Check out this new devotional by author, blogger, and podcaster, Tim Ferrara. He has a great blog called Discerning Dad. Give him a follow, and consider ordering his devotional. This would make a great gift.
Does the holiday season feel too overwhelming or materialistic to you? Are you searching for a way to make Christmas more meaningful for you, and your children, or grandchildren?
Come take a look at Christmas through a different set of eyes. Come see the season in a whole new light. Be inspired by noticing Jesus in places you may not have seen Him before, hiding in every detail of the most wonderful time of the year!
I am so pleased to share this lovely book with all of you. Karen Stacy wrote this poem for her family, and eventually turned it into a book. It’s beautifully illustrated by Joel Schoon-Tanis. SEEING Christmas is a wonderful story with fresh new insight on this holy season.
I won SEEING Christmas last year through a contest on Instagram. Immediately, I fell in love with this delightful story. It’s a great addition to my Christmas books, and I highly recommend you purchase a copy, or two or three, and give them away. It makes a great gift for friends, family, and churches.
Read more about Karen Stacy here:
I originally wrote SEEING Christmas as a poem to be read to my family on Christmas morning. At that time, it seemed like everyone was saying Christmas was too materialistic, and I just didn’t see it that way. I could see Jesus in all of it, from the tree, to the gifts, to the toys, and much more. So I put together a poem to share with my adult children and grandchildren, in the hopes of inspiring a new perspective on Christmas for them.
When I read it to them, they immediately said I needed to make it a book so the message could be shared with everyone. The process of turning my little family poem into a beautiful hardcover picture/gift book, has been a true labor of love. My hope and prayer is that it will bless and inspire everyone to see Jesus in ALL things Christmas, not just the manger.
Karen Stacy is a wife, mother, grandmother, and avid Jesus follower. She seeks and finds Him in every detail of life, and is passionate about sharing her vision with others. A lover of birds, rainbows, anything tiny, and all things home, Karen also treasures her morning run and her afternoon Starbucks. She and her husband Mark live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where her greatest joy is time spent in their home together with their kids and grandkids, especially at Christmas.
Addiction is in my family. My father was an alcoholic, so were my grandfathers, and uncles. Two of my siblings have struggled with addiction. My oldest brother has been in the grip of drug addiction for decades. It has taken everything from him. He has been homeless most of his life. In and out of jail, rehab, and even prison. When I see one of his mugshots it takes my breath away. I have been praying for my brother for years, and I will continue to do so until he gets set free and fully surrenders his life to Jesus Christ.
I am no expert on addiction, but I do have a lot of compassion for the addict and their loved ones. There are wonderful people out there fighting the good fight for the addicted. Jeannie Delahunt is one of those special people. I am honored to have Jeannie on my blog.
Jeannie is an author who wrote out of love for her heroin addicted son. She is a Jesus loving woman with a strong faith, and hope for the addict. Please welcome Jeannie and read a little of her story. You will be blessed.
I wrote my two books, Tough Loving My Heroin Addict, A Lesson from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and You’re Not Alone, the Prayer Journey of a Heroin Addict’s Mother, first for my own sanity, then, in the hopes of supporting other parents enduring the same or similar anguish.
Writing has always been a coping mechanism for me.
When I first found out how all-consuming my son’s addiction was, all I could do for two weeks was sit on my couch and stare out the window. I hardly ate or slept. I just couldn’t believe this happened to my son, to us, his brother, our family. I felt as though I had entered the land of never-ending tombs.
I remember saying in my mind, because I couldn’t really pray at the time, “If You don’t do something, this will kill me.”
Fortunately, a dear Christian sister checked on me every couple of days. She didn’t lecture, or preach, she just asked, “Can I do anything for you? I’m praying for you, your son, the situation.”
Somewhere, during those two weeks, it came to me to write. I do believe that came from God.
It didn’t take any form at first. I just wrote whatever came to me. In time it took form. Actually, it took form after another perspective from the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24).
I focused on the dad in the story.
Then I knew with the help of the Holy Spirit, I needed to let my son go and place him in the care of the Lord. In no way, shape, or form, could I protect my son, enable him. He would need to suffer the consequences of his own actions. I suffered, too.
Everyone who loves an addict, alcoholic, suffers, too.
The second book I wrote to support those parents or loved ones praying daily, all through the day, and even into the night- time. Those sobbing into their pillows, some, perhaps, having to go to work in the morning, trying to muster all the internal strength they had just to get through the day.
I wanted them to know that someone else understood their sufferings and prayed for them. My greatest hope with that book, for the reader(s) to hold on, and trust. For each day could mean a knock on the door from the authorities. A knock signaling the death from overdose, or any other drug-related reason.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough services out there. And our culture is a drug-oriented culture. Just look at the passing of recreational marijuana recently. Now, we not only have to cope with drunk-driving, but stoned, and drunk-driving.
Marijuana, for instance, might have its place – but under the strict supervision of the docs, not for legal sale on the street corners. Our culture holds many double-messages. We advertise the dangers of smoking cigarettes but endorse the smoking of pot. Go figure.
To date, my son struggles with sobriety. I praise God and believe some day; God will set every cell in his body free from this oppression. I pray for all who love an addict, alcoholic and for deliverance of their loved one.
Please welcome my friend, and fellow author, Leah Meahl to the blog. Leah and I met last year through blogging, and connected immediately because of our shared faith. She has been very kind and supportive of my writing, and even invited me to contribute as a guest on her blog.
Leah is a talented, accomplished writer with two books to her name. Her first book, The Threshold, debuted last year. Students at North Greenville University turned Leah’s book, TheThreshold, into a film. How cool is that! It’s a powerful story. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/VW1rRDSF9gk Leah makes a cameo in the opening scene.
Her new book, Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables, releases September 25th on Amazon. Please go to her website to find out more about her books and blog. I’m going to stop talking, and let Leah tell you about her new book. Without further ado, the talented, kind, lovely, Jesus loving author, Leah Meahl! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Take it away, Leah.
Thank you, Meghan for having me on your wonderful blog! I’m so thrilled to share a little bit about me and the process of writing my latest book Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables.
What made you write Pebbles?
I originally wanted to write a comprehensive guide to everyday faith. I guess it’s no surprise that it was more complicated than I thought. I happened to write a parable for my blog one day and the thrill of it eventually sparked the idea to write a series of parables. Parables are a fun and creative way to get to the heart of a matter rather than just spelling it all out. Writing about certain aspects of faith became easier for me because I could layer them with relatable events, characters, and qualities.
What do you hope to accomplish with Pebbles?
I want readers to have a fresh devotional that they can connect with emotionally and spiritually. I want the illustrations to grab their attention and rest in their minds long after they read them. Most importantly, I want this devotional to give readers a chance to examine the faith they already have and challenge it to a new level in their lives.
What do you like about writing parables?
I enjoy the process of crafting a concise and poetic story. They don’t take long to write and yet they still pack a punch. I love it! I will definitely be doing more in the future!
What was the most challenging part about writing the parables?
31 individual stories ended up being a lot more than I thought and sometimes I lacked inspiration. I had to learn to let the ideas come organically and not rush myself. Some parables took a couple hours to write, others took a couple weeks. No matter how long they took me to figure out, I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
Which one of Jesus’s parables do you connect with the most?
I really love the parable of the pearl. The merchant finds a pearl and sells everything to get it. The parable is one or two lines, yet it has always struck a chord with me because of how outrageous it is. To give up everything for a pearl that on the outside doesn’t really do much for you, really reveals how precious the kingdom of God is, even if it doesn’t look like it on earth.
I’ve had an awesome time writing these parables as well as commissioning the original artwork to go along with them. I can’t wait for readers to sink their teeth into them September 25th!
Leah Jordan Meahl is a northern girl raised in the south. She has many passions including belting showtunes and drinking too much coffee, but none of them come close to the love she has for God and for writing. She loves fiction and devotional writing, but she also writes a blog for the average growing Christian. Her debut novella, The Threshold, was published in 2019, and she’s gearing up to release Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables. Feel free to connect with her!
I hope and pray you are doing well. Just wanted to pass along my recent author interview. My friend and fellow author, Sharon K. Connell, included me in her monthly newsletter. Sharon’s newsletter, Novel Thoughts, is filled with all sorts of good information like poetry, art, writing tips, funny stories and recipes. One of my recipes is also included in July’s newsletter. So, I’m very blessed to have such an opportunity.
Sharon is an accomplished author with quite a few books to her name. Her genre is Christian Romance Suspense. The links to her books are included in Novel Thoughts.
Please go to the link and read all the great content Sharon has in her newsletter. Also, you can read my interview and find out about my writing process, and a few other fun facts about me.