Happy New Year!

December 18, 2016

 

sunrise-and-i-on-farmHappy New Year!!

What an amazing and eventful year 2016 was—here are a few highlights:

Ever since I moved to this valley many years ago, I’ve leased some land with a little cottage while searching for a place to call my own. I finally found my dream piece of land and bought it in January—Wahoo! What a way to start the year.

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Before the end of January I was learning how to write with my left hand. That’s what happens when you break your right arm and have a titanium plate put in—it’s months before you can use your right hand, thus, lots of practice with your left.

I thank God that I was a part of Samaritan Ministries Health Share as every penny of the nearly $25,000 was paid for. My experience with Samaritan Ministries was exceptional.

Had I been on my previous insurance plan, I would have had to pay $24,000 out-of-network—for starters—because I chose a surgeon whom I considered to be the best, but was out of their network. Check out my x-ray—yikes! This was NOT the way to start the year.

cover-regularThe end of January a new book of mine was released—My Horse Diary for Girls: What I Love about Horses. Perfect for those horse-crazy girls.

April, May, and June: my physical therapy was picking rocks out of my new hayfield and putting them in a pile. I decided that from the time God created the earth—until April—I was sure that nobody had ever picked up one rock. My neighbors thought I was building Stonehenge. Yes, I live in the ROCKY Mountains. Through it all, God has blessed me with nearly 100% recovery of my arm. sleepy-sunrise

 

May through the end of August: while I flood irrigated my little farm, Sunrise, my golden retriever thought she was in heaven. I’m sure that she thinks every golden retriever needs 10 acres underwater. Many days she played so hard, she would barely be able to keep her eyes open on the way home (me too, from irrigating).

 

heavenly-horse-stories-cover-with-borderJuly: brimmed with excitement as I stepped back into the saddle with my new “bionic arm” and took in my first crop of hay. I also had a re-release come out with photos in it, which my readers had been asking to see. They’re loving it.

October: my literary agency had a conference in Monterey, CA where I hung out with incredible authors and learned about the latest trends in the industry.

November: Dad and I celebrated Thanksgiving together at his home in Minnesota.

What an incredible year I’ve had—and this is only a small sampling.

2017 brings fun ideas to the drawing board: I’m considering turning my books into audio books; I’m still writing away on a spec movie script; and my mind whirls with ideas of more books and movies.

I’m praying that your 2017 is abundantly blessed with His love, peace, and joy!

A Heartfelt Prayer for Our Nation on Election Day

November 8, 2016

This morning I woke up way before the birds fluffed their feathers, definitely before they warmed up their morning voices. My first thought? Election Day…or in my heart it felt more like ELECTION DAY!!!

Perhaps you feel that way too. I had to lasso those thoughts before they drug me off. I turned them towards the Word, Jesus, who in the midst of riots before He knew He would die an excruciatingly painful death, encouraged His followers. He calmly stood as the Prince of Peace. No matter when, no matter what, He always shared the Good News, that we were not to fear, but call on our Heavenly Father.

After sprucing up for the day, I discovered that my publisher had emailed a prayer that  touched my heart. And I hope that it touches yours. I’ve posted the beginning of it below as well as the link, so you can click on it to read the rest.

Before you go, I wanted you to know that it’s been an honor to have you join Denise and me these last 30 days of prayer. Our work is not done. I’m going to keep praying, how about you?

Love, Rebecca

A Heartfelt Prayer for Our Nation on Election Day by Hope Lyda

He has shown you, O mortal,
what is good.
And what does the Lord
require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (niv)

Lord, how you love each one of your children. I pray for your goodness and mercy to flow through this nation. May individuals from sea to sea cast their votes for earthly leadership and then cast their cares and needs upon you and you alone.

Jesus, release me from the fear that today changes everything…or that today changes nothing. The truth remains the same: Every morning I rise in the face of unknowns and am called to follow the One who knows the way. This has not changed. This will not change.

This season offers an invitation that I accept with a renewed sense of possibility and responsibility. More than ever before, I will come to you on behalf of the leaders here and throughout the world. And, more than ever before, I will commit to being your hands, feet, ears, eyes, heart, and help for those people you place in my life. (continue reading on the Harvest House Blog http://ow.ly/Lls2305XZ6J )

 

 

 

 

30 Days of Prayer~~Day 30~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 7, 2016

I would like to thank Denise Hartmann Echterling for writing out all these prayers and sharing them with us. It’s been an amazing 30 days. Now…to vote…and keep praying each day for our leaders.

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 29~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 6, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 28~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 5, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 27~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 4, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 26~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 3, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 25~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 2, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 24~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

November 1, 2016

 

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30 Days of Prayer~~Day 23~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 31, 2016

 

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