Wednesday, August 24, 2016
I am starting my review on a title I received through Tyndale House. I enjoy blogging for this publishing company. The title is Becoming a Woman of Excellence 30th Anniversary Revised &Updated. This is in a devotional and study guide format so I am pretty excited. I will be back soom once I have completed so stay turned for my review.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
You are light, you are love; you step down in to darkness you give hope you restore every heart that is broken. Great are you Lord! It's your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise to you only.
This song has been in my heart for the last three days. These words are so powerful God's gets all in the mess of things with all his great attributes and restore because it is his breath in our lungs that keeps us moving despite all we have been through hallelujah!
I can't help but think on scripture I was studying this morning where Jesus and his disciples were on a boat and a storm came. Jesus was sleeping and the disciples were terrified. Once Jesus was awakened by the disciples He calmed the storm but he asked two important questions of them that puzzled him. Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have NO faith? I put the emphasis on the word no for a reason. Jesus is not just upset because they were on a boat with water filling up on the inside, winds are crazy, it's dark and they were afraid but the fact that Jesus himself was on the boat and they were acting as if the savior himself was not with them. I thought about my own life and how many situations I have been in where so much fear of the situation I was facing came in and that I acted as if Jesus was no where in my life. He's my savior but I let a doctor's report, a closed door to a job I wanted, or an accident my child was in, overtake that I have the light,the love, the hope the restorer of my life and have that put on the back burner. Shame on me. I don't want to be like the disciples and not truly know who the Lord is even when his protection, and goodness is all around me everyday and in the boat with me! Even after he calmed the storm they asked who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey him. They still asked "who is this" really disciples; unbelievable! But It's not much different than our action today when we get all bent out of shape when situations arise. I don't want to be like that, I want to know, I know, that I know, that He is who He says he is without a doubt!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This bible is very similar to the girls slimline bible the difference is the look. The black and blue as well as the inside from cover scripture that is on it. My husband actually like the bible and considers taking it when he is in need to travel light and still have that stylish guy look and feel of a bible. It has topics to look up , reading plan but as stated for the girls version of this, it is not a study bible that has notes on scriptures. It is your typical Holy Bible. It is in NLT version for easier reading and understanding of God's word. The cover also has a nice feel to it. It is leather. I really like that about it. This is definitely guys bible .I think any young tween and teen guy would love this bible to read God's word. It is slim, light weight and very nice looking. I also do like the NLT version of the bible and especially for young Christians it could be a great help on opening up the word for better understanding. I do think this is a great guys bible. Especially since my husband got to look at it and he gave it a thumbs up.
I got a fee copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
I was so excited to be able to review the girls slim line bible as I have teen girls and thought from a mothers perspective and once when I was a teen had a bible I was stoked. When I got it in my hands I was able to feel the front cover and it has this nice velvet soft from cover that really does look like a girl teen bible. When I opened the front cover it had space for you’re to write your name and other information. I love how the edges of the bible is in the color purple. I had read scriptures in NLT so I do think it is helpful having this version for a teen. NLT is great for breaking scripture down to a simpler text and I think this was great for a young girl’s bible considering they will have more questions about the word of God with other versions. It has the look and feel of a teen /girl’s bible. It is the perfect size for easy carrying and very convenient to put in your purse or small bag. It has everything your typical bible has to look up words and scriptures. It has a concordance, I like how it has themed passages to look up that is teen related as well. I would have enjoyed it to be more girl teen related like having some sort of topic in between or what could be helpful to a young girls and things they can learn from the books in the bible but I guess there are other bibles for that. That was the only pain point I had for this bible. It is if you are looking for a bible that is themed for a girl this is your bible. It is very colorful and your young daughter can go while with highlighting and adding their own personal bible stuff and it would fit right in. My 14 year actually loves it and she want to have it as her own personal bible.
I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale house in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.
I want to first start out by saying that this message is definitely a word that God made stand out in my heart as I was listening to his word through audio while at work. I often have times where I am just filing papers for an hour or so and I just hibernate in the file room and listen to the word while I file and when the scriptures came along on this topic, God immediately began to teach me and give me a word concerning this topic. I had never ever looked at this scripture in this way and I know it was God giving me a new fresh word and was going to allow me to use it in the unique way he has gifted me to teach His word to his people. I pray that this word bless you. I know it will not just bless us but pierce our hearts because God has told us from the beginning that he is a jealous God and rightfully so, that He created us for HIS glory and for no other reason. We are in the times that are nearing the end, whenever that is, and although I don't know when that is, I do know that it is closer than it was yesterday and the week before so God all around the world with all those he has given gifts to teach, is pouring out and looking for a people that will be loyal to him and the only way we can be loyal is by knowing the word.
Often we know of Judas as the betrayer of Jesus, the one whose actions caused Jesus to go to the cross. We can be angry with Judas for the pain and suffering his actions caused Jesus. I look at it as... had these things not happened we would not have had a Savior. God showed me during this time with this teaching that it goes a little deeper than that...
Let’s look at some facts about Judas. Not much about his early life is known by anyone. He most likely showed his skill for business so he was appointed treasurer for the disciples. ( John 12:6 ,13:39). He most likely joined the disciples out of pure motives I believe digging in this, but later became a thief. He acted as if he cared for the poor and had this "zeal" if you will for them but it was really his covetousness. Also the way he reacted when Mary had her encounter with Jesus with her alabaster box he was the first to worry and think only of the value of what was in the box and not on the action what she was doing represented.
We know that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. In the minds and hearts of us as believers it seems very little for the price to betray someone you are loyal to right? Someone that you love! You would think it would be a high price or no price at all to do that to someone you love, saw great miracles from, saw how He loved people. An innocent man. How does that even make sense? Well I want us to look at 30 pieces of silver in Judas days and how much is that really???
During slavery 30 pieces of silver is what was paid for the price of a slave. When a slave was accidentally killed this was also the payment a master received. In Zachariah 11:12-13, 30 he was paid 30 pieces of silver for his labor He then takes those coins and "throws them to the potter". He also made a sarcastic statement about the payment received calling it a "handsome price". This also is a direct reference and prophesy to what happens to Jesus before it even happens and the situation with Judas.
Once I got a better understanding of what this payment signified and what it meant to those in that time. It all came together. Judas was willing and did take the bribe from the enemy that his relationship with Jesus was worth compromising.
Present Day: What are your 30 pieces of sliver? What is the enemy dishing out, as payment for our betrayal of Christ and our relationship with God? And are we accepting the payment? Is the amount worth having a setback in your walk with God? Are those "30 pieces of silver" worth what God has given us? Daily we struggle with things and we fall short daily but I have come to a point in my own personal life where things I know I should not be doing I don't do. If there is a struggle I go to the feet of Jesus and ask him to help me and not take the temptations of the enemy and then after I have done the sin, waddled in it, then try and bring the 30 pieces of silver back to the enemy. At that point we have already done it and now comes whatever those consequences may be. When these things takes place the enemy just looks at us now that we have a conscience of what we have done the enemy "says that is not my problem oh well, that is your problem" just like the Chief Priest did to Judas when He felt bad and wanted to undo what he did. The bible tells us that that we are no longer slaves to sin. We don't have to do them. It is no longer in our nature to sin. ( Galatians 4:7). The Word also tells us that NOTHING shall separate us from the Love of God. I don't just believe that this is only what God feels towards us but, is what we should feel also once we truly understand and accept God as our complete source , and that the trials we face don't have anything on us because we have the source of life itself.
Jesus was not deceived by Judas He knew from the beginning he would betray him. Jesus after watching Judas walk with him, eat with him , Jesus shared pretty much everything with his disciples and then that day of the breaking of bread with Judas and the others, Jesus called him out. I believe this message is our Savior calling us out letting us know that there are too many things in the word that is keeping us from all that he wants to give us. Those things drive out his spirit, the full life that he died to give us. He came that we might have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10). After Jesus called him out satan entered Judas and at that point he had a choice to make. Today since the word has gone out we have a choice to make. Are we going to free ourselves from the things that satan is trying to give us?
Free yourselves from the 30 pieces of silver that the enemy want to give you to betray and alter your relationship with Christ. We have to decide if we are going to be on Team Jesus! We absolutely cannot continue to take payments from the enemy and still try and serve Christ. At some point a decision has to be made. We can't serve two master either you will hate one and love the other (Matthew 6:24).
Christ is looking for obedience and loyalty. It grieves his spirit when we continue to let the enemy have his way in our lives especially when he has given us power over the enemy. We have the free gift. Jesus!!
Today 30 pieces of silver is around 225.00 USD. When I think of the things that have come between my relationship with Christ or can if I let the enemy enter in, this payment is truly a low blow to my savior when I think of it personally in my life. Lastly I ask you again sister what are the 30 pieces of sliver the enemy is putting in your way from your complete loyalty to Christ? Those things that keep you going backwards, being stagnant and not being able to have the fullness you know you can have if you just stop letting the enemy bribe you in that one area or areas?
I pray this message bless you. It was a tough message for me because as God was given me this I had to examine my own life and make sure I am not allowing this to happen in my life and if there are things whether big or small I need to pray, ask for forgiveness and turn away from it. In the times that we are in honestly my sister we don't have time not to do this. Watching the world around me and how prevalent the enemy is now with Christ coming being closer than it was in bible times, some that wander back into the world and take the payments from the enemy don't make it back and are dying in their sin in the mess that God brought them out of. I pray for everyone reading this that it bless you tremendously and that you share this teaching with someone else. If you would like prayer on this topic or whatever prayer you feel you need after reading this please send an email to email@example.com I would love to pray with you and for you.
Monday, April 25, 2016
I wanted to talk a little about bound to be free book. The title itself made me want to read it because as Children of God, when you first give your life to Christ you don’t quite know how to walk out being free in Christ although the bible tells us we have it through Christ. I love grace. This books deals with the subject matter of grace and what I like most about it, is that it does not just talk about grace, that we are not perfect, we sin, God forgives but how to walk it grace and what grace truly means according to the bible. I loved the different parts and how it was broken down. The perfectionism Tram and where we actually do and encounter that makes this a trap of perfectionism. So of which you may not even know falls under that trap which is quite interesting because you are being set free just learning about that. I won’t spoil the details and insights too much here. The second section which is really liberating is the Trap of God’s grace. Who want to know you are wrong but don’t know what to do to get it right? No one I’d hope so this sections talks and shows you how to escape the trap of perfectionism. This reminds me of the scripture that the bible speaks of God always providing a way of escape for us.
I also enjoyed that this book is not just a read but it gives scriptures so you can learn, grow and be fed enough though it is a book to read. I always look for Christian books to have enough scripture so that you can back up what you are saying. I really enjoyed this book and the insight into becoming free. The word of God says that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. This freedom the book talks about is not something that we need to earn but is freely given to us through God’s Amazing Grace and we just need to tap into it.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion of this title.
Your book blogger Toccara.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I wanted to talk about Centralia. This was a book that I started a while ago and even though it had some good parts that captured my interest, it did not capture me to keep reading and not stop. The characters and some of the events seemed unrealistic. More Hollywood I can say. I really wish I had more interest but it was really close to the Bourne identity movies and I really did not get into those movies. I initially liked that the mom and daughter was missing and he was not sure what happened to them and all the other events were really to find them while he's trying to find out where he has learned all these fighting skills and how to get to centralia!!! I won't spoil the book but I would say if you are into the Bourne identity you would like this book and may find it pretty predictable.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion of this title.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
I want to wish everyone who visit and stop by a happy new year. This is a brand new year to start fresh. A new year to examine your life and see what need to change for you to be able to move forward. As a Believer and someone who has been through a few things, I know the past is lonely. Often times we are the only ones stuck in it, everyone else has moved on and we are still dealing with our past stuff. But today is a new day, better a new year that you made it to, to just stop for a moment and behold the new things that God is trying to place in front of you. This year can be a year to behold! Behold what is new, behold what God has in store for you. He never stays in the past. He is always looking and moving forward with you. His thoughts are always for us to move forward and behold his Goodness! Behold his Glory, Behold his Comfort, behold his Love, his Protection.
I know your situations in 2015 may seem as if they are going to go along in 2016 but this year, I challenge you to just stop and Behold. I want you to stop and look at the word "Behold" for a moment
Definition- see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).
Its synonyms are: see observe, view, look at, watch, survey, witness, gaze at/upon, regard, contemplate, inspect, eye;
God tells us in so many places in his word to observe his laws, to be watchful, that we are his witnesses, to contemplate his teachings, to look at what he has done, to keep our eyes fixed on him.etc... To behold is to really have a close relationship with him. A close watch on what He says, and what He want us to do. To watch, listen, observe and ultimate do so that we can receive the very best from him. For me this year I am not going sit back and smell the roses but I am going to Behold the Lord, Behold his teachings and what his word has to say to me. I know that everything I need is in him so I have to behold the things of God so that I can know what His plan is and what part I play in it. When we start to behold, to observe, to look, to witness, gaze upon, the Lord we have no need to look to the left or to the right because He is so impressive, and remarkable that I only see what is in front of me and that is God Almighty! Have a great start to your new year as I will be on my journey to do the same because for me, this is the year to Behold!
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
While sitting by the lake I was studying scripture sitting by the lake at work on my lunch break, I started studying Luke while Jesus was teaching doing some open air preaching he got in a boat that belonged to two men that the night before struggled to catch fish. These men made their living off of catching fish, as they were fishermen. They had given up and called it a day as they had to go home without if you will money for their families, but Jesus was not the type to give up, he still is not the person to give up. He eventually calls attention to simon who owned the boats and asked him to do something that seemed really silly being that they were out there all night 24 hours and nothing, not one fish! You have to read for yourself to get the rest of the story but what God spoke to me and that I noticed is that in my life, my walk with him, He has had to take me away from the edge where it was safe where I just lived life as usual and take me into the water where I could not depend on no one but him. Then that is where my Lord and savior dealt with me. With death feeling like it was knocking at my door, my health had failed me in a way I did not know how and why, Joy was non existent even before that, I either was going to continue with the shallow non fulfilling life I was living or cast my faith into the deep. After a fight I tried to give by thinking I could somehow make this better on my own, I put my faith into the deep and said I have failed but I am willing to do it again and this time I surrender it all to you. I totally surrender and when I said that meant it, God did AMAZING THINGS! His Amazing things were for one, this online ministry, a closer relationship with Him. Giving me a husband who loves the Lord, children who know the Lord, and love him, a job where I can have opportunities to share the good news, He developed my gift of teaching, and learning to operation in a spirit filled life just Truly amazing things! I have since still had my faith tested… oh how I have, but I know that when I leave the shallow, I have a loving, faithful, providing Father waiting in the deep to give me full coverage on every side that the blessings are so plentiful that I have no choice but to spread the love to others and hope that they can experience the same as I have. This is what my going into the deep is all about. It is about sharing, bringing others closer with my story, allowing my life lessons and struggles to be diamonds in the rough for people I have no idea will be set free from it and most of all allowing God to get all the glory forever Amen. You may have been trying just as these fishermen were all night, and for you it may have been all week, all month, all year, but just follow the master, trust him, He may be leading you into deep waters, for your faith to become full lacking nothing and while you are in the deep you can be assured He will protect you and sustain you and when He leads you out there, you can't fail!
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
Luke 5:4-7 NLT
Luke 5:4-7 NLT
God may be asking us to reach into the deep waters. Asking us to try again, go out of our normal routine... Many times miracles, the impossible, the supernatural lies in your willingness to go deeper. Into a deeper knowledge, a deeper relationship with God Almighty. For me often times this means giving up control. It means for me stop trying to be in control. It means for me more dependence, more mediation. I am not sure what exactly it means for you, but I know going back in that spot where you were not successful at first seems crazy but Your Master may be telling you to cast your nets back out there for whatever it is your believing him for and go deeper this time.