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The year may be over, but God's still using it to move my heart!

During this time of year we all sit back and reflect upon the year that for some has seemed like a lifetime and for others didn't last long enough. I have been touched by great blessings this year with having my grandchildren being born and celebrating a lot of firsts. My husband has been working now for close to eight months after being laid off for three years. God has shown Himself alive and well in our lives. He has shown me that no matter what happens He is here and He isn't going anywhere.
I too have learned some hard lessons. For this slow learner, sometimes those hard lessons can be of the most value. Why do we wait until the end of the year to evaluate our lives? We make resolutions only to give them up three months down the road. Change is hard at times. Especially when it's change we don't want and not expecting. But change is good. When we remain focused on God change brings us closer to Him. It brings us a little closer to that person God has created us to…

THE CHRISTMAS SINGING by CINDY WOODSMALL

Cindy Woodsmall is such a talented writer. She has that ability to share a story and allow your heart to feel the emotions that each character is going through at the time. This is such a sweet, tender story of love, trust and honesty. The story just flows and the characters are believable.
This is a great book to cuddle up with this season and count your blessings one by one. Love can be lost, yes, but great love finds a way back to your heart.
Something I really love about the story is how restoration comes. Although you see broken hearts, we see that God has a way of always repairing that brokenness and setting us above the heartache to find joy. Most of the time that joy is found in places we least expect them.
We too cannot replace what we are missing with something else just to sooth our heart. God is our love story. He and only He can complete us. We clearly see throughout this story that when we wait upon the Lord, He shows us what is clear and true.
I love the character, Gide…

THURSDAY'S TREASURE with guest writer HAELIE HEARD

Spk2Me in the Rollin' Convoy
Written By
HAELIE HEARD





As I set off on my commute to work this morning, I couldn't help but notice the message on the Causeway's jumbotrons.



"Fog on bridge. Rolling convoy in progress. Headlights on. No lane changes."

All I could think was,

"Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy...


Cuz we got a little convoy rockin' thru the night

Yeah we got a little convoy ain't she a beautiful sight
Come on and join our convoy ain't nothin' gonna get in our way

We gonna roll this truckin' convoy across the USA Pontchartrain

Convoy" (lyrics by C. W. McCall & Chip Davis)

Okay, so I really wasn't that excited, nor was the convoy much of a beautiful sight. But as my New Jersey friends say, "It is what it is. What are you gonna do?"


Into the dense fog I proceeded, along with countless other commuters suspended over a 24 mile expanse of water on just a couple of southbound lanes of concrete. As I wa…

Today I'm a guest at Jen Slattery's blog! Come visit and share with us!

Good morning sweet friends. I am always encouraged by those of you who take the time to share with me. Your words truly inspire me and I am so grateful. I want to encourage you today by sending you over to my sweet friend, Jennifer Slattery's blog. Jennifer is an inspiration to me and one of those women who stand out for Jesus. She is a gifted writer and her words have blessed me each and every time I visit her blog.
Each year Jen shares her, "Top 20", and again this year I am honored and humbled to be part of her favorites for the year. She is sharing a post I have written, entitled, "Sometimes We Can’t See the Writing in the Sand".
I would love to hear from you today. Please, share your thoughts with me and take a few minutes to check out the other nineteen blog posts Jennifer is sharing with you. Oh, and remember to leave a comment on those that bless you. It is a contest!! Wow! These blogs are blessings indeed. God knows exactly what you need today. I love …

Before you toss it out see what God can do with it

A few weeks ago I opened my closet doors, all my drawers and looked in amazement at all I had collected over the past year. As I pulled things out of my closet there were pieces that I thought, "What were you thinking?" Some were old favorites and some were just plain old. So I began making  piles. You know those piles. The keeper pile, the toss pile and the maybe pile. Three piles and do you know which pile was the highest? The maybe pile.
It's that pile that you wonder, "Okay, this is cute and I might be able to wear it with something", or "I might just keep this. You never know when it will come back in style". Well, some things were probably never in style to begin with. lol
So I began thinking, "What does God do with those piles of ours? He too knows them well. He gives and as soon as He does we toss it out, use it wisely or we set it aside for a maybe at some point in life. He gives us things to use for His glory and instead of thinking a…

Sometimes we can't see the writing in the sand until we are washed ashore

Is is really all about us? How many times have you woke up bright and bushy tailed only to have someone walk through the kitchen with a poor attitude? Then all of a sudden your smile parishes and now your attitude is like thick mud?
We often think more of ourselves then those around us. How do we know? It shows in our attitude. It shows in our actions. The sad accompaniment to our actions is that they rub off on those around us.
Look at Jonah. Yes, Jonah, the Prophet, the one called by God, who did what when called? He ran. He didn't want anything to do with Nineveh. Those people who lived in Nineveh meant nothing to him. But those people meant something to God. He wanted them to repent. He wanted to see them worship Him instead of their gods. But Mr. Selfish himself said no to God. In his one action of saying, "No, God", made the earth around him tremble.
When Jonah said no to God, he ran aboard a ship, filled with men. Men who needed God, but what did they see? A man r…

THE LEADHER CHALLENGE (365 Devotions to Encourage and Inspire Women in Their calling From God) by THE LEADHER TEAM

I have the opportunity to review many devotionals and there are times I shout out, "This one is my favorite!" Well friends, I have a new favorite! The LeadHer Challenge is one devotional like no other.
This devotional isn't divided into days, but in sections. FEAR, COMMUNITY, TRUST, ANOINTING, EXPECTATION, RELEASE, DREAMS, SCRIPTURE, VISION, WORSHIP, CAPABILITY, LIFE, FORGIVENESS and many, many more! There is literally something for everyone within these pages. For everyday. Those situations that occur when we aren't looking, those trips in the car that drive us to Insane Lane, those times when are heart hurts, and those times we simply don't understand. Are you having that disappointing day? You will find inspiration! This is a great addition to your daily Bible reading. I promise, you will not be disappointed! It's just that good! 
One of the reasons I LOVE this devotional is because it is written by real women who struggle. Women sharing stories from their …

Christmas is in the Heart

My Christmas morning didn't always begin with, "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" We all have memories of some kind at Christmas. Many have sang, "Happy Birthday, Jesus", since they can remember. For some of us, Jesus wasn't the, "Reason for the Season." It was a time of joy, but a different joy than what my heart holds today.
Growing up I remember running to the tree on Christmas morning. I was singing, "Jingle Bells", and "Frosty the Snowman". I can see the decorations my mom placed throughout the house with tender care. I can even remember sitting out cookies and milk for Santa, but nothing for Jesus. It was all about the presents and snow and yes, the parades on television. I LOVED watching them as my mom was busy in the kitchen.
I do have to say, by Christmas morning most of our presents were already opened. My dad and I opened ours most years way before Christmas morn. He loved this time of year. I think he loved unwrapping gifts j…

THURSDAY'S TREASURE with guest writer JULIE MILLER GORMAN

CHRISTMAS DAYwritten by Julie Miller Gorman

My long brown piggy-tails swung back and forth across my shoulders as I quietly snuck behind our Christmas tree, picking up the small, plastic mold of baby Jesus and cried, “Jesus, I’m so sorry I didn’t get you a present. Today is your birthday and I didn’t get you anything.” Tears flowed strongly, as my tender little heart yearned to do something special for Him. I know what I can do. I thought. And, without hesitation I began to softly sing…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday dear Jesus…Happy Birthday to you.



Ahhhh, if only I could have the innocence of being six years old again.



As I reflect on that endearing Christmas memory, I think how precious I must have appeared to God. So many years have passed since that Christmas morning and unfortunately my passion often wanes by my needs, wants, and wishes. I often find myself asking, interceding, and longing for God to intervene on my behalf and forget to sing Him a si…

HEART OF ICE (A Triple Threat Novel) by LIS WIEHL with APRIL HENRY

Okay friends, I just may have found my new favorite suspense writer, Lis Wiehl! Who knew? I had never even heard of her before. Wow, where have I been and what have I have been missing! If you have read her books I would love to hear your thoughts. I am going back for more!! I want to read everything she has written. This book was that good! Triple threat indeed when you have three women, all friends, not only fighting for justice, but looking out for one another. These are the kind of girls you want watching out for your back.
I couldn't put it down. It had me at the first sentence and I was glued from there on throughout the entire book! This book has just about everything in it. Yes, it is a book of faith, but it doesn't overtake the book. I love the characters and the villain was so captivating. I kept trying to figure this girl out and simply couldn't figure her out! The villain is just one of those people you really like. I mean she could very well be your friend, th…

The test of friendship

Some find it easy to make friends while others struggle their whole life. Trust is hard. It's difficult to open up and then when you do, well, some find their heart broken, because that other friend was just willing to walk away without giving another thought. But here you are putting your whole heart into the friendship. Sound familiar?
I have been on both sides of this situation. I have been that friend who has been hurt by those who choose to walk away and I too have been that friend who has thrown my hands up in the air and said, "Enough!"
The thing is, friendship takes work. Relationships take work. Everything of value takes work. It's not just something you say, it's something you do. We love with everything we have or else it simply isn't love. Relationships just don't happen. They not only take work, but patience and grace. They take two people willing to work together and who want to be together.
We must realize we are not always going to see eye…

FALLING TO PIECES (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery) by VANNETTA CHAPMAN

Here is what Zondervan says about, "Falling To Pieces".
In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the…

It's when we let the stress and guilt go that we find the real joy

In all the hustle and bustle, we forget what Christmas is really about. As I was shopping for Christmas cards for our children, it was hard to find a Christmas card that was about Christmas. I was shocked. Well, not really. I think many just make Christmas out to be any old holiday. A reason to get together and well, have a party.
Christmas should be a season of joy. It should be celebrated with a humble heart and really, it should be alive in our hearts daily. After all, we are celebrating the One who came. The precious birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Christ, there is no Christmas.

This year I have shopped for cake ingredients. Yes, this year we are making a birthday cake for the King of kings. December holds my 45th birthday and as I am eager to celebrate my birthday, why should His birthday be any less? If anything it should be much grandeur and more special.
Now, gift giving is a wonderful time. To give of our heart to another just makes the heart glow with love. But, g…

THE SNOW ANGEL by GLENN BECK with Nicole Baart

If you are searching for that perfect Christmas read, this is it, my friends! This is the first book I have read by, Glenn Beck and it surely will not be the last. He brings us a story of hope and redemption. He brings to light the issue of abuse in a real way as a wife is not only trying to find her way, but protect the daughter she loves from the same abuse she has faced for years.
He brings fear to the forefront and shows that there is another way. Love. Love always casts out fear. We see how life comes full circle as God brings healing to those hurting hearts. Hurt people really do hurt people. There is so much sweetness to the story of, "The Snow Angel". It holds lessons of value and gives us a perfect picture of friendship and love. There is a time to step out and speak for those who are living in fear. I can share with you that this story really touched my heart.
I enjoyed this book so very much. I plan to pass it on to friends to enjoy throughout this season. Nicole …

Women, Drama, and Friendships

Know any women who would rather be surrounded by a group of men than a group of women?  Like you I can understand why they feel this way. I think we are are honest we have all felt this way. Women can be downright mean. We don't always make it easy, do we? 
Men can gather for a fishing trip, a trip of any kind and laugh uncontrollably. They have a great time. It doesn't matter who doesn't really get who or who doesn't really know the other. If a man doesn't know another man, they just jump in there and say, "Hey, how ya doin'? I'm Kenny." You never hear men say, "Oh my gosh! I am not sitting by John!" Men do not get so angry over a misunderstanding. Men, however, if they do have a problem, they go straight to the source. Women? Well now, that's a whole other story.
Women like to pretend they forget things, but we don't. It's like we have a memory the size of an elephant. We keep score. We get mad and believe it or not, rema…

THURSDAY'S TREASURE with guest writer PATTY WYSONG

More Than Potpourriwritten byPatty Wysong



My teenage son walked in the door and asked what smelled so good. Knowing this child of mine, I told him his sister had made a birthday cake, thinking that would make him lick his chops, but his response surprised me. “Oh. I thought I smelled something fruity, maybe peachy.” He was less then happy when I told him that was just the liquid potpourri and there were no peaches in the house, let alone in the oven.

I rather smugly thought to myself, “Yes! Mission accomplished. It no longer smells like a closed up house with a hint of his smelly socks.” When I glanced at his face I saw a different message, it said, “All smell and no substance stinks!”

Sometimes I get so caught up in the smell good part that I don't even think about substance. But that's the most important part of the equation. I want to be more than just a pleasing aroma—more than just potpourri. I want to make sure I have a pie sitting on the counter ready to serve to my fa…