~Stand Up and Rejoice!

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Why are you so discouraged?
Why does your countenance lack in joy?
Why do you carry a burden so great?
Why such disparaging words employ?

Do you not recall, saddened one,
Recall that our LORD is risen again?
That He conquered death, the silence, the grave,
After a spotless sacrifice for sin?

I say, stand up and rejoice!
Lift up your voice in endless praise!
Give up your burden – lay it at His feet!
Sending up songs to the Ancient of Days!

Rejoice in your trials – He’s on the throne!
On days that are dark, on your knees fall,
Then, stand and remember, and cling to His joy,
Trusting in He Who hears and sees all.

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~The Longest Year of My Life…

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2014. Wow, what a year! I was known to say, often not in the most charitable way, that the year seemed way too long and never ending. It did pass, however, whether I thought it would or not. December 31st is gone, 2015 is under way.

I tried more than once to write a grand blog post at the end of the year. But every idea ended up on the floor – literally. My bedroom has a carpet of paper more often than I liked to admit. Anyway, I was frustrated. After all, I am an author, my craft is to write words, yet I can’t write a post about my year, but everyone else on the planet can? (Okay… Dramatic, I know. I probably had a very similar thought, however.)

Thinking over those failed posts now, fourteen days late, I’m glad they didn’t turn out. 2014 really did feel like the longest and probably most difficult year of my life, but let me tell you why I praise the LORD for 2014.

In this last year, I had times of doubt over everything. My faith, my salvation, almost the very existence of God Almighty. It was the most awful, sickening realization of my life, when I realized what I was questioning. Days of doubt, denial, and prayer. Nights of pouring over my Bible and praying desperately. In the end, He brought me through. With patience and lovingkindness, He didn’t forsake me nor allow me to slip from His hand. That was early to mid-year.

After that time, I went through a period of sore temptation. While fully believing in the existence of the LORD and what He had done through the Son, I was tempted to walk away from Him altogether. I can’t explain it, but for an awful moment, I thought the idea sounded good. Before I ran in the figurative sense, absolutely terrified in the literal sense. I have never begged for anything so fervently in all my life, as I did that day when I begged that my God would not let me go, and would keep me from giving into temptation. Praise Him! He heard and heeded me.

The last season of trial came with depression. Nothing interested me, I cared about very little, and my thoughts were tempted into dangerous places. I prayed, but it seemed the LORD only granted me the strength to keep going, not to overcome.

Then came the most difficult day yet. I spent half of it in tears and all of it in pain. When I went to bed that night, I couldn’t sleep. I spent the dark hours reading a book and praying, begging, pleading for a miracle.

And He granted it.

I woke up the next morning with the heavy, dark cloud gone from my heart and mind. The depression was lifted, for which I bless the LORD!

I will admit to being a little nervous about laying these things out in a blog post. They’re personal and it does make me feel vulnerable. But this post isn’t about me. It’s about the amazing power and mercy of the LORD in my life this year. He has proven Himself faithful, gracious, forgiving, compassionate and mighty to me during 2014 and I want to proclaim it.

Am I afraid of 2015? A little bit. But I’m excited. Because I want to see what He has in store for me next. And you know? I don’t think I’ve ever thought about my future in that way before. Excited when I have no idea what’s coming next or in what way it will come.

To the KING be all the glory!

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~Cyber-Monday Sale

I’m participating in a Cyber-Monday sale promotional! All the books below are on sale (including mine!) for the day!! :)

Kendra E. Ardnek
The Ankuluen: Cyber Monday
Saffron’s Big Plan and Other StoriesCyber Monday
Do You Take This Quest?: Cyber Monday

Faith Blum
A Mighty Fortress: Cyber Monday
Be Thou My Vision: Cyber Monday

Sarah Brown
The Prodigal Pup: Cyber Monday
Learning Lessons from Furry Friends: Cyber Monday

J.J. Francesco
Blood Chain: Cyber Monday

Julie Gilbert
Nadia’s Tears: Cyber Monday

Leah Good
Counted Worthy: Cyber Monday

Melody Grubb
The Land of Calais: Cyber Monday
The Warmth of His Eyes: Cyber Monday
Send Me, Lord Jesus: Cyber Monday

Rachel Heffington
Anon, Sir, Anon: Cyber Monday

Rebekah Jones
Journeys of Four: Cyber Monday
Grandmother’s Letters: Cyber Monday
A Year with the Potters: Cyber Monday

Jaye L. Knight
ResistanceCyber Monday

Joel A. Parisi
Shadow Play: Cyber Monday

J. Grace Pennington
Radialloy: Cyber Monday
In His Image: Cyber Monday
Machiavellian: Cyber Monday

Jennifer Sauer
Why Rodney Never Should’ve Gone to the NAPIC: Cyber Monday

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Touch My Tears: Cyber Monday
Third Side of the Coin: Cyber Monday

Cara Simmons
The Haven: Cyber Monday
The Leviathan: Cyber Monday
The Champion: Cyber Monday

Rachel Starr Thomson
Reap the Whirlwind: Cyber Monday
Lady Moon: Cyber Monday
Angel in the Woods: Cyber Monday

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~Black Friday Sale!!

All of my books are 99cents for Kindle this weekend, including my children’s book!!

Journeys of Four – When four young people, walking down completely different walks of life, are faced with what it means to truly be a Christian, they either repent and begin following the Lord in truth, or turn and reject Him altogether.

Grandmother’s Letters - A mystery.  A treasure hunt. A stack of old letters. A curious girl. A grumpy old man. A dramatically poetic journalist. A miserable young man. And a giving family.

A Year with the Potters – A collection of fun, fictional short stories about the adventures and lessons of a homeschooling family taking place each month in a year. (Children’s)

 

To the KING be all the glory!

 

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~Christmas Book Sale!!

Note: This post is sticky for the next few weeks. For newer posts, please scroll down. :)

I always love getting books for Christmas. Besides music, books are probably my favorite gift to receive. And if my track record is any indication, they’re probably my favorite gift to give too. Just ask my siblings.

So, for the Christmas season, I’m doing a special on all of my books. For a limited time, you can order signed copies from me, for a discounted price. Shipping is $5.00.

Journeys of Four – $9.00

Grandmother’s Letters – $10.00

A Year with the Potters – $7.00

A Tale of the Say’s Phoebe – $6.00

Contact me here to order!

To the KING be all the glory!

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