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Noelle is my friend and companion in reading. Actually, I think she likes it that I am sitting down and she can sit next to me. She rarely meows, hides when strangers are in the house, does not like my grandchildren (they are too noisy), she does not get in to mischief, enjoys the occasional treat of a bug or lizard that crawls in to our house, has been known to catch a mouse and not make a mess, she dislikes hail and thunder, enjoys the birds that get to close to the outside of the windows, fusses at me when there is an empty spot in her bowl, waits at my dad's door in the morning for him to waken, recognizes my husbands truck on Friday nights when he pulls in the drive way after being gone all week, she dislikes fish and prefers chicken and beef, she is a little on the fluffy side. I have owned, or rather they have owned me, several cats. I am  thankful that on that cold mid December day in 2003 I went to the Animal Shelter, and it was love at first sight.
Blissful Blogging! Annet…

"One Question Friday"

"One Question Friday" is from the blog "All in a Day's Thought." Wendy is the author of this blog and each Friday she asks a question.

January 29, 2010~~~"What makes you tick?"
This question really means what motivates me?
The beginning of a new day motivates me. To see the sun at the beginning of each new day is a motivator. The expectancy of a fresh new day and the possibilities that can come. I am ready to face the day: look over my list of to do things, drink that first cup of coffee, check my email, read my daily devotionals, and have prayer time.
The love I have for my family motivates me to want to care and provide for them. I do not earn a paycheck any longer outside of the home, but I am needed to care for my dad. I am motivated to prepare my dad's meals and take him to Target for his walk. I am motivated to do the laundry, and clean the house, because I love my family.
I am motivated by the Bible verses that I read, they spur me onwards …

Faith 'n' Fiction

Amy's question for this Saturday is "why read?"
1. I love words, phrases, rhymes, verbs, prose, characters, settings, plots.
2. I love to hold a book and turn its page in expectancy of the continuing story.
3. I love to picture the story I'm reading in my mind.
4. I love the undisturbed quietness of no sound while I am reading.
5. I love it that I can read a book on my own---I guess this means I am a loner?
6. I love to gain insight in to other peoples life issues.
7. I love to learn.
8. I love for my mind to be busy.
9. I love it that I can travel to another place and another time through a story.
10. I love illustrations, photographs, styles of type-font, and book designs.

Blissful Blogging!

Thankful Thursday!

I am thankful for:
1. A warm and dry home---it is cold and raining outside.
2. My home is paid for.
3. Indoor plumbing.
4. A newly purchased LG front load washing machine.
5. That I live in a country where I can own as many copies of the Bible as I want, and display them freely in my home, and I can read my Bible in a public place!

Blissful Blogging!

Bible Reading Challenge-Update

Are you reading your Bible?

The following chapters of Genesis have been read over the past week.
Genesis 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30
John 10, 11

"Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides."
Oswald Chambers

Recent Pictures of our Church

Twenty members of the National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, and Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the remains of the Church investigating the cause of the fire today. A large crane is now there and being used to lift away the roof that fell and other debris.
I made a trip this morning to the Temple Public Library, it is across the street from the Church, I stopped and took these photo's.

Thankful Thursday!

1. I am thankful that there was only one minor injury in the fire at our Church Tuesday morning. A fireman had minor injuries.
2. I am thankful for a loving, caring, encouraging, Holy Spirit filled Church body of believer's.
3. I am thankful for my family and friends that have reached out to me in love.
4. I am thankful for Jesus who is never surprised, always in control, and always has a better plan.
5. That I can approach the throne of grace at all times.

Blissful Blogging!

Review-"Thicker than Blood" Blog Tours Presents:

Thicker than Blood
by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!

Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?

With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss.
--Jerry B.…


This is a picture of the Church building in 1940, this would have been one year after it was built, replacing the previous burned building. Now, this building has burned.


I was awakened this morning by a startling phone call, a friend called to tell me our Church was on fire.
We do not know what caused the fire that was called in to the fire department around five this morning. The original First Baptist Church Temple, Tx burned to the ground in 1938, it had been located one block over from where it is now. My dad in 1938 was fifteen years old and he was delivering his early morning paper route when he saw the Church burn. Daddy told me today that now both he and I are watching the second Church building burn. During the fire today all of the sanctuary and offices have been destroyed. It was heartbreaking to stand in front of the Church doors and watch water pour out, carrying with it hymnals and Bibles. Both of our sons were baptized in this Church, Jeff and I renewed our wedding vows in this Church, we have many memories. Many of us that are members of the Church stood around supporting one another this morning giving hugs and words of love. We are t…

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday

Faith 'n' Fiction is a weekly Saturday post by My Friend Amy
Amy's questions look at how faith and fiction intersect.

"Finding good books for book club can be really difficult. Generally, you want a book that raises questions so that you have something to discuss. Christian fiction often provides discussion questions (even in romance novels!) but I'm not always sure the books themselves have that much to discuss. Today I thought it would be fun if we compiled a list of books that would make good book club books for Christian book clubs. Since this is faith and FICTION Saturday, I'm asking you to keep your answers to works of fiction. The books, however, do not need to be published by a Christian publishing house, but they should have some elements that would make them appealing to Christian book groups to discuss."

I am the book club group coordinator at my Church. The name of our book club group is "Soul Talk."
The book that we will be discus…

Bible Reading Challenge-Update

Good Monday Morning to you!

Are you reading your Bible?

The following chapters of Scripture have been read by me over the past week:
Genesis 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Matthew 7, 8, 9 
John 8, 9 for BSF

"How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be pouring out our lives, investing our total beings, not drawing on Him to satisfy us."
Oswald Chambers

Thankful Thursday #60

Thankful Thursday is a post that you express the five things you are thankful for.

I am thankful for:
1. That my dad is still living, he is a blessing.
2. Pajamas
3. Root Beer
4. My own office/library.
5. A gentle husband.

Blissful Blogging!

"The Blue Umbrella"

"The Blue Umbrella" by Mike Mason 
Published by David C. Cook in 2009
425 pages of reading
To view the book trailer click on the following link:
This book was provided for me for the purpose of review by the David C. CookB&B Media Group, Inc. 

"The Blue Umbrella" by Mike Mason is the first in a series for nine to twelve year olds.

Ten year old Zac Spark's mother was killed by lightening, and shortly afterwards he goes to live with two great aunts in the town of Five Corners. Zac's life with these two Auntie's is chilling. Zac meets Sky Porter the owner of the general store across the street from the Auntie's house. Sky is approachable and friendly, but can Zac trust him? Sky's blue umbrella is a mystery and the focal point of the story.

The people that live in the town of Five Corners are a morphed version of a cross between Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Cruella De vil. Each of the ch…

One Question Friday

Wendy posts questions every Friday at her blog All in a Day's Thought.
The question for Friday January 1 was "what?"
"What?" That is a huge open ended question. Maybe I'll answer it as "what now?"
Right now it is 6:42 A.M. and I just poured my self a cup of hot fresh coffee, I added 1 package of Splenda and a little Pumpkin Pie Spice International Coffee creamer. I have checked my email, checked the newest updates on blogger reader, I have made a to do list for the day. The sun is not risen yet. At 5:30 A.M. I awakened and tried to fall back to sleep but could not, I always wonder if I'm prevented from falling back to sleep because I need to pray for someone, or the Lord  has plans for me and I need to get out of bed and get busy.
I've been awakened in the middle of the night many times with an urgency to pray for someone. When my son David was deployed to Iraq this happened nearly nightly. I would scramble out of the bed covers and kneel …

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday: What are Your New Year's Resolutions?

Faith 'n' Fiction is a question that is posted on Saturdays through My Friend Amy's Blog. I'm a little late this week Amy, forgive me.

"Today I thought it might be beneficial to talk about our New Year's resolutions. Do you have any New Year's resolutions? Do any of your resolutions pertain to your Spiritual disciplines or to your reading life?"

I am not a New Year's Resolution kind of gal. I am though a goal oriented gal. I have goals all during the year that I work on fulfilling. But, specifically the goals that I have this year that pertain to Spiritual discipline and reading life are as follows:

1. To stop trying to figure it all out, leave it to God.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
The part about "not leaning on your own understanding"----don't try to figure it all out.
But believe…

Question Of The Week #1

Question Of The Week is created by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible.

"What are your goals (be they short term or long term) when it comes to reading the Bible?"

This is an excellent question!!!

Last year I read forty-four books from the Bible, five of the books I read twice. I have in the past read the Bible all the way through from Genesis through Revelation.
One of my goals in 2010 is to read the entire Bible before January 1 of 2011.
The second goal is to journal more about what God is telling me through my reading of His Word.
I already keep index cards beside me and take notes on Biblical characters, and other information I want to write down. I kept my cards from last year and I'm elaborating more on them.

Blissful Blogging!


Roundabout is a post of the noteworthy blog's that I've found from the 59 blog's that I follow.
All of the blog's that I follow are produced by hard working bloggers that give much time and dedication.
I visited all of the blog's this afternoon and found that many had made changes to their theme and arrangement of information.
Blogger's are talking about challenges that they are taking part in, and goals and or resolutions for 2010.
Some have made mention of the earthquake, destruction, and loss of life in Haiti. News footage is overwhelming, heartbreaking. Pray for these people and donate to the Red Cross.

All in a Day's Thought Wendy asks the best thought provoking questions on her blog. She is a great author/blogger. Her post dated January 13 "Playing Against the Doldrums" was meaningful for this time of the year!

Christian Woman Keeper Of The Home Doylene has created a homey blog with homespun advice, recipes, decorating tips.

Have you visited

"The Shape of Mercy"

"The Shape of Mercy" by Susan Meissner
WaterBrook Press and published in 2008, 307 pages
The author's sites:
This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

"The Shape of Mercy" is the 2009 Christian Book Award Winner, a 2009 RITA finalist for Best Inspirational Romance with Strong Romantic Elements, a 2009 winner in Women's Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers, and has made numerous top 10 lists.
I had read other blogger's reviews about this great novel and I was anxious to read it!

"The Shape of Mercy" is the story of 3 women. We are introduced to the first woman Lauren in the beginning of the story. Lauren is from a wealthy family and has the ability to have whatever money can buy. She is an introverted and quite person, preferring to read over involvement with a social life. She is intrigued by a job posting and desperately wants to provide some kind of income …

Bible Reading Challenge-Update

Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers. My neck is better, still a little "ketch" but manageable.

I had been posting most days my progress in Bible reading, I am thinking it would be better to post once a week my progress. It will simply be titled Bible Reading Challenge-Update, hope to do this every Monday.

Are you reading your Bible?

Since January 3 I've read Genesis chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
and Matthew chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6--
John 7, 8

"What is it that releases greater amounts of God's power? Our prayers, of course! God sends His power in response to adequate praying. 
God, through His answers, accomplishes what He has wanted to do all along but has been hindered by our lack of prayer. And although He is sovereign and can and does do as He chooses without the help of believer's prayers, He has chosen to operate extensively in response to them."
"A Journey into Prayer" by Evelyn Christenson

My Neck

I've had a problem most of the week with my neck. I have 3 degenerated discs with bone spurs, plus I have lower back problems as well. I've done something to cause muscle spasms in my neck.
I have the book "The Shape of Mercy" to post a review on, but sitting with my arms extended to type on my lap top is just too much.
I did manage to post a review of "Island of the Blue Dolphins" on my blog at A Garden of Books.
I also read the book "Facing Learning Disability in the Adult Years", I will when I can post a review over at my other blog Impressions in Ink.
I am nearly finished with the book "The Blue Umbrella" hope to have that also reviewed soon. 
I go back to the chiropractor this afternoon, I'm trying not to lift anything--taking it easy.

Blissful Reading!


Review--"Unfaithful, Hope and Healing After Infidelity" by Gary and Mona Shriver
David C. Cook--The B&B Media Group.Inc.
You can find this book at the following link below.
285 pages
You can see the authors website @
This book was provided by David C. Cook for the purpose of review.

Gary and Mona Shriver share a chapter from their lives that most people would have shoved into an attic closet and then locked the door. Instead they wrote a book in the hopes that others would be brought to healing and be blessed by it.
Adultery, it is often portrayed in the media as a "wine and roses" kind of decision on the part of adults. Rarely do we see a deeper look into the individuals lives, and the consequences of the adultery on the children, rejected spouse, and extended family and friends. Also what is not examined is the future relationship of the couple that decided to commi…

Today's Bible Reading!

Are you reading your Bible?

The challenge for January 1 through February 6----challenge led by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible
is to read Genesis and or Matthew.
Today I read Genesis chapter 1 and 2, and Matthew chapter 1.

"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD." Psalm 40:3

What is your "new song" for 2010?