So, I just had to remind myself to turn off the news. Every news show tells me similar stories with maybe a tidbit of extra information to keep me watching.
I'm not blaming them. As the reporters do their job, and in their attempt to keep me informed of the crisis, they make evil seem very large. They make it seem like a huge black cloud hanging over my community, my country, the world. It appears that evil is winning, but I know it isn’t.
Evil likes to appear strong. It likes to scare us and to keep our attention. My heart pounds when I have to go to the grocery store. Fear wakes me in the middle of the night. But focusing my attention on God reveals how weak evil is.
My God keeps me in perfect peace when my eyes are on him. I trust in the Lord my God. (Isaiah 26:3)
They say our world is at war, but this battle has already been won. God is on the throne. He is in control. We follow the guidelines given us and wait in faith for the storm to pass.
Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength. They rise up like eagles, run and not get weary, walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Isaiah 40:28 “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
If you don't know that reference - you are younger than I am. Google "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden." or not.
I can’t turn on the TV without hearing about more illness, deaths, serious danger – fear. If not the virus, it’s financial ruin because of business closings. Jesus didn't say in this world we would have an easy life--or a rose garden.. He said in this world we would have trouble.
Not much joy in homes around the world. Not much peace. That is, if we get our joy and peace from circumstances. Relying on the stability of life in this world has never been a safe bet. Ask the person receiving an unexpected Cancer diagnosis, or the family cleaning up the rubble of a home destroyed by a tornado.
Certain joy and certain peace comes from one source only.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. (Romans15:13- look this up for exact Scripture)
My part? Belief. Faith. It is my choice to believe, and to depend on the God of the universe, my Creator.
So I’ll take my dog for a walk and thank God for the sunshine today and that the weather is nice enough today that we can get out of the house.
Let’s take this one day at a time.
An article containing my study of Romans 15:13 will soon be available on the Christian Living site of BellaOnline.com
My verse for today:
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;" Psalm 24:1 NIV
Like many of you, I’ve been in partial self-quarantine for a few days now, but today begins the official lock down day for Indiana. So, since it’s just me and Lizzy-my Russell/Yorky mix—at my house for the next two weeks, I feel a real need to communicate with people. So I hope you will say ‘hello’ here or on Facebook.
How are you coping?
It's important that we take care of ourselves. I’m determined to eat healthy in an effort to boost my immune system—something we all need right now. I’m also hoping not to gain twenty pounds of quarantine weight from boredom eating.
Day one quarantine breakfast. - Oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts.
Oatmeal contains fiber – everybody says we need that.
Since I have no time restraints, I use Old Fashioned Oatmeal. I have plenty of time to cook it.
The internet tells me oatmeal is nutrient-dense, containing iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
They tell me it also boosts immune protection, lowers inflammation, revs up metabolism, lowers cholesterol and gives a feeling of fullness. (I’ll need that if I’m to be satisfied until lunch.)
A scoop of walnuts
I’m told (by the Internet again) walnuts are rich in antioxidants.
They are said to be a super source of omega-3 which may reduce heart risk.
They are said to reduce inflammation, which is at the root of many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
My study told me that walnuts also help produce beneficial bacteria that live in your gut. This promotes the health of your gut and may help reduce disease risk.
What’s more, eating walnuts may even help control your appetite. (refer to the twenty pounds quarantine weight)
I top it off with a heaping handful of blueberries.
My study told me blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables
Supposedly, they have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels in your body. They help to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and maintain brain function. They may also have anti-diabetes effects.
As I’ve aged, I’ve discovered my body doesn’t tolerate a lot of dairy, so I use almond milk on my oatmeal. Almond milk is not as nutritious as cow’s milk, but is rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin E.
I'm not suggesting almond milk over anything else, just listing what I use.
When I want sweetener, I’m using Stevia. There are lots of pros and cons to this natural sweetener,
March 2020 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Traces by Denise Weimer -- When a failed romance and a $500,000 prize lure Kate Carson into participating in the reality TV show, Traces, the least she expects is to pick her partner. After all, she's the PR spokeswoman of the company that derived a thirteen-lens, rotating camera from military use and installed it atop Atlanta's tallest skyscraper. But she never would have chosen to evade techno hunters for twenty days with "G.I. Joe." Stoic, ex-military Alex Mitchell is the sort of man she always vowed to avoid, while the shadows of Alex's past cause him to spurn emotional involvement. When Kate's insider knowledge makes her a target of someone more threatening than game show hunters, Alex offers her only hope to reveal the dark plans of proponents of The Eye. (Romantic Suspense from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Song in the Dark by Jessica White -- After graduating from Juilliard, harpist Jenna Fields returns home to Albany to escape her manipulative ex and prove to her controlling mother that she can orchestrate her own life. Homicide detective Dean Blackburn spends his days seeking justice for the dead. But darkness taints everything, including him. When his three Dobermans lead him to Jenna playing in the park, he tries to resist the beautiful musician and focus on his cases. At least until he witnesses Jenna’s ex attempt to blackmail her and learns she’s being stalked, just like one of his homicide victims. When her world crumbles beneath her feet, and Dean learns she has her own dark secrets, he helps Jenna see that the key to escaping her mother's gilded cage is already in her hands. (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)
Secrets She Knew by D.L. Wood -- Boston police detective Dani Lake dreads returning to her small hometown of Skye, Alabama, for her ten-year high school reunion--and not just for the normal reasons. At only fifteen, Dani tragically discovered the body of her murdered classmate, setting in motion the process that led to the unjust conviction of her dear friend and an unshakable burden of guilt she carries to this day. So when new evidence surfaces during her trip home which suggests the truth Dani’s always suspected, she embarks on a mission to expose the real killer, aided by Skye detective Chris Newton--who happens to be the man Dani’s best friend is dying to set her up with, and also the only person who believes her. But when Dani pushes too hard, someone pushes back, endangering Dani and those closest to her as she unearths secrets deeper and darker than she ever expected to learn—secrets that may bring the truth to light, if they don’t get her killed first. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
Kings Falling by Ronie Kendig -- Leif Metcalfe and his team, dubbed Reaper, need to recover the stolen, ancient Book of the Wars if they hope to stop the Armageddon Coalition and their pursuit of global economic control. But their attention has been diverted by a prophecy in the book that foretells of formidable guardians who will decimate the enemies of ArC. While Iskra Todorova uses her connections in the covert underworld to hunt down the Book of the Wars, Leif and Reaper attempt to neutralize these agents but quickly find themselves outmaneuvered and outgunned. The more Reaper tries to stop the guardians, the more failure becomes a familiar, antagonistic foe. Friendships are fractured, and the team battles to hold it together long enough to defeat ArC. But as this millennia-old conspiracy creeps closer and closer to home, the implications could tear Leif and the team apart. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])
Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month: Love & Hope by Elsie Davis, Contemporary Romance Bite the Dust by Jackie Layton, Cozy Mystery Jordan's Arrow by Allen Steadham, Speculative The Letters by C. Kevin Thompson, Suspense
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The Vault Between Spaces by Chawna Schroeder -- Every legend must start somewhere... No prisoner who enters the gates of HopeWell ever leaves. But from the moment Oriel sets foot inside Anatroshka's most formidable prison camp, she unsettles both commandant and prisoner alike with eyes that see beyond the surface and music that trails her everywhere. Petite and delicate though she appears, Oriel bows before neither threat nor punishment. Moreover, she makes no attempt to hide her intention: Oriel plans to escape the inescapable HopeWell. But when facades are stripped away and myth becomes clothed in flesh, what begins as a prison break becomes a mission to stop the invasion of evil itself. (Young Adult Fantasy from Enclave Publishing)
Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month: The Duke’s Refuge by Lorri Dudley, Historical Romance Hannah’s Courage by Molly Jebber, Amish Romance The Missing Manuscript by Sylvia A Nash, Cozy Mystery Silvyn’s Tale by Sara Nicole, Fantasy Freedom Lake Collection: Books 1 - 3 by Toni Shiloh, Contemporary Romance Yellowstone Yondering by Kristen Joy Wilks, Contemporary Romance
January 2020 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Uncharted Promises by Keely Brooke Keith -- Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Edenbrooke Press)
Forever Hidden by Kimberley Woodhouse, Tracie Peterson -- Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])
The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock -- On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving. With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared? At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
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Let's get into the Christmas spirit. Scroll down for some treasured Christmas Memories from your favorite Christian authors.
November 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Dead Wrong by Vannetta Chapman -- When Agatha Lapp’s brother and sister-in-law are tragically killed in a buggy accident, Agatha relocates to the new Amish community in Hunt Texas, nestled in the Texas Hill Country. She’s there to make a success of her brother’s dream--an Amish B&B. Agatha is friendly, efficient, and capable. She's also a fifty-five year old widow who has learned to be independent. When she discovers Russell Dixon’s lifeless body in Cabin 3, she runs next door where retired detective Tony Vargas lives. The police determine that her guest died of natural causes, but as Agatha and Tony put together the events of the previous two days they become convinced that the police are Dead Wrong. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)
A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff -- John Cross is a small-town pastor, bent on leading his flock to follow God's calling. He's not the sort of man one would expect to have a checkered past. But the truth is that the man behind the pulpit preaching to his sheep was once a wolf--an assassin for the CIA. When John decided to follow Christ, he put that work behind him, determined to do penance for all the lives he took. He vowed never to kill again. Now someone wants the peaceful pastor to pay for his sins with his own life. And when a terrorist out for revenge walks into the church, John's secrets are laid bare. Can he keep his vow--even when the people he loves are in mortal danger? Will his congregation and the brave woman he's learning to care for be caught in the cross fire? In the end, John's life may be the only sacrifice he has left to offer. . . (Thriller/Suspense from Kregel Publications)
The Sleuth's Conundrum by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Danger lurks and suspicions abound when a librarian, her young assistant, and a local reporter try to solve the mysteries of both a dead woman and an abandoned child. (Cozy Mystery from Mountain Brook Ink)
Deadly Harmony by Marissa Shrock -- Georgia Rae Winston’s romance has broken up. But that’s the least of her problems. Georgia and Detective Cal Perkins are through. Fine. Maybe it’s an opportunity to give charmer Hamlet Miller a chance. But there’s no time for romance when Georgia hosts her stepsister and her roommate, Quincy, during a college chorale tour—and Quincy steals Georgia’s car and disappears. When her car turns up in a cemetery with a cryptic note lying on the front seat, Georgia decides to take action. As Georgia and her stepsister dig into the mystery, they uncover Quincy’s tumultuous past. A past that points to a frightening present. They dig deeper and discover a web of deception they’re determined to untangle, if they can stay alive long enough to bring the truth to light. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)
Dangerous Christmas Memories by Sarah Hamaker -- Hiding in witness protection is the only option for Priscilla Anderson after witnessing a murder. Then Lucas Langsdale shows up claiming to be her husband right when a hit man finds her. With partial amnesia, she has no memory of her marriage or the killer’s identity. Yet she will have to put her faith in Luc if they both want to live to see another day. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
October 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Cold Pursuit by Gayla K. Hiss -- A December tour of Yellowstone National Park sounded like the perfect escape from Faith Chandler’s problems at home—until she discovers her tour guide is her jilted childhood sweetheart, Jake Mitchell. (Romantic Suspense from Mountain Brook Ink)
Legacy Restored by Robin Patchen -- She’s a new Christian working to take down an art thief and murderer. He’s a grieving artist who refuses to let another woman die needlessly. When their desires clash, will it lead to hostility… or fireworks? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
The mundane becomes inspiration.