Sunday, January 24, 2016

Verse of the Week #45

James 4:7 (ESV)
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

I heard this on the new movie, War Room...which is awesome! Yet again, the Kendrick brothers have made a wonderful movie. I will probably end up writing a review later. I have already watched this movie two times! I recommend it . War Room.
Here is the trailer:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Verse of the Week #46 FREE INDEED!

John 8:36
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
Today, I would like to share with you my connection to this verse.
I am set free from the "battle of the mind". From thinking of fear, bad stuff, etc.  Today is a new day. The Son has set me free. Before, I said I was free, but I slipped back into bondadge; but it was just me saying I was free. Today I know that I am finally, for not just I said it, but the lady I was praying with said it, and I think God said it too, through the Holy Spirit. Also, I know many people have prayed for me, and believed that I could be free, and now I am! It is good to know I have backup too. So that if I ever feel like I am not free, I can declare that I am in the Name of Jesus!
And let me tell you friend, it feels good! And nothing, NOTHING, has the right or power to make me unfree! Not even my flesh, let alone the devil! And friend, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God! And I have to say it again: I AM FREE. And you are too. Claim the victory that God has given us.
Below is a great song we sing at our church, and the lyrics.

It's good to celebrate these things, so that is what I am doing with this blog post. You have a wonderful week. Make sure to listen to this song, and even sing along if you want.
I'm going free, and that is why I rejoice! Even through this blog post. Have a great week.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Crystal Door Knob Writing Challenge-Part I

I have wanted to do a writing challenge for some time now, and I have written a Thanksgiving one, but I never got it published. Maybe next year...wait! It is next year! Welcome to 2016, the year of purpose and alignment with God's word! A year to get things done. This is not a Selah (stop and think about it) year. And as for this writing challenge, I really hope you will participate. Here we go, starting with my story as the first part of these posts.
(I don't always write with this many dramatic pauses, but it seemed appropriate for this scene. Also, this story is more like a history, not as much a story, story. The story is set in Modern Day.)
Not my picture, click this link for source.
The door handle was pure crystal glass. Did she dare touch it?
Did she even know what might be beyond that simple door, with a knob of crystal glass?
She did not know.
Her hand reached out again, this was her moment. But...she once again drew back her hand. She didn't really want to know what was beyond the door. Would there be joy? Hardships?
But yet, the girl did want to know, and continued. This time, summoning all her willpower, she turned the knob slowly. Then it came to pass. She opened the door, and a crowd erupted with applause.
This girl was a princess, dressed in a modern yellow dress. And this was her moment to change the world. For the better. She took a deep breath, smiled her wide, cheerful smile, and waved like she had been taught so many times before. Even so, this was her first day of putting it into practice.

Esther Jane Clipston. Brown hair, light brown eyes, fourteen years old.
Esther Jane was, believe it or not, chosen to be princess. Her family was chosen to be the Royal Family for twenty years.
They lived in a land named Graceland. Graceland had a custom--a tradition, a code that would never be broken. Every twenty years the Gracelanders would choose a Christian family to reign at Coastal Peak as the Royal Family. And this time the Clipston family had been chosen for the role. Also, working in their benefit, Esther Jane's family had lived on the Graceland countryside for over eighty years. Therefore, Esther Jane and her family indeed did rule in Graceland for the assigned twenty years.

On the tenth year of their rule, a seaman from another country challenged the people of Graceland, and the Gracelanders fought a war for two years. In which, the oldest son— the current king— of the Clipston's was shot and killed. This tragedy led to the end of the war, and to Esther Jane's Coronation. You see, part of the custom is that after seven years of ruling, the king and queen (the parents) must pass on the crown to the children, leaving them as a Duke and Duchess. Each king or queen in the Royal family is allowed five years to rule, unless otherwise succeeded or impeached. In this circumstance, the current King Stephen was killed, passing on the crown to the next oldest, Esther Jane.

Therefore at age twenty-four, Esther Jane succeeded her brother and became, "Queen Esther Jane Clipston of the Kingdom of Graceland".
Now you might be wondering about Queen Esther Jane's name, and you are right, she was named after the queen in the Bible. As I said earlier, the Clipstons were Christians, and named all their children after people in the Bible. Stephen after the martyr, Esther Jane after queen Esther, John Peter after the disciples, and Deborah, after the leader.

After that two year war, which fortunately did not take the lives of many on either side, the Kingdom of Graceland reigned in prosperity until the Lord Jesus Christ came back and claimed His people once and for all.

Another custom, my favorite, is that in the Kingdom of Graceland, no one bows to the crown. The only one they bow to is God, the One True King--of everything.

Shortly after her coronation, Queen Esther Jane married a good man named Connor, and they reigned the complete five years, before the throne was once again passed on--this time to Prince John Peter. In the years of their reign, Queen Esther Jane and King Connor had two children, both boys. The best part about this King and Queen is that they lived and breathed the word of God.
Ask any Gracelin, and they will tell you, that the five years of the reign of Esther Jane, were the best years in the Kingdom of Graceland.
The End.

Everyone should Serve the One True King, like Queen Esther Jane, King Connor, the Clipston family, and the Gracelanders. For God is worthy to be praised, worshiped, and served. I pray also that we may all live and breathe the word of God. Interested in meeting this King? CLICK HERE, the link goes to my Mom's blog--and to Salvation.

Now, what's the Challenge right?
Tune in next time for Part II of The Crystal Door Knob Writing Challenge!
In which I will state the rules, and where you begin your story.
Questions? Comment below.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

HAVE FAITH, NOT FEAR. Verse of the Week #44

2 Timothy 1:7
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-disipline."

Timidity: (definition)
 The noun timidity is related to the Latin word timidus, from timere,meaning “to fear.” In fact, fear is often a cause of timidity — fear of the unknown, fear of not knowing what to do.

Power: (definition)
"Ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force....The possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy:"

Self-Disipline: (definition)
"Discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement."

Is there something you're afraid of? Or is difficult and menacing? Or even tormenting sometimes?
When something like that comes up, even if it is a problem in your mindset, say "NO!". Set your mind on things above! Yes, you may of heard this before, and you might think it doesn't work. Or maybe you have tried it, and it still seems like it's just a word. 
Here's the truth.
It's just a word.
There is no special powers you gain when you say, "no."
Now you may be thinking, "See, even Amy agrees with me! I told you so." Hold on! Listen to the rest, friend! That is NOT the end of this.
As I said, there is no specialness in the word No.  It is the authority you have in it. But it will never work, and I know this from personal experience, if you only say it with your authority. You see, it only works if you do these things:
1. Claim the power and authority that GOD GIVES. Not just your authority, though you have to have that too, determination.
2. Have faith. Without faith, power is useless. Even if you have an army. You will never win the battle (which God has already won, you just have to realize it and remind satan that God already won, making you win.) without faith. Faith. Faith. Faith!
And remember this truth that my Mom just reminded me of, saying, "No, in the Name of Jesus!" is even stronger.

Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Luke 1:37
"With God, all things are possible."


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