Tuesday, 26 May 2015

BOOKS: TOP TEN BEACH READS 26.5.15


Morning!
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I've been looking forward to today's Top Ten lists.
Considering the prompt brings up dreams of Summer!

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Here's the prompt from The Broke and the Bookish -
"Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or

Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads"
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I'll share mine then I'll look for yours in links so we'll have enough for our summer reading!
Deal?
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To Mend a Dream
Having read and loved Tamera Alexander's May 12th release  To Win Her Favor
I'm anticipating To Mend a Dream,
the novella that develops Savannah's story .
Adding the full short story collection as well -
Among the Fair Magnolias
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Another fav, Anita Higman's Winter in Full Bloom , I 'm adding her newest.  
June's release - Summer's List
She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone. . . 
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Waiting for Kimberly Rose Johnson's Wildflower B&B Romance series #2.
Island Dreams will be releasing just in  time for August at the beach - Chase Grayson values the peace and quiet of Wildflower Island. That serenity is threatened by a developer, Piper Hunt, who wants to destroy everything he values in a home. However, he likes Piper in spite of her mission and doesn't want to see her hurt. But if he doesn't stop her, life as he knows it will be forever altered, and if he succeeds he will never see her again. . .
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The Rose Girls [June release] by Victoria Connelly
and pretty much any of Victoria's makes for a 
fun filled, perfect light beach read.
The Rose Girls is an uplifting, tender and romantic story of courage, perseverance and the healing power of family.  Molly's Millions Hard-up florist Molly Bailey has just won £4.2 million pounds. And she needs to get rid of it – fast!  A strong belief that sharing her good fortune is the only way forward, Molly unwittingly becomes the most sought-after person in the country as, in true Robin Hood style, she distributes her wealth to the masses.
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Anything Agatha Christie will be in my beach bag along with an 
MC Beaton Hamish Macbeth mystery
[and probably in audio]
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Can.Not.Wait. for Sarah Ladd's next release and new series Treasures of Surrey.
I won The Curiosity Keeper  at Kav Rees's totally fun week of
winner's choice giveaways.
Being a fan, I will devour this as soon as the post delivers.
 As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.
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I've been adding to my Jane Austen fan fiction shelf 
and kindle ereads in anticipation of another Austen in August.
THis short story collection definitely = More great beach reads!
 Six modern adaptations of Austen's classics. So put up your parasols and prepare for sunshine, smiles, and, of course, happily ever afters.
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This just sounds too fun - 
Jessie Stanton has it all. Until one fateful afternoon when she notices her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck... 
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An invite to a FB release party for a perfect beach read anthology that is 
now going into the beach bag!  Thanks to east coast Canadian author J Marie Croft
for inviting me and I, in turn, invite you - June 3rd  - 
Come join Sun-Kissed: effusions of summer
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Which brings my list to 10 + !  I hope you've found something you'd like-
Books are a top #JoyHopeLive link in my life.[ Feel free to link yours below]
 I'm looking forward to your book recommendations.
Thanks for sharing your favs with FHC readers!
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May 26: Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or
Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

June 2: Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows 
June 9: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015
[let's talk about what we are excited about for the rest of the year]

June 16: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015
June 23: In honor of 5 years of Top Ten Tuesday ( our first Top Ten Tuesday debuted June 21, 2010) -- My Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 Years
June 30: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015
July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

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* Literacy Musing Mondays * Book Nook * Thursday Fav Things *
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

PENTECOST #SONGSonSUNDAYS with #GIVEAWAY: AVION BLACKMAN, HILLSONG, MWS NEWS! 24.5.15


Nothing like #SONGSonSUNDAYS for JoY!
[with Giveaway]

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Welcome
on this PENTECOST SUNDAY
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Pentecost Sunday is commemorated worldwide today.
Holy Spirit’s inspiration to breathe fresh wind and light fresh fire
to the kindling of our life.  
On the 50th day after Easter, Yeshua's followers gathered in one accord, of one mind united in praying together.  The wind of Holy Spirit descended upon them with flames of fire.
They received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to talk about ADONAI to people from all over the world who had
flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of 
Shavuot
The precedent was set.
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Find more History of PENTECOST in  Acts 2.1~21 
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Adonai says:

“In the Last Days,I will pour out from my Spirit upon everyone...and they will prophesy.  I will perform miracles in the sky above and signs on the earth below —blood, fire and thick smoke.20   The sun will become dark and the moon bloodbefore the great and fearful Day of Adonai comes.21   And then, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved.”



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 Scripture's s
ymbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit including
 flames, fire, wind, and a dove.

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Psalm 103.33-35
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"May the glory of Adonai last forever!  May Adonai rejoice in his works!
I will sing to Adonai as long as I live, sing praise to my God all my life.
May my musings be pleasing to him; I will rejoice in Adonai...
Bless Adonai, my soul!  Halleluyah!





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Avion Blackman sings her praise to Holy Spirit as today's celebration of Pentecost 
Blessings for #SongsonSundays 

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OCEANS [Where Feet May Fail]
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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

[repeat]
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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Stunning beauty to nourish our spirit captured in this second version of 
OCEANS by
  Hillsong United
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Praising with you for the promised Gift of Holy Spirit
 Comforter, Companion, Advocate, Counselor, Encourager
Friend, Spirit of Truth
the very Power to live as followers and witnesses of Christ.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
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Acts 1.8
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"But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth."

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Romans 8.26-28
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"Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."

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*Scripture links to The Message, Amplified Bible and Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
 
Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.  BibleGateway
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May your day and week be Blessed with recognition
of Holy Spirit's Power and Presence...

Please link your worship songs and responses in comments.
Link to #SONGSonSUNDAYS if you post to blog - TY!
We look forward to sharing them along with you!

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Plus... a heads up for this Tues May 26th
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Here it is !  Fabulous - EnJOY !!
#SKYSPILLSOVER

Love this newest release #SkySpillsOver from MWS! 
Steady rhythmic beat gets the body movin' and spirit lifted with a smile.
Beautiful background vocals soar with MWS in fine form.
Lyrics are loud and proud praise.  Listeners will add theirs to the worship.
A definite addition to my driving music repertoire!
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premieres TODAY 05.26.2015
 
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Michael W Smith releasing a video of this fav single from his brand new album 'SOVEREIGN' !

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And. . .
Here's the FLASH GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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MWS on the video:

"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.
It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.
My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.
..what made this project even more special was that
3 of my own grandkids were in the video.
This video was a lot of fun to make.
I hope people enjoy it!"

Find album songs here on itunes

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”



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* Small Victories * #JoyHopeLive  * Thursday Favourite Things *

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Friday, 22 May 2015

FRIDAY 5s : WHAT'S BLOOMING? 22.5.15


Today's FRIDAY FIVE :
BLOOMING BEAUTIES ?
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We often encourage each other to "bloom where you're planted." I like the symbolism, but realized that RevGals and Pals hail from all over the world!
What blooms in Maryland may be far different than the flowers in your part of the world.
So, to celebrate our diversity,
show us five plants that bloom around your home or neighborhood. 

I'm looking forward to seeing the wide variety of beauty we have among us!
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from RevGal Deb today's host]
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"Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad;
 ...let the fields exult and all that is in them.
Then all the trees in the forest will sing for joy!"

Psalm 96.11-12

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Blooming Beauties !
A lovely visually oriented meme I'm happy pursuing.
Leaves are greening here and seem all the better for last weekend's
moisture despite its arrival via high winds and snow!

Here's what I was pleased to notice last Saturday before stormy weather arrived
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Gracing the walk at the Tea House we visited.
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and the lilacs just in bud, edged the southern side of the property 
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One native plant we have in abundance ...
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Lilies of the Valley
and
Peonies
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This next floral. Prairie Lilies, has actually garnered its own Lily Festival, 
which reminds me of Matthew 6.28-30
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 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers
—most of which are never even seen—
don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with 
getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions...
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."
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and a bonus ~
 a favourite provincial prairie flower that's often a rarity to find in season
but a true joy when discovered covering a country field
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Find more on Canadian flowers representative of their province HERE

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; 
for beauty is God’s handwriting —a wayside sacrament. 
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Are You another of the Blooming Beauties?






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I look forward to hearing and seeing your local floral abundance!
Weather permitting we can all be out and about discovering new growth this weekend...
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Shared with 
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*Sous mon arbre Saturday Photo *
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW UPDATES: CLEAN SWEEP ARC CHALLENGE 21.5.15


Updates on the #CleanSweepARC Challenge -
May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

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HapPy Day getting 4 reviews written and posted to publishers for -
THE HATMAKER'S HEART by Carla Stewart
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I would luv to create this 1920's era novel as a pinterest board -
so many creative pins to discover!  But for time...
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FRINGE HOURS by Jessica N Turner
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[with a Fringe pinterest board]
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THE SECOND SISTER by Marie Bostwick
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TO WIN HER FAVOR  by Tamera Alexander plus
[created a TWHF pinterest board for this one as well]
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 Whew.  Feels GREAT !
also posted to the requisite retail sites which eventually
helps toward being free for upcoming and anticipated author's novels.
Otherwise, when busy, I reserve library copies and no reviews required.
Not a bad solution either which always keeps me in reading material
plus being an active patron.  As today.  
Picked up a 2014 Rhys Bowen mystery for the French Bingo Challenge .
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and... How was your day?
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

#SONGSonSUNDAYS : HERE I AM TO WORSHIP 17.5.15


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Yes!  Time for #SONGSonSUNDAYS 
What praise is resonating in you today ?
Add your links in comments so we can share in your selections.
Here's today's FHC pick in 'light of' the above script...

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Unmentioned artist in this video but the beauty of the song is captured
and worth sharing  unlimited by language...
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As the song lyrics open
"Light of the world You stepped down into darkness..."
Adding to the mix,  a reggae version by Christafari .
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May your week be blessed !
Thanks for beginning it with #SONGSonSUNDAYS ..
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Shared With -

* Inspire Me Monday *
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