Rancher Luke McCutcheon takes his first crack at one of his family’s cattle drives and stumbles upon Faith Brown. Alone in a wagon in the wilderness. Ready to give birth, Faith has no choice but to allow the handsome stranger to help her. Running for her life, Faith, joins Luke’s cattle drive thinking she can escape her horrible past and the secret she holds in her heart. She wants no one, especially the handsome cattleman to unearth her deepest pain. Her kindness toward those around her makes her a character worth the time to read. Luke’s mother taught him to be a gentleman but his need for validation from his family forces him to take a stand and keep his [...]
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Let him kiss with the kisses of his mouth For your love is better than wine. Song of Solomon 1:2 NKJV Who says there’s no romance in the Bible? This book negates that notion. It’s a testament of the deep, abiding love and romance between a man and a woman. Only one chapter with seventeen verses, God uses the marriage relationship between a man and a woman to show us what that relationship should be but also shows the relationship between God and His children which is another aspect of the book. The commitment theme runs throughout the book as the woman and man converse with one another and it echoes God’s commitment to His children. Detailing a couple’s story from their first [...]
Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. ECC 1:10 NKJV The song Everything’s Old is New Again is the modern-day equivalent of today’s verse. But that’s not all…We see it in fashion, architecture, furniture, even appliances, and other songs. I’m sure many of you reading this post, can think of other things where everything old is new again. Let’s look at some things we mentioned. Fashion. From fringe to leather to velvet and classic styles like Coco Chanel’s easy pieces. Anything and everything goes in today’s fashion houses. But certain styles return…from the 30s & 40s, the peep toe shoes, to the 60s mod styles and [...]
My husband lost his job right before the holidays in December 2007. His job defined him and thought he’d one day retire from it but God had other plans. When the dreadful recession of 2008 picked up steam, jobs dried up. It was all we could do to keep making the mortgage payments on our dream home. Little by little his retirement fund vanished and desperation set in. Finally, he landed a short-term contract more than 2,500 miles away. I stayed home and prepared our home for sale while I worked part time. Before he left for South Carolina, we painted the shutters and door and planted beautiful flowers to give our home the curb appeal it needed but, in [...]
A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. Proverbs 1:5 NKJV Wisdom. We all want it but seldom do we ask for it or seek God for that special wisdom. My husband and I pray together daily and we decided many years ago to pray for wisdom. Why? Because when you have wisdom, you seldom make terrible mistakes whether it’s in your relationships, your finances or your work. We have asked for and were granted wisdom in these areas many times over the years. Do we still make mistakes? Occasionally. And usually when we haven’t sought proper counsel…whether from God or from those more knowledgeable in the areas we need counsel. Being wise isn’t [...]
“Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. Job 1:10 NKJV For anyone who has read or knows the book of Job. It is a difficult book to read. It took my husband years to read through the entire book! He’d get so far in the book and then he’d stop reading because of Job’s terrible trouble. There is an idiom in the English language: “to have the patience of Job”. It’s a reference to Job’s unending and absolute, unshakeable faith in God despite the trials Job goes through. His afflictions are [...]
To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. Est 1: 11 NKJV The book of Ester is my favorite Old Testament book of the Bible. I’ve read it many times and am always amazed at Ester’s strength and courage. How God worked out the circumstances to preserve His people is mind-boggling. Every little detail. His love, commitment, and grace to His people always astound me even though I shouldn’t be astounded…I always am. Now the context for the verse I highlighted today. The first ten verses of the chapter starts with King Ahasuerus who reigned over 127 provinces from India to [...]
So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Neh 1:4 NKJV Let’s look at the context of this verse. Nehemiah wrote this book around 445 BC. He was the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes. The first three verses of this book recount a meeting between Nehemiah and men of Judah. The men of Judah tell Nehemiah the Jews who had escaped and survived the captivity were in great distress and the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down and its gates burned with fire. This verse is the response to the news of Nehemiah’s brethren. Like Nehemiah, when life hits us with sad [...]
Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD, God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. Ezra 1:3 NKJV Let’s look at the context of this verse. After Israel had three waves of their people exiled to Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Persia held the Jews in captivity for seventy years. In the first two verses of Ezra chapter one, God gave the King of Persia, Cyrus, who followed Nebuchadnezzar, a sense of urgency to put out a proclamation in writing to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Cyrus was an ancient, cruel [...]
11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like. 2 Chron 1: 11-12 NKJV Let’s talk about the context of these two verses. From verse 1 to verse 6 of 2 Chronicles chapter 1 God blessed Solomon, and he took the people to [...]