Book Review: Angels by My Side by Betty Malz

Angels by My Side by Betty Malz is a short and sweet little book  that gives us mere mortals an “insiders” view of Angels at work in our lives.

Betty Malz experienced a near-death experience when her appendix ruptured and she was clinically dead for 28 minutes.  Her time in heaven was a pivotal moment in her life and she went on to tell about her experience and impact other people’s lives.

The book is a great way to open the doors to our minds to believe that Angels are real and that they are sent by our heavenly Father to protect us, watch over us and keep us safe.  But, please do not mistake that they are there to command or expect to do things for us.  That is not their duty.  Their duty is to obey God’s commands and help us mere mortals.  It is comforting to know that God has helpers attending to us when we are in our deepest need.

Malz winds scripture and real life stories from other believers who have had amazing encounters with Angels.  She shows why calling on the name of Jesus is so important and how God really does care for all of his people.

This book would be a great pick me up for a friend down in the doldrums or even a pick me up for yourself.

I was given this book by Chosen Books and I am not required to give it a favorable review but I did because I liked it.


Speak to My Heart

I want to hear God speak to my heart.  I want Him to tell me where I am supposed to go and what I am supposed to do.  Screw free will.  Just tell me so I can follow the path that is pleasing to You, oh Lord.  It’s a bit lazy and self serving…but I get tired of getting it wrong and starting all over again.  I don’t know if you can relate, gentle reader…but this lady would like some reassurance that what she is doing is right.

Isn’t it funny that we go through half our lives pleasing only ourselves and not caring about what other’s think…but when we finally come to the realization…or we just come to the end of ourselves and hit rock bottom…it’s then that we find our true saving Grace…and His name is Jesus.

When I think about the Love God had for me I can become overwhelmed.  My poor fellow church goers probably thought I was having an anxiety attack during Good Friday services because I was so overcome.  I mean, snot flowing, crying-snorting-overcome.  Not pretty to say the least.  It is so extremely gratifying to know that God loved me so much, He sent His son to be Sin, so that I may be forgiven.  Jesus became a sacrifice for you and for me.  His blood was shed so no other sacrifices needed to be made to atone for our sins to God.  Amazing!  What an incredible gift.

Still…I want God to speak to my heart.  Tell me where He wants me to be.  And it is such a selfish want and need.  Tell God the desires of your heart and He will provide.  I know this is true.  I longed to get back into ice skating…and He provided an amazing opportunity for me to be able to get back on the ice, with a new pair of skates no less…and it was marvelous.  I look forward with anticipation to the winter months (even when it’s -9 outside and even colder in the rink) when I can once again glide across the frozen water.  Heaven!

My heart and mind cries out.  How may I serve You, oh Lord?  How can I help bring about Your Glory and Grace.  And I can hear Him…speaking into that still small place in my heart…and He says…Be Still Child, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

So Thank You, Father God.  I know You are my heavenly Father.  You guide my steps and light my path.  You are the author and the finisher.  I will praise You all the days of my life.  Hallelujah and Amen!

Peace be with you, brothers and sisters.  May the light of our Lord and Savior shine upon you today and give you divine inspiration, intervention, inclination…whatever your need may be today.  I pray our Heavenly Father speaks into your heart and lets loose your dream.  I ask for this in Jesus name, Amen.