Book Review: A Raven’s Touch (A Raven Wing Series book 1) by Linda Bloodworth

a-ravens-touch-by-linda-bloodworth-coverA Ravens Touch, book one of The Raven Wings series is a paranormal coming of age story. The plot was a good one and the cliff hanger ending occurred at just the right scene to make a reader want to pick up the next book to find out what happens.

Set in a small town right out of the mid 20th century two teen age girls dealing with high school bullies are eagerly anticipating graduation. A series of tragic event throughout the book thrust them into adulthood and a paranormal world for with they are not prepared. With distinct Catholic overtones throughout the plot, the heroine relies upon her religious beliefs to see her through the toughest of situations.

I did enjoy the story line but found that I was not drawn into the characters as much as I wanted. Written in first person the heroine told me all about what was going on instead of showing of the emotions, feelings, and setting as she experienced them. There were also a few instances where it seemed the technology was anachronistic. In a place where there are jukeboxes at every table in the soda shop or diner and land line telephones at home, there are also cell phones and social media.  I found references to songs from decades past instead of currently popular music. Certainly it is possible that a young person of today would like the music of her parents generation, but would the target audience actually get the references? I found that these things confused the time setting for the story.

I do want to read the rest of the series as it is released. The story itself is a good one and I want to know what happens next and how the heroine completes the task she was chosen to do. It is my hope that the author will improve in the area of showing me what the heroine goes through in the next book because it is sure to be a harrowing adventure.

Recommended for any reader age, though, older adults may not enjoy the youthfulness of the story as much as teens and young adults will.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Ravens-Touch-Raven-Wing-Book-ebook/dp/B01A7R7GZW

http://www.facebook.com/LindaBloodworthWriter

@LindaBloodworth

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LindaBloodworth

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8289417.Linda_Bloodworth

 

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New Release! Do You Believe in Legend (Stars of Heros Book 2) by Ani Manjikian

Do You Believe in  Legend?

By Ani Manjikian

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Legend isn’t about people. It’s about pursuing a dream or higher ideal. About believing in something impossible and transforming the belief into reality through faith and hard work. The future is a legend written and unwritten.

Jeffery R. Mason
Do You Believe in Legend?

About the Story

Jo Mason believes that creativity, spontaneity, and faith exist as definable words, but not actionable items. Negative consequences always follow the rare positive outcomes. It seems her destiny is surviving a chaotic world she can’t control. That is until a man from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. Jo hopes he can give her some answers. There is only one slight problem… He doesn’t remember anything about himself or his life and what he does, doesn’t help.

About the Author

ani-manjikian-profile-picBorn and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer/editor, and aesthetic instincts of a designer/photographer.

Her writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, she set out to finish a single horse story and get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction and need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

Editor Comments

Over the past few months I’ve helped Ani Manjikian to edit her newest release, Do You Believe in Legend?  It has been an interesting and learning experience for me as well as the author. When I read the first book in her series, Spirit of the Lone Horse, I was unaware it was a science fiction story until reading a little way into the book. I was delighted and loved the story. It was among the first few books for which I wrote a review on Amazon and I rated it with high praises.

Memory fails me whether I offered or Ani asked if I would help with reading and editing Do You Believe in Legend?  the second book of the Stars of Heros series.  In either case it was an honor to be a part of the process. The first read through was a simple copy edit with an eye for grammar and typographical errors.  Subsequent edits involved suggestions on plot holes, realistic relationships, and human behavior.  Questions arose about some elements or events that seemed ambiguous or confusing, which helped Ani refine the insight and details so readers would not get lost, confused, or bogged down in historical details.  I believe this second book in the Stars of Heros series shows the increasing skill level of Ani as a story teller.  This second book in the series is even better than the first – and I still love book one – Spirit of the Lone Horse.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Author links

http://lonehorsespirit.com

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facebook.com/lonehorsespirit

facebook.com/starsofheros

twitter.com/lonehorseend

plus.google.com/+animanjikian

http://www.amazon.com/Believe-Legend-Stars-Heros-Book-ebook/dp/B01N5G2T1R

 

 

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NEW RELEASE!!! Blood Brothers (Blood Trilogy Book Two) by Julie Nichols

 

Hi!
I’d like to announce the release of Blood Brothers. This is the 2nd book in the Blood Trilogy. We have already followed the characters – K34GEN, Gabriel, Lyssa, and GH05T from book one, Blood Ties, but it seems their trials are not over yet.
blood-brothers-1Gabriel is pure lycan and was caged by Dr. Keller at Solgen Labs. Dr. Keller is a genetic scientist who used Gabriel’s lycan DNA to create the perfect soldier by splicing his genes with a human. K34GEN was Solgen’s top hunter…but then Keller realized he could improve the enhancements he’d given the human and created GH05T. She was faster and stronger than K34GEN, with a few added enhancements, and it meant K34GEN was no longer the top dog. The former hunter, K34GEN teamed up with Gabriel and together they attempted to bring down Solgen Labs.
The story continues in Blood Brothers

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When you’ve been a “guest” of Solgen Labs, brothers from another mother takes on a whole new meaning. Keagen and Gabriel thought they were experts on all Solgen’s dirty little secrets. Until they met Ghost and found the deceit and conspiracy goes more than bone-deep; it goes right down to their spliced and enhanced DNA.

Need a sneaky peek?

blood-brothers-2“Your room’s better than mine.” Keagen pushed the door open wider as he edged his way into Ghost’s quarters. “I guess it’s a girl thing.” He snickered.
“Hey, if you want the pink duvet, take it,” Ghost quipped.
Keagen casually scanned the room while closing the space between them. He noticed the furrows congregating along Ghost’s forehead and blew out a weighty breath.
“I know what’s going on in there.” He pressed the tip of a finger to Ghost’s temple. The possibility she might be right and he should tell Gabriel about his condition was on his mind constantly, but finding the courage to admit he was imperfect wasn’t something he could do easily. He’d never concerned himself with the worries of others previously but seeing Ghost’s agitated expression bothered him. The realization that he could end up like K44 gnawed at him like a dog with a bone, and it was highly probable that this rabid dog would need putting out of its misery. Fear wasn’t in his vocabulary. There had never been anything he was afraid of…until now.
Ghost grabbed his finger and with pleading eyes stared at Keagen. She felt his pain. The possibility not only his body, but also his brain, might betray him was stinging—lacing him with more poison on an already infected wound. She wished he would listen to her and willingly let Lyra and Gabriel help, but the stubborn mask he wore wasn’t about to come off anytime soon.
They turned simultaneously to the sound of a knock on the door followed by Lyra’s soft voice.
“I’m sorry to disturb you. I know you’ve had a long journey, but Michaels wants to brief you on the current situation with K44.”
“It’s okay. We’re ready,” Ghost replied.
She released Keagen’s finger and moved toward the door, but Keagen halted her departure with a firm grasp of her arm. He pulled her close and let his mouth rest against her neck.
“I will tell Gabriel and Lyra about my problems…I promise.”
Ghost shrugged her shoulders. “It’s your business. I get that. I’m sure I’d feel the same, but it doesn’t mean I can’t worry about you.”
She smiled tentatively and headed out the door with Keagen following.
“Where’s Gabe?” Keagen directed his question to Lyra, who was already striding down the corridor.
She called over her shoulder and smiled. “He’s in recovery.”
Keagen charged forward and grabbed her arm, spinning her around. “From what?”
“The procedure.” She frowned. “Didn’t he tell you he’d agreed to give us the samples we need to help K44?”
“No, he didn’t.” Keagen scowled. “He said he wasn’t going to allow anyone else to experiment on him. What changed his mind?”
“You did,” Lyra replied and continued on to Michaels’ office after pulling her arm free and leaving Keagen standing with his mouth gaping.
Ghost sucked in a deep breath and braced. She approached Keagen from behind and stopped suddenly as he whirled around to face her. His furious expression greeted her.
“You told him…didn’t you?”
Ghost lowered her eyes. Before she could open her mouth to apologize, Keagen turned and followed Lyra to the operations room. Her eyes fell shut as she sucked in another large breath. She knew she’d fucked up. Her heart told her to chase after him and make him understand why she’d told Gabriel, but she knew he wouldn’t be interested. While something inside her said it was for the best, she felt guilty because she’d broken his trust.

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My Favorite Reads in 2016

img_0116I’m a couple days later this year than last in posting my favorite reads from last year. I’ve been contemplating the books I read in 2016 and there were just so many good books by some really fantastic authors. It was hard to pick three. Thank all of you wonderful indie authors out there for providing me with such a great year of reading. If I could have counted the ones I beta read or worked on editing I would have exceeded my Goodreads annual goal by several. But, I fell short just one book in my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2016. I’ve decided not to set a goal this year. I’ll read what I read and be satisfied that I’m well entertained. So now let me get to the point of this post, my three top reads for the past year.

ludwika-by-christoph-fischer-coverI had a difficult time picking just one of Christoph Fischer’s books as I read his Three Nations Trilogy as well as the one I’ve picked. All his books are well written. The main character in Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer is based on real woman, Ludwika Geirz. The author wrote this fictionalized account of her life during WWII based on the information available on the actual woman whose family is searching for descendants of her relatives over 80 years after WWII. His portrayal of the hardships and emotional devastation of war is exceptionally well done. I grieved with Ludwika, was fearful for her and her family and friends in times of danger, felt her confusion, and loneliness. A well written historical fiction that incorporates historical events of WWII and the personal information available about the real Ludwika Geirz during this time in history. I truly enjoyed the book and for historical fiction lovers, WWII history buffs, and those who generally love good human interest stories then I highly recommend this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Ludwika-Polish-Struggle-Survive-Germany-ebook/dp/B018UTHX7A

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One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich coverAnother book that has remained with me could be called Christian literature because the main character is a new Christian. This aspect of the book doesn’t overwhelm the plot though its impact on the character’s development is significant. The book isn’t preachy at all. The authors insight into how a new Christian reacts to the old life and the problems that arise and have to be overcome are realistic. One Night In Tehran by Luana Ehrlich is the first of her Titus Ray series. Titus Ray is a CIA operative who had been working in Iran when his cover was blown and had sneak out of the country. I see that she has published the next two books in the series and after reading this one I was determined to get the next books because her story was intriguing, interesting, and well written as though the author may have some personal insight into the world of international spies. Highly recommend for those who enjoy spy novels and those who love a well written Christian Spy Thriller.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Tehran-Titus-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00MKK5HEM

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the Dragon Dreamer by J. S. Burke coverNow to one the most surprising favorites which is actually two books in a series and could not be separated. The Dragon Dreamer series by by J. S Burke including Dragon Dreamer (Book 1) and Dragon Lightening (Book 2)   is a great children’s fantasy series. dragon-lightening-by-j-s-burke-coverEven as a grandma I truly enjoyed these books.  The educational value and the quality of writing make me think that they should be in elementary school libraries and classrooms.  Ms. Burke imparts solid moral and ethical values in a subtle and unoffensive manner that anyone regardless of their beliefs can embrace. The lessons on accepting diversity,  different political systems and leadership styles, trade agreements and peace treaties, compassion, love, friendship, with a little science thrown in as well are all embedded in a fantastic fantasy with dragons and octopi. The lessons are at the elementary level but are presented in a way that only an adult realizes just how educational the stories really are. They give children an understandable foundation preparing them for more complex lessons in social studies, government, civics and sociology they will encounter in their higher education.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Dreamer-J-S-Burke-ebook/dp/B00K9DHTU2

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lightning-Dreamer-Book-ebook/dp/B01MA1ZOJ6

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links to my favorite reads 2016 original reviews on this blog:

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/book-review-ludwika-by-christoph-fischer/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/book-review-one-night-in-tehran-by-luana-ehrlich/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/book-review-dragon-dreamer-by-j-s-burke/

peachysinsights.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/book-review-dragon-lightening-by-j-s-burke/

 

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What is the Mandela Effect and is it Real?

img_0116I admit that I have too much time on my hands or that I waste my time watching tin foil hat kind of things instead of doing the things I probably should be doing. But, I’m retired and if I can’t spend my time doing what I want with it then what good is retirement, right?

So, somewhere in all the various weird things I watch on YouTube or read on the internet the subject of the Mandela Effect (ME) came to my attention. The premise is that some people remember Nelson Mandela dieing in prison and others remember that he did not die and remember his release. Thus the hypothesis that there have been changes made to our reality. Let me say here and now, I do not believe in the Mandela Effect. So many things that people point to as ‘proof’ of the ME are just hearsay, faulty memory, or down right lies promulgated by those who want attention. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember.

But I do have some opinions. Here I go again, expressing myself, but that is the reason this blog was originally started.

For the most part the erroneous memories are explainable. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember. Whether this is an organic illness or a spiritual matter is something that I cannot determine. I was reading the comments on one of the YouTube channels and there was one person who seemed to believe that he/she had experienced a traumatic event in their life. The following commentary then went of to describe a myriad of different memories including one that included his/her own death. That was an extreme case that I think was either from brain injury, mental disorder, or an out and out lie for the attention seeking.

My daughter happens to be taken in by the false memory related to the Berenstein/Berenstain ME supposed proof. She thinks she remembers it as Berenstein Bears. But I distinctly remember a day when they were little that I looked at one of the books and realized that I had misread the title and it wasn’t spelled at all the way I had assumed. The thought was something to the effect of, “Wow, I’ve been misspelling it all along. How interesting that the brain overlooks little things based on a preconceived assumptions.”

The number of images and memes that are on the internet to prove this phenomenon is vast. Logos abound from Tidy Cats cat litter to the Ford logo with the pigtail. I didn’t have any indoor cats so the cat litter was not my concern but it seems to me that when I watched TV the litter was promoted to accommodate several cats so it just makes sense to me that the brand would be Tidy Cats, however, many people think it was just Tidy Cat and has been changed. So many more examples of faulty memory or the attempt to confuse people into believing that ME is a real phenomenon.

Honestly, if someone were able to cross into another dimension and make changes, why in the world would they bother with such menial things as logos? Change the course of world history, solve the worlds problems, do something that is a game changer. Not some piddly little thing that has no real impact on humanity as a whole. Really? If you can’t make big changes why bother?

There is adequate study on the brain and memory that recognizes people have faulty memories because they do not take in details until pointed out and when false information is presented it impacts their perception of their actual memories and overwrites them. One such study conducted by Elizabeth Loftus was on the “misinformation effect.”  Essentially, subsequent misinformation alters the subjects actual memory. Eyewitness testimony is known to be inaccurate. Several witnesses of a single event will all be somewhat different. What our brain does when we try to recreate an event from memory is construct from prior experience and other inputs, such as the person asking about the event using leading questions. So, when we are viewing all these supposed ‘proofs’ of the ME our memories are easily manipulated into thinking we remember it one way when in fact the original memory either did not lay down a complete memory track or we simply were not paying close enough attention to take in the detail purported to be changed.  In any event, all these pictures people are seeing comparing real and false images are confusing the brains of those who think they remember the incorrect image.

Jesus told us to not be deceived.  Several scriptures admonish us not to be deceived. Those are actually addressed to spiritual matters. There is a verse however that refers to impostors deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.

This verse may not be directly related to the topic of this blog post, but it is apropos none the less. There will be many things that appear to deceive many, even the elect of God if that is possible. So, don’t believe everything you hear or see. Look up! For our redemption draws near. There are many lying signs and wonders already occurring and we are to be prepared for the return of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

Blessings and don’t be deceived,

Grandma Peachy

http://personal.kent.edu/~mzaragoz/publications/Zaragoza%20chapter%204%20Garry%20Hayne.pdf

http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/12/4/361.full
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Loftus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation_effect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyewitness_testimony
http://study.com/academy/lesson/the-misinformation-effect-and-eyewitness-accounts.html
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Just My Opinion, Probably not so Humble

img_0116For the first time ever I’ve been interested in all the activities surrounding the change of presidents. I’ve never before bothered to watch inaugurations, listen to speeches, watch the parade and view the National Prayer service. Once a president took office I went on about my daily life and whatever news came to me then I was content. Not this time. I’ve watched so many newsy videos, listened to the actual swearing in of the new president, watched clips of his inaugural speech, watched the full video of his talk to the CIA, and numerous other videos and news commentary surrounding this change of leadership.

 

There are videos of the protests, videos of the anti-Trump people who were in Washington for the event, videos of Trump supporters, and the inaugural events, his first activities and actions the first couple days in office. Way too much for one person to take in so I had to select what I viewed.  I can’t say I watched the best or the worst.  But, I get the distinct impression that the new president wants to have a reconciled and united population. The people who do not like the new president seem to have a truly irrational fear of him. He’s being called all kinds of things that I don’t see in the man based on the things I’ve watched and listened to in his speeches and watching him in the various settings these last couple days.

It seems to me that the media portrayal during the campaign has completely consumed people and they are not listening to the truth, to the facts, to what the man is saying. He offers an olive branch and his detractors run it through the wood chipper without even a passing interest in it’s meaning. He tells the people that he will make decisions that are for the country, for the people and that he will not fail the people or the country. Those are lofty words and I hope that he is able to do that. If the left does not go totally bonkers and the congressional representatives the people have voted in will cooperate with him, then maybe he can. Certainly, he’s called upon God to be a guiding force in the nation. That in itself gives hope to people of faith, people who call themselves Christians, maybe even those of other faiths, though somehow I am skeptical of that.  The detractors, anti-Trump people, are the ones who have been displaying hate through violent acts. One does not win others over to their side or even gain tolerance from the other side through acts of violence. That turns people off who do not agree with you. People spout on about intolerance but their very behavior is intolerant. Tolerance only for their opinions, any other seems to be intolerant. Does not matter which side left or right, tolerance isn’t a one way street. It has to run both ways. The first Amendment of our Constitution guarantees our freedom of speech to express opposing views.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  

On the other hand I also see some apparent Trump supporters who post comments on social media that are inflammatory as well. Calling for actions against people who have voiced their opposing opinions that are also violent in nature. They don’t seem to be bodily attacking the left but in words. I don’t know, I haven’t seen any news on actual physical violence from the right. It may have happened but it isn’t in the news I’ve seen either mainstream or alternative.  In any case we have freedom to peaceably assemble, but it seems that some of these assemblies are not peaceable.

I am praying for a peaceful unity of all people in this nation. Natural born citizens, naturalized citizens,  and legal immigrants. I agree that illegal immigration is a problem. A complex and not easily resolved problem. There are adults who immigrated illegally and our laws appear to allow for those born here to have citizenship; so there are children of illegal parents who themselves may be legal citizen by birth. I’ll have to do a bit more research on this since the government web site on citizenship does not make it clear whether a baby born in the US to illegal immigrant parents is “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.” In any case you have children who may be allowed to stay and parents who would be deported. I think it is a complex issue. We need to come to some peaceful and reasonable determination on that subject. But for the rest, illegal immigrants, if given amnesty undermines the legitimacy of legal immigrants have gone through all the legal requirements to live and work here. To not deport illegal immigrants is unfair to the law abiding immigrants.

The country has fallen into a mess politically, economically, and socially. Only through God can he really clean up the mess and if about half of the people don’t want to get cleaned up then the new president is going to be striving the entire time to achieve his goals and the goals of about half the people for this country who support him.

God bless us as we move into a new era for our nation. An era where the leader is not your typical entrenched establishment politician. An era where there is hope for a brighter future by many and fear of the unknown for many others. An era in which we strive to become a united people with diverse beliefs. An era in which I personally pray for the prophesied revival in our land. May this nation become a great nation, under God, again.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

P.S. Watching the inaugural parade I noticed that ten year old Barron Trump was bored for much of the parade, however, when the Rural Tractor Brigade from our nearby community of Elkhorn, NE and the Viet Nam Helicopter Veterans with their helicopter went by his interest peaked. He’s a typical boy and I found it endearing. Chronic grandma here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Growing in Spirit

Grandma Peachy profile 1The last few weeks I’ve been taking a break from my usual level of activity on social media and concentrating more on my relationship with God. After designating a time of day for my Bible reading and prayer time I’ve tried to be consistent. At first it was easy during the week because I chose to spend the time after my husband was off to work in reading scripture then prayer. It was harder on the weekends when he was not working and I slept in. But lately it’s been getting easier. Though my weekend time is later than during the week because I don’t rise as early. Still, I have my coffee with my husband then tell him it’s my time to be with God and for the most part he lets me alone.

Bible Gateway has several options for Bible reading plans on their website. I’ve chosen one that has two different sections of both the Old and New Testaments for each daily read. I just can’t stop at one day though and I’m well into the February readings. I began on January first and knew the first day that I would not take a year to read through the Bible again. I get into the various parts and have to read the next section. It’s like reading a good story, or several stories. Right now Joseph’s father and brothers have settled in Egypt during the famine years. Job’s friends are telling him he must have some hidden sin, Jesus was just crucified and buried in a tomb (from Mark’s account), and Paul is on his way to Jerusalem to deliver gifts for the poor from the believers in Macedonia and Achaia and, in his letter to the Roman believers, telling them he plans to stop by on his way to Spain once he’s completed his trip to Jerusalem. (I’ve gone even further since I began this post a couple days ago.)

This morning the whole discussion on how could Jesus have been in the tomb three days and three nights if he were crucified on Friday was made clear to me. See, he was crucified on Thursday morning and Joseph took his body because that evening, Thursday at sundown until sundown Friday was the day  of preparation for the Passover which began on Friday evening and lasted through Saturday evening. He was in the tomb Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and arose on Sunday, the third day just as He had said. I’ve heard much debate and argument over the years about the passages and how it was not possible that he was three days and nights in the grave if he were buried on the Friday before the Passover. People having these discussions were apparently not taking into consideration that a day for the Jews began at sundown. So the understanding given to me was that it was the evening already and the preparation day. They couldn’t wait because not only did they have to bury Jesus they also had to prepare for the Sabbath that would begin at sundown Friday. I knew there had to be a simple and reasonable explanation without arguing.

Mark 15:42-46 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Burial of Jesus
42 When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. 45 When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. 46 After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.

So, though I had heard another explanation years ago that also placed Jesus’ crucifixtion on Thursday, it was more convoluted than the simple answer that was given to me through understanding these verses I’ve read many times before. God works that way, as I read through His word I gain greater understanding and things I did not know after a hundred times of reading suddenly becomes clear on the 101st reading because I was ready to understand this time through. Spiritual growth.

As I read scripture I find passages that though they seem clear I feel that I don’t understand the depth of them. I may have an intellectual understanding but I find that it is not truly a heartfelt understanding. When I realize that, my heart aches for the Word to dwell in me. One that I’ve been struggling with recently is the passage on love where it says that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I began with wondering what the difference is between bears and endures. In my mind that seemed redundant. Off to the Strong’s Concordance to find out what words were used and how they are different. Later while reading Jesus’ words that if we believe then anything we ask in His name will be given to us. I began to see that though I believe in Jesus and in His death, burial and resurrection, I only had an intellectual understanding of His words in that passage on belief. Tearfully I began to pray for God to give me a greater measure of faith that in my heart I can truly believe all things. That is all things of God. I want to be like Abraham when He believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. I understood that old testament script 25 years ago when God made that passage clear to me. But for some reason in my heart it never took root like it should have. How many prayers have been long in being answered because I did not have the faith to believe God from the depths of my heart to receive that which I had asked of Him. How soon could someone have been healed, how soon could I be healed if only I had that level of belief.  I think I have been counting on the persistent of my prayers instead of the grace of God through my complete faith and belief that what I ask He will give. I was convinced that it was a problem with my heart, that I was somehow asking with a wrong motive in my heart. It’s a heart problem alright, a failure to believe in my heart and not just my mind that God will grant me what I ask. I’ve never been one to ask for material things like a shopping list. I know that is not what Jesus was really talking about.

Jesus told us how to pray and recently I’ve been modeling my prayers after the instructions Jesus gave his disciples, the apostles, when they asked Him how they should pray. (Matthew 6:9-13) I worship and praise God first and foremost, thanking Him for His many blessings. Then I ask for His will to be done. I’m a bit more specific than just ‘on the earth’ I ask His will be done in my life, in my family, in my nation as well the earth. Then I petition for the needs of those I am praying for specifically. I start with my own need for a better understanding of scripture, to have increased faith to believe in the depths of my heart. I move on to all the individuals and ministries and nation that are in my prayer list. Moving on I ask God that He not hold my sins against me or my family. Repentance is the key there. Finally I end by thanking and praising Him for the answers.  There are times when I just don’t have the words to fully express myself and in those moments the Holy Spirit will make utterances for me as I envision in my mind those for whom I am praying.

I know that narrative was probably a little boring, but, I thank God He is not bored with me talking to Him or giving Him praise. He loves me and wants me to commune with Him as often as I can. The more frequently the better for my soul.

All this is bringing me even closer to God, teaching me things that I had never understood, strengthening my faith. I guess you’d say as a child of God I’m going through a growth spurt. I hope it lasts the rest of my life. It is my desire to grow daily in truth and in spirit. I want to be ready, just in case God sends His Son back while I still inhabit this mortal body. I want to have extra oil for my lamp. If I shed this mortal body before His return then I want to be ready at the resurrection and when he looks upon me I yearn to hear, “Well done.”

Will you start on a journey of spiritual growth with me? If you do not know the God of Creation and His Son Jesus Christ who is God manifested in human flesh then I invite you to meet Him. Jesus was sent by the Father to become a man so He would be as we are, mortal and tempted, though He was without sin himself.  Jesus willingly laid down his life and was crucified as the blood sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, He was buried and stayed three days and nights i the tomb. Then He arose again to new life on the third day to conquer sin and death which keeps us in chains.  Accept Jesus as your personal savior that you too can be assured of eternal life in paradise.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

Links I use for Bible study:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html

 

Links to my other social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/grandmapeachy/

https://www.facebook.com/Gollypeach

Twitter: @GrandmaPeachy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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