Dealing with an abuser: Gaining strength to ask for help, Part I.

The morning after the beat down, I looked in the mirror with disgust, and I lifted up my shirt. I could see the whole left side of my rib cage had been completely distorted and partially deformed. This was the result of the night before.

Part I of my former post: “Dealing with an abuser”

This is my story.

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25 Encouraging Bible Verses for Writers

Lynn Dove's Journey Thoughts

if-god-brings-you-to-itAs a writer, called by God to write, there are certainly times when I have allowed the world to discourage me.  It is a lonely venture being a writer.  As a Christian writer I feel a great obligation and responsibility to represent God and not bring discredit to Him or to His Word.  Christian writers face the same struggles and pressures as any other writer, but we also face a spiritual attack from the enemy who does not want us to write our message of Hope to a fallen world.  May these scripture verses encourage you today!

“The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.”  Deuteronomy 28:12

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

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I’m Out, Now, what?

I’m Out, Now, what?

By Jonathan Solomon

Listen.  I want everyone to visualize what I am about to write.  Imagine having grown up with your best friend and knowing all of each other’s secrets.  Imagine that best friend being the person that would lie to your parents for you when they knew you were out doing something wrong.  Imagine having had a crush on this best friend since you were little and one day, they finally admit that they have these same feelings back.  With all of that going through your head; imagine that you propose to this friend after figuring out that they are “the one” for you.  And you propose to them in the most dramatic way possible.  I mean SUPER extra.  And it is beautiful.  So now you are planning the wedding and you begin to reflect on the fact that this friend has literally been in…

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Beautifully Broken

The Unshakable Hope of Bill Sweeney: Living with ALS in the dark prison of his own bedroom, unable to move, speak, eat, drink or breathe on his own, Bill Sweeney is reflecting the brilliant light and hope of Jesus Christ all over the world through the slight movements of his eyeballs and a computer.

Bill was given 2-5 years to live.

The diagnosis: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease or classical motor neuron disease.

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral a few years ago? It was an effort to raise money and awareness of the fatal disease by videoing yourself being doused with cold water.

Aside from the fact that Bill has this incurable disease, there are a few more unusual things about his story.

One: he was diagnosed over 20 years ago. And two: his unshakable hope. We will get to that later when I interview Bill, but for now, let’s…

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Connection not Comparison

Julie Dibble, Speaker and Author


Praying as I walked, my eyes were drawn to these trees. They were twisted together, overlapping. I imagined they were holding hands. Each very different. One … bright green boasting life and hope. The other straggly and gray, needing his friend with more spirit.

I understand trees don’t compare themselves to others … or do they? Somehow this skinny tree knew it needed to hold onto its neighbor, rather than turn away.

Love your neighbors as yourselves. (Mark 12:31)

From God’s view, there is a desire for everyone’s hearts to shine. Some of us get tangled up trying to shine brighter than our neighbor … yet others of us slink away to hide because we feel we are just not bright enough.

This temptation to compare ourselves to others has two downfalls:

• When we feel less than the other
• When we feel better than the other

I have experienced…

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Very wise counsel!

Biblical Exhortations, Devotionals & Poetry

Part 1 The Question of failures/affliction – is it always the fault of the devil, me or both?
What we reap out of life as children of God is determined by our heart condition before God, and how we relate to people.

“37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”(Matt.22:37-40).

If there is always a cycle of failure or defeat in certain areas, let us not suddenly or immediately blame the devil (He gets too much credit) or have a “pity party” let us re-examine our hearts before God HONESTLY!!

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The Day of the Lord is upon us! Are we ready for when the King of Kings & Lord of Lords comes? 

Biblical Exhortations, Devotionals & Poetry

A great day is upon us, THE DAY OF THE LORD”

The day described in Isa 2:6-22 (see below for verses) when God will be exalted and every high thing will be cast down, idolatrous men will be enlightened and throw away their idols, and have a fear of the Lord; “flee to caves …and holes in the ground from the dread of the Lord and the splendour of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” (Isa.2:19).
That “Day of the Lord” is not just one day, it is a series of events that will affirm the end is nigh, it is a declaration of “Babylon is fallen” and Matthew 24 end of the age events.

Brethren, we are living in the “thick” of “the Day of the Lord” now… The Coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is very near!
“Stop trusting in man…

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The Fool

Thought provoking!

Biblical Exhortations, Devotionals & Poetry

I wrote this poem early January 2017, it will be in my book of poetry entitled “Gloom, Hope & Glory”. I had wanted to entitle it “the emperor’s new cloths” but I settled for “The Fool”

There is so much foolishness going on, I feel compelled to post it!

Every carnal & demonic high thing that elevates or flaunts itself is destined to come tumbling down (it is happening in all our lives mine included). We live in the era of “Babylon is Fallen!” (Rev 18:2). We shall see who will have the last word (and laugh!)
Our God Reigns indeed!
People ought to start having a (reverential) fear of God! Christianity is not just “mere” lip service and then one gets up to self elevate, lie, divide, divide & divide and in the same breath play the victim!!!

The Fool
The fool self elevates, thinks he is a…

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“…I cannot keep silent”: A literary sounding board for the masses

This is a very heartfelt and inspiring article. Thanks for sharing, Deborah Esther Nyamekye!

Biblical Exhortations, Devotionals & Poetry

Saturday 15th January 2017 was Martin Luther King’s birthday and 16th January 2017 was celebrated across America as a national holiday in his honour (annually the third Monday in January).

I have felt compelled to think of what he said in relation to an aspect of my call to write that has come to the fore. He said
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people”

I thank God that by His ability, I can say

“My Heart is beating wildly, I cannot keep silent..”(Jer.4:19 ESV)

As well as writing biblically based inspirational teachings, devotionals and poetry, I also feel mandated to explore through writing every aspect of human life; the human mind, emotions, attitude, everyday life and interpersonal relationships which include racial and international relations…

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