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A Well of Hope

Little brother Joe sounds a teeny weensy bit arrogant when he shares his dreams with his brothers. But Joe didn't get to this prideful position all on his own. His father, Jacob, led the way by making him the preferred son. Out of the twelve, Joseph, is the favorite of his father. This could be because he was born later in Jacob's life and because he is the child of Jacob's wife, Rachel. It could be that every time Jacob looks upon his son, he sees his beautiful mother.
Jacob makes him a beautiful coat. That coat makes Joseph stand out among the others. Shoot, Jacob even has Joseph checking in on his brothers and bringing back report to dear old dad. You know the brothers are very bothered by Joseph by now. He not only wears the coat given to him by his father, but he is checking up on them and he is telling of dreams of the brothers bowing down to Joseph. To them, Joseph is a bit big headed. Maybe just a tad too big for his britches and they are going to see to it that …

Instead Of Revenge Hold On and Pray For Peace

Color this scene in your mind. A large family. Your mom is Leah. Your dad is Jacob. You are the sister to twelve brothers. Twelve brothers. Brothers who are protective. Dinah went out into the land to do some visiting for the day. Nothing like a visit with friends to make your heart dance. Dinah's day had begun wonderful. She may have given her mother a kiss goodbye. Shouted to her dad, "I will see you this evening for dinner". She may have even had a little ribbing from her brothers about being off with the girls for the day.
But, somewhere along the way, Dinah's day was clouded in fear. She was raped and held captive. Her rapist and captor was Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country. Shechem saw what he wanted and he took it without permission. Without thought he changed this young girl's life forever. I can feel her fear deep in my bones. I can see her cry out for her dad. I can see her wanting nothing more than her momma's arms wrappe…

The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen

Imagine waking up one morning and you find out your losing your job, the very job your father gave you. Yes, he's closing up shop and the relationship you are in, yeah, it's not working out the way you dreamed. So, what happens? You turn on the television and realize your sister is getting proposed to on national television. Oh, the sisterly love Ivy must be feeling right now. Ivy Marshall is good at keeping all of her feelings tucked neatly inside. That is up until today. She wakes and it's as if life has changed overnight. Communication with your parents hasn't been the greatest and you are full of emotions you don't know what to do with. Sound like you can relate to Ivy? I sure can. This is the premise for the well penned story, "The Wishing Tree".
Marybeth Whalen has a gift of weaving together a story that strengthens the heart and makes you ponder your own life. In this story we see a family separated but reunited by a wondrous wedding. This famil…

Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson

I have been blessed to review each book in the Cedar Key Series. I was anticipating book three. Oh friends, this is hands down the best book I have read yet this year! Once I began reading I couldn't stop. The pages just kept turning and I found myself wishing for more of Cedar Key and the Claybourne family. I am sad to see it end. I feel like Eva allowed me a privilege getting to know this family. In this series you get to know the people of Cedar Key. You grow to love them. You cheer for them and in the end you have a better understanding of life and love.
This book is poetically breathtaking. Eva writes with such passion and grace. I giggled and cried. Eva does a beautiful job of letting us get to know each and every character. They come alive in these pages and they bring with them many life lessons. They are real and touchable. Characters we can relate to. This last novel in the series is so inspiring.
The story kept building and throughout each chapter we uncover more an…

Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson

This was a sweet and enjoyable read for me. Cindy Thomson invites us to travel from Ireland to Ellis Island with Grace McCaffery. Grace is leaving Ireland behind for a new life in New York City. Sent here to begin a new life, but she is finding that everything is new and different. Grace isn't too trusting. Life in Ireland was not easy for Grace. She misses her mother and would like nothing more than for her mother to join her.
Her mother spoke words to Grace that stays with Grace her entire journey. They are words to empower and inspire her. Words of encouragement when fear and doubt begin to cloud her mind. "Listen to me," her mother had said. "I don't care what lies your father once spoke to you, darlin'...Remember instead this: You are smart. You are important. You are able."  (These are words that brought me to remember the movie, "The Help", and those powerful words spoken to the beautiful babe from the woman that truly loved her, &qu…

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

This is a book I would call an unputdownable! It is the first book I have read penned by Sandra Orchard. It certainly will not be the last. Deadly Devotion is so much more than a who done it book. It contains everything that makes for an outstanding book. I wouldn't be surprised to see this story on the big screen in the future. Yes, it is that good!
Sandra Orchard weaves a story together that kept me glued from the turn of the first page until I closed the last. Excellent writing that flowed as I uncovered more and more about each character. Okay, there are a lot of suspense novels out there. Great books, but this is beyond anything I expected. Most of the time I know  who done it after the second or third chapter. I didn't discover who done it until the last chapters! I love when a writer weaves a story that keeps you so glued your sad when you have turned the last page. The story escalated in perfect timing. The characters were real and one of the most amazing gifts that I…

Prayer Changes Everything

In Luke 9:18-20 we see Peter confess Jesus Christ. In verses 21-22 Jesus predicts His death and as we read on to verse 23 and go through to verse 27 we see Jesus tell all to take up their cross and follow Him. About eight days later Jesus takes three apostles with Him on a retreat of prayer up the mountain. Peter, James and John were those three men chosen by Jesus to travel with Him.
Isn't it cool when we are reading the Word of God and it all comes together for us? I have read these verses hundreds of times, but over the last few months I decided I would dig deeper into the Word and remain there with new vision. I wasn't in a hurry to read through. I wanted to take my time and soak up everything. So, as I'm reading I  get to the transfiguration and it hits me. Why did Jesus take these three? Was it that Jesus needed them, or was it more that they needed to see this moment in history to further their walk with Jesus?
Can you imagine being on the mountain with Jesus and…

What Is God Asking You To Build Today?

Let us go back. Way back to a time and place we can visualize through the Word of God. Noah is the headline. He is center stage. He has a mission. A job to preform that isn't easy. But then again, God doesn't give us easy assignments. He creates monstrous opportunities for us to be the vessel and He the light which shines forth.
Okay, so things are not going as planned. God created man for His glorious pleasure. What many can't wrap their head around is the fact that God gave us a choice. It couldn't have been pure love without a choice. Even in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, had a choice. Even though there was way of sin through Satan, there too was a way out with redemption. After the garden people kind of..well..left God for the world and what it offered. They left the Creator for the creation. Sin increased, but there was one. One who stood out among the others. Noah.
So, Noah gets the call from God. "You want me to do what?" I can see Noah asking th…

Gone South by Meg Moseley

What happens when a Yankee wants to return to her treasured family home in the South? You get the Michigan girl, Tish McComb walking into a land of the bitter. Let me explain a little..just a little. Tish's mom is moving to Florida and would like nothing more than for Tish to move there with her, but Tish is independent and doesn't see herself moving at all. That is until the old family home comes up for sale. At first she doesn't want to buy. She just wants a sneak peek at where her great-great-great grandparents lived. She has heard stories from her father. Even visited there together. But she could never imagine herself leaving home. Oh, but once she enters that grand old house she has found home.
I love the cover of this book. The beautiful southern gown with rolled up jeans underneath. This city girl finds out moving South is more than she could have imagined. What happened to charm and hospitality?
She soon uncovers why the people of this town are not so fond of …

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

I love this Missouri girl! Irene Hannon is one of the best. This book is something so different, so unexpected, but yet, we see the same classy style of writing from Irene Hannon. I would expect nothing but the best from her. I have read her earlier series, Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice and I was just blown away. I have heard her compared to Dee Henderson, but Irene Hannon is proving that she doesn't need comparing. She has hit this newest gem out of the park!
That Certain Summer is a contemporary story. It holds forgiveness and love. Finding one's self in the yesterday of home and experiencing a change that could only take place when the heart is ready. We follow  two sisters through a transformation of the heart. One so certain of herself and the other doubting every move. But over the summer as these two sisters grow closer than ever before, they see themselves through their sister's eye for the very first time. They find something magical.
Their mother n…

A Conversation Around The Table

One of the best parts of raising five children with my husband was our shared times around the dinner table. Sometimes the laughter was endless. Ashley would laugh so hard she would tumble in the floor with an asthma attack. At times there would be serious talk, but always sharing of some sort. Family dinners are always the best. It's a time to share comfortably and honestly. Breaking bread with those you love is a precious gift. For us, we now get to share dinner with our grand babies, which brings a whole new set of blessings.
It's a great time to share dinner with your family and friends. We have friends that we have shared many meals together. Their kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. It's warm and inviting. Just like it's waiting for the conversation to begin as the coffee is being poured. Sharing a meal is bonding. Opening yourself up to another. It's sharing a kindred time. It's a time to gather around the table for some great food and great co…

Having Just A Little Doubt?

In Mark 8 we read that Jesus feeds the 4,000. Can you imagine? Seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Um, have you ever been preparing dinner and the kids bring home four friends and the neighbors pop in? Now you find yourself trying to scrape together everything in the pantry all the while your trying hard not to panic. There was no panic in Jesus. Through this we can find hope. He will always provide a way. He always opens the door. We must believe. Our faith must be in practice.
After He feeds all these people, which could fill a small stadium, the Pharisees were not in the least bit happy. They were trying to trap Jesus while He was feeding hungry people. Jesus cannot be trapped. He knows His Father is in total control. "Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. But He sighed deeply in His Spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to t…

Is It The Clock Or The Compass Leading Us?

As many of my readers know my family has been away from our home church for eleven months now. I can tell you with every fiber of my being, that's a long time. This time away has become a new journey for me. A journey of seeking nothing but Jesus. I began reading my Bible more. When I finish the Book of Mark I will begin my journey into the Old Testament. I have done study after study and often surround myself with my Bibles laying open across my bed to various books and chapters. As my heart takes in more of Jesus I realize more and more that I am missing something. Church. Fellowship. Service. Those three go hand in hand with walking with Christ. I'm not so sure you can have Jesus and not feel a mission ahead of you.

My family visits different churches almost every Sunday. There are those Sundays that I simply cannot make church, but that doesn't mean that I don't meet with my Savior. My heart is being moved in ways like never before. I ponder everything that cros…