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WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. BALL
Saturday, September 22, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Sunny's Dream

AUTHOR:  Mary L. Ball

PUBLISHER:  Forget-Me-Not Romance(Winged Publications)

GENRE:  Romantic suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Celestial Investigation book 1

TARGET AGE:  15-80

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR MARY BALL TO PATTI’S PORCH. MARY SHARES AN EXCERPT FROM A DEVOTIONAL THAT REFLECTS AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.

 

 

 

MARY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF SUNNY’S DREAM.

 

 

Note: Last year I joined writers and contributed a life changing experience. This is a short version of the published article in Life-Changing Miracles: Real-Life Stories of Unforgettable Encounters With God. Bethany House Publishers.

 

 

CIRCLE OF GOD’S ARMS

 

 

by

 

 

Mary L. Ball

 

 

“When can I go home?” Mom questioned.                                                                                       

 

 

If my visit went as usual, she would ask a dozen times before I left.

 

 

“I don’t know.” I plastered on a smile. “We have to take one day at a time.”

 

 

One day at a time sweet Jesus, that’s all I’m asking of you.” Her musical tone filled the room. Mother motioned for me to join in.

 

 

As our voices blended, she stopped on the words forgotten, and heartily sung the ones she remembered.

 

 

After several rounds of the song, she looked at my oldest grandson.

 

 

“Who are you?”

 

 

“I’m your great-grandson.”

 

 

“He’s all grown up.” I held a breath, thankful he understood.” We used to do a lot of things together.”

 

 

She eyed me with a blank stare and shook her head.

 

 

My grandson glanced at his watch. “Grandma, we need to go.” His tall frame leaned over to hug her.

 

 

Mother pulled him closer. “I love you. You’re not that little boy that we used to take fishing.”

 

 

“No, I’m not.” He looked my way.

 

 

We made eye contact, happy that for a few seconds she’d remembered.

 

 

“I’ll be back tomorrow.” My arms cradled her thin body.

 

 

We walked to the exit.

 

 

“Today was a good day.” My grandson held the door.

 

 

“She remembered, for a moment. She recalls me most of the time because I’m here almost every day. You and your mom can’t visit as often.”

 

 

“I know Nana. I’ve read about Alzheimer’s.”

 

 

***

 

 

Red Azalea blooms welcomed everyone to the nursing home.

 

 

Inside Mother’s room, her childlike expression greeted me.

 

 

“Good morning.” I hugged her.

 

 

“When can I go home?” Mother frowned.

 

 

“I don’t know. The doctor changed one of your meds.”

 

 

“Doctors butt!” She puckered her mouth.

 

 

“Mom! I pretend shock, but show amusement. “I hope he has a butt, or he would be odd looking.”

 

 

“He would be funny. I just want to go home.”

 

 

“I know.” I recalled how she used to enjoy this time of the year.

 

 

Mom’s voice broke through my fog of emotions. “Where will I live when I go home?”

 

 

“Your house,” I reached for her weathered hand.

 

 

My throat stung. My mind questioned God. Why?

 

 

Mother began her rendition of “What a day that will be.” She repeated parts of the chorus and added. “When can I go home?”

 

 

I smiled, wanting her to believe everything was fine.

 

 

***

 

 

I strolled to the parking lot, scooted inside the car and rolled down the window. A bird serenaded a chirpy song.

 

 

“Mom liked to watch the birds.” My shoulders slumped, and tears wet my cheek. “Lord, I’ve prayed. I’ve given this over to you. Why is it that I’m still burdened with grief and can’t find the peace You offer?”

 

 

As if Jesus was beside me, my mind became immersed with his spirit. “You haven’t turned it over to me. You keep taking it back with your tears and fretting.”

 

 

The wisdom of His words washed over me.

 

 

The revelation was a beacon. Jesus opened my eyes to something I’d easily overlooked.

 

 

Turning my burdens over to Him meant, I must let go of my anxiety and stop cradling sadness.

 

 

I studied on the deeper meaning of 1 Peter 5:7. ‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’ I was in awe of the way God heighten my awareness, and showed me that His word is always enlightening.

 

 

On the way home, I asked the Lord to give me strength to release my burden and to make me aware of any instance where I may be tempted to pull my problem away from the circle of his arms. I sealed the prayer, in Jesus’ name.

 

 

Mother will have good and bad days. On good days, I leave the facility with praise in my heart. During bad times, I thank the Lord, for the strength to give Him my concerns.

 

 

***

 

 

Nothing is too big or small for God. I applaud stories of healing and deliverance, but any circumstance where grace shines is a blessing.

 

 

For me, a small miracle happened. The Lord brought my attention to the fact that giving into sorrow and focusing on hurt prevented His peace from abiding.

 

 

Alzheimer’s isn’t new, nor is it easy, but the Lord used my heartache to show me where I missed the mark.

 

 

I can’t be assured that life will always be smooth, but by understanding the proper way to cast cares. I rest in the belief that all my worries will be in the circle of God’s arms.

  

THE END

 

 

Blurb for Sunny’s Dream

Sunny Kast spends her week fighting cyber-crime, and dreaming of her prince charming.

When a man walks into Celestial Investigations, and introduces himself as Trouble, she’s sure he’s not her prince, and positive that he lives up to his name.

After Max Trouble finds an important document, his life gets complicated with the know-it-all P.I. hired to track down its owner.

Sunny and Max’s relationship grows. She’s optimistic that he may be her prince charming, but after her car is sabotaged, and she’s almost killed, Max’s chauvinist ideas of a female investigator surface.

Will she see God’s perfect plan, or a not-so-perfect relationship?

Sunny’s Dream, Celestial Investigation, book one. A Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

 

Amazon purchase link

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF SUNNY’S DREAM BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Mary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She resides in North Carolina.

Some of her novels include Escape to Big Fork Lake, Redemption in Big Fork Lake, Sparks of Love, and Sunny’s Dream (Celestial Investigation book1) Luna’s Treasure (book 2)

When she isn't working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her husband at various functions.

Connect with Mary online:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Visit Mary’s singing ministry site

 


Comments

Joi From North Carolina At 9/26/2018 8:48:53 AM

Touching story, Dementia is a bad condition and Sunny's Dream sounds like a good book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Joi. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

Kris From Kaukauna, wi At 9/22/2018 10:18:24 PM

Inspiring testimony that all things work together for the good of those who love God. Fabulous book, too.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kris. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here with your comment.

Kim From Griffin GA At 9/22/2018 6:40:55 PM

What a great commentary. I also loved the book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kim. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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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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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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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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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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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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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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Wildlife Video
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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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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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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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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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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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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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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