Random Acts of Kindness Day 2018

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day 2018

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“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
–Scott Adams

This link gives some suggestions of kind things you could do today, or any day.
https://patch.com/us/across-america/random-acts-kindness-day-2018-saturday-10-things-do

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My Review of “A Passionate Hope” by Jill Eileen Smith

A Passionate HopeAs I read through the pages of “A Passionate Hope” I felt I was in the biblical hill country of Ephraim, interacting with Hannah, the mother of Samuel, and Elkanah, son of Jeroham as they lived their lives as Kohathite’s dedicated to daily worshiping Adonai Tzva’ot, at home and at the tabernacle of Shiloh during the time of Eli the Priest and his two corrupt sons, Hophni and Phinehas.

Though these people lived long ago they have been brought to life through Jill Eileen Smith‘s newest book titled “A Passionate Hope.”

The Bible doesn’t say much about Hannah except what is read in 1 Samuel 1:2 and 2:21. Other than that, she is never mentioned anywhere else in the Bible.

But Jill Eileen Smith took what was said in those few Bible verses and coupled it with biblical history and research to weave an incredibly true to life story of hope and trust that is captivating to read.

“A Passionate Hope” is the story of Hannah, who though married to a man who truly loves her as much or more then she loves him, cannot conceive a child that both of them desperately want.

It is a story of hope that endures through many trials.  It is a story of trust in a God who seems to not hear the prayers prayed day by day, and year by year.

It is a story of heartache and heartbreak as a childless Hannah deals with the unkindness and rejection of family and the evil she sees being carried on in the tabernacle by those who are supposed to be God’s priests. It is a story of a woman whose faith is strong, who chooses to pray and praise instead of murmur and complain.

Many times as I read this book I found myself relating to the situations Hannah and Elkanah faced.

When I read:   “Tears fell in drops as though she were standing in a storm, her heart burning within her. Oh, Adonai. Do You even listen to my prayers? I ask and I ask and beg and I plead, and nothing changes.”  (page 180)

Many times, I like Hannah, prayed and prayed for something for years and years without any results, wondering, as Hannah did, if God actually did see and hear.

“Oh Adonai, why do You not act?  Why do You let the evil go on and on?” (Page 199)

Many times I have also uttered a similar question to God regarding evil works I have seen, just as Elkanah did when he saw the continual evil being done by Eli’s sons.

This book was filled with emotions of frustration, fear, sadness, and anger.  Yet, also of hope, love, forgiveness, kindness, self-sacrifice, hope and trust.

This book shows us that God does see and hear all the circumstances we face but sometimes He seems to be silent because we have  to wait for His timing.  He has a plan for good that can only be fulfilled in His time.

So, we have  to wait, trust and hope, sometimes for what seems like a long, long time.  But, in the end it is always worth the wait.

–Leona J. Atkinson

“The Sound of Rain”–Book Review

   My Review of “The Sound of Rain” by Sarah Loudin Thomas

“The Sound of Rain” has a beautiful cover that is soft to the touch and which holds within a beautiful story filled with adventure, suspense and romance!

There are many things to like in this book “The Sound of Rain” by Sarah Loudin Thomas.

The story revolves around two characters Judd Markley, an Appalachian miner turned timber worker and Larkin Heyward a dissatisfied socialite in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These two people lead very different lives, with very different dreams, yet they are brought together through two disasters–a mine cave in and a hurricane. How will these disasters cause changes in their life pathways and will it be for good?

As Judd Markley, deals with leaving behind the Appalachian mine tragedy, Larkin Heyward dreams of going to Appalachia to live and work. How could these two people ever come together to be friends or even more?

As the story evolves I see God’s hand at work throughout, leading and guiding in various ways and events that will lead to great changes in Judd and Larkin’s lives. Will those changes bring happiness and fulfillment to both?

The above questions were some that came to mind as I read this truly a beautiful story that held my attention from page 1 to page 331.  I highly recommend it as a great read!

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review and in no way received any monetary compensation.

Visit Sarah Loudin Thomas Website at: https://sarahloudinthomas.com/

–Leona J. Atkinson
http://www.leonajatkinson.com

How To “Blogmas”

This sounds like fun!

KaylaAnn

Having now investigated Blogmas more thoroughly, I understand that Blogmas is something that should be posted on every single day of December. Although I do not plan to post every day on Christmas, I am still participating in Blogmas, perhaps just on a smaller scale and I think that’s okay! Indeed, to all you hard-core Blogmassers out there, congrats! But if you’re like me and you want to do just a few posts, I say, more power to us!

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about what you want to do for Blogmas? I came across wonderful blog posts by The Wild Hideaway and Lindsay that were super helpful for me and I think it can help you too! Be sure to check them out!

While their 100 ideas are indeed spectacular, here are five of my ideas!

  1. They may suggest that you share your favorite Christmas poem, I encourage you…

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The Holly

Holly Bush

HOW happy the holly-tree looks, and how strong,

Where he stands like a sentinel all the year long.

Neither dry summer heat nor cold winter hail

Can make that gay warrior tremble or quail.

He has beamed all the year, but bright scarlet he’ll glow

When the ground glitters white with the fresh fallen snow.

—Edith L M King