Meet Maggie Montgomery 3/5/2021

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by Staci Stallings

Meet Maggie MontgomeryWe at Christian Ereader News would like to welcome Maggie Montgomery.  Maggie is the new nanny for billionaire Conrad Ayers’ children.

CEN:  Thanks for coming today, Maggie.

Maggie:  Thank you for having me.

CEN:  Tell us a little about your new job.

Maggie:  Oh, well, my new job is great.  It is.  I look after the two children—Peter and Isabella.  And they are the sweetest little kids in the world.  Very well behaved.  Not that they really have much choice.  Everything is run on a pretty tight schedule at the Ayer mansion.  Peter has all kinds of lessons.  Of course Izzy being so young, she doesn’t have lessons yet, but I’m sure that’s just a matter of time.

CEN: So we hear there’s a new relationship in your life?  Tell us about that.

Maggie:  A new…? Oh.  You mean Keith.

Well, that’s not really a relationship.  I mean, not like you mean anyway.  Not like… we’re together or anythingWe’re not. Definitely not.  After all, he’s engaged to Dallas Henderson, you know, the senator’s daughter. Yeah.  And they’re getting married in June… (Maggie trails off, lost in thought).  They’re right for each other. They are. Perfect really.  I mean, Dallas is just who Keith should be with.  She’s really smart.  In fact, she’s going to be lawyer, and she has all the right connections.  She’s a nice person too.  Not that we’ve really been around each other much. I mean, I’m just the help and all.

And Keith… Keith is Mr. Ayers’ son, with his first wife.  Not that I knew that the first time we met. (Laughs)  I thought he was the hired hand, that he just ran the stables.  And he does… he does do that.  (Drifts off again, sighs, and looks up)  But we’re just friends, and I’m sure once he’s married, we won’t even be that.  Not that I blame him.  After all, that’s how it should be.

CEN:  What has been the biggest obstacle in your life?

Maggie: I lost my parents when I was very young—only 8.  They were killed in a car accident.  It’s been really tough since then because I ended up in the foster care system growing up.  Although I finally got to a good home, the first few were pretty rough.  I guess that’s why I’m so passionate about kids, why I went into early childhood education, because I see how important protecting and being there for kids really is.

CEN:  If you could have or do one thing, what would it be?

Maggie: That’s easy.  I would do everything I could to show every child in the world how much God loves them.  Whether that would mean taking in foster kids or going into places where kids are really struggling to just get by.  I think it’s so important for them to know that God really cares about them and that He has a Plan for each one of them, even if they can’t see it right now.

Like this job is for me.  I mean, I don’t plan on staying here forever.  At least I didn’t when I got here, but Pete and Izzy…. Well, we’ll see what God has planned, but trust me, I never saw this coming, so who knows what God has in mind for me.

CEN:  It sounds like your faith is very important to you.  Can you tell us more about that?

Maggie: Bouncing around in the system, I got really lucky that I had God from the start.  He helped me through so many nights of being alone and trying not to be afraid.  I would lay in bed, and I would talk to Him, in my heart, you know.  Just talk.  I’d tell Him about school and about what was going on.  Finally He brought me to Mrs. Malowinski’s house, and she taught me even more how much He loves me, how much He cares and especially how He really does have plans for me—things I can’t see or imagine.  That gives me hope, hope that all this stuff that’s happened to me is for a reason, that He’s got a Plan to use them to help others and maybe even me.

CEN:  What was it like to lose your parents at such a young age?

It was really hard because I didn’t have anyone else.  It was like one minute I had a family, and then all of a sudden, it was just me… well, me and God.  I guess that’s why I got so close to Him.  He was the only thing I had left, the only thing I really had to hold onto.

CEN:  What do you like to do in your spare time?

What spare time? (Laughs.)

I don’t get time off very much at the Ayers’ mansion.  Not that anyone does.  Even Peter is scheduled to the hilt.  But I have gone out with Greg a couple of times. Oh, Greg is one of Keith’s friends.  Not that that makes any difference, but…

Well, anyway, I’ve kind of learned that taking time off or doing anything outside of what’s written on Patty Ann’s schedule is a good way to get into big trouble although to be honest, I would really like to go out riding with Keith and the kids again.  Not that that will happen, of course, but it would be nice.

CEN:  What is your biggest fear?

That I’m going to be homeless, hungry, and alone if this job doesn’t work out, and right now, that’s looking more and more likely!  In fact, I really need to get back because Patty Ann’s just looking for a reason to fire me, and me being gone so long would be good enough for her.

CEN:  Okay.  Well, thank you for sitting down with us today.

Maggie:  Thanks for having me, and now I really have to get back.  God bless!

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Deep in the Heart

 “This is more than a romance.  The author cuts straight to the heart of God–love.  God is love. Even through unexpected tragedies.  And we can overcome evil with good–by His love.”

–Betty Anne Bantz

Can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart? 

 

 

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Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: I Am Not a Soldier

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I Am Not a Soldier

by Dwight Phoenix

I Am Not a Soldier

Seventy-Five Million graves exploded into existence from many of the dejected souls that participated in the world’s worst event, World War 2. This cataclysmic occurrence uprooted families, ripped countries apart and left a legacy of the true evil nature of man. We have been privy to many stories of the unprecedented war from countless westerners who curse the dictator and his minions. However, this tale takes the view of good men that struggled under the dictator’s radical political views and psychotic ideologies. It looks at men of peace that were broken to partake in deeds that were an abomination to their ethics.
Muller, a teenage boy with an unprecedented character and a unique love for nature finds himself a part of this group. And like others, he fights to avoid the devilish disfiguration of his identity. He is driven from his home in an attempt to escape the harsh reality of his country, Germany. But he is uncertain of where destiny will lead him and is embraced by Joy, Death, Pain, and Love. Through unfair and bitter circumstances, this tale tries to answer the question, can the saint become a monster?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Henri’s Blessings & Matt Bannister: Books 1-9

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Henri’s Blessings

by Jana Rodgers

Henri's Blessings

In the early 1800’s, life on the homestead was trying at best. For Henrietta, orphaned at thirteen, and left to care for her two younger siblings, life is especially hard. For the past few years, her main focus has been to simply survive and provide for her brother and sister. A tragic circumstance sends Henrietta on the run, fleeing the only home she had ever known with two children in tow. With no one to help and no where to turn, Henrietta is left wondering if she will ever find peace.
Levi is a God fearing man, facing a tragedy of his own. His life in tatters, he leaves his own home with young daughter Emma. He heads west with the toddler, heading for his parent’s homestead to make a new life. Along the way, Levi encounters a pitiful group of siblings. He is burdened with a strong desire to help them, but he is still dealing with his own loss. Can Levi’s love for God overcome his own worries? Can he help his new acquaintances find blessings in a life filled with turmoil? Can it help him overcome his own grief and discover new blessings for himself?

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Matt Bannister: Books 1-9

by Ken Pratt

Matt Bannister

A BREWING STORM THAT RUNS DEEPER THAN PRIDE OR HONOR…

Fifteen years ago, the young Matthew Bannister ran away from the town of Willow Falls. Now famed U.S. Deputy Marshal Matt Bannister is coming home to reconcile with his family. He quickly realizes that old feuds unsettled never die and he must come face to face with his painful past.

Matt is a fighter, a killer and a tough man who isn’t afraid to stand his ground against anyone. Across the Oregon mountains he encounters religious prosecution, murder, kidnapping and lies – but he also experiences love, family, justice and the power of prayer.

“The story is about redemption, lies made right, secrets uncovered, families coming together and faith in God renewed.”

Matt Bannister: Books 1-9 includes – Willow Falls, Sweethome, Bella’s Dance Hall, The Wolves of Windsor Ridge, The Eckman Exception, Prairieville, Return to Willow Falls, Ballenger and Blood Vengeance.

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Gems From Pastor Jim 3/2/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossHabakkuk 1:13 You are perfectly just in this. But will you, who cannot allow sin in any form, stand idly by while they swallow us up? Should you be silent while the wicked destroy people who are more righteous than they?

The Babylonians were sent to punish the Israelites for their sins. God had had enough. His people had worn out His patience. They went through the motions of allegiance to God but their hearts were far from Him. They claimed to be His, but did not live like it. They expected the Lord’s favor upon them, but did not humble themselves before Him or obey Him.

God cannot allow sin in any form. We must understand this profound and all important truth. There is no sin in the presence of God. Ever. Sin must be dealt with before one approaches God or he will be denied access to God. God is holy and hates all sin. In order to approach God, we must be made righteous in Christ. As much as we may not like it, we must confess our sins before Christ and seek His forgiveness. There is no other way to draw near to God.

We don’t stress this truth much anymore, but I believe it is a critical truth. We must preach and teach it until we believe it. God is sin intolerant. He will not overlook sin in any form. He will not let sin anywhere near Him. No one will make it to heaven with a sin problem hanging over their soul. Repentance is for Christians too! In fact, I believe that it is even more important for the believer than the non-believer because we are held accountable for what we know. The sinner’s prayer for forgiveness is just the beginning of a lifetime of forgiveness. We all sin and come short of the glory of God.

I believe it is dangerous for us to assume that once we are saved we are no longer in need of repentance. How can sin go away without it? Does the righteousness of Christ guarantee our acceptance by God regardless of our sins? All I know is that the Word calls us into a confession of our sins. God commands holiness in the heart of His children and dealing with sin is the only way it is going to happen.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: His Terms of Endearment for You

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by Precarious Yates

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers … I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”- Revelation 2:17

Did you know that God has a term of endearment for you?
In Deuteronomy, God calls Israel the term of endearment Jeshurun:
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. – Deuteronomy 33:26
The name Jeshurun means “upright one” or “blessed one”. God gives them this name even before it’s their full identity. He is the God who, “calls into being things that were not” (Rom 4:17). He says, “And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.'” – Hosea 2:23
Even before we were His, He called us. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.
15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.” – Hosea 2:14-15
Incline your ear close. Pay attention. Lean in close. As you whisper words of worship and love to God, He is whispering words of love and endearment back to you. Consider some here:
9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10
In this season where everything – everything is harder than ever, know that you are loved. You are deeply loved. Press closer to hear the terms of endearment that God has for you:
“…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:5, emphasis mine.

God bless you!
Precarious Yates

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Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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Be Do Have–The Ultimate Lesson 2/26/2021

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by:  Staci Stallings

Be Do HaveMany years ago I wrote an article for a blog called “Be Do Have.” It was about an insight I had recently had about life. In the article, I explained that most people in life get this backward. They believe that they need to have before they can do and they need to do before they can be.

So they think that getting something—say a new car will allow them to do the things they want to do, which in turn, will allow them to be happy. And too often, people get so trapped in this thinking that they will go into deep debt—financially, physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally—to get what they think is going to make them happy.

The problem is, it doesn’t work this way. If you are not happy and fulfilled, nothing out there is ever going to cause you to be that for very long. I have known people who work, work, work, work, work trying to have so they can be happy. Then, after many years, they realize they are still not happy. They might blame the job or the marriage or any one of countless external things for their unhappiness. But the reality is, they are unhappy because fundamentally, they are not at peace with themselves, God and others. Nothing outside themselves will ever fix this.

That’s the exact trap that so many of my characters find themselves in. Their solutions for it vary. One is pouring herself into a job that is grinding her down to a pulp. One is lost in a material world trying to buy herself out of the trap. One is super-bossy and is trying to get-to-the-top to assuage this underlying fear that comes with not being happy.

One of my characters caught in this trap, Rebecca Avery in A Work in Progress, has simply given up trying. At the outset of the book, she ruminates about the “beautiful people” as she calls them. To her, it’s simple. They are lucky and she is not. End of story.

Enter Eric Barnett who pretty much feels the same way about himself although he is one of the members of the “beautiful people” Rebecca is pining (and whining) about. However, Eric does not consider himself beautiful, smart, talented, or lucky. When he compares himself with the others in his group of friends (many of whom grew up together), he finds himself very much the ugly duckling of the bunch.

He is struggling in college, adrift in a sea of ambitious people who know what they want and how they are getting there. Then he meets Rebecca’s “beautiful people” roommate Holly, and he falls madly in love with her. Of course, Rebecca’s secret crush on Eric begins to crush Rebecca even further because he’s so crazy about Holly which confirms to Rebecca that if she could only be Holly, that would fix everything.

It might seem like a typical plot, but this story has one very important twist because woven into it is the be, do, have lesson. At first, both Rebecca and Eric try to have their way into being. He does everything he can to twist himself into knots to be the “right guy” for Holly because if he can have that relationship, then he will be happy.

What they eventually discover is that it is only in becoming who you were meant to be that you do the things that lead you there, and by doing so, you come to realize you have what you wanted all along—happiness, joy, and peace.

While only this book is called A Work in Progress, I think the reality of my books is that most if not all of them could have that title and it would fit. You see, I think we are all works in progress, and we are all learning every day the be, do, have lesson.  We are either learning that we have to be to do and have. Or we are learning that having doesn’t lead to the being we thought it would.

One of my favorite bad reviews on A Work in Progress showed me how inside-out and upside-down we often get it. The review said something along the lines of, “Rebecca’s parents obviously have money. Why do they not get her contacts, teach her to use make-up, buy her some nicer clothes, and pay for a better degree. Then maybe she would have some confidence.”

Hmmm… Something tells me that reviewer missed the point.

Do you have a favorite character who was a real “work in progress” who had to learn that the joy and peace were an inside job rather than an outside thing to strive for? Tell us about them.

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Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

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Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

by N. I. Nwokolo

Unconventional Bible Heroes of the Female Persuasion

“Rahab was a young woman of Jericho, who at the time the children of Israel first approached the Promised Land thousands of years ago, was gainfully employed in a certain high-demand section of the hospitality industry. She was, as Joshua 2:1 tastefully puts it, ‘an harlot.’ ”

10 humorous but reverent essays on female heroes of the Scriptures to enjoy. And not necessarily the ones you might expect.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Little Bits & Genna’s Fight

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Little Bits

A compilation of short stories from the authors of Winged Publications

by J. Carol Nemeth

Little Bits

Here’s an eclectic mix of fiction genres presented in 15 short stories to keep avid readers moving through the pages. From multi-published authors at Winged Publications, this collection includes genres from cozy mysteries to Christmas tales, chased with a good measure of sweet romance and suspense in between. If your reading time comes in spurts and snips, try this fresh collection that packs a lot of plot into memorable tiny bits!

Christmas at the Crossroads – Janice Thompson
The Soldier’s Heart – J. Carol Nemeth
One Hour – Cynthia Hickey
Flamingo – June Foster
One Message – Eliza Scalia
The True Value of Cupcakes – Florence Witkop
The Tree of Life:Keedryn’s Story – LuAnn K. Edwards
Bye Bye Birdie – Dana Mentink
A Penney From Heaven – Bonnie Engstrom
Landscapes Beyond Color – Cindy M. Amos
Impeccable Timing – Rita Peterson
Forging Hearts – Christina Rich

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Genna’s Fight

Will She Be Able To Discover Her True Self & Get Her Son Back In Time?

by Sheldon D. Newton

Genna's Fight

One Woman’s Incredible Journey To Overcome Abuse?

Literally kicked out of her home and forced to leave behind the life she has known for years and her only son – Samuel – Genna wanders in the dark alone, not knowing what to do or where to go. She enters a Women’s Shelter where she struggles to regain her sanity after years of abuse, shame and rejection. From uncontrollable crying to nearly committing suicide, the pain, at times, becomes almost too unbearable.

One magazine writes, “The story of Genna’s Fight is brazen and astonishing. It is superb because every theme and every moment is perfectly weaved together into an excellent novel…..Genna’s Fight is incredibly addictive and will have its readers racing through it, frantically turning one page to the next.” Can Genna regain her sanity? Will she be able to get her son back from her cruel villain of a husband, called Tom? it all boils down to what a mother is prepared to do!!!!!

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Alleluia 2/23/2021

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I feel Him in the garden, my hands in the soil, plucking weeds, rearranging this and that. He hovers over me, as delighted in my efforts to seed and grow things, as if it were that first moment of Creation.

He is mighty. I am not. But the life He poured into root and rhizome He has given to my care. At least, for these few square feet.

It isn’t much, my garden. It may look helter-skelter to some, a hodgepodge of pots and planters filled with flowers and herbs and bulbs. But to me, it is my secret place, a rearrangement of growing things I share with my dogs, a handful of scampering brown lizards, and God.

He is pleased with my efforts, mostly because it brings me such joy. He delights to see me happy. That is the kind of Friend He is. The kind of Father. And more, He is JAH.

This morning before I set to work, I looked up the word “alleluia.” It appears only in Revelation 19.

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.” (Rev 19:1)

It is a Greek word taken from Hebrew and made up of two parts. Halel” meaning “to shine, to make a show, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to rave, to celebrate.”

This is our behavior toward Him. He is so marvelous in our eyes we cannot stop ourselves from celebrating to the point of looking silly. One commentary even defines it as “to act like a madman.”

The latter half of the word is “Jah,” meaning “the Lord most vehement.” I find this particularly pointed. To be “vehement” is to be passionate, intense, overly emotional” and “marked by great exertion.”

Here is the God I serve, the one who walks with me in my garden. He is a passionate, ardent, zealous God. For justice. For truth. For mercy. For me. He rejoices over me as much as I celebrate Him.

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” (Zeph 3:17)

How marvelous that is. My Father, Friend sings over meHe’s the Maker of the world, the just Judge, the Almighty, but He’s also intensely personal, vehement, in His love for me.

If I ever doubted it, I stopped long ago. We’ve come through too much together. We’ve overcome my weaknesses, walking side-by-side, and now, we have an amazing union. I talk to him, and He talks to me.

About many thingsmy ever-changing writing, our prayer time togetherbut especiallthese flowers. Delicate blossoms He created, each one specific to His taste. And to mine. Alleluia. 

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 Cowboys of the Double R 

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 Real Cowboys are a dying breed, except at the Double R Ranch, smack in the heart of Texas. There, long hours and hard work makes for men smart as whips and tough as nails. What they might lack in class and education, they make up for in character, integrity, and a whole lotta God.

These six romance stories, the complete series, will leave readers coated in dust, hearts pounding, and ready to ride. Saddle up!

About the Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Waste Not, Want Not 2/22/2021

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by Ruth O’Neil

Today’s shout out is to my mom. I was blessed to have her in my life for only 21 years, but those years were full of lifelong lessons. One of those lessons was “waste not, want not.” That applied to everything. I’ve tried to keep that a motto for many things in my life; including my fabric scrap piles and food. I save the tiniest bits of fabric, which will eventually get cut and sewn into some pretty amazing quilts. I even save scraps of food most people throw away to make something new, such as apply cores and skins make pretty good apple jelly, bread crusts and stale bread are repurposed as bread crumbs and stuffing, the ends of onions, celery, and carrot skins are simmered to make a homemade vegetable broth. Waste not, want not, right? Because of my waste not, want not food attitude, I always have plenty for my family and others. 

Over the years I’ve realized, though, that I often waste one of my most valuable commodities: time. I’m not usually one whos bored since I normally have too many irons in the fire anyway, but I can see plenty of places where my time would have been put to better use. I’m not saying that relaxation is never called for, but we all know we can be time wasters.  

I think we do that the most when we are faced with downtime. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe an accident is keeping you at home. Maybe the illness of a family member has you constantly by their side. There are any number of reasons we may be looking straight into the face of boredom because all the usual things we do, we suddenly can’t. 

When you are faced with downtime, what do you spend that time doing? Are you using that time wisely? When things come up in our lives, we could spend our time bickering and complaining or we could think of things we could do for others. If we stop focusing on ourselves, we can see so many around us who are hurting and need to see the love of God in action. 

The Bible tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV). 

Take a few minutes today to sit down and create a list of ideas you can do during a forced downtime. Does anyone come to mind who would enjoy seeing a handwritten note from you in the mail? Has someone been on your heart lately that you need to call and check up on? Can you fix a meal for a needy family? Bake cookies for a friend? Do some yard work for a neighbor?

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Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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