Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 51:6 But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.

Are you an honest person? You cannot be trusted beyond your level of honesty. An honest person tells the truth regardless whether or not it is convenient or self-serving. An honest person does not take advantage of others or embellish the truth. It is the kind of heart God desires for us to have.

Honesty of heart defines who we really are. God is Truth and there is absolutely no falsehood within Him. The more like Him we become, the more truthful and honest we become. Honesty comes from the heart. We cannot be what is not within us. What we are in our souls will show in our living.

An honest person knows what he is really like and is not afraid to admit it. He is transparent before God and others. He does not put on a front pretending to be who he is not. Let’s be honest; we re good at not being honest about ourselves. We think we are more righteous than we really are. We don’t approach God with a sense of sinfulness very often. We hide ourselves behind our perception of righteousness. We shut our eyes to our need for repentance. We don’t easily accept responsibility for what we do and say.

Wisdom is simply the right application of truth. It is the ability to take what God teaches us and apply it to living. It involves submission to Truth, which means that we allow Him to change the way we think about things and thus live. God wants us to be honest in our hearts. He wants us to not make excuses for our behavior or thoughts. He wants us to admit it when we sin so that we can be right with Him.

Be honest with yourself about yourself. Listen to what the Lord says to you about you. Be open to what the Lord is saying and humble yourself before Him. Wise are those who do it.
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending 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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Things I’ve Learned Writing by Suzanne D. Williams

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Readers often don’t see the big picture when it comes to an author’s style. I know I get reviews about books I wrote long ago where the critique is honest and even true, but at the time of their reading it, I’ve gone so far from that point that it’s no longer relevant. That said, we learn as we write, and here are three things currently at the top of my learning list.

1. Your first plot choice isn’t always your best.

Sometimes it pays to rethink things. I’ve written myself into a hole more than once and realized, standing at the bottom, that I didn’t like story much, and NOT liking what you’re writing is the first step toward never finishing the tale. Soon, your brain will have moved on to other things, and you’ll find yourself with no desire to finish it.

So … before that happens, go back to the last point you DID like and start again from there. Maybe if you took the character in another, unexpected, direction, it’ll improve things.

I’ve found that writing the WRONG plot sometimes shows me the right one. Unfortunately, that does mean time spent seemingly “in waste,” but the truth is a writer never really wastes their time writing, whether the results that day are good or bad. Either direction, he or she learns something, what they want to do or what they don’t where that particular story is concerned.

2. Slow down.

Some content needs to be skipped. Others need way more time spent on them.

I am the queen of fast-paced scenes. I can get characters to do more things in a seven day time span than you’d think possible. (Insert laughter.) More times, I’ve arrived at the climax and realize I skipped content … mostly because it wasn’t exciting and I didn’t want to write it.

I’ve learned to go back, slow down, and fill in the gaps. If I write the scene that I wanted to write (the climactic moment) then it gets out of my system and I can rethink the rest. Read what you’ve written, read some more, and then reread it again is the key. I don’t believe in the whizz-fast first draft with all the errors left in. That may work for some, but it doesn’t work for me at all. I have to get the scene right or I can’t move on. I’m always thinking, if I don’t, the scenes that follow will all be off slightly.

But what works for me, may not work for others. That is fine. We are all unique individuals with unique thoughts, trying to put them on paper so that the majority of our readers with enjoy them, and that means a lot of thought-hours regarding what goes where, cutting out the rabbit trails, that don’t need to

be in the book (no matter how much you like it), and including the more “boring” content, you’d rather skip over.

Which brings me to my last point …

3. Trash it.

Some stories are simply a brain exercise and will not get published. I have some really great first chapters. Dozens and dozens of them. Frankly, I LOVE writing the first chapter. But often, it goes no further than that because the same oomph I just mentioned beneath point one often takes a hike in chapters two or three.

There isn’t anything wrong with trashing a story. If it’s not what you wanted to write, if it’s not what your readers will read (very important point), if it’s off in any way and cannot be saved, then throw it out. I recently threw out 20,000 words because the more I went on, the more I hated the story, disliked the characters, and thought the whole thing disjointed.

That is frustrating, I’ll admit. But I don’t consider my time wasted, because I know now what direction I DO want to take it and it’s a much better tale, one I can’t wait to share.

And here’s a minor thing I’ve learned … for me, as a pantser … it really is all about the writing. I’m happiest when the stories are just mine, the characters living solely in my head, and the story unfolding each day. Don’t get me wrong. I write to sell. BUT letting that story go and moving on to the next one is always a little bit of a letdown.

These books are my world, the places in them real in my head, and the joy of their existence in the private moments I spend telling the tale. I simply have to learn, from experience, how to do that correctly.

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Perspective by Patricia PacJac Carroll

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I’m sure when many of you were in school you had to read the poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling. I linked to it in case you didn’t or forgot the nuggets of truth it contained. The first line tells us not to be carried away when all have gone crazy and then turn and blame you.

Daily, we are assaulted with those defending the indefensible and then point their fingers at us for the blame. God told us this time would come. Good would be called evil and evil good.

As the love of many grows cold, how do we protect our hearts that we are not caught up in the fray and become what we abhor?

For now, the Lord leads me to Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Check your hearts in whatever you are doing. If the evening news leads you to anger and hatred, don’t watch it. If fb posts raise your blood pressure, skip or delete them. If there are those around you who drag you into arguments, stay away from them. You do not have to give them your time much less your peace.

Spend time in prayer, worship, and the Word. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and learn from Him. Spend time with other Christians who encourage you in the Word.

I’m not advocating we retreat from the world. I do encourage that we grow in the Lord Jesus so that we shine in these dark times. Shine with His peace. Shine so that we aren’t drawn into hateful speech. Shine so that those who are perishing can see where to find hope.

Over and over, the Lord has settled me down by reminding me that this is not my home. Heaven is my home, and I am an ambassador for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

Now, is the time to keep our sight on the prize of the hope of glory. To keep our hearts unstained by the sinful lusts of the world. To keep our perspective on Him and not the loud voices shouting in the wind.

Thanks for giving me your time. This has been on my heart to share. Have a blessed.

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Patricia PacJac Carroll
Patricia PacJac Carroll~ I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my awesome grown son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him.I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.Hope you are enjoying the series ~ Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick. I’ll have a new series this year set in Montana – Solomon’s Valley ~ First book is The Feud.My blogs http://patriciapacjaccarroll.blogspot.com/
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Leaving a Legacy  by Christopher Shennan

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A good friend of mine, Rod Guptil, announced one message in a series of sermons he was about to preach in the following way:

“EVERYONE LEAVES A LEGACY. Not just the good and admirable leave legacies. Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden all left legacies. You can’t choose ‘whether’ to leave a legacy, you only choose ‘which’ legacy you will leave.”

When my son was barely three years old we were missionaries in Zimbabwe, Africa.

The house we lived in had a large back yard we had turned into a vegetable garden with a compost pit at the very back.

I was in the habit of going back there so I could pray out loud without anyone being able to hear me – except the Lord, of course.

One morning I was engaged in worship thinking I was completely alone. I raised my hands and cried out, “I praise you, Lord!”

To my complete surprise I heard a little voice call out behind me, “I praise you, Lord!”

I turned to see my son’s face turned toward Heaven, a look of absolute delight upon his face. Seeing me from the kitchen door, he had followed me and engaged himself in copying my behavior.

I have never forgotten that incident and have often speculated, “What if I had been doing something else at the back end of that garden? What if I had been cussing, or had met with someone else engaged in nefarious deeds? What then? Would my son be the godly man he is today, or would he be man of doubtful character, passing on to his progeny an ungodly life-style?

It bears thinking about, and setting a course that will not leave a shameful legacy to future generations.

© Sunday 21st June 2015 – by Christopher Shennan)

Christopher Shennan

The Legacy

The legacy I leave may be

A blessing or a curse, some day:

Blessing future generations,

Or leave stumbling blocks in the way.

An awesome choice we have to make;

Not if we leave a legacy,

But which one we leave behind for

Future generations to see?

People around me are watching;

Children and grandchildren will know

Just what kind of life I have lived –

To show them which way they should go.

I want to leave a legacy

That will challenge and inspire them;

A goal to strive for – to die for –

Whatever life brings to test them.

The legacy I leave behind,

Must include lost sinners, found;

For how could I whom Christ loved most –

Go all alone while Heaven bound?

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 48:9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.

What is the temple? It is God’s dwelling place. The temple of God has a three-fold meaning. It can be a building we worship in, it can be us, or it can be our Lord himself. It is where we meet God.

What should we being doing in the temple? We should meditate on God’s unfailing love as we worship Him. Dear friend, consider His great love for us. Consider His love in providing for us a church family to worship with. Consider those who are a part of your church family and the love they have for you and the Lord. Sure, there are those who don’t show you or the Lord much, if any, love, but there are many who do. Let their love encourage you and comfort you in your journey of faith.

Consider the love of God in you. God loves you beyond your comprehension. He took you at your worst and embraced you. He did for you what you nor anyone else could do; He forgave you for your sins and removed them from you forever. He cleaned you up so that He himself could take up residence in your heart. He is with you always to help you live a holy life. He chose you as His dwelling place.

Consider our Lord Jesus. Jesus is God’s love fleshed out. Jesus came to earth to show us just what God’s love is like and to invite us to participate in that love. Jesus died for your sins because He loves you. He chose to die for you. He could have said no and just gone to heaven without you, but He loves you too much to have done that. He loves you and does everything He can to show you His love.

Whenever you pause to worship the Lord, think about these things. He never will stop loving you and He will pursue you for as long as you live. Dear friend, you are loved by God. You can’t always depend on the love of others, but you can always depend on God’s love.

Let us be careful how we treat those whom God loves. Who are we to look down on, spurn, or mistreat those whom God loves? We can’t really love God if we don’t likewise love those whom God loves. In worship we should as well ask the Lord to enable us to be lovers of others as we walk with the Lord.
C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending 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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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The Top Page

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by:  Staci Stallings

I wrote this article a few years ago when we were just beginning to see the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of my son’s dyslexia. To this day, it brings me to tears to think of these precious moments with him as his world began to open up and finally make sense….

My son is amazing. He really is. Even through all of the dyslexia stuff, he has had a way of being able to express what was going on with him. Like that first night I knew it was dyslexia…

As I lay there, putting him to sleep, I asked, “So reading is kind of hard, huh?”

He said, “Yeah.”

I said, “So can the other kids read better than you?”

“Yeah, they brag a lot.”

“Brag?”

“They say, ‘I can read this. I can read that.'”

“And you can’t?”

“No.”

Long pause.

“So when you read, do you guess a lot?” I asked.

He looked at me with a very puzzled expression. “Mom, that’s all reading is is a lot of guessing.”

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He’s just like that. He grasps things on a deeper level, and he can explain his experience so I can understand too. Like yesterday… Now that we have the underlying causes of the dyslexia handled (his vision problems), we are working diligently to catch up with where he should be in terms of grade level work.

One of the things that almost immediately snapped to attention was his ability to spell. He has gone from struggling and struggling to being able to do 90% of the spelling list on Monday–even if he’s never studied some of the words for spelling. (Yes, it is a miracle!)

Well, we were studying the four hard words for the week: since (confused with sense), been (that extra e was throwing him), through (those last four letters must be memorized for how they

look not how they sound), and Christmas (silent h, and swallowed t). I have come to understand that we spell certain words by how they sound and others almost wholly by how they look. If it’s a sound word, he can do it. If it’s a look word, it’s going to take some work.

So we started with since and through. I’d had him write them four times each the night before. So we were going to see how well he remembered them.

I said, “Since,” and he started to write it incorrectly. Then he stopped.

“Wait,” he said and stared off into space as if trying to read something really far away.

“What are you doing?” I asked to see if he could articulate how he was locating how that word looked in his brain.

To which he said, “Just a second. I’m sorting through all the papers because it’s not on the top page.”

I kind of laughed. “The top page?”

“Yeah, you know, on the top page in my brain. Oh. There it is. S. I. N. C. E.”

Then we did through. Same thing. He had to “search through the papers in his brain” to find it. When he located it, he knew how to spell it.

As I drove him to school this morning, we were etching Christmas down on his brain. We did since, which he spelled automatically, and through which he also spelled automatically.

I said, “So why can you spell those now?”

He smiled, “Because now they’re on the top page. I don’t have to go looking for them.”

I told him that my top page is really long, but under that I have file cabinets in my brain that I can go hunt for stuff that’s not on the top page. He smiled. “You must have a lot of stuff in there!”

Then I asked him if he could tell me what had been on his top page before he’d done vision therapy. He thought for a long time, and then got that same puzzle expression. “Mom, the top page was just blank before.”

Well, no wonder we were having so much trouble!

I think we will get to the point that he has vaults of cabinets with pages stuffed in his brain. The cool thing is, even in third grade he is learning to access those pages so he can use them. How wonderful is that?

Yes, dyslexia has been a challenge in our family, but it has also taught me so much about how others’ experience shapes what they can and can’t do and how simply asking questions to understand their experience can make what you didn’t understand before understandable.

I’m so proud of my son for the hard work he’s put in against seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With a determined mom, a hard working child, the key of vision therapy, and teachers who really care, those obstacles are one-by-one becoming mere learning experiences that have helped us help others than things that stop us completely.

In short, they have become blessings rather than stumbling blocks! How cool is that?

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The characters are genuine instead of over-dramatic. I haven’t struggled with either of the root problems in this story, but I can identify with shame, inadequacy, fear, etc. I also really enjoyed that the characters fall in love in a more traditional way. They don’t have a love at first sight romance. They both do dumb things in their relationship because they’re insecure and scared. When I was reading, I felt like the story started out pretty slowly, and then started pulling me in. I was intrigued, because the beginning is well written, even though it’s slow. It made me wonder what was going to happen. Overall, “More Than This” is an inspirational, believable, romantic novel.”

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We wrote the book … and more! by Mary C. Findley

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Homeschool exhibit Booth setup day 2

Homeschool exhibit Booth setup day 2

About a week ago, we exhibited at a homeschool convention, Appalachian Home Educators in Knoxville, TN. http://www.appalachianhomeeducators.com/home Got to meet a fellow author and online friend, Shawn Lamb. Her exhibit and ours seem to have been the only two booth promoting our own original works. Attendees who stopped by the booth kept saying, “Oh, you wrote all these yourselves?” We walked around the exhibit hall and saw what other people promoted. Some had their own works to promote or sell — a system or a method of teaching a certain subject or a certain type of student. Some had a full compliment of curriculum or reading material or activity books or kits created by other people. One had a set of magnetic, re-usable scheduling cards. One sold home made soaps and essences in a business that started as a homeschool project.

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But people who wrote almost 30 books themselves? We were the only ones. Quite a few vendors were upset that there weren’t more attendees, frankly. Promo literature promised 1000 swag bags, implying they expected 1000 families to attend. It’s doubtful that there were 200 people who visited the booths. Vendors on either side of us left early, disappointed by the turnout and sales. Another problem was that classes were offered nonstop from 9 am, an hour before the exhibit hall opened, and continued an hour after it closed both days. There was no time that was exclusively given to visiting the exhibit hall.

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So it was a disappointing time for those who came with products to sell onsite. Many of them wondered if they would have enough gas money to get home. Those same people shook their heads at us when we said we didn’t bring anything to sell. We brought samples of all the print books we had, and printed sheets with QR codes so people could scan and go to sales sites directly. We also handed out business cards with our blog address and QR, which has all the books linked to sales sites. Mostly what we offered were ebooks, which is still a new idea to many homeschoolers. We showed them a $27 print book versus the same book, as ebook, for $2.99. They were impressed. Not all of them loved the feel of real books so much that they were unwilling to consider how much they might save in money and space with ebooks.

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We know that we had a pretty big jump in views of the blog. We know that we had a few sales on Amazon. Mostly we got to meet some nice, interested people. Our message to them was simple. “You’re busy. You’re tired. Your kids are here. You’re overwhelmed with everything you’ve done and seen here. But later, when you get a break, here’s a little card with a simple message … Come take a look at what we have.”

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Hubby became a little famous. People stopped him to talk and wanted to eat lunch with him, wanting to know about these books he wrote. I found a few people who thought Steampunk sounded interesting, and who really like historical fiction. Many people thought our marketing technique was strange. We thought we achieved our purpose of letting people know about our books and letting them decide for themselves.

Here is the list we also handed out, of all the books we currently have. About half are in print format, and we are working on getting more into print. Keep in mind that the illustrated print books (Conflict of the ages, for example) are only black and white. If you get them, we have matchbook set up with Amazon. You can get the ebooks free so you can show students the color images.

All our books (including Historical Fiction, SciFi, contemporary relationships short stories, and an Archaeological Mystery serial) are linked on our blog.

Visit our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ffvp5657. Watch Jonah and Ruth as well as “Sojourner,” part of the Space Empire Saga, in full 3D animation, book teasers, and upcoming projects related to biblical study and the Conflict of the Ages.

Science, History, Literature, and biblical worldview studies are the focus of our book and video projects.

Historical Fiction

by Michael J. Findley
The Ephron the Hittite Series
1. Ephron Son of Zohar
2. Tawananna Daughter of Zohar
3. Heth Son of Canaan Son of Ham, Noah
4. Shelometh Daughter of Yovav Wife of Ephron

by Mary C. Findley
Adult Romantic Suspense
5. The Baron’s Ring
6. Send a White Rose
7. Chasing the Texas Wind
8. Carrie’s Hired Hand (novella)

by Mary C. Findley
Young Adult Historical Adventure
9. Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion (plus illustrated version)
the Benny and the Bank Robber Series
10. Benny and the Bank Robber (Plus homeschool editions for student and teacher with review and vocabulary)
11. Doctor Dad
12. The Oregon Sentinel
13. Lines in Pleasant Places

Spec Fiction

by Michael J. Findley
14. The Empire Saga (all six of the following books in one volume)
15. City on a Hill (Novelette)
16. Sojourner (Short Story)
17. Nehemiah LLC
18. Empire One: Humiliation
19. Empire Two: Repentance
20. Empire Three: Sanctification

by Sophronia Belle Lyon (pen name for Mary C. Findley)
The Alexander Legacy Steampunk Literary Tribute Series
21. Book One: A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist
22. Book Two: The Pinocchio Factor
23. Black Crow’s Blessing (novella prequel to Book 3)
24. Book Three: The Most Dangerous Game

By Mary C. Findley
25. The Acolyte’s Education (Allegorical clockwork novella inspired by Little Red Riding Hood)

Contemporary Fiction

Relationships Short Stories
by Mary C. Findley
26. Fifty Shades of Faithful
27. Fifty Shades of Faithful 2: In Living Color
Archaeological Mystery Serial
by Mary C. Findley
28. The Great Thirst Book One: Prepared
29. The Great Thirst Book Two: Purified
30. The Great Thirst Three: Pursued

Nonfiction

31. Write for the King of Glory (tips on indie writing and publishing)
32. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Readers’ and Writers’ Guide for Believers
33. Biblical Studies – Old and New Testament (Teacher and student editions)
34. Antidisestablishmentarianism (illustrated and plain versions)
(serial versions)
35. What Is an Establishment of Religion?
36. What Is Secular Humanism?
37. What Is Science?
38. What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism?
The Conflict of the Ages series (All have teacher and student editions)
39. I. The Scientific History of Origins
40. II. The Origin of Evil in the World that Was
41. III. They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age
42. IV. Ice Age Civilizations
43. Disestablish: An Overview from Creation to the Ice Age

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Ask the Animals by B. J. Robinson

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Job: 12:7-9 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

Job: 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Luke: 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

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I love animals, and my husband and I have three dogs and a shelter cat. Our golden cocker spaniel is Sunflower. Honi is our golden retriever and looks just like the one on the cover. Frankie is our Siamese cat. We have a husky named Cherokee. Our pets have been a great blessing in our lives. We enjoy, love them, and thank God for blessing us with the sweetest pets. This is a novella of nine chapters and an epilogue, perfect for an appointment, the airplane, etc. I enjoy taking a break from a long novel in between and writing some shorter work.

The Long Winding Road Home: Honi and Frankie Blurb

The Long Winding Road Home99 cents Inspirational New Release. Honi, a golden retriever, is playing ball at the park with her owner, handsome Allen, when along comes Mona with her cat, Frankie. The cat gets off her leash, and Honi bounds after the cat, pulling the leash from Allen’s hands. They’re off on their long, winding road home. A journey for pet lovers, cat and dog lovers, from YA to seniors. Two pets bring a couple together.

Allen and Mona search for their pets but do not find them. Will they ever see either of them again?

Family, relationships, pets, animals, dogs, cats, love, romance. Will the long, winding road home change the journey of life for

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“No, never had it done. She’s not the type of dog to run away, and I’ve never had any issues with her. If it weren’t for … his voice trailed off.”

“I know my cat. Sorry.”

He patted her shoulder. “It’s okay. We will get them back. You’ll see.” Allen helped her into the vehicle, and tingles shot all the way up her arm straight to her heart when his hand took hers. She was a hopeless lovesick case, but he didn’t need to know it.

Allen drove to a restaurant that offered a seafood buffet. “Hope you enjoy seafood.”

“Love it. My favorite, and I haven’t eaten out in ages. Thank you so much. This is a real treat.”

“I’m glad I could do something to cheer you.”

She smiled. “Your company does help beat the blues sitting home in a lonely house without my best friend.”

“I know exactly what you mean, and your company blesses me in the same way.”

Blesses. Not many men use such language. Maybe he is a believer.

Mona decided to cut to the chase. “Animals are such blessings in our lives.

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B. J. Robinson

B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing. She pens various genres to provide choice for her readers. You’ll find romantic suspense, sweet contemporary romance, mystery, short stories, novellas, and full-length novels from which to choose when you check out her Amazon page. She’s an Amazon best-selling author with over twenty books. Blessed with children, grandchildren, and pets, she writes from sunny Florida where she lives with her husband and pets. Visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/BJRobinsonHistoricalRomance, http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com, or at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBJRobinson

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Matt. 26:41 “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.”

Most professing Christians are not paying much attention to their souls. They take salvation and eternal life for granted. They make assumptions about not needing to be too careful about how they live since they made a profession of faith in Christ. They assume that grace takes care of any sin issues that they may have and that God will accept them regardless of how careless they may be about how they live. They trust in past experiences and do not worry about any future consequences. They embrace the love of God and dismiss for the most part the holiness of God.

Most will admit that what Jesus says here is true. Experience teaches us that when we let our guard down, temptation overpowers us and we fall into sin. Very few people would ever disagree with this truth. But, there is the thought that it doesn’t really matter all that much. We are covered by Christ’s righteousness so a sin here or there won’t matter to God. He knows what we are like and will overlook it. What we fail to consider is what the Word of God teaches us about holy living.

God is holy and no sin will ever be in His presence. God declares that we must become like Him in holiness. We cannot tolerate sin in our lives and still be holy before God. Holiness is a separation from sin. It is living with the intent to not sin. It is taking care of the soul so that when temptation comes we will be able to resist it. It is striving to please God and not taint our souls with sin. And when we do sin, it is confessing our sin and seeking Christ’s forgiveness. It is diligently seeking to live above sin instead of bucking underneath it.

We are alert best when we pray the most. Prayer keeps Christ close to us. It keeps us wanting to not sin. It keeps us wanting to live consistent with the righteousness and holiness of Christ. Staying in close touch with God is our defense against falling into sin when we face temptations. Failing to pray opens the door to certain failure. The spirit may be willing, but without much prayer, the flesh will prevail and we will fall into sin.
C Through Marriage

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Jim HughesSpending 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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Even When It’s Tough by Staci Stallings

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Some guys run into burning buildings for a living. Some run into the line of fire to save others. Those men often absorb injuries to themselves but do what’s necessary despite the danger and pain to do it.

My dad is one of those guys except he doesn’t run into physically burning buildings, he runs into the spiritually burning ones. Though he did attend the Seminary when he was younger, he is not the leader of a church. He is not a deacon or even a spiritual mentor on some roster somewhere. His training comes from life but his calling comes from his heart.

Put simply, he has a heart for the hurting and the lost. He will get in there and be with someone when everyone else is scrambling for the emotional exits. I can’t say that I’ve always known or appreciated this quality about my dad, but since my brother’s death, it has become well-pronounced. Others now look to my dad for guidance when the unthinkable happens.

And somehow, my dad is able to be there.

I’m not sure how much courage it takes to do that because frankly, I’m sure he’s still dealing with the tragic loss of his son, but he doesn’t back down from hard. When a family in our hometown recently put their mother into hospice, Dad was there. When another family lost a young man to a car accident, Dad went to hug, to hold, to help.

Then they asked, as others have, if Dad would say a few words at the wake service. What do you say to a grieving family when your heart is still broken from your own loss? What do you say to these parents who just lost their child to a car accident?

Or to another set of parents who just found out their son killed himself?

I don’t know what you say, and I’m not sure my dad does either. But that doesn’t stop him from going as it does so many of us. He goes anyway. It is that courage and that example I am most grateful for in my life. To have that model to follow and emulate is a gift without price to this daughter’s heart. It gives me not something to live up to, but something to remember when life throws awful things at the people I love.

I am convinced there is no greater gift than showing up for others in the tough times.

The other night my dad called as he so often does for computer help. We have a running joke between us that I’m the Dell spokesperson and this time I’m going to charge him double (of course, double of nothing is still nothing, but…)

I walked him through the process of doing what he wanted and then asked what this particular project was for. He said, “Oh, they asked me if I would speak at the wake tonight, and I wanted to have something down on paper.” My heart broke for him and swelled with pride at the same time, knowing how close we were to memories of my brother. I said, “It never gets easier, does it?”

He said simply, “No.”

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Staci StallingsStaci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling Contemporary Christian author and the founder of Grace & Faith Author Connection and co-founder of CrossReads. You can check out one of Staci’s Best Sellers…

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