Saturday, April 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World

Written for readers aged 9-12.  
by Deb Brammer

About the author:
In fifth grade I wrote an essay about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I decided I wanted to be a preacher’s wife like my mom. I wanted lots of kids and lots of dogs. I wanted my home to be a boisterous place with lots of people enjoying each other. I may not have used the word “boisterous,” but I learned one thing from my essay. I liked to write.

During junior high and high school I loved my creative writing classes. I dreamed of being a published author, but I had no idea how to get published. I asked the Lord show me what He wanted me to do.

At Faith Baptist Bible College I took two journalism classes and I found out how to get published. My professor, Mr. Clarence Townsend taught me how to write, how to submit an article for publication, and how to make goals for my writing. During that time I realized that, whatever else the Lord wanted me to do, He wanted me to write for Christian publication.

Regular Baptist Press rejected the first article I sent them, but they accepted and published my next article in 1978. Since then they have published more than 125 of my articles, some several times. Bob Jones University Press published my first book in 1994 and three others since then. I’ve also written various programs, scripts, and lessons for use in our ministry. Many of these resources I now offer on my website.  

The Blurb:
Amy is determined to be a good missionary when her family moves to Taiwan. But the neighbor girls laugh at her, and Sunday services at the Chinese church become an ordeal. It seems that the only place she feels comfortable is at the English- speaking school with her “peanut butter friends.”        

This book practically wrote itself because it was my life on a kids level. I took an American girl and thrust her onto the mission field in Taiwan and let nature take its course. The issues Amy faces are real issues MK’s face every day. I saw many of these things happen in the lives of kids I knew in Taiwan. My own daughters, however, grew up in Taiwan and didn’t have to make many of these adjustments.
Since this book first came out in 1994 I keep seeing it pop up in the most unusual places. I’ve met adults who read it as a child and are now serving the Lord on their own. It is now it its sixth edition and has been printed with three different covers.
The Lord has used this simple book to teach kids about missions and even prepare kids for the mission field. 

Some organizations who use it to teach cultural issues: Ethnic Harvest, GO International, World Missions Bookstore , and Association of Christian Schools International.
Bob Jones University Press uses it as a companion novel to their third grade Bible Truths curriculum.
 
Though written specifically about Taiwan, it can help the reader understand cultural adjustments that need to be made in other countries too.

Click this link to read the first chapter of Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World: 
           
What Others Say:
 By Annelise S. (Southeast) -
This review is from: Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World (Paperback)

"I just finished reading this book aloud to three of my children, ages 7-13. All of them enjoyed it very much and I did, too. I'm often disappointed in the writing quality of Christian fiction, especially for children, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the level of this one. I lived in Taiwan myself for about six months and found the descriptions spot-on with what I remembered. I see that Deb Brammer has written another book and I'll be buying it, and I hope she will also write more stories about Taiwan and the Chinese culture. There are very few that cover it from a Christian perspective. I highly recommend this book."

Excellent Take on Culture Shock,

By Mrs. Chips (USA) - 
This review is from: Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World (Paperback)

"The other children Amy meets are divided into two groups: her "Peanut Butter" friends fellow Americans living in Taiwan and everybody else. She has nothing in common with the Taiwanese girls, she thinks, and their food is very strange. I recommend this for any child who is culturally the odd one out."

My Take: The Learning Curve Necessary to be Christ's Witness

I love to read. So when my 9 year old granddaughter asked me to read her latest book. I did. After all, I came home from BlueRidge last spring with three of Vonda Skinner Skelton's books expecting my grandchildren to fall in love with them.

I told granddaughter I couldn't read it until I got back from my trip. She and her family left for Haiti and Husband and I left for a tour "Following Paul's Footsteps" ~~that is a story for another day.

Granddaughter's, other grandpa is a missionary to China. He goes once a year and visits and prays for the pastors of many home churches. He has many fascinating stories.

And the title of this book was "Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World" by Deb Brammer.

I am glad I read it.

Whether we travel across the sea to witness for our Lord, or just go to the corner market, we start out all pumped up. We are going to win hearts for God. But we are often not prepared to learn. And yes, we have to first learn the needs of others before we try to give them the answers.

In my opinion this book is not just for children.

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Q4U: Do you like to read books that make you stop and think?

Friday, April 29, 2011

April new Releases from ACFW authors.


More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on theACFW FictionFinder website.

A Family for Faith by Missy Tippens -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Even though Faith Hagin thinks she’s content being just friends with Gabe Reynolds, spending time with him and his daughter Chelsea starts to feel like a fresh start at having a family. And their love may be the answer to everyone’s prayers.

A Place to Belong by Linda Goodnight -- Romance from Love Inspired. Faith and warm memories have helped widow Kitty Wainwright endure the loss of her husband. That's all she's ever needed…until she hires contractor Jace Carter to repair her motel.

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis -- A Romance from Harvest House. As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, she's is faced with some hard choices.

At the Captain's Command by Louise M. Gouge -- A Historical from Love Inspired. A heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret.

Canyon Walls by Julie Jarnagin -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong Presents. Sunset Camp changed Cassie’s life, and she is determined to keep it alive.

Chosen Ones by Eileen Rife -- General Fiction from Oak Tara. While Maggie and Gavin Munsfield adjust to a new baby, missionary friends, Dan and Yvonne Pratt, experience the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage. Will they find it in their hearts to accept an outcome so different than what they expected and hoped for?

Dare to be Different; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle -- General Fiction from Abingdon. An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

Diagnosis Death by Richard Mabry M.D. -- A Thriller/Suspense from Abingdon. When Dr. Elena Gardner's comatose husband dies in the ICU while on life support, the whispers begin. More deaths turn the whispers into a shout: "Mercy killing." What is the dark secret that keeps Elena's lips sealed when she should be defending herself?

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. A young woman and man haunted by the past seek love and freedom as they assist fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough -- A Romance from Barbour. Will reporter Jacqueline Davis uncover his secrets before Noah Jeffers can capture her heart?

From Darkness Won; Blood of Kings Book 3 by Jill Williamson -- A Fantasy from Marcher Lord Press. Achan and Vrell seek out their place in the coming war to push back Darkness for good.

Griselda Takes Flight by Joyce Magnin -- General Fiction from Abingdon. Now that her sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally.

Kaydie by Penny Zeller -- A Romance from Whitaker House. Kaydie Worthington builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down. There's something about Kaydie that draws Jonah Dickenson to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.

Love Finds You on Prince Edward Island by Susan Page Davis -- A Romance from Summerside Press. Molly Orlund is honored to serve as a maid where the Prince of Wales will be a guest. Peter Stark, an understeward in the royal party, is attracted to Molly, but an uncovered secret could change everything.

Oregon Weddings by Kathleen Kovach -- A Romance from Barbour. An alpaca, a lost family treasure, and an ornithophobic actress all take center stage in these three stories of love and faith that are as eclectic as the state of Oregon itself.

Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton -- Romance from Whitaker House.Becky Troyer has committed the ultimate sin, and finds herself on the edge of her Amish community; Jacob Miller believes he was sent to the Old Order Community in Missouri to help out a distant cousin--instead, he discovers he was part of an arranged swap.

People of the Book; Book 4 in the Extreme Devotion Series by Kathi Machias -- General Fiction from New Hope. Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself.

Risky Business; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Swept Away; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Tea for Two, Book 2 of the Tea With Millicent Series byTrish Perry -- Romance from Harvest House. Zack Cooper tries his best to raise his children, but he's losing his grip on them. Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel has the perfect woman in mind to help Zack.

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Ann Kirkpatrick -- General Fiction from Waterbrook/Multnomah. Based on a true story of a mother and daughter who walk across the country in 1896 and the consequences of the journey to both of their lives.

The Dawn of a Dream by Ann Shorey -- General Fiction from Revell. She’s embarking on a new life—but can the past truly be left behind?

The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh -- General Fiction from Revell. Inspired by a true story, The story weaves a tale full of action and suspense, and yet it is also an amazing love story that could only happen if miracles do come true.

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble -- Olivia Stewart’s sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, who has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor’s fiancĂ©.

The Sheriff's Sweetheart by Laurie Kingery -- A Romance from Love Inspired. A down-on-his-luck gambler on the run from a dangerous enemy meets the richest girl in a small Texas town and turns his life around to become worthy of her.

The Unforgivable; Wounds of South America, Book 1 byTessa Stockton -- A Thriller/Suspense from Risen Books. Accused of the worst war crimes in the history of Argentina, Carlos Cornella is despised by a wounded nation…

Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot -- Romance from Revell. Can Harriet Kirk and Lawrence Wood ever truly put the past behind them in order to find happiness?

Trail of Lies by Margaret Daley -- A Thriller/Suspense from Love Inspired. As the mother of a beautiful daughter and the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, Melora Hudson seemed happy. No one knew about the secrets hidden behind closed doors—secrets Melora was forced to keep.

Yukon Wedding; Book 1, Alaskan Bride Series by Allie Pleiter -- A Romance from Love Inspired.  Widow Lana Bristow won’t abandon the only home her son has ever known, even if it means wedding Mack Tanner, the man she blames for her husband’s death.


Note: This list is compiled from those books registered by ACFW member authors on www.fictionfinder.com



Pam

Pam Meyers
New Release Coordinator


Q4U: Have you read any of these books? Which was your favorite?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Power of Words2

Are your words uplifting?



Q4U : Do hurtful words from the past hinder your life today? How can I pray for you?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Because He Lives

No greater love hath any man than this:
That a man would lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus is the light of the world.
Because He Lives
I Can Face Tomorrow.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Finally A Bride

by Vickie McDonough

About the author:
Do you long for adventure?
Ache to travel to distant lands?
Love romances with happily ever after endings?

Well, you must be a kindred spirit.

I love a book or movie filled with adventure and romance.
Ever since discovering Christian fiction, I have devoured those fulfilling, heart-tugging books. Then the day came when I felt
God pushing me into the field of writing. I’d never considered writing a book, so taking that first step was a huge one.

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed far above your capabilities?

I’ll admit learning to write was a scary thing for a gal who loved math in school but hated English class. But God is faithful! He won’t ask us to do something and not enable us and give us the grace needed to complete the task.

So, what is God asking of you today? Don’t be afraid to step out, hold His hand, and let Him guide you. You may encounter wonderful blessings and be surprised along the way.
I know I have.

God bless!

Vickie McDonough

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. ISA 55:8

The Blurb:
Love triumphs in Lookout, Texas. Pastor Noah Jeffers moves to Lookout with a new name, determined to make restitution for past misdeeds. Reporter Jacqueline "Jack" Davis is bent on uncovering the new preacher's secrets. Can Noah win Jack's heart before she discovers his identity? After spending ten years in prison, Carly Payton returns to Lookout hoping to start again. Garret Corbett wants to settle down, just not with a jailbird like Carly. But how long can he resist his budding attraction to Carly? Will love find a way after a second look?

What Others Say:
 By Courtney -
This review is from: Finally a Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 3) (Paperback)
Another great book in the Texas Boardinghouse Series by Vickie McDonough.

"Finally a Bride is the third book in the series and it was my favorite out of all three. This story is about 10 years after the previous book, Second Chance Brides. It still has all the favorite characters in it like The Davis' and the Corbett brothers but they also brought back Carly Payton, the criminal fake mail-order-bride that was in the first book. This book is about Jack Davis who is now in her 20's and is working for the local newspaper. She is still just as adventurous and daring as ever. Enter in Pastor Noah Jeffers, the young 20 something hunk of a pastor. Then there is also Carly back and is looking just to fit in at Lookout and possibly find a man to love.

I really enjoyed this story! It was fun to see Jack now as a grown up woman and just at daring as ever. She was a hilarious child and I loved the predicaments she got in to now as a news reporter! She was definitely my favorite character in this story! I loved watching her fight her feelings towards the hunky new pastor! The Pastor Noah was also a great character; he was struggling with his identity and whether or not God really was calling him to pastor the church in Lookout.

This was a great western romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Besides romance there was a bit of mystery, some humor and of course a touch of life lesson. Vickie McDonough always has a way of bringing some God into the book without overwhelming you with preaching. There were just the struggles of some of the characters who were dealing with their pasts and learning where God was leading them. I always wish a book like this had a bit more romance to it, a bit more kissing and flirting, but that's just my preference. It was very clean and sweet! Great read!"

My Take: Redemption in Lookout Texas
So finally Jack has her own story. Only now she's willing to answer to Jacqueline. She still thinks of herself as Jack, but one must grow up and accept what she cannot change.

Jack still climbs on rooftops and anywhere else necessary to get a story. She is a journalist after all. She hopes to build up her resume and make herself attractive to the paper in a larger town.

Because of her father's abuse of both her and her mother, Jack knows she will never marry, so why can't she quit thinking about Noah?

Vickie McDonough did a good job of tying up the loose ends from the first two books in the series, but this one can also stand alone.

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Book Contest:

Barbour sent me a reviewers copy of Finally A Bride and I'll pass it on to one blessed reader this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Saturday, when the review is posted through Friday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of Finally A Bride.

Q4U: Do you find yourself learning from fiction? Have you read a special book in the past few weeks? What did you learn from it?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Power of Words



The words we use can make a difference in our life, and in the lives of others.

Q4U Have you ever helped someone be better understood by repeating what they said, but using different words?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The First Ritual of Spring

When I saw Husband on the back of the road grader I knew spring had finally arrived in our part of Ohio. The snow plow plays havoc with the lane. The daffodils to the right add to the feeling of springtime.

 Our teenage grandson was happy to drive the restored 66 Oliver. He and Grandpa made a great team as they filled in the potholes nature and man had created. 
Later in the week our oldest grandson was glad to rent our Case and drill. He drove it 4 hours to Lima where he will enjoy using it this summer.
When a farmer gets spring fever he wants to get out in those fields with his sons and grandsons.

What is the first ritual of spring in your part of the world?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Plant Your Garden for 2011


How To Plant Your Garden 
First, you  Come to the garden alone,
                           While the dew is still on the roses. 

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING , 
          PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS :


1. Peace of mind
                  2. Peace of heart
                                   3. Peace of soul

        
  PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another 


NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS: 

  1. Turnip for meetings
                     2. Turnip for service
                                  3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE   THYME: 
  1. Thyme for each other
                     2. Thyme for family
                                  3. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.   THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU  SOW.  



NOT BAD, HUH?! I COULDN'T RESIST SHARING THIS ONE.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Living Your Dreams

Kick Start Living Your Dreams 
– in the next 15 minutes
by Kathi Lipp
Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started?
You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality.

1.      Go Public with It
It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other. Plus—it takes very little time and you don’t have to raid your kid’s college fund to make it happen.
When you gather up all your courage and tell your best friend, “I want to learn how to paint,” suddenly she remembers an old art book she has laying around she would love to give you, or her friend from church who teaches art classes. The people you know and love want to be a resource. Give them the privilege of being a part of making your dream happen.

2.      Join an Online Group
This is one of the simplest—and cheapest—ways to start exploring your passion. Find out who else is talking about restoring antiques and listen to their conversation. Start by Googling your interest along with the term “online groups.” You will be amazed with the number of people who want to talk about the proper way to care for 1950’s lunchboxes as much as you do.

3.      Don’t be Afraid to Pray
I remember the first time I put an offer in on a house—I wanted it more than I had wanted almost anything else in my life. While I knew that I had dozens of other people praying on my behalf, I was too scared to pray.

I didn’t want God to tell me no. I was afraid to pray until my co-worker Kim asked me (in a loving, kind way), why I didn’t believe that God wanted His best for me. Don’t be afraid to pray—as with anything amazing in my life, the path is never what I expected, but it has always been obvious that God’s hand has been on it the whole way.

Kathi Lipp helps women renovate their life with projects for the soul. She is a national speaker and author who inspires thousands each year to take beneficial action steps in their personal, marital, and spiritual lives. Her wit and wisdom will give you new ways to:
• Avoid settling for less than God’s loving plan for your life
• Develop new levels of warmth and tenderness with your spouse
• Return fun and flirting to your marriage
• Boost your confidence to follow God given dreams and goals.
• Create an environment of encouragement in your friendships
Kathi is the author of:
The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Man on Purpose and with a Plan
The Marriage Project: 21 Days to Reigniting Your Relationship
The Me Project: 21 Days to the Life You’ve Always Wanted
In addition, her articles have appeared in several major magazines, and she is an author with Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Connect Magazine.
Church leaders and women’s ministry directors rely on Kathi to help women move from living out of obligation to enjoying godly passion. She shares her cheerful humor and biblical insights over 45 times a year at conferences and retreats.
What leaders are saying about Kathi:
I love this book! This message is life-changing and will transform the way you look at your marriage--and your man. I will be recommending this book to everyone.
Shaunti Feldhahn ~Author of For Women Only
Wow! I can’t think of anything more powerful a woman can do for her marriage than The Husband Project. I highly recommend it for every woman. Shhh! It’s a secret, but I’ve already started on The Husband Project to bless my man!
Pam Farrel~Author of the best-selling Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti and Red-Hot Monogamy
I couldn’t put the book down. With great insight in to the heart, desires, and needs of men, Kathi Lipp has put together a can’t-miss guide to a better marriage. It has wit (I’m still laughing at the ‘Worship Macarena’) and wisdom. Now I’m going to put everything about this book out of my mind so when my wife gets it, I’m surprised (but hopefully not clueless).
Steve Jordahl~Producer, Family News in Focus, Focus on the Family
Kathi is available for Women’s Retreats, Writer ’s Conferences, Keynotes & Workshops,Women’s Conferences, MOPS & MOMS Groups, Parenting Conferences, Ministry Conferences.
Kathi and her husband, Roger, are parents of four young adults and live in San Jose, California. They are members of Church on the Hill.
Visit Kathi online at www.kathilipp.com  PHONE: 800-969-1603  E-MAIL: info@kathilipp.com
Renovate your life with a Project for the SOUL


Monday, April 11, 2011

Truth and Honesty

It Ain't Easy Being Truthful and Honest


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My Favorite Animal

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken." 
She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else in the class laughed.

My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.   He said they love animals very much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.  I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she'd asked the other children.  So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most. 

I told her, "Colonel Sanders."
 
Guess where I am now...

Sorry, when I received this email I couldn't resist sharing.
Q4U: Has being truthful ever gotten you into trouble? 

Friday, April 8, 2011

What Makes A Person Successful?

Are You A Sell Out? 

Guest Blogger Author 
Alyice Edrich 

I knew a man once whom others thought was a "sell out" because he worked a job versus starting his own business. He was a very smart man with a good head on his shoulders. He could've been anything. He could've taken Corporate America by storm. He could have built an empire. But instead he chose to become a United States Postal Service Worker—a mailman. 

Despite all the nudging to be someone else, to do something else, to gain more prestige, to make more money, to build a legacy, he stayed the course. He stayed a mailman. And he did so because he knew he wasn't a sell out. 

He knew exactly what made him happy. He loved his life. He loved knowing that if he worked x amount of hours, he’d make x amount of money. He liked playing the stock market on the side, knowing that it wouldn’t affect his livelihood. He liked being comfortable. And he loved knowing that he could be home every evening with his little boy and wife. 

He had a routine, too: come home, unwind, work out in his home gym, spend some time hanging out with his son and wife, and then relax to his favorite television show. Then once a year, like clockwork, he'd drop his son off at his mom's house and drive down to the airport where he and his wife would spend an entire week on a cruise ship—rekindling their love for one another. He didn't spend big bucks trying to keep up with the Joneses, he didn't live to please people, and he didn’t care about the latest gadget or the gossip around town. He knew what made him happy and that’s what he lived for. 

Every day he had a smile on his face and a big heart filled with love and contentment. Every day he seemed to embrace his life and show just how proud he was of it. 

Years later, when his wife wanted to start a homebased business, she asked him to jump on board but he graciously declined. He supported her desire, but as for his part in the business, he simply said, "Some people are chiefs and some people are the chief’s people. I am the chief's people." 

When people would approach him to change careers, he’d politely thank them for their insight then simply say, "No thank you. I love my job. It pays well. It provides good health insurance. And besides, what job lets you get outside every day without breaking your back, lets you meet and greet people, and provides a steady paycheck?" 

In his eyes, he was successful. 

He had something every man dreamt of: a beautiful wife who loved and respected him, a healthy son to share his life with, a job with a steady paycheck that he actually liked, good health, and self-respect. 

No, he wasn't a "sell out" and had no intentions of ever being one. 

He had no regrets about the decisions he made. His days weren't difficult to bear. He didn't begrudgingly go to work wishing he was somewhere else… doing something else. But most importantly, he didn't walk away from what truly made him happy simply because society dictated that success meant something else. 

There are days we can all take a lesson from “The Mailman”. 

There are days we all need to be reminded that we don’t have to sell out to live life abundantly. So I ask you: "Have you sold out lately?" 

Alyice Edrich is a freelance writer and mixed media artist.  Stop by here  to learn how you can hire her for your next writing project or go here   to read more of her articles.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Don't Sell Jesus For A Quarter


A Christian

Several years ago, a preacher from
 out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . 
Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. 


As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.' 

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at
 the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here,you gave me too much change ..'

The driver, with a
 smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'  

 
'Yes' he replied.

'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately
 about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.'

When the preacher stepped off of
  the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.'

Our lives are the only Bible some people
 will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test!  Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself  'Christian.'

Watch your thoughts ; they become
 words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
W atch
  your actions; they become habits..
Watch your habits; they
  become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your
  destiny. 

I'm glad a friend sent this to me as a  reminder. Did you ever have a time when you almost sold our Lord for something with no lasting value?