Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Learn the Word - Verse #22

It's time for a new verse, but I always like to start with reviewing where we're at. So here goes!

El Shaddai - The All Sufficient One (Isaiah 46:4)
Jehovah Nissi - The Lord My Banner (Proverbs 21:31)
Jehovah Shalom - The Lord is Peace (Psalm 34:14)
El Roi - The God Who Sees Me (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Jehovah Jireh - Our God Provides (Philippians 4:19)
Immanuel - God With Us (Matthew 28:20)
Our Portion - (Lamentations 3:24)
Jehovah Rapha - The Lord our Healer (Psalm 30:2)
Our Comforter - (2 Corinthians 1:3-4a)
Our Advocate - (1 John 2:1-2)

I don't know about you, but I have loved having these verses to pull down in times of need. To know that these are all part of the characteristics of our Father, it's an overwhelming comfort and empowering too. We serve an amazing God!

The next two weeks we're working on our Cornerstone, using Isaiah 28:16 to go with it. Here's our pin:

Oh! We will not be shaken! Now that's one I'd like to take with me every day:)

Normally, I'd come back next week and talk about this verse, but I'm actually taking a bit of a break while spending time with my family. So. I'll see you back here in two weeks. Tuck this verse away with the rest of them from this year and when I come back, it'll be time for our next verse!

Be blessed, friends!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Spoils of War

No one really likes going to battle, at least I don't really know of anyone who does. Personally, I'd love it if life was a daily walk in the park. But we don't live in a world like that yet. One day we will, but until then we have to contend with sometimes fighting battle we'd rather avoid.
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For some of us, those battles are results of generational sins rearing their ugly heads. Others, those battles stem from personal choices and struggles. Whatever the root, we find ourselves staring down an enemy that wants to devour us. Yet we know we fight with armor given by a victorious God. He fights with us, for us, and in Him we are more than conquerors. AMEN! (Need some verses today? Look up John 10:10, Romans 8:37, Isaiah 41:10, Exodus 14:14, Ephesians 6:10-18)

But today I want to talk about what happens after we battle, when God brings victory after a long-fought war and we're dusty and tired. I recently finished a study on Gideon by Priscilla Shirer. During one of the teachings she said "You should never leave a battle without taking something from it." This moment stuck with me, because the point she went on to make was so right. What we do after a battle is as important--maybe even more important--as what we did to win that battle. Let's take a look at David:

David took the gold shields carried by the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tebah and Cun, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, David took a great quantity of bronze, which Solomon used to make the bronze Sea, the pillars and various bronze articles. 1 Chronicles 18:7-8

I read this verse this week and it resounded with the point that had been bouncing in my head since that teaching on Gideon. I love how God makes his scripture alive to us. See, David had just fought a battle, and he wasn't leaving it empty handed. He took spoils with him. Gold and bronze, and not simply a little but a "great quantity". And why? For his son to use.

So stick with me here. Many of us are fighting spiritual battles in our lives. As I mentioned above, some of those may be rooted in sins or struggles that have dogged your family for years and you're not willing to let it move on to your children. You want more for them. Winning that battle is not enough if you walk away empty handed and don't pass anything down to your children. We need to do what David did. Finish the battle then take our spoils of war--wisdom, knowledge, freedom, a deeper love for Christ--and pass them on. To our children. To our nieces and nephews. To our friends. To anyone around us who'll listen.

Why? Because it's meant to be used! Look at Solomon. He didn't simply take the bronze that his father handed him. No. What did he do with it? He used it to build a temple to God. He finished what his father began, giving glory to God and growing even deeper. What the enemy had intended for harm, God used for good!

Today, if you're fighting a battle, don't walk off that field empty handed once the victory comes. You've grown. You've learned. You've gained priceless spoils of war that can be handed down to those around you. That wisdom was hard earned and is intended to be passed on, not left on the field. Don't let the enemy have one precious piece of it. In fact, you can share some of them right now. Leave a comment to encourage others! Pass on those spoils!

And if you're in the middle of a battle, I'd love to pray for you. Leave a comment below or email me. You don't stand on that field alone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Learn the Word - Verse #21

It's our second week on this verse, and I chose it really for one reason...then the more I looked at it, that reason changed. God's so good about opening our eyes to His Word as we study it.

When I originally chose this verse it was for the aspect of God's character as our Advocate, and that hasn't changed. However, when I read this verse and chose it, I was focused on my need for an advocate. I mean, let's be honest, I cannot make it through the day without sinning. I tend to run on the short-tempered end of the stick, I'm insecure, I can be selfish...and though God has drastically softened those edges in my life, it is still my natural bend. Catch me when I'm tired and it's only amplified. So the reminder that every day, every single moment, I have someone sitting at the throne of God, speaking on my behalf, covering me with His blood so that I can be clean, well, it is an amazing reminder of God's grace.

So that's why I chose the verse. But as I read, God really spoke about it being bigger than me. Yes, I need the reminder that He is my advocate, but there are others out there who need to KNOW He's there advocate. If we keep this news only for ourselves, we are missing the whole point of it! He's not simply our advocate, but the entire world's. And there is an entire world of hurting people out there who need to know that.

Which brings us full circle to why we're memorizing Scripture this year. Yes, oh yes, it's so we can wield that sword in our own lives. We have daily battles that need winning. But it's also so we can bring the Word to a hurting world around us and point them to the Advocate who is just waiting to cover them. To love them. To make them whole and new.

So add this to your list. Commit it to memory. And be ready to share it, because it's a life-changing message.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Patience is a Virtue...even when it's forced on us.

I've recently been doing a study on Gideon, which of course is in Judges, which of course begins with the death of Joshua, which of course made me think of the life of Joshua...and because my mind is always chasing the rabbit trails, that's how I wound up headed down a trail toward Joshua and into today's post.

Joshua was an amazing leader brought up under Moses. The things he witnessed...well, I know I'm not supposed to covet, but how I'd love to have seen some of those things! The battles won. The miracles seen. Standing at the foot of the mountain while God gave out the Ten Commandments? And then there was leading the Israelites into the Promise Land. Wow.

But let's back up, because it's stepping into the Promise Land that I want to talk about. See, Joshua had stepped into that land forty years before he lead the Israelites there as one of the twelve spies sent to check it out under Moses. He'd seen the land and he'd seen the giants, yet his faith did not waiver. He came back to report that the land was good, and they could take it. He fully trusted God to deliver the land as He promised. Which makes this point in his life so hard to bear.

See, Joshua was only two of the twelve. Israel sided with the other ten, allowing fear to steal God's promise from them. And as Joshua tried to change their minds (along with Caleb) he was nearly stoned to death. While he was spared from death, it was because of these men and women that Joshua would not enter the Promised Land for forty more years. Forty. As in four decades.

When he'd seen the land he should have been in. When he'd believed in God's promise. When he'd had the faith. And yet he had to sit and wait...

Knowing God would have given them the land.
Still being respectful to the leadership over him.
Still being faithful to God.
And eventually leading their descendants into the very land their parents hadn't had the faith to enter.

Talk about patience. Talk about character building. Joshua didn't badmouth Moses for not taking a stronger stand. He didn't allow bitterness for his fellow Israelites to grow. He didn't rage at God for making him wait with the rest of them. And he didn't give up on those around them--he waited. See, Joshua realized he couldn't control the fact that he was waiting, but he could control his attitude during the wait.

And his actions after.

Forty years pass and then Moses dies. Joshua is placed in leadership. It's finally the moment he's waited for. And because he handled the waiting correctly--growing in God, remaining faithful, focusing on the promise God had given--he was positioned to fulfill God's plan for his life.

Sadness over Moses' death would not stop him. The raging waters of the Jordan would not stop him. Giants in the land would not stop him. Joshua had waited, knowing, for forty years that the land was theirs. He'd waited forty years to exercise his faith and grab God's promise for him. He'd allowed God to work in his life even when it was painful and seemed unfair, and when God finally said go, Joshua ran.

Oh, I want to be like Joshua! We all have a promise land. A place God has prepared just for us. Some of us have caught glimpses of it, and for whatever reason we are on hold, waiting to enter it. Our faith is ready, but things around us may not be. Maybe a few things around us have to die first. Maybe others who need to take the journey with us just aren't ready. Possibly, if God's molding us into a leader, we aren't ready quite yet. Whatever the reason, we need to approach the wait with the same character of Joshua. Not growing bitter over the glimpse we received of the land, but allowing that to flame the fire in us to reach it. Using the wait for our character and faith to continue to grow, so that when God has everything prepared, when God says GO, we don't just idly walk to that place, but we run.

Where are you today? In the waiting or the running? I'd love to hear. Leave me a comment and I'll be praying for you:)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bookshelf Friday - Restock Time and My Favorite Things!

It's been a very busy few weeks around here, and I'm restocking my bookshelf. I've got a few books stacked at the top of my TBR pile, so I'll be back to my regularly scheduled Bookshelf Friday soon. For now, I thought I'd take part in the

A to Z blog hop at Patterings. blog hop!

This week's letter is "M" so I'm going with a few of MY favorite things:)

1. FALL! I love this time of year!!  Colors bursting. Cooler temps. Slippers, blankets, and sweatpants. And the approaching Holidays.

2. FOOTBALL! Yep. I love it. University of Michigan and Detroit Lions. They're my teams.

3. BROWNIES! Warm, chocolatey, and slightly undercooked. The only thing that compares is a warm chocolate chip cookie and cold glass of milk.

4. COFFEE! Specifically...Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks. Best drink ever!

5. SWEATERS! The bigger, chunkier, cozier it is, the better. Hubby says I have a problem with cardigans. I prefer to call it a love affair.

6. READING! I know, I know...I have no books on my shelf today, but it's because I like reading so much that I had to take a break. I can lose myself in a book quite easily, to the point where nothing gets done. As in "kids, let's have an all-day read-a-thon" for the third day in a row...not so good to do when you're homeschooling!

7. WRITING! Yeah. See above. Pretty much the same thing will happen, so I have to stay away from my laptop during school hours, but on the weekends, watch out--my imaginary friends get to come and play! (side note: when my imaginary friends are no-shows, this can quickly turn into one of my least favorite things. No lie.)

8. LONG WALKS! And now I'm sounding like an advertisement for Christian Mingle, but I really do like them. Especially with my headphones and Pandora. I may or may not have been seen around my neighborhood getting my groove on. Just sayin'.

9. MY FAMILY! Yes. They drive me crazy, but I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual. Still, there's nothing like them. I've got the best kiddos and hubby ever and I simply adore them.

10. FRIDAYS! Because the weekends usher in lots of time with all my favorite things! least this time of year it does. Fall and football will fade away, Starbucks will put away their specialty salt (which I will protest to no avail) and I'll have to fold up my cardigans...but right now I'm loving it all!

Happy Friday, friends!
What are some of your favorite things?
And check out a few other bloggers that are hopping around this weekend:)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Learn the Word - Verse #21

Hey all, it's time for a new verse! Let's quickly review the ones we've learned for the 2nd half of 2013:

El Shaddai - The All Sufficient One (Isaiah 46:4)
Jehovah Nissi - The Lord My Banner (Proverbs 21:31)
Jehovah Shalom - The Lord is Peace (Psalm 34:14)
El Roi - The God Who Sees Me (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Jehovah Jireh - Our God Provides (Philippians 4:19)
Immanuel - God With Us (Matthew 28:20)
Our Portion - (Lamentations 3:24)
Jehovah Rapha - The Lord our Healer (Psalm 30:2)
Our Comforter - (2 Corinthians 1:3-4a)

For Verse 21 we're tackling the characteristic of God, our Advocate, using 1 John 2:1-2. Here's the verse that goes along with it:

I took a snapshot of my screen this week for our verse picture. This is from the app FighterVerse. I mentioned it at the beginning of the year and wanted to remind you of it. If you're trying to memorize Scripture, it's a great way to go!

Have a great Wednesday and I'll see you next week to chat about this verse:)

Monday, October 14, 2013

In the White Space

So we're finishing our time in Haggai today. If you've missed the past two weeks, you can check them out by clicking on:

Give Careful Thought
No Comparison

Also, before we start today, I want to challenge you. If you've never spent time in just one book of the Bible, I encourage you to do so. Pray about it. Pick one book and settle in, just you, God, and your pretty pens and highlighters. Maybe a notebook too. There's just something about savoring his word in a new way that you don't want to miss.

All right, now on to today. We're talking about white spaces. Come take a look.

If you check out the top of that passage I posted, (I made it super big so you could) you see Israel stepped into their obedience on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. This happened just prior to chapter two. Then there's a bit of white space before chapter two, but for Israel that white space equaled a month of hard work. Read it. The story picks back up on the twenty-first day of the seventh month. Like we touched on last week, God sends Haggai to encourage them with "be strong and work". But if you're looking, their situation hasn't changed. No fruitful harvests, no warm clothes, their bills still aren't paid. In short, they've been obedient in what God called but have yet to see one of their circumstances change.

And yet God wants them to "be strong and work."

Then there's more white space. This time it's two months of hard work. Back breaking work. Obedient work. With no change in their surroundings.

And that's where I finally gave pause. That's where those words "be strong and work" reverberated in my mind. Right there in that white space. Because I've been there. I am there. And I know I'm not the only one.

God calls us into obedience. Sometimes, like Israel, it's to do a job. Other times it's to hit our knees in prayer. It could be to start giving in a way that stretches you. Maybe it's to fast or possibly it's to wake up early and begin a new habit of Bible study with him. Oh, I may not name it here, but you know what God has called you to obedience in. And you've taken a deep breath and stepped out.

Only your situation hasn't changed. The healing hasn't come. The Bible study hasn't grown. The breakthrough for you child hasn't occurred. The bill wasn't paid. And you're left in that white space wondering, how long God? If I'm being obedient in my work, why hasn't my situation changed? And he comes and whispers

Be strong, and work...for I am with you.

He doesn't change the situation, but he does encourage. Because ultimately, he's after out hearts. He's after our sold-out, passionate trust in him, not his works. That doesn't mean he won't bring blessing, because our God loves blessing his children. It brings him joy. But those blessings are never more important to him than the work he is doing in our lives.

So let's go back and look at that second white space. Like I mentioned, their story doesn't pick back up again until when? The twenty-fourth day of the ninth month--exactly three months from the day they stepped into obedience. And what's so cool about that isn't simply that it's the exact day, but what God goes on to say through Haggai. He once again asks them to give careful thought (check out the first post in this series here), only this time it's too look at what God's going to do. Listen:

"From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought...from this day on I will bless you." Haggai 2:18,19b

All right, there's just so much cool about this part of the story. First, God's perfect timing. I loved that it was exactly three months to the day. No, that doesn't mean we mark it out on our calendars to be the same--some of us have already waited far longer--but it does mean we can rest assured that his timing is always perfect. Always.

Second, it's that he brings them full circle. The story began with Israel being called to give careful thought to their ways. They weren't walking the path God called them to. Their priorities were messed up, and God used that phrase to point it out. But now he's rewriting their story as only he can. Now he's using the same phrase to point out the change in them and his love for them. And now when he says "give careful thought" it's to mark down this day as a spiritual victory. I encourage you to do this. When God finally breaks through in the area you've been patiently and obediently walking in, mark it down. A notebook. Your Bible. Wherever it needs to be so you never forget it.

Finally, it's the end of their white space. We read the story, and we barely have to skip that white space, but they had to live it. And if you're there right now, you know those white spaces can last far longer than you ever imagined. You wonder if God's still writing your story on the other side. If you even heard him correctly. If you even have the strength to keep going.

You do.

Be strong and work, for I am with you.

He's right there in the white space with you. He's working something you can't even imagine. As my mom always says, just keep on keeping on, because at exactly the right time, God will move. And on that day, give careful thought, because you'll have come through the white space to the other side, and it will be time to celebrate and remember.

If you've recently come through a white space, leave a note here so I can celebrate with you! And if you're in that white space today, how can I pray for you? Leave a comment or email me. I'm all about the power of prayer. Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bookshelf Friday - Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore

With Critical Pursuit, Janice Cantore begins a new series. This one is based on Brinna Caruso and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero. Here's a short blurb:

Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it’s personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.

Detective Jack O’Reilly isn’t ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He’s on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he’s assigned as Brinna’s partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner.

Skeptical of Jack’s motives, Brinna isn’t sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.

I enjoyed the suspense of this book as Brinna chases after not only full healing, but also a monster from her past. Brinna's character is well fleshed out, her emotions and questions about God true to the struggles her character has been through. And they're not handled easily. I found the same with Jack as he mourns the death of his wife. Having been a Christian until she was killed in an accident, he now grapples with God's will for his life and if he can still believe in a God who would take his wife from him.

The spiritual ties in this book are tied up beautifully by the end. That arc was well written and tackled some very tough questions with very solid answers. Also, the suspense story for this book came to a full conclusion. But one area was opened and I believe we'll be waiting through the entire series for an answer, and that was Jack and Brinna. A romance between them was very lightly--and I mean very lightly--hinted at and may begin to develop more in book two. This wasn't billed as a romantic suspense, and at the point in their lives that this book opens to, it would have been untrue to the characters if they'd fallen in love within this book. However, the romantic in me wanted to see that!

My only true issue with this book was at times I felt the author narrated the story. I didn't get the feeling of being in the main character's skin, rather that I was being told a story about her. A very well-told story, mind you, but I prefer a closer style of writing when it comes to the characters I read.

Overall, I thought the story was well-written, I truly liked Jack and Brinna, and I'll pick up the next one in the series to see where they're headed. I give Critical Pursuit 4 out of 5 stars.

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Learn the Word - Verse #20

Here's the verse we are currently memorizing:

The second half of this year we've been focusing on verses to help us remember the many names of God. Those names speak to His attributes, and for verse twenty I chose Our Comforter.

And there was a specific reason I also chose this picture to go along with it. That lovely white down comforter right there. It's how I pictured God when I see Him as our comforter. Pure white, hiding all my darkness under Him. Soft. Warm. A place to curl up into and rest.

In our days we find all sorts of trouble. Maybe some days it finds us. Depression. Loss. Sickness. Torn relationships. And I'm sure you can add to the list. But we have a Father who is full of compassion and always open-armed, waiting to wrap us up in Him.

There is no trouble too big for Him.

And no moment where He doesn't want to snuggle you close.

He's crazy in love with you.

Let Him wrap you in His arms today.

Monday, October 7, 2013

No Comparison

We're still in Haggai this week, and I want to pick right up where we left off.

Israel had taken care of their own homes and left God's in ruins. It was symptomatic on how messed up their priorities were, and God sent the prophet Haggai to bring them a word. It was give careful thought to your ways because they are what is messing you up.

He reminded them that they were to build his house.

And Israel obeyed.(You can read all about it in last week's post here.)

We left them on the cusp of their obedience. Twenty-three days after Haggai brought that word, Israel began their work. And they worked for an entire month. During that month, as the temple began to rise, something happened.

Discouragement set in. Why? Because they were playing the comparison game. This had also happened a few years beforehand. See, Israel had actually begun to rebuild the Temple years before. They'd even managed to get the altar built. This all takes place in the book of Ezra, and when that altar took shape, listen to what happened:

Many of the old priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid...Ezra 3:12

And it wasn't tears of joy. It was comparison, pure and simple. The temple they were rebuilding didn't compare to the one of old (Solomon's Temple), and when opposition mixed in with their discouragement, they gave up. And that's where, years later, Haggai picks up.

Problem is, while they are being obedient and resuming their work, they were also falling back into the same trap. Comparing their works to another time and place and not seeing any fruit rising from their current work. Can't you just hear the rising grumblings of defeat starting back up?

But, oh, the love of God. It is strong and fierce and exactly what they needed.

He doesn't yell at them or chastise their attitudes. And he doesn't leave them in their discouragement. No, this time, he encourages them. He asks them to continue with their obedience, to continue following his word.  Listen:

'Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,' declares the Lord. 'Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,' declares the Lord, 'and work. For I am with you,' declares the Lord Almighty. 'This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.'

God didn't swoop in and fix everything for them, and he certainly didn't tell them this temple was bigger and better than the last--because it wasn't supposed to be. He's doesn't make all things the same, he makes all things unique, and then he uses them. He gave credence to their feelings, then showed them what his amazing plan was. He didn't have to offer this encouragement, this glimpse, but he did. Listen:

In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory.

Did you catch that? The desired of all nations: Jesus Christ. He was going to fill this house with the ultimate glory. The very house their hands were building.

While they were playing their comparison game, God was preparing to do amazing things through them. No. They couldn't see it yet, but He was preparing what they thought was meager to be amazing.

So often we step out in obedience and when we don't see immediate results that mirror the person next to us, we want to give up. All the while, God is coaxing us "be strong, and work"...because what seems like a long time to us has only been a blink on his eternal calendar, and he's still preparing the good works he created in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). We can't give up short of his plans and purposes for us.

But all too often we compare what our offering is with what another's was and defeat sets in. We need to remember, however, that God doesn't play that game. He takes simple and makes it intricate. He takes small and gives it a huge impact. He doesn't look horizontally across what all his children hold, comparing their offerings. He looks vertically to see where it fits into his kingdom plans.

When our faces are downcast. When we want to give up. He whispers to us, "Be strong. I am with you. Be strong and work, because in a little a little while, I'm going to shake the heavens and the earth through what you are doing."

Today. I encourage you. You may not be seeing progress, but if you are walking in obedience, I promise you--progress is being made in His ultimate plans for you. Hold on. Be strong. And keep working. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bookshelf Friday - Trapped by Irene Hannon

I picked up Trapped with the idea that I had a week to read it. I finished it in twenty-four hours. Should have known that'd be the case with another Irene Hannon book. Here's a little blurb:

When librarian Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.

Trapped is the second in Irene Hannon's Private Justice series. These books do not need to be read in order. In fact, I have yet to read the first of the series but will definitely be returning for it. She's an author I always look forward to reading.

As for Trapped, Irene did a fantastic job with the bad guy in this book. I loved digging into his psyche and watching him unfold. We learn a little about him with each interaction which kept me turning pages. I also really liked both Laura and James. They were true to character and their budding romance gave me plenty of smiles. Another thing I typically enjoy with romantic suspense is the ability to see the story through multiple sets of eyes (or different POVs as some say) though in this book there was one in particular I felt could have been left out. That was of a minor character named Faith who was introduced later in the story. The only other time I had an issue with this book was at the end. There was a moment of what felt like author convenience as James rushes to Laura's rescue. I won't spoil it for you, but it gave me a pause of disbelief and pulled me momentarily from the story.

However, both were small issues in the middle of a great story and hardly enough to keep me from returning to Irene's books. She's great at romantic suspense and definitely delivers with this one. I happily give Trapped 4 out of 5 stars and cannot wait for the third book in this series.

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Learn the Word - Verse #20

So it's time for a new verse. Cannot believe we're already to verse #20, but we are! And of course, before we get our new verse, let's recap the old:

El Shaddai - The All Sufficient One (Isaiah 46:4)
Jehovah Nissi - The Lord My Banner (Proverbs 21:31)
Jehovah Shalom - The Lord is Peace (Psalm 34:14)
El Roi - The God Who Sees Me (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Jehovah Jireh - Our God Provides (Philippians 4:19)
Immanuel - God With Us (Matthew 28:20)
Our Portion - (Lamentations 3:24)
Jehovah Rapha - The Lord our Healer (Psalm 30:2)

For the next two weeks we're going to concentrate on the characteristic of God, our Comforter. Here's our verse to go with that name: (2 Corinthians 1:3-4a)

Pin it to your board, write it in your journal or on a 3x5 card and start learning it. We'll talk a little about it next week.

Happy Wednesday!