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Encouragement

God’s Hands…Our Safe Place

 

Today’s world is full of evil manifesting itself in violence around our nation and even the world. Paul tells Timothy that we are to flee from evil and everything Satan sets before us from his world of darkness. Satan’s words can fill our minds and hearts with such negative energy that we begin to believe the lies we tell ourselves.

How then can we be encouraged to stand for what is right and flee evil? When our hearts and minds are set on anything other than what God has planned for us, we cannot reach the full potential God has set out for us. He loves us so much and wants only the best for us. The best is not always easy to come by. When we seek the best and pursue righteousness and godliness, we will find difficulties and obstacles because Satan loves to see us stumble.

We keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. His hand will guide us down the right path. With faith and love, we can endure whatever it takes to help us reach our goals in life and fulfill His will for our lives. We will draw closer to Him and absorb His goodness. The harder we pursue Him, the closer we come to the goal.

Setbacks do come. That’s a part of life. We must have some failure along the way to truly appreciate the success when it comes.

Remember, we’ve placed ourselves in God’s hands, and there’s no safer place to be.

Martha Rogers
Martha Rogers
A Gift of Love by Martha Rogers
A Gift of Love 

Martha Rogers, a free-lance writer, was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experiment with recipes and scrapbooking when she has time. She has written three series, Winds Across the Prairie, Seasons of the Heart, and The Homeward Journey. Book three in that series, Love Never Fails, released in November, 2014. Find Martha at:  www.marthawrogers.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Martha Rogers

Davalynn Spencer, Author
Davalynn Spencer

Greetings from Colorado where autumn is waiting to burst through the backdoor of summer. Davalynn Spencer here, welcoming CAN author Martha Rogers.

Martha, so glad to visit with you today. Please give us a thumbnail of the book you’re featuring, The Gift of Christmas.

Martha Rogers
Martha Rogers

Cherie Kenton came home to Edenville to help her widowed aunt. Troy McNeil came home to partner with his father. Cherie’s humiliation and embarrassment by Troy at the senior prom ended their relationship. She cannot forgive him, but he loves her. Will the true gift of Christmas reunite them in love and forgiveness?

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Encouragement

Follow Your Dream

 

All of us have dreams of what we want to do with our lives. Sometimes those dreams get sidetracked by the reality of life. Sometimes they’re so long in coming that we tend to give up and think, “What’s the use?”

How do we make those dreams come true? Whether the dream is about a career choice, a place you want to visit, or something you would really like to do, the dream can come true.

Fulfillment depends on attitude and faith. By attitude, I mean surrounding ourselves with the resources or the tools and information we need to pursue the dream. Faith, of course, means trusting the Lord.

Dreams don’t come true overnight. Often life gets in the way and dreams go by the wayside. We make excuses for not following through and keep putting off doing something about it.

To follow your dream, stay focused on that dream and what the Lord wants you do. Don’t let age, insecurity, or doubt creep in and rob you of the desire God has placed in your heart. Grab it, hold on to it, and never stop dreaming. God has plans for you! Remember that those plans are not to harm you but to give you hope and a future (see Jeremiah 29:11). He won’t steer you wrong.

Four “P’s” to success: prayer, planning, patience, and perseverance. Without these, we will have a more difficult time seeing our dreams fulfilled. It’s time to stop making excuses and start looking at what we can do to help that dream along. When we bathe our plans in prayer and we have the patience to persevere in pursuit of those plans, they will succeed in God’s timing. Maybe they won’t be exactly what we expected, but the result will be the best—because it’s God’s plan for us.

Martha Rogers
Martha Rogers
Love Blooms at Christmas by Martha Rogers
Love Blooms at Christmas by Martha Rogers

Martha Rogers, a multi-published author, writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. She and her husband Rex live in Houston, Texas. They have three sons, eleven grandchildren, and four (soon to be five) great-grandchildren. Martha is a retired teacher with twenty-eight years experience teaching home economics and English at the secondary level and eight years at the college level, supervising student teachers and teaching freshman English. She is director of the Texas Christian Writers Conference held in Houston each August, a member of ACFW, ACFW WOTS chapter in Houston, and a member of the writers’ group, Inspirational Writers Alive. Find Martha at www.marthawrogers.com or www.hhhistory.com. Twitter: @martharogers2; Facebook: Martha Rogers Author.

 

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Martha Rogers

Davalynn Spencer
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer, here, welcoming you to someplace cool and relaxing and out of summer’s heat while we visit with veteran author, Martha Rogers.

Martha, it’s so good to talk to you today. Please tell us a about your featured book, Biscuits and Bones. I’m intrigued by the title.

This book is about a young woman who loves animals and came up with the idea for a pet bakery and store specializing in organic, wholesome, homemade treats for pets. She is also the owner of a Black Lab named Max. The hero is an uptight, proper lawyer who is suddenly in charge of a seven-pound Yorkie when his mother is hospitalized. Sparks fly when they meet and clash over their pets. With their mothers in matchmaking mode, they don’t stand a chance, but they learn lessons in love along the way.

Martha Rogers
Martha Rogers

What fun contrasts and unexpected obstacles. How did you come up with such a unique idea for this story?

I was inspired to write this book because all three of our sons and all of our grandchildren have dogs and cats for pets. They are true members of the family and well-loved. I found recipes for homemade pet treats on the internet and decided that would be a fun theme for a book.

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Tips From the Pros: Martha Rogers

Davalynn Spencer
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer here from  Colorado where sunshine and green growing things have finally made an appearance. Today I’m happy to welcome veteran author Martha Rogers for her encore visit on CAN. June is Martha’s 79th birthday month and she doesn’t mind letting everyone know.

“I’m proud to be the age I am,” she says. Maybe that’s where she gets her great attitude about learning new things along the way in her writing journey.

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New Releases

Love Finds Faith by Martha Rogers

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Hannah Dyer has just moved to Texas to help her brother-in-law in his medical practice. Despite her handicap of having one leg much shorter than the other, she is a great nurse whose skills help make the practice the most successful in the area.
 
When Micah Gordon returns home after some shady escapades, his father hopes he will settle down to ranch life…

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New Releases

Love Stays True by Martha Rogers, New Release May 2013

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About the Author: Martha Rogers is a
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New Releases

Spring Hope By Martha Rogers – A New Release

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When Libby Cantrell escapes her abusive father and a sordid lifestyle, she lands in the arms of Deputy Sheriff Cory Muldoon. As their attraction grows, Libby hides her past from the sheriff who has let it be known he abhors the life she led. When she becomes a Christian, and her father hunts her down to reveal her past, Cory must make a decision to either stand firm in his convictions or reject them and open his heart to forgive Libby and her father.

Martha’s book credits include the novella, Sugar and Grits and A River Walk Christmas, as well as the historical romance series, Winds Across the Prairie. She has also written seven Bible studies, contributed to various compilations and several anthologies including recently released Blissfully Blended, Devotionals for Step-moms from Barbour. Her latest series is Seasons of the Heart. Book 3, Winter Promise, released in January along with Amelia’s Journey, the prequel to Becoming Lucy.  Martha sings in the choir at her church and is a co-leader for a First Place 4 Health group. She loves to scrapbook when she has the time. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of them is playing.

 

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. Summer Dream, Autumn Song, and Winter Promise, the first three books in her new series, Seasons of the Heart are now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband live in Houston. In addition to her works of fiction, Martha has stories in a number of compilations as well as devotional contributions to several anthologies and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of them is playing.

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Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Martha Rogers

Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)May greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing multi-published author and speaker Martha Rogers.

CAN Martha RogersMartha inspires the membership of American Christian Fiction Writers with her Verse of the Week posts to the e-mail loop, and her story should inspire anyone who wonders if it’s too late to achieve their dreams. You see, Martha sold her first book at the age of 73. Now she’s had nine novels and two novellas published – and in a very short period of time! Her newest novel is Spring Hope, book 4 in the Seasons of the Heart series, which releases this month from Realms.


Martha, how did you get into writing?

CAN Rogers Spring HopeI’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and scribble “words” on paper. I’ve always liked to make up and tell stories. In college I looked into publication, but it sounded so complicated I put it aside until years later.

 

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New Releases

Amelia’s Journey By Martha Rogers – A New Release

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For Ben Haynes it is love at first sight, but can a Boston socialite find true happiness with a cowboy from Kansas?

Once childhood friends, Ben Haynes is taken with Amelia Carlyle when he runs into her at her sister’s wedding. Although he will be returning to Kansas and life on his father’s ranch, Ben calls on Amelia several times, and they find they have more in common than they first realized. As he leaves for Kansas, they promise to write.

Back in Kansas, Ben begins to save money toward a home for Amelia even though he has not made his intentions known. He’s relying on God to make a way. Meanwhile, Amelia is presented to society and has several young men vying for her attention.

Although Ben has captured Amelia’s heart, her parents make every effort to discourage the relationship, even forbidding Amelia to correspond with him. Amelia tells Ben that she will wait for him as long as it takes, but will the love and loss they experience along the way bring them closer or drive them apart forever?

 

Bio

Martha Rogers is the author of Becoming Lucy; Morning for Dove; Finding Becky; Caroline’s Choice; Not on the Menu, a part of a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo; and River Walk Christmas, a novella collection with Beth Goddard, Lynette Sowell, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. The Her new series, Seasons of the Heart includes Summer Dream and Autumn Song. A former schoolteacher and English instructor, she has a master’s degree in education and lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.

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