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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, April 28, 2014

White Space

This past month my calendar pages has been full with appointments, meetings, etc. It seems that whenever I have such a full day, I find myself often dragging, and my husband would probably say I'm more grouchy too. :)

I'm slowly learning the importance of having white space not only on my calendar, but in my life too. Somehow when I look at my schedule for the week and see several days where I don't have any appointments or have to go anywhere, I feel as if I'm sucking in a breath of fresh air.

Just as I need white space in my weekly activities, I also require white space each day - a time where I can withdraw from the world and spend time in the presence of God. He is the one that renews my strength.

Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

When's the last time you built some white space into your calendar? Perhaps it's time to make a change.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Jake Wythe desires earning enough money to purchase a ranch of his own. Unfortunately that entails working in a job as bank manager and being forced to take a wife in name only to satisfy the bank owner's stipulations. He has no intention of falling in love again. He learned his lesson after his first wife left him.

Marty Olson feels smothered by memories and sees no purpose of keeping the ranch that took her husband's life. The sooner she can leave Texas the better. When a Colorado man advertises for a bride with no strings attached she jumps at the chance.

I loved the way Tracie Peterson wove a book incorporating facts from the time period as well as creating a love story that drew me into its pages. I appreciate the great privilege of being able to read Tracie's 100th book.

This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.
  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!