I DEAL IN HOPE
Carolyn R. Scheidies
415 E 15th Kearney,
NE 68847-6959 (308) 234-3849
and despair to healing and hope.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 NKJV
January 2005: Vol. 3
Speaker: Coming up
Blog: What's been happening.
Cyber Serial: Who are You Mr. Smith? Chapter Three
Classifieds: Need help with
Here it is, a whole new year. What happened to the last
one? I never realized as a child how much faster each year seems to go by than
the one before. I look back and wonder where all those years went. When did our
children grow up? One of our grandchildren will begin kindergarten next fall.
Is that possible? It sure doesn't seem possible my husband and I have been
married for so many years. It doesn't seem that long. Aren't I still young?
What I do realize is that the passing of time isn't near
as important as how I spend that time. I do know I want what I do to count.
Starting in December AUTHOR'S CHOICES REVIEWS added a review
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Check out the article on violent games as well as game reviews. Want to know
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Wishing God's best for you this year.
New Review: Help! I'm A New Mother by Carolyn R. Scheidies
"Help! I'm A New Mother,"
written by Carolyn R. Scheidies, is an informative book that would be a nice
addition to any new mom's reading list. Becoming a new mom can be extremely
overwhelming at times. While breastfeeding and taking care of your baby's
emotional needs are covered in the book, most of the book discusses taking care
of yourself, the new mom.
After establishing how important a mother's role is, much of
the remainder of the book covers the emotions and physical wear and tear
mothers experience. Proper sleep, diet and exercise is
important, although with a new baby and/or young children, either, if not all,
are difficult to obtain. There is no perfect mom. We all make mistakes, but it
all goes back to seeking God, praying and reading scripture, to help us be the
best moms we can be.
Motherhood is a God given responsibility and much more than
a full-time job. We must stay focused on our Lord and give our children all the
guidance, love and attention we can. We only have them for a short 18 years and
even less than that before their morals, values and beliefs are set for their
lifetime. One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Ah, motherhood. A
special mix of love, devotion and sacrifice blended with time, laughter and
tears." Now, isn't that the truth!
You can find more details about Help! I'm A New Mother by
Carolyn R. Scheidies, here: By Amy B
NEW YEAR'S RENEWAL
© 2005 Carolyn R. Scheidies
A brand new morn
of a brand new year,
Time laid out
unbroken like new fallen
Opportunity to be
That I might add
to the footprints
Not just a maze of
But purposeful footprints,
the red stained sacrifice
Check out New Year's puzzle on site.
am looking to expand both my review columns and my issues columns to other forums.
We'll see what happens. Meanwhile, I am booking signings and speaking
engagements for next year.
Schedule 2005 (So far,
April 30--Hastings Entertainment, GI,
(With Stephanie Whitson) Kearney
Leadtime, Branson, MO
January 20Zion Lutheran Mary Martha Guild--Kearney
Speaker brochure with all topics
available as a free download at the web site.
Christmas is over
and usually there is a let down, but not this year. I can look back and be
thankful we spent Christmas with family. Our son and family spent Christmas Eve
with us, and for us, that IS Christmas! (We're thankful Jen's family's big day
is Christmas Day and live less than an hour away from us so it works for the
kids to come here than go on to her folks.) Also thankful Cassie was able to
come for several days before Christmas. We did lots of shopping. She was here
for our big night, and returned to Doulos Ministries (Branson) Christmas Day.
It's a long drive, but we prayer her through.
through the fresh new eyes of our grandkids resurrects the awe and wonder.
Everyone should have children around at Christmas, even if you have to borrow
them. J The wonder of God come to earth amazes me. He came for you, for me
because He loves us so much. No wonder joy reverberates during this season.
We can hang onto
this joy as we launch into the New Year if we let God live in and through us.
Joy to the World then becomes more than words, it becomes a way of looking at
Luk 24:52 And
worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
WHO ARE YOU,
© 2004 By
Carolyn R. Scheidies
sure how long she slept, hours... days? But when she awoke the white-coated doctor
stood beside the bed. She groaned as he probed her injuries, muttering under
his breath as he did so. Umm. Looks
better. Less bruising than before. Umm. Good. Then. Umm.
offered something for pain, Ann was more than willing to accept.
you seen my Mr. Smith?" The name still felt awkward on her tongue. She
supposed she'd get used to it with time.
his head, the doctor told her he hadn't been around for sometime. Said something about taking care of the car.
"I see. Do you know how badly damaged it was?"
again shook his head, saying his job was to see to her, not her vehicle. His
gruff manner belied the concern on his face for his patient.
there something wrong, Doctor?"
like the way this head wound looks." Ann winced
as he poked and prodded, grumbling the whole time. Finally, he told her he was
going to prescribe another antibiotic to, hopefully, "take care of
it." Taking out a syringe, he explained it was but a painkiller that would
relax her and probably make her sleep. She caught her breath at the prick of
the needle and the sting as the medicine entered her body. "There,"
said the doctor, "that should do it. You'll feel better soon."
thanked him with a smile. To her surprise, he patted her arm. "Take care
of yourself, Ann... Mrs. Smith. Take care of yourself."
pondered his enigmatic words as the doctor left the room. Not that it mattered,
for not long thereafter she fell asleep.
long tunnel of dark menacing evergreens she ran. Wind whipped her hair in front
of her face, causing her to stumble on a root she could have sworn had not been
there a moment earlier.
a deep breath of cold midnight air, (she wasn't sure how she knew it was
midnight, but she knew) Ann turned and tried to run another direction only to
find the trees around her turning and twisting and marching along side, their
roots like giant legs churning up dark rich soil as the trees raised and
lowered them in time to Ann's pumping legs.
Run as fast as you can," the great trees chanted in unison. "Run.
Run. Our little lamb."
trees picked up the refrain. "Run. Run as fast as you can." The rhyme
became more and more garbled and nonsensical, until even in her panic, Ann
found herself laughing and dancing in a circle of moonlight dressed in a
diaphanous gown sprinkled with silvery sparkles. She almost expected fairies to
appear around her as she danced in rhythm to the clapping branches, her bare
feet, wet with dew, scarcely touching the ground.
huge trunk she spotted Daryl, running toward her, his hands out, his face
tender with love. Throwing back her head, Ann held out her hands to him.
"Come dance with me," she cried, swinging around so her hair and gown
eddied around her like silken moonlight.
reached for her, his feet tapping in time to the rhythm of her dance. Suddenly
he cocked his head, staring into the darkness. Releasing her, he stopped,
muttering, "No. Its not real."
course not." She laughed. "Nothing is as it seems."
the trees froze in place, and Daryl's face twisted into an ugly, menacing leer.
Grabbing her arm, he dragged her toward the trees and a great yawning tunnel of
darkness beyond. "Where is it?" he growled. "Where?"
she turned to run, a great black figure darted toward him. Ann opened her mouth
to scream a warning, but heard no sound as the darkness swept over Daryl.
"Nooooo!" Waking up with a start, Ann stared into the narrowed eyes of none
other than her husband, Mr. Smith. Dressed in a smart crisp, obviously new
shirt and slacks, Daryl surveyed her with a disconcerting mixture of barely
concealed contempt and concern.
was, if nothing else, confusing, but nothing was as confusing as the situation
Ann found herself in. Her nightmare felt too real to dismiss out of hand. At
least the feelings it evoked felt real.
the first time she wondered if indeed she'd fallen into a nightmare. Something
in Daryl's face chilled her. The suspicion flickered. Was Mr. Daryl Smith
really her husband?
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FOR THE PRETEEN SOUL 2 has been released. Cassandra L. Scheidies, who has a
piece in the book, is offering autographed copies for $10 plus $4.00
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© 2004 By Carolyn R.
Scheidies All rights Reserved
415 E 15th,
Kearney, NE 68847