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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 
He makes me like down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; 
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long…”

This is who God is. 

He is my Shepherd. 

He is my relaxation. He knows what is needed for me to relax, and it is Him.

After a ferocious storm, He leads me down beside those still waters, and sets me at complete and total ease, by giving me Him. 

He has planned out a magnificent pathway for me to follow, and it is doing nothing but bringing glory to Him and His Kingdom. It gives me much pleasure to know that my life is pointing people straight to Him. It is for Him that I live and that I do what I do. Even through those darkest times..those terrible slumps…and those deep holes, where I feel like I just want to give up,
I fear no evil. The God who created the Universe and everything inside of it, is on my side.

I fear no evil.

Do not give up, my friends, He will carry you on. Drown yourself in His presence. When it comes to your enemies, God will not leave you to fend for yourself. He will show you what to do. 

This plan is the table He prepares for you. When you eat off of this table, in the order He prepared it, He will bless you abundantly. He will let you know that you belong to Him…and that His way is the right way.

And boy oh boy..are His blessings the greatest.

Your cup will overflow with blessings from The Lord. There is no person or thing on this planet that will ever come close to what Christ has in store for you.

No friend.
No family member.
No man.
No object.

God is all you need. When He is your focus, your foundation, your stronghold, and your driving force, goodness and mercy will follow you wherever The Lord takes you. Spend your life walking in His footsteps. Let Him be your one teacher, and your one guide. 

You are the bride.
He is the bridegroom.
Wait on Him.
Trust in Him.
And solely dedicate all you have and are, to Him.
His house is the greatest of all houses.
Dwell in the presence of our Savior.
For it is through Him and Him only, in which you shall be made whole…

*Psalm 23 has always touched my heart deeply, to the point where every time I read it, I am on the brink of tears. If you are going through a tough time, and feel like you don’t have much more, know that God is with you the whole way, and He is cheering you on. Place all you have in Him. Believe me when I say that He will not let you break..*

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Haley Phelps is an energetic, care-free girl with a tremendous heart for Jesus and open arms that welcome everyone. She is the Vice President of Hope 4 Tomorrow, an organization aimed towards helping youth in Africa using The Gospel. She aspires to spread the love and light of Jesus everywhere she goes to everyone she meets through her everyday actions. Her time is typically spent baking, watching Disney movies, obsessing over kittens and studying that Bible.

I have always known about God, but I’ve never had a personal relationship with Him. I was raised Catholic, I attended Sunday school, and I went to church every week. I knew about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but I never really knew how all of these connected.  Although I never knew about all of these things in depth, and I never really read the bible or studied scripture, I see now that God was there all along. At times, I heard my family mention God, and it was always important to pray, but there was nothing that ever stirred deep conservations about His greatness.  

Even in the midst of not knowing, there has always been a pull upon my heart to know more. I am grateful that my mom allowed me to visit other churches that my friends attended, and many things that I experienced in other denominations I did not have a clue about. I always loved religion classes and would do extra work to know more about God. I had several spiritual experiences and encounters when I was younger, along with very vivid dreams and visions. There were also things that I would be able to discern about people and see where they were spiritually, but I never fully understood what that meant.  No one could ever really explain that to me, but I did have encouragement from my religion teachers, even though I never shared any of my experiences with anyone until later on in the future.  

When I got to college, I was exposed to God a lot more and learned about His character and the Holy Spirit. As I read more and began to hear people speak of what it meant to be “saved,” it scared me because I thought to myself, “I love God, so that means I am saved right?” As the years went on, I had friends that I could share with and talk to about who God really was and what it meant to be saved. For a long time I thought that I had a clear understanding of what being saved was about until I moved to New York and attended church with a friend. It was here that I had a true encounter with Christ and this was unlike anything I had ever experienced or known; it was only the beginning.  

I began to grow in the body of Christ and God surrounded me with a family of believers. I gave my life to the Lord in 2004. It's funny because I wanted to really make sure I was saved and I wanted God to know that I was serious. There was even a time period between 2004-2005, that anytime there was an alter call to get saved or receive prayer, I was up there. In addition, when I discussed it with my mom that I was ready to get baptized, she became uncomfortable because she believed that I was already baptized when I was a baby in the Catholic Church. At times, it was hard to express my growing love for Christ with my family because they were a bit skeptical about the church I was attending. It was not Catholic, and perhaps it seemed that I was just too into the church and God in a way they had not known. I can remember my mom mentioning her concern that the church I attended might be a cult or something. All I could do was laugh to myself. but on a more serious note I continued to pray about this.  

Sharing Christ boldly earlier on in my faith with family and others was uncomfortable because I did not believe that I had the clarity and understanding of the Word to share it sufficiently. Even now, with me being more equipped and maturing in my walk with Christ, I realize that coming to understand God is never-ending and eternal. There is always more to learn, and you come to realize that you really do not know anything. We always want to share the gospel eloquently and as if we are knowledgeable, but if Jesus is not at the center and the heart of what we are sharing then it is pointless.

If you really take the time to look at the outline of your life, you will see how the Lord's hand has been guiding you, even before you realized it. If you remember this as you are sharing the gospel and you remember that it is not about you but that His word stands alone in itself, perhaps you will allow the Holy Spirit to have His way. This is Who should be leading us as we speak and share the Word; the boldness comes from Him.  

"And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God," (1 Corinthians 2:3-5, English Standard Version).

A lot of times, we try to formulate words in our own fashion to adequately describe the gospel and we always come up short. Our human language does not have the capacity to describe the glory of God in all His majesty. It is difficult sometimes to put our own thoughts and feelings about the Bible to the side and really hear what God is trying to say.

Allow God and His word to speak for itself in your life as you share and walk by faith.  

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Francine E. Ott is truly thankful to have a relationship with God and is seeking Him daily for guidance and any opportunities to walk closer with Him in truth and love. Francine is a choreographer/dancer, teacher, and soon to be counselor who has a heart to see God's transforming power, renew, restore, and heal the minds, souls, and bodies of people's lives.

 About the book:

Few challenges in life are as difficult as regaining a wife’s trust—and few are as ultimately worthwhile. Trust can be rebuilt in your marriage! With patient, loving, self-sacrificing effort, it’s possible that one day your wife will risk her heart with you again. And she may even have more respect and love for you than before.

In Worthy of Her Trust, Jason Martinkus relates how he repaired his own marriage after revelations of sexual addiction. Along with Stephen Arterburn, Jason offers exercises and tools rooted in counseling principles to help your marriage begin again. This comprehensive guide discusses: 

· How to be truly and effectively transparent 
· Combating the “he must not love me” myth and other untruths
· What to do about the Internet, office temptations, and travel
· Encouragement for wives who wonder if trust can ever be restored 
· The “five-minute phone call” and other daily trust-building strategies
· What meaningful forgiveness and restitution look like
· The Amends Matrix—a concrete exercise to admit past wrongs and cast a vision for a faithful future

Including insights from Jason’s wife, Shelley, Worthy of Her Trust guides you through the process of rebuilding your relationship so it is stronger than ever.

Editor's Thoughts: 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My husband and I read it together as well. It was a book we could relate to. the author's not only shared their unhealthy addictions to pornography and other sexual sins, but Jason's wife, Shelley also put in her thoughts and things she struggled with during those times. It was nice to read a man's perspective and give biblical counsel on rebuilding trust in the marriage. It was encouraging for both husbands and wives. 

This book provided realistic, biblical ways to overcome sexual temptation and experience victory over those desires that destroy families, and marriages every year. 

I highly recommend this book to not only men struggling, but to read it along with your spouse. This book would also work wonderfully as a bible study for men's group.

My husband was addicted to Pornography since he was a child and it was something that was a part of our marriage for years, and also a part of the problems in our marriage. It led to infidelity as well and this book helped me to recognize some things I, myself, was still dealing with due to my husband's sexual sins. 

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: We received this book free from the publisher book. We were not required to write a positive review. The opinions we have expressed are our own. 

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Carmen Miller is happily married mother of 5 and wife to Jarrad. As Founder of Whole Magazine, and Co-Founder of God Over Porn; Carmen's heart's passion is to see broken women made whole through the power of Jesus Christ.

Ever since I reinstated my walk with Christ, I have been seeking God's face through trying to keep a designated quiet time every morning at 5 AM, getting involved in my church home, trying to fast from food, and trying to stop cursing. I realized that I never asked God to send His help to strengthen me with my endeavors. Even though I thought I was trusting God, I realized that I was beating myself up and falling short in all my endeavors. I felt good about trying, but saw my failures as the worst transgression ever. That is not what Christ would have me to do. 

Christ spoke to my heart.

He told me that I need to take this walk step by step. He said He knows my nature and all of the ways in which I like to rush and am slow to patience. He reminded me that I cannot go from having no quiet time ever in my life to being a quote, unquote perfect Christian. He told me that my walk with Him is narrow and that picking up my cross to follow Him will bring tests and tribulations so that I should not beat myself down any further. He said I've spent years doing this and it has never helped me or given me any kind of peace as a result.

I was convicted and humbled once again. Thank God. I decided that I cannot fast for thirty days straight and be successful without ever having fasted for one meal in my entire life. I realized that I cannot cut things off that have become habitual if I'm struggling to keep my quiet time every morning. I'm not being very kind and patient with myself as I'm very early in this walk (although I've been a Christian since I was five). I never knew how to communicate daily with God and read my Bible, and honestly, quiet time was something I just searched for and admired in other religions. I was seeking some form of discipline to govern me. Now, my life is slowly changing to being governed by the Lord. I'm learning to trust and follow Him more and more with each passing day.

I'm challenging myself to remain at step one and be comforted in this step as I not try to reach above where I am on this journey. I am trying my best, and that's what God requires of me because He knows my desires and my heart. In this step I’ve decided to set my alarm for 5 AM, continue working in my church, take fasting in small chunks, and eliminate curse words. However. this time I'm asking the Lord to guide me to a mindset centered on the courage and belief that even if I fail, I will not quit. I'm asking God to keep me convicted as I continue to seek Him first. God is good and super faithful. I know that I can rest in His grace.

If you find yourself in this same position, hoping to reach a mark in your life to demonstrate your love for God with your life and your actions, remember to be kind to yourself and allow Christ to meet you exactly where you are. Remember that Christ knows your heart and who you are at your core; you can’t fool him with “good behavior.” Allow Him to empty out the things that no longer serve your walk with Him and pour into you His plan and desires for your life.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Rely on the Lord to place you where you should be on your journey and not your own strength. Only through Him can we do all things," (Isaiah 40:31).

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Cortnee is a 26 year old TV Host, for her television show, City Savvy based in Philadelphia. She enjoys going to the beach, cooking, shopping, traveling, and visiting with her family that lives out-of state. Cortnee is best described as bubbly and outgoing. She works by day as a substitute teacher. Jesus is her best friend who provides for and protects her.

Book Description

The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom.
The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of experience. Together they offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how everyday people can apply them to their lives.
Powered by relentless dedication to sharing the gospel and celebrating Christ’s kingdom, the Robertson family has become influential to contemporary evangelism and discipleship. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible unleashes the power of their practical insight into critical faith issues, founded on God’s Word.
Features include:
  • Full text of the New King James Version Bible
  • A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson
  • 125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway
  • Life application and scripture references supplement each article
  • 30 days of life-changing testimonials
  • Topical index and reading plans

Editor's Thoughts:

I give this Bible five stars. I completely love the layout of it. The life applications and personal notes my the Robertson's. They share how they came to know Jesus, and how to apply scripture through their "Set Your Sights" personal notes that are broken down into categories; faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom

I would recommend this Bible to new Christians and seasoned Christians as well because it also provides scripture references for topical subjects such as Marriage, Brokenness, Parenting, and more.

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Carmen Miller is happily married mother of 5 and wife to Jarrad. As Founder of Whole Magazine, and Co-Founder of God Over Porn; Carmen's heart's passion is to see broken women made whole through the power of Jesus Christ.

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the quote, "If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it." And yes, it does sound really good and will preach quite well.  

However, when God brings me to "it", even with knowing He'll bring me through, I don't want to go through the "it". I want to immediately be through with the "it". 

Nobody likes to go through the "its" of life. Because when you are right there in the midst of the "it", the fire and flames are real. The heat is hot and the smoke seems to overtake you. 

What do you do when you are brought to an "it"- when you're facing a trial or are in the midst of the test?  Those are the very moments in which you have to roll up your sleeves and make a decision like the Psalmist David did.

In Psalm 42:5, we read how David had a little talk with himself. 

"Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance," (Psalms 42:5 NKJV).

In the midst of the test and the trial, you have a decision to make. That's when you have to make up in your mind that, yet will I praise Him.  

You must choose to offer unto God a sacrifice of praise, even when you don't feel like praising and all you really want to do is cry and complain.  

It's easy in those moments of hardship to go and throw yourself across your bed, grab your pillow and cry. However, when you decide to praise instead of pout, that brings glory and honor to God. It exalts Him over the situation. 

"But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God,” (Psalm 50:23, NLT). 

When you can offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in the midst of your "it", God is glorified. In doing so, you are letting Him know, that you know, that He is still God and that He is bigger than what you're facing. 

Your praise is declaring to God that you believe that He is and that you believe His word.

When you praise Him in the difficult moments, you're letting Him know that your trust is in Him and in those moments that you simply can't handle, you know He's already handled it. 

When you choose to exalt God over your situation, you are also making room for Him. You're making room for the weight of His glory to fall in your situation [click-to-tweet]. If you want to see and experience the glory of God, praise Him.

It happened for Paul and Silas (see Acts 16:25-34). They were beaten and imprisoned for casting a demon out of a slave girl who told fortunes for her master and made profits for them. However, when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. They were then placed in prison. 

At midnight, in a dark prison cell, they began to sing and pray. The surrounding prisoners heard their hearts of praise. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake and the very foundation of the prison was shaken. All of the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.  

Their praise in the prison was a sacrifice. When they offered unto God a sacrifice of praise, He was glorified. As God was glorified and enlarged in that moment, His glory filled the prison. He came and dwelt with them.

Why? Because He inhabits the praises of his people. 

"But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel," (Psalms 22:3 KJV).

He comes and dwells as His people praise Him. He is enthroned in the praises of His people. 

As Paul and Silas praised Him in the dark prison, with their feet bound in chains, God came and filled that place with His presence. His glory. 

Ladies, when God is glorified from the inner-depth our hearts, all that He is enters into our situation. 

When the earthquake hit the prison that Paul and Silas were in, it was simply God's way of making His presence known. Their situation was shaken to the very core by the presence of God when they offered unto Him a sacrifice of praise. 

You may be in a difficult situation right now, but know that God wants to shake the very foundation of it. The thing that the enemy says will never be over, but be comforted by the truth that God wants to shake it. However, the shaking and the uprooting will come when you praise Him consistently and constantly. 

Your praise will shake and shape your circumstance. Exalt Him and watch Him show you His salvation. 

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Pastor Pamela Bell is a passionate, lover of God, who desires to see God's people walk in the knowledge of who they are in Christ. She resides in Mobile, AL and serves as an Elder at her church, Gulf Coast Christian Center. Pastor Pamela enjoys reading, spending time with friends and all things chocolate.