Review of “Your LIfe, a Legacy”

Reviewed by Peggy Blann Phifer
“Your Life, a Legacy”

by Joy DeKok

For being only 45 pages, Your Life, a Legacy is amazingly packed with wonderful truths and insightful thoughts. Things, I admit, I have seldom, if ever, given much consideration.

Joy did a guest post on my blog earlier this month and blew me away. We’ll get to that later. For now, let me share a few things that touched me from the book. No, they whomped me right upside my head. Real eye-openers.

Joy begins with some bits and pieces of herself. Things she experienced through the years and how they affected her. But then she talks about the regret in not knowing much, or not enough about her family background. She knew who they were but not much about where they’d been, what they’d done. A lot of these memories used to be handed down through generation after generation when everyone would gather together for family celebrations. Does that happen anymore? I wonder. So Joy wrote this little book to help us to leave a legacy for our future generations.

Legacy Giving is an opportunity for you and your Receives to get the best there is from the times of your life.”

Call them memoirs, maybe, but I believe she meant something much more. Not just the good things. Joy tells a little story about something she did as a little girl that comes back to haunt her every now and then. I have a similar story. I’ll bet you do, too.

Okay, Joy quoted someone who is Giving a Legacy as saying, “As I write, something unexpected is happening. I’m owning my life. All of it.”

Ah. In other words, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is oddly freeing. Am I ready to do it? I don’t know. Would my children and grandchildren be interested or even care? Again, I don’t know. But, giving it some honest thought, perhaps it would help them understand things that have happened over the past 30 years.

So, that’s whomp number one, and for me the biggest.

You see, the cover of Your Life, a Legacy has some old black and white snap shots, and as I looked at that for the first time, my mind snapped to the realization that I have a whole bunch of pictures like that! Where are they? Not sure. But my sister, about 15 years ago, started scrapbooking, and she assembled a remarkable “Memory Book” as she called it, with pictures from our youth, some wonderful old pictures of our grandparents, and some stories she gleaned through one-on-one interviews with our mother and father. I don’t have that scrapbook. It was intended for her children and grandchildren. However, I did talk Marty into copying the pages for me. And I’d forgotten I even had that.

Well, maybe I got off track here a bit, but then, I don’t really think so. The intent of a review is to express how it affected me as the reader of the book. Obviously, it had a great deal of impact. And as a result, I am highly recommending it to you, no matter your age. It’s never too late to start Giving your own Legacy.

It’s an eBook you can get on Amazon HERE

There’s a fun giveaway riding along on this. Joy and I are doing a Backward Scavenger Hunt. Below you’ll find a scrambled word. It’s not hard. Shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds to unscramble it.

Here’s the first clue . . . Unscramble this: EORC That’s the easy part.

Set it aside and go to my Whispers in Purple blog where Joy guest-posted and look for a misspelled word. There’s just one. Leave a comment there with your name and email address (you[at] yourdomain [dot] com/net/org) stating that you found the misspelled word, but DON’T say what it was.

Once you’ve found that, take the incorrect letter and add it to your unscrambled word to form a new word. Then add a letter of your own and add it to for yet another word. Leave a comment here with the same information, but here you may share your words. Set them aside and wait for the next clue, which you find at either of these two sites: Joy Dekok or Books by Joy or BOTH!

The Prize is being assembled, but there WILL be a free copy of my new release TO SEE THE SUN, and a copy of Joy’s YOUR LIFE, A LEGACY, and a sterling silver heart necklace with a diamond. So far that’s all I’m sure of. Watch the next posts to see how the prize builds.

Find Peg at: and

Joy Dekok

author of Your Life, a Legacy




Peg Phifer

author of To See the Sun


Interview with Charles J. Williams, Jr.

I’m pleased to welcome a new member of Grace & Faith, Charles J. Williams, Jr.  Please give him a warm welcome!

Hi, Charles.  Before we get into the writing, tell us a little about yourself.

Life as a writer is a relatively new hat for me, and I’ve worn many in my life: student, husband, father, Naval officer, pastor, author, and teacher.

In the realm of husband and father, my wife and I have been married of 26 years. We have four beautiful children, two married, one engaged, and one who is single and happy.

My oldest daughter, Ashley, a graduate of Charleston Southern University, is married to Josh Adams, an Elementary School teacher. She serves as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Hemmingway, South Carolina. My only son, Charles III or Trey, is a graduate of The Citadel. He is married to Morgan who works at the Medical University of South Carolina where Trey is a first year medical student. My third born, Hope, is a graduate of Clemson University. She has been recently engaged, and is working as Veterinary Surgical Assistant. Finally, my fourth born, Sarah, is a second-semester freshmen at the College of Charleston studying to become a high school English teacher.

I love to learn. I am a 1985 graduate of The Citadel where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and I have an earned doctorate in Theology, and I am a candidate for a doctorate in Education from Walden University.

Following graduation from The Citadel, I served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy before leaving the Navy to start a computer consulting firm. After five years of serving Fortune 500 clients all over the United States, I entered the ministry where I served as Pastor of churches in Kentucky and South Carolina for more than 17 years. I became a full-time teacher in 1997 via the South Carolina Program for Alternative Certification of Educators (PACE).

In addition to my debut novel, In His Steps: What Does the Bible Say?, I am a published author with more than two dozen articles in various national magazines, and I have contributed to two other books.

Wow! That’s a lot in 26 years!  So how did you become a Christian author?

As a Christian and a former Southern Baptist Pastor, a Christian novel is a natural extension of who I am as a person. Moreover, as a young minister studying Theology in the early 1990s, I was greatly inspired by a classic book by Charles M. Sheldon, “In His Steps.” Like my book, it was a work of fiction, but it inspired me to try to live my life as Jesus Christ lived. Over the next 17 years I experienced the joys and the heartache of full-time Christian service. Periodically, I would realize how much my real life paralleled Sheldon’s fictional story. Thus, I found myself journaling my feelings, reflecting upon my actions, recording prayers, and claiming scripture for strength and guidance. Periodically, I used those journal entries to encourage others, and to help lay members and ministers alike live a fuller, richer life in Christ. This is the essence of my first novel and this future literary series.

By the way, I am already working on book two in the In His Very Steps series. Entitled “Fishers of Men,” it will be a 15 chapter work about witnessing that picks up on the story of Reverend Harter and the members of First Church Kingston five years after book one.

The sequel… awesome!  I love it when stories continue.  So I’m curious.  If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing and why?

I would be teaching, and at this point in my life, teaching either Theology or Biblical Studies, or graduate level education courses. But hey, I’m an optimist – maybe I can do it all.

I think we all wish that! 🙂  So who are your greatest influences either writing or personal?

The single most influence person to influence my writing was Margret Gaskins – my twelfth grade English teacher. Mrs. Gaskins passed away years ago, but the lessons she taught continue to serve me. Equally, important modeled love and grace at a time in my life when I needed both.

Boy how I know about the impact of great English teachers.  What has been your greatest challenge in life so far?

By far the greatest challenge was raising four children in a lost and deprived world without losing any to drugs, alcohol, jail, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, or the like. Seriously, I consider that not my greatest challenge but my most rewarding – greater and more rewarding than serving as Pastor of five Southern Baptist Churches.

Raising good kids in today’s world is a feat none of us can do without God on our sides, that’s for sure.  So what do you like to read?

That’s a hard question. The most influential book in my life is the Bible and it was written by by men divinely inspired as God’s perfect revelation of Himself to man. Apart from it, W.A. Criswell’s Guidebook for Pastors. I literally read it every year for about 10 years. And two of the most memorable books I’ve ever read were This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. In general, I love reading a variety of genres, but the classics are by far my favorites.

Frank Peretti’s work was instrumental in my writing and spiritual journey as well.  Is there a saying or quote you live by?

“God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” — Unknown, cited Jerry Bridges in Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. This quote speaks to me because I’ve experienced more than my share of pain in life. All of that is behind me now and this quote summarizes, in one word, why that is so – God.

What are you working on now?

As a novelist, I’m working on the second in the “In His Very Steps” series, Fishers of Men, and I’m researching a non-fiction offering addressing work-readiness gaps in high school graduates. Other works are on the drawing board but there are only so many hours in the year.

I hear you there!  Where can our readers find you on the ‘net?

I’m like a World-wide-web-junkie… look me up using my Facebook page “Charles J Williams Jr” or my fan page at

on Twitter I’m “drcjw”

and on Google+ I’m “pastorcjwilliams”

but the easiest way to find is to simply visit my blog at

~ John 13:15

Thanks so much for joining us Charles and be sure to let us know when that sequel hits shelves!

When All I Can Do Is Pray

By:  Naty Matos

Following God requires a few things. First of all I need to acknowledge that He is God and that I’m not. Accept and recognize that he is in control. Know and accept that he knows better than I do because he can see what happened, what is to come and because he’s the one driving the plan. Finally and more stressful for me, the fact that sometimes all that is required of me is to do NOTHING…

Argh! the sound of those words still make me feel like someone scratching a chalkboard. Oh that’s right, they don’t use those anymore… regardless imagine a bothersome screeching noise in your ears.

I’m a very hands-on person. I want to know who, how, why, when, and what. Yes, I went to journalism school and enjoyed every minute of it. But real life with God doesn’t quite work like that. Sometimes you have just a piece of information and sometimes you have none and you have to trust that whatever needs to happen will and that it will be for the best. Sounds fun and easy, but it’s not.

Recently God has been training me in this area of trusting him with all my life. I’ve had to put into practice this scripture, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 As I am called to be doing the things of the kingdom, God is trying to teach me that as long as I focus on him he will take care of the rest.

I found myself frustrated saying, “All I can do is pray” when faced with a situation. Guess what Naty, that’s all you were supposed to do. There were situations where I didn’t have the resources, the physical or geographical ability to go try to resolve something. It made me feel so helpless, but in my weakness he shows his glory and strength. All was resolved and I’m totally sure way better than if I had intervened.

There are times when God calls you to action, but when he tells you to do nothing and leave it all in his hands, know he’s going to take care of it. If all you can do is pray, you are actually doing something. You are acknowledging that he is God and you’re not. That He can and you can’t. You surrender and release to Him the power to get the job done.

Many blessings.

Naty Matos was born in the city of New York, from Puerto Rican descendant parents. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at

Growth Lessons is an inspirational devotional with the blueprint for the everyday Christian Living. It’s a journey through the scriptures of how to face normal every day situations that we can take for granted and how to submit them to the will of God.This book is a must read for the new believer to understand the practical concepts of the Christian Lifestyle. It’s also a must read for the seasoned believer to affirm their faith through those details that seem unimportant but matter the most in the journey with God.
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Give The Lady A Ride–Review

Review by Karen Baney

Give the Lady a Ride

by:  Linda Yezak

What a sweet light hearted modern western romance!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Give the Lady A Ride by Linda Yezak.

This romance story begins with a change in ownership of the Circle Bar Ranch in Texas.  Talon Carlson isn’t sure what to expect when Jake McAllister passes away and leaves the ranch to his New York City niece, Patricia Talbert.  As a long time employee, he had hoped that he would inherit the ranch.  His dreams for the ranch shatter when Patricia shows up.

Patricia is the daughter of a New York senator and she manages his schedule.  The slow paced lifestyle on the Circle Bar gives her a chance to re-evaluate the fast-paced, politically motivated life she led in New York.  When her best friend Marie, who accompanied her to Texas, falls in love with one of the ranch hands, she uses this excuse to take her time to decide what to do with the ranch.

Only, Patricia doesn’t realize that her own heart is slowly drawn to Talon.  Both Patricia and Talon must move beyond their past hurts before they can take a chance again.

The romance is sweet and gradual.  This line from Patricia’s point of view illustrates this perfectly:  “Now she understood what Marie was feeling.  Not love, but the potential for it.”

Linda Yezak does a wonderful job of describing the western setting.  Though I’ve never been on a working cattle ranch, Linda explained daily life so well that I felt like I was there.  She gave wonderful details about bull riding—from training to breeding bulls to riding in competition.

The faith aspect was nicely woven into the story.  We see characters with strong faith, weak faith, and even no faith, all grow to a new understanding over the course of the story line.  Each walk was different and fit the characters perfectly.

I would strongly recommend this novel for any fan of contemporary western romance.  It’s worth every penny!


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Interview with G&F Author Shawn Lamb

Today we welcome a G&F author with a big heart and a lot of courage.  Shawn Lamb first joined us in November, and I have come to appreciate her determination and creativity as our paths have come together.  I can’t wait for you to meet her, so let’s get started!

Welcome… Shawn Lamb!

THANKS for having me!

Shawn, we’d love to hear a little about who you are apart from the writing.

Before being published, I was a scriptwriter for an animated series called BraveStarr. I worked as an EMT and on Search and Rescue teams. I was a fencer. In fact, I was cast as the fencing stunt double for Bo Derek in a pirate movie back in the 80s, but it feel through just as we started choreographing the first fight scene.  But my fencing background comes in very handy in my books.

I’ll bet. Your books look fascinating.  How did you become a Christian writer?

I’m a Christian first and foremost, and have been since I was 14. Writing is merely a talent God graciously gave me. I would be remiss not to use my talent for Him. Nor could compartmentalize my Christian walk from my writing, it would be disingenuous to God and readers.

So, who are some of your greatest influences either writing or personal?

The greatest help in my writing was studying for 3 years with Doug Hirt through Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Guild.  I learned a lot from Doug, who is the author of over 30 books in both the CBA and ABA markets.

Personally, it would be my daughter. She requested I write her a fantasy and that is how the YA series Allon came about. I was writing Christian historical fiction when she asked, but each time I got near being contracted by publishers – Christian or one of the Big Six – it would fall through. So Allon became my breakthrough with book 1 traditionally published and released January 2010.  Once it was established, I returned to my love – historical fiction with The Huguenot Sword, which is the first book I ever wrote and started when I was 16.

If you could give one piece of advice (not writing related), what would it be and why?

Serve God and love your family. There is no great source of strengthen than God, and no greater support and satisfaction than in cultivating a Godly family.

Great advice.  We’d love to know what you’re working on now (love to get a sneak peek into what’s coming up with our authors!)

Right now I’m working on multiple things.  I’m preparing for my events, which generally run from April through September.  I’m also in the final stages of preparing Allon Book 5 – Gauntlet for release and working on a new Christian historical fiction for release later in the year.

Gauntlet. You always have such cool names for your books.  They always make me want to free the princess, kill the dragon, or maybe that’s vice versa. 😉  I know a little about your previous books, but I know our readers would love to hear about them. 

When I’m not at events, I’m constantly working on new projects or polishing old manuscripts.  I plan on releasing the remainder of the Allon series over the next 2 years – there are 9 total books. I hope to include an historical when time and production allow.  I also blog about writing and the publishing industry. Currently, I’m doing a series called From Book to Screen, where I take my award-winning Hollywood screenwriting experience and discuss the book/movie option contract, book adaptation, screenwriting tips, and what works and what does by comparing the movie to the original book.

Awesome! Before our last question, I have to share something with our readers.  A month or so ago you shared some photos with us of your daughter in character as the character I believe in your Allon books.  I loved those photos.  I know our readers would too.

This addition has been a bit hit with peopleIt’s called “Shannan and Torin” (Torin is the wolf, and he’s REAL!)  Check these out!

You have one brave and beautiful daughter there!  So where else can our readers find you on the net?

Many places. The best place to start would be my website. I have an email newsletter sign-up on the site so readers can receive news on my latest releases and where I’m going to be. My books are available in paperback, Kindle and Nook.

More about Shawn Lamb: Beginning her writing career in television, Shawn wrote for Filmation Studio’s series BraveStarr. She won several screenwriting awards including a Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Screenwriters. Recently she became a winner in The Authors Show contest 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading for 2011. She currently lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and their daughter, Briana.

Building Your House on Solid Rock

 by Chad Young

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27, NIV)

As I’ve studied these verses, I’ve realized we all have areas of our “house” (or our lives) which we have built on the “sand” instead of building on the firm foundation of Christ. Two areas of my house which I’ve often struggled to build on Christ include my use of time and money.

For some of us, our use of time may be built on the sand. Perhaps we get caught up in the busyness of life.  Maybe we just waste our time texting or surfing the web. If that’s the case, we need to learn to be better stewards of time by spending time with God and building relationships with others. Lives are the only things in this world that can last for eternity, which is why sharing Christ with others and building up other Christians in Christ is eternally significant.

For others of us, our finances may be an area of our lives built upon the sand. Perhaps we don’t give part of our income to the Lord (who owns all our money anyway), or maybe we need to be challenged to give more back to the Lord by helping someone in need.

Other areas of our lives which we build on the sand instead of the solid rock of Christ are found in Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Those areas include prayer, evangelism, judging others, adultery, and worrying.

Also, we need to understand God has placed other Christians around us to help strengthen us and to help us replace areas of our lives built on the sand with the solid rock of Christ. Over the years, I’ve found other Christians more mature than me to mentor me and help me grow. If you’ve never been mentored, I’d strongly encourage you to find someone a step ahead who can share wisdom with you! There are blind spots in our lives, areas in which we didn’t even realize we need to grow, and we can only grow in those areas if someone helps us.

What are the areas in your life built upon the sand? Think about your relationships with God and others, your time, your finances, your habits, and your activities. What are the areas you need to surrender to the Lord? What are the areas in which you need help from others to build you up? If you’re not being mentored, is there someone around you with whom you could open up and share your struggles? Consider inviting that person to lunch or coffee to get to know them better and to share your heart. Confess any sin these verses reveal in your life, and make a commitment to take the action steps you need to take in order to build your house on a solid foundation in Christ Jesus.

About the Author:

Chad Young is the author of Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World, available at Amazon.  As Campus Crusade for Christ’s director for the South Carolina Lowcountry with a scope of 25 college campuses and 70,000 students, Chad resides in Charleston, SC, with his wife Elizabeth and their four young children: Wyatt, Clark, Evelyn and Josilynn. He holds an undergraduate degree from Clemson University and a graduate degree from Georgia Tech; Chad worked in the paper industry for 6 years before going into full-time ministry. He has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for 9 years and has also written a discipleship training manual. He has a passion for helping students learn what it means to have an authentic relationship with Christ.

Check out Chad’s book, Authenticity!

The Joshua Covenant–Book Review

Reviewed by:  Ada Brownell

The Joshua Covenant

By Diane and David Munson 

If you like compelling suspense that seems to arise directly from what is happening in the world today, read The Joshua Covenant.

You’ll find CIA agent Bo Rider entangled with Iran, Hamas, and others who are determined to obliterate Israel and do significant damage to the United States and its citizens.

When Bo and his wife Julia move to Israel with their children, they are look forward to immersing themselves in history, culture and the sights as Bo does routine work for the U.S. But then evidence of a mole burrowing around in the agency and a modern-day Goliath emerge.

Will Bo and other agents survive the physical and personal attacks?

Author David Munson was a career Federal Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Naval Investigative Service (now NCIS), often on undercover assignments. Co-author Diane Munson has been an attorney for 28 years and is a former Federal Prosecutor and official with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

I enjoyed this book.

Ada Brownell

G&F Interview with: E.B. Younts

Welcome back, everyone!  Today we get to visit with E.B. Younts (Elizabeth Byler Younts).  Nothing ordinary about E.B… I love her spirit, dedication and determination.  Please welcome her to our forum.

I know a few really cool things about you, Elizabeth, but let’s let our readers in on who you are away from the computer screen.

I’m a very proud Air Force Officer’s wife. My husband is a JAG (military attorney) and an awesome husband and daddy. We have 2 precious little girls…our oldest is 4 ½ and our youngest is 14 months. They are true blessings from the Lord.

That’s so wonderful, serving our country and our Lord!  I’m curious.  You write, but if you weren’t what would you be doing?

Goodness…I’d be a “craftaholic”…I love repurposing “junk” into fun vintage items. I love to crochet and sew. I am not sure I would do any of these things as a true career…but I’d sell items here and there at least.

Crafting, huh? I need to invite you over when my kids get home from school needing help on “projects.” 🙂 Tell us about some of the people who were influential in your life–either writing or personal.

Allison Pittman is probably my greatest influence currently in my writing. She is one of my critique partners and I am so thankful for her friendship and her partnership with critiquing. I’m so thankful for her and the group that she is co-president of. Growing up I always looked up these two brothers from my home church and their creativity had great influence on me as I grew. As an adult we are constantly sending work to each other and while we write vastly different genres, their friendship and influence continues to help.

Every writer needs great friends and partners.  So if you could give one piece of advice that’s not writing related, what would it be?

No matter what…find the center of God’s will for YOUR life. It’s not that it “might” look different from your friends or family…it should look different because you are a unique creation. Expect a unique will and calling for you. Don’t give up until you know God’s will for you.

I so agree with that one!  You write, but what do you like to read?

I mostly read historical fiction… I love anything that Lynn Austin & Allison Pittman write. I’m new to Tricia Goyer and really enjoying her writing. I also am a new and huge fan of Ted Dekker.

Fabulous!  What are you working on now?  Anything you’d like to share with us?

You can find the trailer to my new release SEASONS: A REAL STORY OF AN AMISH GIRL here.

Here is the book summary:

As the oldest child in an impoverished Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl she strives to be content with all God has provided.

Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.

The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache. Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be a harvest of happiness?

•••this is the story of my Amish grandma’s childhood. I can just about promise you that in reading this book you will feel sad, happy, hungry (desperately so), cold, frightened, burdened…and in love. It’s a journey I hope you take and see how it leads Liddy to understanding the true faithful nature of the Lord.

It is available on Amazon (paperback & Kindle) and also on the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

That’s so cool.  What a blessing to get to write about someone you love so much.  Where might our readers find you on the ‘net?

Come on over! and you can always find me on my author page as Elizabeth Byler Younts on Facebook.

Thanks for sharing a few minutes with us, Elizabeth.  We’ll be back next week with another fabulous G&F Author.  For today, be at peace and go out and have a blessed walk with the Lord!

To The Maker of Every Sunrise

By:  Debbie Alten

Psalm 46:1 (NIV), “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

When my husband divorced me, I immersed myself in the Psalms. I imagined myself sitting side by side with David in a cold cave, pouring out my soul as he did and discovering that our God was right there. How intriguing, I thought, to picture Israel’s future king in such a place — cold, desperate and alone. If David’s help came from God, surely the Lord would rescue me as well.

God promised to be an ever-present help in time of trouble. I had to trust God and to forgive. It wasn’t easy. But as I began to trust, my hopeless hours turned into treasured moments with God.

Eventually, I became aware of birds singing and recognized to whom they were singing their melodies. In their songs I heard God’s still, small voice asking, “Am I enough for you?” A whisper, “I am the Maker of the sunrise,” comes each morning as the sun softly breaks into my “cave.”

God is ever present in my wintry cave, soothing and warming me. The Bible warns us that troubles will come, but it also declares that God will be with us always.

Prayer: “Maker of every sunrise, thank you for being with us in the midst of our troubles. Help us to seek you and to trust you completely. Amen.”


  Debbie Alten runs The Watchers blog.

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