Friday, August 15, 2014

Life in 100 words or less - No Worries






Do you worry? 

As a teenager I put off school work, then I stressed about it. If I’d done what the teacher asked I’d have had a lot fewer stomach aches and better grades. I still put things off, only now my Heavenly Father is the one asking.

This morning I read about Mary at a wedding in Cana. She was worried about the wine. When she tells Jesus, he’s unconcerned. Mary went to the servants and said, "Do whatever he tells you."

How much simpler life would be if we did what he told us.

No worries. 

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Journey - Where Eagles Soar



Sometimes life makes no sense and we can only trust in God's greater purposes. That is where we begin with Where Eagles Soar.

Discovering this incredible story, writing it, and finally publishing the tale has been a long and difficult journey. It's also been gratifying and enriching.

A local woman, I'll call Lily, contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in writing her life's story. I was in the middle of a series and couldn't take on another project and had to decline. Lily called me a couple of times the following year, but I was committed to other projects then, as well. 

And then we met.

I was doing a local book-signing and Lily stopped in. I liked her right away. I could tell she was the real deal. She told me a little about her life and I couldn't stop the tears. I knew in my heart that I was supposed to write her story.

We spent hundreds of hours on this project. Lily came to my home often and we talked about her life and looked at family photos. Some days were pure joy and others were heart-wrenching, especially for Lily. It's not easy reliving some of the events in our lives.  

And now there is a book that tells Lily's amazing story. Her tale is inspiring and gut-wrenching. Lily is an incredible woman. 

I hope you'll get a copy of the book and discover a world you never dreamed of  -  Intriguing. Beautiful. Terrifying.



ABOUT THE BOOK

     In 1947 Lily Sanders moved with her family to a homestead at the edge of an Athabaskan village in the Alaskan Territory. It was an ideal location for her father, a mountain man and hunting guide. It also provided a place where the world could not see his brutality.
     Seeking her father's love and approval, Lily traipses the mountain trails at his side, learning to bring down big game and to work as a hunting guide. She runs her own trap-lines, faces down wolves and mushes her dog team in local races.
     A heartless act by her father, leaves Lily brokenhearted and strips away any thread of hope that one day he might love her. She vows to never forgive him and turns to the powerful bond of love she shares with her sweet-spirited mother and her many sisters. Together they share the adventure, beauty and heartache of their wilderness life.

Even a mother's love is not great enough to overcome a deeply rooted bitterness like Lily's. Only the love of God can set her free.


Available on ebook and soon in print version.


Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quiet Moments With God - Amazing Love


People will always let us down.

We're just folks, weak and needy. We try to love well, but we fall short - we're imperfect, only human.

There is only One who loves perfectly, who loves always. Only One we can count on to never let us down.

My expectations of others and of myself are often unrealistic. Such expectations can leave me feeling trampled upon, disappointed, tearful and even angry. I've expected too much.

Last Sunday, I cried through most of our worship time, overwhelmed by the truth that God is the only one who will always love me - never disappoint me.

I knew that. I know that. But sometimes in the midst of my chaotic life I forget. And I set myself up for a big let down. Silly me.

I am comforted to know there is a Perfect Love.

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you."

Isiah 54:10


God offers these words of comfort. We can be certain He will always be there for us, even when we don't deserve His love, even on our worst day. He won't let us down. He will love us, anyway.


Praise to a God of mercy.


Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Life In 100 Words or Less - Middle/First Child



It’s not easy being a Middle/First - #3 of 5, fighting for a place in the family and trying not to be invisible while driven to be perfect.

I wasn’t an easy child, just ask my mom. I took glee in instigating conflicts, was determined to be me and no one else, but wished I was athletic like Bruce, smart as Craig, gifted like Myrn and gutsy as Leslie.

I didn’t know I was special.

I’m still something of an emotional muddle – a middle/first – complex, driven.  But now I see I’m unique and lovable and finely crafted by the Supreme Craftsman.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Where are you in your family's birth order?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Journey - Where Eagles Soar



I've been bursting to share this news! Where Eagles Soar is almost here! The book, a true story, releases next month. 


You don't want to miss this one.





About the Story

Where Eagles Soar is the true  story of
Lily Sanders, who in 1947 moved with her 
family to a homestead at the edge of
an Athabasken village in the Alaskan
Territory. It was an ideal location
for her father, a mountain man and
hunting guide. It also provided a place
where the world could not see his brutality.

Though trapped in her father's heartless
schemes, Lily longs for his love and
approval. Seeking it, she traipses the
mountain trails at his side, learning to
bring down big game and to work as a
hunting guide. She runs her own trap-lines,
faces down wolves and mushes her dog teams
in races, including the Iditarod.

A tragedy, initiated by her father, leaves
Lily brokenhearted and strips away any
thread of hope that one day he might love
her. She vows to never forgive him and turns
instead to the powerful bond of love she
shares with her sweet-spirited mother and
her many sisters. together they share the
adventure, beauty and heartache of 
their wilderness life.

Bitterness holds Lily in its grip, but when it
threatens to crush her she refuses to surrender
to it and reaches for the unobtainable, where
at last she finds freedom, hope and joy.


Watch for announcements. Where Eagles Soar will be available soon.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Monday, June 30, 2014

Quiet Moments With God - Where You Are

Warning - Transparency Alert




I struggle with fear from time to time. Yesterday was one of those days. While watching a program on television I dozed off. I woke up to a scene of a family playing in a water park and my response was not one you'd expect. Instead of enjoying the scene of a happy family, I was struck by a wrenching thought - I will never be able to do anything like that again. 

I was afraid. Were the best of my days behind me? Were my greatest joys and triumphs a part of my past only?

Sorrow swept in. I had expected more from myself, from my body. I'm sixty-two and in today's world that's really not all that old, except that my body feels old. 

The damage began in 1991 when the van I was driving was hit by a log truck (a story for another day). The accident left me disabled and since then I've struggled to remain active. Pain can be a tough adversary. Sometimes I get tired of the battle and don't want to fight any more. 

Most of my physical difficulties stem from the accident, but some of it is purely my fault. I haven't taken good care of this body God calls a temple. And of course age does have some negative qualities that we all live with.

I need to see, to know in my gut that there's more to my life than pain, suffering, tears and fear and to be reminded that God is in the  middle of it. And today when I went to Him, fearful and needy, He was there. He always is. 

He turned a light on His truth. The real truth, which is that the Lord came to set me free, from sin and death but also from things like fear, hopelessness and feelings of worthlessness. He told me to stop listening to the voices in my head and the lies of the enemy. My life is not over until it's over. There is still much to be done. 

And from the midst of my morning devotional reading these words leaped out. "As you follow me, I lead you along paths of newness, ways you have never imagined."

Wow! That sounds exciting. It doesn't sound at all like I've been put out to pasture. 

John 8:31 - 32 says this, "If you abide in My Word you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

My body may not allow me to do everything I want (whose does). But the Lord sets me free to live and serve and to experience new life every day. There is so much joy and peace waiting for me, if only I will set my heart upon Christ and upon the truth of God's Word.

I know that what I'm sharing is not foreign to you. For the Word says "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man." We're all in this together. We all understand what it is to be fearful, or to be angry and to lash out in that anger or put up a shield against our sorrows. We also know a lot about courage, joy and jubilation.

I pray for you - that you will know the joy and peace of the Lord, no matter what circumstances you find yourself. For where you are, there He is also.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quiet Moments With God - What Is Your Focal Point?




I settled into my reading chair this morning and asked the Lord to speak to me. He is always faithful and I will hear . . . if I'm listening. Today as my eyes went to 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18 His Word gave me strength.

"Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

My mind returned to the birth of my new grandson. The memory is still close. My daughter's labor became so intense she started to believe she couldn't do it, couldn't make it through even one more contraction. Frantic, she asked us to help her find a focal point. She needed something to set her eyes on that would help her mind contemplate on something other than the pain.

In our sometimes difficult lives, we share the same plight. We need to contemplate on something other than our pain. The Lord in His grace offers us a focal point. We are to fix our eyes on what is unseen - the Lord. But He is not really invisible to us. He reveals Himself in the glory of creation, in the hearts of His followers, and even in the sweet fragrance of new life. 

Do not lose heart, focus on the things of the Lord and you will be filled with the peace of God and the certainty of eternal glory.

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie

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