Glimpses into Jean's Writing Life October 2021

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Jean's Writing Life

I'm super excited about ALL GOD’S CREATURES: 60 DAYS OF DEVOTIONS FOR ANIMAL-LOVING KIDS. The illustrations are adorable. And the devotions are short, simple and perfect for parents to share with preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders. I hope you'll consider purchasing one for your little grandkids or other young children in your circle of influence. One reason I am so proud of this book is that it helps with my mission of writing encouraging words that create opportunities for parents and young children to share time together. Cuddles and hugs are required!

You can preorder now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But soon the book will be available at Target, too. Please share the news! Thanks.
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I am still working on picture book biographies. One is about a courageous Polish woman who rescued (with the help of friends) 2500 Jewish children from extermination. I'm learning a great deal about the process of making biographies exciting and interesting for children to read. I hope to have this manuscript in stellar condition by the end of 2021.
The second biography is about one of the first female biochemists in America. In the 1940s and 1950s she and her team of assistants discovered treatments and cures for many diseases that we still use today. She is a model of persistence and perseverance.

Please pray for me as I continue to learn, to practice, to submit manuscripts, to search for the agent God has for me as an author.
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It's fall again. I love this time of year in the mid-south and southeast. We get the beautiful colors of fall, true. But I also love the change in humidity, the cool air, the crunch underfoot, soft sweaters. And the yen to bake overtakes me! Apple or pumpkin everything. I go a little crazy decorating for fall and for Thanksgiving, too. (It won't be long until November.)

It's also time to remind people about my book God's Blessings of Fall. I'm working on that with social media. And, trying to market to some Christian school libraries. If you have any contacts in a Christian school I would LOVE to hear from you. Having contacts and referrals always helps. If you haven't ordered a copy for your kids or grands , God's Blessings of Fall is also available at Amazon, Christianbook.com and Barnes & Noble.
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From God's Word

I'm glad the Lord answered two of my prayers and put me in touch with a Bible study group near my home. So, I'm involved in concentrated Bible study AND making new friends who live near me. A double-whammy blessing!

A few weeks ago I was reading Psalm 118. A verse we quote almost as often as John 3:16 jumped up at me. Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." We hear it often and in many contexts. But, as I read the entire psalm it struck me that we often miss the deeper meaning of this verse by taking it out of context and applying it to every time new day.

Yes, I KNOW the Lord makes every single day. He sustains us by holding the sun and earth and all of the bodies of the Universe in place. Each day IS a day the Lord has made. And, yes, we should rejoice in each new day.

But back-peddle with me to verses 19-24. This section of Psalm 118 is about salvation. It says that God open the gates of righteousness (salvation) and we walk through them. The Psalmist says he gives thanks to God because He becomes the Psalmist's salvation. Verse 22 and 23 say "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the LORD; it is wondrous in our sight."

What is wondrous?

Verse 24 steps in with "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

To me, that means the day Jesus became our Cornerstone, that is the particular day his Psalm is talking about. That is the day I should rejoice in.

Maybe I'm quibbling over details. But I don't want to forget this more specific meaning to this verse. Each day is a gift. But the day Christ Jesus came into the world, and the day He entered my life -- THOSE are special days of rejoicing for me.

Blessings, ya'll.
Jean

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