Wednesday, December 28, 2016

An Infusion of Hope

You've heard people say they need an infusion of strength, but I know some of you need an infusion of hope. You are weighed down by the cares of this life. So many thoughts and voices are swirling around your head, trying to take root in your heart.

Stop for just a minute. Things are not as bad as they seem. Grab ahold of hope today and don't let go.

Hope is a lifeline that pulls you out of the deepest waters.

Hope is the ray of sunshine after the rain.

Hope is embracing the future with open arms.

Hope is an expectation.

Expect things to turn around. Dare to believe again. Stir up the hope within yourself. It's there, I promise. Hope never dies. It may seem like it at times, but it is there, nudging you to greatness. It is there urging you to see the light within. It is there with a glimpse of beauty in spite of the scars. 

Hope is found at the Cross.

Hope is in the here and now. 

Hope means there is something to look forward to, even if you can't see what it is yet.

Hope means there is something to prepare for. Get ready! Greater things are YET to come!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Of Stillness and Storm Book Giveaway!

You have a chance to win Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix, the book I just reviewed!

A tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry—don't miss Michèle Phoenix's new intimate and bold release, Of Stillness and Storm. It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. When a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again, the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past might be too much. Will it be the family's undoing?

Take Michèle's new book with you on your winter vacation and enter to win her Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack (because you can't take a stack of books with you when you travel).


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 31. The winner will be announced January 3 on Michèle's blog.


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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Book Review: Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix

I recently finished reading Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix. It is a gripping story about a family who leaves everything normal behind to answer the call of being missionaries. The stress and tension slowly eats away at who Lauren is, while her husband, Sam, remains unwavering in his commitment to the Nepali people. She's lost the comforts of home, but seeing her son as a shell of himself is her greatest regret. 

To add to the suspense, a long lost friend comes back into her life. I kept wanting to turn the page to see what would happen next. Aidan's no-nonsense approach to life was refreshing and relatable.

The beginning was a little slow for me, but as I kept reading, Michelle Phoenix did a masterful job with the dialogue. It was heart-wrenching at times and profoundly insightful at just the right moments.  I also loved that Lauren and Sam weren't afraid of having the hard conversations...the nitty gritty of what was really bothering both of them. They both responded in different ways, but it was interesting to see how each conversation ebbed and flowed between them.

I wish Sam hadn't been so blinded by his ambitions that he failed to see how badly his wife and son were hurting. I didn't expect it to end the way it did.

I would recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not a missionary. It's not super religious, rather it offers a human perspective on life and how people choose to live out their faith. It is a beautiful book about love and loss. It's also a reminder that everyone needs friends. You can't go through life's valleys without someone to lean on.

** This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

2nd Journal and Coloring Book Donation to Athens, GA Children's Clinic

On Monday, Mama and I took another donation of journals (this is the sixth trip in all!) and coloring books to the children's clinic in Athens.  The worker who took them said, "The kids are always asking, 'Do you have anything for us?'"

This donation included beautiful scrapbooks from Paperchase in London. Juliet White, manager of Ten Thousand Villages store in Atlanta, was kind enough to send an assortment of journals also.

These notebooks were donated by Katie Leamon, a luxury card and stationery company in England. Their notebooks are so whimsical! I know the kids will love the five notebooks you sent!

I also thank Chanel Cobb for her contribution to this project! This project of giving has become bigger than I ever dreamed when I started over a year ago! THANK YOU to everyone who has given! So many kids will smile knowing that someone cares about them this Christmas!