“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

This morning I awoke to the sweet sound of birdsong. The feathered creatures seemed to be singing their praise for a new day, for sunshine just breaking through the darkness, for an ample food supply.

I wonder…am I as grateful for these and a multitude of other blessings?

The cheery chorus reminded me these little ones diligently pursue their sole responsibility—being the best winged-creatures they can be. They do not appear to worry about anything.

They don’t fret about position, problems, or power. They show no anxiety over relationships, no remorse over past failures, and no fear over what lies ahead.

We can learn much from these happy singers, just trusting God for every need.

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

Our Lord cares for even these delicate creations. Yet he considers me of more value than many sparrows.

That certainly builds my self-esteem!

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.

 

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“Your mother is dying.”

My mind understood the doctor’s words, but my heart refused to believe them. Only a few days prior, my ninety-four-year-old mother had taken a day trip to Reno with my husband. How could she be dying?

Why now, God?

This was supposed to be the weekend I would put the final touches on my novel before sending it to my agent.

Too many circumstances in the past six months had kept me from diligently writing. Moving in with my mom after her stroke. Readying our house for sale. Packing the things of my own I wanted to keep. Thanksgiving, Christmas, visiting with my daughter’s family on their return from overseas. Stomach flu – three times in two months.

And now, this.

I was afraid.

Afraid if I don’t keep writing, my agent will drop me.

Afraid if I don’t finish my next project soon, I’ll never find a publisher.

Afraid if I don’t keep blogging and posting on social media, I will lose the tiny bit of platform I’ve gained.

Afraid to watch my mother die.

Like the song from Christian recording artist, Zach Williams, “Fear, he is a liar.”

God’s word is the truth.

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16: 9).

Though I’m afraid and overwhelmed, God is showering me with His peace as I meditate on His word. I encourage you to “take His yoke upon you” so He can give you rest.

Jane Daly is a banker by day, blogger by night. She makes her home in Northern California with her husband of forty years and two cats. Connect with her and see her published books at www.janeSdaly.com. Check out her blog, The Caregiving Season.

 

 

 

 

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Your CAN authors are out and about in their communities–is there one coming to a town near you? And don’t miss a special book for your Korean or Portugese friends!

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Cindi McMenamin, Topics: Prioritizing God * Rest & Rejuvenation * Mother-Daughter *

Cindi McMenamin

Cindi McMenamin’s book, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom (which released from Harvest House Publishers in 2016) is now available in print and e-book in two other languages — Portuguese and Korean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Davalynn Spencer will be the guest speaker January 12th for Canon City, Colorado’s Davalynn Spencer130th Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, “Western Night Under the Stars,” featuring her latest release, The Canon City Chronicles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What a privilege for Janet Perez Eckles to be addressing this group of women on January 27th in West Palm Beach, FL. Who are they? Those who battle with stress, worry, fear and want to begin a victorious life.

This 2-minute video has the details;

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Are you in the North Central Texas area? Lena Nelson Dooley is the speaker for the Christian Writer’s Workshop Kickoff near Waco, Texas, @ 9 a.m. January 27 at First

Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson Dooley

Baptist Church of Woodway, 101 Ritchie Road.

Tickets: Adults, $20; students, $5. Tickets are available online at www.firstwoodway.org/or at the door. Light refreshments will be available. Tables in the common area will display books for sale by local authors.

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CAN members Linda Kozar, Lena Nelson Dooley, and Angela Breidenbach host shows on the Along Came A Writer Network.

Along Came A Writer Network 

2017/2016

Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense, with host Linda Kozar on the Along Came A Writer Network

The Lena Nelson Dooley Show, with host Lena Nelson Dooley on the Along Came A Writer Network

Historically Speaking, with host Angela Breidenbach on the Along Came A Writer Network

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Janet Perez Eckles

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Hola from Janet Perez Eckles…Igniting Your Passion to Overcome

This past Friday, I figured out what to do to reach success. Read More →

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