New Release: Hope Amid the Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness, A 60-Day Devotional Journal by Leslie McKee

Please welcome my guest today, Leslie McKee, who’s here to tell us about her new devotional book releasing today!

The Story Behind the Book:

My book is a 60-day devotional journal that will remind women it is possible to hang on to positive expectations and cling to the hope that can only be found in the Lord … even while living with chronic pain and illness.

Friends had told me for years how I should share my story, how it could encourage others, etc. I resisted, as I didn’t want others to view me differently because of my chronic pain/illness. However, a few years ago, I felt a nudge from the Lord. I tried to ignore it, but it didn’t work. In fact, it became a bit more insistent. I, reluctantly at first, began jotting down some notes and verses that were meaningful to me and helpful on the flare-up days. That later turned into the devotions in this book.

We all want to know that we are seen, that we are heard, that we are not alone, and that we belong. I pray my book reminds women that God sees them. He hears them. He knows their pain. He is with them, and He loves them.

I pray that my book will remind women living with chronic pain and illness that hope can always be found in Jesus, and He has a purpose for their life, even amid the pain.

Book Blurb:

Why me? Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?

If you’re someone living with a chronic illness or chronic pain, these are just a few of the questions you’ve likely asked on more than one occasion. You may feel overlooked or even resentful. You try to stay positive, but some days it’s hard. It’s natural to feel this way and grieve, but it’s still possible to have a hope-filled life. God has a purpose for the pain.

Christians aren’t immune from pain and illness, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Millions of women suffering from chronic pain and illness want the reassurance they’re not alone. The devotions in HOPE Amid the Pain are written by a chronic pain warrior with over twenty-five years’ experience will point them to hope and encouragement. It’s possible to Hang On to Positive Expectations (HOPE) even amid the pain.

Purchase Links:

Social Media Links:

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7300724.Leslie_L_McKee

Amazon author page: https://amzn.to/3aXGTkU

(@leslielmckee on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)

Meet guest author Carol McClain!

I’ve enjoyed getting to know my guest author today. Like me, she writes about tough, real-life subjects. Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, an avid hiker and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee. Her most recent interests are her two baby does Peanut & Buttercup. Like all babies, they love sitting on laps and being bottle fed.

You can connect with her at carolmcclain.com.

On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain

On twitter and Instagram: @carol_mcclain

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14030286.Carol_McClain

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/carol-mcclain

Borrowed Lives

God Only Lends Us Those We Love for a Season

Distraught from recent tragedy, Meredith Jaynes takes pity on a young girl who steals from her. Meredith discovers “Bean” lives in a hovel mothering her two younger sisters. The three appear to have been abandoned. With no other homes available, Social Services will separate the siblings. To keep them together, Meredith agrees to foster them on a temporary basis.

Balancing life as a soap maker raising goats in rural Tennessee proved difficult enough before the siblings came into her care. Without Bean’s help, she’d never be able to nurture these children warped by drugs and neglect—let alone manage her goats that possess the talents of Houdini. Harder still is keeping her eccentric family at bay.

Social worker Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.

But she knows she’s too broken.

Genesis of Borrowed Lives

Difficult questions with impossible answers always send me to my keyboard. I think, How can a character heal from this? I then write until I have the answer. This is especially true for Borrowed Lives.

At one time, I thought I understood addiction. Then I worked with addicts. This taught me how little I understood. I’ve heard testimonies of parents teaching their children to make meth. Parents locked their children out of the home until they sold the required number of drugs. Lost jobs, car accidents, broken families, homelessness, disease—all of these are the end result of addiction.

You’d think an addict would be sick of the life. But …

Even when sober for years and with a restored family, I’ve seen devoted Christians fall back into their addiction. It boggles my mind.

For years I’ve mentored addicts and worked with organizations dedicated to helping them recover. I’ve seen failures, but I’ve seen success.

I rejoice with those who have found new life and love and children and are relishing the years the locust had devoured.

I rejoice with children who’ve found love in foster homes. We need so many more good ones.

But more than those who’ve fallen into addiction, I’ve seen cruelty in the church or from well-meaning people who ladle on guilt when things go wrong.

How does one overcome tragedy?

Borrowed Lives works through pain with love and hope. It resonates with victory over despair. You will not be able to put down Borrowed Lives until the final page.

What people are saying about Borrowed Lives:

Borrowed Lives takes the reader on a voyage of loss, hope, love, and faith from beginning to end.”

“Love, joy, triumph, despair, and everything else that paints the tapestry of human life are here in rich detail.”

Borrowed Lives is a down-home, true to life story you won’t want to put down.”

Available now:

Emerald Secrets – Seattle Trilogy Book III

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N O W   A V A I L A B L E !

Blurb:

Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary share everything—deep secrets, faith in the Lord, and DNA. Both are married to the husbands of their dreams, and are sharing the adventure of pregnancy together. But their joy is shattered after a routine checkup reveals something amiss. Will the babies be healthy and normal, or will their dreams be dashed?

Troubles multiply when their father, the once-famous Declan Decker, receives threats from an unknown blackmailer who appears bent on tormenting him. Who is Decker’s enemy, and what secret from Decker’s youth connects him to his nemesis?

Found half-dead in a city park, Decker is unable to speak or explain how he got there. Scared, Livy and DeeDee delve into their father’s past and continue to seek answers to their unborn babies’ mysterious lack of growth. But what if the answers threaten all they hold dear?

 

Now available on Amazon! Click here.

 

 

Let God make the change

Do you get frustrated at the “ugly” side of yourself that parenting always seems to bring out?

Kelly Balarie of PurposefulFaith.com encourages us to let God change us from the inside out:

I feel convicted. It is easy to read God’s word and to say, “Yep, that thing right there is what I need to do…”. Yet it is quite another thing to do it. It is easy to develop a three-step plan for improvement, but it is hard to see it through. It is easy to remind yourself of all the ways you really need to change. And then to never find change.

Read the rest here.

Blessings, parents!

~DVC~

Launch Party!

PainttheDesertCoverHi friends! I’m excited to announce my latest release is available on Amazon. Paint the Desert is Book II in my Golden State Trilogy, and I’m hosting a launch party this week, including chances to win a free copy. Click on this link to learn more.

When violence visits an ordinary college campus one day in San Rafael, California, it threatens to shatter a community, and a family, in its aftermath.

Newlyweds Jon and Meg Paulson are honeymooning in Hawaii when they receive the news that Meg’s son Richard was seriously injured in a seemingly random school shooting. When they return home, they find him in a deep coma, with the doctors uncertain if he will ever recover. Meg struggles to find answers and to understand why God allowed this to happen.

With the investigation into the shooter’s motives ongoing, Meg seeks support from a local grief group, where she finds that helping another grief-stricken mother helps speed her own journey from despair to hope. But her distress is creating strain in her brand-new marriage. She also finds herself at odds with her daughter when Linzee’s gun control activism pits her against her own mother.

Meanwhile, Linzee fears the new man in her life will find out the one thing from her past she never wants him to know. Can she give her fear over to God and open her heart to love?

Download here.

 

You Can’t Co-Parent From The Nothing Box

Authentically 50 ~ Embracing Life's Changes

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I call it the nothing box.  That’s where my Ex lives most of the time since we’ve been separated and now divorced.  Have you ever heard of the nothing box?

Well, I call it the nothing box because he simply went away, physically, mentally, emotionally, verbally, psychologically.  It’s like he put himself in a box where nothing happens, nothing seems touch him and there is little or no response from him.

I get it that we all need down time, private time to just mellow out.  But to LIVE THERE incessantly?  To not respond to your divorce lawyer?  To your children?  To your family?  To your friends?  I get it that he doesn’t want to respond to me sometimes.  I understand that part.  But when you tend to live in the nothing box, there’s a problem of epic proportions.

I’m sorry, but I’m tired of emails that don’t get answered…

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“Contemporary Realism” – CF’s new genre?

I was excited to happen upon this article today, seeing as I have felt compelled to address “hot-topic” issues in my fiction. Since I began my first book in 2013, I’ve written about gay marriage, school shootings, divorce among Christians — mostly issues that we didn’t have to face twenty, thirty years ago. (Click on My Books above to read in more detail.)

Now it seems more authors are brave enough to explore this uncharted territory. And someone even came up with a name for it – Contemporary Realism.

Gotta love it!

Read the article here. 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

The Accidental Poet

FROM THE BLOG OF DR. NORA VOLKOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

October 25, 2017

crowdThe brain adapts and responds to the environments and conditions in which a person lives. When we speak of addiction as a chronic disorder of the brain, it thus includes an understanding that some individuals are more susceptible to drug use and addiction than others, not only because of genetic factors but also because of stress and a host of other environmental and social factors in their lives that have made them more vulnerable.

Opioid addiction is often described as an “equal opportunity” problem that can afflict people from all races and walks of life, but while true enough, this obscures the fact that the opioid crisis has particularly affected some of the poorest regions of the country, such as Appalachia, and that people living in poverty are especially at risk for…

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We All Have A Story

Today’s post features one of my favorite Christian songs from the last few years…My Story by Big Daddy Weave. What makes this song special is how personal it is, and how focused on Jesus, not self. Then it ends with a fragment from that classic hymn, Blessed Assurance: “This is my story, This is my song; praising my Savior all the day long.”

Hallelujah!

~DVC~

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We all have a story…

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Single Parents Unite!

Authentically 50 ~ Embracing Life's Changes

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Ever since I got divorced (and even before that official decree), I was mostly a single parent even though I was married.  Let’s face it, as the kids got older, it was more me than him because I was home and he traveled for work at times.  Then, when he disconnected, it was just me.

I’ve gotten used to it, as parenting is a joy for me and I love being Momma Bear to my kids.  But there are times now, that when something goes wrong, there’s no spouse to turn to because if you’ve been following my posts, you know that he’s vacated the parenting piece, much to the kids and my disappointment.

So the other day, I had a little issue with one of the kids.  It was a minor thing, but I needed clarification.  I needed to bounce the subject off on someone else, to vent a…

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