LIFE FLIGHT

14 01 2022

LIFE FLIGHT: EXTREME MEASURE 1

Author: Lynette Eason

Reviewer: Cris Hoxie

Review: This was a pretty good book, but it was hard for me to read.  The anticipation of something bad happening is hard for me, but the story itself was very good.  This is the story of EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton.  In one of the worst storms, she is flying a very ill gal to another hospital.  But alone the way, she is forced to land on top of a mountain.  Unknown to her, there is an escaped prisoner on the loose in that area.  Because the radio is out and she doesn’t have a satellite phone, she treks down the mountain to make a call to get another helicopter to pick up the gal.  That’s when she find out about the escapee.  Now, will she make it back to the helicopter?  Will her FBI friend, Holt Satterfield, be able to get the guy?  You will need to read the book to get the full scoop of this story!

Synopsis: EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient–and a serial killer on the loose–tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s help. But she’s not out of the woods yet.

In the ensuing days, Penny finds herself under attack. And when news reaches Holt that he may not have gotten his man after all, it will take all he and Penny have to catch a killer–before he catches one of them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason is back with another high-octane tale of close calls, narrow escapes, and the fight to bring a nefarious criminal to justice.

Bio: Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher’s Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

Life Flight became available for sale January 4, 2022. 





SEEKING FOR THE LORD

14 01 2022

Psalms 34:4-7 AMPC

I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to Him and were radiant; their faces shall never blush for shame or be confused.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers.

TPT

Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress
    and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!
Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come.
    Your faces will glisten with glory.
    You’ll never wear that shame-face again.
When I had nothing, desperate and defeated,
    I cried out to the Lord and he heard me,
    bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.
The angel of Yahweh stooped down to listen as I prayed,
    encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape.
    He will do this for everyone who fears God.

I usually don’t do the Passion Translation, for it is not my favorite translation, but sometimes it does bring something out much clearer to help us understand.

I sought the Lord.  As the amp puts it also, I inquired of the Lord.  I looked up sought and it is the past tense of seek.  Now that makes me think of the New Testament of seek and you shall find.  Are we seeking the Lord or not?  We must be looking for Him.  What is it like when you’ve lost something, but you know it’s in your house?  You are seeking/looking for that item all over the place!  Same with the Lord.  But this goes on further.  Inquire.  That is where the TPT helps here.  I cried to God.   Now I know that a big portion of those who are reading this have cried out to God.  In the troubles we are going through lately, there have been a lot of cries going up.  The best part is God does answer.  Sometimes not in the way we want.  While I was sick in the hospital, I could not see why I had gotten so sick that I had to be there.  But He used that, where I was able to be a witness to my nurses.  I planted some seeds.  But at the same time, they blessed me by saying they enjoyed taking care of me.  I wondered about that.  Why would they say that?  I think because some people would have been snarly while in the same situation I was in.  

Look upon God.  We can look upon Him and be joined with Him.  How do we join with Him?  Well, because we are in the New Covenant time, we must accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord.  That is the most important step that cannot be overlooked.  When we look upon Him, we are in His Word, we commune with Him, we let Him commune with us.  There is such a sweet presence in this.  

Now David is the one who is writing this, so we must understand from his point, but at the same time, learn from what he was going through, which will help us, too.  I cried to the Lord and He heard me.  This is big.  No matter what you are going through, if you cry out to the Lord, He will hear.  He also will perform a miracle for you when it is needed most.  The other day I mentioned my husband and I were going through something.  Well, our miracle came yesterday.  We were so excited!  But one big thing…we did not neglect to thank God for our miracle.  We had a deadline that was looming very close, but now that deadline is gone.  God came through!  Like a friend of mine has said:  But God.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God.  Again, we need to go to the passion for encamps.  The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape.  This is one way where the angels help God.  There is nothing we need to do but pray.  As I have heard a few times, this is when the angels take our prayers and present them to God.  That is comforting.  

In conclusion, what have we just learned?  The other day was praise, no matter what is going on.  Today was be in communion with God, no matter what.  He hears us and answers us.  What will we learn next?  That you will have to be patient for, but you can read the entire psalm and find out.

Have a BLESSED day!





I WILL BLESS THE LORD

12 01 2022

Psalm 34:1-3 AMPC

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Today we will begin Psalm 34.  This has been on my heart for over a month now, but I just got the release to go ahead.  This comes at a time when my husband and I may have a life changing event that will not be pleasurable.  So this is as much for me and it is for all of you.

I will bless the Lord at ALL times.  We always want the Lord to bless us, which He does on a daily basis.  But do we bless Him?  How can we bless Him?  Let’s try to answer those questions.  

First, let’s see how we can bless the Lord.  First of all, by praising Him.  Sing songs to Him.  Do what He asks of us.  Be in His Word.  Commune with Him.  But at all times?  Even when things are going sour for us?  Especially then!  So what my husband and I are going through right now, we have to bless God.  The easiest way for us is to put on a Christians radio station and sing the songs along with them.  I personally will be putting a shofar YouTube on for a miracle in this situation.  So what are you going through?  Bless the Lord.

Next, do we bless Him?  I dare say most do not.  There are many who say they are Christian, but don’t go through the day with Him.  This is sad.  But only you can answer that question for yourself.

O magnify the Lord with me.  I put this down when you are in church.  But this is an excellent way to use the text.  I use this platform a lot for prayer requests.  But what about the praise?  What about exalting our God?  This verse 3 brings out unity.  We are to be united in our praise together.

So in our final thoughts, let us go out today and bless our Lord.  Don’t you think He deserves it?

Have a BLESSED day!





A VIEW MOST GLORIOUS

10 01 2022

Author: Regina Scott

Reviewer: Cris Hoxie

Review: This is a very good book and I encourage reading this highly.  You have high society gal Coraline Baxter, who is aspiring to climb Mount Ranier to show that women can go out and vote.  As this is 1893, women did not do things like this – especially without a chaperone!  So her step-father, Stephen Winston, is obliged to be the chaperone.  They are in need of a guide, which puts them in the hands of Nathan Hardee.  Hardee used to be high society, but left it for personal reasons.  There are many ups and downs in this trek, which also includes their feelings for one another, but they don’t seem willing to let the other know.  But Hardee’s friend, who goes along to help on this trip, sees the signs all too well.  The clincher here is, if Coraline is unable to make it up and down that mountain, her mother insists she marry a man whom Coraline does not want, so this is a have to story.  You will need to read the book to see if she makes it or not.  Also will Coraline and Nathan admit to their feelings to one another?  

Synopsis: Reluctant socialite Coraline Baxter longs to live a life of significance and leave her mark on the world. When her local suffragette group asks her to climb Mount Rainier to raise awareness of their cause, she jumps at the chance, even though she has absolutely no climbing experience. If she can do it, any woman can do it. And after her mother issues an ultimatum–that Cora marry the man of her mother’s choosing if she is not successful–Cora must do it. But she can’t do it alone.

Noted mountain guide Nathan Hardee initially refuses to help Cora, but has a change of heart when he sees what is at stake. He knows enough about the man Cora’s mother has chosen to know that the headstrong young woman should have nothing to do with him, much less marry him.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora’s fortitude and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.

Bio: Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 50 clean historical romances. Her books have earned praise from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.”

Regina Scott is the author of the American Wonders Collection, set in the history of our national parks, and the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than three dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Grace-by-the-Sea, Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. A Distance Too Grand in the American Wonders Collection was named one of the top 10 romances of the year by Booklist.

Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.





THE TEST

10 01 2022

Read Genesis 22

This is going to be a little different, as it is my thoughts as I read this portion yesterday.  This is the part where Abraham is to offer his son, Isaac, on the altar.  I tend to put myself in these stories as to how I would feel if I were them.  I am using the Contemporary English today.

It begins in verse 2: The Lord said, “Go get Isaac, your only son, the one you dearly love! Take him to the land of Moriah, and I will show you a mountain where you must sacrifice him to me on the fires of an altar.”

Oh my.  My reply would have been:  “God, I can’t!  It took so long into our old ages to have Isaac!  You promised me that the blessing would come through him!”  But we don’t see Abraham talking that way.  He just gets up the next morning EARLY, and heads out to do just what God told him to do.  My thoughts:  Is he crazy?  But at the same time, we are shown what complete trust in God looks like.

Now let’s go down a bit.  They are at the mountain.  Abraham and Isaac are about set to go up by themselves.  It’s the statement that Abraham gives to his servants that hit me here in verse 4:  “Stay here with the donkey, while my son and I go over there to worship. We will come back.”  It’s that last sentence that caught my attention.  WE will come back.  WE.  That is complete trust in God that God would even raise Isaac from the dead if need be, for the blessing and promise is to come from his son.  Do we have that kind of trust in God?  I dare say no.  We are too busy in our “things” we need to do:  work, family, etc.  We need to always put God first.

Then we come to the point where Abraham and Isaac are going up the mountain.  Verses 6-8:  Abraham put the wood on Isaac’s shoulder, but he carried the hot coals and the knife. As the two of them walked along, 7-8 Isaac said, “Father, we have the coals and the wood, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”  “My son,” Abraham answered, “God will provide the lamb.”  The two of them walked on.  Here shows some more trust that Abraham had in God that God would provide the lamb.  Here he is walking up to the mountain to sacrifice his own son, and says that God would provide the lamb.  Makes me think is this complete trust in God…or is he trying to calm Isaac down?  I can already sense the tension here.

Now we are on the top of the mountain and Abraham is tying up his son for the sacrifice.  Verses 9-12:   when they reached the place that God had told him about, Abraham built an altar and placed the wood on it. Next, he tied up his son and put him on the wood. 10 He then took the knife and got ready to kill his son. 11 But the Lord’s angel shouted from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”  “Here I am!” he answered. 12 “Don’t hurt the boy or harm him in any way!” the angel said. “Now I know that you truly obey God, because you were willing to offer him your only son.”  There is a lot right in these few verses.  First of all, if I were Isaac, I would be struggling with all my strength.  He is a young boy (I think), and I can’t see him as going along with this quietly.  At the same time, I can sense that Abraham is thinking:  God?  He is not hearing anything from God at this moment.  His heart is beating fast.  I know, deep in his heart, Abraham would not WANT to do this, but God said so, so he goes ahead and does what he was instructed.  BUT.  But God…..  But God intervened.  He sent His angels to stop Abraham and provided the lamb for the sacrifice.  

I would never want to be tested like that.  But we are tested, and a lot of us fail those tests.  Then like the Israelites going from Egypt to the Promised Land, around the mountain again they would go.  Let us be ones who will learn from the experiences that others, including from the Bible, have gone through so we don’t need to go through the troubles.  

Have a BLESSED day!





THE FEAR OF THE LORD

4 01 2022

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. As I took it off to spend time with family, it’s time to get back to work. This year I am doing the One-Year Bible. So today’s portion comes from the Proverbs scripture I had a couple days ago.

Proverbs 1:7 NIV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

AMPC

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

The fear of the Lord.  This does not mean being scared of him.  That is the reason I added the amplified here.  Reverent and worshipful fear.  We are to reverence Him above all.  But if we think we know all, we are only fooling ourselves.  This fear, is the Word here says, is the beginning of knowledge.  Wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand.  If we want wisdom, as it says in James, we need to ask for it.

James 1:5 AMPC

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

We don’t need to be scared of God.  He is our loving Father, who wants to bless us and give us good things.  Wisdom and understanding are just a couple of those things.  So let us be bold enough to ask for wisdom, like Solomon did.

Have a BLESSED day!





CLEANSE ME

24 11 2021

Today we will finish Psalm 19.  

Psalm 19:12-14 NKJV

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

NIV

12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Sometimes another version helps us understand a little better.  In this case, the NIV adds the word own.  This is very important.  At first, I thought the NKJV was talking about God because the previous verses talks about Him.  But this is David’s confession.  But couldn’t this be ours, too?

Who can understand/discern his own errors?  Instead of errors, let’s use the word that it really is – sin.  Can we really understand all the sin that we do?  I know there are days I think I have done nothing wrong.  But have I really?  The second part of this verse is very important here.  

Cleanse me from secret/hidden faults.  My pastor says secret sin.  This can be something that you think only you know about.  But God knows.  He knows everything you do.  He knew you were going to do it ever before you did it!  But you may think you are getting away with it because no one else knows.  Wrong.  Here David asks for forgiveness for those hidden faults/sins.  But you also need to stop doing those sins.  You need to do your part.

Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me.  This is what I call iniquity.  Iniquity is the things you do over and over again…and you want to continue to do them.  That is willful sins.  You need help stopping those.  I won’t bring up instances, but if there is something you are doing habitually, you know what it is.  Ask God for help, but do your part too.  Work on stopping it.

May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight.  Our words get us into more trouble than I can count.  I just finished reading James in my devotional time.  Words are dangerous.  We can be nice to a person to their face, and then curse them or cut them down when you turn your face and talk to someone else.  Also, that can be gossip, which cuts deep.  So, the best way to put it, is to think before you speak.  Like another thing my pastor has said:  You have two ears and one mouth.  Listen more than you speak.  That is very profound.  I have tried to do that.  Sometimes not and my mouth starts running off like a locomotive.  Then confession needs to begin.  

This has been a very good chapter, as there were many good things we learned about God.  But also in today’s lesson, we learned about us.  May we take these lessons to heart.

Have a blessed day!





THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT

23 11 2021

Psalms 19:7-11 NKJV

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

This scripture brings back good memories of when I was in college.  I remember singing this in church.  But do we really know this scripture?  Let’s break it down.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.  Salvation.  That’s what this portion tells me.  Back in the time this was written, they has the Law.  We now have salvation through Jesus.  But it’s still the same.  We can say that the Lord is perfect.  His ways are perfect.  He never lies.  He never backs down from what He said.  Nothing is wrong with Him.  All we need to do is accept Him and all that Jesus did for us on the Cross.

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The testimony or the Word of the Lord is sure.  That means to be in His Word.  John 1:1 says that in the beginning was the Word.  That Word is Christ.  We need to be in Him and, as I like to say, His love letter to me – in other words, be in the Bible and read and digest what He has written to us through others.  When we are in the Word, it makes us wise.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.  In the NLT, it says the commandments of the Lord….  So, what He wants us to do, if we are obedient, that makes us rejoice.  The second portion of this verse says pretty much the same – commandment.  It opens our eyes.  I see that as when we are obedient, we know that God is walking along with us.  Our eyes are open to His ways.

The fear of the Lord.  Now, this isn’t afraid.  This is respect.  It’s that fearful respect where you don’t want to go against what He says.  You want to follow in His footsteps.  When you don’t, you don’t “feel” Him close to you.  Now you will need to repent.  It would have been much easier just to follow His leading.

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous.  Like I just said, just follow His leading.  

The rest of this section talks about how sweet and desired to follow the Lord is.  But the last verse here mentions that we are now warned.  But how great it is in keeping what is expected of us as Christians.

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I remember singing this scripture in college.  I absolutely love it and have found it on youtube.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a blessed day!





TABERNACLE FOR THE SUN

22 11 2021

Psalms 19:4b-6 NKJV

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

This is a short portion of this chapter, but the next portion, which all goes together is a little more lengthy.

What is them in verse 4?  I will let you re-read the first four verses to see what them is.  We have already gone through that on Friday.

But here, God has set a tabernacle for the sun.  I like to read it as:  God has set a tabernacle for the Son.  That puts a different twist on it, doesn’t it?  The sun is light, but so is Jesus.  He said He was the Light.  And when you continue with which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, doesn’t that make you think of Jesus?  Isn’t He waiting for His bride – the Church (Christians)?  When you think of it this way, instead of in the natural, it brings it out in the light so much more!  I see this whole section talking about Jesus.  The rest of verse 5:  And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.  You think Jesus rejoices every time He thinks of us?  Every time a new one comes to Him?  

Its rising is from one end of heaven to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.  Now this definitely sounds like our natural sun.  It circles around the earth.  Everyone gets to feel it’s heat.  But here’s another look at it.  Jesus and Abba can see throughout the whole earth.  They know exactly what is going on and who is doing what.  Nothing is hidden from them.  And the heat?  Have you felt the Holy Spirit convicting you of things in your life?  I feel heat from that for sure!  

So in conclusion here, let’s look at this section as a way to see Jesus.  

Have a blessed day!





THE HEAVENS DECLARE…

19 11 2021

Today we will begin a study of Psalm 19.

Psalms 19:1-4 NKJV

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

AMPC

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.

Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.

There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.

Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world.

The heavens declare the glory of God.  You see here, that this is plural – heavens.  So it’s not just the one we think of where we will spend eternity.  But all the heavens declare.  That’s even our atmosphere.  Everything that we see declares the glory of God.  Wow!

The firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.  First of all, what is firmament?  That definitely is an old English word.  But as I look this up, firmament is actually Old French, from the Latin word firmamentum.  That’s interesting!  So, we now know where it originated from, but what is firmament?  It is a noun, which means:  1) the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing; 2) a sphere or world viewed as a collection of people.  So, like I mentioned before – our atmosphere.  So even our atmosphere declare His glory.  That is just mind-boggling to me!

Day unto day utters speech; night unto night reveals knowledge.  Well, this is right after the heavens and the atmosphere are declaring God’s glory.  So this tells me that they are doing it 24/7.  They don’t let up.  They are always declaring the glory of God.

There is no speech nor language; their voice is not heard.  I like in the AMPC it mentions the stars.  We don’t hear a thing from them.  But they sparkle, don’t they?  I believe that sparkle that we enjoy so much, is speaking a language all their own declaring the glory of God.  

Their voice goes throughout the earth; their words to the end of the world.  It is non-ending.

Now what about us?  Are we declaring the glory of God?  Are we praising His wondrous works?  Or are we complaining about what we see happening in the world?  I would rather be known as one who uplifted God instead of complaining about what the world is doing.  Yes, we live in this world, but we are not of this world.  I am just passing through.  I hope you are the same.

Have a blessed day and weekend!