Thursday, December 5, 2013

BECAUSE OF CHRISTMAS DAY



I have two words to say to people who fear death so much that they can’t enjoy life: Merry Christmas. These words offer hope to a once hopeless world because through the miracle of Christmas, God has arranged it so that no one has to be afraid to die anymore. The Bible says “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”


But let's examine how death and Christmas fit into the picture in the first place. "Death came into the world," the Bible says, because of what one man (Adam) did, and it is because of what this other man, (Christ) has done; now there is the resurrection from the dead."

In essence by coming back from the grave, Christ rendered death moot. It was set in motion by sin, and that couldn’t change. But because Christ rose, we now know death is not final. It no longer has a hold on us. It can’t hurt us anymore. It’s lost its “sting.” Our Savior, Jesus, has vanquished death, and the Bible affirms the good news.

Isaiah 25:8 tells us the Lord “will swallow up death forever.” David says “God has delivered my soul from death.” John says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn (it), but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jesus, Himself says, “Don’t be afraid. I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death.” And Paul says, “He became flesh and blood to destroy the devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were (are) slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.”

Because the scary part for most of us isn’t so much the dying—but what comes afterwards: final judgment. Our sins make us fear and tremble at the thought of the Almighty. And that’s the worry that Jesus has done away with. By coming to earth and suffering for us, Jesus has removed the fear because He’s removed the sin. Jesus stood in for us, was judged, paid our debt, and God accepted his offering. In that magnanimous effort, our sin slate was wiped clean, and our ability to say “No” to sin and (spiritual) death were secured.

So if we accept Jesus, following His Word as best we can and begging His forgiveness when we fail, we have no reason to fear God’s wrath—and can stand before Him without quaking. We have Jesus’ promise on that: “I assure you,” He tells us, “those who listen to my message, and believe in God who sent me shall have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

As if that weren’t good news enough, there’s more. Because our old sinful selves were joined with Jesus and died with him, they will also rise with Him. “For I will live again,” Jesus explained, “and you will, too.”

Okay, but that doesn’t mean the bodies we’re in now won’t go the way of all flesh. On the contrary, we are temporary people. We are destined to expire. The Bible says “Yet, even though Christ lives within you, your body will die because of sin; but your spirit will live, for Christ has pardoned it.” So it’s as though we get rid of our outer casing which was dust in the first place and will decompose back to dust, and free up the other part of us, our spirit, to be joined to the new improved bodies Paul tells us about. Actually, Paul says that getting rid of these earthly bodies is a prerequisite to getting into heaven. He says, “These perishable bodies are not the right kind to live forever.” And if that’s the case, why anguish about letting them go?

Indeed, because of God’s immense love for us, and what happened in that stable long ago, we don’t have to agonize over losing our bodies or our souls. “We will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the Day of Judgment,” the Bible says, “but can face Him with confidence and joy because he loves us…. And His perfect love eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.”

So we can take death—and for that matter, the struggles and pain of life—off our worry list for good. We no longer have to behave like “cowering, fearful slaves,” anxious about living and petrified of dying because Jesus gives us the strength to survive one and has broken the bond of the other. So let’s exchange fear and terror for faith and hope. Let’s rejoice in what Christ’s birth and death accomplished. And let’s never stop thanking God for the gift of Jesus, because as the choirs and carolers remind us each year in their songs of praise: “Man will live forever because of Christmas Day.”

From: (c) Copyright from The Worrywart's Prayer Book
 
 by Allia Zobel Nolan.



 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FIND OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT GOSSIPS, BAD HAIR DAYS, THE PROBLEM OF MORE, AND...WELL, MUCH MORE

Want to know what to do when you're feeling as low down as an ant? Or when you're pressured to do something you know is wrong?  Or how to make babysitting a noble job? Want to be a rose in someone's day instead of a thorn; learn how to use a heavenly GPS; and keep calm under pressure?
 
Then pick up a copy of my latest book,WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE . It's got awesome advice on these and other issues we all deal with.
 
Hey, and I'll be signing this book (which is more affordable than a flavored coffee and a doughnut, ($6.99) and less fattening) on the next two Saturdays.....
 
Signing, Reading ‘n Talking About:

WHATEVER: LIVIN’ THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE
When: October 13, 2012
Time: from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Fairfield U.  Book Store
1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT
Phone 203-255-7756  

 
When: October 20, 2012
Time: from 10:30 to 3:30  (Reading at 11:00)
Where: Morningstar Books,
72 Newtown Road
Danbury, CT 06810 
Phone: (203) 791-1515

Hey, and while you're there, ask for your very own, kewler than kewl, WHATEVER bracelet...... and if you're a chocoholic (and I haven't already eaten all the good pieces), you can stock up on that as well.
 
Be there or be square.....W  H  A  T  E  V E  R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 

Monday, September 24, 2012


Okay, folks, the time has come, the walrus said......IT'S HERE....THE WHOLE BOOK, THAT IS!!!! The cover, the insides, everything.  As of tomorrow, Septemer 25, 2012, WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE, is now available everywhere: Amazon, regular bookstores (what's left of them), on the Zondervan website; and anywhere and everywhere books are sold.

It took me almost three years from the idea popping into my head until the final pub date (did I tell you it's tomorrow?), and I couldn't be happier the day is finally here.

Anyway, in case I haven't told you a bazillion times, the book is for all ages, though it targets girls from 7-12.  It encourages readers to be mindful of what they put in their heads; that their thoughts are powerful tools which can lead them to God and a peaceful life, or away from God towards a life that is empty and meaningless.

It's the kind of book readers can dip into and out of; a book that can help girls focus on the good "stuff" in life instead of stupid, impure, and inane. It's the kind of book that gets you and keeps you thinking.

So that's the news. I hope to start a separate Whatever blog soon, and will try to keep that blog a bit more current than my kitty literate blog.  Thanks for visiting, and hope you'll pick up the book.
 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's Here...It's Here....It's Here....The Cover at Least!!!

I'ts here.  Mommy's new book, the one she's been working on forever (or at least two years) is finally coming to fruition (that's a sophisti-cat-ed way of saying "it's almost finished). Well, she's still working on the insides, but the outsides, the front and back covers, are finito.  Yay.  The name of this book is WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE, and though it doesn't have any cats in it, it is still way kewl.  What's it about? Well, it's a 90-day devotional with Scripture and prayers and anecdotes meant to help tween girls keep their thoughts on things that are "true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy, and excellent," instead of dumb, improper, and sinful. We'll be telling you more about it soon.  And while we really can't take any credit for what's inside, we can say that we gave Mom moral support by sitting on her manuscript and laying all over her keyboard.    

Thursday, March 22, 2012

CLEA SIMON WRITES CAT (AND DOG) BOOKS TO DIE FOR.......

Wow, Mom thought she wrote a lot!  But she admits, her friend, Clea Simon has her beat. "Clea's books are, like real gown-ups' books...no pictures in them like mine," Mom said..... "They're novels...with characters you can really care about, mysteries you can really get caught up in, and animals who're...well, almost human."

Mom's reading GREY MATTERS, a Dulcie Schartz feline mystery, right now, and when she finished, she's gonna go back and read all the rest.





Oh, and like Mom, Clea went over to the "dawg" side and wrote DOGS DON'T LIE, a Pru Marlowe mystery.  Now we cats might sniff at this being that it's about that other animal, but the critics adored it:

 [C]risp writing and polished plot are a pleasure from start to finish. — Robin Agnew on Dogs Don’t Lie.
A tightly plotted and interesting mystery, with a strong underlying flavor of 'Nancy Drew up grown.' — Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books, Waterford, VT.
Simon writes a high-quality cozy mystery, well paced and plotted, with plenty of twists. — Booklist (starred review).....


Fact is, readers loved this canine who-dun-it so much, they clamored for more.... And, fingers flying, mind churning, Clea didn't disappoint. To wit: CATS CAN'T SHOOT, her second in the series which is officially out in two weeks, but on Amazon right now: http://www.amazon.com/Cats-Cant-Shoot-Marlowe-Noir/dp/1590583256




And, to keep Dulcie Schwartz readers happy, she produced number four in the series: GREY EXPECTATIONS:



Now, I don't know how Clea does it: how she writes all these neat books so well and so fast. But, hey, we're thankful she does. 

Anyway, we gotta go take our naps.... So check out and read some of these page-turners; MacDuff, Sinead and Mom highly recommend them; and for more of the same (or to count how many more books Clea has written and what they're all about; go to http://www.amazon.com/Clea-Simon/e/B000APUNRK 

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cats Demand Smaller Books for Ease of Reading....

While I love to sit in the sun, I actually really love reading books more. Problem is, though, not being polydactol,  it's hard for me to hold the book open and turn the pages.

I'm saving for a Kindle, but in the meantime, I asked Mom if she could create some smaller-sized books we can all enjoy.

And she did.  Her friend, Bernadette Kazmarski's fab four did a review of them, and they noted the smaller size is just perfect for them... and it's much easier for them to turn the smaller pages with their noses. They are so clever (but then, they're black cats like I am....and we're superior thinkers, if I do say so myself.)

You can read all about it, and get their impression of the books @  http://tinyurl.com/84ewuwq

Oh, and two more things:  You can cast your vote for your favorite animal (cat or dog, as if there were any contest) AND win a free book.

Look over Bernadette's blog.  It has lots of kewl stuff, like great art and super photos, and intelligent writing. So it's a win, win, win situation.





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