Monday, December 31, 2012

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

Dare To Be Different


Please humor a proud Mama and scoot on over to the pre-teen girl's blog, samie sisters, for an article written by my daughter.

She always said that I was the writer in the family, but she's done a great job with this challenging article. And, even though the blog is directed towards pre-teen girls, I think we could all stand a little being different this year.

http://www.samiesisters.com/

Monday, December 24, 2012

Go and Glow!

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was great. It just wouldn't be Christmas to me without it.

This year my daughter and my children's choirs sang a song - Five Little Fingers. They did a fab job. We sang carols and my husband delivered a message reminding us that God's gift to us was the perfect gift - Jesus was just the right size to fit our need for a Savior. Then, we had communion which always makes us remember the true purpose Jesus came. At the end of the service we always light candles and sing Silent Night.

I really enjoy this part of the service. Since I interpret for our deaf members, I am always facing the congregation. I love this vantage point when the candles are lit. My pastor/husband lights a candle from the advent wreath's Christ candle. He then lights the deacons' candles who move down the aisles lighting the people sitting on the ends of the pews. The light is passed down each row.

Why do I enjoy such a simple thing? From where I'm standing, I watch as the light spreads and a glow is cast upon each face as his or her candle is lit. Not only is it a beautiful sight but symbolic.

The world was dark and then God sent His Light - Jesus. Each Christian contains Christ in their heart. We are told to be light in a dark world. We are Christ's representatives.

This means we are to go and glow! We Christians are to take Jesus wherever we go and shine His light for others to see and believe.

I hope you have a truly joy-filled Christmas. But, don't forget to glow!
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE


Through the capability of technology, I can invite you to join me at our Christmas Eve Service this evening at five o'clock EST. We will be live-streaming this service just like we do our Sunday morning services. I'll be the one waving her arms around trying my best to interpret for our deaf members.

We would be honored to have you attend via the internet.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

http://www.buffalotrailbaptist.org/

Thursday, December 20, 2012

JESUS WILL STICK OUT ALL OVER


At Christmas time, people are so much more willing and responsive to hearing about Jesus. Maybe it's because they are in a jolly mood. Or, maybe their defenses are down with the many distractions. Whatever the reason, we Christians should take advantage of this time to witness for the very One we're celebrating this time of year.

I love the story of the little boy asking his mother about salvation. When she told him that Jesus would come to live in his heart, the little boy said: "If He comes to live in my heart, won't He stick out all over the place?"

That should be our goal - to let Jesus stick out all over the place. Be Jesus to those around you - show Him to them. But how? How do we witness for Christ in a world who ties our hands?

Consider these ideas:

Strike up a conversation with that person checking you out at the store. Ask how they are. Ask if you could pray for them about something.

Inform your waitress that you will be praying in a moment. Ask if you might pray for them.

Tip out of mercy.

Hold open a door for someone to go in first at a local business. And smile.

Offer to return a shopping cart for someone in the parking lot.

Start a conversation with the person ahead or behind you in the long line at the mall. Let them know about your church's Christmas services.

Offer to let someone with less items ahead of you in line.

Pay for someone's meal.

Give a single mom a gift card for dinner out.

Wish everyone you meet Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays.

These may seem small and often you never even have to say much of anything. But, this is the way we let Jesus stick out all over us. We don't have to thump anyone over the head with a Bible. We just act as Jesus acted. He was a servant and sought out the needs in others.

How about you, sister and brother in Christ, will you let Jesus stick out all over you this Christmas season?

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Lena Nelson Dooley joins us today to talk about three Christmas books she has available. Read on to find out how long it took for her to write her newest ebook. Welcome, Lena!



I’m very excited about the three Christmas ebooks I’ve uploaded to Kindle recently.

The newest is 24 Christmases. This book was 24 years in the making.

In 1985, as I was preparing to order Christmas cards from a Christian supplier, God told me that He had given me the gift of writing, and I should use it to bless people at Christmas. That year, I wrote my first Christmas story. The story of Mary as a dramatic monologue.

Five other monologues—of people who were involved with that event so long ago—followed. Joseph … the innkeeper … Mary’s mother … the youngest shepherd … the servant of a wise man.

The next story was a romance. One year I wrote a modern Christmas fable. Another year, I wrote a short play that was used to take Christmas to two local malls. Other stories contained different perspectives, but one focus—the impact that first Christmas has had on mankind through the ages.

Unfortunately, there were a few scattered years when I didn’t write a Christmas story. Life interfered with my plans

James and I have friends spread across several countries around the world. Many of them have contacted me to tell me how much the stories mean to them. They anxiously await their copy of the Christmas story and make it part of their family’s celebration. What a blessing that is to me.

I pray these stories will bless you as much as you have blessed me.

The picture on the cover of this book was taken in my den a year or two ago.




The other 2 Christmas ebooks are novellas.

Christmas Confusion
Lori Compton, mayor of Mistletoe, needs ideas for ways to prop up the sagging economy. After having her heart broken by the former pastor, she doesn’t want to spend time with the new pastor. Rev. Russell Brown has plenty of ideas, even one that includes his spending the rest of his life with the beautiful mayor. Will Lori be able to move beyond her hurts and recognize God’s intentions for the future of the town – and for her own future?






The Best Medicine
When Thomas Stanton shows up at the holiday party of Rose Fletcher’s best friend, his appearance reminds Rose of the infatuation she felt for him when he worked on her father’s ranch. Although her heart wants to continue those long ago feelings, her mind reminds her that he doesn’t share her faith in God. Thomas can’t understand why Rose seems so standoffish. Will it take God’s intervention to show these two people just what He has planned all along?






What a neat concept! Using the writing gift God has given you to bless others at Christmas time. 

Thanks, Lena, for appearing here and sharing these Christmas books with us. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

MISSIONS GIVING


For a whole year my pastor/husband challenged our church congregation to be involved in a Quarter-back Club. This had nothing to do with football, however. We saved a quarter each day and brought them at the end of each month. The monies were a start for our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering which goes to fund some 5000 missionaries around the globe.

Now, I'm glad that I can have a part in making sure people in other countries hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many of these missionaries are in places I would never go and speaking in languages I don't know.

But, giving money for missionaries to tell the Good News doesn't exempt me from being on mission myself. As a Christian I have an obligation to share Jesus wherever I go. When I step outside of my house, I'm on the mission field. As I do my job at the Pre-K or stand in line at the Walmart, I'm a missionary.

As amazing as it sounds, when Jesus issued the Great Commission, that was the marching orders. It is God's plan that we Christians be witnesses of our Savior. Those orders in Matthew began with two action words - go and make. Sometimes, Christians like to make that - give and pray.  Don't get me wrong; we should give to support missions and pray for our missionaries. But, we have a responsibility to go and make disciples in our places of influence.

Be open to God's leading in the mission field where He has placed you. You never know the effect of a hug or a kind word aptly spoken - inroads to sharing Jesus.

  

Monday, December 10, 2012

What can you learn from twenty four-year-olds?

A new "assignment" came my way this past week. God has placed me in a Pre-K classroom as an assistant teacher. I want to share my top ten things I learned from these little ones this week.

10. When a child holds and dances around, get to the nearest restroom ASAP.

9. I don't care if it rains just not at recess time.

8. Bring cheese to go with the"whine."

7. Gluesticks aren't necessarily a cleaner option.

6. The art of "tattling-taling" is acquired early.

5. Bubble and ducktails are good for walking down the hallway - make bubbles with your mouth and put your hands behind your back like a duck's tail.

4. Patting backs at naptime can mean peace.

3. Mrs. Mowery is unaffected by pouty lips and fits - "When you're done, we'll move on."

2. Steadying myself when I arrive is needed - hugs around the knees can catch you off balance.

1. A pocketful of stickers will cause four-year-olds to do just about anything.

What I hope they learned about Mrs. Mowery is I will always return a hug.

My first day God gave me the verse from Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

God has a plan for how He wants to use me in this new position; my job is to stay focused on Him and work as working for Him. That gives work a totally different focus as well as much more meaning in the scheme of things.

What work has God given you? Do you work at it with all your heart? Have you considered no matter the job you can do it for God's glory?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Welcome K. Dawn Byrd! I'm announcing her new release: DOUBLE IDENTITY. It will be available on Dec. 11th. Read on to learn more about the book and its author. Then, mark Dec. 11th on your calendar so you won't miss this book.

Bio:
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational novels in several genres, including, historical, suspense, romance, and young adult. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, cars, and her pets. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and riding down country roads in the passenger seat of her husband's Corvette Stingray. When asked why she writes, her response is, "For the simple joy of placing words on the page!"


1) What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Double Identity is a young adult book about two identical twins, one a Christian, one a non-believer. I'd like for the reader to take away that no matter what happens, God is with us. Also, people need to learn to trust their hearts.
2) Why did you choose to write this book?
I thought it would be fun to explore what it would be like to have an identical twin. Of course, a young woman's boyfriend would love how she looked. Would the fact that someone else looks just like her make her insecure?
3) What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that being an identical twin can be hard!
4) What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Finding time to write. I work a full-time job and also a lot of weekends, which means that I have to be really devoted to my writing time. I set aside at least an hour every night, six days a week if possible. The fact that I start with a well-developed plot makes things move faster.
5) Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
It's not really a book, but I'll tell you about it anyway. Margie Lawson's on-line classes made more impact on me and my writing style that anything else I've ever studied. They're very affordable too!
6) What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
I'm proud of earning a master degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. I believe this degree helps me to understand my characters better and what makes them tick.
7) What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I fill out character sketches in order to get to know my characters better. I ask myself what their goals are, what motivates them, and what's keeping them from reaching their goals. Sometimes, I start by writing a synopsis. This gives me information about the plot as it develops. I usually have a pretty strong plot before I actually begin the story.
8) What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
The ACFW conference is my favorite because I absolutely love the worship. It blesses my heart. It's also really nice to chat with like-minded people.
9) Why do you write?
I write because I can't stop. It's more than a hobby, it's a passion. It's the most fun I've ever had in my life!
10) Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
A big time plotter. Because I write all of my books in 30-day marathons, I have to start with a thorough plot. That doesn't mean that sometimes the story doesn't take a life of it's own, surprising me when it takes me down a road I hadn't planned to travel.
11) What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a thriller about a serial killer. It's a difficult story because there are several twists and turns and I have to be careful how I write it for everything to fall into place correctly.
12) What's next for you?
I have three releases in 2012, all young adult. Something Beautiful in January. The Hot Line Girl in June. Luck of the Draw in November.
13) What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
Probably still riding a Harley. I sold my bike in order to have more time to write. On weekends, I'd rather curl up with my laptop and the story in my head.
14) Tell us a little more about yourself , with three things not many people know
about you.
a)       I have a masters degree in professional counseling from Liberty University.
b)       I'm an animal lover. I have two hairless Chinese Crested dogs, an African Gray parrot, three ferrets, and several aquariums in my home.
c)       I love sour foods. I'd rather have olives, pickles, or dilly beans than something sweet sometimes.

15) Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what kind of music – or do you find it  distracts you?
I must have total peace and quiet when I write. I hate it because it keeps me from writing sometimes when I'd like to.
16) What do you do for fun when not writing?
When not writing, I love to read. Romantic suspense or young adult novels are favorites.
17) Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.
My latest release, Double Identity, was a lot of fun to write. I think readers will like it because it will keep them on the edge of their seats. When both twins fall for the same guy, who will he choose? How will he tell them apart?
18) If you were an animal, which one do you think you would be, and why?
I'm not sure which animal I would be, but my step-daughter was recently joking and said that if she believed in reincarnation,  she'd want to come back as one of my ferrets because I take such good care of them. That was the ultimate compliment!
19) What is your personal definition of success?
My personal definition of success has nothing to do with money. To me, a successful person is one who is happy and enjoys life.
20) How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Twitter: kdawnbyrd
Pinterist: kdawnbyrd
Facebook: kdawnbyrd



Hook:
Seventeen-year old Bree is shocked when she discovers she has a twin sister, even more shocked to find that she's an identical twin. When Bree's sister becomes obsessed with her boyfriend, Luke, Bree must decide who wants who and who's telling the truth.

Cover blurb:
Seventeen-year old Bree has always wanted a sister. She's shocked when she learns that her father is alive and her identical twin sister, Cassie, is coming to live with her. She can't wait for Cassie to arrive. She just knows they'll be best friends.

Bree soon discovers that even though they look alike, they're totally different. Cassie is wild and impulsive. She hates Bree's little town and everything in it, except Bree's boyfriend, Luke. When Cassie becomes obsessed with Luke, she'll go to any length to have him for herself.

Luke has a secret, which Cassie learns and uses against him. She's off her medication and will stop at nothing. She says he's in love with her. He says he loves Bree. Will their secrets destroy them and their relationships?
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Excerpt:
I'd just stepped out of the shower when I heard Cassie giggle. She must have come in while I was indisposed. Almost too tired to wiggle, I dreaded facing her. All she did was complain and her mood swings made me want to scream or break something or both. Some days, I long for Dad to get well and take her back where she came from.

I breathed in the scent of strawberry shower gel that lingered in the air. Luke had texted, saying he loved me. He'd wanted to get together, but I'd been working. Would we find any time together once school started? When we'd gone to the same school, we'd had lunch together and I'd always ridden home with him. His schedule for the upcoming year was so different than mine, and he had night class. Could our relationship survive?

"Boy, can he kiss," Cassie said. "Even better than Mick. One kiss and I forgot Mick ever existed."

I paused by the door, considering making some kind of noise so she'd know I was in the next room. I pushed the thought away. Why should I? There had been several times recently when I'd had suspicions that she'd been spying on me. I poured my favorite vanilla lotion into my hands and rubbed it on my arms. Why was the bottle so low?

Cassie groaned. "If I could just get him to see that little Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes isn't the one for him. He has to be attracted to me, you know?" She laughed again and paused for several seconds. "Pretty smart of me to fix my hair like hers. Mom can't even tell us apart."

She was talking about me, but who was she talking about kissing? Luke? Had she kissed Luke? Hot, seething anger rumbled through me. Tying my robe so tightly, the belt dug into my stomach, I flung open the door so hard it hit the wall. I hated confrontation, but it was time.

Cassie's look of sheer shock morphed into a look of pure horror. "Maggie, I have to go. I'll call you later." Hands on hips, I glared at my sister. "Who were you talking about?"

"Just girl talk with my friend, Maggie, back home."

"Who were you talking about kissing?"

A flush colored her cheeks, barely visible through her slowly fading California tan. "Mick. I was talking about Mick."

"You said someone kissed better than him. Who?"

"Jake. Not that it's any of your business."

I wanted to slap the I-know-something-you-don't-know smile off her face. Having a sister wasn't all it was supposed to be. She'd been nothing but a pain since she'd landed on our doorstep.

"Jake." I laughed, relieved that she had a thing for Luke's farm hand. Jerking my clothes from the hangers, I headed back to the solitude of the bathroom. Was I paranoid? Was I losing my mind?


Purchase links:
The book isn't available at the time of this writing, but will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, christianbook.com, Desert Breeze Publishing, etc.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Today as I sat down to read the passages assigned from my One Year Bible, a simple yet profound verse caught my eye. The words came from Daniel 10.

"Don't be afraid," he said, "for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!"

Are you in need of hearing this from the Father as much as I am?

This world can be a scary place for believers in Christ. Let's face it, living the life of a Christian isn't as accepted as when I grew up. It was cool to hang out with the youth group and sing in the youth choir. It's what we did. Now everything else pulls at us. We may even find our beliefs ridiculed or be told to keep our religion to ourselves.

Having our Christian voice slowly squelched is frightening. I need to hear God saying to me not to be afraid. Why? Really study the next seven words - for you are very precious to God. Let the thought that you are precious to God enfold you - wrap around you.

To the God of the universe - you are precious. He doesn't want you to walk around in fear. He loves you too much to see you cower in timidity.

Peace! We know the Prince of Peace. Placing our faith in Him means we can have a peace that we cannot understand. Others will wonder why we don't fall apart in adversity.

Be encouraged! God is for us. He is saying: "Don't give up. It's totally worth it."

Be strong! Not only can we do this life with Him encouraging us along the way, but we can draw from His strength. We are weak in comparison to a mighty God. But, the Bible says that in that weakness, He is strong for us and through us.

Praise God for little reminders in unexpected places! Take heart, precious ones, He has overcome the world.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our guest today is Linda Rondeau. Thanks for your guest post.




I wondered why I had volunteered. I had too many things to do. And I hate the cold. It gets into my bones until nothing can make me feel warm again.
I had offered to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive. I bundled up and trekked to my station at the local grocery store. I donned the blue apron and picked up the emblem of my assignment, a small golden bell.
Then one by one the people came up to the little red bucket dropping in the change or dollars. Sometimes people felt like talking. Other times, they nodded and left. Still others dropped their gift and scurried off to complete the sundry other tasks the season required of them.
“I brought you here to teach you something,” the Spirit said to my heart.

Not to be so quick to volunteer?

 “No. I want you to study these people. Examine the way they give.”
And, I did. To my amazement, I learned the reasons for giving are as varied as the people who donate. Then I began to see similarities in people’s motivation. And, I wondered where my heart would fit among theirs.
The first lady gave from her sorrow. This was her first Christmas without her mother. Her father had passed away only a year before. Eyes brimming with tears, she pushed twenty dollars into the bucket. “My mother was a bell ringer,” she said. “Thank you for doing this.” Then she rushed off, uncomfortable with her emotions. 
The Spirit spoke again: He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering (Isaiah 52:3).
The next person gave from his abundance. His leather jacket and bulging wallet told all. He plopped a den-dollar bill into the bucket, pleased with his generosity. He straightened his shoulders with pride in his offering and left.
The Spirit spoke again: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded: and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke 12:48).
An elderly woman approached. Her threadbare coat and raveled scarf told of her station in life. Her cart also bore testament to her poverty. She stopped before the red canister, pulled out a thin and worn wallet from her purse, and dropped in her last two coins. “Maybe this will bring me good fortune,” she said. She gave from her need, as if investing into generosity would bring better days.
The Spirit spoke yet again: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Another elderly woman stopped by the kettle. Her head drooped from her heavy burden. She shrugged her shoulders then reached into her purse for an assortment of change. “I feel guilty if I pass by one of these drums and give nothing.” She trotted off, head slightly higher. Her giving well was a fountain of guilt.
The Spirit spoke anew: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me (Psalm 51:3).
Lastly, a young man eagerly approached the drum, much akin to Tiger’s Happy Bounce, and tossed his coins with a whistle. “I love this!” he said as he sailed out the door. “God’s been good to me. This is one way I can say, ‘Thank you.’” The young man gave from a spirit of gratitude.
The Spirit spoke once more than fell silent: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (1 Corinthians 9:7).
Then I knew what the Spirit wanted me to learn. Christmas is a time for giving. I analyzed my own motivations. Do I give begrudgingly because it’s expected? Do I donate from a feeling of loss? Do I thrive on the hope one day my giving will be multiplied? Do I fear what will happen if I do not give? I hope that from this day on my giving will be from a grateful heart to a Savior who came as the atonement for my sins. 



A native of Central New York, Linda Rondeau met and married Steve Rondeau, her best friend in life, and managed a career in human services before tackling professional writing. After thirty-four years of marriage, they have relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, leaving rural America to live in a city of one million.

While writing is her greatest passion, the more favorable temperatures of Florida allow her to follow another great passion--golf.
Linda is the wife of one patient man, the mother of three, and the grandmother of nine.
An award winning author, Linda is multipublished. Linda's first title, The Other Side of Darkness, released Fall 2012, won the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel. Her first book in her Sci-Fi, futuristic series, America II, written under L.W. Rondeau released summer of 2012.




Synopsis for Back cover:
Midville newcomer and Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondack wasteland that has now become her home. After twenty failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to belong, she joins the local Community Theater, in production for It’s a Wonderful Life.
Jamey Sullivan has put his professional life on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. He signs on for Midville’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, although he hopes to receive a Broadway casting call any day now.
When these two meet, they are instantly attracted to one another. However, ambition, demanding children, and a romantic rival threaten to squash their growing love for one another.
It Really is a Wonderful Life is set in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, a perfect backdrop for romantic conflict.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Galatians 5 in The Message has some verses that stuck out to me:

"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."

Let me share how these verses have played out in my life.

First, as many of you who follow this blog have read, I made that exploration about two summers ago. I knew God had given me the gift of communication through writing and speaking. I wondered if these gifts were the "who" I was to become and the work I had been given. I prayed that God would show me if it was in His will for me to pursue publication. I asked for a definite sign. He affirmed His call for me to write and be published.

Now that I had my answer, I began to sink myself into this calling. How? I bought and studied writing craft books. I took courses online. I sought advice and mentoring from other authors. I submitted articles and manuscripts for publication.

Now, when I did receive that first contract to publish THE BLESSING SEER, I was careful to not be impressed with myself. God had made it all too clear that it was His doing not mine.

Have I compared myself with others? Yes - big yes! I have always been an avid reader of Christian fiction. Now that I often interact with these authors and even review their books, I find myself wondering why I even try. I'll never be as good as so-and-so. But, God didn't make me to be someone else. He made Paula Mowery to be who I was created to be. No comparisons.

As I write, I feel a responsibility to give my best and even to improve. Only I can put my whole self into working out God's purpose in my life. No one else can fulfill what is mine to accomplish.

What about you? Have you made an exploration into who God made you to be and what work He has for you to do? If not, pray for God to show you. Talk with those who know you and might see the gifts God has put into you. Do a spiritual gift inventory.

If you know the gifts God has put into you and have a sense of His call, have you begun to sink yourself into it? Are there ways to hone your skills? Do you need to be more active?

From personal experience, let me encourage you to make the exploration and sink into it. You don't want to miss out on the adventure that God has in store for you.

Did these verses strike a chord with you? Share your experiences or insights in the comments.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012



Join me on Donna Winter's blog today. I have an interview there, and Donna is graciously giving away a free

 copy of THE BLESSING SEER on ebook.

We're having a great time commenting. Thanks to Donna for the opportunity. Come check it out.

http://greatlakesromances.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 18, 2012

THANKSGIVING


"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits -
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's"
Psalm 103:1-5 NIV


That's a really good start on a list of things to be thankful for. Wow - thank You, God, that your benefit plan is unsurpassed.

God has also blessed me by putting some wonderful people in my life. I'm thankful for:

A caring, loving, providing hubby who makes me proud and yet steps on my toes with his inspired sermons.

A sweet daughter who amazes me with her insights from God's Word and her strong convictions.

A loving and funny daddy who is one of those hard-working behind the scenes servants of God.

A loving, never-stops mama who has become one of my biggest reader fans by sharing my book with so many people.

A pump-me-up and make me laugh best friend in Brooke who lets me vent and encourages me.

A pair of praying women in Dohreen and Dorsie who never cease to amaze me in their dedication and support.


Don't forget to thank God for all He has provided and done for you. He's also responsible for all of those godly people in your life that help keep you on track and bless you daily with their presence.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Looking back through my documents, I found an article I wrote a couple of years ago. I felt led to share it with you here because I still believe strongly in the premise.


God’s Filter: The Bible

By Paula Mowery


“My daughter has accepted some beliefs since going to college that I don’t agree with,” one mother said. “I know what you mean. My son seems to ignore his upbringing by being involved in activities I would never approve of,” another mom said.

Being a pastor’s wife, I hear these concerns from mothers often. Being the mom of a teenage daughter, I fear repeating their sentiments in a few short years. I’m frightened by the onslaught of worldly, false teachings our children have to endure, and the fact that they are taught to be tolerant to the point of accepting sin. The line between Godly and worldly has been blurred. But, we cannot expect to wait until they are grown to train them in the ways of God.

God gave His commands, and then He made it clear to Israel to teach the next generation.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIV
This passage implies surrounding the family with God’s Word – immersion. Our families need to be immersed in God’s Word today so we will not be led astray. Paul warns of this in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV):
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”
Paul reiterates to Timothy to continue in what he has learned from Scripture.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV
Scripture is God-breathed and equips us for life.

Our children need a solid Christian foundation more now than ever before. Many false teachings exist just waiting to steal their hearts. We, parents, can’t and won’t always be there when our offspring are faced with determining whether an idea aligns with God’s standards. Our only hope is to educate them on how to filter everything through God’s Word. The following suggestions can encourage this pertinent education.

  • Read scripture with your child. Explain what the verses mean and their application for life. For example: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29 NIV) This verse can illustrate that we should refrain from using foul language. It may also be helpful when teaching siblings how to talk with one another. God expects us to use our words to benefit others not tear them down.
  • Insure your child attends a Bible-believing – Bible-teaching church. Ask about Sunday school lessons and sermons to assure understanding. You might ask: What was your Sunday school lesson about today? How can you use that everyday? What stood out to you in the sermon?
  • Encourage your child to read the Bible on a regular basis. This may involve helping them choose a version of the Bible they can understand. There are also devotional guides available for various age levels. Ask on a regular basis if Bible reading/quiet times are being kept up-to-date. Inquire about the areas being studied. The best education for a vital quiet time is modeling our own. Value is ascribed when our children witness our personal times of studying God’s Word.
  • Illustrate how to filter all through the Word of God. One way to do this is while watching a television show. Discuss whether the themes, actions, and words align with the truths of the Bible or not. The verse from Ephesians mentioned above may provide a good starting point. Do the characters speak using wholesome words or is profanity present? Do they use the Lord’s name in vain?
  • Encourage your children to always filter everything through the Word of God – all they hear and see. Ask them what they are studying in school. Has their science class discussed evolution? Do their friends engage in discussions or activities that make your child uncomfortable? Explain that knowing God’s Word will cause “warning signals” when someone violates the truth. This is the Spirit in us discerning right from wrong. Our children are never too old for us to discuss whether something aligns with God’s Word.

The firm foundation gained from ingesting God’s Word is a worthwhile pursuit which should continue throughout our lives. The more we contain God’s truths, the more we can ascertain a false idea that needs rejecting. God’s Word is a light to our path – the right path leading us in the ways He would have us to go. Training our children to use God’s Word as their light and filter is necessary to establish them on the right path and keep them there.














Monday, November 12, 2012

"It is more rewarding to be out on a limb doing something significant for God than just standing on the ground taking in air."

This is a quote from my book, THE BLESSING SEER. I spoke on this theme Friday evening at a Festival of Tables at Manley Baptist Church. By the way - hello to my new friends there. I had a great time being with you.

I wanted to share one of my points from that evening on my blog today.

Using a tree as a metaphor here, I asked if the ladies were barking up the right tree. How about you? Are you barking up the right tree?

If all there was to this Christian life was salvation, we wouldn't be here. Think about it. When you accepted Christ you would be beamed up to heaven. But, we Christians are still here. There must be a purpose for that. We are here for a specific reason.

Ephesians 1:11 in The Message says: "It's in Christ we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone."

God has a plan for each of us and has equipped us to be able to work out that plan. We have been uniquely created with our own personality, skills, talents, and gifts. But, so often we use our abilities for everything but God's glory. I equate this with barking up the wrong tree.

There is nothing wrong with using our gifts, but not at the absence of using them in the body of Christ. God has specifically gifted you and created you in such a way as to reach people for Him. Do we miss out on touching these people?

Sometimes we find it more important to climb the tree of success or notoriety. These will not fulfill our calling or touch our intended target.

God is urging us up to a limb where we will experience our purpose which is rooted in Him. Don't miss out on the fruit or the view up there.

I dare you - no, I triple-dog dare you - to go out on a limb with God using those gifts and talents He's invested in you. If you do it, you'll never turn back - you'll be hooked!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

NO CHANGE


Over the past few days and especially on Tuesday, many blogs have focused upon the election and what the next four years mean for our country. People have commented upon changes that will happen that they don't want or changes we need but won't have.

Can I tell you that on Tuesday night there was no emergency meeting called in heaven? God didn't have to gather his scribes together and change the Word of God due to the person who was elected to be our president. Not one single letter has been or ever will be changed in His Word.

What does that mean for God's children?

1. God's plan is still the same no matter who is in the White House.

2. His commands for you and me are still the same.

So, what does that look like?

We, as Christians, stand up with Joshua and say: "Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Then we follow his commands to love the Lord your God with all of your being and love others as you love yourself.

Remember, there will never be a time God must change any part of His Word. His promises are forever intact. For His children, this means we win!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I'm so happy to have Sharon Shrock on the blog today for an interview and debut her book, CALLIE. 


How much of yourself do you write into your characters?
I don’t, intentionally, write any of me into my characters. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a little piece of me in all of the women. Callie teaches Sunday school and loves her guacamole, Terri is looking for God’s will in her life and arguing the whole way, Pam is learning lessons in forgiveness. Yep, there I am.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Believe it or not, I went to bed one night, a normal person, and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. I know, now, where that came from. It was more than a little weird at the time.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love a good courtroom drama. Fantasy when it’s well done. By well done, I mean it has to completely draw me into a different world. Mysteries, and Romantic suspense are devoured at my house like chocolate covered cherries.
How do you keep your sanity in this crazy fast paced world of ours?
I guess I’m a product of our environment. I like being busy. Even on a vacation I have to consciously tell myself to slow down and enjoy the moment. Sanity…I’m a writer, that option took a hike a few years back.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m going to assume you don’t mean raising terrific daughters.  Really? This book. Not just for the validation or a sense of “I can really do this”. But because I feel like it represent me, finally finding God’s place for me.
What is your favorite food?
I have two rules when I cook. If it’s sweet add chocolate. If it isn’t sweet add cheese.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
It has to be a God thing. I wake up with these stories in my head, things I would never see or think of on my own. He gets all the credit.
In what ways has being published changed your life?
Besides making me busier that I used to be? The jury is still out on that one. Ask me again in a year or so.
What is your current work in progress?
I’m working with my editor to get Terri’s story complete. Pam’s story is close to being at the word count I want. Then I’ll start the serious editing process for her. Samantha is knocking…
If you could invite a fictional character to dinner who would it be and why?

Oh, can I pick two? Merlin and Spock. Merlin because I’m captivated by the whole knights in armor, Arthur, slaying the dragon thing. Spock because…well…because the idea of extraterrestrial life interests me. If we ever find life out there, I’d hope they would be wise and beneficial sort like Vulcans. Not the I’ve come to destroy your world we see portrayed 99% of the time.

Of all the current technological marvels, which is your favorite and why?

My GPS. I don’t navigate. Now I don’t have to.

If you could have a do over on one day in your life what would you pick?

Fourth of July, 1996. It was the last day we spent with our little grandson before he was murdered. I wish I’d spent more time with him that day.

Where was the location of the best vacation you ever had?

Now you’ve opened the flood gates. For the last 7 years I’ve taken one of my grandchildren on a special vacation. We’ve been on cruises, been to Hawaii, visited The Grand Canyon and Vegas, Spent a week in Cozumel, Done the whole Disney thing in Orlando…God has placed a special blessing on these trips. They’ve all gone off without a hitch and there is no way to just pick one.

If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?

King Arthur’s court. I wouldn’t want to stay forever, I’d miss my hot rollers, but I think there was a elegance to life then that we don’t have any more.

What is your favorite season of the year? What’s special about it for you??

I only have three seasons to my year. Summer, Spring, and SWEATER. I have a serious sweater addiction, so Sweater is my favorite.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

That sometimes we spend too much time beating ourselves up for something God has already forgiven and forgotten. That we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we indulge in those feelings.

What is something that very few people know about you?

I’m a serious Trekker. I have my own uniform.

What is the hardest part in writing a story?

Editing and Editing and Editing….

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?

That I don’t like research. Does that count? Seriously I write contemporary fiction so I don’t have to do a lot of research. I’d never goggled anything til about a year ago.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

My Kindle. It’s just the most amazing machine.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?

My characters constantly surprise me. Their individual determination to be front and center in my brain is relentless. I’m a SOTP writer. I don’t work with an outline, so I can’t give you an example of where I planned to go one way and they insisted on taking their own way, but I continue to be amazed.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?

I think where Pam, Karla, and Terri come to Callie’s house with groceries and stuff for the girls. That is exactly like it would happen, has happened, in my life. Our church family is so generous. I have been on the giving and the receiving end of help.

What three things about you would surprise readers?

My favorite pet of all time was an iguana.
I hate reality TV
I love to mow the grass

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who
would it be and why?

Nora Roberts. I would pick her brain completely dry.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

A lack of time. I don’t think there is a way to overcome it until I retire. I just have to deal with not enough hours in the day.

Which character in your book are you most like? What have you learned about yourself in writing this story?

For this book. Callie, of course. I didn’t really need to learn the life lesson that Callie had to learn, but writing the story taught me so much about persistence, trust , and patience.

If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
Australia. It’s on my bucket list. I’ll make it someday, God willing.

What was your favorite book as a child and now as an adult? Is there a connection between the two?

That is an impossible question to answer. You’ve heard about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Well, my mom must have had a terrible time giving birth to me with a book clutched in each hand. I can’t remember a time when reading wasn’t a priority. Picking a favorite out of 50 years worth of books…impossible.

As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?

You are looking at it. Learning the craft, editing, and revising were easy compared to putting myself in the path of perfect strangers and begging for their attention. I’m a pretty solitary person. If I had my way, I’d write the book and pay a look alike to go out and face the public.




Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.
Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.
Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.
Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing.  And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.
For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.

The book is available through Pelican Book Group, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.


Comment here to be entered into a drawing for a prize basket. The winner will be announced Nov. 19th.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween and Spooky Stuff


A little bit of a confession here - I don't much care for Halloween. I definitely don't like being scared. I know some people live to get the thrill of monsters jumping out at them at some scary event or some creepy being stalking them at a haunted house. Not me! I don't like to be frightened.

Halloween and ghosts aren't my only fright dislikes. I don't ride big scary roller coasters or any kind of ride that might make me scream.

Now, I know to you thrill-seekers out there, you are probably calling me a chicken under your breath as you read this. That's okay. I can handle it. But, you still won't convince me to do any of these things that freak me out.

In comparison, the world we're living in these days can be a pretty scary place. As Christians, we do have a creepy foe who is out to kill and destroy. He would like nothing better than for us to fear being made fun of or be afraid to stand on our godly principles. He wants to catch us off-guard so we will do something to hurt the heart of God.

But, good news - God placed 366 "Do not fears" in the Bible. That's one for every day and an extra thrown in for leap year. God knows we're in a battle everyday, but He's with us no matter what. He promises this in the Bible. The God of the universe, Who is already in our tomorrows, is on our side. He Who has overcome the world is our Father.

How wonderful is it that God cares that much for his children? He seeks to alleviate our fears.

You still won't convince me to go to a haunted house or ride a roller coaster. But, I am thankful God is with me through every scary thing I face in life.



Monday, October 29, 2012

BOOK FUN MAGAZINE

Have you subscribed to this free online magazine yet? If not, you need to rush on over.

http://www.bookfunmagazine.com/i/90331

Book Fun Magazine is giving away 140 books by more than 100 authors. The Signature Library contest details can be found in the magazine. One winner will get first choice of 30 books, the next will get 20 books, and then 5 people will get 10. These books will be signed by and sent from the authors.

 Just register for the free subscription and you're entered into the contest.

 While there, click on my book cover for THE BLESSING SEER to help me win a competition between the authors.

 Besides that, the magazine has great articles.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TAG!

This post is in reaction to being "tagged" by a fellow author at Pelican Book Group, Lynn Willis. I will now share the answers to the questions she sent me and then you'll notice a blog list at the bottom for the authors I have "tagged." Check out their great books and blogs too. Thanks, Lynn, for letting me "play" along.


What is the working title of your book?
THE BLESSING SEER

Where did the idea come from for the book?
One night as I went to bed I was mulling over a sermon illustration
I've heard. As I laid my head down, God downloaded the story
right into my mind. I had to jump up and write it down.

What genre does your book fall under?
THE BLESSING SEER is considered women's fiction although, I
hate to label it that in some ways, because I've had some men to
read the book as well. Maybe - just Christian fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
rendition?
Addy would be played by Annette Benning - I think that's how you spell her name. She played in a remake of An Affair to Remember.
Griffey would be played by Dale Midkiff from the Love Comes Softly movies. He plays Clark Davis.
Conrad is a much harder one to choose. I think possibly Anthony Quinn, the grandfather from A Walk in the Clouds. If I could bring back Michael Landon, he'd be my first choice.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Addy Townsend wants to do something of significance for God, but is she willing to step from her comfort zone to do it? And, what does this stranger she finds herself walking with have to do with her journey?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My wonderful publisher for this book is Pelican Book Group, Harbourlight Imprint

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft flowed out in a matter of a couple of weeks.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
One book that stands out was written years ago by Terri Blackstock, THE HEART READER.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I alluded to above, one night as I went to bed I was thinking about the illustration used in sermons about the man who goes to heaven. As he is touring, he comes across a warehouse with beautiful unopened packages. He asks an angel about the gifts. The angel informs him that those are all of the blessings God wants to grant but haven't been asked for.
I started to wonder what blessings I was missing because I hadn't asked or wasn't obedient.

What else might pique the reader's interest?
Readers have asked what happens to Conrad. I'm delighted to announce that there is a sequel to THE BLESSING SEER. Readers can discover what happens to Conrad and Addy five years later after the first book. This book is called BE THE BLESSING. I can't wait to share the continuing story of Addy with my readers. And, here for the first time, is the cover for that book.



Now I get to "tag" some authors.
Check out these blogs and book focuses next Wed. Oct. 31st.
Clare Revell at http://telscha.blogspot.co.uk/
Teresa Lilly at http://www.teresalilly.com/2012/10/19/christmas-village-miracle/
Donna Basinow at http://donnabsnow.blogspot.com/
Eileen Rife at http://www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com
Mary Ann Diorio at www.thewritepower.blogspot.com
Mary Manners at http://creativewritingforces.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LIKE A MASTERPIECE

Over the last few days my family and I have been driving around the East Tennessee area. Oh my, what beautiful fall colors are emerging! This is my favorite time of year. Today as we drove up toward the Gatlinburg area, the Smoky Mountains were just too lovely to even describe. The sky was clear and such a deep hue of blue. The colors painted through the trees ranged from every shade of red, orange, yellow.

Last evening as we drove home, the sunset had made streaks of bright pink across the sky. I just sat there mumbling under my breath.

When I see scenery that takes my breath away, I usually smile at God and say: "What good artistry You had tonight. You do good work."

God is not only a master artist when it comes to nature, but He outdoes Himself on us. We are the only thing made in His image. In Psalms it says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. In Ephesians it says we are His workmanship.

Someone needed to be reminded that you too are His masterpiece. He formed you in your mother's womb and then stepped back and said: "It's good." Then, he broke the mold so that you are unique.

When you marvel at the beauty of God's creation, stop and think. You are another of His beautiful works of art and works of heart.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DON'T SETTLE FOR STALE CRACKERS!


The weather over the last few days in East Tennessee has turned cooler. It has seemed more like fall with a brisk breeze and some leaves changing color. I love this time of year.

When the temperature turns cooler, this Mowery clan thinks: chili. Just the other day we whipped up some and put it in the crock pot to simmer until supper. Each member of the family has his or her own preference for how to eat the chili. I like to put the corn chips in the bottom of the bowl and add cheese and sour cream. My daughter likes the cheese, but she prefers to scoop her chili-cheese combination with the corn chips. Now, my husband leaves off the corn chips. He likes to pull out the good ol' saltine crackers to accompany his bowl of chili.

As we all sat down to eat, my husband grimaced at his first bite. "These crackers are stale." He went to the cabinet for a new package. Settling in again, he tried a cracker from the fresh pack. "There's no difference. These seem stale too." He finally had to give up on the crackers and just consume his chili without them.

Those stale crackers made me think about my relationship with God and my Christian walk. There are times that I allow that relationship to go stale. I don't turn my back on God or go off into a life of sin. But, I'm not pursuing Him like I should. I'm not reading His Word. I'm not keeping it fresh.

Even though I've had those times when I've felt so close to God and right in His will, I will still allow that to slip away. I go through the motions, or I just get tired. When I take a moment to evaluate, I scold myself, knowing I'd rather be back in close fellowship.

What about you? Do you sometimes settle for your current status with God only to realize there's more?

Don't settle for stale crackers! Keep it fresh.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Do miracles still happen?

In my children's choir there's a fifth grade young lady we'll call Jane. Doctors discovered a suspicious patch of skin on her head. Since skin cancer runs in the family, a biopsy was done. Then, came the wait - suffering through a week until the results returned.

That Wednesday night I told the story from Acts about the church praying for Peter's release from prison. Peter was awakened by an angel and freed from his chains. At first, he didn't believe it was really happening. He wasn't the only doubter. When he knocked on the door of the house church, the people who had been praying for Peter didn't believe it was him. I told the children that when we pray, we should believe something will happen. I also reiterated that we may not get the answer we want or expect from God, but He always answers. His reply might be yes, no, or wait.

Jane's mother reported that the biopsy showed atypical cancer cells, and Jane would require additional surgery. I told her we would pray believing.

Jane went to a specialist who reread the tests. He pronounced Jane cancer-free, saying the tests had been read wrong the first time. Jane's mother had another explanation - we prayed believing and God took care of it. We praise God for hearing our prayers and His answer.

Do miracles still happen? Yes! God still works in our lives. He desires that when we pray to Him, we believe He will act. Will it always be the answer we want? No. But, trust that God knows best.

Pray believing!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Have you ever noticed how often in scripture God reminds us to care for the poor? I've found this to be true as I'm making my second trek through the One Year Bible.

Why would God continue to remind us of the unfortunate people around us? Why does He feel compelled to urge us to care for them?

I believe I've had a breakthrough in understanding the frequency of these passages. Humor me a moment as I flesh this out.

I believe that God knew we would need lots of reminders in this area. We become so comfortable in our holy huddles that we develop what my husband calls "holy arrogance." We forget that we are to reach out to everyone, not just people like ourselves.

We are to reach out to the down-and-out - the one who may wear worn clothes with holes and may not smell clean. We begin to think we are too good to reach down and touch someone we feel is below our status. We sit in our church services saying - "They know we're here." Then, when that less fortunate one does show up, we look down our noses and make them feel more shame than welcome. We convey an attitude of: "They could do better if they tried."

It's these attitudes that scream holy arrogance. No wonder God felt the need to remind us to care for the less fortunate.

We must develop a love for all people and be willing to get our hands dirty if we have any hope of reaching a lost world for Christ.

Have you ever noticed that Jesus seemed to always touch and be around those who others shunned?

Let's be like Jesus.

Monday, October 1, 2012

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

My publisher, Pelican Book Group, is celebrating an anniversary by offering all of their ebooks at 50% off for three days (Oct. 1-3). Take advantage of this great offer! Your discount code is: Anniversary2012.

Check out all of the great ebooks available from my fellow Pelican authors.

If you haven't read my ebook, THE BLESSING SEER, check it out during this special offer.

Come back and leave me a comment here if you purchase an ebook. Tell me which book you purchased. If you leave a comment informing me that you purchased my ebook, THE BLESSING SEER, I will enter you into a drawing to receive a review copy of my next ebook - BE THE BLESSING.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

LOVELY BLOG AWARD

Thank you, Linden Barrick for nominating me for a Lovely Blog Award. I also follow her blog and can see why she was nominated. You can find her at www.LindenBarrick.wordpress.com. Her posts give insight into being a Christian in the education world as well as being a Christian mom and writer.

This honor asks that I recognize the one who nominated me, tell seven things about myself, and nominate 15 other bloggers.

Seven things about me:
1. This year makes 12 years of homeschooling my daughter. Wow, the last year - I'd do it all again.

2. I'm married to my highschool sweetheart.

3. I'm proud to say I'm a pastor's wife because my husband is a wonderful pastor and preacher of the Word.

4. I was proud as I watched my daughter go forward during an invitation surrendering to Christian ministry to children.

5. I'm humbled by the fact that God orchestrated the publishing of my first book this year.

6. I am an interpreter for the deaf who interprets my husband's sermons each week.

7. Recently, the sponsor of our local writer's group got me addicted to Peanut Butter M&M's. God meant for chocolate and peanut butter to go to together.

My 15 Nominations:

1. www.grooviebrooksie.blogspot.com  My friend Brooke is a self-proclaimed geek. Her blog is a great mixture of quirky and Godly insight.

2. www.stepsusan.blogspot.com I met Susan through ACFW. She is a fellow homeschool mom. She has a mix of spiritual insight and proclaimed blessings.

3. www.lindamcquincarbolm.blogspot.com Parenting with a Smile - this is just as its title says - insight into and thoughts about parenting.

4. www.writingonthefineline.com This is Michael Ehret's blog. He gives some good advice for writers especially on editing.

5. www.pattyfroese.com Patty writes encouraging posts as well as having great guest bloggers.

6. www.inkfromanearthenvessel,blogspot.com Godly insight into the Christian life.

7. www.angelabreidenbach.com  - God Uses Broken Vessels - Angela gives encouragement and insight.

8. www.RobinPatchen.com Another author I love to read.

9. www.womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com My friend and fellow Pelican Book Group author, Sharon Srock, writes this blog with a couple other bloggers.

10. www.sandirog.blogspot.com  Sandi is an author who is battling cancer. Her posts are informative and faith-filled.

11. www.reflectionsinhindsight.com My author friend, Lisa Lickel, shares in blogging at this sight. Lots of info and encouragement to be found here.

12. www.bkjackson.blogspot.com BK Jackson's Arizona Inspirations

13. www.unfading.org My friend, Bethany, established this blog for teen girls to encourage them to be all God has made them to be.

14. www.seekervilleblogspot.com Group blog for Christian writers that I read everyday.

15. www.novelrocket.com  Another group blog for Christian writers that I check each day.

Again, thank you, Linden, for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award. And, thank you for the compliment that I provide you with encouragement as a writer and a Christian. That's my prayer with this blog.