From Our House…

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:6-13 KJV)

Merry Christmas, dear friend!

 

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Treasures of Hope

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Coming Soon

Oh my, how this year has flown! Are you ready for Christmas? I am. Part of my Christmas arrived the week after Thanksgiving. Can you guess what it is? That’s right!

I’m excited to share with you the cover of my new book, Treasures of Hope, Discovering the  Beautiful  Truth  Beneath My Painful Past.

What do you think?

Cover design: Lynnette Bonner of Indie Cover Design www.indiecoverdesign.com

Although, the print copy is ready to go we are still working on the e-book. I thought I’d share the introduction with you.

“Story is a powerful thing. In the midst of recounting our stories, the veil of obscurity falls away, and we see clearly what we’ve hidden from ourselves.
For years, the Lord used stories, dreams, and creation to unveil hidden things within me. The gems of information gleaned and strung together became the story you now hold. I hope that somehow telling my story will become a map—a matrix—for you with the Lord, to discover and clarify your own.
This recounting is linear, because all the insight took place during a seven-year period, according to my needs at the time—here a little—there a little. Furthermore, I didn’t fully process and apply one bit of understanding before proceeding to another. It wasn’t that easy. I studied the jewels, the lessons as I began to understand them, and then learned how to apply them and make them shine ever more brightly. So, please keep that in mind as you thumb through the pages. My understanding, and yours, takes much longer to process than to write and read. Anything worth having does not come easily.
Also, after prayerful consideration, I chose to concentrate on the healing aspect of my journey for the subject of this book. Therefore, I do not share all the minute details of my story. However, I recount enough to help you understand why I became such an emotional mess before the miracle God performed in my life that I may offer hope to others in my situation, or painful situations of their own.” Page 10

 

Here’s what other’s are saying about Treasures of Hope.

“Thought-provoking. It’s a beautiful work, very well done. I’m going to read it more slowly and use it as my Bible study this week. I have to tell you, I’m getting a lot out of it. I love the way you write, revealing your inner struggles with such clarity that I could feel them, too.” Betty Thomason Owens, author Sutter’s Landing (Kinsman Redeemer Series, Book 2)

“I really love this book! I cried through the first part for what you went through. But I keep rejoicing at your wonderful insights. I really believe and pray that this book will have a huge impact, with lessons that even extend to others who haven’t experienced what you went through.  Even though we go through different experiences, these principles still apply to our own lives. My copy is so bookmarked & underlined!! I also love when God teaches others some of the same things, even though we go through different situations.  Thank you for opening up and being so vulnerable to the readers. I went to bed at 11:30, but wanted to keep reading.” Becky Gifford Smith, Reader

“Wow. A lot of good insight in there. I believe people will relate. I believe in your book.” Jennifer Hallmark, author and blogger

“More than a rich memoir—a Bible Study that compares today’s personal struggles with women we can all identify with. Fresh insights that will leave you changed forever. A book you can’t put down.” Karen Jurgens, author Perfect Fit (The Livingston Legacy Series)

I hope to share more soon!

Meanwhile, thank you! Your prayers and encouragement are much appreciated. ❤

 

Share the Love ~ November

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

The Unthankful Heart Henry Ward Beecher

Can you believe it, dear reader? This is the last Tuesday of November! Where has this year gone?

Hope you enjoy this month’s Share the Love.

Reading

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson ~ FaithfullyBookish 
A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal ~ Reading is my Superpower
A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown ~ Toni Shiloh 
The Captive Brides Collection ~ Captive Dreams Window

Writing

5 Lessons Learned From Getting My Twitter Account Suspended ~ Iola Goulton
Waking Up Early to Write ~ Jamie Raintree
Ditch the Diva ~ Susan M. Baganz, Editor with Pelican Book Group
Writers’ Words – a Gift to the World ~ Yvonne Lehman
What Social Media Is Actually For (Most Authors Get this Wrong!) ~ Yesenia Vargas
640+ killer ways to promote your book ~ Belinda Griffin

Foodie

Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups ~ Lemon Tree Dwelling
Aunt Marie’s Stack Cake ~ Karen Jurgens
Gingerbread Love ~ Carlton Hughes
My Grandmother’s Kitchen: Homemade Pancakes ~ Tammy Trail 

Inspirational

Do We Follow the Gurus ~ Melinda Inman
The Power of Your Spiritual Arc ~ Joanna Davidson Politano
Keep Pushing ~ Gail Johnson
We All Have That One Person That We Will Remember ~ Scott Lee Jenkins