Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fireman Dad by Betsy St. Amant

The Book:

Fireman Dad (Love Inspired) by Betsy St. Amant

"Mommy, I Want To Be A Fireman."

Widowed mother Marissa Hawthorne's little boy wants to be like his new hero—firefighter Jacob Greene. But Marissa and her son lost too much to the profession of firefighting already. She can't possibly let either of them get close to the man, no matter how noble he is. Especially because her own father is Jacob's boss. But when Jacob hires her to plan a special birthday party for his niece, Marissa soon learns that Jacob is a hero in many ways. And that taking risks for love is what life and faith are truly about.

The Author:

Betsy St. Amant has a heart for three things - chocolate, red polka dot shoes, and sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. She resides in northern Louisiana with her husband, Brandon, and they are currently expecting their first child. Betsy has a bachelor's degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University and is actively pursuing a career in inspirational writing.

Mindy’s Musings:

It amazes me how everything seems to come full circle. I put my writing life on the backburner while I grow my art and beautibusiness. But it calls to me. Each and every day. Reading this book by my friend Betsy was a blessing.

This is a time in my life where I am learning to use my singleness to grow closer to God. I’m learning to be less selfish and more in tuned with others through service. I’m learning how to be Me, only better.

I’m learning that when there are lessons to be learned from Him, they seem to come at you from every angle. The sermon somehow applies to you. The commercial while you are working out is a message for you and you alone. In regular conversation with a stranger, their comment is geared toward whatever you are working on in life.

Did you write this for me, Betsy? You have a spiritual gift, a lovely gift, and His words reach out loud and clear.

Betsy’s book was a lesson for me. Here's why: I’m doing a bible study about how I’m “worth waiting for.” The first line made me say, “Hold up. You took the words right out of my mouth.” The lesson that things happen in God's timing not my timing proved to be a biggie for me. And the fact that no one gets in my own way better than I do.

I must say I am hooked. After finishing this story, I’m adding her to my “must read” stack. Betsy’s writing is compact and precise. Her descriptions true to life. I can smell the smoke and taste the hotdogs.

Thank you Betsy for writing such a heartwarming story. I look forward to the next one, because I will be reading it the second it finds its way to stores.

Learn more about Betsy and her newest book on her website at .

My Lesson of the Day: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Time Marches On

Summer is almost half way over, and I still have so much to do. My vacation looms closer and closer, and I haven't started to pack or plan or get excited yet. But it will be nice to get away and go on a new adventure with my fav lady, my mom.

I've received some information on teaching art classes to underprivileged kids, being an assistant at a home school style art class environment, illustrating a children's book, etc. So I have options but I have plenty of projects I'm already trying my hand at. Not sure which of these I'll take or even if I will take any. But I guess it's always nice to be asked.

I'm just going to let go and see where it takes me. I have one concern right now. 'm growing in my spirituality, and I don't want to lose momentum. I re-established my connection with God in September of 2010. With the holidays in retail, the 30 minute drive to my church, and the increase in gas prices, I wasn't as vigilant at going to church and taking the next steps so to speak.

So here I am 10 months later, yikes, and just finished part one of my Love. Grow. Reach classes at Family Life Church. Next is part two and signing up for water baptism. Life is exciting again. My heart is finally at peace.

I'm on the right track, but to where I'm not really sure. He has a bigger plan for me than even I can fathom. I for one can't wait to see where it goes.

My current lessons of the day: Enjoy your life each and every day. Don't put off what can be done today. Work less and play more. Remember everything is done on God's time not your time.