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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Madeline Schmidt, beloved grandmother, 1917-2013 We will miss you. (the picture is of my grandmother and mother Nancy)

Today's Verse for 04/28/2013

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? — Psalm 85:6


God loves his children even when they are rebellious. However, God showed Israel that their rebellion would drive his presence and blessing from them. But with their genuine repentance, their confession of sin, God joyously returns to their lives to bring revival, renewal, and restoration.


Father and Almighty LORD, please forgive me for my sins. I confess them freely to you now... (be specific about sins you want to confess) Having you in my life, honoring your Kingdom with my behavior and honoring your love with my graciousness are very important to me. Please revive me again and empower me to love, good deeds, and holy living so that you will be praised. In Jesus' name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. (from

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Wainwright Trilogy, book one

"Faith in the Shadows"-- join me in discovering titles by my fellow Hartline Literary clients.

The purple splotched birthmark on her cheek brands Alice Wainwright a spinster. When a gentleman courts her, Alice jumps into a loveless engagement to Joshua, a braggart in desperate need of cash.

His groom, Hawk, knows Joshua's dirty secrets but, as a blind war veteran, he has few choices. His employer's threats make it clear he'll be on the street if he breathes a word of the truth to Alice.

But when Joshua bullies Alice at their engagement party, Hawk steps out of the dark and becomes her champion. Torn between honor and need, Hawk comes to work for the Wainwright family. Alice and Hawk share the same vulnerability and pride. When friendship quickly turns to love, each is blinded by a dark secret. Joshua's interference plays on their insecurities and threatens their future together. Can they face the truth about themselves and each other before they're torn apart?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Are You Operating in Your Sweet Spot? by Diana Flegal / Hartline Literary Agency

Vocation: the place where your deep gladness and the world's hunger meet
Fredrick Bulchner

My Pastor, Nick Honercamp, just completed a series on Worship and Ministry, wraping it up relating it all to our J.O.B.'s

When I saw this quote in a book I am currrently reading, I thought it complimented those recent messages.

He is definitely talking about operating in your sweet spot and your giftings.

Max Lucado's book, The Cure for the Common Life is one of those books that inspire a shift in one's life, changes the operating parameters- shakes things up and it never goes back to being the same. I like reading books like that. I am blessed to sit in a church each week and be challenged like that.

Read more here.