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Laura: Camp Counselor and Encourager

I heard that our church camp for children was canceled again this year due to Covid. That made me sad for the children who would miss out on the experience. My own church camp experience made a lifelong impact on me. I was going into fifth grade the summer I went away to church camp…

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Substitute Family Chapters 16 and 17

Chapter 16 Garret walked into his office after a meeting with the representatives of an insurance company who wanted to update their billing system. The meeting should have lasted an hour, as it was a preliminary discussion of what the client was looking for. They’d had more questions than he’d anticipated, and it had dragged…

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Friday Feature: The Maritime Cure

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, and today’s featured book, The Maritime Cure, fits the theme of this honored holiday. Sage’s relationship with her father is strained at best. But when certain events start to unfold around her, she begins to question the vow she’s made to never speak to him again. Will experiencing…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Giveaway

What does the phrase, “a good dad,” mean to you? My Christmas novella tells the story of a single, widowed dad and his precocious little girl. I think I’ve portrayed him as a good dad. I know what that means to me, but I’m curious what it means to you. What makes up a “good…

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Father’s Day Tribute: The Harvest Time

In our part of the country, crops are planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. I used to expect God to work the same way, on a set timetable that I could comprehend. But I found that, through my dad’s illness, God had his own timetable. It took me a while to come…

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Sunday Psalm: He Hideth my Soul

Psalm 71 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;    let me never be put to shame.2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;    turn your ear to me and save me.3 Be my rock of refuge,    to which I can always go;give the command to save me,    for you are my rock and my fortress.4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the…

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Substitute Family Chapter 15

Chapter 15 During the first few weeks that Garret was gone, Emily often felt overwhelmed by the task she had taken on. Cody asked for his daddy throughout the day. Chloe did not ask, but she wandered around as though looking for him. They cried more often and more easily. They fussed when Emily put…

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Friday Feature: Marrying Mandy

This month’s theme is “Summer Romance.” June is typically the month for weddings. Today’s featured book is Marrying Mandy, the first book in the Brides of Clearwater series by Melanie D. Snitker. Inspiration behind the Book: I love reading contemporary marriage of convenience stories, and I wanted to write one showing how two people can…

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Cat Tails: Dumbo

The star of this month’s Cat Tail is Dumbo, my brother’s cat. Dumbo is a 2-year-old Flame Point Siamese male. I asked my brother if he would share some photos and interesting details about Dumbo, who is very unique. Dumbo is very friendly even to strangers. He greets everyone by walking around their feet and…

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Meet the Author: Michelle Lowe

Today’s guest is author Michelle Lowe. Michelle, thank you for joining me today. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been married to my husband, Brian, for twenty years. We have a wonderful son, Jake, and one lazy hound dog named Daisy. We live in Asheboro, North Carolina where I enjoy cooking for…

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Diamonds are Forever – Sort of

To celebrate June as the traditional month of weddings, today’s story is about a diamond engagement ring. Once upon a time, a young man took a young woman to a jeweler’s to look at engagement rings. She had her finger sized (just in case) and looked at a display of diamonds and wedding sets. Her…

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Sunday Psalm: He Leads Us Along

Psalm 95 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving    and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God,    the great King above all gods.4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,    and the mountain peaks belong to him.5 The sea is his, for he made it,    and…

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Substitute Family Chapter 14

Chapter 14 Ron greeted Garret in the front office on the Saturday after Garret’s arrival. He wanted to go over everything with Garret before Monday, when the programmers and receptionist would come to the office for the first day. The company had already put in the time and effort on setting up the office before…

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Friday Feature: A Soldier’s Promise

Summer is here, and many of us are planning vacations to get away from our daily routines. Today our featured book will take you to the fictional town of Crystal Lake, where romance is in the air. Crystal Lake is a great little getaway where you’ll fall in love with the characters and their stories.…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Giveaway

I’m planning a long weekend in July at a bed and breakfast. It’s the first vacation I’ve been on, besides trips to our friends’ cabin, since my husband passed away in 2010. During our marriage, we went on only a handful of vacations, but Chicago was a place that we chose to visit twice. In…

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Hero Contest Deadline

There are many types of heroes: military, police officers, first responders, medical workers, teachers, parents… the list is not limited to the above. A hero can mean different things to different people. I’m running a contest to find out who your hero is. This contest is open to anyone of any age. To enter, you…

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Sunday Psalm: I Shall Not be Moved

Psalm 1 1 Blessed is the one    who does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners take    or sit in the company of mockers,2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they…

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Substitute Family Chapter 13

Chapter 13 On Wednesday, the principal called to say she had been granted a three-month leave of absence. She would be paid for her vacation and sick days that had accrued, but once those days were paid, the rest of the time would be unpaid leave. Now that it was finalized, Emily could hardly believe…

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Friday Feature: Petrified Flowers

Going along with this month’s theme of Family, today’s featured book is about three African-American sisters who are uprooted from their middle class life and placed in low income housing across the street from an elite private school. Petrified Flowers is a YA novel written in verse by Joiya Morrison-Efemini. Author’s inspiration: My family likes…

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Contest: Who is Your Hero?

My “Who is your hero?” contest is running through June 15. First place prize is a $25 Amazon gift card, second and third places receive $10 Amazon gift cards. Encourage your kids/teens to enter the contest. The entries must be a couple of paragraphs about who your favorite hero is and why. A panel of…

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35 going on 20 (or 70)

My birthday is today. I’m not embarrassed to say I’m in my mid-fifties. I’ve lived a good life, and have a lot to show for it. Three wonderful adult children, a home that is paid for, and two published books with a contract for a third. When I was 35, I had a lot of…

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Three Generations of May Birthdays

I have the honor of being the third generation of women in my family who were born in the month of May. In fact, we have the unique blessing of being born in order of my maternal grandmother on May 24, my mom on May 25, and myself on May 26. For most of my…

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Sunday Psalm

Psalm 84 For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. 1 How lovely is your dwelling place,    Lord Almighty!2 My soul yearns, even faints,    for the courts of the Lord;my heart and my flesh cry out    for the living God.3 Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the swallow a nest for herself,    where she may have her young—a place…

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Substitute Family Chapter 12

Chapter 12 Since Emily hadn’t come back from her parents’ house by Monday morning, so it was Peg who greeted Garret when he opened the door. “Emily’s coming at noon, so you will see her when you get home tonight,” Peg said. “Did she seem distracted to you on Friday?” No, she’d been fully involved…

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Friday Feature: Paper Wolf

Today’s featured book is the new YA release by Chrissy Dennis. This book ties in with our monthly theme of “Family.” It is about an eleven-year-old girl in foster care who is placed with a family that shows her love and acceptance. About the book: Happily-ever-after doesn’t exist for kids like Gracie—or does it?  Gracie Anderson may…

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