Monday, February 19, 2024

Embers in the London Sky: (WWII Historical Fiction with Mystery, Suspense, and Clean Romance)

 


Embers in the London Sky: 

(WWII Historical Fiction with Mystery, Suspense, and Clean Romance) 

 February 6, 2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Love is More Than Chocolates by Becky Van Vleet #devotional

 

Love is More Than Chocolates

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12 (NKJV)

Charles Morgan, who played a leading role in the development of transportation in the nineteenth century, once said, “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.”

As Christians, we believe that love is a central driving force in our spiritual lives, the basis for all being. We understand love to be more than chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

The ability to love comes from God. In fact, we read God is love in 1 John 4:16. God loves us not for who we are or what we’ve done, but for who He is. I don’t think we will ever be surprised that God loves us. But I like the word picture that God’s finger is on my shoulder.

Years ago, my father led the congregation to sing the inspiring hymnal, “God is Love” at my childhood church. The third refrain goes like this:

How happy is our portion here,
God is love!
His promises our spirits cheer,
God is love!
He is our sun and shield by day,
Our help, our hope, our strength and stay;
He will be with us all the way;
God is love!

God started a love group—His church. He modeled love when He sent His only Son to Calvary. And with this, He gave us a command to love our brothers and sisters.  How can you demonstrate love to someone else this week?

Becky Van Vleet

 


Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and award-winning multi-genre author. She has been published in Guideposts, The Country Register, and Christian Devotions Ministry. Her children’s picture books are the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Editing award as well as the Purple Dragonfly award in 2020 and 2021. She and her husband make their home close to Colorado Springs where she enjoys gardening, hiking, oil painting, power walking, and spending time with her family, especially reading books to her grandchildren.

Becky is the author of Unintended Hero, a true story about her father’s battles, experiences, and adventures in WWII aboard the USS Denver. She is passionate about sharing the values from the Greatest Generation and enjoys speaking to high school classes about patriotism.

A member of ACFW and Allauthor, Becky has devoted her website to creating and preserving family memories and sharing family stories for the next generations through her monthly blogs. 

You can find her at: https://beckyvanvleet.com. She would love to hear from you, especially if you have a family story to share!





 

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Christmas Bargain (Hardman Holidays)


The Christmas Bargain (Hardman Holidays) 

November 14, 2012

Monday, February 12, 2024

Shattered Whispers (Lantern Beach Exposure) #cozymystery

 


Shattered Whispers 

(Lantern Beach Exposure) 

 April 20, 2023

Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Love Scale by Sharon Musgrove #devotional

 

The Love Scale

By Sharon Musgrove

 

 

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

 

 Accepting Jesus as Lord of our life is the beginning of living as children of Love.  His forgiveness wipes clean our slate of sins, giving us the opportunity to turn from habitual bad behavior to learning what it means to be love.  Like a baby learning to walk, new habits are hard to create, and we fall down time and again.  How do we know if progress is being made toward living this new life when we keep messing up?  Perhaps we could use a tool of measurement - a Love Scale.

 

A mentor introduced me to a Christ-based relapse prevention curriculum, years ago when I was volunteering in a residential recovery program for women.  This “Genesis Process” walked its students through identifying why they were addicted to substances or self-harming actions and what it would take to walk away, free from that lifestyle.  It was possible but it required intentional daily work.

 

Lives were changed through that process and hearts were healed.  Every person who put effort into learning about God, and their relationship to Him, was blessed by improvement in their problems.  As 2 Corinthians 5: 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (ESV).  Women entered the program hard and angry and graduated rejoicing with hope.

 

One of the tools of the curriculum was a list of relapse warning signs.  It was a scale used to identify current thoughts and feelings that would escalate toward degeneration of recovery, if not caught and corrected.  This tool was invaluable.

 

Harmful behavior is not limited to the addict.  No one lives perfectly as “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 ESV).  I struggle with my behaviors despite church attendance, daily Bible study and volunteering in Christian organizations.  As much as anyone, I need tools to help me stay on track.  I doubted the average person would be comfortable, as I was, using instruments of recovery.  So, I prayed, asking for a revelation that would be received by people not in treatment.

 

A Love Scale was the answer to my prayer.  Specifically, a scripture that describes the characteristics of love.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a well-known passage that lists the aspects of living like Christ.  I can run my daily concerns through this passage and know immediately where I am stumbling.

 

Love is patient....Am I patient with my kids?

 

Love is kind....Oh dear, I snapped at my mother!

 

Love does not envy....Yesterday I was yearning for a life like Amy’s.

 

And so on through the list of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

 

Used this way, this passage becomes a Love Scale, weighing the purity of heart and the progress of walking with Christ.  Any heavy burden can be measured by this tool to see where love is lacking, where the holes in trust and faith lie.  You must be willing, however, to hear the corrective comments of God the Father on your behavior. 

 

The simplicity of belief in Jesus is that the treatment for slipping into old patterns is surrender, not trying harder.  Unlike the game of Chutes and Ladders, where you slide to the bottom and start back at the beginning, a repentant heart puts you right back where you left off...at Jesus’ side.  We fall and He offers a hand to lift us right back to our feet.

 

This Love Scale keeps me in check time after time.  It’s posted on my wall, in a place where I tend to retreat when I’m hurting.  I pray for clarity, put my burdens on the scale and look for the answer.

 

Where, in your walk with Christ, do you keep tripping up?  What situations trigger you?  How do you respond?  Friend, I encourage you to keep the Love Scale handy.  Used with humility, this scripture will guide you in new habits, helping you discover where you are still weak.  Jesus is right beside you, encouraging with His words and assisting you as you grow stronger in His way.


Author Bio:

 


Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.    

 

She has had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.

 

Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young women.

 

Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.

 

Sharon and her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children. 

 

Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry. 

 

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Connect with Sharon:

Website: Sharonmusgrove.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sharon-Musgrove-Untethered-102208978041060

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharonmusgrove_untethered/

 

 





Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Happily Ever After on Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) #Amish

 


Happily Ever After on Huckleberry Hill 

(The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) 

October 24, 2023

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Running on Empty by BJ Bassett #devotional

 Running on Empty

He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” Luke 10:27 MSG

We live in a stressful world. For some, it is even more stressful during this time of year. Yet, busyness is a choice because many have never learned to say no.

During my husband’s struggle with Parkinson’s, I was his caregiver. At the end of his battle, I was drained and overwhelmed. After he walked into the arms of Jesus, it was time for some self-care for me. That’s the place I’m at now—caring for myself. Once I’m filled up, like a car that needs gas to run, I’ll be able to care for others again.

How can we love our neighbor when we are running on empty?

Is it time for some self-care? It isn’t selfish; instead, it’s a gift to others. When we are well cared for, we can better care for others.

Lord, I love You with all my passion, prayer, muscle, and intelligence. Help me love and care for myself and others. Amen.

        


              
Reprinted from

The King’s Daughters

BJ Bassett



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.

 

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








Embers in the London Sky: (WWII Historical Fiction with Mystery, Suspense, and Clean Romance)

  Embers in the London Sky:  (WWII Historical Fiction with Mystery, Suspense, and Clean Romance)   February 6, 2024 by  Sarah Sundin   (Auth...