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First and foremost, I want to express my deepest condolences and prayers to the brave policemen in Westerville who were murdered in the line of duty February 10th-our hearts go out to their families and communities.  And then we add to all the families who lost children in the latest shooting in Florida, God be with you all.  Words are never adequate at times like this, and if I was there I would give you all a grandma hug and remind you that this was not God’s fault, it was not your fault, it was the fault of the sick person who did it, and theirs alone.  God grieves whenever one of His children are hurt.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  It isn’t right, it seems so unfair. In my heart, as a mom and a grandma, I hurt.  Yet I know, God gave us free choice so we could learn and grow, and some people, mostly sick or just plain evil, decide to do terrible things for no good reasons at all; and their choicer to harm others results in good people getting hurt.  I also know as a Christian than death is not the final action for us; we, if we love god, will see our loved ones again.  Pauls says, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  We will see our loved ones again, this is not the final act of their life’s play; and the evil ones who did this to all of you will get their justice someday.  So for now, just accept this heartfelt hug from us here at Springhaven Croft and Potpourri Publishing; you are in our prayers and our thoughts.

Now deep breath, let’s move on to some thanks and appreciation:

To all who got a free download from me of the new devotional, I hope you will use it in your Lenten worship time, and that at the end you will post for me what you thought of it. It will be up for sale on Amazon soon, as are all my other books.

Now, if you don’t mind, and you have the time, and you read it, if any of you go to Amazon, and would not mind writing a review for the Lenten book when it comes out in two weeks, I would greatly appreciate it.  I think the best folks to write reviews are those who have actually read the book-I’ve seen a couple reviews for books I was considering getting to add to my library, and realized the folks who had put the review on hadn’t read the book-and in one case, it appeared they were reviewing some other book, which always struck me as kind of strange.  I prefer having you, my readers, who have actually read the book, write a review.  The book itself will comer out in two weeks, so I won’t expect reviews until much closer to Easter.  And thank you in advance.

And speaking of Easter, how many of you remember as kids getting a new outfit and going to church Easter morning?  I have some pictures of us as kids, with the cutest fluffy outfits, none of us smiling because back then you were supposed to be solemn for the camera…and my mom always looked so pretty all dolled up for church.  She’s gone now, and i definitely smile a lot more now, but this time of year always gets me to thinking about back then.  I don’t see kids dressed up fancy much anymore. I miss that.

And Easter/passover season marks spring around her, and I love the time of new chicks, and new cria-which are baby alpaca (did you know the act of birth for a baby alpaca is called criation(creation)?  It seems fitting for a wonderful little miracle.)  I set some pictures up of them when they come.

And finally, as a writer and a Shepherd, a mom and a grandma, this  time of year always seems to bring with it a feeling of hope, of rebirth and energy.  I want to get out and plant flowers-of course, as I look out the window it’s snowing, but I started my plants in little pots today.

So God bless, enjoy your book, and don’t forget we all love to hear from you!


PS, Ia dded some more humor on the humor page….can’t help to smile a little.


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