Friday, June 15, 2018

Books I Love~~Mr. Murry and Thumbkin



Another sweet children's book that we discovered at the local library! My children (ages 4 and 5) have been enjoying Mr.  Murry and Thumbkin, written by Karma Wilson over the past few weeks. I discovered this author a while back and have enjoyed many of her books; this one was definitely one of my favorites.




Simple and sweet, with an easy to follow story line, this book captured the tale of two mice-- one overly anxious and uptight about everything and the other, a little too laid back. 




They become friends and help each other find something of a balance between their extreme personalities. 

This book was so enjoyable to read and I loved the lyrical wordplay. 

This book may be purchased on Amazon--it is a wonderful one to add to your collection--or take it out of your local library!  Another book of Karma Wilson's that I would highly recommend is her Christmas story, Mortimer's Christmas Manger (another of my favorite stories :-). 

Happy reading, friends! :-)


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Take the Simplicity of Every Moment and Teach It to Your Children


As a mother, I am continually asking the Lord how I can "connect" with my children--in other words, how I can teach them and lead them to the place where they might step into a life of service and love for the Lord, how I can nurture not only their bodies and minds but also their hearts and their souls. We live in an age where everyone is so "connected"; via social media, through easy transportation, through every new and bright form of technology. And really, true communication, true connections have been greatly lost. Why? We live in a distracted and distanced society and culture. Everything is at our beck and fingertips and yet we have really lost touch with the greatest reality of all--the living God--manifested in His creation, in our hearts through faith, in the simple and quiet pursuit of knowing and following Him in spirit and in truth. We are distracted by the cares of this life and they eat away at the fabric of a consistent Christ-centered, focused mode of living.

Our connection with Him is frayed at best and at worst, lost. He is some distant Grandfather in the sky to which we turn often only when something is wrong. I see this attitude of "distance" many times in my own life--there are so many day to day distractions, so many things that "need" to be done, so many enticing forms of entertainment around us, that we often lose touch with what is really important. We think that the temporal things are so necessary when Christ would have us embrace the spiritual. Until we find our connection with Him and lay aside every weight, it will be impossible to truly connect in a sincere way with those around us. In my own life, when the connection to Him is "strong" and the distractions are laid aside, I am able to reach out to the lives that He has placed in my pathway in a deeper and more connected way. 

I have been blessed in that the Lord led me to live in the country. Here, there is not as much noise and distraction materially, yet I still feel and sense that old-Adam tug of my heart toward being distracted--mentally, spiritually, emotionally--I have to constantly remind myself of what is eternal and important--to pursue those things--and often that means laying aside other perfectly 'legitimate" things that I might otherwise do and focusing my eyes and heart on what is eternally important. 

He comes in the stillness. And one of the lessons that He has been impressing upon me lately as I've been praying is to continually "simplify" everything with my children. I write about it here as maybe it will be helpful to someone else. I know that the Lord has been using this lesson in my own heart. 



We need to be present with our children. Period. We can be stay-at-home-moms and not be present with our children. We can be distracted by a million and one things--we all know what distracts us personally and have felt the tug of conviction on our hearts. We know when we are ignoring our children even if we are there with them physically--we know when we are selfishly pursuing our own interests and pushing them into the background of our lives. It's an attitude of the heart that daily should be rooted out like a weed in a an otherwise good garden. And the deeper we allow its roots to grow, the harder it will be to pull out. We need to be vigilant about uprooting weeds of distraction and the cares of this life. 

I've been asking the Lord how to interact with my children (I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old) and this is what He has spoken to me personally--take the simplicity of every moment and teach it to your children . . . talk to them about everything around them, relate it back to the Lord--not in a way that is forced, but out of a heart connected to the Lord--as the outflow of that--

A feather on the ground, 

The robin singing before it rains, 

Ingredients going into a bowl of cookie dough,

A pie crust being rolled out

A hymn softly sung

A prayer for a hurt animal

Seeds being pressed into the ground of the garden

Paint being spread over a board

An earthworm fat and sleek being placed gently back into the soil

An anthill so determinedly built marveled at

A rainbow in the great Midwestern sky

The work of a rake exposing the beautiful green grass under the deadness of winter . . . 



The list goes on and on and on--and I think that this is why my own childhood is so vivid and bright to me---my own mother took the joy of each moment and pressed it into the hearts of her three daughters --in such a way that it has had a lasting impact upon my life. 

Everything in God's creation was sacred in some sense to my Mom, not in some strange mystical way, but a in a real, flesh and bones, joy-infused existence. She gave that joy to us--in so many ways, through the literally thousands of books that she read to us, through her constant relating everything back to the Lord, through her beautiful rich voice singing songs to the Lord as she cleaned our house, through the constant sacrifices that she made to make sure that we went to a Christian school through our younger years. 

The Lord has been bringing that lesson to my heart--to take each moment that He gives and to use it as an opportunity whenever I see it to impart some small grace to my children.  It has been a learning experience for me. 

Children, even very young ones, can be a part of so much of what we are doing--making a bed, cooking, cleaning, raking, again, the list goes on and on--and the more that we teach them when they are young, the more that they will be a help to us as they grow older and feel a part of our lives--

We are tempted many times to let children "go off" and play by themselves when we could include them into so much that we are doing--not everything of course and not all the time of course--but many times



This connects our children with us through day to day life--try it--I find that when I pursue this that my children are less "distracted" and more focused--I am better able to connect with them and to nurture their sensitivity toward spiritual things. The task often takes "longer" to complete, but I feel a great sense of joy when I am not rushing through completing everything on my "to-do" list and involving them. We are both enriched--I in slowing down, and they in being a part of what I am doing. 

We have been taught some great lie that children are a burden--it often niggles at our hearts--if they weren't "in the way we would be able to pursue the important things in life. 

Maybe what we think is important really--isn't. 

Children are a blessing from the Lord--near and dear and close and real flesh and blood--not just to be shuffled off to someone else--not just to be let loose to bring themselves up, not to be showpieces or badges of honor that elevate our own pride, but tiny spiritual beings--

Nurtured, loved cherished, taught--to the best of our ability--by the grace of God--and for the good of our own hearts. 

Teach them simply--and simply teach them--Involve them, include them, connect with them, love them . . . 

Let the little children come. 




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Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Holy Passion~A Novel of David Brainerd and Jerusha Edwards Giveaway!




Recently, my sister published her novel detailing the lives of missionary David Brainerd and of Jerusha Edward's, theologian Jonathan Edward's daughter. Jerusha cared for Brainerd in the Edward's home near the end of his life and it is believed that they shared a romantic attachment. Alicia delves into the lives of both of these historical figures in her book; you can read my post about it HERE

This week, I am giving away two copies of this precious, beautiful book. I believe that it will draw your heart closer to Christ and I pray that it will be a blessing to those who read it. You may use the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway and the two winners will be announced next week.  Entrants must live in the continental United States for shipping reasons! :-)






Description from the back of the book:

“My heart begins its slow crescendo at the news. Mr. Brainerd – my Mr. Brainerd – has come at last.”

After a few scant years of solitary missionary work among the American Indians on the colonial frontier, David Brainerd has been forced off the field once more by his terminal illness. A man who has sacrificed every earthly comfort for the sake of Christ, he takes refuge in the home of Reverend Jonathan Edwards, eminent Great Awakening theologian and pastor… and the father of a young woman named Jerusha. 
Unbeknownst to David, Jerusha Edwards has nurtured an affection for him since she met him long ago. Their renewed acquaintanceship challenges Jerusha to understand the meaning of selfless, Calvary love. Yet does such love demand too great a sacrifice for her to make?

Told with an emphasis on the known facts of Jerusha and David’s relationship as well as his missionary undertakings, this novel carefully embellishes the historical record, weaving a bittersweet tale of romantic, holy devotion.




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Monday, April 23, 2018

A Holy Passion Book Release~~A Novel of Missionary David Brainerd and Jerusha Edwards


A Holy Passion is here! :-) For years, my sister talked about writing and researching a novel based on the lives of the missionary David Brainerd and of his relationship with Jonathan Edward's daughter, Jerusha. She began work on it a few years ago and it culminated on the 300th birthday of Brainerd--Truly, this precious, beautiful novel is the result of years of careful research and preparation. My sister, author Alicia G. Ruggieri  has put her heart and soul into this work and the result has been this beautiful re-telling of the stories of missionary David Brainerd and of famed theologian Jonathan Edward's daughter, Jerusha--from David's time at Yale, to his missionary endeavors, to the years of his declining health, and finally of his death in the Edward's home and of the love that he and Jerusha shared both for one another and for their Lord. 

Alicia's research is exquisite; I love her careful attention to the details of that particular time period, from how a colonial home was run to the manner of speech and dress and the customs of those days. Her focus on every little detail is apparent, and it just makes the book historically delightful. 

Her artistry in capturing the romantic relationship between David and Jerusha is both revitalizing and heart rending. This book weaves such a tale of bittersweet love that it leaves the reader inwardly hushed and affected. 

There were several times in reading her novel that I just sat with the book before me and knew the Holy Spirit whispering some deep lesson of surrender to my heart through the example of David Brainerd. Alicia's depiction of his character and devotion to the Lord Jesus in every area of his life challenged me and comforted me at the same time. I realized afresh that the God of David Brainerd is the same God of this time and that great and mighty things can be done through His people when they are fully surrendered to Him in mind, body, and heart. 

I loved her depiction of the character and historical figure of Jerusha, Jonathan Edward's daughter. Her strong, sweet character that yearns after the Savior challenged me; her inward struggles proved that she was human, and yet finally rested in the Lord with her life and with the life of the man she loved. 

The portrayal of missionary David Brainerd and his utter devotion toward our Savior riveted me. His life is a challenge to every one of us as believers in asking the question that Alicia asks on the back cover of her book, "What would you give up for Christ?" David gave everything. 

This book is one that every believer seeking a deeper, richer relationship with Jesus Christ would benefit from; it challenged me and encouraged me in my devotion to the Lord while at the same time engaged me with its intricate suspenseful story-line and of the romance between David and Jerusha that is woven into the book's rich tapestry. 

A Holy Passion is available on Amazon on Kindle as well as in paperback. The links are provided below after the description of Alicia's novel to her website and where you may find Alicia on social media to learn more about her and her work. 







Description from the back of the book:

“My heart begins its slow crescendo at the news. Mr. Brainerd – my Mr. Brainerd – has come at last.”

After a few scant years of solitary missionary work among the American Indians on the colonial frontier, David Brainerd has been forced off the field once more by his terminal illness. A man who has sacrificed every earthly comfort for the sake of Christ, he takes refuge in the home of Reverend Jonathan Edwards, eminent Great Awakening theologian and pastor… and the father of a young woman named Jerusha. 
Unbeknownst to David, Jerusha Edwards has nurtured an affection for him since she met him long ago. Their renewed acquaintanceship challenges Jerusha to understand the meaning of selfless, Calvary love. Yet does such love demand too great a sacrifice for her to make?

Told with an emphasis on the known facts of Jerusha and David’s relationship as well as his missionary undertakings, this novel carefully embellishes the historical record, weaving a bittersweet tale of romantic, holy devotion.




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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Including Hymns Into a Child's Daily Life

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:18-20 NKJV



One of the things that the Lord has impressed upon my heart with my children is including hymns into their daily life. Since they were babies, I sought to incorporate hymns into our daily routine and to instill in them an appreciation for the old beloved hymns of the faith. 

I love hymns. I grew up in churches where hymns were sung with power and joy and conviction, not woodenly and lifelessly. 

I love the theology contained in them, the joy expressed within their beautiful metered stanzas, and the deep rich heritage that they hold for us in the faith. 

I love the stories behind them, the lessons held and buried deep and true in their author's lives and in the Lord's dealings with them. There is a vast treasure-house of beauty found in reading about the lives of the hymnwriters--George Matheson, Fanny Crosby, John Robinson, Charles Wesley, Issac Watts and the list literally goes on and on. 

I want to pass that joy onto my children. 

Am I recommending only hymns, exclusively hymns, nothing else? Absolutely not! :-) I appreciate and enjoy praise choruses and songs steeped in the Scripture; I love the Psalms sung out as songs in modern language. I think that these can also be useful and beneficial in our lives, in our children's lives, and in the life of the church. 

But hymns, sung from the physical hymnal or from memory can enrich our lives and our children's lives greatly, and I believe can strongly enrich the church in terms of the deep theology that they hold for every generation. 

So how do I incorporate hymns into our daily lives? 



We attend a church that sings hymns. This is very important to me. It was a blessing for me to find a church in the Midwest that sings exclusively from the physical hymnal. I want that experience to be a strong part of our children's lives. 

We sing hymns at home. We have collected a number of hymnals and sing from them regularly. We sing a hymn in the morning together when we have our daily devotional time and we sing a hymn at night together after supper after a brief time of Bible reading. We sing hymns at night before bed. I rock my children and sing them hymns or very softly play a CD of hymns as they fall asleep (or do both). In this way, hymns are included into our daily life. 

We listen to hymns on CD--in the house, in the car, wherever! We love hymns! :-) I believe, and this is my personal conviction--take it or leave it--that young children are better off listening to slower-paced music that is simple and edifying and fun, rather than the fast-paced "fluff" that is usually offered to them.  Hymns fit this principle wonderfully. Some examples of what I mean by this are below in the CD's that I recommend--

Sometimes hymns are thought of as dreary and droll and boring--but the very opposite is true! It is so much fun to gather together with other believers and sing the great hymns of the faith with a tambourine, a guitar, a piano, or other instruments! It creates and builds a deep bond of fellowship. It strengthens us as believers spiritually and encourages unity and togetherness through our Lord and Savior. It encourages and edifies our children through the powerful reinforcement of the principles in God's Word through the songs of His people. 



So sing hymns! :-) Include them in your daily life with your children, in your family, as part of your home life. I promise you that it will be a blessing. 

Suggestions and Resources that have blessed us greatly as a family (these are clickable affiliate links to Amazon): 

Hymns For a Kid's Heart Volume One (Book and CD)




Hymns For a Kid's Heart Volume Two (Book and CD)



Passion Hymns for a  Kid's Heart (Book and CD)




Christmas Carols for a Kid's Heart (Book and CD)





Scripture-based songwriters and CD's :

The Shadow of Your Wings~Fernando Ortega




Hymns of Worship~ Fernando Ortega




Hymns and Meditations~Fernando Ortega





Peace Like a River: The Hymn Project~ Chris Rice





Helpful Books/Resources: 

The Shaping of the Christian Family, by Elisabeth Elliot






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Sunday, April 8, 2018

An Interview with Christian Fiction Author Ruby Mae O'Dell

Ruby Mae is a young Christian Fiction author who seeks to glorify Christ in her writing and to spread the Gospel through the medium of Christian fiction.  I "met" Ruby Mae on social media a while ago and felt led to ask her to do an interview on my blog. I pray that you will be blessed by her work and testimony! 


Welcome, Ruby Mae! I’m so thrilled to have you here as a guest on my blog and I pray that many will be encouraged through your words and learning more about your writing.




Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm just a small-town girl with a love for God and my family. I'm 25 years old. I received the Ultimate Treasure (God's gift of Salvation) when I was eighteen years old. Since then, I've been called into different ministries, including: Teaching young adults about the importance of purity, singing and writing songs, and writing novels. I live in a small, historic town in Georgia with my family, 2 dogs, 5 Zebus (miniature cattle), and many chickens (the farm's still growing!). Besides writing, I enjoy reading, singing, spending time outdoors, and arts &crafts.
What motivated you to become a Christian fiction writer?
My Lord and Savior, Yeshua (Jesus)! All my motivation and inspiration comes from Him. Everything else is branches off of Him. If I didn't have God, I wouldn't be a writer—actually, I wouldn't be anything. It's God's Holy Spirit who gives me each story I write. I'm merely the pen in God's hand.
What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?
My biggest hope is for my novels to bring others to the saving knowledge of Christ and to strengthen the faith of those who are already saved. All other accomplishments are extra blessings.
What project(s) are you currently working on?
*Whistles lowly* That's a long list. Ha ha!  I'm currently working on 20 novels. 10 are part of my first series, Faith in the Valley, 2 are part of my second series, Echoes of Faith, 2 are part of my third series, Ephesians Guardians Inc., and 6 are stand alone. The titles are: Protective Secrets, Unseen Dangers, Hidden in the Ashes, Ring of Suspicion, A Lassoed Mistake, Barrel of Threats, A Kindred Frame, Obscured Faith, A Turn for the Worse, A Recipe to Die For, Rodeo Storm, The Deadly Love Letter, The Witnesses' Protectors, Assumed Dead, The Samaritan's Bride, A Love Worth Waiting For, Second Chance Deputy, Dad by Choice, An Abduction Reunion, and A Christian County Escapade.
My main focus at the moment is Protective Secrets. It's book three of my Faith in the Valley series and the set goal is for it to release this spring. It's about the youngest Sawyer sibling, Hannah, who works with Search and Rescue, along with her canine partner, Ace. Hannah is the heroine of the story and is infertile; but she's thrust into motherhood at the beginning of the story—which also puts her in danger. The hero is her supervisor, Chance Timmons, a man who was abandoned by his parents at a young age and is struggling to forgive.
Is there a certain time period that particularly interests you in your writing?
I mostly write in the modern time period. Simply because it touches on topics affecting the world/people today. But one of my novels is based in the Civil War era and I'm loving it! I've always loved stories and movies based back in the good old days(especially when they involve cowboys and strong pioneer women). I'm fairly certain I'll be writing many more novels in the cowboy/Civil War/Revolutionary War era in the near future!
How have you seen the Lord work through your writing to encourage others to pursue Him?
That's a tough one since a lot of my readers I never get to meet(or see again after selling them a book). The simplest answer would be by reader reviews. Many of my readers comment on how they connect with my characters and how my characters encourage them to strengthen their own faith. One reader told me that while reading Seeking Refuge(Faith in the Valley: Book 2) they felt like they were doing their devotionals as well. Said it was very uplifting and inspiring. Another reader told me after reading Seeking Refuge that she read another novel that was very similar by another author who has wrote many more novels than I have. She said she enjoyed mine much more. Her explanation of why was that mine had far more evidence of God in it, which made it a more inspiring read. I love compliments that goes back to God! My readers love the evidence of faith in my stories and I love that!
But it isn't just my reader who gets encouraged through my writing through the Spirit of God. I'm always in the front row when the lesson is being given. The whole time I'm writing a story I can hear God speaking to me, telling me what to write. But it's more than that. He's teaching me something important. In Hidden Treasures(Faith in the Valley: Book 1) God was teaching me the importance of staying in His presence and returning promptly every time I stray, and also teaching me about God's gift of memories. In Seeking Refuge I was being taught the power of choice when it comes to faith. How we are to choose to have faith in God. It all comes down to choice. In Protective Secrets the lesson continues; God is teaching me to trust Him no matter what—even when I can't see the whole picture.



And just some fun questions: 😊
Coffee or tea?
Definitely COFFEE!!! With lots of cream and no sugar. Mmm... Mmm...  I can't stand the taste of any tea.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
Most definitely Israel. I have a deep love for God's first born son and His people who live there. I would love to visit and walk where Yeshua walked and pray in the garden where He did.
How many siblings do you have?
I have 7 younger siblings and also 2 younger siblings who are with the Lord.
Favorite hobbies, pastimes?
I have many hobbies I enjoy and things I do to pass the time. Reading, painting, drawing, singing, yodeling, photography, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and doing crafts to name a few.
Favorite dessert
I've always been a big fan of strawberries. So basically anything strawberry. But my favorite would have to be white chocolate-covered strawberries! Mmm...
Favorite book of the Bible
I have three, Psalms, Acts, and James
Favorite Bible verse
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
—Luke 12:34/Matthew 6:21
This verse is very special to me. As I wrote in my debut novel, Hidden Treasures; that verse tells us that whatever treasure we seek, with the most time and energy, is where our heart lies. It serves as a reminder to ask myself now and then, “What treasure am I seeking? Knowing God and His will? Or worldly goods that won’t last?” It helps us to continuously seek the most valuable treasure we can possess, a close relationship with God Himself and serving Him by following His will for our lives.
A little known fact about yourself

Not many people know that Ruby Mae O'Dell is my pseudonym(pen name) or even how I came up with it. My pseudonym is a dedication to my granny and nana, both of whom I was very close to and are now with the Lord. Ruby Mae was my granny's first and second name and O'Dell is my Nana's maiden name. nana also used to call my “Little Ruby”.


RUBY MAE O'Dell is a young, Christian author, living in a small, historic town in the state of Georgia with her parents and 7 younger siblings. She enjoys using her gift of writing to bring glory and honor to Yeshua, her Savior. Two of her novels have been published and she has 12 more in the making. Ruby Mae also enjoys writing songs and poetry, drawing and painting, crafting, roping(still practicing, ha, ha.), singing and yodeling, playing her bongos, and of course, curling up with a good book. Ruby Mae is also vowed to purity as she waits for the man God created especially for her (Biography taken from her website, Truly Inspired Books).


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