· Book 1 - Cold Terror
· Book 2 - Cold Truth
· Book 3 - Cold Fury
· Book 4 - Cold Case
· Book 5 - Cold Fear
· Book 6 - Cold Pursuit
· Book 7 - Cold Dawn
“Rejoice in the Lord always… Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4, 6-7
What a powerful promise! The peace of God guards my heart and mind. Is there a better reason to give thanks this year?
Years ago, when my husband and I started out as newlyweds, we pinched pennies and barely scraped by from paycheck to paycheck. We had a little black-and-white TV that picked up random channels through its rabbit ear antenna. Meals were often scant and gas for the car a luxury.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
Despite the fact that thirty-eight years of hard work and God’s blessings lifted us from that economic situation, I never forget the tough times. Like Paul, I’ve learned the secret of being content despite my circumstances. It is a contentment born from dwelling in thanksgiving with my heavenly Father.
This year, as I review my reasons to be thankful, they may be similar to yours—family, shelter, food, employment, good health, and ministry. My list hasn’t always included all these things, nor am I guaranteed it will be the same next year. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that!
But do you know what I’m most thankful for?
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31b-32, 35-39
I’m most thankful that—no matter what challenges I face—nothing can separate me from the love of my Lord and Savior!
So does Misty find love again? You’ll have to read Hope’s Gentle Touch to find out if she gets her happily-ever-after!
Humor and fun, colorful secondary characters, and a few surprises along the way provide the backdrop for this Inspirational Romance set in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. Hope’s Gentle Touch is available on Amazon by clicking here.
Praise for Hope’s Gentle Touch:
handles the tender topic of abuse with grace and just enough tension to remind
the reader that our happily ever afters are often hard won. She writes with the
kind of authenticity and wisdom that transforms a sweet romance into a
meaningful tale that will give readers something to think about long after
turning the last page.
- Sarah Loudin Thomas, Christy-nominated author of Miracle in a Dry Season
heartwarming novel with characters you can't quit rooting for. This book is
perfect for fans of small-town inspirational romance.
- Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled
Back cover copy:
After her abusive husband’s death, Misty Stephens returns to her job as a nurse and volunteer at a women’s shelter. She intends to put her life back together and has no intention of ever being vulnerable to a man again. But when an abuse victim dies in her care, Misty finds herself consoling the girl’s brother ... and fighting attraction.
Adam Jenkins sees Misty’s heart for the oppressed and implores her to help build Hope House, a women’s shelter, in honor of his sister. Though grieving, Adam is drawn to Misty. But he approaches romance the way he does ranching—quick and decisive—an almost disastrous mistake. While dealing with family fallout and troubles at work, this new project and Misty become a light shining into Adam’s grief.
A common purpose binds them together, and Misty’s heart starts to open to Adam. But she finds it much harder to lower her defenses than she imagined. Can any man be fully trusted—especially a powerful, wealthy rancher? When the past rears its ugly head and her reality starts to crumble, Misty's trust in God and hope for a bright future are put to the test. Will hope’s gentle touch finally bring the love Misty’s heart needs to heal?
To connect with Laura and learn more about her other books:
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here’s the link for Hope’s Gentle Touch https://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Gentle-Touch-Laura-Hodges-ebook/dp/B08G9H1MCD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=hope+gentle+touch&qid=1601065464&sr=8-1
A few weeks ago, I realized my pantry had gotten out of control over the summer. When fall started, I had to rummage through all my deep, previously micro-organized shelves if I needed a can of green beans or a bottle of ranch dressing.
It was time to clean the pantry.
While pulling out the contents of a high shelf, I found a mason jar filled with slips of paper. I immediately recognized it as a years-old thankfulness jar.
I climbed off the ladder and left the mess of a partially cleaned pantry, suddenly needing to read all those little pieces of paper and recall the Lord’s goodness to us.
Among the remembrances, I read:
First day in two weeks that my husband was headache free.
A deep gash in his hand had healed.
The cellulitis in my foot was better.
An old classmate visited our church for the first time.
We made our last car payment.
But the best testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness was a November word from God regarding the small, struggling church my husband pastors: “Hold out until Eastertime, and things will turn around.”
And they did.
In some ways, I think the Thanksgiving season is even better than Christmas, because we remember to thank our Lord God for His blessings and the mercy He has shown us during the year. He loves to receive our thanks, as we read in dozens of Bible verses. Here are a few:
1 Thessalonians 5:18: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ephesians 5:19–21: And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Psalm 140:13: Surely the righteous
shall give thanks to Your name;
The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
Psalm 118:1: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Colossians 4:2: Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
Do you keep a thankfulness jar? In the past, I started a new one on my birthday. Then when my next birthday rolls around, I spend time that day reading the wonderful things Jesus did for us the past year, and then I start another one.
This year, I plan to begin a new jar on Thanksgiving instead of waiting until my March birthday. Will you join me in celebrating God’s goodness and mercy by starting a thankfulness jar on November twenty-sixth?
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