Monday, November 9, 2015

Verse of the Day- Psalm 131:1-2

I was reading my Bible yesterday while at a little mini-writer's getaway and came across this verse.

It's always been one of my favorite verses, but the thing that hit me THIS time was the "I" after surely.

I've always taken this verse as "God" having calmed and quieted my soul. But having gone away for the weekend after a particularly difficult week, when my soul was in desperate need of having a little calm and quiet, it struck me that this is OUR responsibility to a point.

That there are things we can do to calm and quiet our souls.

Like honoring the day of rest.

Like taking moments to step away and focus on God.

Like laying our burdens at God's feet and resting in him.

Sometimes I feel a wee bit of mom guilt when I go away for these weekends a few times a year. But I'll be honest with you. My soul NEEDS them. It isn't a "fun" weekend or a vacation -- it is time to relax and let stories pour out of me at will. I am honestly a better momma after taking the time to do so. It was so nice to have God confirm that this weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Verse of the Day - 2 Peter 3:16

"...Some of (Paul's) comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction." 2 Peter 3:16b

I had a different verse I was going to highlight today, but this caught my eye and wouldn't let go.

A few things I found interesting:

--Peter isn't condemning Paul's letters. Paul, the very guy who called Peter out in public (see Galatians 2) about being a hypocrite. In fact, you'll notice in Acts that Peter steps up to defend and agree with Paul after the incident. Peter was a pistol of a guy and tended to act rashly at times, and I just LOVED to see this humility in him.

What would you do if someone "called you out" in public these days? Would you lash out or would you take a moment to see if there is any truth in the matter? Would you be able to support them and admit you were wrong?

While I think there is value in confronting privately first, I'm afraid to say that my first reaction would probably be defensiveness. Something to work on!

--Scripture isn't always simple or easy to understand, and is easy to be twisted and misapplied. It is very easy to read the Bible to "prove" something rather than to seek wisdom and truth, to justify our own desires and world view rather than to allow God to mold us into his image. The Bible isn't a sciencitifc text to hypothesize with and go out to prove our hypotheses. It is the Living Word of God. It was a good reminder to me to lay aside my own assumptions and seek God while I read.

Do you have any thoughts on this??

(also, just an update on Annabelle. She came through surgery GREAT but had some breathing issues with some areas of possible collapsed lungs that put her back in the hospital late Saturday night. She came home on Monday and is doing GREAT now, is back to school. We are so thankful for your prayers!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Verse of the Day - I Peter 5:10-11

Peter is awesome.

I'm finishing up reading 1 Peter today in chapter 5, and I was chatting with the ladies in Bible study about it last night. It's just so interesting to go from reading Romans, a letter from Paul, to I Peter a letter from -- well-- Peter! As a writer, I can totally hear their unique "voices" coming out in each of the letters. They have a very similar message, but Peter-- I could just hear him throughout the whole book.

This is the dude who was the first to jump out of the boat to walk on water -- but quickly lost faith and started drowning.

This is the guy who was all gung ho for defending Jesus in the garden -- even slashed off a guard;s ear -- only to, shortly after, deny he even knew Jesus three times.

His letter definitely spoke from the experiences he'd gone through.

He talked A LOT about trials and suffering. Anyone who thinks God's people will never suffer or have bad happen to them -- go read 1 Peter.

Peter says when we suffer, we are sharing in Christ's suffering. That we are to do good and live holy lives, even when we are ridiculed and suffer for it.

It is so easy to look at the pain and hurting around us, the things we are going through, and think -- God, why do I have to go through this?

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our "rights" that we think that not suffering should be one of those.

It's not. Christ was the only one who had the right to not suffer, because he was perfect and blameless, the spotless lamb of God. But he suffered willingly for us. How amazing is that?!?

I love this verse today though, because it doesn't leave us at the "you're gonna suffer so just accept it."

It reminds us that suffering is not our end, it's just various seasons in our middle.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Posted this on my Facebook author page today -- so if you've already seen this --- you aren't having Déjà vu.

Such a busy week ahead.

Continuing to promote and drum up some more reviews for Love's Gift (If you haven't gotten it yet -- its only 99 cents -- you should -- :-))

I'm also leaving tomorrow for Sandwich, IL to celebrate the life of my sweet, sweet Grandma who passed away on Saturday. Her birthday was today. She would have been 90 years old.

Throw in a massive stash of laundry that needs to be done before I go, still need to figure out Halloween costumes for a few kids, and Annabelle having surgery next week -- OH and did I mention I have a book I really need to finish by the end of this month to keep on schedule? AND my novella A (kinda) Country Christmas comes out as an individual book the first week of November.

Yeah. I'm a little busy.

But remembering that all this "life" stuff -- it's good. It's not something just to be checked off a list, but to be enjoyed and celebrated and savored. Kinda like grandma's family famous Caramel Rolls smile emoticon

SO thankful for perspective this week.


PS. if you're wondering where the verse of the day is --  I read I Peter 1 and 2 today (and have been reading it the last few days.) Just so much good stuff there. Instead of posting a verse -- I encourage you to take a few minutes of your beautiful "life' today and go read it.

Love me some Peter. :-)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Verse of the Day: I Peter 1:3a-4

I've always loved the imagery of the phrase "pure and undefiled" followed by "beyond the reach of change and decay."

How precious is that inheritance! All around is there is change and decay, in our bodies, in the Earth God has given us. There is very little that seems "pure and undefiled" these days, but then again, the pure and undefiled on Earth were corrupted by sin LONG before our time back in the Garden of Eden.

Sometimes it is easy to look around this world as a believer who yearns for the "pure and undefiled" that is promised and get down at all the corruption and decay -- but this reminded me today that I only need to look heavenward in my heart and remember that my priceless inheritance is coming.

Let us know for get that "great expectation" we have, even while we aim to do God's work here in the midst of the decay.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

~~BOOK RELEASE DAY~~ Love's Gift!


My FIRST boxed set!

I teamed up with EIGHT other authors to deliver Love's Gift, a collection of 8 Christmas romance novellas JUST in time for the upcoming holidays!

I have to stop here and just thank the WHOLE team of authors that I was privileged to work with these last few months. I am honored and blessed to be on your team and am so thankful for all I've learned from each of you!

It wasn't always easy. Getting THAT many women together and bouncing ideas off each other, and having to, like, AGREE on a cover and book title and all that jazz -- it was bound to get interesting! And it did -- but only in OH so good ways! I felt God's hand on this project from day one and prayed over it daily, and I am just so proud of our final product!

So sappy stuff over ---

Wanna know what MY novella is about?

A (kinda) Country Christmas

She's a (kinda) country girl...
He's a (mostly) world traveler...
Happily-ever-after will take a true Christmas miracle.
Sadie Jenkins lives and breathes Christmas every, single day of the year. Owner of Bethlehem's Boutique in the tourist mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, she has no room for the bad boys of her past and devotes her whole life to the struggling boutique and her teenage daughter, Maribelle. She's perfectly happy with her country-living life until he walks into her store.

Nate Myers travels the globe for his job and has the bank account to prove his success. The former "bad" boy is in town for a short visit with his sister and is determined to not get caught up in all the Christmas hype. But then he falls for the beautiful shopkeeper—quite literally.

Will these two (sorta) opposites be able to find a happily-ever-after together?

My novella will also be available as a single both in ebook and paperbook in November, but why wouldn't you want to get *8* novellas NOW for the price of one?!?!

If you want to help us out by spreading the word, feel free to copy one of these memes above and post away on social media sites! I'll also have them posted with a link on my author Facebook page that you can share!

We're already in the TOP TWENTY Christian contemporary romance's on Amazon with our preorder -- we'd love to move that closer to #1 with your help!!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 3:18-19a

"Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God." 1 Corinthians 3:18-19a

Pondering "foolishness" today.