Becky Emerick

Becky Emerick

Jul 192016
 

edgereviewReading Edge of Eternity by Randy Alcorn was a sigh of relief in a world gone mad. A modern day Pilgrim’s Progress, Randy takes us on a fantasy-world journey through a man’s upside down life and pumps us with hope of what is to come.

I had many favorite moments with the main character while discovering the meaning of the strange new world he woke up in. Here are a few quotes I took the time to highlight:

Was all my life only a split second removed from the long tomorrow, a heartbeat away from the great beyond?”

“At moments Charis (eternity) will seem close to you; sometimes it will seem impossibly far. But every day on the red road you will be one day closer to it. I am building a home for you. I’ll be there to welcome you when you arrive.”

“I’d grown bone-weary of playing God. It was a big job, and I’d finally discovered I was too small to pull it off. It was hard to abdicate the throne — but what a relief now that I had.”

“Perhaps I didn’t really want to climb the mountain after all. I simply wanted to have climbed it, accomplishment without struggle.”

“You will stand before the Audience of one,” Marcus said. “Men’s opinions of you will not matter to you then. Knowing that, why do they matter so much to you now?”

And I’ll end with one more. It’s my favorite. The main character is talking, and then you hear the reply of the one he is talking with:

I do long for Charis,” I said. “But there are things I’d like to do before I arrive. I want to do more, make a difference, play my part, find my role in the story.”

And he replied, “Each character is placed in a setting by the novelist; each expands or contracts his part through the choices he makes. Play your part gladly, but do not waste your time trying to make your role more important. The more a player in the drama elevates his part, the less he fulfills it.”

 

If these quotes intrigue you, then please, make Edge of Eternity the next book on your reading list.

Jul 142016
 

My daughters are authors!

I’m super excited to announce that as of this summer, we have 2 new authors in the house!

(Cheers! Applause! Streamers and Balloons!)

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Both of my girls worked ridiculously hard and completed a novel during the school year. Then they went through the painstakingly agonizing (yet exciting) editing and publishing process. And yes, you can buy them, wherever all the cool books are sold.

Unplugged by Abby Emerick

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Imagine a world with no rules, parents, or limited screen time. Join Connor and his sister Audrey as they discover a land that is completely different from their small apartment in the busy streets of London. When disaster strikes, will Connor and his sister face the odds and fight, or will they be forced to surrender themselves to the hands, or hand, of a cold conceited Captain and his seemingly invincible metal army? A modern twist on a treasured classic, this book brings a fresh meaning to a child’s dream of never growing up.”

What kid wouldn’t want to read a book with a description like that??

The Heirs of Elysian by Katie Emerick

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When the rightful king is overthrown, a power-thirsty ruler claims the crown. With the taxes rising, the laws tightening, and the menacing spies wreaking havoc in the streets, everyone knows something must be done before the kingdom falls into its darkest era. Only one hope remains: Will the young heirs reunite and restore Elysian, or will the kingdom be lost in darkness forever?”

Big kids and grown-ups are loving this book!


So as an author (and their mom) let me just say – these books need reviews. So buy a copy and tell the world how much you or your kids loved it!

Happy Reading 🙂

Jul 132016
 

glad

Life is a mess, nationally and personally, but even in the midst of chaos, we can be truly glad.

What are you waiting expectantly for? A raise? A vacation? A day of peace and quiet? New government leaders who can fix all our problems? (Ha… keep waiting.) Friends, we are to be waiting expectantly for the return of Christ.

Here’s some encouragement from I Peter 1 –

God is merciful! He raised Jesus from the dead so that if we believe in Him, we can have new life too – be born again. And now, we have great expectation of what is to come.

So what’s coming?

As adopted children, we have been blessed with an inheritance from God. Peter tells us a little bit about this inheritance. It is:

  1. Safe in heaven! Not in some storage container with mice and mold.
  2. Priceless – can’t even put a value on it.
  3. Pure & Undefiled (free from the effects of sin)
  4. Can’t change (regardless of the stock market!)
  5. Won’t decay

He’s protecting it by His Power! Yes, the same power that raised Jesus and created the world is protecting our inheritance.

So when will we get it?

He will reveal it to us on the last day.

So be truly glad! There’s wonderful joy ahead – even though we need to endure many trials for a little while.

 

Keep looking up – He’s coming back soon!

 

Maranatha!

 


All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  (From I Peter 1:3-6 NLT)

May 202016
 

Choice: It’s a power-loaded word.

Giver The Choice

My heart is heavy. It’s pounding. I’m grieving. And it started with a book.

“It’s not their fault. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

“But we do. So it’s our fault. And we need to do something.”

–The Giver

My daughter recently read The Giver by Lois Lowry, and I think sometime, somewhere, I had to read it too, but at her urging, I re-read the novel that has won awards and a precious position in “must read literature for children.”

I’m actually surprised that a novel that inspires independence and life is so popular in the liberal world. We immediately watched the movie and were pleasantly surprised by the film!

Quick Summary: In a typical dystopian society that has been engineered to be “perfect,” the hero discovers the truth and has to save the rest of mankind from the elite who are oppressing them.

Does this story sound strangely familiar? It should. It’s super trendy right now. But the thing that got me was their idea of “releasing” people. If a citizen disobeys 3 times, or if they’re unhealthy or old, they get “released to elsewhere.” You discover (spoiler!) that releasing is actually lethal injection.

And when it happens to a baby, the hero, Jonas, freaks out.

And that’s when I freaked out. Something snapped in me.

Jonas said:

They haven’t removed murder. They’ve just given themselves the power to choose who to kill.”

The power of choice to decide who to kill.

So Jonas has to make a choice: Will he turn away, or will he act?

That’s the choice I see before me as well.

While in my heart I know abortion is wrong, it’s murder–it’s pure evil from the mind of Satan–I live my days as though it isn’t happening. I rationalize that there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I vote against it, sure, but it doesn’t keep me up at night. It’s a cruel matter of our society that God alone will have to judge.

But is that the complete truth?

If Jesus delays, and one day there’s a holy adjustment to our world, and books are written about our generation, what will they say of us? If abortion gets outlawed and shown to be a heinous, murderous choice, what will they say of us – of the good – who knew it was wrong and turned their heads away? Who refused to act? Who sat idly by, watching funny videos on Facebook and arguing about organic produce?

Am I just as guilty as those during the holocaust who smelled the stench and saw the ashes floating in the sky and looked away?

 

So I’m praying – what can I do?

There are so many issues in our world. Bathrooms and beheadings and presidents and politics. And I’m not trivializing any of them. But oh dear God, to kill the tiny victims, the unborn, the children. It has to stop.

And so I’m praying for guidance. For a way to help. And it begins now: with these few words in the over-populated internet-sea of words. Just a pebble in an ocean of endless chatter. But it’s where I am. And it’s my start.

Mar 242016
 

BattleAn invisible world exists.

  • I could be referring to the creatures that live on your skin.
  • Or the mites in your sheets.
  • Or the waves of light and sound that swarm invisibly through your body each moment.

But I’m talking about the spiritual world. Good and Evil. Angels and Demons. The Word of God is our microscope, giving us a glimpse into a world that is beyond our human ability to understand. God doesn’t mess around. He tells us clearly that there is a war, and if we follow Jesus, we aren’t battling flesh and blood. We’re in a fierce battle with real, spiritual forces.

Am I ready for battle?

Or did I wake up, fall out of bed, and make the coffee as though there was a cease-fire?

I used to think that Christians were sort of immune to the wiles of the Devil, but I know that isn’t true. If it were, why would we need the armor of Ephesians? Why did Jesus teach us to pray that we’d be delivered from evil? And if Satan and his army were harmless to us, what does it mean that he can get a foothold in our lives if we let bitterness settle in?

The war is real, but I think most of us are happily ignorant to the fact that we can’t just skate through the Christian life without taking up a shield to defend ourselves.

The Spirit of God inside of us is greater than anything Satan and His minions can send our way, but we need to prepare.

We need to know what we believe, wearing our helmet of Salvation through Jesus Christ. When Satan throws poisoned arrows of condemnation our way, reminding us of our past regrets and mistakes, we wear our breastplate of righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus. We have our shield of faith that protects us when doubt and despair sneak up from behind. We flash our Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, as temptation grabs our ankles, just as Jesus did in the wilderness. We keep it all together with the belt of Truth, securing us from Satan’s lies. And we march boldly into battle, wearing our shoes of Peace, spreading God’s gospel of grace.

Heaven help me to remember that I’m following Christ, and He’s called me to be in His army.

Mar 222016
 

Glow Spiritual Light

What if “This Little Light of Mine” were real? And shiny?

Rattlesnakes see infrared light, and if a mouse is under a leaf, the snake can locate its prey.

Bees detect ultraviolet marks on flowers that guide them directly to the pollen.

As hard as it is to fathom, these opposite ends of the color spectrum are invisible to us. As I try to explain these concepts to my boys, it sounds crazy that there are very real nuances of nature that we are blinded to, but that is the reality of our limited scope of the world.

So in Philippians, when God invites us to shine like lights in the darkness, what if we really do shine?

Perhaps the Spiritual world works on a light spectrum that we can’t see. When God says He’s moving us from darkness to light, maybe we really emit a glow that is invisible to humans but is as real as a lighthouse beacon to God.

Maybe… when He looks down on the world, he literally sees the glow of those who are His. When we are told to let our lights shine, it’s more than a metaphor. And when the spiritual forces roam the earth, they know who are His, because they can see.

It’s fun to think about, isn’t it?

Whether or not this theory is true, we know this: We are urged to shine like stars in the universe against a black backdrop of crooked darkness. So shine today, lovers of Jesus. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit, and live as a child of the Kingdom of Light.

Glow.

Mar 212016
 

When Christian Leaders Fail

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been failed by a leader – and a Christian leader, in particular.

Ok. Put your hands down. Yes, all of us have experienced this to some degree. It’s hard. It questions our faith. It causes doubt and suspicions to grow in other areas of life. We find ourselves swaying uncomfortably, desperately looking for solid ground to stand on.

In John 10 this morning, I read to my kids about Jesus as our Shepherd. He says that hired hands will run away when struggles come. Temporary, earthly leaders will abandon the sheep, leaving them hurt, broken, and in need of care.

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”

But oh friends! They were never our true shepherds to begin with! When I put my faith in presidents and pastors, teachers and saints, I am putting my faith in the wrong place. My faith should be in God alone, and in Jesus, our true Shepherd.

When I am abandoned and disillusioned by earthly people, I sometimes feel like I can never trust again. But “Love Always Trusts.” So how do we do that?

We do that by taking our eyes off the people and focusing them on Jesus. He loved first. He showed grace. He gave everything for His sheep.

We can trust again. We can forgive people. We can minister and show love. Because we aren’t following men and women. We are following Jesus.

Jesus said:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11