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A Different Sort of Valentine

A Different Sort of Valentine

Christina Li Books

Every year at about this time, our pastor calls our church to a 21 Day Challenge, in which we fast from meat, sweets, and media, we commit to going to every service, and we spend 30 min of uninterrupted time in prayer to grow closer to Jesus.

I’ve been wanting more from my times of prayer. There was a craving for not just blessing, but a deeper relationship with Jesus…more. Then, a missionary came through town and happened to be selling copies of his wife’s book–on prayer! Prayer is the key to the door of a deeper relationship with the Lord, but how to pray more effectively, more…real? God is real. I want a relationship with a real Person, not a put-in-my-time, do-my-Christian-duty type prayers where all I really do is either give a laundry list of petitions or talk to the ceiling. I want God. I’ve felt His presence…

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Free Inspirational Romance (and Bonus!) July 19-21!

Free eBooks available this weekend!

Christina Li Books

Rescuing Vanessa, A Little Bit of Coffee, Flowers and Romance is Free Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Enjoy and please be sure to write a review! 🙂

Vanessa is hiding something. No matter what, she can’t seem to escape her mistake. Shame keeps her from trusting the Lord, her family, even the man who loves her. Will she be able to let go and allow herself forgiveness? Or will she fall prey to the man who wants her dead? She needs help, but will she choose to take it?

Bonus: New teen author, Sherlock Treasures has released her latest Sci-Fi, Guardians of the Moon available free as well! Enjoy!

“I’m so sorry!”
“Why?” we all asked.
“It’s a trap,” he said backing away from us. “She sent me to find you……..”

Both books are available through Amazon kindle.

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

This is from one of our blog contest winners, run by Mark Showalter!

Bearing Witness; My Uncut Hair by: Nancy Watrud

https://i0.wp.com/www.gospelgifs.com/art_pages_19/images/trans3s.gifI was praying. Tears were streaming down my face as I let my long hair down and draped it over my hands.  I studied it carefully, noticing the deep browns and the glistening auburn where the sun was shining on it. I pulled the length of it through my hand, then I held it out and studied the varying shades from the ends upward. It had been almost thirty-five years since it had been cut, thirty-five years of an unwavering conviction that the Word of God desired women to not cut their hair.* This standard had been strongly upheld within my organization for generations, but now this rich heritage; this unexplainable blessing was fading in relevance in the churches and rarely preached or taught over the pulpits.  It was becoming simply a tradition passed from generation to generation. The trouble is, convictions cannot be “caught” or “passed along”, convictions are a matter of an individual’s beliefs as they grow in faith and are convicted by the Word of God.  Families may plant the seed of these beliefs in their children, but they are not convictions until the individual owns them.  True godly convictions are the moral rudder of an individual and are rooted deeply in the Word of God.  How do I explain to someone the power that is in a woman’s uncut hair that has been consecrated to God?** How do we explain the power in a handkerchief that has been prayed over and anointed with oil?*** or how do we explain the power of Peter’s shadow to heal?**** Some things must be spiritually discerned. *****

It may be, those of us who were not raised in this way are more hungry for it because many of us have experienced the coldness and emptiness of a life without the peace and power of the Holy Ghost. Once we experienced it, we desperately want it in our homes and in our lives. Those that have lived in their own hell already, gladly count the cost of dedicating their life to God and do not hold any price too dear. I had already lived in such a hell and knew that this life of consecration to God was a good life. It was the way I wanted to raise my children and I wanted it for my children’s children. I remember the moment I consecrated my life to God.  I was standing in my kitchen at the foot of the stairs and was praying.  I said to Jesus, “There’s a lot in my life that needs to change and most of it’s going to take a while, but there are some things that can be changed this very night.”  I was ruthless. I packed up all of my slacks(ref i), leaving me with very few clothes. I knew I had to get them out of the house and I did. I packed up all of my jewelery except a few sentimental pieces that loved ones had given to me; the rest went into the trash along with my makeup(ref ii).  You see, I was not just hungry for God, I was desperate for God. I never wished for any of it back. These were the easy changes, but important none the less. No one had twisted my arm or held me over the fire of hell to do this. I knew it wasn’t going to buy my way to heaven. Jesus had done that for me on the cross. They simply showed me the scriptural basis for it in the Bible and that was all I needed. Because I was desperate for God and desperately wanting to consecrate my life to him.

I wondered, as I looked at the ends of my hair, if I was looking at hair that had laid on the altar in that old church where I first repented. I also thought of the many years my tears had fallen on my hair as I prayed in my home for my lost loved ones. Memories flowed before me as my hair slid through my hands and it occurred to me that my hair was a witness of my years of striving to live for God. I thought of the different times in my life that I had struggled with personal failures but had hung onto the grace and mercy of Jesus. Inch by inch my hair bore witness to times of  heartache and times of joy, times of power with God and times of great weakness.

 Then I stood and held my hair up to God.  It would once more bear witness.  I prayed, “Jesus, I will not remove the old landmark, let my hair be a witness today and may it testify to man and to the angels that I will continue to live for you every day for the rest of my life.  Let my hair declare it!”

Proverbs 22:28 “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”

*I Corinthians 11:15; **I Corinthians 11:10; ***Acts 19:11-12; ****Acts 5:15; *****I Corinthians 2:14-15; ref i Deuteronomy 22:5; ref ii I Timothy 2:9-10

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Free eBook!

Sonya Noble’s book, Monster: 1, is available for free Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct 21 on Amazon.com. It’s a great book from a terrific new author!

Monster: 1

New place. New town. New life.

Cami misses her home. She misses her friends. Making new friends is no problem, but they’re guarding some dangerous secrets.

Then she starts showing signs of being like them. She’s kicked out of her home and they take her in. But some of her new housemates are either jealous or afraid of her, and she’s framed for something that she didn’t do.

She leaves and tries to make it out on her own. The streets are dangerous, but it’s better than dealing with backstabbers and people terrified of what she might become.

Her past keeps coming back to haunt her. Something her unstable mother called her still sticks with her and won’t stop screaming at her: Monster.

Is she really a monster?

Here’s a little about Sonya Noble, herself:

As you can probably tell, I’m a teenaged home schooled author. I’m the oldest of five, and my mom has homeschooled us all since I was, well, in preschool.

Yes, school is a walk in the park, if that walk is at night in Western Chicago.

So, I have loved making up stories since I was little. First, it started as playing one of the best games in the world: Pretend. What grown-ups see: A backyard, a few trees, some sticks and a swing-set. What we see?  We’re a group of ninjas with guns and light sabers, on a mission to kill the Evil Lord of Hades and free the land from His Evilness, but we must first go through the Perilous Lands that will test our abilities and hide from his Evil Minions in the Trees of Safety!

And then when I found out that I could actually write this stuff down on paper, they evolved into something even better.

Now, I’m not saying that every story I ever wrote was this amazing masterpiece that people would one day call ‘The Next Hunger Games’ or ‘Even Better than Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings!’ but they did get better.

So. Being a writer is also a walk in the park, except you actually have to walk through that Western Chicago park in the middle of the night. In your mind.

And being a homeschooled author…well, I need something to occupy all of my time, right?

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Quick Announcement!

My birthday is this Friday! To celebrate, my book, Violet Miracle, is free on Amazon Friday and Saturday, Sept 21-22. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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This is the 3rd installment of Characteristics of Living Organisms. This is amazing!

The Life Church of Des Plaines

Growth – When living things feed they gain energy. Some of this energy is used in growth. Living things become larger and more complicated.

This is pretty self-explanatory. God doesn’t want spiritual babies to stay spiritual babies. At some point in my walk with God, there was an expectation for me to have the ability to digest the deeper things of God, period. I can talk to you about the oneness of God, or baptism in Jesus name, or the Holy Ghost, but at some point God wanted me to understand the very nature of God. So we understand: it is not the will of God for you to be stunted in your walk with God. We need to be growing.

When I first came to God, life was pretty simple and I loved it. I praised and worshipped, didn’t always know why, but I did it. I came to…

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

This is absolutely fantastic stuff. I’m going to ask Vernon’s permission to use this in my next non-fiction book. I put it into 3 parts because I really wanted to take time to think about it all. It’s so good. There are seven characteristics of a living organism. These are the first two.

The Life Church of Des Plaines

Feeding – All living organisms need to take substance from their environment to obtain energy, to grow, and to stay healthy.

Luke 4:4 – And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread

1 Peter 2:2 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:

If we don’t take in the word of God and apply it to our lives, if we are hearers only and not doers of the Word of God, then just like in the natural, we won’t have energy, we won’t grow, and we will not be healthy Christians. The very first thing that we need to do is begin to digest the things of God: Bible reading, prayer, faithfulness. These will be the things that…

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized