Psalm 3:2-5

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

Psalm 3:2-5

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Just Say Jesus ~ 7eventh Time Down

 

Just Say Jesus

Life gets tough, and times get hard
And it’s hard to find the truth in all the lies

If you’re tired of wondering why
Your heart isn’t healing
And nothing feels like home
‘Cause you’re lost and alone just screaming at the sky

When you don’t know what to say
Just say, “Jesus”
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come
Cause you’re to afraid to pray
Just say, “Jesus”

Whisper it now, or shout it out
However it comes out, He hears your cry
Out of nowhere He will come, you got to believe it
He will rescue you
Just call out to the Way, The Truth, The Life

When you don’t know what to say
Just say,”Jesus”
There is power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words won’t come
‘Cause you’re to afraid to pray
There is just one name
Strong enough to save
There is just one name
There is just one name
Jesus

When you don’t know what to say
Just say, “Jesus”
There’s still power in the name
The name of Jesus
If the words wont come
Cause you’re to afraid to pray
If the words wont come
And you don’t know what to say
Just say,”Jesus”

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing bu the blood of Jesus
Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

No Other Will Do (Ladies of Harper’s Station #1)

No Other Will Do
(Ladies of Harper’s Station #1)

by Karen Witemeyer


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

I’ll go ahead and tell y’all right now that I have not finished this book yet.

Why am I posting a review of it already?

Well, I’ll tell you…  See, I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for reviewing it and I’m supposed to review it as quickly as possible.

My problem is this: I have been trying to read this book for over a month now and I’m still only about half-way through it!  Frankly, my brain was kinda having a difficult time processing my inability to dive into this book with gusto.  I mean, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Karen Witemeyer’s books– they’ve almost all been 5-star reads for me– so that’s what I naturally expected from this book.  At this point, though… this one is sitting at a solid 3 stars with a very slight chance of going up or down depending on whether it picks up in the second half.

Am I disappointed?  Sure, I am.  Will this keep me from reading more of her books?  Absolutely not!  I’ve read enough books to know that even my favorite authors (and that definitely includes Karen Witemeyer!) will most likely at some point write a book that I don’t really enjoy.  I can accept that and move on to looking forward to more of their books that I will love.  And I know that many people have loved this book.  I’ve seen the reviews my friends have posted on Goodreads…  seriously, there are 20+ reviews that have 4- and 5-star ratings just among my friends who have read this book so I know there are people out there who are enjoying it.  I’m just not one of them…

I do plan to finish this book.  And when I do, I may post an updated review.😉

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Romans 8:35, 37-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35, 37-39

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Just Some Random Questions…..

I recently saw an award post that Naomi over at Wonderland Creek shared (see her post here) and I really liked some of the questions so I thought I’d use them for a post of my own.🙂


cry-over-books

…and their– fictional? –deaths.

-1  Do you usually cry over the deaths or misfortunes of fictional characters in
books and movies? Or are you “not a crier”?

Sometimes, yes.😦  Especially if it’s a character that I’m rather fond of…  I could give you some examples, but I don’t want to give any spoilers for the folks who haven’t read those books…


I-tried-it-died-2  Do you have a garden? If so, what sort of things do you grow in it? Is it a vegetable or flower garden?

No, I don’t personally have a garden.  I’ve never been much of a gardener…

-3  With the approach of oncoming Winter, do you find yourself excited for the change of season, or is your mindset closer to: ” *sigh* Oh boy. Here it comes. Winter. AGAIN.”?
Yeah… if you know me very well at all you’ll know that I’m with that latter crowd, sighing and groaning that winter is coming back to haunt me…😥
I-Hate-Winter Collage

Style Collage

Click the image to see my “Style” board on Pinterest

-4  How would you describe your fashion style?
I dunno…  On the nicer side of casual & sometimes dressy..?

-5  What is the last book you read? How would you rate it out of five stars?
The last book I read was The Case of the Discontented Soldier, a short story by Agatha Christie, and I rated it 4 stars.Stacks of books


-6  What book is nearest to you at this very moment?

Since I was just contemplating taking some book mail pictures, I have this stack of books sitting beside me… so here’s my list.😉
Vendetta & Missing, both by Lisa Harris – A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano – Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog by Ronie Kendig – From the Start by Melissa Tagg – A Light to My Path by Lynn Austin – A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson – A Coal Miner’s Bride by Susan Campbell Bartoletti – The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

-7  Do you collect anything? How many/much do you own?
Books?  Yeah, I totally collect those.  But I’ve no idea how many I own…😛


What about y’all??  Please share– answer one or some of the questions in the comments!  And don’t forget to check out Namomi’s post!😄


Note: Other than that last picture of the books, which I specifically labeled as being “my photos of my bookshelves”….. none of the pictures in this post are mine.  I found most of these on Pinterest.

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Seven Annoyances Every Reader Understands – Re-blog

So I saw this post the other day on the Bethany House blog and I just had to share it with y’all!  Please hop on over there and check it out!🙂

~ Seven Annoyances Every Reader Understands ~

 

“Being a reader can be tough. Not only do readers face trials and tribulations in their quest to finish as many great books as possible, but non-readers just don’t get it. They can’t even begin to relate, and you’re left wishing your closet would take you to [insert favorite fictional world here], despairing because your favorite fictional hero is, in fact, fictional, and occasionally praying for main characters on accident.

This post is for all the bookaholics out there who need some reassurance that they are not alone. (Tweet this!) If you’ve ever craved a little sympathy, if you want to diagnose your novel addiction, if you just want to hear that you’re not crazy, read on, my reader friend. Read on.

Seven Annoyances Every Reader Understands

One: Too many books, not enough time.

This is a big one, folks. Of course, you have your favorite authors who are always a must-read. But then friends recommend their top picks, and you see a lovely cover at the bookstore, and really, you should be better at catching up on the classics, and what about nonfiction…and your list of books to be read grows steadily longer, until there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

We feel your pain. But keep adding to that TBR pile, keep buying that series on sale planning to get it someday, keep turning your “office” into a giant sculpture of book stacks, because those are the actions of hope.

And friends, readers should never, ever give up hope.

And all things considered, it’s a good problem to have, so keep that in mind as you stare valiantly up at your mountains of books…..”

 

Continue reading here: Seven Annoyances Every Reader Understands

Enjoy!😄

 

 

As you trudge through the rest of the day, though, remember: it was worth it. Reading is always worth it.

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What’s up, you guys? It’s Katie!

Hello!😀  I don’t usually write a whole lot when I post a video, but I wanted to say a little something before sharing this one.😉

I found Katie Gregoire’s YouTube channel a bit over a year ago when I came across her video: Why I’m Not Dating in High School.  I really, really liked it so (naturally) I checked out her channel and after watching a couple of her other videos, I subscribed.

I just love watching this girl’s videos!!  I mean… she’s a funny, sarcastic, homeschooled Christian girl who loves Captain America— what’s not to like, right?!😄  I like to share her videos with my family and friends… and watch them with my brothers sometimes.  She’s one of my favorite YouTubers!  (She’s right up there with Blimey Cow, y’all– I’m serious.😉 )

Anyway!  This week I’m not sharing a particularly funny video or a music video…  Instead, how about some Christian Dating Advice from “Katie: The Relationship Guru (who has never been in a relationship before)“?

I also recently found out that she did a series of videos called What’s On Katie’s Mind? on the Project Inspired channel so I, of course, had to go watch most of those.😉

Here’s one that I really liked:

 

Just for fun, y’all should check out the first video Katie ever posted.  Enjoy!😉
Oh, and check out her Instagram— it’s beautiful.  Really.❤

Well, I guess that’s all!

Until next time…..

katie (1)

Photo used with permission from Katie Gregoire.

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Kindle Freebies!

Well now… I haven’t done one of these posts in quite a while…..😉


If you’re like me, you love getting good books.  Even better?  Getting good books… for FREE!!  Awesome, right?!😄

I browse free Christian Fiction kindle books on Amazon fairly often and last year I started sharing my finds with y’all whenever I got the chance.  These posts will be random rather than scheduled since I don’t ever know when I’ll decide to go browsing and have the time to do a post like this.

Note: These are listed in alphabetical order.  If you scroll to the very bottom of the post, you’ll see the books that I personally enjoyed and highly recommend.

**Keep in mind that some of these are only free for a limited time, so be sure to check the price before you buy the book!**

Click a book cover to be taken straight to it’s page on Amazon.


All God's Children (Peacemakers, #1) Angels Watching Over Me (Shenandoah Sisters, #1) Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings, #.5) At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5) A Biltmore Christmas The Boden Birthright (The Cimarron Legacy #0.5) Cassidy Jane (Stoney Creek Story, #1) Celtic Cross The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, #1) City of Angels (The Trials of Kit Shannon #1) The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven, #1) Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes #1) Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Book #1) Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1) Dreamlander Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files, #1) Embers of Love The Falcon in the Barn (Forest at the Edge Book 4) Foreclosed (The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries, #1) The Forest at the Edge of the World (Book One, Forest at the Edge series) Good, Clean, Murder Hazardous Duty (Squeaky Clean Mysteries, #1) A Hearth in Candlewood (Candlewood Trilogy, #1) Home Is Where the Heart Is (Home to Collingsworth #1) In Between (Katie Parker Productions, #1) The Mansions of Idumea (Book 3 Forest at the Edge series) Miss Merriweather's Marriage (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker 0.5) A Mighty Fortress (Hymns of the West, #1) Murder In Half Moon Bay (A Jillian Bradley Mystery #1) Out of a Dream (Sandy Cove #1) Paper Roses (Texas Dreams, #1) Raspberry Kisses (Bakery Romance, #1) The Recipe Relentless (Dominion, #1) The Riverbend Romances 1+2: Two Christian Romance Novellas A Rose Blooms Twice (A Prairie Heritage #1) The Rose Legacy (Diamond of the Rockies, #1) Rules of Murder (Drew Farthering Mystery #1) A Rush of Wings The Scent of Lilacs Searching for Sara (Heart of the Blessed, #1) Shadows of the Past (Logan Point #1) Soldier at the Door (Book 2 Forest at the Edge series) Some Enchanted Evening (Men of KWESTT #1) The Spice Bride (The Emberton Brothers #1) Summer of Dreams (From This Moment #0.5) Summer of the Midnight Sun (Alaskan Quest, #1) Talk of the Town (Daily Texas, #1) A Tapestry of Hope (Lights of Lowell, #1) Target (Denver FBI, #0.5) Tea with Emma (The Teacup Novellas, #1) Thicker Than Blood (Thicker Than Blood #1) This Time with Love (The McKinleys #1) Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies, #1) Toward the Sunrise (Until The Dawn .5) Trial By Fire (FBI Task Force #0.5) Undeniably Yours (Porter Family #1) Unplanned (Kennedy Stern #1) Waiting for Rachel (Those Karlsson Boys #1) Warrior's Seal (Tox Files, #0.5) Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home, #1) Westward the Dream (Ribbons West, #1) The Widow of Larkspur Inn (Gresham Chronicles #1) Wisdom to Know (Grant Us Grace Book 1) The Witch Tree (Anna Denning Mystery #1)


❤ RECOMMENDED❤

 

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1) Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star, # 1) Fairchild's Lady (The Culper Ring, #1.5) From Russia with Love (Heirs of Anton, #1) Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5) A Hero's Promise (The Culper Ring, #2.5) Jenna's Cowboy (The Callahans of Texas, #1) A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, #1) Love by the Letter (Unexpected Brides, #0.5) The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill - The Beginning A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County, #1) Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5) When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters, #1) When the Smoke Clears (Deadly Reunions, #1)

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Mark 12:29-31

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:29-31

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I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore ~ Carrie Underwood

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