"I prayed to God, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears." Psalms 34:4 NLT
Psalms 34 is rich with God's promises and deliverance. He wants to deliver us and protect us. He sends his angels to guard us that we don't even need to fear, but often times we take our eyes off him and onto her surroundings as what Peter did. When he saw the waves, he feared he would drown. He called out to God and just as the scripture said, God delivered him. Sometimes God won't deliver us when we want him and sometimes, we inadvertently give the enemy foothold into our lives.
"After church, Julie surmised she would be safe as they arrived at the house. Eric was with her, and he would protect her, as God would do the same. The ranch seemed to have eyes that bored into her soul.
Even Eric looked uncomfortable. He glanced around as he wrapped an arm around her waist. He didn’t waste time retrieving his keys. He unlocked the door and hurried her inside.
While he checked to make sure everything was intact, Julie scurried up the stairs. Eric was still downstairs. No one was behind or in front of her. Why did she think Drew was waiting for her? God, forgive me for fearing.
She let her breath escape as she entered her room. She removed a pair of pants and pulled them up under the dress then she removed her dress...
“Nothing is amiss.” Eric startled her. “Sorry.”
“Ever since we left the church, I couldn’t help but sense someone watching us, following us.”
Early in my book, they discovered Beth's impostor took the key and they got into fear. They didn't feel safe. Julie thought, "God forgive me for fearing", but she didn't ask him to deliver her. of course, it doesn't hurt to play it safe, but when F(alse) E(xpectations) A(ppears) R(eal) plays a role, the devil comes in like a thief and played on their fear. Her fear? That Drew would rape her.
Even if we allow fear in our lives, God will still deliver us as the scripture states. I invite you to meditate on Psalms 34. Notice that it says the angels encamps around those who fear God? It didn't say around those who fear man. The fear of God is not the same as the fear of man. God wants our reverence and our worship. God frees us from the fears that brings torments. One of my favorite new testament scriptures states, "God's perfected love cast all fear." I am all for that! Let His love cast out your fears and wash it away.
When I was a young woman, I thought about my life. I needed to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I have lived in the city all my life (although not a big city like Los Angeles). I remember swinging on a swing at a school and it came to me that I liked children yet I didn't think teaching was in my dna. I'm not a leader. I'm a follower so I set my course to get the education I needed to become a teacher's assistant. However after I completed a 3 unit course called Child Care Aide, I learned I needed 12 ECE units. I had to go to a junior college and get my AA. One thing lead to another. To make it short, all doors to that position had closed and I had no other recourse, but to aim higher and that's when trouble began.
In Baby Blues, my characters are husband and wife. They reunited in The Past Hunter where my story is written as a romance. But could Baby Blues qualify as a romance? Many readers expects the unrequited type of love: the boy gets girl loses girl, et cetera type story where they finally admit they have feelings for each other but have to get over whatever kept them apart. Eric already won Julie. (Read The Past Hunter. They love each other, and you will see it laced through out the story.
Julie stepped out of her Jeep and rushed into his arms. He held her, not letting her go, and she giggled at his kisses. She pulled away just a little, her blue eyes full of love. “How was your day?”
Baby Blues is full of suspense. It is a story about a married woman who long for a baby of her own but at the same time, an escaped convicted rapist is out to destroy her husband. A bad time for wanting to become fertile, but God is provident in her ordeal and you could see how He not only helped her but her husband.
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell on the land and feed on his faithfulness."-Psalms 37:3
idIf there is ever a time we need this reminder, it is now! Ever since China help Biden steal the election, more immorality has increased, including bloodshed. Over 64 million babies did not have a chance to live. I can imagine all of heaven is crying over this atrocity as well as Christians and right living people, but it didn't end there. Biden also signed into law or hope it will pass both the house and senate, an equality act. It may sound good to you, but if you read what is in it, you may change your mind. If the senate passes it, women will loose their rights, all restrooms will become unisex, giving perverts the right to go and harass a helpless little girl. DO YOU WANT THAT HAPPEN TO YOUR DAUGHTER? And pastors can not reject any lesbians or homosexuals to serve in the church. These are a few examples of this so called equality act. It is giving immoral people a chance to be equal with moral people. Many years ago, Obama did the same thing with gay marriages. and if you think that God will condone this, you need to read the Bible again.
The good news is that God hasn't stepped down. he has not given the nation to a thief who would change the laws of America making what is right, wrong and wrong right. God has not changed his mind about how any national leader to reign. God is our Judge, and He is much aware of what is going on. God may seem absent, but has he ever been absent? When Adonijah appointed himself king did God tell David, I guess you will wait until he dies to become a king again? Did he tell David, he couldn't give him back the kingdom? I don't think so. Remember God appointed him while Saul was still King. He was a man after God's own heart. President Trump is the same way. He cared about God's people. I'm not talking about us Christians. I'm talking about the Jews. He moved the embassy to Jerusalem. He invoked a blessing on Israel and the prime minister even likened him to Cyrus. Trump also cared about the true Americans. He had 74 million votes but China stole it for Biden. Watch Absolute Proof. Michael Lindell had death threats on his life because he was about to expose them and now Dominion wants to sue him. Proof that what he shared is truth. Even if all Americans didn't see it or believe it, God has. He sees and knows all. Psalms 50:16-21 says it all. Because the wicked think they are secured and they can't be remove, God will remove them. You see God hasn't forgotten us because we the people didn't vote for Biden. Don't give up on God and don't despair when you hear of more wickedness. God will expose them. Feed on God's word and not on fake news. The MSM is the false prophets of our times just as prophets of Baal were the fake news of Ahab's time. 2Chronicles 20:20 says we are to believe the Lord and he will establish us; believe in the prophets and he will prosper us. Who are the prophets? People like Kim Clement, Hank Kunneman, Kat Karr, Manual Johnson, Johnny Enlow and Robin Bullock. If you question the accuracy of the prophecy, Hank prophesied it would snow in Washington as a sign of God's cleansing. He prophesied this after the "inauguration." All of Kat's prophecies has come to pass.
One more reminder of God's faithfulness: His arm is not too short to save.
There are two type of people who wear face masks: Those who submit to their governing authorities and those who wear them out of fear. When I go to a grocery store, I can tell who wear them out of submission. They are the ones who as soon as they leave the premises, remove their masks. They are the ones who don't wear them in their car. People don't like being told what they should wear and those in authority like to lord it over us. It relives me to see people because I am just like that. I can identify with them. To me, mask wearing is social control. Think of it this way: Picture a hand over the mouth. Could you speak if your mouth was cover? How about when a kidnapper covers your mouth? The purpose of that is that you don't scream.
I'm not saying that the virus isn't real. I know people have gotten sick or died over it, but it is how you react to the virus. The reason I don't fear the virus is because Jesus's blood protects me and I am in his protection. I have friends who are the same way. They don't fear the virus. The ones who do will make sure you stay 6 feet apart, wear the mask at all times, except when eating or sleeping. (I even seen them wear them in their cars or when they are outside..
Do you fall in any of these categories? Do you wear mask to submit to the authorities or are you afraid, you might get the virus if you don't?
"Arriving at Old Fox Ranch, Julie calmed herself, as she didn’t want to worry Eric. She parked her Jeep behind his black truck and stepped out. Off in the distance, Eric stood by a fence, pounding a nail. His two men worked on either of Eric. She ambled to her husband.
Have you felt that way? You love your husband, but you don't feel fulfilled? Paul wrote in the letter to the the Corinthians that it is better not to marry. That may be a hard pill to swallow, especially for me. I have been single all my life, and yet later Paul even admitted some of this gift and some have that gift. He is not saying that we should all be single or seek divorce. God is not the author of divorce and neither did God want man to live alone. If he did, God would not inspired Moses to write that God created a help mate for Adam. God created man for woman and man for woman.(1Cor 11:11 Loosely translated)
God created woman to help man in his work on earth. In the NLT, it states, "But among the Lord's people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women." Earlier in the same later Paul said that marriage will not solve all problems, which was why Paul said it was better not to marry. He was giving his concession not a command from the Lord.
How do you find contentment in marriage? First, you find it in Jesus Christ. Paul wrote elsewhere that true godliness with contentment is great gain. God is being like God in his nature. In the same letter Paul told the readers what God is like or not like. Because God is love, you just replace love with God. "God is kind, God is not rude..." etc.
We can never find true contentment in the world. So what is contentment? Contentment is accepting where you are and knowing that God is taking care of your needs. Paul said that we should continue to live wherever the Lord placed us and remain where you are when you he called you. If you are not happy in your marriage, it is time to find contentment in God, and not in your husband or wife. One another note and that is Christ should be center of your marriage, if he is, then your marriage will withstand anything as Julie's marriage did in my book.
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Waking up, Miss Madison anticipated a good day, She would get a call from the sub caller asking her to sub in any glass under third grade. She would even check the app to see fi there was any assignment. Her heart beat in time. As she enjoyed her time with her sister, she checked the app. A job assignment for a third grade class. Her day would be good.
After she packed a lunch and put on her winter cold as the morning temps dipped to a mid thirties. She would walk to the bus station and make it time. She lived in a time when wearing the governing authorities mandated people would wear a mask, but she wore a face shield. She still would have a good day.
She met the class that morning. They looked like they would be good and not give her too many problems. Third grade math she could handle and as long as the teacher had put together the plans, she would teach with confidence. The learning director was her favorite. She had known her from another school and all the other third grade teachers were such a big help. She would definitely have a good day.
Miss Madison prayed for favor. Her feet would hurt if she had to help out the P.E teacher or do ten minutes of yard duty, but the favor wasn't there. On the lesson plan, the teacher wrote she would have to assist the P.E teacher and then later ten minutes of yard duty yet she would still have a good day.
But it ended the minute she got on the bus. The bus driver in the morning, never questioned her wearing a face shield, and neither did a driver of a smaller bus ask her, but as soon she got on the last bus, the driver asked, "Do you have a mask?" Since when did bus drivers say she couldn't wear a shield? It just made her day worst. Feeling a little grouchy, she complied. She couldn't wait to get off the bus. She already had issues with the bus fare machine, telling her every time her valid card was invalid, but he added to it.
Miss Madison decided, she needed to listen to her mp3 player so she walked to a bench outside the transfer station and took it out and turn it on. It was on her way home, she realized she had forgotten her shield. She would have love to leave it behind but until people stop mandating mask, she needed it. When she went back to get it, a four-engine train just happened to speed down the tracks. Just great. One more thing to make her day worst,
Miss Madison will always have bad and good days, but she is grateful for one thing: Jesus loves her no matter how she responds to her day. This is the day that the Lord has made and she will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is based on the events of Miss Madison written as a story
I am dedicating this blog to reviews. Two have blessed me with their reviews, but American readers will not see it for both are from Canada. In days I will be leaving reviews for books I have read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Sometimes an author can't leave a review at Amazon so they leave one at Goodreads Here is one for a recent reviewer:
Baby Blues Second Edition by Ruthie Madison is fast action book. This is a book for an adult, not a teen to read. This book deals with sensitive women's issues involving some violence. It is kind of a suspenseful book . Julie and Eric's marriage is faced with the heartache of not being able to conceive a child. During this time, Eric's half brother who is a convicted rapist escapes from prison and begins to stalk them. Without giving away too much of the plot, events happen and they find out that through prayer, that all things are possible if you believe. I was given a complimentary copy of the book for my review.
She gave it three stars which I will receive. To see the review yourself, click on Goodreads.
Thank you, Penny for your review.
Before death happened in the family, I had wanted to move to Washington state and become a high quality Christian school teacher. I thought God had planted a seed in my heart to move and live there and marry a CEO of that school. I fashioned myself after my name sake. After all, I would be a foreigner in Washington, but the desire faded as anew desire took root in my heart. It began as I read books about cowboys and ranchers. Two books I remembered reading help plant that new desire: The Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter and a Cowboy for Christmas by Kristen James. But where to live? I lived in California for most of my life and I have contempt for California, and not because of politics but because I'm tired of living here. I want a place of my own. My mother didn't live in Iowa all her life and my father didn't live in Washington State all his life--they met and married in New York. After my mom birth gave to my sister, my father moved us to California--where his mother had grown up.
I have done my research and discovered that there are ranches in Montana. (Denise set her book in Montana and she is from Colorado.) I thought why not? A state I have never been too. Abraham had never been to Canaan yet he moved there (though Abraham didn't know where, God showed him). And from there, I have set the Past Hunter in Bozeman, Montana
Julie was a woman after my own heart. Like Julie, I grew up being sheltered by my parents, but her life experiences (except for the rape which I will write about another time),is something I want mirrored in my own life. Julie's first real boyfriend is a rancher from Montana. And as Julie grew up Baptist so did I yet later our religious experience changed from Baptist to Charismatic or Pentecostal.
Sometime later in my life God confirmed through a vision that I would marry a rancher and that desire hadn't left.
I have never thought about writing a series, but authors were doing it. I needed to write a continuation of book one and it named it Baby Blues. Yet I wrote it like a sequel and not a series. However, they get a second chance in the story (more about it in the next blog) so its series in regards to the same couple. I made up for the series with book 3 involving Julie's friends Beth.
There may or may not be a book 4. I'm still waiting for sales on my series to pick up before I write a Christmas story and for reviews to come in. Time will tell.
I live in the west. Not the northwest or southwest, but the west. Very rarely does it snow in California. Many people think of sun sun sun even in the winter time, and believe it or not, that is mostly accurate for this year. I say mostly because in 2021, our weather has been very cold in the morning and warm with lots of wind in the afternoon. I woke up freezing this morning and it was only 36 degrees. I'm imagining most of you are saying that's not as cold as below freezing. That's true. I'm grateful that it isn't because the house I inherited doesn't have central air conditioning and heating. We use heaters and have a floor furnace when its cold, but it doesn't warm the house.
My prayers are for those who experiencing greater levels of snow and power outages. Have you ever wondered why this is happening? Especially in the south? On the weather map it shows an artic blast coming from the north and spreading to the south. 28 states got it with it and I will tell you why: God is ready to cleanse our land of evil and wickedness. Think about it. Corrupted politicians like those in deep state lives in that area. God had heard the prayers of his people and had enough of the corruption going on in DC, including China helping the democrats get Trumps votes. You don't believe me? Watch the video called Absolute Proof at Michael J Lindell website and search for Hank Kunneman's Snow Prophecy on Youtube. Just because Biden got in, or the senate voted for certification of Biden doesn't mean God gave up on us. Why would he give up on 74 million supporters of Trump? Did you know the democrats wanted to paint us supporters as criminals? If they could convict Trump, they can convict us.
If you are a democrat and you find this offensive, I am just offering proof. There could be no other explanation to why Texas and other states are getting so much snow. And what about that strong wind in Wyoming?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.