Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bad News - - GOOD NEWS!

Recently there's been an overwhelming amount of bad news---on television, in the newspapers, in internet articles, the radio---it seems everywhere we turn, we're being bombarded by reports of crime, war, poverty, and the list goes on. It has been heart-wrenching to read about the fighting in parts of the Middle East, with countless innocent lives being affected. Other parts of the world also have unrest, poverty, and tragic events unfolding.
As a Christian, my heart is so very burdened for the people in these situations--especially the innocent children. So I pray for them---and then pray some more.
At times the "bad news" just gets to be too much. We need to be aware of what's going on in our world--here at home in our country and in other areas too. But I honestly don't believe we are supposed to constantly dwell on the horrible events after we earnestly pray for the people and the situations. We must balance our lives, and for me that means having some GOOD NEWS.
I certainly don't claim to have the answers for the world's problems, but my Bible does. In fact, the Bible is THE guide for life. Now this doesn't mean that opening up my Bible suddenly makes all my problems (or anyone's problems) go away. But reading, studying, and searching through my Bible guides me, comforts me, and instructs me. Best of all, my Bible proclaims the most glorious GOOD NEWS of all: Jesus Christ died for our sins, so for Christians, this means no matter how awful things seem to be here on earth, one day we will LIVE FOREVER with our Savior!! In Heaven where there is NO war, poverty, sickness----NO problems at all! I believe this with all of my heart, because my Bible tells me. In this world of so much bad news, I'm so very thankful that I have GOOD NEWS to remind me of the blessed hope I have in Jesus.
     In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.   Titus 1:2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Suspense on Sale

My wonderfully talented friend, Author Sandra Orchard, has written a delightful suspense book, Blind Trust. Even though I don't usually read suspense stories, I do enjoy all of Sandra Orchard's books!
This story begins with a young woman (Kate) helping out her elderly neighbor by picking up groceries for her. When Kate hands  the clerk the money her elderly neighbor had given her, the bills are counterfeit. With this event, Kate ends up in the middle of an investigation--and more adventure.
The first evening I began reading Blind Trust, I stayed up way too late because I just couldn't stop reading. So I highly recommend this book to readers--even in they're not usually suspense readers.
As of today (July 15) the E-book version of Blind Trust is on sale for under $3 at all online retailers (including Amazon and CBD.com).
This would also make a great gift for a friend who enjoys reading.
A wonderful book at a wonderful, low price!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blessings at the Beach

Recently my family and I had a brief vacation at lovely Amelia Island, Florida. We were able to rent a house located right on the beach, so the ocean was always in sight.
Besides sightseeing, eating delicious food, and spending time on the beach, one of my greatest blessings on the trip came from sitting on the deck of the house, admiring God's creation. As I gazed out at the vast Atlantic Ocean, I was reminded that that huge body of water didn't "just happen" but was created by the Lord. The white, fluffy clouds in the bright blue sky, the seagulls swooping down to catch a fish, and the tall sea oats growing along the sand dunes were all created by God.
That same God created you and me, and He loves us more than we could ever imagine.
As I thought about all that the Lord has created, and how much He loves me, I was again reminded of how very blessed I am.
I'm so thankful we had a family vacation at the beach, and so very thankful I was reminded of how much the Lord has blessed me.
     Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust.  Psalm 40:4

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No Matter What

As a Christian, one thing I've learned and know to be true is that no matter what I'm going through, or how I'm feeling, Jesus is there.
Whether it's a health crisis, loss of a loved one, frustration from broken appliances, or a happy time such as the birth of a child or a celebration, HE is always right beside me.
Last week I was reminded of this truth as my week included deep sadness over the sudden death of a sweet friend. So unexpected and so tragic---except for KNOWING she is in Heaven now, so that's a comfort.
Then the next day I experienced frustration---as we had some major plumbing issues, that resulted in spending almost $1000 and leaving holes in our bathroom walls. Ugh! Certainly not a catastrophe, but just an aggravation.
A few days later I felt excitement and happiness, as our family celebrated 2 birthdays and we welcomed home relatives who'd been living in Hawaii! How wonderful it was having my family together in my home on Sunday---celebrating with good food and laughter.
Throughout that range of emotions and happenings last week, one thing was constant: Jesus was with me through it all. And the wonderful thing is, He ALWAYS will be, no matter what.
     But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.    Philippians 4:19

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I Love My Country

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day here in the USA, it's been concerning me to see how companies are using this special day (and weekend) to sell their products. Rather than placing  the emphasis on remembering and honoring the fallen Military heroes who have served our great country, it seems that too many people have focused more on having fun - - and companies have focused on drawing in more buyers for their products. I'm not trying to be critical or say we shouldn't have Memorial Day gatherings or cook-outs. But I do think we need to keep the focus on honoring and remembering our defenders. Those many men and women who have bravely served and defended our great country so we may continue to live freely. After all, America is a truly great country - - thanks to those who have gone before us. As I proudly display my American flag in front of my house, I'm also proclaiming in my heart: I LOVE MY COUNTRY!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No Greater Love

As we approach Easter weekend, I've been reading about and reflecting on the days leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus. Since tomorrow is Good Friday--the day symbolizing when the actual Crucifixion took place--I've been really thinking a lot about the horrific torture done to an undeserving Man. Thinking of the perfect innocence of Jesus, and knowing that He endured that most painful death moves me to tears. He paid the ultimate price for you and for me---although we are far from perfect. But He did that, because He LOVES us so very much.
Our human minds cannot fully comprehend a love of that magnitude---but we can be certain that no greater love was ever shown.
This makes me stop and think: Am I showing Jesus each day how much I love Him? Am I striving to be the best person I can be? Oh, that I would live each day showing Jesus how much I love Him!


  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Monday, April 7, 2014

Through the Deep Waters

Christian author Kim Vogel Sawyer has written yet another book that I absolutely LOVED and highly recommend. Through the Deep Waters is set in 1883 Kansas, and the story follows Dinah Hubley and Amos Ackerman.
Beginning with a heart-wrenching situation, the author weaves an amazing tale of healing, forgiveness, and love. My heart ached for Dinah, raised in a brothel and feeling unloved. Amos, a gentle Christian man who was a chicken farmer, made the perfect hero for this story.
As I followed Dinah's journey as she pursues a new life, and Amos's determination to show Christ's love to her, I read with tears in my eyes at times.
Through the Deep Waters is a story that clearly shows  no matter how broken a person feels, or how painful a past, the Lord can heal and restore life and joy.
Even though I have genuinely enjoyed ALL of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, this one just might be her very best one yet.