Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Abendlied - Evening Song

Recently my husband and I spent a nice long weekend in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. We met with three other couples, lifetime friends, in a beautiful home called Abendlied. Abendlied is German for 'evening song'. We raised our children together, ministered in church together, but eventually moved to other situations. My daughter Emily and her husband Jeff came over from nearby Brownwood to join in the fun.

There was lots of talking, laughing, eating, and a little shopping. We visited Old Tunnel State Park and experienced "3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) and 3,000 cave myotis (Myotis velifer) bats" ( emerge from an abandoned railroad tunnel. 

We enjoyed a show at the Rockbox, famous for its tribute shows. It was a sort of  Patsy Cline play that night. The show was humorous, and the girl could really sing.

My favorite part of the whole weekend was the early morning coffee on the front porch. One by one we found our way to a rocker, bench, or landing with a hot cuppa, and shared our hearts. The subjects ran from children, grandchildren, politics, aging, and just general catching up. It's marvelous to see how God is working in the life of my friends.

We all expressed the desire to "end well" in our continued life journey. I'm so proud of all my sweet friends and thank God for them. It's a comfort to know that as we approach our "evening song" of life, we will be there for each other. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When Stuff Won't Go Away

Sometimes we pray and pray, and do everything we know to do, and a situation just doesn't seem to change. I think of this as I'm memorizing the 27th Psalm. Verse 3 says, "Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise up against me, in this will I be confident."

That word "encamp" implies that the enemy is camped out and planning to stay awhile, just like some of our problems. Day after day we deal with some nagging, stuck like glue, taking up permanent residence, won't go away kind of problem. The Psalmist says "my heart shall not fear", and "in this will I be confident." This refers to verse 1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation., whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" 

It's like tug-of-war. Sometimes the problem has the upper hand, sometimes we do. The best thing we can do is just drop the rope. That's it. What happens if we're pulling on a rope and then suddenly drop it? Yep. Our opponent pulling on the other end falls down. So go ahead and drop it. Let the Lord handle it. Let's just keep doing what we know to do and trust Him. Let's stop focussing on the problem and focus on our blessings. Nothing is too hard for Him. He's got our back. Let.It.Go. 

What are some ways we can drop the rope today?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Series Feature - The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

So excited to tell you about Dawn Crandall's series! Check the out here and be sure and visit her Facebook party for the launch of The Captive Imposter that releases this month:

by Dawn Crandall

The Blog Tour for The Captive Imposter starts this week! Drop by author Dawn Crandall’s blog or Facebook page to check out all the posts and giveaways going on throughout the next few weeks! There will be lots of prizes and giveaways!

Dawn’s FaceBook Author Page -


The Hesitant Heiress

*** 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence WINNER (Romance Writers of America)

After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.

Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn’t who she thought at all.


The Bound Heart

One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.         

When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption... and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?


The Captive Imposter

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she’d always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn’t like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can’t refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can’t deny the pull that’s evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she’s been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she’s with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she’s Estella Everstone? She’s not entirely sure.

Released this month!


About Dawn Crandall

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing her debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Northeast Indiana.

Dawn is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I love to memorize Scripture, although I'm not always consistent about it. My favorite tool for Bible Memory is Scripture Typer.  This app is available for PC, Ipad, Iphone, Kindle, and Android devices.With Scripture Typer you can:

Memorize & Review Verses Anytime, Anywhere
Import Any Verse from 10 Translations
Choose Verses from over 55 Categories
Review System Keeps You Current
Bible Memory iPhone App   Record Verses & Play Them Back
Bible Memory iPhone App   Draw Illustrations
Bible Memory iPhone App   Review with Flash Cards

After choosing a verse to memorize, you type it with the verse  visible to you. Then you try to memorize it by typing it while some of the words are left out, and then you try and master it by typing totally from memory. You can try each of these steps over and over. The site keeps track of your memorized verses, as well as your typing speed. You are getting typing practice as well as scripture memory practice.

There is an option to join communities, and create prayer groups. I'm interested in creating a group of people to memorize scriptures with. Would you like to check out Scripture Typer and join up with me in memorizing Scripture in 2015?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Frozen Kitchen Window

Not a great picture, I know, but I tried to capture the frozen tundra out my kitchen window. The whole area is frozen over. This weather postponed my trip to visit my daughter in Brownwood, but afforded me the laziest day ever. I feel rejuvenated and ready for 2015!

My prayers are that everyone reading this experiences the blessings of the Lord, and feels His presence every day. I personally plan to seek His face more this year, pray more, give more, and work more. God Bless You and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Obsessed With Autumn

I welcome this season every year like a long lost best friend. She doesn't stay long in West Texas, but while she's here we party! I'm trying to restrain myself from putting up the decorations because it's only September, but since we have unusually cool temperatures this weekend, I may not be able to resist. 
I wonder what's at the end of the road? (Goodgle Free Images)

I have a dear friend who totally gets my passion for autumn. She sends me a box of Fall presents every year! Decorations, candles, themed dishtowels. This year she included a beautiful framed print with a note about hoping the image "takes me somewhere else." It does, dear Janice, thanks so much. 

Fall is also the beginning of what we southerners call "eatin' season". I'm determined to enjoy my Autumn with healthy choices so I don't sabotage all the good I've done so far this year. I tried this "candy corn" fruit cup and it really was nice. 
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 So what is your favorite season? What do you like best about it?

I'd love for you to share anything Fall related. Did I mention that I love Fall? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Probably My Most Nerdy Post To Date

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So I'm convinced there's just way too much negative environment in this world. I'm not talking about what's going on the WORLD, although that's very concerning and a matter of grave attention and prayer. I'm talking about in the lives of individuals. Seriously, can we talk?

I hear of people around me all the time whose dreams are being shot down every day. I have a pretty good support system in my family, church, and friends. It always surprises me when I see someone who has NO ONE telling them "You can do it!" More often than not they get, "What do you think you're doing? That won't work. Who do you think you are? You think you're better than us? Why do you even want to do that? and the list goes on and on, ad nauseum.

I've learned in my advanced years that you can't please some people. Ever. Boy do I know it. Yes, there's a story there, but since I'm past it, not gonna share it. The point is, we have to get over that. More importantly, we must surround ourselves with people who believe in us, and believe with us that the dreams God placed in our hearts are important, doable, and worthwhile. Those folks are hard to find sometimes, I know.

I was talking to some young friends recently about this. I listened to them talk about their dreams, and in the same conversation they talked about the obstacles. People. Made me want to start a Dream Team Club or something. It would go something like this:

"The meeting of the Dream Team Achievers Club come to order. Could I have a report from the World Traveler Dreamers? What? You did not apply for your passport yet? Get on the stick, folks, you can do it! Can't go to Ireland without a passport. Go over to the computer and print it out right now. Fill it out right now. Did you start the Trip Savings Account yet? Great!" (whoops and cheers all around the room).

"Now, let's hear from the Published Authors Dreamers. How many pages did you write this week? Did you research agents and publishers in your genre? Did you go to your critique group?" We'd celebrate every step taken, no matter how small.

Same for those wanting to go to college, learn a new language, etc. Just 'get on the stick' encouragement and praise. I don't know, whatever people need. Sort of sounds like the definition of 'friend', doesn't it? Anyway, just spilling from my heart.

By the way, all you dreamers, I highly recommend Bro. Duane Sheriff's message called Dreamrunners: Putting Legs to God's Dream for You. It's a free download, or you can order a free cd.

What is standing in the way of accomplishing your dreams?