Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Every once in a while, I get to revert to my kidhood and read a mystery like I used to love back in the olden days--ones on a par with The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. This one (part of The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and His Friends) was every bit as good. If you have kids or grandkids (nieces, nephews, young friends--you get the picture!), you should get this for them. It's exciting, uplifting, and mysterious! Recommended for about age 10 and up.
Kurt Benson's family gets bad news in this book. Kurt's grandfather has passed away quite suddenly. They drive all night to get to Grandma and Grandpa's farm. Of course, Kurt has to take the brand new model airplane he got from his dad. It hasn't even been flown yet.
More bad news--it seems Grandpa died because some person or persons scared him, and his weak heart couldn't take it. And somehow, that old grandfather clock in the hallway held a clue. Kurt and his cousin Josh just have to find out before that scary looking guy takes over the farm.
Available from Amazon.
I received this book free from the author in return for an honest review.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 11-12, NKJV.
This time of year here in Northern California, a lot of things are blooming. Sometimes they seem to me like a shout of praise to their Maker, but usually it's the quiet statement of a loving gift. A whisper of beauty and joy.
God seldom shouts when He wants to tell us something. It's usually that whisper in our hearts with a quiet message.
"Tell them about Me."
Have you heard Him? If not, have you been listening? Ask, and you will receive His words.
Lord, give me a listening heart. I want to hear all You say. Thank You. For the love of Jesus, Amen.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16, NKJV.
Why is it necessary to pray? God already knows our every thought and action, right?
When my kids were small (and really, even since they grew up!) they would go for hours talking to each other, playing, etc. They didn't think it was necessary to talk to Mom unless they were hungry, thirsty, or in pain.
That's sometimes how we treat God, too. I wonder sometimes if He feels lonely for His children, wanting them to stop a minute and talk to Him even when they didn't need a thing--just wanted to talk.
The verse above suggests that when we pray for others, we also benefit. We pray for others to be healed, to be forgiven, to find God for themselves, to travel in safety, etc.--and it comes right back to us. Neat. Or as the younger set would say, "for reals."
What goes around, comes around. Do for others what you would have them do for you. Hear no evil, speak no evil. Love even those who hate you. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Lord, please poke us on occasion and remind us You'd love to talk to us now and then. For Jesus's sake, amen.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This Christian Western Romance is set in Colorado, and it's the second in the Peaches and Dreams series.
The rancher in question is John Parks, and we meet him trying to lead an unruly but beautiful black stallion into a stall in John's barn. The stallion had belonged to John's deceased abusive uncle and had been subject to repeated beatings from the man. Now that the animal was here, John intended to gentle him and use him for a standing stud. He no sooner gets the horse settled when he hears a woman moaning.
Sure enough, a woman in the hayloft is about to give birth. John and his hired man, Abe, take her into the house where Polly (Abe's wife and the ranch cook) sees to the new baby boy's delivery. It turns out Bellea was compromised by a wealthy family's son, and the family sets out to get the baby, but they don't much care about Bellea.
John has his sights set on a young widowed lady lawyer, Victoria, but another pretty girl, Edwina, also has her sights set on John.
The novel is fast-paced, and the story is interesting. You might like it! Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Monday, March 20, 2017
My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me. Job 19:14, NKJV.
There are times when it seems like you're totally alone, and no one is there when you really need them. Why?
There are probably dozens of good reasons (they were offended by something you did or said, they don't know how to help, they don't know what to say, they're not home, they didn't know you needed them, etc.), but sometimes it seems that they've just forgotten you exist. People are fallible.
Job had to have felt that way too. The friends who came to console him instead berated him for failing to see his own failures. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. What he needed was a consoling hug; what he got was criticism and abandonment.
There's one Friend who will never desert you. Jesus will always, always, always be there--even if you deserted Him! Trust Him with your every hurt and need; He won't turn away.
Dear Lord, help me remember You when I'm lonely, scared, or hurting. I lean on You, precious Lord. Please be my crutch, because without You I'm lame, weak, and totally alone. In Jesus's precious name, amen.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:27-28, NKJV.
The Lord established a contract (covenant) between his people (the Hebrews) and himself centuries before Jesus arrived on the scene. The sinless God wanted His people to realize the gravity of doing wrong, and He required sacrifices of animals to atone (make up for) anything they did wrong. And no matter how hard a person tried, sins happened. Nobody managed to be perfect. The animals selected for sacrifice had to be perfect--no blemishes, broken horns, scratches, etc. They had to be the best of the flock or herd.
(Before you clap your hand over your mouth at the barbarism, keep in mind this was the same meat the owner would have for dinner--it wasn't entirely burnt up on the altar. The fat, some innards, and the blood were the sacrifice. Although a little of the meat became the priest's dinner, too.)
You can imagine what a busy time the Day of Atonement (one of the Hebrew holy days) was for priests.
Then along comes Jesus, who sheds His own perfect blood as the perfect forever sacrifice, ending the need for any further animal sacrifices at the temple. Mind-blowing for all the priests as well as the ones who followed Jesus.
Next time you have communion at church, remember His death until He comes back. Give Him thanks for the sacrifice He's done for you.
Jesus, You are perfect. Always have been, always will be. I appreciate more than I can say the love You showed to the world. May we forever remember! Amen.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A lot of romances, even Christian romances, can get monotonous and/or sappy, right? Well, this one can't be classified as either boring or gooey. No way.
Jolene Murdock is a young woman who is upward bound. She's engaged to political hopeful Robert Ashworth, soon-to-be New York State senator, and she's under the watchful and instructive eye of Robert's mother, the woman who had become her substitute mother.
The problem is that now her father--who hasn't spoken to her since she left to work for Robert's father's law firm in Albany three years previous--is dying of cancer. Before long, she'd be an orphan, since her own mother died when she was a child. Robert's mother and Robert are unhappy that she's chosen to go home to Brookside to see her father, but she must.
What if he still wouldn't speak to Jolene? What if Dwight Etting tried to reestablish that romantic link they'd had in highschool? Worse, what if Dwight found out about...but no, that was a safely buried secret. Only she and Robert's mother know this hidden shame in her past.
Linda Wood Rondeau is a wonderful author, and I know you're going to want this one. Available from Amazon.
I received a copy of this book free from the author in return for an honest review.