Wordless Wednesday: Proverbs 31 10-31

June 3rd, 2015

 

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“An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. “

Proverbs 31 10-31 (World English Bible)

 

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God promises to be with us through everything,
encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

  • No Matter Who You Are…
  • No Matter How You Feel…
  • No Matter What People Do…
  • No Matter What Happens..
  • No Matter Where You Are…
  • No Matter How Little You Have…
  • No Matter What You’ve Done…
  • No Matter How Old You Are…

Trust God!
Paperback edition also available on Amazon

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Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

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Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

Messages include:

  • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
  • New Beginnings
  • No Fear In Love
  • The Boneyard
  • The Dirty Little Penny
  • The Hardest Commandment

Pay What You Want for the audiobook starting at $1.

 

Simply Prayer ebook

When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

  • What prayer is
  • Why we pray
  • How to pray
  • How to know your prayers are answered

From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…

buy the .pdf version here

You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

 

Fear Not

When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

The eight sessions are:

  • Session 1 … God is always with us
  • Session 2 … God is in control
  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
  • Session 5 … God provides for us
  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

 buy the .pdf version here

Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.

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Wordless Wednesday: Psalm 46 10

May 6th, 2015


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Psalm 46 10

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46 10 (World English Bible)

 

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God promises to be with us through everything,
encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

    • No Matter Who You Are…


















    • No Matter How You Feel…


















    • No Matter What People Do…


















    • No Matter What Happens..


















    • No Matter Where You Are…


















    • No Matter How Little You Have…


















    • No Matter What You’ve Done…


















    • No Matter How Old You Are…


















    Trust God!
    Paperback edition also available on Amazon

    .

    Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

    buy the .pdf version here

     

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    Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

    Messages include:

      • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
      • New Beginnings
      • No Fear In Love
      • The Boneyard
      • The Dirty Little Penny
      • The Hardest Commandment

      Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

       

      Simply Prayer ebook

      When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

      Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

        • What prayer is
        • Why we pray
        • How to pray
        • How to know your prayers are answered

        From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

        Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…












        buy the .pdf version here

        You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

        Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

         

        Fear Not

        When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

        Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

        The eight sessions are:

          • Session 1 … God is always with us


















          • Session 2 … God is in control


















          • Session 3 … God keeps his promises


















          • Session 4 … God keeps us safe


















          • Session 5 … God provides for us


















          • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us


















          • Session 7 … God gives us new life


















          • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us


















          Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

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          No Matter How You Feel… Trust God! John 11 1-45

          February 26th, 2015

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          John 11 1-45

          “Jesus wept.”

          John 11 35

          The older you grow, the more death touches your life. My first encounter with death was as a toddler when my granddad passed away from emphysema. I don’t remember much about that time, but when my grandpa died a few years later, I remember going to the funeral and dancing in the sunshine as the family gathered around the hearse, waiting for the coffin to be brought out.

          As the years have rolled by, each new death has touched me in a different way from the confusion of a classmate dying in a horse-riding accident when I was 10, to the sanity crushing experience of my 13-year-old niece dying in a car wreck when I was 26, to the bittersweet understanding of my husband’s grandmother passing away peacefully in a nursing home when I was 38. In each experience, God was there even when I didn’t notice Him.

          Like Mary and Martha, we often complain to God that, had He been there, this terrible tragedy wouldn’t have happened. And yet, God is in every moment of our lives. God is not here to make our lives comfortable or without hardship. God is here to bring us through the tragedy and the joy. God is here as a comforter as well as a protector.

          The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept.” What more could be said about our Creator than that He feels our pain and offers us His love? Death, whether we want to accept it or not, is a part of life. We cannot separate our joys from our sorrows because without one, the other would mean nothing.

          When we trust God to hold us as we travel through the darkest hours of our lives, we may find ourselves beside the hearse, dancing in the light of Heaven.

          Prayer

          Dearest Lord,

          So often our lives take turns that are unexpected, that leave us kneeling in the dust feeling as if our entire world has collapsed around us. The pain seems unbearable and we wonder if it will be this way forever. You care for us so deeply, that when we are in pain you weep for us. Hold us in your loving embrace and be with us in our times of sorrow. Help us know that our sorrow will eventually turn to joy again as you walk with us each day.

          In Jesus’ Name,

          Amen

          Questions and Reflections

          As you read John 11:1-45, try to remember a time in your life in which you didn’t think you could trust God to be there for you. Then, take some time to work through the Questions and Reflections before engaging in the Meditation Activities.

           

           

          Meditation Activites

           

          Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of John 11:1-45, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

          • In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you, or draw a picture regarding the picture and its relationship to trusting God no matter how you feel.
          • Make a rain stick using the directions at http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/music/rainstick/. Decorate the paper towel tube using symbols that will help you remember to trust God no matter how you feel.
          • Tell a friend, or God, about your thoughts and feelings concerning the picture and its relationship to trusting God no matter how you feel.
          • Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to trusting God no matter how you feel.

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          Front-Cover-25-percentGod promises to be with us through everything,
          encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

          Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
          discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

          • No Matter Who You Are…
          • No Matter How You Feel…
          • No Matter What People Do…
          • No Matter What Happens..
          • No Matter Where You Are…
          • No Matter How Little You Have…
          • No Matter What You’ve Done…
          • No Matter How Old You Are…

          Trust God!
          Paperback edition also available on Amazon.

          Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

          buy the .pdf version here

           

          Vol1Cover25percent

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          Messages include:

          • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
          • New Beginnings
          • No Fear In Love
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          • The Hardest Commandment

          Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

           

          Simply Prayer ebook

          When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

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          • Why we pray
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          From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

          Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…

          buy the .pdf version here

          You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

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          Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

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          • Session 2 … God is in control
          • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
          • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
          • Session 5 … God provides for us
          • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
          • Session 7 … God gives us new life
          • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

          Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

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          The Lenten Tradition: Prayer and Bible Studies To Help You Prepare For Easter

          February 18th, 2015

          Easter is quickly approaching and I believe the time leading up to that exciting Sunday is important to every Christian. Because of this, I’m offering a great deal on my ebooks and Bible studies that can help you prepare during this season of prayer. But first…

          A brief history of Lent…

          Lent is known as a time for prayerful preparation for the remembrance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. Christians often give up something during Lent like a bad habit, junk food or, more traditionally, red meat.

          The season begins with Fat Tuesday (also commemorated by Mardi Gras) in which one consumes all the stuff one plans to get rid of over Lent.

          Then on Ash Wednesday, we enter a time of repenting and prayer. Some attend church services in which they are prayed over and anointed with an ash cross on their forheads, a symbol of penitence.

          The culmination of Lent is called Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday,  then proceeds through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Easter. Each of these days is important in the Christian calendar with Palm Sunday being the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday being the night of the disciples last supper with Jesus, Good Friday the day of the crucifixion and, of course, Easter is the glorious resurrection of Christ.

          If you want more in-depth information on Lent and its history, you might enjoy reading this wiki.

          History is great, but what can I do to prepare?

          As I mentioned earlier, people often give up bad habits and junk food during Lent as a way to understand in a very limited way the sacrifice Jesus made for us. However, there’s also another trend in which you begin a new, better habit as a way to celebrate the new life His sacrifice gave us.

          Two great habits you can choose from are a consistent prayer life and regular Bible study.

          Limited Time offer…

          To help you get started, I’ve reduced the prices on my ebooks Simply Prayer and both my ebook Bible studies, Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives and Trust God! No Matter What…, to $.99 on Amazon from Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

          You can also “Pay What You Want” for the Simply Prayer audiobook and One Servant’s Heart — Vol. 1, a compilation of six inspirational messages.

          Scroll down for a list of these books with links to the Amazon purchase page and the link to the audiobook purchase pages.

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          God promises to be with us through everything,
          encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

          Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
          discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

            • No Matter Who You Are…
            • No Matter How You Feel…
            • No Matter What People Do…
            • No Matter What Happens..
            • No Matter Where You Are…
            • No Matter How Little You Have…
            • No Matter What You’ve Done…
            • No Matter How Old You Are…

            Trust God!

            Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.

             

            Vol1Cover25percent

            Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

            Messages include:

              • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
              • New Beginnings
              • No Fear In Love
              • The Boneyard
              • The Dirty Little Penny
              • The Hardest Commandment

              Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

               

              Simply Prayer ebook

              When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

              Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                • What prayer is
                • Why we pray
                • How to pray
                • How to know your prayers are answered

                From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

                Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23, 2015.
                Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                 

                Fear Not
                When life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

                Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

                The eight sessions are:

                  • Session 1 … God is always with us
                  • Session 2 … God is in control
                  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
                  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
                  • Session 5 … God provides for us
                  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
                  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
                  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

                  Ebook version available for $.99 on Kindle Feb. 18 through Feb. 23,2015.

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                  No Matter Who You Are… Trust God! Matthew 8 5-13

                  January 28th, 2015

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                  Matthew 8 5-13

                  “Jesus said to the centurion,
                  “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.”

                  Matthew 8:13

                  I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I find it hard to believe God will grant me a favor, no matter how big or small it might be. It’s not that I believe God can’t do what I ask. The problem is something much more insidious. I don’t believe I deserve God’s help and, therefore, God has no obligation or desire to help me.

                  The centurion didn’t believe he had the right to ask Jesus into his home, but he did have faith that, despite that shortcoming, Jesus would honor his request. Jesus was astounded by the man’s faith. He would have healed the man’s servant regardless, but the centurion’s simple belief made his story so important that Matthew made sure we would hear about it hundreds of years later.

                  God’s grace is like that. We don’t deserve it, but God reaches down and lifts us up anyway. We can ask God for anything, knowing we are as undeserving as the centurion, and that God will answer us anyway, maybe not in a way we hope, but our prayers will always be answered. We can trust God no matter who we are.

                  Prayer

                  We know we don’t deserve your love or the gifts you have given us. We know we have no right to ask you to come to our aid, but you reach out to us anyway. Help us accept your grace, your love and your guidance in our lives. We thank you that you care so much for us and ask you to help us see others as you see us.

                  In Jesus’ Name,

                  Amen

                  Questions and Reflections

                  As you read Matthew 8:5-13, try to remember a time in your life in which you needed to ask God for help and then needed to trust God to answer your prayer. Then, take some time to work through the Questions and Reflections before engaging in the Meditation Activities.

                   

                   

                  Meditation Activites

                   

                  Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Matthew 8:5-13, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly

                  • In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you, or draw a picture regarding the photo and its relationship to trusting God will help you in your crises.
                  • Create a two collages from pictures and words, one showing how you felt before and during a past crisis and one revealing how you felt after God had brought you through it.
                  • Tell a friend, or God, about your thoughts and feelings concerning the picture and its relationship to trusting God will help you in your crises.
                  • Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.

                  ***

                  New-Subscriber-thumbnailIf you haven’t already, sign up for my monthly newsletter to get sneak peeks (such as first chapters before they’re published) and special prices just for fans. Just enter your email address in the sidebar and click subscribe. Sign up today and download my thank you gift Behind the Scenes: The Malkin Stories.

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  Front-Cover-25-percentGod promises to be with us through everything,
                  encouraging us to trust him through every situation we encounter.

                  Individuals and groups alike will find themselves
                  discovering that every day is a new opportunity to see God’s touch on their lives as they journey through scripture to uncover that:

                  • No Matter Who You Are…
                  • No Matter How You Feel…
                  • No Matter What People Do…
                  • No Matter What Happens..
                  • No Matter Where You Are…
                  • No Matter How Little You Have…
                  • No Matter What You’ve Done…
                  • No Matter How Old You Are…

                  Trust God!
                  Paperback edition also available on Amazon.

                  Ebook version available for Kindle, InkteraNookKobo, and Scribd or…

                  buy the .pdf version here

                   

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                  Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

                  Messages include:

                  • Called to Forgive Called to Serve
                  • New Beginnings
                  • No Fear In Love
                  • The Boneyard
                  • The Dirty Little Penny
                  • The Hardest Commandment

                  Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                   

                  Simply Prayer ebook

                  When we find ourselves stymied by what we think prayer should look like, it’s time to step back and think like a child. God loves each of us and wants to hear from us.

                  Prayer can be as complex as we want or as simple as we need, but sometimes we need a little help getting started. In this book you’ll discover the basics of:

                  • What prayer is
                  • Why we pray
                  • How to pray
                  • How to know your prayers are answered

                  From repetitions to labyrinths to dancing to journals, it is all Simply Prayer.

                  Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or…

                  buy the .pdf version here

                  You can purchase this book at Amazon.com or in my CreateSpace store front.

                  Or Pay What You Want for the audiobook.

                   

                  Fear NotWhen life seems impossible to cope with, God reaches out to remind us of his promises for our lives. Journey through scripture to meet God in new and unexpected ways as you discover what it means to “Fear Not!”

                  Anyone can use Fear Not to meet God in new and unexpected ways.  Each of the eight sessions begins with an introduction, then moves on to a scripture reading (included), questions to ponder, a meditation picture and lastly a list of possible hands-on projects you can do.

                  The eight sessions are:

                  • Session 1 … God is always with us
                  • Session 2 … God is in control
                  • Session 3 … God keeps his promises
                  • Session 4 … God keeps us safe
                  • Session 5 … God provides for us
                  • Session 6 … God reveals himself to us
                  • Session 7 … God gives us new life
                  • Session 8 … God sends a Helper to us

                  Ebook version available for NookKindleKobo, and Scribd or …

                   buy the .pdf version here

                  Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.

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                  • 51
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                  Being Strong When You’re Terrified: Joshua 1 9

                  January 28th, 2015

                  Joshua 1 9

                  In Joshua 1 9, God commands us to have courage, but we know that’s not always easy.

                  We’ve heard the stories of brave men and women of all ages who face terrifying situations and demonstrate a faith most of us can only wonder at. We hold them up as heroes, and rightly so. And yet, most of us will never face a situation like that, so we are left feeling somehow weaker, not knowing if we could ever be that brave, have that much faith. What do we know of fear and being strong in the face of terror?

                  The truth is, we all face overwhelming fear at some point in our lives. In this message, learn how to quiet your heart and mind to hear how God is taking care of you.

                  Scroll down to listen to the message or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety. As an added bonus, scroll down to enjoy the clip I mention in this month’s message from Bruce Almighty.

                  You can also purchase your copy of Messages from One Servant’s Heart – Vol 1 today. Scroll down for more information.

                   

                   

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                  My One Servant’s Heart monthly messages are on iTunes and Podomatic! Add the One Servant’s Heart podcast to your iTunes player, or, if you don’t use iTunes, you can subscribe to the feed directly.

                   

                  Vol1Cover25percentOr Pay What You Want for the audiobook. Get six Bible based, inspirational messages by Virginia Ripple from the blog One Servant’s Heart all in one .zip file.

                  Messages include:

                  Called to Forgive Called to Serve
                  New Beginnings
                  No Fear In Love
                  The Boneyard
                  The Dirty Little Penny
                  The Hardest Commandment

                   

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                  When God’s In The Wrong Seat

                  January 22nd, 2015

                  driver photoBetween the birth of Lil Bit last October and our enforced exile from our bedrooms last September, life has been chaotic, to say the least.

                  The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry…

                  My original intent was to have a set of Bible studies posted during December for the season of Advent and at least one message uploaded for each week in Advent. As you may have noticed, that didn’t happen. I revised that schedule and decided to go back to my regular monthly Bible study and monthly message starting the first of January. As yet, I’ve only been able to write most of the message. Recording it, however, is turning out to be wishful thinking on my part. As for the Bible study, I might still be able to post it by next Wednesday — maybe.

                  The same challenges have cropped up in regards to the next book in the Malkin series. I normally write the bulk of those during NaNoWriMo in November and finish drafting it in December, then start planning the novella in January. I just started the next novel in the series this month and I’m struggling to get the scenes drafted. The novella? I haven’t even begun to think about it.

                  Those are just my writing challenges. On top of those we’ve had to remove all the drywall from all the bedrooms and the bathroom downstairs within a few days because there was significant mold growth on the backing. And of course, one can’t ignore the piles of dishes in the sink or Mt. Washmore by the laundry room. Nor can one turn a deaf ear to the rumbling of stomachs, unless, of course, one enjoys a good mutiny. Oh! And let’s not forget the bills accumulating in the “to pay” file.

                  That’s where I was last Monday when at 5 a.m. God reached down and reminded me that I can’t do it all.

                  You can’t do it all…

                  I woke up to feed Lil Bit, as usual, but scooting to the end of the air mattress to get to her was painful. I noticed I was feeling a bit stiff and sore earlier in the night, but hadn’t thought much about it other than to make a note that I’d need a good, hot shower to work the kinks out in the morning. Despite the pain, I levered myself up from the floor (did I mention the air mattress has a leak I’m still trying to fix?) and took a step toward her bassinet…

                  and promptly collapsed back on the mattress. The pain shot through my body like lightening, making me light-headed and nauseated. I managed to gasp out to my sleeping husband that I needed his help and, thankfully, he was able to take control from there to take care of both me and our youngest baby.

                  When morning finally arrived, I took stock of what didn’t hurt. It wasn’t much. Everything from my neck to my knees screamed at even the thought of movement. The joints in my hands ached as if I had arthritis. My muscles protested like rusted cables.

                  “What am I going to do?” I wondered.

                  My husband needed to get to work. My mother wasn’t due to arrive for our girls’ day out until later that morning. I was going to have to disappoint my oldest daughter, Blur, and tell her Mommy couldn’t take her to get her hair cut today. And what about all the other things I had planned to do that day?

                  As my husband fed Lil Bit, I broke the news to Blur. She seemed remarkably calm, offering to take care of me until I felt better. She fixed me a bowl full of saltines and a cup of hot 7up, brought me my phone to call Grandma and proceeded to check on me every few minutes. I couldn’t have asked for a better little caretaker.

                  A few hours later, my husband had gone to work and my Mom had arrived to take over caring for the girls. I was feeling a little better, thanks to the Tylenol I’d taken earlier, and went ahead with my plans for a shower. As the water pounded out the rest of the stiffness, I pondered what could be behind the sudden onset. I couldn’t think of anything I’d done that would have elicited such a strong reaction by my body. One thought, though, kept running through my mind.

                  This was my body’s way of telling me I needed to take a break.

                  And on the heels of that, “You’ve prayed for God to take control of all these challenges. Maybe you need to hand the wheel over to Him.”

                  Moving into the passenger seat…

                  I decided then to just take the day one moment at a time and let God take care of the details. Since then I’ve done that each day, reminding myself when I start getting anxious that I’ve let God have the driver’s seat in my life. I won’t say my pain went away miraculously or that every day since then has been a breeze, but it’s getting better. The pain is finally gone and the anxieties are under control.

                  As for the work? I’ve decided to adopt the saying “progress, not perfection.” I will continue to post Bible studies, but they may not be on a specific day every month. My monthly messages will be uploaded as .pdfs, but the podcast may be added at a later date. As long as I’m getting scenes drafted I won’t worry about when I’ll have the book finished and ready to be published.

                  Progress, not perfection. Its about putting God in the right seat. So long as He’s driving, you’ll always end up exactly where you need to be.

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                  Upon Review: Angels in Action by Diane Williams

                  June 10th, 2013

                  I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

                  Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

                  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
                  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
                  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
                  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
                  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

                  Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

                   

                  Angels in Action by Diane Williams

                  Five Cup Must Read

                   

                   

                  Here is the description that caught my attention:

                  Angels in Action demonstrates how the author called on the power of her Creator to bring about positive changes in her life. This compilation of twelve personal inspirational accounts tells of her experiences of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing; professional, familial, and financial trials; and building relationships. They demonstrate how a woman learns to live with the knowledge and strength afforded by a relationship with a power greater than herself, and how she is transformed into a healthy, whole individual by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through these stories the reader will gain a renewal of perspective and learn how to view obstacles in life as God showing His face in order for us, His children, to build strong, unshakable foundations.

                  The Good…

                  I could not put this book down. The stories are powerful and often brought me to tears because I could see the life lessons as my own. The entire book is written as if Williams is having a conversation with you, the reader, and makes everything feel so much more personal. Also, the morals/lessons are simple, easy to grasp, and not “preachy.”

                  The writing is nearly perfect. I’m a very picky reader (blame it on my English degree) and I only caught a couple technical errors in the entire book. Hoorah and kudos to her editor!

                  The Not-so-good…

                  It’s really difficult to find anything in this book that wasn’t good. If I had to select one thing, it would be the first story, but only because it made me wary that the rest of the book would be an advertisement for the unusual diet program Williams went on. I was very glad I put my skepticism aside and read on because my hesitation was unwarranted.

                  The Overall…

                  This book came at the right time in my life to help me move forward in my faith. If you’re looking for a direction, searching to know God better or just need a little boost in your prayer life, Angels in Action by Diane Williams may be just the book you’re looking for.

                  Guest Post by Brian Holers

                  March 7th, 2012

                  Today I’m excited to bring you this guest post by Brian Holers, author of the literary novel, Doxology via Novel Publicity. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $450 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

                   

                  Not just for Christians

                  One of the beauties of self-publishing is that the gatekeeper has been fired. In this new world of books made possible by the Internet, no one is left to guard the door. To tell the reader what is what. This state of affairs may introduce an element of confusion for dogmatic readers, but the good news is, new breeds of literature are being created.

                  Self-publishing allows literature to cross over in new ways. Traditional Christian fiction publishers, for instance, disallow most references to sex, and even the most juvenile profanity. Self-publishing changes this. Not to suggest a writer should ever debase a genre—as writers we are obliged to choose our words carefully. But the old Christian books kept many readers away. “I’m not going to read that. That’s Christian. It’s boring.” Still, nearly every Christian I know periodically swears, fights, and even becomes amorous from time to time. Christians like good stories too, with depth of character, excitement, whimsy, action. The success of a book like The Shack shows the need for stories of real people dealing with real problems, in a faith-based context. It doesn’t even have to be good literature.

                  As humans, we all look for answers. Stories are stories. Conflict builds to crisis, which leads to a form of resolution. Sure, some people never doubt their faiths, even in the face of horrible tragedy. Others do. Some never ascribed to a faith in the first place, and instead spend their days casting about for a context to this condition we call humanness. The problem with much traditional Christian literature is this; when a character is pushed to a crisis, and the only change we read is “he fell on his knees, then and there, and accepted Jesus into his heart,” that incident may describe a beautiful sentiment, and may have value to a real person in real life, but as a reader, it doesn’t tell me anything. A reader wants details. He wants to see the sweat break out. She wants to hear the thoughts and words that accompany the character’s condition. Literature is literature. We want to see development. We want to get inside the characters. We want to get to know them. That’s why we care. Regardless of the genre label put on the book.

                  Doxology is a story in between. The book has a religious message; given its primary setting in rural north Louisiana, that message is Christian. But the characters are just people. They experience the same emotions all people do—love, joy, loss. Their conflicts grow and grow until they must be resolved. Like real people, they go astray, take paths of separation from God, or just from what is good for them. They experience desires that can never be fulfilled, want things that can never be had or even understood. They discover the traits in their lives that aren’t working, and set out to find new habits that will work. Many Christian values are universal—a belief, despite evidence to the contrary, that our lives are worthwhile. An understanding that letting go, and learning how little we are in charge, makes life more manageable. A certainty that the kindness and compassion we offer to others is returned to us a hundredfold.

                  Some say God. Some say the universe. But we all–when we’re honest, and when we pay attention, have a sense of something looking out for us, giving us what we need. Putting people we need into our lives. We give credit for these gifts as we see fit. Good literature promotes a point of view by showing the reader how a character’s modes of operation and beliefs work for her (or don’t). Good literature, whatever its genre, lets the reader inside. Lets the reader do part of the work. Doxology, in this vein, is a story at the crossroad of God and man. It presents God as the characters experience God, and as real people experience God, looking out for them, giving them what they need. Coming to understand how God has been there all along.

                  Doxology is a love story. Faith plays a role, as it helps the characters find answers and resolution, improves their lives. Like Jody and Vernon and the others, we all look for redemption from brokenness of the past. They and we find it, as people both real and imaginary alike do, in family, friends, productive work, a sense of place, a faith in something greater. Doxology is a story, first and foremost. Its characters face problems. Their conflicts grow. They look for resolutions and ultimately find them, imperfect as they are. We the readers get to know them, and we care. We sympathize. They matter.

                   

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                  All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win!

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                  About the book: Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss, and the healing power of community and family. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

                  About the author: An arborist by day and a novelist in every moment he can steal, Brian makes up stories from the treetops. Visit Brian on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

                  Making God Your Partner

                  March 3rd, 2012

                  If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you know I’m in the process of re-visioning what it should be. I’m still not entirely sure what that’s going to look like, but I have a better idea how to go about it.

                  As part of my job as a writer, I do a lot of reading, including various blogs. Recently I came across You’ve Got “Connections” by Cheryl Ricker on Wordserve Water Cooler in which Cheryl speaks of connecting through prayer with God to reach our dreams as writers.

                  Although this post specifically addresses writers, I think what Cheryl says can apply to anyone with a dream. She gives 5 ways one should connect in order to fulfill their vision:

                        • Connect with God
                        • Connect with prayer partners
                        • Connect with God for those we’re in mission for (for a writer that’s the reader)
                        • Connect with God for those who will be helping you with your task (beta readers, cover designers, editors, etc.)
                        • Connect with God for those who are working in the same mission field (other writers)

                  Prayer is an important part of our spiritual lives. Through our connection with God things that before didn’t make sense become clear and things that seemed impossible become easily accomplished.

                  Cheryl gives the example of a friend who posted a status update about his writing on Facebook:

                  One of my friends posted this on Facebook:  “I struggled with my writing for three hours, but after praying, I couldn’t stop the flow.  Why did I wait so long?”

                  What her friend experienced is so true. When we fully turn our challenges over to God they suddenly disappear. Is it easy to give them over? Not always.

                  We humans have a tendency to believe we can solve all our own problems. Sometimes we can. Other times we need a big helping hand. When we keep taking our problems back, though, it slows everything down because, just like a helpful child, we get in the way.

                  God loves us and wants the best for us, guide us in achieving our dream. To do that God asks that we make a connection through prayer and then let God take control.

                  When have you been stuck with a problem getting to your dream and prayed about it? What were the results?