Have you ever wished you were in someone else’s shoes?
“I know what I’m doing.
I have it all planned out—
plans to take care of you, not abandon you,
plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah 29:11 The Message
Visit this page anytime and let me know if you’d like to add to the words describing Jesus’ love along with a verse supporting it. Remember, there is also a print-out of the original list.
This month I have added another “C” Word:
❤︎ Cleansing Love ❤︎
“I will cleanse them from all the sin
they have committed against Me
and will forgive all their sins
of rebellion against Me.“
I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂 Many will be from recommendations of online friends. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂
Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes
“From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a heart-rending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption. On the cusp of womanhood, Penny is swept off her feet by a handsome farmhand with a confident swagger. Though Trent Taylor seems like Prince Charming and offers an escape from her one-stop-sign-town, Penny’s happily ever after lasts no longer than their breakneck courtship. Before the ink even dries on their marriage certificate, he hits her for the first time. It isn’t the last, yet the bruises that can’t be seen are the most painful of all.
When Trent is injured in a welding accident and his paycheck stops, he has no choice but to finally allow Penny to take a job cleaning houses. Here she meets two women from very different worlds who will teach her to live and laugh again, and lend her their backbones just long enough for her to grow her own.“
I highly recommend this book! Christian fiction doesn’t often bring awareness to the reality of domestic violence, but this author brought forth a story so gripping and real that it was almost like a victim telling her story. She doesn’t sugar-coat the painful world of domestic violence and the psychological hold many abusers have on their victims.
💞 Links That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞
Worry, anxiety, and stress can be so hard to avoid sometimes. Especially when you’re a professional worrywart and over-analyzer like me… Situations in our world, country, and families can cause so much anxiety, can’t they? I’m still a work-in-progress of casting all my cares on Jesus and trusting Him with everything. But truly, Jesus is the Answer to peace and freedom.
💞 Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress – A chart of sensible tips from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
💞 How to Stop Worrying – 13 Practical Steps by Whitney Hopler – “So many of us, even those strong in faith wonder how they can stop worrying. Living in a fallen world gives you lots to worry about, but living in a relationship with Jesus can free you from ever having to worry about anything. No matter what happens in your life, you don’t have to worry about it if you choose to rely on Jesus to help you manage it and find peace in the process.”
💞 Worry and Anxiety Bible Verses – “Find comfort and peace through Scripture that promises you hope and a future. Learn how to be free from worry and anxiety by meditating on the Word and casting your cares upon Jesus!”
“In every walk with nature
one receives far more than he seeks.”
~ John Muir
I have some more of my brother’s awesome Arizona photos to share. Desert flowers, a rattlesnake, bees, and… Hold your nose! Stink bug beetles getting ready to shoot out stink bombs.
🐾 NANPA: North American Nature Photography Association Blog – The nature photos at these blog posts are spectacular. The stories with them promote nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection.
🐾 Art in Nature Photography – “Floris van Breugel is passionate about exploring nature and sharing his unique perspective through photography with the aim of inspiring viewers to learn more about the natural world.” His photos truly do give inspiring views of nature.
🐾 Abbott Nature Photography – Galleries of a variety of amazing nature photos (wildlife, macro photos of insects, and more) by John and Kendra Abbott.
All quotes this month are in the gratitude category.
❤︎ “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.“ ~ Mary Davis
❤︎ “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’“ ~ William Arthur Ward
❤︎ “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault