First of all, Thank you for any followers who made it possible for my first self-loaded eBook to be ranked #1 in Devotionals for the 5 day free book promotion. Total downloads, 316. My prayer now is that every person who downloaded a free book, will tell 2 friends and they’ll tell 2 friends…and they will buy the book for $1.99.
Secondly, thank you for supporting my blog posts with your interest. I really do appreciate and write to encourage and hopefully inspire all.
By way of announcement, I am in the process of writing individual books for each character in Trapped and they will be available soon. The Session–Chapter 11 in Trapped is being presented as a play on June 15, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m. in Detroit. A panel discussion–regarding women’s issues–will proceed after the presentation with professionals and information for women in need of support or assistance.
Last, but not least–let’s change the way we look at each day we wake. How many positive adjectives can you think of to describe each day of the week? Here are my thoughts:
Positive affirmations at the beginning of every day, will make a difference in our attitude and in how we approach life’s daily challenges.
Have a wonderfully blessed day, this day!
Listen to today’s archived episode and let us know what you think. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/maryandtyrone/2013/04/11/and-the-beat-goes-on
I am in the process of creating the script for a stage play based on the book–Trapped! I would love to get your input regarding the scenes that should be presented on stage.
Read the book and let me know. Book is available on amazon.com and xlibris.com as either a paperback or ebook.
We’ll be holding auditions soon. Look for the announcement as soon as we (my creative team and I) approve the script.
http://www.amazon.com/Mary-M.-Hall-Rayford/e/B00BAW31CQ Exploration time!
If we look at the sky and marvel at its height and gradations of color from change to change as the weather transitions, can we not see God’s handiwork?
If we look at the variety of birds–the red-breasted robin, the yellow finch, and all those with vivid hues and watch their flight and gatherings, can we not see God’s handiwork?
If we look at the mountains, snow-capped or barren or laden with foliage, the home of the wildlife and marvel at the ranges, can we not see God’s handiwork?
If we look in the mirror and see the image of God in His creation of mankind and look deep into the souls through eyes that provide us with a view of everything that was created and the beauty inside, can we not see God’s handiwork?
If we can see God’s handiwork in everything around us, why is it that some would choose to deny His existence? For the Word says, for by Him was everything created and without Him, nothing was created.
We are created in the image of God and everything we do should be a reflection of His handiwork–love!
Yesterday, we didn’t get a chance to do some of things we had planned or at least thought about doing. Hopefully, the one thing we did do was to thank God for another day.
Today, unless we have the ability to perfectly time everything we need to do and no obstacles get in our way, we’ll probably not do everything we planned, again. Take time to appreciate every day because each day comes with its own challenges, rewards, blessings and new mercies. Even if we don’t get everything accomplished, do what you can and be thankful you could get that done.
Tomorrow, is not promised to any of us. There are no guarantees and life is certainly not fair, but it is what we make it. I choose to look for tomorrow as another day that I can wake up and praise The Lord for His goodness and mercies and in loving me enough to allow me to see another day. That should be our attitude, every day–while we have a chance to lift our voices to give Him praise–every day!
For whatever reason, there are many who say that God “is not speaking” to anyone these days. I stand ready to refute that claim, by anyone who makes it. If someone truly believes that God is not speaking, I would have to question their relationship with God. Before the arrival of Jesus on the earth, God spoke “through” the prophets and the law. When Jesus walked the earth, He “spoke what His father said”, using parables so the people could relate. Now that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of His Father, He sent His Spirit back to remind us of all things said, and to show us those things to come. The Holy Spirit will also “speak to our hearts” regarding any matter–whether it is a small matter or a great one; He still speaks. As a matter of reference, I would refer to my latest book. I cannot take credit for the idea of the book, but do proclaim–with everything in me–that God spoke to it to my heart, and the writing flowed without great effort on my part. Those who have read it–agree that God’s hand is in the plan. The Word tells us that He is never without a witness of His goodness and I declare Trapped to be a witness of His goodness through the works of my hands. “Nothing the enemy attempts to do shall prosper or have any place in my life” is my constant proclamation and it so because The Word confirms it! Read the book–and if you cannot see God in it–I will respect your position! Mary’s books.
Readings from Trapped are available on YouTube on my channel–Mary HallRayford.
A variety of selections from Trapped are being read and posted on YouTube. Tune in and let me know what you think. The sequel for Taryn’s story should be available on eBook before the end of May 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyZHxXyguP0