The Ides of October

A beautiful fall bouquet from our neighbors, who had dinner with us before heading to Florida for the winter.

The ides of any month are on the fifteenth, as far as I know. My brother Fritz was born on June 15, my son Chris on July 15. Interesting things have happened on each of those birth dates over the years. The 15th is also the day I remember to do our monthly septic treatment and to mail the check to the man who does web maintenance for Olive Press Publisher. It’s difficult to think of a title I’ve not used before after several years of weekly blogging, so forgive me if this one is a bit lame.

Paperback The Forgiving Hour Book

The book that impacted me this week is a Christian relationship novel by Robin Lee Hatcher. The Forgiving Hour poses the struggle to forgive in a way that touches home. When the 18-year-old college girl falls into an affair with an unhappy husband, she doesn’t realize she’s a pawn in the enemy’s hands to help break up a marriage [he failed to tell her he was married]. Mother and son struggle to live life when husband/father leaves them with all the debts and not a leg to stand on. Will the mother ever be able to forgive the young girl she’s spent years blaming for the marriage breakup and her son growing up without a father when she realizes her grown son has fallen hopelessly in love with the girl who’s grown to adulthood? Will the young woman; a baby Christian, be able to forgive herself? Robin displays the glory of God, the Father-heart of God and how Holy Spirit can work on people from just the right angles to bring heavenly resolutions to all. This is not truly just a work of fiction – which Robin has a gift for writing- but touches home for those in real-life relationships. It’s a lesson in forgiving we could all use! How do you spell FORGIVENESS? JESUS CHRIST!

Matthew 18:32b “‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Which leads me to the videos I’ve been bingeing on: Destiny Image The Two Christian Dudes Podcast on YouTube. They are interviewing people who have died, gone to heaven, and come back to testify. I’ve learned Jesus really IS all-in-all, He really does not judge us, and our prayers shoot up to heaven like stars to the Father’s throne. Turns out we can take the Bible literally. Here is a good video to start with:

In other news of my life, I am now a published author [besides this blog]. A connection of mine on LinkedIn, Elizabeth Iyadi Abaye Chief Editor @WORD DIGEST [among other titles], likes what I put on my blog and asked if I would write for her publication. She has published my testimony on the front page of WORD DIGEST NUGGETS VOL. 18. The title is: Marriage Makeover and can be found at:

Our home smells wonderful this evening after I canned sixteen jars of applesauce and prepared six bags of sweet red pepper slices for the freezer. Husband John is helping our friends put the plastic sheets on their new green house before it rains and our son Chris and his dog Walter are on their way to visit for deer hunting muzzle loading week. The rain is beginning to fall, John should be home soon, and Chris and pup arriving before midnight. I’m praying for peaceful sleep and sweet dreams from Father God’s hands for this whole household tonight. May you experience the same in yours.

Apple sauce and hot cherry bomb peppers waiting to be put away.

I leave you with some Scriptures to go with what I’ve included above:

 John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Prayers from the book of Revelation:

5:8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

8:3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.

8:4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen.

As God has forgiven you in Christ Jesus, you also must forgive.

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