Live Radio Interview

Just a quick note to let my faithful readers know that I am serving on a panel of writers at a writers’ symposium in May. Because of that, the panel of writers will be interviewed tonight (Wednesday, April 25) between 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM. The station is 92.5 The Bear and here’s a link that will allow you to listen via your computer:http://www.925fmthebear.com/   Would love for everyone to listen in! And pray that my voice won’t shake and my answers will make sense!!

Blessings to one and all!



Grace Medical


Candace Calvert

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been interested in all things medical. As a teenager, I worked at the local hospital, first as a volunteer and then as a paid “Blue Skirt.” We were trained to make beds, give patients bed baths, help with their meals, take blood pressures and temps—simple things like that. The name “Blue Skirt” had absolutely nothing to do with our responsibilities and everything to do with our uniform – blue skirts and white blouses. I loved the work and was positive I wanted to go to nursing school after high school graduation.  Things changed—life happened—and I never made it to nursing school. But I never lost my interest in the medical field. This is one reason I love Candace Calvert’s books so much.

Candace is a former ER nurse so she’s knowledgeable about what she writes. And she’s passionate about that which she writes. She’s “been there—done that.” She has written the Mercy Hospital series: Critical Care; Disaster Status and Code Triage. All three of these books were medical dramas that kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire book.

Candace’s latest book, Trauma Plan, is part of the Grace Medical series. In this book, Candace once again has heart-stopping action, medical situations, drop-dead gorgeous hero and a strong heroine who’s not afraid to admit when she needs help.

Part of the back cover synopsis:

Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is eager to return to her former duties as an RN nurse. How can she show them she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, she volunteers at a controversial free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s the commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.

If medical stories are not your favorite, not to worry. There’s plenty of romance and mystery to make every reader happy. And who knows? Maybe, just maybe you’ll learn to love medical stories, too!

“Trauma Plan” appears in bookstores in May!!


I am delighted to have Cynthia Simmons as my guest today. Cynthia is the author of  “Struggles and Triumphs Study Guide” – more information about the study guide is at the end of her devotion. For me, Cynthia’s devotion is timely and ministered to me. I pray that you are blessed as you read her devotion. And be sure to check out her study guide!

 “I was in such a nervous state I did not dare go anywhere as a dreadful nervous state would come upon me, without warning, anytime…” This testimonial appeared in the 1934 New Weather Almanac. A lady they called Mrs. Wolfard went on to describe the cure, Nervine Liquid, created by Dr. Miles.

A quick search of old publications reveals numerous cures for insomnia, restlessness, palpitations, neuritis whatever ails.  Each advertisement promises what we long fora peaceful, fulfilling life. But did they work? Do our modern tonics fix what ails us? Our journey often leaves us battered and broken. We all know the sudden wallop of pain that descends when sorrow arrives.  

I remember the day I helped my dad off the pavement after a fall. Invisible fingers of guilt squeezed my soul while I patched up his scrapes.  He was almost 86, yet I hadn’t noticed his stumbling stride. After Mom died,  he aged fast.  I wondered how long I’d have him. He died a few months later after a brief illness.

And I’ve felt the blinding pain of betrayal. One of my adult children chose to manipulate and lie to me for six years. My dreams and hopes for her lay squashed like an accident in rush hour traffic. After a lifelong commitment, how could I bear the sting?

Sometimes the dreaded storms arrive after sufficient warning. Years ago, dark clouds gathered on the horizon as I’d watched one of my sons struggle to learn.  After the doctor’s report came, he had a three paragraph diagnosis. It felt like swallowing razor blades for breakfast.  I grieved for months.

Nervine no longer exists. Even if I could use it, the magic liquid couldn’t address the empty ache in any of these situations. Where should we go for help?  What hospital or what government official can give the individual what he needs?

I chose to remember the words of Jesus in Luke 4:4 “…Man shall not live by bread alone…” He announced that mankind needs something more than food. Indeed he stated that we must have “…every word that proceeds from the mouth of God…” This verse proclaims that we are more than just the sum total of our chemistry. It trumpets that meaning and hope can be found in our creator.  Indeed the Redeemer can make “all things work together for good.”

 After severe persecution, the apostle Paul experienced depression so intense he expected to die. Yet God encouraged and restored him.  In 2 Corinthians 1, he said he chose to pass along that hope and encouragement to his fellow believers. He called the creator “…the God of all comfort.”  I have also seen him comfort.  And so like Paul, Hezekiah, King David, Habakkuk, and Hannah I get on my knees. Amidst tears and searing pain, I give the anger, the fear and anguish into his hands. He alone can heal.

Struggles and Triumphs Study Guide

What’s wrong with our world? Shouldn’t a God who claims to be all powerful and flawless prevent suffering? How can we continue to believe when storms rage on in our lives? If you’ve ever had tough questions like these Struggles and Triumphs Study Guide is the book for you. Author Cynthia L. Simmons will guide you toward answers with her unique and enlightening approach. Her twelve-week Bible study for ladies comes from stories of real women as told in Struggles and Triumphs: Women in History Who Overcame. As you study, you’ll come to understand God’s perspective on timeless issues that impact your life. The carefully chosen Scriptures combined with interesting historical information will challenge and encourage you. 

Watch the trailer at: http://youtu.be/HOP9HY7xTXU

To purchase the study guide; http://www.lulu.com/shop/cynthia-simmons/struggles-and-triumphs-workbook/paperback/product-20038687.html


Good Friday

        O sacred Head, now wounded,

            with grief and shame weighed down,

            now scornfully surrounded

            with thorns, thine only crown:

            how pale thou art with anguish,

            with sore abuse and scorn!

            How does that visage languish

            which once was bright as morn!

            What thou, my Lord, has suffered

            was all for sinners’ gain;

            mine, mine was the transgression,

            but thine the deadly pain.

            Lo, here I fall, my Savior!

            ‘Tis I deserve thy place;

            look on me with thy favor,

            vouchsafe to me thy grace.

            What language shall I borrow

            to thank thee, dearest friend,

            for this thy dying sorrow,

            thy pity without end?

            O make me thine forever;

            and should I fainting be,

            Lord, let me never, never

            outlive my love for thee.

 Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750
Good Friday: The day of Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial. A time of solemnity and reflection. A time to ponder all that we’ve observed this Holy Week and to remember all that He did, He did for us out of His unconditional love for us.
Holy Week

Holy Monday

In 2010, I wrote a series of blogs for Holy Week and I decided to revisit those blogs this year. I pray that God will bless you this week in such a way that you will “want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (Phil.3:10 NIV) and “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:17-19 NIV)

Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:


The days of Holy Week are called Great and Holy by the Church and these three days, although not traditionally observed in the church like Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, have a very definite purpose. They remind us of the true meaning of Easter.
By the time we reach Holy Week, some of us have participated in or observed many Easter-related activities. We’ve observed Lent, hopefully with more than just a passing acknowledgement. We have sang in or listened to our church choir’s Easter cantata; we have bought new outfits for our children and perhaps for ourselves. Maybe our children have hunted Easter eggs. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities as long as we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Holy Week. We must not forget these days led up to the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, ultimately to his resurrection and ascension into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of His Father.
Thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people saw “The Passion of Christ” produced by Mel Gibson, a number of years ago. My daughter and I went to see it together. I’m sure there was never a movie before or since where we cried as much as we cried in that movie. But even that movie could not completely and accurately show the suffering that our Lord went through on our behalf. And He did it because He LOVES us. Each and every one of us. The Bible says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14) WE are His friends; not only that, we are His sons and daughters if we have accepted Him into our lives as Lord and Savior. His love is unconditional and everlasting. What more could He do, beyond giving His life for you, to prove to you how much He loves you?
Listen to this fantastic song that will tell you how much God loves you!