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I have an update on my live streaming event on On December 1. Because I’ve had so many readers reach out to me who do not have Facebook, I will be hosting my Launch Party on both Facebook AND YouTube! Tune in live to get your signed copy of the first book in my new series which takes place in the Ozarks! Join me from 4:00-6:00PM Eastern Time on either YouTube or Facebook Live. I’ll have copies of my new book, Desert Fire, Mountain Rain, on hand for you to purchase via a special link, and you can watch me sign your book while I answer questions and talk to readers. Leave a comment with a question, and I will answer it live during the launch. Keep checking my website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), for more information about the launch and the series.
Do you remember the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day? Of course you do. It’s the one where Bill’s curmudgeonly character has to relive the same day over and over until he gets it right. Do you feel like we’ve all been sucked into the vortex of the never-ending story? That this pandemic just keep playing on a loop over and over again?
I feel like we are repeating the same scene, first Easter and now Thanksgiving. Will there ever again be a normal holiday where families can gather and just eat dinner, play games, and watch football and not have to worry about being tested or quarantining?
In some ways, I identify more with the groundhog than with Murray’s weatherman.
It’s at times like this when we need to remind ourselves that spring will come. The days will not always be filled with gloom and despair. After all, we did have Rebecca’s wedding–quite successfully I might add. Katie and Morgan did go back to school for the fall semester. We even had a few short vacations camping, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
There is hope. There will be a new day, a new dawning, a new chance to live and enjoy all of the riches we have been given. Let’s just hold on a little longer. Keep our eyes on what’s to come. Remember our blessings, and be grateful for what we have.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
…in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God…
let your requests be made known to God…
I keep thinking that this the key to everything. We’ve put our hopes into the hands of people – of politicians, of doctors, of reporters – human beings. For so long, the world has turned its back on GOD. I said right here on this site that I fully believe that Rebecca’s wedding day was absolutely perfect because we trusted that God would make it so. I had to trust Him, trust in His will, trust in His desire to make things work. I had to surrender my will to His.
I think that’s what we all need to do. We need to stop turning our back on God. We need to pray. We need to seek His guidance. We need to repent. And when we do, he will be waiting for us, a loving father with open arms, ready to heal us.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
I’m ready. Are you?
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Amy Schisler is an award-winning author of both children’s books and sweet, faith-filled romance novels for readers of all ages. She lives with her husband and three daughters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her books, Picture Me, Whispering Vines, and Island of Miracles are all recipients of Illumination Awards, placing them among the top inspirational fiction books of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Whispering Vines was awarded the 2017 LYRA Award for the best romance of 2016. Island of Miracles has outsold all of Amy’s other books worldwide and ranked as high as 600 on Amazon. Her follow up, Island of Promise is a reader favorite. Amy’s children’s book is The Greatest Gift. The suspense novel, Summer’s Squall, and all of Amy’s books, can be found online and in stores. Her latest novel, Island of Promise, was recently awarded First Prize by the Oklahoma Romance Writer’s Association as the best Inspirational Romance of 2018 and was awarded a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2019 for Inspirational Fiction. It is the 2019 winner for Best Inspirational Fiction in the RWA Golden Quill Contest, Best Romance in the American Book Awards, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award of Fiction. Amy’s 2019 work, The Devil’s Fortune, a finalist in the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing Awards and winner of an Illumination Award, is based, in part, on Amy’s family history. The third book of Amy’s Chincoteague Island Trilogy, Island of Hope, was released in August of 2019.
Amy’s books: Crabbing With Granddad (2013), A Place to Call Home (2014), Picture Me (2015), Whispering Vines (2016), Island of Miracles (2017), Stations of the Cross Meditations for Moms (2017), The Greatest Gift (2017), Summer’s Squall (2017), Island of Promise (2018), The Devil’s Fortune (2019), Island of Hope (2019).