Once a month I post on the blog, Putting on the New. The blog was created to minister to women in various stages of life and faith. I love sharing with the ladies there. Here is my latest share: Why Do We Do What We Do?
Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper
spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?
If you're tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day
can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that
if you spend time each day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your
faith can flourish and grow.
Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word---such as
mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace---to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge
relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to
live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction,
written as if God were speaking directly to you.
These "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promise and
presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the
midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing
seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.
My Review: I write devotions myself, so I'm kind of picky about the ones I read. When I
opened Dwelling Places, I knew I'd found a devotional book I'd love. Each day,
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with Lucinda's beautifully written thoughts.In her simple approach, you'll find devotions filled with the wisdom of God.
I've been reading the summer section and particularly connected with #10 "the
sea." Because I love water and the power of God, her words resonated with
me. If you're looking for a good devotion book with short excerpts and
exceptional insight, I highly recommend Dwelling Places. Along with reading the
daily words, I write in my prayer journal for a good start to my day.
I received this book in exchange for a fair
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including Live
These Words, Amazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has
contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50
magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman
University, she speaks internationally through her ministry Encouraging Words.
An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers'
conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in
retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from
"Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut.
Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell's new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.
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Show me the right path, OLord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach
me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
left the parking lot to drive home. Tim and I enjoy going to Louisville once in
a while to watch the Bats, a minor league affiliate of the Reds, play baseball.
The game ended in time to get us home by 11pm. Great! Tim navigated to the exit
for 71N. We looped around only to find the exit closed. Now what? Our only
option was to drive over the bridge in to Indiana. We stopped at a gas station
and Tim asked a fellow if he knew of a way for us to get back on 71N. He gave
directions. Guess what? They led us right back into Indiana. Long story short,
Tim found a different route to get us home, later than intended but home safe
life feels like a loop. We take the same path over and over and get nowhere.
Even to the point the rut grows deeper, and we forget the purpose of our steps.
Maybe Satan tricks us into thinking we're on the right path. He says, "Take
that road it will lead you to a new place," but it's the same old loop.
God has so much more in mind for his followers. He doesn't want us in a rut. He
wants us to step out, move forward, pray for direction. God didn't create us to
be sedentary when it comes to serving him. He has a path for each of us, all we
need to do is seek it. Ask God in the morning, "What's up for today?"
Then listen and follow. The Holy Spirit's nudges are real. Listen to him.
I praise you for the path you lead me on, continue to guide my feet.
Music sings~ God's ditch garden stages shows blue-orange-white. Chicory's sax runs up and down. Jazzed scales fill the air with melodies. Orange tiger lily trumpets sharps and flats. Queen Anne takes center stage to bang out~ the piano's notes. Nodding her head tapping toes. An audience? Orange and black flutter between green leaves. Butterfly wings and stems sway. Tiny finch golden like day~ black as night twitters in tune. Remembering yesterday's concert in the ditch. Looking forward to tomorrow's. Penny Frost McGinnis~2006
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he
grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a
bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's
constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but
prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with
her motley crew.
As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance,
dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program
for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new
Three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon takes readers back to Hope Harbor for
a new season of charm, romance, and second chances.
I've found a new favorite series by a great
author. Although I've read some of Irene Hannon's suspense novels, this is the
first contemporary fiction I've read of hers. I enjoyed BJ and Eric's stories
so much. Not only did Irene create well-developed main characters, she put them
in a beautiful setting surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast. Several
stories are woven within the context of the beautiful tale where the characters
seek hope, peace, and love. If you enjoy Debbie Macomber give Sea Rose Lane a read. I enjoyed it so
much I purchased a copy of Hope Harbor,
book 1 in the series. Sea Rose Lane
can be read as a standalone, as well as part of the series. This is a perfect
summer read. Grab it on your way to the pool.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for a
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
Something drew me to the green plant sprouting in
a flower bed where I work. The hosta leaves spread and the azaleas had finished
blooming. Yet this bushy little plant tucked into the corner of the bed, caught
my attention. It was as if it called me to look at it every day. Morning after
morning, I'd walk by and check out the greenery. One day I noticed tiny blooms
shooting out of stems. They shot up like sparklers on the fourth, but brown,
like they'd already bloomed and dried up. I knew they hadn't. So like Alice in
Wonderland, I got "Curiouser and curiouser!" I looked forward to
seeing whether the brown stayed that way or would they transform into something
more colorful. Then one day on my walk in to work, there they were. Lovely,
feathery, pink (my favorite color) blooms. Like a whisper, they called me to
them and said see this is what you've been waiting for.
Isn't that just how I am with God? I
seek the beautiful, the colorful joy, the "happy." But when I spy a
brown flower, or a bad day, a sad news story or a horrific one, I forget about
the hope. My anger bubbles at the people who judge parents who are hurting instead of
comforting them and at the people who kill innocent people. Instead of being curiouser
and curiouser and clinging to the hope I know is God, I become discouraged.
Yet I know if I sit at God's feet and seek his
wisdom, he provides hope. God is bigger than all that I face here. He's the
creator of all things, yet he listens to me and whispers in my ear. He tells me
he loves me and loves you. No matter what, God is the one I can count on. He
doesn't change. While all the world is falling apart, Jesus is holding me up.
He's sitting beside me and sharing his love. I usually end with a praise, today
let's end with a prayer.
"Lord, I need to sit quietly at your feet and
hear your voice. I lift up the people who are hurting this week. There's so
much sadness. Please help me not to judge, but instead to love. I can't begin
to thank you enough for the hope I find in you. Thank you so much for your son,
Jesus. In his name I pray. Amen"
1 John 1:5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is
light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have
fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live
out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us
from all sin.
The lighthouse rose from the shore of Lake Erie; a
signal to boats that land was near. Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest
lighthouse in continuous operation on all of the Great Lakes. The 300 mm lens
shines a green signal that flashes every six seconds. Without the light at night,
boats would crash into the limestone along the shore, causing disaster and
I love lighthouses. To me they represent the hope I
find in Jesus, in a dark and difficult world. Without Jesus light I'd be
floating in troubled water, not sure where I might crash. Sadness and sin are
all around me. When I read the news or watch television, I'm sick from the
desolation and destruction people create. That's why in all the sadness and
frustration, I seek the true light, the one who gives me hope and joy. Jesus is
the light that cannot be extinguished. His light of hope is eternal. So even in
the midst of darkness I can walk with Him. Praise God for the light of Jesus!