Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Photographs

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The weather has warmed, the days reaching the mid to upper 80s. It is also lovebug season. The little pests are everywhere. That said, evenings are nice and a good time to sit outside.

I have a few flower pictures today from around the yard. Enjoy!

Amaryllis
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Daylily
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Water Lily
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Blanket Flower
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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Story Saturdays


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Teen Romance
Kickin' Hearts (Rodeo Girl Series) Book 1

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Teen Romance

Romantic Suspense

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 A Note On Unfinished Series:

I had an inquiry about the third and final book in the "Billionaire Boys Club" series, "Wolfe". I am working on this story and should release it well before the end of the year. It will have a new book cover that better fits the character I've created.

I also have "Wings2" in the process, but this story is mentally taxing and will take me into next year. It will be worth it when it's complete, however. Trust me.

I also have Book 2 of the "Cyborg Romance Series", "853:  Spawn" begun. This one is much later on my working list, but will be completed at some point in time.


A Note to Subscribers:

I am grateful for each of you. I know I provide a mixed bag of posts and hope you find that appealing. I am going to be doing some email subscriber only giveaways this year, so look for those in the upcoming weeks.


Today's excerpt comes from a historical fiction entitled, "CLARA".

Excerpt:

Jasper halted near a large oak tree, sprouted center of the field, and turned his eyes upward where a thousand points of light flickered. Clara followed suit. But in doing as he did, she dragged his gaze away to the curve of her cheek, the full pillow of her lips, the delicate slope of her shoulders.

“I’ve never seen it this beautiful,” she said, wonder in her voice. “Not since my girlhood. I’d forgotten what that was like.” She spread her arms as if embracing the atmosphere. “I ran away once …”

“You ran away?” he asked, his voice husky.

If she noticed, she didn’t remark on it. “I was eight. I became angry at my mother for refusing me a brooch for my dress. Silly of me … I see that now, but when you’re eight …”

She didn’t finish, but nor did she need to.

“They found me, of course. A girl of eight couldn’t get far without crying for her mother, but I remember, at one point, standing in a wide, open space like this and thinking there was so much above and not near as much beneath.” She revolved in place, her hands grasping the air, ending the movement facing him. “Jasper, how long’s it been?”

“Since what?” he asked.

“Since we met.” She made a step forward. “A year? It feels like a year. I’ve known you a year, and we’re here because we both want to pledge …” She paused. “I am too outspoken.”

She reversed, but he narrowed the gap again.

“It’s been a day,” he said. “You arrived yesterday.”

“A day.” She spoke it breathy, in a whisper. “Only a day.”

“A good day,” he continued. “The best day I’ve ever had.”

Her eyes lit. In them, she held all the secrets of the night, the reason the moon glowed, bright, overhead, and the constellations took their seasonal form. It was as if by looking close enough, hard enough, he’d know all he’d ever lacked and come away better for it.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good Things

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it [faith] the elders obtained a good report.  (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Verse one of this passage gives us the definition of faith. Verse two gives us the results.

Most believers have grasped hold of the thought that walking by faith requires calling for the promises of God, though we don't currently see them manifested. The dog analogy is commonly used in explanation - if the dog is at your feet, then you don't have to call it. Therefore, there's no faith involved.





We've missed an important key by skimming over verse 2, however - by faith the elders obtained a GOOD REPORT.

Good.
Good.
Good.

Good. adj. 1.  morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious 2.  satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree 3.  of high quality; excellent 4.  right; proper; fit 5.  well-behaved 6.  kind, beneficent, or friendly 7.  honorable or worthy; in good standing (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/good)

The elders didn't have a good report before they walked by faith, but walking by faith gave them a good report.

That meant they'd have enough of whatever they lacked in a high quality, that the situation they faced would be righteous and beneficial to all concerned, and the people they'd have to work with would be kind and friendly.

That's why God created the world and said, "It is good." He saw it by faith. (v3) That's why Abel offered sacrifice. He offered it in faith. (v4) That's why Enoch didn't see death. He walked in faith. (v5) Why Noah built a boat to save his house. He believed the good report they would survive. (v7) Why Abraham made a very long trip not knowing where he'd end up. He had faith in God's ability to lead him. (v8)

All of these, and the others listed in Hebrews 11, saw the GOOD REPORT of God's provision long before they ever had the actual answer. So the next time you find yourself in a difficult or distressing situation, get your head screwed on right first.

You're obtaining a GOOD REPORT so that you can follow the greatest example of faith ... Jesus Christ.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)


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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Photographs

The weather is warming up here. It's been in the upper 80s (F) all week. Lots to see if you go outdoors ... if I bring my camera to record it. I've been lackadaisical about that lately. As a result, only two pictures this week.

Enjoy!

Green Anole
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My dog, Ginger
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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Photographs

Happy Easter. May you and your family celebrate Christ's Resurrection.

Amaryllis
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False Iris (Neomarica) 3/24/2015
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Sandhill Crane Chick
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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

God Thinks BIG

Image from: ©Mammifères marins de la Côte-Nord via Ocean Conservation Society

Sometimes God thinks BIG.

He saved a man and his family and two of every kind of creature from an earth-dissolving flood by enclosing them in a single boat. (Ge 8:1)

He split the entire Red Sea, 169,113 square miles of water, in order to cross some two and one-half million men, women and children to the other side  on dry land, then crushed the enemy army in one huge wave. (http://www.askelm.com/secrets/sec107.htm)

He resurrected a dead man who'd been gone for three days, healed another being let down through a roof. He touched blind eyes, made a leper whole, fed five thousand people with a handful of bread. (Jn 11:34;Mk 2:4;Mt 11:5;Mt 15:30;Mk 6:44)

God is god of BIG things. He can move mountains into the sea. (Mt 21:21;Mk 11:23) He'll make you the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. (Deu 28:13) There's nothing too big for Him to handle, no sickness too strong He cannot heal it, no person's life too large, He won't reach down and change it forever.

He is able. He is willing. He will do it. (Jn14:4;2Co 9:8;1Th 5:24)



But God is god of SMALL things, too.

He fed a prophet with a group of ravens.(1Ki 17:6)

He defeated an army of an estimated 135,000 soldiers with only three hundred men. (Jdg 6:5;Jdg 7:7;Jdg 8:10)

He killed a mighty Philistine using the slingshot of a boy. (1Sa 17:50)

He brought to earth the Savior of the world through the faith of a young girl. (Lk 1:34)

God sees the small things, knows their intricate nature, the finest thoughts in man's heart. He will provide for needs and desires we've given up on because we said, "God's too big for that." What we thought He ignored, He didn't. What we thought He didn't care about, He does. What we thought was too huge for Him was in actuality very, very small.

No sin, no sickness, no financial failure is out of His scope. The devil will never be stronger than God, smarter than God, and definitely not more powerful. This is, after all, The Almighty, The Great I Am, who can do everything from give light to the earth to comfort an adulteress fallen at His feet. (Jn 12:3)

God exists outside of time, outside of distance, outside of size. He never sleeps, never quits, never gives up. (Ps 121:3)

Comfort yourself with that.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.