When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  – Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

While I was growing up I had formed in my head what my life was going to look like. I had everything planned out to create the ultimate picture.

I would graduate from college and get married. We would enjoy our time as newlyweds before having two children. The four of us would live in a quaint house with the white picket fence. Ah, I could sit back and just enjoy my family. It was picture perfect.

However, in my picture I did not account for reality. In my life this included; divorce, a miscarriage and cancer. That is only one side of the coin on the other I was also blessed with an amazing husband who loves the Lord, five incredible children and a writing career.

A certainty of life is that no one can plan out or predict how it will play out. There will be twists and turns as well as peaks and valleys. The only way to successfully navigate through life is by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you every step of the way. It may mean going through some struggles, but God knows what is best. He is the only one who sees the big picture. The experiences you go through can not only strengthen you, but also enable you to reach out to others. God will not waste one thing. He uses everything ultimately for good. We simply need to surrender to His leading. Don’t let your plans hold you back from God’s best for you.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the truth found in Your Word. May I allow You to guide me down the correct path. Help me to cling to You even when the struggles in life come. I know that You have a perfect plan for me. May I completely surrender to You. In Your Precious Name, Amen.

So, what about you? Did you ever have a plan that failed? If so, could you see God’s hand in what happened next? What sort of “new beginnings” have you experienced in your life? Let’s talk about that today.

Spring Cleaning

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With Easter in the rearview mirror and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to begin the dreaded — Spring Cleaning. I remember as I was growing up helping my grandmother thoroughly clean everything, including wiping down the walls. It was a time to open the windows and breathe in the smell of spring. Although it requires a great deal of work, it is necessary and rewarding. Continue reading

The Art of Losing Yourself – Book Review

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Being a fan of Katie Ganshert’s first three books, it was no surprise that I was thrilled to be selected to receive an advance copy of her latest book, The Art of Losing Yourself.

I devoured the book in just a few short days. I was drawn into this elaborate story world Katie created within the confines of the first and last pages for her characters. Carmen is dealing with her own issues when her 17 year old sister, Gracie, comes to lives with her and her husband, Ben. Over the course of the novel, the reader has a backstage pass to the ups and downs of their lives Continue reading

Friday Fun – Character Game

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Today, we are going to try something a little different. We are going to be playing a game together. The more of you that participate, the more fun it will be. I would like you to think of the last book you read. Okay, do you have it in mind? Alright, you are now the main character in that book. In the comment section, I would like you to share what you are doing? Let’s see if we can guess what books are friends are reading? On your mark… get set… GO!

Friday Afternoon Fun

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Before I announce this week’s winners, I would like to share a few moments with you. The weather is getting warmer and the white space on my calendar is filling up faster than the clothes in the kids’ hamper. If you can identify with this I would like you to take just a few minutes and watch the video. I hope that it will bring a smile to your face as you greet the weekend. Continue reading

From the Start – Book Review

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Over the weekend, I received a wonderful surprise in my mailbox – an advance copy of Melissa Tagg’s, From the Start. The delightful characters from Maple Valley jumped off the page and into my heart.

(From the back cover) Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before. While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them?

 As a writer, I immediately connected with Kate and walked along side her through the ups and downs of her journey in the novel. Melissa did an excellent job of making characters and the story real. Kate is a prime example. She comes to a place where she has her life figured out – all the pieces in place. However, she fails that God sees the big picture and her life isn’t going to go quite as she planned. It was a fabulous reminder for all of us, that God has a purpose and plan for each of us, we just need to be willing to take the risk, like Kate, and step out in faith.

I would highly recommend this book as well as Melissa’s other great books, Made to Last and Here to Stay. You will immediately fall in love with her characters and engaging stories.


**Don’t forget that I will be announcing the winners of my latest book giveaway on Friday. To enter, you simply need to leave a comment. I would love to hear about a time you took a risk and stepped out.

What are you planting?

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The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. The sun was out and the temperature was warm enough to shed the coats and bring the patio table and chairs out of storage. It was also the perfect time to get the seeds planted for the garden. The kids were all eager to join in the task, carefully poking a hole in the soil and placing the tiny seed inside. Years ago I never would have imagined being excited to plant seeds and tend a garden. However, things have changed. Continue reading