The Adventures of Chipper!

by Carole Brown

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If you’re old enough, you’ve read/seen about Dennis the Menace. Nowadays there’s all kinds of books with characters that entertain.

But have you read about CHIPPER?

He’s a fairly new “KID” on the block, and the eight books (so far) in this series are filled with tons of adventures for kids. There are quiet lessons for children to identify with and learn from too: 

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  • the results of childish rebellions,
  • facing up to bullies,
  • knowing when to say no to taunts and dares,
  • being brave when you’re scared,  
  • being loyal and helpful to your friends
  • and even a mystery!

Discussion questions and scripture verses for parents and children to enjoy are in the back of the book. 

Check out Dan Brown’s The Adventures of Chipper Books here: Amazon

Oh, yeah, on Thursday (this week) enjoy the interview with Dan Brown and find out why he’s writing these charming books...

Happy Reading!

Friday 13th: What It Means for Christians

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What do we know about Friday 13th?

  • Friday the 13th occurs from one to three times per year when the 13th day of any month falls on a Friday.
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called “paraskevidekatriaphobia,” a word derived from the Greek wordsParaskeví (Friday) and dekatreís (thirteen), attached to phobia (fear).
  • Some people are bound by paraskevidkatriaphobia that they avoid activities even their normal, everyday ones. They refuse to travel and seek to remain as “unnoticed” as possible. 

Theories about Friday 13th’s beginnings:

  • The Last Supper with the twelve disciples and Jesus making the “thirteenth” person: he was crucified and killed that day.
  • Frigga, a goddess, who was banished when Christianity entered the country.
  • French King Phillip IV ordered the death of all the monastery military order Knights Templar when they amassed too much wealth and power.

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Friday 13th is a superstition, built in and around FEAR. There are two types of fear. Fear of the Lord, which in the perfect sense means to stand in awe of. The second type of fear is a “spirit of fear” which is a detriment and should be overcome. 

As such, Christians need to look to the Bible for guidance:

 

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Encouraging Scriptures for the Christians:

  • Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10.
  • Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than the sparrows.” Matthew 41:10
  • In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11

There are many more scriptures in the Bible that encourage us to trust, to realize we’re not alone, that God understands our fear of destitution and weaknesses. There is power and strength in the scriptures. Keep our eyes fixed on them and on God.  

New Books on the Block

By Carole Brown

One of the best moments in an author’s life is when a book of theirs releases. And probably one of the top pleasures it gives those who love to encourage, is to share the reward of a new book out from a fellow-author-friend. 

Today I want to share with you some new books that recently released and hope you’re intrigued enough to check them out! Here goes…

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Coloring Journal. Author: Sharon A. Lavy.

Why should you buy this book?

  • Throughout history, successful people have kept journals.
  • Writing letters and keeping a diary is an ancient tradition that dates back to 10th century Japan.coloring-journal3

 

  • We now know that journaling has a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being, and modern psychologists contend that regular journaling strengthens the immune cells.
  • Many artistic types swear that three pages a day of free writing by hand boost their creativity.

 

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  • Couple that with the accepted benefits of coloring for calming stress relief and we recognize the usefulness of providing a combination coloring journal.
  • As you fill the following pages with your thoughts and your unique style of expression, please dwell on the goodness of the creator and His great love for us.

Remember, Sharon has a many Adult Coloring Books for your pleasure and relaxation. Do check them out here: 

Sharon A. Lavy’s Amazon Books

 

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Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing (Writing to Publish Book 1)

Why should you buy this book? 

  • Do you see yourself as a writer?
  • Is your dream to publish?

Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing helps you create a map you can follow to make your dream come true. The examples, reflective assignments, and challenges walk each reader through the process of constructing a thoughtful and achievable plan. While the handbook offers examples of structure, it is in no way formulaic. The plan you design to be a published author is customized to fit your personality traits, your specific gifts, and your busy life.

Check it out HERE:

Rebecca W. Water’s Amazon Book

THERE you have it! Some books to catch your attention this month! Enjoy.

If Life Was Just a Rose, But It Isn’t

by Carole Brown

Five Tips to Live Happily When Your Life’s Rose Has Thorns

If Life Were a Rose
by John Roxell
If life were a rose would I smell it?
Or would the fear of the bee’s sting hold me back?
If life were a rose would I take pleasure in its lucid color?
Or would the brevity of its glow cloud its sunshine?
If life were a rose would I marvel at its delicate changing form?
Or would the falling of its petals bury the moment of its triumph?
If life were a rose would I pick the frail flower to be my own?
Or would the thorns create a barrier causing me to leave it behind?
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1.  We don’t always take advantage of the opportunities that are given us. But don’t despair. Follow your instincts, ask advice from trustworthy friends and family. Seek God’s face for His will for each one that is offered. That is the perfect solution for knowing which opportunity to accept.
2.  Life is full of bee stings. That’s a fact. Deaths, disappointments, rejections, bees-freesetbacks, illness, loss-nothing is perfect in life. But remember, we’re humans, and most, find some way to go on living. Take joy in your overcoming experiences. Take heart that you have another chance, another day. Refuse to allow sad and hurtful things get you down. None of these disappointments will last forever–except the loss of a loved one, but even in that, we know we can see them again someday.
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3.  Take time to enjoy the world about you. Laugh and play with children. Take a stroll around town, in the country, in the park or by a lake. Watch the sunrise some early morning, or tell someone you love them. Dance in the rain. Thrill at the sight of blue lightning streaking through the dark clouds. Smile at a checkout person. Go see an older, lonely person. Love a pet. Call someone. Mainly, enjoy life. Enjoy the day God’s given you.
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4.  Realize that nothing stays the same forever. We get older and older, then old. Sickness comes. Death comes. We lose jobs. We have to move. Expenses come that take that saved-back money. We don’t always get what we want, but isn’t that good–in some ways? How else can we learn to trust God? Has God a better plan for us that we can’t see at the time? Learning to leave it all in God’s hands is hard, but necessary if we are to be as a trusting child, knowing God will take care of us. Learn it!
  1. Don’t shun the small things. So what he didn’t get you a huge bunch of flowers! That
    bouquet of wild ones, meant he took time to go daisies-chamomile-freeinto the fields or alongside the country roads to hand-pick them for you. You didn’t get a big birthday cake? But your favorite grandchild gave you a hand drawn card with all the love his/her little heart could put into it. Don’t always expect the “big” things when the small ones are so much more precious.  Appreciate each gift you’re given!

 

Wishing you a happy, happy day–today! 

Just When I Think I’ve Lost Confidence In Man’s Trustworthiness . . .

by Carole Brown

Yeah, trusting folks that we are, cautious and prayerful about major decisions, abundantly wary over people who seem scam-ish–we “got taken” last summer.

Normally, we would have pulled away immediately.

Our antennas would have been quivering with suspicions . . .

Why weren’t they?


They were.

But I ignored mine. It doesn’t matter what those reasons were. The big questions I had were: 

  • Why did I ignore the warning signs? 
  • Was I ignoring God’s gentle touch to be careful here because of false security? 
  • Or was it God’s way of getting my attention for an area in my life that was just a bit too unguarded?

What matters now is:

  • I’ve strengthened my spirit in being more guarded than ever in aimless trusting. 
  • I’ve determined that being a bit more pushy (in a Christ-like manner) can’t hurt–at least me. If the other person wants to be offended, after I’ve listened to that “still small voice” then it’s on them. 
  • I’ve learned to be even more careful to follow God’s leading, and finally . . .
  • I’ve learned that I must keep and cherish the promises I’ve made to God. 
It was a hard lesson to learn, but somehow God saw us through. Since then, I’ve felt God’s presence and comforting touch and his wonderful peace. He’s given me a calmness over the whole matter–that regardless of the deceit and slyness, the “reasons” I gave in at the time, the quickness of the decision, the knowledge I should have seen through the trickery, we will come through. 
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Steadier.
Have you ever gone through an experience that, in hinder sight, seemed so foolish? How did you handle it, and how did you come through? 
Blessings to you in the awkward moments!

I Have No Talents

If you have a talent, it’s God’s gift to you. If you use that talent, that’s your gift to God.                   –Red Skeleton.

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My mother always claimed to have no talents. But that wasn’t true. Not that she lied. No, she really thought that about herself. But I’m here to tell you she had talents. Let me list a few:

  • She was a homemaker, a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Even the children my sister-in-law babysat called her ‘Granny’, and loved doing so.
  • Her meals consisted of good, wholesome, solid food–cannon ball biscuits, beef roast and gravy, whatever veggie your heart desired, and the best cherry cobbler you ever dug a spoon into! You didn’t visit her home without an offer of food.
  • She loved to sing and most times you could hear her singing or humming a favorite song.
  • She was a caring, giving soul. I watched as she used her car to take others less fortunate to the grocery or to the doctor’s. She gave of her own money to those who didn’t needed.

She used her talents well, and I’m sure God said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

The dictionary defines talent as a “special, natural ability.” That art that comes easier than other people might labor over. A gift that is special and used wisely, can bless others. Talents don’t have to be great or famous. Talents don’t have to be skills like singing or instrumental playing or speaking. They can be something as simple as sharing your best cookies or recipes. Maybe sending cards or making phone calls to the shut ins. Maybe your talent lies in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl for hurting souls. Or giving to missions.

Why? Because God blessed you with that gift. Something special. Something he knew you could do, and do well.

WMITH Bk Cover small-Modified earringsI remember the time I placed my first WWII Spies book in her hands, the way she smoothed her fingers over it, the love and pride she had that I’d accomplished this goal. Was she jealous? No, she was happy that I could do this.

That book was dedicated to her, and well deserved too. We might not have always agreed, might have had our differences at times, but she was a woman I looked up to, a friend, and a talented, smart woman.

Yeah, she had a talent. A giving, caring talent, something that many don’t have.

Think about it? Do you have a talent that you acknowledge and share with others? Something that others would cast away but that God has bestowed on you to use and use well? A talent that is to be valued and used so that it spreads joy and love and encouragement?

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I suppose that’s what the scripture was talking about when Jesus told the story of the Parable of Three Talents. Do you think the third man who received the one talent was afraid he’d do it wrong and wouldn’t satisfy his “hard” master? Or was he ashamed of his talent? Or maybe he was just plain lazy! Could it have been he had a selfish attitude–why should I do this so my master will get the money? Or jealous, that he’d been give only one talent? Whatever the reason, he wasted his talent and the opportunity given him.

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Whatever your ability, use it. If you don’t know what it is, find it. Don’t let it waste. Let it explode beautifully in your life.

 

On Life Support in India – Guest Author Rebecca Waters

Rebecca WatersRebecca Waters left her position as a professor of teacher education in December 2012 to actively pursue her writing career. She shares her writing journey in her weekly blog, A Novel Creation. Rebecca has published several freelance articles including two submissions in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Standard Publishing’s Lookout Magazine, The Christian Communicator, Church Libraries, and Home Health Aide Digest. Rebecca’s debut novel, Breathing on Her Own, was released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

To learn more about Rebecca or to read A Novel Creation, visit her website at www.WatersWords.com

You can also find Rebecca online at Facebook and Twitter.

On Life Support in India

by Rebecca Waters

Thank you, Tamera, for giving me the opportunity to share on your blog.

This past April, God opened the door for me to travel halfway around the world to work with girls who had been rescued from brothels. Yes, girls. Some as young as nine-years-old had been coerced, kidnapped, or sold into forced prostitution.

For the girls we met, rescuers had arrived. Rescued girls are placed in a government -approved facility first. At age 18, they are dismissed from that group home setting. They often have little schooling and few possibilities for work.

Mumbai __Inked__During our time there, we visited in the homes of young women now 18-25 who are redefining themselves. Some had been rescued at age twelve or thirteen and placed in a government -approved facility first. After the girls leave the government system, a group called “Life Support” works with these girls, placing them in smaller homes. Money for this work comes through churches.

Up to six girls will live together in one of these homes. The home has a housemother and the seven of them become a family. The housemother makes sure the girls get to church, study their Bibles, learn practical life skills such as cooking and cleaning, and get into the vocational school or a college.

The team I was on visited one of the homes the second day of our trip. The girls, all smiles, served us juice and cookies. They showed us around their apartment and proudly showed us their bedrooms—three to a room. These girls were like any other girl of the same age. They love colors like purple and pink. They love to watch movies and listen to music. They like jewelry and clothes.

And they are learning to trust a Father in heaven who will never betray them.

Waters Mumbai paintingI shouldn’t be amazed at their trust. Or resilience. Or joy. These are only a few of God’s gifts to them. And me. But the way God continually provides, the way God continually cares, and the way these precious girls respond to God? Yes, I am amazed. The simplicity of faith is always amazing.

Each team had visited one of the homes that day and later in the week, we took all twenty- seven of the girls to a resort for two days. I use the term “resort” loosely. It was much like an intense Vacation Bible School.

“Sit by me, Sister,” the girls would say as they patted a space next to them.

We sang songs of praise. Some were even in English. We made crafts. We listened to stories. We had a snack each day. We worshiped together.

Together, we made “shields” for each home. We talked about how God is our protector.

We each, side by side, made decorative soft pillows to take home. We talked about how God is our comforter.

We painted pictures to represent selected verses from the Bible about who we are in Christ. We talked about how God sees us.

The girls took delight in decorating our hands with henna. Their giggles reminded me of my own daughters painting each other’s nails at a slumber party.

The last event of our “resort” time was a puzzle activity. Each group sat on the floor and worked together to fit a puzzle together. It was a good reminder that the pieces of our life come together for God’s purpose when we come together to serve Him.

I sat on the floor. Our puzzle was complete and we were waiting for the last group to finish. I stretched my legs out and leaned back on my hands behind me. I had this incredible feeling. “You are exactly where you are supposed to be right now.”

Human Trafficking is a worldwide evil. I didn’t need to go to India to find girls who needed me. Maybe I needed to go to India to see how God could use me. And you.

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV) reminds us:

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Molly Tipton and her husband are looking forward to retirement, but Molly’s life suddenly spirals out of control when her oldest daughter is involved in a terrible accident. An icy road and a sharp turn leave one woman dead, another clinging to life.

While two families grieve, details emerge that reveal Molly’s daughter was driving under the influence. As she prepares her daughter for the prospect of a vehicular homicide lawsuit, Molly discovers her oldest child is not the only one injured and forced to deal with past mistakes.

If it’s true that time heals all wounds, what are we to do with our scars?

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