Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dear Hurting.


Dear Hurting... 

Yes, you. The one putting on a brave face and praying no one will see through it. The one who smiles in the daylight, but cries in the darkness. The one who's there for everyone else, but just needs someone to be there for them.

Because someone is—and He loves you so much more than you can comprehend. He feels your breaking heart and wants to hold you through this pain-ladened season.

The breaking of your heart isn't something to be feared, no matter the cause. Loving people may always bring us pain, but that's okay. Don't let the ache you carry hold you back from loving deeply the next time, and the next...and the time after that.

Don't fear the pain. Embrace it. For it's through the season of hurt that you will grow and you will bloom.

Broken is a state, but breaking is only a season. You may be breaking, but you're not broken. This isn't forever, dears. <3


The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 
// Psalms 34:18 kjv

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 
// Isaiah 26:3 kjv 


Praying for everyone who reads these words, that someone's heart will be strengthened. <3

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Read the Instructions.



If you're setting out to start a new craft project, you may read some tips, tricks, or watch some DIY videos.

When you take a test, you carefully read the instructions before beginning.

If you're taking a medication, you follow the directions on the box or bottle for the correct dosage.

Basically, when you need to know how to do something, you read the instructions.


Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 
// Psalms 119:11 kjv


Did you know life comes with an instruction manual too?

Because it does, friends. God gave us His Word to cling to through the trials of life. The answers to all the questions. The reasons to all the whys. It's all in there, and we'll find it if we search long enough.


Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 
// Matthew 7:7-8 kjv


Let me take this a step further. What if you have the instructions, you've read them...but you still don't  understand. You don't know how to proceed. What do you do?

Ask the Teacher.

If you ask a teacher about something you don't understand, they may not give you the exact answer. But they'll always point you in the right direction.



How are y'all doing? Can I pray for you? What are you needing instruction and direction on currently? Let's talk. <33

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Falling for You by Becky Wade {Book Review}


~ Description

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again. 


~ My Rating

3/3.5 stars


~ My Review 

I have such mixed feelings over this book. (I procrastinated writing this review for over a week—which didn't help, for the record.) It definitely had it's strong points, but I waffled between adoring and despising both of the main characters for most of the book.

First, Corbin. Honestly, the dude is fabulous sometimes. (Spoiler: He toilet-papered Willow's security gate...because she told him not to. What's not to love?!) I liked this guy more than I ever liked Willow, except when all he can think about is kissing her or pulling her shirt off her shoulder...(Get a grip, man.) The side of the story dealing with Corbin, his dad, and their relationship was wonderful, though.

Then there's Willow. Besides the fact that I don't have much in common with the gorgeous model gal, I liked her character most of the time. Aside from when she wanted to cast all the blame for everything that is wrong in the world—or ever has been—on Corbin. Still, she was badly hurt by him in years past, so I made a face and pushed through.

(Spoilers in this paragraph.) My main "gripe" with these two wasn't even the sins in their past. It was the way they handled their current relationship. Corbin is convinced he can win Willow back, so he sets out to do that. But Willow, even while making out with the guy on her couch, keeps telling that they're not together. They're not a couple. This is all over when she goes back to Cali in a few weeks. And that bothered me. She led him on for months—and he let himself be led on—and didn't seem to have a bit of remorse over it, until afterwards. (End of spoilers.)

All that aside... the murder mystery was rather intriguing and not at all something I expected to find in this book. Charlotte was such a fabulous example of a middle-school-aged girl, and I loved her character and her family.

Mrs. Wade is an amazing writer. Her prose is fabulous, her plots are well-woven, and her characters are solid. I just...had problems with some of the content in this one. That said, I'm looking forward to Britt and Zander's story. :)


**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kaylee's Kind of Writes 2.0 {Blog Launch}

Happy Saturday, dear readers! (I mean, y'all have to be like the best if you're still here....) 

Has it seriously been over a month since I blogged regularly? According to the calendar, yes, it has. It doesn't feel like it, and yet...yeah, maybe it does. 

I'm not going to promise to do better, because I honestly don't know how the rest of the year is going to play out, but I hope to have a Saturday post up every week for the remainder of this month. Beyond that, we'll see. I may fall back to every other week. ;)




I'm here today with my friend Kaylee's blog launch! Kaylee's blog, Kaylee Kind of Writes, is branching out to Kaylee's Kind of Writes 2.0, which will focus on her writing, WIPs, and that type of thing. 



About the Blog

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0 is a random writing and fun blog! Otherwise, that means that it is a less professional blog, and where you can find posts of Kaylee’s writing. (She will still do book reviews, spotlights, and such on Kaylee's Kind of Writes.) You’ll find writing snippets, updates on writing, and lots of other fun stuff!




Blogger Bio

Abigail writes under the pen name Kaylee since Abigail is a pretty popular name (Seeing as she’s in a group of Abigails in a writing community she thought that Kaylee would stand out more.).
She does writing, blogging, and digital designing at Kayleeskindofwrites.blogspot.com. She's a Christian homeschooling bookworm, With One Amazing Savior, Two great parents, Three Brothers, Four Sisters,
She likes to listen to music when she's writing.


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Schedule 


October 10th

October 11th
Character Interview on Julia is Fictional
Interview of three characters on Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0

October 12th
Spotlight on Beautiful Things
First chapter of two WIPs on Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0

October 13th
Spotlight at Chosen Vessels


 

Giveaway

Doesn't this giveaway look fabulous? Here's the link to the form! Head on over and claim your entries. :D 



Did you follow Kaylee's blog(s)? Enter the giveaway? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

God in a God-Forsaken Land by Gene R. Stark {Book Review}


~ Description 

"I had never wondered before if I would see another summer. Yet on that day the question crossed my mind." The frontier town of Alexandria, Minnesota in 1874 attracted immigrants longing for land and freedom. Yet the newcomers to this wild, beautiful, and dangerous landscape needed the stability, love, and peace found in the Word of Life.

Pastor August Hertwig, called to this ministry and dropped from a stagecoach into a stunning, yet hostile place, faced isolation, severe weather, and plagues of locusts as he struggled to bring the permanence of Church and Faith to settlers striving to carve out a life in this new land. God led him to the love of his life in the strong, determined Elizabeth and together, in faith, they forged a powerful ministry based on the eternal Word and manifested in vibrant Christian congregations.

Pastor Hertwig tells his own story of immigration which takes him from his childhood Germany to the very "ends of the earth." Traveling on foot and by horse, his ministry covered several counties where he started sixteen congregations, many of which still exist today.


~ My Rating 

2.5 stars


~ My Review 

DNF at 49 pages in—25%. 

I'm literally bored to death. I've been "trying" to read this for over a month, because it's a review book and I feel guilty for giving up on books when there's nothing wrong with it content-wise, but I'm done. Life is too short to read books that are "bad," boring, or just plain ol' bleh. 

A story of a missionary in the midwest in the 1800s. Sounded interesting enough when I nabbed a review copy (mostly for the cover, if we're going to be honest here), but it just...lacked? 

The telling-not-showing writing style grated on my nerves. Like, the main character falls into a raging river in the middle of a snowstorm in Nowheresville, Minnesota, yet as the reader, I felt absolutely none of his fear or panic. (Not to mention, I already didn't really care if he lived or died. I'm just sayin'.) 

And another thing. At one-quarter of the way through, I was still confused on the beliefs and doctrine of the main character. He just decides he'll be a preacher and goes to seminary because it seemed like a good idea when someone suggested it...? Yeah, okay. 

All that to say... If you enjoy based-on-a-true-story missionary books, you may enjoy this one. :)

2/2.5 stars, rounding up to 3 stars to give the remainder of the book the benefit of the doubt. 


**I received a review copy of this book from BookCrash and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.**