The MacGregor Legacy - From Scotland to the Carolinas

(Book 1 - For Love or Loyalty) (Book 2 - For Love or Country) (Book 3 - For Love or Liberty)

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Awakened Redemption (Inspirational Regency)

1815 England - A story that pierces the heart and captures the Regency era.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Offer the Sacrifice of Praise

"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." (Hebrews 13:15)

I used to wonder how praising God can be a sacrifice, but over the years I've finally figured it out. There will come unhappy moments in our lives when we will experience grief, betrayal, sadness, weakness, and unpleasant circumstances. We may wonder why God is allowing these things to happen to us. We may feel abandoned and forsaken. It's during these moments, that we won't feel like praising God--that's when it becomes a sacrifice. Most of you know what I'm talking about. It's when you're so heavy with burdens and despondency that it's an effort to get out of bed, to eat, to put one foot in front of the other, to face the day. 

But here is what else I've learned--get up and praise Him, because His mercies are new each day! Your circumstance is temporary. There will come a day when you WILL feel better. He has not forsaken you. He is walking through the good AND the bad right beside you. All things (including the bad) work together for good for those who love God. You may not be able to see the good in your circumstance right now, but there will come a time when you will. If nothing else, it will make you stronger. Praising God and thanking Him WILL make you feel better. So offer up the sacrifice of praise and change your moment!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Word of Inspiration: The Name of Jesus Has POWER!

"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13)

When I saw the Charlotte Observer article that Charlotte, NC police chaplains have been forbidden to pray in the name of Jesus at department ceremonies, my heart became grieved. I understand that they want to be sensitive to other faiths. They have six chaplains on staff and all of them are Christian. Rather than taking away a religious freedom from one group, why not submit an invitation to those who represent the other faiths to join them? After all, they are volunteers and none of them are paid. I'm sure some of them would come forward and be available when they can. 

If Christians pray without the name of Jesus, our prayers do not have the same power. When we pray, we want our prayers answered. Jesus' name, and the belief in Him, makes this happen. In the Christian faith, there is no power in prayer without the name of Jesus. Don't forsake the name of Jesus in your prayers. Politely decline to pray in public if you must. In the presence of other sectarian prayers, pray a silent prayer to Jesus, He knows and hears your heart. This will disrespect no one of another faith and we will be keeping the commandment that Jesus gave us in loving our neighbors (Romans 13:10) and keeping the peace when possible (Proverbs 11:12) without sacrificing our own beliefs.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Husbands Love Your Wives

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5:25-26 

While there are many reasons for all the broken families our society is experiencing these days, I truly believe that if people would put God first in their relationships, more marriages and families would not only survive, but thrive. We live in a "me, me, me" generation, putting ourselves and our personal wants above everyone around us--even those we are supposed to love. We may be living the only lives God has given us, but our choices affect those around us. You don't have to sacrifice all your wants, but sacrificing some of them, to spend more time with your family might be enough to change your perspective on what you REALLY want. Each time you get ready to make a decision, stop and consider what Jesus would do.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Don't Apply for Citizenship in this World

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20

Too many of us think of this world as a permanent and stable environment. We want to plant roots, buy houses and property, collect things (mostly junk), and become attached to our homes and cities. If God were to call you tomorrow, would you be able to leave it all behind, take up your cross, and follow Him? Could you go into the mission field? If you have multiple investment properties, could you give one to a homeless family? Give your second car to a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet? Test yourself...practice giving something away and see if it's a struggle. I'm not talking about the clothes and shoes in your closet that you haven't worn in ages. I'm talking about something you value. This world is not your home. You're presence here is nothing more than on a long visit. Don't become too attached to this world and the things in it. Don't apply for citizenship here. Your home is in heaven, and your job is to win as many souls as possible and bring them with you.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Be Smarter than an Ant

"Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep--so shall your poverty come on you like a robber and your need like an armed man." (Proverbs 6:6-11)

This is a great lesson and warning for all of us. We cannot afford to be lazy or neglect our savings to prepare for our future. Many of us have done this as individuals, but we are also guilty as a nation and it's why we are now in so much economic and financial trouble with huge deficits. We become comfortable with the way things are and too much contentment leads to laziness. When the harvest rewards us, instead of saving for the future, we spend, spend, spend and enjoy ourselves. Then when unexpected peril happens, we don't have the extra finances to defend ourselves from lack. It is as if a thief came and took everything away all at once during the night. We are smarter than this. Work hard, save, and be prepared for the unexpected. Be smarter than an ant!

Monday, June 04, 2012

God's Mercies Are NEW Each Morning!