New Book Release!

GREAT addition to your kitchen bookshelf and a great gift for friends who love to cook!   Not just a motivational thought at the bottom of the page, not just a recipe now and then. 38 Christian devotions with 70 favorite home recipes! Available at Amazon.  Food for Body and Soul (also available without recipes, devotions only titled, “Food for the Soul” on Amazon)

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whatcha got coverThe newest book has been published and is available in BOTH Kindle version and paperback!

“Whatcha Got? GOD Has Answers” brings you 42 devotions that are presented in two parts.

The devotions in Part One address every day life issues, like anger, temptation, bitterness and failure.

The devotions in Part Two explores “stuff” we just GOT to have to live the Christ life in a hard and dirty world. No matter WHAT you got OR need, God has answers.  Get your copy on Amazon.com today; follow the link below. http://www.amazon.com/Whatcha-Got-GOD-Has-Answers/dp/148396325X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365806479&sr=1-1&keywords=whatcha+got+god+has+answers

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Devotion Book released on Amazon.com

The first in a series of Rubber on the Road devotion books has been released for sale on Amazon.com.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Z86G48

Life is Like Buffalo Breath is a devotion book with 32 devotions illustrated by animal and pet photographs.  It is available for $4.99 and can be found as an introductory promotion for free on August 19-20, 2012.

If you download the devotional, please take the time to go back to Amazon later and post a comment about how you liked the book.  Book rankings on Amazon are determined by the number of “stars” readers give the book. Thanks.

The skit book, “Got Mouth”, a humorous skit about being responsible for what ‘we’ say is also available on Amazon.com for $2.99  A great skit for Children’s Church groups, Youth Ministry and Sunday School class.  Check it out.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NN40N4

 

 

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WATCH FOR THIS!

Rubber on the Road is very happy to annouce the upcoming publish of  “Whatcha Got? GOD Has Answers” in paperback. Already an active Kindle publish, Whatcha Got is the second in a series of Devotional books to be published.  The first book in the series was “Life Is Like Buffalo Breath,” published in August of last year.

Both devotional books are now available as a Kindle puplish and will soon be available as a softcover.  Also published as a Kindle is “Sick Is An Attitude, Living Well With Diabetes.”  A common sense book on living an active, healthy life as a type I Diabetic. Soon to be available as a soft cover.

Check on Amazon.com for books by Author, Annie Keys.

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When Is It Real?

crossThe week before Easter, my six year old grandson was riding in the car with me.  On every street corner, there was a church with the “cross of Calvary” newly erected on their front lawn. 

Knowing what Easter is about, my grandson asked me if all the crosses were for Jesus.  I told him, “Yes.” 

 After we rode for a few moments, passing more churches with crosses, he said, “Mamaw, how many times does Jesus have to die on the cross for it to be real?” An innocent, yet stunningly profound question that each of us should ask ourselves. 

If I could be perfect on my own, there would have been no need for a savior. Scripture says that Jesus died once for all sins. (I Peter 3:18)  After accepting the blood of Christ; the decision to lead a Godly life is a choice I make moment by moment. (Romans 6:1-2) 

When I make a decision to follow Christ, I’m a new person; the old ways have been set aside. (II Corinthians 5:17)  However, when I commit my heart to Jesus, God does not MAKE me behave nor does He make me do good works. 

He does offer me the awareness of sin and the strength to resist temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13)  God knows my flesh is weak, so He sent His Holy Spirit to convict me of sin. (John 16:7-10) 

Reading the Bible also makes me aware of sin; explaining in detail how to recognize AND avoid it. (I Corinthians 6:9-11). People can not judge me, the Word of God, however, does judge me.  

I don’t have to wonder what being a Christian means; the Word of God provides instruction, direction and help for when I do ‘slip.’ The book of I John teaches how to live a life that represents Christ. 

The scripture says if I ignore the sacrifice for my sins by continuing in sin, after accepting the blood shed at Calvary; I have no part in Christ. To continue in sin while acknowledging the grace given us at Calvary is heresy.

How many times does Jesus have to die for my sins? Once.  How many times do my rebellion and self will nail him to the cross again? Every time that I choose to go my way instead of living the Christ life.

Hebrews 6:4-6 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

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But God

My grandson is at that age where everything is a question. Every answer I give in response to his question he counters with, “But—“. 

Our lives are full of ‘buts’.  Every thing we do has consequences, whether good or evil. 

Thankfully, God also has “buts”, because sometimes I can mess up pretty bad! About the time satan thinks he has taken me down, God interrupts with “but”.  

As benign as they seem, “But God” are two of the most important words in the scripture. The next time you think you can’t make it, can’t get over it, can’t work with it, can’t do without it, remember “but God”.   

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) 

“But God is rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4) 

“You meant evil against me but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20) 

“–The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7b)

God created us for relationship, sin entered the picture BUT God sent His only son to die for our sins (John 3:16) so we can once again, have relationship. 

The next time you find yourself in an impossible situation, pause for a moment, God has a “but” to change things around in your favor.  It sometimes takes awhile for us to realize it, BUT God has made a way.

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Identity Theft? ME?

We have a dear friend who had their identity stolen. The thief used our friend’s name to make a lot of unauthorized purchases.  Sadly, the friend’s reputation was soiled because of somebody who did stuff in ‘their name’.  

When we claim to be Christians, using the ‘identity’ of Christ but not living by the principals He set forth; we misrepresent Jesus to the world.  The scripture instructs us to live a life that is Holy.  (I Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”) 

It is often easy to set aside that standard and choose to take on the identity of the world in our attitudes, language and entertainment choices.  An independent Barna survey taken in 2003 found that 8 out of 10 protestant Christians, by their OWN admission, did not apply the standards of the scripture to their personal lives.   

The world watches us and judges Christ by our actions. In a 2005 article in Christianity Today (The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience; Why don’t Christians live what they preach?)  George Barna was quoted as having concluded, “because Jesus’ modern-day disciples do not act like Jesus; this scandalous behavior mocks Christ, undermines evangelism, and destroys Christian credibility.” 

We wonder why we don’t see more healing and miracles; yet we have no conviction to clean up our personal lives so a Holy God can be manifested through us. The lives of God’s people must line up with the holiness the scripture demands or we are an ineffective witness! 

It’s not enough to say, ‘the church needs to be more Christ like’ because I’m the church.  When I say, “I’m a Christian”, I can not continue to behave like the world while taking on the identity of Christ. The most influential witness is Jesus living through ME 

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Life Is Like Buffalo Breath

 

The Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior version of Matthew 10:39 is,

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night, the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.”  

Indeed, it seems the older I get, the faster time passes!  

In my youth, I would stand before the mirror and pay great attention to putting on makeup and doing my hair.  In my youthful fervor for staying fit, I made diet and exercise a top line priority. 

Now, with a dozen grandchildren, a thick waist and arthritis in every joint, I stand in front of the mirror and wonder, “Who is that fat old lady and why is she wearing my shirt?” In spite of all my efforts, age happened.  

Many of the priorities that seemed so terribly important in my youth are no longer on the top of my list.  But, one top of the list priority I’ve made in my life has not changed. If anything, this one priority has gained in importance; my relationship with the Lord. 

Contrary to popular belief; loving God and serving Him has not meant my life has been without pain or hard lessons.  It has meant that no matter what life has brought me, God’s presence, direction and encouragement have been with me.  

God has never failed me; however, sometimes, the people who have claimed to represent Him have. I’ve had little control over circumstances. But, allowing God to be Lord of my life has been my choice.  How those circumstances affected my life was determined by my relationship with Jesus.   

No matter what age we come to the realization of who Christ is, He welcomes us into relationship.  Like buffalo breath on a cold morning, life fades quickly. Jesus is the only priority that matters—forever. Seek Him now while you still have time. 

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

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Life Is a Trip, Get Directions

 

If you know my husband, you know that he is a human road atlas. He has a GPS in his truck and literally challenges every direction it gives.  If the GPS says, “take the next right”, his response is to take the next left and still get to his destination.  

There is an exception to my husband’s insistence on going his own way.  Life; he seeks direction daily from the Word of God. However, life’s road can have some unexpected turns and some pretty deep pot holes even when we follow the directions!   

Life is a trip; thankfully, Jesus traveled the same ‘roads of life’ that we do and left us directions in the Word. Scripture says that Jesus was tested in every way as we are, but was without sin!

Sometimes, even with directions, you and I can still get off on a wrong road!  But, when we read the Word everyday, we can make course adjustments and find our way back. Jesus understands how the scenery could mess us up and get us off track. He has traveled this road Himself and knows how important it is to keep focused.  

The Bible has not only reliable directions, but instructions on how to find our way back to the right road when we detour off in our own direction. God’s Word provides both directions and faith (Romans 10:17) for day to day living.

The circumstances of life may change through the ages, but the temptations and trials are still the same. Stop making excuses for going down the wrong road; life is a trip—get directions and stay on course.

 Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Playing Hide and Seek

 

When I was a child, I loved to spend the night with my Aunt Violet.

Whenever I went to her house, Hide and Seek was one of our favorite games together.

Part of the fun was that I could hide SO good, she wouldn’t be able to find me!   *)

Aunt Violet would look behind the coat rack, on the sun porch, in the cubby beside the refrigerator, laughing and calling, “Where are you?” 

The whole time, I’d be crouching down, in plain sight, beneath the dining room table, giggling into my fingers as she walked by! 

After a few moments of hiding, I’d jump out and run into her arms! Of course, my Aunt new exactly where I was all along; but she would let me hide as long as I wanted.  

As adults, sometimes, we play hide and seek with God. Like my aunt in the childhood game, God knows exactly where we are all the time. We only think we are hiding.

There are a lot of reasons why we hide from God.  Maybe we’re hiding inside our pain. Or perhaps we’re hiding behind our busyness. Sometimes, we disobey God and we hide under our sin; like Adam and Eve in the garden.  

Whatever the reason we’re hiding, God not only knows exactly where we are; He knows why we’re hiding.  No matter why we are hiding, God stands beside our hiding place and calls to us, “Where are you?”

God knows where we are. But, the first step of our choosing to not hide anymore is for us to stand up and say, “Here, I am.” Once we stop hiding, we can run into His arms and open our hearts.

When we admit to ourselves the real reason for our hiding game, God reminds us that He gave His son so that we can have relationship. We no longer need to hide, not for any reason.  He welcomes us back into His presence and holds us close.  

If you’re playing hide and seek with God; He’ll let you hide as long as you want. But, every moment that you continue to hide is a moment that you could be enjoying the intimacy of His presence. Come out, come out, wherever you are.  

Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

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