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A Stop Light Praise

Sitting at a stop light. 
A nanny and her granddaughter, laughing and singing. 
Giggles coming from Peyton as we are stopped and waiting to turn. 
We have the grandest times in my truck. We search for hay bales, cows, pigs and horses. She shares what the clouds appear to look like to her. She says, "Nanny, sing a new song." We giggle as Old McDonald has a new critter on the farm. 
I've been teaching her that a red light means stop. Green means go and yellow means to slow down. She caught on quite quickly. As we were slowing to the red light in front of us I say, "What does the light mean Pip?" She smiles big and says, "It means stop." Little did I know at that moment the man in front of us didn't know the meaning too well. 
We are having a ball. Just me and Pip. 
I see through the corner of my eye the car in front of us take off on a red light. 
What I see next catches in my throat. It's as though my heart stops. I look forward as screeching …

You Can Find Him Where You Are

God doesn't ask anything of us that He has not first prepared us for. There isn't anything He calls us to that He has not enabled us for. Everything that stands before us today has passed through the hand of God. That should give us hope. There is nothing that is too big for us with Jesus going before us. 
We allow fear to overshadow us. We let others tell us that we are never going to do it. Friends, don't quit! Don't give up. Don't allow Satan to steal away from you what God has prepared for you today. Do not compromise the truths of God for what this world tries to feed you. 
You are special. You are unique. You were created in love, with purpose and promise. Your life is one to be lived. Don't settle for less than anything God has for you. God knows what He's doing. All He is asking is that we seek Him with all our heart. When we seek Him we will never come up empty. He forever fills us with everything we need. He knows us better than anyone else. No, …

You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

There has yet to be a book penned by Max Lucado that I haven't enjoyed. My home is filled with his books. I go back to them over and over again. I don't think you could find one that I have not highlighted great insights and written notes from my heart. From each and every one I have learned valuable lessons that bring me closer in my walk with the Lord. 
In this latest release, "You'll Get Through This", Max Lucado brings another message of hope through giving us a close up look into the life of Joseph. Throughout this book we see this phrase.
"You'll get through this. It won't be painless. It won't be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don't be foolish or naive. But don't despair either. With God's help, you'll get through this." 
These words are soothing to my soul. If we are not going through a turbulent time right this moment, we will be one day. Most likely if you are like me, you have been through many valleys …

Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris is a new author for me. I was impressed with her writing style in "Dangerous Passage". This is book one in her new series, Southern Crimes.
I LOVED it! I was instantly hooked. Her writing has an easy flow. The characters grab your attention. All I was missing was popcorn and a big screen. Seriously, as I read it was like I was watching a movie. She is amazing with detail and giving the reader a vivid scene. This was a quick afternoon read for me. Once I began reading I couldn't put it down. The story is fast paced and believable. 
The main character is Avery North. Just her name sounds strong. I loved her character. One thing I admired about Avery is her sheer determination. She doesn't give up easily. She knows what is most important in life and she isn't one to take life for granted. Avery is a detective in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been through the death of her husband and brother. She is now a single mom who is dedicated to her daughter and her fami…

Think God Can't Use You? Think Again!

I have heard people say, "Why would God want me? I have nothing to offer." I have a friend who recently said, "I've grown too far away from God. I can't go back and He wouldn't want me now." This is heartbreaking. Why do we allow ourselves to believe such nonsense? I think I know why. We have heard that we are unworthy for so long we begin to believe that we have no worth. 
People are quicker to discount us than they are to simply lift us up with encouragement. Wear the wrong t-shirt and get criticized. Your loving actions have been forgotten. We are a nitpicking people. We look at others with such negative thoughts. They don't have to be spoken through gossip. Thinking them is enough to destroy a person. A look can say a thousand words. 
Friends, we are never too far gone to find God's grace. God can use every single one of us. How do I know? Rahab. Rahab was a prostitute. She was not a woman of faith until God's perfect timing. That didn&…

Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson

"Tattler's Branch" is the newest addition to Jan Watson's penned creations focusing on the people living in the Kentucky countryside. When I selected to review, "Tattler's Branch", I was unaware that it was a part of a series. It follows, "Skip Rock Shallows", "Still House Pond", "Sweetwater Run", and the Troublesome Creek series. With this being said, I think this could be a stand alone novel. I have reviewed a few of the others in this series and found that they too could be read as stand alone novels. It's always a joy to have the pleasure of beginning with the first novel. 
If you enjoy nice, easy, slow reads this book is surely one you will enjoy. I found that Jan Watson has an attention for detail, giving the reader a precise view of the surroundings and a clear understanding of the characters.Watson's writing style flows through this novel like a sweet brook of rippling water. It's easy and has a comfort…

Trapped by Irene Hannon

Irene Hannon never disappoints! Here we are with book 2 in the, Private Justice Series. Yay! Let me start by saying sometimes you don't have to read the first book to really get into the second, and without a doubt you would enjoy reading, "Trapped", as a stand alone, I would suggest that you start with, "Vanished"(check out my review). 
I have seen a  few reviews that said, "Trapped", was kind of predictable. To that I would like to say, yes, it is, but in many ways that is what makes this book amazing. Aren't things in life predictable? Of course, boy and girl meet, they fall in love. Girl runs away and gets herself into a world of fear. Predictable. But, it's the story weaved in between these predictable moments that grabs us. Irene Hannon ROCKS at pulling us in and keeping us turning pages. 
The cover is awesome. A storm. An empty bench. Lights up ahead. A girl walking. But then you have the shadow that is casting a huge image. 
These nov…

The Promise by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

If you haven't started reading, The Restoration Series, by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley, you are missing out. I admire these two authors so very much. Their works are magnificent. When they come together something spectacular happens. This is one of the best series I have had the pleasure of reviewing. 
The Restoration Series brings us to know a family in need of restoration. Life happens. Struggle appears. We lose sight of what is important. We get off track and it's hard to find your way back. The first book in the series, "The Dance" (check out my review), brought us to know Jim and Marilyn Anderson. In this new release and second installment to the series, "The Promise", we get a close up view of Tom and Jean Anderson. Tom is the son of Jim and Marilyn, and of course Jean is their daughter-in-law. Tom and Jean are blessed with sweet children. They really do have the picture perfect life to all that are looking from the outside in. 
This is part of the tr…

Be Careful Not To By-Pass

Over the weekend my hubs and I took a trip to the store for just a few things. Oh, we all know how that is. You go in for exactly two things on your list and you come out with fifteen and a receipt that looks like you've purchased half the store. 
We had ran into Lowe's and then into Walmart determined to get in and out. As we walk up we see the local Boy Scouts in uniform, holding cups for us to drop in our pocket change. One little boy walks up with a smile and says, "Excuse me, would you like to donate for our local troop?" We look at him with smiles in return and my husband says, "We will get you on the way out, okay? Promise we won't forget." His smile disappeared and you could see his whole demeanor change, but he kindly said, "Okay". I told my husband, "You know, I bet he has heard that a lot today." 
At Walmart there are always two exits at each end of the store. My husband says, "Oh man, I didn't think of that. I b…

Chicken Soup for the Soul (From Lemons to Lemonade) Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

Who doesn't love a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? It seems they have been around forever. There is a Chicken Soup for the Soul book on just about every subject. The newest is entitled, "From Lemons to Lemonade." 
I am new to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Blogger Team. This is my first Chicken Soup review. I must say I was so excited to receive my new book. 101 blessings! These stories are rich from the heart. They are passionate and praiseworthy. Uplifting and powerful. Stories of overcoming. Life lines to giving hope for others who have found themselves in the pit of despair. 
This is a great encouragement book. It is filled with stories from people just like you and me. People going through hard times. People facing difficult passages. Through these stories we see hope. We are refreshed just as if we were drinking a cool glass of lemonade! Seriously friends, this is a great addition to add to your reading list. 
Those who have shared their stories here are inspiring. …

Encouragement For Today (devotions for everyday living) by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer, and the Proverbs 31 Team

Good morning! There is nothing like starting the day with God's Word. I am one of those girls who loves a great devotional to read along with my Bible, while having my morning coffee. I love sharing powerful devotionals with you all. They are not only a great tool to begin a day in grace, but a great value in our everyday living. So, what better than to have a devotional written for everyday living?
The Proverbs 31 team of women have empowered me to be the woman of God I am today. How? They are real, transparent, struggling, surviving women. Women of grace and mercy who are walking the road of faith. They share honest stories of their everyday life. It could socks, soccer, or cancer. We get to walk along with them. Girlfriends who are connected by One God and Savior. Sisters of grace. These girls tell it like it is. They bare their dirty moments and share how they triumphed not by their own merit, but by the sweet grace of God. 
How important for women to share with women. We don…

Don't Leave Me

How many times have you cried out to God, "Don't leave me here, Lord. Don't leave me"? I have tearfully moaned these words to Him many times. Late at night when panic overcomes me I cry out to Him, "Please Lord, please don't leave me here". When difficult times assault us we don't want to face them alone. 
There were many times that I was sick while pregnant with our youngest child. I was so frightened, but just having my husband near gave me peace. Just his hand gently folded around mine brought calm. I have faced ER visits with migraines and panic attacks that shook me to the core. What helped me through was knowing my husband was right next to me. Surgeries have been part of my life. I have never been alone in one single surgery I have faced. My husband has been with me every step of the way. He has carried me in the door when I couldn't walk. He has fed me when I was too weak to hold a fork. This sweet and tender man isn't big on words.…

Push Me Higher

My granddaughter will be three in October. I'm in awe of this little one who continues to teach me about the simple blessings in life. Having a difficult time grasping life? Hang out with a little one for a day and they will bring your perspective to a whole new level of growth. I have always said that my children grew me. I need to add that my grandchildren continue to grow me. 
When summer came upon us my granddaughter came up with the idea that her Pa was going to purchase a swing-set for her. I'm not sure where she got this idea, but sure enough, she asked and her Pa delivered. When she first seen her new swing-set she was one joyous girl, bouncing and giggling right out to the back yard. 
When she first sat on the swing she was a little fearful. She didn't want to go too high. She was content just sitting. She climbed up the slide holding onto Nanny's hand and wouldn't go down unless her tiny fingers were wrapped tightly in the safety of mine. 
There was so m…

"Wounded by God's People", written by Anne Graham Lotz

Every once in a while I am blessed to review a book that I know the Lord has sent my way for a purpose. Anne Graham Lotz has penned another blessed book, "Wounded by God's People". When I seen this book for review I accepted it graciously. The cover and title caught my attention. When it arrived I tore that brown paper off and began reading. I found the words found in the foreword by Beth Moore to be direct and bold, but filled with grace. 
"Discovering How God's Love Heals Our Hearts", is exactly what these pages gift us with. Anne doesn't throw the church under the bus. She has brought us a personal and touching story that every person can relate to. Whether you have been wounded or have been the wounder. We are people. We are sinners. She realizes the church is not God. The people of God may not always represent God in the way we should, but our response to those wounds inflicted can be. Wounds touch every family in one way or another. 
Anne shares p…