Worldly, Yes or No?

Worldly is a word we use to describe someone with experience, which can be a positive or negative description. In my book, Forever And Always, my male protagonist, John McDougal, is described as being worldly. He just turned eighteen as the story opens. At five foot eleven inches, he was tall with broad shoulders and lean waist. His full, thick, black hair and brown eyes could make any young lady swoon.

John was of Scottish descent. He spoke with a confident voice, and showed maturity in his actions. At just eighteen, he was far from ready to settle down. John was older and had seen many things in his travels. He was a man of God and not afraid to speak of it. Learn more about who John McDougal was in Forever And Always.

Forever And Always

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Ephesians 5

Paul challenges us to be imitators of God. We, as children of God, should not participate in a long list of numerous sins, including but not limited to obscenity, greed and sexual immorality. He calls us to live a life of holiness and not to let anyone deceive us with their words or actions. If we do not follow His command, God’s wrath will come on the disobedient.

Expose the darkness to the light for everything exposed to the light becomes visible. The fruit of the light is truth and righteousness. Be careful and live wisely. Make the most of every opportunity presented to you because the days are short and filled with evil. Be on guard against evil; it can be seen or unseen. Be filled with the Spirit, speak to others, sing songs in your heart to our Lord Jesus, constantly giving thanks for all that you have been blessed with in your life.

Wives submit to your husbands as you submit to the Lord. Husbands love your wives just as Christ loves the church. Because of that great love, Christ died for His bride, the church. Husbands love your wives as you do your own body. No man ever hated his own body. Man should leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife for as they marry they become a new family in Christ.

My Soul . . .

My soul will rest in Your embrace because I am Yours and You are mine. What a thought! My mind whirls when I even consider that is might be true. Could He be mine really? Why would He choose me, a sinner, to be His?

Certainly, there are others more deserving than I. But, no, I am told that is not the case. I am indeed special to God. Through much internal dialogue I have come to my answer. I must take His Word, therefore I am worthy.

With that as my truth, I am contented to welcome my Lord into my heart unconditionally. I am His and He is mine!

When Life Gets Too Hard

I believe I can do only so much by myself. Oh, yes, I can try to do more than I can do alone, but it never works. I know my limitations, why don’t I follow them? Most likely because I have inflated my ego enough that I’ve declared that I don’t need help. So what happens? I fail and I get up and try again, whatever it was that I was trying to do, and fail again. A very intelligent person who has crossed my path told me once, when life gets too hard to stand, kneel. At the time, I thought they were really out there. I surmised in my infinite wisdom, that I really can’t do things from a kneeling position, that is even worse than standing. Besides, I have bad knees! How dare they say that to me! Then I realized what they were trying to tell me. I can’t live life by myself, it is too hard! There is only One who can help me really, when life gets too hard; and that One is God. He is always with me, but sometimes I forget. What’s my personal solution? To kneel before God daily; to live a life more plugged in to God; to pray more; to praise more; to consciously recognize God in my life on a daily basis whether I am doing the dishes or writing. Christ, You are my Lord and my Savior. You lived and died for me. I am so humbled that You think of me daily, love me unconditionally and are with me always, every day of my life. Lord, I live my life for You; I lift my days to You in gratitude for all that You have done for me. I love you Lord. Amen.