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Christian Devotion Speak UP! with Kendra Armstrong, Deborah Sprinkle & Elaine Cooper

 

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August 26

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Authors

Deborah Sprinkle, Kendra Armstrong

and Elaine Cooper

Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP!as Scott welcomes three Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas authors.

 

DebbieSprinkleOriginally from St. Louis, Deborah Sprinkle received her Bachelor Degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1971. She worked as a research chemist for many years at both St. Louis University Medical School and Washington University Medical School. In 1991, she and her family moved to Memphis, where she completed her teaching certification at what was then called Memphis State. Deborah taught chemistry for ten years at a private Catholic girls’ school in Memphis before retiring.

 

Kendra Armstrong is an attorney, writer, speaker, patriotic American, and proud mother with a passion for seeking and teaching God’s perspective on political and social issues, and using that knowledge to change her world for Christ. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College, her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Memphis, and her Juris Doctor from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Exploring the Faith of America’s Presidents was skillfully co-written by both Kendra and Deborah.KendraArmstrong

 

deerElaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run, and The Legacy of Deer Run. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ, and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. Her latest book, Fields of the Fatherless, explores more of this passion. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels.

 

If you know someone who would be a great guest on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! contact Scott@christiandevotions.us.

 

2014 Schedule

September 2 – Sharon Leaf, Author

September 9 – Zena Dell Lowe, Writer/Producer/Director

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Even Before – Cindy Sproles

Even Before – Cindy Sproles

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Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalms 139:16

Today is my birthday. It didn’t start out like I had hoped. Between the Internet, the U. S. Passport Agency, and just plain old bad luck, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch, huddle in a blanket, and eat a Dove Ice Cream Bar.

The chaos began last week and it rolled over me like a growing wave in the ocean. Happy birthday to me . . . sniff.

There’s one thing age does for a person. It drags old birthday presents like wisdom and hindsight along with it. So when I started to tell myself lies like “I’m not good at this,” or “I’m such a loser,” those sweet little birthday presents from the past reappear . . .  repackaged and repurposed.

I end up with a passel of gifts to open all over again. When the paper comes off, I’m gently reminded I have worth and value. I have talents and treasures. In fact, I have a Father who not only knew me, but saw me, long before I was formed.

That’s the wonderful thing about God. He does know us. When He was deciding my “beautiful” red hair color, He was working on a plan for my life. He knew then — always has known — how many birthdays I’d have and just what each of the days in between would entail. As my Abba Father, He understood His daughter would fall for the little lies the worlds tells and that I’d, at some time or the other, be curled up in a fetal position feeling sorry for myself.

It’s nice to open a package filled with wisdom and know that all things work for the good for those who love God. Or to pull back the tape on a box filled with hindsight to reap the rewards of seeing an unsuccessful path just in time to make a hard left onto the right path.

Birthday or no, the hard thing about bad weeks is remembering God does know me and, regardless of my whining, He loves me without fail. It doesn’t mean He’ll skip discipline if I need it or that He’ll give me my every desire, but He will never stop loving me.

I’m allowed a little whine time. Just not much before my Father steps in to remind me of my worth.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed with the mishaps of life, remember these things shall pass. Bask in the love of a heavenly Father who knew you long before.

 

 

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CINDY SPROLES is an author and speaker. She is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and the Executive Editor of www.christiandevotions.us and www.inspireafire.com. Cindy is the acquisitions editor for SonRise Books and Straight Street Books, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She teaches at Writers conferences and women’s conferences nationwide. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.

 

 

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Cleansing Worship – Carolyn Rice

Cleansing Worship – Carolyn Rice

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. Psalm 71:23 KJV

I couldn’t shake that icky feeling. The conversation had turned to things of the occult.

I escaped this way of life years ago, but sadly, the family members sitting with me were still involved. Any attempt I made at speaking truth was dismissed, and the conversation continued. When I got home, the only way I could describe how I felt was. . .ick.

I turned on some worship music and let the sound of praise wash over me. After singing along for a while, I felt the presence of the Lord wash away that icky feeling. I asked forgiveness for staying in that situation as long as I did, and asked the Lord to cover me with his peace. Worship seemed to cleanse my soul that day.

While we live on this earth we will run into filthy things like that conversation, but we have a way to come into God’s presence, be refreshed and filled with His goodness. The Lord has given us worship, not only as a comfort, but also as a weapon. We can worship while we get ready in the morning, on the way to work in our car, or as we sit quietly while music plays softly in the background. Spend some time this week worshiping the Lord.

Ask him to refresh you and cleanse you of any “ick” you might feel.

Lord I pray for each person who reads this, that you would meet them as they worship you. Refresh their hearts and minds as they come into your presence. Let them feel your peace, comfort and guidance when they seek your presence. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

CarolynRice100Carolyn Rice is a graduate of Seattle Bible College. She serves as a prayer partner and teaches a class with her husband at their church in Everett, Washington. She s a contributor in a devotional book, and you can find more of her devotions at www.treasuresofhispresence.com. Carolyn enjoys reading, hiking and kayaking.

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