Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 28, 2014

The Hounds of Hell Pursue Me…..

On any given day, I can hear the call of the hounds of hell that threaten to over take me.  I can hear them barking and threatening to take away the sliver of light that I found for just this moment.  The hope that has shone through from a Glorious Creator, The LORD.  The only Light that can penetrate my darkness that is so black, so deep.  That it can be felt in my bone marrow.  He is the only One who can pull me out.  Thank you for all those you’ve sent alongside me that have been used by You to rescue me.

I suffer from depression.  As far back as I can remember, even in grade school.  During college I never personally met Jesus.  I heard about Him, but never came to know Him personally.  I lived a life that was pleasing, pleasing only to me.  A selfish life that revolved around I, me and myself.  I was a happy, healthy 20 something college girl pursuing a law degree.  Depression came in one day after a series of events in my life that totally turned my world upside down.  The event itself is not important it was the downward spiral that caused me to contemplate ending my own life for the second time in my young life.  What did this 20 something college girl have to live for?  At that time in my life, the answer was nothing.  You may ask how that could be and I look back and ask the same thing, but when the darkness is so thick in your life that you can feel it, a lot of things just don’t make sense.   It is so easy to get lost, especially when the focus has turned inward instead of upward.  I lost about three months of my life, I don’t remember anything about that time only the darkness and how it surrounded me and promised me things that this world I was walking in could not give.  What can I say other than it was tempting.

Thank God!  I found a counselor who took me seriously and a doctor who cared enough to help.  With the help of counseling and medication to help my body produce what was lacking, I began a slow journey out of the darkness that swallowed me whole.  It was not easy, there were still days when I thought that it would be better to quit.  Then there were days when I felt nothing, heard nothing and these were the days I started to crave.  Nothingness was better than the all-consuming darkness.  When you don’t feel you don’t fear.  I didn’t at least.  After several years of medication and sporadic counseling, a decision was made for me to come off the medication in hopes of having children.  I was scared.  What if the hounds of hell returned to haunt me night and day, moment by moment?  Would I be able to handle it?  or would I succumb?

While I was pregnant, I never struggled with depression.  I don’t know if all the hormonal changes within my body caused my body to produce what it had not before, but I was not depressed.  Maybe it was that precious life that was growing inside me.  Maybe it was the fact that I had finally met Jesus personally and surrendered my life to Him.  I am not sure, but I am thankful.  So very thankful that Jesus met me right where I was, just how I was.  I didn’t have to clean myself up or change, He accepted me.

After the birth of our first child, depression in the form of postpartum depression returned with a vengeance!  There was no light no matter how hard I tried to find it.   I knew the truth and had met the truth Jesus.  But, still I could not pull myself up by the boot straps.   It was just total, pitch black.  Hopelessness sapped every ounce of energy I had as a new mother.  And the feelings of what am I living for returned.  Since, I had already experienced this once in my life, I immediately shared it with my spouse and doctor and received treatment.  My treatment again came in the form of medication and counseling.  Everybody is different and my treatment may not work for you.  No matter what type of depression you are facing I urge you greatly to seek help.  If no one is listening or no one feels like they are listening cry out louder.  But this time something else came along with my depression, guilt, mommy guilt.  In order to go on the medication needed to save my life I could not nurse my precious child.  Guilt to me is very similar to depression.  But in this case I was causing and allowing the feelings.  IT wasn’t something that was not being produced in my body.  It was me producing it.  I listened to the lies.  Lies straight from the bowels of hell where the hounds that pursue me reside.

In 2006, my mother committed suicide.  Yep, she took her own life one day, just as I had thought about but never had the nerve for years.  When you wake up each morning asking yourself, what am I doing this for?  Why am I here? And the answers never come, one day you get so tired you can feel the weariness deep within your marrow and you just give up.  In my mother’s life it was the result of being sick for years and no hope of getting better.  Each day you watch yourself deteriorate and slowly any hope that you can muster is gone.  No matter how much I shared with my mom without Jesus she didn’t have a life raft to grab onto. I failed or so I thought.  I couldn’t save her and I was right.  Only Jesus could.

Depression in my life, it is a picture of me on a floatation device the size of book out in the middle of an ocean.  No land in sight, day after day you tread water, hoping, waiting to be rescued.  Day after day it does not come until you realize you can not hold on any longer and start looking for ways out.  That is what it feels like to me when the darkness creeps in and overshadows me.  I won’t know what happened with my mom, but I do know that suicide is final.  Once the decision is made and the actions are put in place and the deed is done you leave behind a bunch of questions and in most cases spouses, children, family and friends.  The pain that is left is something that doesn’t go away when your loved one commits suicide.  The memory is there every moment.  Then the feelings of guilt overshadow the pain and the blame game starts.  It was my fault, it was your fault, you should have done this… The endless cycle of voices goes on and on.  Resolving nothing.

But God… is still in control and after my mother’s suicide I made it out of the grieving period, guess what?  The glorious light was shining on the other side.  My LORD and Savior was waiting for me with open arms.  He held me through the whole ordeal, but I finally saw those nail scarred hands holding me.  I still struggle with darkness, depression, but I also still struggle with what suicide leaves behind.  They have a name for me, it is a suicide survivor.  I survived suicide, my mother’s, my own and now my niece’s.

Apparently, there is a history of mental illness in our family.  My mom, my niece and me.  But… I am determined with the power of my Lord and Savior to end it here.  I don’t want my children or the rest of my family to face what I have faced in my young life.  I want them to hear the truth and let the truth set them free.

This was the hardest post I have ever written.  This will probably open a can of worms that I am not prepared to face, but I felt the Lord asking me to share my story.  This is not all of the story and someday with the Lord’s help I can share more.  Hopefully, someone who reads this will get a glimpse of the Light that saved my life too.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to my dear husband!

In six days, my dear, sweet husband will be turning 39 years old!  Happy Birthday!  I hope you have a special day and I am so glad that me and the girls get to spend it with you.

Thank you for giving me almost 16 years of your life.  Thank you for introducing me to Jesus!  Thank you so much for your love, support and faithfulness throughout these years.  Thank you for keeping me grounded as I tend to get a little hyper sometimes.  LOL  Thank you for being such a strong leader and a great dad to our three girls.  I also want to thank you for taking care of my parents as they aged.  For being the son to my mom when she was sick that lived next door.  For being my dad’s son, since his won’t step up to the plate.

Thank you and Happy Birthday “J”.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 19, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!

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The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle!
It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public! Sign up today for just $5!

Here’s what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.
Plus, here’s a sneak peek of a new episode called “The Lone Lawman”!

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Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids’ Radio show set in the Old West. “The Lone Lawman” features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle.
One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page again on the 28th to see if you won! (You’ll see the winner’s name in the widget.)

This book was birthed out of the “21 Dates With God Challenged” featured on Devoted SONrisers blog.  I hope you will stop by her blog and check it out.  Now let’s begin our journey to spiritual revival.

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  • 21 daily ideas for drawing closer to God on your busiest days
  • encouraging scripture verses
  • a practical application assignment for each day
  • and journaling space at the end of each chapter to record your thoughts and prayers

. . . All in one free printable PDF download!  Stay tuned at the end of the review to find out how you can get your very own copy.

 

I loved how this book was broken down day-by-day.  I didn’t feel pressured to read more than one day at a time, but if I felt lead to continue it was there for me to read.

The eBook 21 Dates With God is a journey and Jane starts at the beginning.  In her eBook she shares with you how to use her devotional guide and then she starts off with how we should approach the God of the universe.  Once you’ve approached the Heavenly Father’s throne, she guides you to connect with other like-minded believers through a church family.  Then the hard work that reaps great dividends begins.  Laying the ground work for a fulfilling, satisfying, God glorying relationship with your Savior.  Prayer, Scripture memorization and Worship.  We then go on to establishing a routine of meeting with Him everyday. After you’ve established a commitment, Jane leads us in how to strengthen the bond of quiet time with the Lord.  This eBook is full of ways to worship, meet with God and find Him right where you are.

It is one you will want to return to time and time again to refresh you time with the Lord.  It draws you near to the Lord over and over each page.  Now as I promised above:  How can you get your very own copy of Jane’s eBook 21 Dates With God?  Visit her site by clicking anywhere in this post on her name or the name of the eBook and you will be taken to her blog.  Sign up for her free weekly newsletter and you will have one copy of this awesome eBook delivered to your inbox.  Be sure to let Jane know that Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings sent you.

Until Next Time.

M

 **I received a free digital copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  There are no affiliate links present in this review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  

 

 

That title could also read “Come Back To Jesus And Don’t Bring Your Smartphone”.  I have a confession to make.  My Smartphone goes everywhere with me.  I’ve been knowing to return home to retrieve said phone because I left it charging while I drove off to work.  I like the feel of the smartphone in my hand.  I exercise with it.  It tracks miles, calories, etc.  I watch TV with it.  I use it when I read.  So I am a self-confessed smartphone addict.

ComeBacktoJesuscoverSo now that I’ve confessed my addiction to my smartphone you can see why I decided to read “Come Back To Jesus — And Don’t Bring Your Blackberry by Tanya Logan.  When I picked up this Bible study I was questioning my walk with the Lord.  Was I cold or hot?  Had I allowed busyness to get in the way of intimate fellowship with the LORD?  In Tanya Logan’s book Come Back To Jesus you will find your way back to your first love.  In her book she challenges each of us to personally dig into Scripture to discover what the Lord Jesus has for us.  I have to say this was my favorite part.

I know I’ve shared in the past, especially during reviews, but I absolutely abhor being spoon-fed God’s Word.  I long to discover those nuggets of truth for myself and I love to do it with others.  But you can keep your opinions and Bible study transcriptions, this God-loving girl wants to open her Bible everyday.  More so now after reading Come Back To Jesus.

Tanya’s book helped me return to a consistent quiet time without distractions.  To my amazement God was right there waiting for my return.  I know He is waiting for yours too.  So what are you waiting for?

Tanya takes you on a personal journey through guided reading and interactive questions.  She helps readers return to a life centered on the Word and God.  I loved that this study was very intimate between myself and my Lord.  Remember to have your ears open to hear what He has to say to you as you take this journey alongside Tanya.

Come Back To Jesus — And Don’t Bring Your Blackberry is a 6 week Bible study that can be done individually or as a group.  I recommend going through it two times.  The first time, by yourself alone with God and let Him reveal and speak to your heart.  Then as a group with people who know you very well.

The adventure begins with discovering who God is. Next stop is the identifying the cares of this world that come and how we are to personally deal with them.  After you’ve dealt with time bandits competing for your attention you enter the part of the journey where you have to make a choice.  After you’ve chosen you continue to pursue God which will help you build your daily relationship with the Lord.  Lastly, Tanya shows us how to remain idol free.  You’ll never look at your Blackberry or Smartphone the same again.

Tanya Logan began writing this book in 2003 inside her head.  In 2011 she finally found the time and resources to get it on paper.  Personally, I have been blessed that it made it to print.  It has been a true blessing to me and how I relate to the Lord daily.  This book started out to be a Christian living book rather than a self-paced Bible study it became.  You can tell that Tanya feels called to write and teach Bible studies.  She is currently working on a Bible study on prayer and I can’t wait until this one is published.

Until Next Time,

M

**I received a free copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 26, 2014

We Have A Winner!

We have a winner for the contest that ended on 7/18/14 at midnight for a copy of HeBrews A Better Blend Bible Study book.

But, before we announce the person who won, I’d like to share with you that the Warner Press Publisher of HeBrews A Better Blend Bible Study, has made available a leaders guide.  This study would be great in a small group setting and now you’ve been provided a leader’s guide too.

First of all I want to thank each and everyone one who participated in the contest. For sharing on Facebook, Twitter and for your comments and even a few emails. Thank you for helping Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings contests a success!!

So our grand prize winner is:

Phyllis H.

Phyllis please send me your mailing address so I can have your HeBrews A Better Blend Bible study send out to you.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 16, 2014

Family, Community, and a Free Episode of Adventures in Odyssey

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For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE! Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download and CD purchase, but if you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album now! Guess what? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5! Here’s what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive. One way families can carry out God’s design for families is by serving their community—right where God has planted them, being His hands and feet together. Want to serve your community with your family, maybe make a day of out it? Here are some fantastic ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members:

  • Make scarves through the year and deliver them to your local homeless shelter at the start of winter, or regularly donate food to your local food bank. —Shirley
  • Our family likes to help with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin
  • We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa
  • We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna
  • We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy
  • Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. We also supports the Durham Rescue Mission, which helps people break free from addictions and restore families. —Melissa
  • We live in a very rural area. Our church serves two of the poorest zip codes in the state, and about a decade ago, they started operating a food pantry out of a closet. It has expanded since then, so we now use the closet for storage, but the pantry is basically a classroom. The kids and I serve over there a lot. My 17-year-old and I go to Care & Share (50 miles away) to get food to bring back to the pantry. All of us help unload and stock shelves. On pantry days, everyone can get involved with helping people go through the line, playing with the kids, carrying boxes out to cars, etc. There are so many hungry folks, especially in the summer when school breakfasts and lunches aren’t available, and helping a bit to put food on some tables is such a blessing for us all. —Debra
  • We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and our Sunday school. —Michele
  • We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, which 100% of the profits goes to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah
  • Our church works with a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. We cook food ahead of time, and when our schedules allow we ride down with the group to serve the food. My son always reminds me when we haven’t been for awhile, so it’s something he looks forward to. —Maria
  • We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others’ meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn

Did that provide some ideas to give your family service activity the kick-start it needs? What other ideas do you have for serving your community? Share in the comments!

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 14, 2014

HeBrews a Better Blend Bible Study Review and Giveaway…

Leah C. Adams new Bible study released on July 1, 2014 HeBrews a Better Blend Bible Study!  A guided 8 week study of the entire book of Hebrews.  Published by Warner Press.

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Did you miss the author interview that I posted a week ago with Leah?  Stop what you are doing right now and go check that out.  Okay, your finished with it right?

This is my first time reading and writing a review for Leah.  My first taste of her writing style, study style.  I have to tell you I am impressed.  I was immediately hungry for more.

Her new Bible study HeBrews a Better Blend is broken down into weeks and has five days of homework.  But, I didn’t want to quit.  Each day made me curious, even though I’ve read the book of Hebrews many times, about what the Lord would reveal to me next.  My hunger and thirst was unquenchable.  Thank you, Leah.

HeBrews a Better Blend covers the whole entire chapter of the book of Hebrews.  It begins in chapter 1 Hebrews and allows you to build your own foundation in God’s Word as Leah guides you through.  It is a guided study of Hebrews.  Each day covers 5 days and has homework.  But trust me you won’t hear any complaining when you get to it.  Leah shares the homework questions and then gives you a few examples of how she answered them.  Then it is your turn.  I was amazed at the nuggets of truth that I found hidden within the pages of Hebrews.  Nuggets that I’ve skimmed over before when I read this chapter.

HeBrews a Better Blend fixes our eyes on Jesus and allows us to gain a visual insight into the book of Hebrews.  I loved that at the beginning of each week Leah furnishes you with a recipe.  I can’t wait to try a few of these recipes out at one of our church functions.  Each page allows you to dig into Scripture for yourself, you are not spoon-fed Leah’s theology.

Now for the fun part, Leah has agreed to give one lucky winner a copy of her new Bible study, HeBrews a Better Blend.  So leave a comment today on my blog, share on Facebook this review (don’t forget to comment with the link), Tweet about this giveaway and Bible study on Twitter (again don’t forget to leave me a comment with link).  Leave a comment to win.  I will randomly draw a name on July 18, 2014.  I will notify the winner by email and you will have until July 25, 2014 to claim your prize.  If you fail to claim your prize a second name will be selected.  As my daughter is so fond of saying “May the odds be ever in your favor.”.

Until Next Time,

M

**I received a free digial copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  There are no affiliate links present in this review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  

 

 

 

Leah, I may have readers who have not met you online. What would you like for my readers to know about you?

I am a North Georgia girl who loves Jesus—A LOT. I asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of 15. Within a few years, I made some horrible moral choices that drew me away from Him. I spent the better part of my 20s walking far from Jesus, and God let me go my own way until I was sick of it. Then, just like the prodigal son’s father, God welcomed me back, and overwhelmed me with a desire for His Word and His presence. He made it clear that nothing I had done, no sin I had committed, changed how He felt about me. God loved me with a ridiculous love. He lavished grace on the heart of His daughter, and ultimately called me into ministry in 2007.

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My passion is teaching God’s Word, and He allows me to do that through two avenues: speaking and writing. I have had the privilege of speaking to groups all across the United States. While my signature message is about the legacy we are leaving for the generations that come behind us, the ultimate message is always about the grace, love, acceptance, and mercy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I love speaking to women of all ages, but my heartbeat is for women under 40 years of age. My hope is that the words God gives me encourage and challenge women to walk intimately with Jesus every single day they walk the dusty sod of earth. I want them to know that Jesus loves them more than they can imagine.

Another area of ministry that the Lord has assigned to my husband and me jointly is ministry to international students who are studying in the US. Over 750,000 students from other countries study in America every year, and the vast majority of them are never in an American home. What a missed opportunity for the church of Jesus Christ to show the love of Jesus to students who might, otherwise, never hear about Him! Greg and I regularly host international students in our home, and have developed close friendships with many of them. In fact, we have become ‘American parents’ to a delightful young woman from Australia. God brought Bree, Greg, and me together, and she is now very much a part of our family. We love her as if she were our own.

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· What occupies your free time? Hobbies, interests?

I love to read….Christian fiction and biographies are what can be found on my bookshelf, alongside lots of biblical commentaries, Bible translations, and cookbooks. I enjoy cooking, camping in our fifth wheel RV, and spending time with my husband and my girlfriends.

· What are some items on your bucket list?

I would love to visit Australia, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon. Speaking gigs in any of those places would make the trip that much sweeter! My husband is a golfer, and we would like to attend the Master’s golf tournament. I sponsor two girls in Tanzania through Compassion International, and visiting them one day is definitely on the list. I would like to write another Bible study, or ten, if the Lord gives me the words. As I said, I love to cook, and attending a weekend Southern Living cooking school would be great fun. A return visit to a hummingbird haven where many different types of hummingbirds are together in one place is on the list. I’m amazed at those little fliers.

· How did you develop an interest in writing and when did you begin writing seriously?

I have enjoyed writing and public speaking from my junior high school days. I always excelled in English, and term papers were never a drag for me. I know….I’m a geek.

My deep-end dive into writing came in 2002 when my Daddy was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. As he progressed through his chemo treatments, I would write a weekly email to family and friends who wanted to keep up with his progress. Each email would close with a few inspirational thoughts that usually included Scripture. After my Daddy graduated to heaven in late 2004, people began asking if I would write a weekly devotion and send it out via email. After a year or so of doing that, over 125 people were receiving each email, but unfortunately, my ISP was deleting the emails as spam. It was at that point that I made the jump to a blog format, where I now offer my writing.

When the Lord called me into ministry in late 2007, I needed something to speak about, and that something was the topic of legacy. For my first speaking engagement, I wrote a 15 minute message about the legacy we, as Christians, are leaving for the generations that come behind us. Eventually that message grew into an hour-long message, and ultimately became the foundation of my first Bible study, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy, which was published in 2010.

· What is the back story behind HeBrews? What was the impetus for you to write this book?

I began writing HeBrews: A Better Blend purely out of obedience to the Lord. Several years prior to writing the study, I had done a pretty intense self-study of the book of Hebrews. It was my hope that the Lord might allow me to write something out of that time of study, but I wasn’t sure. Perhaps it had just been for my edification. In 2012, I sensed the Lord giving me the go-ahead to write a Bible study from the book of Hebrews. I’ve learned that when God says do something, the best response is ‘Yes sir’. So, write I did. I had no intention of publishing HeBrews, thinking it would just be an act of obedience, and perhaps a study that my Tuesday morning small group would do. God had other plans. When I was about halfway through the writing, my friend, Brooke, introduced me to the wonderful woman who is now my Editor at Warner Press. One thing led to another and before I knew it, God had opened the door for HeBrews to be published. It was totally a God-thing, and I often tell Him that this is His doings, and the responsibility is on Him to place HeBrews into the hands of the people who need to read it.

· Share with us a bit about your book.

HeBrews: A Better Blend is an eight-week Bible study that takes the student through the entire book of Hebrews. The Old Testament constructs that were so important to the Israelites, i.e. Old Testament tabernacle, priest, sacrifice, and covenant, are examined alongside the New Testament parallels that we find in Jesus. Jesus was the BETTER priest, administering a BETTER covenant, offering a BETTER sacrifice, and ultimately bringing us into a BETTER tabernacle.

There are five days of homework each week, and most days the student studies from both the Old and New Testaments. HeBrews: A Better Blend can be done by individuals, and in group settings. At the beginning of each week of study, I offer a dessert recipe taken from my collection, or from the collections of some of my friends and family. Dessert definitely makes Bible study richer. No pun intended!

· Why should someone read HeBrews: A Better Blend? What does it offer them personally?

The study of Scripture, God’s Love Letter to humankind, is as important to me as taking my next breath. Without it, I would be right back in the ditch of sin that I crawled out of 20 years ago. HeBrews: A Better Blend offers the reader a guided study of the book of Hebrews, as well as opportunities to apply faith principles to their own life, and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

· How can my readers find you? Blog? Social media?

I would love to meet your readers. They can find me at my website and blog, The Point, at http://www.leahadams.org.

I am also on several social media platforms:

Facebook Ministry page:

HeBrews Facebook page

Twitter

Pinterest

· When and where will HeBrews: A Better Blend be available to the public?

The release date for the Bible study is July 1st. It should be available at major e-tailers, as well as Christian bookstores.

· What final thoughts would you like to share with my readers?

I want to encourage your readers to fix their eyes on Jesus. My prayer is that they will raise their eyes above the horizon of their circumstances (good or bad), and look to Jesus for their strength and hope. He is everything we need. EVERYTHING! Developing an intimate relationship with Jesus will not happen accidently. It requires intentionality, perseverance, and lots of time allowing Scripture to speak to the heart. Once a heart gets a taste of walking in intimacy with Christ, there is no going back. I want that for your readers, because I know what a thrill it is to me.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 2, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings would like to wish all our subscribers, readers and followers a safe and Happy Fourth of July.  So Happy 4th!

Whether you have plans to stay at home or travel on this holiday I pray that you will have traveling mercies from God above surrounding you and your precious family.  I pray that you will be a blessing to someone else as you travel out of your normal territory.  I pray that God’s light will shine brighter than any firework on the 4th of July in your life.  I pray that you will rise up and answer the call He has placed on your life.  Yes, you.  He has called you for such a time as this.  If you are anything like me you had to listen just a little bit harder over all the noise going on in your life to hear.  Stop.  Listen.  Do you hear it?  Silence.  That is when I hear Him speak.  That is when my spirit hears His Spirit.  I guess that maybe why they call it Quiet Time?  In Jesus Name Amen.

Melissa’s family has decided to stay at home this 4th of July.  We may head out to the Gulf for some fireworks or we may set some off ourselves at home.  Given all the rain the SunShine state has received in the month of June there are no burn bans so fire away.  My kids like to do their own firework shows at home around the pool and good picnic supplies.  I am relieved that we will not be traveling this year.  I love to be at home and I love to have others over to spend with in my home.  And you can be sure we will have a few.

This summer has been so much more intentional for our family here at Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings.  We’ve taken the time to rest.  We’ve spent time with our families and children.  We’ve shared with you some of the products you’ve requested here on the blog.  Don’t worry, we have many more to come.  We have a new Bible Study on Hebrews coming and a giveaway.  We have a lot more on Prayer.  We have two new authors on Prayer that I can’t wait to share with you.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

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