Friday, January 10, 2014

Looking Forward...

Winter blew in with a polar freeze across the U.S. this week. With wind chill factors of -40 degrees in my neighborhood, I found myself housebound for several days. This became a time of reflection for me on all that has transpired over the past year and what awaited me in the new year.

After completing the last of 11 afghans crocheted for my youngest grandchildren, I can now turn my focus back to making prayer shawls for a ministry through our church. I love taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something to bless another person. This also is time I spend with God while I pray for the person who will receive the shawl. One of my goals this year is to complete one prayer shawl each month.

Writing took a back seat over the past couple of years, especially in 2013. With the new year, my long term goal is to complete two novels. In order to stay on track, my brainstorming group is focusing on each of us keeping a journal where we are writing our yearly writing goals. We also will be meeting every other week where we will set two week objectives. These objectives are directly related to reaching our yearly goals. The journal will be a documentation of our efforts and achievements.

The third yearly goal I'm working on is getting back to a healthier me. This means exercising at least 30 minutes five days a week, eating smaller portions and following the good health guidelines of Weight Watchers.

Each of these three things are Bible focused. My crafting and writing skills are God-given gifts and using them to bring glory to God and bless others is my heart-felt passion. And our bodies are God's temples. This is where our souls reside until we are called home. Thus, exercising and eating healthy are giving honor to God.

 Matthew 25:45 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Romans 12:6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

I Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

Wishing you an abundance of blessings in the year ahead. Care to share what your goals for 2014 are? Would love to hear them.

Hope Courtland escaped her marriage to save her life. Her only regret is leaving her four-year-old stepson, Joshua, behind. Though she wants custody, the legal system is against her and her faith falters. When she learns Joshua is in danger, she kidnaps him in an act of desperation, only to become a suspect in a murder.
Zack Stone is content being sheriff of Pine Cove, Tennessee. Though his faith is strong, he struggles with issues of forgiveness. When he rescues Hope in a rainstorm, the last thing he expects is a woman who stirs his lonely heart. But Hope hides the truth behind her bruises. Being a small town sheriff shouldn’t involve kidnapping and murder, but Zack can’t turn his back on Hope and the little boy she loves.
A puppy, three lonely people, and time is running out. A killer wants to silence Joshua forever, and his paternal grandparents want custody. When the worst happens, Hope feels she has nothing left to live for, but God has a plan.
Thank you for taking time to read my devotions and posts here on Story and Logic from Christian Authors. Joshua's Hope is now available in all ereader formats. Read more about Joshua's Hope and my other books and get links by visiting my website and clicking the "Books" tab. God bless you and keep you!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

One day I am going to visit your prayer shawl group. But I think I will wait for the weather to warm up. Burrr.

Thanks for letting us know that Joshua's Hope is available in the Kindle version now.