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November '15

Reflection:

I was cooking breakfast one morning, and this beautiful, old hymn came on the radio. A hymn I grew up hearing, its melody—and especially the lyrics—took me back to Billy Graham's revival meetings, televised decades ago. Oh, the power, the tenderness...the love in this song!

So, I give you the words to what could certainly be part of my own testimony of faith.

Please share, if you wish. And  let us all embrace the gratitude of grace this month of Thanksgiving, dear friends!

Beverly Lewis

 

"I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
He did something that no other friend could do.

"No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cared for me.

"All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
All my heart was full of misery and woe;
Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
And He led me in the way I ought to go.

"No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cared for me.

"Ev'ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
More and more I understand His words of love;
But I'll never know just why He came to save me,
Till some day I see His blessed face above.

"No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
There's no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much He cared for me."

—"No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus" by Charles F. Weigle

October '15

"Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings that Christ has brought us from heaven!" —Ephesians 1:3

Reflection:

All the trappings of autumn are happening here in Colorado, including the disappearance of our hummingbird “pets” as Dave and I like to call the miniature and beautiful birds who frequent our feeders from mid-May to mid-September. We’ve even named some of them, keeping the tradition alive which my dear father began when he lived with us for a year, prior to his Homegoing. "Herbie" is one of the nicknames, in honor of my dad, Herb.

On another note—thank you Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky for hosting my library and bookstore events during my recent Fall 2015 Book Tour for the release of my latest novel, The Photograph. I was blessed in numerous ways, including hearing your heartfelt stories of how my books have inspired, encouraged, and, yes, even brought comfort during chemotherapy, the hospice experience of a spouse, financial struggles, and dialysis. One dear fan mentioned, with tears welling up, that she had taken my book with her into surgery for a kidney transplant. There were glowing reports of renewed faith, courage to pray for God’s help regarding a crumbling marriage, and, best of all, new converts won for Christ!

And there was darling Ringo, the spoon-fetching Bengal, at Christian Family Book Shoppe in Smithers, West Virginia, who kept me company on top of my book signing table, no less!

Presently, I’m back home again, and happy to be, while enjoying warm days and cool nights, and the breathtakingly gold aspen trees. My current work involves revisions and the edit for my spring 2016 novel, The Atonement, another page-turning stand-alone releasing on March 29.

It won’t be long now and “Beverly Lewis’ The Reckoning” movie will make its world premiere on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel, October 11. Check your local listings, and why not throw a movie party? It is truly a joyful partnership with Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird for my fourth TV movie. And for those who don’t receive that particular cable channel, please know that iTunes and Amazon Instant Video will have the movie available shortly after Hallmark’s initial air date. Also, sometime in 2016, the DVD will be made available.

Thanks, once again, for making me feel so incredibly welcome on this recent book tour. It is my ongoing delight to create God-honoring fiction, giving readers a glimpse into a cloistered people group and inspiring faith and page-turning entertainment.

Autumn Blessings!

Beverly Lewis

September '15

"Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus. Then, saying his good-byes, he left for Macedonia. Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope." —Acts 20:1-2 (The Message)

Reflection:

Fresh hope. Isn’t that what our world craves? We hear this addressed in various ways by presidential candidates; our family and friends yearn for it, and so do our co-workers. We’re grasping for something that will offer a bright, new outlook. And we long for Someone to rescue us, to cover our constant flub-ups with His enduring grace.

When we focus on others, our own concerns vaporize. A powerful principle!

One of the things I enjoy most about touring around the country is spreading God’s love and encouraging the people I meet at bookstores, churches, and at library events. It is part of my calling as a writer of inspirational novels to connect with readers—to offer them this most precious hope. (You can find my tour schedule here.)

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia,

Beverly Lewis

August '15

"These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don't last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That's why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen." —2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (CEV)

Reflection:

When we're called to do something for God, no matter how we may feel—or how bleak things may look—if we're obedient, we'll continue to push forward. The breakthrough (amazing discovery, divine help, success) may be just around the bend in the road. Why quit now just because the stats are bad, the media reports are troubling, the impossible looms too large?

Our great God and heavenly Father knows the end from the beginning. But, wait...He knows the middle, too! The middle, where we get stuck, where we wish we could give up and go home, where we're discouraged, and maybe even a bit angry if we're honest.

This verse instructs us with the most encouraging words, dear friend: These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory. I love that, and I choose to embrace it. Will you join me?

Well, it's already August and for those whose glasses are half-empty, the summer is winding down. Here, in Colorado, however, the summer is just picking up—warmer temps, less rain, more vividly colorful wildflowers in the mountains, more sunshine, perfectly glorious sunsets. So, it's all good!

Let's make August a memorable and happy month with our family and friends! Are you in?

Beverly Lewis