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How to receive God’s healing every time

 

 

Local author’s book added to collection

Jacksonville Public Library selected my book to include in their Local Authors Collection. Yay!

“We are pleased to inform you that your book has been selected for the Local Authors Collection, which is housed on the first floor of the Jacksonville Public Library Main Library.” Jacksonville Public Library.

I will be doing a book signing at Coconut Barrel, St. Augustine, Sunday 6/23 from 1-4 Break Free from every Abuse Healing Manual front ebk coverpm. Stop by to say hello.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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You make our hearts glad because we trust You, the only God.  Psalm 33:21

How many of us love, love? I love, love:  holding hands, that special look, a warm embrace, romantic dinners—it makes you feel good, does it not, to spend time with Someone who reciprocates and demonstrates their love to us?

Do you know God loves, love? The object of His affection is you. He continuously demonstrates His love for us. I’m sure each of us could list a myriad of ways He has demonstrated His love for you when you least expected it—from that parking space that opened up just when you needed it, to kind words and encouragement that came at the perfect time, to healings.

God has His hand on us every day. He is in the background of our lives like antivirus software, always protecting us and working on our behalf to provide a safe environment. And, every so often God sends us personalized reminders of His great love for us. Today was one of those days.

My desk faces the window so that when I sit down to write I can, from time to time, look out to see my little corner of the world.

As I glanced up at the sky, I saw a formation of a sky-blue heart outlined in white puffy clouds. It was God’s love reminder to me. God knows I like hearts, and I especially like the hearts He gives me to remind me that even when I haven’t taken time to be with Him, He still loves me and is thinking of me. How sweet and thoughtful is He?

Thank you, Lord, for the hearts you place in the sky and for heart-shaped stones and so many other ways you display Your affection and love for us. You meet us where we are and find ways to remind us how much You love us. Thank you for all the little ways every day that You show us Your love. Help us not take You for granted. Help us look for and recognize Your hearts of love.

Excerpt from 50 Shades of His Love by Linda Irene available on Amazon

LOVE

Love is in the air….Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…Here is an excerpt from my book, “Love Letters from the Heart of God.” Enjoy…It is also available on Amazon $20 and free shipping–Great gift for Valentine’s Day! https://www.amazon.com/dp/154060859X/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Love Letters

Love Letters from the Heart of God. a beautifully illustrated book in full color, ideal for gift-giving. If you have difficulty telling others about God’s love, or sharing the gospel, this book will do it for you. Readers will experience: *comfort *hope *calmness of spirit *warmed heart.

My Dear Child,

Love is like sunshine on a rainy day–it’s warm and welcome.
Love is like medicine for the heart, it makes you smile;
Love makes you see through rose-colored glasses;
Love causes you to laugh out loud at the simplest of things;
Love gives life to the marrow of your bones;
Love inspires and motivates;
Love fills your head with happy thoughts, your heart with song, and your feet with dance and your soul with peace;
Love is unconditional.
Love comes gently when you least expect it.
Aspire to be everything that love is…
Love,
God

FREE Ebook

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  Heaven or Hell, you decide. This booklet is Scripture based and will help the reader discover: *if heaven exists *if hell exists *what heaven looks like *what hell is like *how you can know for sure where you will spend eternity eBook link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079KG3CK7/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb 

How the church can help the abused

          I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His Kingdom: preach the Word (as an official messenger) be ready when the time is right and even when it is not (keep your sense of urgency whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome) correct (those who err in doctrine or behavior) warn (those who sin) exhort and encourage those who are growing toward spiritual maturity with inexhaustible patience and faithful teaching.  2 Timothy 4:1 AMP

I can almost guarantee that there are abused women and some abused men sitting in every church represented by this blogging audience. There may even be some who are walking with a heavy burden they are not meant to carry. I come to bring awareness, to encourage and challenge you.

            Abused No More is my most popular selling book. Why? Because abuse is happening everywhere, including in our churches.

If I had known the above Scripture when I married at the tender age of 19 and was first physically assaulted on my honeymoon, I could have saved myself 25 years of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual abuse and trauma.

May I repeat part of what Timothy said:

Correct those who err in doctrine or behavior; warn those who sin.

It took me about 20 years to gather enough courage to go to my then pastor to ask for help. I was at the end of my rope. I’d done everything I’d known to do, and nothing worked. I loved him, forgave him and submitted to him just as I’d been taught, believing that if I did those things, he would recognize my Godly character and it would change him.  It did not.

Do not be deceived—unchecked abuse increases in frequency and intensity. The only hope to save an abusive marriage is to hold the abuser accountable as Timothy said—“correct those who err in doctrine and behavior”.  

My pastor’s advice at that time was ‘Hang in there.’ Those words kept me in the situation. I wrongly believed if a man of God told me to stay, it must be God’s will. It entrapped me and made me powerless.  Religion teaches women to be forgiving and submissive which only perpetuates the problem. There is nothing wrong with being submissive and forgiving in the proper context—but when you tell a woman who is being battered emotionally, verbally, physically, sexually and / or spiritually, to submit and forgive, you strip her of self-esteem, power and hope for a better future.

God said in Isaiah 54:15:

            If anyone attacks you, do not for a moment suppose I sent them.

Again, I say, “Correct the sister who errs in doctrine believing that by staying she is pleasing God, or that it is His will, or that it is her responsibility to hold the marriage together.”

Part of what kept me in the marriage so long was that I thought it was where God wanted me—that it was my cross to bear—that it was up to me to hold the marriage together even though my husband gave me every reason and right to leave.  I thought he would change. I believed God would change him. God did not change him—God changed me.

A man is to love his wife like Christ loves the church. Jesus sacrificed for her. He is not forceful with her. He is patient, kind and always does what is best for her. We are to live by His example. In that context, submission is appropriate.

During the first 5 years of abuse, I was so beaten down emotionally from a continuous cycle of verbal, physical and emotional assaults that I thought my only means of escape was to ram myself into the oncoming tractor trailer. But God was in the car with me that night. He diverted my attention and not only saved me from certain death—he also saved my soul because at that point I had not yet accepted the Lord. I would have died to escape hell on earth only to suffer hell forever and ever.

There may be some here who are walking the road I walked, or know someone who is. We have a choice. We can look the other way thinking we will stay out of their business or we can ask ourselves WWJD…What would Jesus do?

Jesus would not turn a blind eye. Jesus came to set captives free. It may take courage and risk to help a sister who cannot help herself. And she may get angry with you…but a woman who is emotionally and mentally beaten down by abuse or is falsely believing God wants her there is not able to help herself. She needs her sisters to walk with her and to do for her until she can do for herself. She needs her sisters to call 911 if they need to. She needs her sisters to be aware of what is happening in her life and support her.

When we turn a blind eye, we empower the abuser and tighten the chains of abuse around our sisters.

Man may tell her to ‘hang in there’ but God says,

“I am able to make all grace abound toward you. You are more than a conqueror—you are victorious. I have a purpose and a plan for your life.

Jesus loves unconditionally. He wants to heal our wounds and scars. He always wants what is best for us. Beating a woman into submission is not love. And it definitely is not God’s best.

I Corinthians 5:11-13 (AMP) says, “I have written to you not to associate with any so-called [Christian] brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater [devoted to anything that takes the place of God], or is a reviler [who insults or slanders or otherwise verbally abuses others], or is a drunkard or a swindler—you must not so much as eat with such a person. 12 For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders (non-believers)? Do you not judge those who are within the church [to protect the church as the situation requires]? 13 God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside [the faith]. Remove the wicked one from among you [expel him from your church].”

Reviler in the Greek is translated Abusive.  If God is telling the church (God’s people) not to even eat with an abusive person—what could he be saying to the woman who is suffering daily at the hands of an abusive man?

            Eating together implies acceptance. God is telling us not to accept such behavior in the church. He is calling us to deal with the one who calls himself a Christian but is harming Christ’s bride.  May I encourage us to correct those who err in doctrine and behavior as both Timothy and Paul state, and not look away to mind our own business? Our sisters need our help, whether they recognize it or not. We could potentially save a life because abuse always escalates.

I leave you with this:  Romans 14:19   “So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another …

2016 (2)  Linda Irene is the author of inspirational, faith-based books. Her work has been published nationally in Guideposts, Recover the Self Literary Journal and Jacksonville Magazine. She served as literary judge for Florida Writers Association writing competitions.

Linda Irene graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University, with a BA in liberal arts and social sciences.

She also holds a paralegal degree, former certification as Magisterial District Justice for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and served as massage therapist for the Olympic Games.

She enjoys spending time near the water, music, dancing and fine dining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release

Free eBooklet today, March 10 through Tuesday, March 13, 2018

stop crying coverAmazonThis booklet will bring hope, encouragement and insight to help you heal from traumatic loss. Overcome grief, sadness, depression, anger and loneliness to experience fullness of life again.  Suffering is not God’s plan or purpose for you. Find help, comfort and encouragement through the pages of this booklet. There is hope. Be set free and live again.

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