Monday, April 29, 2013

Have you buttered your mate today?

Zig Zigglar once said, “Your mate doesn’t live by bread alone.  He or she needs to be ‘buttered up’ from time to time.”

Words of encouragement and praise are found in romance stories.  The unwed heroine thinks of her man as a macho hunk and quite capable of jumping hurdles for her. The hero sees his sweetheart as a gorgeous woman who will complete his life. These two fictional characters set about to do and say the right thing to endear themselves to each other. As the romance develops, they communicate ardent thoughts and deeds. It’s all part of the romance dance.

The waltz between the fictional lovers reigns as a reason women (and many men) enjoy romance novels.  During the humdrum of daily marriage, a man or woman may not receive needed words of encouragement. Escaping into a book brings them the oohs and aahs they yearn for in real life.

Never take your spouse for granted. He or she may long for a word of praise this very day. Did you tell your hubby he looked handsome when he left for work this morning? Any idea how long it took your wife to make that special meal last night? A genuine word of praise can be a romantic balm to a spouse—have you given one lately?

Butter may not be a nutritious ingredient for one’s cholesterol, but genuine compliments are healthy for a hungry spirit.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA, MA interviewed me on her blog today. Here's the link. Her questions made me think seriously before I answered.  A very thougth provoking interview, and I enjoyed it.   MaryAnn and I would love to hear from you. Please check out the site and leave a comment.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm a guest on Heart's Haven today. Please come over and say hello. The link is

Leave a comment to all the featured books for an opportunity to win a free book. I'm giving away a copy of Sarah: A Mission of Love.

Sarah: Laney's Angel will be released on May 22!  You'll enjoy this uplifting book. Sarah loves the humans and tries hard, and of course eventually succeeds, but not without a few hysterical goofs along the way.  Can you imagine her trying to drive a car?  She can't even fly straight.  I'm the one who taught her to drive, and I had nine auto accidents the first year I lived in Houston, so you know trouble lies ahead. Tomas, the Warrior Angel, tries to help her with the car episode, but Sarah's a little too impulsive for even his expertise.
Sarah bonds with Laney and attempts to stay out of the way as Tomas guards Laney against the stalker, but you know Sarah....
Our first offering today is from Gay N. Lewis. Her book Sarah: Laney’s Angel has a release date of May 22, 2013. Read all about it here!

Beautiful and stubborn, architect Laney Taylor battles her attraction to her boss, Cannon Carlson, a wealthy but mulish homebuilder.  When Sarah, the
 blonde, blue-eyed, dyslexic angel reaches Houston with her assignment to bring these obstinate people together, she faces a major challenge, especially since Laney is threatened by a mysterious stalker who plans to kill her. Tomas, the Warrior Angel arrives with divine instructions to protect Laney, but he wonders if a
 hit-or-miss Sarah will get in his way. That charming, little angel loves red stilettos, can’t fly in the same direction twice, and craves cheeseburgers. Sarah has no sentinel duties, but can Tomas succeed in his duty to protect Laney with a bumbling angel who wants to help?  Oh merciful heavens!  What will Sarah do this time?

Laney’s Angel is the second of Sarah’s stories and Gay will give away a copy of the first book Sarah: A Mission of Love later today!
I hope you'll add this one to your Sarah collection!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Painted Churches of Texas

If you visit Texas near Schulenburg, take a tour of the Painted Churches.  Spring welcomes Bluebonnets and the Texas flower paints the landscape on the drive.

German or Czech immigrants built most of these beautiful structures during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Leaving their native churches proved difficult. Faith meant life, and expressing reverence became a priority in the new land. A few settlers built places to worship before they constructed schools or personal homes.  Newcomers valued their cathedrals in the motherland and fashioned the fresh configurations as smaller replicas of those left behind.

Impressive soaring steeples welcome as you drive to the location.  The exteriors are often simple, white wooden buildings, but inside, the visitor finds a wealth of color on walls, murals, columns, and ceilings.

The edifices give evidence in the lives of the newcomers to gather for God. The early residents took freedom to worship seriously and thought nothing of sacrifice to build God’s meeting houses.

Are we as committed to our place of worship as the devoted immigrants were to theirs?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cemeteries invoke emotions

Cemeteries invoke emotions.
At the gathering date of a burial, sadness prevails—a normal reaction during the recent loss of a loved one. As I attend the funeral of a long-time friend this week, I’m once more reminded of this fact.
As time progresses, visiting the site where we left that special person often brings comfort.
Miss the loved one?  Of course—but as Christians, we know the body remains below but the spirit continues above with the Lord.
Even a burial ground where you aren’t acquainted with the remains can summon peace. There’s something tranquil about them.   When standing in a cemetery, you stand on holy ground.
God tells us each person is appointed to die. A burial home of some kind awaits us.
Only one is not in a place like this. Jesus
He experienced the tomb for three days and then arose, never to die again.  Those of us who perish before His return will have bodies suppressed in a location like this. We will meet Him in the air when He returns.
Celebrate Easter every day.
Thank God for His power.
Honor Him with your worship in church on Sunday in church.

Monday, April 1, 2013

He is risen!
Never to die again!
The day of sadness is over! Let us remember His sacrifice and rejoice!
I'm a guest blogger today on Mary L. Ball's blog.  We'd love to have you pop over and see us.

PBG Insider: Gay N. Lewis Introduces her "Sarah" series

Sarah at Christmas