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Guest Post by Eighteen-Year-Old Abigail Bethany Colby
Church Service in Kathmandu, Nepal
“Why?” is a question I
hear way too often.
“Why do you want to go on
a mission trip so badly?”
“Why do you care?”
I never understand their
whys. As a Christian, we are commanded to care for people and share God’s love
with as many as possible. If I work hard enough, I know I can raise enough
money to go on a mission trip. Even those out-of-town outreaches on Saturdays
I don’t have anything to
do a lot of Saturdays, so, of course, I’m going to go. “Why not?” I find myself
saying so often. The opportunity is there, and it makes no sense not to take
No, I don’t think I’m too
young. There is no such thing as too young to serve in the best way possible
and do God’s will for your life.
“Do these things when
you’re old enough to appreciate it,” they say.
I know I’m capable of
appreciating it now. God has put an overwhelming love in my heart for people now, so why not put it to use now? If I
waited until I was older, what would I do now? I’m not waiting until I’m older
because I’m capable of making a difference now.
I’m not doing this to have
a good experience, or to better myself, but to better other people. Until I
have ministered God’s Word to people who can give me nothing in return, I have
“God, please use me now.
My life is yours; do as you please with it.”
Ella McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?
1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?
The Calling of Ella McFarland was the First Place Winner of the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.
It won the American Christian Fiction Carol Award in August 2016.
A story of family and faith in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood, a time when women's voices were silenced in public and often stifled at home.
let me.” He released the latch and pressed the step into place. Sunlight
glinted in his hair, as dark a brown as black walnut shells. He touched a hand
to her elbow.
you, sir,” she said and set a button-shoed foot on the step. Her legs wobbled
as she settled into the seat.
give up hope, Miss McFarland. I’ll do everything I can.”
shook off the disconcerting effect of the man’s cobalt eyes and released the
foot brake. “You’re very kind, Mr. Evans. Thank you.”
flicked open her pendant fob watch. Ten o’clock. She should make it home in
time to help Mama set out the noon meal. Five miles of back roads and a bridge
over the Canadian River would take her into Indian Territory. Just past the
Washita River, she would catch sight of the home place where her family awaited
was their best hope, but hope was growing scarce.
her hair with a comb under her hat, she squared her shoulders. Her smart snap
of the whip belied her crumbling emotions as it urged her mare Bunny onto the
thoroughfare toward home.
When Yolanda Riggins discovers that the government plans to build a new highway through her beloved dandelion patch, she rises up in protest and asserts her God-given right to private ownership of property. Will she succeed against all odds to save her dandelion patch? Will tact, truth, and tough love win the day for Yolanda and the children who love her? Read this delightful book to find out.
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a follower of Jesus Christ who is
passionate about writing compelling and entertaining fiction that transforms
lives. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Silver Medal for eBook
Fiction in the Illumination Book Awards Program sponsored by the Jenkins Group;
First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the
Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Space
Coast Authors of Romance (STAR) Launching a Star Contest.
Her latest work of fiction is a novel titled THE
MADONNA OF PISANO. It is the first in the trilogy called THE ITALIAN
Dumped into single parenthood, Heather Williams
has found a part-time job as a dental receptionist and a cozy apartment with
her four-year-old daughter. Life finally looks safe and secure until her
daughter reveals a terrifying secret that she's been molested by her own
father. While struggling with her feelings towards her new boss, Heather tries
to get the help her daughter needs, navigate the court system, and protect the
child from further harm.
Much more than a revenge story, Payne’s fictional account of
child abuse is a frightening tale for any parent or guardian. So realistically
told, I hoped the author hadn’t gone through such a devastating event. Well
told from the mother’s point of view. Tooth for Tooth is a cautionary drama
for contemporary suspicious society but with love and hope for a full and
healthy future, both physically and emotionally.
When a nightmare comes to light, single mom Heather must
face all the repercussions of the medical and court system when she decides to
bring charges against her former husband, who challenges the accusation.
Although surrounded by a good support system of close family and friends,
Heather is still bewildered by the legalities of what she must put her young
daughter through in order to prove the abuse. Worse yet, Heather is reminded of
an episode two years earlier, before divorce proceedings, in which she believes
Caitlyn tried to tell her she was hurt.
The story is ultimately about recognizing that no one on
earth can protect us from the bad things that happen, that we can’t blame
ourselves when we’re trying our best, but mostly that the only place we can run
to for love, for comfort, for peace of mind and heart is our Savior, Christ
Jesus, the Father who ultimately forgives all, and the Spirit who entwines us
and teaches, or enables, us to forgive others. Heather learns that while she
may not be able to control much of anything, the One who is in control has her
back and everything will be okay.
Nicely written with the nuances of what it must feel like to
be in Heather’s position. But it’s not for the faint of heart readers who
prefer sweet and light rosy family stories.
About the Author:
Kimberley is a half-cup-full optimist who’s been blessed with a short memory. She is happily married and lives with her husband in a village east of Toronto, Canada where she hikes and bikes. Visit her website.
As an avid walker, I have a love and appreciation
for nature, especially walking through the woods. I also love to read the Bible
and find great encouragement from the Scriptures. Inspirational Scripture
Images contains a variety of photos from around my neighbourhood. Each image
has a familiar scripture imprinted on it. Purchase links: