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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Be gracious to me, O God...

Upon awakening this morning, I reached for my cell phone to check and see if someone I have been trying to reach for over eight days had responded to any of my messages, whether through FB, email or messenger. Okay, you might say overkill on the messaging but I really need to get in touch with this person. It is imperative. Or so I think. And right there is the clincher.

I should have reached for the Word of God first, in order to be prepared for what I would or wouldn't see. But I didn't. And in not doing so, I caused myself all kinds of angst. From the moment I realized there was nothing from this person, nothing, my heart dropped, my stomach started fluttering (and not in a good way), and I became worried and anxious. All things I am not supposed to do! 

Did I immediately reach for my Bible, then?! No. I hurriedly fixed my husband's lunch, ironed his work shirt, and made him breakfast. I usually wait until he has left before starting my devotions and checking messages each day. But I need to reach this person. I really do. Don't I?

After my husband left, did I reach for God's Word? Did I think, now Anne, you know he will calm your fears and encourage you? Nope. I put out a call on my Facebook page for prayer. Prayer for this unreachable person and prayer for me that I would stop worrying. Immediately my FB friends rallied and told me they were praying, even a few of them shared Scripture. It was like a lightbulb came on in a dark room. I had a conversation with myself and it went something like this, "Duh, Anne! Get off the computer and open your Bible. Run to your heavenly Father first before running to your friends!"

And so I did. Open my Bible, that is. And it opened right to Psalm 56. The heading says...

 In God I Trust 

Now that right there is just cool! I didn't have to flip through my Bible looking for just the right Scripture. It just fell open to Psalm 56. Fell. Open. 

As you can see, it's one I have studied before because it is highlighted and underlined and bracketed with a notation about wandering. It might not be talking specifically about my situation today but Y'all, I had wandered. Right out of peace to anxiety. Right out of trusting in God to trusting in myself. I needed to read the entire Psalm but verses 3-4 and 9b-11 struck a chord in my heart and I had to repent of fear and unbelief and not trusting the Lord. As soon as I did, His sweet peace came down to settle me.

 Will I hear from this 'unreachable' person anytime soon? I don't know. I want to but do I really need to? God is so much better at communicating with people than I am. His Holy Spirit will reach out and 'call' this person and when he does, they will answer His call. That's where my focus and prayer needs to be. Not on me hearing from them, but on God 'hearing' from them. 

I was reminded, as I hope you are, to start my day with the One who holds all things and people in His hands. He will never fail us! 

 When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
Psalm 56:3-4

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Congratulations to our ❤Valentine's Day giveaway winners!

Dianne Casey won the US giveaway



Marian Baay won the International giveaway

I've emailed both winners. If I don't hear from one or both in a few days, I'll pick another winner/s. 

Thank you to all who follow Stuff & Nonsense and entered the giveaway. You are appreciated and loved! 

We enjoyed reading your favorite love stories and hope each of you know the greatest love story is that of God the Father! John 3:16-21 says...

For God So Loved the World

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

I love you with an Everlasting Love. A Love Letter to you from your Heavenly Father with free graphic printable ve

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Giveaway because we LOVE our Followers!!!

 Be sure and read the entire post as there are two giveaways, one for Contiguous US followers and one for International followers. I wish it was feasible to send a great big old package anywhere in the world but that's just not economical with postal prices being what they are nowadays.

Rebecca and I appreciate each and every one of you, our precious followers!!! You support us in our reading endeavors and are so kind to stop by and encourage us by leaving comments and asking questions. We want to share with you the opportunity to win three delightful books and this lovely journal as our way of saying Thank You!
We love and appreciate our International followers too!!! 
Soooo....Y'all can enter to win A Season to Wed: Three Winter Love Stories, from authors Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck, and Cheryl Wyatt!

These stories are part of the A Year of Weddings #2 and include December, January and February novellas. I purchased a gift certificate for them through Amazon and will be sending it through email, so be sure and leave your email addy in case you win!

Now, if you're visiting for the first time or perhaps you have visited before but just haven't signed up to follow us, you can do so in the right sidebar. There are several ways too! We prefer GFC as it is a 'visible' number to publishers or authors who might check out our blog but it's certainly not the only way you can sign up. :-)

Here are the rules of entry for both giveaways:
  • Please leave your email address in a non-spammy format so we can contact if you are the winner! No email address, no entry.
  • You must be a follower of the blog to be entered in either drawing. 
  • To be entered, leave a comment below telling us your favorite romantic story. Maybe it's your own! :-)
  • Tell us which country you live in!
  • Winner will be randomly drawn on Tuesday, February 14th.
Since Rebecca and I don't reside in the same town anymore, our Contiguous US winner will receive two shipments. Rebecca will be mailing two of the books and I will be mailing one book and the journal.
Thanks again for being a book buddy!

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 “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28b-31

 ~Happy Reading & Happy Valentine's Day~