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July '24

". . . So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad."

1 Corinthians 12:24-26 


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As a young girl growing up near Amish farmland, I loved to ride my bike down long, narrow Weaver Road in midsummer past tall cornfields and grain. I remember seeing for the first time a crop of oats being threshed the old way. I was fascinated, watching as the tan shocks were handfed into a large, heavy cylinder--the thresher (Amish often call it the “thrasher”)--separating the grain from the seed heads or chaff, leaving the seed coverings and stalks. The July day was miserably hot and sultry, but the Amish men continued, rarely pausing to rest.


My pastor father had often referred to the biblical accounts of separating the wheat from the chaff, but seeing this labor-intensive process with my own eyes made those sermons all the more vivid.


The threshing crew itself also captured my attention: the threshing “ring” where Amish men, and sometimes women, took turns threshing each other’s fields. I learned more about this later in life, that the workers were really like a close-knit club as year after year they shared the task and the responsibility of the grain harvest for their particular community.


Just think of having this kind of strong camaraderie between your family members and the people in your own neighborhood. “Many hands make light work,” my mother used to say. Who wants to attempt a monumental task such as harvesting and threshing grain alone, right? Especially with antiquated equipment! 


Thinking of community reminds me of our city mayor’s recent initiative, 1000 Neighborhood Gatherings This Summer. “Leave the pollen, politics, and yardwork behind to enjoy a day at the park with your neighbors,” he suggested. Yes, what a good way to reaffirm relationships after the quiet COVID years and even make new friends! 


The Amish have been enjoying such gatherings—often in the form of work frolics—for more than three hundred years now, and yet again this summer in Lancaster County, the few Amish farmers who do still grow small grain will benefit greatly from the community of threshing rings/crews working together in harmony.


May you cherish the warmth and closeness of community, as well.


Happy Fourth!


—Beverly Lewis


1) The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook, 20th Anniversary edition is available for preorder at:

Baker Book House


Barnes & Noble

 The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook

2 I've completed my revisions for The Christmas House, and waiting for the edit in September. More about the book cover, synopsis, etc. coming soon.

3) The "Quilt Sale at the Barn" greeting card from is still available in the online shop, friends. It's so whimsical and authentic to Amish culture, and perfect for any occasion. Thanks very much for your amazing response to our Amish-themed cards with my sister, Barbara.

Quilt Sale at the Barn 

June '24

"The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

~ Exodus 33:14


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Recently, Dave and I took a vacation road trip across country. We stopped to visit dear relatives along the way and spent lots of time with our grown children, as well. We relaxed by going to a nearby zoo, taking photos of animals and the lush green flora, and picnicking near a waterfall and gurgling stream. We walked and talked, watched our adult kids have their faces and hands creatively painted, ate out, and, in general, had a delightful get-away from the routine of work.


I especially enjoyed showing my work-in-progress—a family heritage album—to our kids, who asked many questions, especially about my Old Order Mennonite great-grandparents and grandparents on my mother’s side. Having visited Lancaster County numerous times, they know the Plain culture well, of course, but talking about the shunning my grandmother Ada suffered has always been of keen interest through the years.  


So, because of that, I had another opportunity to share the grace of Godhow what was seemingly meant for harm ultimately became a blessing for Grandmother Ada, her future husband, and their children, grandchildren and beyond.


Taking time to simply be together has often led to curiosity and conversation during walks or by turning the pages of a family album together. Sometimes just being, without saying a word, is the closest two people who know and love each other well can be. And getting away from daily schedules and deadlines can also bring a measure of healinga soothing of the mind and body. Going for long walks in the sunshine after days of clouds and rain, eating favorite Southern foods without the usual clean-up, enjoying live music with others, watching my grown children laugh and play together . . . this was the essence of a true vacation, indeed.


Now that my husband and I are home again, I’m ready to get back to reading through the revisions for The Christmas House, my next fiction work, coming in the fall of 2025.


But the restful days, and the joy they brought, still linger, reminding me that God’s Presence is ever with us, no matter where we are.

Blessings to you and to your family in the coming summer,


—Beverly Lewis


1) The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook, 20th Anniversary edition is available to preorder at:

Baker Book House (40% off + Free shipping)


Barnes & Noble

 Sunflower pics

2 NEW from my Amish Cheer card line! "Cherry on Top" and "Sweet Sprinkles" box cards are available for summertime cheer in our NOVELTY section! See all the views here:

3) Thanks very much for your kind words and loyal support of my books and handcrafted Amish Cheer cards, friends. You bring me such joy!

Sunflower pics 

May '24

"Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

~ Exodus 20:12



In thinking of Mother’s Day this month, I recall our Amish friends’ supper invitation some years ago and, while there, observing the two older daughters as they cooked up a feast for Dave and me. Several times while they peeled potatoes, made meatloaf, and cooked snap beans, I heard the girls say, “Mamm, you just rest and visit,” as they worked in the kitchen on her behalf.


This reminded me of growing up with my younger sister, Barbara, as we liked to make our own mother’s chores lighter, especially on Mother’s Day. It was a special way to honor her and show gratitude for all the things she did for Dad and for us around the house—things besides cleaning and cooking, such as drilling us girls on our multiplication tables, listening to our book report presentations and pieces for piano lessons, or as we recited Bible verses from memory. So, why couldn’t every day be one to honor our mother? Even as young children, Barbara and I made our own beds, redded up our shared bedroom, carried laundry downstairs, set the table, and helped wash and dry dishes on a daily basis. After all, God was so good to give us a kind and loving mother, one devoted to the Lord and to her family and, as a pastor’s wife, a caring partner in the ministry of the church.


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My dear mother has been with the Lord now these 18 years, yet her spiritual example and legacy lives on. She certainly knew how to pray, believing in God’s sovereign will and putting her complete trust in that, no matter the outcome—answered prayers or not. She loved her heavenly Father and lived out her love in service to Him and to others, even during the darkest days of her life, suffering with cancer for years until her healing finally came. Miraculous healing, yes.


To this day, I am so thankful for her long life and for the way she honored her own mother and father, claiming the promise of “a long, full life,” as the verse in Exodus states.


What tangible and intangible things can we give to our mothers this year in their honor? In so doing, may we also please our heavenly Father.


A blessed Mother’s Day to all the moms!


—Beverly Lewis




1)  I’m working on the few revisions for The Christmas House, my next book, which releases in the fall of 2025. The story is set in modern-day Hickory Hollow with some lovely appearances from fan-favorite, Ella Mae Zook. More in the coming months on this exciting way to celebrate all things Christmas in Lancaster County’s Amish country!


2)  For its 20th anniversary, my beautiful Amish cookbook has been updated for modern cooks and is available to preorder for 40% off + Free shipping at Baker Book House. Also, wherever books are sold:

 Sunflower pics


3) A NEW card for springtime encouragement, friends from my sister, Barbara, and me: "Treasured Tulips" is 3-D and just lovely. Order yours at:


Sunflower pics 


4)  Thank you so very much for being such devoted reader-friends. I truly treasure each of you!

April '24

"To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted . . ." 

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-2



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God’s green earth has re-awakened for a new season of life!

Amish farmers are looking ahead to planting potatoes in just a few days, and sowing seed for oats will come next. Fields are being tilled in preparation for planting corn the end of this month or early May, and families are fertilizing their kitchen gardens with barn manure in hope of a bountiful harvest.


“’Tis the season for new beginnings,” my Amish friends like to say. I wholeheartedly agree, ready to put the cold winds and snow of winter behind me. 


The promise of spring is that, no matter how harsh or challenging the winter season may have been, spring always comes and with it, the joy of new life. The same is true after times of our own sadness and weeping: comfort and even laughter comes. After slogging through troubled waters comes the calm of peace.


I clearly remember all the years of yearning, preparing . . . and waiting before the time came to adopt. Oh, the joy of holding our baby Julie—a true blessing, indeed. And two and a half years later, two more gifts from God: newborn boy/girl twins—Jonathan and Janie! 


Just as a caterpillar forms into a chrysalis over time and struggles to emerge as a beautiful butterfly, so someday we also will emerge reborn. Thankfully, even in the in-between times, Lamentations 3:22-23 assures us that God’s mercies are new for us every morning and will not come to an end.


May this month bring you the assurance of knowing our heavenly Father is with you. Not a few steps ahead, but beside you, no matter what season of life you may be experiencing. 


Blessings for spring and always,


—Beverly Lewis



1) For its twentieth anniversary, my beautiful Amish cookbook has been updated for modern cooks and is available to preorder for 40% off + free shipping at Baker Book House or wherever books are sold:

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2) I have completed the first draft of my Amish Christmas novella, releasing in fall 2025. Much more on that exciting book later.


3) NEW cards for Mother's Day are available to order now at our secure website:

 Easter cards 2


4) Thanks for being such a devoted reader-friend. I am so grateful!


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