Are you cold enough yet?

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I don’t know what the temperature is like where you are but there are 75 school closings in my area this morning due to the extreme cold. We might get wind chills down to 45 BELOW zero! I don’t know what you have planned, but I think I’ll curl up and read in front of the fire for awhile. How about reading the Thaw series in front of the fire? It’s just been published and book two is being released today! I got to interview the author last night and had a lot of fun doing it. Enjoy the interview, the excerpt, and all the lovely pictures and cover art and the giveaway. And make sure you pick up a book or two. 😀

Interview

Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by today. Okay, so I know a little about you, but my readers probably don’t. Could you tell us about yourself in four sentences or less?

Ack! Only four sentences? That’s impossible…

Okay, here’s a stab.

I’m a writer, dream-live-or: but in my head I’m often a secret agent, or else a Cinderella princess on the cusp of discovery. Those two personas get me through just about any crises, and with the King as my Father, then they’re both very much true! Continue reading

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Revenge: A guest post

Yes, I know, I’m taking a break from my blog hiatus again. I had forgotten I was supposed to post this during the time I decided to do my hiatus. Plus, I’ve run into a few snags with my writing and editing and need to take a short break from that (more on that on January 5th). So, without further ado, here is a guest post from Patty Rose about her new book, Revenge.

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My name is Paula Rose, and I’m here to discuss why my writing Revenge was tantamount to solving a crime. In fact, I knew the crime, and I knew the plot. However, things began to change.

Inside Revenge, Olivia Foster is a strong woman and a quick mind. Well, as you would expect, her fiery personality changes the plot in many directions as she dared feats never imagined by the writer. For instance, she ditches her bodyguards and decides to go it alone. Who was ready for that? I certainly wasn’t, since it wasn’t in the story . . . my story. Although, it wasn’t always tough to change plot twists with Olivia’s daring approach, plotting was a difficult task with keeping up with the detective, Phillip Landon. Continue reading

If the Ax is Dull: Guest Blog Post

This blog post was written by my sister, Naomi.  Thanks, Naomi!

If the Ax is Dull

If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom brings success.” Ecclesiastes 10:10

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I once heard a story that goes along with this verse.

A young man wanted to show his lumberjacking skill, so he challenged an older lumberjack to a competition: they would both work all day and see who had more trees cut.

The older man always took a fifteen minute break every hour, so the youngster decided that he would skip the breaks and that way have all that extra time to work.

At the end of the day, the young man, hot and sweaty, came over and asked eagerly, “How many logs do you have?”

When the older man told him the amount, the youngster was furious!

“How could you have so many when you always take so many breaks?” he raged.

“Well,” the lumberjack replied, ”I always sharpen my ax during those breaks.”

If you have ever read Ecclesiastes –which I hope you have- you may have found it to be ‘depressing’, ‘odd’, or maybe it was a voicing of how you were feeling at the time. The latter is how I felt when I was reading it the last few mornings.

The most common phrase is “All is vanity”. I’d been feeling that way too. All we do is live, have fun, sorrow, make things, work, gather belongings, and die. End of story. Sort of.

The thing is, that’s not the end. The end is either heaven or hell, very real places, and the option depends on your relationship with God.

Now this is where some may stop reading the ‘religious’ stuff, but trust me, I’m not done with the good stuff.

In Ecclesiastes nine, it says,

For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God…One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean;…Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;…Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

What a statement!

So after reading all about the vanity of life, it tells us what to do with it. Go, eat your bread with joy, live joyfully with your wife, and work with all your might! There is your life spelled out for you!

Now the author of Ecclesiastes lived long before Jesus came, so he didn’t know about the rest of your purpose. Believers in the one true God have another, life-defining purpose in life, which is to win souls for Christ.

What are you doing to win souls? In your workplace, are you building relationships so you can share the gospel? Are you telling your neighbor about the greatest Person in your life? Are you showing your family the love of Jesus?

Even if you can do nothing else, find a way to show Jesus’ heart of forgiveness to someone. Today.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgement,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14