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Mellow Monday

Proverbs 3:5-18 King James Version (KJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

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Friday Fiction

Sealed with a Kiss is a compilation of four Christian novellas from four different authors, Janet Tronstad, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang and Lacy Williams.

Janet Tronstad’s story is Mail Order Sunshine Bride. Eleanor “Nellie” O’Reilly and her four-year-old son, Danny, left Boston for the Montana Territory of Miles City. Nellie had responded to an ad for a mail order bride, writing that she had a disposition as warm as sunshine.

Elias Henderson was supposed to meet her and Danny when they arrived, however, the sheriff, Patrick MacDonald, met them at the train station. Without explaining anything, Patrick takes her and Danny to the jailhouse to live!

Where was Elias? What can she and Danny do? They have no money and no home, here or in Boston.  Can Nellie keep her “sunshine” disposition or will she need to give up in defeat?

Deadly Intent, by Margaret Daley, is the second novella. Sarah Osborn is a Texas Ranger and was the high school sweetheart of Ian O’Leary, an ex-FBI agent. Sarah had managed to avoid Ian for many years after he broke her heart. But now, she has to investigate the loss of Ian’s stallion while in the middle of a cattle rustling investigation.

Can Sarah stay focused on her dual investigations without letting past hurts bushwhack her? Is someone trying to kill him? Can Sarah save them both?

Camy Tang authors Unshakeable Pursuit, the third novella. Dr. Geoffrey Whelan and Nurse Maylin Kinley are working at their clinic one day when a mysterious woman tells them their lives are in danger. Both are unable to fathom a reason and are caught off guard when hit men attack them at the clinic.

How are they both involved? Who is targeting them and why? Can they save themselves along with others caught in the cross hairs of the nightmare?

With Love, Cowboy is the final novella, authored by Lacy Williams. Ashley Reynolds has been in the military for ten years and returns home as an injured veteran. Ryan Michaels is a cowboy who has loved Ashley, but never really let her know.

Can Ryan help Ashley overcome the obstacles she feels are limiting her? Will Ashley see Ryan for the person he is and not the “cowboy” she thinks he is? Can she forgive him for what she feels were sins of omission, even though he sent her numerous letters explaining?

Each novella was different and unique, providing enjoyable, light and fast-paced reading.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.





Wednesday’s Wondering

The last few days have  been just a little strange. I have been feeling fear and grief for our country.

As I struggle with these feelings and I pray, I wonder:

Is it because the anniversary of 9/11 is just around the corner and I fear a new, similar attack?

Is it because my PTSD and anxiety are over reacting to the anniversary?

Is it because of so many “deadlines” looming?

I’m not really sure, but I know the feelings are very real.  I keep praying.



Saturday Silly

An older man becomes very ill. His son visits and decides he needs to see a doctor.

The man and his wife have farmed for all their married life and have only gone to the little city closest to them for supplies.

Since his Dad doesn’t have a Dr. the son takes him to the closest big city for a checkup. While there the father is amazed at all the “new fangled” things he sees. As they’re walking into the building, he father notices the elevator. The father, never having seen an elevator before, stands in front of it bewildered. While staring at it, an old lady walks up to it, pushes the button and the door opens. She walks inside and the door closes. The father watches as the lights for each floor light as it goes up. He continues to watch as the numbers go down again. Then the door opens and out walks a gorgeous blonde.

Suddenly, the father turns around and takes off running, the son can barely catch up to him. He finally reaches his father and asks why he’s running so fast. The father replies, “Son, I’m going to get your mama and put her in that there contraption!”older manBuildingRunner

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Friday Fiction

The River by Beverly Lewis focuses on the lives of two sisters, Tilly and Ruth Lantz, previously of the Amish faith.

One day, Tilly receives a letter from one of her brothers, requesting she and Ruth return home to Eden Valley for their parents’ anniversary get together.  A few days later, the same brother calls Ruth, urging them to come home, because their father is very ill.

Tilly ran to avoid memories. She married an Englisher and has two daughters, twins Jenya and Tavani. She rebels at the thought of going back to Eden Valley.

Ruth left Eden Valley after the heartbreak caused by a philandering boyfriend.  She is both excited and resistant to returning home.

Neither Tilly nor Ruth really want to return home. Both are happy and settled into their new lives, far from the Amish and Amish way of life. Going back would resurrect memories and hurts best left alone. Memories of sweet Anna, their baby sister, drowned at age five; memories of a father who never seemed satisfied with Tilly and memories of Ruth’s boyfriend, who left her broken-hearted and bereft.

How will the sisters be able to fit into the Amish lifestyle again, even for a short period of time? They both love the ease of Englisher life and are reluctant to go; after all, it’s not really like the Amish to have celebrations.

Finally, overcoming the roiling, disconcerting memories, Tilly and Ruth set off for a visit to Eden Valley. As the visit advances, things seem to have remained the same even though many years have passed. Tilly and her father still have deep issues, and Ruth’s boyfriend wants to pick up where he left off when he broke her heart.

Through much soul-searching, painful honesty and openness, the sisters are able to resolve many issues before realizing they made the right choice leaving Eden Valley.

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

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