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Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday's Devo: Barely Hangin' On?

Anne here. Ever feel like you're barely hangin' on? Sometimes the world is spinning so fast that all each day seems to have time for is tryin' to hold everything together. You know the laundry list.

Dishes.
Laundry.
Vacuum.
Bills.
Bank.
Groceries.
Straighten.
Organize stuff.

And that's only the stuff you are physically doing. Then there's the competition for the other list in your head while your body is doing all the doing.

Pray more.
Listen more.
Try to hear God.
Am I really hearing?
What did she really think?
What do I think?
What do I know?
But I know about that!
Why?
I wonder if...
I wish...
I want my kids to....
God please...!!!!
If he would just....
Why can't I...???
I don't care if....
What do you mean...??
What is your deal, seriously?
But I'm right.
Didn't I tell them to...?
But I want it this way.
Oh. Pray more.
Listen more.
Be still.

I pull out my devotion at 5 a.m. because I can't sleep. I'm not sure if I want to sing, sit, ask, or listen before the list in my head starts. So instead I scroll through Pinterest and sip my coffee, and there's this:


Thud. That hit my heart.
Release it.
My kids.
My future.
My husband.
My job.
Our finances.
All.
"To Me", Spirit says.... "I provide."

But, what if...it crumbles?
What if...it fails?
What if...it ends?
What if...it hurts?

"It could do that while you hold it tightly...." Spirit says. "But I could do more on your behalf if you'd let go of it."

Oh. Sip more coffee.
Hmmm.
So much of the first half of life is filling. Getting. Obtaining. Maintaining.
This half is emptying. Releasing. Trusting.
Ouch. Ohhhh. I hear You now.
"Do you trust Me?"
Deep breath. More coffee.
"Haven't I been faithful?"
Floods of faithfulness moments and stories fill my mind and heart.
Then floods of peace.
Okay Papa.
You can have it all...

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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Pins of the Week

This week on Pinterest:


Two avenues of thought strike me about this pic and stir my soul. Restoring old vintage things for the beauty they were intended, and how that is not so different than restoring the soul. We aren't house flippers, just so you know. My husband and I have no skill where that's concerned. But, still I always had this dream of restoring an old house. So, our first home fit the bill. It was an 1895 frame home on Main Street, and we worked on it room by room before we sold and eventually moved to my dirt road. Homes are so much like people--covered in imperfections from heavy use and battering storms of decades of use. I love looking at this pic and just wondering about those stories...


So this week I just returned from a five day church conference with over 500 youth and adults. I looked like this at 7am, 8 am, 12 pm, 3pm, and 11pm!! LOL. But seriously, I was totally "juiced" with Jesus and the fellowship there!


These two pins strike me. Each character has a look on their face that speaks from their soul, something is stirring in them... What is that story? What is that emotion? What is that truth?



Of course, I can't get through a week on Pinterest without pinning something historical!! Just can't. Nope. So the above pin I love for the example of the "dance card" that is often written about in Edwardian or Regency historical stories. And the map below shows the trail that Lewis and Clark took to the Pacific Northwest. In high school I was blessed to ride the Amtrak train along much of the trail all the way from Indiana to Portland, Oregon. I hope one day to take my husband to see it!


Readers:
What do you see in these pins?
Has anyone been on part of the Lewis & Clark trail?
Any house flippers or old home lovers out there?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!


Happy Independence Day!

May we all take time to remember the sacrifices of others for the freedom we enjoy.

May we make choices that don't squander blessings.

May we steward the land we live in.

May we live that others may also be free.
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Book Give-Away: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Anne here. Many of you know that Jaime and I launched a blog together six years ago with dreams and aspirations to support the writing world...