Highlighted Feature

WORTH FORGIVING
due to release
in August, 2016
WATCH FOR THE
ANNOUNCEMENT

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My First Podcast Writing Workshop

I joined LaShaunda Hoffman and Kaycee Marshall to teach a podcast workshop on "How to Promte While Writing Your Next Book. Let me know what you think.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/7037290/how-to-promote-while-writing-your-next-b

Need a New Recipe?

Do you need a couple of new ideas of something good but low-fat to serve at a summer meal?
 
 
 
3 Ingredient Pancakes

 
 
 
1 serving = 3 Weight Watcher Points
 
1 mashed banana
1/4 c flour
1/8 c egg whites
 
 
Mix all together and cook in a hot skillet sprayed with vegetable oil spray.
 
Top with Smart Spread and sugar free syrup
 
 

 

Baked "fried" okra
 

 
2 servings = 3 WW points per serving
 
1 cup fresh or frozen plain okra
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup corn meal
 
Dip okra in egg whites and then over into corn meal.
Spread across oven-safe cookie sheet.
Broil in oven until browned and crispy.
 
 
 
 
When you make them, let me know what you think?
 
 







Don't forget to journal your day. Writing helps weight loss the Divine Dining way.
 


Saturday, June 25, 2016

What is Love?

I don't like most commercials, but ones with little children nearly always catch my attention. The Shriners use handicapped children to inform about all the good things they do, hoping, I assume, for donations.

The commercial I like best is the one where the children answer the question, "What is love?"

"Love is you like someone or something."
"Love is dancing."

Their answers are precious and heartfelt. If asked, how would we adults answer this question?

"Love is caring for someone more than ourselves."
"Love is an extreme affection for another."
"Love wants to give, not get."

All are great answers. My invaluable Roget's Super Thesaurus gives, as synonyms for love, "endearment, devotion, adoration, fondness, closeness intimacy, passion, crush, attachment," among many others ranging from a friend to a soulmate.

True Story
A few years ago, my oldest daughter and a young gentleman were great friends. They told each other about ones they dated. They spent a lot of time together in church work and fun stuff. My daughter began to see a change in her feelings, and she asked me, "How do you know when you're in love?"

"Why?" I asked.

"Well, lately, I just want to do anything and everything to please Mark, even if it's not what I want to do."

"You're in love," I told her.



The Bible tells us:


4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
                                                             1 Corinthians 13 4-8 (the love chapter)
 
 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.                                                                                             1 Peter 4:8
 
   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
                                                              John 15:13        
 
 
 
All this has been running through my mind this last week. The more I think about it, the more that I realize the answer to my question is:
 
What is love? Love is God

 
Don't just say "I love you," to God. Say, "I love you, too" because He first loved us.
                                                            Beth Moore
 
In my Wednesday night Bible study, a sweet teacher friend told us that during a book reading in her class about a grandpa and a little boy, the boy wanted the grandpa to promise he would never leave him. The grandpa told the boy, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
 
We may want God to promise that we'll get well, or that our husband won't leave, or our child won't die. He may promise that, but He may not. Instead of promising that, God might be saying, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
 
The warm days allow for nice mornings to sit on my patio for my quiet time. I hear "I love you" in ever chirp of the bird or flit of the butterfly's wings. Love surrounds us.
 
I am in awe of God. An old song reminds us to write God's love would take an ocean of ink and a parchment stretching the globe.
 
Thank you, Lord.
 
I love you, too.
 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Soar Like An Eagle with June Foster

Thanks to Christian author, June Foster, for a beautiful devotion for all Writing with God's Hope  blog viewers today. Thank you, June. Be sure to scroll on to the bottom to hear about June's new book.


Soar Like an Eagle

Isaiah 40:31 led me to think about eagles. "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

 
I place my hope in the Lord. In fact He's my rock and my fortress, so if the prophet Isaiah compares people to eagles, I needed to know more about the creature.

There are more than sixty different species of eagles. They have unusually large eyes and pupils with a million light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of the retina, five times more than a human's. Their eyesight enables them to spot a rabbit up to two miles away.

The Harpy and Philippine Eagles have wings that spread 2.5 meters across. That's 8.2 feet, about 13 steps up a staircase or a bit over two times the length of a stride. Eagles can soar high above open plains and water. They are admired as symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence.

In Exodus 19 when the Israelites left Egypt, God instructed Moses to tell the people in verse 4, "You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself." The Bible refers to eagles seven times in reference to strength and speed.

These attributes are for people who hope in the Lord. He will never disappoint us and let us down. Though we may not feel powerful or free, we are. Take the Bible's word for it. God says in Matthew 6: 26, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" This is good news!

  
And now, check out June's new release:
 
 Molly Cambridge arrives in the tiny Appalachian town of Misty Hollow intent upon bringing literacy to the area's uneducated women, only to be met by opposition at every turn by the headstrong, unbending mayor.
Joel Greenfield's passionate about turning the Greenfield property into a thriving dairy farm. Only problem, he can't even read the manual on how to operate the machinery and can't allow Molly to discover the truth.
Can two people who are cultures apart overcome the hurdles to fulfilling their dreams and find their way to each other?
 
 
 
 
An award-winning author, June Foster's novels include Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, Deliver Us, Hometown Fourth of July, Ryan's Father, Red and the Wolf, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew and Misty Hollow. Find June online at http://junefoster.com.



Thank you for stopping by, June. The book sounds fascinating, and I loved your devotion about eagles. They are one of the Lord's most awe-inspiring creations.

Any questions or comments for June?

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Faith and Fitness Magazine Article

Check out the article, Where There's a Will, There's a Weight, in today's copy of "Faith and Fitness Magazine."
http://www.faithandfitness.net/strongerdiet


This wonderful magazine is a wealth of helps to grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. After all, God made us in His image, three separate parts similar to the trinity, God, the Father, God, the son, God, the Holy Spirit.

Let me know if you have questions. I love to help others struggling with weight.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When God Says Stop

     I love writing.

All my life I’ve written something. When my girls were younger, I sold a few short stories. During their teens, I wrote one full length manuscript, submitted it to one publisher where it was promptly rejected, and then I put it aside for twenty years. In fact, it’s still in a drawer unsent.
Pretty blooms on sticky cacti

Life intervened with a demanding job, daughter’s weddings, and not enough hours in the day. The only thing I wrote for years was my prayer journal and one unfinished teen short story, and it drove me crazy. I would plan to write, but then not get home in time.

With the close of 2005, I retired from the job, the girls had moved away, and I decided to write full time. I joined a local writing group called Red River Romance Writers. It was a RWA chapter. Through them, I learned a lot and improved my writing. Through them, I learned about conferences and workshops.

I continue to belong to American
Christian Fiction Writers
From 2006 to 2009, I attended one or two conferences a year, many other workshops, took online classes, and submitted and faced rejection over and over. In 2009, I attended the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writing Conference in the beautiful North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. This group enlarged my vision and my places to submit. I came home ready to hit my new career at peak push.

I was nearing my sixty-fifth birthday and worried about the short time I had in life to get my work published. I worked long hours and prayed a lot. I fought bitterness at myself or the situation that caused me to waste my youth in not writing. An obsession to be published filled my mind. I gave it everything I had.

 

Then, God said, “stop.”

 

“Lord,” I prayed. “What should I stop? Should I stop going to conferences? Should I write only short stories? Are you saying I’ll never be published?”

 

The Lord told me, “Stop writing. Period. I don’t want you to write anything. I don’t want you to submit anything. I don’t want you to ever think about it. Nothing. Stop.”

 

I sat in what I call my prayer chair, limp as a delicate orchid that had been trampled. Giving up writing was like giving up my baby. Writing consumed my world. What would I do if I didn’t write? Who would I be?

 

But, I knew God had said, “Stop,” so I stopped.

 

For over three months, I wrote nothing, not even a journal. My quiet time with the Lord extended into longer periods of time. I read His Word more. Slowly, He revealed how obsessed I had become over being published. Strange how the devil blinds us to his sneaky ways. Though I was still a Christian, I had put publication on the throne of my life. It had become everything to me.

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.                  Phil. 4:7

 

God’s peace entered my heart. I no longer missed the writing. No longer did my thoughts turn to publishers or conferences or advice I’d been given. God gave me rest. He sparked my mind with His Word. He carried me around like a queen. It was so exciting following Christ.

 

One day during prayer, God whispered, “Why don’t you work on that teen story some more?”

 

“What? Did I hear you right, Lord, you want me to write something?”

 

“Just a little. Finish that story.”

 

I did.

 

“Send it off,” God told me.

 

I did.

 

The editor wrote back that she liked the story, but why didn’t I try making it chapter one of a teen book? I could do that. I asked the Lord, and He agreed.

 

In this way, God led me back to writing, slowly, prayerfully, with concentration on Him first. He still gave me the desire of my heart, as He promises to do.

 

That teen book became my debut novel, Victoria and the Ghost. Since then, my publisher has released two other books, and I have three others in contract.

 

God is on the throne of my life. I’m a compulsive person that likes to be in control. I suffered a similar problem with food, but always I must put God first.

 

Examine your life today. Is the Lord in first place, or something else? God might say, “stop.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Amazon

I took Terri Main's advice and set up my first global link to Amazon. So far, I've only set up one for my devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. When you click on this link, it takes you to the Amazon page that sells that book, but it's the store that's near to you, in your language.

The link is mybook.to/DivineDining


If you live in another country, and find this book in your most-used Amazon store, please, comment, Facebook message, or e-mail me. I would love to know if it works.

Thank you, my friends. God bless.