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BLOGWORDS – 14 December 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – CHRISTMAS SABBATICAL

SPECIAL EDITION – CHRISTMAS SABBATICAL

I’m on holiday for the month of December, and that means Robin’s Nest is on holiday as well.

 

 

Because Robin needs a break and in honor of the holiday, December is officially my time to regroup, and redirect for the upcoming year.

 

Who’s Your Favorite?

A little bit of year end fun, I’ve gathered all my posts in each of three features: New Week New Face, Tuesday Reviews Day, and Chat Thursday and have a GIVEAWAY for each one! Be sure to go and cast your vote in comments for a chance to win a $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/blogwords-4-december-2017-new-week-new-face-whos-your-favorite/

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/blogwords-5-december-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-whos-your-favorite/

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/blogwords-7-december-2017-chat-thursday-whos-your-favorite/

 

 

Merry Christmas to each of you, my happy followers, and thank you for being part of my writing journey. I wish you a most Happy and Blessed New Year.

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Christmas Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 17 December 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY AM I STILL FIGHTING?

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY AM I STILL FIGHTING?

 

“You’re nothing but a failure.”

 

The impact of those words was an awakening. A turning point. The words had never been spoken, not explicitly anyway, but I lived with that perception most of my life.

 

Holy Spirit, in the gentle manner that only He can do, has brought me through agony to know I am NOT a failure. He has shown me I’m a shining star.

 

So why do I still fight to be worthy? Why do I still yearn for promises He had already fulfilled? This is where I get really vulnerable—I want to be married. I want a husband, I don’t like being alone—I want to be loved and cherished. There’s so many things I need, and yes, want. And yet I “make the best” without, I get by “until…” My stove only half works and it’s been that way for over a year! Who.does.that??? Who lives like that?? I need a car. I need a new bed. I need… the list is long and it’s not extravagant. I want to travel, and that’s not unreasonable. I want to not be tired all the time. And that’s not unreasonable. And part of me feels like I have to “work harder” to deserve it.

 

SO.NOT.TRUE.

 

So what is a girl to do?

 

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10

 

So, rest then. No fighting. No striving. No begging or trying to convince God to do me some little favor.

 

God doesn’t do favors. He blesses. He gives from His own very nature, from the love that is his very essence.

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

 

I don’t have to fight or strive to win or earn the good will of God. Lack is not His will. Loneliness is not His will. Failure is not His will.

 

He gave us the greatest gift of all in His Son. That doesn’t mean He’s done giving. That doesn’t mean that asking for the desire of our heart is ingratitude for the gift of salvation.

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

 

We walk in communion with Him, we walk in relationship with Him. We seek to please Him and honor Him. He gave the greatest gift when we didn’t even know Him…

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

… how much more will He pour upon us when we’re in fellowship with Him?

 

So why am I still fighting? Because this truth that I’ve just shared still hasn’t trickled all the way in my head. Because in the waiting, my mind veers off and listens to lies. Lies that tell me I have to “do better,” “try harder,” and push myself til i.just.can’t.

 

But lies are lies, and Truth is Truth. And the way to silence the lies of the enemy is with the Truth. And sometimes fellowship and the heart of those who love us.

 

SO TODAY, 17 DECEMBER 2017, I, ROBIN E. MASON, DECLARE I’M NOT FIGHTING ANYMORE. I DECLARE WHAT FATHER GOD DECLARES OVER ME, AND I SPEAK THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD. HIS WORD THAT SAYS HEALING IS MINE, HIS WORD THAT SAYS ABUNDANCE IS MINE. HIS WORD THAT SAYS HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK—AND HIS WORD THAT SAYS HE IS MY HOPE.

 

I’m done fighting. I’m resting. And I’m letting go and leaving it in Father’s hands.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Why Am I Still Fighting? Psalm 46:10, James 1:17, Psalm 37:4, Romans 5:8

BLOGWORDS – 14 December 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – CHRISTMAS SABBATICAL

SPECIAL EDITION – CHRISTMAS SABBATICAL

I’m on holiday for the month of December, and that means Robin’s Nest is on holiday as well.

 

 

Because Robin needs a break and in honor of the holiday, December is officially my time to regroup, and redirect for the upcoming year.

 

Who’s Your Favorite?

A little bit of year end fun, I’ve gathered all my posts in each of three features: New Week New Face, Tuesday Reviews Day, and Chat Thursday and have a GIVEAWAY for each one! Be sure to go and cast your vote in comments for a chance to win a $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/blogwords-4-december-2017-new-week-new-face-whos-your-favorite/

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/blogwords-5-december-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-whos-your-favorite/

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/blogwords-7-december-2017-chat-thursday-whos-your-favorite/

 

 

Merry Christmas to each of you, my happy followers, and thank you for being part of my writing journey. I wish you a most Happy and Blessed New Year.

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Christmas Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

BLOGWORDS – Friday 8 December 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE SAMURAI’S HEART by WALT MUSSELL

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE SAMURAI’S HEART by WALT MUSSELL

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, now hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

THE BLURB:  

Japan, 1587. Sen must find a husband to marry into her family’s swordsmith business. She seeks a Christian husband, though Christianity is banned.

Enter Nobuhiro. Third son of a high-level samurai, Nobuhiro fled his harsh father and apprenticed himself to a swordsmith. He yearns to prove his worth.

They seem an ideal match. But for Sen, the choice is faith or family. For Nobuhiro, choosing a Christian ends any reconciliation with his family. Can love be forged from the impossible?

 

THE FIRST LINE

Haibara, Japan—August 1587 “By order of the regent, Christianity has been banned from the nation.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

I’ve a new found fascination with Japanese culture, and combined with my love of historical fiction, this story is a winner. The writing seems a little weak in places but not so much to put it down.

 

GENRE:

Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Samurai’s Heart, Walt Mussell

BLOGWORDS – 7 December 2017 – CHAT THURSDAY – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE

CHAT THURSDAY – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE

 

IT’S BLOG VOTING TIME!!

 

Comment on this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Each commenter will be entered, and the FAVORITE INTERVIEWEE will win one as well.

 

I’ve done 29 interviews this year on CHAT THURSDAY and it’s time for you, MY READERS, to vote on your favorite. So here, in no particular order—just kidding, in chronological order—are my interviewees this year.

 

 

12-Jan                 Susan Reinhardt

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/blogwords-thursday-12-january-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-susan-reinhardt/

19-Jan                 Danele Rotharmel

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/blogwords-thursday-19-january-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-danele-rotharmel/

26-Jan                 Celesta Thiessen

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/blogwords-thursday-26-january-2017-chat-thursday-reviewer-interview-celesta-thiessen/

2-Feb                   Robin Hendzel Bunting

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/blogwords-thursday-2-february-2017-chat-thursday-reviewer-interview-robin-hendzel-bunting/

9-Feb                   Robin Johns Grant

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/blogwords-thursday-9-february-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-robin-johns-grant/

16-Feb                 Robin Patchen

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/blogwords-thursday-16-february-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-robin-patchen/

18-Feb                 Robin Carroll

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/blogwords-saturday-18-february-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-robin-caroll/

23-Feb                 Robin Bayne

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/blogwords-thursday-23-february-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-robin-bayne/

25-Feb                 Robin Lee Hatcher

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/blogwords-saturday-25-february-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-robin-lee-hatcher/

2-Mar                  Dana Pratola

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/blogwords-thursday-2-march-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-dana-pratola/

9-Mar                  Elizabeth Noyes

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/blogwords-thursday-9-march-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-elizabeth-noyes/

23-Mar                Karen Sweeney

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/blogwords-thursday-23-march-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-karen-sweeney-ryall/

4-May                 Carrie Schmidt

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/blogwords-thursday-4-may-2017-chat-thursday-reviewer-interview-carrie-booth-schmidt/

18-May               Teresa Tysinger

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/blogwords-thursday-11-may-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-teresa-tysinger/

25-May               Valerie Comer

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/blogwords-thursday-25-may-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-valerie-comer/

1-Jun                   Dawn Kinzer

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/blogwords-thursday-1-june-2017-chat-thursday-seriously-write-interview-blitz-author-interview-dawn-kinzer/

8-Jun                   Annette Irby

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/blogwords-thursday-8-june-2017-chat-thursday-seriously-write-interview-blitz-author-interview-annette-irby/

15-Jun                 Sandy Ardoin

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/blogwords-thursday-15-june-2017-chat-thursday-seriously-write-interview-blitz-author-interview-sandy-ardoin/

22-Jun                 Angie Arndt

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/blogwords-thursday-22-june-2017-chat-thursday-seriously-write-interview-blitz-author-interview-angie-arndt/

29-Jun                 Terri Weldon

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/blogwords-thursday-29-june-2017-chat-thursday-seriously-write-interview-blitz-author-interview-terri-weldon/

6-Jul                    Don Brobst

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/blogwords-thursday-6-july2017-chat-thursday-manly-man-blitz-don-brobst/

13-Jul                  Peter Leavell

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/blogwords-thursday-13-july2017-chat-thursday-manly-man-blitz-peter-leavell/

20-Jul                  C. Kevin Thompson

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/blogwords-thursday-20-july2017-chat-thursday-manly-man-blitz-c-kevin-thompson/

27-Feb                 Steven James

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/blogwords-thursday-1-july2017-chat-thursday-manly-man-blitz-steven-james/

24-Aug               Character Interview – Tante Eléanore

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/blogwords-thursday-24-august-2017-character-interview-tante-eleanore-francois-bouvier/

31-Aug                Character Interview – Mercedes

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/blogwords-thursday-31-august-2017-character-interview-mercedes-renaldi/

14-Sep                 Tommie Lyn

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/blogwords-thursday-14-september-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-tommie-lyn/

16-Nov                Character Interview – Adrién Fontaine

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/blogwords-thursday-16-november-2017-chat-thursday-character-interview-adrien-fontaine/

30-Nov               Character Interview – Scarlett Sheehan

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/blogwords-thursday-30-november-2017-chat-thursday-character-interview-scarlett-sheehan/

 

 

I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Tuesday the 9th.

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Who’s Your Favorite

BLOGWORDS – 5 December 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS DAY – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE

TUESDAY REVIEWS DAY – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE

 

IT’S BLOG VOTING TIME!!

 

Comment on this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Each commenter will be entered, and the author of the FAVORITE REVIEW will win one as well.

 

 

I’ve done 36 reviews this year on TUESDAY REVIEWS DAY and it’s time for you, MY READERS, to vote on your favorite. So here, in no particular order—just kidding, in chronological order—are my reviews this year.

 

24-Jan                         Understory by Lisa Lickel

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/blogwords-tuesday-22-january-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-understory/

31-Jan                         Bellanok by Ralene Burke

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/blogwords-tuesday-29-january-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-bellanok-by-ralene-burke/

7-Feb                          Walking on Sea Glass by Julie Carobini

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/blogwords-tuesday-7-february-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-walking-on-sea-glass-by-julie-carobini/

14-Feb                        The Scarlet Coat by Angela K. Couch

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/blogwords-tuesday-14-february-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-the-scarlet-coat-by-angela-k-couch/

7-Mar                         Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/blogwords-tuesday-7-march-28-february-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-brigid-of-ireland-by-cindy-thomson/

14-Mar                       Pages of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/blogwords-tuesday-14-march-28-february-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-pages-of-ireland-by-cindy-thomson/

21-Mar                       That’s When I Knew by Laurie Tomlinson

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/blogwords-tuesday-21-march-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-thats-when-i-knew/

28-Mar                       Falling for the Beast by Victorine Lieske

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/blogwords-tuesday-28-march-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-event-falling-for-the-beast-by-victorine-lieske/

4-Apr                          Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/blogwords-tuesday-4-april-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-deep-extraction/

11-Apr                        Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/blogwords-tuesday-11-april-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-just-the-way-you-are/

18-Apr                        Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/blogwords-tuesday-18-april-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-and-release-event-above-rubies-by-keely-brook-keith/

25-Apr                        The Patriot and the Loyalist by Angela K. Couch

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/blogwords-tuesday-25-april-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-the-patriot-and-the-loyalist-by-angela-k-couch/

2-May                         Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/blogwords-tuesday-2-may-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-behind-the-scenes/

16-May                       Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cosette

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/blogwords-tuesday-9-may-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-wings-of-the-wind/

23-May                       Memory of You by Catherine West

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/blogwords-tuesday-23-may-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-release-day-event-the-memory-of-you-by-catherine-west/

30-May                       Promise of Peppermint by Valerie Comer

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/blogwords-tuesday-30-may-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-promise-of-peppermint-by-valerie-comer/

6-Jun                          Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/blogwords-tuesday-6-june-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-bread-of-angels-by-tessa-afshar/

13-Jun                        Stronger than Mountains by Lynn Dean

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/blogwords-tuesday-13-june-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-stronger-than-mountains-by-lynn-dean/

17-Jun                        Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/blogwords-saturday-17-june-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-someplace-familiar-by-teresa-tysinger/

20-Jun                        Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/blogwords-tuesday-20-june-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-looking-glass-lies/

27-Jun                        Summer of Deception by Elva Cobb Martin

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/blogwords-tuesday-27-june-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-summer-of-deception-by-elva-cobb-martin/

5-Jul                           Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/blogwords-wednesday-5-july-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-count-me-in-by-mikal-dawn/

11-Jul                         Acting Married by Victorine Lieske

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/blogwords-saturday-11-july-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-acting-married-by-victorine-lieske/

18-Jul                         With no Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/blogwords-tuesday-18-july-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-with-no-reserations-by-laurie-tomlinson/

25-Jul                         Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/blogwords-tuesday-25-july-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-second-impressions-by-pepper-basham/

1-Aug                         A (nearly) Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/blogwords-tuesday-1-autust-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-a-nearly-normal-nanny-by-krista-phillips/

8-Aug                         Mowed Over by Christina Coryell

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/blogwords-tuesday-8-august-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-mowed-over-by-christina-coryell/

15-Aug                       An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/blogwords-tuesday-15-august-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-an-informal-affair-by-heather-gray/

22-Aug                       A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/blogwords-tuesday-22-august-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-a-heart-restored-by-elizabeth-maddrey/

29-Aug                       Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/blogwords-tuesday-29-august-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-event-many-sparrows-by-lori-benton/

5-Sep                          Unleashing Love by Jessica R. Patch

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/blogwords-tuesday-5-september-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-unleashing-love-by-jessica-r-patch/

19-Sep                        Rush of Wings by Connilyn Cosette

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/blogwords-tuesday-19-september-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-a-rush-of-wings-by-kristen-heitzmann/

26-Sep                        The Covering by Dana Pratola

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/blogwords-tuesday-26-september-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-the-covering-by-dana-pratola/

10-Oct                        Buying Love by Toni Shiloh

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/blogwords-tuesday-10-october-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-buying-love-by-toni-shiloh/

17-Oct                        Finding Love by Toni Shiloh

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/blogwords-tuesday-17-october-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-finding-love-by-toni-shiloh/

24-Oct                        The Sorrow Stone by Jane Ann McLachlan

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/blogwords-tuesday-24-october-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-new-release-feature-the-sorrow-stone-by-j-a-mclachlan/

2-Nov                         Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/blogwords-thursday-2-november-2017-tuesday-thursday-reviews-day-new-release-event-charming-the-troublemaker-by-pepper-basham/

14-Nov                       For Life or Until by Anne Garboczi Evans

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/blogwords-tuesday-14-november-2017-tuesday-reviews-day-book-review-for-life-or-until-by-anne-garboczi-evans/

 

 

I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Tuesday the 9th.

 

 

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