I’m a Prisoner and so are You

Spiritual Warfare

Part 21

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. (Genesis 3:23)

Prisoner #0213Remember high school? Fun, excitement, zeal for life mingled with the longing to be free—free from books, rules, teachers, principals, and parents. We thought we’d be our own bosses after the completion of our education. Some opted to take four or six more years of the drudgery of school. Some dove head first into the real world.

No matter what path we followed after graduation, we all eventually discovered freedom from school only imprisoned us in some other form of institution. At work, we are accountable to those above us. Even if we’re self-employed, we conform to the demands of those who patronize us. At home, we answer to our spouses, our children, and even the dog. On the road, we succumb to traffic regulations.

Add to that our health, finances, and emotions and we hear the clank of the prison door slamming shut, the tumblers on the lock falling as the key turns. We are incarcerated in a world of shame, suffering, sin, and death.

No wonder there is such a longing for freedom.

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Next Week:

We’ll look at Joseph’s response to prison. Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about Genesis 39:19-23.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Lies Shatter Relationships

Spiritual Warfare

Part 20

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)

Maui Blue 4 webSeveral years ago, I caught a new acquaintance and her daughter in a bold-faced lie. Not only had they lied, they looked me in the eye and did so. I’ve always heard that a liar can’t look a person in the eyes while telling a lie unless they are compulsive liars and are no longer capable of discerning the truth from the lie. That incident destroyed all hopes of developing a healthy, godly relationship with those women. We are cordial to one another. We smile and chat about superficial topics. But our relationship has little chance of evolving into a deeper, more meaningful friendship. Bottom line: I don’t trust them and have no desire to risk being hurt.

Just as a lie can destroy all hopes of developing a healthy friendship with other people, a lie can demolish our relationship with God.

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Next Week:

We’ll look at freedom, what it is, and why we seek it. Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about Genesis 2.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

Blog Hop

 I’d like to thank Kathie Mitchell for inviting me to this blog hop. You can visit her blog at www.countrygrandmother.wordpress.com  

 

I’d also like to apologize to her for forgetting about the hop until so late in the day. I was sick all last week, which has put me behind in all things.

 

I also have a tendency to change my mind after thinking through these things. I told Kathie I’d be talking about my adult supernatural fiction Before Dawn Breaks, but have decided since I have no clue when that will be published to talk about my tween novel Trouble at Camp Turnabout Creek. So here goes:

  1. Trouble at Turnabout Creek

    Trouble at Turnabout Creek

     What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historic? My main character is a fifteen-year-old, skateboard-champion, wanna-be. Ray Nuestrong is fictional. 

  2. When and where is the story set? The story us set in a modern day church camp.
  3.  What should we know about him/her? Ray Nuestrong is the son of the camp director and is a first-time junior counselor.
  4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? Ray’s new responsibilities leave him little time to practice skateboarding. A pair of tornadoes in little girl suits constantly get him in trouble. And to “add grease to the golden skateboard,” his best friend, Carl aka Frog, won’t rest until Ray joins him in a few practical jokes for old times’ sake. Ray learns the hard way to listen to the “Voice of Truth.”
  5. What is the personal goal of the character? All Ray really wants to do is win the skateboard championship one last time.
  6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? This is a published book. You may view it on Amazon at
  7. When can we expect the book to be published? It was released February 2014.

 

Next Tuesday:

Hop on over to Dave Fessenden’s blog fromconcepttocontract.com to learn about his novel “The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy.” Then hop over Carrie Padgett’s blog Live Vi-Carrie-ous to learn about her book, “Short, Sweet & Sassy.” And if you’d like to investigate a good early-reader, historical-fiction, hop, skip, and jump over to Lisa Lickel’s blog  http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com  and learn about “Matthew LaCraft, The Yankee Boy.”

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

 

Lies in the Christian Camp

Spiritual Warfare

Part 19

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

Let's PLay FootballFootball season is upon us. Now, I’ve never been in a locker room during football training, but I’ve heard they discuss game plans. The locker room preparation doesn’t end there, however. In fact, any coach worth his pay will tell you discussing game plans is only the beginning of a well-informed, ready-to-win team. To prepare for the pigskin battle, the team has to know their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses … basically how the other side plays the game. The team watches past games, analyzing offensive and defensive moves.

We Christians must also study …
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Next Week:

We’ll consider some of the lies the enemy tells us about ourselves. Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about Jeremiah 31:3.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

But It’s Only a Tiny Stretch of the Truth

Spiritual Warfare

Part 18

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 NIV)

Trust is like Blown Glass Once Broken, next to Impossible to Restore.

Trust is like Blown Glass Once Broken, next to Impossible to Restore.

I absolutely loathe being called a liar. Not that I’ve never misled someone or told an untruth, but I don’t deliberately lie. I have very deep feelings about lying. The practice stems from Satan himself. And I want no affiliation with that old snake.

Lying is by far the quickest way to break trust with our closest associates, friends, and family members. I used to drill my daughters about the importance of telling the truth in ALL situations, even if it meant punishment was sure to follow. I reinforced the significance of lying by promising a much more severe punishment if they chose to lie and I found out the truth. There are several reasons why I hammered them constantly with this concept.

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Next Week:

We’ll consider some of the lies the enemy tells. Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about 1 John 5:20.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Conquering Beliefs

Spiritual Warfare

Part 17

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say … .” (Genesis 3:1 NIV)

Dawning of a Brand New Day

Dawning of a Brand New Day

From the beginning Satan has messed with our beliefs. Adam and Eve had a simple life and belief came easy. They walked and talked with the Lord who came to them every evening. Satan could not attack their knowledge and belief in their Creator by insisting He was a figment of their imaginations. So the enemy devised a plan to instill doubt of the Maker’s words in the mind of the woman.

Our minds are the battle field and the place where the enemy always begins his assault. I mentioned this tactic in a post a couple of months ago. There are several things Satan wants us to believe:

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Next Week:

We’ll consider some of the lies the enemy tells. Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about John 8:44.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

One Reason to Blog

A Writer 3Many people within the writing industry insist that writers develop an online presence. One of the first things they suggest is to write a blog.

My question is why. Why blog when there are already millions if not billions of blogs on any given topic you dare to imagine. Follow the link to read some of the answers I’ve received.

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks