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Lorilyn Roberts http://tinyurl.com/nfycube  8th September
Michelle D. Evans www.michelledennisevans.com  9th September
Cheryl Cowell http://CherylColwell.com 10th September
Laura J. Davis http://tinyurl.com/poprjpp  11th September
Judy Lair http://tinyurl.com/ocgn8up  12th September
Krystal Kuehn http://tinyurl.com/oxg4nat  13th September
Violet James http://tinyurl.com/oxg4nat  14th September
Emma Right http://emmaright.com/special-offer-month  15th September
Pearl Nsiah-Kumi www.pearlkumi.net 16th September
Randy Kirk http://godcalled-isaiah6.com/ 17th September
William Burt http://bit.ly/15lNmKQ  18th September
Kimberley Payne http://www.kimberleypayne.com/30-days-of-savings/ 19th September
Cheryl Colwell www.cherylcolwell.com  20th September
D.K. Drake www.DragonStalkers.com  21st September
Jill Richardson http://jill-theimperfectjourney.blogspot.com  22nd September
Dana Rongione http://www.danarongione.com/30-days-of-savings.html  23rd September
Robin Johns Grant http://robinjohnsgrant.com/30-days-savings/  24th September
Elizabeth Paige www.moldableclay.com  25th September
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http://messianicpropheticintercessor.com/events/ 26th September
Michelle D. Evans www.michelledennisevans.com  27th September
Sharon A. Lavy www.sharonalavy.com 28th September
Lorilyn Roberts http://LorilynRoberts.com/special_edition.html  29th September
Dana Rongione http://danarongione.com  30th September
William Burt http://bit.ly/1pBhdyO  1st October
Laura J. Davis http://tinyurl.com/poprjpp  2nd October
Kimberley Payne http://www.KimberleyPayne.com/30-days-of-savings/ 3rd October
Emma Right http://emmaright.com/special-offer-month  4th October
Val Newton Knowles www.valnewtonknowles.com  5th October
Elizabeth Paige www.moldableclay.com/  6th October
Jilll Richardson http://jill-theimperfectjourney.blogspot.com/ 7th  October
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Carolyn j Morris featured in Bradford Times

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Author Carol j Morris with her books, printed by railfencebooks – including her newest, Chickadees at Christmas. MIRIAM KING/BRADFORD TIMES/SUNMEDIA

Chickadees at Christmas
By Miriam King, QMI Agency
Monday, September 8, 2014 1:54:49 EDT PM

When Carolyn j Morris was just 8, her mother died, in a tragic accident.

“Life changed after that,” Morris says. Living on a farm in Nottawasaga Township, her days became a constant round of school, and chores. “You just needed to get the work done,” she remembers. “I think I just wanted to be busy” – too busy to grieve.

But life went on. She grew up, moved to Toronto to attend University, became a Kindergarten teacher, and met her husband Iain. They married, and eventually moved to Beeton when daughter Georgia was 5 months old.

It wasn’t until 2006 that the wellsprings of memory, and of grief, were opened; Morris received a laptop as a Christmas present.

“Boxing Day, I started writing. I spent the Christmas holiday writing Mourning Dove,” she says, and finished the book during the March Break. It was the story of 11 year old Billy, grieving the loss of his father – and learning how to cherish his memories and rediscover joy, while at his grandparents’ farm . . .

Read more of the article online at Bradford Times.ca

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How do I Get Off the Treadmill?

How do I Get Off the Treadmill?

by Janis Cox

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As a Christian I want to please God; I want to bring Him joy. But God is showing me that I can please Him by listening instead of doing. I am a task-oriented person. Give me a job and I will do it to the best of my ability.

I had to learn that I didn’t have to keep doing to please God. And He stopped me in my tracks. “Whoa down,” He said. “Be still,” He said.

Ten years or so ago I learned how to do that – slowly at first. Then it became a discipline to take time to listen to God.

But lately I have found myself on the treadmill once again. As a writer I found myself involved with social media to the detriment of living my life. And I heard God again. “Stop it”, He said.

I am once again having to look at my life. I want to have time to live, to enjoy little things and to clean my house. I know that sounds funny but really it is true. God still wants me to do the things that are important. And I think a clean house is important. (not super important – but important)

Here is what is helping me learn how to get off the treadmill.

  • look at what you are doing presently – do you enjoy it?
  • are you able to take a minimum of a few minutes each day with God?
  • are there things you could let go and it wouldn’t be “earth shattering”?
  • do you have time to see people? do you take time to talk to them? (real living, breathing people, I mean)
  • is God pleased with you? Have you listened to Him lately?

Are you like me? Do you want to live your life, follow Jesus, and do His plan? I would love to know your thoughts.

I also wrote What is Joy? Sometimes I think I should read my writing more often.

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Seasons by Robin Livingston

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Seasons

by Robin Livingston

The last of the raspberries are picked and safely stored in the freezer for our supply of winter smoothies. I’ve gathered all the apples and their fruity scent makes my mouth water whenever I go into the front porch where they are waiting for my attention.

Over the next few days I will turn those baskets of apples into jar after jar of applesauce to sweeten our mealtimes during the cold season. Today though, the kitchen counter is covered in tomatoes and peppers that came from my husband’s flower bed vegetable garden. It’s time to make chili sauce.

I love living in a country that has seasons to mark the passing of time. Each season has a unique beauty to enjoy but there’s more to it than that. There’s a rhythm to our days when we live in a place that has seasons. At least that’s true when we are part of an agricultural community. We spend the summers growing and gathering and storing food for the winter. We spend the winters renewing our strength and planning and preparing for the next growing season.

Life has seasons too.

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

No matter what particular season I am in at the moment, whether it is a time of mourning or a time of dancing, I know that it is only for a time. I believe that God uses each season in my life to prepare me for the ones to come. I can embrace whatever season I am in and know that there is a purpose to it that goes beyond whatever my current reality is. That gives me satisfaction and confidence and hope. My life is in the hands of a Master Gardener and nothing ever gets wasted in His economy.

What should I do with the time that I’m in? That’s the million dollar question. How can I make the best of this particular season while it lasts? Thankfulness is always a good place to start. Then, I think I’ll start on that chili sauce.

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Robin Livingston

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Robin Livingston grew up in the mining communities of Northern Ontario and comes from a long line of storytellers. It was her love of words and a good story that prompted her to begin writing years ago. Her books are her legacy, a gift to her children and grandchildren. Visit Robin’s website

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A Personal Makeover – Inside and Out

A Personal Makeover – Inside and Out

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit contributor, Kimberley Payne, gives a reading to whet your whistle and send you off in search of your own cup of encouragement.

 

 

Did you like this reading? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.

The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.

You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.

You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.

You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.

Reserve your seat today!

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Five Activities for Strengthening Fine Motor Muscles

Five Activities for Strengthening Fine Motor Muscles

by Carolyn j Morris

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Strengthening fine motor muscles helps a child succeed more easily with activities involving small muscles – specifically the hands. These five motor activities help enhance the development of the hand muscles with strength, coordination, and specific movement; subsequently enabling functions such as holding a pencil, writing, grasping objects, and manipulating objects. Most of these items you will find around the house. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive to increase success! You can take these activities anywhere, from the front porch to the car. My favourite is #5!

  1. Clothes Pin and Cotton Ball Scatter
    You need: clothes pins, cotton balls, tray, egg carton
    Activity: Scatter cotton balls on a tray. Using the clothes pins, pick up the cotton balls, and place into the egg cartons. Try alternating from one hand to the other. It’s that easy!
  2. Button Sorting
    You need: an assortment of buttons, muffin tin (it makes a nice ‘plink’ sound)
    Activity: Picking up buttons and sorting into colours, sizes, and number of holes. It’s fun to make up stories about where each button has traveled…perhaps a potato farm, a strawberry patch, or a rodeo!
  3. Board Games
    You need: your old board games
    Activity: Moving the men around the board and rolling the dice. This activity gives a child so much more… counting, taking turns, and learning to be joyful with a second or third place finish!
  4. Cutting
    You need: children’s scissors, grocery store flyers, old wallpaper books, or an old phone book
    Activity: Cut foods from flyer and sort into five food groups (milk and dairy, vegetable and fruit, grain products, meat and alternatives, and lastly the “sometimes a treat” group). Use the wallpaper to draw thick, straight, curvy, and eventually zigzag lines on the back side for cutting. Use the phone book and cut the pages into strips.
  5. Nuts and Bolts… my favourite! Great activity while reading aloud or sitting in a restaurant.
    You need: an assortment of (large, small, and eventually tiny) nuts, washers, and bolts, metal cookie tin
    Activity: Place washers onto bolt and screw on appropriate nut. Start with a few nuts and bolts and gradually add more and more.

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Carolyn’s country roots began on the farm. She is a faithful member of her church and lives with her family in Beeton. Carolyn has taught in both Toronto and the rural communities for 30 years. Carolyn j Morris’ books show respect for rural living, farm life, and family values.

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How to Have Time Alone with God

How to Have Time Alone with God

by Janis Cox

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I used to wake up to an alarm and then I “ran” for the rest of the day. I took no time to talk to God except when I needed Him.

Result: I burned out. That’s it. Simple enough.

We need God in our lives. We need a time to re-energize from our Source of Life. How can we do this with our hectic lives? My solution was to ask God to wake me up earlier if He wanted me up. And He did.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace (Matthew 6:6, The Message).

He woke me at 6:00 am which was over one hour before I would have to get up. I took that time to read my Bible, read a devotional and pray. I also started to journal.

I re-energized.

God continues to do this day after day, month after month and year after year.

This may not be a solution for you but I know if you ask God He will give you the way He knows is best for you so you too can be in regular communication with Him.

How do you take time with God?

Prayer:

Lord, help us to find the time, short or long, to communicate with You. Show us and lead us so we can re-energize each day. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

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