I thought I’d change things up this week. Next week I’ll post a book review on Monday.
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Every day we are bombarded with things that have the potential to cripple us with fear. All we have to do is turn on the news to find more than enough reasons to stay locked up and never venture out.
I imagine everyone is afraid of something, whether it is small or panic attack inducing. Since my life has been riddled with various fears, I feel like an expert on the subject. Most I have overcome, but there are a few I am still working on.
I recently read in a fiction book, of all places, the best way to overcome fear is to figure out the root of that fear and then deal with the root. Sounds like good advice, although I haven’t personally tried it.
In researching for this post I ran across this excellent website for people with serious fear and I think it’s worth checking out. http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/fear
As a Christian I know in my mind that God says repeatedly in the Bible to not fear. I have claimed many of those scriptures, as I have matured not only a Christian but in life. If you are interested, here are two verses that have helped me, Isaiah 41.10 and 1 John 4:18. There are many more verses I have memorized, but I can’t remember the references, and my usual online searches are not helping.
One verse that often comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
What has helped you overcome fears? Or maybe you’d like to share one of your fears.
My foolish Heart, by Susan May Warren is an inspiring romance that will make you want to be a better person. I imagaine you never thought you’d read a sentence like that in connection to a romance book.:)
Issy is Miss Foolish Heart, a call in radio show host, who dispenses romance advice to the lovelorn. The catch is, which no one knows but her boss, she is virtually a hermit locked away in her house too afraid of having a panic attack to go much further than a run around the block. In addition she’s never even been on a date!
Caleb Knight moves to Deep Haven to be the next football coach. He has his work cut out for him though because a former local football hero has come back to town with the same intention. The school board decides to have a little fun and thrusts the men into a scrimmage playoff. The winning coach will get the job. But Caleb has a secret he didn’t share with the school board and that secret could cost him his position.
Lucy Maguire AKA The Donut Lady is Issy’s best friend and her life line to the outside world. Lucy makes sure Issy has food and a supply of donuts. But sales at World’s Best Donuts are down, and Lucy is in danger of loosing her business. Then her high school boyfriend comes back to town and offers to help her with a business plan.
My Foolish Heart is well worth your time. It’s like reading two romances for the price of one since Lucy and Issy both have a romance in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put my Kindle down.
Last I checked if you have an Amazon Prime membership you can borrow My Foolish Heart for free. Make sure you check the price for sure though because these things change daily.
Over the past four weeks I’ve shared about managing time, and recently I was reminded of a person I once knew who complained she never had more than five free minutes at a time which wasn’t enough time to accomplish anything. I beg to differ. Here’s a short list of five minute tasks. It’s not comprehensive by any means, but meant to point out that important tasks can be accomplished even when you only have five minutes.
1. Skim email for for important messages
2. Wash dishes
3. Clean the bathroom
4. Make the bed–this job should leave you with time to spare
5. De-clutter the family room–if super messy toss clutter into a laundry basket and sort as time allows.
6. Make breakfast or lunch
7. Sweep off the porch
8. Practice a musical instrument–Although you may need to find several more five minute increments to learn a song:)
9. Close your eyes and relax
Now it’s your turn. What can you accomplish in five minutes?
Love Finds You in Wildrose North Dakota, by Tracy Bateman is a wonderful love story that I had a hard time putting down.
Rosemary Jackson can’t wait to see her twin sister, Rachel. Her sister married a man who worked on their Pa’s cattle ranch. He wanted to have his own homestead so they moved to North Dakota. Rosemary hoped to run the ranch once her Pa passed, but he didn’t believe a woman could or should own a ranch. With no other option Rosemary sets off to live with her sister and brother-in-law.
A horrible blizzard hits while she is in route. The freight driver she rode with finally finds them shelter with a German family. The family knows her sister and tell her that she is an auntie. Now Rosemary understand why her sister never came to see their Pa when he was dying.
Once the blizzard clears Rosemary is taken to her family’s homestead. However when she arrives it’s clear something is terribly wrong. Her sister would never allow the sod home to be in such disarray.
This is where the story gets very good and I had a hard time putting it down.
Finn is beside himself. His infant daughter has something wrong with her and he doesn’t know what to do. He finally goes to town to take her to the doctor only to find out the daughter is away delivering a baby. He spends a week in town before returning home to find his sister-in-law in his home.
His wife died shortly after giving birth to their daughter and there is no way he can stay under the same roof as her twin.
I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but suffice it to say Rosemary has spunk. This story moved me in a way most books don’t. I highly recommend reading Love Finds You in Wildrose North Dakota if you enjoy historical romances.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of boot camp. I hope this series has encouraged you to set priorities you can stick with, as well as freed up valuable time for the things you want to do most.
Now that you’ve de-cluttered your life and your surroundings try adding something new to the mix. Something you have always wanted to do. If you’ve cut out the unnecessary and are sticking to a schedule there should be a little time left over to volunteer at your favorite charity, or go hiking, or garden, or knit, or whatever your heart desires. Just remember to stick to your plan and don’t over commit your time. It’s okay to say no.
Remember we all only have twenty-four hours in a day and you determine how you want to spend that time.
One final tip that might help make your day flow a little smoother. Make a list of what absolutely needs to be done and then take great pleasure in checking each of those items off as you accomplish them. If you’re not a list person then skip this and get right with your day.
Next week begins a new topic. If there’s something you’d like to see in future blog posts please let me know in the comments section.
Many blessings and thanks for reading.
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren probably has one of my all time favorite romance covers. I love just about anything with the Eiffel Tower on it, but this is just plain beautiful. The story was gripping and I could see it playing out in my mind, but I must warn you the ending disappointed me. The story just stopped. It reminded me of how series were written back in the 80’s and 90’s. The stories continued into the next book, and in order to find out what happened you had to keep buying the books. I stopped buying books that were part of a series for quite a while because of this. Then the market shifted and series books had satisfying endings and books could stand alone. I hope the old trend isn’t coming back.
Cora grew up on a farm in Montana. She lived a humble life and never expected more. When she returned from school no one was at the train station to greet her so a kind neighbor dropped her at home. Cora immediately sensed something was wrong.
Her life takes an unexpected twist and she finds out she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king. She is sent on a European tour with her half-siblings leaving the only family she’s ever known behind. Cora must discover who she is and what she wants in life.
I don’t want to tell you any more of the story as it would ruin it for you. Glamorous Illusions is truly and exceptional book the ending aside.