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When the same thing, whether Scripture or something else, whether via a meme or some other means, keeps showing up in my face… it’s pretty clear Father is telling me something.

And that something, this time at least, is:


Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19


It’s so easy to do, isn’t it? Dwell on the past? Whether good or not so good, or utterly awful, the past follows us around, taunting us of what was or what might have been. Good we’ve perhaps lost. Or, as is true with me, failures that glaringly accuse me of what I should have done and what might have been.


But what does Father say?


He is doing a new thing. That’s what He says.


Does He give a time limit? Is it a one-time offer? No. Certainly we miss opportunities that will never come again. But our Father God is tender hearted, and He will not leave us forlorn at the dock, so to speak. If we miss one boat or plane or train, there will be another. He always extends His mercy, always offers another chance, whatever our situation might be.


Is it always the same offer? I don’t believe it is, and this is why—He is always doing a new thing. While He takes us as broken, tarnished, even ruined people and makes us new, restoring us, some opportunities only come once. Those opportunities are unique to each of us.


But our tender Abba Father never gives us on us, never turns His back on us; He is always, always, waiting for us to come to Him. No matter we’re on our knees (figuratively speaking) daily, or we’ve been running from Him for years, He is always waiting for us to embrace Him.


So what does this ‘new thing’ look like that He is doing? Springing up like a stream in the desert?


For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. Mark 4:28


I don’t know about you but when I have a dream or Father gives me a vision, I immediately long for the finished product. I don’t expect a packette of seeds or a box of jigsaw pieces. Perhaps it’s our hurry-up, instant everything world we live in, perhaps it’s basic human nature, but I want the dream, the vision, whole and complete, NOW. The moment I see it.


But if I don’t look for—and recognize—first the blade, then the head… then I might miss it altogether.


So I’m looking on my horizon, looking for that first blade emerging from the black soil of what is, and what has been. And I can see it, there alongside more mature plants, some in full grain and bloom, some dormant awaiting a new spring, new blades pushing through. Father’s “new thing” He is doing, in me and for me, and with me.


Father God is always doing a new thing. It’s who He is, a creator. He doesn’t change, His Truths never change, but He is doing a new thing.


We just have to have eyes to see it.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, A New Thing, Isaiah 43:18-19, Mark 4:28


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I like to cook. And I like to invent my own recipes. And I like to try other people’s recipes. And now I’m going to share them with you.


Almost as soon as I launched it, my What’s Cookin’ in You Kitchen feature fell off the Blogosphere Radar. I am bringing it back.


Next week, on 26 January, I will share one of my recipes—an rem original recipe I created—and named—for my mother, Pasta Bella Isabella.



If you’ve a recipe you’d like to share leave a comment below or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com


NOTE: All recipes must be original or used with permission.


#Blogwords, What’s Cookin’ in Your Kitchen, Pasta Bella Isabella, #RandomRecipes, #AuthorsEat #AuthorsCook


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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Handmade Hearts by June McCrary Jacobs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Handmade Hearts
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance



‘Handmade Hearts’ is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.

Toward the end of his life, the author asked her Uncle ‘Allen’ how he met his wife. He shared about how he met ‘Irene’ at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.

He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.

Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.

This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene’s relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. ‘Handmade Hearts’ was created to honor this unique couple’s love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon



“Wow-ee,” whispered Allen under his breath to no one but himself. “She is one classy lady.”

As he lumbered home, he reviewed the evening’s events with silent approval. Irene’s lovely face was imprinted on his mind. Her ivory skin was flawless, and her sparkly hazel eyes were expressive and fit just right on her heart-shaped face. Soft, light brown curls framed her wholesome face, and her cute hat was the perfect accessory for the church social. When Irene smiled at him, Allen felt at peace. After the time they had spent together this evening, he somehow sensed everything would turn out fine.

As he made his way through the neighborhood, his thoughts remained on his new acquaintance. Irene appeared to be close to his age, almost twenty-one, but she possessed a maturity garnered from surviving difficult trials. She was at least a foot shorter than he, making her five feet three inches tall at the most. Her petite figure was slightly rounded, which Allen found appealing.

He perceived Irene Carston as an elegant lady filled with compassion and intelligence. Now he realized he had been so involved with his own discomfort and anxiety he had failed to ask Irene anything about herself. She’d been an empathetic listener, and her idea about his checking out another branch of service was superb. Although she hadn’t offered any details of her life, Allen sensed she was suffering from a deep heartache.

Allen would admit he had never felt this comfortable around a woman other than his mother in his life. Raised on a small farm in rural Mississippi, he and his brothers had worked extremely long hours to keep the farm operating. They had not had the time or money to date. Once the family moved to New Orleans before the war, the three brothers were busy finishing high school and earning a living. There was not much time left over for dating.

When the unwelcomed news of the Pearl Harbor attack arrived, the young men willingly prepared to go off to war. Despite being uneducated and poor, Allen’s parents had instilled in their sons the principles of honesty, respect, and kindness in their dealings with others—especially women. His mother would have been disappointed to know her youngest son failed to ask Irene about her own life.




June McCrary Jacobs was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’, her first full-length novel, was set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.

June’s debut middle-grade novel, ‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’, an historical novel set in Sonoma County, California, in 1968, will be released in the spring of 2019. The second installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’, ‘Penny’s Promise’, will be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade. When she’s not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon





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Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 15, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 22, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Handmade Hearts, June McCrary Jacobs

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


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





Begin your journey to Tuscany this summer with Book 1 of A Tuscan Legacy! Each novella is a complete and satisfying romance, filled with faith, family, forgiveness and love.

When Rafaele and Jayne meet again two years after dancing the night away together in Tuscany, is it a matter of fate or of faith?
After deciding to take a six-month sabbatical, Italian lawyer Rafaele Rossi moves from Florence to Tuscany, resigned to managing the family farm for his aging nonna after his father’s passing. Convinced a family get-together is what Nonna needs to lift her spirits, he plans an eightieth birthday party for her, making sure his siblings and cousins attend.
The Keswick jewelry store where Jayne Austin has worked for seven years closes its doors. Jayne takes her generous severance pay and heads off to Italy—Tuscany to be precise. Choosing to leave her fate in God’s hands, she prays she’ll miraculously bump into the handsome best man she’d danced the night away with at a friend’s Tuscan wedding two years ago. She hasn’t been able to forget those smoldering brown eyes and that rich Italian accent.
Jayne’s prayers are answered swiftly and in the most unexpected way. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s a guest not only at Isabella Rossi’s birthday party, but at Villa Rossi too.
When Rafaele receives what appears to be a valuable painting from an unknown benefactor, he’s reminded that he doesn’t want to lose Jayne again. After what he’s done to drive her from the villa, though, what kind of a commitment will it take for her to stay?



Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa, but with two gorgeous grandsons hanging their hats at the house next door, their empty nest’s no longer so empty.

Visit Marion at www.marionueckermann.net



No parent should ever have to bury a child, let alone all of them.



I was transported to Tuscany, and fell immediately into the family saga with all the dynamics at play.



#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, That’s Amore: That’s Love, Marion Ueckermann, Tuscan Legacy Book 1

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“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle


“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett


In honor of Chat Thursday returning next week,

I am pleased to welcome MOI to my little nest.


Cake or Cookies?  cookies

Call or Text?  call

Dogs or Cats?  cats

Eggs or Pancakes? eggs

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook (I live there… )

Paperback or Kindle? paperback

Thornton or Darcy? Darcy, specifically as portrayed by Colin Firth

Yoga Pants or Jeans? stretchy pants


rem:  Hullo Robin! Welcome. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

ROBIN:  Thanks, always glad to be here. We moved around when I was growing up. Sixteen years in Colorado—went to high school, got married, had babied, got divorced, and went to college. I moved to the upstate of SC in 1988, and have lived here since. I currently live in Greer.

rem:  Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

ROBIN:  I am ambidextrous. I started learning Russian a few years ago (stalled out) and have started learning Gaelic. I was planning to go to college as a vocal music major.

rem:  What is your favourite quotation and why?

ROBIN:  There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”  by Erin Hanson

I lived so, so many years believing I was a failure. It crippled me from trying, and instilled a fear, not of failure, but of success.

rem:  What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

ROBIN:  On the shelf next to me is a tube of glitter. Not sure why it landed there, but there it sits…

rem:  If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

ROBIN:  OY! This is like choosing a favorite! I love history, and would love to visit so many eras, beginning with Biblical times—and work my way to the present.

rem:  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

ROBIN:  Can’t pick a favorite any more than I can choose a favorite movie or TV show, but I do have a life verse—Be not conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the Word of God. Romans 12:2

rem:  If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

ROBIN:  This is akin to choosing a favorite… For the sake of answering the question, I choose Tessa, from my own debut novel. Writing her, writing this story, is what first drew me into my passion for writing, and stirred my appreciation for all the other authors and characters.


rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

ROBIN:  The stories we write are very much akin to the parables Jesus told. They paint a living picture of life, and with fiction at our fingertips, we have the liberty and privilege to weave Spiritual Truths into our stories, placed as naturally as the air we breathe or the coffee our characters drink. Unbelievers who might never pick up a Bible—or a believer who needs encouragement—finds God’s love and truth wrapped in the words and pages of the stories we write.

As an author, I have realized truths that I might not have ever otherwise recognized. In the writing, the words and lessons are secured firmly in my mind and heart.

rem:  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

ROBIN:  Cheesy dialogue.

rem:  What would you do if you weren’t writing?

ROBIN:  My degree is Interior Design. But I love acting, too, and was in theatre all through high school.

rem:  What are you reading right now?

ROBIN:  Just started The Scroll by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh.

rem:  What do you munch on while you write?

ROBIN:  I’m a mood eater (also eat per dictate of my blood sugar… ) so it varies—I do most of my writing in the evening, and usually have cookies on hand.


rem:  Tell us a little about your writing journey.

ROBIN:  Stories have always rattled around in my head. The opening of what would become my debut novel, Tessa, came to me while I was out on a walk in July of 2008. I diverted to college, and after graduation in 2013, I devoted my time to finish my story. Without a clue and with the help of an author friend, I released Tessa in March of 2014. I have discovered a

rem:  What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

ROBIN:  A nest. I write in a nest. My routine, such that it is, seems to be backward to what I most often read as best—to write first thing. I find, however, that until I tend to other tasks, i.e. email and blog stuff, I don’t focus so well on my story. Ergo, I do the bulk of my writing later in the day and evening.

rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

ROBIN:  all.the.things an (Indie) author has to do! Staying focused. I created an Excel spreadsheet as my calendar to keep up with my blog schedule, and other details. On it, I have a tab to track my word count.

My greatest struggle, though, is that I have rheumatoid arthritis, and the weakness and fatigue associated with it. I don’t have stamina to do many of the things I need to and want to do.

I handle it by praying, and by doing what I can and [have had to learn to] leave what I can’t till another day.

rem:  What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

ROBIN:  The community of other authors! Oh, and the stories! I love the stories!

rem:  What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

ROBIN:  Marketing! I don’t have a budget to speak of, and am limited on what I can do to promote.

Easiest? Writing the story! I get so lost in my story world, and enjoy being there.

rem:  What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?


DO: Read, read, read. Join and participate in writer’s groups. Attend writers conferences.

DON’T: Go it on your own. Skip help where you need it—editing, cover design, etc. Don’t ever compare yourself, your journey, to other authors.

rem:  How do you choose your characters’ names?

ROBIN:  I don’t really, they (my characters) introduce themselves and tell me their names. Only a few do I choose, and to do that, I look at lists of names for the era and nationality or location. Also, sometimes names are rooted in family history.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

ROBIN:  Nope. I know the beginning, and have a general idea where the story needs to go. I let my characters lead me from Point A to Point Z, or wherever it ends up.

rem:  Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

ROBIN:  I’ve been floundering lately. There are a few reasons for this. And I only just recognized one of those reasons the other day—I wasn’t sure my main characters’ (two MC’s in this book) major conflict, or where it’s going. Now I’ve identified that much I can move it forward.

And that said, my next book is a change of genre for me—going for a bit more lighthearted mood this time. One for the Price of Two, twins Elizabeth and Meredith are so identical their parents can’t tell them apart. They learn early on how to exploit this, mostly for kicks and giggles. Inevitably, of course, they must discern their own unique identities.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

ROBIN:  I’ve only just begun, but the opening is pretty funny—see below. I love this because it’s a new genre for me, and yet still my theme of search for identity. And you should read it because it’s going to be—hold it, it IS an amazing story, with laughs and kisses and swoony (nods to Pepper Basham) scenes.

rem:  Tell us about why you wrote this book.

ROBIN:  The story has been with me for 20-ish years. I’ve always been fascinated with twins / multiples, and with multiple personality disorder (think Sybil.) This is my first story to play with the issue of twins.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.



“YOU!” Elizabeth Elliott skewered her sister with a glare.

“Took a long lunch, did ya?” Meredith shrugged, a smirk streaked across her face.

Bethy jabbed a well-manicured finger in her twin sister’s chest, punctuating each word. “That.Was.Not.Funny.”

“But you had a good time, didn’t ya?” Mere’s smirk burst into a snicker, then a chuckle. She followed when Bethy turned and wove her way through the cluster of workstations in the open office area.

“Well?” Mere prodded. She folded her arms and propped herself against Bethy’s desk.

Bethy unlocked her desktop computer and started clacking away without so much as a glance at her sister.

“You know I’m not leaving till you at least tell me if you liked him.” Mere slid into the blue upholstered side chair next to Bethy’s chair-on-wheels. Mere tipped back slightly, and propped her feet next to the computer.

The keyboard clattered as Bethy’s fingers tripped over the keys. Randomly. On a blank doc. “He.Was.A.Troll.”

“What?” Mere leveled the chair and leaned forward.

“What were you thinking?”

“You haven’t dated since—”

“Don’t say it.”

“C’mon, Beth.” Mere’s confusion ebbed to sympathy. “You need to get back out there.”

“Where did you even find this guy?”

Mere hesitated, sputtered. Her plan had been brilliant. She had anticipated laughing over her sister’s profile on the dating site. Mere had been sure this guy was a perfect match—a match made in heaven, just like the site claimed.

“It was supposed to be a joke.”

“Well it wasn’t funny.” Bethy clacked at the keyboard, and opened her current presentation doc.

“He was cute, at least.”

“Cute? You call pulling his teeth out to bite me cute?”

Mere’s eyes widened and her hand covered her mouth, trying to stifle a snicker. She wasn’t successful.

“It wasn’t funny.” Bethy’s arms tensed and she crossed them over her chest. “It was creepy.”

“I’m sorry.” Mere swallowed another giggle. “He was a hottie in his profile pic.”

“Profile?” Bethy’s eyes narrowed. “What profile?”

“Oh, that.” Amusement stretched across Mere’s face.

“What. Profile?” Amusement was not written on Bethy’s face.

“Match Made in Heaven.”

“The dating site?” Bethy’s chair smacked into the credenza, knocking two books and a plant loose as she launched to her feet.

“What?” Mere stood to match her sister. “It’s a good site. They have the highest success rate.”

“Not with gremlins like the one you found.” Bethy surrendered into her chair. “What were you thinking?”

Mere leaned sideways across the curved work surface, tugged the keyboard. In a few strokes she had opened the website. “There? See?”

Bethy’s eyes widened. “Well, that’s not who I had lunch with.”

“Maybe it’s an old picture.”

“Yeah, like a hundred years ago.” She scrutinized. “Before a spell was cast on him.”

“I was just trying to help, okay?” Mere logged off and made her way back to her workstation.


rem:  What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

ROBIN:  We are each unique, made in the image of God, with giftings and purpose.

rem:  Anything you’d like to add?

ROBIN:  You have an amazing blog! #winkwink  I love all the birds and nests and stuff!

rem:  Why thank you, Robin! You know what they say, great minds and all…




“There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” —Erin Hanson













“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Break the rules. That’s my number one rule. I know the rules [of grammar] and I know how to break them.”



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Robin E. Mason

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“Break the rules. That’s my number one rule. I know the rules (of grammar) and I know how to break them.”

Chat Thursday has been anemic for most of 2018. With only three interviews—count ‘em, THREE—for the entire year!! (by the way, GO VOTE!!!) Truly, the whole of the blog has been anemic.

Till now! The drought is over!! Next week, on Thursday 24 January, we meet the lovely Deborah Raney! In honor of being my first re-interviewee, Ms. Raney has graciously offered to provide a mug from her wonderful collection.


“There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” —Erin Hanson





“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Returning Soon

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The Chat Thursday Who’s Your Favorite post in December seems to have gotten lost in some digital black hole, and garnered no votes!! For that reason, I am extending the Chat Thursday vote to the end of January!






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.

* Voting open through 31 January.


I’ve done a meager 3 interviews (plus character 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.



9 August         Cyle Young


16 August       Gary Fearon


30 August       David Mike




I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Thursday 21 February.



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Who’s Your Favorite Winners Take 2

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