Book Review: THE WIDOW OF SAUNDERS CREEK by Tracey Bateman

A Christian book with both supernatural happenings AND romance.  NICE!  This was such a good read. 

It’s been 6 month since Corrie’s husband died in Iraq when she moves to Saunders Creek, the town he grew up in.  She hopes that living in the house he loved  will keep him close.  In this Missouri town in the Ozarks, she searches for peace.  She finds friendship in Eli, her husband’s cousin, who is doing some work around the house for her.  Other family members, including Eli’s mother, who gives Corrie a job, and Aunt Trudy,  who practices magic and spiritual communication, live in the town as well.  When a spiritual being seems to be in the house, Corrie wants to belive that it is her husband, but Eli, who grew up in the town alongside Corrie’s husband, knows that it is something much darker.  As time passes, Corrie must come to terms with the loss of husband, and learn to live again and decide what part Eli will play in that life, and decide whether to remove the spirit in her home.  She finds that only Jesus can truly help her make the decisions that have to be made and make them happen!

I’ll be looking for more books by this author to read!

Lisa 🙂

(Thanks Blogging for Books for this review copy.)

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GOALS!

Why is it so hard to set a plan… keep that plan… and reach a goal?

For me:  I keep getting in my own doggone way!  This has to stop.  It will stop! 

Over the last few weeks I have set a few goals for the week.  Some I have been successful at keeping.  Some I have sorta kept.  Some I just “forgot” about.

Remembering that I am NOT the one in control… I am handing my goals over to the one who controls my life.  I am writing down those weekly goals on Sunday… and then praying through the week for each one… I will be successful in those goals with God. 

I’m going to hold on tight to the goals I have managed to meet over these few weeks, as I contine to make progress towards the ME I am meant to be, and keep striving to set and reach the goals that with His help are always within my grasp… as long as I get out of the way!
Lisa 🙂

“Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” 
~Les Brown

Lent Begins Today – 40 days

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In my church background, we have not “celebrated” the Lenten season.  It is apparently the 40 days beginning Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday.  Specific churches within Christianity choose to give up something to give more focus to Jesus Christ and what he went through/ did those last 40 days. 

I have chosen a few times to give up something, and made it successfully through the 40 days, but I don’t think I really used it for it’s real purpose.  Last night, I realized it was “Fat” Tuesday (missed that LOL) and that Lent was starting again.  I made the choice to give something up “officially” for Lent – something that has off-and-on in some way, shape, or form been the “monkey on my back” and an almost constant crutch most of my life.  Soda.  I think that is a good thing because health-wise, 40 days without soda will definately improve my health, and hopefully put me back on the “I don’t need it!” track for once and for all. 

BUT… if I am really going to give up something for Lent, I want to use this giving up for the real reason of Lent.  I want to focus on Jesus.   So that is my prayer today… to use these days, the time where I am NOT mindlessly grabbing the next can or bottle from the machine or cooler to focus my thoughts on what He did for me. 

I will ask that you pray for my focus to stay away from “the can” and draw closer to our King!

Lisa 🙂

Book Review: ECHOES by Robin Jones Gunn

A hair disaster. A lost relationship. A new computer.

“What Lauren longed for was an echo of reassurance from God that everything was going to turn out okay…”

As she struggles while her life changes, and relationships come and go, she decides to play it safe with an online friendship. She knows her friend only by the name KC and he knows her only by Wren.

Through the course of a year, they learn each other-heart and soul-but when they finally have the chance to meet, Lauren forgets to let God guide her.

But “God is in control. All day, every day. All the way.” and when Lauren finally really trusts him, the life she was meant to have emerges.

With friends, new and old, from the small town of Glenbrooke, Lauren sees what her life can truly be… and if that life will include KC.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars! It was a fun and comfortable read. The characters are so likeable! Scripture and God’s blessings spread throughout the story make this just shine!

This is book #3 in Robin Jones Gunn’s “Glenbrooke” series.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series!
Lisa 🙂

(Thank you Blogging for Books for providing me with this review copy.)

Tired of Excuses!

I give myself permission on a regular basis to accept the excuses I come up with for all kinds if things.  So stupid!  Not ME (to my friend who will “bop” me when she reads this LOL) but the CHOICES I keep making.  The excuses stop now.  I choose to do what I know I need to do… to be healthier in all aspects of my life, to be a more supportive friend and/ or family member, to be a better employee and coworker… to be the best ME I can possibly be.  Bob (I love Bob! ;D) Harper, one of the trainers on THE BIGGEST LOSER posted something on his Facebook page the other day, and it has been tapping on my forehead ever since:  “Your excuses are working against you!!!”.  So simple….so true!  I am tired of fighting myself…. so…

NO MORE EXCUSES! 

Lisa 🙂

 

To Memorize

healthy-heart1Merrium-Webster says that MEMORIZE means: to commit to memory or learn by heart. Thinking about what I put into my memory and my heart a bit today. I just started an online Bible Study and we have a weekly memory verse. I have never been good about REALLY memorizing and keeping Bible verses close. I want to start that habit with this verse and continue to fill myself FULL of God’s word so that it gives me the healthy heart God wants me to have to be the me He wants me to be. I will be working very hard to commit this verse to my memory and embed it deep into my heart this week. Praying that I do that.

Lisa 🙂

Here’s the verse, in case you want to as well:

Colossians 3:23
“Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for men.” (New Life Version)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (New International Version 84)

“Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men.” (21st Century King James Version)

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (New Living Translation)