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Monday, April 27, 2015

A Life of Enough

“The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And, when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed.”  Exodus 16: 17-16
“But I work just as hard as everyone else and I don’t get anywhere.” I’ve heard this often. What about you? Many times, it is true. Some people get ahead with what seems like little effort and others work their whole lives and never advance Then, I have to ask, “Ahead of what or who?” Is the measure of our success dependent on how much more we have than others? If it is, my friend, we will never have enough.
God planned for us to have all we need, not all we want. He will meet all of our needs! How amazing is that? The God of everything, sorted from among all His treasures, and gave us all that we will need. I know there are some who have nothing right now. I cannot explain the mind of our God who is far beyond our understanding. But, I know he will bless you and me in many ways: loving children, the joy of a beautiful day. You make a list of all you have, but don’t list all you want, or monetary blessings.              
A life of enough is a life of joy and thankfulness. That is where true happiness lies. Come into his fields of beauty and love and bask in the sunshine of his presence. There is enough there, all we need. Let us pray:
“Holy Father, you abound in riches beyond anything I can imagine. You do not bind your treasures in gold sashes, however. You wrap your bricks of gold in the ribbons of your love and your promise to be with me through all of my needs. Thank you that you have provided me with all I need and all I have is enough to meet those needs. Forgive me when I have believed that your love is not enough. May I live this day within a life of enough, for you have provided it all for me. May I feel the fullness of your bounty all around me and may I share your riches with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, your son, I pray. Amen”
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2015 Doris Gaines Rapp

Book signing of News at Eleven – A Novel, Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm at Dorothy’s Hallmark in the shopping center at Huntington, Indiana.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Praise the Lord for His Healing Hand

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:15

As many of you know, my back has finally said, “I give up!” I have had to give in to needed surgery which will be May 12. In response to encouraging words from a friend, I had responded to her:

            “The Lord is truly great and He whispers in the ear of those who bring His healing to others.”

I know I’m not the only one who is in pain or is broken in body and/or health. I thought I’d pass on those few words to you. If you or a loved one is facing surgery or healing, know that the Lord our God is great and He will lay His hand on you and your medical team as well. How do I know? Because … that is the nature of God. God heals and loves and forgives because … He is God. Let us pray:

“Precious Lord, lay your hands on my pain, on my brokenness, on my illness. Place your hands on top of those you have called to heal others, my medical team and my family and friends. All of who you planned for me to be, the healthy body you intended me to have, flow again from your fingers, just as they did when you first created me. Thank you, Father God for all that you have given me. Forgive me when I sometime do not accept your love and healing. I believe I can find the answers on my own without your guidance or touch. That insults you and your plan for my life. Today, I will live the life of good health and successful living that is your pleasure to give me. I thank you Lord for being pure love and I ask for the privilege of bringing your love to others. In the name of Jesus, your son who created the world with his words, I pray. Amen”
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2015 Doris Gaines Rapp

Friday, April 24:    Book signing of News at Eleven – A Novel, at Tapestry – A Day for You, at the Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN.  News at Eleven – A Novel is a completion of the Novelette serialized in Glo Magazine during January – April, 2015. Tickets are now sold out for Tapestry, but perhaps I will see you there if you registered early. Stop by the Glo table and say “Hi.” The keynote speaker is Jane Pauley.
A few copies of News at Eleven - A Novel will also be available to purchase beginning Tuesday, April 21 at the Bookmark on Anthony Blvd, in Fort Wayne.

Saturday, May 2:    Book signing of News at Eleven – A Novel, at Dorothy’s Hallmark in Huntington, Indiana from 11 am to 1 pm. See you there!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Day after Easter

“They said to one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?’”  Luke 24:32

By the day after Easter, it was no longer the ears who heard the words of Jesus, the Christ, but the heart and soul within as well. When Jesus died on the cross, we went from those who heard and followed, to those who, when they heard, became disciples and leaders in His new church.

Are you still an observer of the Word, or does it burn within you with a fire you must release to the world around you? God does not call everyone to distant missionary lands. Did you not know that He has placed you in center of your own fertile field? You are the planter and harvesting-specialist here! This is the day after Easter. Your new life has begun! Let us pray:

“Father God, Holy is your name and the name of your resurrected Son, Jesus Christ. At Easter, two thousand years ago, the Day of your Kingdom-on-Earth began, and yet we often do not see your gleaming cathedrals-of-the-heart around us and within. May this be the day when Easter awakens within me with a fire so bright you shine in spite of my fear of shinning. May I be a blessing to others even when I am unaware of the gift. May I sow your word and love in the garden of my life and harvest sweet believers for you. In the name of your son Jesus, the Christ of the empty tomb, I pray. Amen”

"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2015 Doris Gaines Rapp

Books by Doris Gaines Rapp
News at Eleven (Glo Magazine Jan, Feb, March, and April 2015 – now on newsstands and online at

News at Eleven – A Novel now available on Amazon. Can be purchased and signed at Tapestry in Fort Wayne, April 24, or purchased on Amazon and brought to Tapestry for me to sign.
Length of Days – Beyond the Valley of the Keepers (2nd in the trilogy in which the Keepers memories books before they were all destroyed)
Length of Days – The Age of Silence (1st in the trilogy)
Escape from the Belfry
Smoke from Distant Fires
Hiawassee – Child of the Meadow