Saturday, January 30, 2016


To have your dreams become reality, here’s what you must do:


Dedicate your life to Christ.


Read the Bible.


Expect an adventure.


Ask God for your dreams.


Moment by moment, seek God’s guidance, peace, and joy.


This week, my thoughts continue to whirl on dreams and prayer. I wrote another devotion on this topic on a Facebook devotion writer’s site in which I participate. I encourage the Writing with God’s Hope blog viewers to check out this site for a devotion a day to help you cope with life. Find mine on "dreams and prayers" there today.



I love acrostics. For another one using the word dream, click on the page entitled “Dream on, Writers,” listed to the right of this blog, or click on the link:


P. S. I have another dream acrostic listed for December 31 in my book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.

Dreams and prayers are related. God wants good things for us. Have you talked with Him today about your dreams?

What do you think dreams and prayer have to do with each other?


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Super Heroes

Who is your favorite super hero?

Superman or Supergirl?

Spider Man?
Wonder Woman?

We love tales of someone who can do the impossible and make bad stuff go away.

The Bible overflows with stories of the impossible. It tells of miracles and wonders we can only imagine. The hero of the Bible is God, and the best part of this hero is He's not fiction.

Bible stories present us with believable examples. Why is it we like super heroes? Is it not because we like the ordinary people in the story that have trials and troubles they can't control. They fight with all their might. They're good people, but they're human and can't defeat the bad guy. Along comes supergirl or Hercules and does what the ordinary person can't do.

God's Word offers stories of regular people as our examples. We identify with them.


 He was a young boy despised by his brothers and sold into slavery.
 Yeah, he was a bit arrogant as a teenager, but that's part of why we like him. Didn't we also act badly at times? He didn't deserve his fate; slavery, prison, disappointment. But, what could he do? He needed a super hero.

God gave him the supernatural power of knowing someone's dreams and what they meant? That power enabled him to overcome his handicaps. The story ended well.


Raised as Egyptian royalty, but told that he belonged to a race of slaves, he killed a man hurting his people. He did a bad thing, but our humanity screams that his heart was right. He empathized with his people even though he had great privilege. He ran for his life and waited forty years in the desert. God called him to return to Egypt and set his people free. He was only one man; a man who stuttered and had a temper, not unlike some of us. To complete his fate, he needed a super hero.

God blessed his life with miracle after miracle. With these super powerful experiences, Moses became a great man.


Now, most of us aren't prostitutes, but my daddy always told me not to judge a person until we had walked in their shoes. Rahab had a family to provide for. In her time, few options were provided for women. If you weren't under the protection of your husband or father, there was only one profession, so Rahab became a prostitute. Her city was powerful and intended to stamp out the threat, but Rahab believed that the Israelite God would give them the victory. She made a decision based on her faith in the Israelite God. Soldiers from Jericho searched every house, while Rahab hid Israelite spies and helped them escape. She needed a super hero.

God blinded the soldiers to Rahab's hiding place. He spared the spies, gave the Israelites the win over Jericho, and protected Rahab when the attack came.


There was nothing special about this woman. She was just a mother who loved her newborn son more than anything. She was wise and took steps to save him from the surety of death. When she lay him in a mini-boat and cast the boat into the river, she prayed and hoped. She needed supernatural intervention.

God was that super power. He floated the baby's bed under a bridge where a princess lounged. He dropped compassion into the woman's heart, and she adopted the baby. God even intervened to allow Jochabed to nurse her own son.

This is four examples from the Old Testament. The New Testament tells Super Hero stories of Paul, Peter, and John. Ordinary people like us blessed by the entrance of a Super Hero.

I like the fiction ones, but I like the real one best. To think that I have that power at my disposal when I face a problem I can't control, Wow! that's amazing.

Do you need a super hero today? A real one?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let Go

This anonymous saying helps me in my weight loss commitment to God. I pray it ministers to you, today.

Let go ...

to "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.

to "let go" is not to cut myself off, it's the realization I can't control another.

to "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences

to "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands

to "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it's to make the most of myself

to "let go" is not to care for, but to care about

to "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive

to "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being

to "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes but to allow others to affect their destinies

to "let go" is not to be protective, it's to permit another to face reality

to "let go" is not to deny, but to accept

to "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them

to "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it

to "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try to become what I dream I can be

to "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future

to "let go" is to fear less, and love more

Let go and let God

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

12 Reasons We Succumb to Overeating

1. We respond compulsively to life's pressures.

2.We may subconsciously desire added pounds to protect ourselves from love and intimacy.

3. We may use food to satisfy our need for immediate gratification.

4. We may use food as a sedative.

5. We may concentrate our desire for food to avoid facing problems.

6. We may eat to punish ourselves for not being enough.

7. We may eat to relieve depression or stress.

8. We may eat to rebel against someone's perceived wrongs to us.

9. We may eat to exert control over life.

10.We may have a faulty perception of our body image.

11.We may have emotional feelings about food which were developed at our parent's dinner table.

12. We use food as a nurturer to satisfy love hunger.

Jesus wrapped God's ten commandments into two with Luke 10:27

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Might we not roll up the 12 reasons we succumb to overeating into one?

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.                     1 John 5: 21

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Step Into The Light with Patti Shene

Today, I am blessed to welcome my good friend, Patti Shene, to my Writing with God's Hope blog. While I was a struggling newbie with no published books as yet, Patti, in her position as magazine editor, read one of my short stories. Her encouragement led to the publication of my debut novel. Patti holds a special place in my heart.
picture used on Patti's radio show

Patti's newest venture, a blog talk radio show, is inspiring and informative. I asked if she would let me interview her about it today, so welcome, Patti.

Tell us something about yourself.


I was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island in New York, but have lived in a small town in Southeastern Colorado since the early 1970’s. I’ve been married for close to forty years, and my husband and I have two adult children and one granddaughter. I practiced as a Registered Nurse, mainly in the field of psychiatry for over thirty-five years.

Did you ever feel like giving up on having an online radio show? And how did you press through this?

I started broadcasting a weekly Blog Talk Radio show in partnership with an online ministry. My ministry partner already had several established shows, so when my show, entitled Lit(erally) Speak(ing), was added, I’m sure several listeners were drawn to it as followers of his ministry.

When he had to leave the ministry due to health issues, I started a new show. The number of listeners for it, entitled Step Into the Light, does not draw near as many listeners – yet! I attribute that to the fact that, just like an author trying to promote a book, there is a strategy to marketing a project, and I have not employed mine effectively at this point.

As to how I press through that kind of discouragement, it relates to obedience. Encouragement from others, such as Marlene Bagnull of the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, and others, including you, Janet, has led me to believe God has called me to this. He knows who needs to hear the message that my guest conveys each week. I contact my guest a few minutes before air time, and the most important thing we do prior to going live is pray for God to lead listeners to the show who He knows need to hear that particular show at the time it will benefit that listener the most. It might be the morning we broadcast, or it might be next week, or six months from now.

What gave you the idea for an online radio show?

I enjoyed listening to The Road Less Traveled Internet Ministry radio shows (or podcasts as they are frequently called). The owner of that ministry was my former pastor, so he knew about my interest in writing and encouraging writers. We had talked about starting a show that somehow related to writing for several months.

How do you feel this will encourage listeners?

We deal with the shadows that cross the paths of all our lives. My guests share their own journey that has led them or others out of dark times and back to light through their writing, speaking, or other ministry.

I praise my dynamic and inspirational guests for the encouragement listeners derive from the show. I believe every one of them has engaged the listening audience by opening their hearts and sharing their pain and their triumphs.

How did you learn how to do this?

My former ministry partner taught me the basic technology for broadcasting the show. I am grateful he was willing to set up the show for me and adjust certain sound settings on my computer. I would have no idea how to do that myself!

I have found Blog Talk Radio support to be extremely helpful with timely and thorough answers to my questions. They offer tips on their website for improving your show and solving potential problems.

If you were a song, what would it be?

The song I have in mind is so old that your readers probably never even heard of it, but it fits. It’s entitled Don’t Fence Me In.

I'm old, too, so I know it. Cute song, and I would agree you can't be fenced in. You're a talented lady, willing to try a lot of challenges that would scare others.
What do you like to do when you’re not interviewing people?

I love to read, cheer on my granddaughter and her team at Jr. High sports events, watch old westerns (especially Gunsmoke!) and the Colorado Rockies on TV, walk, and I absolutely love to drive, especially in wide open spaces!

You interview authors, but what do you write yourself?

Recently, I’ve been working on a couple of non-fiction pieces and am published in short non-fiction in two anthologies. I have three novels with a western theme and a non-fiction book in progress. Lately, I feel I spend the major part of my writing time composing Facebook posts and Tweets, something that definitely needs to change in 2016!

What’s your next big adventure?

My main goal in 2016, beyond improving the radio show and reaching a larger audience, is to complete my book length non-fiction work and hopefully at least one of my novels.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God - Philippians 4:6

I love that one, too. Words to live by. Thank you for answering my questions. I've loved having you stop by today.

Thank you so much, Janet, for inviting me to your blog!

Patti has enjoyed writing since childhood, but she also likes to encourage writers. She is published in two anthologies as well as local newspaper and magazine publications. She has experience as a former editor with a small publishing company and has taught workshops at the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences. Visit Patti at her cyberspace home,, where her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer serve to showcase writers and their work. Find links to Patti’s Blog Talk Radio shows at the website as well.


Social Media Links:


Facebook         Step Into the Light page

Twitter            @Pattishene                  

Linkedin          Patti Shene                    

Pinterest          Patti Shene                    

How many of you have listened to one of Patti's Step into the Light radio shows. I was honored by being one of her guests. My interview can still be listened to by clicking the link on the right of this post.

The regular show airs at 8 AM MST every Tuesday morning. Patti's archives can speak to you at anytime by clicking on the links you find on her web page.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winner of Worth Her Weight

The drawing for the book Worth Her Weight ended at midnight last night. My official "drawer of names," my husband, drew the name from the hat, or in my case, the bowl. LOL!

And, the winner is:

Blanche Manos

Big time congratulations, Blanche.
Thank you to those who gave their opinion on the excerpts and the book itself. I really appreciate it.
Worth Her Weight is the first in the Wharton Rock series and deals with food addition.
The second book in the series, Worth Forgiving, will release later this year, and portrays drug addiction and post-prison prejudice. 
I'm hard at work on the third in the series, possibly titled Worth Loving Again. This one will highlight deliverance from pornography.
Watch for further news on this site.
Again, a big congratulations to Blanche Manos for winning the free book. I will contact you by e-mail as to how you prefer receiving the free copy.

Mothers and Daughters

I wrote the story below several years ago but never published it. God prompted me to post it, today. I pray it ministers to some who might be suffering the same turmoil.  Praise God, my daughter is now in a much better place since I put down these words.

For me, my Christmas cactus is a point of hope.

     My dreams turned to nightmares. I awoke with a start. The room was dark, and my husband snored softly, but I was wide awake. I remembered our daughter that’s floundering in hurt and denial.

     Wednesday night’s class taught on the breakdown of love between mothers and daughters and the resulting scars. While sitting in the class, I’d been convicted. Perhaps my daughter’s anger at me came from the judgmental attitude I had toward her—the same condemnation I had felt from my mother. Two days had passed since that class, and I had yet to act.

     At two in the morning, I crept out of the bedroom and to our computer. I typed a letter to my daughter. With every word, a tear fell to the keyboard. When temptation caused me to venture into what she had or hadn’t done, I deleted and returned my actions for the focus.

     When the letter was finished and reread, I folded it and put it in an envelope ready to mail.

     Last week, a devotion book had been first to call me to repentance for not forgiving my daughter for her lifestyle. Obviously, God had to hit me over the head several times before I’d act.

     I chuckled at that thought. “I’m learning, Lord.”

     Shadows danced on the wall from the moon shining through waving trees outside our windows. The smell of roses permeated the house. My husband and I celebrated our forty-sixth wedding anniversary yesterday.

     “Teach me, Lord. Forgive me as I forgive my daughter.”

    Last Sunday, the preacher used the text Matthew 28:20 KJV

“…..lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”   To the Christian who has walked away from God, Jesus still stands close, ready to embrace and heal.

    My head rested against the chair. As I floated in a half-awake state, a vision drifted through my mind. Jesus followed my daughter into a bar and sat on the next stool waiting in case she turned to Him. Though I could no longer protect my child from harm, Jesus could go wherever she went.

    My eyes drooped. When I went to bed, my body sunk into smooth sheets. The love of my life covered me with his warm arm. God filled me with peace. My supplication had been heard. Thank you, Jesus.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What Does It Mean To Keep A Single Eye?

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Keep a clear eye on Christ
              Matthew 6: 22 KJV


We must focus on Christ. When Peter kept his eye on Jesus, he walked on water. When he looked at the turbulent waves, he sunk. We’re the same way. We can do anything with Christ, but if we focus on the problem, the problem overwhelms us.

I note from Devotions for Dieters by Charlie W. Shedd words used in other translations for single eye are:


If thine eye be clear

If thine eye be unclouded

If thine eye be true

If thine eye be sound or healthy

If thine eye be unaffected


I like this one: If thine eye be undivided.


Are you walking blind?
Do you need God's wisdom?
     If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


    But let him ask in faith, nothing waveri
ng. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed

.                              James 1: 5-6



Synonyms for waver are go back and forth, blow hot and cold, dilly-dally, flip flop, indecisive.

God wants us to seek His guidance and wisdom for whatever challenges we face today. He wants us to keep a single, (undivided) eye on Him. We should ask in faith and not doubt (waver).


Apply God’s instructions to any trial. With me, as most of my viewers know, I apply this principle to food addiction.


How do I handle a buffet or party table laden with food by keeping a “single eye” and not “wavering?”

I should first seek God and focus on Him.

I should sort and dismiss options.

I would make my selections.

I would reject some choices.

I would be satisfied with God's direction in my life.



What does having a single eye and not wavering mean to your problem area, today?



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Excerpt from Worth Her Weight Giveaway

It's a new year, and I have a new giveaway to offer my viewers to thank you for reading my posts in 2015. My first gift is two excerpts from my women's fiction and latest release. Scroll to the bottom to find out how to have a chance to win a free copy of this book, Worth Her Weight.

Here's one excerpt:

About twenty feet away, a hissing sound came from the house. Tiny hairs stood erect on Toby’s neck. Shivers crept down his spine. A cold sweat broke out on his forehead.

Lord, please.

A gust of wind cooled his damp brow.

Boom. The house exploded. Toby’s feet left the ground. The blast propelled him toward the tree line. A brittle mesquite tree stopped his backward progression, its thorns buried in his back.

With quick pants to stabilize his breathing, he pulled away from the painful tree, bent over, and breathed in the deep, life-giving breeze. A chemical smell burned his nostrils.


The tall black man, his face powdered with white, neared Toby’s position. “I’m here. You okay, Boss?” Willie’s voice sounded faraway like he was talking through cotton.

 Toby swatted the white powder from his jeans with his Stetson. “Yep, just can’t hear, and that smell makes me sneeze.” The dilapidated house was now a heap of smoldering wood and twisted metal. “Are you okay?”

“Just dandy.”

Toby reached to brush off Willie’s face. “Hey, man, you trying to paint your face so they can’t tell us apart?”

They broke into laughter. Spit flew. Tension evaporated. Fear departed.

“That’d never happen, Boss. Everyone knows I’m the handsome one.” Willie slowed down his chuckles and assessed the situation. “I’m getting tired of watching explosions.”

Here's another excerpt:


By six, Lacey arrived home, ready to flop. Her mother sat on a chair in the kitchen, her cane propped against her.

Lacey carried in the pizza boxes and set them on the table.

Rachel clapped her hands and climbed into a chair beside her grandma.

Without a word, Mom held out a letter to Lacey.

A cold shiver shook her—the same foreboding she had sensed in the morning. “What’s this?”

Her mother shrugged. “Came in today’s mail.”

Lacey opened it, her Mom watching as she read.

She threw the paper across the room. It bounced halfway back to her. “Well, if that doesn’t take the cake.” She paced, her heels clicking on the scratched and scarred kitchen tiles. The noise level grew louder when she snatched plates from the cabinet and dropped them to the table.

“Save the dishes.” Mom’s tone was dry, with no humor.

Something like a growl escaped Lacey’s lips. “Katie makes the messes. Lacey cleans them up. Isn’t that right, Mom?” She crossed her arms over her chest and glared at her mother. “Did you know about this?” Her fingers began drumming on her opposite forearm. Her jaw got so tight, it hurt.

Her mother shook her head. She glanced at Rachel.

The anger was difficult for Lacey to swallow, but she tried. “Sweetie, go wash your hands before we eat.”

The child scooted a chair toward the sink.

Lacey halted her. “Go to the bathroom and use the stool there.” Her voice shook from her effort at control.

Rachel looked at the pizza with longing, but she obeyed.

The pepperoni and mozzarella aroma permeated the house. Nausea churned in Lacey’s stomach despite how good it smelled.

“Has Katie gone?” Mom asked with a soft tone.

In contrast, Lacey nearly yelled. “Of course, she has!”

The lines in Mom’s face seemed to deepen. Her skin paled. Lacey was sure the cane was the only thing that kept Mom from falling as she coped with the pain inflicted by her favorite daughter.

The fight had gone out of Lacey. Her knees wobbled. She eased into a chair and nodded. “She wants me to have custody of Rachel. She doesn’t even want her own daughter, Mom. What kind of woman walks away from her flesh and blood?”

Both women turned when a whimper came from the living room.

Heat rushed up Lacey’s neck. She jumped up and ran, wishing she could erase her careless words.

Rachel curled into a ball on the sofa, her right thumb inserted firmly in her mouth.

“Aunt Lacey’s sorry. I didn’t mean what I said.”

Rachel sucked harder, pulling it out momentarily to speak. “Is my mama coming to get me today?”

“No, sweetheart, not today. Maybe another day.” She patted her niece’s bare legs.

There was no sound except the sucking. Lacey sat on the floor patting and wondering what to say or do. A clap of thunder reminded her of the unsettled clouds. “I need to go close my car windows. I’ll be right back.”

She ran outside, started the car, and raised her driver’s side window. Just as she got back inside, the downpour began.

Mom still sat at the kitchen table, her head in her hands. She rose, grabbing her cane. Red puffy eyes alerted Lacey to her mother’s tears, something that seldom happened.

Compassion knocked at Lacey’s heart, but she locked it out, when she realized the tears were all for Katie.

Lacey sat on the floor beside Rachel. “You ready for some pizza?” Lacey wanted kids one day, but she wanted her own with a husband by her side. She couldn’t attract a man, but now she had a child.

Mom plopped into her recliner. “Do you think food will fix everything?”

“Works for me.” Lacey tried a teasing note. “Whenever things go wrong, food makes it better.” She huffed at Mom and grimaced. “Didn’t you know that?” Good thing she hadn’t planned on the cruise. She crunched up the pamphlet and threw it in the trash along with a few other dreams. She’d stay fat and lonely.

What was she going to do with a four-year-old?

Here's how to gain a chance to win a free Worth Her Weight, and help me at the same time.

Click on "Post a comment" below. Tell me if these excerpts made you
1. want to read the book
2. not want to read the book
3. or, doesn't sway you either way.

Also, tell me which excerpt you like the best.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

God's Word For Today's Needs

I offer new posts every Wednesday and Saturday on this Writing with God's Hope blog. Often, the articles are devotions from God's inspiration.

Notice the icon to the left for the Putting on the New blog. This one was created by author, Cherie Burbach and features a different author's devotion for each day of the month. On the second of each month, I post a devotion.
Near Red River, NM

Last week, for the first time, I joined a group of writers that post a weekly devotion on a Facebook site, titled, I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I agreed to post on this site each Saturday.

With these three opportunities, this week featured three God-inspired devotions from my hand to you, all in the same week. If you missed one or more of them, Here's the titles and the links.


In The Arms of God

Love is a Verb
On the Facebook site, there are many devotions, so to find mine, you'll need to scroll down several posts until you find the picture of my book, "Worth Her Weight" for my devotion, but there are several good ones along the way.

God bless your new year. May you find the devotion you need.

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Don't you just love new beginnings?
In His wisdom, God ordained new beginnings for us all.
From condemnation, through Jesus, comes salvation. We become new creations with a transformed view of the world, ourselves, and others.
A spring bouquet I received.
Through the cold winter with brown grass, leafless tress, and little color, I spot a green sprout in our front flower bed; a jonquil, and I know it's nearly spring with new life soon to ignite the cold, dark earth.
The day I buried my mother, my heart was heavy. My then ten month old granddaughter climbed into my lap. I clung to her like a life raft, feeling the joy of a  young start to life.
Today, no matter what happened in 2015, we have a new beginning, a new year, and hopefully new goals.
As you determine your goals for 2016, I wish to point out three requirements for a good goal.
1. A goal should be specific.
No: I will lose weight this year.
Yes: I will lose 20 lbs. by March 15, 2016.
No: I will write a book this year.
Yes: I will write, edit, and submit one book by July 1, 2016.
No: I will pray more this year.
Yes: I will sit in my blue chair and have quiet time with the Lord every day before I begin the day's activities.
2. A goal should be written.
It's not enough to have your goal in your mind, but write it down. Involving your senses plants the goal firmly in your subconscious. Writing it down uses touch, sight, and hearing if you put your note on your bathroom mirror and read it every day.
3. A goal should be forgivable.
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs by March 15, and you only lose 15, praise God for the 15 and forgive yourself for not being perfect.
If it takes until Sept. 1 to get your book ready, be thankful.
If you pray early five days a week this year, forgive yourself for skipping two days.
I leave you with an excerpt, an acrostic, from the December 31 devotion of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
     Decide if you’re ready to submit to God
     Read this daily devotion book in the new year and everything else that will help, especially the Bible
     Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain your vitality.
     Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your life.
     Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.
Set goals for 2016.
Follow these 3 rules.
Have a wonderful new year.
God bless all my viewers. I appreciate you.