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Welcome Linda Wood Rondeau!

by Mitzi on December 3, 2012

This past Spring, I met Linda and was taken by her remarkable talent–she writes in several genres–and her passion to serve God wherever He plants her, no matter her circumstances.  Thanks, Linda, for sharing with us these wonderful words of wisdom!

Finding Balance in a Seesaw World

By Linda Wood Rondeau  

Do you ever feel that life is out of tune—a discordant schedule of work engagements, spousal obligations, parental demands, friends’ needs, children’s activities, and church responsibilities? When your head finally hits the pillow, does that nagging fear you’ve forgotten something keep you awake until the early morning hours?

Do you sometimes feel you are running a marathon with little or no training? Do you feel like calling it quits after the first four miles or, at the least, continue on panting and painfully looking for the finish line?

Do you find most of your days have been commandeered by yet to do items on your “urgently needed to complete” list?

If the answers to the above are yes, you are in good company.

I’ve never been adept at multitasking. My husband, on the other hand, is able to watch a television show, listen to the radio, read the paper, and carry on a conversation concurrently without missing a single note, action, or word. I refuse to admit my limitations and race against the clock.

 “Do you know the washing machine is running with no clothes in it?” My husband asked. While waiting for the machine to fill, I had gone upstairs to get the laundry and noticed that the bathroom mirror needing cleaning. By the time that task was done, I had forgotten why I was upstairs and quickly found another chore to occupy my mind.

Trying to find that delicate balance in life is a little like sitting on the top end of a seesaw. Just when you think you’ve got it conquered, someone gets off at the bottom, painfully reminding us of how out of control our lives can become in a matter of seconds. We are jarred into the sudden realization that our teetering life’s schedules are also dependent upon others.

Our time often is not our own. Every day people grab parts of it away from us through job demands, family activities, church responsibilities, and even our adoring pets. Who gets how much of our time is often determined by who is more important to us. What is attended to first will depend upon our hierarchy of need. Sheila pulled out her to do list: get the groceries, get gas, and cash paycheck. In order to accomplish the first two, she needed to do the last item on her list first. Needs changed her priorities.

Many of us have too much month at the end of our money. What financial obligation takes precedent will depend upon how we view the purpose of money in our lives. Dawn had to buy groceries, pay the mortgage, and pay the tithe. She didn’t have enough to accomplish all three. Trusting in God’s benevolence, she felt prompted to pay the tithe and the mortgage, wondering about what she might have to eat for the next week. When she checked the mail the next day, she had received a refund check for the amount needed to buy the groceries. Her financial choices were determined by what she deemed was most important.

 Balanced living is achieved only when our actions align with our values. God gives us His Holy Spirit to desire what God deems best for us, helping us to make choices that are in tune with His perfect will.

Christ is our example of balanced living. Every choice He made came from a central desire—to do the will of the Father. His ministry, prayer, social life, and personal choices revolved around this driving force: to finish the work for which He had been sent:

 “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do”

(John 17: 4).

Just as Christ lived his life in perfect harmony with God’s purpose, God desires that our steps be in accordance to His plan for us. When we walk in disharmony with God’s plan, our proverbial seesaw comes crashing down, painfully reminding us that our lives have become unbalanced. How then do we keep in step with an all-powerful and all-knowing God? Paul tells us in I Corinthians 2:16 that we “have the mind of Christ.” The Holy Spirit who dwells within every believer directs our choices. If we listen, He will “teach us all things” (John 14:25), putting us into complete agreement with the Father.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16 – 17).

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight),  LINDA RONDEAU, writes stories of redemption and God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.  Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com.  Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, Trestle Press, the first in a dystopian trilogy, is a futuristic political now available in ebook on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  Also with Trestle Press is her serial story, Rains of Terror which can be found on Amazon.Com.

Today we celebrate Linda’s newest release,

A Christmas Adirondack romance , It Really IS a Wonderful Life, now available through Amazon.com, published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more It’s a Wonderful Life fun.

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Dinner at The Plaza

by Mitzi on November 9, 2012

Want to impress your family and friends at this year’s feast?  How about dinner at The Plaza?–in 1899

From turtle soups to duck of every variety, these meals were certainly enjoyed only by New Yorkers who could afford such extravagance–just the soup alone set you back 65 cents.

Source: NewYork Public Library Digital Gallery

Think I’ll stick to my Southern-style turkey and cornbread dressing.  How about you?  Trying something new this year for Thanksgiving?  Or do you look forward to a more traditional menu?

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The Election’s Over. . .

November 8, 2012

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November 7, 2012

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3 Reasons I Vote

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Change Begins with YOU

November 5, 2012

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Thanksgiving Gets the Boot

November 1, 2012

So you’ve put away your costumes and tossed the sagging jack-o-lanterns–now what?  According to commercial venues, it’s time to pull out the Christmas tree! But what about Thanksgiving?  Stuffed (pun intended) between Halloween and Christmas, this poor holiday seems to get tossed aside as just a quick stepping stone for great shopping. Soon, we’ll rename [...]

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Charlie Tunes Make Me Smile

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30 Day To-Do List

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Do You Know Her?

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Christianity Today magazine featured “50 Women You Should Know” in this month’s issue. To create the list, evangelical leaders were asked to name one Christian woman who they felt most shaped today’s life in both the church and culture in significant ways.  The women listed covered a wide range of professions and areas within modern society.  From [...]

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