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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thankful today as my mom is released from the hospital after major surgery.

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

--Psalm 106:1

Monday, August 01, 2016

August Giveaway!

Author Julie Arduini:  One winner in either US, Canada, UK, or Australia will win a signed copy of both ENTRUSTED & ENTANGLED.

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Meet Julie Arduini

“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”

Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son's father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He's the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will's ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He's bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the  re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.

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The Book that Fell into My Lap(top)
Julie Arduini

            I was about two-thirds done revising my first Adirondack romance at the time, the manuscript eventually became ENTRUSTED. The heroine, Jenna Anderson, was a strong character with a great surrender message to tell about trusting God with fears about change and wanting to belong. Helping Jenna was her new best friend, Sheriff Carla Rowling.
            The more Jenna and Carla hung out, the more I realized Carla was someone I wanted to know better. As I gave her a secondary story within ENTRUSTED as a single mom who loved to “do hair” as a hobby, I had fun with her. At the time I was trying to finish the first story and wasn’t thinking long term. If I needed to create a series, I figured I’d use the “bad girl” of ENTRUSTED, Trish Maxwell, as a lead in another story. I never dreamed Carla would get her own.
            I revised ENTRUSTED so much from what the first draft was that I ended up re writing the ending. I had no idea how I was going to wrap up some loose ends when it came to Jenna, Ben, and the Speculator Falls senior center. I was praying, and I have a team of ladies that pray for me. One writing session at the laptop not only did all the loose ends come together, it gave Carla her own story. I was floored.
            Fast forward and I’m moving through 2016 as a new indie author. I’m re branding all my writing and speaking to fit under surrender issues and my other favorite topic, chocolate. ENTRUSTED will not only be rereleased as ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, but Carla’s story will debut as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. You will see both available this spring.
            Carla’s been given her dream, to leave her job as sheriff and attend cosmetology school. The gift is so overwhelming that she struggles with feeling unworthy, especially since she still feels guilty for becoming a mom as a teenager. When Wayne Peterson reenters her and their son Noah’s life, Carla creates some tangles between her and her steadfast boyfriend, the flannel-wearing, truck driver Will Marshall. Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?
            I love that when I couldn’t see beyond the page God dropped an entire character’s history and transformational story into my laptop as I tried to finish my first novel. I hope everyone enjoys Carla’s story as much as I do.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tim LaHaye

As reported on the blog, The End Time, Left Behind co-author Tim LaHaye has passed away.

Christianity Today reports today that sadly,

Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, "graduated to heaven" early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90. His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page.

 "The series contains 10 books written by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, which seek to illustrate according to the Bible, what the period known as the Tribulation (wrath of God) will be like. The authors novelized the Rapture and the subsequent Tribulation period and brings to life the reality of this overlooked and maligned section of eschatology, or 'last things'.

I was and still am intrigued by the Rapture, the time when Jesus comes back in the air to snatch up all His believers from all parts of the globe, to take us to the New Jerusalem which is in heaven for the duration of the Tribulation. I'm fascinated by it and look forward to it eagerly. I hope I'm alive when it happens but if I'm dead, by no means will the living precede me. (1 Thessalonians 4:15). We believers will encounter various things in heaven while the 7-year Tribulation plays out on earth, such as giving an account to Jesus and our works either burned up or turned to gold and silver.  (1 Corinthians 3:9-15). Then Jesus and His saints return to earth for His Second Coming, Jesus kills the last non-believers, (many of whom will be gathered at Armageddon), rescues Israel who is by now redeemed, and establishes his kingdom on earth which will last for 1000 years."

--The End Time

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Change in Direction

by Jimmy Tai-On Lin

Scripture Reading — Acts 16:1-10

What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. — Revelation 3:7

I have changed careers three times. While teaching school in Hong Kong, I felt called to be more equipped to serve the Lord, so I left my position to attend seminary in the United States. Little did I know that the Lord would prepare a pastoral vacancy back home for me by the time I graduated. Even further from my mind was that I would return to the States later to serve God in media ministry.
Summer is a good time for relocation and job changes. The weather is nice, and children are out of school for a few months. But how do we know if the change we are making is the right move? Or at the right time? Or in line with the will of God? In our reading from Acts today, Paul and his companions used their God-given wisdom and knowledge to plan a route for spreading the good news of salvation in Christ. Their work was all for God’s glory, but twice the Spirit prevented them. Then a door opened for them to go to Macedonia.....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

1 Corinthians 7:7

Do you enjoy rich coffee in the morning? I do, in fact I often bribe myself with the hot beverage to get myself out of bed on a cold winter day. I’m sipping a fresh cup now as I write this, feeling the warmth flow through me. But what about those hot summer dawns, when the last thing you want is to pour something hot? Isn’t iced coffee a great substitute? Just add a cup of ice to coffee brewed a bit stronger, and you’re all set.
Your outer life can be like this if things feel too hot, or intense. Ice them down. Slow down. If a relationship becomes too hot, put it on ice for while. If you are spending too much time on a hobby or idle activity, put it on ice for a while. Use the summer days to read your Bible or some meaningful devotionals. Use the days to seek out your spiritual gifts. Or have a cup of iced coffee and talk to your kids.