May 27, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer



I thoroughly enjoyed Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer. The heroine, Grace,  is a telegraph operator in a town comprised of women. Hiding from her father's murder who seeks something she has, she has found shelter in this town full of women who love and protect their own. I loved the various characters in this town and the side romance that developed by one of the "I hate men" women in the town.

I loved the idea of finding love over the telegraph wire. It is like online dating, but the old-fashioned way. Will they like what they see? Are they the same as their "wire" persona? It makes for great tension in the story when Grace and Amos finally meet for the first time.

I am not usually a fan of beta heroes, but Amos grows on me as he steps up to the plate, time and time again, for Grace. When the Pinkerton character comes into town, this sparks competition between the two as they both vie for Grace's attention. It also spurs Amos into stepping out of the box and being more assertive.

Overall, this book was an enjoyable read with plenty of adventure and suspense. I would definitely recommend! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars only because of my preference for alpha heroes.

Backcover Copy:

Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper's Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father's death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority. 

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires. 



I received Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

You can purchase the book HERE.


May 22, 2017

Burying Your Talents In The Sand?

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All my life I have struggled with sharing my work, whether it be lettering, writing, art, you name it. I would worry that it might be considered prideful or that I was vain for putting myself out there. But the parable of the talents keeps coming to mind and I've been pondering it in relation to the gifts God has given me and how I am to use them.

In Matthew 25:14-30, a landowner entrusts his property to 3 caretakers while he takes a trip. To one he gave 5 talents (a measure of money, and quite large), to one he gave 2 talents, and to the last, he gave 1 talent....each according to their ability. When the owner comes back, he questions the caretakers about how they tended to the property with his money. The one with 5 talents bartered and sold, turning the 5 talents into 10. The one with the 2 talents went to the market and turned his 2 talents into 4. The one with 1 talent was afraid and buried his talent so that he could give the landowner the money intact.

The landowner was pleased with the first 2 caretakers and gave them more responsibility. The owner was not pleased with the last caretaker who was afraid. He should have at least put it in the bank to earn interest. The caretaker was thrown out and left to fend for himself.

It sounds rather harsh, doesn't it? Some parables are rather difficult to understand, but really, this parable is about using the gifts that the Lord gives His people to serve Him.

I am not an extrovert and so evangelism is not my strong suit. But I can share God's word through my art (Bible journaling) and through my writing.

I don't like to lead, but I am a good worker and love to help behind the scenes. I'm not a great solo singer, but I can harmonize and use my voice on the praise team. I don't have a big fancy house, but I can open up my living room for Bible studies.

Here's the thing...we all have something we can do for the Lord. It could be the Lord gives you a gift later in life. What if He nudged you to step out and do something you are not comfortable doing? What if He is pushing you to learn something that will enable you to touch others with His love?

Try something new. You never know...you may be good at it! It may be something new for you to bless others. Be brave. Step out of the boat. If it's not your thing, that is just fine. But who knows, it may be the thing that will reach a lost soul for the Kingdom of God.

So whatever you do, whether in word or in action, do it as if you were doing it for the Lord. You plant the seed and He will make it grow.

Are you using your gifts for the Lord? Or have you developed a gift later in life? I would love to hear!


May 15, 2017

Who Needs Headlights In The Dark?

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The other day John was preparing for his sermon and he ran across an interview of a writer named E.L. Doctorow. The interviewer asked him, “Do you have any idea how a project is going to end?” Doctorow said, “The easiest way to explain it is that it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

John asked me if I knew how my story was going to end when I start one. At first, Who I said yes, because you have to have that happy ending, so you know in the end the hero and heroine will fall in love and live happily ever after. But after thinking about it, I said no, because while you may plot your story and have a certain path for your characters to follow, sometimes they get a mind of their own and want to do things not on the path you designed.

I thought Doctorow’s quote was interesting because in a way life is a lot like that. As believers in Jesus, we know the ending. The ending is just the beginning. We will get to continue on throughout eternity, being with our Lord, doing His work with other believers.

But while we know the ending, we certainly don’t know the path we will take. Some of us older ones thought we had our lives in order...all planned out, but then something happens that knocks you off your feet. And then, when you get up, you see that your path has taken a turn. It could be a nice easy path, or it could be one with muddy ruts and big stones to trip over.

But as followers of Christ, we have His light to illuminate our footsteps. No, we don’t get to see the whole road laid out before us, but we can trust Him to be with us every step of the way.

Psalm 119:105 says that His word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path.

In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

We have all the light we need in order to take every step of the journey. But sometimes the light may seem dim and you might feel like you are stumbling over rocks and debris in the road. Maybe you need to clean your headlights or maybe your flashlight’s batteries need to be recharged.

When you find the darkness closing in, that’s the time to refocus and reconnect to the power source that gives Light to the world. Open up the Word and read about the love story of God and us. Sit still and spend time praying to the One who loves you enough bring you out of the darkness and into the light.

I think Doctorow not only had it right about writing, but about life itself when he said, it’s like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.


It’s about living in the light and trusting that light to get you around the next bend in the road. 


May 01, 2017

Open Your Ears to Hear

Stephen was a man full of grace and the Holy Spirit. He was not afraid of what man could do to him and was obedient to proclaim the good news of Jesus. In his last sermon before he was stoned for his faith, Stephen pleaded with the people to not be stiff-necked, but full of faith and the Holy Spirit.

We are to be open to what God has for us. We need to listen with our ears and our hearts to hear the words of Jesus and let Him be our teacher in this life.

Don't resist the Holy Spirit as He whispers the ways of the Father and the Son. The wisdom of the world can lead us astray, but Jesus has the words of life...true life full of wisdom and grace.

How can you be open to the Spirit that gives life?


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