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Cast Your Vote!!!! Please

I need a title. Please!

Thursday night, the sequel to Fireweed, flew through cyberspace to my editor, Ruth Walker. I’m still searching for a title. Looking for something catchy. Here is a list of possibles. Although you haven’t read the manuscript, vote for the title that might get you to pick up the book and check it out. Cast your vote and give your reasons. Thanks a heap. Janet

Possibilities

  1. Seeking Safety
  2. The Love You Give
  3. Finding Hope
  4. Choosing Life
  5. Begin Again
  6. New Beginnings
  7. The Project
  8. A New Life
  9. Love Me
  10. Just As I Am
  11. A New Home
  12. Nothing here you like. Make a suggestion. 

Happy New Year!!!!

Another year, another 365 days to  fill with laughter, kindness, generosity, gratitude and love. May you recognize the abundance of God’s blessings surrounding you. May you be a blessing to everyone you meet. Regardless of what comes your way in 2018, may you know the joy and love that comes with compassion, kindness and generosity. God bless you all. Janet

Lost in Beauty!

In her book, Meet the Austins, Madeline L’Engle tells the story of parents rousing their children from sleep to experience the spectacular beauty of the world bathed in moonlight immediately after an ice storm. The scene, as described by a child, depicts the family standing lost in wonder amidst the beauty of God’s world. The hymn, This is God’s Wondrous World, flooded my soul as I read.

As I pondered the scene, I thought of similar moments in which I, too, have been lost in “wonder.” I remembered being overwhelmed with the majesty of nature, as I stood transfixed by the glory of a summer sunset.  Flaming reds, yellows, purples, lit the sky, not just in the west, but overhead and around to the east. Five minutes and the colors changed, fading and shifting to patches of pink and violet as dusk descended. I remembered the thrill of watching the mating dance of two loons in the moonlight, while being rocked in our canoe on Sturgeon Lake – a momentary privilege, a gift from God.

My mind moved beyond the miracles of nature to family moments of God’s total love. We actually captured on camera the night we found my granddaughter asleep under her bed, cuddling her beloved chocolate lab. The beauty, the love, the innocence of a child fills my soul as I remember. Often, as I fall off to sleep cuddled up to Tom, I thrill to the total safety of his love.

This morning as I look forward to yet another year, the peace and joy of these amazing moments lift my soul. I suggest you, too, take time to relive your spectacular God-given moments of beauty and love. What better way to step into a new year. These moments are a resource of power and energy and peace. They can carry us through the tough and the regular times of daily living.

Every time we notice God’s presence, God’s overwhelming extravagance, love and forgiveness; every time we remember and relive these spectacular experiences, there is a tiny change, a small alteration in the entire world. With this simple shift, our world takes a step closer to being God’s intended kingdom. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

A Day of Rest? Guess Not!

In these few days between Christmas joy and New Year’s celebrations, I began my morning prayers with gratitude for a time of rest. I’m sure God laughed as I also gave thanks for the desire to walk on my elliptical trainer for 5 minutes three times today, and the desire to get back to editing the sequel to Fireweed. Then I asked for the motivation to clean up my study that has become the repository of the Christmas chaos. Obviously, my idea of what constitutes rest is a little strange.

Still I had wakened feeling good, ready to write something. A few moments with my inspirational reading and these words came. I looked at them, and thought. I can’t post these. I’m not sad today. The sun is shining. Our Christmas family gatherings have been full of love and joy. Yet, God offered me, these words. They must be needed by someone. So here they are.

Tears

I remember when
I did not cry.
I feared my pain.
I did not know
Tears healing power.

The dam is cracked.
Tears seep through
Unbidden, unwanted.
There is no patch
To hold them back.

The crack widens
Control is gone.
Those tears pour through.
Unchecked and free

Tears are my words
The best I have.
They’ll wash me clean.
They’ll bring new life.

THANK YOU, GOD.

 

How Do We Prepare for Peace?

This is Christmas!

The December 10, 2017 reading from the Daily Disciplines published by the Upper Room touched my heart. I will share it with you in its entirety. I typed this into my computer this morning before church. I didn’t have time to look for a picture, besides where would I find a picture of a tree covered with white envelopes. When worship was over we went to the church hall for refreshments. This tree stood by yesterday’s bake table, resplendent in it’s white notes waiting to be part of our tree lighting tonight. God incidents never cease to amaze me. I pray this story will speak to you as it did to me. Blessings as you wait for the Christ child.

“Mike hated the commercialism of Christmas. When forced to retire early, he checked out altogether. ‘Get me nothing,’ he crouched, ‘until people understand what Christmas is all about.’ That year, his wife, Nan, gave him a white envelope, which she nestled into the tree. Inside, Nan pledged to sew uniforms for an underprivileged wrestling team. Once she started, Mike decided to help. Together, they sized the children, cut the fabric and befriended the school kids. By year’s end, Mike was ready for another envelope. Each year thereafter, Nan gave him another envelope. The acts of kindness they shared together sprouted throughout their city: birdhouses for a refuge shelter, a playground for an orphaned children’s home, a community garden from a vacant lot. Those became the best years of Nan’s and Mike’s lives.

One year, Mike died just three days before Christmas. Friends and family gathered to share Nan’s grief. On Christmas Eve, Nan placed for Mike, one last envelope into the tree. She awoke Christmas morning to squeals downstairs. As she came down, she saw their Christmas tree covered in white. Dozens of envelopes from every child, grandchild, nephew and niece – pledged acts of kindness in honor of Mike, the man who had come to love Christmas.

How do we wait faithfully for God in today’s wilderness? The prophet Isaiah says, “Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.” We pave a straight path for through acts of kindness, justice, generosity and compassion. When we love, God will come. “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me,’ John says. As sure as a baby’s birth in a manger, as abundant as Christmas envelopes multiplying into the future, God will walk the path laid out. Love will encompass the world.

PEACE WILL COME!!!!!

Dear God, Baby of the Manger, may each act of kindness be a straw in your crib, preparing the way for your coming. Amen

“I’m Right?”

At the moment I’m using The Shack: Reflections for Every Day of the Year” as part of my daily devotions. Yesterday, the words”How can I see in fresh new ways unless I admit that my current way of seeing is flawed?” inspired this poem.

I’m Right?

I’m right.

I know I’m right.
Others agree with me!
And yet…
Is it possible?
Is there more?

Jesus brought a new way.
Our rightness led to crucifixion.
Have we not learned?

Is there a flaw in my thought today?
Have I lost his “Way of Love”?
Is fear leading me astray?

Maybe?   Possibly?

Lord Jesus, come.
Open my heart.
I want to see!!!

 

A Wonderful Day!

Fenelon Falls United Church invited me to bring my books for sale at their Christmas Bazaar and luncheon today. Tonight I am still flying from the experience. When I arrived this morning, the room was aglow with the Spirit. Tables loaded with jams, jellies and a myriad of other tasty preserves filled a big square in the middle of the room. More tables around the outside held baking, gift baskets (there must have been 100), antiques and on and on. Lunch was scrumptious homemade soup, ham and cheese croissant, and an ice cream sundae. The decorations and layout were beautiful. They had my table decorated too. Before we opened the doors, about 50 of us gathered in a circle for a few moments appreciation. This was the church, prepared and ready to serve the community.

The community responded. They came and shopped. We sold lots, including me with my books. I give thanks to God for Fenelon Falls UCW and their invitation to me. Today has been a true blessing.

Book Launch for “Elizabeth Gets Her Wings”

Yesterday, both Olivia and I had a great time. We had one of those God-incidents that some people call coincidence. Facing me at children’s time, during worship, was a sweet little girl named Elizabeth. That’s right, when the children came forward to hear about Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, Elizabeth sat down right in front of me. God does work in mysterious ways.

After the service, the church hall was filled with people enjoying the refreshments and buying books. I signed books until my hand ached. Dunsford always feels like coming home for me. Yesterday, I enjoyed a multitude of hugs and hearty handshakes. I give God thanks for instilling in our minds to launch our new book from Dunsford United Church. We also offer thanks to the congregation and especially their minister, Rev. Sharon Ballantyne for making this wonderful day possible.

“Elizabeth Gets Her Wings” is Launched.

Tomorrow is the big day. Hallelujah!!!!! We are launching 

at Dunsford United Church , just off highway 36 between Lindsay and Bobcaygeon. Our house is electric with excitement.I’m sure it’s the same at Olivia’s home too.  So here is one more invitation.

Come and meet the author, Janet Stobie & the illustrator, Olivia Phillips.

Sunday, November 12, 2017,  11:30 to 1:30

Dunsford United Church.

Have a chat. They’ll tell you about their journey with Elizabeth.

They’ll sign your books.

It’s not often you get both author’s and illustrator’s signatures.

If you come at 10:00 for the church service, you’ll hear Janet read some of the book to the kids. You will also experience the joy of spirit-filled worship.

Give it a try. It feels good.

 

ELIZABETH GETS HER WINGS HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!

Our books arrived this morning. I managed to post on Facebook a video of their arrival at the house. It took two tries but I did it. I’m sure I did it because I received an email that it was liked. I don’t see that video but obviously everyone else can. Today I delivered one of my pre-orders and sold three more.

Here are two happy new owners and of course one very happy author as well.

If you live in the area, I have posted my schedule below. Both Olivia and I would love to see you at any or all of these events.

BOOK LAUNCH/SIGNING

              Dunsford United Church after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, Nov. 12th  from 11:30 to 1:30. We decided we wanted to start out with our good friends from the Dunsford congregation and anyone else who wanted to come. Dunsford United has been Olivia’s church family since she was a young child. I served five years there as their minister. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by their love. You are welcome to come for the service or just for the Book Launch. Dunsford is a right turn off highway 36. Drive past the school to the stop sign. Turn left. You will find the church on your left about 200 feet up the road. You can’t miss it. We will have coffee, tea, juice, water and goodies. Please join us.

 

BOOK SIGNING

Please come for a chat & to do your Christmas shopping. I look forward to seeing you.

St. James United Church, PeterboroughNovember 18th from 10-2:00

I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar, with all of my books, including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase and signing.

Dunsford Community Center.  November 18 from 10-2:00

Olivia will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar, with her art work and of course Elizabeth Gets Her Wings.

              Fenelon Falls United Church   November 25th from 11-3:00

                             I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

              Little Britain United Church   December 2nd from 10-2:00

                             I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

              Keene United Church  December 9th from 9-3:00

I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

Olivia has other events that she will be posting. We both have a busy time ahead.