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Can You Believe It?

We’ve lost a lot of famous individuals in 2016, most recently Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. We’re shocked to hear of the deaths of talented and wealthy people. We expect them to live long lives and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

As confusing and sad as death is, everyone has a death date. When someone dies very young or tragically, I’m reminded how short life is and how fearful we become because we don’t know which day will be our last. Death raises questions like Why was I born? What is the meaning of life? Why do people die?

The Holy Bible answers these questions.

  • We were born to bring glory to God and enjoy fellowship with Him.
  • The meaning of life is to honor God with our reasoning, creativity, and productivity.
  • We die because we’re rebels.

Humans are created in God’s image, and as such we were created to live forever. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created in perfection. But they disobeyed their loving Creator. They were told before they disobeyed that they would surely die if they disobeyed. God called their lack of trust and subsequent disobedience sin. No longer were Adam and Eve in an eternal state of perfection, but in an eternal state of condemnation. Stiff penalty. But it’s all about who makes the rules, and clearly, we don’t.

How merciful that God didn’t cast them out of His perfect garden in their wretched state. He shed the blood of an animal to provide reparation for their wrongdoing and clothed them with the animal skin to cover their shame and remind them of His provision.

Since we are the offspring of Adam and Eve, we’ve inherited their sin nature and its consequences. It’s why we die. We’re born rebels. Left to ourselves, we would go our own way instead of trusting and obeying God. But God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the death penalty that we deserved. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was crucified to save from their sins those who trust Him by faith.

Even though our physical bodies are decaying each day, we don’t lose heart because through Christ, our inner person is being renewed day by day.

Glorify and honor God. Enjoy Him, knowing that our times are in His hands. Don’t fear. Only believe.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Current Events, devotion, Scripture, Writing

 

Celebrating Failure

 

unknownWhen this blog posts, I’ll be on vacation. But will it be a vacation I’ve earned?

Last January I set a goal to write two full-length books and a novella by December 31. I failed. I completed one novel and one novella, but the other novel is only half finished.

Some goals I did accomplish, and there are many that I’m quite proud of. I published two books and edited a lot of great manuscripts for other writers.

(Check out my new releases, Convenient Lies and A Package Deal.)

On the personal side, I was able to spend time with friends, pray with people, make meals, attend funerals, and try to support my loved ones. Most importantly, I was available for my teenagers, who went through some unexpected and sometimes serious issues this year.

As I reflect on my 2016 goals, I realize that last January first, I had no idea what the months ahead would hold for me and those I love. I’d made my goals blindly. Don’t we always?

So rather than look back in disappointment over my perceived failures, I’ve decided to give myself grace for what I didn’t do and focus on what I did.

I’ll set more goals this year. With God’s help, I’ll achieve them. But more important to me than reaching work and personal goals is my desire to be obedient to God and to be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend I can be. If I can keep those priorities straight, I trust God will work out the rest.

 

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 RobinPatchen.com.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Parenting, Robin Patchen, Writing

 

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364 Days to Go

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The birth of our Savior. The gathering of friends and family. The exchanging of gifts.
So many emotions are wrapped around this particular day.
How does it leave you feeling on the day after?
Are you looking forward to next year – or dreading it.

Keeping Christmas simple is next to impossible in this day and age.
We prepare – we over-prepare.
We fuss, we worry, we shop and bake and cook.
Are you exhausted today? Burned out? Emotionally flat-lined?

Is it time to rethink your Christmas traditions?
Is it time to envision the next year as a time of joy and magic of the season?
Instead of a merry-go-round of fuss and bother.
Instead of a hassle and a grind.

If you dread next year already, decide this day to change that.
Make your resolution early this year.
Plan ahead to make next Christmas your best yet.
Keep it simple.
Keep it about Christ.

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Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Pegg Thomas

 

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Merry Christmas from the Quid Pro Quills

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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Holiday Greeting

 

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O Holy Night

One of my favorite Christmas carol’s of all time is O Come, All Ye Faithful. Worshiping our Savior with lyrics and songs of exultation, adoration and joy, what an honor! O Holy Night is also a favorite, and David Phelps is able to capture the Divine-ness of that night with music and song like none other. Be blessed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

– kara hunt

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Holiday Greeting, Kara Hunt, Writing

 

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Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson

hazardous-holidayNavy SEAL Zach McCloud is determined to protect those under his care. Just returned from deployment, he arrives to find his ready-made family in need of safeguarding. Someone wants them dead and he aims to get to the bottom of it.

Recently widowed, Kristi Tanner, only agreed to marry Zach because of her five-year-old son, Cody. Her son is on the heart transplant list and is deteriorating with each passing day.

Hazardous Holiday is a great suspense read that will have you turning the pages to get to the bottom of who is trying to kill the McCloud family. Liz Johnson has created a sigh-worthy hero who is tough but also has a soft heart. This is book five in Liz’s Men of Valor series with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. I highly recommend it.

So kick up your feet and relax with this unusual Christmas read. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by the author and Harlequin. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. – 2016.

 

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Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at http://www.jodiewolfe.com.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Writing

 

Christmas Memories

d43e8e98bd5940d6b347f133453aadf5I’m old enough now the things that were popular when I was a kid are coming back in style. Movies, toys, clothing. Some of which were so terrible they should’ve stayed in the past. Every generation can sympathize, I’m sure.

Yesterday, on Facebook, someone had posted a Christmas toy catalog from 1984. What fun to click on the pages and remember the commercialized  items that held me spellbound as a child. You know how kids want everything they see advertized on TV.

This gem here brought back some warm, fuzzy memories. I was five, so it would’ve been Christmas 1987. Strawberry Shortcake was my favorite and if I could just have her dollhouse, I’d never ask for anything again. Christmas morning, my eyes foggy from sleep, I stepped into our living room lit by glass multi-colored tree bulbs and there sat this magnificent, three floor Strawberry Shortcake dollhouse. I was a happy girl.

I played with that dollhouse for several years. It withstood attacks from my brothers Star Wars action figures and Barbie’s constant visits. Memories long forgotten until yesterday.

What was your favorite childhood Christmas gift?

 

~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance. Visit her website for more information. www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Candice Sue Patterson, Writing