Janet Chester Bly Photo by Ridinger’s of Lewiston, ID
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Greetings from Colorado, where it snowed last week, the rivers are running high, and everything growing is green. Davalynn Spencer, here, and I’m thrilled today to welcome veteran author and storyteller, Janet Chester Bly who knows Western (historical and contemporary) inside and out. She claims not to corral cattle at her Idaho home, but she certainly knows how to corral words.

Janet, welcome. Tell us about your featured book, Beneath a Camperdown Elm, Book 3, Trails of Reba Cahill Series.

Janet Chester Bly Photo by Ridinger’s of Lewiston, ID

Janet Chester Bly
Photo by Ridinger’s of Lewiston, ID

Cowgirl Reba’s scary stalker is locked up in jail. She finally snatches a rancher fiancé. Her runaway mother returns home. Reba has everything she ever wanted. Then Grandma Pearl disappears. Is she about to lose it all? Three generations of women travel separate journeys of the heart. Read More →

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This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4b-5).

She rested on her deathbed with saddened eyes and asked her clergyman, “How do I know if I’ve been good enough?”

She had believed that Christ was the Son of God, trusted Him for salvation, confessed her hopelessness to absolve her sins, and given her life over to God. Yet, somewhere along the line, she held to a misconception that her good deeds, which were bountiful, measured her worth in God’s eyes rather than her relationship with the Savior.

A second woman lay dying. Although she struggled with the scars from her former life, she never wandered far from God, visiting him daily with her fears and joys. Because of the external blemishes, I experienced angst over where she would rest for eternity. God pinched my disbelief.

“All you see is the imperfection … I see a heart that loves me, and I’m bringing her home to be with me forever.” Peace that passed all understanding shrouded her last moments.

From John’s short epistle, one might assume the early church struggled with that same tendency to measure faith through accomplishment rather than a relationship with God. John reassures believers that those who love God will keep the commandments naturally as an extension of that belief rather than a pursuit of the commandments for the sake of pursuit.

I’m grateful for the lesson God taught me through observing the final hours in the lives of these two women. It is not our puny regimentation in spiritual exercise that enriches our spirituality, but rather a heart that stands ready to receive God, his Goodness, and His offer of salvation.

Linda Wood Rondeau, multi-published and award-winning author, is a veteran social worker. Her books examine the complexities of human relationships. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, hosts writers of various genres. She manages a Facebook page, Having the Prime of My Life, a positive look at aging issues. Linda resides in Hagerstown with her husband of forty-plus years. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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In Discovering Joy in Philippians, I share that the book of Philippians, while known as the book about JOY, is also full of great relationship information.

We see Paul’s priority of relationships in Phil 1:3-6

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Make a list of those you are thankful for and those you are in partnership with. Call them, send a card, text a thank you, post a praise on their social media wall.

Pam and Bill Farrel are authors of 48 books, international speakers, and relationship experts who minister to people through their Living Love-Wise community. 

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Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! What better way to usher in summer than to chat with an author who lives on a boat! My fellow Californian Pam Farrel has written forty-eight books and is a sought-after speaker, often writing and speaking with her husband, Bill. Welcome Pam as she speaks to us from her heart.

Pam, please tell us about your book.

Pam Farrel

Pam Farrel

Part of the Discovering the Bible Series, Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience is an interactive 11-week journey to joy through:

  • Daily Lessons for each chapter to help you dive deeper into the heart of Scripture and incorporate joy builder activities
  • Choosing Joy Devotions and inspirational quotes.
  • Creative Connections including bookmarks and coloring pages and exploring faith through artistic expression.

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In the Money

In the Money

In the Money

by Leeann Betts

Release Date: June 2019

Publisher: PLS Bookworks

ISBN: 978-1-943688-52-4

About the book: 

A million-dollar jackpot, a missing neighbor who won the money, a mysterious investment advice friend, and a cyber-security expert blended together with a dollop of insurance fraud and a smidgeon of gossip—can Carly get to the bottom of it all without ending up sunk in the harbor?

 

About the author: 

Leeann BettsLeeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. In the Money is the tenth title in her cozy mystery series, and together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC. You can find out more at: www.LeeannBetts.com Receive a free ebook just for signing up for our quarterly newsletter.

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