4/25/17

"Within the Heart of Silence" by James William Peercy & Jacqueline E. Smith

A Collection of Words and Images.
Featuring Poetry by James William Peercy
& Photography by Jacqueline E. Smith


Speak,
All that exist upon creation.
Open the search of what shall be.
Lift our hearts from consternation.
Grant our souls entwine,
Until all the world agree,
In the heart of silence.

Review:
Captivating, peaceful and stunning.
A beautiful, artful collection of poems and images. “Within The Heart of Silence” is a wonderful book of words and images that reach within the soul and imagination.


The photographs by Jacqueline E. Smith are lovely and a treat for the eyes, while the poetry written by James William Peercy is moving and lovely to read.


Together they have created a touching and thought provoking book that poetry lovers will cherish. It opens the reader’s eyes to the beautiful world we live in. Centered around nature, love, and life, it is filled with pleasant, meaningful thoughts and a visual journey that satisfies and touches the heart.


It brought up some of my own memories of travels and prompted me to want to see more of our world and the beauty of nature. I was caught up with feelings and deep emotion as I read the meaningful words. It caused me to contemplate things like love and hate, life, and nature.


The words and images worked well together, and it is apparent that much thought, consideration, and talent was put into this compilation art. I was deeply touched and even had a few tears at the beauty of the words and pictures. It had a calming affect on my spirit.

I am normally not a reader of poetry, but “Within the Heart of Silence” has introduced me to the wonderful world of the art and imagery of poetry. I recommend “Within the Heart of Silence” to all our readers, poetry lovers and those that are in need of a deep watering of the soul. I will be revisiting this book often.

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4/22/17

Must Read "Beyond Ikenick Creek" By Tracey Mayfield

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Eli Parker is in trouble with the law-again. Raised by a single mother and plagued by a tragic past, all hope seems to be lost. With his crimes getting progressively worse, it is now up to Judge Mosaron to turn Eli's life around. He sentences Eli to New Beginnings Camp for Troubled Youth for the remainder of the summer. Located just beyond Ikenick Creek-near the McKenzie River-this camp will change Eli in ways he never expects.

Through a series of team-building activities and near-death mishaps, Eli learns about trust, forgiveness, and God's grace. He also discovers the campers have more in common than he initially thought. Everyone, including the mysterious Amber, has their own personal battles to overcome.

Beyond Ikenick Creek utilizes action, adventure, drama, and a bit of humor to capture the imaginations of both teen and adult readers. It is a story about how courage, wisdom, faith, and hope might inspire an individual to change and prevent the lifelong consequences of poor choices.

Review:
Inspiring, powerful and Refreshing. Very well written, light hearted with just the right amount of drama and humor. Beyond Ikenick Creek is a faith inspired story about one rebellious, trouble making teen boy that is sentenced by the judge to a camp to straighten him out, and teach him about life, faith and the grace of God.
Upon arrival, Eli Parker, feels uneasy and resists the program that is set in place to help the teens, boys and girls, that have had troubled childhoods or have gotten into mischief, broken the law or are just downright rebellious.
As the days pass, Eli begins to become more accepting of the program. He begins to open up about his troubled past during the group sessions. In doing so he realizes that some harrowing circumstances of his earlier childhood plague his mind and emotions. He finds a young teen girl that catches his eye, which helps him to stick around and work the program. He even begins to read his bible.
Through various exercises he begins to learn about courage, trust, acceptance and the love of God. He learns about forgiveness, and God’s grace. In the end, he comes away with a life changing experience that he never expected. But was exactly what he needed.
I loved this book and it kept me turning the pages quickly. It is filled with wisdom, insight,  hope and conviction. The author, Tracey Mayfield, has a strong literary voice and has certainly put in a lot of research, knowledge and insight into this story which makes it very a interesting, enjoyable and smart read. It is a book filled with adventure, action and unexpected series of events and circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed Beyond Ikenick Creek and wholly recommend it teens and parents as well.
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4/12/17

Fisher's Autism Trilogy By Paul Nelson

Written by the father of a wonderful autistic boy named Michael, Fisher’s Autism Trilogy is exciting, inspiring and full of adventure. It’s a touching collective of fictional stories, based on the real life of Michael, who (is autistic), and his father, Paul. It’
showcases his real life difficulties and struggles, as well as his triumphs and marvelous abilities. This is a full trilogy in one book.
The first book in the trilogy is called “Through Fisher’s Eyes” It’s an enjoyable, touching, and simplistic story of life as seen through an autistic boys' eyes.
It is written as if Fisher, the fictional Michael, is telling the story himself. It is mainly about the boy, Fisher, and how he and his father live, and manage life with autism. As Fisher's only caregiver, Paul and Fisher learn to deal with life and people the best they can. Life is an adventure for the duo, who stick together through thick and thin. It’s very meaningful and lighthearted.
I could hear the love and warmth come through in the author's voice.
It is written in a very simple manner, whilst still (maintaining) a high literary standard. I was impressed with the composition and arrangement of the story line. The characters were all very well thought out, well developed and meaningful.  


The second book, Dark Spectrum, is more of an exciting fantasy tale with some supernatural encounters, other world characters, beings and occurrences. It is told (from) the evil character's point of view. It is filled with adventure and unexpected
experiences.
So interesting, at this point, I couldn’t put the book down. It was engaging, interesting and fun. I was completely drawn into the story. Young men will thoroughly enjoy and relate to not only the whole  trilogy, but specifically this second one.


The third tale in the trilogy, A  Problem With the Moon, continues the exciting fantasy, and kept me completely interested and turning the pages quickly .

I thoroughly enjoyed Fisher’s Autism Trilogy. I recommend it to those who enjoy, excitement filled, fantasies and light hearted meaningful books. I personally came away feeling that there is more to life than what many people experience and pay attention to. Readers will be reminded of the importance of acceptance and tolerance. I recommend the exciting Fisher’s Trilogy to Teens, young adults and adults, as well. There is a lot to be learned from Fisher’s Trilogy.
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3/29/17

Welcome To Faithful Cafe

Faithful Cafe is a place for women and men of all ages to visit and be refreshed by the spirit of the Lord.
In today's crazy and almost scary world, we all need to stay closer than ever to our Heavenly Father.

Staying in the presence of the Lord, by reading and meditating on scripture, will fill us with
His Spirit, renew our minds and fill us with hope and joy. pending time in prayer, keeps us close to Jesus, as it says in Psalm 91. 

We need not fear this day and age that we live in because the Lord promises us that He is with us and will protect us and our families. Have hope for today and each day ahead. And always remember to live one day at a time, stay present in the moment, with your mind stayed on Christ.

Psalm 91

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

91 He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.

You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].

Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
11 
For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
12 
They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
13 
You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
15 
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation

3/20/17

Renew Your Mind- Win Over Depression

Here is how I got the victory over depression and fear!
For years I struggled with fear, depression & negative thinking. When I learned the secret was simple and fixable, I set out to get the victory, and got it, completely.
How?
The Bible says in Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
So how do we renew our mind? It's simple, by reading the Word of God. The bible says that the Word of God is living and active and able to accomplish it's purpose. Basically, we need to reprogram our minds, in a way.
In Eph.5:25b-26
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.
So we need to renew and wash our minds & spirits through the Word.
Well this can take some time, I had to find a faster way.

I then discovered "audible" and how I can listen to YouVersion Bible app anytime of day or night.I was quickly on the road to recovery. I listened to it day and night, even while sleeping. Today, I can truly say that I am free from fear, depression and negative thinking. The Word of God set me free.

In the book Romans, we see that..."faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God." I heard a message once, where the minister was giving some scientic evidence on how our minds respond to audible words, etc. Either in a positive or negative way, depending on what we are hearing. And that we can actually be changed and healed by hearing the right things. So I think we need to hear it, not just read it.

You can be free too! Dive into the Word of God and renew your mind daily. Be renewed and refreshed. You can even get a "YouVersion Bible App" and listen to it with the "Audible App" like I do. Definetly worth the effort. I know first hand, it works. Especially if you struggle in your mind! God is faithful to perform His Word in our lives. In Jesus's mighty name, be free!
Blessings!
Jewelsy

Renew Your Mind & Refresh Your Spirit~The Fast & Easy Way!

1/8/12

Monday Morning Madness?

Do you dread Mondays?

For some of us Monday mornings can bring with it a certain amount of dread. It's true. Let's face it, feelings of happiness don't always come easy, especially for those who struggle in that area. It's no secret that life can be difficult, and at times a little depressing. However, we can rise above it if we focus on the positive rather than the negative.

Here are some tips on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed on Monday morning, and carry on through the week feeling positive, happy, organized and encouraged.
Start on Monday with a positive attitude and a plan of attack. Then  follow your plan each day, and don't forget to keep your focus on the good aspects of your life. There are some key things we can do to help our daily moods and even make us feel happy in our current circumstances. . Don’t speak negative things because it will affect your mood.
Following a simple daily routine and having intimacy with the Lord are the keys to having a day filled with joy, and really does help to do wonders for our moods. Here are some simple steps for daily living that we can follow for optimum joy..

1. Upon rising quickly make or straighten your bed.
2. Either take a quick shower or fix yourself up a little. (Showers in the morning usually really help to set the tone for the day)
3. While still in the bathroom, quickly straighten up and wipe things down. (Keep paper towels and mild cleaner under sink for quick clean ups)
4. Make breakfast, clean up.
5. Throw in one load of laundry.
6. Sit down and spend time with the Lord. Read the word and pray. Put on worship music.
7. Throw clothes in dryer.
8. Straighten up and clean one room of the house.
9. Start dinner.
10. Eat with the family at the table.
11. Clean up kitchen.
12. Fold & put away laundry.
13. Straighten up house-quickly putting away things that have been dragged out for the day.
14. Make schedule for the next day. Tweaking it as needed.
15. Just before bed have a quiet time of meditation with the Lord and read a chapter in the Psalms.

Important Note: Be sure to take time to pamper yourself once or twice a week.
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Now if you have children, of course this basic plan will have to be altered. But, if you follow the outline as best as you can, while adding in time for the kids as needed, you will find that your joy level will be much higher than if you just wing it.

Also, remember what the bible says about joy and negative thinking.
Phil 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Matthew 6:25-34
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

12/4/11

The Battle Is In The Mind~Be Free Now!

Here is how I got the victory over depression and fear!

For years I struggled with fear, depression & negative thinking. When I learned the secret was simple and fixable, I set out to get the victory, and got it, completely.
How?

The Bible says in Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
So how do we renew our mind? It's simple, by reading the Word of God. The bible says that the Word of God is living and active and able to accomplish it's purpose. Basically, we need to reprogram our minds, in a way.
In Eph.5:25b-26

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.
So we need to renew and wash our minds & spirits through the Word.

Well this can take some time, I had to find a faster way.
I then discovered the "YouVersion Bible App", along with the "Audible app".With these two apps, you can listen to the bible anytime and anywhere. I was quickly on the road to recovery. I listened to it day and night, even while sleeping. Today, I can truly say that I am free from fear, depression and negative thinking. The Word of God set me free.

In the book Romans, we see that..."faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God." I heard a message once, where the minister was giving some scientific evidence on how our minds respond to audible words, etc.
Either in a positive or negative way, depending on what we are hearing. And that we can actually be changed and healed by hearing the right things. So I think we need to hear it, not just read it. You can be free too! Dive into the Word of God and renew your mind daily. Be renewed and refreshed. I know first hand, that listening to the bible works. Especially if you struggle in your mind! God is faithful to perform His Word in our lives. In Jesus's mighty name, be free!

Is 61:3 Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!

Blessings!
Jewelsy

                                                                       

12/2/11

Release Yourself from Fear

Release yourself from the bondage of fear and worry. When your faith is in the Lord, He will carry you in the flow of His Spirit. But, you must not hang on to the things of the world or put your trust in natural things. Your faith is substantive and vital to your success in any endeavor, and you must put it to work by actual belief and not just hope. The Lord is looking for a people who have a strong and working faith whose actions demonstrate His kingdom. Lean on the Lord. Trust and Hope in Him. Put your daily thoughts on Jesus.

2 Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

11/26/11

~Creating a Beautiful Home~

      
Homemaking is an art! 
It takes dedication, planning and creativity. It is fun, fulfilling and, yes, sometimes frustrating! 
My number one rule for homemaking is, "keep it simple!" With several years under my belt as a faithful homemaker, I hope to share some of my secrets and tips on creating a beautiful & cozy home. 

Whether you are married with children or single, having a comfortable, charming and unique home is not only satisfying, but an important part of womanhood. 

We hope to inspire you, as well as, teach you, especially if you are new to the long lost art of homemaking. Follow me as we journey through life, one decor idea at a time, one chore at a time, one recipe at a time.

Get yourself a notebook and take notes. I like to use a three ring binder and add the subject tabs to divide it into categories. This is especially helpful for new homemakers and is a key ingredient to running a functional home. 

If you are organized, you will feel less overwhelmed, and able to do much more than if you are stressed out. 

Remember, we don't have to be super moms, and over achieving homemakers, in order to have a beautiful, organized and inviting home. So, rule number one is "keep it simple." Rule number two is "stay organized." We will discuss ways to get and stay organized for each and every room and task. 

Please share this blog with your friends daughters and grand-daughters, and especially the domestically challenged ones. Check back often, as we are going to be adding new and exciting content. 

I personally have not only done the time as a wife, mother, and homemaker, but I have also done the research. So, stick with me because I am going to show you how to do everything faster, better, cheaper and funner! 
From finding those hard to find decor items for creating a cottage home, to finding the best deals on just about anything, to how to speed clean when dear mother in-law announces she is a block away and stopping by! And speaking of mother in-laws, we will have tips on managing them to! LOL!

Put on some coffee, or have a cup of your favorite tea. Grab your notebook and your favorite pen, relax and join in as we begin.
Blessings,
xoxo
Jewelsy