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Review: Wishing Season

Do you read at night? I confess that I do. In fact, that’s usually about the only time that I read. Doing so any other time of day makes me feel lazy. And, in truth, I find it hard to settle my brain enough to concentrate on a book during working hours.

I had planned to read a few pages of this new story before I fell asleep one night last week. Instead, I Continue reading


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2015 Word: Walking in Light

light and darkI did something stupid the other day. On a rainy, cloudy night with no moon, in my dark house, I didn’t want to wake Sweet Hubby who had fallen asleep on the couch. I turned off the T.V. and made my way to our room. No problem. I even shut my eyes. I couldn’t see anything, anyway.

The problem wasn’t getting to my room. The problem was Continue reading


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Soaring through Hardships

Link to the main article of “A Call to Praise.” Find links to the other posts and participating websites.

I’m so excited to welcome Sarah Ruut on Faith Driven Fiction as a stop on the “A Call to Praise” blog hop. If you want to check out some of the other posts in the the blog hop which is focusing on Psalm 103, Please use the icon for a link to the main post. I’m so glad my friend, Jennifer Slattery put this group together, and I’m thankful that she invited me to join. What an excellent collection of devotions and digging into these verses. And Sarah’s insight is inspiring!

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Sometimes life gets tough. We face difficult circumstances, we hurt, and there seems to be no way out. During those hard times, it’s all too easy to read a verse like Psalm 103:5 and scoff. Perhaps that is true for others, but the spot we’re in proves otherwise for us…

Those tough times sure don’t look like “good things,” do they?

While the challenges we face aren’t necessarily good themselves, they do provide an opportunity for other “good things” to enter our lives.

Several years ago I was in one of those difficult times. I was a single mom of four young children, and I was scrambling to make ends meet. One way or another, though, we were managing.

One day at church, a friend handed me $200 in cash. I tried to refuse it, because at that point we were doing okay. She insisted that I tuck it away, “because you never know when you’ll need it.” I gave in, and I tucked the cash in my wallet.

A couple of weeks later, we caught the flu. As a precaution, our family doctor wanted all of us to take Tamiflu. She argued that I really couldn’t afford to come down with the flu, since I had all these little ones to care for. I dutifully went to get the prescriptions filled.

When I picked them up, the girl at the window told me the total was $200. What?! Surely she forgot to bill it to the insurance company. We should only have a $15 copay or something, right?

Unfortunately, that was the patient portion (for five of us). Without insurance, it would have been about six times as much.
I was in shock, and my stomach clenched. I paid for the prescriptions, and as I pulled away from the window, my mind was churning. I couldn’t afford a major expense like this. I was barely making it as it was!

I didn’t grumble silently for very long before I sensed a gentle nudge. “Remember that $200 in your wallet – that cash you have? I provided for this already. You didn’t know you’d need it, but I did…”

Oh. Right.

Talk about a humbling, yet truly awe-inspiring, moment!

Gratitude filled my heart as I realized that He had met a need that He knew was coming, showing me yet again that I could trust Him to take care of us.

He fills our years with good things. He brings people into our lives who become blessings in a variety of ways. This is but one of many stories I could share from that difficult time. SO many people blessed us in so many different ways. And the Lord brought each of them into our lives. He filled our lives with good things, even during a time when it seemed hopeless.

Why? So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

SarahRuutdesignHave you ever seen an eagle soaring high above? Growing up in the Northwest provided several opportunities to see these regal birds. They are huge, powerful birds, and they glide effortlessly across the sky. They are amazing to watch.

I think there is a reason He renews our youth like an eagle and not like a worm! We need to be able to rise above the circumstances that surround us. The weight of the world could certainly pull us down and overwhelm us. But God brings good things into our lives to renew our strength so we can rise above it. Not to ignore it, but to overcome it.

I pray that, no matter your circumstances today, you will find those good things the Lord has brought into your life, and that they will renew your strength today. We can praise Him together for it!

So blessed by Sarah’s insight. 

Your turn: Was there a time in your past that you can relate to Sarah’s story. When the Lord clearly satisfied with good things?

Sarah Ruut PicSarah Ruut is an avid reader who loves talking books and authors on her blog. Although she is regularly interrupted by geometry proofs and foreign languages, she wouldn’t trade her homeschooling days for anything. All she needs is a cinnamon roll and a great novel to get through the rough spots!

You can find devotional thoughts as well as reviews of Christian fiction, interviews with amazing authors, giveaways and more at sarahruut.com. You can also connect with Sarah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahruut


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I did something stupid

Have you ever deleted something accidentally? Well, I deleted my Networked Blog posting on Facebook and now I have to pay to get it back. At least, I think that’s what I’ve figured out. Blah.

This is a test to see if what I’m reading is true. If this post shows up on my Facebook page, then I’ll be happily mistaken. If it doesn’t, I’ll probably kick myself for most of the day.

Either way, it optioned a bonus post for you guys today. Just roll your eyes at me. Go ahead. I deserve it!


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Pushing Forward

Writing Tip and ROW80 UpdateThere’s a pencil drawing that I love. It made the rounds years ago through emails, and today is sold through a private seller. I wish I could post the picture for you, but it is protected every which way. The best I can do is give the link and describe the piece.

The picture, by artist Jean Keaton, shows a Continue reading


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Review: Petticoat Detective

With the release of The Love Boat Bachelor and all of the work that goes into the time surrounding the event, many of my other activities – even blogging – have had to take a back seat. But I delighted in taking a break from the ruckus and enjoying Continue reading


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“I’ve Written This Book …”

Murder she wroteI’m a huge fan of Murder, She Wrote. I used to get tickled when so many “aspiring novelists” would ask Jessica Fletcher her opinion on their manuscripts.

Now that I am an author, I have no idea how Jessica could possibly have had time to read all of those manuscripts with all of the other responsibilities and tasks authors have to do.

Oh yeah. She’s a Continue reading

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