Even if . . .

Well, it has been a while since my last post.

Not sure how well acquainted all of you are with Klove ( a listener supported Christian radio station), but I like to listen to it. During times of struggle, hope and joy, the DJs seem to play the songs that I need to hear the most.

Lately, my theme seems to be “Even if . . .” “Don’t Try so Hard” and “Blessing”. All of those titles may seem like it is a very reflective time for me. It hasn’t been, it has been a long season. However, this time I am going to praise him, because I realized this time that God loves me even though I have many scars, physical, mental and on my heart, and I just need to live in his grace, daily.

As the song says: Even if by Kutless

Even if the healing doesn’t come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn’t come

Don’t Try So Hard by Amy Grant

Don’t try so hard
God gives you grace and you can’t earn it
Don’t think that you’re not worth it
Because you are
He gave you His love and He’s not leaving
Gave you His Son so you’d believe it
You’re lovely even with your scars
Don’t try so hard

and

Blessing by Laura Story

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

So my friends, when you think that a season of hurt and pain should come to an end and it doesn’t . . .look at it from another angle. What would you have learned if you had not had this season? Who would you not have met? Where would you be?

Just look up and even if you aren’t where you thought your would be, you are exactly where you should be . . . even if

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I Should Have Stayed Home

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I Should Have Stayed Home
A Novel
Horace McCoy

Synopsis:
Ralph Carston has come to Hollywood to become a star. However, Ralph finds that his accent is one strike against him. He is staying with Mona Matthews, who is also trying for the brass ring of stardom. Events in a courtroom ring them the notoriety and inclusion into a social circle that was formally denied to them. Ralph becomes a “special friend” to a wealthy widow who says she will help him, but really won’t. This book describes an existence of what happens when a dream does not come true, but you don’t or can’t really go back home.

Reflection:
This sad story was written from the perspective of a man who is trying to make it in Hollywood. There are times I feel sorry for him, but there are other times when I think “grow a spine.” Either way, I suggest you read the book from the perspective that this book takes a real look at how dreams die.

Something Wicked

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Something Wicked (The Colony)
Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
Kensington Books

Synopsis:

A group of women who are related live together on an Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay. They have a variety of powers that are extremely scary. One of the women had the power to seduce men and as a result had several children. Most of the boys were adopted out, the one who stayed is dead and one of the adopted sons is coming back . . . .

Detective Savannah Dunbar, who is eight months into a surrogate pregnancy for her sister Kristina. Savannah wants to have the baby, wrap up her paperwork so she can have a stress free medical leave, and return to her work. However, a double murder has interrupted those plans, a request from the Colony and something is bothering her sister.

There is evil in the air and Savannah is right in the middle of it.

Reflection:

This book grips you as you are reading the story. Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes or another element has been added to the story. Do not read the book alone with a fire burning, it is most definitely a book to read during the broad light of day. But read it!!!

Cropped to Death

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CROPPED TO DEATH
A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery (#1)
Christina Freeburn

Synopsis:

Faith Hunter has moved back home after a disastrous career in the Army (according to her). Now she is now back home, working for her grandmothers store, Scrap This. Her grandmothers want her to settled, married and happy. Faith would like to forget the past, not let it affect her present and make Scrap This a successful store for her grandmothers. Unfortunately, one of the employees have been accused of murdering her soon to be ex husband. The detective in charge is new to small town life and does not want Faith involved in the investigation. Life is a mess!

Reflection:

The book is a good cozy mystery. I do wish that the author brought the backstory to the fore front sooner. I did not like the teasers of the backstory. I think people will enjoy this book. A good read!!!

Pop Out and Paint

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Pop-Out & Paint Farm Animals
Cindy A. Littlefield

This is a great book for children and parents or students and teachers to work on together. So many teachers use these animals for their themes at school. Rather than buying the animals, this would be a great back to school activity and the teachers could put them out when the student is the person of the week. It would be a great highlight.

Ms. Littlefield did a great job in putting this book together and providing all of the necessary information in doing a good job with the animals.

Maggie’s Chopsticks

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Maggie’s Chopsticks
Alan Woo
Kids Can Press

Maggie is learning how to eat with chopsticks. Everyone in her family as a district way of eating their food with their chopsticks. The style reflects the personality of the each member of her family. Maggie practices with her chopsticks until she finally develops her own stye of eating with the chopsticks. Children will learn that their personality is uniquely their own and it is something to make them proud