Sunday, September 26, 2021

Not Me, Lord by B J Bassett #Devotional

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12 NIV

 

Who? Me, Lord? No way.

Moses lacked confidence, not unlike many of us. There’s no way I can get up in front of people and speak, Lord. There’s no way I can write a book. I got a “C” in English. And I can’t spell. How could I ever write a book? I’m not good enough. Someone else is better qualified than I am.

Yet, God knows what He is doing. He works through us. We are His vessels. Some of us are squatty pots, and others are elegant vases.

Are we low on confidence? That’s the kind of servant God is looking for. So let’s pull up our big-girl panties, let God mold us into His vessel, fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit, and use us. He said to Moses, “I will be with you.” He is also with us.

Lord, it’s terrifying to do the things I don’t feel qualified to do. Help me be Your vessel. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and use me for Your glory, I pray. Amen.




 


B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.

 

As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.

 

Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).

 

She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.

 

Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).

 

She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.

 

 


 

  

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Shielding the Amish Witness (Love Inspired Suspense)


Shielding the Amish Witness (Love Inspired Suspense) 

April 13, 2021

by Mary Alford  (Author)



 Seeking refuge in Amish country

puts everyone she loves in danger.

On the run after discovering her brother-in-law was behind her husband’s murder, Faith Cooper can think of only one safe place—her Amish grandmother’s home. But when danger follows Faith to the quiet Amish community, her childhood friend Eli Shetler is her only protection. And their survival depends on outlasting a relentless killer…one who has nothing left to lose.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Mary Alford

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.



My thoughts: Mary Alford iis a top Amish romantic suspense author, this is 
formula romantic suspense which has non-stop action but is kind of predictable 
because you know what will happen. It does keep the pages turning though as 
you wonder who done it and why. I  liked  the main characters and if you like 
romantic suspense  Amish fiction  you will likely enjoy this book. I was given a 
copy free and all opinions are my own






Thursday, September 23, 2021

Held for Ransom (Love Inspired Suspense)


Held for Ransom 

(Love Inspired Suspense) 

June 29, 2021






 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Love Is: An Illustrated Exploration of God’s Greatest Gift (Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)


Love Is: An Illustrated Exploration of God’s Greatest Gift 

(Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) 

August 17, 2021




“Love is patient, love is kind.” These familiar words from the Bible begin one of its most beloved and recognized passages. Love Is brings the text of 1 Corinthians 13 to life through an illustrative exploration of God’s greatest gift to us.

Critically acclaimed artist Paola Escobar delivers beautiful, nature-filled illustrations , reminding us that love is a constant positive force in the lives of those touched by it–from beginning to end, through good times and tough times.

This beautiful, jacketed hardcover:

  • Will appeal to parents and grandparents of children ages 4-8
  • Draws directly from the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible
  • Features stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Paola Escobar
  • Is perfect for gift-giving for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and birthdays
  • Is especially giftable for anniversaries, engagements or weddings

Love Is shares imaginative, thought-provoking depictions of the concepts found in 1 Corinthians 13, presenting opportunities for thoughtful conversations about love, selflessness, service, humility, honor, self control, trust, hope and perseverance. Read this picture book aloud to someone you love ... over and over again.


My thoughts: love is is a picture story book based on 1 Corinthians 13 otherwise known as the love chapter. I loved how they highlighted each love is and made it simple for even small children to understand. Not only that but the artwork will keep them engaged they say identify all the different animals scattered throughout the pages of the book. A great learning tool for preschoolers. I recommend this book for Christian preschools, daycares, children's libraries, and your own personal library. I love this book. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.





 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Baking Cookbook Spiral-bound



Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Baking Cookbook 

Spiral-bound – 

August 31, 2021








 

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Berenstain Bears Bears On Time: Solving the Lateness Problem! (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)


The Berenstain Bears 

Bears On Time: Solving the Lateness Problem! 

(Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story) 

July 13, 2021

by Mike Berenstain  (Author) 

Encourages children that doing your best to keep your word and be on time is not only the polite thing to do, it’s also the right thing to do in this inspiring story from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection.

The Bear family is a busy family. They have lots to do like getting to school and soccer practice and music lessons and the grocery store. They have to go to the doctor, the dentist, the vet, the barber, and even the beauty parlor every now and then.

The trouble is, everyone is always running late.

The family gathers around the Storybook Bible and learns a powerful lesson from Jonah, giving them a renewed purpose and focus. Inspired by the good advice from the Bible, Papa Bear comes up with a lateness plan ... but will the rest of the Bear family stick with it?

The Berenstain Bears Bears on Time:

  • Is an inspiring book from the bestselling The Berenstain Bears brand
  • Gently encourages children 4-8 to think about their own manners and etiquette
  • Is a welcome addition to the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights series with over 10 million copies sold since 2008



My thoughts: The berenstain bears have over committed themselves and find themselves too busy.. they are running here and running there and late everywhere. Like many of us in the real world they didn't know what to do or how to solve the problem. They ended up with a solution that works for them and and might work for your family, this is technically a children's book but it is geared toward parents who need help with over commitment.  I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.







Sunday, September 19, 2021

The brass serpent and God’s Unfailing Mercy By Kristin Hilton


 

 

 

 

Numbers 21:5 -9

And people spake against God, and against Moses,  Wherefore have ye brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, Neither is there any water; And our soul  loatheth this light bread.

And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; And much people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses,  and said, we have sinned, or we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; Pray unto the Lord, 30 take away the servants from us. and Moses prayed for the people.

 and the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery servant,And set it upon a pole: And it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

And Moses made a servant of brass, And put it upon a pole, and it came to pass,That if a servant had bitten any man, when he beheld the servant of brass, he  lived. 

The people were complaining, AKA whining to God and to Moses, oh woe it's me, You brought us out here to die, we would be better off as slaves, we are thirsty, we are hungry Well nice to meet you Hangry, Need I remind you who I am, I am God, rescuing you from bondage, don't you remember how I brought you across the parted sea on dry land, you are making me mad. And He scent fiery servants among them and many of Israel died, They knew God was punishing them for being so ungrateful, they came to Moses, saying we have sinned, we spoke against the LORD and against thee, Yes, yes you did you spoiled wine if you don't get your way Israelites, When will you ever born that I am the Lord your father, I know what is best for you my child, just trust and believe in me. the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, And set it upon a pole; And it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, When he looketh upon it shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, And it came to pass, that is a servant had bitten any man, when he beheld the servant of brass, he lived. Numbers 21:5, they were complaining, then they were getting bitten, and to look up to the serpent of brass, Let me say that again,(” They look up to the serpent of brass and lived” ) Does that not remind you of something else  like the  cross? Looking up to Jesus on the cross, and believing on him, look and live, what did Jesus now and live, you don't have to be a slave anymore, all the sin, all the wrong you're ever done, nailed to the cross, paid in full, it's not by works you are saved the Israelites did not have to work for the antidote, look up and live. Salvation is that easy you don't have to work to keep it, or do a little forgive me Father for I have sinned to another sinner in a closet behind a curtain. You don't even have to fall to your knees, just look up. 

Lord, I'm a sinner I am unworthy to be in your presence, Lord I know you died for my sins, that  I may be free, I accept you as my Lord and Savior and father, thank you for saving me.




Not Me, Lord by B J Bassett #Devotional

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” E...