Thursday, September 12, 2019

Exciting Announcement about my Book!


photo from Unsplash

 Hi again! I have an exciting announcement about my book, Leaning On the Everlasting Arms!
  I’m going to be doing a cover reveal on October 1! On that day, I’ll be sharing the cover picture, a synopsis of the story, and giving a publication date! I’m really excited! Once it gets closer to publication, I’ll also be doing a giveaway, and lots of fun posts about the book!
  For now, here's a few things about the story:

  • Takes place in 1897-98
  • About an orphan girl who learns to trust in God
  • Cholera is a big part of the story

  Would any of you be willing to post about the cover reveal on your blog, social media page, or magazine?  I’m going to be making a bookmark with a verse from Leaning On the Everlasting Arms on in it, since that’s the theme song of  the story
  Anyone who participates in the cover reveal will receive a free bookmark! I'm going to be putting a sign up form below. If you'd be willing to share about the cover reveal on or around October 1st, please sign up below, and it will be a great help to me!


  Thank you all so much for following!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Flame was Lit



A flame was lit
In the heart of man
T'was never quenched
For no one can.

In the fourteenth century
As Wycliffe read
A new thought came
Into his head.

The common folk—
Not only we,
Should have the Bible
To freely read.

So many a copy
Was written by hand
In languages the people
Could all understand

Many were angry,
His Bibles were banned
People must burn them
All through the land.

But were they diminished?
Are they all gone?
No, Wycliffe's Bibles
Today still live on.

In the fifteenth century
Another stood strong
He stood by the Bible
And spoke against wrong

The Emperor summoned him
"We won't lay a hand,"
So Jan Hus bravely went
To that far-away land.

When he got there, they took him
Threw him into a cell
Where they left him for months
Till a trial befell

They condemned him to death
Yes, they burned Jan Hus
They thought that that would
Stop the fuss.

But as he suffered,
He sang and prayed
Even in the trial
His faith was stayed

Will this now
Make people scared?
For sufferings thus,
Are they prepared?

Somehow this took away their fear
By thousands they were slain
They wouldn't deny Jesus
For any earthly pain.

It still lives on
This flame inside
It wasn't put out
Though so many have tried.

Will you stand up
Though great the price,
Is Jesus worth
Our sacrifice?






Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Beads of African Grace



The beads of African grace
Are beads of a interesting taste
A warmer weather and culture
You see

It’s dancing and singing and laughing
All family and comfort you’ll find
Relax - we don’t fret, or worry
You’ll leave with a calmer mind

We share what we have
Though it be small
We’ll eat it together
Yes, we’ll split it all

We’re really like family
Thought different in face
On our red roads we’ll run
The incredible race


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Ten songs on YouTube I love!

  


Hi! Tomorrow is my 3 year blogiversary, but I don't really have anything planned for that. Instead, I'm just going to be sharing some of my favorite songs! Enjoy!

























Did you enjoy any of them? What are your favorite songs? 



Monday, April 15, 2019

Some thoughts on abortions

 
Today I found some things on Pinterest that I want to share with you. Note: These pins are not mine, but I'm simply sharing them.
  Approximately 125,000 babies are killed each day. That number is heartbreaking, and we ought to do something about it. Proverbs 30:8 tells us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Are we doing our duty? Not getting an abortion isn't enough. We can't just sit back while millions of babies are being murdered each year.

  God knew us before we were even formed! He makes each person special; no two people are exactly alike. God calls children a gift, while society calls them a burden.

  Just because someone isn't completely formed yet, it doesn't mean they aren't a person. A baby born premature is a person. 

  Each human being is so special. Each cell in their body is like a whole world, filled with tiny things in it, each doing their own job. If we get cut, our body will heal itself. That in itself is amazing. Beyond that, each baby is a living soul. They matter.

  The above picture is just a glimpse into what the world has become. Humans rally to save trees, and put people in prison for destroying an eagle's egg, but then fight for the "freedom" to kill babies.

  We call it pro-choice, but what about the baby who is being killed? Do they get a choice? People say the mother should decide, because it's her body, but in truth, it's not her body being aborted.

  
  To finish, it's wrong to kill. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's okay! Just because things seem difficult doesn't mean murder is acceptable. Killing another human being is never the right thing.

  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What we’ve been up to/What to look forward to



  Hello! I have not posted since March 6, so I definitely owe you readers an update! Here are some things we have been up to these last few months:

  • Going to church more regularly 
  • Making friends
  • Going to a ladies retreat 
  • Hosting small groups for the first time
  • Spending lots of time on the porch and loving the warm weather
I have not given up on blogging! I have a lot of exciting posts coming up, so you can look forward to those. Here are a few things you can expect to see within the next few months:

  •  Another post full of great book recommendations 
  • A Greater Purpose stories
  • A post about my favorite songs/channels from YouTube
  Also, I’m hoping to publish my book on June 24, though that’s  just a goal. (June 24 is my blogiversary). As I get closer to publishing, I’ll probably do a cover reveal post, giveaway, and lots of other fun book posts!

  Is there anything else you’d like to see posted here? What have you been up to?
Laura


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fun Snail Mail Ideas

  Hello! Today I want to talk about pen pals, snail mail, and ways to have fun with them! I love writing letters. Over the years, I’ve had many pen pals, and treasure each letter I get. (Fun fact: four of my pen pals have had the middle name Elizabeth/Elisabeth!) Pen pals are so much fun as you get to hear other girls tell their stories and you get to know them. Recently, I was able to talk to one of my pen pals on the phone for the first time. It was such a neat experience, and I feel so much closer to her now. 
  Here are a few "snail mail" ideas for you!


Using pretty paper is fun! If it's too small, just use several! Don't have special paper? Just decorate some plain paper with crayon or markers!


Decorate the back of the envelope! Isn’t this beautiful? I cut it off of an envelope someone sent. 


Here’s more envelope art.


Washi tape is an easy way to decorate your envelope.



Using pretty stamps is fun too!


Something I have begun doing is cutting the stamps off of the mail I get and gluing them into my “Everybook.” (I'd like to do a post about my Everybook one day.) It's fun looking at them all, and picking out favorites!


If you have time, making cards is special too. Here’s one from one of my pen pals; isn’t it pretty?


You could also make your mail more exciting by adding
A tea bag
A poem
A coloring page
A sheet of stickers
Photos of you or your family
A bookmark
A quiz for them to fill out and mail back
A chapter of a story you write; send one chapter in each letter!

Some ideas to write in your letter are
Recent things you’ve done.
Questions (to help them write their letters!)
Prayer requests
Tell them about your family
Describe what a day in your life is like



  It's such a blessing when you're having a hard day to find a handwritten letter waiting for you! As you write your letters, try your very best to write an encouraging letter that will brighten your pen pal's day.

  One last thing I'd like to say: be careful! You should be very cautious in writing to someone you have never met. Before writing to anyone you haven't met in person, ask your Mom or Dad. Remember that people are not always who they say they are. Some people even use pictures of themselves that aren't even them! When it comes to getting a pen pal, be wise. 
  Also, if you want a good pen pal, but don't know how to get one, comment below and I can tell you how I got mine! Pen pals can really be a blessing! I have pen pals who have grown to be friends, and who encourage me so much. 

Do you love mail? Do you have a pen pal? What do you like to include in your letters? Any letter-writing advice?