Don’t lose hope, live on purpose

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Candidly Christian is a new blogging site about Real Women, Real Life, and Real Faith. We will be talking about real issues that women face.

Join us here to discover how you can find your true passion and stave off depression in my post today, entitled, How to Find Your Passion. I hope it will inspire you to take a step toward your goal(s).

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Widows and Orphans

Helping Widows and Orphans

As I was driving the other day, God seemed to speak to my heart, and I wanted to share. Two words came to mind: Widows and Orphans.

James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

These two classes of people are really a lot alike–less fortunate and dependent upon others. I believe that this is the reason James, the brother of Jesus, made this point in his writings.

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The first class of our little citizens are our own orphaned children, unwanted, often times abused, and in need of so much love. Years ago, there were orphanages in the United States and they cared for ones such as these. But where have they gone? We live in the greatest country in the world, and it seems that orphanages have fallen between the cracks. There are so many people who would love to adopt these little ones.

I know there are social services that do the best they can, but I’d like to bring back”orphanages” to this country; a warm place and a home for abused children who so desperate need to be loved and cared for until they can either be adopted into loving homes, or if I may go one step further, by offering counseling to their parent(s). Is this really too big of a thing to see come to life? I don’t believe so because “with God all things are possible.” ~ Luke 1:37

dependent-100343_640The second class of citizens are our own widows. While some may be left wealthy, many others are left with little to make ends meet. “Honor widows who are widows indeed.” ~I Timothy 5:3  These who haven’t been as fortunate also need our help, love, and compassion. And as they grow older, they become more fragile and dependent like a child depends upon a parent. My heart truly goes out to them.

I’d like to see a place for widows (and widowers) where they can live out their days in peace, knowing that they’ll be taken care of by those who will love them to the very end; who will comfort them in their time of need. I’m not referring to a hospital setting or “an old folks home”. I’m speaking of places throughout our country that are more like homes with homey settings . . . by the water where they are able to see the beauty of God’s blessings and watch the waves push to shore, or to watch a thunderstorm move across the water and light up the waves.

Or, see sunrises and sunsets . . .

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I know that “With God all things are possible.” ~ Luke 1:37

What greater joy than this: knowing we are taking care of our widows and orphans?

As we grow older, we realize that in the end, it’s not about us, it’s about loving others–even the unlovable and less fortunate. This is necessary. And I can’t think of any two groups of people who are less fortunate and more deserving of love and care than these two groups.

It is my desire to someday be in a position to help these and provide them with their needs. I’m unable to do this now, but I’m tossing my net out to see what God has in store because He is a good God. What a wonderful thing to see that net overflow with God’s rich blessings to help ones such as these.

~blessings to you all

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Book Giveaway at Goodreads

The Secret of the Golden Heart

The Secret of the Golden Heart

Hi everyone, for those of you who are a Goodreads member, I will be having a book giveaway that begins tonight, April 16, at midnight and will run until May 16, midnight. Sign up for a chance to win a signed copy my middle grade fantasy/adventure book, The Secret of the Golden Heart, for ages 8-12. I will be giving away 10 copies.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners and send me the list. 

You can sign up on my website, or go here.

For those who might be in this area, you’re invited to my book signing at Century Center in South Bend, IN, April 29 – 30. There will be a drawing for a free golf lesson for any parent who buys a book, for a child or grandchild age 8-12. I’ll also be passing out bookmarks that look like the cover of my book, as well as passing out coupons.

 

 

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My Book Give Away On Goodreads-April16 Midnight

The Secret of the Golden Heart

The Secret of the Golden Heart

Hi everyone, I’m having a Goodreads book give away beginning April 16th (midnight) to May 16th (midnight). I will be giving away ten, signed copies of my book The Secret of the Golden Heart (for children ages 8-12). If you win, you can pm me on fb with a name to address the book to if you like.

Goodreads will randomly select the winners and send me the list. 

You can sign up on the link on my website, or go herebut it won’t allow you to sign up until April 16th after midnight.

Give away is only open to Goodreads’ members. If you’re not a member of Goodreads, you can check it out here. 

Thanks to those who enter!

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Hebrews 9:27-28

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27  Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28  so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.  ~Hebrews 9:27-28

This one is humbling:

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  1 John 3:16 NIV

And one of my all-time favorites:

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” II Corinthians 12:9

I hope you have a wonderful, Christ-filled day!

~blessings

 

 

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The Name of Jesus

trilogy-68582_1280Crosses Luke 24:6-7 says, “He is not here; He is risen! Remember how he told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners. Be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”

After watching a recent news segment, a young man is asking people to connect with Jesus by attending a rally in Washington DC (I believe at the mall) in July called, Reset 2016. Keep your eyes open for this event.

I admire him for asking people to connect with Jesus because it seems as though we don’t hear the name of Jesus much except when we’re around like-minded people.

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It seems society has tried everything it can to ban God and Jesus from our schools and the market place in generalbut they’ve failed miserably. The Bible is still around and so is God and Jesus.

God isn’t dead. (The movie God Isn’t Dead, Part II is out now).

Christianity is about Jesus, the only One sent from heaven to die for us in order to set us free from the law of sin and death, and the only One who has risen from the dead who is now at the right hand of God.

Those who don’t know Him, fear Him and want to wipe any reference of Him from society. But they can’t do it because He is the cornerstone of Christianity. He is the only One who claims to be God’s only Son. In the history of time, no one has claimed this because they can’t claim it. There is no other name under heaven or on earth whereby we must be saved except in the name of Jesus.

And this is what sets Christianity apart from the other religions.

Jesus is Savior. Jesus brought the message of hope that we can have eternal life in/with Him. No one else can promise this truthfully.

The US Constitution’s job is to protect us from having our religious freedom taken away. We have the right to speak openly about our faith–it’s the basic moral fiber of our heritage–and we need the courage to do it.

It’s all about Jesus…the One who gave His life to set us free from the bondage of sin and death so that sin couldn’t have dominion over us. His death has freed us to live a life that glorifies Him.

Let’s talk more about Jesus: who He is and what He’s done. 🙂

 

 

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Time For My Book Launch!

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I’m officially launching my book today, December 1st, and I would love you to hop on over and check things HERE (http://www.scbwi.org/display-book-launch-party/?id=367073). It will take you directly to the site. The book is available in paperback and digital format.

Please sign the guest book while you’re there so I know you stopped by. I will be giving away a few free signed copies in the coming days. Just click the “Enter the Contest” tab.

Thank you for joining me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

God bless you all!

Debbie

 

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My Book Launch Party! Save This Date: December 1st–2015

Book Launch Party!

Book Launch Party!

I’m so happy to finally make this announcement just in time for Christmas!

I’d like to invite you to my Book Launch Party that will be held in a few short days. I will be releasing of my new middle grade fantasy novel The Secret of the Golden Heart, the first book in my Golden Heart Series. I know it’s a busy this time of year for everyone, but there’s no better time to buy a last-minute gift for a child.

Are you ready for a great children’s story that will transport your children, grandchildren, and children everywhere to a place that’s out of this world? Where adventure and mystery surrounds a boy after discovering he’s been chosen to fulfill his mother’s destiny? Where he discovers he must find the key that unlocks the only object that can save him, his family, and the others? This story is a fun adventure that will transport young readers to a faraway galaxy! 🙂

Here’s a brief excerpt:

The Secret of the Golden Heart

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Alon, the ancient oak—the forest’s primeval icon—loomed. Its dark, edgy streaks wound around its bare, twisted trunk, forming black-eyed knots that stared through the shadows with contempt. Its branches sprawled over the forest canopy like mummy fingers, but it was the huge black hole in its trunk that still stirred embers around his nerves, even after all these years.”

I will be giving away a few signed copies of my book. All you have to do is stop by the Book Launch Party on Tuesday, December 1, at your convenience, and sign up for the Contest. (you’ll find details in the Contest box). And while you’re there, please sign my guest book so I know you stopped by! I will be posting a link Tuesday a.m. that will transport you right to the Party site!

I pray that God will touch little hearts and minds in big ways and sprout the seeds of faith that will grow into mighty oaks. God is our refuge. God is our strength. He will not disappoint.

Thank you so much for your support and your encouragement as I begin this exciting chapter of my life. I hope to see you there!

 

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Thanksgiving And Freedom

schooner-487800_640The Mayflower, captained by Christopher Jones and born in Hurwich, England in the late 1500s, was one of the most important ships to ever come to America, bringing settlers from England to the New World where they landed at the Plymouth plantation. They suffered bad weather during the last half of their 66 day journey, but when the ship finally landed safely at Plymouth Plantation they gave God thanks.

A stately looking bird, the turkey has become an American icon and a symbol of thankfulness that began with our early ancestors.

turkey-802234_640Every year, families across this great land of America celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks to God, our Creator, for the freedoms He’s so abundantly given to us. Thousands risk their lives trying to flee dictators and tyrannical rule to enter “the freedom gates” of America because they understand the value of freedom. But America must remain a land of laws that must be honored and obeyed because law brings order and keeps chaos from thriving. Without laws, we devalue our country, and freedom becomes extinct.

Our early settlers knew that freedom was like a precious jewel to be cherished. They understood its value and the impact it would have on humanity.

May the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving never become extinct, and may we always be clothed with thankful hearts each day. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if it’s in your heart to do so, and if you are able, consider helping those who are less fortunate.

Thank you for following this blog. May God bless you, and may He continue to bless America.american-flag-1020853_640

 

 

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“The Substance Of Things Hoped For…”

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It’s getting close to that time a year…Christmas; angels singing, bright lights glowing, and stars shining, all to remind us of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’d like to talk about something that’s difficult for some, and easier for others, and that is, to have faith to believe in Jesus.

The difference between those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and those who do not is summed up in one tiny word but has the strength of a lion, and that is faith. Those who choose to walk by faith and not by sight have the key to God’s heart and the key to salvation. It is my prayer and my desire that many more would learn to step out on faith and trust in our Lord for their salvation.

For some, finding faith in troubled times is difficult, but it is still available to all. When we can’t see the road ahead, it’s hard to keep going. Do we stay on the well-lit path, the path that most seem to travel nowadays, or do we step out in faith and go down a road less traveled? Or, do we keep going or turn back? It’s hard to know. And it’s hard to trust in someone other than ourselves, whether it is God, or a loved one. But each time we step out in faith and walk down that shadowy road, the road becomes a little easier to bare.

What is faith?  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1.

In Romans 8:24, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why doth he yet hope for?”

Once we can see something and/or touch something, than we no longer need to hope for it. Therefore, faith becomes evident when there is something to hope for; something to look forward to and wait for. And it is possible to believe in something even though we can’t see it.

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Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh [hope], it is a tree of life. I had lost hope many years ago when I was facing some really troubled times. I had lost my desire to function and the dark cloud of depression overcame me, causing me physical illness. I felt as if I was dangling by a thread in the dark universe, yet I knew God was holding on to the other end, which helped me to not give up. Thankfully, I was able to overcome those trials and hope was restored because I knew that God was my only hope. If anyone could help me it would be Him for sure. David, who was a shepherd and a contributing author of Psalms, was known for being a “man after God’s own heart.” I wanted to know how and why this could be when, after all, he had done some pretty bad things. But David loved God, and God knew it. I read the book of Psalms a lot during those dark days, especially Chapters 86 and 102 because they helped restore my hope. God’s mercy flows throughout the book of Psalms.

But how can we receive faith when it’s hard to sometimes believe in things we can’t see? One way is this: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  ~Romans 10:17

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Day by day, as we allow God’s Word to pour into our hearts, our faith grows and becomes stronger. Faith has the power to move our mountains of troubled times, and give us strength to face our daily trials.

Seek faith, and you will find it. When you find it, hold tight to it.

~blessings to you

 

 

 

 

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