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Thursday, September 29, 2016

God's Thoughts about us are always positive-Graham Cooke

The way we think rules our life.

Or as 2 Cor. 10:4 puts it,
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but they are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience whenever your obedience is complete. …You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.
Our mindset is either a fortress for the enemy or it is a temple for the living God. A fortress is built to keep something out. A temple is built to invite someone in.

God is remodeling our lives.

He is renovating us. He is restoring us. He is rebuilding us. He is renewing us. And the way in which He is doing it is by restoring a better way of thinking as a prime piece of our spiritual walk.
The Holy Spirit is destroying speculations, theories, surmisings, guesses, and pulling down any way of thinking that is against the true knowledge of who God is for us. He is empowering us into a way of thinking that restores our confidence in Christ, that as we consider the issues from within in partnership with the Spirit, we are elevated to the level that God wants us to live on.

Our new nature is the way God thinks about us.

He has no bad thought towards us, because He sees us in the lens of Jesus Christ. Now, He only has a desire to see us conform to the image of Jesus.
Why do you think God put you into Christ in the first place? He put you into Christ, and now “in Him you live and move and have your being.” He put you into Christ so He could accept you, bless you, increase you, advance you, upgrade your life and walk in the Beloved.
Remember this today, that God always tells you who you are. You don’t have to deal with the negative anymore. He only invites us to focus on our new identity and on what He is doing inside of today.

A Higher level of Truth- Graham Cooke

There is always a higher level of truth than the facts. This is the difference between that which is true and that which is the truth.
A negative mindset can easily state the facts, establishing your inability.
I can’t do it. I’m no good. It’s too big. We are not strong enough. We are not big enough. We are not powerful enough. We feel like grasshoppers in our own sight.”

What we are doing is confessing to something that weare not—rather than confessing to who we really are.

Jesus is now in you. You stopped being disorganized or perpetually angry or suicidal or whatever it is that you attribute to your old nature. Those things may have been true for you, but they are dead now.
The truth is that you have a new nature. Start confessing in line with that truth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, who empowers me, who enables me. There isn’t anything I can’t learn, and there isn’t anything I can’t do with the help of the Holy Spirit.
This plays out for ourselves and others. Speaking the truth in love is not stating someone’s shortcomings as nicely as possible because that is not the truth. That is only true. But the truth is, “This is who you are in Jesus…”

When we are speaking the truth in love, we are not putting someone down nicely—we are elevating someone brilliantly.

We are saying to people, “You don’t need to be doing that because this is who you are.” You speak the truth in love to empower them. You make them want to become that person.
“This is who you are; you are brilliant. This is who Jesus is for you. That is who Jesus is for you. You can do this because He is with you. This is why you are going to have an amazing, astonishing life. This is why God is going to lift you out of the ordinary into the extraordinary because no one can be ordinary in Jesus. It is not allowed! He is in you. One of His names is wonderful, so what does that make you? It makes you at least potentially astonishing.”
The love of God and His affection for you is the starting place in every situation that we are in. Now, it is our privilege to take negative thoughts captive to better ones for others and even more so, for ourselves!
PS) For more on this transformational way of thinking, take a look at a few of these resources. I hope they help!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


The Angel of Soriano: A Renaissance Romance by [Alden,Stella Marie]
Tonight, Aurelia's uncle plans to steal Soriano away from Rodrigo Borgia. Although she doesn't give a fig who owns the town that nearly stoned her to death, her handsome captain is behind bars. She should never have agreed to marry him, especially not upside down and over his shoulder. 
What is it about Bernardo's new wife? The beautiful angel refuses to trust him, not even after he weds her without a dowry. She wields a firearm like a pirate, disguises herself as a male doctor, and nearly drives him mad. And yet he can't go on without her. 
How can a mere man convince a woman like that to come home?  AMAZON  4 STARS

Good story, with really good main characters and secondary ones too. Bernardo's best friend, Fulvio was one of the good secondary people.  He really did have Bernardo's back, all the time.
The story didn't lack for bad guys and women too.    It was amazing how shrill, snobbish and unappealing Lucella and her grandmother were.  Definitely fell into the bad people column. 
 Aurelia's beauty is also her curse, she attracts men like a magnet.  And she's not even trying to.  She just wants to be left alone to practise her healing skills.  She figures she is never getting married anyway because of several things that happened that were never in her control.  You have to read the story to know what they are.  There is plenty of action in the story, as well as Aurelia doing a lot of running from lecherous men.  Lucky for her she's one smart, ingenious young woman.  Some of the things she did to escape made me laugh.  She was extremely creative.  She has many near misses to disaster by the skin of her teeth.  There will be battles, romance, power struggles, mysteries and some sex too.

“I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review”.

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Promise Trail (Redemption Mountain Historical Western Romance Book 6) by [Davies, Shirleen]
Bull Mason has built a life far away from his service in the Union Army and the ravages of the Civil War. He’s achieved his dreams—loyal friends, work he enjoys, a home of his own, and a promise from the woman he loves to become his wife. 
Lydia Rinehart can’t believe how much her life has changed. Escaping captivity from a Crow village, she finds refuge and a home at the sprawling Redemption’s Edge ranch…and love in the arms of Bull Mason, the ranch foreman. For the first time since her parents’ death, she feels cherished and safe. 
In an instant their dreams are crushed… 
Bull is resolute in his determination to track down and rescue Lydia’s brother, kidnapped during the celebration of their friend’s wedding. He’s made a promise—one he intends to keep. Picking the best men, they are ready to ride, until he’s given an ultimatum.
Choices can seldom be undone… 
As their journey continues, the trackers become the prey, finding their freedom and lives threatened. 
And promises broken can rarely be reclaimed… Can Bull and Lydia trust each other again and find their way to back to the dreams they once shared?    AMAZON  4 STARS

Having read quite a few of the books in this Series, I was glad to be able to read what happened when Lydia's brother got snatched from the ranch.  So here was my chance when the book was offered.  I liked it but it was also painful sometimes when looking at many of the challenges they were faced with.  Lydia had faced so much already when she was held captive in the Crow village  but as you can see by the blurb, more are headed Lydia and Bull's way.  I just have to say that even though I understood her making a sacrifice in the book, I wanted to slap her and tell her don't do it! Now, that's not to say that I didn't like Lydia, just this one decision.  Well, there were a few other emotional decisions that she made that were bad ones.  Sitting down and talking to Bull just might have avoided a lot of problems.  She also was still trying trying to heal from her trauma's.  Just trying to be fair here.  Bull was a straight arrow good guy, with many talents besides just being a cowboy foreman.  He had so much honor and would do just about anything for someone he called friend, and for Lydia, who he deeply loved.   Poor Bull, so often he was flying semi-blind when it came to dealing with Lydia.

They are going to have to work through a lot but there will be a HEA for them.  There is also several other HEA for other people in the story, which I enjoyed.  Because there were plenty of other people to the story, who also added their flavor of troubles to be worked through. While this book probably isn't my favorite of the series, I still did like it and liked  that a lot of loose strings get wrapped up.  With all the HEA's in the story, its not a cliffhanger to my way of thinking.  But if you are interesting in one particular couple who had called it quits, then that story probably will be in another book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.