I was driving to meet a friend for lunch the other day when I passed a man on an overpass at the side of the road. He held up a piece of lumber with one word written on it. “Jump?” Being the type of person I am, my first thought was “What the… Why is he asking people if they want to jump off the overpass?” Within seconds, I realized his hood was up, and he needed someone to charge his battery. Pretty obvious, but that’s not how my mind of mystery and suspense works.

jumper-cables-926308_1920According to the ETA over 31,000
cars break down each day.

Is your mind warped also? Do you only see the negative? Maybe not the weird way mine does, but I’ll guarantee you allow your past, your current situation, and your life experiences to cloud how you think about things. How many of you have a hard time with God the Father because your earthly father was not a good one? How many of you automatically believe someone arrested is guilty? All these perceptions come from past experiences. Sure, most people arrested are guilty. But some are not. It’s been proven by DNA several times. Yet, it doesn’t stop us from believing if someone is arrested, they did something wrong.

As Christians, we should look at the world through the word of God, not through the eyes of experience. The Lord said to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” A lot of nice looking people fooled others by the way they looked until Ted Bundy came along and taught us that evil can come in a nice package.

handcuffs-2102488_1280In 2014, approximately 200 people convicted
of a crime and serving time in jail were exonerated.

We shouldn’t see the homeless guy on the street as someone who needs a bath and will only use our money for alcohol. Instead, we should see him as a man who needs help. And that man arrested has a family. How about showing them compassion in your on-line remarks even if you feel he’s guilty?

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The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you. – Roy T. Bennett, author

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We need to not allow our past or our experiences to give us a negative perception of things. Jesus was all about compassion and grace. If we want the heart of Jesus, we should hold kindness in our hearts as well.

The more we practice grace, the more we’ll see the good in others and in situations. Maybe next time, I’ll pay more attention and actually stop to help someone in need instead of allowing my fiction mind to take over.

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Today we have special guest Clare Revell. As a British author, Claire gives us a unique perspective on the tragedy in Manchester. And be sure to check out the information on her new release below:

Where is God when bad things happen?

It’s been a really horrid couple of weeks here in the UK. There was Manchester – 22 dead. Then we had London – 8 dead. Plus the five killed in London back in March. Terrorism seems rife these days, yet the British spirit remains. Keep calm and carry on. They can try their best, but they won’t succeed. Giving in is never a viable option.

So where was God when all this was happening? Sleeping? In the shower? Turning His back and ignoring us yet again?

No. He was right there in the midst of it all – with the first responders. He was getting people to safety.  He didn’t stand by and let it happen.

What people tend to forget in times like these is God gave us free will to choose our own actions.

Those men chose to do what they did, they chose evil over good, hate over love.

We can’t let hate win. Love will triumph over evil.

So look for the helpers when bad things happen, because it’s there that God will be found.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

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Clare lives in a small town just outside Reading, England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, their three children, and unfriendly mini-panther, aka Tilly the black cat. Clare is half English and half Welsh, which makes watching rugby interesting at times as it doesn’t matter who wins.

Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children’s stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American in some of them, the books contain British language and terminology and the more recent ones are written in UK English.

The first draft of every novel is hand written.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars.  You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter here – You can also connect with her and find a list of her books at:
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All That Glitters:

Claire

Blurb:

Gold medalist, Peter Stanmore has returned home a broken man and intends to put the past behind him. But love isn’t so easily repressed, and second chances are rare.

Jill Davenport has given up any hope of marriage and a life of her own, after all, years ago, she lost the only man she ever loved. But the truth is impossible to hide.

When secrets are revealed, decisions must be made in spite of the consequences. Can what was once lost be found, or is love destined to remain forever lost?

Read an excerpt and purchase while it’s on n sale for $2.00 at http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_72&products_id=817

 

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