Have you ever wondered how the universe and earth began? How did the plants, animals, and people get here? Who made me? You may have heard that we evolved. How could something so intricate have evolved?
“His Creation Story, by Janice Valentine, is a beautiful picture of the simplicity of God’s plan for His universe. It is obvious that the book is a result of Janice’s passion for the beauty of God’s redemption story, which begins in creation and climaxes with an empty tomb.” —Chris Russell, MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Internation Mission Board missionary in Moldova
“Janice Valentine’s book, His Creation Story, is a precious way of sharing about God’s work on our planet, the planet He created, and how He resolved mankind’s problem. The pictures and poems give added emphasis to this wonderful story. The poem “If I Could See What God Sees” has to be one of my very favorite poems. Thanks for sharing in this way, Janice!” —Nancy Russell, IMB missionary to Moldova
A dream is a mysterious realm that has always fascinated me, and I have always been fortunate enough to receive a dream or two each night. They have always had an ethereal quality, impalpable and spiritual. The Songs of My Heart are descriptions of dreams I have had that have stayed with me and provided a secret doorway, if you will, to the world of my childhood and then to an ideal place created by my heart. Having access to these sweet remembrances has gladdened my spirit, strengthened me in times of sorrow, and confirmed my faith and hope in God’s goodness and abiding love. My descriptions of these dreams are done in lyrical prose to portray and convey the essence of my dream world as I have known it. The second part of this volume, “Evensong,” are poems of love and praise delineating the greatness of God and His omniscient presence in our lives. I have written of His kindness and mercy to encourage others who may not know Him yet, to “come and taste the sweetness of the Lord.”
My book came into being quite by accident. My sister, Madeline F. Sparrow, needed some cards to send to her shut-ins. She had over eighty at the time. She had used all that she could find. I said, “Why don’t I try to write a note of cheer?” I always thought about writing short stories. So I started writing verses. Each month, I would sit on my porch or at the kitchen window and think about God and how I felt on the day. I always looked at nature, the birds, squirrels, deer, etc. I wrote how I felt about the changes of the weather and the seasons. Many of those who received these verses responded with notes of thanks for lifting their day. Others were placed on the doors of nursing homes. Several suggested we have them printed into a book.
“There is still more to come. My desire is to encourage others. My challenges in life have been great lessons. I appreciate all that God has given me. My work now is for all the world to see. Be inspired in all things!” — Jennifer Alden.
In years past, the author has found expressing herself through her poetry to be very inspiring. She wrote many poems, letters, and quotes, realizing later they told a very honest and endearing story. Her hope was to have these to share with her children; in passing they would celebrate her life and love for them, as well as all things. Now she has been blessed to share with you in her three-part poetic literary series.
The first part of the series is “Inspirations: The Light … a place where my soul meets” The second part of the series is, “Reflections: And the Journey Continues …” The third part of the series is, “Great Expectations: I am finally here”.
Keeping a prayer journal will help you strengthen your prayer life, develop a personal relationship with God, sharpen your ability to hear God’s voice, and recall when and how God answers your prayers.
Dianna Morris was reared in a small town called Edgard, about forty miles outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. The youngest of her four siblings, Dianna graduated from Second Ward High School and attended Meadows Draughon Business College. Having given birth to a son and a daughter, Dianna is now divorced. In addition to her two children, Dianna reared her nephew, who she also considers her son. Being very family-oriented, Dianna’s first love is for God. Although often misunderstood, her love for family is undying. Certain issues in life she cannot change; she has to accept and tries not to lean to her own understanding. The key to her life is forgiveness. Her belief is forgiveness does not mean you are right or wrong, but just letting go with love. For Every Tear was inspired because of the trials she endured and overcame. She was always blessed with the gift of writing, but she only wrote when it was to her advantage. She strongly believes that God put her in a place where she had never been before. Then and only then she understood why and what she was going through. She swallowed her pride and wrote about everything she went through, the good and the not so good. For Every Tear was written to capture the attention of all audiences. The material in her book is also written for her to grow. She is not all that her book consists of, but believes one day she will come close. Dianna tried to capture every emotion that anyone may go through. She is thanking God every day for choosing her to suffer and being a testimony.
NOW AND THENI’ve played in summer sunshineand I’ve been left out in the rain.I’ve known moments of sweet ecstasyand I’ve lived with fear and pain.I’ve run barefoot through meadowand nearly drowned in tear-filled streams;but even in the worst of timesI’ve clungby faithto dreams.And so, my friend,I thank the Lordfor all He’s brought me through.If I hadn’t been where I was thenI couldn’t be here now with you.“I will never forget your commandments,for you have used them to restore my joy and health.”Psalms 119:93
The Scriptures repeatedly admonish believers to repent—to change the way they think and act. Having grown up in the church, Caleb Mathis was familiar with the word “repentance,” but not necessarily with its practice. A summer road trip would change all that.
Part travel memoir, part personal treatise of faith, this is the sound of a Christ-believing boy straining to grow into a Christ-following man. Each stop along the road trip’s route revealed a new lesson, another area in which God was demanding repentance. What started as an adventure into the American heartland ended as a voyage into a place infinitely more exotic, beautiful, and dangerous: the human heart.
How does a life change? One mile at a time.