Monday, May 22, 2017

Springtime Blessings by Mary Manners

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
                                                                                                ~ James 1:2, NIV ~


Sometimes I’m so caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities of life that I forget to thank God for how very blessed I am. Springtime, with its new life and burst of color, is a perfect season to reflect upon the many blessings that fill our lives.


I have so many reasons to be thankful. My loving husband, Tim, is a man with whom I share a real-life romance filled with love and laughter, adventure and fun. Tim supports and encourages my passion for sharing the written word. He understands that my love of writing is more than a job…it is a ministry. I’m so thankful God brought him into my life.


I’m thankful for my daughter, Danni, who has grown into a beautiful young woman. Danni just graduated from college and is prepared to spend her future teaching young children the joy of learning. She brightens my life with her loving, generous spirit. Danni's a friend to everyone. She holds a special place in her heart for the elderly, children, and the hurting. As she comes into her own, I realize with a greater and deeper understanding just how much she is truly a blessing to me.


The friends I've grown closer to through the years, especially my precious writing friends, are a reason to give thanks. These wonderful people completely understand when I mention the ‘voices’ that speak to me while I’m brainstorming a new book. They don’t mind if I take a time-out from our lunchtime conversation to jot down an idea for future reference. I love them dearly.


But, most of all, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, who has given all of this and more to me. What an amazing blessing to know His love and grace are never-ending! Even in times of trial, I know that He is working in me to provide for greater things. My faith has taught me to embrace hardships and disappointments as an opportunity to grow spiritually.
So, as spring eases into summer, take a moment to joyfully reflect on the many blessings that fill your life.
Love blooms in the most unlikely places…

Hattie Cutler and Anthony Moretto have both survived the death of their spouses. With children grown and the Cutler Nursery business flourishing, Hattie decides it’s time to turn her attention to other endeavors. A community garden on the church grounds is just the place to start. She spearheads the project, and when Anthony steps in to offer his assistance more than gardening is on the agenda. The two have shared a long-time friendship which has blossomed into love; that truth is clear to everyone—with the exception of Hattie and Anthony. But can the two learn to sow more than vegetables and, in turn, reap a beautiful future together?
Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime exploring her joy of writing. She has two sons, a daughter, and three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim.
A former teacher as well an intermediate school principal, Mary spent three decades sharing her love of learning. While growing up in Chicago, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, hot dog vendor, grocery store cashier, lifeguard, swim instructor, pizza chef, and nanny. Many of these experiences led to adventures that bring humor and insight to her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs, ocean sunsets, and flavored coffee.
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  1. Love this post, Mary! Sometimes we get caught up in all our to-do's and we forget to be thankful and give praise.

    Thanks for the timely reminder (for me)!

  2. Yes, those blessings are all over. I, for one, needed this reminder.

  3. What an uplifting post! Love this, Mary!

  4. Great post, Mary! Love the uplift!

  5. Mary, what a wonderful post! I needed this today. It's easy to let hard times overshadow the blessings, but isn't it wonderful that God always sends a reminder (like this one!) to push back the darkness? Love you, sweet friend!


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