Tuesday, March 30, 2010
How may stars are you allowed to give? I loved this book. I began doing reviews for a couple of different publishers for a couple of reasons. One free reading! LOL. And #2 to stretch. To read books that I wouldn't normally read.
This is one I probably wouldn't have picked up. I am not a fan of historical romances. Are you? Well give Sarah a chance! And give the Wings of Glory series a chance.
A Distant Melody is the first book in the series. Yea I finally started one in the beginning! But don't worry because it is stand alone. And I am sure the others will be too.
I was immediately drawn in. I usually get my books late because they have to be mailed to our office and so sometimes I am having to make time to read to get them done for a blog tour. There wasn't a problem with A Distant Melody I picked it up and couldn't put it down!
I was caught up in the characters. Although Walt and Allie the main characters were separated by war Sarah did a great job of keeping you interested in each. I didn't catch myself wondering well heck what is going with Allie. I get frustrated with books with chapter after chapter of one character and then back to another one. (read my last review) This book wasn't like that. It was easy to keep up with main characters and all the sub characters.
It's another one where you want to read the next book to see what is going on with Walt's brother or with Allie's friends. I even wondered what happened with Allie's parents and her inheritance.
Another thing that I really like was the way that Sarah included Allie and Walt's faith. It wasn't just thrown in a few sentences here and a few sentences there so that the book could be considered an inspirational romance. I won't spoil the story but I was pleasantly surprised. You felt like Allie and Walt really lived out their faith and it was encouraging.
I checked out Sarah's website and she had a link to her blog. Here's her blog post for today.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today in World War II History 70 Years Ago—March 30, 1940: Japanese establish Chinese puppet government in former Chinese capital of Nanking.65 Years Ago—March 30, 1945: Soviets enter Austria. Allies get first close-up look at German Me 262 jet fighter when defecting pilot delivers to American forces
I thought this was really interesting. Here's the link to her website. http://www.sarahsundin.com/index.html Check it out.
I would recommend this book for any age from teen to adult. It is easy to read and the print is easy to read. Although it is long 415 pages it was easy to get into and stay with. And, there are discussion questions at the end also so it could be great for a reading group or even for a mother daughter to read together!
This book was provided to me by review by LitFUSE Publicity Group. Their little button is over on my sidebar.
By the way I am giving away all of the books that I review so check out the Book Review tab.
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It begins with one of my favorite verses . . . Seek first the kingdom of God.
It is a little hard to understand the words so I looked them up. Enjoy.
Seek ye first the kingdom of GodAnd all these things will be added unto you
We walk by faith, not by sight
For all you ask Is all of me My finest God I bring
All that I haveIs from Your hand
To You my God I sing
I am ready for a miracle
I'm expecting a miracle
That the house of God Will be glorious
And the world will see Every harvest stars with a seed of faith
See the nation rise and take its place
I am readyReady for a miracle
From the widows mite To the wealth of kings With a sacrifice
We bring our offering
When this life on Earth Is said and done
This truth we know Resounds forever
For all you ask Is all of me My finest God I bring
All that I have Is from Your hand
To You my God I sing
I am ready for a miracle
I'm expecting a miracle
That the house of God
Will be glorious
And the world will see
Every harvest stars with a seed of faith
See the nation rise and take its place
I am ready
Ready for a miracle
If it's a miracle you need
Get ready Get ready United we rise One heart One mind
For all You are Is all I need
I worship and believe I am ready for a miracle I'm expecting a miracle
That the house of God Will be glorious And the world will see
Every harvest stars with a seed of faith
See the nation rise and take its place
I am ready. Ready for a miracle.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am joining Sandra again for Happy Homemaker Monday....blogger isn't loading my photo's right now. Hopefully I can add them later.
The weather in my neck of the woods: It is Spring finally! I think maybe 60 already. All I know is I don't need a coat! Yea.
Things that make me happy: My clean kitchen
Book I'm reading: Just finished Bequiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand. Reading a childrens book. And waiting for my next book in the mail.
What I'm enjoying on TV: when the grandbaby is here on Mon. it is PBS till 1:00 then change to Nick Jr. The rest of the time I usually listen to the Christian C.D. package. At night it is usually HG.TV. I love house hunters. On food channel I love chopped. They sure do show a lot of reruns though!
On the menu for dinner: Crockpot Chili, hot wings and a salad
On my To Do List: The normal house routine. Fixin' to take the sheets of the bed. Sweep and mop the floor.
New Recipe tried or want to try soon: I tried corn bread off the Aunt Jemima bag of complete mix. It was great in an iron skillet. Really using my iron for alot more now.
This isn't a recipe I want to try but I sure would like to cook some okra in that skillet. Can't wait for some fresh okra!
In the craft basket: A quick and easy quilt top I am finishing to show Wed. at a training session for a class I am starting for our halfway house girls.
Looking forward to this week: Lunch on Wed. with my mom, my daughter and Cowboy. It is our daughters birthday.
Tips and Tricks:Paper plates. The really cheap kind I use to drain french fries, as a spoon rest, a cutting board in a jam, to stage cut veggies. They are handy when you cook meals that have lots of ingredients or use lots of utensils. Saves dishwashing!
My favorite blog post this week: Tracy's newest post. It was a great tutorial. She also is having a party tomorrow at her blog. Here's her photo button. It explains it all. Go and join her!
Blog Hopping: I found this over at one of my favorite stops Desert Cottage. Karen Valentine is the wonderful writer here. She recently made a job change and started to design blogs you have to go and check over here and check out her work! Oh she designed the new 'Email me' button on my sidebar. It is one of her freebie's.
I am always discovering new blogs and I put my fav's on the sidebar. Check them out.
No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):
Lesson learned the past few days: To think about what I do between the Sundays. Already blew it.
On my mind: The sewing classes beginning next Friday and the details of moving.
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Psalm 13 these verses describe my feelings right now. I am leaning on these words . . .
But I trust in your unfailing love' my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5&6
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Today I am sharing a song I am sure many of you have heard. And I am sure it is one you love. But a found a version that I have never heard. I hope you enjoy.
This week we were planning a message for our boys chapel service. The title of the message is
Between The Sundays. It shares with the boys about Christ's Journey to Cross and what he did for us. Then we will present to them the concept of "What are you doing between the Sundays."
As I think about this it is a great topic for all of us. Not just young men in a prison facility.
Some weeks I am high on following God's will. Some weeks I am whinney and thinking more of myself. Some weeks I am depressed that things aren't happening as quickly as I would want.
And some weeks I am just flat too busy to think about anything.
I have to ask myself the question. "What am I doing between the Sundays?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
#1 I am thankful for Christ's Haven in Keller,Texas it is a wonderful children's home and also the new home of our horse. We went to see him yesterday and he is happier than he has been in awhile. Her prefers children to old people! LOL.
#2 I am thankful for Spring time. I think it is my favorite time of year. I love the spring evenings being able to sit outside at dusk is a favorite past time.
#3 This one is probably silly but another reason I am thankful for the weather is that it is nice and the cat wants to stay outside! Hold on I have to go and let him in! The reason I like him to be outside. He manages to get in bed with us in the middle of the night. And, wants to sleep on my feet.
That's it that is my list today. Oh I could write many, many more things but I won't make this a long post so you can stop and take the time to make your own list.
What are you thankful for today?
If I can find a Mr. Linky somewhere I'll join in. I seem to have a hard time keeping up with them!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wordfilled Wednesday was created by Amy. The hostess today is Susan go over and join or check out the other great illustrations of God's word.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have a give a way copy of this book! Send me an email if you want it.
It is also great reading for a youth group or for a church library or a youth instructor or leader or anyone working with youth.
This book Start Here piggy backs on the concepts that are introduced in the first book. Do Hard Things inspired young people around the world to make the most of their teen years.
The second book was inspired by questions asked by young people after reading the first book. Questions like: How do I get started? What do I do when I get discouraged?
All these questions and more are answered in Start Here. This is a small book only 137 pages of text. It also includes discussion questions. And a section on Notes that discribes about some of the projects mentioned in the book.
This is an easy to read book. It includes inspiring short stories of how other youth have stepped out, stepped up and began serving God.
Here is a summary and background info. from the publisher.
At the age of eighteen, Alex and Brett Harris wrote Do Hard Things—and launched a movement that would change a generation. Young people around the world were ready to be inspired, ready to move beyond complacency, ready to rebel against society’s low expectations.
Now the highly anticipated companion book, Start Here, answers the questions Alex and Brett have received from thousands of teens on their worldwide conference tour and popular online community: How do I get started? What hard things does God want me to do? How do I keep from getting discouraged or burned out? What is the best way to inspire others?
Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide for young people who are ready to take the next step and blast past apathy. Let the rebelution continue.
Alex and Brett Harris are the coauthors of the best-selling book Do Hard Things, which they wrote at age eighteen. Today the twins speak regularly to audiences of thousands on The Rebelution Tour, maintain a hugely popular online presence through their blog, TheRebelution.com, and have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times. Raised in Portland , Oregon , the brothers currently attend Patrick Henry College in Virginia .
Here's a link to the Random House website. There you will find different options where you can purchase the book online:
Due to new Federal Trade Commission requires the following disclaimer.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
High res cover art also provided by the publisher.
Leave a comment to be entered in the give a way!
Here Burns My Candle. Liz Curtis Higgs. 2010. March 2010. WaterBrook Multnomah. 480 pages.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Book I'm reading: A review book that honestly I am not enjoying. Fixing to start reading another I have a bunch of reviews to do in the next couple of weeks!
What I'm enjoying on TV: HGTV House Hunters love that show seeing all the different houses
On the menu for dinner: Beef! Took a huge piece of sirloin out of freezer Cowboy is going to cut some into steaks for tonight then I'll be cooking stew and maybe beef tips for later in the week. Not my favorite meal but he likes it.
On my To Do List: Prepare for sewing class and Learning 4 Life starting soon with the girls I work with. And packing, packing and more packing. We will be signing our lease in the next couple of days when they get it all written. We hope to move by mid April if they can get into thier new place. Otherwise it will be May. I am shooting for April!
In the craft basket: Sadly my little craft basket and my sewing is packed in boxes!
Tips and Tricks: Mr. Clean Eraser (or store brand) love these. They work great on the stove if you have grease built up around the edges of the burners where it is hard to reach.
My favorite blog post this week: All of these . . . I loved all the Spring animal posts!
Blog Hopping : I have a new favorite place to visit. You have to go over and visit Beth some of her posts crack me up. Some inspire. Some are really fun. She is having a party starting next week. Here's her cute button. Go here to check it out.
No words needed my favorite photo . . .
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.Psalm 37:5-6Romans 15:13
Friday, March 19, 2010
Click here to get there easy peasy. I have been visiting Traci for a while. Yesterday when I went by I saw she had a giveway. To enter you only have to leave a comment but if you want another chance you can either put a link on your sidebar or write a post.
Since I wanted to share what I want to have if I win. I wanted to write a post so I could show you this . . .
We have found a house but there are lots of details to work out. One being I need to raise some money so I have a couple of ideas. Besides my ebay and etsy store I am going to start selling our cookbooks here on the blog. I am looking for a couple of people to review so if your interested in receiving 2 free cookbooks (one to keep one to give away) just leave me a comment with your email.
The other thing is and I got some advice from Traci on this is to sell some ad space here on the blog and over at My Home Sanctuary too. I'll need a little help I think setting it up I am still pretty much a dummy at blogging. Of course anyone wanting to purchase add space will want it easy to use, pretty and easy to find so I will be changing my layout a little, pretting it up and making it more clean I think is the word.
So if your interested in advertising email me! Don't forget if you want to review let me know.
Here's my email sleganatyahoo.com.
Don't forget to go by Traci's.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Are you thankful for something this morning? Are you thankful for a lot of things?
Today I have to go with the list of miracles and Blessings God has given me.
#1 I am thankful for our vet. Dr. L. Tuesday we had an episode with our horse that is 22. We had never seen anything like this in our over 20 years of having horses. Even though it was new to us it was routine of course to an experienced vet. It was an emergency and Dr. L. put asside his schedule to come to our rescue. When I called him and explained the situation I told him that we could not afford to treat the horse. We have known this vet for 8 years. I told him that if the horse needed to be put down that we couldn't pay him for it today. It costs $75.00 just for the vet to walk onto the property; plus whatever else he has to do. He treated our horse and didn't charge us a dime. Thank you God for Dr. L.
I know that you care about what we care about. I know that every creature is important to you. I thank you for Pal and his sweet nature. I thank you for all the years he has been a pet to us. And I pray that you will direct us to find him a loving home. Thank you God for Matt. He is a great person. You know that I have prayed many prayers for him. I thank you today that he was willing to go out of his way for us and for Pal. Bless him. Bless his family. And, Bless his business.
#2 I am thankful for our friend and brother in Christ Ron. We met Ron about 7 years ago when his son was assigned to our ministry. A few months after his son finished his assignment Ron made a donation to us and we have been in connection ever since. He is now on our board of directors and is our main fundraiser. He is working with corporate sponsors and his church on our behalf. With thier help and God's grace we will be moving soon.
Thank you God for Ron and his heart to be your servant. Thank you for his years of support. Thank you for his birthday tomorrow and his dedication to the ministry.
Thank you for his family and his church. Thank you that he is not afraid to step outside normal boundaries and meet you where you are working.
#3 I am thankful that God is patient with me. He knows all my needs. He knows all my faults. I am thankful that he forgives me even though I keep messing up. I am thankful that all I have to do is ask. I am thankful that he listens even when I know I don't deserve his grace. When I keep saying the same things over and over. Telling him my needs and asking his forgiveness for those things I keep messing up on again and again.
Thank you God for your grace. Thank you God for your patience. The Toby Mac song just went through my mind...Father God I am clay in your hands. I want to be what you want me to be. I don't want to do this or that to conform to what the world thinks. I want to be like Ron and step outside the boundaries if I need to and meet you where you are. Where you are taking the ministry. I want to do what you want me to do. Thank you God for allowing me to be your child.
Here are part of the words to that song that popped into my head.
Father God, I am clay in your hands, Help me to stay that way through all life's demands, 'Cause they chip and they nag and they pull at me, And every little thing I make up my mind to be, Like I'm gonna be a daddy whose in the mix, And I'm gonna be a husband who stays legit, And I pray that I'm an artist who rises above, The road that is wide and filled with self love, Everything that I see draws me, Though it's only in You that I can truly see that its a feast for the eyes . . .
I don't want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul, Don't wanna walk away, let me hear the people say. I don't want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul, Don't wanna walk away, let me hear the people say.
Wishing you Blessings on your Journey today. Thanks for stopping in. And you can run over to Laurie's for more thankful posts.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
They are always in my prayers.
Father God thank you for my beautiful daughter. She is pure sunshine to me. Thank you for my dear sweet grandson that is sitting in my lap right now. Thank you that I am able to see them every week and that Zane gets to come and play. Thank you that she is a loving and beautiful mommy, wife and daughter.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
From my daybook . . . March 21,2010
Outside my window. . . overcast looks like rain. The cat stayed out last night! And he is looking in the window now.
I am thinking. . .about my day and wondering how things with our house hunt will turn out.
I am thankful for. . .that God is good and supplies. We had amazing affirmation this weekend on some points. Did you see the rainbow on my Thursday and Friday posts?
From the learning rooms. . . Peggy added if this applies she meant this for homeschooling moms but I think it applies to all of us . . . I am learning/experiencing God's faithfulness and I am learning to have faith.
From the kitchen. . . no menu yet this week but I am trying to clean out the freezer before we move I need ideas for chicken I have an abundance. Any ideas?
I am wearing. . . jeans and old Gap henley and a sweater and socks it's still a little chilly this morning.
I am creating. . . Habits. I am working really hard on doing better at keeping the house. I swept and mopped the kitchen floor twice over the weekend. It really is really simple to do it just before bedtime.
I am going. . . no where today. Baby will be here today,Wed and Fri. because it spring break.
I am reading. . . a book about Homeschooling and a novel. I have to review both
I am hoping. . . that we don't get ahead of God.
I am hearing . . . my dog chewing on a bone!
Around the house . . . more packing, organzing and figuring out what is not going to the new house.
One of my favorite things. . . sitting by a fire at dusk and enjoying the outside with Cowboy, my dog and a glass of wine.
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . I don't know. With house hunting and all the issues around that and moving I am taking it one day, one minute at a time.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing. . .
I am sharing this photo because I wanted ask you all to pray for our house situation and for our horse. This is cowboy being silly with them. The one on the right is our paint. His name is Pal. This is a really old photo. He is now 22. In the background you can see our son. The paint was his horse. Anyway we need to find a good home for Pal. We have not been able to find a house that has land so we are forced to find him a home. We want to donate him to a camp near us. We are waiting to hear back from them. If it doesn't work we will be trying to find someone to take him. Please pray we can find him a good home.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I was amazed to see this beautiful rainbow as I looked out my kitchen window.
Today I am sharing I song I stumbled onto while looking for worship music for chapel service tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it.
Amy Wyatt is the wonderful hostess of Then Sings My Soul stop over there for more amazing music.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I yelled out Cowboy. . . . "Oh my word you have to come and see this!" "Seriously get in here now and see this!
He asked jokingly "What is it a pot of gold."
I needed a rainbow
We are still waiting patiently for God's direction with finding a place to live but while we are waiting we are worshipping Him, we are Serving Him. We are holding on to faith he has a plan.
And we are Thankful.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Did you know that you can raise money for your favorite charities simply by shopping at some of your favorite places.
And did you know I am a dummy at blogging and computers. I have a label called 'dummies at blogging. '
This post is here because I was trying to sign up for Mission Fish through Ebay. I needed to download our logo. I didn't have it on my computer on a jpg and so Cowboy emailed it to me. Well it wouldn't let me save it to my photo's. So I out foxed it by posting it here then copying it to my photo's. At least I figured out how to make it work. But I figured I would just leave this up because I think it is great information.
Ebay is one place you can shop and sell and a % will be donated to your favorite charity. So when your shopping on Ebay think about your favorite charity.
When I took this photo I immediately thought of this verse. My daughter laughed because it seems most of the photo's I take
are of him eating. Or waiting to eat!
Are you patiently or not so patiently waiting on the Lord today. Just think how sweet it is when you see God's direction clearly.
Amy's hostess today is Lori visit her for more illustrations of God's word through photo's.
Hope your day is filled with sweet Blessings from God.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This is not the type of book that I normally read or even consider purchasing. But since I just began this Journey of reviewing books and Waterbrook Multnomah offered it. I hated to turn down the offer.
Let me tell you I am so glad I decided to read this book. From the first chapter I was drawn in. This is a book that I couldn't put down.
My apprehension laid in the fantasy genre. My concern was that it was not a book that would be something that would be be in line with Biblical truths.
The story line parralle's God's plan for mercy and salvation. And causes the reader to stop and think.
This book and the others in the series would be excellent for a teen reading group. The book ends with study and discussion questions.
Although Lady Carliss is the 4th in the series I had no trouble picking it up and getting into the story without having read the first 3. And, I am so intrigued with the story that I want to go back and read the others. And, well I wonder what happens in the end with Lady Carliss as there is a little romance thrown in as well.
This was an easy book to read. I was surprised by a couple of twists and turns in the plot but it wasn't difficult to keep up with the characters or the story line.
Here's a brief summary provided by Waterbook Multnomah . . .
Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue:
Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for kidnapping a friends’ family. Along the way she is reunited with Sir Dalton and discovers that the struggle in her heart is far from over. When Dalton falls to the vicious attack of a mysterious, poisonous creature, Carliss finds herself in a race against time. As Dalton clings perilously to life, she must find the antidote in the distant and strange city of Moorue . While there, Carliss uncovers the master plot of a powerful Shadow Warrior that will soon overtake the entire Kingdom. Her faith in the Prince and her courage as a knight are tested as she faces evil Shadow Warriors and a swamp full of dreadful creatures. The lives of many, including Dalton ’s, depend on Carliss. But she cannot save them all, for time is running out. She faces an impossible choice: save Dalton , or let him die so that others may live.
If your looking for something good to read why I highly suggest going on over to Random House and purchasing it. Here's the link.
Still need convincing go here for more info.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Our ministry provides a chapel service every Sunday morning at a male youth prison.
It is my challenging job to find the music for each service.
Friday, March 5, 2010
We did find a house yesterday we Love. it has everything we want and need. And it has enough room for my mother to move in if she has to. We want her to but she is rebellious! LOL.
It is just minutes away from our church. So I could go to Tuesday ladies Bible Study again and we could go on Wednesday nights. We are thinking we could change our chapel service time a little and make it to Sunday School also before we go to do our service.
The down side is it is in a neighborhood and so we have to find a home for our horse and two mini donkeys.
I put a posting on craigslist last night for the horse. Two people have already emailed. I know we will have tons of people answer but we are praying for the right home for him. I am putting together an application and I will check references and go and see where he will be. This is really scary to me but I know God is in this.
Will you guys please pray for our house and pray for our animals too.
This is a happy day and I want to leave you with a smile.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We are off to look at a house this morning. Could it be the one? Please pray for us today.
Then we have ministry work to do the rest of the morning.
Worshipping and Serving while we're waiting.
May your day be Blessed
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Today I am sharing the verse before the photo . . .
"Heaven is my throne,
and the earth my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?"
declares the Lord.
I read these words last night and they immediately spoke to me. God says:
Where is the house you build for me? I want him to have a place in my heart. I want room for God in my heart. In my day. In my minute each minute I want to share with him. No I want to give to him.
As we are looking for a house I want it to be a house. A home that welcomes God. A home that God is living in.
I/We want to invite him in.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I really, really need you all to lift me and my Cowboy up. Tonight my head is spinning. We spent the entire day looking for somewhere to live.
I used this photo because we have only a few short weeks and we have no new address.
We found a house today that would accomodate all the animals. It has some nice features. And some not so nice features. Picture a 1980's bathroom. But the kitchen is great and it has two fireplaces. Stalls for the horse and donkeys and a pond. We could take all the animals.
The downside is it is so far away from our daughter that I doubt that we would ever see them.
This house is easily in our price range.
Every other house we have looked at we would have to really, really struggle.
We have faith God will provide.
But our delima is what is God's will? So we struggle.
I simply ask you dear sisters to lift us up. We so need wisdom. We so need discernment. We so
need to hear God's voice.
We so need to trust in the Lord. We so need to see clearly the path he has for us.