Posted by: Judy | October 28, 2021

Week 43 of Count it all Joy

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is might; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

We have much to do together. Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy. Let us make this the human experience. ~ Gary Zuvak

Joy! Found Cast in Bronze’s Carol of the Bells: https://youtu.be/jpTbF8B0AZQ

Posted by: Judy | October 27, 2021

Celebrate Halloween…

…with a story.

Secondhand Samhain

The seventh novella in the series is here…

Welcome back to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays… and a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

Jan Connor, the new manager of the secondhand shop Vintage Holiday, loves her job, her town, and her life. She doesn’t need anything except a little bit of help. Her annual Halloween birthday party isn’t coming together, and her antiquated computer system is only making it worse.

Trent McDonald, computer guru extraordinaire, is looking for a place to call home. His brother, Cowboy, suggested Holiday might offer what he needs but never mentioned Vintage Holiday’s pretty shop manager.

Between one breath and the next, God changes everything…
http://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Samhain-Holiday-USA-Book-ebook/dp/B01A0IBBQI/ref=sr_1_1

If you prefer paperback, Holiday, USA Anthology 2015

All four novellas published in 2015 are available in their entirety in paperback, including the covers on the back, for those who enjoy collecting a series.

https://www.amazon.com/Holiday-USA-Anthology-2015-2/dp/153018617X/ref=sr_1_22

Posted by: Judy | October 26, 2021

Halloween is coming…

Posted by: Judy | October 25, 2021

Samhain

Why I wrote a novella featuring this holiday:

For some, Halloween is to be ignored or condemned. It’s seen as a celebration of the adversary and all that is evil.

I’ve read historical accounts that would agree. I’ve also read accounts that it’s a celebration of the turning of the season. Depends on your point of view.

For others, Halloween is the best holiday of the year, the costumes and decorations and free candy! The chance to pretend without being ridiculed. It’s fun.

I don’t do scary. No zombies or monsters. Too much of my life was spent in fear, so I choose to focus on the joy of a beautiful season.

I’m all kinds of impressed by some of the decorating I’ve seen in many yards, from hay bales to carved pumpkins to those colorful leaves that one only sees in the fall, but not here. The desert doesn’t really have a fall.

I’m not a fan of pirates; I know their brutal history. However, I can’t deny this is adorable.

This year, Halloween falls on the Sabbath. I can’t help but be amused. God wins.

Posted by: Judy | October 24, 2021

Inspiration posted on SM…

… by Pursued:

People pray for cake.

Then when God gives them butter, eggs, oil, icing, a pan, and an oven,

they get frustrated and leave the kitchen.

Bake the cake.

Posted by: Judy | October 23, 2021

Saturday Silliness

Posted by: Judy | October 22, 2021

Good News Friday

*Reassurance from a dear friend

*A dear friend calling to ask me to go with her to the class reunion. She didn’t want to go alone either.

*Only knew a few people but enjoyed myself at the class reunion

*P.Croissant with my sister

*Plain croissant and hot chocolate with whipped cream

*Re-reading old favorites, even though it means letting them go.

*Cooler weather

*Only a few nicks after dropping a Corelle plate that shattered and splintered

*Shared conversation and spaghetti with my BFF

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | October 21, 2021

Week 42 of Count it all Joy

Habakkuk 3:18-19 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places…

Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself. ~ Barbara Johnson

I first heard Cast in Bronze at our local Renaissance Festival a couple decades ago. Over the years, I often returned to the festival simply to hear him. A few times, I attended every show throughout the day, 4 shows of about 15 minutes each. I bought most of the CDs. My favorite piece is O Fortuna, amazing on the carillon bells. I also loved his rendition of Phantom of the Opera and Carol of the Bells. I’ve read his autobiography, though there are now several players. This is the first piece posted by him on YouTube: Genesis https://youtu.be/GQgKz5N_5Qs

Posted by: Judy | October 20, 2021

Reading List 91-95

91Cup of Joe by Teri Wilson Christian romance. A sweet story that hit closer to home than usual as Goldie struggles with the death of her grandfather. Joe is adorable. Dogs make every story better. 

92. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Hoofbeats and Heartstrings book 1) by Teri Wilson inspirational romance, with a little touch of paranormal. Enjoyable.

93. Love, Lilies and the Unbroken Straw (Hoofbeats and Heartstrings book 2) by Teri Wilson inspirational romance, with a little touch of paranormal. Heartwarming.

94. Worth Dying For: A Navy SEAL’s call to a nation by Rorke Denver. A look into a warrior’s thoughts on leadership, heroism, bravery, war, and courage.

95. So You Want a Second Chance (So You Want to be a Billionaire series book 1) by Elizabeth Maddrey Christian romance. An enjoyable read with older protagonists. 

Posted by: Judy | October 19, 2021

Shared on SM…

…on September 25, 2019

“God won’t give you more than you can handle…”
Odd, I can’t seem to find that verse.
I’m guessing Job would take exception to that cliche.
So would Joseph.
Paul did.
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself…” II Corinthians 1:8
Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle? Read on. “…so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” II Corinthians 1:9
Truth? Cancer is more than you can handle.
So is infidelity.
So is caregiving.
So is rejection.
So is death
and loss
and grief
and prodigal children
and 101 other life struggles.
God doesn’t expect YOU to handle it.
He expects you to hand it over to HIM.
He doesn’t want you relying on your strength, but on His.
If we keep walking around thinking
“God won’t give me more than I can handle,”
we’re setting ourselves up for
heavenly disappointment.
Good news? He beckons for your burdens,
“Cast your cares upon Me…” I Peter 5:7
You will never know relief until you do.
For this hard place, I have Jesus!
–courageouslivingbooks.com

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