Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Release Write-up

I couldn’t help myself. Below is a copy of a great write-up by my publisher, Helping Hands Press, about my new Christmas release, ’Tis the Season in Sweetland.

 

Rozene and Pastor Mike Carson have been seeing each other since May, their relationship deepening with each passing day. When Mike finally proposes, their lives enter a new stage of exciting preparations. When and where would the wedding take place? Where would they live? Who would be the Maid of Honor? The Best Man?

Rozene had already started the process to adopt all four girls from the Youth Acres Group Home—Veronica, Shira, Melanie, and Misty, three in college and one in high school—and the preadoption trial period would be up in early December. But now that Rozene and Mike are engaged, Mike also wants to adopt them all right after they’re married, to make them a forever family. Would they agree to that? Would the girls consent to taking on the Carson surname as their own? The excitement builds as December 27, the wedding date, draws near. But Rozene, even while going through the wedding plans, is terrified at the prospect of becoming a pastor’s wife. What does she know about that? What, exactly, does a pastor’s wife do? Fear and trepidation plague her. She wants to marry Mike, loves him with all her heart. But a pastor’s wife?

The Amazon Kindle link for the story is:http://www.amazon.com/Tis-Season-Sweetland-Silver-Candlelight-ebook/dp/B00OV8QBZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414504403&sr=1-1&keywords=peggy+blann+phifer
"Do you enjoy romance? Do you enjoy stories that show how love can make a difference in the lives of others? Then Silver Bells and Candlelight is the tale for you. Rozene is a widow who opens her home to four orphaned teens. Misty, Shira, Veronica, and Melanie learn for the first time the meaning of belonging to a family. It gets better when Pastor Mike and Rozene become friends. Will they become more than friends? And if that happens, what happens to Rozene's foster teens?"

"Peggy Blann Phifer continues the Sweetland stories in Volume Four of Tis the Season in Sweetland. Rozene has overcome grief and opened her heart to four girls who need a home. Pastor Mike has grief of his own to bear, but he, too, embraces others in "Silver Bells and Candlelight."
Expectations real and imagined can muddy the season's delights.

Can four girls trust again? Will Rozene move forward or allow fears to trap her forever?
Light the candles and ring the bells!"

Peggy Blann Phifer retired from an executive assistant position after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale industry. She came to writing later in life when a prayer she wrote appeared in a two-volume Guideposts Book compilation, 'Prayers for Every Need,' in 2000. She self-published her debut novel, 'To See the Sun,' which released in January 2012. Her writing has appeared in three anthologies in 2014 with Helping Hands Press, with a fourth coming up. A novel she just completed, 'Somehow, Christmas Will Come,' will release sometime in November 2014, from Elk Lake Publishing.

Widowed in October 2012, Peg now makes her home in northern Wisconsin in a home she bought together with her daughter and son-in-law. The three of them share the house with three cats, one dog, and one granddog. She converted a third of the house into a cozy 'apartment' where she spends most of her time writing.
Peg has three children, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous other granddogs and great-granddogs.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Matthew 7:13-14—An Analogy

Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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I lived in Las Vegas for nearly 33 years, and had a daily commute for 21 of those years. We lived on the east side, and my place of work was on the west side. On the other side of ‘The Strip.’ It was 12 miles one way.

Fortunately I never had to drive into the sun either way. But that’s not the point of this post.

I learned to drive in Milwaukee, and used the freeways/expressways all the time. But Las Vegas traffic is a horse of a different color.

Early on, I found the most direct route from home to work…traveling the surface streets. I got to believe that, over the years, my car could get me there automatically.

So what’s point of all this lead-in stuff? At the rapid expansion of the city’s freeways, bypasses, etc, folks and co-workers told me I’d shave some time off my commute if I took the expressway from home to work and back.

So, I decided to try it. And I was terrified! No kidding. Not to bad-mouth the folks who drive there, but many don’t understand the terms ‘merge’ or ‘yield,’ nor do they prepare to get in their turn lanes until the last minute. Got the picture?

Did it save me time? Nope. The Vegas freeway system is in a constant state of flux. Yep, construction, barricades, merging four lanes into two. Causing…accidents. Causing…being late for work.

So I went back to my ‘straight,’ much safer—more or less—route. I pretty much had all the traffic lights timed, going at an established speed, and I got to work on time…every time. Of course there are always exceptions, so I left home early to cover any surprises, and that often got me to work early. And that’s a good thing.

Are you beginning to see the analogy to the Scripture above? God never promised following him would be an easy road. In the verse above, Jesus told us that the narrow gate/road would be difficult, but that it would lead us to life…with Him! While those who choose the broad gate/road think they’re taking the easy way and will arrive at their destination faster. If they get there at all.

As for me, I’ll stick with my narrow, but difficult road, knowing I will reach my promised destination, Life With Jesus.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My New Release is out!

I’m thrilled to announce that my Sweetland Christmas story, Silver Bells & Candlelight, is up and available on Amazon/Kindle right now for only $.99 cents. I’d love for you to check it out. And, of course leave a review if you like it.

This is the sequel to my Summer in Sweetland story, All Things Work Together. (See below) 

Click on the cover images to get to the Amazon pages.

 

If you haven’t read All Things Work Together, it introduces you to all the characters who appear in Silver Bells & candlelight, although both can stand alone as singles.

Thanks!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flora Regeida Devo Part 2

Note from Peg: My apologies to my blog readers, especially to Flora. I’ve been under a crushing deadline and I’ve let too much slip. Add to that, I detest writing my blog pages through the Blogger dashboard. It’s a fight to keep any kind of special formatting, and adding images is a big pain in the you know what. Therefore, I will leave the DEVOTIONS tab on the blog for a while. I’ll keep the contributors tab so you can see each devotional writer’s profile and picture. So, from now on those devo’s you submit will all appear on the main Whispers in Purple page. Thanks for bearing with me while I attempted to be a little clever…too clever, I guess. 
 
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The Jewel of Pondering
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19, NIV).

 

On the title page of Pilgrim's Progress, a statement and a Bible verse stood out.

The statement was that the book had been "delivered under the similitude of a dream."

The author supports this with Hosea 12:10 from the King James Bible, "I have … used similitudes."[1]

Both echoed what I had read in the Bible about God speaking through dreams and visions. The Old Testament tells of Jacob,[2] Joseph[3] and Daniel.[4] New Testament examples include Joseph[5] and Peter.[6]

However, I believed what I'd heard from the pulpit and was taught by Biblical scholars, namely; after the canon of Scripture was complete, there was no longer the need for God to speak in any way, other than through the Bible. This is one interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10. "But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away." (NKJV). According to this interpretation, "that which is perfect" is the completed Bible.

I heard ministers warn that Christians should be wary of wild-eyed mystics. One pastor even attributed visions, dreams and personal communion to indigestion from eating too much pizza. Along with many others in the congregation, I laughed at the notion. Now my laughter was being challenged.

The New International Version of the Bible translates Hosea 12:10 into more contemporary language. "I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."

I lingered on that verse and John Bunyan's claim that his book had been delivered through a dream. Like precious jewels, the verse and statement contained many facets. I thought about the word delivered. Babies and packages are delivered. But could a book or a message be delivered from God?

I knew this was true of the Bible, which 2 Peter 1:20-21 describes as written by men inspired by God. Of course, the Bible is the foundation against which all doctrine is weighed.

What about individuals? Does God deliver books and messages to you and me? The questions wouldn't go away.

PEARL TO PONDER: Do you believe that God still speaks in ways described in the Bible, such as visions and dreams?

LOVE NUGGET: God is your friend and you are His. In two-way conversations, friends share their hearts. As we read in the Bible, "I have called you friends."[7]


[1] According to the Free Dictionary, online, "a simile, allegory or parable."

[2] See Genesis 28:10-19

[3] See Genesis 37:5-11

[4] See Daniel 7-8.

[5] See Matthew 2:13

[6] See Acts 10:11-16

[7] John 15:15, NKJV

 

Submitted by Flora Reigada and printed here with permission. See Flora’s Picture and bio HERE, or click the CONTRIBUTORS tab above.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cleocatra Speaks

I found this Sunday while going through some   old files on my computer. Of course, I was looking for something entirely different, but my curiosity made me click on this. It’s pretty cute, so I though I’d share it you.

 

ATTENTION ALL CATS WHO RUN A HOUSEHOLD

Are you keeping your human staff up to par? Are you keeping their guilt levels high? I didn't think so.

Recent reports seem to indicate that you've been sleeping on the job. That simply will not do. You're getting fat and lazy. Come on now, shape up. Complete the following checklist and return it to HQ within the next 24 hours.

 

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1. When was the last time you positioned yourself so your toe (or tail) got stepped on? (Note: this really works on the guilt complex.)

2. How much time did you spend grooming in the suede recliner last week?

3. Were you able to increase your stare time so your human looked away first?

4. What about that new puppy in the house? Got it totally intimidated yet?

5. Alternatively, if you like the mutt, have you got him wrapped around your paw?

6. Is there another cat in the house?

7. More than one?

8. Have you decided to get along?

9. Or have you figured out a way to keep your seniority intact?

10. How's your door monitoring technique? Remember the drill: If you're inside the room, you want out. If you're outside, you want in. No matter which side of the door you're on, insist on being on the other. Got it?

11. What's your favorite room to practice this technique? Bedroom or bathroom? (A recent poll revealed the bathroom to be the most popular.)

12. Exercise: Have you been running down the hallway ahead of your human, staying close enough to trip her but not hurt yourself? What about the stairs—if your home has more than one floor.

13. Hairballs: Are they strategically placed?

14. Playtime: On a separate sheet of paper, outline your play routine. For example, one of my favorite games is "fetch the paper wad" except I don't return it to my human, I like to drop it into my water bowl. For one thing, it gets me fresh cool water.

15. Tail-twitches: How many new ones have you developed? The object here is to keep 'em guessing what you're up to.

16. Kneading and head-nudges: Last report tells me you've all got that perfected. Great job.

17. Purring: Be very sure you keep that motor tuned. Purring is our best weapon. After all the work we do to keep our human staff on the ball, we must ALWAYS award them with a contented purring session at the end of the day. Or any time you think it's merited, or even the best tactic to avert disaster.

That's it, Felines of America. Return this to Cleocatra [at] felinehq [dot] com.

Note: Not a real link Smile