Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Source of Confidence by Heidi Dru Kortman

Text: Philippians 3:3ff.
“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—”

When we read Philippians 3:3, we have to smile—having no confidence in the flesh is a description any of us could have written. Sometimes we envy the athletic, graceful people and the speed with which they complete daily tasks. Our clumsy bodies grudgingly perform the movements we demand.
Although the rest of the world is confident in physical skills, we are compelled to seek other, inner reasons to face life confidently. Where do we find them, and what could they be? The apostle Paul knew the answers to these questions. Look at verses seven to eleven—the source is Christ. What does he give us?

First, we receive righteousness, which is a close relationship to God made obvious to the world by the qualities in our character. Righteousness rebuilds our attitudes and lives to make them useful to God. 
Then we get to know Jesus our Savior as a real person. We get glimpses in our lives of his experiences, and our personal witness to his power becomes more effective. Finally, we will receive resurrection and eternal life in an unhindered body.

Receiving these gifts and using them is a step-by-step process that takes our entire lifetime. See verses twelve to fourteen. The difficult part is in verse thirteen: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead….”

It is so easy to look back and recount the times we were humiliated. Even now, more than fifty years after the fact, I could easily tell stories about embarrassing moments in my childhood. But dwelling on these things warps my character away from the glimpses I have had of God’s ideal for me.

It is also very easy to sit back and wait for the promises of the future to be delivered in nicely wrapped packages. Growth doesn’t happen that way. Progress is gradual and much slower than we wish. Our daily task is to make our growing maturity evident to the world.

We remember this: “Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20-21)

.Heidi Dru Kortman DTM
God's gifts and call are irrevocable.




Heidi Dru Kortman, a CWG Apprentice graduate, ACFW member since 2004, and Word Weaver member has published devotionals in various newsletters, and a collected volume of devotionals. Her poetry, flash fiction, and short stories have appeared in small magazines, and a website. She is applying herself to the task of writing smoothly polished fiction.








Saturday, August 24, 2019

A Glitter of Gold



A Glitter of Gold 

(Georgia Coast Romance #2) 

Paperback – hardcover, ebook, audiobook

August 6, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Secrets of Willow Springs

Secrets of Willow Springs: Book 1 

(Amish of Lawrence County) 

Paperback – ebook

January 2, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Meghan's Choice and #giveaway!!!




 About the Book

Book: Meghan’s Choice
Author: Donna L. H. Smith
Genre: Christian Historical Western Romance
Release Date: November, 2017

Meghan Gallagher complies with her father’s demand that she work on her own for a year by choosing to tutor eight children in a wild Kansas railroad town. But she had no idea just how wild it was until she was rescued by a local dance hall the day she arrived, and soon after hit by a stray bullet. In short order, she meets a dark, handsome cowboy and a wholesome, attractive doctor who both vie for her heart. As things heat up around town, Meghan’s love life catches fire as well. Is she scandalous to allow both men to court her at the same time? And—how close a relationship with God does Meghan want? Will she draw near?
Meghan’s Choice (pre-published) was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Operation First Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins and an honorable mention for the Golden leaf Award in 2015. Since publication, Meghan’s Choice was a Selah Award finalist and also in the Will Rogers Medallion Award.
Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. Visit us at www.hartlineliterary.com.
 My thoughts (reviewed by Marilyn Ridgway):  
An unusual ultimatum from her father resulted in Meghan Gallagher pursing her desire to teach children. She accepted the first job offer and traveled to developing New Boston, Kansas at the request of the executives for the Santa Fe railroad. She was not prepared for all she encountered but she liked the idea of two men wanting to court her after being dumped by Captain Calvin in St. Louis, MO. The two men seemed opposite in ways, but Meghan enjoyed their friendship. She had a lot to learn about surviving without having the luxuries of home and her father’s wealth, along with being exposed to people of ill repute. There were several tense moments that resulted in pages being turned quickly to see what was going to happen with each occurrence and if an individual was going to survive a beating, a gunshot, a tornado, and more. Donna L. H. Smith had a solid Christian message in this book despite all the sin found in Boston as it grew from the railroad coming. There are elements of drama, history, romance and discovering what is the most important aspect of life with God, too. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit Bloggers for the book tour. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my own opinion.



Click here to grab your copy.

About the Author

Donna L.H. Smith is a Kansas prairie girl transplanted to Lancaster County, PA. She is a graduate of Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman program and holds two college degrees, both B.S. and M.A. in Mass Communication. She’s been married to a wonderful man named Kirby for thirty years. Her debut novel, Meghan’s Choice, made the finals of both the Selah and Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Rose’s Redemption, the sequel, was just released. She blogs, speaks at workshops and retreats and although she is at an age where many begin slowing down, she wouldn’t think of it. Recently, she took on the role of Managing Editor of Almost an Author.com, and serves as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Mid-Atlantic Zone Director. She is also a member of AWSA’s Protégé program (Advanced Writers & Speaker’s Association).

More from Donna

Back in 2012, I wrote “Zorro” stories for Fan Fiction. I had an awful lot of fun with them, and people seemed to really like them. So, the thought came, what could I write for ‘real?’ I contemplated, prayed, and after a couple weeks or so, an idea came floating across my brain.
“Gunfight at Hyde Park.” Huh? I thought about it, and realized it was an obscure history lesson from my hometown in Kansas. I had Google it to get the details. I thought, well, I’m not gonna write a Christian romance novel just about a series of gunfights that killed and wounded more people than the OK Corral.
But I did think that the beginning of the gunfights could be the climax of the story.
Now, who should my heroine be? And the hero?
I started with that and took Christian Writer’s Guild’s Craftsman and the novel was completed in 2013—but only published in late 2017.
I’m proud of Meghan’s Choice. Pre-published it made the semi-finals of the last Operation 1st Novel that CWG held and placed in a couple of smaller contests. Last year, it made the finals of the prestigious Selah Awards for published books through the BRMCWC, and the finals of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.
My hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Blog Stops

Moments, August 14
Godly Book Reviews, August 15
Emily Yager, August 16
Vicky Sluiter, August 18
mpbooks, August 20
Pause for Tales, August 21
Older & Smarter?, August 22
Texas Book-aholic, August 23
A Reader’s Brain, August 24
janicesbookreviews, August 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize of a copy of her book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

One Big Heart / The One & Only Wolfgang


One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike than Different

Hardcover – ebook

August 6, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith

Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith

Paperback – ebook, audio, audio CD

 August 6, 2019

The Source of Confidence by Heidi Dru Kortman

Text: Philippians 3:3ff. “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who...