Monday, March 30, 2015

Song of the Week - "Arise My Love"

This is Easter week. One of my favorite Easters, one that still sticks out in my mind today, was when I was five years old. It was actually Monday, the day after Easter and my mind must have been full of questions. My brother and dad had gone to church for Awana for the evening. My 5-month old baby sister was asleep in her cradle and my mom made us cups of hot cocoa (must have been one of those cold Easters). We sat together on the couch, in the peace and quiet, while I asked her one question after another. That was the night I gave my life to Jesus. My life has never been the same.

For me Easter is definitely a time for celebrating!

Matthew 28: 1-6a
"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said."

Listen and focus on the RISEN SAVIOR this week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Song of the Week - "Come as You Are"

When I was a child I remember reading a devotion where one girl and her mother drove around the neighborhood picking up her friends for a “come as you are” party. It didn’t matter what the girls were doing at the time or what they were wearing, they needed to come just as they were. This devotion has stuck in my mind for many years. This is a great picture of how God sees us and how we can come to him no matter how we look, act, or feel. He will clean us, heal us, love us, or give us whatever it is that we need.

Now, as a writer, I look back on the author of that devotion and wonder if my words will stick in people’s minds for years to come. Can/will I say anything that will lead people to Christ? Can/will I plant any seed that may have the slightest effect on anyone’s life?

I don’t know. But I do know that I can’t stop trying. God wants people to come to Him just as they are. Think about all the people in your life that you know need the Savior. Share this week’s song with them. Maybe it will have a positive influence on them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


My mom and I...a few years ago.
She taught me what it was to be feminine.
Feminism. Now there’s a word I hate! That one word has taken everything God intended a woman to be and trampled it on the ground while shouting, “You can be something better!” What can be better than what God intended? We are to submit to our husbands and take care of our children. Feminism distorts the act of submission. Submission is not giving in to man’s every whim as some would have you believe. Submission is respect for a husband. I state my opinion to my husband all the time on family matters. Sometimes he takes my thoughts to heart, sometimes he doesn’t. He makes the final decision that he thinks is best for us as a family. A man cannot feel like a man when he is not respected. Men go looking for what they need elsewhere. It isn’t sex they are looking for, but love and respect.

One day a friend told me, “When we are all standing before the judgment seat of God, the man is the one who will have to answer for all that happened in the family. I don’t want to be in the man’s shoes for anything!”

God intended women to be the helpmeet of the husband. We are to take care of our families in a way that only a woman can. To many, taking care of the children, cooking food and cleaning the house sounds like a prison sentence, but it’s not when you look at it through God’s eyes.

Another thing I learned is that submission is not giving up control. When there is a problem, I have to pray and leave it in God’s hands, not bully my husband around until he does what I want. God can take care of things so much better than I can.

I know one man that believes the woman shouldn’t have to obey her husband. They are miserable in their marriage. The little things he says that are meant to be funny are his true feelings and they’re hurtful. Anyone that knows him can see it in his eyes.

Feminism, as the world describes it, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Women that once struggled to get out of the house to work in corporate fields are now struggling to get back home. If women played the role God gave them, I believe that there wouldn’t be as many teenage pregnancies and there wouldn’t be so many kids in Juvenile Hall. Women need to get back where God put them and that is making nurturing the family a priority, not listening when society tells them they can be so much more than a wife and mother. There is no greater calling.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Song of the Week - "Somewhere in the World"

My husband came home from work late one night. While he was in the shower I warmed up his dinner, got a TV tray ready so he could relax and eat at the same time, fixed him a drink, and placed his fork and napkin on the tray. When he came out of the bathroom, I gave him all that information.

My son was sitting there watching and listening, then said to me, “That’s what I expect from you from now on.” Of course this was said with a grin on his face.

I looked to him and said, “You can expect it from your wife.”

With another smirk he added, “It is your job.”

This time my look was a little more like a glare.

“Of course with that attitude I won’t get a wife, will I?”

This entire conversation was in jest, just in case you don’t know my son, but he made me realize that as he gets older, he needs to seriously realize the roles of husband or wife and what to expect and what not to expect. He also needs to realize that sometimes expectations are not met.

That brings me to this week’s song. This is a precious song to me as it was sung at my parents’ church the day she was born. My mom sat there blubbering as she listened to the lady who sang it. There have been a rash of babies being born or about to be born in my circle of friends. As a parent who is now on the other side of this song, my advice to new parents, is to start praying now. It is never too early to pray for the one your child will spend the rest of his or her life with.

Listen and pray for your child and for that child somewhere out there.

My mom holding her first grandchild, my little B,
the only grandchild she would ever hold.
My little B, all grown up! *sigh*
And the "little boy" I've prayed for
since the day my daughter was born.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Clean Indie Reads March Madness Blog Hop

About two years ago a friends asked me about teaching a writing class at her homeschool co-op I immediately got excited about it for several reasons. I already homeschooled my own kids so I was used to teaching. None of them had caught the writing bug. I love mentoring others in their writing endeavors. This was my opportunity to give back.

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was 9 years old. I was fortunate enough to have people, mainly my mother, who were there for me all along, giving me opportunities that most young wanna-be writers don’t have.

I entered a poetry contest sponsored by a “nationally acclaimed” publication. I received an honorable mention. Yes, I know now that it was a scam to get money from me, which they didn’t, but it was a huge boost to a young writer’s ego.

Then there were the Arts Festivals at school. I entered the poetry competition there, winning second place one year and third the next.  I was thrilled! Although the judging was blind, I later found out the judge was my mom’s best friend, a professor at Syracuse University. She didn’t know to whom she was writing when she added some very sweet comments to my entry. That same lady gave me a dictionary as a graduation gift when she learned I was going to college to be a writer.

Those poetry awards and that dictionary are treasures I still have today. Because of special people in my life, who in some way mentored me and helped me begin my writing career, that is why I want to so the same.

Think about being a mentor to some young person who wants to follow in your chosen career. I promise, you will be blessed.

Now, on to business. March 16-20 is the Clean Indie Reads March Madness Blog Hop. Follow the links to find some great (and clean) books at discounted rates. You can also fill in the form below to be entered into the giveaway. You can also follow the link to find some other great blogs participating in the Blog Hop.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Song of the Week - Thrive

Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Stuck in a job. Stuck in your ministry. Stuck. Stuck. Stuck. The bad news is we’ve ALL been there. The good news is it’s only for a time.

I can’t help but think about the Israelites when they were held in captivity. Now they were stuck! However, God told them to not stop living, even with life as it was. They were to continue worshiping. They were to continue to have families. They were to continue to thrive.

That’s our song of the week. No matter where you are in life, no matter how bad things may look from your perspective, you can still Thrive!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Song of the Week - "Forgiveness"

Forgiveness is something people crave. I don’t know about you, but if I’ve hurt someone, it eats away at me until I go and ask forgiveness. I guess I can’t stand for people to be upset with me. You see, I don’t always think before I speak. It’s been a lifelong struggle, although I’m learning…very, very slowly. I think that’s why I enjoy writing so much. I can always go back and scribble things out that I wrote that shouldn’t be written. Unfortunately, I can’t do that with words that come out of my mouth.
What about those people that repeatedly hurt you? In Matthew 18:22 the Bible tells us to forgive people more than we may care to.

A lack of forgiveness in this world is one of the reasons I wrote Come Eat at My Table. People need to take the initiative and ask for forgiveness if they have done the hurting. On the other side, people who have been hurt, need to forgive, even if the one who did the hurting didn’t apologize. Holding in that anger hurts you more than it does them. This doesn’t mean you have to trust them with your life or anything , you do have to be sensible when dealing with people like that.

Just don’t become a bitter, old person, harboring ill feelings until it shows on your face. I’m sure you know that type of people I’m talking about.

My song for the week talks about forgiveness. Give it a listen and prayerfully consider if you need to forgive or ask someone’s forgiveness.

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