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April 2023 – When is Resurrection God’s Will?

My faith was challenged when, a few years ago via social media, a family called on other believers in Christ to pray for the resurrection of their loved one.

I remember feeling deeply confronted by their faith:

They actually believed this resurrection could happen—and that it was God’s will.

But what did the Bible have to say about it?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.

As I read Scripture and journaled with God, I found him doing something in me. It was as if lights were coming on in an unused room inside, and God was working in there.

I continued to pray and listen, and God led me, stretching and refining my faith in ways I didn’t even know I needed.

I later wove that experience into my fiction book Ordinary Miracles.

You’re Invited

… to join River Carter in the Valley of Artisans this spring, as she discovers more than one gentle surprise in store, in Ordinary Miracles.

Ordinary Miracles

While away for the weekend, River Carter is unexpectedly faced with a message that challenges her very beliefs about how God works. Back at home in the Valley of Artisans, as River transforms her neglected garden into a place of inspiring beauty, will she find herself coming to life in a new way, as well?

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Parting Words

In this season of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, I’d like to pray this blessing over you, from Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV):

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

To your freedom, health, and wholeness,


New: How to Journal with God

How to Journal with God is an open-door invitation to deepening intimacy with God.

I shared briefly above how God used journaling to help me find his heart on a subject I hadn’t even considered before, and experience him working in me to refine my faith.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming” (Psalm 27:8 NLT).

Order your copy in paperback or ebook on Amazon.

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Jesus as Healer

This book of short devotions, available in paperback and ebook, is ideal for Easter week.

Come away on a life-changing meditation journey through the incredible healing work of Jesus in the Bible book of Luke.

* Find out the one thing that amazed Jesus—something you can still have today.
* Uncover the only obstacle that ever got in Jesus’ way—and that might be in your way, too.
* Learn Jesus’ cure for a fatal condition only he has healed—a solution that can save your life.

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Inspiring Christian Nonfiction & Fiction by AmyLu Riley


How to Journal with God – NEW!
Faith with Wings
Stay: Why I’m Still Here, A Spiritual Memoir
Jesus as Healer: Miracles and Meditations in Luke


Remembering: Valley of Artisans – Book 1
Open for Miracles: Valley of Artisans – Book 2
A Winter Wedding in the Valley of Artisans: Valley of Artisans – Book 3
Ordinary Miracles: Valley of Artisans – Book 4

See All Books at the AmyLu Riley Amazon Author Page