Friday’s Feature with Gina Stinson

Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling to keep your head up?

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Today I have a special feature for you. I mostly share books by Christian fiction authors, but today I am honored to be able to share a nonfiction book with you. I don’t know how 2020 has been treating you, but I know as an author and full-time first grade teacher, I am S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D OUT. Between trying to find time to work on my next book, virtual teaching and face to face teaching at the same time, I’m finding it harder to find my peace. My coworkers are feeling the same way, so unfortunately, I know it’s not just me. The only thing keeping me going is the word of God. Reading devotions, scripture, and talking to God about the stresses of life helps me find my peace. His promise that He is in control when I feel like things are out of control calms my fears and anxiety. That’s why I am so excited to share this book with you today.

Today’s feature author, Gina Stinson, has written a wonderful book of devotions to help us reclaim our peace. She’s also been gracious enough to write a special devotion for me to share with you here today. If 2020 is taking your peace, it’s time to Reclaim it!

Get your copy today!

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Hope for Wherever

Times are tough. Let’s face it, we’ve been trying to look at the glass half full, the bright side and the positives for about eight months now, and things are not getting back to normal. I remember in March thinking some extra family time will be nice. Now eight months later, although I still love my family dearly, I’m thinking how much longer before the next grocery pickup, when I can ride the thirty minutes alone in the car. Please tell me I am not alone.

The truth is, waiting for this time to pass is difficult and uncertain. Our children and teachers are in changing rhythms at school. Navigating uncharted territories, weary from changes and complexities others don’t understand, has many ready to give up. Small business owners who are struggling to keep their doors open are wondering if the struggle is even worth it. And our homes, some are not thriving. Abuse, hot tempers, financial woes and frustrations abound.

And we are wrestling with fears:

What if this is not the worst?

What if my child gets sick?

What if I can’t visit my parents in the hospital?

What if I lose my job?

What if I run out of money?

These are not small fears. These are real and people are struggling.

But there is hope. Big hope.

For the Christian, who believes God’s Word holds the answers for today, just as it did 2,000 years ago, I find great hope in the words God has given us.

He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

We can never be separated from his love. (Romans 8:31-39)

All God’s promises are true. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

God is able to deliver us. (Jeremiah 32:17)

He can heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God has this. We can trust him in the moment. In the middle of chaos, we can have hope and peace because we have Jesus. We are not alone. we are not separated from a loving God. We can cling to his promises. He is able to deliver us. It might not be how we imagined or planned it to happen, but God can be glorified through this. He can take these terrible moments that the enemy would like to use to destroy us, and God can reclaim them for our good.

Wherever you find yourself today, you can trust him. Politicians, doctors, co-workers and wanna-be forecasters can try to figure things out, but in the end, God is proving he is in control. We can trust him and his word to get us through these uncertain times.

Because…what if in these moments:

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We learn to trust him more?

We learn to teach our children about a great big God?

We stop and enjoy the small things in life?

We appreciate those who take good care of others?

We learn to manage our money better?

We spend more time around the kitchen table with those we love?

We learn to go the extra mile?

We learn to care for our neighbors?

We focus on eternal things?

Friend, will we have lost so much in these moments or will we have learned that we can have hope and peace in the reclaimed moments and days?


About Gina

After years of living in fear and defeat, Gina Stinson is busy reclaiming every day for God’s glory. She is a pastor’s wife of 27 years and mom of two. Between family and ministry, she dabbles in gardening, crocheting and playing music on her second hand, baby grand piano. She writes true stories of God’s reclaiming power and is a storyteller for those who have overcome their circumstances and embraced God’s goodness.

You can find Gina online at www.GinaStinson.com or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/reclaimingeveryday/

Friday’s Feature with Marilyn Turk

Interview and Giveaway

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Abigail’s Secret

by Marilyn Turk

Newly widowed mother Abby Baker goes home to Hope Harbor to help her ailing mother and restart her life. Weighed down by grief and fear of failure, she wishes she had the strength of her grandmother, who raised a young child alone while taking on the role of lighthouse keeper after her husband drowned. What was the secret of Granny Abigail’s strength?

Carson Stevens is a lighthouse enthusiast who has bought the deteriorating Hope Island lighthouse to restore it and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. When he meets Abby, he wants the attractive granddaughter of the former keepers to be part of the restoration.

As Abby and Carson work together, they uncover clues to a family secret that threatens to change Abby’s life forever. But someone is trying to sabotage their efforts at restoration. Is the saboteur trying to keep something from being found?

Interview

Theresa: Thank you for being here today Marilyn and for sharing your new release with us. Tell us about your favorite character in your new book.

Marilyn: My favorite character in the book, and I hope I won’t hurt the other characters’ feelings, is probably Abigail, the grandmother, a widow with a small child during during WWII, who takes her husband’s place as a lighthouse keeper, and shows us what life was like during that time period.

Theresa: I love lighthouses but I can’t imagine running one alone! How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Marilyn: I think there are often parts of my own experiences in the lives of my characters. After all, I can show how the character felt because I felt that way myself.

Theresa: That’s so true! Sometimes, I think a parts of us seeps into our characters without us even realizing it. What is your favorite genre of book to read?

Marilyn: I read Christian historical fiction and write in the same genre. Abigail’s Secret is different than anything I’ve ever written because there was a contemporary story going on at the same time as the historical one. I didn’t know I could write contemporary until I did it!

Theresa: That is awesome! And sounds hard! Who are some of your favorite authors?

Marilyn: Because I like Christian historical fiction, my favorite authors write in that genre. I love Ann Tatlock, Melanie Dobson, Lynn Austin, Tamera Alexander, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lisa Wingate and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Theresa: That’s an impressive list of amazing authors! How important do you feel reviews are to authors?

Marilyn: Reviews are critical to a book’s success. People want to know why someone else liked or disliked a book before they buy it, and naturally, the better the review, the more good reviews, the better it is for the book (and author).

Theresa: That is so true! We do love our good reviews!

Win a copy of Abigail’s Secret!

Comment below for a chance to win a copy of Abigail’s Secret! One winner will be chosen. Winner may choose print or e-book. Giveaway ends on 8/28/20. Winner will be notified via email.


About Marilyn

Marilyn Turk sees the miraculous creation of God in everyday life. As a writer, she tries to capture His truths through her historical novels and heartfelt devotions. She loves to encourage people to find their strengths and develop their God-given gifts, a message she shares when she speaks to audiences. She and her husband, avid lighthouse enthusiasts, have visited over 100 lighthouses, and her popular lighthouse blog features true lighthouse stories. In her spare time, she enjoys boating and fishing, taking walks or playing tennis.

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Website: www.pathwayheart.com

Facebook: Marilyn.turk.9

Twitter: @Marilynturk

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