Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October's Bright Blue Weather

October is my very favorite month. I love the cooler Fall days and the beautiful leaves in shades of red, gold, and orange. However (haha!!) this October we've had very few days with cooler temperatures, and I've so far counted only three trees in my area that are just beginning to change colors! But that's okay, because I know the cooler weather WILL arrive, and the leaves will eventually wear Fall colors. But one thing I have noticed about this October that I notice each year is the brilliant blue sky. We've had many days this month when the sky has been a gorgeous shade of blue - - and I love it!  Which brings to mind an old poem that I learned many years ago in elementary school: "October's Bright Blue Weather"~ for some reason that poem has remained special to me all these years.
I'm so thankful the Lord created such colorful beauty in the world - - the blue sky, the golden leaves, the red-feathered cardinals who visit my deck and the yellow butterflies who flit past my windows on their way to Florida are just a few examples of His handiwork. So as I try not to be overwhelmed listening to/reading awful news each day, I will focus instead on the colorful blessings all around me - - including October's bright blue weather.
   The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  Psalms 19:1

Friday, August 12, 2016

Guide Me Home

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer has been my favorite Christian Author for quite a while, and each time I read another of her books I'm reminded of why I love her writing style so much. Kim's latest historical fiction is Guide Me Home, set in Kentucky in 1907.
Rebekah Hardin wants to help her parents and six younger siblings honor her late brother's memory, so she decides to earn money to purchase a special grave marker. Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave would be profitable, but those jobs were only for men. So Rebekah decides to present herself as "Reb" - - a male.
"Reb" learns from Tolly, an experienced guide (he was my favorite character!) and they are joined by Devlin, a university student who has come to map tunnels.
I don't want to give anything away, but will say that as I read this story I was captivated by the characters and the setting, and the events kept me turning pages until the very satisfying ending.
If you've never read a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I highly recommend any of her books. But I must say that now my very favorite is Guide Me Home.  :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Treasure the Time

Many of us have heard the saying "The older you get, the faster time goes." But in recent years I've heard even young people commenting about how quickly the days and weeks (and months!) are zipping by. I believe one reason is due to the hectic, fast-paced schedules so many people have now. Whether young, middle-aged, or older - - it seems so many folks are just plain BUSY! Not to mention being bombarded by all the news reports of tragic happenings, politics, and extreme weather. Keeping up with our day-to-day lives AND keeping up with the news can be overwhelming.
That is why I feel it is necessary (and wise) to have our priorities ordered so we are doing the most important things, making the most of each day, and letting unimportant things wait---or ignore them altogether. For me personally, if I don't spend enough time with the Lord it takes a toll. I *need* that time with Him: reading my Bible, praying, and taking time to really think about what He wants me to do. When I begin the day with the Lord, it truly helps my entire day!
I've struggled with time management in the past, but as I grow older I realize how vital it is to make the best use of my time--spending my days wisely and seeking the Lord's guidance. I want to treasure each day as I strive to walk closely with the Lord and serve Him by serving others.
     So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.   Psalm 90:12

Friday, May 20, 2016

Making May Memories

May is such a lovely month, especially in my state of Georgia. Spring is in full bloom and the weather is *usually* pleasant. Celebrating Mother's Day is always nice too, and I'm reminded of how very blessed I am to be the mother to my three precious children (and mother-in-law to two wonderful sons-in-law!). This May has also been extra-special because my son graduated with his Master's degree, and we are SO very proud of him. What a delightful weekend I had with him in Pittsburgh, and even though I really don't like to fly, both the flights went well (Thank the Lord!). An added bonus to our weekend was visiting the beautiful Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Oh my, what a wonderful place! Since I love flowers and plants, being there was a huge treat for me. Walking through various rooms and areas filled with colorful flowers, water displays, lush tropical plants, and even a butterfly room - - I loved every minute!
With so much trouble in our world today, I feel so very thankful to be making wonderful, happy memories and don't take my blessings for granted. May I always have a thankful heart to the Lord for all my many blessings.
     Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.   Psalm 106:1

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