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We Are Never In The Fire Alone

"Nebuchadnezzar asked them, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don't serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? Now if your're ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, siter, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire-and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?"" Daniel 3:14-15
Neb had a few things to learn from these three young Hebrew men. Nothing he could do or say to them was going to shake their faith. Not even a fiery furnace. Have you been shaken in your faith lately? The gods of this world been trying to force you to bow? Those gods come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. We can find them surrounding us on a daily basis. 
I want to have the kind of unshaken faith of these three Hebrew children. They knew their God. They had full trust in Him. 
"Shadrach, Meshach,…

Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance Book) by Denise Hunter

I love a book that carries a theme. Denise Hunter took from Luke 8:5-8 the story of the sower and created a story about how a young woman can be in church her entire life and still not understand how to let go and let God. She hears the Word about healing and trusting God with all, but she hasn't quite learned to allow the Word to pierce her heart. 
I too love the second verse she shares from 2 Peter 3:9. "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." God has perfect timing. We see this message throughout the story-line. 
Madison McKinley is a girl who is hurting over the loss of her brother. She is concerned about her sister and things in her life just are not going as planned. I should say, as her plans. God, on the other hand, has plans for her. She just has to figure them out and follow His leading. Just maybe going barefoot she can get the …

Just How Inviting Are You?

Who do we invite into our lives? How many people do we push out because they offend us or don't agree with our beliefs? Over the weekend I went to dinner with my cousin. We had a lovely waitress. She was funny and sweet. She was a fabulous waitress with a personality that bounced with laughter. She was a lesbian. 
I began thinking of others I know. Others who would have asked for a different waitress. Others who would have made remarks or complained. Not just others, but Christians.

Me too. I cannot leave myself out. Oh mercy, it's easy to point fingers isn't it? We do it all the time. We point with judgement and condemnation. We look at the sin before we see the person. Shame on us. Where is the love we are suppose to be sharing? Giving? There are times I am downright ashamed of myself. Just because someone is different than me isn't cause to treat them any different. Jesus didn't do that. His love was great for everyone. We are to love people and hate sin. How a…

Did You Hear That? It Was The Voice Of God!

This morning as I find myself in chapter four of Deuteronomy I am finding myself feeling blessed once again. Isn't God's Word just filled with wonder and amazement? In this chapter Moses is speaking to the Israelites about obedience to God. He begins with, "Now, O Israel, listen." (verse 1) These words were important then and are important for us today. 
Max Lucado says it like this: "It's not that we don't have ears, it's that we don't uses them." Moses wanted the people to hear what God was saying. He was God's messenger to a people that He loved. He didn't want them to forget all that He had done for them. 
"Now, O, Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the lord your G…

Remembrance And Reflection

As I open the pages of Deuteronomy I once again fall in love with the Word of God. In chapter one we see Moses reflecting on all that God had done for His people. He is recounting the loving and protecting actions of the Lord. He too reminds the people that they are the ones who left God. God never once left them in the desert. The choice was all theirs. God went before them and behind them. He was with them every step of the way. When the people called out to God, He answered. He provided all their needs. But still the people cried out for more. They were not satisfied. They had forgotten the chains of bondage that held them in captivity in Egypt. They wanted more and they wanted it now. They didn't want to wait for God's timing. Yes, our Lord has perfect timing. He asked for obedience. With obedience came blessings. The people were slow to remember all the good God had done for them, but quick to anger to a God who had not forsaken them, but had led them out of bondage to a…

Rosemary Cottage (A Hope Beach Novel) by Colleen Coble

There are some authors who stand out for me and one of those is Colleen Coble. She is a writer who connects with her readers through stories she pens that gives us a glimpse into her own life. Colleen is a writer I admire. She has a style all her own. She weaves a story that gives room for imagination. As I turn the pages I am eager to continue reading, but always sad as I close the last page. Yes, she is one of those writers you just know has penned another great read. A read that connects us to faith. 
The cover is beautiful and captivating. The story is riveting. I stayed up all night to finish this book! Outstanding read! But everything Colleen writes is pretty amazing to me. The story flows and held my attention throughout the entire book. When I read the Prologue I knew I was in for another adventurous ride.
I had not read the first in the series, "Tidewater Inn", but I don't think it's a must read to enjoy, "Rosemary Cottage", but I think it would h…

Prairie Song (Hearts Seeking Home Book 1) by Mona Hodgson

This was a sweet and quick read for me. The story flowed well and the characters were genuine. I love when I get to review a book from a Missouri writer. Especially St. Charles where I grew up! Just awesome! 
"Prairie Song" is perfect read for a summer evening. Anna Goben is such a sweet character. She is filled with grace and has such a peaceful spirit about her. The relationship she has with her mother makes a big impact on the woman she is becoming. She has lost her brother and her heart is forever missing him. The Civil War has left it's scars on those who are now going west. 
Unexpected love occurs in God's perfect timing. Although the journey is long, this is where Anna is challenged in many ways, including her faith. Faith is a continual journey. 
What I enjoyed about this read is the strength that Anna drew from the Lord to love and to forgive. In the beginning of the story she is to wed, but as her mother is calling her to walk down the aisle, Anna's he…

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

I am so glad I got to travel to Rosey Corner again and see how Kate and all the family are doing. When I received, "Small Town Girl", I had no idea it followed Ann's earlier book, "Angel Sister" (check out my review). 
You cannot be rushed through an Ann Gabhart book. It's one to enjoy and take your time in. I admire Ann so much. Her writing style is classic and pure. The history she brings is as if you are right there in the midst of 1941. I have had the pleasure of reviewing almost all of Ann's books. "Angel Sister" is one at the top of my favorites list and now, "Small Town Girl", is right along beside it. 
The characters are real and easy to love. It was wonderful to spend time with the characters of, "Angel Sister" once again. All the old characters return and we meet a few new characters that you are sure to love. I think there is a character that each us can relate to. It is so refreshing to read a story about the i…

Being A Listening Momma Is a Growing Momma

We go from picking dandelions with little hands to watching our children take a step into their own day by day. Everyone says how quick they grow. Ah, we never understand just how fast until it's our own children. 
We share such sweet times. We go from kissing skinned knees to allowing our daughters to walk through the door on their first date. Change is ever present. Some changes are easy and wanting, but others are much more difficult than anything we expected. 
When you raise five children you understand they are all so very unique. You learn to love the different qualities that stand out in each child. Parenthood is the greatest joy in the world. It is also the hardest job in the universe. No one does is just right. Perfection is not even close to possible. We do our best. We learn as we go. We give our hearts to our children. There are days I soared as a parent and days where I flopped. There were times where I knew without a doubt I was being a good momma and others where I…