Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why Write A Christian Inspirational Romance ~

 Why I wrote a Christian inspirational love story...??
 Sometimes, a person who is not a Christian yet can read something easy to understand like a fictional story, will find a message from God just for themselves.
For many years this applied to myself.
I loved reading and believing in love when I was in an abusive thirty year marriage. Catherine Marshall was the author I filled my heart with, and her encouragement also brought me closer in my spiritual relationship with our Lord.
So my own book has scripture verses and understandings throughout.
My intention is always to find the broken hearted, as I once was, and to give them a hope beyond themselves.

Finally walking away from that relationship I returned to nursing and devoted myself to the care of others. Doing this was a healing balm for myself as well as those I met.

Yet working as a registered nurse both in the Emergency Department and Mental Health Units of major hospitals I have seen so many people who are worn out with despair.
Encouraging for the short time they were in my care never felt enough, surely there was more that I could do....
And this was one of my reasons to begin writing once I retired. I want to encourage, inspire and lift up others to know they have a Savour who has not forgotten them, no matter their life choices.
We can't put the blame on God when life doesn't measure up. We need to look at ourselves and realise our own mistakes and learn from them...
Through all of this, we are being moulded into vessels of use to reach out and show Gods loves in a more compassionate understanding way.

My story hopefully gives love, care and inner strength with a strong drawing to a faith in Jesus.
It is set in my homeland of Australia....

Read My Author Blog


Always read Books that will uplift encourage and inspire you to be a happier person.
NOTE: A second book, will be out shortly... with a third book on the way.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Christian Author ~

Yes! I am a Christian author, and proud to be so.
Jesus Christ shed his blood, to redeem me from my sins.
So what can I do in return to thank him? I can be grateful and help others to see, the mercy of his goodness.
Perhaps you are someone who has been hurt by a church?
People hurt you, God did not!

However, he does give everyone a free choice and with that free choice some choose to be cruel, unkind and hurtful.....
But that is not of God.

As a Christian writer I choose to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE.. ~~
I believe everyone of us needs that..

We can be better people ~ OR ~ Bitter people. I choose to be better.



Loving God ~ truly believing in Him ~ Heart ~ Mind ~ Soul ~ Strength ~
Makes you a kinder YOU.

We all have choices... Choose well~

Its not easy to be a Christian Author.... to write your heart, when some people criticize that.

I have just finished writing two more books, one is Fiction and the other Non Fiction.
They are both with editors now and I hope at least one is out by Christmas.
The Non Fiction with surprise everyone.  Yes, I have finally been able to write about my thirty years of abuse. 
How can I still believe in God you may ask?
Because, I learnt to worship Him, instead of my abuser.
AND ~ in all truth, I made the choice.


I love this Bible verse.  I have used it to Encourage and Inspire myself for years.

Vision ~ Yes! We all need to have A vision NOW and always.

So, everyday when you arise, be thankful for all you have, because its God given.

I choose to remain in a marriage that was difficult for many reasons....
WHY ? ~ I now understand that I didn't have to.
It all comes down to choices.
I cannot blame others for my wrong choices.
BUT ~ I can now encourage others to make better ones than I did.

So, Be Inspired and be Encouraged and READ RIGHT!

SPEAK THIS OUT LOUD ~ I am Special, I am Blessed, I am beloved of God!
Gods Love for you is FREEly given, so FREEly receive.

My Author Page ~ Watch around Christmas for my new Book.

















Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Queenslander.Home

The Queenslander Home refers to a unique style especially designed for sub tropical weather conditions. They take a lot of work to up keep, specially in refreshing the paint work.
Our sun is harsh and fades everything quickly.

The benefit of living in the house, especially the HIGH SET design is that air circulates underneath.
With ceiling fans in every room its rare to bother with turning on the air-conditioner.

This first home is ours. Work remains in placing window shutters, and a carport to sun protect our vehicles. Under the house is utilized as a workshop and garage.

The name of our Home is : Karinya which in Aboriginal means ~  Peaceful Home.









 

                               The Queenslander is the Australian way of life that continues on.

Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. - Psalm 127:1










Friday, March 6, 2015

Tired of Floods




We have had six floods in five years, so needless to say, we are tired of them.

I made sure when I purchased this house that it was not in the flood or mine zone.

The floods still affect everyone. No trucks can get through which limits milk and bread supplies.

We can't get to church and many children cannot attend school.

The shop keepers get the worst with having to evacuate all the stock and then come back to a massive clean up.



Some homes do get flooded, but everyone gets in and helps once the waters recede.


And the animals feel the problem also...

Here a possum cries.


Roo stranded

A roo gets to safety.


A lone horse 

Cattle 

Flocks of wallabies (small roos)



A good Samaritan.


A python makes the meal of a croc.


Kids enjoy the fun


Yes, we have had enough.

Psalm 121:7 " The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life."










Sunday, January 25, 2015

Better Late than Never.

I met my first husband at eleven years and married at almost twenty.
Yes, my mother sent me nursing to get me away from him, but my love for him won out.
It was a traumatic marriage and not the kind, sharing team work you see between most young ones today.

I had to comply to his wishes or there were physical repercussions.
Needless to say, I was quiet and shy and remained locked in a life of walking on eggshells.

  Myself (L) and work mate Lynn (R).


Perhaps God knew, and I am sure he did, that if my first husband had been more loving and kind I would not have developed the faith in The Creator God that has remained steadfast.

Often alone at nights, as hubby went out to socialise, I'd get my children off to bed and then soak in the bath before retiring myself.

Here was my learning time as the Holy Spirit worked on my soul.  I'd withdraw three different bible versions an exercise book, pen and concordance from underneath  my low to the floor bed and study Gods word. How did I do that?  Well I would take a word I was interested in, like Heaven, and then with the help of the concordance study everything the Bible had to say on this subject.

At one stage my then husband found my study implements and took them away and threw them into an incinerator. But, eventually I obtained more and studied again.

There is much I could write about this, but my son said it simply the other day. His wise advise was, "God put our eyes on the front of our heads to look forward.....not back."

With this in mind, I thank God for never leaving nor forsaking me in all those years.
I have four beautiful children from that marriage and a second husband who is completely opposite to the first.

LIFE LESSON:
Become Better from your experiences and NOT bitter.

Jeremiah 29:11




Gods promise to us.... and I stand on it. Thank you Lord.
 


 


Friday, January 16, 2015

A Book Signing

I am very happy to finally be having a book signing at my local library.

We  have five (5) Primary and five (5) High Schools in our town, plus a College and a University.    So our library is a big one and well used by many.

God is good and all things happen in His time.


Book: Shadows of Time
Author: Crystal Mary Lindsey

Buy BOOK HERE

Available on line in paperback and email/Kindle.
http://addictedtoebooks.com/node/2183

****************************************************

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christ-Mas in the Land Down Under

Christmas is celebrated in different ways world wide.
I feel the true spirit of this day is reflected in a beautiful nativity scene and happy faces.

Yes, to myself and many the 25th December is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord.
Was he born on that day?? Does it matter?? OR, is it more important as the world changes to argue the pros and cons of when Jesus was actually born.

God is Love. He tells us that we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.
So if I were to feel confused about worshipping Jesus birth on a special, would that be of God?

Romans 8:1-4 "Therefore those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation.  For the law of that spirit which gives life in union with Christ Jesus has set you FREE from the law of sin and of death.

Well that's clear... We can celebrate the birth of Christ when we feel in our hearts  that it is right with God to do so.

Some people get all tangled up in what you are to do or not to do.. Isn't this how the Pharisees of Jesus time were?  Always arguing the point about one thing or another.  

So what does God think about our differences of opinion in HIM...
I won't write it all here but read  Romans Chapter 14   for yourself and find out...

What we are told there is that whatever we do, as long as we believe it is in union with the Lord, 
then we are right...
We may not agree with how another person eats or celebrates a different day to us, but as long as we are convinced in our own heart about what we do,  then God will bless us. 

As a child and not living in a wealthy home, we decorated the house with the beautiful little red bells of the  'Christmas Bush.'  This was picked in bunches and placed in bottles of water all around the house.  I felt joy in just looking at it. It represented our Bush Christmas.
 
Often our Christmas here is a sweltering hot day, so many celebrate with a nice picnic lunch at the ocean..
Or at home with cold meat cuts, salads and dessert.
I am so used to this that I don't like it any other way.
 
 
Carols by candle light on a Saturday evening before the great day is a must..... Held in the out doors everyone brings their own seat to the park, with combined churches leading the singing. 
Everyone holds or waves a candle to the music. It is a family night with little ones sleeping on their parents knees while we all acknowledge a Merry Christmas..
It's a time when barriers come down and everyone is friendly and kind, even to the stranger.
 
Listen to Mark Vincent a 21 yr old who was brought up from 3 months of age by his grandparents..
What a voice he has for one so young. He is accompanied by the Salvation Army band and choir.
Take the time to close your eyes, lean back and listen to him...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G01-N-uBeEU&index=1&list=FLCaqYuEWaz45SnuvZsWMofw

Yes, the Christmas season is one of Peace on Earth and Good Will to all men... A communal lunch for the homeless is prepared and given out in the true meaning of love.

So to all who read this post, a Merry Christmas from the Land Down Under.. Our Land of Oz.

And May God Bless You throughout the New Year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Golden Voice of The Psalms - Gods Message to Us

 Cultivating a Heart For God.


Author: The brief descriptions that introduce the psalms have David listed as author in 73 instances. David's personality and identity are clearly stamped on many of these psalms. While it is clear that David wrote many of the individual psalms, he is definitely not the author of the entire collection. Two of the psalms (72) and (127) are attributed to Solomon, David's son and successor. Psalm 90 is a prayer assigned to Moses. Another group of 12 psalms (50) and (73—83) is ascribed to the family of Asaph. The sons of Korah wrote 11 psalms (42, 44-49, 84-85,87-88). Psalm 88 is attributed to Heman, while (89) is assigned to Ethan the Ezrahite. With the exception of Solomon and Moses, all these additional authors were priests or Levites who were responsible for providing music for sanctuary worship during David's reign. Fifty of the psalms designate no specific person as author.

Date of Writing: A careful examination of the authorship question, as well as the subject matter covered by the psalms themselves, reveals that they span a period of many centuries. The oldest psalm in the collection is probably the prayer of Moses (90), a reflection on the frailty of man as compared to the eternity of God. The latest psalm is probably (137), a song of lament clearly written during the days when the Hebrews were being held captive by the Babylonians, from about 586 to 538 B.C.

It is clear that the 150 individual psalms were written by many different people across a period of a thousand years in Israel's history. They must have been compiled and put together in their present form by some unknown editor shortly after the captivity ended about 537 B.C.

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, with 150 individual psalms. It is also one of the most diverse, since the psalms deal with such subjects as God and His creation, war, worship, wisdom, sin and evil, judgment, justice, and the coming of the Messiah.

Key Verses: Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 22:16-19, "Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."

Psalm 23:1, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."

Psalm 29:1-2, "Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness."

Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Psalm 119:1-2, "Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart."

Brief Summary: The Book of Psalms is a collection of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus the worshiper's thoughts on God in praise and adoration. Parts of this book were used as a hymnal in the worship services of ancient Israel. The musical heritage of the psalms is demonstrated by its title. It comes from a Greek word which means "a song sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Our Amazing Creator God

I am sure many of you will read this and say, "is this woman daft or what!"
Yet others will nod their head and feel a quickening in their heart and understand right where I am coming from.
Yesterday I took a friend with me to see the movie, "Heaven is for Real." 
I had read the book yet hoped the movie would witness Jesus and the reality of Heaven to this lovely eighty year old lady.  Did it? I am not sure, as she would not be gently drawn into any discussion about it.

However, it did speak to me!  No about my faith to believe because I  am unshakable in that, but about Gods everlasting and enduring love.

It wasn't until almost at the end of the story, that the name of the Burpo's family church became apparent.  And then I began to cry as the Lord touched my heart.

At times we all feel like life is just too tough and we almost want to give up and stop breathing. Yet we cannot chose to shut off and shut down just because we feel overwhelmed.  Our life is in Gods hands, and only he can appoint the number of our days for residing on this earth.  
(Psalms 90:12.)

So what was the name of that Church? And why did it have a powerful effect on me?

First I have to tell you the background to this.
When I went to live in Tennessee I wanted a spiritual place to call home. I visited two great churches, yet didn't feel complete until I found CROSSROADS CHURCH. On that morning, before  my first visit, I opened my Bible at randon and read, 
"Trust in the Lord with with all thine heart, and lean not on your own understanding. But in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.  


  ( I was sent this from my Crossroads family to remember them by..)

  As I entered the church that day, the first words I heard Pastor Jerry Poore say, were the ones above.. I believed this to be a sign and my heart rejoiced. I was where God wanted me to be.


After my husband Ray returned to Australia with me for the first time, he decided it was where we would retire. And three years later we did. For the first few months we became gypsies, wandering in a caravan all over this Island, Country and Continent. 



Finally we settled down in a country town amidst pinapple, mango and advocado plantations and began to seek a church to belong. There was nothing wrong with our first two choices, but I felt unsettled in my heart. Finally I prayed about my concern to God and told him I would leave it in my husband, Rays hands. 

We went nowhere for a few weeks and then Ray said, how about we try this other church known as the Wesleyan Methodist Church.  It wasn't a fancy building, in fact it was a huge shed, as many of the newer built churches in Australia now are. On our very first day there, many people approached after the service and welcomed us. One particular lady, (Pauline) who I have come to love dearly as my sister-in-Christ, invited me straight away to her Home Group. 

 
 (Presentation for Graduating from Bible College, at The Weslyan last year.)

So what has all this to do with the name of the church in the movie, "Heaven is for Real!"
Well, ...  I felt the love of the Lord in his guidance both times in my finding a spiritual home. 
And the name of the Burpo's Church was...
 Crossroads Weslyan Church.
The both names associated with the two churches I have been called to belong. 
Coincidence? I think not... Gods guiding hand? I believe so.. 
 
"The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps."  Proverbs 16:9