Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

The most recent addition to "Giving Thanks" novella #11 of the Holiday, USA series, unedited:
She'd agonized over how she'd present herself, a black sheep returning to the fold or a new creature seeking a home?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Quote

So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! ~ Neal A. Maxwell

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Psalms 4:13

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Links

Papberry is one of my favorite inspirational bloggers. She shared this post almost a month ago, but I wanted to read it again in the New Year.
And another by Papberry. She has a regular feature called "Thankful Thursday":

Over at Brettworks, a different perspective on creativity:

Whitney Carter shared a bit of herb lore over on "A Writer's Path."

God bless.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. She shares her experience of World War II. She survived a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable story of strength and courage and faith, well worth the read.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Musical Thursday

I love Cast in Bronze. He appears at the Renaissance Fair every year. I own several of the CDs and buy a new one every year, a tradition. Denny Hipsher shared this from the Arizona Ren Fair:

This is Carol of the Bells:

I look forward to seeing Cast in Bronze, every year. There are four performances throughout the day. I manage to make it to one or two. One year, I made it to all four. It used to be the same show was done for all four shows. Now, there are four different tracks.

Here's the website:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

From "Giving Thanks" novella #11 in the Holiday, USA series, last unedited line added:
"It's the warmest spot in the diner, a plus on a cold night."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Quote

Never argue with someone who believes their own lies. ~ Unknown

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:9

She (wisdom) shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Praising God in the storm

The dog I dogsit had cancer. Last Thursday, she wasn't doing well. I keep thinking of Kipling's poem about never giving your heart to a dog to tear. I hesitated to give my heart to this precious creature, but how could I resist? She's a sweet, gentle soul. She taught me about unconditional love as only animals do. I've no regrets, except maybe I wish I'd given my heart sooner.
I woke Friday morning knowing my fur-baby greeted her on the other side.
Thank God for dogs. I hope the next fur-baby isn't too long in coming.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic. His motto is "No arms. No legs. No worries." He's a remarkable young man. I saw a video of him on YouTube, several years ago, and he inspired me. I follow him on social media. He taught me about being grateful. In many ways, he was the jump-start to my journey in learning how to praise God in the storm.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

From "Giving Thanks," novella 11 in the Holiday, USA series, the last unedited sentence written:

She cranked up the Christian CD she'd been playing and drove into Holiday.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday Quote

King George VI quoted from the poem "God Knows" by Minnie Louise Haskins, in his 1939 Christmas broadcast. The first few lines are the most famous portion. However, I found the poem as a whole inspiring and apropos for the New Year. Written in 1908, it was privately published in 1912. I looked for copyright information specific to this poem and couldn't find anything. I'd rather error on the side of the author. Since the first portion has been widely used, it's all I'm sharing here. I'd encourage looking up the poem as a whole. It's beautiful.

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve

Looking for a New Year's read?

With the publishing of the 10th novella in the series, why not start with the first one?

Happy New Year?

Welcome to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays... and maybe a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

Officer Tim Black moved to Holiday for a change of scene. He never anticipated wanting to change his single status at the same time, but the lady refuses to even date him.

Sandy Foster moved to Holiday to escape her dysfunctional family, changing everything about her life. Finding someone who wanted to share her life holds a never-ending spot on her uninspiring list of New Year's resolutions.

The tiniest misunderstanding and the willingness to set pride aside might make the difference between spending the New Year alone and a Happily Ever After...


Friday, December 30, 2016

"All or Nothing" is here

The tenth novella in the series is here...

Welcome back to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays... and a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

Secrets? Angela Goodrich owns a few. Moving to Holiday is her dream come true. As Holiday Sweets' new manager, she wants a fresh start even as she wants to share the truth of who she is. Will she still be welcomed?

Anger issues? Caleb Bronson denies it despite the fact he'd like to throttle his EMT partner's new fiancé for wronging his sister. What does it matter if his anger is dominating his life and spills over on the attractive and newest resident of Holiday?

The truth will set you free, if you're willing to endure the discomfort of letting go of the lies. God knows the pain hidden in the soul anyway...


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Musical Thursday

A Soldier's Silent Night is posted on social media, every year, where I saw it for the first time a couple of years ago.