Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Approaches

It's hard to believe we've already reached the last days of May for this year - - which means - - summer is approaching! Although summer is not my very favorite season (I love autumn!) this summer will be very special for my family. We are happily awaiting the birth of my very first grandbaby - - a true miracle and blessing from the Lord! 
Knowing that my daughter's due date is approaching, I've been extra-busy as I complete lots of projects (including numerous medical/dental appointments) before the baby arrives. Thankfully my appointments are all completed (except one---nothing major!) so I'm tackling other projects I need to finish. But I'll admit that a while back I was feeling a bit discouraged as it seemed an endless list of not-so-fun appointments loomed in my future. Of course now that those are behind me, I've felt a wonderful lifting of my spirits. But I've been reminded that when we are facing trials or simply feeling overwhelmed at numerous tasks we must accomplish, the best thing we can do is pray. Yes, we have to work hard and do our best to take care of what must be done, but then we also need to pray for guidance and peace as we tackle those tasks. All of this reminds me of an old saying about sunflowers, which happen to be one of my very favorite flowers! The saying goes something like this: We can learn from the sunflower. Keep your face to the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.  ~ WOW!! I love that! For Christians, we can also think of keeping our face to the Son, knowing our Lord will guide us and help us when shadows threaten to overwhelm us.  
            
           Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. 
                                                                                         Psalm 55:22
                                                                                                                      

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Blessing of Friendship

I have always been blessed with my friends. Even though I was painfully shy as a young child, I still enjoyed having friends. As I grew older, I realized more and more just how important having true friends really is - - there's just something special about sharing laughs and making fun memories with good friends. There have also been times when I'm not sure what I would've done if not for special friends, uplifting me and offering comfort. 
I can remember my dear Mother---who had a lot of friends!---telling me many years ago: "To have a friend, you must be a friend." So very true! Since I value my friends, I try to let them know how special they are to me, and how much I appreciate all they've done for me through the years. Sometimes I feel I could never repay the kindness of my friends - - I am truly blessed! But I want to continue doing what I can to show others how much I appreciate them, and how special their friendship is to me.

        A friend loveth at all times. Proverbs 17:17

Monday, March 20, 2017

Her Motherhood Wish - Book Recommendation

I recently read a delightful historical romance by Author Keli Gwyn, and I was again reminded of why I enjoy Keli's stories so much!  HER MOTHERHOOD WISH is set in California in 1875 and features believable characters, action with a touch of suspense, and a wonderfully satisfying ending. The two main characters are Chip, a carpenter who has his life planned out and intends to stick to his plan, and Callie, a young woman who loves children but carries a painful reminder from her childhood. When the story opens Chip and Callie encounter two young children who've just become orphans, and I was hooked for the remainder of the book. Keli Gwyn is very thorough in her historical research, and I even learned some history tidbits while reading this story! When the story ended, I wanted to continue reading - - that's how much I enjoyed this book. If you're a fan of historical romance, you would enjoy HER MOTHERHOOD WISH by Author Keli Gwyn - - highly recommended!!  :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Grace and the Preacher

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer has been my favorite Christian author for the past eight years, and with each of her books that I read, I'm reminded of why I enjoy her writing so much!  Due to release on March 21, 2017, Grace and the Preacher is a sweet story set in a small Kansas town in 1882. The heroine is Grace Cristler, a twenty-four year old postmistress who doesn't see marriage as being likely in her future. But when she begins corresponding with the new preacher who's due to arrive in town and take over her retiring uncle's church, Grace feels hopeful that he might be the man God has for her. 
I will quote what's written on the book's back cover:  Can the faith of one small prairie town and a kind woman's generous heart survive such a great deception?
Since I don't want to give away any "spoilers" in the story, I'll just say that this book kept me hooked all the way to the satisfying ending. I LOVED it!! 
Kim Vogel Sawyer has a talent for creating characters who truly "come alive" as I read, and the powerful messages in her stories offer hope and the reminder of how much God loves us.
If you're not familiar with this author, I strongly encourage you to look for her books. You will not be disappointed!