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Thankful: A Choice We Make by Martha Rogers

Posted by Julie on November 6, 2014 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Thankful November guest blogger |

Being thankful is a choice we make. Rather than complaining about what we don’t have, we chose to be thankful for what we do have. Paul said it best in Philippians 4:13: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” NIV

I am thankful for life. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a radical mastectomy and treatment, I was declared in remission. Exactly five years later the cancer returned. After a second surgery and treatment, the oncologist ran tests and declared me to be not only in remission, but also cancer free.

In that fifteen years so much has happened for which I thank the Lord. He healed my body and made it possible for me to enjoy these years. We had two more wonderful grandchildren, participated in the wedding of our oldest granddaughter, sat by the bedside of  a grandson after a liver transplant, signed my first contract for a full length novel, enjoyed the births of three great-grandchildren, and wrote 13 novels now in stores.

To say that God has blessed our family would be an understatement. He gave me new life in which I began a journey that is ongoing. Our Lord is faithful, and only He is worthy of all the honor, glory and thanksgiving for a life fully entrusted to His hands.

 

Martha for blogs _editedMartha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series, Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart as well as several novellas. Love Stays True and Love Finds Faith, the first two books in her new series, The Homeward Journey, are available now with book number three being released in the fall of 2014.

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A Grateful Heart by Martha Rogers

Thanksgiving has always been a special time in our family. I am most thankful for our family that has now grown to eighteen members with number nineteen due in December. It’s a time to reflect on all that God has provided for me and our family in past years.

I am thankful to be here to celebrate with our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although several of them won’t make it home this year, they will be in our hearts and minds as we gather around the table.

As a child I remember that even when times were rough for my single parent mother with three children, my grandparents always made sure we had plenty at Thanksgiving. Even when we spent the holiday with my dad and his parents, my grandmother always made sure my sister, brother, and I had leftovers to take home with us and share with mother.

Several Thanksgivings we’ve shared with others who had no family to visit and would be alone on the holiday. Those were some of the best ones we had. One year, our three sons were with their in-laws, and we were invited to spend the day with a couple who were long time friends and their family.

As a breast cancer survivor, each year that passes since my last surgery becomes more special. God had a purpose for my survival, but I had no idea it was to fulfill my life-long dream of writing Christian fiction as a published author. At the age of seventy-three, my desires came to fruition with my first contract for a full-length novel. Since that signing, ten books have been published and five more are under contract.

Of course not every Thanksgiving has a happy memory. My father died shortly before Thanksgiving and that first year without him was difficult because he loved my cooking and being with us.

One of the best things now at Thanksgiving is to celebrate our granddaughter’s birthday which is on November 30th. We’ve watched her grow from a precious baby girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who will again celebrate her birthday with family this holiday.

This year I will give thanks for good health, a wonderful family, my writing, and for God who supplies all my needs from His great riches through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas. Her second series, Seasons of the Heart, is now available as is her Christmas novel, Christmas at Holly Hill. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW.  Martha and her husband live in Houston. In addition to her works of fiction, Martha has stories in a number of compilations as well as devotional contributions to several anthologies and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing.

 

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COTT: Clash of the New Fiction Releases

Posted by Julie on July 2, 2012 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |
This clash’s host: Jennifer Slattery

My summer reading list is quickly growing. When you read the following two-sentence hooks, I’m sure you’ll agree, these five May releases are must-reads indeed! Which one is drawing you the most? Please vote below, and check out www.clashofthetitles.com on July 5th to see who won. Happy Independence Day!


Spring Hope by Martha Rogers:


Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to
worse since her mother’s death. With an abusive father, and life in a brothel,
she sees no hope for her future until she gains the courage to make her escape
one cold winter night. 

When she arrives exhausted, hungry, and ill in
Portersfield, Texas, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her in an alley and takes her
to a doctor. 
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago
firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen
years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has
struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa.











Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street
Fire took the life of her husband and four other heroic firefighters, Susan
Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that
David carried a secret to his grave—a secret that changes everything she
thought about their marriage.

 



When Trusting God Is the Only Way Out 

On an
average day, God started her missions in her sculpting studio, revealing the
face of the person she would meet at the grocery store, bank, or playground.
The goal was always the same. Reach the lost, bring someone back to God,
restore hope.


Everyone in Fitzgerald Bay—except his
law-enforcement family—is convinced Charles Fitzgerald murdered his children’s
nanny. Condemned by public opinion, his only hope for a replacement nanny to
take care of his two-year-old twins is newcomer Demi Taylor.




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