Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review: The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis is a love story about the unlikely couple:  An Amish man and a classically trained violinist.  Amelia Devries is a classical violinist who has found she loves fiddling as well.  On her way home from a fiddling concert, she gets lost in a storm and happens upon the cabin that Michael Hostetler is staying at in the mountains.  They become fast friends and Amelia spends the weekend in his little community of Hickory Hollow.  The story takes the reader into both Michael’s and Amelia’s struggles and brings them together in the end.

I had a hard time getting into this book, but I cannot really pinpoint why.  After a few chapters, however, I became engrossed.  I always enjoy Mrs. Lewis’ books and this was no exception.  She explored each main character’s difficult decision and brought them together beautifully.

This book is a must read for fans of Amish fiction.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Today my Daddy is 62 years old.  Happy birthday to my awesome dad!  I thought it would be a good time to tell my readers about my dad.  :)  Grab a cuppa java and enjoy. 

My dad is great man.  I'm not just saying that because I'm his daughter.  He really is.  He serves God with all his heart; that's the greatest thing about him.  He's not always perfect.  He loses his temper.  He yells (mostly because he's deaf as a post!). Even so, he is an example of a good Christian.  I learned about having good character from him and my mom. 

I will never forget when my dad quit smoking.  Maybe that's not something most people remember.  I do though.  I was in the 5th grade.  My daddy had smoked for, well, forever.  He started long before I was born when he was 24.  I am horribly allergic to cigarette smoke.  I spent a lot of time in my bedroom.  Dad had been told by my allergist several years before that he either needed to quit or go outside to do it.  Well, we were at a citywide revival service at the MP Civic Center and God convicted my dad of smoking.  My dad went to the alter and left his cigarettes and lighter there (to make a longer story short).  After he did that, he came and wrapped his arms around me and told me he was sorry that he hadn't quit sooner for me.

That little action was amazing.  My dad didn't have to apologize to me but he did it anyway.  I have carried it with me for years.  It's not the only time my dad apologized to me.  He did it anytime he wronged me.  He set a shining example to me of being a good parent.  We can't always be a perfect parent.  We can't.  What we can do it model good character for our children.

I learned that from my dad.  ;-)

Happy Birthday, Deacon Daddy!  I love you!

Monday, July 2, 2012

A lot on my mind...

I've had a lot on my mind lately but haven't been able to share it.  There are still things I can't share and it's really bothering me.  Pastor Husband and I were asked not to though and we won't. 

Our pastor resigned a few weeks ago and his last Sunday was yesterday.  Our state Administrative Bishop will be here next Sunday (the 8th) to speak to the church from the Word then in a business meeting afterward.  We will find out then what he has in mind for our church.  I hope the people here know that they CAN say no.  I don't know what he has planned but I know what he doesn't and that's what I can't share.  It has caused my heart to break.

So, what's going to happen to us?  Good question.  I'm glad you asked.  I really don't know.  It will depend on who our new pastor is going to be.  We are keeping our options open and we are trying to come up with a plan B and maybe even a plan C.  There is a chance that the new pastor won't want to keep us on staff here.  We need to be prepared for that.  There is also a chance that WE won't want to stay on staff with the new pastor.  We've heard rumors and if the one we heard recently is true, we will be looking at our other options.

What are our other options if we aren't able to stay here?  We can either apply for other staff positions or find a senior pastor position that fits us.  We will probably do the latter.  We feel God moving us back in that direction.  Pastor Husband feels that's what God wants us to do if we leave here.  I do too.

For quite some time God has been laying Women's Ministries on my heart.  As the First Lady of a church, that would be my responsibility.  God has shown me some Bible studies He wants me to do as well as some things to get to know my ladies.  I'm actually really excited about this!  For so long I have only taught children and it's really exciting for God to take me in a different direction. 

I don't know what our future holds.  God may very well work it out for us to be here for many years.  I do hope that is the case.  Please be in prayer about this with us!