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Ordinary Women Discovering an Extraordinary God

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Upheld: Ordinary women discovering an Extraordinary God

Life happens. Ordinary and extraordinary events fill the days and nights, but regardless of the circumstance, God is there. We’re five friends who, over the course of a decade, learned to recognize the heavenly touches in our lives. We share our stories in a series of short vignettes, as glimpses of the profound and practical ways God lifts us.

First as a newlywed and then as a young mother, Rebekah awakens to the daily light that comes from realizing how often and simply the Lord touches her life. Jeni nurtures a child with special needs and learns that strength and support are only a prayer away. Elizabeth forges a new path towards renewal and regeneration after she exits the roller coaster ride of her spouse’s addiction. Faith discovers the beauty of reminders from a loving Heavenly Father that she has worth and the precious gift of agency. Dawn opens her mind to the understanding that no matter what happens peace can abound and everything will work out.

In Upheld: Ordinary women discovering an Extraordinary God we invite you to walk with us, explore the nooks and crannies of life, and have joy in the knowledge that you are not forgotten. As you read, we hope you will also discover God upholding you in your own life.

 


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Five women have joined together under the pen name, Grace Lane, to write about their personal experiences in hopes to inspire and uplift others.  The following character sketches will give you a little insight about each author.

Rebekah: 
Writing about motherhood and her husband’s health struggles, Rebekah lives true to the meaning of her name—to bind. Life’s experiences have shaped her into a wise, steadfast daughter of God who has the beautiful ability to make others laugh through her clever wit.
Jeni: 
Jeni’s stories revolve around the loving care of her son with special needs. Knowing that he will not live out his childhood, she’s armed with strength and determination to give him the best life possible. The bright hope Jeni finds through the Savior will encourage the lowest of hearts.
Elizabeth:
Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the Light of Christ. You’ll feel this in reading about the challenges she faces with her spouse’s addiction and divorce. Through sophistication, uplifting words, and a touch of spunk, she’s a modern-day disciple “gathering in the fold” and feeding His sheep.
Faith:
A woman of intuition, Faith has a distinctive gift for understanding people. Her personal goal in life is to help women recognize their potential in whatever role they fill. She writes about her battle in overcoming abuse as a child and her fight with low self-esteem.

Dawn:
A single mom for ten years, Dawn not only believes the motto “Light trumps darkness”, but she lives it every day. Her short stories are about finding God after a heart-crushing divorce. Dawn touches many lives through her unwavering testimony and simple ways.

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From Rebekah:

 

1 – What got you into writing?

 

My wonderful elementary school teachers who hand-made little books so we could “publish” our stories.

 

2 – What message would you like your story to leave with the reader?

 

Use love and faith to defeat fear. Also, you’re not alone!

 

3 – What advice to do you have for other aspiring authors?

 

Write, write, write, and then get a great critique group.

 

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She must crack through his emotional wall or lose her only chance for real love

Friday, December 15th, 2017

 


“Debra “”DJ”” Erfert, a winner of a 2017 Kindle Scout campaign, has authored five published novels, three novellas, and one Kindle World’s novella, and several short stories. She writes what her alter-ego dictates. Maybe it’s her super-ego. In her Window of Time series, Lucy is fearless and strong and has a secret power—all qualities Debra envies. In real life, spiders terrify her, which is why they appear on a regular basis in her books. “Confront your fears, and have your characters squish them!” 


Debra uses the pen name DJ Erfert for her paranormal suspense/thriller books, and Debra Erfert for her romantic suspense/mystery books. She is an award-winning fine artist who lives in a southwest desert city in Arizona with her husband, Mike, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees—truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. After raising two Eagle Scouts, she now spends her time writing and shooing her polydactyl cats away from her keyboard.”

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Artist Abigail Carson crashes off the deserted highway during a Wyoming blizzard while driving to reach her dying mother. Carbon County Sheriff Jackson Reynolds rescues her, leaving her Jeep in the
snowdrift as the storm becomes a whiteout. They’re trapped at his ranch for the week leading up to Christmas, along with his two young daughters, a protective
mother-in-law, and a bitter memory of his dead wife. 

Tensions rise as Abby’s attraction grows for the tough sheriff. She must crack through his emotional wall before the storm breaks or lose her only chance for real love. But if the storm doesn’t stop soon enough, Abby may lose her opportunity to ask her mother’s forgiveness for running away almost ten years before.


Snowdrift is a story about love, faith, and
forgiveness.”

 

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Snippet: 
If serendipity played a hand in Abby’s journey, she couldn’t see it through the blowing snow. With her sweatshirt sleeves pulled down over her hands for warmth, she squinted past the fast-paced windshield wipers into the Wyoming blizzard. Even with the Jeep’s heater on high, the icy wind blew in through the gaps of the soft-top fast enough it threatened to plunge Abby’s body into hypothermia. Common sense had told her to stop at the last town, but her heart
whispered to take the chance and keep going. A hundred more miles on the narrow two-lane highway and she could see her mother before she died.
 
Twenty-seven-year-old Abby rubbed her sleeve under her nose and sniffed back another volley of tears.
“Hold on, Mom . . . I’m almost there.”
 
It had been close to ten years since Abby had even talked with her. Truthfully, deciding whether or not to come had been made at the last minute. She’d changed her mind twice since climbing into her Jeep and driving away from her home in the low desert of Arizona. Abby lifted her phone from the passenger seat. Maybe
she could redial the man who had called claiming to be her mom’s husband and tell him how close she was. At least then her sick mother would know she still cared.
 
A sick, gliding sensation drew her attention back out the windshield. She couldn’t see the road. Abby’s heart flipped when she realized the Jeep was skidding, turning out of control in the whiteness.
 
When the Wrangler jerked to a sudden stop, Abby hit her forehead on the steering wheel. She waited with her pulse pounding in her neck. Would the Jeep slide down some obscured cliff? Seconds dragged into minutes. Abby let loose of the steering wheel and touched her head. She couldn’t feel anything. Her fingertips
were too cold.
 
 
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Mom, how do I do Faith???

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Today we have first time author Bronwen Oehlschlager and her artist Tari Huffaker for a visit.
Bronwen, where were you born?
I was born in Washington State, but I grew up (for the most part) in various areas of Idaho. The last place we lived before I moved out to go to school was Harpster, Idaho. A tiny little blip of a town that you’d miss if you blinked.
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I know what you mean… What is the hardest part about being an author?
This is my first book. 🙂 I think the hardest part so far has been getting over my fears and breaking out of my safety zone. This little work is very special to me and I want to share it with the whole world… and I want to keep it secret in case someone doesn’t like (me) my point of view and inspiration. But hard things are good for us! So I’m overcoming those fears.
Good for you. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, faith has been something that has fascinated me since I was about 17. I made a study of it because I had a feeling that I was doing it wrong. I needed to know the nitty gritty. I needed to get it right. I was teaching it to my children when my 5 year old (now 7) asked me this all important question: “Mom, how do you DO faith?” That did it for me. I had to put something together to help her. The honor and glory truly go to the Lord for how it came together.
What is the name of your  children book?
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“Mom, How Do I DO Faith?”
What genre is it?
It falls under the genre: Faith
Tell us more about it
My book is a coloring book illustrated by Tari Huffaker (my talented mother).
My dream is to have my book come in to a great many Latter Day Saint homes who have children of any age. I want to help little ones get their heads around the faith process, and how to live in a high-vibrating-harmony with Father in Heaven’s laws – a harmony that will allow them to do miracles with their faith, and “expand with love”, as President Monson would say. The scriptures can be hard for a little one to search. With “Mom, How Do I DO Faith?” I hope that they will have a leg up on scripture study and understanding.
It can be purchased on Amazon. It is not in a digital format since it is a coloring book. http://www.amazon.com/Mom-How-Do-Faith-Home-School/dp/1519402740/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453484538&sr=1-4&keywords=mom%2C+how+do+I+do+faith

About the Author

Bronwen Oehlschlager is an all American, homeschooling mom who feels passionately about teaching the ins and outs of faith to her own children. She loves reading, writing, teaching, and experiencing daily miracles both small and great! Bronwen has an amazingly wonderful husband who helps her with her work, and four brilliantly believing children. They live together in their “heavenly” mountain nook in “Happy Valley” Utah.
About the Artist, Tari Huffaker 

Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrations in this children book?

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Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.  She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.  I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.  I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.  I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!  I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.

How long did it take you to do the illustrations?

It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.

Where were you born?

I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.  Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.  I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.  But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.  So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”

LOL… When did you start to draw?

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​About 34 years ago I took a 6 week art class with my mom at Merced Community College.  The class was called “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”… I did okay and then never really drew a thing again.  Now I get credit for something the Lord really did…I have my name on the book my daughter had published​…but it should really be the Lord’s name.

Sara Fitzgerald author of Saving Savanna

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

This week we have author, Sara Fitzgerald visiting our blog. Hi Sara.

Tell us how long have you been writing and why did you started?

I have been writing since I was a child.  I was extremely shy, writing gave me a way to express myself. 

Tell us, what your day is like?

My days are busy.  I have a six-year-old daughter who takes up most of my time.  I also have a striving (more…)

The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards, Another view on the Christmas story .

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

What can you expect when you have a young man named Enoch who lives in a city called Zarahemla and has a dream of crossing the world to see the Messiah in person? (more…)

Miners in Chile

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Chile has the biggest open-pit copper mines in the world, including Chuquicamata, located in the northern part of the Country. Chile is a long piece of land bathed by the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on one side and embraced by the Andes Mountains on the other. It is a colorful country with loving friendly people, proud to be Chileans but not too proud to ask for help when it is needed.

That is what happened when 33 miners were found alive under 701 meters of rock after the San Jose mine they worked at collapsed, burying them alive. (more…)