September was called "harvest month" in Charlemagne's calenda.
I have looked forward to September for it is the beginning of fall to me. The nights are cooler and the days are shorter. Yet, it also means I will have to say goodby to summer. Even though saying goodby seems sad, there is a tingling of excitement in the air as the door to fall opens up to us.
I am so grateful to have the seasons and I thank God for blessing us with each one's beauty.
It is nice to savor each day we have in life and rejoice in all the beauty God created. It helps us to focus on Him and to remember He did all of this beauty for us.
Enjoy your month and relish each day.
September's scripture is Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)/
"You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you."
Happy June to All!
Hard to believe May will soon be ending. These five months have flown by. May in particular was a special month, we wish Mom's everywhere a Happy Mother's Day.
I love my Mom and I wish I could give her a big hug, and hold her hand. But she is with God now so I will just ask Him to wish her a Happy Mother's Day from me and wish all the other mothers a Happy Mother's Day.
For an author, there is great joy in birthing a new book and seeing it released.
Sharilynn Hunt, another friend of mine, just released her newest book, Together We Pray. She challenges readers in this interactive eight-week study to build effective prayer teams. Each lesson includes teachings, testimonies, tips, reflective questions, and a suggested activity. She has personally learned when we magnify God, pray in one accord, and declare His promises, our corporate prayers make a difference! This is a wonderful book to add to your study of God.
One of my dear author friends, Sandra Mansfeild Wright, just released two new books. One is titled Strength and the other is titled Gentleness.
This book will help rekindle our conviction, revive our faith, and encourage us to stand strong in Christ. Remember - God is in control, so believe and stand strong!
How can we be gentle and at the same time stand strong in our Christian faith? This book gives us keys as to how to live in this turbulent world without losing our gentleness.
Through the years I have used journals to write my thoughts, words, and ideas. I have written scriptures that meant something special to me and prayers to help me. Perhaps you do to. I have kept these journals through the years.
Writers seem to always have ideas, thoughts and words follow them around.
I especially like to write things down, not just to remember good things that happen, but also write things that were not pleasant. In all honesty, we learn a great deal more from things that were not pleasant or things we were concerned about.
When reading my Bible, many times a scripture would pop up and I would write it down. More times than not, the scripture would speak to what I was experiencing.
Through different times in my life, I would use the scriptures and write the prayers that would speak to my heart while going through different situations.
I have about three boxes of these journals. When I retired as Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, I felt the Lord leading me to share some of these prayers with others.
To be honest, it took some convincing for me to let others read my prayers.
I pulled out my journals, and prayerfully considered the ones to share. I sent these to several of my friends and from their responses, I knew it was time to publish some of the prayers, hoping they would benefit others.
My book, God’s Prayer Power was born!
My dilemma was how many prayers? There are many. But I felt fifty-two was the right number. This way each prayer, scripture, and exercise would be something people could use to delve deeper into their prayer life.
The exercise in the book is the one I used to find out what God was saying to me through the scriptures which led me to be able to write the prayers.
It has been my experience, when writing devotions or prayers that you can tell when God is supplying the words.
There have been some great devotional books written through the years, and when you read them, they touch your heart, and many of them give you comfort––or perhaps wisdom to see the answers you seek.
Some of those devotions are Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst; Worry Less, Pray More by Donna K. Maltese; Grace Overcomes Today by Sharilynn Hunt; Growing in Hope by Sandra Mansfield Wright; and of course Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, to name a few. There are hundreds of others and thank God more will be written.
I love writing. I love God, I love my family.and I love my country. I am most grateful that He gives me words to write.
I also love helping authors showcase their books to readers.