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1/4/14

Free Kindle Books


I'm a frugal person, so naturally I love anything free!  And, right now, for a limited time, Amazon is offering some of Beth Moore's books on Kindle for free.  

You can download the free books onto your Kindle, iPad and iPhone, to read at your convenience. If you don't have any of the above devices, you can also download them to your PC using this free app download.  

To download the Beth Moore free books, go here

I personally love Kindle books because when I find something I want to read, I can download it and read it right away.  I don't have to wait to get the book in the mail.  I also read faster on my iPad, as it is easier to see the words with the back light. The book I read on it last weekend took me only about two hours.

In addition to books by Beth Moore, there's a ton of other free titles on Amazon Kindle.  I have downloaded many books on herbs, natural medicine, gardening and several functional medical books.  

I have the Kindle app installed on all my devices.  Whether I am waiting to be seen at the doctor's office or getting my hair done or a pedicure at the salon, I can pull out my iPhone anytime and read any of the (mostly free) books I have in my Kindle library.

Try this search for free kindle books or simply type free kindle books in search box on Amazon.  The free titles change daily, so check back often.

Free is great!  Enjoy!



12/28/13

In Loving Memory of Reese


This year, Christmas has been bittersweet at our house.  Although we enjoyed a lovely time with family, the week before Christmas, Reese, our sweet little dog, became very ill.  Over the last several months, he seemed to be very tired.  However, this week, he was breathing heavy and had several episodes where he would collapse upon exertion.  We took him to our regular vet. Chest x-rays were performed there, which showed some visible cloudiness in his lungs.  His blood work revealed an extremely elevated white blood count. Our vet seemed to think it might be pneumonia and prescribed an antibiotic, along with a steroid and antihistamine combination. We brought Reese home, and after several days on the medication, he did not seem to be improving.  

On Monday, Reese took a tumble down the stairs, which, thankfully, are thickly carpeted. We immediately gated off the stairs, and put his bed in a corner of the gathering room downstairs, which was his favorite room to hang out in.  He seemed to be content lying on his bed, listening to soft Christmas music, with the electric wood stove on. 



On Christmas Day, Reese seemed a little bit perkier than he had been all week and was enjoying visiting with our extended family.  He didn't have any trouble eating several pieces of roast beef and ham.  After a couple of hours of visiting, he snuggled up in his bed, where he stayed for the rest of the evening.  That night, my husband, John and I were both exhausted, so we went to bed early. At about 12:30 PM, John woke up and went downstairs to check on Reese. He had collapsed on the floor next to his dog bed and was breathing very heavy. I came down to see him, and he didn't look like he was going to recover.  We decided to take him to the animal hospital emergency room.  At the emergency room, they assessed him and kept him overnight for testing and observation. 

The next morning, the emergency room vet called.  She had ordered another chest x-ray and more blood work, the results of which were compared with those performed by Reese's regular vet.  She said the second chest x-ray revealed nodules in his lungs, indicative of lung cancer.  She explained that Reese likely had cancer in another part of his body, and it metastasized, spreading to his lungs.  After talking it over, John and I decided we didn't want Reese to suffer any longer and agreed it would be best to have him put to sleep. We went back to the hospital to say our tearful goodbyes.

Words cannot express our sorrow in losing Reese.  He has been a part of our family for 11 1/2 years.  We adopted Reese when he was about a year old, after our daughter found him listed on petfinder.com.  At that time, he was living in a shelter in Connecticut, and I vividly remember making the 1-1/2-hour car trip to pick him up.  When we arrived at the small shelter, he was the only pet there.  Naturally, we had to take him home.  He was adorable!  I remember his ears flopping in the wind when he ran up to greet us.


Christmas 2004

Reese had the sweetest disposition, and you could definitely tell that he really loved our family!  He would greet us at the door when we were out and would often follow us around from room to room when we were home.  



He especially loved  playing with John.  He would always seem to know when it was time for him to come home from work each day and would often jump up on the window right around that time and look out.  When he saw the car drive in, he would whimper.

Christmas 2006
Right up until our daughter, Jenna, moved into her own apartment this past September, Reese slept in her room with her. They were inseparable.  Reese was such a comfort to her during difficult times, including the loss of her grandparents.  I know she is devastated, and I am not sure what I can do or say to comfort her during this time.



Our hearts are heavy with sadness after Reese's passing, but I know time will heal us. He was such a blessing to us and will always have a special place in our hearts.

I'll always love you, my sweet little pumpkin!




12/20/13

The Phil Robertson Controversy

Over the past few days, social media has been exploding with opinions over A&E's controversial decision to suspend Phil Robertson from the hit show, Duck Dynasty. This occurred after some comments he made about homosexuality, in an interview with GQ Magazine. I read the interview, which can be found here. Here are my thoughts after reading it:

While I admire the Robertson family for their no-nonsense approach to sharing their faith, I really don't believe making comments about a person's lifestyle choice is going to lead them to Jesus. Showing them Christ's love, kindness and servant nature is far more effective. I doubt many of us were lead to Christ by someone pointing their finger at our behavior.

With that said, when someone asks me whether I think homosexuality is a sin, I believe the best answer I can give them is to present scripture verses (in context) that reveal what God says about it and let them come to their own conclusion. Romans 1:18-32 is pretty clear:

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

In conclusion, sharing the good news of Jesus should not be about finger pointing; it should be about sharing Christ's love and what He did for us.  

As far as our lifestyle choices, scripture does teach us how we should live. While exercising our God-given, free will, we can choose to obey His word, or we can choose to reject it. Either way, each of us will be responsible to God for the choices we make. We are not responsible to Him for the choices others make.  

In My Humble Opinion,





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