Hello friends and Happy Monday!
I’m so excited to share TWO things with you tonight!
First: tonight’s article is over on WINE Ministries! I am so honored to be a contributor for the Women In the New Evangelization ministry! So if you want to read tonight’s post called, “Saving the Innocent” – click here!
(I’ll also be answering comments over there, too! So I’d love it if you dropped me a line!)
SECONDLY — which was a complete surprise this weekend – But what a JOY to discover that one of my dear readers, Callie – from WineAndCheeseDiet, wrote an absolutely beautiful review of my book, Bloom!
I was just so incredibly touched by her heartfelt reflection on my book, that I just HAD to pass it along. So THANK YOU, Callie, for writing such a glowing review!
And if YOU are interested in picking up a copy for yourself or a loved one, please click here!
Writing Bloom was something that was so near and dear to my heart. I wanted to create a resource that I wish would have been around when I was beginning my own recovery journey.
But here’s the thing: it’s not just for those in eating disorder recovery — nope. It’s for anyone facing ANY type of adversity in life: anxiety, divorce, loneliness, everyday stresses, loss of faith, depression, addiction — I truly believe that no matter where you’re “coming from” — there will be something in those pages that will resonate with your heart.
So there you have it, sports fans. Tonight’s unconventional blog post!
Tonight, you can find me watching the finale of the Bachelorette! (Is anyone else watching?) It’s a bit of a controversial season, with Luke P’s outspokenness about Christianity and chastity. I purposely haven’t written about it, but let me know if you’d be interested in a deep-dive on all the faith-centered scandals and headlines that have come to the surface this season. I’ve definitely got some thoughts!
Alright, well thanks so much for stopping by tonight! Hope you have a great week, and I’ll see you on Wednesday with a recipe!
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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89 responses to “Saving the Innocent”
Thanks so much Marie!! Hugs and love xox
I’d love to hear your Bachelorette thoughts. I just had conversation tonight with an unsaved neighbor about the show.
Definitely lots of thoughts!! I’ll try and put them into a cohesive form and either do a post or a podcast!! Thanks so much!! Hugs and love xox
What an amazing read. Thank you for sharing. I am told that there is no more hope for the world, but YOU are proof that there is.
Thank you so much JB for taking the time to read it! And oh my gosh I am so humbled by such generous words! Hugs and love xox
You are very graciously welcome. I am amazed by you. Hugs and love to YOU.
I am so touched 🙂 xoxoxo
Very pleased to see youre getting noticed. I saw you reply to someone on a previous post about getting a bit disheartened (easily couldve read wrong, e-vesdropping such as i was). Youve got a talent for what you do here and youre starting to be recognized for it. By their fruits ye shall know them! And youve got a wonderful community here that just keeps growing with you. Keep up the good work.
I close (almost) all my comments with AMDG, short for “ad maiorem dei gloriam”, or “for the greater glory of God”. What you are doing is absolutely for the glory of God.
Thank you Scoot! For the greater glory of God! I love that! I have always wondered what it meant! And gosh, thank you for your kind words. Means the absolute world! Hugs and love xox
Your comment about Abraham talking his way down to ten with God resonated with me. “Will you please just get there?!?”
But aren’t we glad that God, Who knows where it will end up, patiently waited for Abraham to work his way through, to…discover his own path.
Unfortunately, the Innocent don’t have that luxury of time as blind or even evil people continue to end their lives before seeing the light of day; before they even know they should have had a path to find for themselves. I don’t approve of abortion. Never have. It’s just another name for murder in utero. The only thing I can take comfort in is that I know God loves children, and I believe that He welcomes all of those poor, murdered Innocents into His arms, however sadly He welcomes them.
Thanks, Caralyn as always for so much to think about!
Thanks Jeff!! You’re SO right about that — God waited patiently for Abraham to work through it – just like He does with us! Such a comforting thought. And you’re so right about that — God welcomes them into His strong, loving arms and doesn’t let go. I appreciate you taking the time to read it, Jeff! Hope you and your girls are having a great week! Hugs and love xox
You are SO Lovely, outside and IN. And how cool that we both used the same Bible verse today in our posts–the Lord is Present, and still stirring dry bones. God bless you!!!
Oh my gosh Fleur, you’re so kind to say that. Thank you. Amen! He is present here today! Hugs and love xox
Your book will be a HUGE Success! 🙂 <3
awww, thanks again!!! You’re so wonderful! xoxoxoxox
I hope I’m speaking prophecy!! I have a vision of stacks of your books disappearing into people’s hands–ka-ching!–and rave reviews.
With God nothing is Impossible! <3
oh my gosh – what a thought!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 thanks again xox
Now we wait and see what God does, if my vision was from HIM 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much my dear friend!! Hugs and love xox
Right back at you😊💜
Very many congratulations, Beauty, for both those things.
Thank you so much Larry!! I really appreciate that 🙂 big hugs xox
Beautiful message. Blessings to you my dear ❤️
Thank you so much!! Blessings to you too my dear friend 🙂 xox
I don’t follow The Bachelorette, but I’m aware of said controversy. I’d be interested to hear what you have to say.
Thanks – yeah LOTS of thought – I’ll try and put them into either a post or a podcast! Hope you’re having a great week! Big hugs to you xox
Thanks! It’s a big week for me; first week with the new students. (Shorter summer, more breaks during the year)
oh my gosh that’s so exciting! I hope it goes great! I’ll say a special prayer for you and your students! hugs xox
Once again an amazing post. You put a capital “I” in inspiration. Thank you for sharing!
Aw thank you so much! Haha gosh – what a kind thing to say!! Means the world! Thanks for taking the time to read it! Hugs and love xox
Ive never watched the Bachelorette. I don’t really like reality shows but I’d still like to hear your thoughts. I will check out you book Bloom very soon ❤🦋🌻🌞
Thanks Lane – I’ll work on putting my thoughts together for either a post or a podcast!! Thanks so much my dear friend 🙂 Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome! Have a wonderful blessed week and looking forward to the recipe tomorrow 🌞🌻🦋😊😍
you as well!! 🙂 hugs xox
Congratulations on the great review!
I have to confess that I haven’t watched The Bachelorette or am familiar with the scandal surrounding the show, but I’d be interested in hearing!
Thank you so much Brendan!! I’ll work on putting my thoughts together for a post or podcast!! Thanks for stopping by! Big big hugs xox
Sounds good! I look forward to reading!
thanks again!! 🙂
I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on this season. I have many conflicting thoughts about Luke P and the shaming that occurs, but also I do respect his decision of chastity as a Christian!
I agree – right there with you!! So many mixed and conflicting thoughts. Kind of a heart in the right place/poorly executed kind of thing. I’ll work on getting my thoughts together for a post or podcast! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
You have such a sweet way about, Cara. I want to write about my conversion from an Charismatic Evangelical Christian to Orthodoxy but I don’t know how to do it without sounding like the hysterical girlfriend in a bad break up. I want to write about what I think is the real reason why Shade O’Conner converted to Islam & why, Joshua Harris’ life imploded to the degree that he no longer considers himself a Christian. There is SO much going on that Christian voices DO need to be heard. Write about Luke P.
Aw, thank you Melissa. 🙂 I will definitely put my thoughts together for a post or podcast. There are so many conflicting feelings about the whole situation. And on such a huge stage for the world to see. So many thoughts. You’re right – there’s SO MUCH going on. I appreciate your kind words and friendship!! Hugs and love xox
I would love to hear your story. My sister got caught up in a Charismatic Evangelical group and consequently has been estranged for over a decade. It would be edifying and informative to hear about your path out. I will follow you in anticipation!
er, I don’t know how to follow you. Can you link to your blog?
I am so sorry to hear about this! I do have the darnedest time organizing words about this so that it comes out informative & not as a hysterical rant. Truly I feel as though I escaped something dangerous & dreadful. I will continue to pray about it and write as the Lord leads me. Praying also that your sister finds her path out.
A bit of it is posted on my blog today.
I can’t click on your profile and get to your blog, can you post a link?? Thank you!
Can’t wait to read it
Id love to read your stuff. I can feel your enthusiasm is already strong at the very start of your post.
Thank you so much Vanessa! Oh my gosh, what a kind thing to say 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by! big big hugs xo
I love the fresh perspective on the “negotiation” between Abram and God and the conclusion of God’s unequivocal value of every single human life. This message, as is true of so much of what you write, is one that needs to be heard with the heart.
Hi Beverly! Thank you so much 🙂 Yes! Isn’t God’s Word so powerful in what it reveals to us! It’s a love letter to us from our Heavenly Father 🙂 Very touched by your kind words. hugs xo
I’m so lucky I find your faith-based blog! Such inspiration🙌🏼
Btw, I’m going to get that toothpaste 😍
Hi friend, thank you so much for your kind words!!! and awesome! i hope you love it as much as i do!! 🙂 so glad you stopped by! hugs and love xox
The prayer of Abram teaches us that he was a true humanitarian. Of course we all know that the biggest reason he pleaded with God was because of Lot. God knew it and chose to spare Lot, based on Abram.
However generations later, Lots descendants were the persecutors of the children of Israel (Abraham’s descendant).. You think God didn’t know? Wouldn’t have the suffering of the children of Israel been eliminated if Lot was destroyed with Sodom? Yes… But the fact remains, Lot was innocent.
And there is the operative word you hit on Care – Innocent.
Why should an innocent life pay for the sins of the parents?
The fact that the world thinks it should, sickens me.
So fascinating. I was unaware of that!!! thank you for enlightening me!!! Even MORE powerful!!! big big hugs xo
Ok took me a day to get to this but was worth reading. Your thoughts are as always succinct and based on God’s Word. Those who oppose will one day know the truth. Hope when that happens it will not be too late for them. And women’s right? I wonder how many infant women’s lives have been taken due to very horrible choices. Only hope is God forgives and heals. Thanks for your thoughts. Makes an old guy more confident of the future with you around. John
Thank you so much John for taking the time to read it! It seriously means so much 🙂 amen to that – a female in the womb is just as deserving of those women’s rights! Hugs and love xox
Very nice my friend
Thanks so much 🙂 xox
Your quite welcome, much peace and love!
Beautiful article, Caralyn!
Thanks so much Terese, for taking the time to read it! Hugs and love xox
I sent you a message on insta! 😊
Perfect! Falling asleep now but will check in the morning!!! Hugs and love xox
Have you ever considered going on the Bachelorette? That would be an experience!
Haha oh gosh you’re right, that would definitely be some adventure!! Hugs and love xox
I am so happy for your achievements. Is your book on http://www.bookshare.org? If it isn’t I would love to request it to be added to the digital library.
Thanks!! I’m actually not entirely sure if it is or not!! I have a vague recollection of someone reviewing it on there, but I can’t be sure – I’ve never used it before!!
It is an amazing website. I wouldn’t mind requesting that your book to be added to the Bookshare.org digital library.
Thank you!!!! 🙂
Truly enjoyed this article and your insight. I shared on my page … so thanks. It is not the audience you have, but my little slice of readers I know will enjoy and maybe even connect with you directly.
It is also a reminder that the world (the editors in this scenario) will put forth what they want others to see. And this may not always be flattering. So as believers, this is why we need to remain vigilant and graceful always … so others see Christ in everything.
Hi Todd! Thank you so much for you kind words and for passing this along to your readers!! big hugs to you xo