Friday, June 22, 2012

Healing is a Choice: Book Review

I have recently been reading slowly through "Healing is a Choice" by renown Christian author, Stephen Arterburn.  I chose to read this book because I could receive a copy if I reviewed it, but also because the title and synopsis intrigued me. 

Arterburn has written a classic about personal healing, and the personal choices involved.  His writing is both insightful and down-to-earth, profound yet easy to grasp and mull over.  I deeply appreciate this book written from the depths of a Christian's heart and life experience.  There is also a lot of scripture to back up what Arterburn writes.  I'd recommend the book for anyone who is searching for answers about healing (don't we all have questions at least one time in our lives?) of various types, even emotional.

Thanks to Booksneeze for the complimentary copy of this book in order to obtain my review.  Please note that my review, including all opinions, are my own. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Ultimate Father

As Father's Day approaches tomorrow, I am led to thought of the ultimate Father.  The Father Who always is there for me, never fails to be the best role model any human being or young lady could ask for.  Earthly fathers are to be reflections of our Heavenly Father.  Sadly, it does not always work out that way.  Sometimes, it does work that way for a season and then, for one reason or another, our earthly father isn't there for us anymore.

But our Heavenly Father never leaves us, never forsakes us.  He never changes.  His love is steadfast, His mercies are new every single morning.  He upholds us, protects us, and under the shelter of his wings we find peace and rest, knowing with utmost confidence that we are safe in our Daddy's loving arms.  He always, always, always has our best interests in mind.  He is always wise.

Friends, this is the God I serve.  Perhaps He is the God you serve, also. As His children, we are blessed to call Him Abba, Father.  He is as compassionate as He is just, as loving as He is mighty.  He is the world's best Father, and this Father's Day, I just want to reflect on HIM. 

                 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
 for he knows how we are formed, 
    he remembers that we are dust. 
 The life of mortals is like grass, 
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children 
 with those who keep his covenant 
    and remember to obey his precepts.

-- Psalms 103:13-18