Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WEDNESDAY: BOOK READING WWWs 23.4.14

Playing along for Wednesdays' W...W...W...
with MizB at shouldbereading blog
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
For Me ?
Currently reading:  Has just been moved to recently finished !
Recently finished:
Another Historical Suspense from Laurie Alice Eakes
JUST Released Tuesday April 22.14
 Couldn't put it down !
Laurie is a master storyteller
with plot surprises that
catch me every time - {tweetable}
Love the intrigue and creativity!
Debut fiction from Canadian author
Emily T Wierenga.
#17 of the Quilts of Love series
A moving memoir of a woman's life from coming of age
through to her current autumn years.
A journey to France
for service in WWII, her return and the special quilt that impacts the lives of 
so many in the world she inhabits.

My introduction to an accomplished historical author, Tamera Alexander.
An April NEW RELEASE ~
Book 2 of Belmont Mansion series,
I connected so deeply with the main characters I was at a loss for them when the novel ended!  {tweetable}
Beautiful writing, humour that consistently increased my attachment to MCs and plot worthy of my investment of 
time spent in their company.
A new fav author!
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What will I get to next ?  

A couple samples - Definitely Not short on selections!  
Will have to do a 'Mailbox' post soon =)

Thanks for stopping and sharing your WWWs !

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SPRING: HOPE's DIVINE POSSIBILITY 23.4.14

In the Hebrew scriptures the promise of God's abundance is often conceived of
as blossoming in the desert.
In that harsh landscape, a flower bursting forth from the dry land is a symbol of
divine generosity, fruitfulness, and hope.  
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#Hope is a stance of radical openness to the God of newness and #possibility. {tweetable}

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When we #hope, we acknowledge that God has an imagination far more expansive than we do. {tweetable}
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The fertility of spring speaks of an abundantly creative God who is at the source of the potent life force beating at the heart of the world. Created in God's image, we are called to participate in this generous creativity ourselves. Our own blossoming leads us to share our gifts in service to others.
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Take time this week to meditate with gratitude on a flower, appreciating all of its qualities of beauty, how it simply is what it was created to be. Allow yourself to fill with joyful gratitude for the gifts of the earth. Open yourself to experience the fullness of this flower and all of the ways God delights in the beauty of blossoms.
Then shift your focus from the flower to yourself. Take this sense of wonder and awe at the beauty of the flower and imagine how God gazes with delight on the beauty of who you are.
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What aspects of your being can you imagine God relishing? What are the longings inside of you God is asking you to embrace?[Tweet]
Rest in this awareness of the joy and delight of God in your own beautiful blossoming for several minutes. Notice what new longings it stirs in you.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.~Marcel Proust [Tweet]

Perhaps you'd like to share your exploration and discoveries.
Please accept this as your personal Invitation to Poetry and/or Photography .
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With April comes a new Invitation for Contemplation. In the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly arriving with birdsong and blooming. Wherever we live on this beautiful planet, we can tend to the flowering that happens within after a season of fallowness. The outer seasons become a mirror for our inner experience.

The text with which we are praying this month is from the Hebrew wisdom book the
Song of Songs, which the ancient rabbis called "the holy of holies."
"
Arise and bloom" is our theme,
tending to the ways our hearts and souls are breaking forth into blossom
after a season of fallowness and stillness.


I invite you to set aside some time this week to pray with the text below.  See these
Lectio Divina guidelines.
Lean into silence, pray the text, listen to what shimmers, allow the images and memories to unfold, tend to the invitation, and then sit in stillness.
For see, the winter is past,

the rains are over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth,

the time of pruning the vines has come,

and the song of the dove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs,

and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.

Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,

and come!   —Song of Songs 2:11-13
After you have prayed with the text (and feel free to pray with it more than once – 
St. Ignatius wrote about the deep value of repetition in prayer, especially when something feels particularly rich) spend some time journaling what insights arise for you.


~ from  Christine Valters Paintner - Abbey of the Arts
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

TEASER TUESDAYS: A BEAUTY SO RARE 22.4.14

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyo
ne can play along!  Just do the following:• Grab your current read• Open to a random page• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• Share title & author so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser ?

"She turned then and headed straight for him.
He summoned an air of practiced nonchalance...
The woman didn't so much as blink in his direction as she passed.
Feeling aptly put in his place - and not overly fond of the feeling, Marcus watched her exit the post office.  He wasn't accustomed to being ignored."

From A BEAUTY SO RARE by Tamera Alexander
 Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America--and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path--building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows' and children's home run contrary to Eleanor's wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expects. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all...
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I have grown attached to these two characters in the reading of this excellent novel.
Every reading opportunity reveals further brilliant plot and relationship developments.
Tamera has a wonderful way of creating deep reader-character connections
along with humourous situations that keep me pursuing more.
5*s and highly recommended !

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

CHRIST IS RISEN! : MY REDEEMER LIVES - Nicole C Mullen 20.4.14

Resurrection Morning !



le saintes femmes au tombeau

Christ is Risen!  Hallelujah!
Christ is Risen indeed !

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Every Blessing on your Worship and Celebration
this Joyous Easter Day!
Thank you for joining #SONGSonSUNDAYS 

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including links if you'd appreciate our visit.
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

BORN OF PERSUASION PARTY:GIVEAWAY & INVITATION by JESSICA DOTTA


Win a First Edition Lucy Maud Montgomery Novel!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
to Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hosted by Jessica Dotta
www.facebook.com/bornofpersuasion

Message from the Host

My debut novel Born of Persuasion is being offered free right now via e-book. It's an incredible opportunity for readers to discover a new author without risk.
To help spread the word, I'm offering a chance to win a first edition copy of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Mistress Pat on my author Facebook page! It's a charming book that would make a lovely addition to any library.
Additionally, bloggers who share about the free download of Born of Persuasion will be entered to win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Mark of Distinction, the sequel--releasing soon! (Please make sure you e-mail me your link so I can include you in the drawing.)
Don't forget to snatch up your copy of Born of Persuasion now at:
XOXO Thank you so much!
Jessica
"Readers who miss Victorial Holt will swoon with delight upon discovering this retro-gothic winner." --BOOKLIST on Born of Persuasion
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Friday, 18 April 2014

GOOD FRIDAY: GOOD NEWS 18.4.14

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but rather so that through Him, the world might be saved.

John 3:16-17

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

MAUNDY THURSDAY: LAST SUPPER MANDATES 17.4.14

Tonight as we remember the mandates of Yeshua Jesus to His disciples
we look at some of the highlights of the Seder Meal the Jewish family has
when it celebrates the Passover
and compare them with the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples
just before He went to the cross.

Here is Paul’s description of the Passover meal Jesus had with His disciples
before He went to the cross.
 from 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
 For  I  received  from  the Lord what  I also passed on  to  you:
The Lord  Jesus, on  the night he was betrayed,
took bread,  and when he had given  thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which  is  for  you;  do  this  in  remembrance  of  me.”  
In  the  same  way,  after  supper  he  took  the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in  my blood;
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The four cups that are consumed during the meal
symbolize the four distinct redemptions promised by G-d to the Hebrews 
as told in Exodus 6:6-7
four cups of wine to celebrate redemption and freedom
and are particularly pertinent to the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb of God
slain for the sins of the world.
"Cup of Sanctification"
 as God set apart His people in Egypt
drink in remembrance that we have been set apart
by the Lord's sanctification
“Cup of Instruction”
tells the story of the cross and how it delivered us from bondage
“Cup of Redemption,”
Matthew 26:26-28 , Luke 22:14-20
"he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. 
He gave it to them and said, 
“Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, 
which confirms the covenant between God and his people. 
It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many."


{Andrea describes the Passover beautifully
with many of its implications to followers of Christ.}

The same is true of the unleavened matzah bread used in the ceremony,
even to the very way it is baked
unleavened ~ being without hypocrisy and sin
the bread of Life ~ Christ ~ John 6.48-51
being pierced and striped
broken for us
as is the middle matzah of the three at the Seder 
 Father Son and Holy Spirit
the broken matzah then wrapped in white linen
as was Christ

I pray your worship this Maundy Thursday
has deeply reflected the impact of Christ's mandates
of serving one another in humility
as He led by example in washing His followers feet,
His command to Love one another,
and the breaking of bread and sharing the cup
around the table of His remembrance ...


if you are interested in more on this,
Joe Amaral has been a wonderful resource of
First Century Foundations by dvd of Ancient Feasts
{free study guide available at his site}
and his recent release Understanding Jesus

which recognizes the cultural realities that impact accurate 
interpretation of scripture ~ excellent resources
 both book and dvd

Reflections continue tomorrow
as we worship our Lord
throughout Good Friday remembrances...




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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

EXODUS 6: PASSOVER


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"why is this night different from all other nights...?"


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I am Adonai. I will free you ... rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  I will take you as my people, and I will be your God.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God..'  Ex 6.6

 On that day you are to tell your son,
‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.

Exodus 13.8

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)


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