Sunday, November 25, 2018

An Angel Remembered - book review

I had no idea this book was based on a true story until I'd finished it. Apparently the author met Vinnie, the first character we meet in this story, and decided to write her story as a fiction novel. 

An Angel Remembered begins in the year 2000 as Vinnie mourns the death of her husband Leo, then moves to a look back at her life beginning in 1942 when she and Leo first meet. Once their daughter Lenora is born, the story follows her life through January of 1958, then returns to Vinnie in 2000 for the epilogue.

Throughout the story, Lenora has a special relationship with the Lord and receives numerous visits from the angel Gabriel. Following this family through trials and joys and moves across the country was an enjoyable read. The tidbits of history scattered throughout were interesting, but the real beauty was the faith of a child and how she endured whatever came her way with peace.

I read this book (which I received free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review) on my Kindle. It was a fairly quick read, well-written and well-paced.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Clean Heart Is Better Than A Clean House

When Jesus admonished Martha in Luke chapter 10, we might assume it was because she was busy working and serving rather than sitting at His feet as Mary chose to do.

However, His compassionate reply is not directed toward her actions, but rather toward her attitude of distraction.

"Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, 
which will not be taken away from her."
~Luke 10:42

The "one thing" that is needed is time and intimacy with the Lord. This needs to come first and be an important part of our lives. 

Remember, Jesus did not say that Martha was wrong to be serving (or that the house never needed cleaning). He was saying that her distracted and worried attitude was causing her to miss out on the most important thing. 

Do you make time for the most important thing, or does worry and distraction keep your focus off the Lord?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Classic Sunflower Cards

I had such a great time creating those Lush Lilac Cards last month that I signed up for another class at Personal Scrapbook using Heartfelt Creations products. The instructor, Robin, creates such lovely cards and does a great job putting together kits for these classes. This time we used the Classic Sunflower stamp & die set.

I was especially interested in this class because I like sunflowers and I actually purchased this set a while back … although it hasn't been used much at all!

Once again we used a variety of inks (applied with daubers) to color and edge the flowers and leaves.

Then we added sparkle with stickles or Wink of Stella pens.

It was FUN to use these sunflowers with various colors on three different sized cards.

Joining in today with Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday!