Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Good Earl Gone Bad

  • Book Description:
    TEMPTING FATE - Marriage? To a gambler? You must be joking! Yet Lady Hermione Upperton has never backed down from a challenge. When her spendthrift father offers her at the gaming tables, she is given a difficult choice-wed the Earl of Mainwaring, an infamous gamester with no respect for her skills with the reins, or face charges for the murder of a member of the infamous Lords of Anarchy. Either way she'll have to clear her name. Can she count on her husband's help the way she has begun to count on his kisses?
    RISKING ROMANCE - All Jasper Fawley, the Earl of Mainwaring, wanted was a night of cards. But by the end of the evening he's walked away with a fortune-and a bride who's suspected of murder. Jasper knows Hermione is passionate about her unorthodox membership in the Lords of Anarchy, but he's certain she would never kill to keep it. Can he protect his headstrong wife from prosecution and a ruthless killer without endangering both their hearts in the process?

    About The Author: Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.
    My Thoughts On The Book: Good Earl Gone Bad is the second book in the Lords of Anarchy series and it's the story of Jasper and Hermione. Collins does a good job of reviewing the characters for those who have not read the first book in the series.  I haven't read A Good Rake is Hard to Find  and felt I was running behind when I first started this book, but I caught up quickly thanks to Ms. Collin's expert writing.  When I requested this title from NetGalley I had no idea that this is a follow up of another book, I just liked the book cover and was intrigued. liked the connection with the two main characters and was glad they didn't immediately fall in love/lust. The book is good, but not great.  This was my first Collin's read, I read fast, but this book was easy for me to put down. I hope the next book is a bit more intense.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Net Galley, and St. Martin's Paperbacks as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

    World Communion Sunday 4 Kids

    Sunday School? World Communion Sunday?:
    I love spending time with my munchkins at church.  Their eager faces and quick answers keep me on my toes.  Today is World Communion Sunday and I am going to begin my time with them by asking, "Did you know that today is a special day?" Not only is it Sunday, it’s Communion Sunday. It’s something we do once a month on the first of every month to help us remember that Jesus died for us.

    First we have a piece of bread (Show bread.), and that helps us remember that Jesus’ body was broken for us. Then we drink a little bit of wine (or grape juice) (Show cup.), and that helps us remember that Jesus shed his blood for us.

    But today isn't just Communion Sunday. It’s World Communion Sunday. That means that churches all around the world are having communion today, just like us. You know, it goes to show that the family of God is made up of more than just [-Midway-]. The family of God also includes the First Baptist Church of Wedowee, Auslins Chapel United Methodist, First Methodist Wedowee.  Anyone in the whole world who is a committed Christian is part of the family of God.

    Did you know that Jesus held the very first communion with His disciples on the night before He died. Today, God’s family around the world will be having communion. And one day, Jesus is going to have communion with us. This is what He says in Matthew 26, verse 29: “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until the day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (NIV) Now  don’t you think that that's something to look forward to!  I do?  I can’t wait to see the table!

    Let’s pray: Father in heaven, what a wonderful thing it is that we can join Christians around the world in remembering that Jesus died for us. We especially look forward to the time when we will drink of the cup with Him in Your kingdom. We pray this in His holy name. Amen.




    World Communion Sunday

    My scripture today for World Communion Sunday is from I Corinthians 11:17-34.  Today we join Christians from every country around the world in Celebrating World Communion Sunday. Just think of it all around our globe Christians of every tongue, tribe, and on every continent are doing what we are doing this morning. They are gathering as brothers and sisters in Christ to sit with Jesus at the Communion table.  I wonder how many we are in terms of numbers. I wonder what challenges each person faces in their walk with God. I have to be honest and tell you that I wonder how big the communion table in heaven will be when I see it for the first time.  Communion is for us a Sacrament that was introduced to us by Jesus our Savior. We come together as one body of believers to share in commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ.  It became the last supper for Jesus because He had been betrayed and sold out for 30 pieces of silver by one of his own followers Judas Iscariot. The occasion of Jesus Last Supper happened to be during a special Jewish ceremony celebrated by all Jews called the Passover.  The Passover was an annual celebration where the Jews remembered how the Living God Yahweh sent the Angel of Death over the country of Egypt to kill the first born of the Egyptians. The Angel of Death Passed over the Jewish people and their firstborn saving them from death. The Jews had the blood of a lamb on their doors and door posts identifying them as Gods people. It was the last of ten great plagues against Egypt. They are recorded in the book of Genesis as:  Water turned to Blood,  Frogs over the land, Lice, Flies,  Diseased Livestock, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Three Days of Darkness,  and Death of the First Born of Egypt. All these things were to be remembered and were recounted by Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper. The day before the Last Supper Jesus ordered his disciples to make the arrangements for the Passover meal. We see in Matt 26:17.   Jesus Last Supper became for us our Passover meal. Jesus used the bread and the wine already on the table as elements to represent His body and blood. So let me ask you….What ten great plagues has God rescued you from since Jesus blood has covered you?  Maybe you are still suffering from some kind of sin and seek freedom.  3,000 years ago when the first Passover was celebrated the Jews made bread without a leveling agent. It was a bread made in haste so no leaven was used. It was to remind them that they would be delivered suddenly. From that day until now all leaven must be removed from a Jewish home in preparation for the Passover and if any is found it must be put in a paper bag and burnt or sold to a non-Jew in order to purify the home for the Passover celebration. Then a final search and sweeping of the house must be done to ensure all leaven is removed. We are to examine ourselves before we partake of communion we are called to search our lives and our hearts for any hidden sin. We are to sweep our hearts clean before God. 1Corinthians 11:28 - A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  The firstborn male of a Jewish family must fast the day before in recognition of how the firstborn of the Egyptians was struck down by the hand of God. All Jews were required to abstain completely for the next seven or eight days from all foods containing leaven or chametz. They were also to refrain from all work on the first and last days of the Passover but could work on the days in between.  What did the Last Supper look like? One of the Disciples would have lit two candles and said a blessing over each candle as it was lit.  The wine would then have been blessed and a cup poured for each person as well as an extra cup for the prophet Elijah. In all four cups of wine would be consumed by each person present at specific times of the ceremony. But Elijah’s cup would remain untouched.  They would have washed their hands and then taken parsley to remind them of the rebirth of spring and then dipped the parsley into salt water to remind them of the many tears shed by the Jews while in slavery. Three breads were then displayed with the middle one being broken and passed around for all to share. Half of one of the breads would be hidden and covered for children to find later. It is called the afikomen, it is a Greek word. It means something to the effect of that which is coming.   The youngest in the room would have asked the four questions:  This would probably have been the disciple John who was the youngest of the disciples. Why do we not eat leavened bread?  Why do we only eat bitter vegetables tonight?  Why do we dip our food twice, once in salt water and once in the Charoses? (A kind of fruit paste)  Why do we recline as we eat. (This symbolizes that the Jews have the status of free men).  The Passover Feast is still celebrated in this way to this day.  The Jews were held as slaves in Egypt for over 400 years seeking a deliverer from their oppression. God provided Moses to lead them to freedom from their bondage. But they like us had to choose to leave their life of slavery in Egypt as we choose to leave our life of slavery to sin for freedom in Christ today.  God has provided a deliverer for you dear sinner. It is Jesus Christ and he has paid the price of your slavery and suffered the lash of the oppressed for your sake.  Jesus is seen in the Passover ceremony even today. Lamb is the traditional meal. Jesus blood was shed to cover our sinful lives just as lambs blood was put upon the Jews door posts and lentils. According to the New Testament, Christ was the lamb that was slain for our sins (John 1:29). Jesus is the Lamb of God. Matzoth bread contains no leaven - Jesus had no sin. The Matzoth bread had holes in it and stripes representing Jesus wounds and scourging.  Jesus is represented in the afikomen, (epikomen) it is a Greek word. It means something to the effect of “that which is coming.  ” Jesus himself died was (broken), buried (hidden), and rose again (found). He tells us many times in the bible that he is coming again and will be revealed. Three pieces of Matzoth represent the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  During the meal, the door to the home is opened in case the Messiah should grace everyone with His presence. What many do not realize is that the Messiah has already come. He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20).  Jesus calls us to this communion with him today so that we might remember the way God freed the Jews so long ago in such a powerful way and so that we might remember Jesus life of sacrifice, death and resurrection freeing us from sin and death and raising us to an eternal life with God our Father. Have you become a slave in life to something that is holding you back from knowing the freedom God offers you?  Won’t you please sweep your life clean of sin today and search you heart?  I want to invite you to join us at the communion table with Jesus who invites everyone to know the freedom he offers and the peace that passes all understanding.  You don’t have to be a United Methodist to partake….you just have to believe.

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    Team McCarley

    Saturday we had a birthday party for Jett and Kruze.  Jett would be three on Monday and Kruze is two today.  I remember that time so well....we were planning on attending Jett's first birthday party when we got news Our orders were not to go to the hospital to be with Magen and Keaton....but to make sure Jetts first birthday was an awesome one.  We did what we were told.  What we didn't know was what was happening to Jett's momma and two little baby sisters to Birmingham.  The next part of my post was written by Magen and I felt I needed to share it.  This is written from the heart of one amazing young woman.  If I could say I had an idol....she would be it.  Taken from Magen's facebook post this morning) "Warning: long emotional post. Tomorrow is Kash and Kruze's 2nd birthday. I know, I can't believe it either! About this time 2 years ago several doctors have already came in to talk to me about their quality of life after birth, to make sure I understood exactly what was happening. I knew, but I also knew there was no stopping it. I had contractions all night and by morning I knew something was changing. They came in and checked me I was running a high fever and getting sick.... They told me there was nothing they could do to prolong it anymore, I was getting sicker and could become septic. It was then they brought in 2 DNR forms for the 2 beating hearts inside me. I was terrified.... the day you deliver shouldn't involve DNR papers. See the real problem was, even if they were born breathing, the equipment to keep them alive could possibly be too big to keep them that way ..... Kash was born first weighing 1 pound 3 ounces.... she was tiny, red, and beautiful. They didn't really even have to work much with her, she they put her on the vent and even let me touch her foot before taking her to the NICU. Kruze came an hour and 20 minutes later; however, they had to work with her. They actually worked for 4-5 minutes before she took a breath. We were later told that: there are certain criteria that an infant must meet to be resuscitated at birth, our Kruze did NOT meet any of them. ... not a one. In this case, they are to hand the baby to the mother and let her go. They worked hard on Kruze and they worked hard on her simply bc she had a sister waiting for her in the NICU. Kash served a greater purpose on this earth than I ever will. She gave me Kruze.

    Although Kash is no longer physically with us, we still feel like a family of five. I always feel like someone is missing at our table. I always think of her, as I do Jett and Kruze, in the decisions I make. I want to make her proud always. She makes me a better mother. Holidays and birthdays are especially hard. Tomorrow will be a fun filled day for Kruze, I will make sure to stay extra busy. Lol"  Keep them in your prayers today....and tomorrow.  Magen made a facebook page in the beginning called, "Prayers for Kash and Kruze."  A few weeks ago she renamed the page...Live Laugh Love McCarley.  It is a beautiful place to visit.  If you get a chance I hope you do. 

    October Thoughts

    October is here and every year when this month rolls around I begin to think of the glorious colors I am going to get to view. Winter, spring, summer, and fall are God’s seasons. I have always been a big fan of fall and spring and not too fond of summer and winter. There is something about those leaves of red, orange, yellow, and burgundy that fall from the trees that makes me stand in awe of our Great Redeemer and his amazing handiwork. One of my favorite fall activities is taking a ride and watching people setting out pumpkins in the yard with hay bales and planting mums in the yard.  You all know that I drive from Wedowee to Wadley every day.  I have grown to love County Road 15.  One of the things I love about the ride is the color I am beginning to see and the many yards decorated for fall.  I had to take a detour for a few days and was a bit put out about it because it added five miles to my trip….that was until I topped a hill and rounded a corner on County Road and saw the most amazing yellow tree.  When I was a child growing up in South Florida I missed the fall season for many years.  Now that I live somewhere the colors change I find I appreciate God’s world just a little more?  The Bible says, “This is day that the Lord hath made, and I will rejoice in it.” Each day He has given me so much beauty to enjoy, I think I should sit back and take in this glorious creation.  God is the best artist in the world, for only He can create such different themes. We see many artists that try to capture the seasons on their canvases by painting what they see around them, and they do a wonderful job. However, neither picture nor paint could ever replace the real thing splashed across the sky and spilled over the earth like the Master’s display of His finest artwork. God’s creativity is unmatched, for every day is different, just like every snowflake in winter.  When I hear people say there is no God, I know they do not see with eyes like mine. They must see a plain, white canvas or a black drop cloth and not the blue skies that fade into light pink in the evening. Nor do they see the flowers that no paint on any artist’s palate could attempt to match or the trees that were each given a certain color leaf to change into when autumn arrives. ‘No God,’ they say. It is just that they do not know the Master of the seasons, the One who has created such magnificent displays of perfect art.  So, as the leaves begin to change into their vibrant fall colors I have   decided to enjoy the Master’s autumn masterpiece.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Where Did September Go Hodge Podge

    Somehow we're into the last Hodgepodge of September. Hmmm...not sure how we got here so quickly, but you can't stop time so onward it is. Christmas is just around the corner.  Answer the questions on your own blog, then jump back over to Joyce's blog and add your link to the party.  See you there!
    1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?  My daughter and SIL are coming back to America on the 8th.  They will be here for a month.  I have not seen her in 17 months and I am thrilled beyond thrilled.  I am having Christmas on Halloween since they won't be here then.  I am going all out...decorating and everything.  I will probably pull my tree down on Christmas day evening.  :-)

    2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.  Music for the soul would be my first option.  Music sets the tone for my day, helps me get my praise on in the morning, and can sooth the savage beast within me.   That was especially true this morning with my new favorite song by Casting Crowns.  Food for the soul follows after the music begins.  Then it is time to open my bible and hear what the Lord has to say to me for the day!
    3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search? I learned something about cereal....Corn Flakes to be exact that I wish I never knew because of a commercial for an upcoming show.  It is gross.  I learned that the Teddy Stoddard story about one very special teacher and her son is not true.  I still like to think it is....or at least could be.
    4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe. Home boiled peanuts would be the all time favorite.  Frank boils 2 pounds for 6 hours in either a salt brine or Cajun spice...and they are amazing.  But...I make Buffalo Chicken Dip (One of Frank's favorites)


    • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained
    • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
    • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
    • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
    • French bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips, optional


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread cream cheese into an ungreased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Layer with chicken, wing sauce and salad dressing. Sprinkle with cheese.
    2. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with baguette slices. Yield: about 2 cups.
    This is so ridiculously easy and so tasty.  We eat it on crackers, veggies, chips...etc.
    5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?  Time with God, Cup of Coffee, Bowl of oatmeal, 2nd cup of coffee, time with Frank discussing our plans for the day....then I get ready and go to work.  I love mornings!6. What small thing have you taken note of today?  The leaves are beginning to change.  There was a yellow sugar maple on the side of the road on my way to work.7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.  Busy, Busy, Busy
    8.  Insert your own random thought here. Have you started your Christmas shopping?  Are you a year round shopper?....or a wait til the last minute before facing the crowds. I normally buy throughout the year....but this year I have had to deplete some of my stock because of unexpected, last minute birthday parties.  I still plan to be done before Thanksgiving.  I save one or two gifts to buy in December  because I love all the decorations and hustle and bustle.  What say you?

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Kat and The Code Adam

    Many years ago I remember being at the Farmer's Market in West Palm Beach and hearing the announcer say, "Will little Billy's lost mommy please report to the office."  Everyone in the Farmer's Market snickered.  It was over quick....the place did not go on lockdown and little Billy and his mom had ice cream.  Back in my day life was not so scary....but things change...people get meaner....and children get hurt by bad people every day.  I have been in stores when they make the announcement, "Code Adam" and it makes me sick at my stomach.  Why?  Because I know that somewhere there is a frantic mother who cannot find her child.  I know this feeling first hand because I have been that parent.  I was a good momma and very observant only takes the blink of an eye for you to got from "Yes, I am a good momma" to "I am the worst momma on this earth".  I did it in less than 60 seconds.  When Kat was 2 we went to the Vanity Fair outlet in Boaz, AL.  Outlets were just taking off and this was the closest one to where I lived.  It was a beautiful two hour drive and we looked so forward to this adventure.  Kat was two and so I took her little umbroller(umbrella folding stroller) so she would not get tired.  We had been shopping for about an hour and Kat had been sleeping soundly in the stroller when I looked down and realized my stroller was minus one very small redheaded little girl.  I went nuts.  My mom and I looked everywhere and then I went to the Security Office.  The officer was so kind, asked me to describe her, and immediately shut the store down issuing a Code Adam.  Yes, some people grumbled because they could not leave....but in a matter of just a few minutes an elderly lady came to the front holding Kat by the hand.  It seems my wayward two year old had figured out how to get out of the stroller, climbed into the rack of jeans and wandered off.  When she came out of the jeans she did not see anyone she recognized and found a lady who looked like her granny and asked her to help her find her granny.  The whole event was over in less than 10 minutes...but it seemed like hours.  We finished shopping and met several people who told us how glad they were that we found her.  My little redhead...wearing purple Osh Kosh overalls....and wildcat tennis shoes.  Next time you are somewhere and a Code Adam goes out...please understand that this parent is beside themselves....they are NOT necessarily bad parents...they may be in a bad me.  Code Adam to a parent is thoughts now when I hear it....Stop and Pray.  Pray that the parent finds their child....and pray that the child is safe.  Be aware of your surroundings.  I hope this never happens to you.