I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
"Success comes to a writer,
as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look
back and realize the heights to which he has climbed." --P.G.
A couple months ago I received
word that a story I had submitted was in the final stage of selection by the
Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I was elated and even more so when I learned
a few weeks later that my story had been chosen. This is my first story in the
well known series. I hope it is not my last.
The book, titled “Touched by an
Angel” will be released on Oct 7th. Here is a review of the book:
or unseen, angels are all around us. You only have to look to find the angels
in your life. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories both
religious and non-religious, about hope, healing, and help from angels. In this
collection of 101 miraculous stories of faith, divine intervention, and
answered prayers, real people share their incredible experiences with angels
and the many ways they touch our lives.
Tell it not in Gath: “Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all…”
(Micah 1:10)What in the world does
this verse mean?! As I studied Micah, what I learned about this verse struck me
as particularly poignant. The prophet Micah predicts an upcoming calamity upon
the divided kingdom
of Israel. Israel’s enemies lived in Gath. Micah’s words, “Tell it not in Gath” essentially meant,
“Don’t let our enemies know of our impending calamity because they will
rejoice.” This is sad to me. Micah was called by God to make a prophecy that he
wished he did not have to make. Like every Israeli at the time, he especially
didn’t want his enemies to know…Tell it
not in Gath!
Mercy Seat, as described in Exodus 25:17-18, had gold cherubim on either side. Coincidently, Psalms 80:1 tells us that God is enthroned between the
cherubim. (NASB, NIV, HCSB) So where do you think God’s throne is?By comparing these two verses, I am led to
believe that God’s throne is on the Mercy Seat. To quote my pastor, Mark Janke;
“When we come to God we are coming to the
‘Throne of Grace’, not the throne of merit.”
Nugget of Wisdom: The
shortest book in the Old Testament is the book of Obadiah. It has only one
chapter. Written by the prophet Obadiah whose name means “servant of the Lord”
The book predicts the total destruction of the land
of Edom; after which Israel will
become a holy place & her people will return from exile. The last verse
places the Lord as the King who will rule over all the land of Edom.
Why do we give our testimonies?
This may sound like a silly question, but where in the Bible are we told to do
this? What about people who tell of terrible things they have done and how they
have experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness? Do we find a basis for this type of testimony
in the scripture?Yes, we do. In Ezekiel
12:16, God says,“But I shall spare a few
of them from the sword, the famine, and the pestilence that they may tell all
their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the
Momma said there’d be days like this. Have you ever felt like your work was all for naught? Like
you have spent endless effort on a completely futile project?Well, take heart!Even the prophets had days like that. In
Ezekiel 2:3-4, God tells Ezekiel,“I am
sending you…to a rebellious people. I am sending you to them who are stubborn
and obstinate.” God continues in 3:7, “The
people will not listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to me.” Yet, God’s mission for Ezekiel was, “But you shall speak My words to them
whether they listen or not.” (Ezekiel 2:7) So, cheer up!You’re in good company!