Bible Characters Through the Ages

Thank You God, for this blessing. It’s still hard for me to believe that He has me as a published author. This isn’t something I ever even thought of doing. I am having the time of my life doing it though. While writing, I learn more about the characters. When talking with the children and adults, I can share my faith and hope to bring them to a stronger faith.

The first two books in the series “Bible Characters Through the Ages” are now available on Amazon. “Book One Adam in the Garden” and “Book Two Meeting Eve” are ready as an eBook and a paperback.

I can’t wait to start setting up book signings and talking with the children. I pray that this series helps bring children and families closer to God. Let me know if I can visit your church or school to share these books. If I don’t live near you, we can set up a Skype visit.

Ash Wednesday

This week we begin Lent. In the past I have given up something, like dessert, chocolate, and snacks. Other times I have tried to add something to my daily routine, like more prayer, or reading more in the Bible. This year, I think I will try to be better focused on what God wants me to do each day. In Matthew 6:1-7 it says:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

I will add to my morning prayers: Please, Father, help me to see more clearly who You want me to help today. Please guide my thoughts and writing to be to Your glory. Amen.

How about you?

  • Do you give something up for Lent?
  • Do you try to do something to help others?
  • Do you want do something to improve your health?

Let’s work together and see how we can improve our lives. Go to the end of the blog and write what you want to do this Lenten season. Then each week we can share how we are doing. If we stick to what we have planned maybe this can be a new beginning for being more faithful to God.

I can’t wait to hear what you have planned. God bless you.

 

 

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 6:1–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Making Time for God

This shouldn’t be so difficult, but it is. It’s easier now for me, but as a young wife and mom, the day seemed like it was over before it began.

  • Make sure everyone was up and ready
  • Get breakfast on the table
  • Check backpacks for homework
  • Errands for the day
  • Make dinner
  • Dance class
  • Bath and bed time
  • Whew

As I fell into bed, I’d start my prayer: I’m sorry God I forgot to talk with you today. Please forgive me and help me to do better tomorrow.

Over the years I have learned to take more time for God throughout the day. Once I started praying for direction for what I was going to be doing things fell into place better and easier. I even started asking for driving directions. Usually there is more than one route to where I would want to go. The first time I did it I later learned that there had been a bad accident and I was able to avoid the area by listening to God’s direction.

During the day if a name comes to mind, I pray for that person, for whatever is going on in their life. Or if I see that a cashier looks like they are having a rough day, I make sure that I smile and thank them for helping me. Also tell them to have a blessed day, and then pray for them. Sometimes when out shopping or walking you may see someone that looks like they are having a tough time. You can say a quick prayer asking God to give them peace.

A benefit I have for talking to God more during the day is that I see things more clearly. I notice people not just a blur that is walking by me. I see more in nature when I am on a walk and hear the birds singing more clearly. The more I walk, the better I feel. The pain from sciatica stays away if I keep active enough. Getting older isn’t for the weak, but it sure helps when you feel God’s loving presence helping you get through your day.

Ways to help in making time for God:

  • When you wake up say a prayer of thanks for getting you through the night
  • Tell Him you hope He had a good night
  • My husband and I read a chapter in the Bible with our morning coffee, then comment on the reading
  • Weather permitting, you can sit outside for breakfast and listen to the birds around you
  • Pray for safety and guidance on the road
  • Ask God to help you make a decision
  • Thank God when you are ready to go to sleep for a good day

I believe that my writing books for children, is a gift and a call from God. It’s not something I ever had even thought of doing. I pray when I first sit down to write the books and my blogs asking Him what I should write. Many times when I go back over my manuscripts I will find parts that I don’t remember writing. Those are the time when I feel He really has put the words down that He wants the children to read.

Still Waiting!!!

Our youngest daughter and I are both still waiting, maybe a little impatiently, for our arrivals. Nickie is awaiting the birth of her second child, and I’m awaiting the publication of my second book. (Okay, she’s not waiting anymore☺)

There are lots of things we can be waiting for.

A big part of the country is waiting for a huge winter storm to go away. Here in Florida it’s windy and cold, being raised in Michigan I think it’s chilly. Thank goodness it started on Saturday and not as many people need to be out on the road.

While you are recovering from whatever the weather has brought your way here’s a little something to read. 😉

 

Chapter 2

They found everything on their list they needed to get started. Mom dragged the box to the playroom from the garage and cut a hole for a door in the box for them.
“Thanks, Mom. You’re the best. We’ll finish the rest. Can we cut a picture from a magazine?” Daniel laid his hand on the box.
“Sure.” Mom put down the scissors for them to use. “The magazines are in the basket in the living room. Call me if you need any more help.”
“What do we do now, Daniel?” asked Sarah.
“You get a picture that looks like something we could be flying over from a magazine. Mom gave us two empty spools of thread to use as dials. You can put your picture on the wall just above them. Then I’ll write the names of the people we want to see around the dials.”
Daniel called, “Mom, will you come cut the holes for the thread spools, so they can turn, please?”
“Sure. Are you going to decorate the spools?” Mom asked.
“No, I’m going to have Sarah cover the top with paper and draw an arrow on it, so we know where to turn our dial.” “That’s a great idea,” said Mom.
“How can we decorate the inside of the box?” Daniel asked. “I want it to look real cool. It’s got to look like we’re traveling through space.”

 

Other things you might be waiting for might be:

  • School to be over
  • School to start (Probably the  parents)
  • A boyfriend/girlfriend to call or text
  • A big football game (Super bowl 50)
  • A trip you have been planning
  • A wedding

I pray you didn’t have damage from the winter storm. Please reply on the blog: What effect did this storm have on you? What are you waiting for?

Sneak Peek!!!

It’s almost here. “Bible Characters Through the Ages Adam in the Garden Book 1” is next in line to be published. It will be available as an eBook, Audio book and Print on Demand. This is so exciting, it’s like waiting for a baby to be born. You don’t know quite when it will arrive. Then it is awesome to hold that new book in your hands.

I can’t thank God enough for guiding me into being an author. It has been so amazing. Family and friends are so supportive. A plus is I am getting to know the Bible characters much better myself. He has blessed me with being able to use His book and put it in the language of the children. I pray these books reach many, many children.

 

Bible Characters Through the Ages Book 1
Adam in the Garden

Genesis 2:5–25

Chapter 1

“Sarah, where are you?” Daniel called as he ran into the playroom. He stepped on a Lego he missed while cleaning up last night, and jumped around in pain. Looking around he didn’t see Sarah.
“I’m in my room,” Sarah yelled back.
Daniel went down the short hall to her bedroom. Sarah stood in her play clothes at the door, she still wasn’t quite awake and rubbed her eyes. He was too excited to notice her grogginess. “Want to go on a time travel trip with me?”
“Really, Daniel?” Her eyes lit up, as she picked up her ballerina doll, named Princess. “How are we going to do that?”
“Let’s make a time travel machine!”
Running down the hall, they almost ran into their mom.
“Whoa—!” Mom put her hand on Daniel’s shoulder. “Where are you going in such a hurry?”
They started to talk at the same time.
“I can’t understand a word you are saying,” Mom said. “One at a time-what has you two so excited?”
“You know how in Sunday school we learned we can talk to God and ask Him to help us learn more about Him and the stories in the Bible?” Daniel tilted his head sideways. “We want to build a time travel machine and travel back in time to meet the people in the Bible. The first one we want to meet is Adam.”

I’ll let you know when you can order your copy. I’m working on “The Amazing Esther” now. What character would you like your children to meet next?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

I used to make a resolution every year. My resolutions ranged from working out more, dieting, reading more for fun, and education. Like most people I was successful for a while, but then stumbled and went back to my old ways.

This year I didn’t make a resolution, but want to try to listen more carefully to God’s guidance in what I eat. I need to lower my cholesterol and sugar numbers. I am cutting back on the carbs I eat and keeping a journal with my count for each day. There are many different plans and diets available for any type of way you want to stay healthy. I don’t believe any one plan is meant for everyone. We all have different body types and reactions to the food we eat. Some people can eat a lot and never gain an ounce. We have to figure out what our metabolism is and work with that. We can look at our family and see what traits we have from our parents and grandparents.

Once we have a better handle on what works for our body, then we can work on finding the best type of eating plan we should be on. If you’re like me this can be very frustrating, I have worked at keeping my weight down most of my life. The older I get the harder it is because our metabolism slows down. I work out more and eat less, but still struggle with loosing.

These are some of the different plans you can follow, after talking to your doctor:

You can also check with your doctor for recommendations for you and your health conditions. You should always make sure the plan you want to try is approved by your doctor.

I really want to make it work this time. Where are you in this struggle? Can we work together and help each other? Let me know what you think. Please leave a comment on this blog so others can benefit from your experience.

What is Winter Like For You?

We live in Florida now. Growing up in Michigan is quite different in the weather department. Winter in Michigan can be beautiful with the snow and ice when you are sitting safely in your home by a nice warm fire drinking a cup of hot cocoa. I loved winter as a child and I could only have to worry about playing out in the winter wonderland

As an adult however it is a completely different story. We have to drive on the slippery and icy roads, be concerned for our loved ones in the car with us and those around us. Sometimes the people around us drive like they haven’t a clue as to how to handle the weather conditions. They either, drive too fast or too slow and cause accidents because people around them aren’t sure which way they are going to move.

As a kid even shoveling the snow was fun. We’d see how high we could get the plies along the sidewalk. Then we’d make snow angels and snowmen. Sometimes we’d even build walls. Then stand behind them and have snow ball fights. Those are good memories, but I’m glad that is all in the past.

Now we shovel sunshine during the winter. This winter has been above average in temperatures so far, but I still like it better than trying to handle icy streets and sidewalks. I do miss the pretty sweaters and cuddling up with a soft warm afghan. There is something to be said for floating on a raft, with a drink, and listening to Christmas music on Christmas Eve though.

Having more sunshine in the winter is a definite benefit too. Cloudy days can make it hard to be in a good mood. There are people that suffer from Seasonal affective disorder , this link will take you to a site for the Mayo Clinic. If you feel more down or depressed than you think you should be read this site and call your doctor to see what he thinks. Don’t let it just go on; there are things that can help you.

What state do you live in? What is the weather like for you? What types of activity keep you busy during the winter?

New Year’s 2016

2015 went by faster than 2014 for us. How about you? We had some ups and downs. I flew to Hawaii in April for my cousin Mike’s memorial service. Then in May we went to Michigan for our nephew’s wedding. In June we traveled up to Washington D.C. for Mike’s amazing funeral service at Arlington. Then in October we traveled to Kentucky for Jim’s, my husband’s, 99 year old aunt’s funeral. With all of the traveling we were able to see a lot of family and friends.

None of us know what the New Year will bring for sure, but God has a plan for each of us. Jim had some renovation things he wants to do, as well as playing more golf this year. I will continue writing. My first book in “Bible Characters Through the Ages” should be out in January. This is the latest version of the cover, and I believe the final.The publisher has the first three stories in the series. I have already started on the next three. This is so much fun and exciting to write stories for God’s little ones, and I’m learning and growing in my faith as I write.

Here are some ideas to help you stay close as a family as we begin 2016.

I found a website Entertainment How Stuff Works that has a lot of fun ideas to do together as a family. So often our schedules take us in many different directions. Our oldest daughter, April, Has a large wipe board that has their schedule on it. Their outside activities are all listed. She also has days and evenings blocked for family time. This is an awesome way for everyone in the family to stay focused on what needs to be done as well as a set time to be a family.

Some of the fun ideas on the Entertainment How Stuff Works site are:

  1. Family Movies Night: have a theme and watch a few movies together.
  2. Game Night: There are many games that are fun for the whole family.
  3. Craft Night: Find something that will be fun and challenging for everyone.
  4. Dress Up Night: Have everyone get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant.
  5. Cooking Night: Have the kids pick a menu and then have them help to make it.

In each of these ideas share the decision making with each member of the family.

When you have the Dress Up Night, this is a good opportunity to teach the kids the proper dedicate for using the silverware and the order to use it. The art of social manners is slipping away. I see too many people when we are out that have atrocious table manners. Please help your kids to be very polite and have great table manners.

Give me some of your ideas for family fun.

May God Bless you in 2016.

Happy New Year!!!

Christmas 2015

HAPPY BIRHTDAY JESUS!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

The Psalm for today is:
Psalm 45

The Old Testament lesson for today is:
Isaiah 59: 1-15a

The Epistle lesson for today is:
Galatians 3:23-4:7

The Gospel lesson for today is:
Matthew 1:18-25

Birth of Christ

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

 

We made it to Christmas day. Now, take a deep breath, relax and just let the day happen.

After we open our presents, in our family, we all sing happy birthday to Jesus, and remind the kids that His birthday is the real reason that we have a Christmas celebration.

In our family, my Great Grandma Shaw, on my Mom’s side, started what ended up a tradition in 1926. She combined the traditions of Grandpa and Grandma Shaw’s family. On the Galpin side they had a pancake breakfast, and on the Shaw side they had a steak dinner. It ended up a steak and pancake breakfast for the entire family.

Enjoy your Christmas, and when you get a chance please share with us some of your traditions.

 

 

 

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 1:18–25). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Advent: Fourth Sunday in Advent

This is the fourth week of Advent. Hopefully by now things are beginning to settle down a bit for you. If not sit down, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and pray with me. “Dear Father, please hold me in your loving arms. Let me feel Your calmness, and love. Please help me to let go of the things that don’t need to be done. Remind me of the real reason we are celebrating Christmas, that all of the other stuff is just stuff. The important thing is to celebrate Jesus and the love of our family, and friends. Amen.”

 

Now sit there with your eyes stay closed for a few minutes and bask in His love.

The Psalm for today is:
Psalm 29

The Old Testament reading for today is:
Genesis 3:8-15

The Epistle for today is:
Revelations 12:1-10

The Gospel lesson for today is:
John 3:16-21

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 

  • This is such an amazing gift for us. God’s love shows no bounds.
  • Talk with the children about God’s love.
  • Tell them to think about how they love you. Then say that God loves them even more.
  • Also that the love of God makes it possible for us to come to Him in heaven when we die and live in peace, harmony and healthy.

 

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

 

  • Help your children to know and feel His love by teaching them to pray, asking for help in making decisions. Such as what type of book to read; Is this book something God would approve of me reading?
  • Also teach them to pray; Dear God how can I help ___, she/he is sad because ___ happened.
  • If they are being bullied help them by praying with them saying: “Dear God, please give me strength to stand up for myself, and not let ___ hurt me or my feelings. Amen.”

 

I pray this is helpful for you and your family. How has this helped? How else can I help you?

 

 

 

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Jn 3:16–21). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.