Monday, March 30, 2020

Fear Not

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

 We're living in unprecedented times. I imagine, like me, you never thought you'd be seeing a global pandemic. It was never on the horizon I envisioned. Thousands getting sick and dying. A virus that is quite contagious and takes a couple weeks before symptoms show. I imagine many are afraid, worrying about their health, their jobs, whether or not they can find the supplies they need, etc.
I am comforted by this scripture in Isaiah. God knew about COVID-19 well before it even became an issue for the first patient who contracted it. I rest in the fact that I serve a trustworthy God. He knows the future, and I can trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6) to have me in the palm of His hand. (Isaiah 49:16)

With some of my health issues, I'm in one of those vulnerable groups. I am assured that no matter what happens, God is in control. If I get sick, He'll be with me. If I get sick and die, it's a bonus for me. To die is gain. (Philippians 1:21) Because I'm a believer and follower of Christ, I know that when I die, I will spend eternity with my Heavenly Father.

Now is not the time to fear, but to trust God. If you haven't ever made a personal decision to follow Him and ask Him into your heart, today is the day. Don't delay. He's calling out to you. Are you ready to seek Him?

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and COMPEL Training. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She's a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot

Out of the Embers: Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

Heidi here. Isn't that a great cover? It was a treat to read Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot! I love that Evelyn Radcliffe is such a strong woman, she can take care of herself and doesn't need a man to care for her. I adore the amount of "show" in this book. The author did a great job showing Evelyn's tenaciousness and independence and how much Wyatt, based on his mother and father's relationship, believes women need to be cared for. He has a gradual shift in his beliefs as the book progresses ~ based on observations he draws and statements people make. Evelyn slowly learns to trust. 

I admit I haven't read a historical in awhile, so this was a nice change of pace. And I adore Amanda's writing anyway. Pick u your copy of Out of the Embers today :-)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tidbit Tuesday: Truth or Consequences

Are you a fan of game shows?

At one time, I was an avid follower of Wheel of Fortune. Pat Sajak’s snarky yet gracious personality mixed with the fun of trying to solve the puzzle before the contestants drew me in. Then life got busy, and I watched fewer and fewer episodes.

Today, television is home to dozens of game shows: The $100,000 Pyramid (which started out as The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973), 25 Words or Less, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Beat Shazam, Brain Games, Cash Cab, and Family Feud, just to name a few.

Radio hosted game shows long before television, with one of the first being Ralph Edwards’s Truth or Consequences. In an interview, Edwards stated the idea came from a favorite parlor game called Forfeits. A Victorian era pastime, Forfeits had many iterations, but the commonality was the requirement for the loser to perform a stunt such as barking like a dog, making three people laugh, singing a song, dancing, walking in a circle backwards, or some other silly action.

First broadcast on March 23, 1940, Truth or Consequences was a huge success with listeners. On the show, contestants had two seconds to answer a trivia question before “Beulah the Buzzer” sounded. If the individual didn’t complete the “Truth” portion, there would be “Consequences,” usually an embarrassing stunt. Years later, Edwards would say that most of the contestants preferred to answer incorrectly in order to do the stunt.

On July 1, 1941, the show was the first game show to air on broadcast television. However, the airing was a one-time experiment, and the program didn’t air again on TV until 1950, when the medium had caught on commercially.

Other milestones for the show were the appearance of Superman in Action Comics #127 in December 1948, and the renaming of Hot Springs, New Mexico to Truth or Consequences when the town agree to host a radio episode in exchange for the name change.

A savvy producer, Edwards arranged to have Truth or Consequences to be recorded on 35mm film, using multiple cameras simultaneously-the first TV program recorded before a live audience to do so. In January, 1957, the show became the first program to be broadcast in all time zones from a prerecorded videotape.

Truth or Consequences went off the air in 1958, then attempted a failed revival during the 1977-78 season, and again during the 1987-88 season. In 2012, discussions were had about yet another revival, but the show never came to fruition.

Do you enjoy game shows? If so, what is your favorite?

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors. Learn more about Linda and her book on her website or connect with her online: http:www.LindaShentonMatchett.