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Today's Bible Reading

Today's Bible Reading:
Isaiah 29, 30, 31, 32
Luke 16, 17, 18

"There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God's purposes, and yours may be that life."
"My Utmost For His Highest" Oswald Chambers

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers!
I have been busy in the kitchen most of today. I have baked 2 pans of cornbread in cast iron skillets--for the dressing. I have cut up and sauted onions and celery--for the dressing.
I have baked an apple pie and a buttermilk pie. I am cooking the turkey now--will cut it up and then tomorrow will only need to heat it up. I am making a pot of black-eyed peas with real bacon.

I try and do most of the cooking the day before Thanksgiving, that way the hurry and stress of trying to get it all done before the expected time of eating is more relaxed. I will only need to re-heat the food for eating.
My aunt Beverly is bringing the sweet potato casserole, my daughter in-law Christina is bringing the green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.
We are expecting 11 people. My dad, my husband and I, our oldest son David and his wife Christina and their 2 children, my aunt Beverly and uncle Mel, son Paul, and a new guest I have not met yet will be here--my younges…

Today's Bible Reading

I finished reading the book of Psalms. The Wise-up Mini Challenge which started October 1 and ran through November 21.

Psalm 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150

Today's Bible Reading

On this cool and rainy day I am reading the Psalms, several of them I have read aloud, my cat Noelle is at my side purring--attentively listening to me read.

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. Why let the nations say, 'Where is their God?' Our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes."
Psalms 115:1-3 NLT

"I love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Psalm 116:1-2 NLT

Today I have read:
Psalm 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131


Review--"Thirsty" by Tracey Bateman
WaterBrook Press    a division of Random House, published 2009--376 pages
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

"Thirsty" is a book that has the blogging community and readers in a dither.
It is a raw, edgy, clever book unequaled in the Christian book community----after all how many Christian vampire books are there?

Nina Parker, is an alcoholic. She has an ex-husband that she is still in love with. She has 2 children: Meagan and Adam. She has parents and a sister living in Missouri that she has not seen in many years. After Nina spends time in a recovery program, she seeks to make amends to her family and to get back on her feet. She moves back to Abbey Hills, Missouri to live with her sister, her daughter Meghan joins her for a visit during spring break.
Nina has many unresolved painful memories that are crouching behind her lik…

Review-"Touched By A Vampire"

Review "Touched By A Vampire" by Beth Felker Jones
WaterBrook Multnomah Published 2009, 180 pages
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

I am not a "Twilighter," nor am I into any other vampire books, movies, or television shows that have had vampires as their cast of characters. Maybe it is my age, or maybe I'm "just not into vampires."
So as you read this review, I hope you will understand that I am reviewing a book, that's subject is reviewing 
the Twilight Saga books.
The author Beth Felker Jones is an assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has written numerous articles and reviews, and is the author of  "The Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection."
With Beth's background as a researcher, reviewer, and teacher, she has used these skills to write a book touching on the …

Review-"Surrender The Wind"

Review-"Surrender The Wind" by Rita Gerlach
Abingdon Press Published 2009, 382 pages
Rita's websites: and and

The novel is set during the American Revolution, and at the beginning of the novel we are introduced to Seth Braxton. He was born in Virginia and he is fighting as a patriot during the American Revolutionary War.
Seth's sister Caroline had been sent to England at the preface of war to live with their grandfather. At the wars end Seth returns home to Virginia, but he soon receives a letter from his sister summoning him to England. When Seth arrives at Ten Width he finds his sister grieving over the death of her young son Nathaniel. Soon after arriving in England Seth meets Juleah, Caroline's loyal and trusting friend. Seth and Juleah fall in love, but a menacing scheme is unfolding.

This book is one of the most romantic books that I've read. The passion and love that i…


Noteworthy blogs that I have found:

A Christian Writer's World--Characters wh... This is a well respected blog amongst authors and bloggers. Lena has a enticingly rich and professional looking site!

Already Not Yet Peter Cockrell of the United Kingdom has many articles of interest--"Every Moment of Every Day" on November 15, "Pursuing Greater Humility" on November 12, "Grudem on Scripture's Clarity" and "Only and Always for Christ's Sake" on November 17.

At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2 Always wonderful teaching and applicable articles. See "Times and Seasons" by Lori November 13 and "The All-Sufficient One" by Jenifer.

InSpire Please read the story "Miracles" dated November 7. This blog is written and hosted by the author Rita Gerlach, her newest book is "Surrender the Wind."

Through the Looking-Glass... Dr. Mike Thomas is a gifted writer, once upon a time he was my Sunday school teacher, throug…

Today's Bible Reading

Today's Bible Reading:
Psalm 84,85,86,87,88,89
Isaiah 21,22,23,24,25
Luke 14,15

"It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than it is to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him." Oswald Chambers

Today's Bible Reading

Today's Bible reading:
Psalm 79, 80, 81, 82, 83
Isaiah 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Luke 13

"Grace is a pleasant surprise. Grace is a kind gesture. Grace is something you did not expect. It is something you certainly could never earn. But grace is something you'd never turn down." Max Lucado

Review-"White Picket Fences"

Review-"White Picket Fences" by Susan Meissner
WaterBrook Press a division of Random House
Published 2009, 358 pages
Book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

The title "White Picket Fences" has the pretense that it is a book about a perfect little family that lives behind a white picket fence. 
Appearances, that which is displayed on the exterior to the outward world, but it can be a facade and behind it is masked a deceptive appearance.
The Janvier family consists of parents Neil and Amanda, and their son Chase and daughter Delcey. They live in a beautiful home and in a beautiful neighborhood in southern California. The parents have great jobs and their two children are intelligent and talented. As the story unfolds the layers begin to peel off of their lives, and the reader begins to see that all is not a white picket fence world for …

Today's Bible Reading

Today's Bible Reading:
Psalm 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78
Isaiah 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Luke 11, 12

"Heaven's heroes never carve their name
On marbled columns built for earthly fame;
They build instead a legacy that springs
From faithful service to the King of kings."

Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day.
Thank you to all Veteran's for your commitment, dedication, patriotism, honor, and sacrifice.
I am honored to be the daughter, granddaughter, and mother of a Veteran.

Photo from Life Magazine August 1944, my dad looking at camera

Photo of dad in 2007 holding the Life magazine he is in.

Bible Reading

Today's Bible Reading:

Psalm 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Isaiah 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Luke 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

"My heart's desire is to know You, Lord,
To walk close beside You today;
To know Your grace, Your love, Your power,
For You are my life and my way."

Bible Reading

Today I read:
Psalm 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65
Isaiah 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Luke 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 

I am taking part in 2 Bible reading challenges:
Wise Up Mini-Challenge and The Light Mini-Challenge.
The Wise Up Mini-Challenge is to pick a book of wisdom and I chose Psalms, the dates for this is October 1--November 21.
The Light Mini-Challenge is to read Isaiah and 1 of the Gospels--I chose to read Luke. The date on this challenge is November 22--December 29. 
Hmmm, I wonder if I'm in trouble since I've already started reading Isaiah and Luke?


I follow 49 blogs, and those that I've found noteworthy over the past couple of weeks are:

Gracious Home Doylene has created a homespun/comfort blog for her readers. The delish apple pie theme makes me want to go in my kitchen an bake a pie myself!

All in a Day's Thought Wendy has written 2 inspiring posts entitled "Salt Mine Writing" posted November 4, and "Two in One" posted November 2.

All you have to give Lori recently posted on November 4--Psalm 42:8 and her reflections on this Psalm.

Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! Booklady has put much imagination and creativity into her blog. It is one of the most insightful and entertaining blogs I know.

Through the Looking-Glass Dr. Mike Thomas has written 2 great posts--"Are You In Touch With Your Inner Child" posted October 17, and "Stunning Moments In The Bible" posted November 1.

Tom Toya's Blog (Send Me - Isaiah 6:8) Tom has written a great post "Turning To A Different Gospel" poste…

Review-"Lost Mission"

Review-"Lost Mission" by Athol Dickson
Howard Books A Division of Simon & Schuster
Published 2009, 350 total pages
Book was provided for review purposes

Athol Dickson (his name Athol is pronounced like eighth-ol) is a master story-teller.
I had read his previous novel "The Cure" and loved it. I hope to read 2 others "River Rising" and "Winter Haven."  I was anticipating this newest treasure "Lost Mission" and I'm honored to review it.

"Lost Mission" is 2 tales that both intersect in a forte finale.
One tale is 200 years ago at a Spanish mission that falls to some kind of evil atrocity, the other tale is a modern day city in southern California that is on the thresholds of discovering an undisturbed ruin.
It is the mission that is the common factor in both time periods. 
There are 4 main characters to present the present day story and 1 main character from 200 years ago. Each character speaks to the reader in their own thou…

Review-"Fireflies In December"

Review--"Fireflies In December" by Jennifer Valent
Tyndale Fiction, Published 2008, 345 pages
A Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Winner 2007

I am always excited to do a book review on a new author. I feel that I am walking along with them (or following them) on their journey as a published writer. I also with keen interest anticipate watching their development and maturity as a writer in their future books.

I bought the book "Fireflies In December" earlier this year, but put off reading it until October, because my book club for women at Church was having a book discussion on it November 1. I wanted my memory of the book to be fresh since I was leading the discussion.
Our book discussion was lively, and included even 1 man. We shared memories of and stories we'd heard of segregation in schools, violence against African Americans, the KKK, how often officials in charge such as the police were apart of the violence, and seeing signs that read for "c…

The New Jesus Movie

The Jesus Movie for

the Next Generation

The New Jesus Movie

Guest post by Bruce Marchiano, producer of Jesus...No Greater Love

The truth of the gospel never changes. But Christianity has many faces. They reflect the customs and cultures and the beautiful diversity of the global church. They are lined with the wisdom of age and vibrant with the passion of youth. One gospel for all the world…but how will we deliver it in a way that reaches the whole world? How will we reach the next generation?

Young Christians today are more like St. Francis of Assisi than a circuit riding preacher. “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” This is a generation focused on being the hands and feet of Christ and meeting the physical needs of those in both the local and global community. They are building houses, planting gardens, taking food and clothes to the poor and helping the widows and orphans… and then they are sharing the gospel. And they are using techno…

Pictures From Our Vacation To Colorado-Late October 2009

A tarantula, we found several in the yard by the house and we would follow them throughout the yard. They would only venture so far and then turn back. I was shocked that I was not afraid of them, they were focused not on me, but on finding food---because winter snows were coming.

 Early morning, the sun burning off the fog---view from our porch.

Navajo Lake, is a few miles west of the house we stayed at. Navajo Lake is near Arboles and Ignacio, Colorado--SW corner of Colorado. The southern end of the lake is in New Mexico. 

 Navajo Lake.

Navajo Lake.

The house that we stayed at.

Our favorite transportation, a Kawasaki Mule. In the late afternoon before dusk, we would ride through the woods looking for mule deer and elk. We came upon sometimes herds of deer and elk, most often we saw 2 or 3, they were as curious of us as we were of them. Jeff and I wondered how many other animals saw or herd us and we did not see or hear them, I'm sure many.

A small cave in the woods and up a steep hi…