Give Me the Simple Life: Ordinary Wonders

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“Stop and consider my wonders,” God told Job, the World’s Expert on Suffering. God had listened patiently to Job’s lengthy list of complaints about the human condition. And, now, it was God’s turn to reply.

Then God went on to point to ordinary observations of the natural world surrounding Job—clouds hung poised in the sky, flashes of lightning.

Not so very ordinary, was God’s lesson.

Maybe God was trying to remind us that there is no such thing as ordinary. Open your eyes and see the wonders that surround you!

What ordinary wonders did you see today? Share in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family.

Maybe there is no such thing as ordinary. Looks for the daily wonders around you! @suzannewfisher

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Give Me the Simple Life: The Power of Simple Truths

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“I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.” ~G.K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an Englishman of considerable girth, who had a brilliant sense of humor and an absent-mindedness that bordered on legendary. He never went to college and yet is considered the best writer of the twentieth century.

This was the man who wrote a book that led a young atheist named C. S. Lewis to become a Christian.

This was the man who wrote a novel that inspired Michael Collins to lead a movement for Irish independence.

This was the man who wrote an essay in the Illustrated London News that inspired Mohandas Gandhi to lead a movement to end British colonial rule in India.

Chesterton considered himself to be an ordinary man. He claimed that he was doing nothing more than uttering plain, simple truths.

Simple truths can change   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Ane Mulligan

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is SHEILA GROVES! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Ane Mulligan, author of Chapel Springs Revival, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’ve been married to my artist husband for 42+ years. We have three grown children. I write full time and thankful God didn’t call me to this gig until my nest was empty. I don’t know   Keep Reading…

Be Empowered

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I see her there in line at the counter. Walking over, I say with a smile, “Well, hi there. It’s been awhile. And where’s your mama? She’s gone missing.” Her mama’s been a regular. From my place on the high stool, I’d see her every single morning, grabbing a coffee and a yogurt with hands that spread love to the old and infirm, then dashing out the door and off to work.

Her daughter’s standing there, all curly-headed. “Mama’s moved,” she says, smiling, too.

And then she tells me, this petite girl, and earnest, about her job. She’s working just now in a hospital. The job? It’s big. Way bigger than her. It involves insurance companies and money – millions of dollars they’d like to get back. And she? Well, she’s the one s’posed to make it all happen, to cut through the tape, to change folks’   Keep Reading…

Dreams Coming True: Bringing Creativity to Worship

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Dreams Coming True is a new Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

Welcome Jonathan Malm, author of Created for More, to Dreams Coming True! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of the devotional (only U.S. residents are eligible).

Tell us about yourself:

Hi! I’m Jonathan Malm. I’m a creative entrepreneur and recently, a published author. I grew up as a missionary kid in Guatemala, then as a pastor’s kid in the United States. Now I work from San Antonio on various projects and do my best not to annoy my wife (too much). I also roast my   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Beverly Hills

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As my youngest son, Tad, settled into his new life in Los Angeles, I spent a day exploring a little town with a big reputation: Beverly Hills. Is it as razzle dazzle as it seems? Yes and no . . .

Here are some pictures of the Beverly Hills High School–a beautiful old campus that is now surrounded by skyscrapers.

Rodeo Drive is every bit as over-the-top as I expected. Designer stores, sideways lined by stunning flower baskets. Definitely worth a trip if you’re ever in the area! Sightseeing, that is.

I was surprised to find a Whole Foods near Rodeo Drive. Had to go in, of course! It was a small store, but there was one thing that seems oh-so-Beverly-Hills-ish. Roasted vegetables near the salad bar. Here’s a classic gas station with not-so-classic prices.    Keep Reading…