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2016, A Year of BIG Surprises, by Janetta Fudge Messmer

2016, A Year of BIG Surprises, by Janetta Fudge Messmer

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

These verses are favorites of mine, and I’ve used them as my blog heading for years. They remind me of what the Lord expects of me each and every day. To rejoice. To pray. To give thanks.

2016 has been a year of all years. One for the record books for thankfulness, and one I’ll never forget. I’m almost sure I told the Lord “thank you” a million times. A slight exaggeration, but He blessed the socks right off my feet. Let me give you a few examples of his lovingkindness:

  • I’m a published author of three books (Early Birds, Southbound Birds, and Chords of Love). And it happened this year.
  • The Lord continues to bless me with a great husband. This year he also rocks as my CEO of Marketing and Daily Operations.
  • I turned 60 years old in January (not an easy age to reach when you still feel 16, and act like it most of the time)
  • I’m over-the-top thankful for our pooch, Maggie. She’s the one who gave me the great idea for my debut novel, Early Birds. (Piece of advice: Always listen to your pet when they ‘talk’ to you. Might surprise you what they have to say).

As you can see, I could go on for days about what I’m thankful for. But, I do have days that it takes every bit of my energy to see past the problem in my path. To even utter a coherent prayer. To proclaim victory in His name.

It is at those tough times that I pick up my Bible and reread (as many times as it takes to get it through my head) I Thessalonians 5: 16-18. These three verses are where I find the remedy to what ails me. They help me to realign with what the Lord is trying to teach me through His word.

What about you? Has life thrown you a few curve balls (illness/extra doctor bills, car not running right, job ended, relationship, etc.)  Take it from me, read the verses in I Thessalonians and follow His instructions: Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances.

Trust me, if you do these three things, it’ll be a life changing experience. Won’t you give it a try? The Lord is waiting for you.

Janetta Fudge Messmer Bio:

head-shot_editedJanetta Fudge-Messmer is an inspirational author, editor and speaker. She’s received Honorable Mention for fiction and nonfiction articles from Byline Magazine. She also received Honorable Mention for a fiction article from Writer’s Digest Magazine. Her article, “A Working Relationship” was published in Guideposts Magazine. Guideposts Books published, “Shorthaired Miracle”. Along with writing, Janetta also speaks at seminars, helping others to “Tell Your Story”. Janetta, her husband Ray and precious pooch Maggie, became full-time RVers in 2013 and love traveling around the USA in their Minnie Winnie.

book-cover-image_editedBook #2 in the Early Bird series finds Rose and Larry Wilford hitting the highway on their next RV adventure. Ben and Betsy Stevenson are right behind them in their 5th wheel. The other two Early Birds, Jeff and Mary Miller, promise to hook up with them as soon as they finish some ‘business’ in Colorado.

On their way to Florida, they make a stop in Mississippi. Soon Rosie wonders if they’ll ever get On the Road Again. The RVs have stalled in Biloxi and it has nothing to do with mechanical issues in any of their rigs. They’ve found another church that needs their help.

Rose, Betsy and Mary spend their days as fashion consultants, dressing young women for success (or as Rosie says, “Playing dress up.”). Larry, Ben and Jeff, they’re up to their eyeballs in sheetrock and drywall mud, and any other handyman task they can find to do.

The one thing Rosie has decided, if and when they start traveling toward the Sunshine State, she’ll still occupy the passenger seat of their dually. No driving for her. Larry can pester her all he wants.

And the fact her bestest friend, Betsy, drove their albatross on I-10 and lived to tell about it, won’t change her mind either. The only way Rose will get behind the wheel is if the Lord, Himself, figures out a way to put her there. ‘Cause at the moment, F.E.A.R. is her middle name.

Instead of legally changing her name or letting trepidation win, Rosie does what she does best. She PRAYS. Larry, on the other hand, is having troubles too. His prayer is that their 5th wheel survives his driving and he’s not sure it will. One more mishap and he’s handing the keys to his wife.

The Early Birds continue to have as many surprises as the state of Florida has palm trees. So why don’t you come along, if you dare. Rose, Larry, Ben, Betsy, Jeff and Mary (and some new friends) would love to have you join them on their travels across the U.S.A.

 Connect with Janetta at:

Early Birds, Southbound Birds, and My Secret Love, are Available on Amazon: https://goo.gl/SX7mfP

E-mail: janettafudgemessmer@gmail.com
Website: http://janettafudgemessmer.com/
Blog: http://www.nettie-fudges-world.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janetta.fudge.messmer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nettiefudge

 

 

 

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Sabbath Sunday: Muddy Road

October2014Molnar

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Probably because I can relate. The wide path everyone else takes? I was never one to follow. I was the pioneer taking the narrow way rarely understanding why I wasn’t like everyone else.

Thing is, the path God gives you, it’s not going to be laden with golden brick.

That’s heaven, and you aren’t there yet.

Life is muddy. There is change. Loss. Challenges.

Enough to consider, if only for a moment, about taking an easier route.

Thing is, those muddy moments produce growth.

The valleys brought me way more wisdom than the mountains.

My faith in Christ and His track record moves forward because He moved me in the hardest of times.

If you’re stuck in the mud, don’t despair.

The road you’re taking isn’t an accident and not meant to destroy.

In fact, it’s the fast trek to faith and trust with the One who created your road.

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Sabbath Sunday: The Muddy Road

October2014Molnar

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Probably because I can relate. The wide path everyone else takes? I was never one to follow. I was the pioneer taking the narrow way rarely understanding why I wasn’t like everyone else.

Thing is, the path God gives you, it’s not going to be laden with golden brick.

That’s heaven, and you aren’t there yet.

Life is muddy. There is change. Loss. Challenges.

Enough to consider, if only for a moment, about taking an easier route.

Thing is, those muddy moments produce growth.

The valleys brought me way more wisdom than the mountains.

My faith in Christ and His track record moves forward because He moved me in the hardest of times.

If you’re stuck in the mud, don’t despair.

The road you’re taking isn’t an accident and not meant to destroy.

In fact, it’s the fast trek to faith and trust with the One who created your road.

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Sabbath Sunday: Muddy Road

October2014Molnar

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Probably because I can relate. The wide path everyone else takes? I was never one to follow. I was the pioneer taking the narrow way rarely understanding why I wasn’t like everyone else.

Thing is, the path God gives you, it’s not going to be laden with golden brick.

That’s heaven, and you aren’t there yet.

Life is muddy. There is change. Loss. Challenges.

Enough to consider, if only for a moment, about taking an easier route.

Thing is, those muddy moments produce growth.

The valleys brought me way more wisdom than the mountains.

My faith in Christ and His track record moves forward because He moved me in the hardest of times.

If you’re stuck in the mud, don’t despair.

The road you’re taking isn’t an accident and not meant to destroy.

In fact, it’s the fast trek to faith and trust with the One who created your road.

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Sabbath Sunday: Muddy Road

October2014Molnar

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Probably because I can relate. The wide path everyone else takes? I was never one to follow. I was the pioneer taking the narrow way rarely understanding why I wasn’t like everyone else.

Thing is, the path God gives you, it’s not going to be laden with golden brick.

That’s heaven, and you aren’t there yet.

Life is muddy. There is change. Loss. Challenges.

Enough to consider, if only for a moment, about taking an easier route.

Thing is, those muddy moments produce growth.

The valleys brought me way more wisdom than the mountains.

My faith in Christ and His track record moves forward because He moved me in the hardest of times.

If you’re stuck in the mud, don’t despair.

The road you’re taking isn’t an accident and not meant to destroy.

In fact, it’s the fast trek to faith and trust with the One who created your road.

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Thankful for Life by Connie Arnold

Posted by Julie on November 2, 2013 in God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Thankful November guest blogger |

Devotional Thoughts on Being Thankful

 

Give thanks for every heartbeat

and each move you can make,

for life so precious and so sweet,

each vital breath you take.

 

Excerpt of Peaceful Moments of Love and Light

52-Week Daily Devotional

© Connie Arnold, 201351E9nH7TJ1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

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When something good happens to us, we may remember to give thanks to God. How often do we reach deeply inside and draw out utter gratitude for the very essence of who we are, our every heartbeat and breath, life itself, such precious gifts from God? Most of us are inclined to take things like our hearts beating and breathing for granted unless we develop some illness or difficulty that affects the functioning of those things. May we develop awareness that each aspect of life is a valuable gift from our majestic Creator, and live our lives in a way that shows our appreciation and love to God. Lord, help us to develop a healthy attitude of gratitude and remember to offer you thanks and praise for your many blessings and gifts each day.

 

 

 

 

Bio:

Connie Arnold writes to offer encouragement and inspiration for people coping with life’s difficulties. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and has two children and three grandchildren. Connie is the author of 4 inspirational poetry books – Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace, Abiding Hope and Love, Abundant Comfort and Grace and A Symphony of Seasons, plus her new devotional, Peaceful Moments of Love and Light. Connie also writes for children and is the author of Animal Sound Mix-up, and new for November 2013, Count 1,2,3 With Me.

Connie shares poems on her website, www.conniearnold.webs.com and blog, http://conniearnold.blogspot.com

 

 



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