Tuesday, June 30, 2015

God's Got This~

Greetings from Washington~
After visiting one daughter in Texas, a visitor from Australia, a daughter home for 10 days~ we are now visiting family in Washington. It was a beautiful landing as you can see. Washington is having unusual temperatures ~ very toasty here. 

I am reading this morning in my devotions and getting some encouragement. We all can use that these days -can't we? God is still on the throne~ He knows what is going on in this crazy and mixed up world. By golly~ He even knows what's going on in my crazy and mixed up mind. It may look like God is not paying attention ~but rest assured He is. 

When David fought Goliath he used a simple little sling shot.  When Gideon fought the Midianites they simply had weapons in the form of torches, jars and trumpets. Yet ~ in both cases God prevailed and accomplished His plan. 

We should be encouraged by all the events in history that prove time and time again that God is on the throne~ He is in control and He will accomplish that which He has foretold us in His Word. We only need to remember we are not home yet and until then we must remember this is not our home. God's got this ~ we can rest in knowing He is still God. 

Proverbs 19:2121 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Until next time-

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key~A Great Summer Read

What a fun summer read~ I am enjoying this book. It grabbed my attention from the very first line. 

Penny and her family live in a adorable little town called Pinecraft, Florida. I liked that the author gave a map in the front cover. It looks like a perfect place to be. Yet~ Penny has been a sheltered young woman for way to long and is busting out at the seams. A tragedy in the family taking the life of her sister in a horrific way leaves her parents smothering her to death. She just has to break free and live. This book is all about her having the courage to break free from the control and fear that her loving but over protecting parents have placed her under. Penny decides it is time for all of them to move on in healing. 

She goes to work for a Bed and Breakfast and finds herself caring for a popular Mennonite singer/evangelist. He is a little arrogant and high thinking of himself. She is trying to not be smitten in the least. Only time together turns the tide and they become more than friends. The only problem is that he will be leaving soon. Will she have even more courage to follow her heart?

I really enjoyed seeing how this book deals with fear in a healthy and healing way. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. Although this is the second book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft~ it was not necessary for me to read the first book. Great Book!

The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Can You Be Trusted By Other Women? Are You A Safe Haven? A Friend In Me Book Review

     I am reading this book with many ah-ha moments. Women have trouble with relationships with other women. It seems like it starts the moment we are born. These relationships can just be complicated for many reasons.  I adore all the women in my life. I would be nothing without them. We need women in our lives. So how do we become a safe place for women?
     Pamela Havey Lau~ shares her own story. We all have one~don't we?  As she writes what her own story looks likes she begins to explain why we are having such a hard time in our culture. She listens to what both the younger generation has to say along with the 40, 50 and 60 year old women. Let's face it ~ that generation gap between the years has a way of dividing us. We see things so different yet we all long to learn from those who have gone before us. The older I get the more I realize the wisdom of those who have gone before us is so very important. I have also learned as a mother of beautiful daughters they have much to teach and give too. 
     I loved this book on so many levels. It is underlined and marked with notes all over the pages. The author asks a great question. Does my life tell other women that they have a friend in me and that they are deeply loved by Almighty God? The most important thing we can tell those younger is is that we don't have it all together.  To share our story~ or failures and successes. Pamela shares that many women still live with wounds and are recovering from the hard knocks of life. Life is littered with hardships. Amen and amen!  That we need to receive comfort before we can comfort others. Amen and amen! That we need to forgive so we can be forgiven. That we need to forgive our own selves.  This book encourages women to become a safe place for other women. 
     I loved this book and I believe that all ladies of all ages need to read it. This is a book for such a time as this. Wow!!! Wow!!! and Wow!!! 

Thank you Pamela Havey Lau~ we needed this message.  

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. I rate it a 5+ stars.

A Friend in Me (David C. Cook, June 2015)
Young women long for relational connection with women further ahead of them on the journey. Yet, without realizing it, many of us tend to distance ourselves from those in younger generations. 
Can we really have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Where do we start?
In A Friend in Me, Pam Lau shows you how to be a safe place for the younger women in your life. She offers five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships and talking about issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality, and vocation. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn’t need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact—and experience a deeper faith than we’ve ever known.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Are You Wanting To Lose Weight? I Discovered An Amazing Tool!

Oh my stars~ I need to tell you about this site. It is called Calorie Count. It is on-line and it is free. You set up a profile and then each day log your food. It counts calories but more important it rates the nutrition of your food. At the end of the day it gives you a grade on nutrition for what you ate that day. This is my 10th day and I have lost five pounds. It is much like a game and the accountability is amazing for me.  It has been so inspiring and easy to do. I was surprised at some food I thought was great and it turned out to be really bad.

You log in how much weight you want to lose and a target date. It will calculate how many calories you need to eat each day.  Each food you enter will be graded on an A to F scale. Some things you realize are just not worth the price.

You also log activity. It calculates intake with the activity. For example 1 hour of moderate housework without stopping burns 285 calories. While a very brisk 30 minute walk burns 204 calories.

It also has a recipe option to add your own recipes and calculate the entire recipe for all nutrition facts. Below is one that I made over the weekend .

If you want to shed a few pounds ~ give it a try. I love it!  Click here~

Low Calorie Strawberry Cobbler
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup King Arthur Flour
1/2 skim milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries

* Mix all ingredients together except the fruit.
* Add to a 8x8 pan sprayed with olive oil.
* Place fruit on top~ the crust will come up over the fruit.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition figured at Caloriecount.com

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 195
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0.20%
Saturated Fat 0.00%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Potassium 234mg 7%
Carbohydrates 48.016%
Dietary Fiber 2.811%
Sugars 32.3g
Protein 3.0g
Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 76%
Calcium 6% · Iron 8%

When Grace Sings~ Amish Book Review

I love Amish books and I am fond of Kim's writing. This book was a hard read for me at first.  I realized the reason I had a hard time was do to the fact~ I had not read the first book in the series. (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy) I had to connect the dots before I could fully grasps the book. Once I did~ it was hard to put the book down.

I really liked how the book mixes the Old Order Amish, Mennonite and English worlds~ bringing them all together. That was fun and real life. An English reporter named Briley~ comes to town to prove the simple people were not all they were cracked up to be. He happens to stay at a B&B ran by Alexa and her Grandmother. Stephen and his father are making all the updates and repairs to the B& B. Stephen is engaged to be married to Anna-Grace.  The story is told from each point of view and they all come crashing together to discover family secrets that had been untold for over two decades. 

I think Briley adds a lot of twist to this Amish story. A fast-paced reported from the city who is neither Amish or even a Christian. He is seeking to dispel all things real about God fearing people. Little did he anticipate what an impact this assignment would make in his life. 

I loved the book and could not put it down. I do recommend that you read the first book in the series first called~ When Mercy Reigns.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. Great Book~ I loved it and can't wait to read the next one in the series. 

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-nine novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

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