His Encouragement:

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
to all who call upon Him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

Bible verses that you memorize early in life are like seeds planted in the ground. Every time you read your Bible and pray, spiritual water helps you grow and develop into the person God intends you to be. Let the daily habit of coming to God in prayer be one of the first things you do. You will be blessed, and your Heavenly Father will be glorified.

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Leslie McKee
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

His Encouragement #34

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

 

This week I dropped my son off at school for the very first time. His first 6 years of school have been homeschool. We are in uncharted waters (for us). The excitement is running high and yes a bit of anxiousness too.

We pulled up to the school, I parked the car and then we had a prayer together for his day and this new experience. I felt at peace and less anxious. We walked in together and found his desk. I took another picture (he said, “Mom” in that tone that said, no more photos please). So I gave him one last hug and walked away knowing that God is always with him!

Life is full of change. Of new experiences. Some change is exciting, some frightening. But whatever change you are facing I’d like to take this moment to remind you that if we invite God into our daily life, our changes, and emotions. He will walk right beside us and give us peace. May you always remember to invite God to walk with you daily!

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

First Line Fridays: River to Redemption

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart. This beautiful story is inspired by a true story. It is a story of faith and prayer. With fantastic characters that are sure to warm your heart. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

 

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June 1833

          Adria Starr didn’t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had. She wanted to take care of them.

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

One young woman must stand up for freedom—and perhaps find her own in the process.

Synopsis:

Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She’s determined to find a way to buy Louis’s freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she’ll face an uphill battle.

Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart’s latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

My Thoughts:

This gripping, heart-warming story with its central theme of prayer is a beautiful story that is sure to not only entertain but to uplift your spirits. It is just what I needed to read! I was easily pulled into the story right from the beginning. The events of the Cholera epidemic sweeping through this small Kentucky town were heart-wrenching. Louis, an African slave took it upon himself to step in and help where needed. His unwavering faith in God, even through the difficult times is a testament to his character.

While not a face-paced story, I still found myself invested in the lives of the characters and deeply moved by their struggles. We pray and unburden our hearts to the Father. He always answers. But sometimes the answers aren’t what we expected. Prayer changes things, and it changes us too!

I especially appreciated the fact that this story was based partly on a true story. This book is a poignant reminder that faith and prayer go hand-in-hand. We each have the daily opportunity to be a beacon of faith and an example of what trusting in God looks like to the others in our communities.

This engaging story is filled with moments of tender romance, laughter, adventure, tears of sadness and tears of joy, a couple of surprises and most importantly a strong faith. I give this story 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick-up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

AnnH.Gabhart  Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl.

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Grab your copy today:

River to Redemption

 

 

His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday (week #13)

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

 

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

 

At it’s most basic, prayer is talking to God. You don’t need big flashy, splashy prayers, written out ahead of time and checked for grammar. Just tell God what is on your heart.

Paul tells us in Romans 8:26 “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

Take time today, to give the burden on your heart to God. When you find those pesky burdens have somehow made their way back into your hands, just give them back again, until they stay with God.

Rest in the knowledge that God will give you peace in return.

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

Be sure to also visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home