The MacGregor Legacy - For Love or Loyalty

1760 Scotland - To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late.

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.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour -"Widow of Gettysburg" by Joycelyn Green

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Widow of Gettysburg
River North; New Edition edition
by
Jocelyn Green
#christianfiction #christianromance


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


ABOUT THE BOOK: 

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it? Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Jesus' Life, Death & Resurrection Displayed in Statues

Over the weekend we went for an afternoon ride and discovered a beautiful story told in statue displays. I thought they were too beautiful not to share. I'll let the story of each image speak for itself as shown below. This is a hidden treasure at the St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. 






















Monday, July 15, 2013

Rose Maynard Barton 19th Century Paintings

#publicdomain, #vintageart

Rose painted watercolor images of landscapes, street scenes, gardens, children, and various illustrations in England and Ireland. She was born in Dublin in 1856. Her paintings are in the public domain. Below are a few of my favorites.


Grandfather in the garden with his granddaughter

 Horseback riding on the beach

 Crowd enjoying the park and women carrying parasols

Street scene of carriage and people at Westminister

 Women walking in park

 Street scene of people waiting on Royalty 




Thursday, July 11, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "Pieces of the Heart" by Bonnie Calhoun

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Pieces of the Heart
Abingdon Press
by
Bonnie S. Calhoun
#christianfiction, #christianromance


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year,” President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC) and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference(GPCWC).

For the last six years she has taught workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and creating Social Media promotions at both CCWC, and GPCWC, and in 2011 at the Montrose, Pa Christian Writers Conference. She also taught a Facebook workshop at the 2012 ACFW conference.

Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin in upstate area of New York with a dog and cat who think she’s wait-staff.

Her sites are: https://www.facebook.com/bonniescalhounsnarkandsuspense
 https://www.facebook.com/bscalhoun

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cordelia Grace watched Bernard Howard, the love of her young life, go off to fight for our country in WWII. And she has spent the last three years creating the Pine Cone quilt that will grace their marriage bed when he comes home. Each row of triangles signifies a layer in her life, sets of memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers for her future, enough spoken words to cover them forever. Her image of their “happy-ever-after” grows proportionally as the quilt expands.

But is the man that returns from the war, the same man that she remembered? Are the dark shades of color that she had to use for the outside edges of the beloved quilt prophetic of her life to come? Can love and faith overcome all?

If you would like to read teh first chapter of Pieces of the Heart, goH
ERE.



Sunday, July 07, 2013

Claude Monet Paintings of 19th Century

As the founder of the French Impressionist movement, Claude Monet captured movement against the back drop of nature scenes. Many of his paintings show people living active lives, while others depicted beautiful landscapes. He lived between 1840 - 1926 and spent several years in Paris where he painting most of his art. 

Monet's art is old enough to be in the public domain. Many of the women in his paintings are of his wife, Camille. I have included a few of my favorite images below. 

1868 - Lady on the bank of the Siene River


 Boardwalk at Trouville

Ships in Harbor 

Couple in Woods, Claude Monet & wife Camille 

Couple by the Sea - 1866 

Lady on Bench in Garden with man behind her. 

Lady in Green - 1866 

Lighthouse at La Havre  

Outdoor Picnic - 1865 

Outdoor Picnic in Paris - 1865 

Train traveling in the winter snow - 1875 

Train Depot at St. Lazare 

Woman in colorful garden - 1867 

Woman sewing - 1875 

Woman carrying parasol in a field with a friend - 1875 

Women by a tree on a walking path - 1866 

Two women in the woods, one painting and the other reading 

Monday, July 01, 2013

God's Faithful Promises - In the Midst of Adversity

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

After reading this verse, you may wonder, what are God's promises? Over the last few months, I have been writing devotions on God's Faithful Promises. You can review them at the links below. 

~ Introduction: Join Me in Discovering God's Faithful Promises
Three Kinds of Promises from God
Nothing Can Separate Us From God's Love
Spiritual Salvation
Our Spiritual Adoption
~ God's Promise Through the Rainbow

The list above is only the beginning of some of God's promises to us. Once we know these promises, we must believe and trust that God is faithful to His promises. It's one thing to believe that He CAN fulfill His promises, but another to TRUST that He WILL fulfill them. Hebrews 10:23 says that God is faithful to His promises. 

The verse above also tells us not to waver in our confession of hope. How do we do this when adversity comes and things around us fall apart -- a loved one is in pain or dying, betrayal is penetrating our heart, the bills aren't paid, a loved one self-destructs, or prayers continue to be unanswered days, months....years?

If God's promises are faithful, what does this verse mean when things turn out wrong and so painful? Do some prayers go unanswered? Why are some born to struggle in poverty and others to wealth and privilege? Does God have favorites?

It boils down to trusting in God's sovereignty.

~ God is infinite in wisdom
~ God is perfect in love
~ God is supreme in power & judgment

In Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges, he points out that God is still on the throne and in control of our lives when things are both good and bad. God orchestrates things according to His sovereign will without taking away from our free will by working in the hearts of people. Just because God knows what course a person will choose, doesn't mean He will not still give them the chance to choose. And in knowing, He plans around that person's bad choice, because it may hurt us and others. As a result, He helps us overcome it so that we aren't forsaken, and we are never alone. 

We cannot have the free will choice to choose between good and evil if He erased all the evil. This doesn't mean that God causes evil. He created ALL things to be good, even Satan was created as an heavenly angel named Lucifer, but he CHOSE to be evil. The fallen angels (demons) CHOSE evil as well. As a result, some people will CHOOSE evil. All of them have a choice. 

For example, it was not God's will for Hitler and the German regime to murder millions of Jews during the Holocaust, but it was His will for the Germans to exist and have free will choice to do good or evil. They were meant to exist--even Hitler. Therefore, God worked in the hearts of Americans and the allied forces to end Hitler's tyranny. The same can be said of the Egyptians and the Israelites, the school bully, the unfair boss.

We do not yet live in a perfect heaven. We live in a fallen world where evil exists. God is holy, supreme, sovereign and cannot exist where sin lives except through the hearts of people. He can only dwell in our hearts if we CHOOSE to believe in Jesus Christ as the one-time sacrifice in our place, that He rose again, and His Holy Ghost Spirit was left behind to dwell in us. This belief cleanses our hearts so His Holy Spirit can dwell inside. When we believe and accept Him, the Holy Spirit becomes our communicator to God through prayer, our teacher through knowledge, and a comforter through peace that surpasses human understanding, an addition to the Holy Word of God (Bible). All of this means nothing, without believing in God's sovereignty. 

If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe that just as certainly as God will allow nothing to subvert His glory, so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us. (from Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts)

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)

You WILL be hurt by other people's choices, because God has given them the same free will that He has given you--to choose good or evil. 

Sickness and disease will attack people and accidents will happen because we are living in a fallen world full of evil. Some will be healed and given more time and others will not. We don't know how long a person is meant to live, so we must accept God's sovereign will in their lives. Perhaps He is giving them mercy from a lifetime of chronic pain or saving them from a future of something worse. We do not know, so we must trust God to know what we do not. 

Remember, He has promised us peace with a future of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) I believe this promise extends through adversity on earth and into the afterlife in paradise, because nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death. (Romans 8:38-39)