Saturday, June 30, 2007

And the Winner Is....


Lori, from Lori's Comfort Zone! She has won four books that are a wonderful choice for summer reading!


I have another book to offer on Monday that I just received, so don't give up. There will be more books!


Have a great weekend! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, June 29, 2007

Don't Forget...


To comment on each of the books that I reviewed this week to be put in a giveaway for four wonderful Christian fiction books! You have until Saturday evening to enter. You could receive:


Gone With the Groom

Veil of Fire

Bygones

Fair Game


Four free books for that summer reading! What fun! Have a blessed day!


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fair Game - Book #4 in Summer Reading Giveaway

This is the fourth and final book in this particular giveaway, but never fear, there are more books on the way. I have at least three more coming within the next month or so. If you don't win this set, then keep checking back for more book reviews and more book giveaways. Don't forget to leave a comment for this book and you can go back and leave comments on the previous three reviews to get your name in the hat up to four times to win all four books. The books that you may win are:



Gone With the Groom

Veil of Fire

Bygones

Fair Game


Without further adieu, here is the fourth book.


Fair Game
by Carol Cox
ISBN # 978-59789-491-3
Released April 2007 $9.97 Fiction/General/Romance
Barbour Publishing, Inc.

I just love it when I get to read a book that is in a series. You can ask them at the library, I am a little compulsive in my series reading. I have them transfer books from libraries all over Georgia, just so I can read the series in order. Anyways, this book is number #2 in the A Fair to Remember series by Carol Cox, so I was a little concerned that I would not know what was going on. I shouldn't have wasted that time worrying, however, because this romance mystery stood on its own. The thing that I took from this book is that we put unrealistic expectations on human people that we are close to. This includes our family, friends, etc. We need to learn how to depend upon God and our relationship with Him, rather than on people that are sure to let us down at some point in our life, but God is always faithful. This beautiful story is weaved into around the real-life 1893 World's Fair and it was very interesting to read about the World's Fair of this time. The whole series is written around the World's Fair that was held in Chicago to usher in the 20th century. Very well written and full of truths about the love and faithfulness of our God.


Here is the plot of the book: "The 1893 World's Fair will alter Dinah Mayhew's ambitions forever. Dinah moves to Chicago, looking for excitement, a new job, and her father. She finds all that and more when she meets Seth Howell, an intriguing man and dedicated preacher. When Dinah offers to help Seth in his work with Chicago's lower class, romance fairly blossoms. But matters take a turn for the worse when Dinah's obnoxious cousin, Gladys, appears on the scene and begins looking for love in all the wrong places.

When Gladys suddenly disappears, a plea to the Chicago police force bears little fruit, prompting Dinah and Seth to investigate on their own. But in their search for Gladys, they find themselves Fair Game in a maze of secrecy and deception, putting their budding romance --and their very lives--at stake."


As you can read, you can see that there is action, a mystery, and love in this book. I just love books that offer all of these genres, plus God's love! If you want to read an excerpt from this book, click here.

Carol Cox is not a new author. She has written ten novels and eleven novellas, so you will have fun exploring all of the many books that she has written. She lives with her pastor husband and young daughter in northern Arizona. As a pastor's wife, Carol has a passion for fiction and has a strong belief in the power of a story to covey biblical truths. To read more about her and her books, visit CarolCox.com.


I loved this book. It was a page turner that begged me to finish it in one sitting, due to the mystery and action. I really enjoyed it. Now, I will have to go harrass the library ladies to find me the first book in the series and Carol's other books!LOL


Don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance to win Fair Game and the other titles in the Summer Reading Giveaway. Drawing will be on Saturday! Have a good day!


Smiles and Loves! Janis



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bygones - Book #3 in Summer Reading Giveaway

We are already at book #3 in the Summer Reading Giveaway. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post and if you haven't commented on the earlier two posts, go back and leave me a comment there as well. You will get one chance to win per day for the group of four books that I am giving away on Saturday just by reading my review and leaving a comment! The books include:


Gone With the Groom

Veil of Fire

Bygones

Fair Game

Introducing to you:

Bygones
Kim Vogel Sawyer
ISBN: 1597894044
Released April 2007
Barbour Books

Stories of the Mennonites and their simpler way of life have always interested me and this story, Bygones, is no different. Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of this beautiful story of redemption by God and by family. It has twists and turns that you would not expect, but it all comes back to Marie's upbringing and love for God and the Mennonite ways. I really enjoyed this book. It was an uplifting story that shows God's love for His people-no matter what religion. This is a first book of a series, which means that we will get to continue this beautiful and heartwarming story. If you like Wanda Brunstetter and her series of books, then you will definitely like Kim's new book.

Bygones is the first book of the Sommerfeld Trilogy. Here is the synopsis of the book: "Widower Marie Koeppler Quinn and her grown daughter Beth return to the Mennonite community Marie abandoned twenty-three years ago. Soon after their arrival in Sommerfeld, a series of mysterious thefts raises the community's suspicions against the "outsiders." Can Marie prove their innocence or will she be forced to flee once more?
Henry Braun soon begins to wonder if she's stolen more than his heart. When all is said and done, can Henry and Marie let bygones be bygones, or has their love been doomed from the start?"


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of this book and she has a very full life. Kim lives in Kansas and is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, writer, speaker, and lover of cats and chocolate. From the time she was a very little girl, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and seeing her words in print is the culmination of a life-long dream. Kim relishes her time with family and friends, and stays active in her church by teaching adult Sunday School, singing in the choir, and being a "ding-a-ling" (playing in the bell choir). In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy.


If this simpler way of life is one of your favorite reading topics, then Bygones is a book that you will enjoy.


Don't forget to leave a comment and share the giveaway with your friends! Come back tomorrow for the final book in this week's giveaway. Blessings to you all!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Veil of Fire - #2 in Summer Reading Giveaway

Veil of Fire
by Marlo Schalesky
ISBN: 1-5891-9077-7
Released May 2007 $13.99
Cook Communications Ministries


This is book #2 for my summer reading giveaway! Don't forget to comment on each summer reading post to be put into the drawing for four books, including:





Gone With the Groom


Veil of Fire


Bygones


Fair Game




I love books that are based on real historical events. This book is a fictionalized account of the fire in the small town of Hinckley. This is a heart wrenching tale of the personal account of people of the town trying to rebuild their damaged lives and destroyed town. Their faith in God helps them to withstand. The book is well-written and full of descriptive paragraphs that paint a picture in your mind of the events of the book. I love the way that the author, Marlo Schalesky, managed to weave God into every single part of this unpredictable and beautiful book. If you are feeling tired and worn in your life, then this book can help to open your eyes up to the truth and character of God.

Veil of Fire is a book that you will not want to put down. Here is the synopsis of the book.
"The screaming flames surrounded the small town of Hinckley before most knew to flee. Hours later, the survivors picked their way out of the ashes and began anew. For the tight-knit town, the fire meant the inexplicable loss of family, devastating financial ruin, and the disquieting loss of faith. While some agonized over words left unsaid and gestures unmade, one man rejoiced. His secrets fled on the cinders to Heaven, along with everyone who knew them. Or had they?
But in the wak of the maelstrom stood a scorched child of God, filled with resiliency, resolve, and the truth - the truth that would bring freedom and restore faith in God and in man."

Another great thing about this particular author is that she is much like us. Here is Marlo's bio.
"Marlo is the author of five books, including VEIL OF FIRE, a novel about finding hope in the fires of life, Empty Womb, Aching Heart, Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility, and Cry Freedom. She’s had over 500 articles published in various Christian magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Decision, Moody Magazine, and Discipleship Journal. She has contributed to Dr. Dobson’s Night Light Devotional for Couples, Tyndale’s Book of Devotions for Kids #3, and Discipleship Journal’s 101 Small Group Ideas. She is a speaker and a regular columnist for Power for Living.
Marlo is also a California native, a small business owner, and a graduate of Stanford University (with a B.S. in Chemistry!). She has recently earned her Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Marlo lives with her husband and four young daughters (ages 7, 4 and twins at almost-2) in a log home in Salinas, California.
When she’s not changing diapers, doing laundry, or writing books, Marlo loves to drink Starbucks white mochas, read the New Testament in Greek, and speak to groups about finding the deep places of God in the disappointments of life."

To read a sample chapter of Veil of Fire, visit Marlo's website here. If you have been looking for a quality piece of Christian fiction that you will enjoy and be blessed by, then look no further.

Come back tomorrow to read the next review for the Summer Reading Giveaway. Don't forget to leave a comment to be put into the drawing for this week's books!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Edited to add: Look at the comments! The author commented about the book, too! How cool! Blessings to you!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Gone With the Groom-Book #1 In Summer Reading Giveaway

While I was on vacation last week, I had posts scheduled to post while I was gone so that I could have a summer reading giveaway of four wonderful Christian fiction titles. Of course, it didn't go quite the way I had planned, so I am going to try it this week! I hope that you will come back everyday and comment. If you comment on each review, then you will have four chances to win these books! Thanks for stopping in to visit me! Without further adieu, I present the first book review for the week...





What could be better than an inspirational fiction book with both a mystery and some comedy? This book is a great combination of both these worlds that will keep you turning the page even when you need to get to sleep. Annie Peterson is a wonderful heroine that will keep you wanting to learn more about her and her adventures. I can't wait to read the others!


Here is my interview with Janice Thompson:

1. What book is coming next? There will be three more Annie Peterson mysteries after this one: PUSHING UP DAISIES, THE PERFECT MATCH, and CATERING TO DISASTER. They will all be released as part of the new mystery line at Barbour Publishing (Heartsong Presents Mysteries).


2. What book are you working on now?I just turned in a Heartsong romance titled WHITE AS SNOW - about a young woman who can't stand football. She lives in the Pittsburgh area, and eventually (of course!) falls in love with a professional football player. I had a lot of fun writing this one. Why, you ask? Because I'm not a football fan! Figure skating, yes! Gymnastics, of course! Football. . .are you kidding?


3. What book are you reading now? I just read a really funny book by Ray Blackston call FLABBERGASTED. It was kind of like chick lit for guys. I ear-marked all of the pages that made me laugh out loud. By the time I got to the end, I think I'd ear-marked over forty pages! I also just read a really great non-fiction book by Lee Ezell called FINDING GOD WHEN LIFE'S NOT FAIR. In it, she talks about the death of her husband, and her bout with cancer, ten weeks later. I could relate to so much of what she was going through (refer to question below)


4. How do you deal with your other obligations (family, church, etc.) when it's crunch time near deadlines? This has been a tough year for me. During the writing of GONE WITH THE GROOM, I lost my father to bone marrow cancer. It was an awful time for our family. Then, the week before the book was due, my married daughter (Randi) became very ill during her 33rd week of pregnancy and the baby (Madysen) had to be delivered early. She was only four and a half pounds, but (thank God!) is just fine now. Then, about the time the book went to the edit stage, my sister passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. This week, as I began marketing the book, one of my best friends suddenly passed away. It seems like every time a tragedy strikes, I'm on some sort of deadline. I don't resent that fact, (though at times it's tough to keep going). I find the writing to be a blessing, particularly in light of the fact that I "need" the humor of light-weight stories like GONE WITH THE GROOM to bring a smile to my face. God always helps me with the obligations/deadlines part. I'm totally dependent on Him for those things. Wouldn't have it any other way.


5. What's your favorite worship song, and why? If you had asked me this question one year ago, I would have answered "Amazing Love." It's been my favorite for years. But this year, I'm very drawn to a song called "Praise You in this Storm" (by Casting Crowns). The lyrics are so true of my life right now:


I'll praise you in this storm


and I will lift my hands for


You are who You are no matter


where I am and every tear


I've cried You hold in your hand


You never left my side


and though my heart is torn


I will praise You in this storm


(Praise You in This Storm, words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms)


Trust me when I say that it is possible for believers to go on praising, even when the storms are blowing out of control around you.


6. What do you crave (beverage or food) when you have writer's stress? I am addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper. And when I'm really needing a treat, I turn to Earl Grey tea (like Annie Peterson) or even Chai Latte. When all else fails, I reach for a piece of cheesecake.


7. Where did you birth the idea for this book (and the series)? When? How did it come about? Did any of the experiences in the story happen to you personally?I have four daughters in their 20's. Two of them got married in 2004 within four and a half months of each other. It was a stressful time, but I always knew I'd eventually be able to use the information in a story. Just about the time I thought I could rest, my third daughter got engaged. Her wedding just took place six weeks ago. Three down, one to go! As for how I decided to turn these books into mysteries (instead of traditional romances)... I asked myself the question, "What would you do if you had to pay for two weddings and didn't have the money to do so?" Out of that, the first book (THE WEDDING CAPER) was born. After that, I got to thinking, "What would you do if the groom disappeared just before the wedding?) Out of that, GONE WITH THE GROOM was born. And so on, and so forth.

8. If your book was turned into a movie, who would play the main characters?Wow. Never thought about that before. Who would play Annie Peterson? If she were still alive, I might pick someone funny like Madeline Kahn. If she were younger, maybe Carol Burnett? Diane Keaton might work, (though, Annie is really only turning 50, so even Diane might be a bit too old). As for the twin daughters, I think it would be fun to have someone like Jennifer Garner play dual roles. Or, hey...what about the Olsen twins? They could split the workload, and they're about the right age. As for the husband (Warren) I wouldn't want to go for anyone terribly famous, because I wouldn't want him to outshine Annie. For Sheila? Someone quirky like Bette Midler or even Kathy Bates would do - in flamboyant colors, of course.


9. Which one of your characters is most like you, and why do you say that? I'm a lot like Annie Peterson, truth be told. I find myself "in over my head" a lot, and I tend to think I can solve most any problem. She's going through some empty nest issues, and I can certainly relate to that. Like Annie I also find myself turning to God for the real answers. I'd like to say I'm funny like Sheila, but I patterned that character after my best friend Kay, who always keeps me laughing. Kay is always coming up with funny sayings, and all-the-more, now that she knows I need material for Sheila to use.


10. What do you want your readers to know about you?I love God with my whole heart, and no matter what troubles come my way, (no matter what mysteries I need to solve) I will never ever give up on my faith. Never. I will keep on keeping on, no matter what!

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Check back tomorrow when I will review "Veil of Fire." I will draw on Saturday, so make sure that you check back to win all four of my titles for this week!

Smiles and Loves!

Janis

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Where....

Oh, where, are my posts? I typed them out and postdated them using the dated post option and they are now nowhere to be found. Sorry, everyone! I will try again next week when I repost the first review and rewrite the other three reviews. Then I will draw for the books on Friday. We just walked in the door after an 11-1/2 hour drive home, so I will talk to you again on Monday! Blessings to all of you!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Gone With the Groom


What could be better than an inspirational fiction book with both a mystery and some comedy? This book is a great combination of both these worlds that will keep you turning the page even when you need to get to sleep. Annie Peterson is a wonderful heroine that will keep you wanting to learn more about her and her adventures. I can't wait to read the others!

Here is my interview with Janice Thompson:
1. What book is coming next? There will be three more Annie Peterson mysteries after this one: PUSHING UP DAISIES, THE PERFECT MATCH, and CATERING TO DISASTER. They will all be released as part of the new mystery line at Barbour Publishing (Heartsong Presents Mysteries).

2. What book are you working on now?I just turned in a Heartsong romance titled WHITE AS SNOW - about a young woman who can't stand football. She lives in the Pittsburgh area, and eventually (of course!) falls in love with a professional football player. I had a lot of fun writing this one. Why, you ask? Because I'm not a football fan! Figure skating, yes! Gymnastics, of course! Football. . .are you kidding?

3. What book are you reading now? I just read a really funny book by Ray Blackston call FLABBERGASTED. It was kind of like chick lit for guys. I ear-marked all of the pages that made me laugh out loud. By the time I got to the end, I think I'd ear-marked over forty pages! I also just read a really great non-fiction book by Lee Ezell called FINDING GOD WHEN LIFE'S NOT FAIR. In it, she talks about the death of her husband, and her bout with cancer, ten weeks later. I could relate to so much of what she was going through (refer to question below)

4. How do you deal with your other obligations (family, church, etc.) when it's crunch time near deadlines? This has been a tough year for me. During the writing of GONE WITH THE GROOM, I lost my father to bone marrow cancer. It was an awful time for our family. Then, the week before the book was due, my married daughter (Randi) became very ill during her 33rd week of pregnancy and the baby (Madysen) had to be delivered early. She was only four and a half pounds, but (thank God!) is just fine now. Then, about the time the book went to the edit stage, my sister passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. This week, as I began marketing the book, one of my best friends suddenly passed away. It seems like every time a tragedy strikes, I'm on some sort of deadline. I don't resent that fact, (though at times it's tough to keep going). I find the writing to be a blessing, particularly in light of the fact that I "need" the humor of light-weight stories like GONE WITH THE GROOM to bring a smile to my face. God always helps me with the obligations/deadlines part. I'm totally dependent on Him for those things. Wouldn't have it any other way.

5. What's your favorite worship song, and why? If you had asked me this question one year ago, I would have answered "Amazing Love." It's been my favorite for years. But this year, I'm very drawn to a song called "Praise You in this Storm" (by Casting Crowns). The lyrics are so true of my life right now:

I'll praise you in this storm

and I will lift my hands for

You are who You are no matter

where I am and every tear

I've cried You hold in your hand

You never left my side

and though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm

(Praise You in This Storm, words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms)

Trust me when I say that it is possible for believers to go on praising, even when the storms are blowing out of control around you.

6. What do you crave (beverage or food) when you have writer's stress? I am addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper. And when I'm really needing a treat, I turn to Earl Grey tea (like Annie Peterson) or even Chai Latte. When all else fails, I reach for a piece of cheesecake.

7. Where did you birth the idea for this book (and the series)? When? How did it come about? Did any of the experiences in the story happen to you personally?I have four daughters in their 20's. Two of them got married in 2004 within four and a half months of each other. It was a stressful time, but I always knew I'd eventually be able to use the information in a story. Just about the time I thought I could rest, my third daughter got engaged. Her wedding just took place six weeks ago. Three down, one to go! As for how I decided to turn these books into mysteries (instead of traditional romances)... I asked myself the question, "What would you do if you had to pay for two weddings and didn't have the money to do so?" Out of that, the first book (THE WEDDING CAPER) was born. After that, I got to thinking, "What would you do if the groom disappeared just before the wedding?) Out of that, GONE WITH THE GROOM was born. And so on, and so forth.

8. If your book was turned into a movie, who would play the main characters?Wow. Never thought about that before. Who would play Annie Peterson? If she were still alive, I might pick someone funny like Madeline Kahn. If she were younger, maybe Carol Burnett? Diane Keaton might work, (though, Annie is really only turning 50, so even Diane might be a bit too old). As for the twin daughters, I think it would be fun to have someone like Jennifer Garner play dual roles. Or, hey...what about the Olsen twins? They could split the workload, and they're about the right age. As for the husband (Warren) I wouldn't want to go for anyone terribly famous, because I wouldn't want him to outshine Annie. For Sheila? Someone quirky like Bette Midler or even Kathy Bates would do - in flamboyant colors, of course.

9. Which one of your characters is most like you, and why do you say that? I'm a lot like Annie Peterson, truth be told. I find myself "in over my head" a lot, and I tend to think I can solve most any problem. She's going through some empty nest issues, and I can certainly relate to that. Like Annie I also find myself turning to God for the real answers. I'd like to say I'm funny like Sheila, but I patterned that character after my best friend Kay, who always keeps me laughing. Kay is always coming up with funny sayings, and all-the-more, now that she knows I need material for Sheila to use.

10. What do you want your readers to know about you?I love God with my whole heart, and no matter what troubles come my way, (no matter what mysteries I need to solve) I will never ever give up on my faith. Never. I will keep on keeping on, no matter what!


Don't forget to leave a comment to be put into a drawing for this book and the other three books that will be reviewed this week while I am beachin' it! I am having a very good time, except for the fact that I got burned on the first day. I even had on sunscreen that I applied every hour and managed to get burned. A burned day at the beach is still more fun and relaxing than a pale day at home!LOL

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Exciting News!

Next week, I will be going to the beach, but never fear, I have a fun activity planned for all of you, my readers. Starting on Monday, I will be having a book contest. If you are interested in winning a Summer Reading Pack of four books, then come back each day, read the book review about one of the books, leave a comment, and you will be in the contest. I will be drawing on Monday, June 25th for a winner of all four books. Here are the books that I will be reviewing.


Gone With the Groom
Veil of Fire
Bygones
Fair Game

Each of these books is Christian fiction by newer writers, so it will be fun learning about new authors and new books! Come back on Monday and see which one that I am reviewing!

Blessings to you! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, June 8, 2007

Restore to Me


Those of you who have the Glory Revealed CD know this beautiful song that is set to the words in Psalm 51. This song really speaks to me right now. You see, I am feeling tired and dry lately. Nothing major has happened, except that I have allowed life to sneak in and crowd out other more important things and that includes my time with God. We need that time with God to get strength for our days. Without it, we become irritable, tired, and overwhelmed with the details of life. Really, what else matters but God? If I could get that through my thick head, then I think my life would go much smoother, don't you? Here is the passage of scripture from The Message. It is AWESOME!


7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I'll come out clean,
scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don't look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don't throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I'll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I'll let loose with your praise.

I especially love this part : "God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don't throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!"

That is what I want from today. God grants us new mercies every single day (and, boy do I need them!). He did not create us to be overwhelmed, stressed, and always going, going, going. We need to be quiet with Him. We need to read His Word. We need to pray to Him. All of these things come together to make us stronger and more able to fight against the wiles of the devil.

Lord, restore to me the joy of Your salvation. I need this joy every single day of my life. No matter what else is going on in my life, remind me to keep my focus on you. For without you, I am nothing. Thank you Lord for your new mercies every single day. Give each person that is reading this a new and fresh desire to spend time with You. Thank You, Lord. AMEN

Let the Lord restore you. Only He can! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Thankfulness is a lost art, I believe. As I was sitting at the middle school (my old high school) today waiting on J to get out of summer conditioning, I was remembering how I was when I went to school there. I was so ungracious toward my parents. I did not realize how lucky and blessed that I was and am. That was so sad to me. Yes, I was just a teenager back then, but that is really no excuse. Teaching and modeling thankfulness should be something that we all do everyday, so that our children can learn this art from us. How can we create this feeling of gratitude in our children? By being gracious ourselves. Here is my list of things that I am thankful for today.

1. I am thankful for my kids. They are my joy and make me proud every single day.
2. I am thankful for my husband. He supports me in my dreams and in my reality.
3. I am thankful for my friends. I am not an easy person to be a friend to, yet they love me and support me.
4. I am thankful for my parents. They raised me to be the woman that I am today.
5. I am thankful for time. Time has shown me so much about myself, if only I could have learned these lessons earlier.
6. I am thankful for God. He loves me no matter what and that is a miracle in itself.

What are you thankful for today? Visit Iris and read what other bloggers are thankful for.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Hi, all! My baby started summer conditioning for middle school football this morning. Doesn't he know that he could get hurt playing that? It is really hitting me hard with all of these "growing up" moments lately. Pray that I don't go running out on the field after he gets tackled. Yes, I am serious. My heart just can't take that kind of stress!LOL

Here is my picture for today. See, my baby is growing up. Mommy is so proud (that is 2nd prize for his project on paper airplanes)and so scared for him all at the same time.




Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, June 4, 2007

Amish Thoughts

Does anyone else read those Amish fictional books and wish you were Amish? Their lives seem so much less hurried and stressful than mine. For example, I am sure that Ruth Yoder does not work on her computer for hours at a time, only to find that they client has changed the direction of the project. She cleans her house, cooks dinner, and makes her quilts in relative calmness and peacefulness.

Maybe it is my fault that I don't have that calmness and peacefulness. Doesn't God say that we can have peace that passes understanding? Here is what He says in Philippians 4:7

7And God's peace [shall be yours, that [a]tranquil state of a
soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing
from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is,
that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [b]garrison
and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

What does this mean to be? Here is the Janis-phrase of the verse.

God's peace is yours, Janis. He gives you a tranquil state
of mind through your salvation. You don't have to fear nothing
from God and you can be content with whatever comes your way
because you can rest secured in my love. This peace that I give
you, Janis, is beyond all your understanding and it will
stand firm against anything else in your heart and mind.

Okay, God, when you put it that way, I guess I can stop my planning for a move to Amish country. You made me just the way I am. Even with cranky clients, arguing children, demanding pets, and all. You know what I need and can give me peace inside, no matter what is going on outside.
Thanks for showing me that, today, Lord. You know exactly what I need and when I need it. You are awesome!
Smiles and Loves! Janis

 

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