Friday, December 9, 2016

Hope is Wrapped Up in a Person

No doubt you too have been watching as the fires swept through the beautiful Smoky Mountains and surrounding towns. Such a disaster and some of it caused by people setting the fires for attention. I won't even go there.

We (my family) had relatives and friends to lose their homes. We also watched as they reported on places we had visited which were destroyed. We live less than an hour away from the area.

Honestly, as the reporters would stick the microphone into the face of one of the evacuees, I cringed. Always the same insensitive question: "So how do you feel right now?" I understand that people wracked with emotion or falling apart makes for good TV. But I truly winced every time and didn't want the person to be exploited just for their reaction.

But God. Yep, He showed up in this disaster and in the reports seen on TV. I will applaud the stations for not cutting Him out when mentioned.

One man was obviously drained and emotional, yet he proclaimed the hope he had no matter if he had lost all his possessions. His hope was in the Lord. I practically cheered. What a testimony!

That man wasn't the only one who talked about their hope in Jesus Christ. Many spoke of prayers being the best way to help.

My friends, you can lose every material possession, including house, car, and clothes but still have hope and joy. Why? Because those who have Christ as their Savior and Lord, Leader and Boss, have the hope of glory. They can have a joy in the middle of the hardest times. Their joy doesn't depend upon anything earthly. They have the promise of eternity. They have the promise that they are never alone. And God can bring good from any circumstance.

As my pastor/hubby says: "God's kind of hope isn't a pie in the sky, I hope it will happen, kind of hope. God's kind of hope is confident expectation."

God sent us hope at Christmas time, and He wrapped it up in the person of Jesus. Let's review that hope:
Jesus paid our sin debt so we have the hope of a relationship with God.
Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead, which gives us victory too over something that seems hopeless like death.
Jesus prepares a place for us to live with him throughout all eternity. That's hope!
Jesus declared that he would be with us always. That grants a hope-filled life here.

This God kind of hope is evident, especially when people experience trials. Let's face it, Christian sisters and brothers, if we truly hold to the hope God has granted, we will act differently than those who don't possess that hope.

Sure, even those filled with Christ-hope who lost their homes and barely escaped with their lives still felt loss and had moments of sorrow. But as the Bible says, they don't have to grieve as those who have no hope.

Continue to pray for and help the people of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. Be on the look-out for when you might share the Hope you have - Jesus in you, the hope of glory!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Check Out My Free Book

Hey Everyone! I have a sweet little romance available for free from Pelican Book Group. The title is String Duet.

If you've never read any of my romances, you can check me out for free.

If you have read my books, consider this an early Christmas gift.

You can find and download the story here: https://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/

Hope you enjoy Ashlyn and Roddy's story. Don't miss the dedication. Some of us really do end up with our high school sweethearts happily ever after!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Another Dream Come True

Friends, I just have to share with you the latest release from me. This is a different kind of book than you've seen from me. But still this is another dream come true to have my first children's chapter book published.

I would be honored if you would check it out. My friend, Linda Carroll-Bradd, interviewed the star of The Adventures of Chloe Ann Parker.

Please check out that interview and info on this book. It was so much fun creating this book and this character. Chloe is a good girl but full of sassy little-girl-ness.

Chloe's Interview

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Do You Care?

We've had a special emphasis in our church over the past month and a half. During worship and Sunday school time we've focused upon salvation and reaching out to those who are lost around us.

In our particular area we can't quite claim to be Christian or probably not even the Bible belt anymore. The statistics show that at least every other person I meet as I go about my little town is lost.

Now here's the part that hit me during our last Sunday school session. Do I care?

As I'm sitting in my church surrounded by family and friends who are saved, I can say, "Of course, I care." But do my actions match that statement? Am I really reaching out to those who are lost? Or am I just satisfied to know that my little circle is saved?

When Christ gave the Great Commission, He said to make disciples of all nations. He didn't say to make sure your family and friends were taken care of and then you're done.

Jesus set the example of truly caring and having compassion for every person. He comforted and touched the leper who no one else would go near. He noticed people who weren't noticeable. He fed people He wasn't responsible for. The Bible states often that Jesus looked on people with compassion.

The ultimate way to look on others with compassion is to want to bring them to Jesus, to have an effect on their lostness.

Now back to that hard question. Do I care for lost people? If I do, I'll act in compassion. Compassion is sympathy and empathy with work clothes. In other words, it isn't enough to feel sorry for them. It isn't enough to say, "I remember. I've been where you are." Really caring is acting when we encounter a lost person.

What does this look like? This may mean I have to meet physical needs before a person is willing to listen to me. It could mean that I have to build a relationship with the person so they know I really care.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, I'm beginning to care more and more. I'm asking God to show me those who need Him. I'm asking Him to let me see them as He sees them.

The Bible states that it isn't God's desire that any person die without Christ as their Savior. I am working on making that my desire as well and then to do all I can to introduce them to Christ and what a relationship with Him means.

Do you care?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

World Alzheimer's Day - Sept. 21

Wednesday is World Alzheimer's Day. I will be wearing purple that day.

One reason is because I have friends who have family members who are suffering from this disease right now. Because my family has been through this before, I can say from experience that it is hard being the care-giver. It is also hard watching the care-giver suffer.

Another reason I will don my purple is in memory of my grandfather, Paul Lindsey, or as we called him, Pap. Pap suffered many years with Alzheimer's disease. He went from just forgetting things to almost burning down his house with a heater during the summer. He progressed into only the shell of the man we once knew.

Pap was a big, strong man. He proved it by propping his arm on the doorpost and letting my little brother hang on it. He would say, "Tell me when you get off." Classic, right? He was a tractor-riding farmer. My brother and I always wanted to go with him when he had errands. Why? Well, he would just happen to pull into the corner market and get us a soft-serve ice cream in a big cup. Yum.

I'm so glad that God allows me to remember Pap not with the Alzheimer's but before it struck him. God helped me to sing at Pap's funeral. I had always known I needed to sing Another Soldier's Coming Home because it fit him so well. If you've never heard this song, check it out here sung by Janet Pascal, who also wrote the song.    Another Soldier's Coming Home


Thanks for your Godly legacy, Pap! I'll see you there, in heaven. No Alzheimer's. Just my Ol' Pap.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

National Read a Book Day - Sept. 6th

Tuesday, September 6th, is National Read a Book Day.

Now, most of you would probably guess that I don't need an excuse to read a book. But I definitely want to support this wondrous little holiday.

Currently, I am reading a Richard Mabry book called Code Blue: Prescription for Trouble Series #1 in the fiction arena. I didn't read these books from Mabry and am going back to "catch up." In nonfiction, I am reading a book by Aaron D. Gansky and Diane Sherlock called Write To Be Heard.

If you currently need a book to be ready for this holiday, may I suggest my Christian romantic suspense, For Our Good. I'm actually celebrating its anniversary. This book released a year ago. If you haven't read this book, please leave a comment, telling me why you love to read, and I will choose a winner for an ecopy.

You can also find some other books to consider just by scrolling through my blog posts. I have featured author-friends' books here.

In the comments tell us all what book you will read to celebrate this holiday on Tuesday. I've already shared with you what I'm going to be reading.

Read On!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

How About a New Book for Your Reading List?

I am so pleased to welcome fellow author but most importantly, sister in Christ, Danele, back to the blog to share about her new book.


I’ve always loved to read, but I hate that horrible moment when a good book comes to an end. It’s torture saying goodbye to characters I’ve come to love. One of the BEST things about being an author is having control over your own stories. Many of you know that I wrote The Time Counselor Chronicles while I was ill and enduring seven years of quarantine. During that time, I didn’t have control over many aspects of my life, but I DID have control over my fictional characters. I found extreme pleasure in the fact that since I was the author, I didn’t have to say goodbye to Gil, Crystal, Marc, Laura, Alex, or the rest of my crew—I could just write them another story. Time Trap was written for one reason only—I was enjoying myself, and I didn’t want to say goodbye to the people I’d created in Time Tsunami. And that’s why the other books in my series were written as well. By the time I finally sought publication, I’d completed six books. Writing, for me, was an act of pure enjoyment. When I began, I wasn’t thinking about publishers, reading audiences, or profit margins, I was simply thinking about what type of adventure I wanted to write next. My books brought me joy, and that was all that mattered.

For years, I didn’t let anyone know I was writing. TEMCO was my personal world—my escape hatch from illness and pain. I was afraid that if I let others into my imaginary world, it would crumble away. As it turned out, the exact opposite was true. When I finally let my family read my stories, they were extremely enthusiastic with their support. They helped me proofread, and they gave me wonderful advice. They also encouraged me to keep writing—in actual fact, some of them threatened me with dire consequences if I stopped. They had become just as involved with my characters as I had, and they wanted to keep reading their adventures.

I always fill my books with suspense, romance, action, faith, and comedy. I keep them clean, and I work hard to make them full of page-turning fun. Communication is such a wonderful thing. I love the fact that we can relay our ideas, hopes, and dreams to each other. My books are more than just stories, they symbolically chronicle the way I stood up to my illness and fought it. They speak about the value I place on love and friendship. They show that humor can be found even in the midst of great difficulty. And most of all, they demonstrate that a crisis of faith isn’t the end—it’s simply the first step to understanding God on a deeper level.

When I was ill, I questioned every aspect of my Christian faith. I didn’t understand why a loving God would allow me to suffer in such unimaginable ways. What I learned is that Christ suffered too, and when I’m in pain, He stays by my side and helps me bear it—even when I’m hurting so much that I’m not aware of His presence. In a strange way, I’m glad that I went through my illness. If I hadn’t, my books would probably be very shallow. Instead, I’ve filled them with the questions I’ve struggled with—and with the answers I’ve found. Life isn’t easy, but I’ve learned that even in the middle of tragedy, God is faithful and trustworthy. That’s what each of my characters eventually learn, and that’s what I hope my readers will take away from my books.  





When problems arise during a field exam, Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson are sent through a time portal to investigate.  While they search for their missing cadets, they encounter an enemy who is calculating and brutal—a mysterious nemesis who is holding a grudge against the TEMCO program.  As Peter and Laura race to unravel clues directing them to their kidnapped cadets, their own survival comes into question.  A deadly trap has been set, and they are forced to pit their wits against a serial killer who is intent on playing a deadly chess game through time itself. 

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 Just her own personal testimony is so inspirational. You don't want to miss the stories that came out of this hard time in her life. 

Thank you, Danele, for sharing and for not keeping your stories to yourself.