One year ago…

One year ago, I began to suspect I was pregnant.

One year ago, I was researching things online.

One year ago, I was eagerly waiting for the days to pass before I could finally use my home pregnancy test.

One year ago, I was filled with surprise and wonder.

 

Today, I wonder if I will ever feel that joy again.

Today, I wait for those suspicions to return.

Today, I become jealous of those who announce their own pregnancies.

Today, I am filled with longing to have my arms filled.

 

God knows my pain. He knows my longing. Someday.

God’s Amazing Grace

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This year as I have been preparing my book for publication, I have learned a lot about God’s grace. It’s amazing how when you are learning something in one area of life, it keeps popping up everywhere. Every sermon you listen to seems to talk about it, every Bible class, a lot of the books you read, all of them seem to talk about the same thing. Do you ever get the feeling that God is trying to hit you over the head with certain lessons sometimes?

Although I didn’t necessarily see it as I went through my year, I have seen it as I look back. The end of December and beginning of January were hard. I had one book I was supposed to be editing and another I was supposed to be writing. And I couldn’t do anything either editing or writing. It was awful. Continue reading

Character Interview: Lirth

I realize I already posted something today, but I also had this blog post scheduled as part of a blog tour, so you get a treat: two blog posts in one day.

BlogTourButtonToday, we have a special guest. Our guest is Lirth, from Rachel Rossano’s book, The King of Anavrea. I haven’t read it yet, but I look forward to reading it. It sounds fascinating.

Introducing the book

WEB-Rossano-KingOfAnavrea-FINALA reluctant king, a blind queen, and a marriage that sparked a rebellion…

Ireic Theodoric, King of Anavrea, constantly battles with his council over who will run the country. When the council insists on a treaty with Sardmara, he agrees. However, the treaty quickly becomes an arranged marriage. Ireic offers up himself for the sake of Anavrea. But after he signs, no princess appears.

Lirth Parnan, only daughter of the king of Sardmara, survives alone in a cold, damp tower room. Baron Tor kidnapped her in an attempt to control her father. No one came to claim her. She suspects her father considers her flawed beyond use in his political games. After five years of waiting, her hope of rescue wanes with her health.

After Ireic fights his way into Lirth’s tower, he realizes the depths of her father’s deception. Instead of being an answer to his problems, Lirth creates new ones. The council will not accept her as queen, but Ireic has sworn an oath that he will marry her. His choice could cost him his throne, perhaps his life.

Introducing our special guest

And now for the interview with Lirth.

Me: How old were you when you went blind?

Lirth: I lost my sight when I was seven. While out riding with my brothers, I was thrown from my horse. For three days, I remained unconscious with a fever. When I finally woke, I could see nothing.

Me: What do you do in the tower?

L: Pace, think, sing, talk to myself and the Kurios, sleep, listen to the men guarding me, listen to the sounds outside my window, whatever I can think of to keep me from losing my mind to boredom.

Me: Do you have any hobbies?

L: Before I was kidnapped, I indulged in many past times like music, listening to books read out loud, stitching, walking in the gardens, riding out with my brothers (when they visited), and rambling the countryside with my dogs.

Me: If you could do one thing with your life, what would it be?

L: I would seek to glorify my Savior, the Kurios. Whether it is as a Queen or a pauper, my purpose is to glorify Him.

Me: If you could change one thing about you, what would you change?

L: My sight. It causes such hardship to those I love. My husband almost lost his kingdom because of it. My ability to serve as Queen is limited by it. Above all else, I wish I could see my husband. Having never known him or even seen a painting of him before I lost my sight, I am forced to depend on other’s descriptions, my memory of colors, and the “seeing” ability of my fingers.

Me: What is your favorite song?

L: Although my author says it couldn’t have possibly been around during my time, my favorite hymn is Speak Lord in the Stillness.

Me: Do you have a favorite food?

L:I love fresh fruit and vegetables. After years of cold and rotting food, anything fresh is a great treat. I also really appreciate warm and well-seasoned dishes. I missed those during my captivity.

Thanks for stopping by, Lirth!

Introducing the author

SquareProfile2A200Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virture set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

Rachel Rossano loves to interact with readers.

Blog ~ http://rachel-rossano.blogspot.com/

Twitter ~ http://twitter.com/RachelRossano

Facebook ~ http://www.facebook.com/RachelRossanoRambles

YouTube ~ http://www.youtube.com/anavrea

GoodReads ~ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1430209.Rachel_Rossano

Introducing the other bloggers

To read more visit Emily’s blog tomorrow and Melody’s blog on Sunday.

I need your assistance

*Walks onto the internet stage with fear, trepidation, and a little bit of hope.  Stopping at the podium, I clear my throat and open my mouth*

Ladies and Gentlemen,

After watching this video and getting a rather hard nudge or two from a friend (you know who you are 😉 ), I spent a couple of weeks praying about an idea that the above mentioned friend suggested to me.  After much prayer and some discussion with my family, I have decided to do it.  But, I need some help and that is where you come in and why I am writing this blog post.

First, a little more about the project. Continue reading

The Day the Earth Fell Apart

For those who knew and loved the man, that night had been the most horrific act of injustice and cruelty they had ever witnessed. Criminals were often treated in much the same way, sometimes even worse. But what made this man’s trial and punishment so much worse was the fact that He was innocent. Even those who ran the mock trial knew that He was innocent.

 They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where He prayed

 The chief priests secretly arrested Him, held an illegal nighttime trial using the false witness of two people whose accounts contradicted each other. After the innocent man admitted that He was the Son of God, the Messiah, He was spat upon, mocked, and struck.

 They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin

 The next morning, He was brought before the governor of the area. This man also was unable to find any fault with the so-called criminal, but the chief priests were insistent that the innocent man be put to death. As the threat of riot became evident, the governor gave in and had Him scourged.

 Upon His precious head they placed a crown of thorns

 Scourging would often kill a man even before the criminal was put on their cross to be crucified. This innocent man lived through the scourging only to have a crown of thorns put on His head and driven into His scalp as a fake scepter was used to beat Him in the head.

 They laughed and said behold the King they struck Him and they cursed Him

 He was then stripped and made to carry his cross to Golgotha, the Place of a Skull. There, He was nailed to the cross between two thieves.

 When they nailed Him to the cross His mother stood nearby He said woman behold thy Son

 Suffering terribly, bleeding, and probably worse, He had no thought for himself, only His people. He made provision for His mother, Mary. He had no thought for Himself as God placed on Him the sins of the entire world, past, present, and future. Can you imagine the weight that was?

 Then the sinful work of man was done

 Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who lived at the right hand of Him who reigns on high, one of the three persons of the Trinity who was involved in every aspect of creation, life, birth, rebirth, every aspect of every minute detail in the entire universe. This God-man, Jesus came to this earth, gave up his rights to know everything about the future and who knows what else, to come to save us measly human beings from our sins.

 To the howling mob He yielded He did not for mercy cry

 As the hours slowly passed and Jesus continued to weaken further, an awesome and fear-inspiring thing happened: the sun went dark. For three hours, the land was dark. As 3:00 in the afternoon came, the silence was broken by Jesus’ weak, though powerful voice:

“‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”

 The cross of shame He took alone and when He cried it’s finished He gave Himself to die Salvation’s wondrous plan was done

 The Savior of the world then gave his life for the sins of us all. He “yielded up His Spirit”. It was not taken from Him, he gave it up willingly. When He had done so, the earth started falling apart.

In Colossians 1:17, it says: “He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (emphasis mine)

earthquake

When Jesus Christ died, the veil in the temple ripped from top to bottom, the rocks split and the earth shook. “The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.”

Split-Rock

Can you imagine what this time would have been like? Was there chaos for three days while Jesus lay dead and in the grave? The Savior of the World, the One who holds all things together was dead. Did God let chaos rule for those three days until He raised His Son to life? We may never know, but it is worth thinking about.

But, even though it is worth thinking about, we should never lose sight of what this day is truly about. Good Friday is about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for YOU. He was perfect and sinless, He did not need to die, but He did and He did so willingly so that no one would perish.

He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free
He could have called ten thousand angels
But He died alone for you and me

This video is a beautiful representation of the song I quote throughout my post, “Ten Thousand Angels” by Ray Overholt.  Some of the pictures in the video are a little gruesome, so do not let little children watch it, but remember that this is what our Savior went through when He died on the cross for our sins.

Evolution vs. God

When atheists are confronted with hard-hitting questions about God and Evolution, what is their response?  This 38 minute video is well worth the time as Ray Comfort asks atheist friends of his some tough questions about evolution.  Questions like “Does evolution require faith to believe?”,  “Give me one piece of unrefutable evidence for evolution”, and many more.  Watch the video to find out what their responses are and how Mr. Comfort gets some of them to really think through their positions on evolution.