Love the Poor

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law? Do they not blaspheme the precious name [of Christ] by which you are called?

James 2:5-7
Amplified Version

This passage hit me hard today.  Or was it yesterday?  That’s mom life, when you can’t keep track of what day your on, what you did this morning… or five minutes ago…

But anyway.

I was convicted.

How many times do we judge the poor?  Or go the opposite direction when someone comes into church smelly or dirty.

And yet when the rich come Continue reading “Love the Poor”

A Teaser

I’ve been quiet for a while here in the blogging world, but it’s not for lack of writing, I assure you.  My love of writing isn’t going anywhere soon, that’s for sure.

I’m not ready to tell all about the project I’m working on, but I’m going to start giving some teasers.  Here’s one:

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Do you ever find yourself saying “oh how I wish I had paid more attention in high school”?  Well, I am finding myself saying this: “why didn’t I love history back then”.  Kind of like when I was in my early twenties traveling the world doing missions work… I didn’t do well in Geography class, but after all my travel and love of geography now, I would have been a Geography nut.

In a good way.

Pay attention in school, kids 😉

So here I am reading these books about amazing people that walked this country not that long ago…  If you haven’t figured it out from the names of those titles, I’m researching 1914-1920 ish.  Over the Great War (or World War I for Continue reading “A Teaser”

A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review

a_most_noble_heir_book_reviewI took January off from book reviewing, but when February rolled around and I received an email from Bethany House Publishers with the options for reviewing I decided to jump on board again.

A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason.  Set to release June 6th of this year.

In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I was really impressed.  I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were.  And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.

I loved how Nolan and Hannah kept their relationship pure before marriage, his respect for Continue reading “A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review”

Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”

Romans Road & What Is Real Grace

The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans.  The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is.  Does the cross provide grace?  Yes.  Of course it does.  But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.

Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it?  Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?

Sin = pain, does it not?

We simply cannot claim to be Continue reading “Romans Road & What Is Real Grace”

A Song Unheard, a book review

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Book Review: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, Book #2)

This book was gripping from the start.

In terms of historical fiction it did not disappoint. In terms of comedy it did not disappoint… not to mention mystery, drama, and of course a love story.

Alright, you caught me. I loved this book. Amongst my favourites.

Willa’s parents abandoned her by age six, and soon after she became a part of a “family” of sorts. A group that chose to be family, a group of orphaned children, that stole as a means of survival. Except they were really good. “London’s best pickpockets”.

Willa was hired to steal a coding machine from Lukas de Wilde, a famous violinist, but unbeknownst to anybody, this machine was not a thing but Continue reading “A Song Unheard, a book review”

Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…

Happy New Year readers!

My family and I just returned a few days ago from the warm (or was warm) Florida… now I hear it’s a bit cooler. But it can’t be nearly as bad as the -25 celsius but feels like -33 celsius weather we have here in Ontario.  It’s so cold, you walk out and you feel like you just took a huge sip of a ice cold slushy.  That’s right.  Brain freeze.  Cause you went outside.  Welcome to Canada!

I have decided that, seeing as we seem to be having a much colder than usual winter, this is a great season for me to hide away in my house with my family and write!  And read.  I’m loving this new venture of reviewing books for Bethany House.  But more than that I’m loving this new 52 week Bible reading program I’ve started.  You can down load a copy if you’d like here.  I’m pumped to read my Bible through this year.  Last year was more of a year for study of certain subjects (one being the Proverbs 31 woman).  Do you have a plan for scripture reading this year?

I have quite a few posts in the works… recipes for biscuits, maple bbq chicken, a couple of vegetarian recipes, I have new review coming your way MONDAY Continue reading “Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…”