Vickie McDonough Prairie

Chicagoan, Sarah Marshall, had no plans to travel the Santa Fe
Trail on a wagon train, but her uncle manipulated her into going.
Problem after problem occurs, until they end up stranded at
rugged Kansas stage stop.
All she wants is to get back to civilization.
Ethan Harper's well-orderd life is thrown into a tizzy when a city gal
gets stuck at his family's stage stop.

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Don’t you hate long, silly greetings on voice mail? I do. I want quickly to get to the beep so I can leave a message.

But I was surprised when I called a new friend and heard her beautiful greeting. “I love that sweet greeting,” I said when she returned my call. “It sounds so very positive and upbeat. Not like most that are the same as everyone else. I love how your personality comes through.”

“Who is this?” the person said.

Gulp. I had dialed the wrong number. Lesson learned: listen, listen, really listen—before speaking!

And you know what? Being the smart chica that I try to be, I decided that I’d carry that lesson when I read God’s Word. As I often do, I ring God for a private conversation. I dial the Bible verse. Then check to see if it’s the one I need to hear. And to my surprise, it seldom is.

And because I learned to listen, it often happens that particular verse is one I desperately need to learn. It’s the one God meant for me to hear. It’s the specific one that would change me, change my attitude and even change my circumstance.

How about you? Have you been listening to God lately? I mean really listening? If you have, your heart will sing: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand…How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 16:11, 119: 103).

Father, when I taste the bitterness of life, I shall learn to listen to you, to your voice, your guidance and promise so my life turns sweet with reassurance and joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

• What voice are you listening to?

• What keeps you from listening to His whisper?

• What change have you seen when His voice speaks louder than the world?


Judson Press, 2011

Simply Salsa, Amazon Best-selling book



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Martha Rogers Love+Stays+True+3-11

About the Author: Martha Rogers is a
free-lance writer and the author of the Winds
Across the Prairie
series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River
Walk Christmas.
Her second series, Seasons
of the Hear
t, is now available as is her Christmas novel, Christmas at Holly Hill.

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