Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit

From the Online Etymology Dictionary: "To think or act outside the box 'contrary to convention' is attested by 1994." Now I wonder about my memory, as I thought I remembered using a comeback in the 80s: "There's a box?"

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Scripture Study

Luke 1:41-44

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday Links

I'm a horse lover, and Anne Leueen's blog, Horse Addict, blesses me every day:

Inspiration on the value of sorrow, from Mustard Seed Blog:

Bridget A. Thomas, over at Christians Read, shared a lovely Christmas post:

God Bless.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Grace (Love's Compass Book 6) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. A good end to the series. I'm glad I bought the series.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit

Comradery makes an appearance in 1862.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday Quote

In three words,
I can sum up everything
I've learned about life:
It goes on.
~ Robert Frost

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Scripture Study

Luke 1:26-28, 30-31, 38

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary...And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS...And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word...

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday Links

I want to celebrate the way I've always dreamed.

Jeff Rab is one of my favorite bloggers:

Fun pictures from Jez Braithwaite:

Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud on "The Beauty of Hard Thanksgivings":

God bless.

Friday, November 29, 2019

My Annual Start to the Christmas Season

...with some of my favorite songs that I listen to all year long...

The first one is simply totally fun.

All I want for Christmas by The Piano Guys

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) by Manheim Steamroller on their Christmas album.

Believe Again: O Come All Ye Faithful by David Osmond

Angels We Have Heard On High by The Piano Guys

Baby, What You Goin' to Be by Trinity HS Alumni Choir

Mary, did you know? by Donny Osmond

Believe by Josh Grobin on the Polar Express album.

Merry Christmas Darling by the Carpenters.

Silent Night by David Osmond 

The Gift by Aselin Debison

Gentri's O Holy Night

A Soldier's Silent Night
A Christmas dedication to our men and women in uniform. A Soldier's Silent Night was originally titled 'Merry Christmas My Friend' and written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1987.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Tim Janis has posted several Christmas music selections, each about two hours long.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Are You Ready For Thanksgiving?

Celebrate with a story.

Giving Thanks

The eleventh novella in the series...

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

Eight years ago, Michelle Bronson ran away. Returning Thanksgiving Eve will allow her to settle before anyone knows she's home. Accepting Jesus made her new, but the past won't stay buried. She's strong enough to face it. She must, if she wants to embrace life. Maybe assistant baker at Holiday Sweets is the open door she's seeking.

Theodore Williams III lived his life as Mr. Straight as an Arrow. He remembers Michelle, along with his harsh judgment of her, but she's not what he expected. The choice is his to hold to what he knew or to embrace the new. Perhaps God is opening a door to the future.

Placing God first opens doors never imagined...

If you prefer paperback, Giving Thanks is available with three other Holiday, USA, novellas:
Holiday, USA Anthology 2016-17

All four novellas, 9-12, are available in their entirety in paperback, including the covers on the back, for those who enjoy collecting a series.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Scripture Study

Psalms 107:1

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Links

Linda Mahkovec shared a bit of Thanksgiving history, from WWII:

Gail Johnson's blog post on "Contentment" was timely for me:

Vrunda Chauk shares an uplifting post on Gratitude:

God bless.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Joy (Love's Compass Book 5) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. Learned about Texas longhorn cattle. This story touched on one of my own struggles, trying to please unpleasable people. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit

Sassy is American English and appears in 1833.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Scripture Study

Isaiah 53:6-7

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one t his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Faith (Love's Compass Book 4) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. Loved this story. She also mentions one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs, "Just Be Held." Heartwarming.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit

Alas, cheeky, meaning impudent or presumptuous, doesn't appear until 1859. Online Etymology also informed me that it was "the nickname of a misbehaving boy in a story," in 1850.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day

God bless all those who've served, be they soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, national guard, or coast guard.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scripture Study

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday Links

How fun is this? Kristen Billerbeck over at Christians Read:

Bridget A. Thomas, over at Christians Read, shares inspiration:

God bless.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Courage (Love's Compassion Book 3) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. The theme of the story suited a difficult time in my life. I appreciate the encouragement that helped me face similar problems. I'm adding Melanie D. Snitker to my must read list.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday Quote

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back."
~ Albert Camus

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Scripture Study

Isaiah 53:2-3

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saturday Links

I allow myself to become upset over things I can't control far too often. Coach Mullen, over at My Good Time Stories, offered a great perspective:

One Grateful Leper shared an important perspective, one with which I too often struggle, running my own race:

God bless.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Hope (Love's Compass Book 2) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. I liked this one even better than the last one. Better and better.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Secondhand Samhain

Secondhand Samhain 

The seventh novella in the series...

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

Jan Connor, the new manager of the secondhand shop Vintage Holiday, loves her job, her town, and her life. She doesn't need anything except a little bit of help. Her annual Halloween birthday party isn't coming together, and her antiquated computer system is only making it worse.

Trent McDonald, computer guru extraordinaire, is looking for a place to call home. His brother, Cowboy, suggested Holiday might offer what he needs but never mentioned Vintage Holiday's pretty shop manager.

Between one breath and the next, God changes everything...


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

For those who wonder...

Why I celebrate Halloween: It's the one holiday we encourage ourselves to look into the darkness and drag our fears into the light and hopefully see them for what they are: An opportunity to be brave and reclaim our power over them.

Shelley's "Frankenstein" explores the folly of men pretending to be God. Stoker's "Dracula" reveals the horror of those who live by taking from others. I can't imagine a world without Poe, and his willingness to expose the monsters within. We prevail when we choose good over evil.

For the record, I don't do scary. Growing up in it means it isn't entertainment for me. Dress up is fun. I've always had a fondness for jack-o-lanterns, the cheerful flame flickering inside. Not to mention my love of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. The promise of cooler weather, a definite bonus in the desert. The changing color of the leaves, which people generously share through pictures. The prelude to the coming triad holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year (gratitude, giving, and starting anew). Enjoy the day. Indulge in a treat, pizza for me. Laugh.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Scripture Study

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday Links

Hallee Bridgeman is one of my favorite authors and a genuinely nice person:

I needed and still appreciate this encouragement from William Emmons:

God bless.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Favorite Book Friday

Finding Peace (Love's Compass Book 1) by Melanie D. Snitker Inspirational contemporary romance. The first of the series of six books. An enjoyable read.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tuesday Tidbit

The verb scramble, as in "to stir or toss together randomly," shows up by 1822, but "to make unintelligible" is from 1927; however, scrambled eggs are first recorded in 1843. Not that eggs weren't scrambled before that; Romans ate scrambled eggs but weren't called scrambled.