On The Right Track?

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Looking back does nothing but discourage you and at times it can make you feel sad, maybe not for yourself but for other people who don’t seem to move on in life. Moving on is part of life. Changes help us to grow in so many ways. For me it allowed me to be able to focus on the Lord. It allowed me to walk in my anointing and become more of the woman that God wanted me to be. It allowed me to see the truth and stop believing lies that someone else was telling me. It opened my eyes to see what was really going on in a relationship and who that person really was. I am thankful that 4 months after the end of that relationship, God freed me totally of it and from the feelings I had for that person. God said that person was toxic and had issues I just couldn’t help with. No matter how much I prayed or longed to see healing in that person’s life. Sometimes others are not into being healed, because being healed would mean having to live without drama, all the benefits it is giving them in this life. Some of their addictions to money, drinking, drugs, sex, and porn, mean more to them, then those who love and care about them. ( If you are ever blamed for their addictions, know this… It’s not your fault, It’s not you, it has nothing to do with you… It is their SIN! ) Something they personally will answer for to God one day… for the addiction, for the pain and suffering they caused in others and in any part they played in leading others in the wrong way and path of sin.

It has been said that “Hindsight is 20/20” meaning it makes everything clear…

God’s Word had a lot to say about that
and God’s Word is always true and is the final word on all things.

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Proverbs 26:11

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:62

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Philippians 3:13

Today, I challenge you to not look back and wish for anything you had in the past (or maybe it is a toxic relationship you are in today) Let it go and walk away! Because what God has for you is much more precious and fulfilling for your life and the lives of those you love and care for…

Sabbat Shalom
Linda Marie


Afraid to Change?

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The truth is that sometimes those things or people we love are not good for us. Some can be very toxic. I lost a lot of things that God showed me were very toxic to not 0nly my life but to the lives of my children. It has been over two years since God started stripping away those things and people from my life and the children and I are so much happier and have more peace in
our lives without all the drama and bad relationships. Yes, it was painful at the time… But two years later…We have been so blessed in all the ways that the Lord wanted us to receive from him, all those things that are better for us. Change can be a scary thing… It can be downright heart wrenching… losing loved ones and dear friends… losing a home… losing a spouse…
Sometimes losing those you love makes you see just how strong you really are and allows you to focus solely on the Lord and your relationship with him. Losing things is less painful… but when you look back and see those toxic people still complaining, telling stories that are outright lies (to make themselves look good) you can really see just how toxic they are and shake your head and thank the Lord for the freedom he has given you in Him. Because your vision is so much more clear physically, mentally, and spiritually. 2018/2019 has been two years of cleansing for us. A year of growth. A year of working at being debt-free, which I am getting closer to each month. I have paid off certain debts and seen my credit score drop to 0, LOL!!! And in the last 3 months paid timely payments on things needed watched it jump back up to 554 and thought that is not a great score, it’s far better than zero. And someday it will be better than it has ever been in the last 19 years…

I am reminded of a verse that says

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Every weight, everything that holds us down, holds us back, and yes those sins no matter how small or how big, so that we can move ahead in life, in love and do so patiently. If anything is hindering you from your walk with the Lord… then that thing or that person is toxic for you and I challenge you before the new year even starts, lay it aside, so you can focus on the Lord.

Let 2020 be a year of more cleansing, growth, and freedom!

In our own lives and or our nation…

Blessings

Linda Marie


Lessons on Love Blog Tour

Hi, Linda! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I am so excited to share my brand new novella with your readers. It is part of the Lessons on Love schoolteacher historical romance collection by Barbour which just released this week Oct 1.

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I had a lot of fun researching for my novella “Something Old, Something New” to recreate an early 19th century New York village along the Hudson River within a day’s travel to New York City. Westchester County is a large and wealthy county which earned that distinction early in its history. By 1840 the Erie Canal had been operational for several years, only increasing commerce up the Hudson to the waterway that would link east to west. The land was rich in timber and natural resources. Its natural sylvan beauty inspired an art movement—the Hudson River School of Art, and the American literary classics of novelist Washington Irving.

Into this setting, I dropped a culture of Old Dutch Reform catechism, and a thriving community of Jewish scholars, artisans, and professionals. These diverse backgrounds provide chemistry aplenty between the hero and heroine. Joshua Blake is the nephew of the town mayor, and though he comes from the traditions of the hardworking and practical Dutch, he brings the influence of New York revivalist Charles Finney, his mentor. Joshua represents the new, bringing fresh thought, fresh ambitions and fresh energy to a village set in its ways. Golda Jacobs represents something old, the traditions of her family, her scholarly upbringing, and the Torah.

The story opens up as Golda mourns the loss of her father, the beloved community schoolmaster, on a prescribed day of mourning which happens to coincide with a high Jewish Holy Day, Yom Kippur. Prior to this, the Jewish calendar begins the New Year on Rosh Hashana and the time between the two is known as the Ten Days of Awe, a time of introspection and self-evaluation in preparation for The Day of Atonement. It is ten days wherein a believer can repent and change their destiny for the new year, but on Yom Kippur, the books are closed and one’s fate is sealed.

It is on this fateful day that Golda meets Joshua, and their course is set—their academic course, as well as their destiny. The mayor wants his nephew to teach, but Golda isn’t ready to relinquish her father’s desk and curriculum. Sparks will fly, igniting a fire that will reach the whole community. Can love, cooperation, and common ground allow new and old to coincide and even thrive?

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Four schoolteachers find more than they bargained for in their contracts. Class is in session on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and romance!

Something Old, Something New  by Kathleen L. Maher
New York, 1840
Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

Love in Any Language  by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits  by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night  by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.

Contest: I am offering a signed print copy of Lessons on Love to one lucky commenter. To enter, answer this question. Do you believe in divine appointments in life, days or seasons that shape your destiny? Have you experienced one?

For extra entries, share this post on your social media: FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or (the cover of the book) on Instagram, etc. Be creative! The more shares, the more entries. ***US only***

( Please come back and leave comments as to where you shared on your socials )

Thank you for having me as your guest on this lovely blog, Linda.  I look forward to interacting with your readers!

 

Drumroll please… Random.org has helped me select the winner for a signed copy of lessons on love. And the winner is… Number five, Vivian Furbay! Congratulations Vivian. I will be contacting you for your snail mail address.

Thank you so much to everyone, especially to Linda for being such a lovely host. I have enjoyed reading all of your responses

There will be several more stops on the blog hop, including
Blog stop #2
Connie Carpenter’s blog
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This has been fun. Thanks, and hope to see y’all at the other entries

 


Welcome to Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly 40th Anniversary Takeover Tour + Giveaway!

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Celebrate 40 years of Love Comes Softlyby Janette Oke with this Takeover Tour and Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

love comes softly 40Title: Love Comes Softly
Series: Love Comes Softly #1
Author: Janette Oke
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical/Frontier Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2019 (orig. 1979)

First published in 1979, Janette Oke’s beloved classic launched a new wave of inspirational fiction and inspired and captivated readers with its endearing story of loss and love. Adapted for television in 2003 by the Hallmark Channel, it went on to become one of their most watched films ever. Millions have laughed, wept, and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances threw them together, suddenly and unexpectedly, on the frontier prairies of the late 1800s.

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She ventured west with the man she loved, but in one day her whole world had crumbled around her…

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Our Home: Updated 9/23/19

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This has been a 10-year battle to save our home from bank fraud. A battle that our lawyer believes we can win… As many of you know I am being a single mom and have disabilities due to an accident I had in 2001 that damaged my back and my neck. This has been our home for 13 years and really the only home my three youngest have known. So far the court has stopped the sale of our home 4 times and then ordered this stay on the foreclosure sale, but as per the law set this moderate undertaking required by law
when someone applies as a poor person to wave the fees for the filings. If they had set this as a monthly payment, I could have done this alone, but since they asked me to do a one lump sum ($7200), it’s far harder for me given my income and needing to pay bills.

 I have prayed and I am praying for answers and for a miracle. These last 3 years have been very hard on the children and I as we fight for our home and face losing it. Many of you already know our story over the years, but those of you who are new may not. Its been a struggle, but one I am not about to give into, to do so would be to me showing a lack of faith. All I know is my God is Able and I am standing…

 

Update: 9/23/19

Currently, we’re still living in the house, although it was sold July 2nd of this year. There should be word from the court soon as to the appeal on ownership issues and there is so much even that I didn’t know that I am just here living my life and trusting the Lord in all of this.  I was finally approved and found medically disabled by Social Security, so I will be getting SSI and this will help us to make ends meet.  Having been disabled since 2001 in a car accident that broke my left leg in 3 places and gave me back & neck damage. At my husband’s request then, I didn’t apply for SS, probably the first mistake as I was in a wheelchair for 10 months and then had to learn to walk again. Since then I have not been able to do work that would support us. (myself and the children) Mark doesn’t live with us due to his own issues with mental illness. (Not going to feel shame for saying so) Mental illness isn’t great to deal with, The person suffering or the person trying to care for them when they have psychosis dementia and don’t know who you are at times.  That is another whole post in the future.  After 17 years together and apart… I told him he needed help when he got violent in the home. No one should have to deal with Domestic Violence and No one has any excuse for causing fear and heartache in another person.  Over the years have tried many businesses in Direct Sales & MLMs and finally, after it never panning out, I quit trying that and just continued to devote my time to Prayer, Bible reading and Book Reading & Reviewing. I can tell you that God has been nothing but Amazing this past year and a half! Always going beyond anything I could imagine would happen. And right now I know he has a plan and His perfect will is all I am seeking in everything.  I can see His Hand in my life and He has blessed me in ways, that I knew were just His doing.  Someday maybe I will write/blog about those things…  This week even being granted the SSI and Doing what he has called me to do! Him making a way for me to help us and others! Even the things we have had to part with, we have given to those that truly needed it.  That part still floors me. Leaves me in tears of blessing and gratitude. Just so thankful for each thing he shows me, gives to me and helps us with.

 

 A Little History

2006 Bought this Home

2008 Went to TN for the winter

(we couldn’t afford the propane heat, hot water & cooking. Mark said he couldn’t work)

2009 Told by the Bank they were going to foreclose, so we had tried a short sale and asked for a modification on the loan as our income decreased sharply

2010 Bank of America threatens to foreclose and were given permission to sell the house and then for whatever reason, never did, claiming they had paperwork to file.  In the meantime from 2010 – 2013 Kept saying they would work on a modification with us. Never sent real papers to use to fill out and kept saying we were $100 short monthly from getting a modification. We had LawNY working on this case on our behalf.

2013 They sold the Mortgage to Lakeshore Mortgage Services who let M&T Bank service the loan.

2015 Bank of America comes back and tries to foreclose on our home and doesn’t really own the mortgage they sold. Yet M&T never comes even when asked to by me, to bring their lawyer in court and tell Bank of America to stop their trying to steal a house they don’t own.

2017 Bank of America is still trying to steal the house and M&T does nothing.  We go to TN almost yearly to see my son and grandkids. Sept 2017 we come home to the house being full of MOLD… We pay $900 for mold testing, $5,000 for mold remediation, $1000 for 2 30 yard dumpsters of belongings we lost to MOLD. Meanwhile, I find a program to insulate the house and each year getting more of the electric updated to the tune of $3000 total.  We bought plywood, flooring, cabinets (freestanding) ect ect ect..

January – July 2018 Mark leaving repeatedly and then causing Myself and the kids to worry and fear Him and it just became unbearable to care for him and his issues and still be able to focus on everything the kids needed and trying to still deal with everything life was throwing at us.   Like I said, that is all posts for another time.

He got his own place, still angry and bitter that I for one got an order of protection, filed for child support and filed for custody of the kids.

July 2018 thru?

August 2018: Enter God… Smiling…  He just totally floored me in meeting our needs, taking care of us and making a year that could have been a real hardship and unbearable…Totally Blessed and Amazing!  He met every spiritual need I had, He provided for every material need we had and I am ever grateful for each day’s mercy and grace!

 Learning to trust the Lord for All things, Learning that Humane nature 101 ( Smiling Faces Tell Lies) was really a lie from the man saying it continually. Learning who really loved me and who had my back! Who my real friends were and are! Creating a stable life for the kids & I!  Learning that I had the power and ability to stand up to the devil and anyone working on his behalf to try to mess me up and trying to get me to take the wrong path. Thankfully, when you are free of negativity, mental, emotional and financial abuse, you can see things so clearly when your mind has stayed on the Lord God.

There is so much that happened, far more than could ever be shared in one blog post!

More things I will share at some point…  He stopped the sale on the house 3 times, Filled the well with water when I prayed and asked him for this as a sign and it is still working.  I won’t guarantee it will if I have to leave here, but that won’t be my issue then right… it will be the owners. Which is the Dept of Veterans Affairs!  I learned so much in a year and a half. More then I ever learned in Real Estate School! About Auctions, About Investments, About the Law!

Well, here I am and it’s Sept 2019, somehow 2019 is flying by with trips to the beach, birthday parties for grandkids & our 2019 family picnic that was a total washout lol. We stayed, we lived we had rain all and sunshine and kids finally went swimming that night! We made a few more trips to the beach with friends and it was healing and just a total blessing!

I can say that it has been those times that I was alone, torn, broken & in tears that I reached out to God and found Him there, to hold me, to wipe my tears away, healing my heart and my mind…  If anyone found me to be uncaring, quiet, anti-social, downright rude blocking you on socials, well I am not sorry… I had to do what I needed to for myself and for my children… I still am doing so at times… but The children have learned that as in the past, I am here to care for them. Listen to them and love them no matter what we go through! And I will never leave them and never have…

Like I said years ago…It’s Not About Me! It’s Not About YOU! It is about these children and their needs and loving them…  Providing for them! Raising them not to follow bad examples that have been set before them. About breaking the chains that once bound us, due to the sins of the fathers and reaching for what should have been a normal life for the 17 years they have been growing up.  Materialism? No, We have learned to make due as in the past, we have learned that God provides for us, but we learned that sometimes it comes in ways that we never expected.

Goals: Raising them, Schooling them, Protecting them from bad influences & examples. Helping them mature so that someday they can care for themselves.

I am going to leave the info below as I know that God works in ways that totally amaze me…

If anyone feels led to bless us in any way, you can email me at this email or help too.  I am still praying for Some needs that I know the Lord is going to supply for us.

I hope this post brings just a bit of understanding of what has happened over the last 17 years in our lives!  All Glory goes to the Lord God!

You may donate personally by using my PayPal faithfulacres7@gmail.com

Thank you for your love to us, words are not enough sometimes to express
how I feel and have felt over the years to those of you who have prayed and walked this out with me… Some have been such a blessing and encouragement in word and deed the last 10 years

Thank you
Linda


“We All Make Mistakes”

“We All Make Mistakes”

Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”

“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel


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Spirit of God Bible Review

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Spirit of God Bible

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The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

 

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About the Author

Author Bio:   Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

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Illustrator Bio:  Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

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Review

I know that many parents are looking for books that really catch their children’s eye and are appealing.  From the moment we opened the box we were intrigued. The beautiful cover had a sparkle and shine that would be very appealing to children.  Each story showing a swirl of light where the Holy Spirit of God had come to those in the story, this let the children know that God was with those who lived during this time.  ( I explained that to the kids before reading to them, as seen above. )  As a Christian parent, I want my children to know when God was present with those we are reading about in the Bible. Sometimes it is not so apparent when just reading to small children from a regular bible and they may miss and not understand that God is ever with us and his Spirit is there to help, guide, comfort and praise those living according to the Word.

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I so loved this children’s Spirit of God Bible that I gifted my copy to my niece and nephew while they were here with me this summer.  They loved it!

(Here is Kendra Holding it ) She has such a sweet spirit and is so loving, she enjoys sitting on your lap to hear the stories!

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A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman

After Tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, home, and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

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Author Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta is a very down to earth, caring person and a sweet friend to all who know her. She never lacks to bring touching stories that will warm the heart, even when sadness or loss is at the heart of a story.  You will really enjoy her Full of Grace Fiction. Her sweet and caring character shines through all her wonderful stories.

All her books are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

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My Thoughts on this book…

A Widow’s Hope is a sweet and touching story of a young widow and her handicapped son and also a story about a young man who bears his own scars of his parent’s death. Though these two know each other from their past, they hardly thought they would see each other again. Will pain keep them from finding love? or will all the hurt from the past keep them apart?

I really liked the characters in this story, especially Hannah’s mother who seems to have some wisdom about things and is looking out for what is best for Hannah. Being a mom I can relate to her and her wanting to see her daughter not grieving for too long over the death of her husband. Also for her and her husbands love for Hannah and her son who now live with them.

This story touched my heart as I was/am grieving the loss of two of the most spiritual men in my life. Grief is not always hard to go through and letting go of the past and forging a new future is hard. Doing it with children seems even harder, though they are more resilient and more accepting of new things at times.

I believe anyone who is dealing with loss, grief or who deals with a disability would really grow from reading this story. It is a book for everyone in the family to enjoy! Vannetta as always brings us a heartwarming story for all ages. You won’t be disappointed by this first book in her Amish Brides series.

~ Linda Marie ~