Saturday, March 31, 2012

Don't Miss K. Dawn Byrd's "Lesson's From the Open Road"

Lessons from the Open Road

A couple of years ago, the idea of writing a devotional about the lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle came to me. I jotted down notes for weeks, hoping to come up with enough lessons to take the reader through a month. Lessons from the Open Road ended with 33 lessons, each followed by Scripture and prayer.
Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes learning new things is hard. Just when I thought I'd mastered the parking lot where I was learning to ride my little Yamaha Virago starter bike, I pulled out, forgot to hit the brake, did an Evel Knievel, and jumped a short concrete wall, landing in some trees. My poor little bike limped home with a hole in the crankcase the size of a quarter. J-B Weld to the rescue!
I'm stubborn, too stubborn to quit. After I recovered from the sore neck that resulted from my stunt, I climbed back on the old iron horse. Eventually, I graduated from the parking lot and hit the streets. When I'd learned to ride well enough to satisfy hubby, he bought himself a new Harley and I inherited his anniversary edition Harley Davidson Sportster. And, when I graduated with my masters degree, you'd never guess what I wanted. Yep, a new bike. I became the proud owner of a Screamin Eagle V-Rod (picture attached.)

All good things must eventually come to an end. I enjoyed my days on the road, but found another passion. Writing. I work a full-time job and since there's only so much time in the day, I have to choose what's most important to me. The bike had to go. Occasionally, I miss it, but for the most part, I'd rather be writing. I'm hoping the devotions in Lessons from the Open Road will minister to your heart as much as writing them did to mine.
Lessons from the Open Road is currently available in ebook format and will be coming soon in print.

I had planned to list it at no cost, but Amazon wouldn't allow me to do so. I've listed it at the lowest price Amazon allows, 99 cents, and all proceeds will be donated to my church's building fund for the new church that's currently under construction.
For more information about Lessons from the Open Road, you can check it out on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Open-Road-ebook/dp/B007OYYG64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332895452&sr=8-1

About the Author:

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=128209963444.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Joy: A Christian's Lifeline

My son was home on Spring Break not too long ago and he was asking us about the Fruit of the Spirit one night.  Before he really asked a question, I ticked them off for him.  I don’t know what I was thinking but you know how it happens.  You don’t think about it anymore.  You just list them:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   You even throw the law bit in for good measure at the end.   I know I did that day.

He nodded and then asked a pretty good question.  He asked for the difference between happiness and joy.  This question wasn’t new for me but I was a little startled to hear it from my twenty year old.  He said he had the others pretty well figured out (his words, not mine).  After a quick prayer for guidance, I sat down with my son to share my take on joy.
Happiness is an immediate feeling that satisfies your need for the moment, I explained.  It is good to be happy with your life, your job, your school.  Strive for happiness but always remember it is dependent on circumstance and not 100% within your control.   For example, I told him, if you come back from class to find everything gone in your dorm room, your happiness meter is probably going to be close to zero.  He agreed since at the moment, practically his whole life is in his dorm room or his car.
On the other hand, joy is an element independent of daily life.  It is rooted in your walk with God, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The joy you have from fellowship with God begins as a tiny seed in your heart and grows each day through prayer and time spent with Him in His Word.  The Holy Spirit nurtures it to produce the very thing that sustains you when your very world appears to be falling apart. 
When the sun rises on a new day to reveal rain clouds, the blossom of joy will yield hope instead of fear.  It allows the believer to stand firm under the impending storm with peace, in preparation for what may come, knowing God is with him through it all.  After those storm clouds pass, praise and thanksgiving lift high to the heavens in great relief and yes, joy.

Oh, the joy of the Lord is an awesome thing.

In Christ,

Renee

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Almighty Power of the Word


Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
      The Bible is an intricate book of history. The Old Testament is a wondrous storybook laden with adventure, horror, tragedy, and incredible joy. We read as God reaches down and touches one after another to lead His people to safety and cry as time after time, His people stray away. We gasp as the warnings come and watch as the prophecies unfold as if locked in a spellbounding suspense novel. The beautiful promise of a sunrise or His deliverance comes to light, a smile breaks forth on our faces and we turn the page to another adventure. Such is the Old Testament.
      The New Testament is very similar with one exception. It is a book of history as well and laden with all the characteristics of the one preceding it. In fact, this wonderful testament is identical in theme except it has a remarkable new character in it, Jesus Christ, God's One and Only Son. He fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament and this series of books is His story.
      Just as God taught the Jews how to live according to His way in the Old Testament, He teaches us how to live now through Scripture. Yes, Jesus has become the living sacrifice and we are no longer bound to the old covenant but we still have certain morals and a certain Christian character to uphold. The Holy Bible teaches us what we need to know to achieve this goal. We can learn so much through the Bible and take comfort in His presence for He is there with us when we leaf through the pages.
      When you read your Bible today, what do you think? Are you reading a history book? Are you reading a moral lesson? Pray about it. Have patience. The Lord may just be trying to teach you something. Who knows, you may not even know about it until much further down the road. Have hope! Either way, the Word is an adventure!