New Release! Blessings & Curses (Free Ebook)

blessingsNew Release! Do you believe blessings and curses exist in modern days? Blessings & Curses examines that question through multiple compelling personal narratives by over ten authors. Click this link Blessings & Curses to read this free ebook online right now or download it to read later. Keep reading on this page to learn more about the talented authors who contributed their work to this inspiring publication.

Armand Ruci moved to the United States in July 1998 after receiving a B-2 tourist visa to play a basketball tournament in Chicago, Illinois. This was his only opportunity to leave his war-stricken country that had a Civil War just a year before. He is a History Teacher at the New York City Department of Education and teaches in the South Bronx, specifically to high school dropouts in the GED program. He has always been passionate about writing and won a second prize in the PAL- Police Athletic League back in 2001 for Stores that his Grandparents told me. He has published a short book that details his experiences under the pen name, Aaron Brooks. It is named Immigrant Life and this is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PRSZCGX

Dominique M. Carson is an award-winning activist, freelance journalist, author, & massage therapist. Last year, she published her first book, Jon B: Are You Still Down, a biography on R&B legend, Jon B. Her words has been featured in well-known publications & interviewed over 100 notable people in entertainment. She was recently nominated for the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship.

DT Richards is the writing name of a Canadian Author who lives and worships in Singapore where he teaches Game Design and Data Analytics. His work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including an upcoming piece in Bez & Co. You can read more of his fiction at dtrichards.wordpress.com. He will do house blessings, if asked.

Erika B. Girard is currently pursuing her M.A. in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry through SNHU. Originally from Rhode Island, she derives creative inspiration from her family, friends, faith, and fascination with the human experience. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Edify Fiction, Sandhill Review, Wild Roof Journal, and more.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Kaisha A. Girard is a graduate of Saint Leo University pursuing her Master’s in English and Creative Writing with a focus on Fiction through Southern New Hampshire University. She has had her work accepted to Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Sandhill Review, Ember Chasm Review, and Dots Publications. A native Rhode Islander, Kaisha loves reading, writing, and correctly guessing Jeopardy! questions and is inspired by her faith, her family, her friends, and the world around her.

Ramelle T. Lee– poet, author of 6 books, speaker, businesswoman, staff newsletter writer, Christian leader, founder of Touching Your Heart Ministries and eleven ministries to bring others encouragement and joy.

Sandra Hickman is an Australian Christian author, a prolific writer, poet, and songwriter. She is blessed with two adult daughters, two sons’ in-law, and fifteen gorgeous grandchildren and a soon to be great grandmother. Sandra is a Missionary… having served in Africa, India and China. She is an Evangelist, church leader and intercessory prayer leader. Sandra graduated Bible school in 2005. She is the Australian Headquarters Ministry Leader and Staff Writer for the Lamp Newsletter in De-troit Michigan. A contributing author to twelve Anthology Publications. Sandra plans to publish her first book entitled “The Letter”. Contact: sandrevival@yahoo.com.au and Facebooksandra.hickman.503

Wanda J. Burnside is an Award-winning writer, poet, and author. She is also a playwright of 12 performed plays. Wanda is a teacher of grades K-7. She graduated from the University of Detroit in 1972 with a BS in Humanities/Education. Founder: Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, International. Founder and publisher: The Lamp Newsletter International with staff and offices in the USA, the UK-London and Australia. She is the author of 12 books and a contributor to over 80 publications. Wanda has received Christian certification in numerous ministries from: Detroit Bible College, William Tyndale Bible College, Charles H. Mason Bible College and other institutions. Wanda married Mr. Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. in November 1972.

Drug Use (blog by me)

There is no Bible verse that reads, “Don’t use drugs” so some Christians think using drugs is okay. However, Scripture does tell us to be self-controlled and alert, and that simply isn’t possible while under the influence of drugs. Many Christians think drug use opens the body to demonic influence or control. Come to think of it, my experience seems to support that idea.

Before I became a Christian, I was an atheist who did not believe in angels or demons. I was lost spiritually, and that is the way I wandered through life–aimlessly and bored. The drugs helped relieve my boredom temporarily. I smoked marijuana regularly and took acid a number of times. On acid, I would experience a high that was kinda fun and exciting because things I saw might be exaggerated. For instance, when I looked down from a two-story building, it was like looking down from a sky scraper. One time, I was looking at my friend, but instead I saw a figure dressed in a black hooded robe as if he were some sort of demon. At the time, I felt so confused because it was nothing that would ever enter my mind as I did not believe in that sort of thing.

Whether or not drugs welcome demons, they certainly do not put us in the alert and self-controlled state God calls us to be in. Money used to buy drugs is circulated in the black market instead of being used to build up the kingdom of God. Time that could be spent in prayer and God’s service is wasted. For that and many other reasons, I stopped using drugs when I became a Christian. With God’s help, it was easy to change my lifestyle to enjoy life without drugs.

If you are ready to give up using drugs or have never confessed your drug use, join me in this prayer: Lord, You are a holy God, and Your glory is splendid. I confess I have sinned against Your Name by using drugs in the past. Please forgive my drug use, and help me to never use drugs again. Remove me from situations that might be tempting to me, and give me strength to say no or even end relationships that might cause me to use drugs again. I understand they lead me away from You, and I want to draw near to You instead. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Prayer for Loved One in a Nursing Home (by me)

Give my loved one a heart of gratitude,
Content and filled with joy, with a sharp mind,
That reflects a positive attitude,
And love that like a star brightly shines.

Make my loved one feel at home anywhere,
Comfortable, restful, and free from pain,
As one sitting in their own armchair,
In their living room, young once again.

Keep them focused on You, Almighty Lord,
Inspire them to cause others to believe
Help them to meditate on Your Word,
Trusting in Your promise of eternity

Protect them from virus and disease
That seek to brutally ravish and kill,
Teach me to trust the Prince of Peace
And before You, Sovereign Lord, be still.

When we open our mouths to complain,
Instead let praise from our lips exclaim.

Purpose in Problems (blog by me)

If the book of Job taught us nothing else, it is that we should admit we (as humans) cannot determine the cause of problems. We cannot trace someone’s illness to their sins. Natural disasters are not necessarily caused by the sin of the land. It could be the Enemy attacking a perfectly innocent person. We can apply our heart to wisdom and see what we can learn from the problem. Ask yourself the following questions. What is at the heart of the tragedy?

Is it rejection? Have you rejected others? Are you in some way rejecting God? What can you do to comfort others who have experienced rejection? How should you pray for someone who is suffering from rejection?

Is it fear? How can you learn to trust God more? What can you do to comfort others who are experiencing fear? Is there a Bible verse that comforts you that can be used to comfort others? What should you pray for those suffering from fear?

Is it anger? Are you angry at God? Have you been honest with Him about your emotions? What steps can you take to forgive those who wronged you? Is your anger godly anger or worldly anger? How can you help others who suffer from anger? How can help bring about justice for others?

Is it sorrow? What is at the root of the sorrow? How can you remind others to have hope? What acts of kindness have relieved your sorrow? What things bring you joy? How can you bring joy to others? What can you pray for those who are experiencing deep sorrow?

Your problems and trials could be the beginning of a ministry. Your ministry could be geared toward others suffering from the same problems as you, but it all starts from simply being honest about your emotions and talking to God about it. We, as humans, all experience the same feelings at one time or another. It is refreshing to connect with others who feel the same way. Ask God to show you the next step in using your troubles and strong emotions to “love one another” (John 13:34).

Stop Looking for Lightning Strikes (blog by me)

Some people misunderstand Christianity to be a faith without consequences since sins have been paid for with the blood of Jesus. It is true that Christians will not be punished eternally in hell for our wrongdoing, but we can still face God’s discipline for habitual sin committed with an unrepentant heart. Hebrews 12:6 tells us God disciplines those He loves.

If you are caught in a trap of habitual sin, should you be watching for a deadly lightning strike? No! Is not the One who gives the Holy Spirit full of the fruit of the Spirit? He is gentle, patient, kind, good, joyful, and full of love (see Galatians 5:22-23). Knowing the Biblical character of our God prevents us from projecting onto Him the imperfect personality of our earthly parents or any human for that matter. Since Christ satisfied the wrath of God (see Romans 5:9) for people who trust in Him, we do not experience God’s anger as it was portrayed in the Old Testament. To us, He is our shepherd.

Although God can rescue you from the lasting effects of another person’s sin, He may choose not to. There may be purpose in it. Pray for God to reveal the good things that has come from your suffering. Pray for a godly attitude toward your situations. Praise Him in your suffering, and He will make you emerge victorious. Trust in your heavenly Father’s good character to see you through to the end.

God Alone Provides (blog by me)

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE to provide money. That means it is wrong to manifest, use the law of attraction, feng shui, or name it claim it. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’ “

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE to provide knowledge. This means He does not want you to rely on enlightenment, channeling, angel cards, tarot cards, meditation (except on His Word), astrology, or chanting. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE for guidance. This means He does not want you to call on angels, saints, spirit guides, ancestors, or any other thing or being. Deuteronomy 18: 10-11 says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.”

I say these things to you in love-not in judgement for the Lord will judge us all according to the motivations of our hearts, but if you were innocently practicing these things, you can no longer do so because now the Lord has sent this message just for you. Draw near to Him who loves you and has provided ALONE for the salvation of your soul for eternal life through Jesus Christ’s blood and death on the cross.

Prayer for the Unsaved III Dry Bones (poem prayer by me)

Lord, Your hands measure out the oceans,
You weigh mountains and hills on Your scales,
Lord, You can make dry bones live again,
Let Your will be done; let Your mercy prevail.

Dry bones, hear the Almighty Lord speak,
Receive His breath, and come to life,
March out of the valley and onto the peak,
Hope is restored; All hail Jesus Christ!

God, transform them; renew their minds,
Set their thoughts on things of the Spirit,
Show them You love people of all kinds,
Assure them when they pray, you will hear it.

Protect them from the Enemy’s darts,
Move them to seek You with all their hearts.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life.” —Ezekiel 37:5

God of All Grace (praise poem by me)

Lord, You are our strong tower and our rock,
Exalted be Your glorious name,
You shepherd us-Your beloved flock,
Your wonderful deeds, I will proclaim.
 
Your superior ways are right and just,
Your tender love endures forever,
For our iniquity, You were crushed,
Your wisdom, we cannot begin to measure.
 
Nothing is too difficult for You,
You are the way, the truth, and the life,
You oversee from an eternal view,
One day, You’ll end all suffering and strife.
 
You are the Savior of the human race,
You are the Almighty God of all grace.
 

 

Poetic Prayer for the Unsaved (poem by me)

Lord of all mankind, nothing is too hard for You,
Thank You for saving me and washing me of my sin,
I know You are real and Your Word is true,
Now I come before You for my friends and kin.

Open their eyes to see they strayed,
Let them repent of sin and comprehend,
Cause them to feel shame and disgrace,
So they’ll reach out for You before their life’s end.

Let them reach out for You and see You’re near,
You are knocking at their door even now,
You’re speaking to them — let them hear,
Let them open the door — show them how.

Show them that those who seek will find,
Reveal the depth of Your love and grace,
How Your Son died for the sins of mankind,
Illustrate how His punishment took our place.

Let them ask for and receive the Holy Spirit,
Like a kind Father, it’s Your good pleasure to give it.

*I pray in agreement for the salvation of your loved ones. In Christ’s Name, Amen!

Nature Is Calling to You (poem by me)

stream

Majestic mountaintops glittering with snow,
Far away from the hustle of the urban sprawl,
Its bosom holds secrets from long ago,
A looming backdrop to remind us we are small.

Crystal clear streams flowing freely from peaks,
No stagnation or pollution to undo,
It trickles into sparkling streams and creeks,
Stressing to us purity is a virtue.

Home to the formidable and dignified moose,
Chewing tall grasses and spring flowers with wide eyes,
Watching for those who would challenge his truce,
Prompting respect for all creatures under the skies.

Take a hike, make a drive, step outside, pass through,
And perceive nature’s personal message to you.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” —Job 12:7-10