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WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA D. MEYER
Friday, September 16, 2016 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: Where Healing Starts

AUTHOR: Angela D. Meyer

PUBLISHER: CrossRiver Media Group

GENRE: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: Applewood Hill Series

TARGET AGE: 35-45

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA MEYER. ANGELA SHARES WAYS WE CAN BEAR EACH OTHERS’ BURDENS WITH THE SIMPLEST ACTS OF KINDNESS AND CONSIDERATION.

 

ANGELA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF WHERE HEALING STARTS. SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING.

 

 

Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

by

Angela D. Meyer

 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Gal. 5: 2-5

 

I really just wanted to keep going. The trash was in front of their house.

 

I was out for a walk and as I turned the corner I saw newspaper flyers littering the road. I started to walk past, but something slowed my steps. A desire to help keep the neighborhood clean? A desire to help? Probably a bit of both. No one to watch so it certainly wasn’t for accolades.

 

After I finished picking up the flyers and walked away, God brought Galatians 5:2 and 5 to mind. Verse 2 tells us to bear one another’s burdens, then verse 5 tells us to bear our own burdens. I think depending on the situation and whether we want to get involved or not we quote one or the other. Yet when the apostle Paul wrote these instructions he meant for both to be applied.

 

How do these contradictory directives apply at the same time? 

 

My thoughts went back to picking up the flyers. Inside a house (and on their own property), the owner cleans and works. But in shared space we all help to keep the neighborhood clean. Kind of like me picking up trash since I knew that most people were at work and the likelihood of it getting picked up before it blows away and makes a bigger mess is low.

 

But what does that look like when it’s someone’s life? Someone we know and love?

 

There are certain things we cannot do for another person. Certain burdens we cannot carry. We cannot make the choice for them to give their hearts to Jesus. We cannot choose to believe truth instead of lies for them. We cannot choose to walk away from an addiction for them. We cannot choose to walk away from an abusive relationship for them.

 

However, we can invite someone to church, offer a Bible and share our lives with them so they come to know Jesus and want to follow Him.

 

We can study the Bible with someone and help them recognize truth. We can encourage them with words of truth. We can pray for and with them to take God at His word.

 

We can confront someone who is caught in addiction, go to a meeting with them or suggest a counselor. Pray with them and encourage them to get back on the right path if they fall.

 

We can offer sanctuary for someone who needs a safe place away from an abusive situation and connect them to resources to help them. We can listen as they pour out their heart full of pain, put our arm around them and pray.

 

I am reminded of one of my favorite scenes from Lord of the Rings. In Return of the King, Frodo and Sam are finally on the way up the mountain to destroy the ring. But Sam has no energy left. The burden is too heavy. Sam says: “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” He then proceeds to hoist Frodo on his back and carry him up the mountain.

 

Is there someone in your life that you need to carry closer to the mountain? Someone who needs your encouragement as they carry a heavy load? Don’t delay. Do it today.

 

Blurb for Where Healing Starts

Joanna, full of bitterness over the past, can no longer ignore the growing storm inside her and is bent on self-destruction as she seeks to ease her pain. But the refuge she seeks is always out of her reach.

 

Her brother Blake must choose between what has always been safe and what he has always wanted. One mistake after another leads him down a dangerous path.

 

The one for all, all for one sibling bond can’t help them now. They are both determined to hang onto their anger, never forgetting. Never forgiving. They see no reason to trust God.

 

After so many years of turmoil, will the Hannigan siblings find refuge in the God who loves them? Or will they get lost along the way?

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF WHERE HEALING STARTS BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Angela D. Meyer, author of The Applewood Hill Series, lives in NE with her husband of 25 years and their high school daughter. Their son serves our country in the Marines. Angela enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, connecting with friends and encouraging women to grow in their faith. One of her dream spots to vacation is next to the ocean and someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon.

 

 

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Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/27/2016 9:02:26 PM

You''re in, Janet! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Angela.

Janet K. Brown From Wichita Falls, TX At 9/27/2016 8:55:16 PM

Your books sounds like one for second chances & I love that. Your devotions was also inspiring. Put me down to win the book. I''d sure like to read this one.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/22/2016 6:53:40 PM

Hi Bonnie. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Angela. Sorry it took me so long to answer. My internet was down for quite a while today!

Bonnie Engstrom From Scottsdale At 9/22/2016 1:59:29 PM

I love Angela''s faith based philosophy of helping others and bearing burdens. I would love to win this book. I would especially love to have it on my Kindle.

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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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9/16/2016

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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9/16/2016

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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9/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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9/16/2016

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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9/16/2016

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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9/16/2016

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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9/16/2016

PLAY BALL!
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9/16/2016

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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9/16/2016

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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9/16/2016

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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9/16/2016

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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9/16/2016

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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9/16/2016

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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9/16/2016

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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9/16/2016

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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9/16/2016

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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9/16/2016

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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9/16/2016

Shared Experience
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9/16/2016

Facing the Monster
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9/16/2016

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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9/16/2016

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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9/16/2016

I Can't Do This!
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9/16/2016

BREAKING THE RULES
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9/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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9/16/2016

Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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9/16/2016

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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9/16/2016

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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9/16/2016

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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9/16/2016

Accountability in the Extreme
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9/16/2016

The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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9/16/2016

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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