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Be Empowered from the Inside Out

February 8, 2017


I have some exciting news to share with you about being empowered from the inside-out, but first, how about some secrets, from behind the scenes?

It started a while ago, one morning when I was snuggled into my prayer chair. But, this particular morning I wasn’t praying, nor was I worshiping. I was whining.

God, what’s the world coming to? It’s spinning out of control. I ranted about people stirring up strife and not keeping their word. Have you ever felt this way?

Poor God listened to me vent about how I felt our society no longer places value on a person’s character and that so many of our modern-day heroes were no more than sex-objects and/or people who cheat to get ahead. What happened to the old days when heroes had talent, good moral standards, and they stood for godly justice? The good guy would win.

When I quit whining, I heard God’s still small voice inside my spirit ask me, “And what are you doing about it?”

I gasped. He went on to say that it’s too easy to blame Hollywood, politics, and pornography for the way the world was going. In actuality if Hollywood and the pornography companies didn’t make any money on trashy movies and magazines, they wouldn’t produce them. They’re a business. They’re whole goal is to make money.

God shared that if we would strengthen our character in Him and then everything else will turn around. That made sense to me, but it seemed overwhelming. So I asked a simple question, “How.” But I didn’t get a simple answer. I needed be willing to step out of my comfort zone and do things that I haven’t done before because God impressed on my heart the idea of Talk Around the Campfire (TM). Throughout history campfires have been the place where folks gathered together to figure out life.

My mind spun with memories from the 15 years I worked from the saddle in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. Days were slowed down to three miles an hour, the speed of my saddle horse. For hours on end we’d plod down the craggy trails. Suddenly everything would erupt and we’d face an incredible adventure. Although sometimes those adventures seemed more like nightmares—especially when we encountered grizzly bears and when we got trapped in a forest fire.

Then we’d sit around the campfire nearly every morning and evening, sharing our wild hair-raising adventures.

Through it all, I discovered that each day we built our character by living The Code of the West. If you have ever studied that code, much of it reflects Godly character. Those principles were drilled into us out of necessity for survival: a man’s word was his bond, courage and integrity meant more than money, and where living a life of honor was to be esteemed.

There became a depth to my convictions and my life.  Living on the edge of life-or death each day—spurred me on. I never knew which day would be my last. As I developed my character, I became empowered from the inside-out.

Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? To become empowered from the inside-out so that we as a team can join together. We can link our arms to change our homes, neighborhoods, cities, states, and our nations?

A key I’ve learned with character is not a goal that is achieved once, but it’s something to pursue and build on each day.

That’s why I created Talk Around the Campfire (TM) as a place where we can come together as a team to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged to build and maintain godly character.

It’s rather simple. So most days on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In, I’ll post a morning pondering: a quote about the theme of the month. It’s a tidbit for all of us to ponder throughout the day. Are you a Pinterest fan? Come peek at the boards I have started of inspirational sayings. Randomly I’ll be posting the same thoughts on my blog, Blog Talk Radio, Podcasts, and fun clips on YouTube, so you can choose which platform works the best for you.

Why don’t you come join me—together we’ll be empowered from the inside-out.

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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 )





30 Days of Prayer~~Day 16~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 24, 2016



30 Days of Prayer~~Day 12~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 20, 2016



30 Days of Prayer~~Day 11~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 19, 2016



30 Days of Prayer~~Day 6~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 14, 2016


Denise’s prayer for today is for family. Some friends become as close as family and that’s true with Denise’s family and me. Here’s my “extended family,” Mike, Denise, Jesse, and Michelle.

So today as we’re praying for families, I’ll be saying an extra prayer for those who are near and dear to me. How about you?


30 Days of Prayer~~Day 5~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 13, 2016



30 Days of Prayer~~Day 4~~One Nation Under God~~Here We Come

October 12, 2016


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Will You be One?

October 8, 2016

Last weekend I went hiking with a friend and it turned into a treasure hunt. We found a couple old dumps complete with a pickup truck, which we took turns snuggling in the saggy seat and giggling while we wondered what it had looked like when it was shiny and new.

My view of the United States isn’t much different that what I saw in that old truck. Today when I looked at the crazy political headlines and the candidates, I grimace and wonder, Is this the best we can come up with?  The truck was shot full of holes, much like our constitution, and the paint was rusty, much like out spiritual condition. Unlike the truck, which will eventually disintegrate, there still is hope for the United States–but it depends on you and

Will you be one?? For the next 30 days would you be willing to invest 5-10 minutes a day for our nation?

Ponder this…one person rallied against God and over a period of time got prayer taken out of schools…what can we Christians do to take back our nation for God? Last night I was challenged and I accepted…and now I challenge you with the words from a dear friend of mine, Denise Hartmann Echterling:

“Our nation was built on the foundation of His love, Justice and Word. Everywhere you go in Washington DC you see God and the Bible mentioned. Why have so many forgotten their heritage? We believe it is our calling to remind our nation that we are a nation under GOD – will you join us in this calling and a time of Prayer?

Prayer is critical to any nation, especially one that proclaims a connection to God. The United States has historically claimed such a connection, but it seems as if things have changed. Our only hope is to return to our biblical foundation and this will only come through prayer.

Beginning October 9th – November 8th, would you commit yourself in prayer to intercede in one of our nation’s most critical seasons and elections ever? Each day, we will post on what to focus your prayers on for these upcoming days before our National Elections. Will you join us?

Imagine what could happen if the church stood unified in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14…’If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’

Psalm 110:3 (Amp). ‘Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power…’ With America at a crossroads, Prayer is the only thing that will bring real change. Let’s not miss this opportunity.”

Everyday for the next 30 days I’ll be sharing Denise’s prayers.

Are you willing to take 5-10 minutes of your day and pray for our nation? I am. Join me starting October 9th.

After all, what have you got to lose? One nation…under God.

Love, Rebecca


Day 3 of 3 Days~21 Free Books!

July 15, 2016

Welcome to Day 3 of 3 Days~21 Free Books!

This is the last day of the 3 Days~21 Free books! And you’ll have a chance to win if you submit a correct answer to the question below.

Heavenly Horse Stories cover photo

Below is a question and I will randomly choose 7 winners out of those who answered correctly. When you enter, you agree that you are of legal age, live within the US (or have a military APO), and that events like this are legal where you live. You will also be signing up for an occasional newsletter from me filled with fun tidbits. Only one winner per household per day–which means you can enter again today if you previously won! If you win, you’ll need to respond to my email announcing that you’ve won within 24 hours, or you’ll forfeit your book. You also understand that your first initial and your last name, as well as your state, may be announced if you win.

July 16th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories

And here’s the question:

What is the name of my horse in the picture below? (You can find the answers in the beginning of Great Horse Stories and Great Horse Stories for Girls–look inside on Photo by Deborah K. Hamilton

Click on this link to answer: