Freedom From Worry

Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes?  Matthew 6:25

 Jennifer walked towards her mother, the latter displaying an anxious expression of worry. “Mom, what’s wrong?”

“I can’t seem to stop worrying about how to pay those bills your father left when he died. How in the world am I going to get that much money?” Mary sat down heavily on the sofa, waiting for her daughter to join her.

IMG_9571“Mother, I told you it would work out. I know you’re used to having all these things done for you but I will teach you how to budget…and besides, has worrying helped with the problem?”

“No, but…” Mary fidgeted.

Jennifer sighed. Her mother was a worrywart. She had driven her father nuts sometimes even though he was supposed to be looking after the finances and such. Of course, she reflected, maybe mother should have gotten involved so she’d know how bad things had gotten.

“Mom, concern spurs us to action but worry can damage your health, disrupt your productivity, affect the way you treat others in a negative way, and reduce your ability to trust in God. Can we agree that worry is not the way to go? Let’s use our concern to formulate a plan of action. Ok?” Jennifer took out a scratch pad and together they began to plan.

As Christians we are told not to worry. In fact, we have the freedom to leave things in God’s hands. allow Him to stimulate our thought processes and form a plan of action when situations require it. Mary found she could not concentrate, think productively, or move beyond her worry. Worry debilitated her.

Freedom from worry allows us to have a good night’s sleep so our rested body can function the next day and our thinking is clear. Freedom from worry means we place our trust in God, depend on Him for answers and seek His good for our life in every situation. Freedom from worry about what others think, allows us to be the person God created us to be.

Father, thank You that I can be the person you created me to be. Thank You for the freedom from worry and for taking care of my needs, whether through a plan of action I’ve devised with Your help or through someone else. AMEN.

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Freedom From Fear

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29

 Fear, that indelible stain on life that paralyzes, was not a word that Paul ever used out loud but one that caused his stomach to churn and his breathing to labor at the worse times. His cellmate however slept like a baby.

“Hey, man. You hear that?” Paul shook him.

Jeff opened his eyes and glanced around. “What’s happening?” He rubbed sleep from the corners of his mouth and sat on the edge of his bunk. “You stoned or somethin’?”

“Yeah, right. I’m just sittin’ here listenin’ to all that ruckus and smokin up a storm. You hear that? Those cons could decide IMG_3340they want us wit them and then what. We get busted right along wit them.” Paul moved as far away from the bars as he could, trying hard to become invisible.

Jeff just lay back down. “The Lord is on my side so who can be against me? That’s what I learned yesterday when that biker guy came for Bible study. I never thought I’d join a group like that but He knew what he was talkin’ about. I got Jesus now so I don’t need to worry about nothin’.”

“Jesus, how’s that dude make a difference when He’s dead. He couldn’t save himself from those Roman guys nailing Him to a cross. How’s He supposed to save us? Huh? Tell me that? We got no one but ourselves.”

Jeff had learned that with Christ we can be free from fear and worry. Imagine sleeping through a prison riot! What’s keeping you awake at night? What steals your joy and keeps you bound by fear? Fear is like chains, binding, making it impossible for you to walk where God wants you to walk. Whether fear of criminals, finances, animals, illness, whatever clogs your pores so that sleep eludes you, give it to Jesus, the one who calms the storms in life.

Father, calm my storm. Take away my fear and give me freedom to enjoy life and my walk with You. AMEN.

 

 

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Wage War On Your Knees

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  James 5:13-16

Dell walked toward the stone structure he’d come to call his home church. He reflected on the way his life had changed since he’d become a believer. It wasn’t that long ago that he had few friends and the ones he considered friends were only his friend as long as he had booze or dope to feed them.

He’d lived in a biker gang, partying all the time at their meeting place, a local bar that was still there but of no interest to him now. In fact, one of the guys had called him yesterday.

“Hey, Dell, where you been buddy. We missed ya.” The voice had sounded raspy to Dell’s ear, the dry sound of a smoker IMG_0195who’d coughed up a storm recently.

Dell smiled into the receiver. “I been around. How’re you doin’? Still smokin’ I see. Those things’ll kill you one of these days.”

The caller suppressed another cough. “Still preachin’ I see. That’ll get you dead one of these days.” The threat was evident in the menacing sound that reached Dell’s ears. He’d crossed the line.

“Hey Dell.” The caller continued as if he’d never spoken harshly. “Wanna come to the ‘Spokes’? We could have a few laughs just like the old days.” He cleared his throat a few times and then laughed in a forced manner.

“Naw. I quit that place. You know that. But the place where I go now is a friendly place and you’d be welcome.” Dell stopped breathing waiting for an answer.

A loud incredulous laugh rang through the phone waves. “Me? Go to church? It is church you’re talking about, ain’t it? I heard you got religion. Leave me outta that, man. I don’t need none of that.” The phone went dead. It was as if the caller raced to get away from something that was chasing him.

Dell walked on. He recalled the feeling of hopelessness that he’d felt then but also the knowledge that God could change that man as he’d changed him. Dell also remembered how the pastor urged his congregation to not take rejection personally but to continue to pray for the people God placed on their heart. Dell also added his friend to the prayer chain. He had many others praying for his friend now.

Dell was not alone. His church family celebrated life with him, prayed with him, and invited him to many fun get-togethers. Dell had even met a wonderful woman who didn’t care what he’d done a couple of years ago. She loved the man he was now.

Being part of the family of God gives us a whole new group of friends who really do care about us both physically and spiritually. Are you part of a believing congregation? Do you pray for them and do you ask them to pray for you? Do they keep you accountable? We are all significant to the people we attend church with as we pray, fellowship, and keep each other on the narrow path toward heaven.

Father, thank You for my friends. Thank you for bringing me to this fellowship of believers and for the freedom we have to meet together and praise you together every week. AMEN.

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Emma Right Launches New Book

About Emma Right

Emma Right is a homeschool mother to five kids. A happy wife, she and her family live on the Pacific West Coast and have several pets they adore. She’s always enjoyed reading to her children and hope her stories will instill the joy of reading and learning in her readers. She writes children and young adult books. Several of her books have won book awards. Before Emma RIGHT headshot (1)having children Emma Right was a copywriter for two major advertising companies and have won several international copywriting awards.

A Note From Author Emma Right

I realize as a relatively new author readers might be hesitant to invest in the Princess Castle Books. So I’ve made it easy for everyone. The first book, While Princesses Sleep, is available for FREE download in three formats (Kindle, Nook and pdf) if you go to the emmaright.com site; the second book, Beaded Dresses Mystery, is free for three days in April on Amazon, and the third book, Lady With the Circlet, will be gifted to all entrants in the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway I am hosting this month.

You can enter the giveaway here. http://emmaright.com/giveaways/kindle-fire-hd-giveaway

Also, I am excited about the audio book for the first book, While Princesses Sleep. It was professionally read by a British voiceover artist–the story’s after all, set in an English 19th century castle. For those who write me a review be sure to email me and I will send you the MP3 recording for free! I hope the children will enjoy this feature! They can listen and follow the story with their book—ebook or paperback.

 

Who is the Princess Castle Series for?

The Princesses Of Chadwick Castle Series is a historical-adventure-mystery-type story with a princess twist.

I wrote the series primarily for girls age 6 or 7 to 12 but although it is a princess story I feel even a boy could enjoy the series because of its fast pace and elements of intrigue. (Bear in mind these are princess stories for girls, essentially.) Almost every page is filled with full-color illustrations and the series is available in ebook and paperback. I hope to expose young readers to artwork from master artists of the world.

 

Synopsis Of While Princesses Sleep, Book1 of the Princesses OF Chadwick Castle Series

While Princesses Sleep: Princesses of Chadwick Castle Adventure, Book 1 (Princess Castle Adventure Mystery series) is a tale of two royal sisters who are princesses.

The Princesses Of Chadwick Castle Adventure is an eight-book series set in 19th century England. The adventure revolves around the sisters, Elle age 12, and Belle, 10. It’s great for readers who love Cinderella-type fairy tales and European Princesses-2-Ecoverprincess stories.

While Princesses Sleep opens with the Princess Elle discovering a strange sound in the night. Curious, she determines the reason for these mysterious noises and starts the adventure with her sister, Belle. Something is afoot at the castle and they must find out what this is. However, finding the truth behind the secrets they stumble upon leads them to strange answers? What sort of trouble will the princesses get themselves into?

 This children’s illustrated story is written from a first person point of view and is similar to a princess diary type book. In the princesses’ adventure they are also introduced to the world of ballet. The spin-off series (coming soon) will deal more with ballerinas and ballet stories.

 Each full color book tells of the princesses’ daily adventure living in the castle. The series features artwork from the art masters whose works have entered the public domain and are no longer restricted by copyright.

 Titles in The Princesses of Chadwick Castle Adventure Mystery series

  • While Princesses Sleep

 Beaded Dresses Mystery

Lady With The Circlet

 Secret Mission Princess

 Pretty Scary Lady

 Down With The Crown

 Peasant Princesses

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The Law of Possibilities

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13

 Janet trembled. Going to this particular rally frightened her to death. What if…but then she’d already dealt with the what if’s. She turned them over to God, hadn’t she? This was still way out of her comfort zone. Maybe…

Just then, Jason, her husband, roared up to the front door on his shiny black and chrome Harley. He was raring to go, excited to show his new bike to the other members of the group they’d be camping with. Sometimes, Janet thought he loved that bike more than her…but only sometimes.

Jason grinned toward her, a silly smirk, excitement shiny from every pore of his skin. He began loading their gear into the saddle bags, the trunk and on the top of the trunk. Janet watched as he secured everything with bungees as she reluctantly strapped her helmet in place. Jason would never understand if she said she didn’t want to go again.

“Come on hon. Let’s boogie.” Jason waited patiently for Janet to straddle the bike and sit in the passenger seat. He gbest camelia Picot on and then they connected their headphones so they could talk to each other while they rode. “Let’s pray, Janet, before we head out.”

Jason bowed his head and Janet followed his example. She listened as he began to talk to His Lord. “Father, this ministry is your idea and you have called us to participate in it with you. Please protect us as we drive, and protect us at the rally. Keep us sensitive to those You bring into our path so we can minister with Your love to them all. Also Father, calm Janet. Help her see that with You we can do all things for it’s Your strength we are tapped into. AMEN.”

Janet understood, but had yet to experience, the peace that passes understanding when we walk where God wants us to walk. It is through Him and with Him that we can do whatever He asks us to do as He takes us out of our comfort zones. We are significant to His plan for the people on this earth and all we have to do is walk in His footsteps.

Father, take me out of my comfort zone so I can experience Your peace in all circumstances. Help me be aware of where You want me to go and then help me be obedient to follow. AMEN.

 

 

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Approach With Confidence

In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Eph. 3:12

“Hey, Red, wanna come with me to the Blaine residence? They got a party goin’ on.” TJ looked expectantly toward his current girlfriend.

Sherie continued to look out the window. Her red hair sparkled in the sun’s reflection through the panes of glass. “I don’t know those people. That big house scares me. What if I touch something and it breaks. Everything in there must cost a fortune.” Sherie turned towards her boyfriend. “We don’t fit with those people.”

TJ grinned. “I got a personal invitation from the man himself. He likes me. We get along.”Picture1

Sherie shrugged her thin shoulders. Her t-shirt, beads attached to the frayed hem, made a clicking sound as she moved. “Are you sure he meant for us to come when all his friends were there?”

“Sure, come on. You’ll have fun.”

TJ was Sherie’s ticket into a home that she’d dreamed about for a long time. When she was a child, she’d pass the house and wonder about the people who lived inside. She pretended that one day she’d have a home just like that and children whom she’d love unconditionally.

Jesus is our ticket to the father’s side. Because of His death on the cross, His payment for the sin debt we owed, we have the freedom to approach God with confidence. God sees us as significant because of the price Christ paid on the cross. All we have to do is believe.

We don’t even have to get in our car and drive over there as Sherie and TJ had to do. We can sit in our own homes and reach out to our Creator, our Father in heaven.

Lord, Thank you for making me significant in the Father’s eyes. Thank You for interceding on my behalf and allowing God to see me as white as snow. AMEN.

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Marianne Curtis, Journalist, Author and Publisher

Today we welcome Marianne Curtis, journalist, author and publisher to the table. For the past eighteen years, Ms. Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, a monthly newspaper in southern Manitoba. As a freelance journalist, she has published over 7,000 articles on a variety of subjects including politics, human interest and community events.

In 2012, Curtis published her first book Finding Gloria, in which she shares heartbreaking abuse as a child
, then examines the effects of her life as an adult. This inspirational memoir was named a McNally 81wyanfcN0L._UX250_Robinson Bookstore Bestseller; and Amazon Bestseller in Canada, the US and UK several times. Since then she has added five additional titles to her portfolio, plus a dozen titles published under another name. A firm believer that sharing experiences is important to personal growth and healing, she travels across Canada encouraging others with her story.

In 2014, she founded Emerald Publications and has designed, laid out and published nine books for other authors. She became the founder and President of Authors of Manitoba in 2015. In addition, she teaches writing, marketing and publishing to other authors.

Barbara: What genres and authors do you enjoy reading?

Marianne: I love a great mystery story; something that keeps you guessing right until the end. I grew up devouring Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. As an adult, I went through my historical romance phase where I collected Catherine Coulter, and Heather Graham. Then I discovered Anne Rice, Anne Rule, Stephan King, Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Sue Grafton. I also enjoy a good fact based novel or memoir.

Barbara: What genres do you write in? What age groups are your books for?

Marianne: As a reporter, I deal with facts on a daily basis, so as an author, most of what I write is true or based on true stories. I find it difficult to “make things up”. I recently challenged myself by writing fiction with A Discreet Betrayal; while it is fiction, there is a level of truth to it. When I first started as a journalist, I wrote to “sound smart”, but the greatest tip my editor ever told me was to assume that everyone reading my work had a grade 10 education. While my books are not written for young adult, they can be read and understood by everyone.

Barbara: Tell us a little about your most recent release. Where did you get your inspiration?

Marianne: My most recent release Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Bullying), came out during Anti-Bullying week in 2014. This book came as a result of sharing my story of being bullied and abused while in school decision makers with the Province of Manitoba in 2013. My testimony, along with those of other victims, helped the province lay out the plan for Bill 18, an anti-bullying bill. As a result of sharing my story, other survivors confided their similar stories, and I took them, along with a healthy dose of resources and self-help aids and put them together in this volume.

Barbara: What are you working on now?

Marianne: Currently I am in the process of collecting stories for Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Sexual Violence), unnamed (1)and Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Domestic Violence). Since Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (Stop Bullying) came out, people have been opening up and sharing their stories in hopes of helping others recover from their similar situations. I am also working on a follow up to A

Discreet Betrayal; where I continue the challenge of turning real local news into a page turning fiction novel called A Political Deception.

Barbara: Tell us about your creative process. Do you outline or just write wherever the story takes you? What does your work space look like? Do you have any habits or quirks when you are writing?

Marianne: I am what you classify a “weird” writer; I do not have a creative process so to speak. I sit down, open my mind, and see where my thoughts go. I have a habit of writing as if I am telling a story in person. Another thing I’ve noticed – I am ALWAYS writing, even when I am nowhere near a computer or a pen. Sometimes it makes me crazy, this inability to “turn it off” but it also helps me process. When I am confident with my idea (and the little quirks that pop into my head) I sit down and write. It is not uncommon for me to write an entire 80,000 word novel in two weeks.

Which leads me to my quirk – procrastination! As a reporter, I write 40 articles per month, usually in the last 48 hrs before we print. I used to be a heavy smoker – sometimes 3 packs a day during deadline. Smoking was heavily part of my routine – I’d get stuck, light a smoke. I quit August 2014, despite my fear that I would not be able to write anymore. Now, when I am done a book or project for myself or someone else, I celebrate with a glass of wine and a hot bath.

Barbara: What do you find to be the hardest part of writing a novel?

Marianne: For me, writing the novel is easy; publishing it is easy; the hard part is waiting for feedback. Patience is NOT my virtue. I have sent out hundreds of copies of books and I get very frustrated when people do not write reviews or tell me what they think. For example, A Discreet Betrayal ended in a way two more books could be written, but I am afraid to proceed to book two because not many people got back to me on how they felt about Discreet. Even if it sucks, ESPECIALLY if it sucks, I need to know!

Barbara:  What about the easiest? What parts of the writing process just feel natural for you?

Marianne: I hate to admit it, but the entire process is natural for me. Not because I am brilliant, but because as a child, writing was the only way I could speak (you would have to read Finding Gloria to fully understand). In my opinion, I express myself much better in writing than I do verbally.

Barbara: Thank you Marianne, for visiting with us today!

To find out more about Marianne Curtis, or purchase her books, visit mariannecurtisauthor.wix.com/mariannecurtis or her blog https://moondustandmadness.wordpress.com/

Follow Marianne on Twitter – Writerchick68

Marianne’s Amazon Author page – http://www.amazon.com/Marianne-Curtis/e/B007U67YGK

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/Emerald68

Marianne’s Author page – www.facebook.com/FindingGloria

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors – www.facebook.com/RaeofHopeStoriesFromSurvivors

A Discreet Betrayal – www.facebook.com/A.Discreet.Betrayal

Authors of Manitoba – www.authorsofmanitoba.ca

Emerald Publications – www.facebook.com/emeraldpublications

Emerald Publications website – https://emeraldpublications.wordpress.com/

Dawson Trail Dispatch – www.dawsontrail.ca

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Masterful Teacher

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Eph. 2:10

 Elma dipped her brush into the perfect color of paint for the blue hues she wanted to create on the canvas. She’d been working all morning to adapt a photo she’d taken last week to a masterpiece, a work of art that her client had asked for. Elma sighed. This was going to take a long time but then, the money was worth it. Her paintings were sold for a great deal of money these days, considered collector’s items.

Elma, an artist using the oil medium, had earned the right to be considered one the best artists in her city, or even in her country. People from all over the world commissioned work from her and were willing to pay exorbitant fees and wait inordinate amounts of time. This current project would be considered her finest workmanship.Camelia at Christ Church Cemetary

God is our creator. We are His workmanship, created in Christ to do good works, a work He prepared ahead of time for us to do. We don’t just hang on God’s walls for other people or angels to look at. We have a job to do, a job that gives our life meaning and purpose.

Do you consider the work God has for you to do each day? How do you accomplish what He has set for you to do? Do you just go about your business ignoring what God’s plans are for you? Maybe today, you might want to ask God what He wants and then do it.

Father, you created me for a purpose, gave me significance in that task. Thank You. Help me do it to the best of Your ability for without You Lord, I am hopeless to the cause. AMEN.

 

 

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Manitoba Author Geralyn Wichers Releases New Book

Please welcome author and blogger, Geralyn Wichers. She is celebrating the release of her second novel, author bwSons of Earth, a Sci-fi story about a clone discovering his humanity. She also wrote post-apocalyptic love story, We are the Living. When not writing, Geralyn can be found running down the sidewalks and trails of Steinbach, Manitoba.

Barbara: What genres and authors do you enjoy reading?

Geralyn: I could never pin myself to one genre, but anything speculative appeals to me–particularly dystopian. Classic fantasy is what really got me started on spec fiction. Right now I’m rediscovering the Chronicles of Narnia. At work, I lug around all seven volumes in one. I get a few funny looks.

I also ready leadership and self-development books. Recently I read Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail by Chris Brady. It was fantastic. I’d recommend it for students of leadership, or history buffs.

Barbara:  What genres do you write in? What age groups are your books for?

Geralyn: I write under the umbrella of “speculative” for adults. My first novel, We are the Living, was post-apocalyptic (read, zombies). Sons of Earth tends more toward sci-fi. I’ve dabbled in fantasy, and hope to return to it soon.

Barbara: Tell us a little about your most recent release. Where did you get your inspiration?

Geralyn: Sons of Earth was inspired by my work in Pharmaceutical manufacturing. I got this thought: “What if we were manufacturing human clones?” And sons of earth final ebook-1then I wondered, “We work with such strict parameters. ‘Reject’ medication gets thrown out. What would happen to ‘reject’ clones?” That’s what sparked the idea–the idea of ‘garbage’ human clones.

Barbara:  What are you working on now?

Geralyn: I just released Sons of Earth, so I’m just in the pause between projects. There’s a bit of gear-grinding going on in my head. I’d put a series (started during National Novel Writing Month 2014) on hold to finish production, so I’ll be taking that up again. It will be nice to work with original material again. This will be a series about a secret society of immortals, living among us.

Barbara:   Tell us about your creative process. Do you outline or just write wherever the story takes you? What does your workspace look like? Do you have any habits or quirks when you are writing?

Geralyn: As I mentioned, I get the thought ‘What if…?’ and that thought ruminates, and turns over and over and gains size like a snowball rolling down hill. If it works out well in my head, I’ll keep building and fleshing it out into a chapter by chapter outline, which I follow loosely during the first draft.

My workspace is where ever I put my laptop down. :) Generally at the kitchen table. I nearly always have noise–in fact, to concentrate I’ll take my laptop to McDonalds. Something about the buzz of people helps me do my best work.

Barbara:   What do you find to be the hardest part of writing a novel?

Geralyn: Self-doubt! And after that, self-discipline. Since I work full time, it can be difficult to schedule time to write, even though I desperately want to write.

Barbara:   What about the easiest? What parts of the writing process just feel natural for you?

Geralyn: I find writing dialogue the best part. I love to write out conversations, particularly ones that are snappy and full of sarcasm. I’ll read over them and laugh at my own jokes. I hope other people laugh too! I also love to lie in bed and dream up scenes in my head, hear them, picture them, and almost ‘act them out’.

Barbara:  Thanks you Geralyn for joining us today. You can find Sons of Earth and We are the Living on Amazon. Check out Geralyn’s blog, where she writes about adventures in relationships, running, personal-development, and general mayhem, at childrenofthewords.com. You can also find samples of her books and further information at that site and at the links below.

Sons of Earth: http://mybook.to/sonsofearth

We are the Living: http://mybook.to/wearetheliving

Blog: http://childrenofthewords.com/

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Reserved Seating

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:6

 Ella scrubbed and scrubbed, her hands turning red with the effort. The floor gleamed, waxed to a high shine by the time she’d finished but her hands were cracked and bleeding. She quickly smoothed some antibiotic ointment on them and covered them with gloves but then continued toward the staircase to the bedrooms. It was almost 8 a.m. The family would soon be down for breakfast and she needed to tidy their rooms, make their beds and clean out their bathrooms before they finished.

Ella was a servant. Her masters treated her fairly but mostly, as if she didn’t exist. They had friends, places to go, and things to do that were out of reach for Ella. She worked from sunup to sundown, every day, hoping that one day her life would change.084

One morning, a messenger came by. He extended the King’s invitation to a party to celebrate his son’s birthday. Have you figured out the story? Cinderella, of course. She ended up married to the prince and living happily ever after.

God has placed us next to His Son in the heavenly realms. We join Christ in God’s Kingdom when we ask Jesus to be the center of our life. We are elevated by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and given a place of prominence just like Cinderella. Only this is not a fairy tale, a piece of fiction written about by mortal men or women. This is God’s truth and it’s available to all of us, not just one lonely young girl.

Father, thank you for seating me with Christ in Your Heavenly Kingdom. Thank You for thinking me significant enough to belong in Your house and by Your side. AMEN.

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