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Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy Crochet Diamonds Throw

Easy Crochet Diamonds Throw

Rabbit DIY Rug

Rabbit DIY Rug



BOOK REVIEW- GIVE ME A TEXAS RANGER

Give Me A Texas Ranger by [Thomas, Jodi, Broday, Linda, Pace, Dewanna, Miranda, Phyliss]
Born to protect and serve, these rugged lawmen are the stuff of Texas legend. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas teams up with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace to bring you four red-blooded Rangers and the women who tame their hearts. . ..


Give Me A Texas Ranger


When Annalane Barkley whispers her dreams to Wynn McCord, the Texas ranger has a new battle on his hands. For the sweet beauty's words awaken his every protective instinct and he knows he's found a woman worth fighting for. . . When Stoney Burke finds Texanna Wilder in need of rescue, he's caught between his hardened heart and his duty to his best friend's lovely widow. Marriage is merely a solution to keep Texanna safe, but Stoney is suddenly aching for the wedding night. . . Forced to take feisty Ella Stevenson into custody, Hayden McGraw has his hands full. But when he discovers the spitfire is on his side of the law, they're soon working as a team--up close and very personal. . . Thomas Longbow only plans to use Laney O'Grady as his cover on his latest assignment. But the passion that explodes between them threatens to expose his plot--and his heart. . 
.AMAZON  4 STARS A mixed bag of stories.
Some I liked better than others. 

The Ranger's Angel by Jodi Thomas-  I liked the book, good characters and good story-line.  Actions, some surprises,  overcoming seemingly overwhelming odds together.  Wynn is a tough Texas Ranger, who also can be tender as well, which surprises even him. At least when it comes to Annalane, who he often calls Anna.  That doesn't mean that he talks all that much, he is the picture of " a man of few words." And he hates her northern accent, so that means even less words are exchanged in the beginning.   Annalane is also tough in her own way, she's also used to being undervalued and viewed as a too tall woman.  Very few people seem to understand or appreciate her.   Wynn, seems to be the first.  He thinks she's beautiful and very courageous.  She sure had some unexpected life experiences; being a nurse during the war.  She was skilled and had been part of some pretty scary times.  Her brother was another briefly seen person.  Good, because he was a selfish clod.

Also includes:
"Undertaking Texas" by Linda Broday- Different from what I was expecting but I liked it.  4 STARS

"One woman One Ranger" by Phyliss Miranda- An interesting cast of unusual people with hidden agenda's.  Ella was a strong woman trying to keep things together.  She had some people helping her and some who weren't.   Twists, turns and surprises.  4 STARS

The Perfect Match by DeWanna Pace-  Not quite my cup of tea although it was pretty well written.  I think it had more to do with the boxing element in it.  And for some reason I didn't get all that drawn into the main characters.  3 STARS

The M.C.'s in each story gets their HEA's but for the most part it was fun watching them getting there.

Speak God’s Word Over Your Life - Pastor Larry Huch - 2014/11/23



Such good things to remember!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- A NIGHT OF FOREVER

A Night of Forever: A Disgraced Lords Novel (The Disgraced Lords) by [Evans, Bronwen]
Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?

Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.
AMAZON 3.5 STARS

Although this book has some different ideas and problems in the story, it wasn't one of my all time favorite stories.  I was going to give it 3 Stars on Amazon but because of some of the action, mystery and some surprises towards the end of the book, I gave it a bit higher rating. Also because of  some unexpected things that Arend had gone through in his life.  Those dark, lost years that no one knew about were a surprise.  I understood why Arend had a deep suspicion about women and why they weren't to be trusted but it sure made life harder than it had to be for Isobel.  It was easy to understand even before knowing what the "dark secrets" were.  Still, after a while I got tired of everyone ganging up on Isobel.  Well, at least one of the wives liked her and often gave her the benefit of the doubt.  The evil villain in the story was just that, evil.   And pretty darn clever, seemed to be many steps ahead most of the time.  
There will be sex in the book too, just in case that is a deal-breaker for you.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

BOOK REVIEW- THE BASKET MAKER'S WIFE

The Basket Maker's Wife (Baskets Book 1) by [London, Cait]
Who is Nora Elliott? Does she know who she is as a woman, and what she is?
In Mill Haven, a small town in Missouri’s Ozarks, Nora safely escapes her horrifying past. Hardworking Nora has raised her sons and tended The Basket Shop and her best and only friend: elderly Jessie, the shop’s intuitive owner.
At forty-two, Nora isn’t prepared for the single romantic night with Dan, the man who has waited five years for Nora to recognize his love. Suddenly, she’s pregnant and unprepared for Dan’s love, and the gift that is hers to claim…
And her past is waiting to open….AMAZON   5 STARS

DIFFERENT.  EMOTIONAL.  Those are at least two of the words that I would use to describe this book.  "Intense" at times would probably also be another good way to try to describe it.  Some of that intensity comes from the life that Nora has survived since her birth.   I have to tell the truth when I first began to read this book, the first chapter or two made me wonder if I was even going to get into this book.  But hold on, I did and ended up being glad that I did.  It had its charming moments as well, great characters and some unusual situations and magic. The town was so caring and Jessie managed to get everyone working together to help people.  Of course, no town is perfect so there are people whose way of life is to cause problems, so we have that too.  Greed, selfishness, and trying to bend others to their will is their way of life.  So, you can imagine all the problems that will cause.    OK, I need to get this said before I go any further.  As a Christian, I do NOT believe in talking to dead people  And Jessie does talk/interact with her dead husband Virgil!  There is also another similar situation that made me a bit uncomfortable, but the story is so good I just had to move on and enjoy it.  The relationship that develops between Jessie, Lynn and Nora was a sweet process to watch.  I got to see them carefully and sometimes awkwardly begin to become family.  This story was about love, acceptance, helping others, forgiveness, and family; both family by blood and family that was formed by love.


It was so amazing the difference between how Nora saw herself and how others did.  She had been beaten down over the years and told how evil and ugly she was, so that explains where her image came from. She had been treated like trash.  But the townspeople came to her when they needed help, they valued her and helped her where she would let them.   She might not have had much to say but when she did, they listened.  Even Lynn, who was on the run with her son Max, was quick to see the quality of Nora.  She saw her as being proud, defiant, with a no-nonsense caring, always giving her best.  Dan, saw her as a beautiful, regal goddess and wasn't shy about complimenting her.  That really made her squirm and then she would get really mad at him.  He got a big kick out of that hot temper because he knew enough about her to know that it touched her.  That also scared her.  All those things made her squirm, she wasn't used to tenderness, and being touched with kindness. Dan had loved her for five years and had been chasing her all that time.  She throws it in his face that she's an old lady and he is too young for her, since he's 5 years younger. 

Dan was a great character for the book, really liked him.  He had experienced some dark times too, so you get to see that everything hasn't been happiness and light for him either.  Jesse and Virgil had treated her like a well loved daughter, so she began to learn from them to receive a hug here and there, and some kind words. 

This story is a keeper for me and I know I will probably read it again some time in the future. 

I will be looking into reading the other books in the Series.  
Book 2 is "The Egg Basket", which continues Lynn's story  and Book 3 "The Bride's Basket" continues Nora's.  



Heavenly Joy is ready to wage WAR against the enemy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- A RAVEN'S HEART

A Raven's Heart (Secrets and Spies) by [Bateman, K. C.]
In the war against France, Heloise Hampden is a high-value asset to the Crown. She’s cracked the enemy’s most recent communication, and for that, someone is trying to kill her. However, it’s the agent assigned to protect Heloise who poses the greatest threat to her heart: William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood. Heloise has quarreled with the man they call Raven since childhood, yet always maintained a chaste distance. She’s sure nothing will change, thanks to the disfiguring scar on her face. So why is she so enchanted by the sight of Raven’s jet-black hair, rakish smile, and wicked green eyes?

Nothing has changed. Raven still wonders how Hell-cat Hampden’s lithe body would feel pressed against his, but for the mission he must remind himself that the woman takes more pleasure in ancient languages than she does in seduction. His imprisonment six years ago broke him in a way that makes the prospect of love impossible. Still, his heart beats like mad whenever he’s within ten paces of Heloise, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if that means taking her to Spain as an unwilling hostage. Protecting her from danger will be a challenge; protecting her from desire will be pure agony. 
AMAZON 5 STARS


I just had to do it.  5 STARS on Amazon.  The conversations between Raven and Heloise (Hellcat) alone just screamed for it!  I laughed out loud and smiled so many times because of that alone.  Also he would "order"here not to do something and she would immediately do it!   That lead to some funny outcomes.  But it also caused some dangers as well.  This book had plenty of twists, turns, interesting people, and dangerous situations.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  The main characters were everything that I could have hoped for.   Raven's nickname, "Hellcat" made me  smile over and over because it often fit her so well.  This story also has depth of feeling: loss,  unrequited love, regret, longing and tenderness in it.  It also has a scene or two of sex as well.  
Ending has a good one with a HEA and no cliffhanger.  
This is an author that I would enjoy reading more of.  


I was given a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

True Blue Knit Shawlette

True Blue Knit Shawlette

The True Blue Knit Shawlette is a short shawl that can work in a variety of different seasons. This free knitting pattern is a great stashbuster, because it's completely scalable in size. You can make it big or small depending on how much yarn you have. It is worked from the rounded bottom up, so the size is completely dependent on how much material you have and how long you want to work. The design is essentially composed of lace and garter stitch and the end result is quite striking. In fact, one might argue the design is prettier than it should be given the basic directions. In any case, you won't want to pass up this gorgeous knitted shawl pattern
Read more at http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Shawls/True-Blue-Knit-Shawlette#DMBxjKrEjyRucmmd.99


Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf:

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BOOK REVIEW- OUT OF THE MIST

Out of the Mist (Can't Help Falling Book 1) by [Giordano, Lauren]
Beaten and left for dead, Juliet awakens in the rain with no memory of how she ended up alone on an isolated road. After another attempt on her life, she'll have to pour her faith into the one man who's made it clear he doesn't trust her.
Injured drug agent Matt Barnes has seen just about everything in a decade battling the worst humanity has to offer. But he's never seen anything like Julie. The beautiful blonde reminds him more of sorority Barbie than a ruthless drug kingpin. But looks can be deceiving. He's got the bullet hole to prove it.
Juliet-- and her memory are all he has in a case going nowhere. To erase the worst mistake of his career, his team will utilize her to lure the most dangerous drug lord he's ever battled. But will the woman he's fallen in love with ever forgive him for making her the bait?    AMAZON 4.5 STARS

The story opens up with a jolt in the beginning of the very first chapter. It's a power packed story with lots of action, mystery, romance and danger. Matt is on medical leave as he heals after his last disastrous assignment. But that doesn't keep him from being involved with this latest  snafu.  Is the woman found beaten, and wandering in the rain an innocent or is she neck deep in criminal activities?  That question is something that is asked over and over again in the story.  Even Juliet doesn't have any answers as she tries to get any glimmer of memory to help her sort things out. She needs answers and she needs them NOW! Matt is one tough, by the book investigator who gives commands and expects them to be followed.  That style of dealing with Juliet, does NOT sit well with her.  About the time she has moments of trusting him, she has proof once again that he is not on her side.  It made for quite the roller coaster ride for her.  She was still recovering from some of her injuries, while the emotional burden gets heavier and heavier.  And so does the evidence that's beginning to stack up against her.  Matt may be in charge but the emotions are high for him as well. At one point he was described as the cranky agent, that fit most of the time. He's still battling guilt from the previous assignment where he failed to protect an informant.  He doesn't want to fail when it comes to protecting or finding out the truth about Juliet.  Even if he doesn't have proof yet whether she is a victim or a suspect. And he doesn't want to be played for a fool.  Plenty of twists and turns will make you wonder too.  But more along the lines of who the bad guys are, how many are there and what they have been up to.  But the dangerous drug lord that his team has been hunting for so long is still the main villain.  And the author keeps the tension level up really well.  I will say that 2 people that I was suspicious of, proved to be people who were not as good as they appeared to be.  But, that didn't ruin the story for me, because the author did a really good job of weaving the story.  I liked the way that she carefully put out bread crumbs of information here and there.  It was a little bit like fishing.  Baiting the hook and then reeling the reader in. 
There were other people who were interesting additions to the story and I especially got a smile out of Matt's mom.  She shows up uninvited  to the "party".   But that doesn't slow her down one little bit. 

The sneak peek into Book 2 "Out of Reach" looks promising too.  Alyssa Barnes (Matt's sister) looks to be quite the little fireball!
This author is new to me but I will be looking into more of her books. 

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review" 

BOOK REVIEW- DARK RULES

Dark Rules (The DARK Files Book 3) by [Vaughan,Susan]
Maverick DARK officer Simon Byrne, undercover on a Caribbean island, must stop an international arms dealer's sale of uranium that could trigger a world war. Simon's mission goes sideways when the woman he once failed to protect is assigned as his tech officer. Vowing to keep her safe, he fights the smoldering heat between them because distraction could cost their lives. But despite his personal rule of no entanglements, she's in his head...and in his heart.
By-the-book Janna Harris is determined to prove herself in the field and uncover whether her late husband, who sold to the arms dealer, also betrayed his government. A treason investigation could expose Janna's own secrets. Her attraction to Simon wars with her pledge never to allow another man into her life. But can she walk away from the only man who could heal her battered soul?
Emotions and danger collide as the powder-keg deadline ticks down on their mission--and their survival.
AMAZON 4.5 STARS


"INTENSE", is what I would call it.  But in a good way, I really enjoyed it!  I've also really been enjoying the heck out of this Series.  I have to admit I did have some reservations about getting this story.  What was it?  Well in Book 2, Simon was in it briefly but he didn't sound like he was necessarily a stand up guy. A bit of a rebel wildcard yes, but a lot of questions about him and his ways of getting things done. The people around him perceived him that way.  But the sneak peek of this book, really did get me interested.  I am beginning to see a bit of a pattern here, underestimating  a person because they are in the book in a minor way. Then when you read their story it's pretty darn good.  There is also a quick look into the next book at the end of this one.   It's called "Dark Vengeance", and it has  agent Jack Thorne in it.  He comes across in other books as a stern, unsmiling, no nonsense kind of man.  But once again, I believe there will be more to him and his story too.  OK, enough on that.  Now onto more of what I thought of this book.

I loved both of the main characters, yes they are so different.  I liked how they worked together.  As a reader I could see how much they complimented each other even as they fought it.  Both had very good reasons to fight that attraction, up to and including that they were on a dangerous mission.  I really enjoyed the humor when it cropped up. And the surprising sensitivity that Simon began to show towards Janna.   He often mixed it with gentle humor which was fun. And Simon calling her "Q"?  Priceless. There was one statement in the book, that  I thought stated a part of who he was pretty well. "He rebelled against authority, even when he was part of the authority." Wow, both of them carried scars that carried a lot of pain.  Janna carried quite a bit that very few people knew about.  I loved her being a beautiful, smart geek.    So, if you are thinking that this is all just romance, sex and  about the pain life had dealt out to these two, you'd be wrong.  There was action, danger, mystery, surprises and plenty of evil guys.   The evil guys were clear cut without there being too many to keep track off.  And there will be a few surprise twists towards the end of the book too. 


I received this book for an honest review.  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- ETHAN'S HEART


Sheriff Ethan Blackwood is obsessed with bringing his wife’s killers to justice. A simple errand at the Cooper's Creek Bank put her in the middle of a robbery-turned-bloodbath. Ethan vows to find the outlaws, but he needs a caretaker for his two small daughters. 
After killing her stepfather, an abusive, heartless man who wagered her in a poker game, Annie Benton Holt is on the run—with a weak, newborn baby. Even though she killed the man in a struggle for her own life, when her stepbrothers find out she’s killed their father they’ll be out for blood. If the law doesn’t put a noose around her neck first.
When the baby’s health forces Annie to stop in Cooper's Creek, she is befriended by the town’s doctor. Broke, homeless, and with her baby’s health unstable, the doctor proposes a marriage-of-convenience between her and his widowed brother. Annie believes this mutual arrangement is the perfect solution.
But her perfect solution has a major flaw. The doctor’s brother—and Annie’s new husband—is the sheriff of Cooper’s Creek.      -I will be giving it 3 Stars on Amazon when I am able to review it.-


I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  I mean it had good main characters, sweet children, Ethan had good family members and the challenges were there to be overcome.  The author did do a good job drawing out a few surprises when it came to all the parts of Annie's predicament.  Still it was somewhat predictable until closer to the end when some surprise twists come into play.   I guess for my part, there was a bit too much angst that went on longer than I liked in this story.  
But maybe that is just me.  The story does have a reason to be emotional.  Both for Annie and Ethan, who each have good reasons for feeling the pain that they do. Annie spent so many years just trying to survive.  Ethan was still reeling from the death/murder of his wife. The plot was a good idea, but it just felt like it was missing something.  

I do like the cover for the eBook though.  Very attractive, it gets your attention.  


I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

BOOK REVIEW- MY SEDUCTIVE HIGHLANDER

My Seductive Highlander: A Highland Hearts Novel by [Greyson, Maeve]
Though part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed—or cursed—with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross—until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.

Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the twenty-first century, where he must win Lilia’s hand—or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate to embrace.   AMAZON  4 STARS


I was surprised that I found myself smiling often  as I read this book.  
Graham was so over his head when it came to dealing with his new time zone and Lilia.  But it wasn't very long though before I was pulling for him to win her over.  A lot of my smiling and some laughter came from Graham and his partner in crime, Angus.  Their reactions to some of the newfangled things in their new world was hilarious.   First car ride?   Funny!
There is magic, danger,romance, good friends, and finally a HEA.  This book rounds up all the sisters and shows how they each satisfy Granny by all having their lives on track.  Everything she ever wanted.  Interesting danger and twist at the end.  
Speaking of good friends, Vivienne and  Alberti really fit that bill.  Vivienne was hilariously her own person and carried it out in fun ways. 
Even Angus in his rough, clumsy, often unthinking ways was a friend of sorts.  
Yes, there will be sex.  Yes, there will sexual innuendo and words.  
Even though I do not believe in animal familiars, that was not a huge part of the book but it was implied.  That made me a bit uncomfortable when I recognized that but  was glad it wasn't a big part of the book.   There is other magic elements to the story which made it believable as their family being  time runners. 

On a side note, I really smiled when the author mentioned how much she appreciated her husband being her supporter for over 35 years.  The smile came in, when she said that he learned not to throw sticky notes away that were filled with strange phrases.  Sounds like he learned it the hard way.  




I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 













Thursday, October 20, 2016

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Soften Their World Baby Blanket

Skill Level-  EASY



Crochet Hook: J/10 or 6 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Notes
Materials:
  • Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
    • Contrast A Soft Pink (9719)    -  3
    • Contrast B Off White (9702)   -  3
  • One size US J/10 (6 mm), or size to obtain gauge.
  • One size US H/8 (5 mm), for border.
  • Yarn needle
Size: Approximately 34"/86.5 cm wide by 37"/94 cm long, including border.

Gauge:
Using larger hook, 13 sts and 18 1/2 rows = 4"/10 cm.

Instructions:

Modified Front Post Double Crochet (Mod FPdc): Unlike a 'standard' FPdc, the st behind the posted st is NOT skipped, but is worked as part of the Modified FPdc. This will eliminate the 'hole' on the reverse side which normally occurs when working posted sts, and the reverse side will lay flat. (RS) Yarn over, insert hook from RS to WS at the side of the st indicated, bring hook around WS of st, returning to RS on the opposite side of the st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; insert hook into top of next sc of current row (behind FPdc), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.

Stitch Pattern:
Multiple of 4 sts
Row 1: Using A, sc in second ch from hook, * dc in each of next 2 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch; repeat from * across to last 3 ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, sc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to B in last st (see Notes), turn.
Row 3: Using B, ch 1, sc in first sc, * work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 dc in second row below (Row 1), sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 dc in second row below, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2, changing to A on last sc, turn.
Row 5: Using A, ch 1, sc in first sc, * work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 Mod FPdc in second row below, sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, work Mod FPdc around each of next 2 Mod FPdc in second row below, sc in last sc, turn.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2, changing to B on last sc, turn.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5. Repeat Rows 4 – 7 for Stitch pattern.


Notes:

1. When changing colors at end of row, change to new color while working last st as follows: Insert hook and pull up loop with current color, yarn over with next color and draw through 2 loops (sc completed).

2. Colors are alternated every 2 rows; when changing colors, do NOT fasten off previous color; carry it along side of work. When working first round of Border, work OVER carried yarn for a neat edge.

Throw:

Using larger hook and A, chain 105. Begin Stitch pattern—104 sts after Row 1. Work even in Stitch pattern until a total of 161 rows have been completed. Fasten off B. BORDER Change to smaller hook; continue with A.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 3 sc in side of last sc worked (corner), * sc in each row end along side edge; working 3 sc in corner st *; sc in each unworked loop of beginning ch (lower edge), working 3 sc in corner st; repeat * to * once, sc in each st across upper edge, join with a slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, working in back loop only, sc in each sc around, working 3 sc in each corner st (center st of 3-sc at corners), join with a slip st to first sc. Fasten off A; join B with a slip st in any corner st.
Round 3: Using B, repeat Round 2. Fasten off.


Finishing:

Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Read more at http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Baby-Blanket-Afghans/Soften-Their-World-Baby-Blanket#QXApFS9IDTjUp4t8.99

Peace is an Atmosphere - Jennifer Eivaz



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17 Prophetic Declarations to Make Right Now—Before 2017

17 Prophetic Declarations to Make Right Now—Before 2017: There is power in making declarations and decrees over your life that will align you with God’s Word. “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28 NKJV While there has been a lot of unrest going on in the world this   …Read Full Post

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chad Taylor: '5777: The Year of the Ax Head Prophecy'

Chad Taylor: '5777: The Year of the Ax Head Prophecy'



From the desk of Steve Shultz:
I've known Chad Taylor for almost 20 years now. He's the real deal, especially as it relates to prophesying into the promises of God.
Chad is a revivalist and he truly lives to see "the Lost" come pouring into the Kingdom.
Here is a prophetic piece from this article by Chad:
2017 or more accurately 5777 on the Jewish calendar is the year of the "Ax Head." A year of sudden and overwhelming restoration on levels and dimensions that "no eye has seen nor ear heard." It will surely defy everything you have imagined "exceedingly and abundantly more than you can imagine or ask..." 
If there ever was good news, it was the paragraph you just read. God is about to blow our minds with HIS Kindness and Goodness. Even for those who feel they have been disqualified will find that they are not...and they have not been set aside.
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Recently during prayer, I had a riveting revelation regarding the "ax head" in 2 Kings 6. Following that initial insight into this often overlooked miracle, I have had a sequence of other prophetic revelations on this scripture reference. I have read it many times in the past, but have never heard any real commentary referencing this passage – until now by the Holy Spirit.
The actual events leading up to this miracle of the ax head – that literally defied gravity and every law of physics – are equally as important. I heard with sudden clarity from the Lord:2017 or more accurately 5777 on the Jewish calendar is the year of the "Ax Head." A year of sudden and overwhelming restoration on levels and dimensions that "no eye has seen nor ear heard." It will surely defy everything you have imagined "exceedingly and abundantly more than you can imagine or ask..." (Photo via Christian Resources Today)
Global Expansion and Sudden Growth: The Isaiah 54 Effect
The driving force behind these circumstances in 2 Kings 6 was the need to expand. In verse 1 the company of the prophets exclaimed, "The place where we meet with you is too small for us." Elisha agrees and they proceed to the Jordan, cut wood and build a new place for the prophets to gather.
The prophet Isaiah had experienced the same prophetic precedent when he urged Israel in Isaiah 54:2 to, "Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!" God is unhinging even the most radical visions and expectations, and doors will surely open that no man can close.
Unprecedented Prophetic Commissioning is Coming
It's important to point out the prophetic commissioning that followed their request to expand the house of the prophets. Elisha answered and said, "GO..." You see, expansion of any kind must first come with a prophetic commissioning – a "go ye" that can propel the people into the place of explosive increase. It's no better illustrated than in 2 Kings 6:2. Elisha answered, "Go..."
In Ruth 2:22, at another epic crossroads of restoration, Naomi commissions Ruth into the field of Boaz to glean with the harvesters. A type and shadow of the redemption that looms ahead of this present generations of harvesters. "And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field." Notice even the numbers in this Scripture echo a great commission to come when Jesus would send His early disciples 2 by to 2 into the uttermost parts of the world.
Leaders Leading Prophets Going: The Greatest Commission
Verse 3 is paramount as they asked the prophet Elisha to go with them: "Won't you please come with your servants?" The convenience of letting others do the work was not sufficient here and Elisha knew it as he exclaimed, "I will go!" The lack of expansion of the Kingdom of God and the knowledge of God in the world, does not entirely rest on those that are seemingly unwilling to go; but rather the Church leaders, prophets and pastors NOT WILLING TO GO WITH THEM.
Elisha's response was the key to success or failure in this unfolding scenario. In Joshua 3, God gave instructions to Israel again how to receive unprecedented breakthrough when it seemed everything thwarted them. It was only when the priests, the 12 leaders selected from the 12 tribes, got their feet wet in the water FIRST that their circumstances changed. God is calling leaders in every spiritual quadrant to lead the charge, to step into the often tumultuous waters of present circumstance and lead.
Joshua 3:13"And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD-the Lord of all the earth-set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap." A sweeping wave of obedience is about to crash down on the shores of this world as many that have disqualified themselves or have been disqualified themselves will exclaim, "Here am I, send me!" (Isaiah 6:8).
When they arrived at the Jordan in 2 Kings 6:4, the building of the prophet's gathering place commenced. What followed is one of the most unique miracles in the Bible. "As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water. 'Oh no, my lord!' he cried out. 'It was borrowed!'" (2 Kings 6:5).
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The Iron Age was between 1200 – 500 BC, placing Elisha in 2 Kings 6 approximately 856 BC. This iron ax head was of great value and clearly was not easily accessible, thus the despair of the man in verse 5, "Oh no, my lord...it was borrowed!" Not only was it of great value, but it did not belong to the man – he had borrowed it!
The Ax Head of Prophecy and the Breaking of Debt: A Year of Jubilee
The ax heads are even now appearing from the depths from where they were lost. "I am even now dredging the depths and bringing back those things lost and even long forgotten," says the Lord. "Prophetic words weathered and worn, no longer visible, will suddenly roar off the pages of posterity – redefining the future even overnight. Isaiah 66:8 will be fulfilled in this generation: 'Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment?'
"Your vision and dreams that have been indentured will be set free like a bird from a cage; the vision and dreams that were long ago buried will spring up like an army of dry bones and I will renew them like the eagle. The very gallows of current circumstances meant for your demise will prove to be for your good as I spring the trap of the fowler," says the Lord. (Photo via animal wallpapers)
"For even now I am declaring Jubilee this year of 5777 over you that will move you from only a mere 'calling' into a sending – a commissioning. I have ordained you as a voice to the nations. 'To uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.' Even as I commissioned the 70, I am decreeing a new commissioning over the land – a 70 x's 7 of healing and forgiveness and many will cry, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' as I heal the land where their feed tread (see Luke 10; Jeremiah 1:10).
"Failed attempts and false starts will no longer define you as the finish line of unfinished business looms ahead. I will surely complete the good work I have begun. A season of 70, and 70 x's 7 will prevail as forgiveness and commissioning eclipses the failure. You are the head not the tail.
"As Ruth was thrust into the field by her misfortune to bring unprecedented restoration, so will you. As salvation came to the house of Zacchaeus I will surely do this for you." Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house..."(Luke 19:9).
"For even now the ax heads are rising – that which has been lost, broken, abandoned and dilapidated. From the depths they are rising, in cities and states they are rising, and in governments and nations they are rising. In homes and families they are rising, and in heads of states and in government they are rising.
"These are long-forgotten destinies, callings and commissioning; and like Isaac the wells will be re-dug; the stubborn resistance will give way now – eclipsed by a 100-fold breakthrough. The stubborn stones of despair will be cast up and a highway for our God shall be prepared. Even now these things are coming to pass – look up! Look up! Your redemption draws nigh." (Photo via YouWall)
The prophet asked, "Where did it drop in?" When he showed him the spot, Elisha cut off a branch, threw it in at that spot, and made the ax head float..." 2 Kings 6:6 (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Chad Taylor
Consuming Fire Ministries

Email: info@consumingfire.com
Website: www.consumingfire.com
Chad Taylor is known around the world for his two critically acclaimed booksWhy Revival Still Tarries and The Cry of the Harvest. After 15+ years as a prophetic voice to the nations and a full-time minister on television, radio and conferences, his passion and attention is often found elsewhere; with the broken, bedraggled, and unreached masses that are yet to be touched with the matchless love of Jesus. Chad has been called Prophet, Evangelist and a modern-day Revivalist but you will most likely find Chad under a bridge, a street corner and an inner-city basketball court than the meeting hall and if you're in his company long enough you will be as well! Chad currently resides in Georgia with his wife and three children.


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Jo Ellen Stevens: God Says, 'In My Spirit – You Are Not Confined to Time!'

Jo Ellen Stevens: God Says, 'In My Spirit – You Are Not Confined to Time!'



The Lord reminded me recently that, "There is no time in eternity."
Years ago, I was on the floor of "The First Assembly Of God" under a pew in travail and went into the spirit. When I came to myself, there was a huge puddle on the floor where my tears had fallen like rain onto the carpet. What was amazing and strange to me was that I could have sworn I had only been there maybe 5 minutes—10 at the most! But as I looked at the clock it had been 2 and a half hours! Truly, I could not believe it!
In Eternity, You Can Go Forward or Backward
In the flesh, we are confined in time; but not when we get into the spirit. When we are in the spirit, we can see both backwards in time and forward. It is then that God can show us a word of knowledge about a person or situation or a "forward" which is a prophecy. A word of wisdom for us, or someone, could also be considered a "forward." This is because we have His Spirit in us and Ecclesiastes says that eternity is in us. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts..." Ecclesiastes 3:11
The Memory of Eternity Is In You!
Do you know that eternity is in your heart? As we get into the spirit and search the deep things of God, He will show you things to come, but the fact is that it has already been done in eternity. Oh, is your mind blown yet? Yes that is right; we have a memory of eternity in our born-again spirit!
Sometimes what the world calls Deja Vu (which means "already seen" in French) is simply you experiencing a word of knowledge about something in eternity that you already have within you, and has been there the whole time. The Holy Spirit is bringing all things to your remembrance. John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Time To Call It Forth
Many times, we see future things that have been there all along—settled in Heaven—but it is time to call it forth into this place called time. That is why when we seek God and get into the spirit that we begin to get revelation for the future that is relevant for such a time as this! The key of David was intimacy with God—entering into His presence. It was there that he would gain revelation.
And Time Is No More
Many years ago, in that same season of prayer, God gave me a dream. In the dream I saw two hands coming out of Heaven and they rolled up the sky and a voice said, "And Time Is No More!" When I saw this vision, the Lord showed me that when time was no more we could see the eternal realm was all around us all along, but we could not see it in this realm because of time. You see...but we CAN see it now.
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
"But as it is written, 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.' But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." 1 Corinthians 2:7-12
You see, if the enemy had known that when they crucified Jesus He would multiply Himself in all of those who received Him, the enemy wouldn't have done it; because now, we are all filled with eternity and have access into that which is beyond this world—unbound by time. We now have access into the mysteries of God and to these eternal things. There is no veil holding us back any longer from the access to all that the eye has not seen!
So How Does This Help Us Now?
This knowledge helps us when we get into the spirit. We can now see what is already finished in Heaven and bring the eternal realm into this place called time. This happens by saying what we hear Him saying and doing what we see him doing! Rev. 19:10 says, "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." 
You see, the testimony of Jesus was that He only did what He saw the Father doing, and said what He heard the Father saying. This is why Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 18:18, "Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in Heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in Heaven."
The Lord Wants to Know
The Lord is saying, "It is already settled in Heaven! Enter into the place where I have seated you, where there is no time! Enter into My rest and you will see what I see and hear what I hear and will decree that which is finished in eternity, into your situation on earth! For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal and will last forever! You have the authority to bring eternity into time through your worship of what I have already done!
"It is time to decree what you see! Its is time to decree a thing and so shall it be established on the earth! I am calling My mature sons and daughters to usher in the eternal Kingdom! I am calling you to transcend time as My Son did when He walked the earth! It is time to bring the eternal into this place called time!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Jo Ellen Stevens
TCIC Ministries

Email: jostevensariseshine@gmail.com
Website: dstevens7.wix.com/tcic
Jo Ellen Stevens is a prophetic speaker, author, worship leader, and intercessor from Connersville, Indiana. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years, pastoring, teaching, and leading prophetic worship. She operates in a prophetic anointing with words of knowledge and words of wisdom. She believes that every Believer should be hearing the Lord's voice and resounding His heart out of their intimate relationship with Him. She also believes God called her many years ago to encourage the Body of Christ to arise and shine with the glory of the Lord for such a time as this, no matter what their age, background, or social status! She believes that God has given us each a platform to use the gifts and talents that He has given us to bring those who do not know the Lord out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God, and that social media will play a great part in covering the earth with His glory!

BOOK REVIEW- FROSTY THE SNOWMAN BY MIMI BARBOUR

Love, Christmas - Holiday stories that will put a song in your heart! by [Banks, Leanne, Mimi Barbour, Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Patricia Rosemoor, Rebecca York, Denise Devine, Donna Fasano, Traci Hall, Taylor Lee, Stephanie Queen, Jennifer St. Giles, Alicia Street, Katy Walters, Rachelle Ayala, Jacquie Biggar, Michele Hauf, Dani Haviland, Nancy Radke, Cynthia Cooke]
Holiday Heartwarmers Book #4

Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour
Strangers, Hali and Terry, and a cute but mischievous Samoyed puppy are stranded in the Alaskan bush due to a freak snowstorm that forces him to land his small Cessna. From the beginning, she’s never known a man so independent and rigid in his need to have things done his way. And he’s never known a woman so willing to help, stepping on his pride in such a lovable way that he can’t take offense. The frigid temperatures are brutal and when he falls through the ice to save a puppy, the stakes for survival become enormous. Can their blossoming mutual attraction withstand their multiple challenges?    AMAZON


This is the book that I read in this Series and it starts out with action right out of the gate.   
I have to admit the minute that Terry opened his mouth, I hated him. Even as the story went on and I realized he was kind of a handsome but reclusive guy, I wasn't sure my opinion would change.  But thankfully it did.  He was a softie hidden behind a bossy, crusty interior.   I could really see it with his interactions with the puppy.  The puppy that Hali was there to deliver as a gift to someone in Alaska.  
Trying to survive in blizzard conditions was written in a believable way. Even when Hali caused a few mishaps being a city girl and all.  She had some spunk and redheaded backbone.  Sometimes that helped their situation but not always.   Once the anger and resentment cooled, sparks of a different kind heated up.  
A charming story, that brought a smile and a small surprise twist at the end.  


I was  given a gift of this book and have voluntarily decided to write a review. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- CHASING THE HEIRESS

Chasing the Heiress (The Muses' Salon Series) by [Miles, Rachael]
Lady Arabella Lucia Fairborne has no need of a husband. She has a fine inheritance for the taking, a perfectly capable mind, and a resolve as tough as nails. But what she doesn't have is the freedom to defy her cousin's will--and his will is to see her married immediately to the husband of his choosing. So is it any wonder that she dresses herself as a scullery maid and bolts into the night? Colin Somerville's current mission for the home office is going poorly. Who would have expected otherwise for a rakish spy tasked with transporting a baby to the care of the royal palace. But when, injured and out of ideas, Colin stumbles upon a beautiful maid who knows her way around a sickroom, it seems salvation has arrived. Until he realizes that though Lucy may be able to help him survive his expedition, he may not escape this ordeal with his heart intact… AMAZON  3.5 STARS

Although I really liked both of the main characters, I wasn't so sure I was going to make it all the way through this book.   I was almost up to the 50% mark on my kindle and I was thinking it is moving SO slow.  That really did interfere with my enjoyment of the book.   But I say that "Lucy" who was being called had been through a lot and was about to have a lot more grief headed her way.  I was like she had just about everything but the kitchen sink thrown at her.  But of course, that did make the story more interesting.   Although really tougher for Lucy and those around her.  I really started for feel really bad for Lucy. And Colin was suffering in his own way too.  There were interesting secondary people in the story and the hero of the piece, was a man of honor.  He was also a man on a mission for the Crown.   He had his secrets and she had hers. There were plenty of twists and turns in traumas as the story got further along.  
Still in my final comments I would have to say, I wish the story had moved the pace a little faster in the beginning.  

Matthew West - Mended (Lyric Video)

"Great Are You Lord" from All Sons and Daughters LIVE (OFFICIAL)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pastor Larry Huch - A Confession of Breakthrough - October 9, 2016



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Natalie Grant - King Of The World (Official Lyric Video)

BOOK REVIEW- COVETED BRIDE

Coveted Bride (The Ozark Durham Series Book 3) by [Tittel, Regina] 
Do arranged marriages still happen? 

For Lindsey Buchannan, yes. Everything was kept in her husband's name, giving him full control of all they owned. And upon his death-bed, he exposed his plan for his family's future. Lindsey has two months to marry Keaton Durham, a man willing to win her heart, or she'll lose her trusts and home to a charity.
Determined to make it on her own, Lindsey rejects the idea immediately. But when a drug-addicted family member threatens her children for the sake of money, the young widow's left with little choice but to turn to Keaton. His steadfast devotion and love for her children weaken her defenses. As she struggles to calm the romantic notions of her heart, suspense builds when drug paraphernalia is found planted in her van. Keaton vows to protect them but even love can't defy logic–no one can be there all of the time.

This christian contemporary novel was written not only to entertain, but to build one's confidence after living under emotional abuse. If you enjoy this bargain book, look for others by Regina Tittel. 

  AMAZON   5 STARS

I loved this story.  As the story unfolds the reader gets a better idea of just how controlled Lindsey's life has been.  What a selfish, judgmental man she was married to.  Mike worked hard but he sure was self-absorbed and when you get to meet his parents, it helps to show where his need to control came from.  He inherited it!
I grew to really like both Lindsey and Keaton a lot.  His parents and his sister Lucy added a lot of warmth to the story.  Of course the kids were delightful, as they were different from each other.  Distinct personalities and a couple of kids coming from a different situation.  I'm not going to say more because I don't to give away too much of the story.  
I started pulling for Keaton pretty early on even though Lindsey's late husband sure made things harder for him.  In more ways than one.  I liked that Keaton did not appreciate being called charming because to him that seemed like a negative.  Something that when used could be manipulative and was the opposite of character.   He definitely was a man of honor and kindness.  He went the extra mile with others. 
Threats come from a family member but it also causes other problems as well.  You could almost feel the weight on Lindsey's shoulders as she tried to figure out what to do about her feelings about Keaton.  She also has to deal with the resentment of her late husband trying to control her from the grave.  If you are looking for twists and turns and an action story, this book has it.  It also is a clean reading story.  
There is some scripture and God influence in the story but please do not let that scare you if you are not a Christian,it was a good story.  One that I thought was done in a way that did NOT cram God down a persons throat and did not take over the whole story.  It did show though that there is help to overcome emotional abuse.  
I see that there is another book in the Series called, "Cherished Stranger".  It caught my attention because it's a story with Lucy in it.
I'll be looking for that book because this book only dipped a toe into her story.  And I'm curious because I liked her in this one. 



I really liked the author's note at the end of the book.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Get Miracles While You Sleep!

BOOK REVIEW- MORGAN AND ARCHER

Morgan and Archer: A Novella (Windham Book 0) by [Burrowes, Grace]
This sparkling short story by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes ties back to her popular Windham series. Archer Portmaine is investigating a plot against the Crown when he meets Morgan James, a young lady who believes her hearing problems make her a poor candidate for marriage, although her disability provides the key to unraveling Archer's mystery-and to capturing his heart.   AMAZON   5 STARS

I was charmed by this story.  I really enjoyed this story so much, that's why I gave it such high marks.  I was going to give it at least a 4.5 Stars and realized I actually did love it.   Both of the main characters were so honorable and interesting.  And so sweet together; it was interesting to watch them as they begin to appreciate each other.   And the part of Morgan having hearing problems promised to make for an even more interesting story. For me, it delivered on that promise.  It also had several quirky secondary characters, which is something I always enjoy.  
The whole mystery/intrigue that Archer is pursuing is a good one with a very satisfying outcome.  

 Even the cover for the book showed much tenderness, caring and intimacy that the story followed through on.   I've only read a few books by this author but I can honestly say, this is my favorite so far.  
Now I am looking forward to reading more of her books.