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July '20

"I will be your God throughout your lifetime. . . I made you and I will care for you." - Isaiah 46:4

Reflection:

Our great God and heavenly Father is forever unchangeable—tender, affectionate, wise, and all-knowing. We can trust His plans for us to be exactly what is best, and never doubt that He alone is in control of this spinning planet called Earth and everything that happens to us. So we don't need to fear. Like a kind and loving parent, God is for us. And He has gone ahead of us, knowing the outcome of any trial or difficulty we may face or are facing. We can count on Him to be with us, and, as I've often said, to gather us into His arms and carry us when we're too weak and wobbly to walk.

I think so often of my wonderful parents, gone to be with the Lord now for some years. They nurtured and taught me, bringing me up in the faith. I remember Daddy telling me, when I was a little girl, to give all the days of my life to the Lord Jesus, and that I would never regret it. How true his words were then. . . and continue to be to this day!

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When my mother was called Home, and later, Daddy, I felt like an orphan, missing them dearly, even though their sweet spirits remained in my memory.

On the other hand, God's care continues on for as long as we have breath, and beyond. His promise never to leave us or to desert us is absolutely true. His Holy Spirit teaches us everything we need to know, comforts us in challenging times, and makes it possible for us to live a righteous life. He is our advocate and intercessor. Just think of that! The precious Holy Spirit is praying for us, cheering us on, before our Father in heaven each and every day.

During these very trying times, I have been praying that you and your family embrace these truths and cling to the hope found only in Christ.

A blessed Fourth!

Beverly Lewis

 

Writing Update:

My newest novel, The Stone Wall, releases September 8 (soon!), and I can hardly wait for you to read this story set in Amish farmland in idyllic Strasburg, PA, not far from my shunned grandmother Ada's childhood home. (The Shunning is loosely based on her excommunication).

Meanwhile, I am closing in on the halfway point of my current manuscript, The Beginning, coming Fall 2021, set in Hickory Hollow and featuring cameos of beloved Ella Mae Zook (the Wise Woman)!

BIG NEWS! My Amish-themed birthday cards are here from Amish Cheer!

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Since the launch of my all-occasion cards last February, customers have requested even more of these one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted cards to purchase. Now, five brand-new birthday cards have been added to the line. Even better, inside each card is a scripture verse and sentiment you will love. As always, my whimsical stories appear on the backs. With ten cards to choose from now, you may still mix and match when ordering packs of five cards at www.amishcheer.com (Shipping is free on orders of three or more packs).