Saturday, July 19, 2014
First, I asked Kathy to share a short devotion. I don't know about y'all, but a word from God sets to the tone just right for any post.
Here's Kathy's thought-provoking words:
Retreating to get ahead
Thanks for that reminder, Kathy. I needed that today. I must constantly prioritize my life to keep first things, first.
That's amazing. You are one busy lady. Hope comes through God whatever our story. Kathy, could you tell us something about A Season of God's Daily Influence and Vallikett's Journey?
Since I also wrote a devotion book (Divine Dining), I obviously love them.
What about Valliketts Journey?
Much of The Dakotas were unsettled, and so was Louis Vallikett. He was angry at God. He lost his job, and with no prospects of work to support his family, his brother, Will, a Civil War veteran, tells Louis about the Homestead Act … 160 acres free! His wife, Lizzy, was cautious. What peril would they be putting on their daughters, Edith and Louisa? What about the Indian attacks they heard about, schools, and leaving all they knew? They pack the wagons to ride to Badus Lake in The Dakotas. The terrifying unknowns are brought to light. Challenges on the trail and homestead are hard, and sometimes heartbreaking. Relating with the Indians (both good and bad), along with devastating natural occurrences and other tragedies, challenge the Valliketts, but they find a community of people dedicated to one another, and the dream they all have in building the town of Badus Lake. This is a heartwarming story of love and compassion, faith in God, and an abundance of courage.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Check out the giveaway at the end of this post. Don't forget. Scroll all the way down.
Before I introduce Harry, I wish to share the Amazon review I put up for Moon over Maalaea Bay a few days ago.
Shows the nature of God through the characters' struggles
You may be wondering if you must first read books 1 & 2 of this series, but you can start with this book 3 & be instantly glued to the page. Wegley's research lends authenticity. He grounds readers into the love life of Lee and Jennifer as they begin their honeymoon in paradise with the future looking bright and hopeful until the bride and groom must face the challenge of their lives and their faith. Why does a loving God allow Christians to suffer persecution and pain? How does He show Himself faithful while they're caught in the clutches of the enemy's trap for revenge? Faith is tested to the limits. God shows up in small prayers and impossible situations. The author packs his story with as much of God's nature as that of the characters. Don't expect your sweet romance. The story will thrill, excite, and make you afraid. Moon over Maalaea Bay will answer many of your questions about "Where was God when ... " Did I say you could win a free giveaway book at the end of this post?
Now, here's Harry's offer to those reading this blog.
Friday, July 4, 2014
From the mountains
|Mountains in Yellowstone National Park|
|To the prairie|
| Clara Cemetery on North Texas plains (setting for "Victoria and the Ghost.|
|Charles and Janet at Rockport, Texas beach|
To the ocean white with foam
God Bless America
Other beautiful sites in America
|Overlooking Eureka Springs, Arkansas|
|Hill country in central Texas|
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Though excited, we worry that all those pounds will return. At best, keeping up our weight loss is impossible. Why, we can't even expect to maintain, can we?
Yes, you can.
Without giving up all the fun.
And, have the vacation of your life.
Here's 10 suggestions:
1. Where's the action?
Going to the beach? Plan on swimming, snorkeling, or running along the beach. Running in that sand gives resistance and burns lots more calories. Swimming will use up twice the amount of calories walking on land will do. How about organizing a sand volleyball game or joining in with someone else?
Like mountains? Bike. Hike. Plan a new route each day, some shorter, some longer. Buy that pretty suncatcher as your reward for finishing the longest trail. Join the kids in horsebackriding. Don't just watch them. And, when they beg to do the super water slide, say, "sure," then join in.
Is cities your thing? In Boston, do the walking historical tour. Trudge over the areas where our forefathers fought. In New York City, hike from the Empire State Building to Central Park. In San Francisco, hike from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf. Walk the full length of the riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and then hop on over to the Hemisphere Tower.
Our minds play tricks. Once fat, always fat. When we see ourselves as fat, what difference does it make to eat and gain a little more? Why take our loss so seriously?
If you've lost five pounds, lift a 5 lb. sack of sugar. If you've lost twenty pounds, pick up a 20 lb sack of dog food. If you've lost a hundred pounds, balance a small woman or larger child on your back, and see how far you can walk. See how hard it is to climb stairs. This can keep a picture in your mind of how important it is even when you're not thinking lose weight.
3. What's your goal?
If your goal is to stay the same, make it a real goal with an exact number and exact date. Never leave thinking I'm going to eat whatever I want. If you do, you might return several pounds heavier, get discouraged, and give up.
A goal motivates. Our mind keeps working even when we're not consciously dieting.
Goals should be specific (weigh 1 lb less three days after returning home), be written, (Yes, it's important), and be forgiveable (In case you miss it by a bit).
4. Keep a Log.
Journal. Play like you're a travel writer and will need to remember the details. Plan on sharing experiences with someone when you get home. What did you feel while standing looking out over the vast ocean? What was your favorite restaurant? What was their specialty? How did you make it lighter?
5. Take your first-aid kit.
Pack lots of fruit, veggies, cheese sticks, and if you have a cooler, take some yogurt or cool your watermelon.
6. Stay hydrated.
No matter where you go, drink lots of water. Sometimes, a bottle of water knocks the munchies better than anything. Sip instead of bite.
7. Set ground rules.
Tell your family or friend that's going with you that you expect for you all to get lots of exercise.
8. Watch the salads.
Our solution to eating healthy is usually get salad. Have you ever looked at how big lots of salad-eaters are? Let me tell you, it's not the lettuce. It's the dressing, the croutons, the nuts, the pasta. Sometimes, a small hamburger is really your best choice. Think about it.
9. Don't be a loner.
Put your focus on the people you vacation with. Use the time to have a real heart-to-heart talk with you mate. Find out what's troubling your child. Listen to your friend. Fellowship, not food, should be the priority for eating.
10. When is it time for a treat?
Food addicts have favorite dishes and places to eat wherever we go. What's yours? the best ribs in the west, all the catfish you can eat, their famous blackberry cobbler, peanut butter fudge? Decide when you will have that. Don't skimp. Don't deny yourself. But, have it only once. Make it a real treat.
Any other tips? Leave a comment and let me know. Or, let me know if you've tried any of mine.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Okay, I admit I’m a sugarholic. Anything sweet, especially chocolate, calls to me. I also admit that I’ve never had a weight or overeating problem. I try to eat healthy foods, except for the sugar, of course. So why does this book appeal to me? First, the author starts each day’s[devotion with a scripture. These verses from the Bible apply to all aspects of our lives, not just what we eat. For instance, we read on June 15, John 15:6 “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” Next, the author tells a short story relating to this verse and how she applies it to her life. She closes with a prayer. She does each day of the year this way, with stories and her experiences. And there’s something there for everyone.
I could go on with other great examples, but you’ll enjoy DIVINE DINING more if you read it for yourself. I think you may see similarities to your life in some of the stories. I have. This would make a great gift for friends and family, especially those struggling with a difficult issue in their lives. The book will help them realize they’re not alone and with God’s help they will succeed in achieving their goals. Why not pick up a copy for your local library and your church library, as well as for your own?
Links to purchase book:
Thanks, Beverly Stowe McClure, and many others for all the reviews and comments about this devotion book.
Watch for September. #Divine Dining will be on Smashwords with freebies.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When you are called to write, you can’t escape it. I like to think I’m a receptive student of the craft. As long as God allows, I will write.
I definitely wanted to encourage my readers. That’s another intent of my writing. In the South we have a saying--Living in High Cotton. We can all live in high cotton if we feel our lives matter. For me, high cotton is feeling a sense of inner wealth, not financial wealth or luck. Our significance is not dependent on what we do. In our frailty and weakness, we are the strongest because the light of Christ can shine through fractured lives.
Kathi Macias assembled a team of writers for the Summer in Sweetland series and invited me to participate. Kathi and her coeditor Anne Baxter Campbell are interested in mentoring writers like me. Helping Hands Press is the publisher for this endeavor.
The volumes in the Summer in Sweetland series are 8,000 words. I am learning to adjust my storytelling to varied word counts and not sacrifice the essence of the tale. Believable, multilayered characters is the challenge with shorter word counts.
Find Diane at these links:
Can the unlikely trio of Virginia, Bernie, and Geraldine find the culprit or is there bigger fish to fry?
Volume 2 gives us a bird’s eye view of Sweetland and neighboring New Beckton. Characters you come to love are right over the backyard fence in Sweetland, and after the summer’s dance, life is never the same.