Saturday, November 28, 2015

Plans Seen to Completion

How are you with finishing projects? I suppose I would rank average. But I am often guilty of beginning a project and then setting it aside when other demands scream louder. This isn't always the best thing to do because some of my projects need to rank as just as important.

Isn't it great that our God never has a moment He has to set us aside to work on another project? He created the plan for our lives at the very beginning.

"your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalms 139:16

Does it blow your mind like it does mine that God already had a plan for you before you were ever born? In Jeremiah 29:11 we are told that He knows the plans He has for us and that plan involves a future and a hope.

Not only does God have a plan, He will see to it that it is completed.

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

God will complete the plan He has for you all the way until you are perfect in Christ when you arrive in heaven.

Our job as Christians is to continue to follow His leading, always seeking Him and focusing on Him. We keep gaining maturity in our faith through studying His Word, prayer, and worship. We allow Him to make us fruitful in our callings.

I'm so thankful that God isn't like me. I'm glad He sticks to the plan He has for me and will see it through to completion.

How does it make you feel that God had a plan for you before you were even known? And how does it make you feel that He will carry out His plan for you? Bask in the thought that He is never too busy and will set you aside. He's tirelessly working you to completion!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Thinned Veil

Please take a moment to read this post I wrote for the blog, Putting On The New. I post to this group blog every 20th of the month. This month I'm talking about those moments when God seems to thin the veil.

Monday, November 16, 2015

WELCOME! Nose Around

Hello to all my readers! Thanks for stopping by. I want to welcome you to my updated and improved blog.

Please "nose around" my added pages. I will be adding to these pages so make sure to peruse them every so often.

You'll notice an About page where I introduce myself more fully.

Also notice the My Books page where you'll find my published works. My most recent two are there now, but I'll add until all my books are listed.

There is also a Free Resources page. You will find two PDF's there right now. Check these out. You need only to click on the link and download your free copies. I hope to add to this page again soon as well.

If you haven't subscribed to my blog yet, please do so by simply typing your email address into the Follow by email box. This will make sure we stay in touch because every time I publish a new post, you will receive it in your email. And be assured that I never share email addresses.

If you see something here that could encourage a friend, please send them the link.

If you have a question, please leave it in the comments.

Through this expansion of my blog I hope to share more of my writing ministry and the call I have to encourage leaving an intentional Godly legacy.

Blessings to you from your sis in Christ, Paula!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

But We Haven't Had Thanksgiving Yet!

Okay, I can get into Christmas just like the next person, but I do get a little ticked in the spirit when we scoot right over Thanksgiving. Could that actually be a testimony as to how we're really living?

As the Christmas lights and trees start to go up, I begin my agonizing over what gifts should be purchased for what person. My mind plots and plans what decorations will go where in my house. My blood pressure raises as I contemplate all of the events I need to cram into my schedule. I've even heard a song about making sure the real meaning of Christmas isn't forgotten.

STOP! Come to a screeching halt.

First, I must honor Thanksgiving - not just the eating. The giving of thanks. A moment to pause and really thank God from the bottom of my heart for things I have taken for granted. So, here's my thankful list, though I know there is much more I could include.

*Thank You, God, for your continued presence and guidance throughout this year.
*Thank You for keeping my family safe.
*Thank You for a roof over my head and helping us find that shelter when we suddenly had to move this summer.
*Thank You for continued health for my family.
*Thank You for healing and good report for my dad during a health scare this year.
*Thank You for a job that allows me to pay for my daughter's college tuition.
*Thank You for allowing me to get three book contracts.
*Thank You for choosing me to write stories and weave Your truths into them.
*Thank You for being associated with a publisher who is a Christian and lives and runs her business on Christian principles.
*Thank You for putting me together with some great writers and letting me help them achieve their dream of publication.
*Thank You for blessing me with a return invitation to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I love teaching there and hanging out with other Christian writers.
*Thank You for a loving and supportive husband, who still blows me away with the wisdom and practicality of his sermons.
*Thank You for a beautiful, smart, and supportive daughter.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Are there things you should thank God for before jumping into this hustle bustle season? Go ahead. Take some time for Thanksgiving.

I'll add this one: Thank You for readers who have no idea how they bless me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


There are times that a song touches me and says it all. I hope you'll see yourself in Mercy Me's song, Flawless.

Watch and listen to Flawless here.

My caption: Overwhelmed trying to do it all

So glad that through Christ, I'm flawless.

What would your caption be?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

God, A Romantic?

Welcome to my sweet Christian friend and author, Patty Smith Hall! 

And the LORD GOD said, It is not good than man should be alone; I will make a helpmeet for him.”’ Genesis 2:18 KJV

     Love! Romance! Commitment!
     And thats just Genesis, folks!
     A lot of folks dont know this but I almost gave up writing Christian romance years ago. It was after a published author I admired told me to stop writing fluff and work on something that would bring honor to the Lord. The pain I felt at those words! I knew God had called me to write romance but I couldnt help wondering if this author had a point. Were the books I was writing fluff in Gods eyes?
     I looked no further than Genesis for the answer, and can now make a daring statement.
     Our God is a romantic.
     Lets look at the facts. In the first two chapters of Genesis, the Lord worked a masterpiece. Light and darkness. Earth and sky. The seasons. Fully matured plants and fruits to sustain all the animals. And of course, man.
     Youd think that would be enough, wouldnt you?
     But even in all that splendor, God saw a problem. Man was alone. Some folks might asked why God didnt make Adam and Eve at the same time. After all, He knew man wouldnt like being alone. Maybe God exposed man to solitude for a reason.
     Think about that first meeting. After having all the creatures of the earth brought before him, Adam must have felt an emptiness. Where would he find the one creature who would ease his loneliness, the one person he could share the paradise God had created.
     In that moment, the Lord stared into the soul of man and knew that his heart was ready. With just a thought, He put Adam to sleep. When he awakes, hes not alone.
     Adam, I have brought one more creature for you to name.
     Do you think Adams heart fluttered in his throat the first time he saw the slope of Eves face? Was he breathless as he compared the womans soft curves to his hard angles. Or did he simply stare into her eyes and recognize her for what she truly was?
     The missing part of himself.
     Ah, romance!
     Its hard to have a Christian marriage in todays society. The world had made the sacred union between a man and a woman into something cheap and sordid. Cheap sex. Empty relationships. Changing partners.
     How sad!
     As an author of Christian romance, its my ministry to portray love and marriage through the filter of Gods Word. To give young women the honest truth behind a loving marriage, a union that includes God at its center. A life full of love and commitment.
     I cant help it. Im a romantic.
     Just like my Heavenly Father.

Now for Patty's newest release ...

Shes ready to take back her life . . .or whats left of it.

After ten years of caring for her invalid grandfather, Kallie Huffman is ready to claim her life as her own. Taking a job in the laboratory of New Hope Community Hospital seems like a logic choice while she waits for her nursing license to be reinstated. That is until she meets Lab Director Jefferson Muster. Kind and intelligent, the handsome doctor is everything Kallie has ever wanted in a man. But what about having a life of her own?

Hes never needed anyones help. . .until now.

Patients are dying at New Hope Community Hospital, and Jeff needs help to discover the culprit before another family loses a loved one. When help comes in the person of Kallie Huffman, the walls Jeff has constructed around his heart after a family tragedy start to crumble. But Kallie craves a life on her own terms. Can two people shaped by heartache trust in a life long love?

Patty Smith-Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Her next release, New Hope Sweethearts is now available on Amazon.

Thanks for the great reminder of the One who established romantic love and for your witness to this through a marriage of more than thirty years. Keep writing His romance!

New Hope Sweethearts sounds like a definite to add to our to-be-read lists! 

Had you thought about God being a romantic? 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pink Out Day

Today our school system had pink out day for breast cancer awareness. Many wore shirts with specific names. Others told of those they proudly wore pink for.

My breast cancer survivor heroine is my mama. She is a two-time survivor. I admire her for the strong Christian witness she was during those two bouts and has continued to be always.

I love you, mom!

Here we are at one of my book-signings. She is one of my biggest supporters. And I am one of her biggest fans!