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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Baked "fried" okra
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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
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
|Pretty blooms on sticky cacti|
|I continue to belong to American |
Christian Fiction Writers
Thursday, June 16, 2016
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
No. All five of ours are different.
Roses got me thinking about people, and people got me comparing ourselves with Biblical characters. The people in God's Word were human like us with lots of different personalities. Look around at your family and friends. Not a one alike, are they?
So, let me introduce you to our rose bushes.
Our yellow rose bush reminds me of Elijah.
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree, and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough, now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
1 Kings 19:4
|Sickly.. Smells wonderful. At the edge of a raised bed|
Depression held Elijah captive. Though he was weak and handicapped, God used Elijah to highlight a few fantastic miracles; Withholding rain and bringing it when it was time, sending fire to lap up the sacrifice on Mount Carmel; feeding the widow and her son when there was only a small amount of meal and oil.
Our dark pink bush near the house makes me think of Jesus' disciple John.
And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
Mark 3: 17
When Jesus called John, he named him and his brother "sons of thunder." They were fiery and ambitious, strong and opinionated. Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, and until John's death probably in his nineties, John remained strong in his faith, despite others falling away. His loyalty and faithfulness influenced many. His words challenge Christians of today and give us a glimpse into the future.
In our white rose bush, I see the apostle, Paul
Be not afraid. These were the words of Paul in Acts 18:9
|pushy and gives groups of blooms together|
Not always the most liked or agreeable person, still Paul accomplished more than them all in the early church. He was persistent and courageous. He was never bashful but would spread his wings and preach the Gospel to sometimes large, angry mobs. He pushed his message whether it was wanted or not, and in doing so, brought about the salvation of throngs of people.
Our white rose has no fragrance. It spreads its branches wide and tall, intruding on other bushes that can't withstand it's power. Never will you find a single white rose. Blooms always burst forth in clusters.
We have one real red rose bush. It reminds me of King Saul.
And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:2
|1 rose on a tall, full plant|
Saul wowed all Israel. They chose him as king. He was taller and more physically attractive than all others. In their view, he would be the best specimen to lead their nation. But, Saul had few victories. His heart turned against God. So enthralled with himself, he forgot where his true strength lay.
Our red rose bush stands taller than any of the others with full, rich greenery. At first glance, we would believe it to be the healthiest, most vibrant rose, but it gives few blossoms and very little fragrance.
Last but not least, we have a lovely pink rose. In it, I see Mary, the mother of Jesus.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
|Many buds promise more and more blooms|
Mary was a young teenager, insignificant in the eyes of the world, but God chose her to bring His Son into the world in human form. Because she was willing, God blessed her beyond hope or expectation.
Our pink rose bush is the shortest of them all. Its fragrance is slight. That insignificant-looking plant produces more blooms than all the rest, continuing several times a year to give us color and beauty.
From the lesson given by five rose bushes in our backyard, I learn how God made us all different but valuable.
God creates differences for a reason.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Tell us about your new book.
When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking and being a Grammie.
Thanks for visiting with us, Jodie. I loved getting acquainted. What a delightful interview. Any of you have a question for her? I have one more. Jodie, is this your debut novel, or do you have other books?
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
|Joy at my grandson's high school graduation|
My emotions spur me to better living or worse reactions. Some people appear grounded in fact instead of feelings, but are they really? Facts can be altered to meet our worldview, our beliefs, or our interpretation.
WRITING TIPS Regarding Emotion
Emotion deepens our writing. Until we make the reader feel for our character, he or she won't like what we write.
Understated emotion in our stories hurts worse than allowing us to see the character cry unless we've proven that the character never cries.
Withhold the showing of emotion. Wait. Wait.
Tantilize us with episodes of fear that turn out okay. Produce a longing for love that remains unfulfilled. Build the anger to a fever pitch.
Name several things that would sadden your character. Bring to pass the worst things on your list. Make the reader sense the full brunt of shock.
In my family, we have a saying, "Murphy's Law." That means if it can get worse, it does. Be mean to your protagonist. Put them in a maze, and watch them crawl out in their own power.
In writing inspirational fiction, the writer takes the form of the devil seeking to tempt the protagonist beyond their ability to stand. Then, show God overcoming the devil through that person.
COMPULSIVE OVEREATING - Overcoming Emotions
Emotion is tied to compulsions and addictions. For other compulsive overeaters out there like me, how many times have you binged because you were sad, anxious, or happy?
Each day give your life, your will, your choices to God.
Allow God to heal your emotions. Bouncing from the highs to the lows wears you out and prevents God's control.
Reward yourself with a non-food item when you conquer a difficult situation.
Thank God as soon as you realize you've had a God moment where His power took over your compulsion.
Spend quiet time alone with God every day.
Pour out your emotions (fears, anger, resentments) like Mary's costly perfume at Jesus' feet. Giving them up can cost more that monetary involvement.
How do your emotions affect your eating?
How can using those emotions on paper improve your writing
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
3. Watch out for deceptive packaging.
a.Low fat means more sugar, and sugar free could mean more fat.
b.Read the label. If sugar or fat is in the first three ingredients, stay away.
c. Low calorie or low fat doesn't mean you can eat an extra big portion.
d. Danger terms: trans fat, saturated fat, corn syrup, high in carbohydrates, any word ending in ose, ie sucrose.
e. Sometimes, a small portion of the real thing is better for you than the "diet" food.
4. Time with Jesus should be like your vitamin of the day.
a. Read God's Word.
d Read excerpt from inspirational material on weight such as Divine Dining: 365 Guidelines to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Hello, Janet. Thank you for allowing me to share time on your nice website with your readers.
Darlene arrives in rural Georgia with her two preschoolers to escape an abusive marriage. In hiding, she struggles to adjust to a secretive life among the pecan trees and gardenias. Then comes an unexpected visit from a neighbor. Detective Brett Gafee is married to his job and his community, and heir to large pecan orchards. Expectations of a loving relationship dwindle over the years, and he sets aside all thoughts of marriage. Then he introduces himself to Darlene. Is it fate or the Lord that brought them together? Will Darlene adjust to the southern ways and become the loving wife she so desperately wants to Brett? Can she imagine the life that awaits her?
Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, a stay-at-home Mom.
Hopefully, you'll gain new likes, Diane. I love the idea of the story. May God continue to bless your writing.