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THIS IS THE LORD’S BATTLE by JANET SKETCHLEY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: A Year of Tenacity: 365 Daily Devotions

AUTHOR: Janet Sketchley

PUBLISHER: Independent

GENRE:  Devotional/Christian Living

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  Adult

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JANET SKETCHLEY TO PATTI’S PORCH. JANET SHARES A CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL AND ADDRESSES THE BATTLES GOD NEVER INTENDED US TO FACE DURING THIS MOST BLESSED SEASON.

 

 

 

JANET IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF A YEAR OF TENACITY: 365 DAILY DEVIOTIONS.

 

 

 

THIS IS THE LORD’S BATTLE

 

 

by

 

 

Janet Sketchley

 

 

And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you [Goliath and the enemy Philistines] to us!
1 Samuel 17:47, NLT*

 

This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
2 Chronicles 20:15b, NLT*

 

When we say “this is (insert name here)’s battle,” we can mean a couple of different things. We may be that naming the commander or army or nation who is winning—ascribing victory. Or we may be pointing out where the responsibility or ownership of the conflict lies—not to absolve ourselves of the need to assist but to recognize we’re not in charge.

 

In today’s verses, God’s people had roles to play but God made it clear it wasn’t up to them to achieve the victory. They were to act in trust and obedience to Him.

 

What does this have to do with Christmas?

 

While our preparations shouldn’t feel like a battle—although they can at times—the pressures mount, the calendar is counting down, and we can take on too much responsibility. We’re carrying a burden of ownership that God never intended.

 

Are there ways to simplify? Are we doing things we’ve placed on our own shoulders that nobody else requires? Are we doing things that others require when we may need to prayerfully and gently set boundaries?

 

Whatever we’re doing, no matter how important, let’s remember the battle is the Lord’s. We’re not in control. We’re not the boss, nor the victor. But He is. What He has allowed into our lives for us to do, areas for us to serve in our communities, our churches, workplaces, and families, He gives the strength and the equipping to complete. Can we rest and rely on Him and experience serving without stressing?

 

Holy and strong God, thank You that where You call, You equip. You are our sufficiency and our competence. Please show me where to focus my attention today and each day of this blessed Christmas season. Don’t let me miss the joy by taking on responsibility for getting everything done or making everything perfect. Lead me in what to do, and help me trust You to bring it all together. Thank You for Your mercy and grace.

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Back cover copy for A Year of Tenacity: 365 Daily Devotions:

365 Daily Devotions to Warm Your Spirit and Encourage Your Heart

“Tenacity” is persistence. Holding on. Not giving up. It’s a quality we need as Christians, and the beautiful thing we discover as we spend time with the Lord is the depth of His tenacity toward us. We may falter, but His hold is sure, His love unshakable, and His grace without limit.

Like the wild rose thrives with its roots anchored in the cleft in the rock, we find life and security when we abide in our Rock.

The conversational-style insights and heart-sharing moments in A Year of Tenacity will bless and inspire. Entries are numbered by day, not by date, so readers aren’t tied to a calendar year and don’t have to play catch-up if they miss a few days.

Honest, engaging, and uplifting, these devotionals are ideal for both long-time Christians and those just finding their way.

 

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Primarily a writer of Christian mysteries and suspense, Janet Sketchley is also the author of the devotional collection, A Year of Tenacity. Janet is an Atlantic Canadian writer who loves Jesus and her family, and enjoys reading, worship music, and tea.

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Comments

Kim Steele From Kingman Arizona At 12/13/2019 1:02:20 AM

Thank goodness the battle belongs to the Lord! I need frequent reminders of this so I don't stand up iin the middle of it and take charge! I can rest in peace when I stay out of the way and let God be in control. Whew!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kim. So glad you stopped by to share your thoughts with us. How blessed we are that our God loves us enough to fight the battle for us. Thank you for your comment.

Elaine From Saskatchewan At 12/12/2019 8:55:41 PM

This sounds like a good devotional. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the draw. My husband is in hospital after a heart attack. I'm battling fear

Reply by: Patti Shene

Elaine, thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing. My prayers are with you that God will ease your fears and bring you peace and a rapid recovery to your husband.

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 12/11/2019 2:26:46 PM

Ann, yes, it's good to know "God is the ruler yet" -- this is our Father's world.

Ann From Ontario At 12/9/2019 7:19:08 PM

Thanks for this powerful reminder about Who is fighting the battle. The Scriptures are especially timely.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Ann. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Janet. You are so right. This is a powerful reminder!

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 12/9/2019 6:28:07 PM

Lana, I'm glad you like it!

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 12/9/2019 6:27:14 PM

Pirkko, you are so right--the battle is in our thoughts. And even there, God has power to win the victory :)

Pirkko From Markham At 12/7/2019 10:46:35 PM

The battle is the Lord’s. If we can let go of control then we can say this. It’s his way, not ours, but it’s never easy. The battle is in the thoughts but as we think on the word it gets easier.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Pirkko. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion.

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 12/7/2019 9:09:19 PM

We often need reminding, don't we, Kathleen? At least I do. I'm glad this post touched you. Blessings!

Kathleen Friesen From SK At 12/7/2019 6:42:42 PM

What a well written reminder, Janet! "We may falter, but His hold is sure." This truth touched my heart--thank you.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathleen. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this personal comment with Janet.

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 12/7/2019 4:25:23 PM

Thanks for the chance to guest post, Patti!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Delighted to have you here, Janet. Thank you for sharing your work with my readers.

Lana Frandsen From Edmonton, AB At 12/7/2019 2:51:53 PM

I’m so excited to see this! Thanks Janet

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lana. Thank you for visiting the blog and leaving a comment for Janet.

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IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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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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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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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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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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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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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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12/7/2019

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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12/7/2019

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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12/7/2019

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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12/7/2019

SITTING IDLE
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12/7/2019

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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12/7/2019

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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12/7/2019

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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12/7/2019

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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12/7/2019

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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12/7/2019

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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12/7/2019

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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12/7/2019

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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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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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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12/7/2019

PLAY BALL!
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12/7/2019

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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12/7/2019

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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12/7/2019

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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12/7/2019

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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12/7/2019

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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12/7/2019

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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12/7/2019

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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12/7/2019

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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12/7/2019

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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12/7/2019

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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12/7/2019

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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12/7/2019

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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12/7/2019

A Matter of Perspective
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12/7/2019

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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12/7/2019

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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12/7/2019

What Did You Mean By That?
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12/7/2019

Wildlife Video
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12/7/2019

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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12/7/2019

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/7/2019

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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12/7/2019

Shared Experience
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12/7/2019

Facing the Monster
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12/7/2019

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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12/7/2019

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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12/7/2019

I Can't Do This!
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12/7/2019

BREAKING THE RULES
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12/7/2019

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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12/7/2019

Vulnerability to Fear
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12/7/2019

Faith and Fear
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12/7/2019

Those Temporary Interruptions
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12/7/2019

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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12/7/2019

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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12/7/2019

Taking Stock
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12/7/2019

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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12/7/2019

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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12/7/2019

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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12/7/2019

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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12/7/2019

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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12/7/2019

Accountability in the Extreme
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12/7/2019

The day after Christmas
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12/7/2019

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/7/2019

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/7/2019

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/7/2019

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/7/2019

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/7/2019

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/7/2019

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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12/7/2019

Welcome Home!
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12/7/2019

Confessions of a first book editor
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12/7/2019

Going Home
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12/7/2019

GPCWC in Restospect
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12/7/2019

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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12/7/2019

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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12/7/2019

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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12/7/2019

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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12/7/2019

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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12/7/2019