Month: December 2017

Reflections

Posted December 10, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Reflections / 0 Comments

Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.
In ‘Bringing Maggie Home‘ by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Hazel’s baby sister was taken while they were out picking berries when she was very young.  The blame that Hazel took on herself clouded her life and future relationship with her own daughter.  Fear that she would ‘lose’ her too.  Hazel allowed her fear of losing someone she loved to make her overly protective of her daughter Diane, which damaged their relationship. How do we learn to set aside fear and choose to trust God even when bad things befall us or our loved ones?

Fear is a powerful emotion.  Fear is also a powerful crutch.  I think if we were honest with ourselves, fear drives the majority of our emotional responses, well fear and anger.  The Bible advises us over 365 times to ‘fear not’ or ‘do not be afraid’.  I know, it’s an overdone cliche metaphor, but it’s still pretty important to remind ourselves of that now and again.  It’s also easy to accept blame for things beyond our control due to the pressure of others, the pressure we put on ourselves, and fear.  Obviously, as a child herself Hazel was not personally responsible that her younger sister Maggie disappeared.  However, her parents reaction and her own internal dialogue of frustration she had already had with Maggie clouded her understanding of events as they were unfolding.  Hurts that never go away, even when they are so deeply buried in our psyche that we can’t remember the reason behind the fear.  Fear not.  Easy to type, even to say, so hard to actually cling to. The only way to cling to that admonishment is to create the habit of turning to God with every frustration, every fear, ever joy, every sorrow, every hurt.  It has to be a habit.  Habits are things we do without thinking.  If we have to think about it, fear has the foothold to get in.  If we have to remember to do it, fear has it’s open door.  If we are in the habit of turning to God with everything, good and bad, then it makes it harder for fear to color our perceptions and experiences in the world.

Your turn!  Share your thoughts on how to learn to set aside fear and trust in God, especially in the rough times.

Join us next week as we continue to look at the relationships of Hazel, Diane, and Meghan from ‘Finding Maggie’ by Kim Vogel Sawyer.
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SPOTLIGHT: Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

SPOTLIGHT: Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

Posted December 10, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

About the Book Title: Like Moonlight at Low Tide Author: Nicole Quigley Genre: Young Adult Fiction Release Date: 2012 Click here to purchase your copy! When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard

BOOK REVIEW: The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard

I have to do this backward.  I LOVED this book.  This book is definitely Top 10 for me this year.  Yes I know it’s only a 4 star rating which seems a bit backward but…  Here’s the total truth.  There is two reasons for the rating I gave it, yet a million reasons for why it’s a Top 10.  The truth is the absolute abuse (OK perhaps overkill is a better choice) of ellipses.  Words … more words … and a whole paragraph goes by like that.  15-20 pages later another paragraph like that.  I mean it wasn’t as if they were used incorrectly per se but they drove me absolutely batty.  Secondly, the technical.  Oh, for the love of gravy I haven’t read anything so technical, probably ever.  Here’s the deal though, it was overly technical and throwing out all the acronyms that make up government agencies that I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman

Before we talk book let’s talk bigger picture.  I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle app for more than a minute.  Since before it was released if you must know.  But then things happened, like launching a whole new website, like forgetting I had a book due with only  days to spare, and during this time release day came and went.  I didn’t completely panic, just a little.  I like to post on release day but it was going to be OK.  Then it was October and my computer decided that it was time, and there I was with no computer for about 10 days.  And reading slacked off.  And then…it was November and I was drowning.  And then a thing happened.  I could breath again first but also realized I start a LOT of sentences with the word and.  However, if I scheduled things just right this book […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Christmas Embers by Chautona Havig

SPOTLIGHT: Christmas Embers by Chautona Havig

Posted December 5, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

About the Book Name of book: Christmas Embers Author: Chautona Havig Genre: Contemporary Christmas Release Date: November 25, 2016 Click here to purchase your copy! It’s a truth universally unacknowledged that sin will hunt you down and advertise its presence the moment you try to hide it. Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergartners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her. Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do? As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just […]

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