Monday, September 18, 2017

Randy Singer's Rule of Law

Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members? Add Randy Singer’s new legal thriller, Rule of Law, to your must-read list this fall. For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top. Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know what happened. But will equal justice under law work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?

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(Tyndale, September 2017)
What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?
Randy Singer

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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel “Directed Verdict.” In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors.
Find out more about Randy at http://www.randysinger.net.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Wise Man


The Wise Man

The wise man built his house upon the rock
The wise man built his house upon the rock
The wise man built his house upon the rock
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
And the wise man’s house stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
And the foolish man’s house went “splat!”

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
And the blessings will come down

Oh, the blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayer go up
So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Home Again


I very, very rarely go to the movies. There aren't a lot of movies I want to watch. Last weekend though, I found something I wanted to see, and I needed to get out of the house. Mom and I went to see Home Again.

There were five previews before the movie, and I can promise you that I will NEVER EVER see any of the five. I'm not into scary movies, shoot them up movies, or any kind of sci-fi movie. That narrows things down.

Home Again was just alright. It could have gone deeper into the source of Alice's unhappiness, gave more of a resolution and just had more meat to it. Things were unfinished with the trio of guys too. It seemed to be missing something, and Mom agreed. There were parts I laughed at, but I wouldn't call it a comedy. There were elements of romance, but it didn't really end up that way either. It was just meh.

Have you seen it? Comment here and we can discuss it.

There is a movie I have been waiting to come out for a while now. The Mountain Between Us based on Charles Martin's book. I want to see what they do with it. Will they include the parts from the book I thought were ridiculous? How will it translate to the screen? Based on when it comes out though, I don't know when I will have a chance to see it. It's going to be in middle of crazy craft show season.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Back to late nights in the studio

We're two weeks away from events starting, so I'm making up as much as I can before we head out. That means long days (during a very busy season of work) followed by long nights in the studio.

Just a few things I've lettered this week... (This doesn't include big cherry colored glittered Christmas balls that will be personalized.)

Actually, at the time, I made two of these and am middle of making two more. One will say "Howdy Y'all!"
I was almost out of basketballs, so... 







Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happily ever after

I can post last weekend's craft project now that the recipients have received them. My co-workers, Caitlin and Elizabeth, are getting married this fall, so I wanted to make them something they could use at the wedding, then hang up at home afterwards. 

I usually make them in black or white, but did wedding colors this time. 

(Yes, I can do the writing through the middle without looking at another one to make sure I have it where it will fit.)



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Choose Wisely, Live Fully points to Proverbs 1–9 for wisdom and truth

Author of Choose Wisely, Live Fully

Fortune, fame and power mean nothing without godly wisdom. King Solomon learned this in his day, and it is a truth that stands today. Author Donna Gaines’ new book, Choose Wisely, Live Fully: Lessons from Wisdom & Folly, the Two Women of Proverbs (Abingdon Press), draws from the timeless wisdom of Proverbs 1–9 to help women apply the same principles in practical ways to the issues they face today.

Q: Women are often referred to Proverbs 31 when it comes to an example of being godly wives and mothers. Why did you decide to focus instead on the first nine chapters of Proverbs and the women described as Wisdom and Folly?

Proverbs 1–9 is the foundation of wisdom that leads us to Christ. Chapters 10–31 contain the practical advice for living out that wisdom.

In Proverbs 1–9, Wisdom and Folly call out to those around them. Each is on a path. One leads to blessing and life and the other to curses and death. It was after I compared the two paths that I saw the wisdom of God plainly explained so we might choose to live life the way God designed it to be lived. The path of Wisdom is the path that not only leads us to Christ, but to all the blessings of the abundant life He died to purchase for us.

The Proverbs 31 woman is simply a woman who made the choices consistently leading to wisdom and blessing. She was not perfect, but she was wise.

Q: If you had to narrow it down, what are three of the most important lessons we can learn from the two women of Proverbs?

One of the main lessons we learn is every one of our choices has consequences. God made it very apparent in His Word that we reap what we sow. I call these verses in scripture the “if, then” verses. God told us over and over in His Word that He blesses obedience. It is in obedience to His Word that we:

1.     encounter the fear of the Lord,
2.     which gives us wisdom
3.     and the blessing of spiritual understanding that leads to life.

We also learn as we obey that we develop a God-confidence, which enables us to stand boldly for truth as we live and speak it in love.

When we obey, we are granted a spiritual sight enabling us to live every day for “that day” — the day we stand before Christ.

Q: Describe how fairy tales from our childhood correlate to the longing for more we have as adults. How do we often wrongly pursue what will fill that emptiness?

God is relational and has created us in His image. Even though that image is grossly marred, we still have an awareness that we were created for more than this life has to offer, and we long for what should be. God’s story of redemption is woven into all of life — music, movies, literature and even our fairy tales. We long to be rescued, much like the damsel in distress in the fairy tales of our childhood.

As young girls, we were drawn to these stories of heroism and rescue because of that longing for more. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God has set eternity in our hearts. The desire for life as it should be has been firmly planted in each person’s soul. We know there is more to life than we are experiencing, and we are constantly searching for “happily ever after.”

Reflect on the familiar fairy tales. What do they all have in common? They all contain a rescued damsel who lives happily ever after with her prince. Some have called this longing a faint memory or imprint from creation, an awareness of being created in the image of God and a longing for life eternal, where there is no sickness and separation.

Fairy tales, art, music and literature all reflect our longing for more. We all know that death is unnatural and this life cannot be all there is. This longing leads many to try to fulfill these legitimate desires with illegitimate things, but we always come up empty. The new job, new house, new car or new spouse — they only satisfy for a while. Then the insatiable longing returns. Our childhood fairytales give us a glimpse into this longing for life as it should be.


Q: How were your three daughters involved in the writing of Choose Wisely, Live Fully?

As you work through the book you will see the chapters devoted to the characteristics of Wisdom and Folly. Each chapter features the blessing of wisdom and the very opposite curse associated with Folly. At the end of each of these chapters my daughters wrote a “blog post”-type article about how they learned this particular truth or how it was manifest in their lives.

Q: What are some of the things you wish you had done differently when you discipled your daughters in high school?

I look back on those times and am so grateful for the Lord’s grace in allowing me to disciple them. I think if I would change anything, it would be to spend even more time with them, reading God’s Word, exposing them to great biblical teaching and praying with them. You will never regret the time you invest in someone spiritually.

Q: Choose Wisely, Live Fully includes a built-in study guide. Is the guide intended for personal use or group study?

The study guide is intended to be used in a small group. You can work through it by yourself, but you will experience much greater growth and accountability if you share the experience with a small group.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cindy Woodsmall's Gathering the Threads

Will Ariana and Skylar be able to overcome their doubts about what love, relationships, and family will look like in their futures? Don’t miss the conclusion, Gathering the Threads, in Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish of Summer Grove series. Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family. Skylar, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana’s cafĂ© while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

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The Amish of Summer Grove
(WaterBrook, August 2017)
Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—or completely rip them apart?
After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?
Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
Cindy Woodsmall

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Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline,” the “Wall Street Journal,” and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
Find out more about Cindy at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Action Storybook Bible Kindle Fire Giveaway

Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God’s redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.

Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God's beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 29. The winner will be announced October 2 on the Litfuse blog.



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(David C Cook, October 2017)
The Action Storybook Bible invites families with children ages 8 and under explore God’s redemptive story together.
From the sleek and amazing creatures God created at the beginning of the world to the powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel to Jesus’s gift of eternal life for you and your family—God has a beautiful and exciting plan for the world. Where do you fit into that plan? How are the truths found in God’s Word reflected in your life?
This Bible storybook features 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story, packed with dozens of scenes—combining stories from God’s Word with brand-new captivating illustrations from Brazilian master-artist Sergio Cariello, illustrator of the bestselling The Action Bible. Discover your family’s place in God’s redemptive story and together put your faith into action!
Interactive features include:
—Fifteen episodes loaded with over 350 brand-new illustrations from master-artist Sergio Cariello.
—Short and easy reading for all ages. Take turns telling God’s redemptive story!
—The Life, Faith, Action! feature wraps up each episode and helps your family recognize how God is moving through each story, discover how that relates to your daily lives, and feel inspired to put your faith into action.
—Heroes Hall of Fame index, where you can look up your favorite Bible characters and discover their stories!
Catherine and Sergio

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Catherine has written more than twenty-five books for children, including the bestselling Adventure Bible Storybook. As publisher of children’s resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible® collection, which has sold more than a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest. 
Brazilian-born Sergio Cariello has been an accomplished artist since childhood, drawing a regular comic strip for his city’s newspaper at age 11. He spent many childhood hours poring over The Picture Bible (Portuguese edition), never dreaming he would illustrate an updated edition The Action Bible decades later. Sergio has worked for Marvel Comics and DC comics and has illustrated Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron-Man, Wonder Woman, Fantastic-Four, and dozens more comic book characters.
Find out more at http://www.theactionbible.com.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Lord's Army

Last week was the first week with a new crew, so I had to torture them, just a little bit. I made them march around singing "The Lord's Army" until they sang it energetically like they meant it. They will love me or hate me, but it's all in good fun!


The Lord’s Army

I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o’er the enemy,
But I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!

I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!
I’m in the Lord’s Army!
Yes, sir!

I may never march in the infantry,
Ride in the cavalry,
Shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o’er the enemy,
But I’m in the Lord’s Army!

Yes, sir!





Saturday, September 9, 2017

This week's craft post

The first part of the week involved painting overalls with a friend of my nieces. Claire is a part of the "Blue Crew" at school which is school spirit group apart from the cheerleaders that still cheers on the football team. They turned out cute, but it has been a long time since I have painted clothes. I did t-shirts all the time in junior high.

This weekend's project will just have to be a tease for what I'll post next week. I finished two gifts for co-workers, but I have to wait for them to arrive to locations out of state before I can share the pictures.