Musings — September 2017


Living Our Days

The geese have already begun their practice maneuvers over our heads on this country hill. They’re getting ready to go, so at least one goofy son will have asked the annual joke question:

“Why is one side of the longer than the other?”
Pause and grin.
The answer?
“One side of the is longer than the other because it has more geese.”
And I laugh every year because that joke parallels my own habit of peering into a simple matter and making it more complicated than it needs to be.

I’m still reading Jeremiah these days, and it occurs to me that he must have looked overhead and observed the patterns of migratory birds as well:

“Even the stork in the heavens
Knows her appointed times;
And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow
Observe the time of their coming.
But My people do not know the judgment…

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Bible Verses on How God Forgives Us


Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • Psalm 32:5 ESV
    I acknowledged my sin to you,
        and I did not cover my iniquity;
    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
        and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
  • Psalm 51:1-2 ESV
    Have mercy on me,O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
    according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!
  • Psalm 103:11-12 ESV
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
        so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
     as far as the east is from the west,
        so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  • Proverbs 28:13
    Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
    but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
  • Isaiah 1:18 HCSB
    “Come, let us discuss this,”
    says the Lord.
    “Though your…

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5 Books that Breathe Faith into the Cancer Journey


Living Our Days

Those who shake their family tree may be pelted with details they’d rather not know. The blight I encountered in my particular grove was cancer—multiple varieties, hereditary strains. Suddenly I feel a deep kinship with the unending parade of friends and acquaintances who are hearing the word cancer breathed into the air of clinical spaces. I’m thankful that God has hand-picked a few writers who have suffered the effects of cancer to speak from their experience, for while it is true that no two cancer journeys are identical, it is also true that shared grief is lightened.

Cancer is this month’s theme for The Redbud Post. I’ve added my voice to the message that cancer does not have the final say by contributing a compilation of five book reviews from various perspectives on the topic. My hope is that this will be a resource to those who are learning the…

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New Testament Women and the Piercing Embrace of the Following Life


Living Our Days

Flannery O’Connor is known for her short stories, but she packed images large and alarming into her economical word count. Murder, road side ambushes, and the cast of grotesque characters who populated her writing reinforced her oft-quoted credo:

“You have to make your vision apparent by shock — to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind, you draw large and startling figures.”

In Pierced and Embraced, Kelli Worrall borrows one of O’Connor’s “large and startling figures” to write in bold script a parable of the gospel. The story of a defenseless old woman being violently gored by a bull portrays the shocking nature of grace as O’Connor’s protagonist is stabbed through the heart with one horn and encircled about the waist by the other.

It was the piercing that grabbed Kelli’s attention in the midst of her struggles with infertility and the heartbreak of three miscarriages. She…

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Yes, he smiled……


Mimi On Life

Baby Rowan is growing quickly. He is healthy and beautiful. Alan and I are blessed by watching Mike and Christine show love to their child. They are naturals at parenting.

Many wonderful “first time” events occur with a baby. The first coo, the first cry, the first diaper change, the first bath, the first outing and so much more.

One of the most precious sights is when you see that sweet baby look into your eyes and then, he smiles. People may say “Oh, that’s not a smile. That is gas.” Yet as a parent and a grandparent, when the baby looks into your eyes and makes those first facial movements, a smile is a smile. The whole world becomes happier when babies smile.

Rowan is beginning to show his personality with his sounds and expressions. As his “Mimi”, I know when I see a smile and his is the…

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Moving gives opportunities to show God’s love…


Mimi On Life

God answers prayers and this time He has answered our prayers fast. Alan and I prayed for wisdom, discernment and revelation about moving to South Carolina.  We asked God if we were making the right decision about moving. We prayed for a job for Alan, prayed for the house in VA to be purchased by someone God had chosen for the home, prayed for us to remember to show God’s love wherever we live. Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

Yes, God answered. A contract was put on the house in VA, Alan has a new job in SC, and the movers arrived and loaded the truck. All of those exciting events happened within a couple of weeks. Thank You God.

I must admit that moving has been stressful. Alan hurt his back moving too many boxes. We visited the local DMV 5 times. Each time, they asked for more information…

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Friday’s Sales, Releases, Giveaways & Facebook Parties


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Happy Friday, Reader Friends!

Thanks for stopping by to check out Friday’s Sales, Releases, Giveaways & Facebook Parties! My author friends sent me their info for their awesome inspybooks. I hope you enjoy!


Sales

Keely Brooke Keith’s Above Rubies

The Blurb: “It’s 1863, and schoolteacher Olivia Owens believes education should be a top priority in the newly established settlement of Good Springs. Between planning lessons and helping out on her family’s homestead, Olivia doesn’t have time for Gabriel McIntosh’s charming advances. She guards her heart, but Gabe is determined to win her affection and figure out what she’s hiding.”

Purchase: Amazon, Audible, B&N, iTunes

Follow: Website, Facebook, Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, YouTube

Sharyn Kopf’s Spinstered

The Blurb: “Three friends. Three stories. Three women trying to figure out how they ended up over 40 and still single.

Meet Catie, Jolene and Uli.

Almost 50…

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