So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Happy Easter!

SORRY POST GOT DELAYED!

Celebrating in a different way this strange Easter -well at least we’ve still got chocolate…so I’m sharing my first book, Tom for free. It’s a new edition. The link is below!


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Climate Change: my Christian view

How are you enjoying the summer? Too hot maybe? Or you just love this more Mediterranean climate and are even thinking of having siestas like in Spain? Lungau used to be known as the Siberia of Austria, maybe not anymore!

While we are all enjoying the summer, events around us can be seen as dark and depressing. World leaders are shaking their swords at each other and fighting over ships and territories. There are reports of floods and fires and storms, as our climate seems to be undergoing change.

We now have the climate protestors, who claim this is all our fault and the governments must do SOMETHING. At the same time these people will be flying and driving to events using fossil fuels, and maybe using plastic banners and outfits in their protests.

In the UK, Vegans are terrorising meat-eaters, forgetting the tolerant society they are supposed to be living in. Gay rights are being condoned, while Christians are being ignored and some might say, even persecuted.

Whether all this change is our fault seems to be decided by the majority and maybe this is a good thing. But we have only been measuring climate for about 150 years. It’s known that the sea level was higher in Roman times and trees have been found underneath melting glaciers. We see all from our own tiny, insignificant viewpoint.  What we see in our perspective as the world falling apart, was also seen in older generations as they saw their world change.  So where do we stand?

When the world was created, we were given dominion over the animals and plants by God, but not the climate. People say God is in all this change, maybe out of anger at us. But we do have a responsibility to look after what we have been given. The Bible says that creation groans under the power of sin in the world. Possibly, all of this is the result of the spiritual evil that abounds in the world; you only need to hear the news.

The Bible warns us of the return of Jesus and all the upheaval that will follow in Revelation. Of how, in those days, we must hold on to what we believe in the chaos around us. Maybe it can be said that some of the times predicted are here now.  As Christians, should we be shaking in fear too?

We have certainty and a surety that the greater world doesn’t have. Jesus. He will come again, but even he doesn’t know when! Should that make us nervous? NO! We have a sureness that being in a relationship with Jesus, when we constantly seek his will for our lives; forgive each other; love the people around us, none of all this chaos needs to touch us. YES! We can hold on to this certainty and let his Spirit fill us daily with Hope and Joy, while we look to his return.

Shouldn’t we be telling those around us about this too?


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Patricia Snelling

I don’t often do book reviews, but I thought I would for Trish!!

I did so enjoy this tale from New Zealand about a young vet making her way in a male dominated profession. Plenty of description of the landscape, and utterly full on Christian. A sweet, gentle read that warmed the cockles of my heart!


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Guest Post; Leah Meahl

I am so pleased to introduce Leah Meahl, a Christian author, whose first book is now on pre-release!

The greatest gift that I ever received without even knowing it was my mother’s prayers over me as a baby. I’ve seen the effect they’ve had on my life over the years. One such prayer was that I would be used for the glory of God’s purposes. At this stage of my life, I believe I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of that purpose.

I’m a Yankee girl with the NY accent to prove it, but with the loving hospitality baked in from living most of my life in Greenville, South Carolina. I believe they call us GRITS: Girls Raised In The South.

Though introverted and shy at heart, I’ve grown up with the desire for storytelling. I grew up in church and community theatre and discovered that I have an acting bug with a knack for singing. I got into the writing scene, however, after being enchanted by a teen romance that may or may not have included a vampire. My taste has grown since then, trust me.

When Jesus called to some of His disciples, He said that they would no longer be considered fishermen, but fishers of men. Similarly, I feel that Jesus has called me to no longer be a storyteller, but to be a teller of His stories. Everything I write has His influence, and my desire is for people to see and hear and understand His influence in their life.

My debut novella, The Threshold, is a true testament to God’s grace and guidance in fulfilling the desires of your heart once they’re surrendered to Him. I couldn’t have continued the writing and publishing process without Him.

Speaking of the writing process, when I begin to craft a book, I need to get deep into a daydreaming state. It usually includes talking to myself. Typically, that’s when the idea first arrives. It takes the form of a snip-it or a moment played out in my mind. If I think it’s intriguing, I build a storyline from that moment. Who was involved? How did this moment come about? What’s the result of this moment taking place?

For the most part, I do a lot of pre-thinking and organizing before I start writing, just to make sure this could be a plausible reality. When a good portion of the plot is planned out, I begin writing. You can plan all you want though, but the writing is when the tale begins to truly blossom.

Unlike when I was younger, I read Christian fiction and non-fiction. I love stories with supernatural elements and mystery but having a love interest is a definite must for me. My favorite book is The Shack by Paul M. Young. It’s the only book I’ve read twice which clinches the fact it’s my favorite. I don’t like to reread books because I’d rather use the time to experience something new.

What used to be a strange concept when The Shack first came out, became a beautiful story that moved me to look at my relationship with God with a new perspective. I had to read it again, so that I could retain the deep spiritual truths it held about healing and loss and trusting God in everything. I highly recommend checking it out.

Be encouraged that whatever God has for your life can be accomplished with faith, prayer, and trust. With those fundamentals propelling you forward, all that’s left is to watch and see what God will do.

 


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The Baize door is published!

I’m soo excited!  You can’t imagine the buzz from having a book on Amazon. Do have a look and maybe have a read!! It’s what I call rural romance, with countryside, romance, horses, equine assisted therapy, of course, dogs and Christianity!

Joanna has been sleepwalking through life living in her family’s ancestral manor house and running the Hazeley horse show.

Then a childhood friend, Diane, reappears, ruining the glorious isolation Joanna and her father have created. Diane opens a riding stable literally on Joanna’s doorstep.

So begins Joanna’s descent into a life of pain and frustration but then two totally disruptive puppies enter her life, and she needs Guy to help her with their training. They seem ill-suited until a tragedy sparks something more.

It is when Diane commits the ultimate betrayal that Joanna realises she must radically change her life.

But how?  Is there a way to reconciliation with Dianne? Can horses help? Will she finally overcome her past and pain to build a new life built on faith and love?


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Bouncing Back

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Swingle and Lea in the woods!

As my regular readers know, I’ve finished my summer job early and am looking at what next. I’m helping Dave with his garden business as he has more employed hours and I’m finding I quite like lawn mowing!! Just shows how God can change your heart! I’m taking over the library in the village and I’m looking at doing the English teaching seriously.

But I’ve felt off track with God for a long time. Letting myself feel so unhappy with the job and not handling it as a Christian should. Felling guilty that I should be asking Dave’s forgiveness for my bad attitude to him at times but unable to do it.  In the wilderness.

Then God started pointing things out to me. Firstly how I had been so lonely last summer and wanted someone to walk the dog with, and he’s gifted me the friendship of Elke who lives down the road and has a puppy who has become a mate of Swingle’s and we walk together. If Dave is too tired at the weekend, I have other people to trot around with. Thanks! I have Jenny, my English friend who lives nearby and thinks like me. Thanks! I have the joy of walking in the early morning and feeling his supernatural reaching though to me in the beauty of this countryside. Thanks. I feel surrounded in friendship like I haven’t done for years! The other day while doing our daily prayers I was just thanking him through his joy he’s given me and not handing it back, but revelling in it and appreciating he never left me, I took a wrong turning. Was my unhappiness in the job him telling me to go rather than my self-will?

But the Church business goes on. I was narked that I was no longer the contact person for the Burg, but I left the Presbyterium and must take the consequences, and maybe it was the right decision. But I was missing the Christian fellowship of church. Then Valli rang me up, we’d have Housegroup there for a while, but after this Christmas, I just had to urge to continue it and let it go. Excuses of work  on the weekend. She told me the story of the recent death of her Father, which I won’t detail, except to say, it has brought her family together in Supernatural healing and re-charged her spiritual batteries. I was honoured to be told the tale, and she’s now ready for the next thing. We were walking the dog before sharing breakfast together. Then God sent Anna, walking her dog along the river bank to us. She is a gifted musician, a full on lady, who was with the group that split up a few years ago. So Valli invited her to breakfast too and we had a wonderful time, Anna prayed and thanked God for this and we sat, ate and chatted in harmony.

I felt surrounded with the Christian fellowship that I’ve been missing for so long, and its makes the homesickness irrelevant (except for my kids!). With the EU vote soon, I so hope that the UK will stay put, I now actually don’t want to leave here! Anna is one of those Spirit filled people gifted with leaking the Holy Spirit when she prays, I need people like her!  I’ve begun to pray that something I say to people will prompt them to ask questions, but asking Holy Spirit to guide me because if I try to engineer it, crash! Also that change will come to these friends that they are interested and open, rebuking what is stopping them asking.

Sadly,I had to leave for meals on wheels, but Anna and Valli are coming to me for breakfast next week. I guess Valli will have told Anna her story. Frauen that Frühstuck!  A new start with no label or conditions. I’m just bouncing!!!!!