Book 2, The Gresham Chronicles, “The Courtship of the Vicar’s Daughter”


My rating: <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/443840320″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I have enjoyed reading Ms. Blackwell’s historical fiction.  I believe that this is almost the best novel so far.  She certainly comes up with vivid personality traits of all her characters, adding various interesting dilemmas for all of them.  Every character seems to have at least some growth spiritually, and some immense.  The love, romance, courting is special, very cautious and sweet that helps you feel like you are the one that is feeling so excited!  Faith is always at the top of the list of importance, and I suggest she is one of the best writers in Historical Romance.  Her writing seems very free and natural.
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Today I Worshipped


When I was a little girl attending church on Sunday mornings I remember singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” probably more than any other song.  I am now so thankful for that as I believe at an early age I grasped the Holiness of my God and Savior.  It was written by Heber during the years of 1783-1826.  This morning, we sang it for our first hymn.  I am 61.  Doesn’t it give you cold chills to think of all the people who have sung this song in adoration?

Then today we moved on to a song written in 2003.  “My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness“. by Keith Getty & Stuart Towned

“My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again.

Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light, and wrote His law of righteousness with pow’r upon my heart.”

 

We all struggle with the woes of this natural life.  Oh, if I could in all honesty say these words every day with no anxiety or fear.  In the year 1876, the sister of a missionary to China who died a martyr, wrote the words to a song so loved.   Jean Sophia Pigott, “Jesus, I am Resting”

“Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what thou art,  I am finding out the greatness of your loving heart.  You have bid me gaze upon You and your beauty fills my soul, for by your transforming power, You have made me whole”

 

The ending of my Sunday was tucking my 94 1/2-year-old Christian mother into bed at the Assisted Living before returning home.  The perfect ending to a perfect Sunday.

 

 

 

WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED


I get really excited when I hear that someone’s life had totally changed because of my Savior.

We should be ashamed of ourselves for getting down about life, politics, our country, our finances.  Have we forgotten what He has promised?  Sure, I look forward to eternity every day.  Sometimes I wish it would come very soon.  My mother is 94 1/2 and I know I will lose her soon.  Praise God she has been a Christian most of her life.  She is NOT perfect, believe me.  (no Christians are) But I love her so much and I am so thrilled that she will be with the Father soon.  But then, I get really excited.

Tonight I was reading about a lady who got saved out of a gay lifestyle.  She is finding real peace and a new life.  Now that should just make chills go up your spine.  She is happy for the first time maybe in her whole life.  I am celebrating in my heart tonight over this revelation.  This is the kind of joy that makes forget about the word “happy”.  Happiness is a fleeting emotion that can change at any moment.  Joy is stable and you never have to lose it unless you chose to give it away and quench the Holy Spirit.

Let’s celebrate what God is doing in people’s lives.  And do not forget what He has called us to do when we get the chance…disciple.