Saturday, June 21, 2014

Do We See God as These Children Do?

This God is Like Blessing…

Occurred because a fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results.

God is like… 
Bayer Asprin
He works miracles. 

God is like…

A Ford 
He's got a better idea. 

God is like…

He's the real thing. 
God is like…
Hallmark Cards
He cares enough to send His very best. 

God is like…

He gets the stains out others leave behind.

God is like… 

General Electric 
He brings good things to life. 
God is like…
Try Him, you'll like Him. 

God is like…

Scotch Tape 
You can't see Him, but you know He's there. 

God is like…

He's ready when you are. 

God is like…
You're in good hands with Him.

God is like... 
VO-5 Hair Spray… 
He holds through all kinds of weather. 

God is like…

Dial Soap 
Aren't you  glad you have Him?  Don't you wish everybody did?
God is like…
The  U.S. Post Office 
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from
His appointed destination.

God is like…
Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of America
God is like
Maxwell House 
Good to the very last drop.
God is like… 
B o u n t y
He is the quicker picker upper. He can handle the tough jobs.
And He won't fall apart on you.

When I read this, I thought of Mathew 19:14 where Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these," and I thought of Mathew 18:3 where he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Then I prayed for you and me, so we would see Messiah as clearly as these students had. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where, oh Where did Paula Go?

If you've been wondering where I've been for the last seven days, you're not alone! In fact you're so not alone that this blog is about me being sort of MIA.

Though I must say, I wasn't as missing in action as some of those we voted into office, but then again, who am I to judge what others do? I'll tell you who...I like you pay taxes and from our taxed income those who seem to be permanently out to lunch are dinning on us.

As the author of sweet Christian fiction with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, the founder of LAMB Ministries which helps women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture and prayer, and one who released my first Christian self-help e-book, I am saddened to find that even the most stalwart voices have been silenced or joined the 'Let's fix America First' mind set.

So this post is being penned to set the record straight. What record you? might ask, so I'll share that looking back historically we find that there was a Spanish Century, a British Century, and if we don't move forward the 20th Century will be dubbed the American Century.

Now don't get me wrong, I think have a century referred to as The American Century is nice if we've chosen to forgo our responsibilities. However, to do so means we will be stripped of honor and the next generation of Americans will reap the whirlwind of havoc and denial that our actions have condemned them too.

In previous generations countries could opt out without endangering the countries they were bound to by mutual treaties. Not so now. Now, as never before, we need to opt in because the only way to sustain the world we live in is to fight. Today, as we stand at the crossroads of an ever increasing reality that doesn't align itself with the principals upon which America was birthed, the idea of 'Do No Harm' sounds ludicrous, or worse because today we have to marshal our resolve or the 'America the Beautiful' that we love will disappear as surely as Brigadoon did. But unlike that mythical tale when America does reappear it won't be the country we know. 

So to answer the question, "Where did Paula go?" I've been finishing the edit of a book I never planned to publish, but having seen that the time is now, I am earnestly at work sounding the Liberty Bell. 

I hope you will join me.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In Author Land - There's More Than One Way to Skin a Cat!

Having self-published my most recent fiction, Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle, and on Smashwords so readers who don't have a Nook or Kindle but want to read the e-book on another device, online or on their tablet, I was surprised when Amazon agreed to a Count Down Deal and dismayed when they changed their mind because the e-book was for sale elsewhere. 

Since I had told friends and tweeted that Beginning Anew would be .99 cents during a promo I'd scheduled instead of its usual $4.99, I needed to make good on my promise. Now that using the Amazon link was out and having this as well as my other 2014 released e-books on Smashwords, I began researching the options they offered. Much to my delight, I discovered that they would let me reduce any books price when I wanted and for as long as I like. And those online booksellers who acquired my book through Smashwords' Premium Catalogue would also reduce the price of my book. 

However, it was an unusual book promo piece about this discounted book tweeted by a friend of mine that lead me to visit Amazon where I discovered that Beginning Anew is now $0.99 cents there as well!

You can download this e-book at: Smashwords & affiliates: Barnes & Noble:

To find out if this is a book you’d enjoy, check out this trailer

About Paula Rose Michelson

Monday, June 9, 2014

On Choosing

Joshua 25:14, "...then chose for yourself this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amortizes, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

The process of choosing, which many call beginning, can be difficult, challenging, and affirming. Beginning is a foundational step in becoming an individual that occurs within a loving family as children become teens and their parents encourage them to begin their exploration of appropriate choices, see which ones they will select, and try to assist them along the way. 

Although all grow from childhood to adulthood, for some this process does not occur. Whether that is due to the environment, generationally taught fear, or the individual’s own fear is not important. What is important is that God holds each of us accountable for our choices.

In 2007 God called me to write the two books which compromise the Casa de Naomi: House of Blessing Saga. Last year, He sent me many blessings in the form of Indie Authors. With their help in February, Book One of The Naomi Chronicles, titled "Beginning Anew" was released in time for Valentines gifting.

Throughout this process, I had to choose, as all believers are asked to do. I chose to follow Gods lead, though I didn't know what that meant, and in doing this, I experienced His blessings.

If you haven't done this yet, I hope within this post, you've read something to encourage you to say what Joshua did, so that you too can receive God's blessings. For God clearly stated in Isaiah 55:8, " thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. So to get what you do not merit, stop wondering what if, and trust in Him who is the Alpha and Omega of everything!

May Gods Shalom, His Peace, which transcends all understanding, be yours. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Have You Ever Wondered What if .99 cents Could...?

Way back in my previous existence...before I claimed Messiah's atonement, I was already a writer. Like most who do more than dabble, long before God called me to write from Him, I'd filled up a lot of spiral notebooks with my musings. 

Having discovered early on that I usually sound better on paper than I do in person, I found myself writing my feelings. This was eons before I discovered that fiction would give me a canvas where feelings could not only be explored, but where the characters feelings helped the reader understand the depth of their sorrow as well and the height of their joy.

Now that three Naomi fictions have been released, I must admit that when I read these gripping tales, I find myself mesmerized by the stories woven layer upon loving layer, and intertwined with more feelings than even I could have imaged! I would love to take credit for being that good a writer, but the truth is, and I image when some of you read this, you'll think I'm daft, but nevertheless, the truth is that Naomi told me her story. I can take credit for becoming a sort of scribe for her while fulfilling the call God placed upon my heart when I began to write this six book saga in 2007. 

To the question at hand…Have you ever wonder what if? As I have? If you have, you'll understand why after two Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Books, which I had to rely upon my publisher to market, I became an Indie Author and with the help of some dear Christian Indie Author friends, published Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One myself! Thinking of all I had to do, and how much I had to trust God to see me through, a big wow must follow that last sentence, so "WOW!"

But there's another what if? I have to share with you. What if after all those blessings, and lots of five star reviews, the book wasn't well you know...selling? Yes, everything belongs to God, and He called me to and blessed this work. Yet I kept asking myself, if I hadn't done something? But what more could I do?

Aware that many who haven't read a new authors work will buy it if it's discounted, the first book in The Naomi Chronicles, is .99 cents until June 17th on Smashwords and is available in all e-book  formats!

If you’re wondering what the book's about please listen to the trailer.

About Paula Rose Michelson