Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Free Stuff!

Don't miss the give away for the book You're Chronically Ill...So Now What? by Shelly Benoit Hendricks (of RenewedDaily) over on my chronic illness blog (you must comment THERE to be entered) - http://givenmeathorn.blogspot.com/2015/12/book-give-away.html


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Latest Book Update

Harvesting Hope is a tediously slow manuscript that feels like will end, but baby steps of progress continue to inch forward. Thank you for your ongoing prayers!


More update posted on my StrokeOfGrace blog, if you are interested. :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pruning



I just spent 2 hours out working in my garden yesterday evening. Had a good talk with  our 9-year-old about the meaning of the word "prune". He was so cute, talking about when he got baptized earlier this year his feet got all "pruney" from being in the water. grin emoticon But we did get down to the fact that Jesus must clean/prune us continually to bring us into the shape of His will, just like we were doing to our roses.


I was pretty hard on my plants, leaving only about 6 healthy blooms and a bunch of buds behind (on a total of about 18 rose bushes!) so it looks pretty stark right now. But each cut was made with care and purpose, knowing that by my birthday at the end of the month, I will have a glorious garden full of healthy blossoms, all on nicely trimmed and shaped plants!


I take comfort from my parent's story as newly weds. They had several rose bushes under the kitchen window. Mom was having horrid allergies, so Dad went out and brutally shopped them all nearly down to the roots to try to kill them. They came back healthier and prettier than before! So when the devil sets out to destroy me, God can intend the same season of harsh pruning for my benefit.




I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.
John 15:1-2 (The Message)

He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch to make it bear more AND richer AND more excellent fruit!


"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so 
that you may go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that
whatever you ask for in My name the Father will give you.
This is My command: Love each other." 
John 15:16-17

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Need Your Input Please!

I've been pondering something and really want your ideas. Of the 9 disciples listed as the  Fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control), what attribute or "category" would you say THANKFULNESS, practicing an attitude of gratitude, best reflects? Why? Thanks. Just doing so thinking on my current book and looking for your thoughts. :)


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Did you Know?

 As a stroke survivor, I want to make sure you know:


FAST stands for: 

Facial droop, 
Arm inability to hold both out front without one drifting down, 
Speech slurred or garbled, 
Time to call 911 and report a suspected stroke if any of those three quick stroke assessments aren't passed!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's Your Suggestion?


I am looking to purchase a domain name. I need something people can remember, spell, is "catchy" and/or speaks to the topics of my books (infertility, loss, fruit of the Spirit, hope, motherhood, illness, heartache, grace, various Biblical heroes like Hannah, Job, Paul). Any suggestions or ideas? I like jennifer.saake but wonder if the spelling of our last name will become an issue? Most domains of my actual book titles are already taken (like the StrokeOfGrace domain, though I could still use these words with hyphenation between them or adding on the word "book" at the end like I did with HannahsHopeBook.com), plus you need a new one for each project and I'm looking for something I could list all books, blogs and any future affiliated projects and ministries under. 


Maybe something with my used-around-the-internet handle of InfertilityMom, but will that be confusing for people that don't know my background? I've used Jenni's Journal for several projects over the years, so something along those lines might work. I was thinking maybe something alone the lines of ChronicallyTrustingChrist but that is LONG for a domain name. I also love roses, and themes of harvest, gardening and growth. Someone suggested something butterfly related (cocoon, chrysalis (<---- already="" and="" anything="" but="" can="" etc="" find="" flight="" give="" go.="" hard="" i="" ideas="" like="" me="" not="" ready.="" really="" short="" simple="" soaring="" span="" spell="" t="" taken="" takes="" that="" to="" transformation="" wing="" wings="" word="" your="">


Monday, December 1, 2014

Root



Romans 15:13 has been a favorite verse of mine for years now, combining hope, joy and peace all in the person of Christ, but I had never noticed the context before, that this is really a "Christmas verse". Read it for yourself.



12 And again, Isaiah says,“The Root of Jesse will spring up,    one who will arise to rule over the nations;    in him the Gentiles will hope.”[f]13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.