When my youngest daughter was about four years old, I took down the Christmas tree during her nap.

Later in the day, I saw her looking out the window toward the tree, which lay on the curb awaiting the garbage collector. She whispered, “Christmas tree, come back, come back.”

That made me sad, but I often feel blue after the holidays. The world goes from lively carols, flashing lights, and sparkling tinsel to the grayness of January’s cold weather.

Everyone has wrapped and stored the magic. Even the trees extend bare branches to gloomy skies. For weeks, I’ll discover wadded bits of Christmas paper and smashed bows and vacuum up shiny flecks.

However, the angel’s message of good tidings to all people endures even when our holiday decorations sit in the attic.

I am learning to allow the good news to penetrate my soul and realize God loves me even though I’m not perfect.

Absorbing his grace shifts my focus to eternity. Mundane moments can become opportunities to minister as I care about those around me. Because Jesus came to earth, we can share his love.

“How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news” (Romans 10:15).

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher and former homeschool mother, she writes a column for Leading Hearts Magazine. She served as past president of Christian Authors Guild, directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference, and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio. Her author website is www.clsimmons.com.

 

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I have always hated driving in unfamiliar cities because I couldn’t watch the road and my map at the same time.

In the past, I worked hard to memorize directions and search for the next turn while maneuvering through traffic.

Even getting in the right lane to turn can be a challenge when I don’t know the area.

 

Rather than venture out, I often chose cowardice and stayed home. I could imagine myself embroiled in a major accident while floundering through alien streets.

However, I am quite grateful for the GPS on my phone. A holder on the dashboard keeps the map on the phone visible, and a voice tells me where to turn.

Can you imagine groping your way through life? Praise God we don’t have to do that. In Psalm 119 the Psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

The Lord promised if we lean on him and seek his Word, our heavenly Father will reveal the next step. I discovered that to be true many times while raising my five children. God always gave me wisdom when I pleaded for help.

Praise God for his assistance while we walk through life’s bumpy streets.

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher and former homeschool mother, she writes a column for Leading Hearts Magazine. She served as past president of Christian Authors Guild, directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference, and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio. Her author website is www.clsimmons.com.

 

 

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C. Kevin Thompson

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Happy Pre-Thanksgiving Week from Kevin Thompson on the peninsula where passing Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas commercials apparently does pay $200. We’re sitting here on the front porch, enjoying the breeze and the cooler high-60s temps…at 8:40 p.m. Today, I have the privilege of sharing and interview with fellow CAN author Cynthia Simmons.

Welcome, Cynthia! Congratulations on your most recent book! Give us the back cover copy…

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Peter Chandler and Mary Beth Roper faced impossible odds keeping their Confederate bank afloat. Mr. Roper, Peter’s partner, has financial expertise, but his weakened heart is failing. While caring for her ailing father, Mary Beth discovered counterfeit money with forged signatures. Area citizens can present the bills and demand gold, causing the bank to fail. Can they find the culprit in time? Read More →

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Happy Autumnal Equinox!

As a Washingtonian transplanted in Texas, let’s just say this is my FAVORITE time of year (even though it will feel like summer for another month…it’s the promise of things to come when the season changes). There’s just something about a nip in the air and –yes, I’ll admit it–a Pumpkin Spiced Latte that make me feel like I’m getting a cozy hug from my heavenly Father 🙂 And the bonus? BOOTS!

We have some excellent reviews for your cozy fall reading, A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson and Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons.

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A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Waltz for Amber by Kimberly Rose Johnson was reviewed on Goodreads this past week. The book releases Oct. 2, 2017.

Melissa Henderson rated it: Amazing!
Each story I read from this author is wonderful and special. The characters are brought to life through vivid descriptions and details. How would you handle seeing someone from your past and that person had hurt you deeply long ago? Could you forget and forgive? The main characters each have their own difficult issues from the past. Read this heartwarming story and find out what happens with these sweet people. I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my honest personal opinion.

Also, don’t miss this free eBook! A Christmas Surprise by Kimberly Rose Johnson is free until Tuesday. Originally published by Heartsong Presents. http://amzn.to/2vIDH74

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Pursuing Gold

Pursuing Gold
By Cynthia L. Simmons
Elk Lake Publishing
www.elklakepublishinginc.com
Synopsis: With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

Critique: Exceptionally well written by an author with a genuine flair for deftly created memorable characters, Pursuing Gold is a riveting and original Civil War era story by Cynthia L Simmons. Very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction & Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Pursuing Gold” is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).
Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com

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