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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Romance & A Giveaway from Jean C. Gordon

I wish to introduce you to Christian author, Jean C. Gordon. I'm excited to have met her. Read this information about her new book. Sounds fascinating. What a unique presentation! Scroll to the bottom to enter to win Mending the Motorcross Champion book.


Mending the Motocross Champion was a long-time coming. I originally started writing it in the mid-2000s as a secular romance, and then about five years ago rewrote it as an inspirational romance.

 

You might think that it was inspired by me or my husband being a motocross fan. Actually, the idea for the book came from a discussion a former coworker and I had about marriage. The books original title was Everlasting Vows. The person I was talking with had only been married a short time, and shared with me that she didn’t want to make what she called compromises in her marriage. I saw the compromises she didn’t want to consider as the give-and-take needed for any successful long-term relationship.

 

That got me thinking about the sanctity of marriage vows. Since I read a fair number of cowboy romances, I considered the rodeo circuit as a situation that could try a young marriage. I also love reunion stories, so I wanted to put that spin on it. I felt rodeo would have required a western setting. So, I looked at other possibilities that could be set in Upstate New York and discovered motocross. There are two small local tracks nearby and Unadilla, an AMA Pro Motocross Facility, is only a couple of hours away. I had such fun with this story that I’m planning a whole series. A related sweet romance novella, Holiday Escape will be released next month.

 

As one book reviewer said, Mending the Motocross Champion isn’t heavy on sport details. I was more interested in the people of the motocross circuit. So much of my research was reading blogs written by motocross racers and their spouses and significant others and following them on social media. I found former supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s autobiography Wide Open invaluable for insight. I also discovered Team Faith, a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about action sports. It uses professional athletes to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I learned about “pit pastors” who minister to Christians and others on the circuit.

 

Mending the Motocross Champion description:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

 

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.


 

For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.

They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

 

Connect with Jean on Facebook, as @JeanCGordon on Twitter, or on JeanCGordon.com

 Post a comment below. Don't forget to leave your e-mail URL. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into Jean C. Gordon's contest that runs until the end of October. On November 1, I will post the winner. The author offers a print book to anyone who lives in the United States or an e-book to anyone in the world.

I find motorcross racing something new I wish to learn about. What is it about this book that strikes your interest? Tell us in your comment below.
 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Reflection

We left Wichita Falls to begin our vacation. Dawn didn't burst forth until an hour after we drove off. The first fifty miles put us in rural North Texas. Dark. Deserted. Daunting.



In summer, construction crews work on nearly every highway in Texas. I'm sure of it. Because of the recent repairs, the highway we followed from Wichita Falls to Seymour had no center stripe. The thoroughness of the workers remembered to place reflectors along the middle of the road. With the extreme darkness of the country, those reflectors were our only guide to keep us on the right course.

Glass dome of Spencer Theatre in Alto, NM reflects the sun.


It got me to thinking. That's the way we Christians are supposed to be. As the world gets darker and more daunting, Christ needs us to be stronger and better reflectors of His light than ever before. How else will any of us know the right course? Christ shines His light into our souls, expecting us to reflect that light to those who don't know Him, and can't find their way in the darkness., so they can locate the right path.


Star room at Spencer Theatre with my mirror reflection showing.



When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
                                       John 8:12


Are you a reflection for Christ?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What's Your Favorite Healthy Recipe?

Foodies search for new recipes like an archeologist digs for history. All my adult years, I suffered from food addiction, gaining and losing weight with each season, until I reached two hundred fifty pounds and cried out to God in desperation.

The Lord healed me emotionally. My weight went down, and I learned to maintain the hundred pound loss. How? A total change of mindset.

For a food addict to maintain a loss, we must
1. change the way we look at food
2. change the way we look at ourselves
3. change the way we look at God.

During the last twenty healthy-eating years, I learned to make many new recipes that add spice to my eating.

If you're a food addict or a compulsive overeater, I wrote two books that might help.

1. a women's fiction: Worth Her Weight
2. a devotion book: Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.


 
The recipe below might’ve been one enjoyed by the heroine of Worth Her Weight my inspirational women’s fiction. Lacey faces a food addiction that only God can heal. A good friend brings her a casserole, a salad, and a dessert, hoping it’s something Lacey might eat and stay healthy with during a traumatic time in her life. The reader will find those recipes at the end of the book.
 

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

 
Black-Eyed Pea Mixture:

 

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

Onion to taste

Green pepper to taste

2 16 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained

1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes

1 t. salt

1 t. sugar

½ t. pepper

¼ t. garlic powder

 

Brown ground beef in skillet.

Drain.

Stir in onion & green pepper, cook until tender

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes

 

 

Cornbread:

 

3 / 4 c corn meal

2 heaping T. flour

1 / 2 t. salt

1t. sugar

1 t. baking powder

1/8 t soda

Mix dry ingredients

Add 1 T. canola oil

 

Put 1 egg in 1 cup measuring cup & then fill the rest of the way with buttermilk

 

Fold milk/egg mixture into dry ingredients.

Use oil spray for pan before adding mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Slice into 8 pieces.

 

Pour one-sixth of black-eyed pea mixture over 1 piece of cornbread.

 

This gives you 6 servings of black-eyed pea casserole.

 

 For further help, watch for the soon release of Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook. Not only will this book give fourteen classes with questions to answer, memory work to do, and a suggested eating plan, but it gives extra recipes at the end for the bored food addict.

 

Now it's your turn. What's your favorite healthy recipe? Leave it in the comments section below.
 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CHANGE

      Personally I hate change. It has been said that nothing is certain in life but taxes and change.

CHANGE Changes sweep through our lives, sometimes like a gentle breeze, other times like a tornado. Beginning to walk with God in the realm of weight loss (as well as other areas) will entail new habits, new ways of doing things, new mindsets -- Change.

FOOD ADDICTION The healing from food addiction comes by viewing food differently. No longer does God want us to see food as our comforter and friend. God wishes to change us so that we run to Him for those benefits.

 

When all else is lost, the future still remains. –    Christian Bevee, a late 1800s author

 

 

Salvation brings hope.

Trusting in God brings peace.

Days started with prayer brings serenity.

 

SERENITY PRAYER The prayer of Francis of Assisi has been repeated many times through the years, especially the part known as the serenity prayer.

 

Lord, give me the serenity to accept the things I can not change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


instead of fried apple pie
 
  Notice even in that prayer, we speak of change. We must change the things we can.

NEW HABITS In the realm of weight loss, the change varies from gentle breeze to tornado and back again. It takes twenty-one days to form a habit, so if, with the Lord’s guidance, you’ve made the decision to eat a healthy breakfast, and you mess up on the fifth day, give yourself permission to be human. Start afresh. Aim for twenty-one days the next time. Ask God for His power.

 

GOOD CHANGES Remember, change can blow us to a new place, a more desired place. Though we resist it, we may be thankful when we’ve turned that corner.

Once my husband lost his job. It was devastating. He could see nothing good about the change, but it brought him into opening a business of his own in real estate. He’s been a realtor for thirty years and still loves the work. Unlike his previous job, he’s been able to go into semi-retirement with real estate, and that’s been a blessing to us both.


instead of fatty sausages
 
GOOD OR BAD HABITS The habits we formed during our overeating years were destructive, selfish, and demoralizing. Our new habits will build us up, draw us closer to God, and indwell us with serenity.

 

What changes is life sending you right now?

 

Every change is an opportunity to choose life over death, Godliness, over selfishness, humility over pride. 


Instead of pasta


What new habits do you want to form?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Why is Weight Loss Important to the Christian?


      The National Health and Nutrition Survey in 2004 tells us 133.6 million (66%) adult Americans are obese or overweight. A Purdue University study indicates conservative churches such as southern Baptists, Assembly of God and Church of God fight this battle more often. Richard Kreider of Baylor University gives further insight into this. These denominations “avoid dancing, tobacco and alcohol, but give no guidelines for overeating.” He goes on to say our churches more often attract with food, not action events.
     Even if you don’t suffer from compulsive overeating to the point where it almost ruins your life like I did, still unhealthy eating habits can slow you down and diminish your witness.

     From my own true story, I can say that though I gave my heart to God at age seven and attended church regularly, compulsive overeating almost ruined my life. I teetered on the brink of suicide and divorce for several years. Praise God, He gave me an emotional and spiritual healing just  in time.


Have you given your heart to Christ?

Have you set Him on the throne of your life?

                That is the question each Christian must face.

  Think about it.

If anything  (even food) takes the place of God in your life, you hamper your walk with Christ, you drown in your own powerlessness, and you're not putting your trust where it needs to go.


Why is weight loss important to the Christian?

It's not about the food. It's about the fix.

Is your mind fixed on Jesus, or the next treat you plan on eating?


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Are you in a safe place?

On June 15, I began this post right after reading the devotion in Divine Dining for that day.


Forgive me for sending it on. Those who own the book may have just read it, but today, it's on my heart.
 

Safe From Winds.

 

 

“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.” John 15:6

  

     Memorial Day, 2011, my husband and I camped in our travel trailer. The winds were horrendous, the heat oppressive, in North Texas. Fires ravaged acres of land taking homes, barns, cattle, even some people in their path.

 

     Through the air sailed tumbleweeds and small limbs. On the west side of our trailer, I watched a small oak. The owners of the RV Park planted it for extra shade. When a gust of wind blasted from the south, a big cottonwood tree bowed over our patio and dropped cotton balls on our picnic table.

 

     The oak, not more than four feet tall, braved the monster wind with strength and determination. The spindly branches folded but remained tight against the strength of a two-inch diameter trunk.

 

     Though wind (or trials) buffeted that small tree, the branches remained in the trunk (or vine) and stayed firm, unmovable. God didn’t promise I’d have no trials, no temptations, but He advised me to stay in Him to be able to withstand.

 

     Foregoing daily quiet time with the Lord isn’t an option for a compulsive person to prepare for the wind.

 

 

Prayer: I abide in You, today. It’s the only way I stay safe when the winds blow.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ENCOURAGEMENT

Have you ever clasped a cup of hot chocolate between your hands when it's cold outside? If you need a definition for encouragement, that would be mine.


At Windy Saddle Cafe
During our recent visit with our daughter and son-in-law in Colorado, we took a tour of the historic town of Golden. Storms threatened all day, but we were lucky that the rain stayed away from where we walked. The overcast day chilled us, so that by the time we had walked one side of town and came back up the other, hot chocolate for me and my daughter and coffee for my hubby sounded like a stupendous idea. 



Archway on downtown Golden street
 
 We stopped at Windy Saddle CafĂ©. When I picked up that cup, my first words were "I'd pay them just to hold this cup." I spoke the truth. It uplifted and warmed me.













For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
                                                   Mark 9:41



Giving thousands of dollars or heading up a drive for a charity may attract lots of attention and do good. Big things do help. But, small things done on a daily basis can affect as many lives.

How about ...

Giving a smile to everyone you meet.

Buying a cup of hot chocolate for someone who is cold but can't afford one.

Taking a meal or flowers to a sick person.

Spending valued time visiting an older person who can rarely get out among people.

Sending an apple to your child's teacher, or your Bible teacher.

The Bible tells us to think of others more highly than ourselves. In other words, we must be willing to put ourselves out to help someone else.


Need help yourself?
Focus on others, and God will handle your problems.

One of my favorite New Testament heroes was Barnabas. He never got the glory given to the apostle Paul, but without him, Paul's message could've been stopped. Barnabas was always the encourager, the helper, the peacemaker.

God, help me be more like Barnabas. Show me something I can do to encourage others.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Face to Face with Yourself

In Overeaters Anonymous I was told, "let us love you until you learn to love yourself."

In Christian Weight Controllers, I was told, "understand that God loves you even when you don't love yourself."



God helped me lose 95 pounds and keep it off for 18 years. Praise His name.



God controls the whole earth. He made humans in "His image." He wanted us to give love to Him of our own free will. He desires we follow Him willingly.

    Don't fight the facts of nature. Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
    Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other--so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life. 
    Ecclesiastes 7: 13-14 from Live Recovery Bible
 

Does that speak to you? Any message in that?

 
There are things in life that will never make sense to us. I don't understand how a young man can be taken, and an older man with Alzheimer's can be left. I don't understand why God doesn't strike down the child abuser.

Neither do I understand how my husband can eat one bite of candy each day, or forget about it and leave it in his drawer for weeks, while it burns in my brain until I finish the whole package.

 
God is sovereign. When we accept that, we're ready to come face-to-face with ourselves and learn how to retain permanent control of our weight.
 

****"It's not the flavor, it's the fix."
      You didn't fail at diets. Diets failed you.
                       How to Make Almost Any Diet Work
                           by Anne Katherine
 
Katherine gives lots of charts, lots of trial and error steps in her book. The point is there’s not a one-size fits all abstinence.

 
I don’t like the word diet. I use the word abstinence for when I follow the plan that works best for me, that God and I have chosen together for me to follow. Then, I’m being abstinent.

 

The book recommends learning how your body reacts to certain ways of eating.

 
Many years ago, when I joined Christian Weight Controllers and started my path of losing and maintaining weight God's way, I faced my own habits, desires, and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Here's what I discovered about myself:
I must have protein at breakfast or I feel weak all morning & tend to overeat at lunch.
 
 
I need to eat my last meal early in the evening, or it interferes with my sleep at night. Also I lose or maintain better if I do that.
 
 
 
 
 
I was a terrible snacker, so limiting in-between eating eases my compulsive nature. I strive for 3 meals with a small snack about 7 at night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Time to come face-to-face with yourself? Are you at the point where you and the Lord are determining what plan of abstinence works for you?


Do you skip breakfast and become ravenous by ten in the morning?

 

Do big lunches help you through a sluggish afternoon or does it make it worse?

 

Can you safely go a couple hours after your usual eating time without any adverse affects, or do you feel faint and weak, then unable to stay abstinent when you do eat?

 

Do you get hungry in the middle of the night, the middle of the afternoon, or not at all?

 

 

Try different ways & figure out what works for you.


“We shouldn’t seek answers as much as we should seek God."
                   The Circlemaker
                        by Mark Batterson
 
Remember, almost any diet will work. Ask God to show you a healthy eating style that works for you. God provides the strength. You are only responsible for keeping open the communication line to the Lord.
 
What is He telling you to do today?
 
 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FORGIVENESS

Do you have questions about what the Bible says about forgiveness? Here's my warning from the Lord.


    F-O-R-G-I-V-E

 
          Or

 
         D-I-E

 
 

In Christianity, forgiveness isn’t an option. If we are to live, we must yield all anger.

 

     The madder I get, the more I eat, the more I yell or pout, and the more I dive into other compulsive behaviors. You may handle anger in other ways, but anger left in your heart expands into resentment and resentment into unforgiveness. Let it go, or it will destroy your witness and eventually your life.

 

What did Jesus tell us about forgiveness?
 
"Then, Peter came to him and asked, 'Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?
 
'No!' Jesus replied, 'seventy times seven!'"
                Matthew 18: 21, 22 New Recovery Bible

How many of us come close to forgiving that many times? Jesus is saying we should always forgive. No room should be given in a Christian's heart for unforgiveness.

 

What does the Bible say about forgiveness in the Lord’s prayer?

  

Hint: (Matthew 6: 12)
 
 
Doesn't forgiveness mean I wasn't wronged?
 
No. A plaque that hangs on the wall of a local mental hospital uses these anonymous quotes:
 
to "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
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.

 
If we forgive, how do we get rid of the pain and hurt?

Like with any sin, we must first confess. God will never force himself on you. You must expose the hurt for Him to take it away.


 
"Before you can really begin the healing process of forgiveness, you must come to a point where you acknowledge that God is aware of every struggle you encounter. He knows that some of the hurts you have suffered are intensely painful. He understands that you need to grieve, heal, and be restored.
        Landmines in the Path of the Believer by Charles Stanley

 

 
Our red bud tree gives blooms of hope in March

To receive the healing that forgiveness brings, you must lift your head to the Lord and trust Him with judgment for wrong-doings. Then, pray for those who’ve hurt you or been unfair.

 

Sometimes, forgiveness doesn't come immediately. I remember one time with a "friend" that took advantage of us in a business venture causing us embarrassment, frustration, and a lot of money. I prayed and prayed for God to heal the pain, but every time I saw the man, anger reared its ugly head again and sent me back to my knees. After two years, I entered a party not expecting him to be there, but he was. I smiled and went into his open arms, all unforgivenss gone, never to return. Praise God. 

When we forgive, we receive the peace that passeth all understanding. It’s the only way can we live a healthy, Godly life, the only way we can bloom and produce fruit as God asks.

 

One extra note: Forgiveness isn't easy and only comes through God.