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Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."



Monday, June 28, 2010

Have you asked Him?

I recently had an MRI. As many of you know, you must remove all metal before going in the "tube." I was aware of this and thought I had. However, right before I sat on the table, something (or someone) tugged my hair. I looked at the nurse who stood a few feet away and said, "Wow!" She simply looked confused. I told her that my hair moved. Again, confusion. (Or maybe it was worry over my mental state.) I explained to her that I had a bobby pin in my hair right above my ear. I would have never remembered it only that my hair had moved. It actually felt as if someone flipped it.
Pretty neat, huh? Well, when they first called about my appointment, their first question was, "Are you claustophobic?" Am I? I never really thought about it before. Are they planning on throwing me in the trunk of a car? Should I reconsider this?
I answered with calm assurance, "No. I am not." Because within that few seconds of whirlwind thought, I knew that Jesus would be going with me. I will not be afraid because Jesus will be in there too.
And I know that He was.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good Manners

I like good manners. It's important to me to always say please and thank you and not only that, but to leave the person in whom I'm speaking with, feeling good about themselves.

Do you compliment others? Do you like compliments? I like to leave people with something nice said about them. If they're attractive, I might say, "You have beautiful hair." If they're not attractive, I might say, "What a lovely shirt." I might even compliment them on their smile. Either way, whenever their eyes light up because somebody took notice, it makes me feel good.

So feel good today, find someone to compliment.

Thanks for reading...

Thanks for stopping by. Now that you’re here, let me tell you a little about my book Abandoned Hearts. Set in the heart of the Ozarks, Abandoned Hearts captures the beauty of our semi-rugged terrain and the numerous tales of cougar sightings. That’s right, around here if you don’t have a story of your own, you can most likely tell your neighbor’s. Everyone has one. So I thought, why not blend that with a romance. Following is an excerpt from my query letter.

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Ann’s stubbornness to answer the Lord calling her to Missouri cost her more than her job. Stranded by flood waters in the heart of the Ozarks, she soon realizes the only place to stay is with our reluctant hero. Though her initial reaction to him is anything but positive, Ann begins to soften toward Jacob and his children and eventually sees that beneath his callous exterior lays a broken heart and a fear of failing again. Because of the haunting presence of a mountain lion, Ann’s stay is lengthened as she’s needed to watch over the children while the men hunt. Our character’s relationship builds quickly as does their attraction. While they deal with personal fears, and fighting off temptations of the flesh, the menacing lion threatens their lives. As it moves from killing calves to attacking a child, this unwanted beast becomes our character’s living nightmare.

Through edge-of-your-seat scenarios, our hero must battle for his life before tranquility can be restored not only to the farm but also to their hearts. Ultimately, the trial of hunter becoming hunted opens Jacob’s eyes and heart to all he has to lose if he doesn’t restore his trust in God, and fully give his heart to Ann.

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If you're new to this blog and haven't helped critique this story, give me your opinion. Does this interest you as a read? You can reply at reginatittel@gmail.com

I had so much fun writing this. Writing can be used to entertain, to spread a message, or even as therapy. I used all three. (big smile) I encourage everyone to try their hand at it. Even if it's not a natural gift, writing your thoughts down on paper can be a healing tool. So try it, you never know where it will take you.