Waves of Mercy: A Book Review

“What is a man profited. . .if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

Anna Nicholson seems to have it all – beauty, brains, a wealthy upbringing, a handsome and wealthy fiance, basically everything the world could possibly offer to her! But at the end of the 1800s, Anna is finding society to be lacking and the endless parties and shallow religion to be unfulfilling. Knowing she was adopted when she was little, Anna fears that she will never be able to move forward in marriage if she doesn’t understand her past and the nightmares that haunt her. The more she seeks for truth, the more sure she is that she  wants to know more about the God she heard about in the small community church in Chicago. But her fiance has forbidden her to go there, insisting that she avoid becoming a fanatic. The closer Anna gets to the truth of her past, the more unsure she feels that she isn’t compromising her soul to gain the whole world. Along the way, Anna befriends Derk Vander Veen, a worker at her hotel, who is studying to be a minister and able to answer many of Anna’s questions as he seeks answers to his own.

“No one can pluck us out of God’s hand.”

Geesje is the complete opposite of Anna. As an elderly woman who helped to found the Dutch city of Holland, Michigan, Geesje has been asked by her community to share her story for the city’s 50 year celebration. With the urging of her close friend, Derk, Geesje writes down her memories, remembering 50 years earlier when her family was persecuted in their homeland because of their religion. After barely surviving the potato famine, her parents, her father’s apprentice, and Geesje join other Dutch families as they escape to a new opportunity for freedom in America. But along the way, Geesje’s faith in God is tested over and over again as she survives shipwrecks, sickness, death, loneliness, relationships, and fire. Through simple actions, Geesje demonstrates a Christian’s struggle to continue to trust God’s plan.

“When my parents were gone and God was all I had,” I said, “I discovered that He is enough. I survived malarial fever, so I knew He must have a purpose for me on this earth even though I couldn’t see it. I kept moving forward, one tiny step at a time, clinging to Him in faith. And isn’t that the definition of faith – moving forward through the darkness, clinging to God?” – Geesje de Jonge, Waves of Mercy

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin is a beautiful story of love, faith, grace, and mercy. Whether you’re searching for a deeper meaning to life or a Christian struggling in your faith, Lynn Austin has written this book for you! The truths found within remind us of the love our heavenly Father has for us, even when we can’t see His plan, even when it feels He has abandoned us. Even when we are lost at sea, shipwrecked without our family, or alone in the wilderness seeking a new life. He is always there, and we can never be plucked from His hand!

I review a lot of Christian books, and I can usually pretty much guess how the story is going to play out. But this story left me wanting more, hoping that Lynn will bring us more stories of Anna and Geesje – two women who seem to have nothing in common but the friendship of one young man. But there is always more to a story, isn’t there? (You’ll have to buy the book to find out the rest!)

I will say that I learned a lot about the struggles of the Dutch immigrants and their unwavering faith. I had never heard of Holland, Michigan, before, but I enjoy learning about new people and places and feel as though I have traveled there now! Lynn does a fabulous job of researching her novels to bring to light important historical events and people.

I feel quite confident in recommending this book to others because I feel that the entire purpose of this book was to help me reflect on my own faith. Over and over again, I was reminded of scripture that point to Christ’s love for me and faithfulness to me. In my opinion, any book – fiction or non-fiction that consistently points the reader back to Christ is a book worth taking the time to read.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the launch team for this book, and I was given a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Interview with Author Lynn Austin


I am so excited to be a part of Lynn Austin’s book launch team for her newest book, Waves of Mercy! That means that I get to be among one of the first to curl up with a cup of coffee and lose myself in a world long past. Stay tuned for my review of the book!

But until then, Lynn graciously answered questions from our team to allow us to get to know the author who has made history come alive for so many. If you haven’t read any of her works yet, I suggest that you head to your local bookstore or download some on your Kindle – some of them are ringing up for as low as $1.99 right now!

Launch Team (LT): What inspired you to write this particular story?

Lynn: I grew up in the area of New York State that was originally owned and settled by the Dutch, and I visited Holland, MI, for the first time when I attended Hope College. I was immediately impressed by how proud the community was of their faith and their Dutch heritage. My husband grew up in Holland, so when we decided to move back here two years ago, I began researching Holland’s history to see if it would make a good novel. It intrigued me to learn that the first Dutch settlers came here in 1846 for religious freedom after suffering persecution in the Netherlands. Since that’s true of so many other immigrant peoples over the years, I knew the story would resonate with many readers. I was very surprised to learn how much hardship these early settlers suffered in the process of founding this community. If nothing else, their story taught me not to take our religious freedom or the American Dream for granted.

LT: Are the characters based on actual people?

Lynn: The only “real” person in the story is Reverend (Dominie) Van Raalte, who led the Dutch immigrants to America in 1846. When researching the book, I read a collection of memoirs written by the first settlers, so I combined a lot of their stories when creating my characters. My main characters—Maarten, Geesje, and her family—are products of my imagination. No one by those names immigrated with the original settlers.

LT: What was the most challenging part of writing this book?

Lynn: In a way, this was a fairly easy book to write because I live in the community where it takes place. I could easily walk to the site where the Hotel Ottawa once stood if I needed inspiration. And everything I needed to research Holland’s history was readily available. My biggest challenge was making the story realistic but not too sad. I had no idea how much the early settlers suffered until I started reading their story.


LT: What is your favorite quote from the book?

Lynn: It’s actually a promise from Jesus that the characters often refer to: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them . . . I give them eternal life . . . and no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).


LT: How long did it take you to write Waves of Mercy?

Lynn: One year, including the research.

LT: Which character from Waves of Mercy is most like you and why? Which character most inspired you and why? And which was your polar opposite?

Lynn: I suppose Geesje is somewhat like me because she dares to get angry with God and question why He allows pain and suffering. Geesje and I both know that a real relationship is an honest one—and besides, God knows that we’re angry, so we can’t really hide anything from Him! I was most inspired by Geesje’s parents—who didn’t question God, and were willing to do His will, even if that meant suffering. They also lived out their faith in their daily lives, no matter what. I’m probably least like Maarten, who never seemed to have doubts and lived a solid, consistent, Christian life, sacrificing for others.

LT: What was your biggest hurdle when researching Waves of Mercy?

Lynn: There was so much information available—including an entire VanRaalte Research Center at Hope College—so it was difficult to do a thorough job and not be completely overwhelmed. I knew I was leaving out a lot of good information but I had a story to tell, first and foremost. I hate reading novels with too much history tossed in. Keeping the history and the story in balance was challenging at times.

LT: What do you hope readers will come away with after finishing Waves of Mercy?

Lynn: I hope they see what a close relationship with God is really like, and will learn to trust Him through the hard times and praise Him in all circumstances.

LT: Can you give us a little glimpse into your writing process?

Lynn: I begin a new book by reading everything I can find on the topic, going down rabbit trails, gathering information, visiting the book’s setting if possible. Pretty soon, I begin to envision characters in that setting and historical era and they start “talking” to me. Next, I develop their personalities, collecting pictures, writing “resumes” for them until I know them thoroughly. Then I start writing, making up the plot as I go along. I write every day, 5 days a week when possible, and aim for a goal of 5 pages a day.

LT: How did you start writing?

Lynn: I was a stay-at-home mom with three kids and I loved to read, but I got tired of reading books that offered no hope. The theme seemed to be “Life is hard and then you die.” I agree that life can be hard, but God is good! So I sat down one day when my kids were napping and decided to try to write the kind of book I loved to read. Writing turned out to be so much fun for me—creating characters, making up plots—that I’ve been doing it ever since.

LT: Do you have a favorite author?

Lynn: I have quite a few, including Maeve Binchy, Chaim Potok, and Rosamunde Pilcher.

LT: What words of encouragement can you give to aspiring authors?

Lynn: Don’t quit. Yes, it’s a hard road to publication, but it’s not impossible. If you’ve been called by God to write, then write—and trust Him for the outcome. A successful writer isn’t the person who is published—it’s the person who keeps writing.

LT: What have been some challenging aspects of being a writer? What are the most rewarding?

Lynn: Being a writer involves a lot of self-discipline. I have to make the very best use of my time and energy so that I can get the job done on time, and to the very best of my ability. It takes me a year to write each book, and during that time I have very little feedback. I’m essentially working all alone. That’s hard, at times. And lonely. The most rewarding part is when I hear from my readers, telling me how my book has influenced their lives. That makes it all worthwhile!



LT: Is there a theme that seems to show often in your writing?

Lynn: Life is hard but God is good—and He always has everything under control.

LT: You’ve covered a lot of ground, historically speaking. Is there an era that intimidates you or one that you’d like to write about but haven’t yet?

Lynn: Aside from my biblical novels, which go WAY back in history, the earliest time period I’ve written about is the mid-1800s. I don’t think I’d want to go back any earlier than that in U.S. history. Researching the time of the Pilgrims or the Revolutionary War would scare me.

LT: Most history lovers have an antique or two around their home. Assuming this is true, do you have a favorite? Do you have a wish list?

Lynn: I love antiques, but my husband doesn’t care much for them, so I have to keep my collection under control. (No wish lists!) My favorite pieces are the ones that were handed down through my family, such as the mantle clock that my great-grandfather bought for my great-grandmother as a present on the day my grandmother was born. I guess he wanted her to know what time it was when she got up to feed the baby in the middle of the night! I also have a huge, wooden steamer trunk from 1812 that I bought before Ken and I were married to serve as my “hope chest.” We’ve been dragging it around ever since. My oldest antique is an oil lamp I purchased in Israel that dates to the time of King Hezekiah.

Which has been your favorite era to research?

Lynn: The Civil War. I did a lot of traveling when I researched my three Civil War novels, and I enjoyed every minute. The battlefields and cemeteries were very moving, especially seeing the grave of my husband’s great-great grandfather, who died in the war. And I loved visiting the beautiful plantations in the South. This time period also brought a lot of good changes for women, so that made it interesting, too.

LT: Do you have any writing must-haves?

Lynn: I must have my daily quiet time for prayer and Bible reading—or else I don’t get anywhere at all with my writing.

LT: What is your least favorite phase of the publishing process?

Lynn: The part I hate the most is getting the first editorial review my finished manuscript. I just want to be done with the book (and of course I’m convinced it’s perfect) but my editor always has a few suggested changes.

LT: How do you recharge your batteries?

Lynn: I go out and play! I love to ride my bike, walk in the woods, and play with my granddaughter. My husband is a professional musician, so going to his concerts recharges me, too.

LT: What are a few of your favorite things?

Lynn: The beach on Lake Michigan near my home—lounging on the sand with my husband and watching the sailboats. The floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in my great room with a sliding library ladder—and all of my books, of course. Spending time with my children and my granddaughter. Going on vacation to fun, new places.

LT: Is it possible to get a small clue, say, the year of the setting on your current work-in-progress?

Lynn: It’s about two wealthy sisters who live in Chicago in the late 1800s. They love to travel the world and seek adventure.


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Lynn Austin a little bit better and that you will go out and buy one of her books! I highly recommend her books On This Foundation and Keepers of the Covenant.

Now I am off to finish her latest book, so I can give you my honest review on that. But trust me – I just got it today, and I’m already almost halfway through it even with three children in the house and homeschooling going on! Happy reading!



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 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” – Heb. 13:14

A beautiful, young woman has been brutally murdered, her husband charged and arrested, and her family and friends have been left reeling, mourning for a life that seems to have been cut short too soon.

Valerie Joy Harmon Tieman was a vibrant, loving, kind person, who touched the lives of many. While she was a few years behind me in school (her brother was in my class), our small, Christian school was pretty close-knit, and I enjoyed being a band mate with her my senior year. Her bubbly personality and ability to turn a bad day into a good one seemed to be one of her best qualities, and I see from posts all over social media that I am not the only one who saw Valerie in this way.

The last time I spoke to Valerie (a few years ago), she and I shared the heartache of infertility, and she asked me a lot of questions about adoption. But even though it’s been a few years since our last conversation, I still feel the loss hits too close to home. Her family is precious and dear, and my heart aches for them as they seek justice for their daughter, sister, and aunt.

Anyone would understand if the Harmons wished for an eternity of hell for the man who took their only daughter from them. But instead, Valerie’s parents have prayed for his soul and hope for his salvation.

In fact, her father has grabbed onto the grief that Job knew and proclaimed as Job did:

“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” – Job 1:21.

Perhaps that seems strange to you. Perhaps you are wondering how we can possibly believe in a God who would allow something like this to happen to one of His children. Perhaps you are wondering if we are crazy for loving a God who seems to mercilessly allow “bad things to happen to good people.”

The truth is that we are angry. We are sad. We do cry out to God asking why He allows evil to win again.

But then we remember. Evil hasn’t won.

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.                                   (I Cor. 15:54-57)

You see, we can forgive and have hope and even offer love because our God is bigger than the evil we see. And because (as the old hymn says), “This world is not my home/I’m just a’passin’ through/My treasures are laid up/Somewhere beyond the blue. . .”

So while we mourn over the loss of a beautiful, 34-year-old woman, our grasp on this world weakens a bit more, and we become homesick for our eternal home with our heavenly Father. You see, this place that we are just passing through is full of crime, domestic violence, hate, pain – SIN!  But the home we long for, our eternal place, is perfect – no more pain, no more tears.

Still, it’s hard to be the ones left behind. Each day is hard, and we miss those who have gone before us.

But God is good ALL. THE. TIME.

Even when a baby dies in their sleep. Even when a child drowns in a swimming pool. Even when a husband abuses his wife.

God is still good!

How do I know?

“You have taken account of my wanderings;
         Put my tears in Your bottle.
         Are they not in Your book?

9Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;
         This I know, that God is for me” – Ps. 56:8-9.

I don’t know what is happening in your life today. Perhaps you are battling a difficult situation. Perhaps you are being abused. Perhaps you are going through a deep loss or heartache like the Harmons are. I can’t take away your pain. But God is here. He is with you now.

“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” – Deut. 31:8.

If you want to know more about my God, I would love to talk to you! Please feel free to message me!

*Please if you or someone you know is being abused, don’t wait to make the call. Contact the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

R.I.P Valerie Joy Tieman

Gone, but Not Forgotten

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TV Series Better Than Book Review


Where Hope Prevails is the third book in Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan’s Return to the Canadian West series.  The series has actually been picked up on the Hallmark channel as a television series titled, “When Calls the Heart,” and I highly recommend this wonderfully sweet series to anyone who loved “Christy” or “Little House on the Prairie”!

The series follows teacher Elizabeth (“Beth”) Thatcher, who has left the comfort of a rich, city life to teach children in the mountains of Coal Valley, where most of the families work in the mines.  Along the way, Beth has fallen in love with Canadian mountie Jarrick Thornton, who is planning to propose to her and take a more stable job with her father in the city.

But Beth doesn’t want to leave her teaching job and doesn’t want to see Jarrick leave a position that he loves. One of the most irritating things about Beth – in my opinion – is her inability to speak what she thinks when it is appropriate and to keep her mouth shut when it’s not.  Rather than express her concerns to her future husband, Beth spends the entire story sulking over what is going to happen after they marry. She also ruins the joy of her engagement by – once again – not expressing to her fiance that she wants him to play a part in planning their wedding. Left to her own devices, Beth seems silly and frivolous and shallow.

Added to her cowardice, Beth also seems to think that she is above everyone else and has the right to judge every situation. When she finds out that she will be sharing her students with another teacher, Beth refuses to open her mind to the possibilities of expanding their education and is quite rude and obnoxious to the new teacher, who happens to not believe in God. While everyone else around her (including the preacher) seems to be able to extend Christian charity to the man, Beth holds on to her “high ground.”

Even the godly wisdom of her friend, Abigail, who is older and wiser, doesn’t seem to truly penetrate Beth’s thick skull.  Even when Abigail’s own daughter makes a decision that Beth disagrees with, she is unable to accept Abigail’s position on the situation, once again believing that she knows best.

All in all, the book version of Beth came across as a spoiled, snotty, rich, city girl who hasn’t grown much in her time in Coal Valley. But the television version of Beth is quite delightful and easy to imagine as a friend.

I love Janette Oke’s books, so I was a bit disappointed in the way this story played out. But I think that I would still recommend it to someone looking for a good read as I know that my observations may not be the same as someone else’s.

*I was given this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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Courageous is an exciting historical read

#3: Courageous

Courageous is the third book in the Valiant Hearts series by Dina L. Sleiman and is a must-read for any history buff.

Focused on fictional characters, Rosalind of Ipsworth and Sir Randel Penigree, Courageous brings to life the adventures of children who were once eager to fight in the Holy Wars.

Rosalind and Randel are both on the same path – trying to pay for sins they had committed in hopes of easing the pain.  Rosalind has decided that she is unworthy of love, and Randel is determined to join the Knights of the Templar.  But on the way, they find themselves falling in love and finding that the only true path to redemption is through God.

I reviewed the first book in this series, Dauntless, last year and compared it to a Christianized Robin Hood.  But Courageous really dives into history with characters and events that actually came from that era.  The final book in Sleiman’s trilogy draws in all of the characters from her books to bring it back full-circle.

It may be hard to believe, but at one time, children were eagerly jumping aboard ships and heading to the Holy Land to reclaim the land for Christianity.  Sleiman breathes life into the memories of these children by creating believable characters of all ages who are focused on the battle before them.

Rosalind and Randel lead this band of unlikely warriors, praying for a chance to redeem themselves.  But it seems that evil lurks around every corner just to destroy their carefully-crafted plans.  Is there a traitor in their ranks?  And what could their motive be?

Behind the quest is Sapphira, a young teenage girl who claims to hear from God regarding their next steps.  But many of the adults in the group doubt the young girl’s spiritual insight and ignore her warnings about the enemy.

Will the children be successful in their quest, or will the doubt of the adults bring failure?  Is Sapphira truly who she claims to be?  And will Rosalind and Randel be able to forgive themselves?

If you are looking for a book filled with adventure, historical facts, and interesting characters, then Courageous is just the book for you!

*I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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From This Moment: A Novel Review

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden is a historical novel set in Boston in 1897 during the construction of the subway system.  Obviously, this was a time when the city was a mess, tempers were high, and businesses suffered from the inability of customers to get to their stores.

Camden sets her characters right in the midst of the chaos.  Romulus White is the co-owner of a prestigious scientific magazine, but his success could easily topple if he doesn’t gain a firmer hold on his subscribers.  Confident that the artistic genius of renowned artist Stella West will help his magazine, Romulus sets out to woo her to work for him.

But when Romulus finally runs into the beautiful Stella, he finds that she has abandoned her talent in exchange for finding the person she believes murdered her sister, who was reported as accidentally drowned.

Romulus convinces Stella to work for him in exchange for his help in the case, but what will be the cost to him?  As the two dig deeper, they both begin to find they have a lot more to lose – possibly even themselves.

As if that’s not enough for this story, the subplot of Romulus’ friends and co-owners, Clyde and Evelyn, adds another layer to this story.  Once married, the two separated to pursue their own dreams.  But now Clyde is back to work on the subway, and the two pick up their fight where they left off.  But when an accident happens mid-construction, will Evelyn be able to find a way to forgive Clyde and rekindle their relationship?

I enjoyed this story just as much for its plot as for the additional historical details.  I was fascinated to learn more about the beginning of the subway system through this book.

I believe I would recommend this book to someone interested in historical fiction.

*This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers.


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Love Your Enemies

My seven (now eight)-year-old daughter ran to me from the ocean, tears streaming down her face.  Her Native American skin is always more pronounced in the summer, and her raven black hair blew wildly in the wind.  My first concern was that she had been stung by a jellyfish, a very common occurrence on our Atlantic coast.  But when she reached me, my heart sank to hear her words.

“That boy told me he didn’t like the color of my skin,” my very image-conscious beauty sobbed.  “Why did he say that, Mom?”

I gave her some lame answer – something about how beautiful she is and how that boy had not been taught good manners.  I told her that the next time someone said something about how she looked that she should tell them to take it up with God because she is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14).

That moment on the beach made my mommy heart ache.  My children are destined to hear hate spewed at them throughout their lives simply because of their beautiful, dark skin.  There have even been jokes made about them by people who love them and, therefore, think it’s okay to make fun of their ethnicity.  As a Christian white woman living in the southeastern United States, I haven’t grown up in the racism war – until now.

We are a multicultural household.  We are white, Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian.  We are Irish, German, English.  And we are American.  We are not color-blind in our house because we have, in my biased opinion, the most beautifully-colored home in the world.  But not everyone agrees that my family is beautiful.

So as a mom of a multicolored household, I believe I have to stand up and say something.  Because when you generalize any group of people, you are probably talking about someone in my family, and we have done nothing to deserve that.  Your prejudiced ideas about a “certain group of people” and how they “deserve” to be treated does nothing to breed peace and unity or to promote the Gospel.

You say that all lives matter, and I believe they do.  But do you?  Did you consider the approximately 42 million babies who are killed annually through abortion?  Do they matter?  What about the 140-150 million orphans that are waiting for forever families around the world, many of them dying from AIDS, starvation, or simply neglect?  Do their lives matter?

And here’s the hardest one of all for any of us to consider – do the lives of our enemies matter?  Jesus tells us in Matt. 5:44 that they do – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  He doesn’t say to only love the enemies who are kind of annoying or who disagree with you.  He doesn’t even give us the choice to just love the enemies who look like us!  He says to love your enemies!

We are in the middle of a cultural war right now.  There are people on all sides of the equation who are loudly declaring they represent all of “their people,” and they are wrong. They represent themselves and maybe a few other people, but they don’t represent the majority.

My mommy heart cannot stand the violence.  When I hear of another shooting, my heart doesn’t shut down because they are a different color, a different sexuality, or a different religion than me.  I don’t run in fear from the police officers who I believe are serving us well.  My first thought is to the mother of the person who was shot – the woman who held them in their arms and sang them to sleep, the one who carried them for nine months and went through the physical pangs of labor or the emotional roller coaster of adoption, the one who may have given all she could just to find that it wasn’t enough.  I think of their children or their spouse or their friends.  Do their lives matter?  They must matter to someone!  And I KNOW they matter to God.

I am proud to be an American.  I love this country and the freedoms that we enjoy.  But my fellow Americans, we are perpetuating a state of fear, and we cannot possibly live in this state permanently!

 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).

We have the POWER to make change happen – with LOVE and a SOUND MIND.  We don’t need a cultural war.  What we need is to see everyone as a person.  We need to look in each other’s eyes and see another person’s soul.  We need to stop classifying everyone in uniform or everyone of a different race or religion or sexual orientation as “the enemy,” and we need to sit down together as all part of the human race.

We need to, but we won’t.  Because sin is in the world, pride, selfishness, greed, hatred, and war will continue.  It’s simply a fact.  I can’t change everyone.  But I can change me.  And you can change you.

If all lives matter, then that means we have to face some tough issues and say that even those causing the pain and evil in our world matter, too.  We can’t be like Jonah, who decided God couldn’t possibly want to save the people of Ninevah, whose lives were so deplorable and antagonistic towards God that no good person was found in their city.  We can’t choose to share the Gospel with only the people we deem worthy.

You want to rally together?  Then rally for Christ!  Love the people He created.  Do good to those who persecute you.  Speak peace when anger is shouted.  And let’s treat each other with respect.  God has the same desire and love for us all –

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – John 3:16.

I know that there are people of all colors, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation, and world views that want to do evil and not good.  My children are growing up in a world where there are people who will tell them they are not good enough.  Are you going to be one of them?

It’s time to change the conversation.  We need to stop screaming like bratty toddlers when someone disagrees with us.  We need to stop looking at ourselves and what hurts us and start looking to serve others.  We need to start acting like adults.

Today is the day for change, but what will the change be?  Good or bad?  Are you going to help or hurt?  The choice is yours.  Your nation is counting on you.



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