God’ Tough Love

So I wandered.  And wandered some more, without direction, without much thought, without – considering God in my life…  As a young man between high school and collage, this author wandered a bit in life, seeking something but not knowing.  God knew and through some rough seas in life, guided me home to Him, much wiser in God’ ways.

Psalm 119: 71 (KJV)  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.  King David did the same thing.  He wandered away from the truth of what God was bringing to Him.  The Bible is full of stories like this.  You might remember the story of Jonah with a similar theme.

You see…  God wants for us to love Him and seek Him first, above all things.  Where does leave you this morning.  Are you like this author, wandering far away from God and His Word?  An old hymn has the answer for you.  ‘Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling.  Calling for you and for me.  See on the portal, He’s waiting and waiting.  Watching for you and for me.  come home.  come home.  Ye who are weary, come home.  Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, oh sinner, come home.  Mmmm, precious words.  will you ‘come home’ to Jesus right now?

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

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Where does your path lead?

I often take a long walk, now that the spring snow is finally giving way to easier walking.  But I don’t go alone.  On the way out the door I’ll comment.  “Come on guys.  Let’s do this together” – so the angels and I move together in an open invitation not of darkness but of light.

This is one way to daily choose light over darkness.  another is to read the Bible from cover to cover every year – to hide it in your heart, why?  To place Jesus’ light over darkness every day.  3 John 11 (KJV) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

In this manner, I’m not always sure where my path will lead for the day, but I know that I walk not in darkness but Jesus ‘light.  Jesus made the path, is directing my steps, of what shall I fear?  How about you?  May I suggest trying a little walk with Jesus?  He knows you , He knows the path, He knows what’s behind that next curve AND, He knows how to help you find a blessing along the way.  Walk with Him today.

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

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Either My Sin or Jesus.

Here is a sneak preview from book one, Shaken, taken from ‘The Little White Church On The bluff’ series.  Ted and Rita have a problem.  They are called by God, which seems so wonderful and glorious and they are ready to dive in for Jesus, but…  Oh, in front of a Holy God is their sin.  Sin which involves a lifestyle of porn tapes and magazines which to them is far more important than their worship and relationship with Jesus until…

Jesus brings them a secluded overlook on a bluff over the Mississippi River for a ‘God Moment’.  An opportunity to see and understand what Holiness really means from God’ point of view.  What they decide and where that decision takes them is what the series is about, but…  It’s way more than that.  It is about what each reader has in life which is more important than their worship and relationship with Jesus.  If dealing with porn isn’t your issue, (yeah, right), then we also deal with obesity, false religion, gaming, and the realization that yeah, spiritual warfare is out there waiting for you to understand and make your stand for Jesus.  What will it be?

Here is a sneak look.  As you can see, this book series is aimed at Christians who struggle with sin issues, oh wait, that’s all of us, and for those people still in darkness but who are seeking Jesus.  Please consider these words carefully and also consider your response.  Can’t wait to get this to market.  Books one, two, and three, shaken, Stirred, and Poured Out.

Ted’ hands trembled and jerked, but his face… His face told the real drama of his story. That intensity of vision gripped his wide load of a body in a twist of energy. His face however, softened as if he lay in a bed of peace.
Rita nodded with relief at his pudgy features. “Where are you Ted? You look so, ‘at peace’. How can that be?”
His eyelids fluttered first, then sprang open with his wide grin of pure delight. Yes! Yes Jesus. Thank you!” He looked into her eyes with a loving message as old as time. Then he pointed out over the bluff with a soft tone of reverence. “Look, honey. Look out ‘gain.”
She gulped from that ‘look’. How do you do that to me…. You make me tremble all over, just like your visions make you tremble all over’.
Ted tore his eyes away from her beauty to land out into the open bluff.
She twisted away to look as he directed out over the bluff into… nothing.
Ted murmured in prayer for her to ‘see’.
Her eyes flared wide as she gasped in delight with him.
A wide fan of brilliant angels hovered in worship of God in front of her and Ted. Their chorus flooded into her inner being, immediately giving her the discernment of her life. Her eyes flooded in shame from the Glory in front of her. “Oh Lord, who am I before you?”
One of the angels gently fanned toward her with soft eyes of loving care. “Blessed be the one who is called to fight for Jesus!”
Rita gasped again through her sob of tears. “Oh Ted. So this is what you’ve seen over and over. It’s too much to bear. My sin Ted. My sin.” Her hands shook as she reached up in humble worship of God. Her thin voice squeaked out the simple cry of her heart. “Help me Jesus…”
Ted responded in his own way. “Welcome to the fight.”
Rita slid from her boulder and knelt before the Lord. “My sin… My sin… Who can stand before the Lord God?”
That same angel reached out and touched her tears. “Your sins are forgiven you in Jesus name and for His glory.”
Rita wept before the Lord. “I’m so not worthy.”
This time the angels swirled up in worship of the Mighty lord. “Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy to receive Glory and honor. Glory to the Lamb that was slain. Glory and honor.”
She lowered her head once more to gulp and find a wash of love and peace flood through her which expanded beyond her ability to comprehend. As she blinked through her tears, only the hazy view from her perch in the boulders greeted her eyes. “Ted! I’ll never doubt again! I see now what you’ve known all along.”
Ted moved his big belly to kneel down next to her. “It’s okay. Now you know the depth of His love. It’s overwhelming.”
Rita waited until she regained control over her shaking body.”It all makes sense now. Everything you said. The visions. And… I doubted Jesus… and… I doubted you.”
Ted placed his hand over hers. “All of that is behind us and forgiven. You heard the angel, same as I. That’s what Jesus does. Who Jesus is. Your sins are forgiven for His Glory and Honor… And for what is coming.”
Rita nodded with a pretty pink blush. “You bet. I got it, except, hmmm. You know… My lifestyle, being what it is, um….
Ted grimaced. “You mean sex? The way you flaunt, hmmm. I see what you mean. You’re right. We ‘re not exactly saints, you know…” He looked down at his huge belly with another grimace. “And my weight problem…”
Rita sat back stunned at their challenge. “All of my life I’ve been a free spirit with sex, you know, with you and the guys, as if it didn’t matter. Now all of a sudden, compared to what we just saw right out there… Now it does matter. Going back to that… Oh Ted, what am I going to do? I can’t do that anymore. Something is changed in me. Nope, not ‘gain. Not until I’m a married woman.”

There you go, a sneak preview into our series.  Get set, for the story leads to battles, to calamity, to disaster, to victory in Jesus.  Are you ready?

Author Terry Palmer

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To Live for Christ Is….

Have you wrestled lately?  This ol’ author faced an opportunity where vicious claims of unbelief were brought out on a thread online.  The thread proceeded to deny Jesus, the Bible, the incredible love and joy of having Jesus in my heart.  But…  No way, I can’t deny my Lord, the bible, in spite of the venom.  Over the course of several messages, the evil started to wane from reading verse after verse of ‘those silly fairy tales’ in the bible.  The truth of 1 John, of Ephesians 2, of romans 1 is still a sharp sword of the spirit – and that spirit lives in me Praise God.

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Next time you stand for the truth of Jesus, the good news of the gospel, the bible, you need not fear, for God’ spirit can cut through any darkness with TRUTH.  Can I hear an Amen?

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

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To Whom Are you A Light today?

This ol’ goat had to stop for a long moment early this morning during the Bible reading in Acts 13.  Paul made a stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ to all of those around him.  He didn’t hesitate, didn’t check his stonemail first, but made his stand.  That challenged me.  Does it challenge you?

Acts 13:47 (KJV) For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.  His claim offers you a choice.  do you see it?  You and I can be a light, make a stand for Jesus to those around us, or we can deny Jesus, the power of His life and light….

Choose ye this day whom you will serve.

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

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Sneak Peak for my blog followers…

As a Christian author and blogger, God is pressing me tight to write an entirely new work – for times like these.  This isn’t my mom’ fiction, no sir, no way.  I’m pressed to talk about what no one likes to present.  The three book prequel to my main series is choked full of a story which will challenge you like it challenged me and the poor characters.  I have two who are way into soft and hard porn, one with obesity issues, two with a gaming habit, and others down the road with false religion issues.  How is that list for Christians today???

These are presented as the characters are so wrapped in the clutched of darkness that each issue is way more important than their worship or relationship with Jesus.  The process of the story walks with each character as they turn over parts of their lives to Jesus, one day and one issue at a time.  This is why the three prequel books are labels – Shaken, Stirred, and Poured Out.

IF YOU would like a few sneak previews as I go along, plus leave a note for me on this blog or at Fictionbypalmer@gmail.com.  Bless each of you as you read and provide a return comment.

I searched in prayer what I could do for you faithful ones who follow my blog.  Bless each one in Jesus name.

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

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The battle to do good or evil?

I could see and feel the cold calculation in her eyes.  My granddaughter, bless her heart, she was determined to sneak out of the house to get away from her ‘timeout’.  Oh, the clever things that she tried on this ol’ papa, who, as a naughty boy years ago, already knew the lures.  She needed to learn to trust and obey, but oh she wanted it her way instead.  An example for us, maybe, but the issue is much greater than either me or my granddaughter.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (KJV)  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  Such a simple, single thought and purpose but oh so hard to follow because sin is evident in all of us.

What about you on this spring morning.  As you go through the daily routine, what force your choices – to do ‘good’ by the standard which God lays down here, or to go your own way.  God has more than a simple ‘time out’ for those who disobey and ample reward for those that do.  what is your choice?

Author Terry Palmer

How to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

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