Wednesday, June 28, 2023

My Novels and a Give-Away!

 


God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.  And God saw that it was good. ~Genesis 1:25

The thing I loved most about summer when I was a child was not just the much-needed break from school, but the seemingly endless hours stretching before me each day, ones where I was free to play, swim and, most importantly, read to my heart's content.  To say I'm a life-long lover of books is in the running for the understatement of the year!

And my bet is that those of you here at my blog love reading, too.  Do you have your stack of summer novels all ready to go?  Whether you do or don't, might I make a suggestion?  How about reading my novel series, The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade?

Here, in a nutshell, is what the books are all about:

Spending the summer at Grandpa Will's farm with his family is the last thing ten-year-old Davy Murray wants.  How we survive without his friends, the pool and his beloved computer?  There isn't even a television at Grandpa's house!  Doesn't anyone see how miserable he will be?

In his frustration, Davy turns his anger on his mother, Kate, his sister, Anna, and especially his stepfather, Jim.  Davy is determined to make their summer as dismal and disappointing as he believes his will be.

But then, Davy has a most surprising and unexpected encounter . . . one that will change his heart, and his world, forever.

With so much talk these days about how children, and their parents, even, are spending an inordinate amount of time with their noses stuck in their phones, isn't it time for a breath of fresh air?  The Glade books encourage just that!  While they might sound like they are only for young folks, adults are quick to fall in love with them, too.  I like to tell people that the age range for the novels is nine to ninety-nine!

I know that many of you are long-time followers of my blog, but in the last several years, I've welcomed many new readers on board.  Because of that, I'm hosting a give-away contest!  Of course, as usual, it is too costly to mail books overseas; U. S. citizens, however, are all welcome to join in!  Just leave a comment below to be automatically entered to win a copy of the first book in the series, A Trip, a Tryst and a Terror.

And for those of you who can't enter the contest, I hope you will check out my book website to order your own copies.

Happy summer reading to all!

Amen!



Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Lightning Bugs

 






When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~John 8:12


I first published this poem in June of 2021.  Enjoy!


Lightning bugs emerge

As day concedes to night

Twilight emissaries

Turn dark to light

Hope is signaled

Promise in a blink

In longing eyes

Becomes God's wink.


Amen!

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

We Will Not Be Shaken

 


But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who brought them - bringing swift destruction on themselves. ~2 Peter 2:1


Here in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, we were denied the ability to disaffiliate from the main body until 2024.  But a lawsuit brought succeeded in allowing that choice to be moved back to the present.  The date set for the vote of local congregations is now July 2, 2023.

For over a month now, my husband, Danny, and I have been attending Shiloh UMC (pictured above) in lieu of our former place of worship, Kennesaw UMC.  We've been nothing but impressed by the vibrant conservative congregation that gathers there each Sunday.  Yes, it is a relatively small church when compared to the weekly gathering at Kennesaw, but the Holy Spirit is palpable.  They joyfully sing the old tried and true hymns, interspersed with some contemporary Christian songs, and aren't swayed in the least by the current cultural opinions whirling around them.

Because that is exactly what they are:  Opinions.







We are currently between pastors, not a comfortable place to be as I'm ready to transfer my membership to Shiloh as soon as possible.  That will have to be put on hold for the time being.  However, we were blessed this past Sunday to host the now-retired former pastor, Bill F., to lead the service.  He is a close friend of Kennesaw's former pastor, Wallace W., and I was genuinely excited to hear him preach, thinking, "If he's half the preacher that Wallace is, he is more than worth my time in the pew.

Pastor Bill does not disappoint!  In fact, makes the best case for why Christ and His teachings should be upheld and followed completely, no matter how the cultural winds are blowing at the moment.  If we stay true to God and His Word, we cannot be shaken or persuaded to listen to the false prophets of our day and age.  The truths found in both the Old and New Testaments should always be our go-to, not just in times when the world's views would have us believe otherwise, but also should be soundly woven into the very fabric of our day-to-day lives.

This was the very breath of fresh air for which my soul is longing.  So I breathe deeply, refreshed, inspired and renewed in my spirit, to face any challenges the future may hold.

The bottom line?  If we listen intently to God's Word, and internalize it, we can never be shaken.

Amen!

A bit of history:  Shiloh was originally founded in Kennesaw in 1832, making it one of the oldest churches in the region.  It survived the Civil War, being used by Sherman as a hospital.  It burned down once, but was rebuilt on the original site.  When I'm there, I feel not as though I've gone back in time, but that history has entered the present, enriching my spiritual life with the memories of all the saints who have worshipped here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The Little Things

 


There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things both large and small. ~Psalm 104:25


June's glory comes in

A floral cluster, bold, brave

Invites hope and praise

For the wonders small

That prompt us to pray without

ceasing.  The little things.

Amen!

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  Do not be wise in your own eyes;  fear the Lord and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment for your bones. ~Prove...