Tuesday, December 4, 2018

God Will Be With Me Through Anything

There are times when doubts creep into my mind, when fear and anxiety get the best of me. I start to panic and fear and wonder what the future is going to hold. In those moments, I feel that it is all on me. And that is overwhelming.

One night when I was beginning to worry a thought came over me. God will be with me through anything.

God will be with me through anything.

It was a simple thought, one that I should have known all along. But just thinking it then, knowing that no matter what I will face in the future God will guide me through it, calmed me.

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

I don’t have to be afraid for tomorrow because God is already there. He knows what is going to happen, and he will take care of me.

Life isn’t always going to be easy. It will be far from perfect. But God is going to hold my hand through everything, and I will be okay because of that. Is there anything more comforting than knowing that?

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Perfect Christian Fiction Book For Everyone On Your Christmas List

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for those on your list this year? Books are always a great idea, and here are nine Christain fiction books that will fill a variety of needs.

For the person who likes an emotional book:
Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

For the person who likes historical books:
The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

For the person who likes a deeper read:
Life After by Katie Ganshert

For the person who likes a lighter romance:
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter

For the person who likes suspense or thrillers:
Try Dying by James Scott Bell

For the person who likes a humorous book:
A Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

For the person who likes a book about family:
Take A Chance On Me by Susan May Warren

For the person who likes to try a new author:
No Longer Broken by Emily Acker and Bethany Acker

For the person who likes Christmas books:
Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

I hope these books give you an idea of what is out there and help you to choose great Christmas gifts this year!

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

We Don't Know God's Plans. And, Somehow, We Have To Be Okay With That.

We don't know God's plans. And, somehow, we have to be okay with that.

God gives us a strength that we can't understand.

Life makes us fear. It breaks us down. It makes us want to give up. It makes us wonder what is going to happen next.

But God gives us the strength to endure. He gives us strength through things that we never could have imagined going through. Through the darkest moments, he is with us.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

When bad things happen, it is easy to think that God has abandoned us. Maybe we believe that he could never allow such things to happen to those he loves.

But he does love us. And he is looking out for us always, even when it doesn't feel like it.

We don't know God's plans. And, somehow, we have to be okay with that.

We have to trust that God is going to work it out for good even when it makes no sense to us. Even when it terrifies us.

When we think of the good times in our lives, we will see that God gives us so much more than we deserve. He blesses us in so many ways.

He blesses us with each sunrise and sunset that we see.
With days spent in the sunshine.
With the love of children.
With the laughter of family and friends.
With time spent with those who mean the most to us.
These are all such beautiful blessings and proof of God's love for us.

He is with us always. He will never abandon us. There is good in every day, even in the darkest moments. And he has a plan for us even when we can't see it.

God says that he loves us (John 3:16.) Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before His Father in Heaven (Matthew 10:32.) And we need to trust him at all times.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Monday, November 12, 2018

Making The Right Choices

God has given us the ability to choose our own paths. He allows us to make our own decisions. And sometimes that can feel scary.

There are times when I wish that everything was laid out before me, when I wish that I knew with certainty what I should be doing. There are times when I'm not sure what the right choice is.

But, there are other times when I am grateful for the opportunity to make my own choices. To learn from my mistakes.

God has given us so much to use as guidance in the Bible. We can talk to him in prayer. And, while we might not always get a quick answer or one that seems clear, we can still trust him. We can know that he has a plan for us.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

The right choice might not always be the easy choice. At times, it might be difficult to choose what is right. But, there is no better feeling than we get when we follow God's plan.

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Trust Him At All Times

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

Trust him even when everything doesn't go your way.
Trust him even when things turn out poorly.
Trust him even when the things you thought should happen didn't.
Trust him when you are afraid.
Trust him when everything feels wrong.
Trust him to make good of the bad.
Trust him.

Trust him at all times.
Trust him when you feel heartbroken.
Trust him when you're not sure where to go.
Trust him even when you feel alone.
Trust him even if you lose.
Trust him to hold you.
Trust him to help you.
Trust him.

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

What Is True Joy?

Always be joyful.
1 Thessalonians 5:16

What is true joy?

There are many things we ask for in prayer. Many things we might wish God would give us.

And, if joy is one of them, as it is for most of us, then we need to have faith that God will give it to us.

When we think of joy, though, it might often come to our minds according to what we see in the world.

Maybe we believe that joy comes with getting a new car, or going on a vacation to the beach. We might find joy in those things, but that is not where true joy comes from.

True joy comes from deep inside of us. God sent his son and Jesus gave his life for us. When we remember that Jesus rose again from the cross we should feel true joy. When we see someone come to Jesus and accept his gift of Salvation we should experience true joy.

The Bible tells us that when we face trails we should feel joy. That when our faith is tested we should feel joy.

So, we should seek it out in prayer. We should ask God to fill us with joy. And we should know that true joy is better than, and possibly not quite like, anything we could imagine.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
1 James 1:2-3

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Whom Shall I Fear?

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
Psalm 23:4

Every step we take, he is with us. Dark thoughts cloud my mind at times. I get caught up in what is to come and it scares me. I don’t always feel that I can trust God. But then I remind myself that no matter what comes, he will be by my side.

God isn’t going to make life here on earth perfect. He isn’t going to protect me from every bad thing. But he is going to hold me. He is going to walk me through it. And I can trust him to give me strength.

I need to take this life step by step, day by day. I need to trust in God’s plan and timing. I need to do my part, and I need to rest assured that I am doing enough. I need to know that God is with me and that I have nothing to fear. My God is a great God, and I should never be afraid.

The Lord is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? 
Psalm 27:1

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken