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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Reading Scotland Challenge


2013 READING SCOTLAND CHALLENGE


Join the adventure!
Read anything Scottish this year!

Create your own public post of participation
at Goodreads, on FBPinterest, etc

The more genres we explore the richer our experience.
Poetry, history, biography, memoir, essays, fiction, YA,
children’s, contemporary, mystery, romance, fantasy,
spiritual, time travel, photography, recipe books..
Whatever involves Scotland,
whether author, location, subject, is on target.

Then determine your level of involvement  ~
Bairn at 1 – 3 books
Lass at 4 - 7
Laird at 8 - 11
Queen of Scots at 12 +

Pick up your participation button [top]!

Wanting to add a Scottish themed Giveaway during the year?
Definitely welcomed!
All who complete their posted commitment level
will be entered for a surprise Scottish treat
at the conclusion of the Challenge Nov 30th 2013!
Looking forward to sharing our Scottish adventures!
When tweeting about the challenge ,
Please use hashtag #ReadingScotland
THANKS for joining us!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Three Kinds of Promises from God

Before we get into the series of studying God's promises, I wanted to discuss the three kinds of promises that God gives us and give you an example of each. Also, we will discuss the different kinds of people that God's promises target. These exist in both the Old and the New Testaments. 

1) Promised Blessings  - These promises are free gifts that come with no conditions attached.

Example
"Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on earth.'" (Gensis 1:28)

This is a promise to all mankind that we would have dominion over all the earth. It is freely given and there are no conditions to obtain this promise, nor is it a consequence of any action.

2) Conditional Promises - These promises are still blessings, but they come with a condition, an action that we must make in order to obtain it. 

Example
"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together, of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered." (1 Peter 3:7)

A husband's prayers can be hindered or go unanswered if he does not abide by the condition to understand and honor his wife. 

3) Promises of Consequence - These promises can be a blessing if God's word is obeyed, or a curse and a punishment if God's word is disobeyed. The choice is ours.

Example
"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God" (Deuteronmy 28:1-2)

This verse is followed by several verses of specific blessings that the Lord names. 

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you." (Deuteronomy 28:15)

This verse is followed by several verses of specific curses and punishments that the Lord names. 

Types of People God Will Choose to Bless with Promises

1) Children of God
2) Individuals
3) Specific Nations or tribes of people
4) All mankind


Note: In the Old Testament, the Children of God were the Israelites or descendants of Abraham.  In the New Testament, non-Israelites (or gentiles) are adopted as children of Christ through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The verses below prove this. 

"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


Romans says we are adopted, and John says that whoever believes, including all mankind on the condition that we believe. This is the greatest PROMISE of all!



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Join Me in Discovering God's Faithful Promises


I would like to invite you to join me each Monday for an in-depth biblical study of God's Faithful Promises. We will begin the series in March and carry through until May. This is not a formal study published from a specific ministry, but an honest and raw journey through the Bible to seek answers and understanding as the Holy Spirit leads.

I will be making references to verses from the NKJV, but you may feel free to follow along in whatever Bible translation you prefer. When God makes a promise to us, He may state that it is a promise or a covenant, or He may say "I will" or "I shall". This is a promise that He will do something and we can count on it.

You may have studied God's Faithful Promises before, but there are times when we need to be reminded or to have a deeper understanding as we hold on to hope for specific prayers to be answered. I am in that place right now in my life, and I invite you to join me on this journey.

Five years ago I wrote down 50 life prayers and have continued to pray these prayers for the past five years. Recently, I went through each one and realized that 12 of those prayers were answered with a yes, 15 were answered with a no, and 11 were partially answered. The rest are yet to be answered. Why am I doing this? Because one of those prayers was: "Lord, I pray my prayers are not in conflict with Your will for my life. Help me to be open to Your Holy Spirit so that I will know when and how to change or alter my prayers if necessary."

I prayed this because I recognize God's sovereignty in my life. He knows better than I what is best for me. What if some of those unanswered prayers are because I am praying for something that will lead me on a path where He doesn't want me to go? By re-evaluating my prayers, wants, goals and lining them up with His  promises, I can realign myself back into the protection of His will and continue to receive His blessings.

Some of my prayers are for other people--loved ones in my life--and I realize that God must work through free will of those people. It's a gift He has given them and He will not take it back. Therefore, I may need to pray for something more specific for them. Whatever I pray, it needs to be spirit-led.

Thank you for joining me! If you don't want to miss a post, be sure to subscribe using the buttons on the left sidebar of my blog.

Did you know? 


  • The word promise is mentioned in the Bible 127 times.
  • The word covenant is mentioned in the Bible 315 times.
  • I will is mentioned 1,744 times.
  • God will is mentioned 109 times.
  • The Lord will is mentioned 218 times
  • Christ will is mentioned 4 times.
  • Jesus will is mentioned 2 times.
  • I shall is mentioned 102 times.
  • God shall is mentioned 22 times.
  • Christ shall is mentioned 2 times.


All references are taken from the NKJV and are potential promises that God has made to us, depending on the context of the scripture. In other words, another person may have been saying "I will" or "I shall" and so we need to determine who is speaking and narrating. I will pull and discuss all references where God or Christ is the one speaking and making the promise. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Word of Inspiration: Love Never Fails

"Love suffers long and is kind. Love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil." (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) "Love rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:6-7) "Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:8)

In this verse, God reminds us that love is more than feelings for someone, more than lust and passion, more than devotion and responsibility for our children, and more than mere words. Love is in action, deed, and thoughts of the heart and mind. Love is patient and kind even when most people would have lost patience and snapped.

Love does not envy. Yet, many of us have envied a friend, sibling or competitor that we are supposed to care about. At that moment, the thoughts of our heart are not of love, but evil. Even if we have had this emotion, it doesn't mean we no longer love them, but at that moment, we are not loving them as we should. While it may be natural to have these unhealthy feelings at times, we are called to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, which is what seems natural to us. The challenge is controlling these unhealthy feelings by turning away from the bad thoughts and thinking on the good things we love about that person. 

Love does not parade itself. This means that we should not boast about our wealth, talent and good luck to people around us. Even if we are happy and celebrate the success of others, if they constantly flaunt it in our faces--especially in the midst of our own failures--it can take its toll on us. This is when Satan will attack us with feelings of envy and jealousy. You can share your good new and achievements with someone, but there are times to withhold good news and there are ways to share our successes without boasting.

Love does not behave rudely. This piece of the verse goes along way and extends over many circumstances from our loved ones to strangers we meet on the street each day. Even if you don't feel good, you're in a bad mood, or having the worst day of your life--it does not excuse you for snapping at others, displaying rude gestures, gossiping, betraying or deceiving others, putting yourself and your wants above others, road rage and cutting other drivers off, bullying or doing nothing about others who bully, etc.

Love does not seek it's own. This is the concept of putting others first, waiting your turn, sacrificing something you might want for someone else, stepping aside so someone else can have a turn or resisting competition to help build the confidence of others. It can also mean sharing and giving. Yes, you may have worked hard for what you have, but God gave you the ability and opportunity, now He wants to use you to bless someone else who may not have had your opportunities. YOU may be that person's opportunity.

Love is not provoked. This is another form of manipulation. When we know someone really well--a spouse, parents, our children--we know what invisible buttons to push to make them react. Through our words, deeds and behavior, we can provoke our loved ones to anger, resentment, shame, guilt, embarrassment, jealousy, envy--to feel and do things they ought not to do. Provoking someone in this way is not an act of love, but manipulation. This is why the Bible commands parents not to provoke their children.

Love thinks no evil. We should not expect the worst of our loved ones. Instead, we should trust them to do the right thing, to be faithful when we are not around, to overcome temptation, to say good things about us--we should always give them the benefit of good over doubting them. 

Love NEVER fails!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "Ashton Park" by Murray Pura


The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Ashton Park

Harvest House Publishers 
by
Murray Pura
#christianfiction, #christianromance


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 




Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey series, comes this equally enthralling story of the Danforth family of Ashton Park. Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park. The year is 1916.  The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and Lady Elizabeth's three sons are all in uniform--and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.

As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ashton Park, go HERE.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

CFBA - "Grace Given" by Beth Shriver


The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Grace Given
Realms 
by
Beth Shriver
#christianfiction, #christianromance


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Childhood memories of her grandfather's ranch came alive as Beth wrote her first Amish story. Her parents grew up in the country, so she appreciates pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land. She visits a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home she stops at the community store to get some plum jam! 

Beth received a degree in social work and psychology from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a caseworker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family. Beth and her husband, two children, along with two cats and a beagle live in Texas after moving from their first home in Colorado. She freelances for the local papers in her area and writes columns, devotionals for magazines, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction. Beth is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Literary Agency.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.” —Amish Proverb

Elsie Kline can’t forgive her sister for leaving the community. Gideon Lapp helps Elsie through her bitterness by studying the Martyr’s Mirror book that is centuries old, describing their ancestors’ sacrifice for their faith. But he feels there is something more. When the community moved to Texas, they were not welcomed by some of the locals. They have told Katie and Elsie that harm will come to their community if don’t go back up north where they came from. Gideon stays by Elsie’s side as she learns to give grace and to humble herself to accept grace as well. “Beth has a heart for helping others, whether through her nonfiction and fiction writing or in other capacities. It has been my pleasure to read and respond to her work during the past few years of knowing her.” —Leanna Ellis, Author of Facelift and Forsaken and winner of the National Readers Choice Award. 

If you would like to read the first chapter of Grace Given, go HERE