I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I love these words from David's pen, they've been running in my head frequently of late. There is so much here to be gleaned.
It's a choice...I will, I will choose to bless the Lord at all times.
Will...not a mere act, but from the depths of who I have been created to be, I will choose Him above all others.
Bless, when I think of the word bless I think very often of God blessing us, of the many blessings given, of someone praising the Lord. The common position of worship where hands are raised to the sky...you know what I am talking about. A dramatic sunset in the background the silhouette of a person with arms stretched towards the sky in a wide field filled with grass or bowed head of grain that we so often see on church bulletins or online when we search for Christian images.
Scouting up the Hebrew word I found it means to bow the knee, to kneel, to bow down...
I will bow my knee to the Lord at all times,
How different that sounds, I will bow my knee at all times, all times, not sometimes, not when I feel like it...ALWAYS. Always. I am falling in love with the word always...because it's always...I know, some explanation. But is that not what we all crave? An always? A faithful always? He is that! And I will bow my knee to Him without question, reserve, retreat, or regrets, His praise-adoration-thanksgiving shall be continually in my mouth, for here I am His, here I am to worship and bow down here I kneel with complete consecration and say You are My God--there is no other, there is none like You, none beside You in my heart. All I want is Christ, Christ my crucified One, the One who shed His blood for me. Here I stand in His righteousness, Here I bow to His will-whatever it is. Here I am, willing to partake of whatever that which is Christ's lot, may it also be mine, to drink of that cup from which He drank, is not too much for me. May the words of Ruth to Naomi echo in my heart towards my Lord, to be wherever He is, that is where I long to be...and even in death I will not be separated from Him but complete and whole and seeing His face for the first time. How sweet that will be.
Tis' so sweet to trust in Jesus.
I will an act of choice, choosing Him to be supreme above all others and all else, bow my knee in complete devotion to Him and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Rebekah Morris and Faith Blum have teamed up for a fun Christmas Duet Blog Tour! Why Christmas Duet? Because both books have titles that have to do with a Christmas song! Be sure to check out all of the blog posts as well as the giveaway.
His Law is Love
Book Description:Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas love? Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother-in-law's worry and her sister's exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they've sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors. As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed? Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZ8HGSR
Author Bio:Rebekah A. Morris ia a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, the Christmas Collection series, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading, playing with her seven nieces and nephews, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. (Sometimes with the nieces and nephews!) The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Her attention was arrested by the minister’s deep baritone voice. “Christmas is only a little more than two weeks away, and at this time of year I am reminded of the words of my favorite Christmas song.” He stepped to the side of the pulpit and began to recite the words, but before he had reached the third line, the melody rolled from him and filled the church.
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;”
A thrill–was it of hope?–raced through Amelia, and she caught her breath as the voice seemed to shake the rafters of the church as the minister launched into the refrain.
Not a sound was to be heard when the minister, having finished the first stanza and chorus resumed his place and looked around on his congregation.
“Have you fallen on your knees before the King lately? Have you realized that your soul is not the only soul to have worth? Is not the soul of your neighbor worth as much as your own? Did not our Savior come to save his soul too? As this holy night, this night divine, approaches, let us remember why Christ came.”
O Come All Ye Faithful and other short stories
About the BookO Come All Ye Faithful Edwin wanted to be home, but instead he crouched in a trench. The English on one side of No Man’s Land and Germans on the other. What a way to spend Christmas. Could anything make it better? Peace on Earth Emmie and Elana are estranged sisters, torn apart by an old boyfriend five years earlier. Will they survive a night in the same hotel room after a blizzard forces them together or will peace on earth go out the window? Silent Night Christmas decorating had never gone this wrong. Jenna had just started when a crazy, gun-waving woman, walks right in the front door and ties her up in her own Christmas lights. Will Jenna even see her family this Christmas? The Gift Goes On Four friends and a year to reflect on. The year had been good for Carlotta, but Priscilla, Remus, and Newton all had at least one trial through the year. A mysterious giver the previous year had helped them all out, though. What would this year’s gifts bring? O Christmas Tree Gareth loves Christmas. But more than that, he loves Christmas tree hunting. As the family prepares for their annual trip, Gareth can barely contain his excitement. But what are all the spray bottles for? Purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JR7FSDT
About the AuthorFaith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings. When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
The Christmas lights corded tightly around Jenna’s ankles and wrists. The crazy woman had even plugged them in, giving her body an absurd prettiness considering the situation.
The gun-waving woman gave a slow, self-satisfied smile. “Oh, I must have been good this year. Santa has given me a lovely gift. Many of them, actually.”
Jenna closed her eyes. “Santa isn’t real.”
The woman glared at Jenna. “Of course he is. He’s always brought me either presents or coal. Every year, even when I have no one else around in the house. I was told by all the kids about those fairy tales of Santa not being real, but how does that explain how I always got a present even when neither of my parents had been in the house with me for weeks? Or as I got older and moved away and had no one living with me, I always ended up with presents under my tree.
“Why are you decorating so late in the season, anyway?”
Jenna’s eyes flew open at the question that came directly into her ear. “I… I recently moved out of my parents’ house and didn’t want to get anything unnecessary like decorations. I also thought Christmas would be at their house, but they decided to come here, so now I need to decorate.”
“When are they arriving?”
Was it a sin to lie under duress?
Just like Rebekah and Faith teamed up for this tour, they have also teamed up on the giveaway! Grand Prize: Paperback of each (US only) 1st Prize: eBook of each (International and US) 2nd Prize: eBook of choice (International and US) Enter here: https://kingsumo.com/g/ocz29j/the-christmas-duet-giveaway
Tour ScheduleNovember 26 Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post Cover Lover Book Review – Book Spotlights November 27 Read Another Page – Book Spotlight Kaylee's Kind Of Writes – Two Book Reviews Jaye L. Knight – Excerpts November 28 Lit Aflame – Book Review and Excerpt Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Book Review of His Law is Love Jenny Berlin – Excerpts November 29 Frances Hoelsema's Blog – Two Book Spotlights Rebekah Ashleigh – Review of His Law is Love and Book Spotlights Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors – Book Review and Spotlight Salsa And Tea – Author Interviews November 30 Purely by Faith Reviews – Two Book Reviews Once Upon An Ordinary – Author Interview and Book Spotlights In the Bookcase - Excerpts December 1 Books, Life, and Christ – Two Book Reviews Maidens for Modesty – Two Book Reviews Chosen Vessels – Two Book Reviews Harvest Lane Cottage – Two Book Reviews Jessica Greyson – Book Spotlights Twin Thoughts – Book Spotlights Heart of the Rose – Two Book Reviews Read Another Page – Book Spotlight and Review December 3 Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner
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