Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Author Spotlight

Since the month of April is going by entirely too quickly *sigh* I will have to wait and feature author interviews another month. However, I am still going to "spotlight" two of my favorite authors and their most recent books, and will do more later on.
For readers of suspense, Author Sandra Orchard has recently released a fun, entertaining book that I highly recommend. A FOOL & HIS MONET is the first book in the Serena Jones Mystery Series and had me hooked from the first page. With a bit of romance, fun humor, and a good mystery this book is a winner.
Readers of historical romance would enjoy A HOME OF HER OWN by Author Keli Gwyn. This sweet story is set in California in 1871, and features Becky Martin, who longs to remain at the apple farm where she works as a caregiver for James O'Brien's very ill mother. The characters and the setting captured me as I read---another winner from Keli Gwyn. Although this book was released in March with the Love Inspired series books, it can still be ordered from Amazon or Christian Book Distributors.
If you'd like to be put in the drawing for a $15 Starbucks gift card, please leave a comment telling me if you've read either of these authors' books - - they are both talented and amazing writers! (Sorry, but the winner of the gift card must be a US address)
Happy Reading!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Authors in April

This month I plan to spotlight some of my favorite authors and their most recent books. I'll feature some brief but fun interviews, and will also be having drawings for Starbucks gift cards. So if you enjoy reading, whether you like contemporary, historical, or suspense-type books, be sure and stop by this month to learn more about some wonderful books and wonderful (and talented!) authors.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Praying For My Country

Here in our country of the United States it's an election year. In all of my years of observing television debates, political advertisements, and political interviews I don't ever recall seeing such turmoil. Yes, there have been heated debates and comments tossed around in the past, but this year the hostile activity has gone to the extreme. From what I'm reading and hearing, a lot of US citizens are exasperated---with candidates, our political system, and what has happened in our great country. Some people are going so far as to say it's "too late" and there's little---if any---hope for our country's future.
While I do agree that our country has seen a big moral decline among many other problems, I refuse to say it's "too late" - - because I believe our country still has a LOT of Bible-believing Christians who understand the principles our great nation was founded on.
So what can just ONE Christian do? Besides voting and not being afraid to stand up for what is right, we must PRAY. Earnestly and steadfastly. Not just a quick little prayer every now and then, but many, many heartfelt prayers to our mighty God asking Him to guide and help our country. Without the Lord, there's no hope. But WITH HIM, we have great hope!
     If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
                                                         II Chronicles 7:14

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year Blessings in Fur

On this day in 2008, my family had a "Leap Day" surprise on our front porch. I'd been feeding a stray kitty who I thought belonged to a neighbor, but apparently the kitty preferred our front porch. After a few weeks, it became obvious she was expecting kittens. Being wintertime, our days were usually cold and sometimes windy, so I placed a cardboard box on our  covered porch in case the kitty needed it.
That particular Leap Day, I left my house late that afternoon to pick up my son at tennis practice. As I went out my front door, I saw the kitty resting on our porch, looking even plumper. About an hour later my son and I returned home, but did not see the kitty. I stepped over to the box, and could not believe my eyes. During the time I was gone to pick up my son, this precious mother cat had given birth to four adorable kittens! She looked up at me proudly, as if to say "Look what I did while you were gone." I remember having tears as I gazed at that mother cat nurturing her newborn kittens. Even in animals, the miracle of birth is truly amazing.
Now eight years later, three of those "kittens" are still part of our family---all large, adult cats who have distinct personalities and coloring. Yes, one is solid white, one is solid black, and one is calico - - yet from the same litter! I'm thankful for these furry blessings that arrived on Leap Day eight years ago, and cannot imagine my life without them.
     And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.   Genesis 1:31

Saturday, January 30, 2016

January Joy

The winter season--and especially the month of January--is the least favorite time of year for some people. Not everyone, of course, but I've heard lots of folks say they don't like winter or the month of January, due to the cold weather, often-dreary days, and lack of color in the landscape. Yet sometimes there is beauty in this time of year. For those who live in areas that receive snow, there are peaceful, snow-covered scenes that remind us of Christmas cards. Even though my area seldom ever gets snow, today we had gorgeous weather that seemed spring-like, kind of like a little preview to the next season!
But whatever the weather or the outdoors looks like where we live, we can still have joy. Not something that depends on our circumstances, but the joy that only faith in Jesus can bring. Knowing that whatever we may experience in the days ahead, the Lord is with us each step of the way. If we will remember this, we can feel joy on even the dreariest of winter days.
     Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  Psalm 16:11

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Old Year - New Year

Wow! How can it already be the last day of 2015??
I honestly don't think I've ever felt that a year has flown as quickly as this year has, and I know I'm not alone. I've heard many people--even young people--comment that the days seem to fly by.
In my humble opinion, I think the main reason is that many folks--young and old alike--stay super busy these days. Busy schedules combined with all the technology at our fingertips (which can be good but also VERY overwhelming at times) and it seems each day whizzes by.
Since I can't slow down my clock or my calendar, what I can do is make sure I'm living each day to the fullest in the way that God would have me live. As a Christian, I want to live my life in obedience to Him, and doing activities He would have me to do.
As I look back over this "old year" 2015, I am very thankful for my many blessings and the opportunities that the Lord provided for me to serve Him. But as I look ahead to the "new year" 2016 I want to focus even more on looking for daily opportunities to serve the Lord and live for Him. Then I know I truly will be living my life to the fullest!
     So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.   Psalm 90:12

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Unsettling Times - - Ultimate Trust

Although I try to stay caught up on major news happenings, there are days that I just really don't want to hear or read anything negative going on in our country or our world. I've heard people comment that watching the television news reports almost sends them into a state of depression. Other people tend to worry more--a lot more. And some folks will plainly state that hearing or reading news reports makes them feel extremely grumpy.
So while I do feel it's important to be aware of what's going on in our world, we do not need to *dwell* on the negative reports (and sadly there are plenty of those). Should we try to insulate ourselves and our families from all the negativity in the world? I don't think that's the answer (nor is it really possible).
If we're not careful, we can allow fear to take over - - especially in these unsettling times. As a Christian, I know without a doubt WHO is in control, and I must remember this. Yes, I need to keep up with news reports (but not go overboard reading every frightening detail), pray about various situations and innocent people who are affected, and most importantly TRUST the Lord in all things. I know that He watches over His sheep, so we need to place our ultimate trust in Him - - ALL the time!
     For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.   II Timothy 1:7