As I drove to church on Sunday I enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air, and the birds flying in front of me and resting on the trees as I drove by.
I never used to be one to pay attention, or care so much, about the beauty and peacefulness of the birds. My mother on the other hand, appreciated and enjoyed watching, feeding, and learning about the various birds that visited her yard, bird feeders, and flowers. Mom was strategic about the greenery when planning the landscaping each year. She knew what the birds and butterflies liked and she strived to make it a welcome area for them. As I get older, I understand her appreciation of these beautiful creatures and when I see certain ones, they remind me of her. This past Sunday, I saw a few of her favorites and I said aloud, "Today is going to be a great day! Thanks Mom!"
What birds did I see? I saw a couple indigo buntings, a cardinal, and mourning doves. Of course I saw a few robins and other birds I don't know the names of but the first three always remind me of my Mom. As I organize and prepare to start my next big writing project, it's encouraging for moments like this. To some they might be birds going about their business or returning for a season, yet for me, it's a little love from Heaven reminded me she's still got my back and right there with me.
As if this wasn't enough, when I got in my car after church, the song, "Give me Jesus" was playing on the radio and I said aloud, "Thank you God, it is a great day!"
What encourages you and
Blog Tour Dates
March 15th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Join us at the WOW blog, The Muffin, to celebrate the launch of Chitra Ramaswami's book But First, Rumi. You can read an interview with the author, find out more information about this touching memoir, and win a copy for yourself!
March 16th @ Hook of a Book
Join Erin as she shares a guest post by the author about Omani street cats.
March 20th @ Boots Shoes and Fashion
Visit Linda's blog to read her interview with author, Chitra Ramaswami about her book But First, Rumi.
March 20th @ Pages and Paws
Visit Kristine's blog today to read her review of But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 21st @ Shoe's Seeds & Stories
Visit Linda's blog today to read her review and spotlight for But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 25th @ Keeping it Real
Join Lisa as she shares a guest post by the author about how to get past writer's block.
March 26th @ Author Anthony Avina
Visit Anthony's blog as he shares a guest post about cats and mental health and reviews But First, Rumi by Chita Ramaswami.
March 28th @ The Faerie Review
Visit Lily's blog where she interviews author Chitra Ramaswami.
March 29th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Join Bev as she shares her thoughts about But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 30th @ Lisa's Reading
Visit Lisa's blog where she reviews But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
April 1st @ Knotty Needle
Visit Judy's blog and read her review of this touching memoir for pet lovers, But First, Rumi. You can also win a copy of the book too!
April 5th @ Reviews and Interviews
Join Lisa as she interviews author Chitra Ramaswami about her book But First, Rumi.
April 5th @ Note to the World
Come by Mahnoor's blog today and read the review of But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
April 7th @ It's Alanna Jean
Join Alanna as she shares a guest post by Chitra Ramaswami about the misconceptions about cats. https://itsalannajean.webnode.com/
April 13th @ Deborah-Zenha Adams
Join Deborah as she shares a guest post about writing process by the author of But First, Rumi. http://www.deborah-adams.com
Thank you Chitra Ramaswami for sharing with my readers! May you have a wonderful book tour!
As I wrote my blogs for the week, sunshine filled each window. The temperature was still quite chilly yet to watch the shadows dance in the sunshine uplifted my spirits so much. It always amazes me how sunshine and daylight have the ability to uplift one's spirits so much. In a couple weeks it will be warm enough to sit on the deck and read. Walks to the lake will be common, and better yet...family visits and gatherings can be socially distanced when outdoors. Life is looking up.
I pray you look outside and see the sunshine and know that God is shining brighter than any darkness the world attempts. We've got this!
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
How does the light encourage and uplift you?
Today's share is not gluten free or good for you yet it does taste good and was fun to try. The link to the recipe I used is at the end of this blog, as well as a link to the Epicure 8" cake pans (purple ones on the left) I used.
Personally, challah bread is still my favorite to make and eat yet this was fun and think it was a good fit to accompany corned beef and cabbage. I added butter to my slice, which I don't usually do when I tried it on Sunday yet with the other flavors and seasonings of the full Irish dinner, it was perfect. I made two loaves, so doubled the recipe, so I could make one using Epicure's cake pan and another using the ones I have from when I took cake decorating classes.
Have you tried a new recipe lately?
If so, what was it? Will you share?
Anytime I'm preparing for a speaking event, a podcast, or writing a blog or the next book...I start with prayer. I pray for my readers throughout the process and upon the release. I create to encourage, inspire, and uplift. One thing remains the same today as it was when I began this journey, I want others to know God loves them and when we keep our eyes focused on God and strengthening our faith.
How do you do this, let me share. There are a few ways: through reading our Bible, attending church services, small groups, Bible study and using the gifts God's given and blessed you/us, with. The T.O.P.'S Tuesday series started prior to the release of my second book, Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey, as a way to share the publication process and upcoming speaking events.
This was one of my mom's favorite blogs each week. Someone stopped me earlier this week and said, "Lisa, we are enjoying your book. Keep writing!" I had tears in my eyes because the last note my wrote me said, "Lisa, keep writing!" For me, this was a kiss and message of love from heaven and meant more than this person could ever know.
Which book are you ordering next?
It was a joyous and blessed day, to say the least. The sound of laughter and memories made will warm and relax me through the busy week.
As you enjoy the lost hour of sleep tomorrow and gear up for the busy week, remember to focus on the things that make your heart sing, these are the blessings. God will take care of the rest!
Make memories and leave the rest to God!
While I'm happy there is a place for snow removal at my father's house, allowing him to get in and out of his garage...I miss the ease of going to the cottage to write. Would you like to hear the good news? The sun was out this weekend and the temperatures neared 30 degrees, which means, snow is melting. I dropped some treats to my Dad today and peeked at the snow bank to realize that after a few more warmer days, I might be able to go to my writer's cottage THIS coming weekend! Yippee!
I'm spending the week mentally preparing for what I'll work on. I know I'm changing my "drawing board" out for my next book. I'm excited! I've been puttsing on my writing at home but I'm not as focused or productive because I struggle to ignore the things needing my attention. At the cottage on the other hand, all I feel and see is...creativity!
If you live in a colder climate, what do you look forward to doing as the weather warms up and the daylight hours are longer? In addition to writing, working in the garden and going for walks outside are on my list.
plan to do when the weather warms up?
The response to Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey was overwhelming and the feedback I received blessed me and encouraged my family. The goal to encourage one was magnified yet it wasn't until last year that I understood God has more for me to write. He has more for me to share.
The idea to write a devotional was not on the top of my to do-list yet when God places it on your heart, you obey. A Journey to Easter, birthed pre-Covid, was fun to write and healing. As I wrote some of the devotionals it was evident there is still a lot of work to do within me. I hope you'll order this and let God speak to your heart. The feedback I'm receiving from current readers is one of blessings, encouragement, and hope.
As we move into the final weeks before Easter, have you found it possible to let go of a bad habit (or two) and start some new ones? Are the new habits and routines drawing you closer to Jesus? Do you have an accountability partner? If you could add one thing to your daily agenda today, what would it be? Why?
How are you drawing closer to God
this Lenten Season?
Our children and grandchildren need to know it's important to embrace who they are on the inside and have the courage to let others see this side of them too.
The next generation looks up to us and if we aren't sharing our #StrongSelfieSaturday, then how can we expect them to. Instead of turning on the filters, let your sweat be your sparkle and the smile be evidence of the hard work you spend each day to be the positive role model the next generation needs. Let go of the filter and hold onto the traits that endure and make you who you are...
Do you have the courage to share a #StrongSelfie
with no makeup, workout or work clothes,
and your beautiful/handsome smile?
I used my tried and true challah bread recipe and instead of the normal 3 strand braid, went to work with 8. I recorded live on Facebook. The first loaf has a much looser braid but the latter end looked much better and I was excited to try the second.
The pictures on today's blog are mine and of the my first attempt of the eight strand bread and I plan on trying this again and experimenting with some of the other braids now that I know there are such a thing, and the tutorials to help me learn. It's exciting to learn new things and be creative with food, as much as with words. I found a video that shows how to do the braid. I hope you enjoy and in case you are wondering, the bread was delicious and is a family favorite whether it has three or eight strands.
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