Wordless Wednesday: Proverbs 31 10-31

June 3rd, 2015

 

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“An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. “

Proverbs 31 10-31 (World English Bible)

 

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God promises to be with us through everything,
encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

  • No Matter Who You Are…
  • No Matter How You Feel…
  • No Matter What People Do…
  • No Matter What Happens..
  • No Matter Where You Are…
  • No Matter How Little You Have…
  • No Matter What You’ve Done…
  • No Matter How Old You Are…

Trust God!
Paperback edition also available on Amazon

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Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

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Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

Messages include:

  • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
  • New Beginnings
  • No Fear In Love
  • The Boneyard
  • The Dirty Little Penny
  • The Hardest Commandment

Pay What You Want for the audiobook starting at $1.

 

Simply Prayer ebook

When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

  • What prayer is
  • Why we pray
  • How to pray
  • How to know your prayers are answered

From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…

buy the .pdf version here

You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

 

Fear Not

When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

The eight sessions are:

  • Session 1 … God is always with us
  • Session 2 … God is in control
  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
  • Session 5 … God provides for us
  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

 buy the .pdf version here

Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.

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Wordless Wednesday: Psalm 46 10

May 6th, 2015


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Psalm 46 10

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46 10 (World English Bible)

 

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God promises to be with us through everything,
encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

    • No Matter Who You Are…


















    • No Matter How You Feel…


















    • No Matter What People Do…


















    • No Matter What Happens..


















    • No Matter Where You Are…


















    • No Matter How Little You Have…


















    • No Matter What You’ve Done…


















    • No Matter How Old You Are…


















    Trust God!
    Paperback edition also available on Amazon

    .

    Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

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      • No Fear In Love
      • The Boneyard
      • The Dirty Little Penny
      • The Hardest Commandment

      Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

       

      Simply Prayer ebook

      When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

      Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

        • What prayer is
        • Why we pray
        • How to pray
        • How to know your prayers are answered

        From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

        Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…












        buy the .pdf version here

        You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

        Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

         

        Fear Not

        When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

        Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

        The eight sessions are:

          • Session 1 … God is always with us


















          • Session 2 … God is in control


















          • Session 3 … God keeps his promises


















          • Session 4 … God keeps us safe


















          • Session 5 … God provides for us


















          • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us


















          • Session 7 … God gives us new life


















          • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us


















          Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

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          The Lenten Tradition: Prayer and Bible Studies To Help You Prepare For Easter

          February 18th, 2015

          Easter is quickly approaching and I believe the time leading up to that exciting Sunday is important to every Christian. Because of this, I’m offering a great deal on my ebooks and Bible studies that can help you prepare during this season of prayer. But first…

          A brief history of Lent…

          Lent is known as a time for prayerful preparation for the remembrance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. Christians often give up something during Lent like a bad habit, junk food or, more traditionally, red meat.

          The season begins with Fat Tuesday (also commemorated by Mardi Gras) in which one consumes all the stuff one plans to get rid of over Lent.

          Then on Ash Wednesday, we enter a time of repenting and prayer. Some attend church services in which they are prayed over and anointed with an ash cross on their forheads, a symbol of penitence.

          The culmination of Lent is called Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday,  then proceeds through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Easter. Each of these days is important in the Christian calendar with Palm Sunday being the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday being the night of the disciples last supper with Jesus, Good Friday the day of the crucifixion and, of course, Easter is the glorious resurrection of Christ.

          If you want more in-depth information on Lent and its history, you might enjoy reading this wiki.

          History is great, but what can I do to prepare?

          As I mentioned earlier, people often give up bad habits and junk food during Lent as a way to understand in a very limited way the sacrifice Jesus made for us. However, there’s also another trend in which you begin a new, better habit as a way to celebrate the new life His sacrifice gave us.

          Two great habits you can choose from are a consistent prayer life and regular Bible study.

          Limited Time offer…

          To help you get started, I’ve reduced the prices on my ebooks Simply Prayer and both my ebook Bible studies, Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives and Trust God! No Matter What…, to $.99 on Amazon from Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

          You can also “Pay What You Want” for the Simply Prayer audiobook and One Servant’s Heart — Vol. 1, a compilation of six inspirational messages.

          Scroll down for a list of these books with links to the Amazon purchase page and the link to the audiobook purchase pages.

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          God promises to be with us through everything,
          encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

          Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
          discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

            • No Matter Who You Are…
            • No Matter How You Feel…
            • No Matter What People Do…
            • No Matter What Happens..
            • No Matter Where You Are…
            • No Matter How Little You Have…
            • No Matter What You’ve Done…
            • No Matter How Old You Are…

            Trust God!

            Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

             

            Vol1Cover25percent

            Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

            Messages include:

              • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
              • New Beginnings
              • No Fear In Love
              • The Boneyard
              • The Dirty Little Penny
              • The Hardest Commandment

              Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

               

              Simply Prayer ebook

              When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

              Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                • What prayer is
                • Why we pray
                • How to pray
                • How to know your prayers are answered

                From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

                Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.
                Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                 

                Fear Not
                When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

                Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

                The eight sessions are:

                  • Session 1 … God is always with us
                  • Session 2 … God is in control
                  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
                  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
                  • Session 5 … God provides for us
                  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
                  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
                  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

                  Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23,2015.

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                  No Matter Who You Are… Trust God! Matthew 8 5-13

                  January 28th, 2015

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                  Matthew 8 5-13

                  “Jesus said to the centurion,
                  “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.”

                  Matthew 8:13

                  I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I find it hard to believe God will grant me a favor, no matter how big or small it might be. It’s not that I believe God can’t do what I ask. The problem is something much more insidious. I don’t believe I deserve God’s help and, therefore, God has no obligation or desire to help me.

                  The centurion didn’t believe he had the right to ask Jesus into his home, but he did have faith that, despite that shortcoming, Jesus would honor his request. Jesus was astounded by the man’s faith. He would have healed the man’s servant regardless, but the centurion’s simple belief made his story so important that Matthew made sure we would hear about it hundreds of years later.

                  God’s grace is like that. We don’t deserve it, but God reaches down and lifts us up anyway. We can ask God for anything, knowing we are as undeserving as the centurion, and that God will answer us anyway, maybe not in a way we hope, but our prayers will always be answered. We can trust God no matter who we are.

                  Prayer

                  We know we don’t deserve your love or the gifts you have given us. We know we have no right to ask you to come to our aid, but you reach out to us anyway. Help us accept your grace, your love and your guidance in our lives. We thank you that you care so much for us and ask you to help us see others as you see us.

                  In Jesus’ Name,

                  Amen

                  Questions and Reflections

                  As you read Matthew 8:5-13, try to remember a time in your life in which you needed to ask God for help and then needed to trust God to answer your prayer. Then, take some time to work through the Questions and Reflections before engaging in the Meditation Activities.

                   

                   

                  Meditation Activites

                   

                  Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Matthew 8:5-13, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly

                  • In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you, or draw a picture regarding the photo and its relationship to trusting God will help you in your crises.
                  • Create a two collages from pictures and words, one showing how you felt before and during a past crisis and one revealing how you felt after God had brought you through it.
                  • Tell a friend, or God, about your thoughts and feelings concerning the picture and its relationship to trusting God will help you in your crises.
                  • Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.

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                  Front-Cover-25-percentGod promises to be with us through everything,
                  encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

                  Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
                  discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

                  • No Matter Who You Are…
                  • No Matter How You Feel…
                  • No Matter What People Do…
                  • No Matter What Happens..
                  • No Matter Where You Are…
                  • No Matter How Little You Have…
                  • No Matter What You’ve Done…
                  • No Matter How Old You Are…

                  Trust God!
                  Paperback edition also available on Amazon.

                  Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

                  buy the .pdf version here

                   

                  Vol1Cover25percent

                  Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

                  Messages include:

                  • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
                  • New Beginnings
                  • No Fear In Love
                  • The Boneyard
                  • The Dirty Little Penny
                  • The Hardest Commandment

                  Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                   

                  Simply Prayer ebook

                  When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

                  Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                  • What prayer is
                  • Why we pray
                  • How to pray
                  • How to know your prayers are answered

                  From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

                  Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…

                  buy the .pdf version here

                  You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

                  Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                   

                  Fear NotWhen life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

                  Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

                  The eight sessions are:

                  • Session 1 … God is always with us
                  • Session 2 … God is in control
                  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
                  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
                  • Session 5 … God provides for us
                  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
                  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
                  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

                  Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

                   buy the .pdf version here

                  Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.

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                  When God’s In The Wrong Seat

                  January 22nd, 2015

                  driver photoBetween the birth of Lil Bit last October and our enforced exile from our bedrooms last September, life has been chaotic, to say the least.

                  The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry…

                  My original intent was to have a set of Bible studies posted during December for the season of Advent and at least one message uploaded for each week in Advent. As you may have noticed, that didn’t happen. I revised that schedule and decided to go back to my regular monthly Bible study and monthly message starting the first of January. As yet, I’ve only been able to write most of the message. Recording it, however, is turning out to be wishful thinking on my part. As for the Bible study, I might still be able to post it by next Wednesday — maybe.

                  The same challenges have cropped up in regards to the next book in the Malkin series. I normally write the bulk of those during NaNoWriMo in November and finish drafting it in December, then start planning the novella in January. I just started the next novel in the series this month and I’m struggling to get the scenes drafted. The novella? I haven’t even begun to think about it.

                  Those are just my writing challenges. On top of those we’ve had to remove all the drywall from all the bedrooms and the bathroom downstairs within a few days because there was significant mold growth on the backing. And of course, one can’t ignore the piles of dishes in the sink or Mt. Washmore by the laundry room. Nor can one turn a deaf ear to the rumbling of stomachs, unless, of course, one enjoys a good mutiny. Oh! And let’s not forget the bills accumulating in the “to pay” file.

                  That’s where I was last Monday when at 5 a.m. God reached down and reminded me that I can’t do it all.

                  You can’t do it all…

                  I woke up to feed Lil Bit, as usual, but scooting to the end of the air mattress to get to her was painful. I noticed I was feeling a bit stiff and sore earlier in the night, but hadn’t thought much about it other than to make a note that I’d need a good, hot shower to work the kinks out in the morning. Despite the pain, I levered myself up from the floor (did I mention the air mattress has a leak I’m still trying to fix?) and took a step toward her bassinet…

                  and promptly collapsed back on the mattress. The pain shot through my body like lightening, making me light-headed and nauseated. I managed to gasp out to my sleeping husband that I needed his help and, thankfully, he was able to take control from there to take care of both me and our youngest baby.

                  When morning finally arrived, I took stock of what didn’t hurt. It wasn’t much. Everything from my neck to my knees screamed at even the thought of movement. The joints in my hands ached as if I had arthritis. My muscles protested like rusted cables.

                  “What am I going to do?” I wondered.

                  My husband needed to get to work. My mother wasn’t due to arrive for our girls’ day out until later that morning. I was going to have to disappoint my oldest daughter, Blur, and tell her Mommy couldn’t take her to get her hair cut today. And what about all the other things I had planned to do that day?

                  As my husband fed Lil Bit, I broke the news to Blur. She seemed remarkably calm, offering to take care of me until I felt better. She fixed me a bowl full of saltines and a cup of hot 7up, brought me my phone to call Grandma and proceeded to check on me every few minutes. I couldn’t have asked for a better little caretaker.

                  A few hours later, my husband had gone to work and my Mom had arrived to take over caring for the girls. I was feeling a little better, thanks to the Tylenol I’d taken earlier, and went ahead with my plans for a shower. As the water pounded out the rest of the stiffness, I pondered what could be behind the sudden onset. I couldn’t think of anything I’d done that would have elicited such a strong reaction by my body. One thought, though, kept running through my mind.

                  This was my body’s way of telling me I needed to take a break.

                  And on the heels of that, “You’ve prayed for God to take control of all these challenges. Maybe you need to hand the wheel over to Him.”

                  Moving into the passenger seat…

                  I decided then to just take the day one moment at a time and let God take care of the details. Since then I’ve done that each day, reminding myself when I start getting anxious that I’ve let God have the driver’s seat in my life. I won’t say my pain went away miraculously or that every day since then has been a breeze, but it’s getting better. The pain is finally gone and the anxieties are under control.

                  As for the work? I’ve decided to adopt the saying “progress, not perfection.” I will continue to post Bible studies, but they may not be on a specific day every month. My monthly messages will be uploaded as .pdfs, but the podcast may be added at a later date. As long as I’m getting scenes drafted I won’t worry about when I’ll have the book finished and ready to be published.

                  Progress, not perfection. Its about putting God in the right seat. So long as He’s driving, you’ll always end up exactly where you need to be.

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                  Knowing When To Slow Down

                  August 21st, 2014

                  Sometimes life slams you across the head with a 2×4 to get your attention.

                  20140816_030902That’s what’s happened recently in my household. As if being 7 months pregnant wasn’t enough to remind me that I need to slow down and take care of myself and my family, last Friday’s torrential rain storm certainly was.

                  Our finished basement was flooded with about 6 inches of backed up sewer water that night. Might not have been a big deal, except that’s where our bedrooms are. Imagine the horror of waking up at 1 a.m. and setting your feet into ankle deep, ice cold water that wasn’t there when you went to sleep. Hubby, God bless him, not only stayed up until 6 a.m. trying to suck up as much water as possible in our borrowed shop vac, he also had the brilliant idea to call our insurance company. (My 5-year-old daughter says he saved her life, too, by carrying her upstairs so I could drive her out to my folks warm, dry house to spend the rest of the night.)

                  Since then it’s been a matter of focusing on the next step for the insurance claim and “where do we go from here?”

                  That brings me back to my original thought: knowing when to slow down.

                  God always takes care of us. Sometimes, though, we neglect to listen to God’s guidance and just barrel on through, which often ends in our being forced to reconsider what we thought was important. That’s what’s happened to me.

                  During the summer, my daughter was on vacation, so my writing schedule was extra tight. I had, at most, one hour to do everything writer related–business, monthly messages and studies, and drafting my newest Bible study, Trust God. I pushed on, believing that if other mother’s could do it, so could I, pregnant or not.

                  Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Not a big deal. I had it with my first daughter, so I knew what to expect. Still, there are times when low blood sugar causes some irritating side effects, like feeling like I’m slogging through half-set Jell-O. And yet, I did not head the message to slow down.

                  Then last Friday’s flood was the last straw. I’m now faced with trying to live in 800 square feet of space with my husband and daughter and our mountains of stuff. All our 20140816_104632clean clothes are piled in the kitchen. Everything that could be moved from downstairs is now residing either in our shed or our dining room. The living room is now our dining room and bedroom. Our poor neurotic cat is stuck in my parents’ basement garage, hiding somewhere. And we have less than 2 months before the new baby arrives.

                  I think it’s time to re-think my schedule.

                  I am certainly not complaining. It could be much worse. We could have had a house fire. The multi-outlet surge protectors we usually have on the floor of our bedrooms could have been in the water and we all could have been electrocuted. Any number of other scenarios could have played out, but they didn’t. All in all, I think we’ve been blessed.

                  Perhaps the biggest blessing is my realization that I need to slow down and focus on the most important things right now. I need to focus on my family and our welfare at the moment.

                  Here’s what you can expect from me for the next few months.

                  Journeyman-Cat15percentI may be rather scarce on social media and my regular monthly posts may become much more irregular, as might my monthly newsletter. I’ll be diligently working on releasing Master Cat in October, as promised, and finally releasing the audiobook for Journeyman Cat later this fall (fingers crossed).

                  Beyond that, I’m working on the first of the Master Cat Novel series, which takes place after Master Cat and continues the story of Toby and his partner Lorn. I’ll also be drafting the third in the Malkin novella series, featuring Nadine and her continuing struggle to understand what it means to be specially chosen by the One.

                  I also have plans for another inspirational book on how to pray and see the blessings around us while in the midst of crises.

                  My normal schedule for new releases is a Malkin novella in the spring, a Bible study or inspirational book in the summer, and a Master Cat novel in the fall. However, things being what they are, release dates may need to be pushed back a month or two (or three or four. You get the picture). It’s frustrating to me, but I put my faith in God’s timing and I hope you’ll join me on this new, if slower, adventure called the writer’s life.

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                  GFront-Cover-25-percentod promises to be with us through everything,
                  encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

                  Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
                  discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

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                  • No Matter How You Feel…
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                  • No Matter Where You Are…
                  • No Matter How Little You Have…
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                  Trust God!
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                  Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

                  Messages include:

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                  • New Beginnings
                  • No Fear In Love
                  • The Boneyard
                  • The Dirty Little Penny
                  • The Hardest Commandment

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                  Simply Prayer ebook

                  When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

                  Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                  • What prayer is
                  • Why we pray
                  • How to pray
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                  From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

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                  Fear NotWhen life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

                  Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

                  The eight sessions are:

                  • Session 1 … God is always with us
                  • Session 2 … God is in control
                  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
                  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
                  • Session 5 … God provides for us
                  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
                  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
                  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

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                  Simply Prayer CD Sets Available

                  April 16th, 2014

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                  When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

                  Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                  • Why we pray
                  • How to pray
                  • How to know your prayers are answered

                  From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

                  I am making this valuable tool available to you now as a Pay What You Want mp3 downloadable .zip file here on my web site for a limited time (April 16-April 21, 2014).

                   

                  You can also purchase the 2-disc CD set by clicking on the Buy Now button. (Supplies limited) (domestic shipping only)

                   

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                  New Simply Prayer Ebook Cover Revealed

                  April 4th, 2012

                  I want to thank everyone for helping me choose the new ebook cover for Simply Prayer. I’m so excited to show it off, so without further ado… the winner is:

                  Simply Prayer ebook

                  If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know I think is a very important part of our lives. Yet it is often the one area that we neglect. Sometimes it’s because we don’t consider it very important — until we’re in crisis. Most often, though, I find people procrastinate in their prayer life because they think its more complicated or difficult that it really is. If this is you, then read on.

                  It’s my intention (and my fervent prayer) that this book will help anyone who wants a closer relationship with God to find a deeper, simpler method of prayer. Prayer is the best way to learn about what God has planned for our lives and to communicate our needs to our loving Parent.

                  Please enjoy this excerpt from the Simply Prayer:

                  The Heart of Prayer

                  To find the heart of prayer, we have to go to someone who not only taught about prayer, but lived a prayerful life.

                  For Christians, the authority on how to live a prayerful life is Jesus. He taught his disciples to pray by example, as well as giving them a solid template of words to build on called The Lord’s Prayer.

                  One of the best examples of what prayer can look like is Jesus’s prayer at Gethsemane:

                  Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me.”

                  He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

                  He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What, couldn’t you watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray, that you don’t enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

                  Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup can’t pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.” He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. — Matthew 26:36-44 (World English Bible)

                  Jesus’s prayer is not only beautiful in its emotional depth, but also in its simplicity. Here we see God’s Son in deep spiritual communion with God the Father, his “Dada.” Jesus shows his pain to God and asks for what he most desires at that moment in very simple language, something we often have a problem doing.

                  For some of us, it’s not the language that’s a barrier, it’s the sharing. I grew up believing I had to be tough. I thought any mention of pain, be it physical or emotional, was a sign of weakness. Emotions were only acceptable if they were mild, as in being mildly amused or slightly irritated. Anger was taboo and anger at God was blasphemy.

                  Somewhere along the line, though, God reached into my heart and showed me what Jesus demonstrates in his prayer at Gethsemane. Because God made us, he understands how we feel. He expects us to show our emotions, especially when we pray. To keep them to ourself is to keep God at arm’s length. When we do that we make prayer into just a petition again instead of the communion God desires.

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                  There are a lot of ideas and examples on simple ways to pray in my book Simply Prayer, available in print, for KindleNook and audio book.

                  Making God Your Partner

                  March 3rd, 2012

                  If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you know I’m in the process of re-visioning what it should be. I’m still not entirely sure what that’s going to look like, but I have a better idea how to go about it.

                  As part of my job as a writer, I do a lot of reading, including various blogs. Recently I came across You’ve Got “Connections” by Cheryl Ricker on Wordserve Water Cooler in which Cheryl speaks of connecting through prayer with God to reach our dreams as writers.

                  Although this post specifically addresses writers, I think what Cheryl says can apply to anyone with a dream. She gives 5 ways one should connect in order to fulfill their vision:

                        • Connect with God
                        • Connect with prayer partners
                        • Connect with God for those we’re in mission for (for a writer that’s the reader)
                        • Connect with God for those who will be helping you with your task (beta readers, cover designers, editors, etc.)
                        • Connect with God for those who are working in the same mission field (other writers)

                  Prayer is an important part of our spiritual lives. Through our connection with God things that before didn’t make sense become clear and things that seemed impossible become easily accomplished.

                  Cheryl gives the example of a friend who posted a status update about his writing on Facebook:

                  One of my friends posted this on Facebook:  “I struggled with my writing for three hours, but after praying, I couldn’t stop the flow.  Why did I wait so long?”

                  What her friend experienced is so true. When we fully turn our challenges over to God they suddenly disappear. Is it easy to give them over? Not always.

                  We humans have a tendency to believe we can solve all our own problems. Sometimes we can. Other times we need a big helping hand. When we keep taking our problems back, though, it slows everything down because, just like a helpful child, we get in the way.

                  God loves us and wants the best for us, guide us in achieving our dream. To do that God asks that we make a connection through prayer and then let God take control.

                  When have you been stuck with a problem getting to your dream and prayed about it? What were the results?

                   

                  God Hears Even When We Don’t Pray

                  February 22nd, 2012

                  I’m getting ready to re-vision my blog. By that I mean I’m going to take a short break to brainstorm some great ideas for future posts. I want to make this a place you can stop by to pick up handy tips and inspirational messages to help you in your day-to-day life, as well as catch a weekly laugh.

                  That being said, I don’t want to just leave you high and dry while I work up a new plan, so I’ll be re-posting some of the best from the last year. Enjoy!

                  God Hears Even When We Don’t Pray

                  One of my tweeps recently shared that she hadn’t been able to pray like she would like and that she was in a bad place. My first reaction was to want to help her somehow, so I prayed. My second was to share what I knew about God and prayer — God hears us even when we don’t have the words to pray. My third was a to wonder how many others, like my friend, held onto the idea that prayer is something we must ritualize in order for it to be effective.

                  There is a misconception that prayer is something we must make a lot of time for in a quiet place with a certain ritual. Not so. Prayer can happen in an instant and doesn’t need quiet or ritual. In fact it doesn’t even need words.

                  In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. –Romans 8:26 (The World English Bible)

                  God hears us even when all we can do is nothing. Our hearts and souls shout to the Heavens when our minds and lips remain mute. If you’re in the midst of crisis, don’t wait until you have a quiet moment to pray. Simply focus your feelings and “shout” them to God. Spirit will do the rest.

                  When have you found yourself praying without words?