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Thanks to God–and You

Have you ever felt hopeless? Had that feeling that all is truly lost? In fiction, we call it the “black moment.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few black moments in my life. The worst came a little over a year ago and had to do with my eldest son, who’d made some life-altering and potentially deadly choices. All I could do was watch and pray.

But there was one other thing I did. I told a lot of my friends and family about our struggles. Not because they were fun to share—trust me, they weren’t. I told them because the Lord encourages us to be honest with each other and to and pray for one another. When we pray, He moves. (James 5:14-16, I Timothy 2:1) And our family desperately needed God to move.

My friends here at Quid Pro Quills prayed. Other friends prayed. Extended family prayed. Even some strangers prayed. And guess what? Through all those prayers, the Lord reached and saved our son.

Now, he’s home and safe. He’s a new person in Christ. He believes in the power of prayer as much as the rest of us, because he’s experienced the results of it. He’s so convinced of the Truth and so in love with his Savior, he’s headed to Youth with a Mission this January, where he’ll spend three months in Discipleship Training School before heading somewhere in the world (we don’t know where yet) on a mission to tell the lost about the freedom he’s found in Jesus Christ.

Our black moment was turned into victory, and it’s all because of the folks who prayed and this amazing, beautiful, powerful God we serve.

Tweet this: The prayers of good friends turned our darkest moment into victory.

For those of you who prayed, thank you for interceding for my family. For all of you, if ever you need prayer for yourself or someone you love, please ask me. I would be honored to lift you up the way we have been lifted, to be a part of your miracle the way so many of you have been a part of ours.

If you’d like more information or if you’d considering partnering with Nick on his mission trip through prayers or financial support, click here.

If you’d like more information about this amazing organization, Youth With a Mission, check out this video.

 

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Connect with Robin at her website.

 

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Author Chat with Jodie Wolfe

seams-cover-promo-webToday we’re featuring one of our own! Jodie Wolfe has released her sequel to Hearts Tightly Knit, titled Love in the Seams.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! Give us a taste of what it was like to write a sequel.

JW – I found it to be a lot of fun since I was able to pick up with some characters from book one as well as introduce new ones too. I truly enjoyed breathing life into young LillyAnn in my story. She is a precocious five-year-old.

QPQ – This is your second book to self-publish, correct? I find it fascinating that your husband has designed your book covers. What a guy! With all that support, are you planning to continue on the self-publishing path, or work towards a hybrid with some traditional publishers too?

JW – Indie publishing is a lot of work, but I’m leaving that door open if I decide to go that route again. I also like the idea of being a hybrid author. 🙂 I recently signed my first contract with a traditional publisher and I pray there will be more of those contracts in the future.

QPQ – Congratulations on the contract! That’s awesome! Tell us a bit about Love in the Seams.

JW – Here’s the back cover copy.

Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She’s given up hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.

As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

QPQ – What inspired you to write this story?

JW – Hearts Tightly Knit ended with Ellie Stafford finding her happily-ever-after and I knew that I wanted her twin sister, Mae to have one too.

QPQ – What do you like best about Mae?

JW – The thing I like about Mae Stafford is that even though God hasn’t given her what she most desires yet, it hasn’t embittered her while she waits. Instead she pours herself into her business and works to bring joy through each garment she sews.

QPQ – What will make your readers swoon over Johannes?

JW – Johannes is doing what he can to provide for his daughter’s needs, but he still is missing his deceased wife. But when he finally figures out what he wants in life, there is no stopping him. Look out Mae. 🙂

QPQ – What’s next in the hopper from Jodie Wolfe?

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Jodie dancing with her husband at their son’s wedding

JW – I have a novelette coming out as part of a collection in spring 2017. Here’s a small teaser.

Esther Love, is a dime novelist who finds herself desperate to save the home she loves, even if it means she has to go husband hunting to do so.

I’ll be having a FB launch party on December 2nd from 6-9 PM (EST).

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FUN!  

I’d love for you to stop by.

Website: http://www.jodiewolfe.com
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Seams-Twins-Needles-Book/dp/0997502622/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jodie-Wolfe-553400191384913/; https://www.facebook.com/jodie.wolfe.1
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15220520.Jodie_Wolfe
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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Author Chat, Jodie Wolfe, New Releases

 

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What’s Your Favorite Leftover Thanksgiving Recipe?

If you’re not out shopping for all of the Black Friday deals available today, then you’re probably standing in your kitchen wondering what to do with all of those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. There are tons of holiday leftover recipes out there, but I was looking for something new and a little bit different, and this Turkey Fettuccine Skillet recipe fits perfectly and utilizes many of the ingredients most of us already have on hand due to the holiday cooking season. What are some of your favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipes?

turkey-fettuccineTurkey Fettuccine Skillet Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 361 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Stir in the milk, seasoning blend and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Combine cornstarch and half-and-half until smooth; stir into skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese just until melted.
  3. Stir in turkey. Drain fettuccine; add to turkey mixture. Heat through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

SUGGESTIONS / TIPS:

May also substitute smoked turkey legs, chicken, ham or other protein of your choice. If you prefer a bolder taste, consider switching out the mozzarella for strong cheddar or white cheddar. Or butter for the canola oil. Also adding in generous amounts of ingredients such as white pepper, cayenne, fresh parsley, baby portobello mushrooms or panko crumbs on top will also add a great punch of flavor.

What’s your favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipe?

 

 

– Kara Hunt

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Kara Hunt, Recipe

 

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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving from the Quid Pro Quills

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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Holiday Greeting

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Praying you and your loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving. Have a great one.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Writing

 

Thanks

thanksI do my best to be thankful for the blessings God has given me everyday. But like most, this time of year I’m counting double. This time, however, I’m trying to think outside the box, instead of simply saying my family or my job. Here’s a short list of things I’m grateful for:

 

 

A fireplace. There’s nothing like curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter’s night, soaking up the warmth while the weather rages outside.

Family-friendly entertainment. Though it’s hard to find at times, there is still quality television and movies that the whole family can gather together and watch. Those moments are priceless.

Childish laughter. I could listen to this sound all day. A happy child, whether mine or someone else’s, blesses my heart.

Discretion. I’m grateful the Lord held my mouth shut during the many, MANY, times I wanted to speak out on social media posts regarding the election. Not because their viewpoints opposed mine but because people, Christians or not, were acting so ugly toward one another.

Date night. Even after fifteen years, spending time with my hubby is one of my favorite things. Those rare times when we can actually have adult conversations without interruptions means everything.

My relationship with God. I love how the Bible has everything for everyone no matter what stage of life we’re in. How verses speak to us in different ways throughout our lives. And prayer. What would I do without a way to cry out to God or praise Him for his goodness?

Again, these are just a few things on my ever-growing list. What are you thankful for this year?

 

~Candice Sue Patterson is an alumna of The Institute of Children’s Literature and an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. When she is not tending to her chickens, splitting wood or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. She lives in Indiana in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. For more on Candice, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Writing

 

It Could Only Happen To Me

I hope you’re ready to laugh.

Yesterday afternoon, I fell into my house. As per my normal craziness, I had four grocery bags on each arm, my purse in my left hand, and my bookbag in my right. I unlocked the door, opened it, and tried to step inside, but my right foot was unable to move.

If you’ve ever taken a spill, you know the feeling that prevails right before you tumble. No-no-no-please-don’t-fall-I’m-falling-please-don’t-let-me-break-anything-oomph. I fell into my house and landed on my right hip.

Peggy_Webber_screamingOther than my scream, there were no other sounds, sounds I would’ve gladly endured, like “Mom! Are you okay?” or even the laughter of my husband. I was in a tangled heap on the floor, and tried to extricate my foot from whatever was holding it captive, but it still wouldn’t budge. At least I hadn’t had a stroke, because my right hand could still wiggle–the same right hand that was pinned beneath me.

I tried to untangle myself from my awkward position, livid that I couldn’t get my foot to cooperate. I couldn’t even see what was hindering it since I was surrounded by all manner of groceries blocking my view. With my left arm, I reached down to take off my shoe, but couldn’t reach it.

Since I couldn’t stand, couldn’t extract my foot, and was thoroughly ticked off, I decided it was time for a 10 second nap. is (2)I just laid there. The cat walked by and meowed, as if to say, “Hey, Stupid.”

I finally disentangled myself from my purse, bookbag, and groceries, then reached down and removed my shoe. How had I fallen, you wonder? The head of a nail was visible at the bottom of the threshold. That blasted nail jumped up and grabbed my shoelace at the mid-tongue section of my sneaker!!!

Thankfully I didn’t break anything, but today my hips feel like I’ve been imitating Elvis. I can barely walk!

I’m so grateful a merry heart is like medicine… Because I could use some! ♦

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Humor, Jericha Kingston, Writing

 

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