How precious are Your thoughts to me, O LORD ... how vast is the sum of them!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Waiting for Isaac Blog Tour and Interview



Today is an exciting day because we're celebrating the release of Jessica Greyson's latest book, Waiting for Isaac. I beta-read this little gem and found it extremely touching for me in my current life circumstances as I, too, am waiting for my Isaac. I'd love to tell you all about the lovely person Jessica is and how Waiting for Isaac is so encouraging, but you can glimpse that for yourself in this interview I was privileged to have with her.


  1. How and when did you feel led to write Waiting for Isaac?
It was something that was laid on my heart to write this spring as I was wading through some things in my soul. I wanted to write something for young women by a single young woman. So much of the literature I have read over the years has been by married women writing after they have passed the threshold of marriage—I wanted to write to my fellow soldiers in the midst of battle to uplift their hearts, encourage them onwards and towards the light of Christ.

  1. What do you hope young women gain from reading it?
Hope, joy, peace. This battle of singleness and loneliness we feel as if we fight alone, and each of our battles is custom designed by our Creator to draw us closer to Him. They are not alone; not only do they have Jesus Christ—they have a sister in Christ cheering them on to fight the good fight and follow Christ; a sister who weeps with them over their aching hearts and rejoices with them over their joys they have received. 

  1. What do you think are some of the best Bible verses for women who are struggling with being single?
There are a few of my favorites.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5b)
Song of Solomon 2:10-13While I know these verses are written by a king for his bride, I often like to meditate upon them as my King calling me His bride into a deeper, sweeter relationship.

  1. If you could give one piece of advice from your heart to another single woman, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to wrestle this battle. There will be tears, there will be a fire to one's soul, and even holding on to hope might feel like burning agony, but it is worth it. Press into Christ; you are loved with an everlasting love that has no beginning and no end. 

This is beautiful, Jessica! Readers, if you're encouraged just by her interview, check out her book!

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About the Author

Jessica Greyson is a homeschool graduate who loves words, first as a hungry reader, and now as a passionate writer. She seeks to write for the glory of God, and be the writer He has called her to be.

You can learn more about her and her books at www.jessicagreyson.com.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Journey Through Taelis




Welcome to Kelsey's Notebook! Today I’m taking part in Sarah Holman’s Choose Your Own Story event. This is to celebrate the release of her latest book, Escape and Endurance. In this event, you get to pick the outcome of the story by making choices. A lot of different things can happen. What are you waiting for? Start your adventure by clicking the image below.

https://www.thedestinyofone.com/2018/08/choose-your-own-story.html


Andrew blinked and then sat up straight. What was he doing on the ground? He felt dizzy. Why was he dizzy?
He forced himself to stand, using a tree to steady himself. Something poked into his foot, and he saw that his boots had been removed. It was then he remembered! Thieves had attacked him and taken his horse and shoes. This would make things more difficult.
He looked around, and there didn’t seem to be any choice in the matter. Despite his aching head, he started walking.
He soon was faced with a choice. He looked at the two paths and decided to head…


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Are you interested in reading about a knight, a tower, a princess, and a servant? Pick up a copy of Escape and Endurance! Haven’t read the other books in the Tales of Taelis series? Not to worry. Each book can stand alone.

About Sarah

Sarah Holman is a not-so-typical girl, a homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and lives in the great state of Texas. If there’s anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny greater than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website: www.thedestinyofone.com
You can join the Adventurers (her newsletter) by going here: http://eepurl.com/bitBIf




Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Carnival of the Animals

Some of you may know I’m a classical music nut. I love music in general, so I’m thrilled every summer to teach at a music day camp for kids. This year’s theme just so happened to fit in with the story I’m preparing for publication (a retelling of the fairy tale “The Bremen Town Musicians”) as it was Animals, specifically the “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns. This lighthearted orchestral suite, written in 1886, is comprised of fourteen entertaining movements, each depicting a different animal taking part in a carnival. I’ve loved it since I was a kid, but teaching about it at the music camp was the first time I actually studied it.


If you haven’t heard this fun, fast-paced piece, give it a listen and let me know which movement is your favorite! Mine are 1) Aquarium (which sounds similar to the prologue from The Beauty and the Beast); 2) Fossils (that iconic xylophone piece that sounds like dancing bones); and 3) Swan (probably the most recognizable movement from the suite).



What music have you been listening to and loving recently?

Photos of Music Camp




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Return . . . of Me and the 777 Writing Challenge

Hey, everyone! I hope your summer has been full of good times and free from heatstroke. Maybe you’re one of those fortunate individuals who live where summer is actually the weather highlight of the year. If so, make the most of it for me!

Like many of you, I’ve had a busy summer. Writing had to go on the back-burner in May, June, and July, but I’m finally back and feeling a bit of a fresh, north Atlantic wind in my sails. I’ve missed this blog. And with the advent of a new book, it’s time for an earnest return.

 Thank you to Deborah O’Carroll of The Road of a Writer for tagging me in the 777 Writing Challenge! She gave me the impetus to update you on my retelling of “The Bremen Town Musicians” and share a snippet.

For the update, the story is moving forward nicely, praise God. The tentative title is The Road to Bremen, and it’s topped out at about 19,000 words. Illustrations are being planned and I’m working on a next-to-final edit and formatting. November 2018 is my projected publication date, though it may slide into December. I’ll share more as I begin the publishing process.

And now for the snippet. Here are the rules for the 777 Challenge:
1. Open your WIP to the seventh page.
2. Scroll past the seventh line.
3. Copy the next seven paragraphs and paste them on your blog for THE WORLD to read.
4. Tag seven people. (I’m going to forgo this last one and tag whoever wants to do it.)
Photo Credit: Ivana Ebel

 “Those robbers have been terrorizing people for months. The forest must be where they live,” the flutist protested. “Now let’s go before . . . before . . .”
Before we get stuck in the forest at nightfall!” the violinist chuckled.
And with that, they were off without so much as an Auf Wiedersehen.
Etzel was offended at first, but when the musicians struck up a tune down the road, his thoughts turned. Bremen musicians were paid well and in great demand? Why, he could eat all the hay in the field and more! He’d never have to carry a heavy load again! All he’d have to do was sing; he probably didn’t even need to sing very often if musicians were paid well.
He had a fine voice: loud, deep, and natural. It would drown out all the music humans could make with their meager voices and instruments. Their instruments had a nice, tinkling sound, but they were mere twitters compared to a donkey’s voice.
So why shouldn’t Etzel go to Bremen, too? He was condemned to death here at this thankless farm, so why not leave and become a musician? It certainly seemed his true calling, the more he thought about it; perhaps he ought to have become a musician long ago and not spent all his life in farm drudgery!
Turning away from the fence, he looked this way and that. On the other side of the pasture, the draft horses’ noses were planted in the grass, backs facing him. Herr Hofmann was probably inside the large clay-and-timber barn or the house behind, both under the same long, sweeping thatched roof. Etzel didn’t like how the empty black doorway gaped at him, but at least it showed no one was watching.

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 What do you think will happen next?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Overrun By Your Love Blog Tour + Poem Spotlight


Blog Tour - Overrun


Overrun By Your Love, a collection of inspirational poetry by Erika Mathews, has been released! Join in the excitement with the giveaway below, and don't forget to check out the other blog tour stops here. Keep reading for a spotlight on one of the poems.

About the Book


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Immerse yourself in a lyrical, artistic story older than time: the story of the kingdom of God.

Receive encouragement and refreshment in your spiritual walk with a collection of poems on our awesome God, trusting God, family, God’s creation, special occasions, and ministering Christ.

Inspirational and joyful poetry hones in on Biblical truth in a meditative manner.  

Purchase on Amazon


 About the Author

Erika Mathews Author

Erika Mathews is the author of Promise’s Prayer and an editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and young children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s writing, she enjoys letting God’s message shine through her, crafting pleasing sentences, and using the Oxford comma. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, music, and organizing. She's been writing poems since she was four years old. Swings, hammocks, fields, waterfalls, and lakes near her Minnesota home are her favorite places for Scripture meditation. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.

Website: restinglife.com
Blog: writtenrest.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ErikaMathewsAuthor
Amazon: amazon.com/-/e/B06XK4TFQL
Goodreads: goodreads.com/resterwen
Pinterest: pinterest.com/resterwen

Giveaway!


Click here to enter to win Overrun By Your Love in paperback or ebook!

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Poem Spotlight: April, When Bluebonnets Grow

From the Author: Although one might suppose this poem would have been written in April, it was actually penned during the last week of March: March 23, 2013, to be exact. It was during my fifth semester - my third and final spring - at IMI, a small Bible school in Texas Hill Country with an intense focus on seeking God, spending time with Him, and meditating on Scripture. Throughout my time at IMI, I enjoyed walking in the “Horse Pasture” mornings, afternoons, and evenings - particularly during bluebonnet season. From the first spring, the bluebonnets captured my fancy with their deep blue hues, their star-shaped leaves, and their symmetrical composition - not to mention the beauty of field after field painted in that beautiful color. This poem grew out of imagining lifetime’s key events centered around the bluebonnet - from learning to know and trust God deeply on earth to an eternity of resting and enjoying forever that of which earthly bluebonnets are but a mere shadow.

April, When Bluebonnets Grow

I love to muse, and pray, and sigh
Through rolling, gentle, sunlit fields,
But, better still, I love to spy
Star-leaves, with deepest true blue yields.
All fear upends and worry flees.
God loves this azure bud, I know—
How fields turn into waving seas
In April, when bluebonnets grow.
I want a pure white veil to wear
Of ethereal cloud-mists gently soft;
A flower-carpet wide and fair
With true blue clusters waved aloft;
An emerald gem to match the blue
That’s echoed in the sprig I throw;
To stand with me, God’s man and true—
In April, when bluebonnets grow.
And when at last I close my eyes
To life’s brief breath upon this earth,
And when my feeble body lies
Within the dust that gave it birth,
I want that mortal frame to rest
Within the earth that kept it so,
And o’er the top, with blossoms dressed—
In April, when bluebonnets grow.
When resurrection’s song they raise
That year, I pray to God I will
With greater resurrection praise
Be singing it yet louder still.
I think I’ll find a blue expanse
Bright, endless, waving to and fro,
And think of earth days and earth plants
In April, when bluebonnets grow.
When morning breaks in endless dawn
And I shall see with heaven’s sight,
I’ll find there, as I wander on
Blue waving, breathtakingly bright;
For, when untouched by man’s controls,
The Master paints all fields blue so,
I’ll smile, remembering earthly strolls
And April, when bluebonnets grow.

© Erika Mathews 2018. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Second Impressions Sale for Christmas in July


Today, the short story collection e-book published along with the Vintage Jane Austen series is on sale for $0.99! Edited by Hannah Scheele and written by six authors, these short stories based on Jane Austen's novels represent a variety of genres and styles, and I really enjoyed them all. If you'd like to read more about each story and author, visit my post HERE.


(Psst! If you missed the days for Emmeline and Suit and Suitability, books 1 and 2 in the Vintage Jane Austen series, they're still marked down from their regular price! Also, stay tuned because another e-book in the series will be on sale next week.)

Don't forget to follow the rest of the Christmas in July blog party and enter the giveaway.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Suit and Suitability Sale for Christmas in July


Last week you may remember I posted about the month-long Christmas in July Blog Party. Today it's Suit and Suitability's turn to be featured and discounted. You can find it on Amazon HERE for $0.99. 


A retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell's world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. 
 

Emmeline, book 1 of the Vintage Jane Austen series, is also on sale, so don't miss out!


To follow the rest of the party, enter giveaways, and find free and discounted e-books, travel HERE for the schedule and HERE for the grand prize giveaway.