Another Way Home

Have your plans ever gone awry, only for you to realize what happened was God’s plan—and much better than what you had planned for yourself? You’ll want to read Deborah Raney’s Another Way Home, the third Chicory Inn novel. Danae and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have tried for years with no baby in sight. Danae is finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.

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{More about Another Way Home}Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015)Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have tried for years with no baby in sight.Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed

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Another Way Home brings us back to catch up with Grant and Audrey from the Chicory Inn Novels,  by Deborah Raney.

Misty and her son Austin are in the shelter because she was abused.  Her husband is a violent man who attacked her and this is where Misty landed.  Danae, in the role of her job takes a vested interest in Misty. 

Danae and Dallas soon find that meeting Misty and Austin was  God thing and God thins are happening in their life.

then only to have it squashed by a relative that comes forward to Misty..

Will Austin’s life stop being so wishy-washy, will Denae and Dallas Brooks have a life that includes children?  Will Danae ever stop being  jealous of her sisters are having children?

When circumstances give Danae and Dallas everything they have dreamed of they must decide as a family, will love be enough, or will God’s Call be enough.  Go check out this part of the Chickory Inn Series to see what happens and if Danae, Dallas and the Whitman Family do over Thanksgiving and the next few months to assure that happiness will be had from all the family.

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{More About Deborah Raney}Deborah RaneyDeborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.



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An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti | Blog Tour and Holiday Cheer Giveaway


There’s no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah’s marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti’s new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

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    An Endless Christmas (Worthy Inspired, October 2015)

    Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.

    Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different from either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the entire family. But things go very wrong when she says, “not now.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

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    My Review

    Cynthia Ruchti has a person’s heart in mind when she writes.  The writing that she does is some of the very best when you want blank space reading.  When I say blank space reading, what I mean is just a fun, easy read that makes you leave your world and enter into the world of the author you are reading!

    I needed this book, right when I read it.  God has a great way of doing that!  Isn’t He amazing when He does things like that!  When Katie and Micah go home for Christmas and Micah proposes to Katie as soon as he gets in his grandparents home, Katie turns him down.  Flat out. Only to learn that when Micah meant Endless Christmas, he didn’t mean that the holiday goes on forever, what he meant, in my opinion is that when you look at the Christmas spirit and live that spirit every single day, then Christmas is in your eart all the time, every single moment.

    Add in that nothing can stand in the way of your happiness with all of your family, no matter how big, or how small, no matter, if the silly Uncle Paul, keeps getting his jokes out there, or Grandma Dodie tells you exactly how she feels, without saying anything at all.

    A week in the home of a family that loves each other without any question, and you tend to forget about all the things that were wrong in your life.  Katie’s family life was horrible.  Never remembered a Christmas that was good and then meets Micah, the man who changes her life forever.

    After Grandpa’s health scare, and realizing, just what family is, Katie knows what she must do.  Go check out Cynthia Ruchti’s new book

    Endless  Christmas to see what happens with the Binder family.

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    Cynthia Ruchti

    Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women’s and writers’ events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
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    Family Christian® Celebrates New Path Forward

    Store and product improvements create unique shopping experience

    Following a 12-month operational reorganization, along with a complete store and product overhaul, Family Christian® announced today it is on the path to becoming a stronger retailer and supporter of faith-based causes.

    As part of the reorganization, Family Christian have upgraded and expanded their product choice to include a new compelling assortment of home decor, apparel, and books.

    “It’s not just about the new merchandise, though,” said Steve Biondo, Family Christian Spokesperson. “We’ve also implemented a new Service Promise throughout the organization, focused on loving and caring for our customers, to guarantee a shopping experience like no other.”

    The most important element of the organization’s restructuring is an even deeper focus on maximizing its ministry impact. Purchases at Family Christian support the non-profit’s efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need stateside and worldwide.

    “While our business goal is to be a first-class retailer, the heart of this organization is firmly grounded in ministry,” said Biondo. “We will be developing even stronger ministry partnerships to continue and increase our support of hands-on widow and orphan work worldwide, and sharing God’s word through Bible donations and mission trip support.”

    To find the nearest Family Christian store, visit Family Christian Stores 

    About Family Christian
    Located in the United States, Family Christian is the world’s largest Christian-focused retailer. The nonprofit organization has about 255 stores in 36 states. The organization offers a variety of Christian-themed merchandise, including Bibles, home decor, art, gifts, DVD’s, kids products, books, and music. In addition to its physical stores Family Christian provides consumers with access to all these resources through, its e-Commerce platform. All earnings will be donated to Christian ministries serving families, orphans and widows in distress. Learn more at

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    When I agreed to review Little Words Matter Bible Storybook I was hoping that it wasn’t just another little kids Bible Story book.  Like all the rest.

    It certainly isn’t!  I LOVE this book.  So little, so sweet.  Just a simple board book.  Easy for little hands to hold and read.

    The stories in the book, aren’t just the simple verses of the popular stories in the Bible.  The author Tama Fortner, gives this little book a personality and separates it from the other Bible Storytime books.  The illustrations by Holli Conger add so much to these beautiful little stories

    Each story -there are 19 of them, start out with simple word statements.  Fortner goes on to tell us the story in easy, small kids words.  

    Most children that read this can remember those sentences.  19 stories from the Bible. Isn’t that what we, as parents, grandparents and/or teachers or ministry leaders want?  Words that not only teach these children, beautiful stories from God’s Word, but anything that will help them to remember them.

    We will take the story of Jesus on the Cross.


    from Luke 23, John 19:17-42

    Jesus was arrested!  He was laughed at, spit on, and beaten.  Then He was put on the cross.  But even on the cross, Jesus loved everyone

    “Father, forgive them,” He said, Jesus dies and was placed in a tomb.  A giant stone covered it

    Jesus died to take away the sins of the world

    What a great way to sum up the story of Jesus on the cross, just so the littles can understand!  I LOVE this book and am so grateful to have reviewed it to be introduced to the series,  With Christmas coming, and a lot of littles in my family, this will make the perfect gift to put in their stocking or under the tree!

    you can find this book and many others at Family Christian Stores.  Check out all the great things you can get for Christmas presents for your kiddoes.



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    About the Author Tama Fortner

    My name is Tama. I love God, my family and friends, and coffee with extra cream. I live a crazy life that is all-at-once wonderful, messy, and filled with love.Untitled_Modified

    In the midst of the craziness of carpools and crockpots, I am also a Bible teacher and a freelance writer and editor. My most recent book, God Is Always Good, was published this fall. I’ve collaborated on a number of titles, including the bestselling Jesus Calling for Kids and Grace for the Moment for Kids. My home is in the hilly suburbs of Tennessee, with my husband, two kids, a dog, and a cat aptly named Trouble.

    My prayer is that all I do, all I say, all I write and teach will bring glory to Him, because . . .

    He brought me out into a spacious place;
        He rescued me because He delighted in me.

    -Psalm 18:19
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    About The Illustrator Holli Conger

    Holli’s artistic talent and creativity has been evident from a very early age. Although she excelled in many areas of school, art projects were always her favorite. In third grade, Holli’s art teacher presented her with a big green pencil case (which she still has today) for having the best drawing in the class.

    Today she is a digital and dimensional illustrator who illustrates in a whimsical style suitable for any application of illustration. From magazine, greeting cards and advertising, to CD covers, packaging and children’s books, Holli approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s (and parent’s) face.

    With a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, Holli has the knowledge and experience of working with
    art directors, designers, copywriters and other creative types to collaborate on projects. A Nashville native, she currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where her husband, their daughter and son give her plenty of inspiration.

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    I received this book from Family Christian to review. I really wanted to like the book, but I actually didn’t like it at all.  I didn’t believe it was a true Christian Fiction book.

    As well as, the storyline bounced around from one place to another, another every part of the story was mixed up in the explanations not the storyline to me.

    This is one of the first books I didn’t finish and did not eventually go back too.  It just wasn’t that book for me.

    I really wish that the book had been better for me.

    When Washington, D.C., power broker Daniel Parker and his family embark on a round-the-world sailing trip, they’re sure they’ll survive the dangers of the open ocean–until they’re captured by Somali pirate Ismail Adan Ibrahim. FBI negotiator Paul Derrick is dispatched to handle the crisis. As their paths converge, will the seeds of justice and reconciliation grow? – copied

    If you like fiction that has several storylines going on at the same time, this book is for you. If you are looking for a straight up Christian Fiction book.  This is not the book for you.  You can find so many more books at Family Christian Stores and I know they will have just the book for you!  As you can see, Family Christian has a vast array of books for all different types of readers, 

    I’m only giving it two stars because I did not like the way the book was put together. 

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    Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An

    attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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    Easy Beef Enchiladas

    I LOVE enchiladas, so much that I have spent years trying to find a perfect recipe

    I finally found it by accident sort of!?!

    I volunteered to make lunch for some wonderful volunteers from our church that were helping to put up our lights in the auditorium of our church for our annual Festival Of Lights at Christmas time.  50,000  twinking lights synchronized to music.  at the top of a 30 foot cathedral ceiling, but that’s for another post.  Here is a sneak peak of what we festival do though!


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    Those men and women were HUNGRY.

    However, I have been quite ill lately and I needed this recipe to be quick and easy.

    My friend Patti told me about some recipes on her Pinterest account, so I went hunting!!!  I found several easy beef enchilada casseroles when I put that search factor in.  there were several that I liked the look of, however when I finished search and combining and done, this is what I ended up with.

    Easy Beef Enchiladas

    2 LBS hamburger (I use 93/7%) browned and drained, then put back in skillet
    1 regular size onion chopped and diced small (you can use white or yellow) purple will not taste good. It’s too sweet
    1 can Rotel® mild
    1 can Red Enchilada Sauce
    1 small can green chili diced
    1 small can cream of mushroom soup
    1 small can cream of chicken soup
    About 20-30 corn tortillas cut in either one inch cubes or in long strips about an inch wide the length of the tortilla. (either way is fine) – This can vary depending on how many you want on it,
    Chili powder to taste: I like it spicy so use a lot (remember though you also have 
    Rotel®  and red enchilada sauce to help with the heat)  Be careful!
    Morton’s Natures Seasoning® to taste (you can substitute plain salt and pepper for this, I just like the blend) 
    I also add ground salt and pepper about 1/4 tsp each
    Garlic powder to taste – I use lots.
    Fresh Ground Salt and Pepper to taste (remember that your Morton’s Natures Seasoning ® as salt and pepper so use sparingly, you can always go back and add more
    You can add red pepper flakes if you want. I don’t like them, so don’t!
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

    A hint: you can do this on the stove or the oven, either way is good; also you can use the crockpot. I tell you in the instructions where to switch

    In a big bowl, mix all of your cans of stuff together. Then stir it up and set it aside. (you have 5 cans)


    all the wet ingredients combined in a bowl

    Cook the hamburger well and drain it Then put it back to the skillet or this would be a good time to switch it over to a crock pot. (I will tell you about that soon)Add all the spices and blend it really well




    Meat and Onions

    Once you have it all blended and mixed and heated throughout, add all the wet ingredients that you set aside earlier.

    Cook this for about 10 minutes on top of the stove or about an hour in the crockpot on high. All you are doing is blending the flavors,

    After you cook the mix.

    13×9 inch pan that is full size on the sides.
    Dip up enough, JUST to cover the bottom
    Sprinkle the top of that layer with tortilla pieces being careful not to layer the tortilla pieces
    Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with shredded cheese
    Then repeat.
    Once it’s done, cook covered with foil for about 25/30 minutes, Uncovering the last few minutes to “cook the cheese through”

    At this point, you want to definitely use your tortillas cut into one inch square pieces. If you have made strips, go ahead and slice them into squares. Mix about one cup of shredded cheese into the mixture. Set the other cup aside until it is almost done.
    When it is almost done, sprinkle the top of the casserole with cheese and finish it out.


    Hints and Tricks
    In place of the tortillas, in a pinch, use bagged tortilla chips

    You can add cumin for that “Mexican food” Flavor if you want
    Also you can add a little onion powder if you like a lot of onion flavor
    Serve with sour cream, cheese, black olives, Pico de Gallo, salsa or whatever floats your boat
    These are a very quick response to rolling your own enchiladas. We loved this recipe, as did all the people helping us!
    This is a single recipe. You can double it and use two cake pans. If you double and use a crockpot, please make sure it is a big crockpot. The mix alone is 8 cups when doubled.

    Nuttrition Info

    Based on a 2000 Calorie Diet






    A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love

    Murder-mystery and Gothic literature fans will love the newest addition to Dorothy Love’s lineup, A Respectable Actress. Accused of the shooting death of her leading man on the stage of Savannah’s Southern Palace theater, famed actress India Hartley is sequestered at Indigo Point, the St Simons Island home of her defense attorney Philip Sinclair. As Philip works to clear her name India discovers that he is hiding a startling secret of his own. One that may well hold the key to her freedom.


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    A Respectable Actress (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)

    When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.

    India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India, arrested and accused of the crime.

    A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

    Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.

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    When India takes the stage that one fateful night, her life changes forever.  Little does she know just how her life will change.

    Her part was to pick up a prop gun and shoot her costar.  Of course a prop gun is all fake, has no firing pin, the ammo isn’t real, the costar doesn;t really die.  tonight though, the firing pin IS real, the ammo is real and the costar, Mr. Arthur Sterling, is wounded and then passes away soon after.  India is held in custody until a dashing young attorney, Phillip Sinclair, hired by Mrs. Celia Makay comes to whisk her away and prepare her case.

    India finds so much more!  She finds true friendship after meeting Phillip’s sister Amelia and the woman who is holding grudges that India soon finds out that have haunted Philip for a few years. 


    A Respectable Actress, filled with lots of intrigue, mystery, action, secrets becomes a great read to keep you moving from the very first page, to the very last word.

    I don’t normally like historical fiction, especially when you through some romance in there, however, this book was written so well, that it made me feel like I was really there at times!

    I often found myself lingering wondering what the days and nights were like.  What it was really like to have to wait days for responses to handwritten letters!  So many other things took me back!  A Respectable Actress was well written and well researched.

    Dorothy Love has crafted a fun, exciting piece of work with  A Respectable Actress, based on the real-life actress Frances Anne (Fannie) Kemble.  This is the second book of Love’s that I have fallen in love with, thinking that I wouldn’t like from the moment I picked it up

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    A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with heDLove-26r husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of many young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. When she isn’t busy writing or researching her next book, Love enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband Ron and their rambunctious golden retriever. The Loves make their home in the Texas hill country.

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    Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry | Blog Tour


    Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry | Blog Tour 


    Richard Mabry’s new fast-paced medical drama, Miracle Drug, will keep you turning pages until you find out if the experimental drug can cure the fatal disease the former President of the United States has contracted. The situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Dr. Josh Pearson is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.


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    Miracle Drug (Abingdon, September 2015)

    Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.

    The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

    As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

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    Rachel and the former president of the United States are on a trip overseas. Little do they know, that trip will change their lives forever.

    The former President;s personal physician is murdered, Rachel  (a practicing nurse) and David Madison (the former president) are poisoned.  Josh Pearson is the new physician that must save them both.

    Josh must figure out what they were poisoned with and then fight the poison for Mr. Madison and the woman he is falling in love with, Rachel.  In doing so he also must fight the killers and a thief.

    Mr. Mabry brings it once again to this medical thriller.  Packed full of intrigue, mystery and the faith that can move mountains.  Or save lives.

    Check out Mabry’s newest book at the following page.

    Richard Mabry

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    Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. “Miracle Drug” is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

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    Richard Smallwood #FCBlogger Family Christian


    I am not a fan of Motown music.  I love just about all music you could ever listen to.  However, Rap, Motown, Headbanging, and Heavy Metal.  I just do not have a feel for.

    I have never been able to put my finger on why, but I just knew I didn’t like it.  When I got Richard Smallwood’s The Millennium Collection from Family Christian to review.  I really had to pray long and hard before I listened to it.  For God to send me the words out of the music that He wanted me to hear, to not listen to the musicality  while listening to the CD but hear the words, and boy did I hear some words!!

    With songs like

    1 We Magnify Your Name (Live)  2  What He’s Done For Me  3 In The Shelter  4 Center Of My Joy (Live)  5 Great Is Thy Faithfulness  6 He’s Able (Live)  7 Great Is The Lord (Psalm 48)  8 Wonderful Counselor  9 His Mercy Endureth Forever (Psalm 118)  10 The Lord’s Prayer (Live)

    I am going to look at # 9 His Mercy Endureth Forever.  Which happens to be one of my all time favorite songs

    This song, taken from Psalm 118  and oh what a lesson it teaches you.

    (everything in italics is from me.)

    Oh give thanks unto the Lord
    For He is Good,  For He is Good   Have you ever just sat and thought about just HOW good God is?  HE IS GOOD.  I mean seriously GOOD.  There is no way to describe the Good that comes from the Lord,, there aren’t enough words
    For His mercy endureth for ever and ever  His MERCY endures forever, infinite, eternal, everlasting,   can you even begin to think that long

    Thy art my God and I will Praise you  Yes Lord, just because you are my God, I will praise you!!

    The Lord is my strength and my song  What strength we find in the Lord  When we are weak and down to our nothing ness, my STRENGTH is in you Lord!
    He has become my salvation, my salvation
    I will praise you oh Lord, PRAISING THE LORD for the salvation he has given me that last eternal and forever, and infinite, everlasting,,,  What a gynormous promise the Lord has given us here in these three lines!!
    You have become my salvation, my salvation

    For this is the day that the Lord hath made
    I will rejoice and be glad in it   You choose to rejoice in each day, no matter what comes your way, REJOICE IN HIM!!!

    Oh Give thanks unto the Lord  – how can you NOT give thanks to the Lord  – When I think of the things that the Lord has done for me, I mean HE GAVE HIS SON.  to die on the cross, so that I might live forever, infinite, everlasting… 

    He gives me everything I need, right when I need it  What JOY we see when we look upon His face

    Now wrap all of this up into the soulful voice of Richard Smallwood and his choir and just listen to these words.

    Does the meaning change?  No.  But the song I know, is sang so fast that there are words that run together and while it’s a great song, you are singing a beat that is tremendous.  Mr. Smallwood slows it down and you hang on every world he says.  “HIS LOVE FOREVER”

    Smallwood’s career spans many, many years, with many awards, many albums!  He says on Instagram, this is all he has ever wanted to do!


    Now does it even GET any better than that?  I can’t possibly think of a better way to sing these words from the gospel!  Each song is a song from the heart and soul of each person that is singing with Mr Smallwood.  This album compiles his greatest hits into this Millennium Collection. and you can buy it at Family Christian Stores online now for 5.00 as well as the digital download for 5.99.  what a great Christmas or birthday present this would make for someone!

    here is the video of Mr. Smallwood Singing His Mercy Endureth Forever from The Millennium Collection

    You can read Psalm 118 here 

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    Just Show Up’ by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn (Plus a Tried & True Friendship Giveaway)

    What does friendship look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, —and even cancer? Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn teamed up to write Just Show Up, a story of their close friendship and walk through Kara’s battle with terminal cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

    Celebrate the gift of friendship with a Tried & True Friendship giveaway—a prize for you and for a friend!

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    One grand prize winner will receive:

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 23rd. The winner will be announced October 26th on Jill’s blog.

    Is one of your friends going through a tough time—maybe you need some encouragement? Stop by Kara and Jill’s author page, click on the reviews bar, and read through some bloggers’ stories of how their friends got them through suffering.

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    About the Authors

    Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn

    The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Learn more about the life of Kara Tippetts at or follow the site on


    Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of “Falling for Texas,” an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

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    Bestselling author Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn answer those questions in the new book Just Show Up: the Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together (David C Cook/ October 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-1434709530/$15.99). With grace and practical advice, the friends wrote about what relationships look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry and even Tippetts’ battle with cancer, which she tragically lost on March 22, 2015.

    As Tippetts walked the road of cancer, learning to receive offers of help from friends — and the vulnerability that comes along with it — was sometimes an uncomfortable journey for everyone involved. Yet, she discovered an astounding depth of relationship with women who wanted to walk with her and her family, including Buteyn, who became one of her closest friends. “We all have tough times, but there’s a beauty that comes in doing the really hard stuff together,” Buteyn reveals. “When I look back on my time with Kara, I see a lot of tears, prayers and pain, but I also see grace and even peace. It was beautiful to walk with her, even though it hurt so much. It still hurts. But I would choose her all over again.”

    Buteyn faced her own challenges as she reached out to Tippetts and her family. Maintaining friendships can be difficult even on the best of days, and troubles compound relational challenges. For Buteyn, it was hard at times to know what to say or do, and there were moments when her words sounded awkward and hollow. Along the way, though, Tippetts and Buteyn both discovered ways to meet each other in the “hard.” The book offers insightful chapters full of wisdom about the gift of silence, the art of receiving and the beauty of just showing up.

    “Presence is so important in suffering because sometimes that’s really all we have to offer,” Buteyn admits. “We don’t have the right words or there isn’t anything we can do to help. Sometimes it is just about being there.” In addition to sage advice born from experience, Just Show Up offers practical tips, such as what clichés to avoid, why it’s important to be specific in your offers of help and how to avoid making your friend’s pain all about you.

    Whether readers want to be present with someone going through a difficult time or find inspiration for pursuing friendship in a new way, this eloquent book reveals the power found in being present during the everyday as well as the terribly hard — and reaching out to others, no matter what.

    “Kara Tippetts changed my life and thousands of others’ lives because she was a rare, singular voice who, when facing the end of her life here, had street cred to speak about what really matters. Open these rich, radical pages and give yourself the gift of friendship like you’ve always wanted and community like you’ve only hoped for—before it’s too late to just show up.

    —Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

    My Review

    Have you ever had a friend that you just know is there for you no matter what, no matter when, no matter what, no matter where.  They will Just Show Up.  That kind of friendship is rare  There are very few people who sacrifice their everything for you.  That being said, that friendship is usually a once in a lifetime friend.  It could be your spouse, your childhood friend that you have had for life, or it maybe the person you met a couple of days ago and you just haven’t needed them to Just Show Up yet.  Or them you.

    When you do find that person, you will know it.  The instinct to call them about everything and anything.  Whether your day is going great and you want to share.  Whether you want to get their kids and have a play date.  The person you took for your spouse because you know, no matter what, it is forever, for life, in sickness or in health, for better or worse  

    You also know that no matter what you say or do with that person they are always going to be there.  You are always going to be there for them.  

    In Kara and Jill’s book “Just Show Up” Kara faces the battle of her life.  Cancer.  Jill and Kara had that relationship  Both gave, both received, but the one thing in common was they were all in    One of the statements made in the book said Showing up in suffering benefits both sides, and iit has to be entered in from both sides  Had either pushed or pulled the other, there is no way it would have worked.  

    This book is that journey.  Their struggle through the hard and in that struggle, God meets you right there,  both of you, all of you, everyone involved and all that being said, you have  a completely different form of worship.  

    This book became that form of worship to me also.  Because I am a blogger in the Christian Women’s  genre, I heard about Kara and her beautiful life.  I had read her story before and actually followed her for a while.  Going into this book was like visiting that trusted friend.

    I love the way that Jill and Kara used Jill’s unpublished thoughts as lead-ins for Kars’s thoughts.  In what I believe has every chance of  becoming (in my opinion) one of the best books on being a caregiver to someone who is seriously or terminally ill  I pray that it finds its way into Therapist and Counselor libraries everywhere.  That Cancer patients have it as a choice to put into their arsenal of how to fight and win,  How to deal with the emotions  and even more so, how to ask when they need it.   “Just Show Up”  needs to be considered as one of those books that is kinda like the Dummies Series not only for friendships everywhere, but then also for anyone who is ill, who is a caregiver, who is a friend, who is a spouse.  This is how struggling through the hard with a friend or set of friends needs to bec

    Walking this path will give you such a great experience in how to meet someone.

    You can find this book here and learn a lot more about Kara, Jill and “Just Show Up”


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    Ninja and Changing Lifestyles

    I have this great little machine in my kitchen,


    called a Ninja.  It is amazing!


    I have started cooking things from scratch.  Doing it all.

    I have made soups, stews, cakes a lot of things literally.

    but the very best, funnest thing I made came a couple of nights ago

    Something extremely simple,  but oh so sweet (literally)

    I made powdered sugar!!

    It was so surreal to be able
    to use a simple machine, save money and make something I needed in my kitchen without making a run to the grocery store, and spending money I didn’t want to spend.

    Scratch cooking, means using what you have on hand, and making a great meal from it as well as adding nothing processed.  Nothing in a box, bag, wrapper, nothing frozen, nothing canned.  While some things you can’t avoid, for reasons that are monetary (we have no freezer for one) and well, I can’t make gravy for crap, so I buy gravy in a bag and add water.  Nor can I make cornbread from scratch.  So I use the packages.

    I was able to make a treat for my husband last night.

    I made simple plain cinnamon roll but the frosting was OH SO fabulous.

    I used,

    1 box of cream cheese,

    1/4 cup butter,

    1 TBSP vanilla,

    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    to make the powdered sugar, I used one cup of regular granulated sugar.  (Now if you are going to store it, you need cornstarch.  I planned on using everything I made)

    I then put the sugar in the Ninja and blended it for about 1 minute and had a perfect cup of powdered sugar.

    So here is the frosting I made, and it was so delicious.


    Now, this being said, I didn’t say we were going sugar-free, just healthier and no processed foods, (or trying).

    Those of you that no me, don’t throw up my sweet tea to me, or my insatiable cravings for cheese sticks LOL

    these too will pass eventually.  But now, they aren’t.

    All of this to say in the long run, for us, eating healthier has been cheaper.  It is NOT as you first start out.  i give you that.

    But in the long run, it is so much cheaper, so much better for you and I am back in love with cooking.  Now maybe I can get my kitchen remodeled the way I want.

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    #Stolen by Jessica Fralin | Instagram Contest and $100 Cash Card Giveaway


    Author: Jessica Fralin

    Is social media stealing your identity? We need an #IdentityRevolution! Take part by reading Jessica Fralin’s debut book, #Stolen! In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media.

    Join Jessica and Abingdon Press on Instagram for the chance to win a $100 cash card!


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    A $100 cash card

    A copy of #Stolen



    Enter today by following the instructions below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 30th. The winner will be announced November 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

    Here’s how to enter the contest:

    1. Take a no-filter selfie of you either holding up a copy of the book (if you have one) or holding up a sign that says, “I will not be #Stolen!”
    2. Caption the photo with the following (just copy/paste this on your mobile device): “I’m participating in an #IdentityRevolution with @JessicaFralin’s new book, #Stolen! Learn how to be affirmed, valued, and loved through Christ, not social media. #contest”
    3. Follow @JessicaFralin on Instagram.

    Rules: Open to the U.S. only. Entries will be tracked by using the hashtags #Stolen and #IdentityRevolution. Entries must be submitted by 10/30/15 at 11:59 PDT. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 11/2.

    Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.



    {More about #Stolen}

    #Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity? (Abingdon, August 2015)

    Take back what social media has stolen.

    How many hours do we spend scrolling Facebook newsfeeds, retweeting something on Twitter, or posing for the perfect selfie on Instagram, hoping what we post will get likes and comments from our friends and followers? To get those likes, we post what is—according to social media standards—pretty, popular, and acceptable. We hide the messy parts of life, play up the fun times, and even twist the truth a bit so we look a little better, smarter, and funnier. But what happens when people start holding us up to these unrealistic standards? What happens when you realize that who you are on social media isn’t who you really are? Have we let social media steal our identity?

    In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media. She offers creative #FunFact, #GiveItATry, and #WhatDoYouThink callouts containing fun notes, activities, and ideas to discuss with your youth group and friends. As she tackles the issues and insecurities like popularity, body image, and cyberbullying, Jessica shows you how to find your identity in the one voice that really matters, not the million of voices online.

    Learn more and purchase a copy.

    Jessica Fralin

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    Jessica Fralin is an author & blogger in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether speaking from a platform or typing away on, her heart is to convey the message of love, acceptance, and worth that can only be found in the gospel. On any given day, you can find her holding a book or a latte and passionately teaching others who they are―and why it matters―when it comes to social media.

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    Finishing School

    The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

    The Finishing School

    The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned (Nyree Press, August 2015)

    Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live intentionally?

    In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things, like binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.

    After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

    Learn more and purchase a copy.

    The Story Behind The Finishing School

    Valerie Woerner

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    Wedding At Orange Blossom Inn


    A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray | Blog Tour and Book Giveaway


    When widow Emma’s family opposes her new friendship with widower Jay, she begins to wonder if she’ll be alone forever. Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series! A wedding brings together two young widowed parents, and once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

    Enter to win a copy of A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn—five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced October 1 on Shelley’s blog!





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    A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

    A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

    Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

    Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

    Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

    Learn more and purchase a copy.

    My Review

    Brady Bunch Meets the Amish Country.
    Or something like that!
    Emma is a widow with three girls
    Jay a widower with three boys!. Between them they have so many friends and relatives that it is a full house all the time!!

    Oh and a precocious pup named Frankie!  Who was an escape artist and a food thief!!

    The thing they have most of is God and Love!  Who can ever have too much of either!

    As their courtship blossoms they learn fast and hard that with a family this big, a town as small as they live in.
    Everyone knows everything about everything.

    Frankie does his escape artistry one day during one if the biggest events of the year and Emma is devastated, embarrassed and unwilling to go back to the event because Frankie has ruined everything.

    Or has he.

    Go check out Wedding At Orange Blossom Inn and fi d out how Frankie’s catastrophes change Emma and Jay’s lives as well as the kids.



    Shelley Shepard Gray

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    Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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    Let’s Learn About The Lord’s Prayer

    61M6fIYNmaL._SL1500_This book is a sweet book about a four-year old little girl named Emma and it takes you on a special journey learning the Lord’s Prayer.  This series is for Preschoolers.

    Let’s Learn About The Lord’s Prayer is part of a new series called HeartSmart Series .





    HeartSmart is a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their hearts with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith. In the first book, Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer, just launched this fall, the entire Lord’s prayer is included along with a song.

    The book, while very sweet, has a very important lesson in it.  It teaches kids The Lord’s Prayer.  That part is a given, however, it also teaches kids about the facts that everything we have in the world is God’s.  Everything we do is for God’s glory.

    God is everything.  God is Big, God is all Powerful.  

    God is.

    Our Father, Who Are In Heaven,

    Hallowed be thy name.  

    They kingdom come, Thy will be done.  

    on earth as it is in heaven,

    Give us this day our daily bread,

    and forgive us our debts,

         as we also have forgiven our debtors.

    And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

    For yours is the Kingdom,

    the power, and the glory forever.


    God is.

    Isn’t that beautiful?  To think we can teach that to our children, just as early as they can talk.

    I feel like these stories are going to be an incredible way to add scripture to early childhood teaching.  Whether it is in church or at home.

    You can buy the book here Heart Smart Series


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    Catherine DeVries has written twenty books for children, including the bestselling “The Adventure Bible Storybook.” As associate publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for “The Action Bible: collection, which has sold over a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest.
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    Great Little Book About Teaching Children About Anger


    Teaching Christs Children about Feeling Angry is written from a child’s point of view, which makes it oh so much easier to be able to say “let’s read this”

    Hyman brings practical daily use, Bible Verses and an easy to read format to help children understand that being angry is okay, sinning while we are angry is not.

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    Teaching Christ’s Children about Feeling Angry, while the title implies it is for Christians only, gives extremely great common advice for anyone.  Not just Christians.  This is the only thing I do not like about the book.  To me, the title excludes some children.  Even though we are all children of God, someone who has never read the Bible could interpret this title to say “not me”

    I know that isn’t what Hyman wanted or is saying.  With great illustrations, and following a series of books by Hyman, I love the content of the book and think the title needs work!  



    More about the Author

    CorineCorine Hyman is a clinical psychologist who has helped families for close to 10 years. Currently, she lives in Baltimore, MD where she has opened her home to children without families by becoming a foster parent. The idea for her first book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time,  was placed in her heart many years ago and since its publishing Corine has published several other books including: What Is Love, My Journey with Jesus Christ, Jaden Goes to Foster Care, (see my review here) and Why I Give. With the exception of Jaden Goes to Foster Care, each book is designed to use the Bible to help both children and adults understand the biblical basis for why Christians do what they do. Look for her upcoming series on what the Bible has to say about feelings in August of 2015. To help design a character in her upcoming book, email her at

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    Ray Vander Laan’s ‘Israel’s Mission’ Experience the Bible Giveaway

    Our task as Christians is to bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. How are you doing at welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace? Learn how to work on your task with Ray Vander Laan’s Israel’s Mission, volume thirteen in the That the World May Know® DVD series. Discover the mission that can give your life—and the lives of those around you—greater meaning than you ever imagined. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

    Celebrate the release of Israel’s Mission by entering to win the entire That the World May Know® series—perfect for working through with your family, Bible study, or Sunday school class!

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    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • All 13 DVDs in the That the World May Know® series

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced September 21st on the Litfuse blog.


    My Review

    When Jesus was born, His ministry was to tell all about God the Father and the relationships that people have with God.  However, there was no way that Jesus was able to complete that mission. Before Jesus Ascension into Heaven, he commanded the disciples to complete this mission.  This is our great commission.  As HIS disciples. We were all given this command – share.  Share God.  Ray Vander Laan’s Israel’s Mission, Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World gives us practical ideals and takes us back to the Bible for ways to do this 

    This DVD series starts with Sarah and Abraham and, and goes through Israel at Sinai, Jesus Renews the Mission, Seeking the Lost, The Lost Son  In a Far Country, The Seeking Father The Lost Son Returns.  All of these topics and going through each one of these subjects with great detail and great knowledge and Historical facts.  Imagine stepping back in time, and experiencing where Sarah and Abraham lived, and what their ministry had in store for the world during that time frame; Abraham experienced such a deep relationship with God and followed him unconditionally.  In the town where they lived Arad, Sarah and Abraham lived to serve others with everything they had.  They gave everything.  Abraham was so favored and trusted that by giving unconditionally, everything that they had to do God’s work, God provided everything that they needed.

    This DVD/Bible Study goes into detail for all of this and so much more While I am reviewing the Bible Study for #Litfuse, I am going to go back and redo the entire study so that I have more time to do lots of the research, and the details as well as being able to soak up such a detail oriented study!

    Designed for use with that the World May Know: Israel’s Mission Discovery Guide.

    Filmed on location at these biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:

    -Back to the Father’s House – Negev Desert
    -Show Them the Way – Timnah
    -Prodigal Sons and Daughters – Qatzrin
    -Return from the Far Off Country – Jerash
    -Welcome Home – Qatzrin


    Like I said, I will be going back to redo the study in detail and to really study it.  I can’t wait actually.

    The study proves to be a very insightful, in-depth, study of God’s expectations for us!  What a great way to spend my time!  Studying God’s word, learning more about Him and just soaking in the knowledge that others have researched and brought to you in a DVD/Study!


    Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries aRVanderLaan-325nd creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. An ordained minister, he holds the chair of biblical cultural studies as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
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    Until My Name Is Known

    I received this book, only 3 days ago and My review was to be posted by yesterday.  However this book, is a very hard read.  It has way to many characters, and for me, was just all over the place.  While I loved the premise of the story (Experience God through Israel’s Exodus from Egypt’s power through those who were there.)  (taken directly from Contreras website) found here .

    You can also find this you tube video on her website that helps to explain and discuss the book

    There is extreme research and historical facts in the book.  So much so your brain can get on overload, when you try to read it as fast as I did.  I will be going back and reading at my leisure and taking the time to soak all of this incredible knowledge in that Sonya Contreras brings to the table with Until My Name is Known.  The book includes maps and a very large glossary at the end as well as other research information


    Until My Name is Known (Bull Head Press, July 2015)
    The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?
    See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.
    Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.
    Learn more and purchase a copy.

    Sonya Contreras

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    Debra Clopton’s New Book and Love at the Reins Giveaway

    A new tale of romance, family, and taking risks—don’t miss Debra Clopton’s Counting on a Cowboy! After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth

    the risk. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

    Saddle up with Debra and her new book and enter to win her Love at the Reins prize pack!

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    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 8th. The winner will be announced September 9th on Debra’s blog.


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    My Review 

    Ob how I love a good Cowboy!


    And this one was great!  Debra Clopton hits it out of the arena with Counting on a Cowboy!

    Abby is a woman in a distressed state of mind.  She had lost her husband in a car accident and was running from the past all to get a new start.  In doing so, has another car accident and it ends up being one of the best things that could happen to her.

    While she wasn’t hurt bad in the accident she becane traumatized by the memories.  Bo comes to the rescue and is there when the dust settles.

    After getting her settled in her hotel room after the accident, Abby and Bo can’t deny the electricity between them.

    However, another “man” comes between them at first.  Levi comes to the ranch to stay and Bo and Abby are both taken aback.  Like every man though Levi comes with a whole set of issues.  It’s not every day a declared bachelor becomes a daddy!

    From a former relationship Levi is Bo’s and his mother has passed away so now Bo ask the impossible.  Help him.

    Can Bo Monahan get past his own heart to let love win again?  Can Abby do the same?  Go check out Counting on a Cowboy – A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance – mad find love again?  To find family?  The losses Abby have suffered, will they be destined to keep her from happiness?

    A Novel based on God’s redeeming power of forgiveness and Grace.  A good old-fashioned love story and just a really great book.  

    Go check out Debra Clopton’s Counting on a Cowboy today and enter in your chance to win some of these great prizes

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    Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.
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    #UPDATED REVIEW -The Perfect Moment #FCBlogger



    Having gone back and re-read the book a 4th time, there is one small statement in the book that I missed all three times before.  Andrews states “The true definition of perfection is an impossible standard to hold ourselves to and can often end up being an unhealthy practice,  So, for the purpose of this book, let’s settle on the definition of perfect as “the best something can possibly be.”  We are out to create moments that are as good as they can be, lives as good as they can be, and ourselves….,as good as they can be. – – 

    this being said, changes my review …completely..  I still hold to the fact, just like Andrews states, there are no perfect moments and that was what nbothered me the most – – Him, Not saying that, but he does.  So in that retrospect.  I retract my initial review and apologize to Mr. Andrews for not giving the book a 5 star review to begin with.

    Here is an updated review: (the first is below this)

    This book tells you exactly how God put us on this earth.  In HIS perfect world, living an imperfect life.  However, when you go through your days, the way you live it, is how you will see it.  

    PERSPECTIVE –  It is all in what you make it.  

    Life is, what you make it.  This is where we agreed.  If you choose joy, you have joy, if you choose to be sad, you have sad.  Even in the very hard times, you can still find happiness. In the death of a family member – all the great memories you have with them.  In a car accident – are you okay and are others okay.  In a financial disaster – working things out means you are a better stronger person and above all – do you still have family   (2nd disclaimer:  this is barring any medical complication like depression or anxiety) and we aren’t going there, That’s a completely different issue.

    So in true definition of the meaning of perfect, if you choose your perspective, your life will be so much happier because of it.  I am so guilty of living with perfection and seeing the disaster I create of my life every single day, I KNOW that I am not in control.

    Living Intentionally – oh wow.  LIVING INTENTIONALLY – choosing to get up to your family instead of for your family, choosing to see that vienna sausages and sardines with an ocean view is really surf and turf with an ocean view!! 

    Blessings, Gifts, good and bad.  They make us who we are, because of the life we live when we face each one. 

    Now, not mentioning God at all, or putting our focus back on the Bible and backing it up with verses would have completely solidified my acceptance of these statements BECAUSE of my faith.  However, in this book, because of the one statement above.  I think it’s abundantly clear Andrews’s meaning.  Even though I had to look up that he was a Christian based on this book.  

    I am going back and changing my review as soon as I can to five full stars, because I can now see the underlying intent of taking the lesson in this book THROUGH your faith is there.  I just didn’t see it.  I am so glad I went back to re-read the book a 4th time.  

    Andrews’s one statement that he makes that “ultimately the direction of your life is up to one person – – you”  still bothers me stated by itself.  looking at the big picture of the book and Andrew’s disclaimer of what perfection is on this book alone, I can see this as true statement the way it he said this for the book.  

    I have left my original review below so that some of this makes sense. Thank you for re-reading and coming back on this journey again!  Go check out Andrews book at Family Christian Stores here, where you can get this and so many other books on Spirituality and Religion and Faith.



    #My Original Review

    Have you ever read a sentence that just sends you over the top and makes you think hard about your life?  Giving you the mindset to get to complete satisfaction in your life?

    The concept of the book was great and I will share this in a moment

    I didn’t find that this book aligns with Christian spirituality, as I know it. There were some conflicting phrasing that left me baffled

    Now all this being said, I know that the belief behind Andy Andrews’s words in The Perfect Moment, is because of his belief in Christ.  However, I didn’t know that until I was able to look it up.  For me, that makes the book a little jaded.  So remember this that the only thing Perfect in our life is God.  Perfect Moments, Perfect People, Perfect whatever, just doesn’t exist.

    I 100% believe that Andrews intentions were great with where he goes in this little book.

    Andy Andrews states  PERFECT, the best something can possibly be.  Stop waiting for contentment, comfort, and happiness.  The reality is that they are the ones waiting for you..

    Take a little time to think and reflect deeply about your “perfect moments”

    I love this.  This really hits home!  I try so hard to make moments perfect and to make that perfect memory, however, there aren’t any perfect memories.  I am a sinner and every moment I have is flawed.  My own skewed thinking is what gets me into trouble.  God gives me every perfect opportunity and I fail miserably because I am a sinner.

    This, THIS is perfect.  What is this?

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    It’s your day, it’s your life, and it’s your moment.  Whatever that moment is?  If you choose to let it be perfect.  Even with all the imperfections.  It can still be bliss!

    When you choose to be sad, unhappy, angry, whatever emotion you can pull out of a hat, then you will be sad, unhappy, and angry.

    God gives us a perfect world.  We are already here.  Our lives, in retrospect, aren’t ever perfect however, they are pretty close.  When you slow down and remember that your moments can only be as good as you let them be In spite of your emotions on any given day.

    Choose Joy, Choose Happiness, Choose to be content. Choose Jesus.

    Andrews gives you three questions to help you determine what those perfect moments in your life will be.

    What excites you more than anything else, what people do you particularly enjoy being around and If this were your last day, what would you do?

    After sitting down and thinking about these things.  It just solidified what I already knew, I had a long way to go. I was so far from having my life in order and I knew that.  I didn’t need a book to tell me, but oh the tears fell as I read this precious book this morning.

    What would you do if this were your last day? No, seriously, “What would you do if this were your last day?”

    How on earth do you answer that?  Get my hair done, go to the spa, and get a massage.  Eat a huge steak, and lobster?

    Or call your children, your grandchildren, spend time with your spouse?

    In MY honest opinion, this book didn’t go into enough detail though in how all of this relates back to Jesus Christ.  If I remember correctly, God is not even mentioned once.  However, being the strong Christian that I am, I know that there is no perfection without Him.

    In the book, there is a statement that says ultimately, the direction your life is up to one person you.

    I don’t believe that and will continue to believe that God is in charge of my life and only God.  Yes I choose to decide what I do with it, but ultimately without viewing my life, through the eyes of my Lord and Savior, I have failure and sin and messes and life is way too short to live in a hot mess all the time.

    So for me, the concept of the meaning of the book was great and I loved the way it worded some statements.  My faith leads me to believe that there is never a perfect moment.

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    Among the Fair Magnolias

    Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don’t miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser.

    Did you ever feel so into a book that you feel like every time you open it you are snuggling down with a pice of your heart.

    This book, Among The Fair Magnolias did just that for me. This compilation of 4 novellas by Tamera Alexander, Shelly Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser did just that.


    I mean look at that cover.  Isn’t that like a fairy tell setting?  Just somewhere to take your mind off everything.  You walk into each novella with your heart a little heavy and end up with your heart lightened and full of love

    The stories involve you from the beginning and never leave you hanging.  Having strong main characters and having led you back to the 1800’s is just great for those that want a book that you can meet these characters in their stories as if you were right there with them.  Never was I bored during reading these 4 novellas.

    I am finding that I love this historical period.  While I am still not “in love” with love stories.  The need to sometimes drown out the world and get lost in a book very quickly!

    My Favorite An Outlaws Heart is just that.  A book that keeps  you involved from the very first words to the end  Russell comes home after being gone for 7 years and finds his mother very ill.  While hanging around trying to help her, he runs into his old girlfriend who had run him off the last time she saw him.  Was it all because she didn’t love him anymore or because of love that’s why she asked him to leave.  Read An Outlaws Heart in Among The Fair Magnolias and you can get it here

    To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander – Savannah is so angry about the war  It killed her parent’s.  Left her with a family to raise even at her young age.  They also lost the family farm “Darby Farms” in the process.  Only to have it purchased by a Union Soldier.  Savannah is hired to be the seamstress on the Darby Farms remodel. she is ecstatic because that gets her back in the home.  Where she is in a race against the clock that will end her reasons to be in the home.  Does she keep looking for the mistake.

    Dorothy Love – Abigail must marry her distant cousin Charles.  She knows that she doesn’t want to and her heart belongs to another man.  Should she listen to her parents or realize she is destined to a life of unhappiness

    Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser – Emily is in love.  With a freedman.  He is taunted by the KKK.  The person that loves Emily is part of that KKK she soon find out.  What other secrets are there to be found.

    Check out each of these Novellas, in Among The Fair Magnolias by these 4 authors.  You can get this book at the following links

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    Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including “A Lasting Impression” and “The Inheritance.” Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee,

    Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels.

    Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), “The Protector,” recently made the New York Times best seller list.

    Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.

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    Pre-Order ‘Glory Days,’ Max Lucado’s New Book, and Receive Free Gifts

    Are you stuck in the wilderness known as midlife misery? Can you name the day you became a Christian but can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer? Find encouragement in Max Lucado’s new book, Glory Days. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

    Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!


    There are two pre-order options:

    Option 1:

    Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format), and receive a free digital download of the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado.

    After you’ve pre-ordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at

    Option 2:

    Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy of God is With You Every Day (Max’s brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only). 

    After you’ve preordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at

    Pre-order today and get your free gift by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the offer ends on August 31, 2015.


    Have you ever been in that place where you are just floundering.  Never really gaining speed, never really losing ground, but you know that there has to be more.

    Could this be your “Wilderness”  

    Max Lucado gives so many reasons to move on up out of the wilderness with practical Biblical ways to get there. Lucado’s style is to take a Biblical story and give you those ways to get you into the thick of it through Bible Study but then also to get you into life learning through the same Bible Study.

    Glory Days does just that.  Quit floundering in a life of just existing and move into the Promised Land, Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically.  While all of this is so much, there are many practical life stories and life examples in this Bible Study.

    My opinion of the study, was that I loved the topic and the way Lucado expresses himself.  He is always a pleaser.  The one thing I didn’t like and it’s probably just me on this, was that almost every verse he referenced, used a different version of the Bible.  Now there was some reuses of some obviously, but to me this is distracting and well surprising from Lucado.  However, on his website, he says the following

    What version of the Bible does Max use? The Bible was originally written in ancient Hebrew and Greek, with a few sections in Aramaic. Therefore, any English Bible is a translation. In his bible study, Max uses many different versions interchangeably. He is not a Greek scholar, so he leaves the translating work to the experts, and accepts these many versions prayerfully inviting God’s direction in his study.

    That being said, I get the jest of using so many versions of the Bible to study.  For Reference.  So for me that was the only thing I didn’t like.  But still all in all, this book is right up there with all the rest of his books, and kicks it out of the park!

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    More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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    ‘A Heart’s Home’ and Conversations with Colleen Coble Giveaway

    A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don’t miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart’s Home, of Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart series. With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

    Colleen is celebrating the last book release of her A Journey of the Heart series by giving away the entire series and the chance to host Colleen virtually at your book club, local library, or women’s group to talk about the series.


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series

    • A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout

    • A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen’s favorite recipes and group discussion questions


    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. Winner will be announced September 1st on Colleen’s website.


    Emmie is pregnant  Very few people know  The man she loves doesn’t know at all. She wants him to know. Emmie also has another secret  One that could destroy many lives forever.

    Promises made, heart’s broken and lives changed forever.

    Colleen Coble brings intrigue, mystery, true love, and love undesired to this fabulous book!  A Heart’s Home is the 6th in the Series of “A Journey Of The Heart”.  

    This book is not a stand alone book and that to me is it’s only downfall.

    I will miss the characters of this series.  

    While Coble does a great job of spreading this series into a these great Novellas, I think that one great book would have been a lot better.  but that’s why I write the blogs and she writes the books!!! 

    As the Sioux warriors are getting ready to fight, the fort is bustling with activity.  Good things and bad.  

    As the war is looming, Winter is looming, and everyone knows that they need help at the fort, so Isaac the love of Emmie’s life, that she could never marry, has to make it to the next fort over for reinforcements.  

    With Christmas time coming, and the impending birth of her baby, she knows she must tell Isaac.  

    But Sarah’s promise threatens to ruin their lives.

    What could be so serious that it would destroy her life forever?

    Go check this serious out to find out what happens in the end.  Does help come?  Does real love win?  Does the fort stand? 


    You can check the series out here!

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    Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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    Sarah Sundin’s ‘Through Waters Deep’ and Anchors Aweigh Giveaway

    Dive into Sarah Sundin’s explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion.ugh With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

    Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • A copy of Through Waters Deep

    • A nautical tote bag

    • A set of compass rose notecards

    • A “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal

    • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set

    • Through Waters Deep apron

    • A set of nautical tea towels


    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah’s blog.


    My Review

    Okay, my son is in the Navy and that alone was my first interest in this book.  From the very first words, I was hooked.  Through Waters Deep – Waves of Freedom Book #1, is full of suspense, exciting Naval happenings, a lot of love, and a lot of being able to see God through the story of Jim and Mary.  Maybe not in some magnificent way, but just in the little things like Respect, Honor, Joy, Friendship.

    Jim and Mary are lifelong friends.  They know each other’s past.  When they meet up again by accident, their history has already entwined itself into each of their worlds.  After Mary finds evidence of sabotage on the Atwood, they work together to try to prove the sabotage.  In doing so, they go through so much together and while they both have their own reasons to be afraid of going forward with a relationship

    With misunderstandings running rampant in their relationship will they find each other and will the love they secretly share for each other, bring them closer together, or will their past push them further apart.

    The Author’s knowledge and research of Boston and the Shipyards is clear as soon as the book starts.  I loved just reading about the sights and sounds of Boston on my Bucket List.   Knowing that the research done was so efficient just makes this work even more interesting.

    Go check out Sarah Sundin’s new book Through Water’s Deep

    Learn more and purchase a copy.
    Sarah Sundin is the author of “With Every Letter,” “On Distant Shores,” “In Perfect Time,” and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, “On Distant Shores” was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
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    Bible Journaling

    Well, I have always loved to draw and doodle as well as always journaled.  With my old Bible, I would do whatever I could with it because it was not a journaling Bible.

    I ordered this one and it took a few mths to get here.  I studied Illustrated Faith/Bible Journaling.

    So after getting the Bible I prayed over it so much because I 1) am not creative and 2) am no artist!!
    Then I saw a page that dedicated that Bible to certain things.
    TOTALLY stole the ideas and this is what I did

    I vowed that perfection was NOT my need. (I am a perfectionist) and we’ll I needed to let that go.
    So I started with the most obvious John 3:16

    And then did some of my favorite verses.

    I only use twistable crayons at this point (that letting go thing there)
    As well as colored pencils.

    When you let go of the perfection then you see the worship…  for me that us the whole point I wanted!!
    Another way to worship!!

    I use Micron Pens, Twistable Crayons and map pencils as well as acid free felt tip markers, right now and that’s it so far as I’m not comfortable with myself yet,



    First pic John 3:16


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    My dedication page to Dedicate the Bible to God and Worship

    The next one dedicates that page to my best friend that is deployed and my Bible study partner


    This page is to fix a mess uo


    And this page my favorite if all is an idea I stole (totally) making me aware everything I open it that perfection is not allowed only worship
    And it by far is my favorite so far


    I’ve had my Bible about a mth so far and this is all I have done but my old Bible looks like a Journaling Bomb went off in it.  But it’s not a journaling Bible.  The kids “told on me” all the time.  “Memaw wrote in and colored in her Bible!!!!”
    I showed them the jest of it on Pinterest and told them that it was okay to do this

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    A Bride At Last

    Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears’ new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony’s paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

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    My Review

    when an orphan brings two people together, a range of emotions can come forward.  Anger, frustration, separation, togetherness and maybe even love

    While Anthony is a 9-year-old little boy who has so much in common with two wonderful people in his life.

     tragedy strikes and brings them all entwined together.  When Anthony’s mommy Lucinda passes away after having a long illness.

     Miss Dawson, the school teacher who has been Anthony’s caregiver while his mom’s illness would keep her from doing so.  Also Lucinda has asked Miss Dawson to take care of Anthony after she passed away.

    Then comes Silas, who says he was married to Lucinda 10 years ago and that he should be taking care of Anthony because…. well go check out the book and see what happens to the little boy Anthony.  

    As well as orphans Kate and Silas.  The three of them have so much in common than one would think.  Will their past destroy their future, or can they all three overcome and beat that past.

    This book is a great feel good book!  To go from a mail-order bride  and a compulsive runner and a man with a mail order bride that left him and an alcoholic to… well you will need to read the book to see where they go from here!!!

    A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears,  even though it is part of a series, is a great stand-alone book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series that have been in the series as well as those to come!

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    Tattered and Mended – #BookReview #litfuse


    How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

    I missed the blog tour of this book due to internet and hardware issues.  I apologize to the author for that and to Litfuse.  I am so bummed about not being able to share all the giveaways with you.   However, go on over to Cynthia Ruchiti’s website at the following link and read all about what’s been going on with the release of this book!  Check it out here

    I have to admit while reading this book, I have not been able to concentrate t red ate on it. BUT THAT THAT’S JUST ME.
    But that being said, I love Cynthia’s concept of our lives are just like art and when we will not treat ourselves with respect. We become Tattered and Mended.
    However,through God, we can always be made whole I’d we put the effort into it.
    The writer talked about an old oil painting and how it needed to be repaired
    As the artist was repairing it, they had to take goggles like a neurosurgeon might use to be able to get the finest aspects of the painting just right.
    Except the signature. They never touch the signature
    god’s salvation is like His signature. It can never be touched. However to live our lives in a repaired frame of mind, we are under constant repair.
    Our hearts, our minds, our bodies. They are God’s work and while he is only perfection. We choose to break his will and therefore become Tattered and Mended


    (this is not part of my review, but came directly from the book.  However, it is too good not to mention) I have read, reread and printed, placed in my Bible etc.  This is some good stuff right here.

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    FitBit Revew #LOVEMYFITBIT

    The more I deal with FitBit as a company, the more and more I love them.  They have the BEST customer service of any company I have ever dealt with I do believe.

    I lost my charger for my One. I had sent an email, asking where I could buy one and hadn’t gone to the website because I wasn’t being able to browse at that time, but had their customer service email in my phone. I got an email today that says “your order is on its way” They have sent me a new one!!! JUST exactly the same thing happened when I lost the actual tracker. Fitbit has an amazing customer service policy. On neither issue, did I ask for a replacement. To me this is excellent customer Service.

    This little machine, packs a powerful punch. Not only does it track my steps like a pedometer, it links to MyFitnessPal, which also has a food diary, a water tracker and then it syncs with the iPhone Health Vault and Microsoft Health and then I can sync One Touch Verio Glucometer to the Microsoft Health Vault and all in all I have some pretty major medical records at the ready every single time I go to the doctor.

    I have been so impressed with my smart phone and the accessories that I have at my fingerprints, just in a few apps.

    It all starts with the FitBit One Tracker. Here it is in and out of the box and my tracker itself PART_1438135814375_PhotoGrid_1438132237954My Fitbit, usually lasts about 6 days on a charge. I love that it has the time on it. With the push of a button, I get the time, steps I have walked and then calories burned based on my steps and food diary.. When I sync my Tracker, on the dashboard, I get all the above as well as sleep patterns if I choose to record them, and any other information I would choose to record, like steps, weight, steps for a week, water intake, food intake, activity log, goals, and there are some other options to choose from on the dashboard.

    With my FitBit, there is a silent alarm that I can set that goes off at the same time every day. I have it set for 6 pm, because of the daylight savings time, I am very bad about not eating at the right times at night. Because it’s so light, I still think I have a long time to go before bedtime. This alarm, vibrates on my shoulder because I wear the Tracker clipped to my shirt all the time. When I feel that alarm go off, I know I need to go get something to eat. Because I am diabetic, I must eat at least 3-5 times a day depending on the meal. This alarm helps me to not forget to eat. There are so many other little things about this Tracker that I love, like its size and not having to wear it on my wrist. I have a FitBit finder on my phone (have used both IOS and Droid versions and both work wonderfully) and if I ever lose it, then I can usually find it within an hour or so. The finder syncs with the Tracker by Bluetooth. Now that being said, if the battery is dead, this won’t work. However, you can also find the last time it did sync on your dashboard and then between that and the other options you have a better chance of finding it. PART_1438135833596_PhotoGrid_1438131769643PART_1438135835235_PhotoGrid_1438131867893

    Things happen. But ideally, you don’t lose it!

    Not once has Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, Microsoft Health or any of the other companies mentioned in this blog post asked me to write anything. I chose to write this review based on my experience with my Tracker.

    You can keep in touch with Fitbit at the following sites or any of these social media outlets

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    Where The Light Is #CDReview #FCBloggers


    I was given the privilege to listen and review a CD by Dan Bremnes.  When I was told I was accepted to this, I had never heard of him before.  I like music though.  So I knew as long as it wasn’t head banging, I could handle it!  Boy was I right!

    Dan has always known he wanted to be a singer/songwriter.  At age 10 he started singing in his church.  That being said.  He loved opportunities that he received to lead worship and follow his faith.

    After a 6 month mission trip with YWAM he knew exactly what his calling was.

    In doing so, he has toured all over New Zealand and Australia racking up many accolades and #1s.  Being from Canada, he also knew he had to take a leap of faith, move his family to Nashville where the music industry revolves and with the release of his song “Beautiful”

    he steps into a whole new world.  When Dan wrote the song, he based it on 2 Corinthians 5:17 –  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    Beautiful is part of the CD Where The Light Is.  As I started listening to the cd from the beginning.  I knew this was going to be someone who I WANTED to listen to.  A LOT!  The songs have meaning, passion.  They tell a story.  From the very first words of Where The Light Is –

    This is me / Grew up in church / Raised on the gospel trained in the word / Had a faith so fearless thought it was all I needed / But life hit me hard / More than I planned / It knocked me down / Like an avalanche / On the edge of hopeless I called you from the darkness // God, come quickly / Only You can save me / Will You lead me where the light is /

    How many of us ask that same question on a daily basis when we face trials and tragedy like Dan was when a car accident killed his mom.  We fall on our knees, asking God please come quickly.

    Dan’s songs on this CD lead me through so many emotions and words reaffirm my faith, like “He knows every pain every tear you’ve cried / Every single part of you / He knows every doubt, every fear that you fight / The battles you’ve been going through / And when it feels like you’re holding the world on your shoulders / Just let go and trust Him, ‘cause He knows /

    How much more affirmation do you need in your faith in God?  To hear this with the music that is sometimes slow, sometimes really upbeat.  But always beautiful!  These words spoke to me so much and I knew I had to share this CD with my best friend. 


    She is deploying this Saturday for a year.  She’s my hero.  However she is leaving 4 beautiful babies home and while this is her 4th deployment and she knows this is her career.  It’s never easy for a soldier on deployment.  So being able to give her music to carry with her, that will give her any boost in her spirits or help her keep her faith during a term of being surrounded by war and strife.  Thank you Lord for blessing me with this CD at just the right time.  She’s my hero and I pray so much for her and her family.  While her life isn’t walking parallel to Dan’s when he wrote this song, everyone’s struggles are different.

    Putting lyrics to paper like he has for this CD is a God thing and being able to be introduced to someone who can sing with talent that lets you feel their heart, is a blessing that comes so few and far between.

    You can stay in touch with Dan at his website Dan Bremnes  Or at the following links

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    Laurie Coombs’ ‘Letters from My Father’s Murderer’ Kindle Fire Giveaway #BookReview

    Can God heal the deepest wounds and redeem what seems unredeemable? Laurie Coombs experiences God’s transforming and redemptive power in her new book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer. When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs and her family sought justice―and found it. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn’t control. It was the call to love and forgive her father’s murderer that set her, the murderer, and several other inmates on the journey that would truly change their lives forever.

    Join Laurie in celebrating the release of Letters from My Father’s Murderer by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

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    • A Kindle Fire HD 6

    • A copy of Letters from My Father’s Murderer

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. The winner will be announced July 21st on Laurie’s site.

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    My Review

    Laurie and Anthony.  Two families.  Two friends.  Two people drawn together by one tragedy.  Although some will say two.

    When Laurie’s father was murdered because of a sin committed.  An eye for an eye.  However, that’s Old Testament law.  New Testament law says we forgive and then that’s the only way we move on with our lives.  How hard can that be?  In reality we say to ourselves, as a Christian I should be able to forgive anyone. As a human, will I be able to forgive anyone?

    God gave us the greatest gift in forgiveness,  by allowing Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  So our roles as Christians is easy.  Forgive.


    This book goes through Laurie and Anthony’s process of forgiving those that betrayed them. Those that hurt them, by the most unlikely of ways, correspondence with each other.


    Through their letters, they find healing and a better relationship with themselves, but even more important a better relationship with God.

    I strongly urge you to check out this book and go through this process with them!  As the sister of someone who has completed a suicide.  While different, the act of forgiveness is the same.  From the simple hurt your feel when someone hurts your feelings, to the big things like suicide, murder, affairs.  God commands us to forgive.  Learn some very valuable resources, just in reading their words to each other and the process they go experience.


    “I didn’t want my faith to be just a belief system. I wanted it to be real. I wanted it to impact my life. I wanted it to change the way I lived.” –– Letters from My Father’s Murderer 

    You can find discussion questions to use in your own Bible Study or a Book Group here

    Laurie A Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope that is found in Jesus. Her story is featured in Billy Graham’s new film, “Heaven.” <

    She is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve and Crosswalk. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters.
    Find out more about Laurie at


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    This is a stand-alone book, a clean, read.  Very intense though.   

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    Picture Perfect Love #BookReview


    Jenna Harrison is a photographer from Sweetwater, Washington. Her photography shop is Picture Perfect Love. While Jenna is a great wedding photographer. Her own wedding became a disaster when her fiancé of two years, Ash Vance, walked away from her at the altar. He stood up in front of everyone, asked for his grandmother’s ring back and then blamed her for something she didn’t do. This book follows her path after going two years without a word from Ash. See what happens next in Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone.

    So for two years, Jenna worked hard at bringing her photography business back to the way it was before Ash destroyed her life, left her with 1000’s of dollars in wedding deposits and bills to pay as well as send back all the gifts and deal with all the fallout from canceling a wedding last-minute.

    Had it not been for her brother Colton, Jenna really had no idea where she would be. That and the pastor and his wife at Sweetwater Community Church. She ran into the church one day trying to get out of a rainstorm and never looked back. Pastor Dan and his wife, Trish, taught Jenna about forgiveness, and second chances.

    Ash comes back into Jenna’s life when he is seeking forgiveness and a wedding photographer for his spoiled little sister Amber and Toby’s wedding. Amber’s photographer was placed on complete bed-rest, so she asked Ashton to ask Jenna to photograph Amber’s wedding. He apologized to Jenna and Jenna knew that because of her second chances, she had to accept, although, she was very leery. She agreed to the wedding on very specific terms. Help with a youth trust building outing at the church, double her fee and she would do the wedding;
    With the trust building activities in full swing Jenna learns a lot about herself and her total lack of trust. She knew she could go no further unless everyone vowed to be honest, put her first in everything and then go forward with her life.

    What happens next leaves you on your seat waiting for more. Will she ever fully trust Ashton and will he ever. fully give her the complete faith she expects? Read this sweet novella to find out what happens. Melissa McClone keeps you wanting more!
    Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone is book #7 in a yearlong series about weddings called A Year of Weddings.



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    The Wonder Of You – #Book Review

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    by Susan May Warren
    Tyndale House Publishers
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    As Amelia settles back down into her hometown life after a failed try at a school in Europe, she realizes that she is not the same person that left for school.

    Her family and Amelia own an Inn in the woods just out-of-town, and since she has come home, she realizes that she must help the family business, which is a far cry from the photographer she dreams to be.

    In failed relationships also she realizes she is not that same woman.  While Amelia is looking to find who she is, as well as that one perfect shot.  She finds just who she is, what love really is, where she wants to be in her life and whether or not, she wants the home town boy that she has loved her entire life, or the playboy that came all the way here to show her how much he cares, but only with other motives!

    Through life, love, photography and  trials that test every last bit of faith she has.  Check out Amelia’s journey for the truth in every aspect of her life.


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    Now and Forever – #BookReview


    Now and Forever
    by Connealy, Mary
    Bethany House
    Bethany House Publishers

    Christian, Romance

    After Shannon Wilde literally follows mountain man Matthew Tucker over a cliff, can they learn to live together–for better or worse?

    After going over the cliff, Shannon and Tucker get trapped in a cave after being swept down river.  After being together night and day for several days.  Having to deal with bugs, caves, no daylight, very little food, no shelter, other than the cave itself and all the things that go with this when strangers are stuck together, Shannon and Tucker face things that are deadly, beautiful, and scary, just among some of those things, like bears, a dark cave, and whether they can get out and “fireflies’

    After realizing that the fireflies they are seeing are twinkling stars above they realize that they have found a way out from being stuck in the cave forever

    Open being rescued however, they face a whole new set of stressful circumstances  What is going to get them safe from the troubles they face, safe from each other and safe with each other.

    Check this book out to see how they survive all the tests and trials that they go through.

    My opinions of Now and Forever

    For me, the book seemed very unrealistic but that is the entire nature of fiction.  So using your imagination and giving the author creative license, this book has so much of that creative licensing!  While it was a quick fast, fairly clean read, I just found it to be very over the top in what the reader was to believe.

    Now all that being said, for what it is, the book was good.  Now and Forever, by Mary Connealy will let you use your imagination and bring some very thoughtful moments to mind.

    Organizing with Washi Tape

    i am a very disorganized person.   I mean truly disorganized.

    So anything that helps me stay organized or makes my life simpler, I’m game.

    I have this obsession with Washi tape. Only I’m al cheap.   So I get to fulfil my obsession at Dollar Tree for two rolls of tape for $1.00!!

    My cheap Roll Of Tape!

    Then I get to organize my day planner that I LOVE (thank you to Mardel Christian Stores

    So how do I make my life simpler

    I take the tape and put it down at the bottom of the page on weeks that are complete like this 


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    And on uncompleted weeks I leave it off, so at just the feel of my hand, I know exactly where I am.

    Something so incredibly simple, but has made my life even simpler!!

    Thanks Dollar Tree and Mardel!  And whoever makes this cheap tape.

    Voila, easy, breezy, way to keep a simple thing even simpler!!  For that I am all over it!!! 

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    Power Of Prayer

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    When things go wrong, oh and they will go wrong…  You have to do a couple of things

    1.  Either let it all go to God and trust that He will handle it,

    2   Or deal with Satan’s outcome…

    Dead-serious here.  

    Let me give you some back story first. Since 2001, I am type-2 Non-Insulin-Dependent- Diabetes or NIDDM

    Recently it has become insulin dependant  IDDM (in the last two years).  So not only have I been dealing with many doctors appts but at some place on either foot for the last two years, I have had a diabetic ulcer.  This happens because of a break down of the skin, inconsistent blood sugars daily, infections, and just a myriad of reasons how it can happen.  I have also had osteomyelitis twice in my right foot.


    Because of this, my right foot has been very susceptible to diabetic ulcers, and starting this past spring, I got a very small I mean we are talking extremely small blister between my pinky toe and the next one on my right foot.  In doing so, I learned a lot about what can and can’t happen.  In a matter of days, this very small sore, turned into a sore that was 1 cm x 8 cm and it tracked all the way to the bone (the deepness of it)

    This was in February.  I changed dr’s during that time, from an Internist PA to a full-blown Podiatrist and Endocrinologist, so that I could get more aggressive about my care and prayerfully come back off of insulin and as many other complications that went along with the ulcer, and the high sugars and the bad A1C .  

    Because of this, I have been to the Podiatrist, every other day for the last 4 mths and have also had a minor surgery where he took some bone out, so it wouldn’t be rubbing up against my other foot, which was part of the problem to begin with.

    After the surgery the surgical site, being so stinking small, healed so quickly, we were all so surprised.  However the ulcer didn’t heal.  Dr.’s, Wound Care nurses and I were just bumfuzzled about what to do.  We kept treating it with Silver Alginate, we used a WoundVac and many other things.  This kept going on, from Feb until the first part of June, and I have finally had enough.  I had been in a DH Walker boot or a surgical shoe for almost 2 years for one reason or another from diabetes ulcers. Also off and on for almost 4 years on one foot or the other for some reason.

    The ulcer I had kept getting bigger, and bigger, never losing any tracking and never getting any smaller, only bigger, no matter what treatment we did.  I even stayed up 3 days in a row because they put a woundvac on it and the woundvac wouldn’t stay plugged in.  So I had to hold the plug into the machine just so it would stay running.  We didn’t realize this until we went to plug the machine in on my foot.  So anyway, it has been an ordeal over the past few years.


    I was on many prayer lists all over the country and I KNOW people prayed for me, close and far away.   They prayed on Facebook, in Text, in email and called me and prayed with me, and then prayed in person.   I can’t tell you the number of people who prayed and I knew God had this under control!!!

    So all this being said  My son was getting married in Seattle on June 13th.  Of course that meant a plane ride (actually 4) and going and going.  I just wanted to make it till then.  The dr and I came up with a plan of action before I left, and he had one more trick up his sleeve and then I made a very conscientious decision that, included amputation.  I was ready, made peace with losing a body part and knew after I got home from a 8 day vacation, I was going to lose a toe (while it’s just a toe) I’m pretty attached to my toes!!!  

    It was a spur of the moment week while we were up there, and if they called to do something until the wedding day, it was one of those, be here in 30 min or so. I did NOT want to deal with wrapping, unwrapping, explaining and all the other stuff that goes with having a sore on your foot.  I did use my scooter while I was up there.  And I went from pushing myself in a manual wheelchair using my feet (which made everything worse) to using the scooter, so that friction of pushing with my feet was gone and that was a major plus!!


    Well during that vacation, I took a very minimalist approach to the care of my wound, for one thing.  I was just flat-out exhausted to doing anything with it.   i kept it clean, I kept it covered in silver and a band-aid.  and I prayed, I prayed hard.  I prayed to God for several things,

    1.  Please let me have the strength to dance with my son at his wedding (had prayed for that one for months)

     2.  Please God if it’s your will, do not let the amputation go through, but heal my foot.

    3.  Please just give me good blood sugars and to stay under control during this time.

    okay.  now the wedding.  We left TX on June 10th, for 8 days.  When we get to Seattle, it is okay temperature wise, but quickly rises up into the high 80’s low 90’s.  i had just hit TX weather in Seattle.  So not only did I have to worry about my foot, but my breathing also.  When it is very warm, I can’t breathe at all.bandaid

    My shoes that I brought to wear up there are leather tennis shoes.  They don’t breathe at all.  So right then and there, I decided to let my foot stay unwrapped and put the silver alginate on it with a band-aid. 

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    I wore flip-flops to the wedding and really did nothing to protect my toe other than just keeping it clean and taking my antibiotic.  LITERALLY “Less is more” way of thinking.  The result was the same.  It was getting amputated.  Or it was getting well.

    Because I believe so much in the power of prayer.  I once again prayed to God for His will to be done, for Him to heal me, completely or to make it abundantly clear that amputation was the way to get a healthy foot.

    Well, you heard that old story, tell God your plans if you wanna make Him laugh..  He did a big ole belly laugh and said “watch this”  


    When I went to the doctor this friday afternoon.  My foot had almost healed itself!  from a hole in my foot that tracked bone deep, and at least 1 cm wide to practically healed, I was so blown away.  I was honest with my DR and told him EVERYTHING.

    The only thing I didn’t do is go in the Ocean while I was there.  I figured that would even be pushing God’s limits a bit!!  But I did go in a hot tub for a few minutes, and wore my foot open most of the time, unless I was going to be in public, then I covered it with a band-aid mostly so it couldn’t be seen.  1b84d57b0877e655165c1978dcb453d8

    By the time we got home, my feet were swollen with fluid because of the long flights, I didn’t take fluid pills and my toe was very red indeed.

    I knew I needed to rest my foot, keep it propped up and get the swelling down.  I did just that for two solid days, took my fluid pills and proceeded to rest in my way.

    I get to the dr on Friday afternoon and as they are cleaning the wound, the nurses are just talking about how good it looked etc, and then Dr. A came in.  He was so surprised! Especially after I told him, I did the less is more option.

    Here are just a few of the amazing things God has done.  

    1.  The sore no longer tracks to the bone.

    2.  It has shrunk.


    4   God, in His almighty, infinite ways, has answered all the prayers for this one ;little toe.


    I had a great vacation, and even though I didn’t walk much thanks to the convenience of a scooter, I did pretty much what I wanted.


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    What an amazing gift God gave me in doing so.  I used to pray, God keep me alive till my kids are older, God keep me alive till they graduated High School, etc, etc, and always a new goal.

    Now I pray God, I don’t know what you want me to do, but let’s go, I am game!!!  I know God has some amazing plans for me in the future and I am not sure what they are.  I am SO ready to see what He does have in store for me.

    and I tell you this, 


    1Thessalonians 5:16-18 16  “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

    Thanks for reading this far and remember If he can heal one sore foot, think of what he can do for your heart!!  If you want that same healing in your heart.  


    read this.  God will help you also!

    Question: “What is the sinner’s prayer?”

    Answer: The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays to God when they understand that they are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.

    The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is understanding that we are all sinners. Romans 3:10 proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.

    The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven – if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

    Saying the sinner’s prayer is simply a way of declaring to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us. If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

    Did you pray the sinner’s prayer and truly understand and believe what it teaches?  Please comment below so I can pray for you also!  Start reading your Bible!  If you don’t know where to start, either start at the beginning and read it like a book, or the the Book of James or the Book of Luke.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and rejoicing with me!

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    Deborah Raney’s ‘Two Roads Home- 5-Book Giveaway

    Two Roads Home Deborah Raney


    When you have an Inn, your life revolves around it… When you have a family, your live revolves around your family.  For Grant and Audrey, the proprietors of Chicory Inn, their lives revolve around both.  Trying to leave every Tuesday open for coveted dinners with a family of three daughters and their families, Grant and Audrey hit obstacle after obstacle.

    The writer develops each character in their own little way, however Corinne and Jesse (the innkeeper’s daughter and son-in law) are the main focus of Book 2; Two Roads Home: A Chicory Inn Novel


    Jesse’s job requires travel.  During the said travel there are many instances where he must travel with another woman.  This travel deems to be the downfall for them.  Jesse doesn’t realize it, but his personality, being charming, flirtatious and just being himself, drives his career right into the crash course of an oncoming disaster

    Does their marriage have what it takes to weather some rough patches? New froTweet: Does their marriage have what it takes to weather some rough patches? New from @AuthorDebRaney + a book #giveaway! @AuthorDebRaney + a book #giveaway!

    this quote from the book is has so much truth in it and I know it has become a proactive quote in my journals now.

    “There’s never a perfect time for change. Sometimes you just have to do it.”

    With the love of a great family, a great wife, a great support system, can Jesse come back from the brink of disaster on so many levels, emotionally,, physically and legally.

    Can Corinne save her marriage and her family with God’s help!  God is so powerful in His attempts to get us to see what He is trying to show us, even using the hardest lesson of all to show others peace, love and happiness. Check out Two Roads Home: A Chicory Inn Novel – Book 2, to find just what course they take and how this book can help you with heart promises and heart pains.  There are discussion questions at the end, so it would make a great Book Club choice, as well as it is a very good stand-alone book. I didn’t even realize it was a series until I went to write my review and saw the complete title!   The author does a great job of character building and writing the book in a stand-alone point of view.  I love that about series also.  You can read more about Deborah Raney and this series A Chicory Inn Novel

    I highly recommend this book.  I received a copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review

    Two Roads Home Deborah Raney

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    Colleen Coble’s Melt into Summer Giveaway and ‘A Heart’s Betrayal’ Blog Tour

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    Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, but will her big secret drive them apart? Find out in book four, A Heart’s Betrayal, of Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart series. Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers.

    Melt into summer with a new giveaway from Colleen: four books (books one–four in Colleen’s A Journey of the Heart series) and a box of chocolates to pair with your new books!


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • A copy of A Heart’s Betrayal
    • A box of Colleen’s favorite chocolate truffles from DeBrand Fine Chocolates
    • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise
    • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession
    • A copy of A Heart’s Danger

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 30th. Winner will be announced July 1st on Colleen’s website.


    My Review

    The Fourth Installment in The Journey of the Heart Collection,  Heart’s Betrayal  picks back up in Wabash with Ben’s Sister, Emmie, who has just lost her husband. Who turns out, is a bigamist. The home Emie thought she had, is not hers, the money she thought she had to go on with wasn’t hers.
    She know she can’t stay in Wabash, so she heads for FT Laramie to seek out Ben and Laab. What she finds is something totally different.

    She find her friend Sarah, and Sarah’s Sister In Law Amelia.
    She also finds out some startling news. That she is pregnant with her dead husband’s child. So now she must start over, being embarrassed and leaving her home town, but also start over with a child in tow.

    When she lands at FT Laramie, Isaac is instantly wowed by Emmie. He is beginning to fall in love with her and she must tell him and risk losing him forever that she is pregnant. Will he want to be the father of her baby? Will he take on that responsibility?

    Book 4 jumps around quite a bit, and I wasn’t too impressed with the fact that we barely even heard much about Sarah and Rand or what happened with the woman he was too marry.

    It just jumps to this new story line and all of a sudden we are in Ft Laramie with new characters. This is my only issue with this series of books so far.

    However, you can still follow the main characters regardless of the jumping around
    these series is definitely NOT a standalone series and none of the books will stand on their own. You MUST read all of the books to understand


    You can follow Colleen Coble at the following links

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    Thrilling New Read from Richard Mabry | ‘Fatal Trauma’ and the Perfect Prescription Giveaway


    Can Mark find out who the shooter is before he becomes the next victim? You won’t want to miss the suspense in Richard Mabry’s new book, Fatal Trauma. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

    Richard is celebrating the release of Fatal Trauma by giving away The Perfect Prescription Prize Pack!

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    One grand prize winner will receive:

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 20th. The winner will be announced June 22nd on Richard’s blog.

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    My Review

    Dr. Mark Baker and Kelly Atkinson are found in the ER during the opening scene, trying to save the life of a Zeta drug cartel member, however they fail. Also losing the life of police officer Ed Purvis as he put his life on the line also trying to protect so many, is Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, MD

    This book never slows down from here

    At the risk of sounding like a clichés’. This book has it all, espionage, murder, accusatory policemen, love, and everything else that keeps you on the edge of your seat, Did Mark and Key murder someone? Or is someone trying to set them up for murder?

    This book will stay in a “clean read” catagory for me based on no sexual content, the language was very appropriate. While the violence is not described other than in medical terms usually, there is a lot of violence implied. So that alone might tturn some away from this book. However, the implications of violence are so brief in each aspect of it, it is easy to get by it.

    The one constant in this book is that several people rely on their relationship with Christ however the author never takes the time to build any single character’s relationship with Christ, in a grand way.

    It’s usually always an after thought. That is disappointing to me because I was expecting more. While this one thing was disappointing I can honestly recommend this book!

    I mean, how can you get through a day without calling on Christ when you are accused of murder, people are trying to murder you and you are losing so much also. The only Bible reference is Roman’s 8:28

    Romans 8:28. ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them

    Richard L. Mabry, MD has put together a very good mystery/thriller and he is an author I will be reading more of his work.  I can see his books become favorites quickly! This was a basically clean read, except for the things I have commented on so far. I loved the medical facts being used, in every aspect. I mean from the correct dosages of medications to the exact terminology of a procedure or medical instrument. I also loved that he explained the things that may have been difficult to understand.

    Let the Journey Begin – Max Lucado -Family Christian #FCBloggers


    Let the journey began is by author Max Lucado and is another great book by him.

    This little book is specifically about your journey with God and his journey with you

    Between a devotional and a gift book let the journey began brings you little readings were daily influence in your life whether you’re starting a new journey, completing an old journey, or right in the middle of a journey you’ve been on for a while

    With scripture reference and Lucado’s way with words this book will give you an influence of God’s gifts,  God’s love,  and what God expects from you as a child of God.

    Max gives you so many great tidbits of God’s Word and he just knows how to energize the soul!

    Every little devotion leaves you with something powerful to take with you on your journey through life, with Christ.
    There is nothing better than the Bible, God and a Lucado Devotional/Gift Book
    This little book would make an incredible Graduation Gift





    these are just a few of the beautiful words in this beautiful little book!

    Thank you to Family Christian for sending this to me in exchange for my honest review

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    Colleen Coble’s Perfect Pairing Giveaway and Blog Tour




    Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart’s Danger, of Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

    Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen’s A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • A copy of A Heart’s Danger
    • A pound of Colleen’s favorite coffee, Captain Davy’s Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
    • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise
    • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen’s website.


    My Review

    A Heart’s Danger picks up with the Sioux ready to go to war, Sarah, fighting to just move on with her life.  Then things drastically change.  Sarah is kidnapped and while she is eventually found by “Little Wolverine” and taken back to the Sioux camp.  She made many new lifelong friends.  While at Fort Laramie, the soldiers are gearing up to go to war with the Indians, Sarah is taken aback by this and prays for her friends to be safe.

    Back to the kidnapping,  I don’t want to tell you any thing that happened during this, so just suffice it to say that all the twists and turns Book #3 takes will leave you begging for more!

    With lots of pain and suffering through this book, there were many things that made A Heart’s Danger, very exciting and at only 128 pages, it is a very quick read.  

    The cover of this book is beautiful!  

    While I have received a copy of these books from Litfuse in e-book format, in exchange for my honest review.  Because the covers are such beautiful works of art, this will be a set of books I buy for the art.

    If you love historical fiction, you will love this series of books by Colleen Coble.  

    I love the way she is doing this series and releasing one each month.  while you don’t have to wait forever for the rest of the story, there is still some anticipation to the story!  Go check out Coble’s website for this series “Journey Of The Heart

    I hope you enjoy them as much as I have


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    What goes well with @ColleenCoble’s new book? A pound of her favorite coffee! Enter to win: @TNZFiction



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    Mama Maggie – Family Christian #FCBlogger

    Mistaken for an angel in a private home, seen several times, laying prone with her face to the ground praying, seen many times walking through the garden, picking up new stones to include in her collection, or seen taking the stand at the Global Leadership Conference, She sometimes heads to the desert to pray, hugging a “garbage child” from the dumps of the Egyptian towns that surrounded her “home base”, and many more things like this…. is the “Mother Theresa of Cairo” and the founder of Stephens Children

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    a beautiful woman, Coptic Christian and just a blessing from God above for anyone that has met her, or has had the pleasure of being helped by her.  Stephen’s Children is such a great organization based on the needs of Egyptian Children.

    Mama Maggie is one of those rare people who never meets a stranger, never meets someone she doesn’t want to help

    A Love Story, based on Mama Maggie’s love for God and then her love for everyone else.

    WHEN ONE HAS NOTHING…God becomes everything.”
    Mama Maggie’s soft-spoken message of radical love and her call to serve “the least of these” rang out at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

    I am the daughter of all the prayers and love, the tears and blood offered up to God in my country over many generations, I love my country my church and my needy children, and I’m ready to give my life for them. – Mama Maggie

    From medical care, to the clothes off of her back.

    One may mistake her for a nun, however, she is not.  She chose to give her clothes and jewels away because of her work.  How could she be effective, wearing nice clothes and precious jewels/gold and finery and do what she was called to do.  taking the verse Matthew 25:40 to heart “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    She treats everyone that she meets this way, not only the children she helps in the garbage dumps of Cairo, but even the workers that work for her own Ministry Stephen’s Children.

    Stephen’s Children offers, ministry needs like School, Medical Care, Literacy Classes, Clean Water, Sports Camps and Days out and Vocational Training.

    Mama Maggie is the autobiography of Maggie Groban as well as a dossier on Stephen’s Children.  I highly recommend this book for reasons, 1) to see what is happening abroad for children, that we can’t reach here in America

    2) just to have the knowledge of this beautiful woman and her organization

    3) maybe there is a way you can help and if not, physical needs, then there is always prayers.

    Mama Maggie believes in prayer, uses prayer the way Jesus did, even to the point of going out alone, into the desert, or in her own prayer closet (*makeshift closets, no matter where she is also) and anywhere she can!  I loved this about her.  That no matter where she was, she never neglected her prayer time.  No matter what.  Even to the point, of once in a women’s conference, taking up cell phones, and devices, and letting the women, have 24 silent hours for prayer, silence and refreshment time.  This refreshment time, is not drinks or food, it was getting refreshed with God.  Spending your time in prayer and refreshment with God.


    Beautiful Words from Mama Maggie to end this on.

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    Robin Lee Hatcher’s Kickin’ Karaoke and Country-Music Matching Contests

    Real-life romance meets fictional romance in Robin Lee Hatcher’s new book, Whenever You Come Around. Being back in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm Charity. But after Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Charity’s former high school classmate Buck injured, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?
    Robin is hosting TWO contests to celebrate the release of Whenever You Come Around
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    Robin is challenging you to a karaoke contest and giving away a $100 iTunes or Amazon gift card to one lucky reader and karaoke-r who uploads a karaoke video of himself or herself to YouTube (song choice is completely up to you). The person whose video has the most likes by May 26th will win the gift card! Plus everyone who participates by uploading a video and filling out the form below will receive a copy of the book. For full details about the $100 gift card giveaway, karaoke contest, and the chance to get a free copy of the book, click here—voting begins May 12.
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    Robin is also challenging you to a matching contest. How well do you know your country music?
    One winner will receive:
    Another winner will receive:
    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Robin’s blog.
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    Whenever You Come Around (Thomas Nelson, May 2015) Will writing a romance help this author find a real-life hero? Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being back in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her. Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down. When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after? Learn more and purchase a copy at Robin’s website.
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    Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels. Find out more about Robin Lee at FacebookTwitterPinterest

    Sand In My Sandwich #FCBloggers – Family Christian

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    Before you are a mom, sometime you might have this idealized vision of what motherhood is in your mind’s eye. your child will dress perfectly all the time, obedient, use their manners, will play nice with others, they will be the most adorable thing ever (well that one is the one that comes true) and never have a snot nose, or throw up or poop all over you, or cry in church, or weddings……. you get the picture.

    That perfect child. That you as an adult can’t even be if you tried! Because no one is perfect except our Lord and Savior!

    Now imagine having a child that in any other normal circumstances, acts like…. a child but then, you add in ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    My life with my stepdaughter, was my first step into the world of Autism, and I know from raising her about the repetitiveness, the hand flapping, all the temper flares, the sensitivities etc. However, I have also raised 3 boys with ADD, Dyslexia and two were hyperactive, so out of my 4 children, only one, is “normal: for whatever “normal is” I hate that word… So as a parent,

    First, throw out that word “normal” and don’t even GO THERE. However, for me, I have 4 beautiful children, that are now adults and are very self-sufficient on their own.  

    As a parent, with a child with ASD, you must realize your child isn’t perfect and come to terms with that. Then you must realize your child has a genetic brain disorder and come to terms with that and all that comes with it. The outbursts, the idiosyncrasies of not having things just right or texture issues both in clothing and food, or the, colors fall the wrong way, or, or. Or. or… You get the picture completely, or should by now.

    Second as a parent then you must realize that there is NO NORMAL..
    Your normal may redefine itself every single day! Get used to it. It’s fun!

    Sarah Parshall Perry, tells her story of not having ONE ASD child but having TWO and everything that comes with that. From the Dr’s visits, the school issues, the food issues, the clothing issues.
    I love this from Perry

    “There is no perfect family, no life free of mess.
    But in the midst of it all,
    God is there,  to remind us” My Child I’ve GOT THIS”

    How powerful are those words knowing that if you seek him out, He has it all under control!

    This book is about just that. Seeking God out, trusting Him and not waiting till things get horrible TO seek Him out, but to go to HIM first.

    To Trust Him
    Trust Your Child
    And above all,
    Trust the gifts God gave you in being a parent

    Do not allow people to get in your head, don’t allow your “perfect ideology from before you had kids” to destroy your life WITH kids.

    In trusting yourself as a mother/parent as you make daily decision for your family and your children, based on prayer and divine direction from God. You can make the days seem not so hard, those way to hard days, seem not so important and those times when you have a perfect sandwich, that tastes like sand, seem like a 5 star meal…. Or at least you won’t feel your life is falling apart as a parent when it doesn’t go perfectly or normal.

    This book is an incredible book on how to make it through the simple times and the big times. It’s not just another “self-help book with all the answers” What Sarah does, though, is guides you to the Bible, when things DO fall apart, (And they will fall apart.)That Perfect self Help book that does have all the answers!

    Sand In My Sandwich is available to buy now at Family Christian.

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    Become a Better Friend | Natalie Chambers Snapp’s ‘Heart Sisters’ and Girls’ Night Out Giveaway

    Want to be a better friend and have better friends? Natalie Chambers Snapp wrote Heart Sisters just for you! She uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

    Help Natalie celebrate the release of her new book by entering to win goodies you’ll need for a girls’ night out with your heart sister!

    heart sisters-400One grand prize winner will receive:

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 17th. Winner will be announced May 18th on Natalie’s blog.

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    Now for my honest review of this book:

    I am in love with this book  having many acquaintances and very few friends, this book has been a real eye opener to me.
    there are many reasons why I choose not to have very close friends, however being hurt, of course is the main reason.  I mean really hurt.  Can we say skeered???  I am terrified of having a close female friend,

    The pain I have suffered is monumental, so much that I have had to seek peace.  Has it worked?  Oh no, not at all.  I’m a very jealous, scared, sad human being.  Have I asked for forgiveness for what I contributed?  Of course, have I given my forgiveness?  I honestly thought I had.

    Heart Sisters has made me realize that I have no more given my forgiveness than the man in the moon.  I am a wimp.  A God-Fearing, non forgiving wimp.

    So I have been in prayer about these things and I know that my role is to seek out and forgive.  However, at the place in my heart now, I can’t.  Some of the women, I have not forgiven, some I have just not asked, and some, I just didn’t think I needed too.

    So I ask from my readers, to please pray for me.  Pray that I God can give me the courage to truly forgive in my heart.  I mean truly forgive in my heart.  Then I need to go to these people.  Please ask God for that also.

    I have been completely and utter stunned about my response to this because I was truly sure that I was over this and had done the right thing.

    There are so many things that this book has given me the tools to be able to forgive.  I pray that it’s sun because I know that God will be happy with me when it’s done.

    Obviously you can tell that I liked the book.  Well, other than the stepping on the toes, and the slapping in the face, and the 2×4 up to the head :)  Thank you Natalie!
    The book has great resources, including discussion questions, pictures, interviews, room to journal and so much more.
    This little book is packed with so many resources.

    First, I cannot thank God enough for giving me the friends I have,
    Second, I can’t thank Natalie enough for writing this book
    Third, I cannot thank my friends that I have enough for putting up with me, warts and all.  Thanks for being there through everything and giving me the support that you do.

    God is good and I promise you that this book will give you the resources you need, if you have a relationship that needs mended, or even if you don’t.

    Once we humble ourselves to the Lord, humbling ourselves to others becomes a bit easier.  humility is the key that unlocks hearts”.  –  Natalie Chambers Snapp

    this book is amazing and I strongly suggest you either go buy it, enter this contest, or ask me to borrow it!!  I will send it to anyone on their kindle!

    check out these sayings that @Natalie Chambers Snapp has made to go with the book #HeartSisters.  She put so much thought into the words in this book and then made these graphics.  I have printed them for a little booklet, so that when things start getting bad and I have a moment, where I either can’t or won’t remember the reasons that God gives us friends.  Thanks so much to Natalie Chambers Snapp for all of these great reminders  

    here they are in a movie format set to CeCe Winans Always Sisters

    I have made them into a PDF document so you can print your own little copy for a booklet!.  You can print your copy here!  These are ALL owned and made by Natalie Chambers Snapp

    Click the link below and the document will come up in a new browser and you can download and print it

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    Interview with Natalie Chambers Snapp
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    Heart Sisters: Be The Friend You Want To Have
    Questions and Answers
    Why led you to write Heart Sisters?
    About four years ago, I was charged with leading a ministry of roughly 70 women. I noticed that when misunderstandings emerged between women, it wasn’t always handled in a way that would be pleasing to God. Unfortunately, I witnessed gossip, competition, and comparison in this culture of lovely Christian women. These ladies are loved and valued by God and created for a purpose only they can fulfill; however, walking through conflict in a way that honors God was a mystery to most. In fact, my friends who are not Christians seemed to handle conflict between one another better than Christian women.
    I wanted to read a book with my ministry team that would encourage women to love and support each other with advice on how to work through the inevitable conflicts as well as how to forgive, when and how to establish relational boundaries and teaching our daughters how to be good friends. When I searched for this book, I couldn’t find one – so I wrote it!
    Why do women need friendships? Isn’t their spouse enough?
    Actually, no. While the marriage institution is a sacred union and very important, women still need each other. According to the popular Harvard Nurses’ Study, not having a strong network of female friends put you more at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a high heart rate. In fact, not having a girlfriend support system poses the same risk to your health as smoking and being overweight. Also, while I love my husband . . . let’s get real: there are some things men just can’t understand about women because they don’t see through the female lens.
    What would you say to a woman who longs for friends but is quiet and reserved?
    I know it can be more of a challenge for women who tend to be introverted to put themselves “ out there” but I would encourage them to have the courage to do so! Some of my own Heart Sisters are introverted and they are the best girlfriends! When those who tend to be more reserved keep themselves at home, they’re denying others to know the greatness of someone who is often thoughtful, intuitive and kind.
    So many women have been deeply hurt by other women and don’t feel safe making new friendships. What would you say to them?
    I would say “I so understand. I’ve been there.” After nursing my wounds and giving myself time to heal, I came to the conclusion that to deny myself the gift of true, authentic friendships would be giving fear a victory. We can’t always control what happens to us but we can control how we react. With each hurt, we grow wiser and are more able to identify who would be considered a safe person and who would not.
    How would you advise a woman who is in the midst of a conflict with another woman now?
    I would encourage her to use what I call the P.E.G. System. The first step of this system is to pray. Ask God to reveal your role in this conflict and how you can learn and grow from this particular situation. Humility is critically important in all relationships! The second step would be to examine. During the examine stage, there are three questions that need to be answered:
    • Am I going to be able to be around this person without thinking about the hurt?
    • Will this impact our friendship?
    • Will I be able to trust this person in the future?
    If your answers indicate there would be a problem in the future, then the next phase is to go directly to her. As followers of Christ, we are commanded in Matthew 18 to first go to the person who has hurt us and speak the truth in love. If both parties possess humble hearts and are more concerned with their relationships rather than being “right,” then conflict can actually make your friendship even stronger.
    How on earth could conflict make a friendship stronger?
    When two people come to the table and admit they’re both disabled by the flesh, they communicate to one another that they understand they’re a work in progress and aren’t perfect. Once they have talked through their conflict in a healthy manner, they prove their commitment to the relationship so they both understand that no matter what happens, they can talk through it and be OK. It’s a big deal in this “have to be right!” society!
    What if you go to someone who has hurt you and you’re not met with humility but rather anger, defensiveness and criticism?
    That’s a tough one but I know it happens because it’s happened to me. I think it’s natural to first feel defensive when someone approaches us about something they feel we’ve done wrong. However, I also think it’s possible to re-train our thinking so that when this does happen, we listen with a posture of humility instead of entering into litigation. If you have gone to her and spoken with love and she is still defensive and unable to really hear you, she just might not be ready to experience authentic relationship. Of course, there’s always grace so if she were to approach you later and apologize, then perhaps it was a learning experience for her and can be an example of iron sharpening iron. Sadly, sometimes friendships might end if both parties cannot be humble to one another – and being able to humble yourself to others comes only after we’re able to humble ourselves to God.
    What about when a friendship ends? How do you manage the hurt?
    First of all, it must be said that some friendships exist just for seasons of your life but then might fade away with time – it’s natural. Your Heart Sisters are the ones who aren’t seasonal – the ones who are always there.
    When a friendship ends, it’s critically important not to talk about your friend to anyone else. Hurt only deepens when shallow comments are made about someone else.
    Secondly, it’s also important to forgive her – even if she doesn’t seek your forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for her – it’s for you. Unforgiveness eats away the soul like battery acid eats flesh – leaving behind bitterness, anger, and resentment. Though we still may feel the sting, we might have to verbally profess our forgiveness to God– and we might have to do this more than once.
    Lastly, as we’ve already discussed, we can’t let our hurtful experiences hold us back from the gift of authentic friendship. I see so many women writing off female friendships because they’ve been burned a time or two. I understand this pain; however, the risk is worth it – true, real, authentic Heart Sisters are life-changing.
    How do we teach our daughters about healthy friendships?
    The phrase “Be careful little eyes what you see” comes to mind! Like it or not, our children watch us very closely. Several years ago when my daughter was very young, some of my girlfriends and I were standing in my kitchen and we had fallen down the gossip hole. Holy conviction stirred me to quickly change the subject when I noticed my sweet little girl sitting at the table watching and listening intently. We model what we want our daughters to be. If we gossip and talk about others, they’ll do the same. If we view other women as competition and are envious and compare, then your daughter will as well. If you tend to “stir the pot” then yes . . . It’s likely your daughter will, too.
    I also think it’s a good idea to be intentional about talking about your own friendships. Now and then, my Heart Sisters and I go out for dinner. My kids don’t like when I leave home in the evenings but I think it’s important to show them that while I love them like crazy, they aren’t the center of my universe. Girlfriends are important and when we prioritize time with them, it communicates to our daughters that friendship should be revered.
    Lastly, a sad but true fact is our daughters will likely experience the wrath of a “mean girl” at some point in her life. Teaching her how to handle those “mean girls” is critical so she will be equipped with tools to use when and if the time comes. We talk more about mean girls and how to handle them in Heart Sisters.
    What would you say to someone who longs to have Heart Sisters but doesn’t?
    There’s nothing wrong with you. Keep having the courage to put yourself out there and be intentional about praying for this specifically. Years ago, I walked through a very hurtful conflict with another woman and I was deeply wounded. Soon after, I started to pray that God would cross my path with true women of God – women who weren’t perfect but instead were willing to be “safe” through humility, love and kindness. It’s not an instant process – those relationships take time to develop. However, ever-so-gradually, God began to answer the desires of my heart – and I know He’ll do the same for you.




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    Buried Secrets Irene Hannon


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    Buried Secrets Men of Valor Series Book #1 was gifted to me by Family Christian Stores in exchange for my honest review


    Have you ever read a book that is so good that you read it cover to cover, the very first day you get it?  This book was better than that!!  Irene Hannon has written her best yet!

    I was so excited about this book with each word I read!   The book starts out as a look back in history and weaves a story that the entire plot is about, but doesn’t give you details about a lot of the things that happen in this mystery.  Hannon weaves a story so creative that it leaves you wanting so much more.

    Each character is created with so much thought and planning that you fall in love with them!  Even the bad guy!!! One of the best character’s is Talley, the dog!

    I love mysteries and I love criminal mysteries even better and this book has it all.

    Add to that, that it is basically a clean read, makes this book even better!

    without going into details, just let me say that each twist and turn Lisa and Mac fall deeper and deeper in love and know that their personal relationship is off-limits until their working relationship is done.  She’s a City Police Chief, He is a county Officer.  Together the two work flawlessly in sync through the entire process of solving ‘the bones case”

    The book is beautiful before you even pick it up, when you can feel the dirt….

    I have never seen a book like this with this kind of cover that draws you in before you ever open the cover.  I am just not that kind of person when it comes to books.  I don’t care about the cover, I want the substance of the book.  This one was different.

    I loved this book and had a very good experience while reading it!

    It’s going to be a long wait till spring 2016 for the rest of the series!!!


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    Flash the Donkey!

    Flash! The Donkey is so incredibly special

    So special there will be a complete web chat about him May 5th, you need to check it out here:

    Webcast11  click on the photo to register!

    He has his own Facebook pagefacebook-icongo tell him hello!

    his own twitter feed  twitter-iconyou really need to go check him out

    and of course videos!

    as well as his own book

    Book5-150x150that you can go buy his book,  if you click on the book cover

    and a great book release party that you can check out by clicking on the graphic below


    Flash: The Homeless Donkey, Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances

    What a fantastic little book about this incredible donkey. He really does nothing very special except be a donkey and the owners have learned so much for him. Well, he does escape, fall in love, destroy things that are in “his barn” he is mischievous, he is kind and considerate, and above all, loving. He knows the owners hearts. Now that’s some true donkey love there.
    And they know that he knows. That’s the great thing. There is so much packed into this little book about Flash and you learn. You learn so much about your relationship with Jesus Christ. With others, and ten special things you learn from Flash

    1. Remember your name – Know whose you are
    2. Know where to find refuge. – True Sanctuary is found in God alone
    3. Run with horses. – The pursuit of excellence conquers fear.
    4. Find Your passion. – Passion leads to purpose.
    5. Be a trailblazer. – Persistence makes pathways for grace to follow
    6. Wear your donkey heart on your sleeve – A well-loved life is an authentic life
    7. Stand where fruit is falling – The secret of abundance is in choosing gratitude.
    8. Be a service animal. – You are made to serve in love.
    9. Embrace Change – Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you from moving forward
    10. Make things right with others – Don’t miss your chance to forgive accept and love
    11. Your journey isn’t about fixing donkey problems – it’s about transformation

    Flash is a sweet, runaway donkey with a huge personality. A sweet disposition *(unless you put something in his barn) a very enthusiastic look at life and the very best friend a person could have. Rachel Ridge gives you the best of flash in this book, with stories about his life, how he came to be theirs and of course all about the things he taught their family about life, love, faith, second chances and growing up


    Because growing up donkey is a fun way to grow up. Growing up with a donkey is a fun way to grow up. When your life evolves around a pet, be it an old man dog named Beau or a young donkey that just meandered up on the property with no name for a few days until he became “Flash” His mischievous ways, his ability to get himself into many messes and in between trying to “be like a horse” and running away, Flash gives Rachel’s family many lessons on how to live your life, what is important and what isn’t important. Also where the focus needs to be in your life. So many Bible verses that give you the references that you need to bring you full focus back to God. Verses like Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 145:14. Psalm 91:1-2 and so many others that are there just for you to read
    God plants the right seeds in your heart whether it be through a Bible verse or a donkey named Flash



    and now as I read somewhere on the net, “I’m in love with a homeless donkey”  He has made me a better person and I will forever be changed by his strength, resilience, and love for others.  Thanks Flash!


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    ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ Kindle Giveaway

    Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light

    Colleen Coble’s new book, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

    Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • A Kindle Fire

    • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise

    • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession

    • A copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen’s website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge! RSVP here!


    RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!


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    A Heart’s Obsession – Book Two Journey Of The Heart



    In Heart’s obsession, we catch back up with Sarah and Rand and the crew.
    Sarah has followed Rand to FT Laramie where she has become the teacher to the children.
    Upon arriving there. Sarah finds out some disturbing news and must make adjustments in her life.
    Ben also heads to FT Laramie in search of Sarah.
    With all of them there, there are definitely mixed communications, hurt feelings, Sanctimonious people and then those that take it all and never hurt anyone. Those people are the ones that must break out of their shell and deal with the obsessions that are happening with other people’s lives!!
    Each person must deal with things that others force on them also while dealing with their own heart’s obsessions!
    Thank you to Colleen Coble for another great book in the 6 book series Journeys Of The Heart.




    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen’s website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge! RSVP here!




    One grand prize winner will receive:

    • A Kindle Fire

    • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise

    • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession

    • A copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (blog tour coming in mid-April)



    CCoble-110Learn more and purchase a copy at the Thomas Nelson website.
    Colleen Coble
    USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
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    Words for When You’re Struggling

    Originally posted on Defying Shadows:

    When was the last time you went through a difficult time? Years ago? Yesterday?

    We all struggle at some point. It’s really difficult sometimes to know how to get through that tough time. Where to turn for support, for help, how to make it through a given day.

    Five years ago, I was suddenly single–widowed. We were now victims, survivors, of suicide. Our world turned upside down, on its side, and every which-way. It was a very dark period. But it was also very fruitful. A wise friend told me that I had to go through this, to grieve, endure the struggle before I could move on. And move on I did, eventually, when God allowed me to.

    I’d like to share with you some things I learned during that dark time. Some things were told to me, wise words from wise friends. Some things I learned on my…

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    9 Writers to Read #FCBlogger


    Doug Wilson. in 9 Writers to Read Nine Names That Belong On Your Bookshelf, tries to convey two very distinct things.

    1) he loves C S Lewis
    2) for you to put his book down when you are finished and start reading the writers he recommends and each book he recommends.

          These 9 Writers are:
                1). G E Chesterton
                2).  H L Mencken
                3).  P G Woderhouse
                4).  T S Eliot,
                5).  J R R Tolkien
                6).  C S Lewis
                7).  R F Capone
                8).  M S Robinson
                9).  N D Wilson

    These are clearly 9 very fantastic authors.   I agree these are a very select group of authors.
    Ones that I also believe everyone should read.
    This author’s explanations for why they should be read are very thorough and extremely intense.
    I had to sit with a dictionary at the ready.   His descriptions, while very thorough were also, way above my pay grade 😯😯
    There were MANY words I Had to look up, just to make sure I was on the same page as him literally!
    So for me, loved the content
    I didn’t like the delivery

    The book still had great content and was just fantastically written,  There are 100’s of other authors that I would include in this list of people you just NEED to read, however the limits of this book were 9 writers

    So I urge you to read this book, if you are not familiar with any of these authors.  The way I feel, just read and you can buy all of your books at Family Christian!  Here is a link that will show you just what types of books you can get at Family Christian!

    As you can see, Family Christian has a vast array of books for all different types of readers, 

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    Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of many books, including Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and The Case for Classical Christian Education. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is a fellow of philosophy and classical languages at New St. Andrews College.

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