Today’s Poem

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So I issued a poetry challenge for myself–and anyone else that wants to play a few days ago. I admit I’ve missed a day or so. I couldn’t come up with any ideas so I turned to my favorite book–The Bible. Today’s poem is inspired by Psalm 16: 8

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN

Oh, Lord.

I will not be shaken.

I will not be shaken.

I will not be shaken.

Oh, Lord.

I will not be shaken because you are with me, with me, with me.

You are with me in the dark, Oh, Lord.

You are with me in the pain, Oh, Lord.

You are with me in the storms, Oh, Lord.

I will not be shaken.

I will not be shaken.

I will not be shaken.

Because you are with me, Oh, Lord.

YOUR TURN: I’d love for some of you to share a poem with us.

God Bless & Good Reading!

Poetry Challenge?

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Are you up for a poetry challenge? Writing poetry is a good way to stretch those creative muscles–no matter what genre you write in. So, I’ve decided to write a poem every day for the next thirty days. I’m probably not going to share every poem with you, but here’s day one’s poem.

LOOK AROUND, MY CHILD.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Lord.

Thank you, my child.

What would you have me do, Lord?

Look around, my child.

Yes, Lord. I see the beauty of your creation.

Look around once more, my child.

Don’t you see?

Don’t you see the hungry child?

Don’t you see the angry teen?

Don’t you see the lonely, the sick, and the hurting?

Don’t you see your neighbor in need?

Yes, Lord. But what can I do?

Love them as I love you.

Yes, Lord.

There’s my first attempt. I’d love for some of you to share your poetry with me. It doesn’t have to be serious or spiritual. It can be fun or downright silly. So…what have you got for me?

The Paris Betrayal–Book Review

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The Paris Betrayal

THE PARIS BETRAYAL by James R. Hannibal is one of the best books I’ve read in years! I loved it. But then again, I love spy novels. This is not a sweet and gentle read. If that’s what you enjoy, this isn’t the book for you. But if you like mystery and lots of action, you’ll love this book. There’s twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end.

My one complaint is that it doesn’t have a strong spiritual component to the story. But being able to read a good spy novel without having to skip every other word because they’re objectionable is a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.

It’s that time again!!

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It’s that time again. I have a new book releasing today! Suffer The Little Children is the third and final (probably) installment in the Puzzle House Series.

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Just as a refresher, Puzzle House is the book I lovingly refer to as the book I never wanted to write. It features a character with the same brain tumors as a result of Neurofibromatosis Type 2 that I have. If I hadn’t developed the brain tumors, then I never would have written Puzzle House. Therefore; it’s the book I never wanted to write.

But God is good. Romans 8: 28 tells us that God can work all things out for the good of those who love him. Puzzle House is one of the good things that came out of my brain tumors. It was a finalist in The Carol Awards, a national book award for excellence in Christian Fiction.

That was a lot of fun and very exciting–even if I didn’t win.

Right now, Puzzle House and the second (The David Years) in the series is on sale for 99 cents!

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AMAZON LINK FOR THE DAVID YEARS

Of course, you can read Suffer The Little Children without having read the other books and still understand the story. Either way works. Suffer The Little Children comes full circle and brings the reader back to Puzzle House where some surprises wait along with a few miracles.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

There comes a moment in every Christian’s life when he must decide if his faith is real—or not.

For Nia Johnson-Simpson that time is now.

Nia has prepared for this moment for years. It’s time for her to step into her role as the next spiritual leader at Puzzle House. The plan is for her to work side-by-side with her new husband, but things don’t go as planned.

As Nia struggles with these unforeseen changes, she must decide what she truly believes…and what she’s willing to give up to continue God’s work.

Oooh, that sounds mysterious, doesn’t it? And I know what happens. It’s an interesting story with spiritual lessons we can all use.

God Bless & Good Reading!

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS

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Another year has come and gone.

So what have I learned in this bizarre year of the pandemic?

I’ve learned that everything can change in a heartbeat except for God. God doesn’t change. He still loves me, in spite of all my flaws and imperfections. He’s still in control no matter what the politicians and news people believe. He still provides me with all I need in this year of the great toilet paper shortage.

I’ve seen so much doom and gloom; worries and woes; and anger and angst. God have given me strength to endure as well as peace and joy to enjoy the day the Lord has made.

My life isn’t perfect, but then again nobody’s is which is something that so many of us forget as we scroll through our “friends'” lives. Their lives seem perfect. We think–if we only had more money–if we only had a better job–if I only had a nicer house or car or whatever–if we only had more opportunities, then I’d be happy.

There’s a reason God added in the do not covet commandment. When we compare our lives to others, we lose our joy. When we compare our lives to others, we lose our peace. When we compare our lives to others, we forget all the blessings and miracles God gives us on a daily basis.

So my birthday resolution for the coming year will be to keep my focus on God, to count my many blessings, and to be grateful for all that God does for me.

Now it’s time for me to go enjoy some birthday cake!

God Bless & Good Reading!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Books! Books! And more books! I ‘ve partnered with Celebrate Lit Publicity to do an amazing giveaway where you can win a spectacular garden of over 40 books, including one of mine, or a $500 Amazon gift card to create your own garden.

Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/10ab8/a-garden-of-books

Time is of the essence! The giveaway is for this week only so don’t procrastinate or it will be too late!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

THE BATTLE FOR EASTER

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Easter is the most holy and most precious of our Christian holidays.

Without Easter, there would be no Christianity. Easter is the cornerstone of our faith. We all love Christmas, the celebration surrounding the birth of the baby Jesus. We love that that He was born in a manger on a star-filled night. We love that the angels announced the Good News of his birth first to the humble shepherds that kept watch over their flocks. We love that the magi came bearing gifts for the newborn king.

Jesus was born a man. Just as God gives each of us free will to choose or not to choose Him, Jesus had that same right. He didn’t have to go to the cross for us. At any time he could have said no. He could have called 10,000 angels.

He didn’t because he loved us.

Instead, He made the ultimate sacrifice. For us. He chose mercy, grace, and love. He chose us.

Have you ever wondered what happened during those three long days between Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross and His resurrection, the first Easter? 

I have.

As a writer when I wonder something for long enough, something usually gets created. And that’s true this time. I wrote a short story called THE BATTLE FOR EASTER a few years ago. It’s not available all the time, but it’s available right now during this Easter season–and IT’S FREE for the next few days! Click on the link to get it through Amazon.

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HAPPY EASTER!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

APRIL’S FOOLS DAY!

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It’s April 1st, better known as April Fools Day. A day when we pull silly pranks or jokes on those around us–all in good fun. It’s a day I’ll never forget. And that’s no joke!

Nine years ago today, my life changed forever! I developed Bell’s palsy and from there my brain tumors and Neurofibromatosis Type 2 were diagnosed. It’s not been an easy journey but God has been with me through it all, strengthening me, giving me peace and joy, and giving me the best husband ever!

As I sit here and reflect on what I’ve learned during my journey, I ask myself what can I share to help others who are on their own difficult journey. Many answers come to mind. In fact, I’m in the process of writing a memoir/devotional book about my journey so there’s lots I could say.

God has promised us many things, but one thing He never promised us was that life would be easy!

But what exactly does He promise us? Ahh…that’s the question, isn’t it. And that’s the one thing I’ve learned on this journey.

God’s Word is crucial.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to live our best life.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to experience God’s promises.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to access God’s power, his peace, and his joy.

God’s Word is crucial if we are to complete our race.

God’s Word is crucial if we want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Can we go to heaven without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Can we get blessings without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Can we have faith without studying God’s Word? Yes, but…

Yes, but… We can struggle and muddle our way through this life or we can make the choice to do it God’s Way. And the only way we can do it God’s Way is to spend time with God and His Word.

And that’s no joke!

Writer of the Day–ANN BRODEUR

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ANN BRODEUR is an award-winning novelist who writes inspirational and contemporary romances offering sweet hope and happy endings. When she’s not reading, writing, chasing after her kids or enjoying long chats with her husband, Ann can be found drinking coffee, that’s been reheated several times throughout the day. She aspires to someday drink a hot beverage in one sitting. Her debut, SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS released Nov 6, 2020 by Anaiah Press.

You can connect with Ann at  https://www.facebook.com/annbrodeurauthor  or by signing up for her newsletter on her website: http://brodeurwrites.com/

Let’s learn a bit more about Ann Brodeur.

How or why did you become a writer? I’ve always wanted to write. A couple of months ago I discovered my diary from when I was ten years old. In it, I’d written how I wanted to become a Christian author someday so that I could tell people about Jesus with my words. Looking back over my career in the non-profit world, I can see how everything I did led me to writing novels (like grant-writing amongst other things).

 

Why do you write Christian Fiction? I write Christian Fiction because it gives people hope that general market and literary fiction can’t give them. It’s about writing the stories God has placed on my heart and letting Him lead as I write.

 

In the summer of 2019 I was challenged by a family camp speaker. In his sermon he threw out this challenge – with the little talent God has given you, how can you use it to make the most impact for God? I come back to this challenge every so often to remind myself of why I’m writing the stories I do.

 

Tell us something interesting about yourself. (Can be funny, serious, or spiritual) I hated chocolate up until my third trimester when I was pregnant with twins – then I couldn’t eat enough!

 

Tell us a little about your books. (General not a specific book promo but you can list titles.) I write stories with sweet hope and happy endings. My debut novel released at the beginning of November, SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS, a contemporary inspirational Christmas romance. At the moment, I write contemporary inspirational romances but I do have some other novel ideas I’m eager to jump into which would be considered women’s fiction and historical fiction. Those stories (in my head anyway) don’t have a strong romantic thread and may not even be considered romance by the time I’m done. There will definitely be the hope aspect and at the moment, happy endings for all the stories I plan to write.

 

Tell us a little about your current book. (1 paragraph) SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS is a novel about uncovering the pain of the past and trusting God’s leading. It’s a story of redemption and second chances, set in the fictional town of Winterberry Falls, Vermont during the most celebrated season of all, Christmas. A winter storm thrusts my heroine back into a town that only holds bittersweet memories for her, and onto the doorstep of the man who’d stolen her heart and disappeared twelve years earlier. The only way to protect the woman he fell in love with is to stay out of her life, but what’s a guy to do when she shows up out of the blue? And how will he ever keep her safe from the secret that will destroy her family when she’s stuck in town indefinitely?

 

Why do you consider this book a modern-day parable? It’s a story most any one can relate to. Have you ever been lied to? Has someone kept something from you as a way of protecting you? Have you ever had that wrestling match with God wanting to do things His way, but just not ready to give up yours?

 

This story grapples all of those things and more, but through it all there’s a message of hope. If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us. If we follow His lead, blessings will flow.

 

SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS

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Unwrapping their past – one secret at a time.

Owning her own PR firm is all reporter Stephanie Clark wants for Christmas, but the idea of running a prestigious election campaign in the country’s capital throws her stomach into knots. A last minute vacation road trip to focus and seek God’s direction for her life ends up in disaster when she gets caught in the worst snowstorm to hit Vermont in over a decade, crashing her into a small town and the one person she’d rather forget.

 

GIVEAWAY!

There’s a BookSweeps going on from Dec 7-16. Category is Holiday Inspirational Romance and my book is up for a giveaway there (as well as a couple of other ACFW writers). The link to include (if you’re inclined to include it, but don’t feel that you have to since Dec 16 is the last day): https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/december-2020/inspirational-romance-holiday-extravaganza/

 

WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

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I’m a writer so, yes, I love words! Before I was a writer, I was a speech pathologist in schools. And being a speech pathologist for children is all about… you guessed it… WORDS! Understanding words… saying words…reading words…and writing words! Of course, you have to put the words together to communicate your message. But it all starts with WORDS!

So, I love it when I learn new words.

I learned a new word today–CUPIDITY. Just in case you don’t know the word any more than I did, it means greed for money or possessions. Some synonyms would be lust; greediness; or avarice. Another one I liked was money-grubbing. I think that pretty much sums it us.

Anyway…that got me to thinking. I’m always looking for new ways to connect with my readers so I thought it would be fun to play STUMP ME! You give me a word and I’ll try to give you the definition. I promise not to look it up on the Internet before I answer. But to be fair, you can’t do that either.  It has to be a word you actually know.

SO GO…STUMP ME!