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Thankful Thursday!

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On this Thursday February 25, 2010 I am thankful for:
1. That I live in the south where it does not snow often!
2. Large juicy Naval Oranges.
3. A close friendship with my Dad.
4. My sister JoAnn that is a perfect blend of sister/friend/second mom/prayer partner.
5. Post it notes.

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Review-Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times

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Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times by William Moss
B&B Media Group, Inc. 
Published 2010, 26 pages

To learn more about William Moss:
www.williammoss.org

www.findingchristpeace.blogspot.com

Link for the book:
http://www.tbbmedia.com/newsite/include/PRelease.asp?PID=511

This book was provided for free by B&B Media for the purpose of reading/reviewing


William Moss has had a lengthy and impressive career, some of his credits have been working under George H. W. Bush for the President National Steering Committee. He was Chairman of the President's Drug Advisory Council. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Washington D. C.,
and he is also Trustee of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
Mr. Moss felt led to write a book on Finding Inner Peace During Troubled Times. He is, like most people troubled by the economy, war and strife around the world, safety of our nation, and the increasing population.
Mr. Moss after speaking t…

God...who are you and what can you do for me? Part 3

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The Bible study is entitled "God...who are you and what can you do for me?"
You can find the study at Titus2AtTheWell and also @ ByHisGraceMinistry .
We are studying the Hebrew names of God and how they are applicable to us. So far we have traveled through Genesis, Exodus, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, Psalms, Isaiah, Ruth, Ezekiel, Luke, and John.
The name we are studying this week is Immanuel-God with Us. This is a ten week study, we are currently in the third week.
Jenifer B. Jernigan is the author of this current Bible study and she asks a question each Monday. The question for this week is:

"How comforting is it to you to know that God is with you, through the good and the bad, always protecting you and always loving you?"

I have pondered this question for 3 days, it is not that I do not have a ready answer, but do I have the answer that is Holy Spirit led to give? Sometimes we answer to quickly, we want an instant answer to our every question. Be seriou…

A New Blog I Found

Have you ever visited the website of Chip Macgregor? www.chipmacgregor.com
His blog is titled Literary MacGregor and he has a great article on The Trends in Fiction dated 2-18-2010.
I tried to retrieve a link for you, but was unable to, please follow the above link to his site and read this interesting article.
If you are a fan of Christian fiction you will want to take the time to read this article!

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

One Question Friday

Wendy from All In A Day's Thought posts a question each Friday, the post is entitled One Question Friday. This past Friday February 19, her question was "comfort food, or adventurous cuisine?"

Adventurous cuisine spooks me a little; I have visions of chocolate covered ants, or crispy fried grasshoppers.
I also envision calf tongue, beef heart, scrambled calf brain (yes, people do eat this.)
So, I'm going to go with comfort food. I love chicken fried steak with baked potato, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, homemake macaroni and cheese, meatloaf with mashed potatoes.
When I think of comfort foods, I often think of the memories of eating these foods, and the memories of my mother and or grandmother cooking these foods.
On Sunday after Church mother often would make fried chicken with mashed potatoes, and homemade biscuits baked in a large cast iron skillet. I also remember her putting a roast on to bake early on Sunday morning, and it would bake while we were a…

Faith 'n' Fiction

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"What keeps you from recommending a book? Poor writing? Poor theology? Explicit sex? Profanity? Inappropriate subject matter? Are there books you love so much you would recommend them to anyone, or does each recommendation you make take the person you are recommending the book into consideration?"

I feel that the number one thing that prevents me from recommending a book to someone else is that the person does not like to read. More of my family and friends do not read, than do. Those family and friends that do read do not read as much as I do. My dad and I recommend books to each other, my daughter in-law Christina and I share books, my older sister JoAnn and I share books. I am in a charge of the book club at my Church and I recommend books to them.
Poor writing, poor theology, explicit sex and profanity, inappropriate subject matter, these are issues that I've not come across yet in the Christian fiction and Christian non fiction books that I've read and then reco…

Book Blogger Convention

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The First Annual Book Blogger Convention will be held Friday May 28, 2010 in New York City.
The Key Note speaker is Maureen Johnson.

Thankful Thursday!

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Thankful Thursday is going to be more difficult today, I have a cold. I do not like anything today; I'm restless, achy, tired, coughing, watery eyes, feverish, blah!!

1. I am thankful that today is Thursday and that tomorrow night my dear husband will be home.
2. I am thankful for warm, stretchy, soft pajamas.
3. I am thankful that eventually I will get well.
4. I am thankful that I have a dear sweet daughter in-law that went grocery shopping for me.
5. I am thankful that right now I can go back to bed.

Tune in for Kitchen Chat with Margaret McSweeney

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"A mile a minute - that is how fast your child can disappear."  Haunting and truthful words posted on the website for Klaas Kids.
On Friday, February 19th, Margaret McSweeney will interview Marc Klaas, father of Polly Klaas who was kidnapped and murdered in 1993.  As a legacy to his daughter, Marc founded KlaasKids Foundation to help stop crimes against children. Please tune in to Kitchen Chat with Margaret McSweeneyFriday at 11:00 am CST!



Here is an excerpt from Marc's journal that is posted online:

"There is nothing that can prepare one for a murder trial. My family sits as the last few hours in Polly's life are dissected, analyzed, de-constructed, reconstructed, cross-referenced and compartmentalized. The constant assault on our sensibilities by horrible revelations that defy the principles of civilization seem overwhelming much of the time. It is impossible to withstand or rise above the continual dehumanizing facts that are revealed in a constant, monotonou…

Convicted

I feel that in the wide reaching ability of being able to blog, email, Facebook, and MySpace, that an intimacy has been lost. We can reach others as never before by the click of our mouse, yet we have lost the intimacy of a conversation. Most of us that have a blog are busy in-putting information whether it is a book review, or meme assignment, or our latest book writing updates. We can be so busy being busy that we forget to be real, personable, approachable, human.
Maybe there are those that enjoy and feel secure in the anonymous nature of a blog, but there must be a balance. The audience desires someone that they can relate to, that hears them, that they can walk away from the computer screen having learned something, and especially feel uplifted.
My hopes and prayers is that I can be that blog that stirs the hearts and minds-----only by the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let's say, I have been convicted.

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Review-"The Hidden Flame"

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Review--"The Hidden Flame,  Book 2-- Acts of Faith"by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
Bethany House Published 2010, 394 pages

Link to book:
http://www.bethanyhouse.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=0477683E4046471488BD7BAC8DCFB004&nm=&type=PubCom&mod=PubComProductCatalog&mid=BF1316AF9E334B7BA1C33CB61CF48A4E&tier=3&id=A9373872FF1948C98D2DFCE7C0790462

This book was provided for free to me by Bethany House for the purpose of reading/reviewing. 





"The Hidden Flame" is the story of the early Church and specifically of a young woman named Abigail. The time period is shortly after Jesus' ascension into Heaven. Abigail is the main character and she has a  teenage brother named Jacob that she is guardian of. Abigail is a beautiful and gracious woman, she is meek and compassionate, kindhearted and gentle, she has a servant' heart. She works along side Martha of Bethany in preparing meals and housekeeping duties for the disciples. Abigail feels a grow…

"God...who are You & what can You do for me? Session 2"

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Week 2
Yahweh, I Am

The discussion questions for this week are:
1. What does it mean to you to know that you are precious in God's sight?
My mother often told me when I was growing up that I was her joy! Her precious joy! Oh, how I miss hearing her say those words.
But, when I read the Word that "is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword", I know that I am His joy, and that I am precious to God. Mother is now in heaven and I cannot hear her voice, but God's Word is perfect and eternal, and I have confidence in, and faith in, that according to His Word I am precious to Him.

2. Can you think of a time in your life when you have experienced, first hand, the Lord's faithfulness?
I could give several answers, because He has worked dramatically in my life over the past several years, and I know it was not only for my own benefit, but for those that I would share my story with---actually His story, I am just His servant.
In the spring of 2003 my oldest …

One Question Friday

One Question Friday is a weekly Friday post from All In a Day's Thought.

"Yesterday or tomorrow?"
It would depend on what yesterday I could relive?
I would love to be a little girl again, to walk home from school, walk through our back door and into our kitchen, and there would be Momma---waiting on me with a smile on her face.
I would love to sit at my Mamaw's kitchen table with her and my Papaw, my Mother, Aunt Beverly and Uncle Melvyn, and listen to "their stories." Those stories of when they were young: the barn dances, picking cotton, the way my Mamaw endearingly said her daddy's name--Papa, drawing water from a well, Mamaw baking a chocolate pie every morning for breakfast for my Papaw--at least till they had children, school in a one room schoolhouse, flour sack dresses, the Great Galveston Hurricane, living in a new never used chicken house, making moonshine, having a still in the house and hoping the neighbors did not know, the radio shows the…

Faith 'n' Fiction

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Faith 'n' Fiction is produced by Amy @ My Friend Amy

"What is the purpose of Christian Fiction?"
The purpose of Christian Fiction is to tell a story in a Christian themed, Christ exalting manner.
Christian Fiction books can be counted on to be free of curse words or other coarse speech. They will be free of sexual innuendo's and activity. Christian Fiction books are also free of the graphic bloody details of violence. They are books that a Christian can feel at peace about in not encountering something that would make them feel uncomfortable.
I have read secular fiction books before that everything in the story seems to be fine and then wham! A detailed sexual encounter is worked in to the storyline, then I'm faced with do I end this book and get rid of it, or do I skip past this part?  
I am aware that some people are not bothered by graphic bloody murder details, or sexual activity in a book or even a movie. I am, and this is my opinion only.

Blissful Blog…

Guess What Today Is?

Today is my 46th Birthday!
Annette

Thankful Thursday!

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On this Thursday February 11 I am thankful for:

1. For warm biscuits and apple butter.
2. Crocs--my choice of house shoes.
3. That I don't have to get out in the nasty, cold, slick, raining, sleeting weather.
4. A quite house.
5. Good report on my recent doctor appointment.

Bible Reading Challenge-Update

I forgot to post my Bible reading for this week (was supposed to do this on Monday).

Are you reading your Bible? 
Where is your Bible?

On February 8 I finished reading Genesis, finishing up with reading chapters 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50.

On February 10 I finished reading Matthew, finishing up with reading chapters 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. 

Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4.

John 14

I began and finished reading Ruth today---our current Bible reading challenge.

"Nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice; everything is lost by failure to obey God's call."
Henry P. Liddon

Blissful Reading!
Annette

One Question Friday

One Question Friday is a post that the author of All In A Day's Thought creates each Friday.
The question for Friday February 5, 2010 is:
Wavering decision or confident indecision?

Actually I have been both. It would depend on how serious the decision is? what other circumstances might be going on? and if I am given time to think or does the decision need to be immediate?
I am a full time care giver of my eighty seven year old father. He has injured himself before, or had pain or other health problems; and I have needed to make a quick decision right then as to whether I needed to call the doctor, call for an ambulance, or take him to the hospital myself. He always tells me, "oh I'm just fine" or "it's just a little bit of blood." Of course my insides are ready to scream out "man your battle stations!" Instead I take charge and with as much confidence as I can muster make the decision.  
Or,
I can be in a bakery and cannot make a simple decisi…

A New Bible Reading Challenge

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A new Bible reading challenge from Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible.
For the month of February read the book of Ruth.

Getting to Know the Almighty God: Who is God to you?

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A new Bible study is at Titus2AtTheWell by Jennifer Jernigan
We are encouraged to join them in a discussion and Bible study each Monday for the next ten weeks.
There is a down-loadable Bible study packet available at the site and a video to watch.
The question for week one is "Who is God to you?"

I will need to give you my testimony in order to answer this question.

Once upon a time--no this is not a fairy tale. But once upon a time I believed in God because it was what I had been taught, yet I never remember a time in my life when I did not know God. From the very beginning of my life I was taken to Sunday school and Church, Vacation Bible school, my parents both taught Sunday school, Jesus was talked about in our home, on Saturday nights daddy would ask each of us kids what our lesson Sunday morning was on and we better be prepared to give an answer.
When I was nine years old and during the invitational time at Vacation Bible school, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and invi…

Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday: Why Should Christians Read Fiction

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"Today we're going to discuss why Christians should read fiction. If you are a lover of fiction, it's no doubt that you're heard all sorts of arguments against spending time reading it. In fact, a commenter just this week on my blog said she's heard it referred to as emotional porn. The very concept of Christian fiction had a huge battle to face in conservative circles and is, in my opinion, still facing those battles in its attempts to grow. Is there any value in reading fiction for Christians? Why are some people so resistant to the idea of reading fiction? If you DON'T read fiction, why don't you read it? (Please keep in mind we are talking about ALL fiction and not just Christian fiction)" Post from My Friend Amy's Blog.

Pure and simply I read fiction because I love a well-written--entertaining--uplifting or memorable--story!
I read Christian fiction because I do not need to worry about curse words, and sexual or macabre details.
Emotional por…

Review-"The Choice"

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"The Choice, Lancaster County Secrets" Book One by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group Published 2010, 308 pages

Blog Tour at Litfuse:
http://www.litfusegroup.com/Blog-Tours/blog-tour-for-the-choice-by-suzanne-woods-fisher.html

http://ow.ly/W84r
The author's Talk Party on Facebook and Book Bomb:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260692196018


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This book was provided by Litfuse for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

"The Choice"

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Carrie Weaver is a young Amish woman living in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Carrie has a younger brother Andy, father Jacob Weaver, step mother Esther and her older daughter Emma. After Carrie's father became a widow, he married Esther and they moved into her home and farm. Carrie's beau is Solomon (Sol) Riehl and he is a talented baseball player. Sol hides his activity with baseball because he is Amish, and his goal to play professionally is frowned upon by them. Car…

Church Fire

I have just heard that another Church burned this morning in Wills Point, Texas--Russell Memorial United Methodist Church. This makes eight Church fires in Texas since January 1.
I am asking that all of my readers be in continual prayer for the person involved in these fires---that they will be apprehended. Also, pray for all eight of the Church congregations and staff leaders. Most of all pray that whoever is involved in the burning of these Churches that they would come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior!
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Wills-Point-church-burns-other-church-fires-probed-83604882.html

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Review-"Angels"

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"Angels, Who They Are and How They Help...What the Bible Reveals"
By Dr. David Jeremiah

Please follow the link to see the book and order it online.
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601422699&ref=externallink_mlt_Angels_sec_1208_01

Published by Multnomah  2010, 237 total pages

The author's website: www.davidjeremiah.org

This book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

I read this book cover to cover, enjoying every bit of information that poured from it!
What I loved most about this book is at the turning of every page Angel's is the topic, but the Lord is always the focus!
Back in the 1990's Angel's seemed to be everywhere. When I would have a birthday or at Christmas, I could expect to receive another collectible Angel for my curio cabinet. It got to be too much and I have since parted with many of them. If you remember movies began to flourish, the movie "Michael" with John Travolta ca…

Roundabout

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I just made visits to all 62 blog's that I follow....this takes a while!
All the blog's that I follow are created and maintained by hard working blogger's, and they are all noteworthy because of this!
The following blog's that I read today that were extra special.

A Few More Pages This is a new blog that I am following, I love the visually stimulating layout, eclectic reading taste, I love the opening photo of a book open.

A Gracious Home My friend Doylene is the author of this blog, she presents a homey, intimate, personal place to visit. She also has home spun advice and recipes to share.

Already Not Yet Peter Cockrell is the author of this blog, often he posts clips from other authors and or preachers. The following link is Tim Keller's review/comment on the book "The Shack."
http://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/tim-kellers-impressions-of-the-shack/

Inkwell Inspirations Great post by Niki Turner, "Love Is Like A Box Of Chocolates", follow …

A New Bible Study

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There is a new Bible study that will begin over at At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2 .
The ten week Bible study will be on the Hebrew names of God.
It will start on February 8 and finish April 25.


Thankful Thursday!

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On this Thursday I am thankful for:
1. Rain, six months ago we were in a severe drought.
2. That eventually the sun does come out again.
3. That we have four seasons, it would be terrible to only have a winter, or a summer all of the time.
4. For scratch pads, sticky notes, and post-its.
5. That I have my own office in my home (I do not have to share.)

New Amish Website

There is a new website that you can join---for those of us that want to read/learn/blog more about the Amish.

Amish Living


Visit Amish Living

Blissful Blogging!
Annette

Bible Reading Challenge-Update

Are you reading your Bible?

I read the following chapters in the Bible the past week:
Genesis 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
Matthew 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
John (readings from BSF) 12, 13

"At 11 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation." 
Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior