Saturday, November 18, 2017

HOW DO WE FALL IN LOVE?


L.C. land Ada Belle Brownell, Oct. 26, 1953




Note: the following is an excerpt from the book

IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU

(Book summary follows)


Is falling in love an unavoidable dive, or a decision?


By Ada Brownell



Would you like your parents arranging your marriage? That still happens in many foreign countries. How would you guys feel about not knowing who your bride is until the ceremony is over and you lift the veil to kiss her? Some men experienced that.

An 11-year-old girl, apparently from Yemen, recently made a passionate plea to her parents to stop pressuring her into an arranged marriage. The resulting video caught international attention.

 In 1960, the Encyclopedia Americana reported more than one half of the total female population of India married before fifteen years of age, and sometimes while they were still infants. In the western provinces of India, a bride remained at home with her parents until she went through puberty. But in Bengal, girls commenced their married life at age nine.

In some countries, a hopeful suitor would give a girl’s father a certain amount of money or goods like cattle or sheep for his daughter, and sometimes the bride brought a dowry of property to her bridegroom. The amount depended on the status and economic circumstances of the families involved.

 Historically at the engagement, the suitor often gave an ornament of some value, which signified his pledge. That was the predecessor of the modern engagement ring.

IMAGINE WORKING SEVEN YEARS FOR A WIFE

In Old Testament times, many marriages were arranged.

Jacob met Rachel leading sheep and was so smitten he kissed her and wept (Genesis 29:11). Perhaps it was on the cheek. Who knows?

Jacob stayed with Rachel’s father, Laban, a month, working for him like a ranch hand. Finally, Laban asked what Jacob expected to be paid, and Jacob told Laban he was in love with Rachel and he agreed to work seven years for her.

Finally there was a wedding feast, and after the ceremony, Jacob discovered he had been given Rachel’s veiled older sister, Leah, instead.

He protested, and Laban said he couldn’t give the younger daughter before the older girl married.

Despite having a wife, Jacob worked another seven years to get Rachel. In Old Testament times, God allowed men to have more than one wife.

IMAGINE GOD GIVING A MATE

Abraham arranged the marriage for his son, Isaac, and a servant picked her out. You can read the story in Genesis 24. He must have been worthy of the trust, because the servant traveled some distance to find her and then asked God to show him the right girl out of the dozens of women who came to a well to draw water.

“Oh Lord, God of my master,” the servant prayed, “Give me success and show kindness to my master, Abraham. Help me to accomplish the purpose of my journey. See, here I am, standing beside this spring, and the young women of the village are coming to draw water. I will ask one of them for a drink. If she says, `Yes, certainly, and I will water your camels, too!’ Let her be the one you appointed as Isaac’s wife. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

As he prayed, a beautiful young woman, Rebekah, arrived with a water jug on her shoulder. She went to the spring, bent over, filled her jug, and straightened. Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a drink.”

“Certainly, sir,” she said, and she quickly scooped water from a dipper. When he finished gulping the refreshing liquid, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough!”

She emptied the jug into the watering trough and ran down to the well again. She kept carrying water until the camels’ intense thirst was quenched.

The servant watched Rachel in silence. When the camels finished drinking, he gave her a gold ring and two large gold bracelets.

The servant stayed with her family and told them about how his prayer was answered. But Isaac wasn’t even there.

The father gave Rebekah to the servant, but only after Rebekah agreed to go.

Isaac saw the servant coming home with someone. Excited, he raced out to meet them.

When Rebekah saw Isaac coming, she dismounted, covered her face with a veil, and ran to him.

Rebekah became Isaac’s wife and he loved her, the Bible says. She was a special comfort to him because his mother had just died.

WHY ARRANGED MARRIAGES SURVIVE

There is a reason arranged marriages work: Falling in love is an act of the will. Cupid doesn’t shoot you with a poison love arrow and “twang!” you’re a goner. Love happens to you because of several circumstances.

1. You are around the person of the opposite sex frequently (that’s called propinquity—what happens when you are near in time and space).

2. You desire someone in your life.

3. Your God-given instincts are telling you to create a family.

4. The person will build your ego. You think, Won’t everyone be surprised I have a boyfriend? Won’t everyone be impressed with how pretty she is or how handsome he is? Won’t everyone be impressed because of how popular he or she is? He’s so tall he makes me feel so feminine; or, she has such a great figure it makes me feel great to walk beside her. She or he treats me so nice it makes me feel special.

5. Because you decide to fall in love to create excitement in your life.

6. Because no one better is available.

7. Because you have similar interests.

8. Because you are lonely.

9. Because someone else thinks it’s a good idea.

10. Most important: Because while you were in the womb God had a plan for both of you, and your love is so strong you feel you can’t live without one another (Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalms 37:33).

 Some Pharisees came and asked Jesus, “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for any reason?”

 “Haven’t you read the scriptures,” Jesus replied. “From the beginning God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:3-6KJ)

There may be dozens of other reasons you fall in love, but even if you aren’t conscious of why it is happening, you allow yourself to love someone else. It’s a decision. If love happened spontaneously without your will being involved, people who are greatly overweight would have as many proposals for marriage as others. So would the handicapped or someone with facial deformities or pure physical ugliness.

I once knew a young woman whose father was quite wealthy, but one of her eyes was noticeably higher than the other. She was an old maid, at least the last I heard. But she was a sweet, talented young woman, and really not so bad-looking.

WHAT IS LOVE?

It seems Americans don’t know the meaning of love, although it’s before us all the time.

Well, we do know how we want others to love us, but many aren’t willing to give that kind of love back. We want others to love us unconditionally— the way God loves us, no matter how we look, how we act, or what we do.

God talks to us about love in 1 Corinthians 13. The Bible chapter is read during many weddings—but most couples don’t absorb what it says or promptly forget it. That scripture passage tells us if we don’t love others, we’re like clanging cymbals—all noise and little music. The fellow who tries to persuade his girlfriend to have sex before marriage is like that clanging symbol. If he really loved her, he wouldn’t think of stealing her chastity. If he really loved himself, he wouldn’t want the sin, the guilt, the possibility of disease, the guilt of an abortion, or perhaps bringing a child into the world whom he would be required by law to support until it turns eighteen.

There is no such thing as a “love child” born out of wedlock. It is a “lust child” if it was conceived before the wedding. Of course, this isn’t the child’s fault, and it should be loved no matter how it was conceived.

The scripture tells us, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, boastful, proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever” (1 Corinthians 13:4–8).

Spiritually, marriage is a union between a man and a woman so they can enjoy, love, and protect one another, and also to protect the family. Children need a father to help guide, discipline, love, and financially support them. Children need a mother to nurture them, guide them, discipline them, and love them.

Even biologically, the object of marriage is to ensure the survival of the species and of the race, according to Drs. Abraham and Hannah Stone’s A Marriage Manual.[1]

God invented marriage and the family when he made Eve for Adam and they began to have children.

Marriage is a wonderful thing, and there is nothing more romantic than a guy and a girl vowing before God and the public, “I will love you and you only until death parts us.”

Americans probably talk and sing more about romance than any other society. We are allowed to choose our own mates, instead of our parents choosing them for us. Yet, half of all marriages end in divorce.

Just like falling in love in the first place, staying in love involves the will. We decide we will love our mates even when they get bald, fat, ugly, wrinkled, or sick, or we’re broke. We decide we will love them even when they’re grumpy or angry.

Some people say, “Our love just died,” or “It was a mistake in the first place.”

Perhaps. But in most cases, if both ride out difficult times, the passion will rekindle, romantic sparks will fly, fireworks will go off again, and the romance will be deeper and more satisfying than it was in the beginning.

I know. I’ve been married several decades, and even though it’s all about commitment, there still is romance and deep love.

As a reporter, I collected marriage license records from couples who remarried each other after divorce. There were about a half dozen when I contacted a few and interviewed them for a story. Most said the same thing: “Although we know we’re not perfect, we couldn’t find anyone better after we divorced. We were still in love and knew what we were doing the first time. Being apart was worse than dealing with our problems and learning how to make a marriage work.”

Storge is the Greek word for natural affection between a parent and a child. Marriages need the three other types of love: phileo, the type of affection we have for friends; eros, romantic love; and agape, God-like unconditional love. Except parent-child affection, all the others are a matter of the will.

When you begin to court, look for real love.





[1] A Marriage Manual (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953), 3.



IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU
By Ada Brownell
Will you be the person you dream of becoming, or the person in your nightmares?
Ready or not, you are headed into your future.
Would you like to achieve your dreams of being all you can be inside and out? Would you like to deposit good information in your brain you can spend and invest in your future?
Read or listen to Ada Brownell’s book, Imagine the Future You.
This author, who taught church youth for more than 30 years, spent a good hunk of her life as a journalist interviewing successful people who achieved great things, but also met and wrote about those whose lives had become so entangled with baggage they needed a miracle to turn them loose. In addition, she has picked brains and studied how to believe in yourself and things greater than you.
You need this book.  E-book, paper and audible. Great narrator.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THE BASS GUITAR: SOMEBODY WENT FOR HIS DREAM


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                                          IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU

FREE Nov. 10-12

                                                      By Ada Brownell


Our oldest son, Gary Brownell, grew up playing the electric bass guitar. He studied music in college, also played the trumpet, but has spent his life as a professional sound engineer and stage designer. He believes his work in electronics and light is a calling and every church sound and electronics worker should also be a musician.

Gary, widely known in Christian music circles for his talent with sound, would have loved to meet Paul Tutmarc, inventor of the electronic bass.

Gary also loves my glossy chocolate frosting. Following is the recipe.

I tell about Paul Tutmarc because as a young man he caught a dream. His story is in the first chapter of my book, Imagine the Future You. Here’s part of that chapter.

DREAM

Paul Tutmarc of Seattle, Washington, traveled in a band and often felt sorry for the acoustic bass fiddle player, who always drove alone because his huge instrument left room in his car only for the driver.

 An upright bass fiddle is as tall as many adults, quite fat and wide, and doesn’t bend in convenient places as a human body does. So the bass player missed the fun with the other band members, whose vehicle rocked with conversation, laughter, and joking among friends. The bass player had the company of only his silent instrument.

From age fifteen, Paul Tutmarc had an interest in steel guitars—the ones usually used in Hawaiian music. He became an accomplished musician and wanted to magnify the sound of the steel. He looked at the innards of the telephone to see how it worked to pick up sound and began tinkering with it. Bob Wisner, a radio repairman and another friend, Art Stimpson, worked with Paul, and they figured out how to use electronic amplification on musical instruments.

Paul electrified zithers, pianos, and Spanish guitars.

Then he carved an electronic “bass fiddle” about the size and shape of a cello and the first electric bass guitar came into being in 1933. Paul eventually made a forty-two-inch-long solid-body bass, which was lighter and smaller. The guitar was featured in the 1935 sales catalog for Tutmarc’s company, Audiovox.

The bass guitar, however, didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when Leo Fender, with employee George Fullerton, developed the first mass-produced instrument.

Next time you hear a loud, pulsating bass guitar behind a band, remember Paul Tutmarc,[1] who began his music career in a church choir and caught a dream.

CUT LOOSE YOUR DREAMS AND IMAGINE



Paul’s dream took work, practice, and trial and error, and so does becoming the person our Creator planned for us to be.

The earlier we start working toward our dreams the better. When we are young, we are like clay that can be worked and changed by circumstances, relationships, decisions we make, what we experience, and what we put into our heads. When we become adults, our spirits might become hard—perhaps even like clay that has to be hurt and broken—before it can be changed.

So good choices now save heartache later, and we make those decisions every day.

There is no one else exactly like you, and God loves you just the way you are. Yet, He expects you to allow Him to lead you into a great and wonderful life.

Excerpt from Imagine the Future You ©Ada Brownell October 2013



GLOSSY CHOCOLATE FROSTING

2 ¼ cups sugar

3 1-ounce squares chocolate (unsweetened) or substitute 9 tablespoons cocoa

½ cup margarine

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup milk

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, chocolate, margarine, salt, milk and syrup. Cook, stirring frequently, to 232-degrees F. or until softball stage. Cool to lukewarm. Add vanilla. Beat until thick enough to spread.









[1] http://tutmarc.tripod.com/Paultutmarc.html

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reporting the News at the Car Window



The young man pulled his polished black car onto our front lawn, the loud double tail pipes of his sporty vehicle announcing his arrival.

He didn’t go to the door but waited in the car. The most beautiful redhead in our family, however, still was getting ready. Four of us five sisters had red hair, and three of us were covered with freckles. Joan didn’t have a freckle on her—and she had blue eyes!

So it wasn’t all that unusual for her to have a beau, but this fellow must have had a lot of confidence. Even I, the youngest of the eight siblings in our family, noticed his cockiness.

About age 9 or 10, I peered into his car window. “Hello,” I said, watching his fingers dance on the steering wheel.

“Why hello!” he said, probably seeing a chance to rise above the boredom waiting for his gal. “How are you this fine day?”

“Good,” I said with a smile. “Sorry Joan isn’t ready yet. She takes for-ev-er to get ready to go anywhere.”

“That right? I was beginning to worry she had a problem.”

I laughed. “Oh, she has problems all right.”

The guy began asking me riddles, and then he told two or three simple jokes.

I laughed and laughed. “You are really funny. You know what my Daddy calls you? “Tee Hee, and I don’t think Joan likes that name. She said you’re too silly.”

His smile disappeared, but then Joan slammed the screen door and ran to the car.

Years later I confessed to Joan what I said.

“He never asked me out again,” she said. “I always wondered why.”

She wasn’t that surprised that I’d passed on the negative things she said about the guy, and she wasn’t even surprised I passed on what I heard, because I was the family tattletale.

No wonder when I became an adult the career I chose was reporting for a newspaper. I’d been a reporter all my life!

DO REPORT THE NEWS?

 Every Christian has good news to share. Acts 1:8 says when we're filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be His witnesses. Having the opportunity because of Jesus to live forever is good news! But others need to know so they can accept Him.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nike Chillemi: What on earth is Christian New Adult Fiction?




By Nike Chillemi

New Adult fiction has emerged as its own category or sub-genre under the Young Adult genre. College students, grads, and twenty-somethings in their new jobs would like to read fiction featuring characters like themselves. Until recently there hasn't been many novels delving into the issues this age group faces as they try to navigate in the adult world.

It's been said that New Adult is basically YA with obscenity and sex thrown in and it's certainly a relatively high number of these books are just that. However, that is not what Christian New Adult is all about. In its finest form, Christian New Adult depicts main characters with complex issues who are on a personal journey into adulthood. At its best New Adult depicts characters solving difficult personal conflicts while stretching into new and possibly uncomfortable possibilities as they approach adulthood.  

Blurb:


Corey Jones had been the man in his house since age twelve, when his alcoholic dad abandoned him and his mom. Once in a while, his dad showed up trying to extort money from them using threats. Then his blue-haired, self-centered cousin Ava came to live with them and the way she treats his mom enrages him.

Ivy is thrilled when she meets an upper classman from a neighboring college and thinks he might be 'that guy.' When she is horribly betrayed, her world is thrown upside-down, and she plunges into a depression.  In a steady and kind of clumsy way, Corey is there for her during her worst moments. But his family is plagued with alcoholism, the life she had with her mom, the life she ran away from. What's wrong with her that she attracts the wrong guys? As if that weren't bad enough, there's an arsonist terrorizing their tiny village.



Nike Chillemi bio:




Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chair, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in the Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes series HARMRUL INTENT won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.  http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/


Nike on Twitter @NikeNChillemi


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pity Party and Peach Blossom Rancher .99 sale


One my gifts: A granddaughter

NEWS FLASH: On Thursday, Oct. 19, Peach Blossom Rancher will be .99 on the first day of a Count-Down Deal offered by Elk Lake Publishing Inc. The price will be .99 until Oct. 24, when the book will be $3.99. Get e-book or paperback on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/2arRVgG

Fall 2017 newsletter

One day I had a big pity party for myself and I was the whole guest list. I cried out to the Lord with my complaints while I wept. I’ve made a habit of telling Him all my troubles since my youth, and I’ve felt pretty good about it.

Yet that day I felt God throwing out the goodies I’d placed on my pity party plate. He jerked the back of my collar and I heard Him speak into my spirit: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”

Those words recorded in John 16:33 begin with “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.” Then he goes on to say, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

How long has it been since you knew God loves you and can turn what you’re going through into something good?

How long has it been since you’ve looked at the past to see the amazing blessing of the Lord in spite of difficulty?

Are your children and grandchildren losing their faith in God and the importance of His work in their lives?

Are you discouraged spiritually and going through a hard time?

Do you believe God is working in your life today and in the future?

God can turn miserable moments into jubilant joy. That’s what happened when I spent five years in a Utah town, population 100, three bars, no church, zero Christian friends. I never would have been a writer or a newspaper reporter if I hadn’t gone through Thompson, Utah. I also would not have discovered the wonder of God answering prayer when I asked the Lord for a helper and within a week He sent a beautiful Baptist gal my age to help create a Sunday school in that town. We had the joy of telling 16 children who had never heard about Jesus, and because of Jesus they can live forever!

Perhaps that’s why my writing brand is “Stick-to-your-soul Encouragement.” From my first book Confessions of a Pentecostal and my other non-fiction books, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; Imagine the Future You; and Facts, Faith & Propaganda; to my fiction books, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult; The Lady Fugitive; and Peach Blossom Rancher; I’ve hoped and prayed readers feel encouraged spiritually when they go through the conflict, suspense, humor, romance,--and turn the last page.

 I hear from many readers that they enjoy the books and the truths shared there, but they also are encouraged! I was blessed recently by a friend who told me at church she wanted a paperback copy of Joe the Dreamer so she could share it at a library. “It’s the best book I’ve read in years and even though it was written in 2013 it’s similar to what’s occurring in our country today,” she said.”

I enjoy letting you get acquainted with my characters, and sharing things I’ve learned over the years. It’s is all about you—my readers.

I cherish knowing you, giving you a glimpse of my life and my Lord – and even recipes.

FYI: Paperback copies of my books will be available at Central Assembly’s Holiday Expo on Nov. 3. Or order anytime on Amazon.



Recipe

PUMPKIN GINGER SQUARES

1 cup flour

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup margarine



Combine until crumbly. Press into 13 X 9 pan. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F.

FILLING:

2 cups or one 16-ounce can pumpkin

2 eggs

½ teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 (10-ounce can) evaporated milk



Beat well. Pour over crust and bake 30 minutes.

TOPPING

½ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons margarine

½ cup nuts



Crumble. Sprinkle over filling and bake 30-40 minutes until knife inserted comes out clean.









WATCH OUT FOR WOLVES!

By Ada Nicholson Brownell



A young couple, newlyweds, and very much in love, enjoyed the freedom they gained when they got away from their parents.

One example of this new freedom was Sunday mornings. Although the young husband and wife were good Christians, they enjoyed not having Mom or Dad yell at them about 7 a.m., “Hey! It’s time to get up and get ready for Sunday school!”

At first they attended Sunday school once in a while, and then it became easier to sleep in an extra hour. Besides, they didn’t really fit in with the other young married couples anyway. Most of them had children.

A year later they still had no fellowship in the church. Their closest friends were not Christians. Now instead of missing only Sunday school, they eliminated Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services and were spasmodic in their Sunday morning worship attendance.

Even though they witnessed occasionally, their personal devotions suffered. It seemed there was never enough time. Their circle of unsaved friends became closer.

Things they used to regard as sin suddenly appeared harmless. They began drinking socially. Then they used the Lord’s name in vain, and their consciences didn’t even wince because almost everyone they knew talked that way.

In a few months both had committed adultery. They planned to repent. They even made an appointment with a marriage counselor. But they didn’t live to keep it. They both died in a car accident.

This young couple separated themselves from the Lord’s flock, and Satan, like a wolf, found them an easy target.

When a wolf attacks a flock of sheep, it first makes a swift wild approach. If all the sheep stay together as they run away, the wolf ends the chase. If, however, one of the sheep gets cut off from the rest or falls behind the wolf pounces on it, snarlingly rips open the throat, and begins to eat the flesh.

“Behold I send you forth as lambs among wolves,” Jesus told His disciples (Luke 10:3).

The apostle Paul also warned against wolves: “After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29).

Satan uses some of the same tactics as a wolf. That’s why he hates Christian fellowship so much. He’d rather get the Christian off alone so he can come in for the kill.

Those who have studied wolves say that endurance, not speed, is the wolf’s secret of success. The wolf can travel for hours at a fast dogtrot. It lopes at 20 mph across the miles, but can go twice that fast when it comes in for the kill.

Satan also is known for his endurance. He travels on the Christian’s heels, waiting for the right opportunity to move in. No matter how far we go with the Lord, Satan is still ready to come at our throats when we least expect him.

Domestic animals are their most likely prey, and because of this bounties have been placed on wolves. One of the most famous wolves, called Custer, avoided capture 10 years with a $500 bounty on his head. He was blamed for destroying $25,000 worth of domestic animals!

Domestic animals are easy victims for the wolf because they lost their native agility and ability to defend themselves when they no longer had to hunt for their food.

Some Christians likewise have become pampered domestic pets with no ability to fight against the devil. These Christians insist that the pastor or someone constantly attend to them. They don’t search the Word for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but insist on getting their spiritual food from the hand of another Christian.

These spoon-fed Christians become confused when Satan attacks because they haven’t put on the believer’s defense. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10, 11).

The Christian can stand in the face of the enemy. The howl of the wolf in the dark hours should not strike terror in the hearts of the Good Shepherd’s sheep who have the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit.

Even though the Lord Jesus Christ has gone away into heaven, He gave us power to meet the snarling attacks of Satan.  For “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Discouraged? Pity Party or Renewable Energy?


Ada Brownell Writing Ministries



NEWS FLASH: On Thursday, Oct. 19, Peach Blossom Rancher will be .99 on the first day of a Count-Down Deal offered by Elk Lake Publishing Inc. The price will gradually increase each day until Oct. 24, when the book will be $3.99.  Get now at http://amzn.to/2arRVgG

Fall 2017 newsletter

One day I had a big pity party for myself and I was the whole guest list. I cried out to the Lord with my complaints while I wept. I’ve made a habit of telling Him all my troubles since my youth, and I’ve felt pretty good about it.

Yet that day I felt God throwing out the goodies I’d placed on my pity party plate. He jerked the back of my collar and I heard Him speak into my spirit: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”

Those words recorded in John 16:33 begin with “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.” Then he goes on to say, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

How long has it been since you knew God loves you and can turn what you’re going through into something good?

How long has it been since you’ve looked at the past to see the amazing blessing of the Lord in spite of difficulty?

Are your children and grandchildren losing their faith in God and the importance of His work in their lives?

Are you discouraged spiritually and going through a hard time?

Do you believe God is working in your life today and in the future?

God can turn miserable moments into jubilant joy. That’s what happened when I spent five years in a Utah town, population 100, three bars, no church, zero Christian friends. I never would have been a writer or a newspaper reporter if I hadn’t gone through Thompson, Utah. I also would not have discovered the wonder of God answering prayer when I asked the Lord for a helper and within a week He sent a beautiful Baptist gal my age to help create a Sunday school in that town. We had the joy of telling 16 children who had never heard about Jesus, and because of Jesus they can live forever!

Perhaps that’s why my writing brand is “Stick-to-your-soul Encouragement.” From my first book Confessions of a Pentecostal and my other non-fiction books, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; Imagine the Future You; and Facts, Faith & Propaganda; to my fiction books, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult; The Lady Fugitive; and Peach Blossom Rancher; I’ve hoped and prayed readers feel encouraged spiritually when they go through the conflict, suspense, humor, romance,--and turn the last page.

 I hear from many readers that they enjoy the books and the truths shared there, but they also are encouraged! I was blessed recently by a friend who told me at church she wanted a paperback copy of Joe the Dreamer so she could share it at a library. “It’s the best book I’ve read in years and even though it was written in 2013 it’s similar to what’s occurring in our country today,” she said.”

I enjoy letting you get acquainted with my characters, and sharing things I’ve learned over the years. It’s is all about you—my readers.

I cherish knowing you, giving you a glimpse of my life and my Lord – and even recipes.

FYI: Paperback copies of my books will be available at Central Assembly’s Holiday Expo on Nov. 3. Or order anytime on Amazon.



Recipe

PUMPKIN GINGER SQUARES

1 cup flour
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup margarine
Combine until crumbly. Press into 13 X 9 pan. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F.

FILLING:
2 cups or one 16-ounce can pumpkin
2 eggs
½ teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (10-ounce can) evaporated milk
Beat well. Pour over crust and bake 30 minutes.

TOPPING

½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
½ cup nuts

Crumble. Sprinkle over filling and bake 30-40 minutes until knife inserted comes out clean.

PEACH BLOSSOM RANCHER SUMMARY

Peach Blossom Rancher, an historical romance

The sequel to The Lady Fugitive; Book 2 in the Peaches and Dreams series.

Suspense, romance, humor, murder, insanity, hope

 For Christians who love a great book they feel good about reading.

By Ada Brownell

A handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor is confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect.

John Lincoln Parks yearns for a wife to help rebuild the ranch and eyes Valerie MacDougal, a young widow who homesteaded, but also is an attorney.

Will the doctor ever be released from the asylum? Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor he constantly fusses with? This neighbor has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Ada’s Qualifications to write this book

The author is a journalist who spent a good chunk of her life in the newsroom at The Pueblo Chieftain. She has a little experience with horses, but even more experience with the mentally ill. The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, a former asylum, was on her beat. Ada grew up in peach country. Picked fruit, worked in a peach packing shed  inspecting peaches.
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