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About Christy Bower
Greetings from northwest Montana! I’m Christy Bower, author of more than 30 books, including two books by Discovery House (Our Daily Bread Ministries), which have gone into four or more printings.
For those of you who like to know my qualifications, I have a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. I am the author of more than thirty books and American Christian Writers has twice named me "Writer of the Year." I’m a multi-time winner of NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write 50,000 words in a month. Out of this challenge, I drafted The Legend of Dragon Hollow. I’m also the creator of Crossword Bible Studies, which provide a fun and easy way to spend a few minutes in the Bible.
As for the rest of you who simply want to know what kind of person I am, Coca Cola is my lifeblood, Star Wars and Marvel movies are my love language, and superheroes are my superheroes. I drive a hatchback car because I value economy and versatility. I never used a smart phone until March 2019. I spend an excessive amount of time on the Internet when I should be writing. And I've never owned a pet of any kind.
I have bipolar disorder and rely on God’s provision through book sales to pay my bills. I would like to thank you for your purchase because you just put a meal on my table! Buy a couple more books and I could put some gas in my hatchback!
If you enjoyed one of my books, please tell a friend or, better yet, leave a star rating on the site where you purchased it. This isn't to boost my ego, but to help other readers make their purchase decisions.
Visit me at https://christybower.com. I also hang out on Facebook and Twitter (@christybower).
Blessings to you!
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After a difficult year, you may not feel like celebrating. But take heart. Other weary souls have faced Christmas challenges and found peace, hope, and fresh significance. You can, too.
These 25 daily readings tell the stories of people who celebrated Christmas during wars, economic hardship, and personal tragedy. Despite all these things, they were able to bring Christmas cheer to those they were with on Christmas. They celebrated with "family" away from home and sometimes they even celebrated with the enemy. Their stories demonstrate the heart of Christmas, stripped of everything familiar and comforting, but rich in its own way.
Each devotional reading includes “Today’s Treasure,” a corresponding Scripture reference, and “Today’s Gift,” a prompt to receive or give the gift of Christmas each day.
May these stories encourage you to discover the heart of Christmas in difficult times. And may you also comfort others as a weary world rejoices.
What kinds of things do you say to yourself?
Do you say things like, “I’m so stupid” or “I’ll never succeed”? These are negative affirmations. That’s right! Affirmations can be negative or positive. The more we say things like this, the deeper they become entrenched in our thinking. They become our default thoughts.
I suffered for years with negative thought habits and it grew worse and worse because I didn’t realize I could change my thoughts.
As I suffered with depression, mania, anxiety, and other mental health struggles, I felt helpless to change. I knew the Bible said to “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). But I didn’t know how to jump out of the deep thought ruts formed by years of negative thinking.
Change happens one thought at a time.
The Bible offers this explanation: “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We formed negative thought habits one thought at a time. Now those deep trenches in our brains have become strongholds—default thought patterns that are difficult (but not impossible!) to change.
Allow me to share 60 biblical affirmations to retrain our brains with the word of God. As I share a few thoughts on each one, I hope you’ll be encouraged and find depression loses its grip on your life. There’s no need to live in torment. You can envision a brighter tomorrow, starting today.
These 60 biblical affirmations will give you a start on changing the way you think. Each statement of faith rephrases a verse or two. Add these statements of faith to your arsenal of tools to combat the darkness of depression.
Fear is a natural response to threats. It’s a God-given instinct intended to heighten our responses to danger. There’s nothing wrong with a brief sense of fear. Seven seconds. Scientists say an emotion lasts seven seconds. After that it becomes a mood. We can’t control a brief emotional response, but we can control our moods.
I know this because I have a mood disorder—bipolar disorder.
Hi, I’m Christy. In addition to bipolar disorder, I’ve been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorder. With all my mental illnesses, you’d think I’d be having a tough time dealing with COVID-19 shutting everything down and creating general panic and pandemonium. Wrong.
I’m watching people absolutely freak out about a pandemic and I’m perfectly calm, wondering what all the fuss is about—and I’m a natural germophobe. Why am I, the one with mental illness, the only sane person (so it seems)?
I’ve worked on my spiritual and mental health so much that I’m mastering the basic skills for coping with my mental health issues regardless of what life throws at me. I have dug deep into God’s Word to find help and healing. These are things that help shift my perspective from one of panic to peace, and from chaos to confidence.
In this short ebook, you’ll learn how to feel God’s comfort and receive God’s love. God’s love casts out fear. If we are afraid, we have not fully experienced God’s love (1 John 4:18). When you know God loves and cares for you, life begins to feel more stable and much less scary.
After that, you’ll discover a variety of Bible-based actions you can take to follow God’s wisdom and combat feelings of helplessness in the face of a pandemic. God’s wisdom is so much greater than ours. Spending time in God’s Word instills peace and confidence in our lives.
May God bless you as you prayerfully read these mini-devotionals. Read them all at once or one per day. It doesn’t matter as long as you open your heart to God’s love and tell fear you are closed for business.
I'm learning, however, that I can choose which thoughts and images I entertain in my mind. I can choose to fill my thoughts with the worst-case scenario or the best-case scenario.
I can rehearse negative affirmations or I can rehearse positive affirmations. That's right. Affirmations can be negative or positive. Anything we say to ourselves affirms something we believe. Instead of affirming things like "I'm going to screw this up," we can affirm, "God is in control and he is with me."
Nowhere are positive, biblical affirmations more important than in dealing with anxiety issues. So much of our anxiety comes from our negative beliefs about the future. Let's fill our minds with God's truth about the future because God is already there working things out. We have nothing to worry about because he loves us and knows how to navigate our lives through each day.
Allow me to share 60 biblical affirmations to retrain our brains with the word of God. As I share a few thoughts on each one, I hope you'll be encouraged and find anxiety lose its grip on your life. There's no need to live in torment. God is good and we can trust him with our lives. The future is rarely as bad as we imagine, so let's start imagining a better future!
Does the holiday season conjure up images of perfect families, perfect lives, and perfect loves?
Few of us measure up to those standards, so we sometimes feel a degree of angst, disappointment, or even depression during the holidays.
If God chose us and called us for a purpose, as the Bible says, then why aren’t our lives perfect? If we were in God’s plan, wouldn’t life be easy sailing? Does our struggle to overcome obstacles mean we are out of favor with God?
A perfect family with perfect lives?
A couple thousand years ago, God chose two young teens to parent the divine child—the promised Messiah, the Son of God. Along with that holy calling came all kinds of difficult circumstances. Joseph and Mary experienced shame and disgrace, an unmarried pregnancy, questions, doubts, fears, poverty, and childbirth during travel. They also fled as fugitives and lived as refugees in Egypt to protect Israel’s Most Wanted—the holy child, Jesus.
What if you could accept your life as messy, inconvenient . . . and perfect?
Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional will help you embrace the messy parts of life as part of God’s calling for you. Just because God chooses you, doesn’t mean things will be easy.
God puts you in challenges that allow him to work through you in amazing ways. Let him meet the challenges of life through you because his burden is light.
Embrace your chosen, messy, and perfect life as you:
- Accept God’s lead for this step, right now.
- Discover your high and holy calling.
- Lean into God during uncomfortable circumstances.
- Want whatever God wants for you.
- Look for the blessings God leaves you to refresh you along the way.
- Allow God to live through you.
- Watch God to work out his plan for your life.
- See the ways God has worked in your life.
- Trust God to change others.
- Remember God is with you.
- Submit to God’s plan in any situation.
- Keep trouble in perspective.
- Work through the details with God.
- Put others first.
- Show up.
- Display God’s power.
- Possess every spiritual blessing.
- Witness God at work.
- Experience divine guidance.
- Rely on God’s timing.
- Share what you have seen God do.
- Let God lead you where you need to be.
- Receive the faith God gives you.
- Seek Jesus and give yourself to him.
- Immerse yourself in God’s grace.
- Worship Christ.
- Respond to God’s leading.
May these devotional readings give you hope and courage to face the challenges God has placed in your life. Have a wonderful Christmas!
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In addition to all that, Peter has questions about his sword because he can’t read the inscription and he wonders why it glows blue sometimes. And the two new dragons aren’t quite what Peter expected. Will Peter find answers and manage to take the throne as the rightful king of Mirabeau?
This second book in the Dragon Hollow Trilogy is a humorous fantasy action-adventure story that rivals the first book. In it, you’ll enjoy some familiar friends like Donkey Oatie, and meet some new friends who are soon to be favorites.
On their journey, they encounter all sorts of people and adventures, and they learn valuable lessons that will help them fulfill their destiny—a destiny that is greater than dragon treasure.
With whimsical characters and unexpected plot twists, this action-adventure story guarantees pure enjoyment from beginning to end.