Friday, March 27, 2020

Free Audiobook

Postcards from the Widows' Path is now available on audio! A young widow loved it so much she produced the audio version and it's available on ACX from Amazon!

I'm allowed a small number of FREE give-away versions to fans and reviewers in the USA and the UK.

Here is a link from ACX to answer any questions you have. Take a look and then contact me at WCplace@gmail.com for your exclusive code. First come, first served. Let me know if you need USA or UK.

The paperback version is always on 20% discount right here so I can help widows as much as possible all year long. I do offer it on Amazon too, because that's the only way some people will find me. But their fees are so high that I can't give a discount 😒and they charge $3.99 shipping per book😞😞. Order here at this blog and the shipping is much more reasonable. 😀

Springtime is a wonderful season to read about Ruth gleaning the barley harvest which would have beeen the end of April, and then the exciting turn of events when the wheat harvest starts in June.

But better yet is the renewal and coming back to life that you will feel as you walk this widows path with Ruth, Naomi and me like friends at your side.

❤ ferree


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

How are we all doing?

How are you doing with the social distancing? It's hard! I think the rest of the world is getting a little taste of loneliness, don't you?

Here are some ideas to combat the quietness and time on your hands (if you have any).

  • Visit your local library's website. Have your library card with you and you can borrow eBooks and Audio books. Check out the Research section too and you might see some fun and safe online YouTube and video classes like CreativeBug.
  • Google for some free exercise or dance videos and get some adrenalin pumping.
  • Go outside for a walk.
  • Drive through for an ice cream cone or a Wendy's Frostie off the Dollar Menu.
  • Take your lunch outside for a picnic. We are fortunate this is not the middle of November so enjoy the weather.
  • If you dare go to the grocery store, remember that many grocery stores have a greeting card section and you probably know someone who could use some cheering up. Yes, it's OK to send it to yourself too!
  • Music, music, music! Anyway you like it--especially singing yourself. Or go out on your balcony and sing like the Italians are doing.
  • Take the dog for A LOT of walks. 
  • Bake. The PO is still open. Mail your family and friends some cookies.
  • Plant a flower or two or three. Or get a flower pot to hang outside or pick up a cut bouquet at Trader Joe's. 
  • Phone a friend and pray with them too. 
  • Take a break from watching and surfing the news. Set a timer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Write down 3 or more things you are grateful for. Go on, I'll bet you can do more.
This won't last forever, and God is in control. Leave a comment or email me at wcplace@gmail.com if you'd like to share more ideas. Thanks! 

❤ferree

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Best Read This Weekend

If you have time to read anything this weekend, 
read this by my friend Ronett in California. 
Widow wisdom at its best! 


Friday, March 20, 2020

C.A.S.T.ing Our Cares On The Lord Prayer #4

C.A.S.T. PRAYING
Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

(Words to pray are in italics).

Dear Lord, You will never let the righteous fall? Please help me then! This sure feels like falling! Help me know my righteousness is not of myself, it's only because Jesus Christ redeemed me and has clothed me with his righteousness. I will NOT FALL because you will always catch me. You will sustain me. I truly can cast my cares on you.

CONFESSION

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Psalm 66:18,19

O Lord, are there things displeasing to you that I don't want to give up? Secret things in my heart that no one would suspect? I cannot hide them from you. I should know that by now. You see my unconfessed sins plainly. They clearly signal that I value my own way more than your attentive listening. Let me think about that a few moments and decide what I'm ready for: your listening to me personally, or me keeping my secrets dishonestly from you. 

Father, forgive me, sometimes I don't know the serious consequences of what I'm doing. I discount you and what Jesus Christ has done for me. I credit my past, or a guilty conscience as the source of conviction rather than the holiness of your Spirit pressing in on me. Let me now surrender to your will and confess the following:_________

(If you are praying with a group this part of the confessing is done silently by the individuals. After a few moments of silent prayer the leader would sensitively move the group on to Adoration). 

ADORATION

Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:20

Lord God, your love washes over me and cleanses me from every sinful act and thought. I cherish your forgiveness and praise you for your power to give me a second chance, a new life starting this very moment. I want to praise and adore you for your mercy and faithfulness. You never leave me, never abandon me. You catch me when I stumble and lead me to restoration and abundance. But this isn't about me, or what you do for me. The power of life and death is in your hands. You alone are worthy to be praised.

SUPPLICATION

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,
that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
may the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you. Psalm 67:1-5

Lord, your blessings provide everything we need. I beg you to shine on the world, the peoples of the world today. Shine on me. Shine through me. Let me be glad and sing for joy. May I praise you, O God; may all the peoples of the earth praise you.

THANKSGIVING

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say this--
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:1,2a,8,9

Lord, thank you for your goodness. It is through and through and your love endures forever. You have never failed me, your works are wonderful and bless all mankind. You have satisfied my thirsty soul and filled my hungry loneliness with good things. I thank you for these three things today: 1._________2.________3.__________

Amen

Thursday, March 19, 2020

C.A.S.T.ing Our Cares On The Lord Prayer #3

C.A.S.T. PRAYING
Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
Psalm 50:15 (NIV)

(Words to pray are in italics).

Dear God, If this isn't a day of trouble, it's mighty high on the scale. But I can call on you--the Almighty Lord, my Creator, my Savior. Fulfill your promise to deliver me. Work in my life for your glory and my good. Open my eyes to your ways so that I will praise and honor you.

CONFESSION

He who conceals his sins does not prosper but whoever confessses and renounces them find mercy. Proverbs 28:13

Lord, my country is flattened by fear of a thing we can't even see with the naked eye. Or is it because we have no fear of you? But I don't need to point fingers at anyone but myself. Please let me confess and renounce the following things:__________________Bring them to the light of your forgiveness through Jesus Christ and grant me mercy.
(If you are praying with a group this part of the confessing is done silently by the individuals. After a few moments of silent prayer the leader would sensitively move the group on to Adoration).

ADORATION

I lift up my eyes to the hills-- 
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord;
the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

O Lord, as I envision majestic hills and mountains which you have made, surely I will one day see you towering over them to help and rescue me. You are the Lord, the Lord and Maker of all! Of things above, and things below and things beyond my imagination. Surely nothing is impossible with you. I have no words to describe your infinite power and majestic glory.

SUPPLICATION

Teach me...
Give me...
Direct me...
Turn my heart...
Turn my eyes...
preserve my life...
fulfill your promise...
Take away the disgrace...
Revive me... Psalm 119:33-40

God, I desperately need you just like the one who wrote this psalm. Hear my plea as I go through each one of these requests and put it in my own words for my unique circumstances. Teach me, give me, direct me, turn me, preserve me, but most of all revive me. All your promises are good, all your promises are fulfilled and will come true. Take away my shame, replace it with your grace. 

THANKSGIVING

You are my God, and I will give you thanks; You are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118:28

O Lord, you belong to me? I belong to you? You are my God, I can never thank you enough. Thank you especially though, for these three things today 1.______2.______3.______

Amen 

Thank you, dear reader, for joining me in prayer today. This is just a brief outline and I trust you've filled it in with your own heart cries as I have. And I hope that if you've ever been shy about praying or wondering what you'd say, you now know that God has done most of the work for us. Put it in your own words and use these prayers from Scripture to agree and converse with the Lord. May God's will be done in our lives, in our nation and around the world as he answers our prayers today.
❤ ferree

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

C.A.S.T.ing Our Cares On The Lord Prayer #2

On Monday I introduced an anacronym for prayer that I came up with after re-arranging the old A.C.T.S. model for prayer. ACTS has been used in churches and groups for decades, made popular by the book What Happens When Women Pray? which I read a few years after it was published in 1975. A wonderful Moms In Touch group that I was part of in Centerville Ohio used ACTS. My church in Novelty Ohio used it too. So I'm very familiar with it. It's a great way to teach people to pray out loud using simple, sentence length prayers and bringing requests straight to God in prayer instead of spending precious time asking for requests before actually praying. (Asking for prayer requests is great fellowship, but if you're meeting to pray it's better to pray).

But I always wondered why confession didn't come first. After all, unconfessed sin puts a wall between our prayers and the throne of God. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Psalm 66:18.

So I played around with the letters, putting Confession first. When they spelled out CAST--of course that was perfect! Cast all our cares upon Him! I Peter 5:7. I've collected verses that go so well with each letter of CAST that they can be used as prayers!

So try it like this: Read the verse out loud (even if you're all alone); and then pause, consider or meditate about it; add your own thoughts to the prayer if you have any (I've provided examples); move on to the next letter in CAST and repeat.


C.A.S.T. PRAYING
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NASB)

Words to pray are in italics.

Lord, I come to you in prayer today, setting aside my own anxious thoughts and casting my requests, deepest desires and thanks at your feet. 

CONFESSION

But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.


Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:12-14 (NIV)

Lord, reveal my sins and blindspots to me. I confess the following:___________(If you are praying with a group this part of the confessing is done silently by the individuals. After a few moments of silent prayer the leader would move the group on to the Adoration). By your grace I stand forgiven through the death and resurrection of my Savior Jesus. 

ADORATION

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
Psalm 103:1-6 (NIV)

Lord, these verses remind me of what you have done for me ,what you are doing today, and what you will do in my future. How can I not adore and worship You?

SUPPLICATION

May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.
Psalm 119:170 (NIV)

Oh, Lord, my heart cries out with requests for the world, my friends and family, and myself. We do indeed need your deliverance. These are my requests today_______

THANKSGIVING

...I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b-13 (NASB)


Lord, thank you for your strength which gives me contentment and wisdom to live with all my heart in any circumstance. I also thank you for__________




Amen




Thanks for joining me in prayer! There was a lot of reading, but moving forward I'll post only the outline with different verses since you now have this example. Prayer is simply talking to God. And this is simply a tool to help you get started. If you don't need it, that's great! And if you do use it, I am confident you'll find a lifelong benefit by including it in this leg of your journey. 

❤  ferree