Archive for October, 2012

Reviewing Jewels for the Kingdom rx

October 31, 2012

I’m neI think most everyone knows that I love to read. I especially love it now that I have a Kindle on my computer and can read with no help from anyone.

I’ve also mentioned on this blog that I am part of writing groups online. I think my favorite of these groups is Pelican Book Group. Most of these women, and we do have a few men as well, write Christian romance which is one of my favorite genres. One of the fabulous authors from this group, Delia Latham, has allowed me to review one of her books which is entitled, “Jewels for the Kingdom”.

Pia Peretti operates a jewelry business out of her home. She also delights in giving away special pieces of jewelry as the Lord prompts her. But Pia can’t seem to forget the mistakes she made before she found the Lord’s love. She especially struggles when it comes to believing that anything special will happen in her life.

David Myers is a minister that has just come to Pia’s hometown. The friendship between Pia and David is almost instant. But memories haunt David as well. Can the pastor forgive himself for the mistakes he has made?

Can Pia and David move forward together or will their pasts keep them apart?

I loved this book. I read the whole thing this afternoon. “Jewels for the Kingdom”  is available on Amazon. r

October 25, 2012

Let’s see if I can get anything decent written in the time that I have. We are going out of town this weekend, and I’m almost sure that I will not be online again until we return sometime Sunday. So let’s see if I can get anywhere on the book. Blogging about the book is what I do if I have no other ideas if you haven’t already figured that out.

Alcorn says as many others have said before him, that God does not want us to love Him because we have no choice in the matter, but because we to choose to love Him. And to give us the choice whether to love Him or not means we have to be free to decide everything about our lives. God does not make mistakes. He is God and that means that He is perfect! We humans are the ones that have badly messed everything up. When trouble comes our way, we should not blame God. It’s a human problem. And we will do well to always remember that.

I had better go for. Question. The bible says that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Can you think of a specific example in your life where God did work everything out for your good? x

October 23, 2012

My family is going to be gone over the next couple of weekends, so I’m very mindful of the fact that I need to get my work done in good time. Work does include this blog. And since there are no huge things going on in my life at the moment, let’s gets back to that book of Randy Alcorn’s, “If God is Good”.

After discussing the fall of man and how much more we enjoy life having been through troubles, Randy says something interesting. He says, “Though evil had no part in God’s original creation, it was part of His original plan.” I have never thought of things that way. Think about it. Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world. The Lord, who knows everything from beginning to end, knew what would happen when He gave us free choice. He also knew who would accept him and who would reject Him.

And so, “the problem of evil is the problem of freedom”. Think about this. In America we believe that each person has a right to choose their own spouse. Most of us believe that arranged marriages are antiquated ideas that no one should have to put up with in this modern age… But that might not be the best example, because arranged marriages do work. Most the time, arranged marriages work better than the ones we decide on for ourselves.

I’m not sure of any good examples of how freedom harms us. Can anyone else come up with a better idea?

October 20, 2012

I am going to make it my goal this coming week to finish clearing out my business e-mail this coming week so I can get on with life. I have a tendency to get something stuck in my mind and then kind of be paralyzed to do anything else until that one thing is done.. I mean, I am writing on my novel some. And obviously, I’m also working some on this.

I have a lot of questions about this blog that I am going to be working through and doing some research on… I know that blogs should have a theme. I don’t think I’m doing well with keeping this on a focused theme. I am also wondering how often I should blog. Should I set myself a schedule and just make say to myself, YOU MUST BLOG ON THESE DAYS NO MATTER WHAT? Some people do their blog posts way in advance. But I really don’t like that idea. It just isn’t me. I’m toying with the idea of setting myself a schedule of sorts and do different topics on different days of the week.

One thing I know I haven’t done in a while and want to get back to is going through this book of Randy Alcorn’s “If God is Good, Why Do We Hurt?” Okay, think of what we call history, the story of earth. As a Christian, I believe that God made a perfect universe. However, we humans badly messed everything up by refusing to go God’s way and instead going our own… If you had written earth’s story, would you have writing it this way? Would you have written a story with no conflict?

You might have. And I might have as well. But think about this. Without conflict, is there much of a story. Think about this. Once a little girl was told to take some food to her grandmother. So she she goes and does exactly as she is told. The grandmother gets the food, and all is well. Is that an interesting story? No, not really.

Maybe you’re saying, that’s a story but this is real life? Okay, how much do you appreciate something that is always there right when you need it, doing its job perfectly. Do you not enjoy good health more after you’ve been sick?

I need to go for now. What things do you appreciate more having once lost them?

October 18, 2012

I’ve been thinking. I always say I want to get more serious about this blog, but I never do anything about it. Sadly I feel like there are a lot of things I do that with. I’ll say I want to see big changes in my life, but never actually do anything to make those changes happen.. I am going to be working on that. I figure that this blog is a good place to start. I have a couple of ideas of how to go about going about doing that.

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the presidential election is coming up. I am an issues voter”. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am very pro life. I am also for the sanctity of traditional marriage. I believe that marriage is for one man and one woman committed to one another for life.

I am going to vote no question. But I am also praying about this election a lot.. And really.. I know how I am going to vote. However Sunday we were reminded that the Lord is over all, and does not take sides like we do.

I am looking at the time. My group is having dinner tonight. I’d better go for now.

October 12, 2012

Today is Friday. Mom is coming home tomorrow, and my brother and his girlfriend are bringing her home. The two of them will be here for the weekend. I’m hoping to just relax and enjoy family time.

We also have a Forty Days for Life event coming up on Sunday.. This is Life Chain. People are going to line the streets around the abortion clinic to just pray.

I know that this is short. But it’s the end of the week and I’m tired. I just wanted to get a second post up for the week.

Planning r

October 8, 2012

Most people who know me know that I love to write. And because I love to write, I am part of many online discussion groups on the subject of writing. One adage I’ve seen discussed on those groups over and over again on these writing groups is, “write what you know”. I’m not sure I agree with that saying all of the time.

However, if things work like I think that they will, I will hopefully be getting to know some more disabled people. I met with the person I work with at the Independent Living Center on Friday. And getting me out in the community more is one of the things that we want to work on. I will keep you posted about how that goes.

I’m also considering joining some online groups that discuss disabilities once I get my e-mail worked through. That is a slow process.

And yes. I do feel bad about posting only once last week. I am going to work on that.

October 5, 2012

This past week has been pretty crazy. Part of that has been because we have been pretty busy with this 40 Days for Life campaign.

We showed a pro life movie at our church this past Tuesday night. The movie told stories different people by abortion. I thought it was an amazing movie. But to my disappointment, it was only Mom and I that watched it. No one else came.

And then Wednesday was our church’s day to pray at the clinic. Thankfully, people showed up to pray. My time was the early morning, but Mom, who was going back and forth all day, said we had someone there praying at all times. And that’s the goal.

You may be asking, has she forgotten what she she said about writing on disability issues? The answer is no, I haven’t. But disability is very much a part of the pro life movement. When babies are seen as dispensible, and old people are beginning to be seen as discardable if they can no longer be useful, who do you think is next to be targeted?? Father, help us. You may be asking, has she forgotten what she she said about writing on disability issues? The answer is no, I haven’t. But disability is very much a part of the pro life movement. When babies are seen as dispensible, and old people are beginning to be seen as discardable if they can no longer be useful, who do you think is next to be targeted?? Father, help us. x

October 4, 2012

This past week has been pretty crazy. Part of that has been because we have been pretty busy with this 40 Days for Life campaign.

We showed a pro life movie at our church this past Tuesday night. The movie told stories different people by abortion. I thought it was an amazing movie. But to my disappointment, it was only Mom and I that watched it. No one else came.

And then Wednesday was our church’s day to pray at You may be asking, has she forgotten what she she said about writing on disability issues? The answer is no, I haven’t. But disability is very much a part of the pro life movement. When babies are seen as dispensible, and old people are beginning to be seen as discardable if they can no longer be useful, who do you think is next to be targeted?? Father, help us.