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Be Empowered from the Inside Out

February 8, 2017

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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.

For more information go to: http://www.TalkAroundtheCampfire.com

 

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!

Sizzling Summer Fun (& a chance to win oodles of books!)

July 11, 2016

Are you ready for some Sizzling Summer Fun?

The next couple weeks are jam-packed with chances to win oodles of free books–including my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories. Wahoo!

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So many of you readers have asked to see photos with my stories, so the publisher and I put our heads together and repackaged Heavenly Horse Sense with the new cover and title, and YES! there are photos sprinkled in too. You can check it out on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com/Books.html

The great news for you is that Heavenly Horse Sense will be faded out–making it a collectors’ book–and in a couple days I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies during the 3 Days~21 Free Books event I’ll be hosting July 14th-16th.

Then to wrap up the fun, the Grand Finale–the week of July 17th-23rd–is the Annual Christian Author Network’s Scavenger Hunt, where, through a “blog-hop,”  you’ll be able to meet dozens of Christian authors and have more opportunities to win free books.

To top everything off–now through July 25th the E-book Great Horse Stories is on sale for only $0.99. What a great way to take a book on vacation–as an E-Book!

Are you wondering how you might have a chance to win one my books?

Here’s the scoop. On July 14-16th I’ll be giving  away 7 books each day. I’ll post a question here on my blog each of those days at 12:01 am Eastern. There will be an answer box for you to fill out then click “send.” The answers to the questions can be found in my books (I might even give some hints too.) I’ll randomly choose 7 people who answer the question correctly as the winners.

On July 14th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of Heavenly Horse Sense.

July 15th I’ll be giving away 7 Kindle Versions of the E-Book Great Horse Stories

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

So, for the opportunity to win one of my books July 14th-16th come back here–to my blog–and submit an answer to the question.

For information on the Grand Finale–The Annual Christian Authors’ Network Scavenger Hunt on July 17th-23rd–click here http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/newreleases/ 

I’m looking forward to giving away 21 books in 3 days–Be sure to come back here, to my blog, on July 14th-16th for Your Chance to Win!

 

 

Packing away Christmas Decorations–in April???

April 23, 2016

Yes, it’s April and I’m boxing up my Christmas decorations and tucking them away in my storage shed. Have you ever heard that before? No, it’s not because I wanted Christmas to last forever.

It’s because the weekend in January when I was going to do it I fell on the ice and broke my arm. Not just my arm, but my right arm. I’m right handed. And not just a simple break. I sheared the bones in two.

For the last couple months I was unable to do anything with my right hand or arm. My life stopped while I cradled my broken arm next to my body to protect what was left of it and waited for surgery.

A couple weeks later, in February, my doctor helped me become a bionic woman with a titanium plate and screws to put everything back together. When asked what color of cast I wanted (I’d already used up my favorite colors on the splints I’d had). I jokingly said, “Glow-in-the-dark.” Guess what? I got it–and it did GLOW when I turned the lights out.

To my shock, I discovered that, throughout my whole life, my left hand had hung uselessly by my side. I laughed my way through the last couple months as I trained my left hand to put the toothbrush in my mouth and brush my teeth. Have you ever tried tying shoes with one hand? Opening a jar? Or writing cursive with your off-hand? I couldn’t even jot a note to myself. Or how about opening an envelope?  I felt vulnerable when in public and helpless at home.

Gradually my left hand and arm became productive. Now, I’m nearly ambidextrous.

It was a wild ride, living with one useful arm until just a couple weeks ago. I’m still under weight restrictions, so this is the first weekend since Christmas that I’ve been able to lift lightweight boxes. Thus the box of Christmas decorations is still sitting on the living room floor.

Through it all I’ve discovered that I have amazing friends and that I live in a community filled with kind and helpful strangers. And my heart is filled with a deeper compassion for those who struggle with physical restrictions.

There’s something that you can do too. I’d like to encourage you to do a simple experiment. Take your dominate hand and put it in your pocket for an hour–and do not use it–no matter what–not for anything.

Afterwards, reflect on how would your life be different if you only had one arm. Life can change in a split-second, in ways that we don’t like.

Then, I’d like you to apply what you learned to help someone else. Out of consideration, first ask if they’d like you to help and how. It might be as simple as opening a door, or retrieving a can of soup off the top shelf in the grocery store, a shelf they can’t reach.

I firmly believe that together we can make the world a better place by being kind to those around us.

It’s time to go get that box of Christmas decorations out of the living room and put it away–after all, it is April and I can use two hands and arms. Wahoo! Thank You, Jesus!

 

 

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas!

December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I feel blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who made my year so special—thank you! I love catching up with you on Facebook, by email, and snail mail. And I want you to know that I pray for you in the mornings—that God pours out His peace, love, and blessings on you and your families.

Here are a couple highlights from my year:Me with fish q

In July I flew to Alaska with my brother Chuck and his wife Cindy, where we met with several friends and fished the salmon run on the Kenai Peninsula.

With fish everywhere you’d think it’d be a snap, but I was skunked a couple days before I finally got the hang of how to catch those illusive fish!

I was thrilled to bring home a box of salmon and am planning on smoking some for Christmas. See the grin? I was one happy girl that day.

20150728_112600Cindy and I had some great “sister time” hiking up to a glacier AFTER taking a Kenai Fjord tour where we learned that July in Alaska i20150728_191416t is only 30 below zero! Just kidding. But we did have to bundle up aboard the ship while we were entertained by the interesting sea animals and by the jaw-dropping scenery.

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In August I celebrated the release of the book of my heart, Great Horse Stories for Girls. The goal is through my true-story devotions my horses, to help the reader discover what a treasure God created them to be. Don’t be fooled by the title; I’ve got gals in the 60’s and 70’s who have fallen in love with the book.

 

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I’m excited that in February of 2016 my next book My Horse Diary for Girls launches—yes, it’s what the title says, it’s a fun diary for girls that has some horsey quotes in it.

I also have a re-release (with photos) of Heavenly Horse Stories coming up and I’m thrilled and honored to be one of the authors in the Daily Guideposts 2016.

 

Whew! It’s been an amazing year for which I give God all the glory and thanks.

Wishing you the very best Christmas ever–and an incredibly Happy 2016!

Rebecca

10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 10

December 6, 2015

Don’t Miss Out!

Today is the Last Chance to Win!
10 Days ~~ 10 Free Books

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The question for Day 10 is: What is the name of my all-time dream horse?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 9

December 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Out!
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The question for Day 9 is: What is it called when you make a pack that goes on a mule by wrapping your gear & duffel in a canvas tarp? (You _____ the load. The rope that’s used is called the same thing, a ______ rope.)

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 8

December 4, 2015

Don’t Miss Out! 10 Days ~ 10 Free Books

The question for Day 8 is: What did I give the mule that made its teeth stick together (be specific)?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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Horse Tales from Heaven

 

 

10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 7

December 3, 2015

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Don’t Miss Out! 10 Days ~ 10 Free Books

The question for Day 7 is: The day I drove to Missoula, MT to buy knobs for my kitchen cupboards but…I came home with (be specific–the first and most specific wins)?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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10 Days~10 Free Books-Day 6

December 2, 2015

Don’t Miss out! 10 Days~~10 Free Books

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The question for Day 6 is: What is the name of the mule I talked to while she was still in the womb?

Enter your answer by clicking on the link below (make sure you read the directions from the first post “10 Days~10 Free Books” first.)

You can find the answers on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com or in my books (hint: you can access a lot of the stories by going to my website and clicking on the “Books” tab, then click on the online retailer tabs where they show the books where you can look inside).

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