daniel until he believes. I am praying for the king to help him with his unbelief.

Question: Do you have another story to tell readers? (Will there be a sequel?)

I hope there is a sequel. I will go back to Israel and look for Daniel—somehow. I suppose when I reach eighteen, my parents won’t be able to prevent me. Nothing can circumvent the ultimate goal of the king for your life—parents, officials, friends, enemies. God uses every circumstance we face to make us even stronger, of more value in the Great Fight—if we don’t succumb to the lies of the underlings.

Question: If there is a sequel, can you give us a small taste of the story line?

 Shale: I do have many unanswered questions—like where was Rachel in the Seventh Dimension—I knew Mari, her mother, while I was there. I have questions about my birthfather. I am afraid to tell my mother I met him. I haven’t had any contact with him or his wife since I came back. I don’t know that I want to. I believe the seventh dimension gives you insights into people’s character, supernatural knowledge from the king himself, even powers of discernment beyond our own limited understanding.

I wish I could remember everything the angel told me, or at least understand. When the angel said whatever is bound in the seventh dimension is bound here, what did she mean? She told me how I lived my life was my choice, but I know if I make poor choices here, there will be a consequence in the seventh dimension. Perhaps that is what she meant.

If I don’t become everything the king wants me to be, then I might miss the best future he planned for me long ago. I want that future to include Daniel. It’s like you are preparing for your future husband, your future children, your future world—your future, period, whether it be to get into the best school or get that dream job or go to the jungles of Africa—ultimately to prepare us for the garden of heaven—our eternal home.

The king is the “Great I Am.” We are “becoming.” He is complete, we are in process. He is the Creator, we are the created. And yet, our fullness is in him. We are made complete in him as we become.

When I make mistakes, my sin affects others deeply. I never understood that before, maybe because I was too selfish, too sorry for myself, or too angry. That’s another device of the underlings, to tell us we are no good and to make us feel flawed. We are flawed, but not in the way the underlings tell us. They just want us to end up in hell with them. They have no hope and they want to take away our hope.

If you live your life as if you are in the king’s garden, then your goodness affects others, too, in a positive way. More than we realize, with lasting consequences in the seventh dimension. We have far more power than we realize, bound up in the king’s power. With the king’s power, we can defeat the underlings, who continue to torment, sometimes causing me great sorrow. I believe it’s a lifelong process. I would love to go back to the garden and see Cherios. If I could, I would in a heartbeat.

So what would the storyline be for my fairytale? And everyone’s life is a fairytale—a true fairytale. I want to go back to the seventh dimension and meet Daniel and get married and live happily ever after – hopefully he’ll be there, waiting for me.

Question: Have you met other teens who have read your story?

 Shale: I’ve shared my story with a few teens so far. Most aren’t searching; they are too much a part of this world. The call of the seventh dimension on some lives is miniscule, but I am laying a seed—an egg. Or perhaps they don’t have so far to travel and are closer to the gates. Each person’s journey is different. Some teens haven’t suffered enough to see their need. Others love hearing about the animals, especially Cherios. Everyone wants to know more about Daniel, what he looked like. Rachel understands my story—she has been seeking the king since she was young. My friend wonders where she was in the seventh dimension when Mari took care of me. Don’t tell her I told you this, but I think she might have been adopted— but I don’t know all the details. It’s just this feeling I have. Who was Rachel adopted by? I hope Daniel can find out and let me know when I meet him again. After all, they are related.

I have some fears about the future – I have unsettling dreams where suffering is pervasive.—a way of life. When I ask God for a view of heaven, he sends me back to Israel, the desolate part, outside the city of Jerusalem. I don’t know what it means, but I’ve dreamed it many times. I expect to return during war. Daniel predicted famine and pestilence—at least for my future. He had already lived it. I cling to the king, though, knowing no matter what, he will never leave me—I am a princess. When someone tells me I’m ugly or worthless. I stop and remind myself, I am a daughter of the king of kings—forever!

 What others are saying about Seventh Dimension – The Door?

“A heartwarming story with loveable animal characters, a stirring heroine, and a king’s love for his children–truly pleasing for young and old alike.”
HANNAH BOMBARDIER, age 17

“A beautiful and meaningful story that keeps you on the edge of your seat!”
LEAH PALMER, age 14

“Lorilyn’s writing has a touch of imagination that conveys both action and fantasy, using dazzling imagery to convey a Biblical Alice in Wonderland.”
ROGER HUNT, ROGER HUNT MUSIC

Important Players:

*Shale Snyder–confused, angry girl who has been bullied
*Judd and Chumana–neighbors who hate and pick on Shale. Judd also appears in the Seventh Dimension under a different guise.
*Rachel–Shale’s best friend on earth
*Much-Afraid–cute dog, the first animal to talk to Shale
*Baruch–a donkey that loves to eat apples and allows Shale to ride him
*Cherios–a white garden bunny who keeps herself fastidiously clean
*Daniel–befriends Shale in The Seventh Dimension
*Lowly–a little pig

*Worldly Crow

*Family members important to Shale for mysterious reasons

*Daniel—Shale grows to love and trust

*The King

*Mari

*Underlings

Setting: Takes place in Atlanta, Georgia (2013), a heavenly garden, and first-century Israel

Theme: You are a daughter (or son) of the king

To watch the book trailer: http://lorilynroberts.com/seventhdimensionthedoor.html

To order Seventh Dimension – The Door: http://www.amazon.com/Seventh-Dimension-Young-Christian-Fantasy/dp/1480153907/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357540958&sr=1-1&keywords=Seventh+Dimension+-+The+Door

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My Good Friend, Angela Wolf

Angela Wolf from Soul Salvage Project

Angela Wolf from Soul Salvage Project

Have you ever been devastated and in need of someone to give you a hand? I was at that point, but fortunately God sent me a good friend, Angela Wolf. My marriage to my ex-husband had been rocky, but the final blow came when he told me that he had gotten someone pregnant. That news devastated me, but Angela spent hours listening to me and encouraging me. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Angela stuck beside me during this tragic time in my life and helped me to face issues rather than run away from them.

Angela helped me to see the need to make good, responsible decisions during a chaotic and emotional time in my life. She cared about me and often told me things that were difficult for me to hear. She encouraged me to demand accountability from my ex husband. If he was willing to change, there would be hope. However, if he exhibited no signs of change, then I needed to accept the possibility that the marriage was over. Angela knew God could do the impossible and change anyone’s heart, but she also knew that God doesn’t force people to change. She wanted me to accept that I couldn’t save the marriage alone. Just as a drug addict has to make a step towards getting better, an adulterous husband or wife has to make a decision to change and repent. Ultimately, that marriage ended in divorce, but my friendship with Angela has remained a constant. By facing the reality of the situation, I was able to move forward with a new life.

I am so thankful for Angela’s influence on my life, and I’m glad that she will be able to encourage many others through her music ministry, Soul Salvage Project.
On January 3, 2013 the 700 Club on CBN will be featuring her testimony. I   encourage you to watch her on the 700 Club and to listen to her music.

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Overcoming Adversity in the New Year: How to Experience Peace and Acceptance When Problems Strike

Don't Worry.

Don’t Worry.

God doesn’t always give us trials in bite-sized morsels. Sometimes trials come all at once and can seem overwhelming. I think of Job hearing one piece of bad news after another–his children died, his wealth was taken away, his servants were killed. If that wasn’t enough, he even lost his health. Sometimes we may wish to ask God to push the pause button on the disasters He allows into our lives. We may want to have time to process one calamity before being faced with another one.

When faced with a series of obstacles, we can become discouraged and bitter. We can also feel the urge to run away and not address the problem–whether it’s hanging up on the bill collector or refusing to complete an unpleasant task. Big problems seem to snowball and cause further problems. For example, my divorce broke my heart, devastated my finances, and caused strife in the family. God has helped my family overcome these issues, and He has blessed us, but we had to face many difficult obstacles all at one time.

To better deal with the problems, we must allow ourselves time to grieve. However, this time can not be used as an excuse for avoiding the problem. Problems tend to grow bigger when they are not kept in check. We must also take a look at our attitude. A negative and pessimistic attitude does not help difficult situations. We must determine what we can do to improve the situation and do it.

Prayer for wisdom during a crisis is a necessity. God can provide us with insight on how to deal with unpleasant situations. After we have prayed and taken proper action, we must not dwell on the problem or worry about it. Constructive action is vitally important, but worry only exhausts the mind and the body. Worry causes us to fear the problem or magnify it in our minds, and this is not productive. Besides, God commands us not to worry. He doesn’t want us to be idle in taking care of our problems, but He does want us to be wise. Prayer, godly counsel, Bible reading, and constructive action all serve to alleviate a problem or help us to deal with it. Worry, on the other hand, stifles our ability to think about a problem clearly and take appropriate action.

God wants to give us peace even in the midst of our problems. He wants us to take comfort in the knowledge that He cares for us and that He will give us the wisdom to take appropriate steps. In this life we will have problems, but in this life we can also have peace.

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