GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US

You’ve probably heard the phrase “God knows what you’re going through”, or something along those lines. But maybe such phrases, which are heavy with truth, start to grow numb. We don’t stop and think about them. We just know them to be true and dig no deeper.

We go through pain, telling ourselves: “God knows what this is like. He understands.” One pain we face is betrayal. Often, it doesn’t hurt people to leave you in the dust. When I feel the bitterness and pain of being left behind, ignored, and wrongly accused, I remind myself: Jesus went through this. Judas betrayed Jesus. Peter denied Jesus. Jesus’ own hometown despised him. Jesus really does know what it is like when the people we love do not choose us.

It isn’t just “Jesus understands.” It is “Jesus lived it, too.”

We go to the Bible for comfort. Hope. Bits of encouragement to strengthen our faith. Often, we don’t want to see the bloody verses, or indulge on the deep stories. We can take a few upbeat words, apply them to our heart, and go on with our day. After all, being a Christian is supposed to be resembling ourselves after Christ, yes? Anymore, that must be nothing but frequent smiles, the ‘perfect’ words, and offering a kind hand. It seems, as Christians, we can’t ever have doubts or ever feel pain, because that wouldn’t be ‘Christian’ of us. Sound familiar?

The Bible has comfort, joy, hope, peace, and all good things. But it is also heavy. It shows a lot of war. Death. Adultery, killing, jealousy, wickedness, demonic happenings — the Bible doesn’t sugar coat these things. Why? Especially when Christians today seem very determined to sugarcoat life and make it all happy and smooth? Is it because the world was way darker back then, and things have gotten better? So, why bother with the dark side of things in the Bible, when our world isn’t that awful now?

Life is no less dark than it was in Bible times. It has become darker. Don’t believe me? Turn on the news. Read some news articles. You’ll probably be faced with murders (even the evil slaughtering of innocent toddlers), sex trafficking, and demonic occurrences. In America, about 125,000 babies are aborted each day. Each. Day. That is innocent blood of children shed each day. And not just shed — glorified. Just like in Biblical times, when babies were sacrificed to gods, we are just as wicked.

With all this evident evil in the world, why do we not dig deeper into the Word? Why do we only seek comfort from the Bible, like slapping a band aid on our aching hearts? We ask God to make our lives easier, to give us peace, to help us — why? God never promised life would be easy.

But the Bible is just stories, right? Some scenes on pages that we remind ourselves of when we need a spirit boost and some inspiration to keep going through our Monday. Imagine yourself in one of those places. Imagine losing everyone dear to you — like Job. That’s not a good Bible story, is it? And it doesn’t mean much until you apply it to your own life. How would your faith look like if you lost everything?

Bible ‘stories’ are not fiction. The ‘heroes’ are not perfect. They’re like us. Their pain was no less real or terrifying or agonizing just because of the time they lived in. Jesus told us we would be mocked for His sake. And yet, we beg Him to make our lives easier. It isn’t like Jesus wants us to go through hell on earth — He wants to walk through this world with us. Not against us. He has given us His Word to equip us. Equip us to do what? Fight.

The Bible shows us what it is like to live for Jesus. Its bloody. And we’ve probably immunized ourselves to that kind of pain through TV/books/etc, but guys… It is real. Jesus being crucified? Agonizing. Slow. And He could feel it all, the whole time, yet He died so we could find heaven through His gift.

Life will never be easy. Will never be only happy days, flower fields, and fresh rain. It will be full of pain — raw, unadulterated pain. Because here’s the hard facts: Jesus is not limited to our views of what a Christian life should look like. God chose Moses to lead the Israelites — Moses had killed, had blood on his hands, and he had a rash temper. God chose David to be king — David lusted after a married woman. God chose Rahab to shelter his spies — Rahab was a prostitute. And when Jesus hung on the cross, and the criminal hanging beside him said he believed, Jesus told him he would go to heaven. Does any of this sound easy? And don’t forget what happened to Jesus’ disciples — they were beaten, jailed, and executed (even in this day and age, Christians are still being killed for their faith).

So, looking at all of the pain and horrors, is there any hope? Yes.

God loves us. He’s unlimited. God does not want to send us to hell for our sins. He doesn’t want to watch us fail and flop like clueless little fish. God wants us to strengthen our faith in HIM. God wants us to seek HIS face and pray, and promises He’ll direct our paths. He wants us to repent, and our sins will be made white as wool. God never promised that this life would be easy. But He does promise eternal life through Jesus. Eternal. Life. In. Heaven. Think about that.

But we have to be willing to fight. Bleed. Scream. We have to face the reality that chains will wear into our flesh… That we will be targeted by Satan… That people will leave, lie, betray, hate, ridicule, and harm us. The Bible shows us just how angry Satan is at us, and just how tempting he can be — but GOD WINS. We can have faith in that truth, no matter what battle we face.

We win in Christ. That is what makes the Bible beautiful. Through the deaths, pain, and battles — God is always, always there. And He is in control. Just like then, He is with us now. The world might be darker. But Satan will fall. Take courage. God has already won.

God bless.

– Ang

 

WHAT DO YOU SAY, SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN CHRIST? WILL YOU FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT?

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT | WHEN BEAUTY BLOOMS by VICTORIA LYNN

Guess what? Victoria Lynn’s newest book, When Beauty Blooms, is PUBLISHED! I am so excited to share this one, y’all. I kind of alpha read it a while back, so when I saw she was publishing it, I freaked. 🙂 Let’s get right to the blog tour!

 

Book Synopsis

Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

 

Author Bio

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

Author Links:

Website: https://rufflesandgrace.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victorialynnauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/447587.Victoria_Lynn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victorialynnauthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B06XDFPBZC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1532800176&sr=8-1&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true

 

SCHEDULE

Aug. 6

Michaela Bush // Spotlight //

tangledupinwriting.blogspot.com

Aug. 7

Gabriellyn Gidman // Spotlight //

https://pageturnersweb.wordpress.com/

Aug. 8

Liv K. Fisher // Review //

https://the-book-sprite.blogspot.com/

Medomfo //Review //

www.writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com

Aug. 9

Kaylee // Review //

kayleeskindofwrites.blogspot.com/

Giana // Interview //

Giannaandgemini.wordpress.com

Aug. 10

Gracelyn Buckner //Review //

gracelynbuckner.wordpress.com

Aug. 11

Angela Watts // Spotlight //

Thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

Aug. 12

Allison Tebo // Interview //

www.allisonswell.com

Aug. 13

Jana Tenbrook // Review //

Reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com

Lilly Shyree // Review/Interview

Alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com

Aug. 14

Hosanna Emily // Guest Post //

HavingaHeartLikeHis.blogspot.com

Aug. 15

Laura Grace // Review // Interview

www.unicornquester.com

Lydia // Review //

https://spoonfulofsurprises.com

Allyson Kennedy // Interview/Review //

https://authoringarrowheads.wordpress.com/#content

Aug. 16

Madison Guy //Spotlight //

Alittlesoutherngrace.com

Aug. 17

Tammy Lash // Guest Post/Spotlight

https://tammylash.wordpress.com/

Aug. 18

Laura Guenot // Review //

https://www.beautifulthingsbylaura.com/

Aug. 19

Grace Maples // Review //

https://proclaiminghisexcellencies2910.wordpress.com/

Aug. 20

Sunny Houk // Interview //

https://thatowlnerd.wordpress.com

Aug. 21

Rebekah Morris // Review //

www.readanotherpage.com

Aug. 22

Abigail Mckenna //Review //

Novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com

Raechel Lenore // Review //

Godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com

Aug. 23

Sarah // Review

http://smylinggirl.blogspot.com/

Aug. 24

Kaitlyn Smith // Interview/Review //

https://www.maidensformodesty.com

Aug. 25

Faith Potts // Review //

chosenbythePotter.blogspot.com

 

 

GIVEAWAY

ENTER HERE!

 

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How SWEET does this book sound?! It is the bestest. =D Be sure to check out the other posts, enter the giveaway, and read the beauty!

God bless.

– Ang

 

DO YOU WANT TO READ ‘WHEN BEAUTY BLOOMS’? DO YOU ENJOY HISTORICAL FICTION?

WAITING FOR SUNRISE

 

new beginnings

are hard to see

when the dark is close, smothering, comforting.

but the moon is falling

and the stars are weary

so we know, with regret for the loss of the night we call gentle, that morning must come soon.

and when the sun peeks out from the hills, and dawn whispers hello,

we can be sure that another miracle has arrived — the miracle of one more sunrise.

 

– arw

 

GOODBYE JULY | 2018

July is always a full month. There’s the 4th of July, summer going full throttle with chores and ranch work, and among other things, Camp NaNo. We are also working hard to put our house on the market again, so it’s really been hustlin’ around here. 😉 Let’s get right to the post and recap what my July was like!

 

LOVELY LIFE

  • We have a free range pet chicken. If you follow my Instagram, you’ve probably seen videos of her. Basically: when we butchered our meat chickens, we had a few too small to butcher, so we let them go free. Cecilia the Chicken is the last survivor. She lives near the garage and eats her breakfast and dinner with our mares, Sugar Baby and Taloowa.
  • I’m a purple belt now! And got top score of my age group. And KODY IS A THIRD DEGREE BROWN BELT. I AM SO PROUD! He did amazing.

  • Like I said, working on the house to sell it… Which includes painting. 😛

Image may contain: 3 people, including Shawn Watts and Kim Watts, people smiling, people standing, outdoor and indoor

  • Gardening. So. Many. Tomatoes. Y’all. Ft. Kody’s sunflower…

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  • Painted some. Check out my Facebook and/or Instagram for those photos. 😉
  • Babysitting.
  • Helped a neighbor lady fix a flat tire. Which was a big fiasco… And there were swarms of sweat bees that BITE… But despite the heat and the plague-like bugs, God helped get it done!

 

 

WORLD OF WRITING

The start of 2018, I knew I wanted to make my writing goals for July short and achievable. I was fairly certain life would be very crazy (ha. Surprise, I was correct. 😛 ) and I didn’t want to stress it. While I had intentions of finishing Seek and writing a few short stories, that didn’t quite happen. Seek is coming at a great pace, however! But, let’s recap…

  • I. PUBLISHED. MY. NOVELLA! The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon is published! I still cannot believe it’s actually published. God deserves all of the glory — I honestly never could have done it without Him.
  • I won Camp NaNo.  Within the first week of Camp, I upped my original goal of 20,000 words to 30,000 words. I came out of Camp with over 35,000 words written. Most of them were in Seek’s final draft.
  • Seek is not finished, but this Camp, I wrote steadily in it. I also did plotting and sorted some themes and ideas out… It is stronger now! I am very happy with the progress made.
  • I edited and submitted a short story into a competition.
  • I got another story idea and wrote a bunch of snippets for it… It is called Hollow Bones.

I didn’t get much done for HELLFIRE, just a few snippets and scribbled ideas. Nor did I finish the novelette ‘Isaac’. But I’m not bummed. =) I got plenty done!

 

BOOKISH

Four books isn’t bad for Camp, right? 😛

First Light, by Rebecca Stead | 4/5 (more like 3/5 but eh)

Through All Things, by Malachi Cyr | 5/5

The Trump Prophecies, by Mark Taylor | 5/5

Spidermen #2, by Brian Bendis | 2/5

 

MY NOOK

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | INTRODUCTIONS

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON| SETTING

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | THEMES

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | RELEASE!

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | PROCESS!

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | FUTURE

BLOG TOUR: THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON | WINNERS

BOOK SPOTLIGHT, REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW | THROUGH ALL THINGS by MALACHI CYR

CAMP NANO UPDATE | JULY ’18

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | THE RELUCTANT GODFATHER by ALLISON TEBO

CAMP NANO WEEK THREE | JULY ’18

BLOT TOUR: THE RELUCTANT GODFATHER | CHARACTER INTERVIEW

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | HE’S MAKING DIAMONDS by SARA WILLOUGHBY

 

AUGUST GOALS

  • Vlog.
    • stop laughing at me
  • Drive.
    • *crickets because I can’t drive till we get insurance taken care of and all sooo*
  • Save money.
  • Work with the horses.
    • Mini, our youngest curly appaloosa foal, will be going back to the sanctuary! 🙂 She’s a great girl and will be fantastic as a lead mare in a tribe. (By the way, we don’t keep all the babies from our Lakota curly tribe. So it isn’t like Mini did anything wrong or anything! We just keep the herds and such neat.)
  • Begin 11th grade.
  • Finish writing Seek.
  • Post a short story on my blog. Or something. (‘or something’ is very ominous, is it not?)

 

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That’s all for now, folks! God bless.

– Ang

 

 

HOW DID YOUR JULY GO? TELL ME ONE THING YOU DID THAT YOU LOVED! DID YOU WIN CAMP NANO? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR SCHOOL?

 

 

BLOT TOUR: THE RELUCTANT GODFATHER | CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Welcome to my second and last post for Allison Tebo’s blog tour launch for The Reluctant Godfather! I have a character interview with Prince Colin (EEP!!) to share with y’all today, so let’s get hopping!

 

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SYNOPSIS

A humorous and magical re-telling of Cinderella from a unique perspective.

Burndee is a young and cantankerous fairy godfather who would rather bake cakes than help humans. A disgrace to the fairy order, Burndee has only two wards entrusted to his care…a cinder girl and a charming prince.

A royal ball presents Burndee with the brilliant solution of how to make his wards happy with the least amount of effort. He’ll arrange a meeting and hope the two fall in love.

The debut novella from Allison Tebo, ‘The Reluctant Godfather’ is a new addition to the charming fairy tale tradition of Cameron Dokey and K.M. Shea.

AMAZON  

http://allisonteboauthor.com/shop/

 

AUTHOR BIO

Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties who loves to write fiction in every genre. It is her goal to write fiction that appeals to many different kinds of people by writing clean, classic fun. Her desire is to provide quality stories for every age to enjoy.

When she is not writing, Allison works as a sales associate for a major transportation company or might be found singing, painting, baking, or defending her championship title as Gif Master.

Website: http://allisonteboauthor.com/

Blog: http://allisonswell.website/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16192992.Allison_Tebo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonteboauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllisonTebo

 

GIVEAWAY

First Prize:

  1.  Paperback copy of The Reluctant Godfather
  2.  Slipper of Glass – Fairy Tale Candle
  3.  Cinderella Necklace

Second Prize:

  1.  Ebook copy of The Relucant Godfather

ENTER HERE!

 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 15th:

Introduction // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Olivia R. @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell …

Monday, July 16th:

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn @ PageTurners

Review & Author Interview // Megan @ Counting Your Blessings One by One

Tuesday, July 17th:

Review & Author Interview // Chloe @ Purely by Faith

Wednesday, July 18th:

Author Interview // Kimia Wood Blog

Thursday, July 19th:

Book Spotlight // Serethiel @ The Book Sprite

Friday, July 20th:

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Saturday, July 21st:

Author Interview & Book Spotlight // Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, July 22nd:

Review // Kimia Wood Blog

Monday, July 23rd:

Book Spotlight // Hannah @ H.S.J. Williams

Tuesday, July 24th:

Review // Rayleigh @ Literature Approved

Wednesday, July 25th:

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday, July 26th:

Character Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Friday, July 27th:

Review // Jessica Greyson

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, July 28th:

Book Spotlight // Erika Mathews @ Resting Life

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

 

INTERVIEW WITH COLIN!

Greetings, Prince Colin, and welcome to The Peculiar Messenger. Thanks for coming!

Hello Miss Angela.  A friend told me an interview is similar to the royal process of receiving the populace in a public session.  *flashes a charming smile*  I hope I do it right!  You’ll tell me if I get anything wrong, won’t you?  *winks*

I’m sure you’ll do just fine! Let’s get started. 🙂 What is the ‘best’ day of your life, thus far?

Hmm – that’s rather a difficult question.  Either the day Cynthia said she would be my wife or the day she told me we were going to have a child. *beams*  I can’t choose between those days.  Can I count both of them as one?

I think those both count. 😉 What would you do if you could wear a mask and pretend to be someone else for a day (no one would know it was you)?

Pfft – easy question.  I would pretend to be Burndee, obviously!   Ahh, what a time I would have.   First of all, I would insult everyone on the Fairy Council, especially Fey. Then I would go to The Magic Pumpkin bakery and announce that everything was half price and everyone’s dog gets a free cookie (Burndee doesn’t like animals, you know).  Hang on a minute.  *opens notebook*  These really aren’t such bad ideas . . .

 What was one of your childhood fears, and do you still have it?

Well, I . . . *fiddles with his collar* I was always rather afraid that people weren’t really paying attention to me, or didn’t really care what I was talking about—they only pretended to pay attention because I was royal. It makes me feel like half a person, like a ghost—as if I’m not really there. I was afraid of being ignored or placated.  I still hate that.

What is some advice you’d give young lovers? (Be brutally honest, haha!)

Make sure you marry your best friend.  I was a fool not to realize Cynthia was the woman for me sooner than I did.  I think you young people call it “friend zoning” in your social circles.  That is a terrible error. I consider myself very blessed indeed to realize before it was too late that my best friend was also the woman I wanted to marry.

Quick! You have a magical power! What is it, and what are you doing with it?

An intriguing concept!  I would choose invisibility.  First off, I’d tickle my father for an hour. Then I’d go to Burndee’s bakery and juggle his pastries in front of him.  Ha – wouldn’t his eyes pop out of his head!  Then I’d pull Ella’s hair and, eh, probably not much else.  Not if I want Burndee to be speaking to me afterwards . . .

Then I’d risk life and limb and find my wife in her laboratory, where I would rearrange all of her equipment every time her back was turned.  *chortles*

Then I’d spy on my kitchen staff—I have a bet with the captain of the guard that our chef doesn’t wear her hair net when she’s cooking and I intend to win that bet and prove that she doesn’t wear a hair net.  I’ve swallowed the hairs to prove it.

Last of all, I’d eavesdrop on my councilors to hear what they’re saying about me and then surprise them all the next morning during an advisory session.  I’ll casually drop some comments from their supposedly clandestine conversations and watch them turn white.

Ah me, I would truly enjoy being invisible.  Angela, could you please maybe talk to Burndee for me and convince him to grant me invisibility for the day?  What do you say, dear?

I could talk to Burndee, but perhaps it would be best to ask him for such a wish without pretending to be him and causing havoc at The Magic Pumpkin. 😉 Thanks for being here, Prince Colin! *curtsies*

Thank you for having me, Miss Angela.  It’s been a pleasure speaking with you.

 

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What a lovely interview! Though… It might cause trouble. 😉 I hope you all have a lovely time with the blog tour — it is FABULOUS!

God bless,

– Ang

IS COLIN AMAZING OR WHAT? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK?!