“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 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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Author, Janet Perez Eckles

Author, Janet Perez Eckles

“Did you want a four or a seven-day Caribbean cruise?” the travel agent asked.

What a choice. Even one day on that luxurious cruise ship is enough to make me salivate with excitement. But recently, unfortunate cruising events broadcasted by the media brought that thrill a notch down.

Many feel pity for those passengers who found a nice cruise turn to a crazy nightmare. But when sailing in our own ship to success, the fate isn’t much different.

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“You have to go to school,” my father ordered.

My 12-year-old heart beat fast with worry. Just off the airplane from Bolivia, I knew no English. And America was too big, too different, and strange. Weeks of anxiety at school made the adjustment harder.

But what paralyzed me with fear were the relay races in which I was told to participate. The distance I’d have to run between the starting point and the next runner where I’d hand off the baton made my stomach cramp. With each new race, I anguished—what if I should stumble or drop the baton? What if I fell or caused my team to lose?

Have you been there? A new year begins. Another race. One more stretch of life is before you, and you wonder if you’ll make it. Ahead is a journey, uncertain and often painfully foreign. Sweat pours out. And you ask, “Will I make it one more step? Will I have enough speaking engagements? Will my marketing efforts pay off? Will I make it to the finish line?”

But while we question, God is not on the bleachers. He’s right on the racetrack, right beside us, hearing our every sigh of stress. Watching each obstacle in the way. And listening to each doubt that pours from our anxious heart.

And in the midst of it all, His reassurance pours and peace blots out fear. Even when we don’t understand the language of adversity, we step on the racetrack of life. And with the God of the universe as our divine coach, He takes us to the finish line with these seven promises:

  1. With the firmness of His Word, He will give us confidence.
  2. With His grace, He will lighten the load.
  3. With His promises, He will cheer us on.
  4. With His mighty hand, He will hold us up.
  5. With His mercy, He will bring us through.
  6. With His strength, He will keep us on track.
  7. And because of His love, triumph will shine.

And with fear left in the locker room of negative emotions, God’s cheering fuels the soul: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Father, thank you for preparing the gold medal of triumph when we run on the track of your grace. I will run fueled by your power, and cheered on by your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Will this opportunity be different for you?
  • How will you face these challenges?
  • What obstacles keep you from reaching triumph?

Janet

Judson Press, 2011

Simply Salsa, Amazon Best-selling book

 

 

Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

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