SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

It is exciting to announce to you, my followers and readers, that two of my books have been published and are now available on Amazon.

Copy of Look for the Rainbows New full coverLook for the Rainbows A Journey of Spirit and Heart is my first novel. It follows the life of Beth Worthington through childhood and into her middle adult years. Tragedy seems to strike too often and her faith in God is challenged. But she comes through every time and is stronger for it. What she longs for most is marriage to a strong Christian man and to raise their children. But this dream appears to have evaporated in life’s muchness. Will she find what she seeks? Check it out on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

In Shadows in My Valley I share a dark time in my life, what I learned throughShadows in my Valley New cover that time, and how my life was forever changed because of it. It includes poems, short excerpts from the prayer journal I kept through that time, scriptures that were significant to me, and the story of my life during that time. Check it out on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

This is an exciting time for me and I hope you will rejoice with me. It has been a giant learning curve to get me to this place, and I am thankful to the Lord for helping me accomplish this.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate all of my readers and followers. And if you are not already following me, I hope you will take a moment to click on the “Follow” button to receive e-mail updates of new posts. Have a wonderful day. God bless.

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JUST SAY “GOOD RIDDANCE”

Has pain from the past

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Say “Good riddance” and smile.

Become a great grievance?
Just give it to God,
And then say, “Good riddance!”

Is your grieving and sorrow
Too heavy to bear?
Give it over to Jesus,
And then leave it there.

Are your duties so many
They’ve become an encumbrance?
Turn it over to Him
And then say, “Good riddance!”

Do you struggle with life?
Do you question and fret?
Remember the Savior
Will never forget.

Does life in the present
Seem beyond endurance?
Give it over to Him
And then say, “Good riddance!”

Stop carrying your load;
Unburden your soul.
Let the Lord Jesus Christ
Take over the whole.

Lay it all at His feet
And walk in obedience.
Let Jesus take charge
And just say, “Good riddance!”

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It doesn’t have to stay this bad. Just say, “Good riddance” and let the spirit of heaviness go into Jesus’ hands.

This, I grant, is not the best poetry in the world, but I wanted to make a point in a poetic way. We so often carry our burdens, allow sorrow to weigh us down, try to “get on with life” without dealing with pain from the past and struggles in the present. It doesn’t work. They always come back to “haunt” us, to sidetrack us and sometimes derail us. The best way to deal with these things is to take them to the Lord in prayer, tell Him all about how you feel, let go of the whole and leave it there. Then shout out, “Good riddance!”

We don’t need to carry these things in our own strength. Jesus has promised to be our Burden-Bearer, our Guide, our Provider, our Comfort, our Hiding Place, our Deliverer, our Strong Tower, a Father to the fatherless and a Husband to the widow. He wants us to surrender everything to Him so that He can have full control of our lives and be free to lead us into our destiny.

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Say “Good riddance” and fly free!

When we have learned to leave it all with Him, there is good reason to shout out, “Good riddance!” It brings freedom, joy, a lightness of spirit that helps us go through all the trials that life brings. The Lord will not give us more than we can handle, but we have the choice of whether to take on burdens of our own or to take His yoke which is easy, His burden which is light. This is the way to healthy living physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and relationally. Just dump it all on Jesus and rid yourself of an unnecessary weight.

Yes, I’m giving you a push here. Come on, you can do it! It’s time! Let me hear you shout it out! “Good riddance!”

I hope you have had a little fun with the photos and been a little encouraged by the words. Life can be hard at times. Sometimes it seems to be more hard than otherwise. But we have a faithful God who wants to carry us through those hard times. Give Him a chance and give Him your troubles. Say, “Good riddance” and run free.

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Have a wonderful day and be blessed.

THE STORY BEHIND THE MOUNTAIN

Shadows in my Valley New coverThere is a story behind the photo on the cover of one of my upcoming books–“Shadows in My Valley”.

When I design my book covers, I like to use my own photography, but for this one I didn’t have many pictures of mountains. I have a few prints from my 35mm camera that I took in Western Canada back in 1981, but none of them really fit what I was looking for.

So I decided to get creative. I wasn’t sure at first how I would accomplish it or whether it would even work, but I am very happy with the final result.

I take pictures of all sorts of things in all sorts of places. I think I took the original of this one purposely to see if I could re-create it into a mountain for my cover.

One winter several years ago we had a lot of snow. It was piled up on the roadsides, in our parking lot, everywhere. So here is the original photo I took and then “doctored” up to end up on my cover design.

Copy of P1080104Can you find the ‘mountain’? It is simply a pile of snow pushed there by the snowplow. I’m still surprised at how I was able to remove everything I didn’t want, but was very pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

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I hope you have a wonderful day. May God bless you with everything you need.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORD MAKES

Copy of Copy of Copy of Women of Destiny retreat and 2007 picnic 003What a difference a word makes! In 1882, George Matheson penned the words to what later became a well-loved hymn: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go. One line, “I climb the rainbow through the rain” did not pass the judgment of the hymnal committee of the Church of Scotland and so they voted to change it, saying it just wouldn’t do. But by doing this, they changed Mr. Matheson’s message. To those who know the hymn, they will recognize the line as: “I trace the rainbow through the rain”.

Climb: scale, rise, ascend, increase, soar.

Trace: determine, follow, discover.

Do you see the difference? As you pursue your dream, be it a successful business, a home, a family or fulfillment of God’s call on your life, which would you say you are doing? Climbing? Or tracing?

I would much rather climb the rainbow than follow it. Rainbows are elusive. We all know about that pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. We also know it cannot be found.

Rainbows quickly fade. Have you ever watched when a rainbow appears, how it brightens, then Copy of P1070817gradually fades into nothingness? If you are following it, where do you go when it disappears? But if you are climbing it, that means you have actually reached it, touched it, and are using it to reach the heights.

I would recommend the book Climbing the Rainbow by Lloyd J. Ogilvie © 1993 by Word Publishing. The book’s subtitle is Claiming God’s Promises In The Storms Of Life. A small book, it is an easy read, and well worth the time it takes to read it.

Will you climb the rainbow with me?

I hope you enjoyed this short piece. I wrote it a few years ago, but thought it might be appropriate to share now with my book, Look for the Rainbows, being published soon.

Thank you for taking time to visit. I hope you will browse around while you are here. Please leave a comment in the box below, and if you are not already following me, please click on the “Follow” button at the top to get e-mail notifications of new posts. Have a wonderful day, and climb some rainbows and see where they take you. God bless.

A BUSY TIME

I haven’t had a lot of time to write a blog over the past few days. I have been preparing a couple of book manuscripts for publishing. I now have them up on KDP Print and ready to go as soon as I receive my proof copies. That is if they are OK. So here’s a preview of the book covers.

 

When they are published I will post a link to the Amazon page.

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Have a wonderful day filled with God’s blessings.

WHATEVER IT TAKES?

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Don’t be unwise in your actions.

 

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll do whatever it takes”? Have you ever said this of something you want more than anything in life? Do you think it is a healthy attitude? What has been your experience, either personal or in someone you know who has taken this attitude?

First, I want to say that no matter how badly I need or want something, I am not willing to “do anything” to get it. “Anything” is a pretty big category. “Anything” could mean…anything!

 

 

What I am not willing to do:

I am not willing to compromise my principles or my faith.

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I am not willing to sacrifice what is precious.

I am not willing to do anything illegal.

I am not willing to sacrifice what is most precious in my life.

I am not willing to ride over others, to knock them down, to use them simply for my own benefit.

I am not willing to look at others merely as instruments to be discarded after I have gained what I want from them.

I do not want to succeed if I can’t take others with me and show them how to succeed. No, I am not willing to “do whatever it takes”.

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I am willing to be kind and helpful where needed.

What I am willing to do:

I am willing to work.

I am willing to ask for help.

I am willing to teach others what I have learned.

I am willing to live out my dream, to keep seeking it if I haven’t found it yet.

I am willing to ask for guidance and direction when I am unsure of myself.

I am willing to learn new things.

I am willing to make changes where change is necessary to my success.

Remember, success cannot be measured merely on a financial basis. Zig Ziglar once said, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

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I’m willing to work with integrity.

Integrity is a must. If we do not operate on ethical principles and methods, eventually we will find others treating us in the same manner we treat them—unethically and without integrity. We may just find ourselves alone out there with no friends, no support. But when we reach out a hand to someone in need, there will be someone there to reach out a hand when we are in need. We will have lasting friendships and wonderful, caring business associates.

That is the true measure of success.

Thought for the day: No success is worth jeopardizing friendships, principles, faith, integrity. That is not success.

Prayer: Lord, show us Your ideal for success, the standard You would have us to live up to in order to attain success as You see it. May we never abandon that which has eternal worth for what has merely temporal worth. Help us to get our priorities straight and to consider the consequences of our actions in our working for success. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my post. I hope you found it worth your time. If you can spare a little more time, please browse through my other articles to see if you can find something of interest to you. I would really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment in the box below. And if you are not following this blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button to receive e-mail updates for each new post. I wish you a healthy, happy day. God bless.