A Mission, A Dream, And A Cat – My Interview With Jessica Schaub

July 9th, 2014

A couple weeks ago I was interviewed by Jessica Schaub. It was such a great experience, getting to let readers know about the behind the scenes work I do with my books and what my driving passion for writing is, that I wanted to share an excerpt here. To read the entire post, scroll down and click the read more link.

A Mission, A Dream, and a Cat – Meet Virginia Ripple

Over the last several months, and for months to come, I’ve been interviewing authors who have self-published their work or have published through small publishing houses. From each, I’m amazed by the mission behind each book and the hopes of the author to share a theme. I have learned something valuable from each – and the trend continues this week with Virginia Ripple.

If you are a fan of fantasy and also appreciate authors who include their faith, then Virginia’s books are certainly for you!

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1. In your biography on your website, you shared something that really struck home – While working part-time as a Religious Education Director and writing the other half “the teeter totter of passions unbalanced” your life and you found yourself writing less. Many people reading this will find encouragement that they are not alone in feeling frustrated with not having enough time to write. What changes have you made to your life-style, your career, and your passions that open up the 24 hours to more writing time?

I learned a lot during my time in ministry about what it means to be Called into God’s service. Sometimes others see our hard work and think, “Wow! She really has a heart for (fill in the blank). She should do it full-time.” If we’re not aware of what our true purpose is, then we might go along with their well-meaning suggestion and then suffer because we’re not doing what God planned for us to do. It took me the better part of seven years to figure that out and another four years to understand what doing my particular ministry meant in terms of what I spent time on.

Click here to read more.

Chinese Checkers, God and Me: Matthew 16 21-23

June 30th, 2014

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Matthew 16 21-23

Through Matthew 16 21-23, we find reaching our personal goals, our dreams, maybe even our destinies becomes a real possibility when we begin acting more like Jesus and doing what is best for us rather than facing off with opponents.

In this month’s message we take a look at Matthew 16 21-23 to discover how “playing our own game” rather than doing what we think others expect from us can help us reach our potential.

Scroll down to listen to the message or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety.

 

 

 

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God Reveals Himself To Us: Matthew 14 22-33, 16 13-19

June 25th, 2014

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Matthew 14 22-33, 16 13-19

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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Whether it is in the face of a delighted child or the crash of thunder during a storm, God reveals himself to us. Sometimes he catches our attention in a way we cannot ignore, like when he appeared to Moses in the burning bush. Sometimes we miss seeing or hearing him entirely. Many times we eagerly race toward God only to become afraid as we begin looking around us, just as Peter did when he stepped out of the boat to meet Jesus on the water.

Although God wants us to see and hear him each time he reveals himself to us, he doesn’t stop reaching out just because we weren’t paying attention. God repeatedly revealed himself through Jesus even though those around Jesus often mistook his acts as those of someone else . The reason Jesus’ acts were attributed to the return of a prophet was most likely because God was revealing himself in a way the people of the time were not expecting, yet Peter saw him for who he was and proclaimed in Matthew 16:16, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Seeing God reveal himself in our day to day lives means being aware of our surroundings and, sometimes, expecting the unexpected.

As you read Matthew 14 22-33, 16 13-19, try to remember a time in your life in which God revealed himself to you. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

 

Meditation Activites

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Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take 10 to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Matthew 14 22-33, 16 13-19, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to how God provides for you.
  2. Spend some time with a child. Notice their reaction to discovering something new. Think about how God might be revealing himself to you in a new way.
  3. Go to a park or zoo. Watch the people and animals around you and ask God to reveal himself in a special way. If you have the equipment, take some pictures. Put the pictures together in a scrapbook or collage to remind you of a time God revealed himself to you.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding how God has provided for you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page.

You can also purchase your eBook copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives for NookKindleKobo, and on Scribd or a paperback copy from Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.

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Master Cat Celebration Giveaway

June 18th, 2014

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The war has just begun… novels by Virginia Ripple

Through blood, sweat and tears, Master Cat is on its way.

I finally handed the third in the Toby series to my alpha readers on June 4. To celebrate the conclusion of this story arch, I’ve decided to giveaway a Malkin Series baseball cap ($20 value). Scroll down for more details on how to enter the giveaway.

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And if you haven’t purchased your copy of Apprentice Cat or Secrets of the Malkin, you can get one for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iPad from June 18-23 for $.99.

About Master Cat:

Toby, a magical talking cat, has cut ties with the Office of Kingdom Guardianship, intent on finding his long-lost father and avenging his mother’s murder. He thought he left everyone behind, but someone from his past is stalking him. Now he must avoid this strange new menace while he seeks the truth about his family’s dark history, a history that threatens to unravel his sanity and cause the rest of the world to descend into madness. Can Toby reconcile himself with the past or will his inner turmoil allow his enemy to plunge humanity into chaos once and for all?

The Giveaway:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a Malkin Series baseball cap ($20 value). Giveaway ends June 23. Check back daily, because the more you enter, the more likely you’ll be to win.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Boneyard: Ezekial 37 1-14

June 4th, 2014

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Ezekial 37 1-14

Through Ezekial 37 1-14, and with the help of Randy Travis’s “Diggin Up Bones“, we gain hope that God can resurrect our lives no matter how dry and scattered it may seem to us.

In this month’s message we take a look at Ezekial 37 1-14 to discover how God can transform our lives.

Scroll down to listen to the message or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety. Also, enjoy the YouTube video of Randy Travis performing Diggin Up Bones.

 

 

 

 

 

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God Provides For Us: Exodus 15 22-17 7

May 28th, 2014

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Exodus 15 22-17 7

“Yahweh shall give you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to satisfy you.”

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It is quite easy to believe God will provide for you when you have your basic needs. However, not many of us can say that we trust God to provide for us in the midst of our problems. When loved ones suddenly become ill or we’re surrounded by debts that continue to pile up, when we lose a job we need to survive or a disaster strikes and we lose everything it becomes more than just a challenge to believe God will take care of our needs.

Crises test our faith in God’s abilities. Oftentimes we become like the Israelites, grumbling in the desert to Moses, asking if they were brought there to die of hunger. Yet God tells the Israelites through Moses in Exodus 16:8, “Yahweh shall give you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to satisfy you.”

Our needs do not end with the basics: food, shelter, clothing. Our needs include emotional and spiritual support. God can provide all of these, but we must ask and be open to God’s guidance once we have. God’s provisions sometimes come in unusual packages that we may not expect.

As you read Exodus 15 22-17 7, try to remember a time in your life in which God provided for you. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

 

Meditation Activites

 

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Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take 10 to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 15 22-17 7, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to how God provides for you.
  2. Bake or buy a loaf of bread and take it to a friend. Start a conversation about how God has provided for your and your friend’s needs.
  3. Create some colored rice, or use plain rice, and place it in a jar where you will be able to see it on a regular basis. Think of all the ways God has provided for you.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding how God has provided for you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page.

You can also purchase your eBook copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives for NookKindleKobo, and on Scribd or a paperback copy from Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.
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Resistance Blog Tour and Giveaway

May 21st, 2014

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“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available for purchase on Amazon May 20th!

View book extras at www.ilyonchronicles.blogspot.com.

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Immerse yourself in the world of Ilyon! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win an autographed copy of Resistance (Book 1 in the “Ilyon Chronicles” series), a Resistance-inspired necklace crafted by the author (Jaye L. Knight), a Better Homes “Warm Rustic Woods” candle, and a wolf paw leather bookmark from Lodgepole Leathercraft. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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About the Author

 mollyauthorphotoJAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

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*Blog Tour Home: http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/p/resistance-blog-tour.html This is where you can keep up-to-date on the blog tour happenings, view the schedule with links, grab the tour button, etc.

Win A Signed Paperback Edition of Journeyman Cat

May 15th, 2014

Have you read Journeyman Cat yet?

Whether you’ve read it and loved it or haven’t gotten your copy yet, here’s your chance to win one of 2 signed paperback editions. Just click on the Goodreads giveaway link below and follow the directions to be entered to win.

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Journeyman Cat by Virginia Ripple

Journeyman Cat

by Virginia Ripple

Giveaway ends May 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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Journeyman Cat book description:

Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised to be another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race. His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

No Fear In Love: 1 John 4 18

May 7th, 2014

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1 John 4 18

Love without strings. How many of us have yearned for that at one time or another?

In this month’s message we take a look at 1 John 4:18 to discover how perfect love casts out fear.

Scroll down to listen to the message or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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God Keeps Us Safe: Exodus 14 13

April 30th, 2014

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Exodus 14 13

“Don’t be afraid.”

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Everyone at some point in their lives experiences something that scares them, something that seems impossible to overcome. For one it may be the diagnosis of an illness. For another it may be a looming mountain of debt. For yet another it is the possibility, or perhaps the reality, of being homeless. And for someone else it may be the loss of a significant relationship. The list of frightening experiences is endless.

At times we may feel like the Israelites trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. The odds seem insurmountable and God seems so far away. Even though he has kept us safe until that moment, it is difficult to believe that this time isn’t different, that this time God will care for us just as he has before. Yet, God continues to be with us regardless of whether we believe he will be or not.

Just as Moses tells the Israelites, “Don’t be afraid,” in Exodus 14 13, God reminds us that we have no need to fear the seemingly impossible circumstances of our lives because he cares for us and is with us always.

As you read Exodus 14:1-15:21, try to remember a time in your life in which God cared for you. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

 

Meditation Activites

 

 

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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 Exodus 14:1-15:21, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God caring for you.
  2. Take a walk near a river, lake, ocean or other body of water and collect rocks of various shapes and sizes, which remind you of your thoughts and feelings regarding the picture. Place the rocks somewhere you will see them on a regular basis.
  3. Create a tambourine to play while you “sing” your thoughts and feelings to God regarding the picture.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God caring for you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page.

You can also purchase your eBook copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives for NookKindleKobo, and on Scribd or a paperback copy from Paperback edition also available on Amazon.com or in my Lulu.com store front at: Virginia’s Store Front.
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.