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Drum Roll Please...And The Winner of "Illusion" Is..

I am thrilled that so many of you left a comment for a chance to win, "Illusion", by Frank Peretti. I have decided to give my copy away as well. So, there are two lucky winners! You don't have the lucky lottery ticket for billions, but winning a Frank Peretti book is pretty amazing!
The winners areShelly Faust and Michelle V. Yay! I will contact you both via email and get your snail mail so I get these out to you this coming Monday!
Again, thank you all for leaving a comment. It's always an honor to have folks pop in at my Nest.
Blessings and Happy Reading!

What Do You Do With, Move?

For the last few months I have been hearing the Lord say, "Move". I continue to pray and I keep asking, "Okay, Lord, I hear You, but where do you want me to move?" This has really been hard for me and my family. It is an unsettling feeling. There is an unsureness in the air. I mean, "Move", can mean a lot of things.
Funny thing? That comfy feeling I had? It's no longer comfy and cozy. I feel the need to move, but until the Lord tells me when and where all I know to do is, pray. Most of all, I need to be still. How do you remain still while the Lord is whispering in your ear, "Move"?
I must say, there too is an excitement in my heart. Not sure where or what He has before me, but with Him, it's gotta be good. I have had a great ministry opportunity come before me. One that I see great hopes in and one that terrifies me. Yep, I am allowing those fears to stop me in my tracks. Could that be why the Lord is telling me to move? Does He see …

Don't let the sting hold you back (Another post from the past)

\ I don't know about you, but sometimes it is a scary thing to just completely love. Unconditional love means loving without fear. We are afraid of letting go. It is when we let go and release love that we must remember it isn't about us. It is about the other person. It is about allowing Christ to love through us.
I have felt the sting of rejection as of late. It seems I am on the outside looking through a window trying to get a glimpse. The harder I try to see, the foggier the window becomes. The more we try to get in sometimes the door is only open partially. So, what do we do? What do we do with a door open just a bit or a window that clouds quickly? We take that glimpse for however long and rejoice. We peek inside that door and simply say hello. No matter the rejection, we still love completely. It is through that complete love that the door will one day open all the way. Through taking small glimpses and showing Christ like love the window will become more clear and His…

Finding Peace When All Is Not Peaceful

When we are faced with trials what do we do? Well, what we should do is go to the Lord in prayer. I am learning this, but just as you, I don't always do what I know I should do. I follow my heart. When your heart is breaking, following your heart is not a good thing to do. For me, it just gets shattered even more.
A few years back our home was filled with struggles. Those teenage years with our daughters were not easy. Oh, there was love, laughter and joy, that filled our home, but there too were days of pure hell. I don't know any other way to say it.
I wish a parenting guide came along with our children. The problems we face seem so big at the time. Later, as the years pass, you realize it wasn't so bad. Well, it was, it's just that the Lord brought you through it and washed you in His grace. Now instead of looking back you look forward. We grow and we learn with each trial that comes knocking. Sometimes we overcome with great courage and other times we fail in s…

ILLUSION by FRANK PERETTI

First I want to invite everyone to the give a way of Illusion. All you must do is leave a comment under the give a way post and you will be entered. The winner will be announced on March 31! Just follow this link, GIVE A WAY, and it will take you right to the post!
Now, on to my review. I was excited to begin reading this novel that I was anticipating the arrival of in a little brown package dropped off by my UPS man who I have grown to love! I started out fast, thinking it would be a one night read for sure, but then I realized, I gotta slow down. If I didn't slow down I was going to miss details that would be important for later in the read. Not unlike life, right?
I have read review after review of this book and I promise not to do what I see others doing. Telling you the entire story! I wouldn't have wanted anyone to ruin this read for me. I can tell you, yes, it's a love story. With the title, "Illusion", it kind of tells itself and with Frank Peretti as the …

Do You Need Rescued Today?

Yesterday while on my drive to town I reached a hill where I saw an ambulance and police cars. My heart skipped a beat. I thought, "Is there an accident? Is someone injured?" I slowed to drive past and said a prayer. God knew the needs. He didn't need me to know the information. He just needed me to be a vessel of prayer.
I arrived at my mom's house and she informed me of what had happened. She had heard the news on her scanner. A young man, the age of 26, committed suicide. My heart sank. I left her home and got in my car to go do her shopping. As I was driving I had my Adele Cd turned up, but then I no longer could enjoy the music that lifts me up. My heart felt that I simply needed to pray.
Finally, on my way home, I passed by the house again. The ambulance was missing, but the officer's cars were still there, but I noticed something more. I could see a large group of people sitting and standing outside the home. Tears began to flow and my heart stirred again …

Learning Lessons from Jairus

I have written many posts on Mark 5:25-34. It is the story about the woman of suffering for twelve long years. All this time I have missed another portion of this story. One that goes right along with the healing of this woman.
Yes, I am speaking about Jairus. How did I miss it? It's right here before my eyes. Maybe the Lord was saving this for me to uncover when I needed a reminder that He always has everything under control.
Jairus was a leader in the synagogue. His daughter became ill and was dying. He was out to find Jesus. Jesus is just stepping out of the boat and has come ashore. Jairus sees Him and quickly goes to Him. He pleads with Jesus to heal his daughter. Can you imagine this man's pain and worry? When your child is sick you will move heaven and earth for them. As a parent we must remember there is only so much we can do. The rest we must rely on Christ. Jairus was relying. He knew what faith could do. But something happens after he  tells Jesus about his daughte…

What if this was all?

Friends, do you find yourself longing for heaven? I must say, I look for Him daily. If we love Him. If we live a life in faith. We should be seeking Him more and more as the days go by. Just what if this was the last day you had here on this earth? Sometimes I find myself pondering what I would be doing if the Lord returned today. Hm..some days He would find me in His Word. Some days He would find me laughing and encouraging others. He would most likely find my nose buried in a book. But, some days, well, I wouldn't want Him to find me in my pity pot. I wouldn't want Him to return as my road rage has caught me as I'm traveling down the highway. Nope, not on the days where I'm a crab and downright sassy. The thing is, we don't know when He will return. We know it's soon. We know He's coming for those who love Him, but what are we doing to prepare?
We make tons of lists. We prepare for the baseball game. We prepare for the coming weeks. Vacation is on our sche…

GIVE-A-WAY of ILLUSION by FRANK PERETTI

Hey friends, right now I am reading, "Illusion", written by Frank Peretti. This book is amazing! Total Peretti style. Howard Books is having a give-a-way. That means I have an extra  advanced readers copy to send out to you! If you are a Frank Peretti fan you are going to love this newest novel. If you have never read any books written by Frank Peretti you are missing out, my friend!
So, what do you do to enter the contest? Just leave a comment under this post including your email so I can reach you to let you know if you are the blessed winner.
The winner will be announced next Saturday, March 31!
Click here to find out more about this amazing book out now!
Frank Perettiwith more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.” The Oath (Word Publishing 1995), sold more than half a million copies within the first six months of release. The Visitation (Word Publishing 1999), …

Backwords (A backwards word list for gamers) by Cherie K. Miller

I received this book for review and at first I wasn't quite sure about it, but then it hit me. I started streaming through the pages and unlike a dictionary, this book lists words ending in a letter! How cool for this girl who loves word games! I am such a word nerd. This book is perfect for me! This book is filled with words ending in letters from a-z, included are 2-letter words, 3-letter words and 4-letter words.
This book is amazing for gamers, students and just an all around fun book to check out words. If you are a writer this book is a must! It's a great addition to my desk of information. If you love to rhyme in your poetry, this book is a must!
Check it out and other books written by Cheri K. Miller just by clicking here.
This book was a gift from Wisdom Creek Press for it's review.
Cherie K. Milleris the founder and president of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC and works with the Masters in American Studies program at Kennesaw State University. She has published books, writte…

Writing Conversations (Spend 365 days with your favorite authors, learning the craft of writing) by Cherie K. Miller

I am a lover of devotionals that help get me jump started each morning. Well, here is a new kind of devotional geared toward writers. Each day you can read from great authors wisdom to get you jump started on your writing for the day. Just a little encouragement goes a long way. Each day an author shares a little wisdom from the craft of writing such as how to persevere with those struggling days where your having writer's block and how to grow in your creativity. We usually don't receive rejection well and this book is filled with encouraging words that will help you stay inspired and keep those keys moving. It holds everything from learning your craft, beginnings, to finding story ideas. Great for newbies just beginning their writing journey and those who have lived a life time writing.
This book was a gift from Wisdom Creek Pressfor it's review.
Cherie K. Milleris the founder and president of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC and works with the Masters in American Studies program…

Sell More Books by J. Steve Miller and Cherie K. Miller

Now, if your looking for excitement you might wanna have that thriller novel next to your bed, but for a dose of revelation on the publishing world, you should have this book handy. I am so blessed that Steve sent this book to me. As a newbie, this book is filled with great insight from people who have been there and understand the hopes you have of selling your first novel. This book contains a wide variety of information.
Sell More Books was named as an Award Winner in the Writing and Publishing category of The USA Best Books 2011 Awards. It more recently won a Pinnacle Award in the How To category.
This is one of those great books that can help set you on the road to publication. It too can help calm those fears and inspire your hopes. In having all the information you need to publication it can set us on a great road to enjoying our writing. The more we know and can understand the better prepared we are for the journey.
This book was a gift from Wisdom Creek Press for it's rev…

THURSDAY'S TREASURE with SHAWN BORETA

His Gift Written By Shawn Boreta



My life in words has been God’s greatest gift to me. For through words, His Word, the words of others and words He fills me with to pour out to pages, I am given reason upon reason to seek Him even more.

There is a treasure in all of us. This treasure resides deep in the recesses of our life - it’s the memories that we can glean hope from, regardless of the circumstances – it’s the smile that came from nowhere when we need it most – it’s the word of encouragement that we hear in the depth of our darkest moments – it’s the hope of an underserved eternity with our Creator.

My Treasure is Jesus, which makes me His treasure.

My life is no longer mine, which makes me His treasure. Now with that in mind, I live my days in amazing hope and recently have found strength I know is not mine at all. Now, think about being the treasure of the One who created all things, it is quite mind blowing, and quite honestly not something that I want to put in earthly perspecti…

Bread For Today

Did you wake up this morning thinking about tomorrow? Are you worried that  your husband won't get that job he needs so badly? Maybe you don't answer your phone anymore because bill collectors continue to call at all hours. Find yourself in tears about lunch time because you don't know what you will put on the dinner table tonight? Your prescriptions are at the drug store and your wondering how in the world your going to get them. You go to bed at night and sleep does not come easy. In fact, sleep only comes after you have cried each and every tear you have bottled up. Your heart is full. Your mind is racing. All you can think about is, "What are we going to do?"
How do I know? That was me a few years back. When my husband was laid off work for three years life was rough. Stress was high. Emotions were on the edge. When the savings drew empty and the unemployment stopped short, there was little left. Your pride gets in the way and you really don't want to ask …

Hoarding Isn't For The Heart

Have you ever watched an episode of one of those shows focusing on people hoarding? Sometimes this is difficult for me to watch. There have been homes where they have found dead animals and people buried beneath stuff. Astonishing to say the least. Is hoarding a disease? I'm not a doctor, but it's clear that something is taking place in the hearts and minds of those hoarding.
As people in general we like stuff. We enjoy accumulating trinkets and gadgets of all kinds. Right now my kitchen is just about to run over with books. I frequent resale shops with my husband and antique shops of all kinds. Mostly we love the history that comes with each new find.
If were to visit my in-laws home you would find stuff and more stuff. Stuff beyond stuff. Lets just say the garage is so full you wouldn't be able to get a bicycle in there much less a car. My mother in law loves going to auctions. She purchases more stuff than she knows what to do with. You could easily pack up ten boxes of…

River's Call by Melody Carlson

I just closed the last page to, "River's Call" by Melody Carlson. I was captivated by this book. I was blessed to read the first book in the series, "The Inn At Shining Waters", entitled, "River's Song".
In this newest addition we find ourselves in the 1960s. I had to continue to remind myself of the time period. Things were so different then. I loved the relationship trials and blessings of mother-daughter, daughter-grandmother and grandmother-daughter in law. Generations of women struggling. There is something that hasn't changed in time.
Anna has to the sweetest of all characters I have ever read about. Her first husband has died and she still battles and allows her mother in law into her life and her daughter's life. I wanted to scream at her and say, "Why don't you just tell her to leave?" But she still feels connected to this woman. She isn't one to give up on anyone and after reading more of the story I found that …

My Top 10 Reads

I am so blessed to receive books weekly to review. My shelves are overflowing with all kinds of wonder and goodness. I wanted to share my top 10  favorite books that have been life changing for me. These are books I have spent hours in and highlighted page after page. Some are so good I just had to set my highlighter aside. What a great way to kick off a new spring. A new book that will bring change to your heart, mind and soul.
1. Set Free To Live Free by Saundra DAlton Smith, MD
2. Your Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
3. Grace For The Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
4. Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado
5. Where is God? by Dr. John Townsend
6. Choosing To See by Mary Beth Chapman with Ellen Vaughn
7. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
8. Enemies Of The Heart by Andy Stanley
9. LeadHer Challenge Devotional by the LeadHer Team
10. Step Out And Take Your Place by Krista Dunk
So many life changing words that my soul has basked in over the last few years. I have found such great wisdom, insight, inspi…

Disguised and Devastating

While reading, "Great Day Every Day", by Max Lucado, I came across something so profound to me that I am still pondering the thoughts.
"Do you let anyone who knocks on your door enter your house? Don't let every thought that surfaces dwell in your mind. Take it captive..make it obey Jesus. If it refuses, don't think it. Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about your aches and pains, problems and tasks? "Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life."
Isn't that good? We tend to allow all sorts of strangers into our world. Stangers that we should be telling, "Your not welcome here. Just keep on moving", but we don't always. We let them in and blindly entertain them, only to find ourselves in danger.
A few days ago my mother allowed a stranger into her home. He spent three hours sitting at her kit…