Review - An Uncommon Courtship

An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3)An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book very much. From reading the previous books in the Hawthorne House series, I was familiar with the character Trent. We knew his as a fun loving, have no care young man and it continued in this story as well.
At first, I became frustrated with Trent, with how he basically ran away from his duties as husband. If I were his mother, I'd have boxed his ears. As it was, this allowed the reader to see how the bonds of family and friendship guided this young man to accepting that this unexpected marriage was truly God's will. When he finally came to that acceptance, he realized Adelaide truly was his life's partner.
Well done.

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History Repeats Itself - And HOW!

"For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us. For our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them. In transgressing and lying against the LORD*, and turning ourselves away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering words of falsehood from the heart. And justice is turned backward, and righteousness stands afar off, for truth has fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth fails and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey, and the LORD* saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice."
Do the above verses sound like the world today? Well, hold on to your hat, this is from Isaiah 59: 12-15. Isaiah was written from about 739 to 680 BC. Israel was in revolt, much like we are today, and judgement was a-comin'. If God judged the Israelites, His chosen people for turning away and falling into sin, what makes you think He won't bring judgement upon us?

God is looking for Christians to 'stand in the gap' and pray for the salvation of our nation. To turn back to Him and follow His truths.
"And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no intercessor."
Isaiah 59: 16

The Bible shows us, in the Book of Revelation, the time will come when He will no longer allow us to openly defy Him. Lucifer's reign on earth is coming to an end, and Christ will return in a cloud of glory and we will be with Him forever in heaven.
"And He, Y'shua, will come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those who turn from rebellious sin in Jacob, says the LORD*"
Isaiah 59: 20

This is why the Bible is such a dynamic book. All things point to Christ. All things point to our sins being forgiven. All things point to God redeeming us even though we are NOT worthy. I know I'm not and thank Jesus Christ, Y'shua, daily for saving my soul from eternal damnation.

He Knows My Name

Today is September 11, 2016 - fifteen year anniversary of the terrorist attacks now referred to as simply, 9-11. I'm sure most of us who were around remember exactly what we were doing as the news began to spread.

There is a photograph that touched my heart in a most profound way. It was taken by Richard Drew and has become known as 'The Falling Man'. What strikes me about this picture are two things. One - he knew he was going to die and Two - how bad was it that he felt jumping was his only solution. My heart hurt at the total despair captured during this person's last few minutes on earth.

Photograph by Richard Drew
Now, here's the reason for this post. At the end of an interview with the photographer he states that the identity of this man remains unknown.

God knows him.

The Bible says: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." Jeremiah 1:5 and, "For You have possessed my thoughts, You knitted me in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13

This man was no accident. Before the foundation of the world was laid, God knew this man. (Ephesians 1:4) God knew his heart, mind and soul just like He knows ours.

No one who died on 9-11 thought they would die that day. We'll never know when our 'number' is up and we only get one shot at making this life count. The bible says: "And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this, Judgement," Hebrews 9:27

Through the frailty of this one man, God helped me realize that He knows me. He knows this man. He knows you. If this man knew Christ as his personal Saviour and believed in God with all his heart he may have met death at the bottom of that fall, but instantly he would have met face to face with our Heavenly Father who wipes away all our tears and give us unspeakable joy.

My prayer is that you know Christ as your Saviour. That you have confessed your sins and asked Him to cleanse your heart and mind. We may never have to make the horrendous decision that man had to make, but we will all one day give an account of our life to God the Creator. I desperately want to hear God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter the kingdom of heaven", and I want to take as many people with me that I can. You might be one of them.