Saturday, August 27, 2011


by Janet Chester Bly
Copyright 2008

When do you get personal peace when you feel like you've gone into free fall after a bungy jump?

Peace comes when you know...
what to do next
when to speak
what to say
where to go
why you’re here
but especially...
whom to trust to land you in a safe place.

The kind of trust of really deep down in your gut kind of certainty that this one will pull you through.

It’s called faith.

Have you discovered your own promises from God...for comfort? For help? For peace? The sort of assurances that penetrate past your doubts? Every bit of unbelief? 

He’s got words meant straight from His heart to yours. Find them. Listen to them. Allow them to permeate deep within until you know He will not withhold any good thing from you.

When’s the last time you’ve claimed promise verses for yourself and those you love? Below you’ll find a few samples to examine.

Note the context.
Detect what comes before and after too.
Pay attention to any pre-conditions to be met.
Memorize the key ones.

Every good thing the Lord had promised them came true. (Joshua 21:45 TLB)

Psalm 4:8 - promise of sleep and safety.
Psalm 29:11 - promise of strength and peace.
Psalm 55:16-19 - assurance of deliverance from threats of harm.
Psalm 119:165 - promise of great peace.
Psalm 121 - promise of help, protection and watchful care.
Isaiah 26:3 - promise of perfect peace.
Isaiah 32:17 - promise of peace, quietness and confidence.
Isaiah 33:6 - promise of salvation, wisdom and knowledge.
Isaiah 54:10 - promise of peace, no matter what.
Proverbs 16:7 - promise of peace with enemies.
Matthew 6:33,34 - promise of provision of every need on this day.
Matthew 7:7-11 - promise of answered prayer and good gifts.
Matthew 11:28-30 - promise of rest for the weary.
John 16:33 - promise of peace and coping with world’s troubles.
Romans 5:1,2 - promise of peace with God through faith in Jesus.

What particular promise do you trust in today?


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

MISTAKEN IDENTITY, new novel by K. Dawn Byrd

Mistaken Identity

Eden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn't have a chance.

Channing Johnson is everything Eden's ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they're in love.

Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.

"This is a spiritual journey for Eden who is looking for guidance but is not sure where to find it, friends, family, God, or maybe a mixture of all the above. I felt for Eden as she tries to understand what is happening around her and when loyalties are crossed who should she believe? A sweet story."


Zippy & Ponchee
K. Dawn Byrd says: "When not reading or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 16 years. Our favorite evening consists of a leisurely walk beside a gorgeous lake near our home while we plot the next story waiting to be told. Here's a picture of the two little guys who walk with us, Zippy and Ponchee. They're hairless Chinese Cresteds."

K. Dawn Byrd is author of Queen of Hearts (April 2010) and Killing Time (August 2010) and This Time For Keeps (October 2011).
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Monday, August 22, 2011


By Stephen Bly
   1944 - 2011

In the Old West, a person’s reputation often meant the difference between survival and death. So, it was a guarded commodity.

For many cowboys, his reputation was the only thing of value he could rightly call his own. Lots of terms sprang up that described a man of good character. One of the more meaningful became the phrase “he’ll do to ride the river with,” the highest compliment paid to a cowman.

Back in the days of trail drives, cowboys had to swim thousands of heads of cattle across swollen and dangerous rivers. To make it across required riders of exceptional skill, courage, and level-headed thinking. You quickly learned who you could trust to ride those rivers with you.

You may have wished for that sort of companion.
A good decision maker...
One who keeps commitments...
A friend who stays cool in a crisis...
A partner who helps you cross the stream of trials, the river of troubles...
Someone who’s a stander, not a runner...
A person of faith who seeks God’s wisdom.

It’s a great goal for which to aim yourself: become a person who’ll do to ride the river with.


Has there been that kind of friend for you?
Have you been that sort of friend for another?


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Thursday, August 11, 2011


Children walking country road
This picture comes from Pastor Erick Reinstedt of rural Monterey County in California.

He says, "We snapped this picture some years back of our girls taking a walk. I guess I'd call it, 'It Says it All,' because, I guess it does (at least to me)."


Erick & Mary Ann Reinstedt
About Erick Reinstedt: I pastor True Life Christian Fellowship, a rural, non-denominational church.I live on 40 acres (about 55 minutes from town) with my amazing wife, Mary Ann, and two awesome daughters. We have two cows, five chickens, and three cats. I enjoy writing on my blog, A Great God & Good Coffee, and sharing my personal thoughts, things God is showing me in my study, reflections, and slices of life. The title of the blog says a lot about me—I love a good cup of coffee and God-centered fellowship in the screen porch in the summer, and by the wood stove in the winter. I believe the Bible is God's writing, front to back, word for word.

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What does this picture mean to you?

Monday, August 08, 2011


by Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner
Fiction With A Southern Accent!

Book Blurb:

Despite craving independence, Charlotte Beck agrees to a marriage of convenience. But when her marriage suddenly becomes very inconvenient indeed, will romance thrive in the most unlikely of situations?

An aristocratic astronomer out to save his family and a Denver heiress out to take on the world meet their match in THE INCONVENIENT MARRIAGE OF CHARLOTTE BECK, the latest historical romp in the Women of the West series from Kathleen Y’Barbo.

From Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show’s London debut to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and the mining town of Leadville, Colorado, join Charlotte Beck and Viscount Hambly as they discover that sometimes love arrives at the most inconvenient of times. 


Read the first three chapters at



Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner
RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division. In addition, Kathleen also served as exclusive publicist for Books & Such Literary Agency.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has a daughter and three grown sons. She recently married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!) and is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

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