Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo,
1536-1541. [PD-US]


Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, 
and on earth nations will be in dismay, 
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright 
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, 
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man 
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen, 
stand erect and raise your heads 
because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy 
from carousing and drunkenness 
and the anxieties of daily life, 
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times 
and pray that you have the strength 
to escape the tribulations that are imminent 
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

 The Seekerville bloggers are praying for YOU and for our entire blog community. If you have any special intentions that need additional prayer coverage, leave a request for prayer in the comment section below. 

Please join us in praying for our country!
God Bless the USA!

We are so grateful for all of you—for your friendship and your support! 

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe. 

WISHING YOU A PRAYERFUL ADVENT

AS WE PREPARE FOR THE BIRTH

OF THE CHRIST CHILD!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Weekend Edition


  






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Monday: Erica Vetsch told a Thanksgiving tale on herself!

Wednesday: Cate Nolan shared some Thanksgiving thoughts.

Friday: Pam gave us a plethora of holidays to celebrate. 



Monday:  

Wednesday:  Mindy will be here to celebrate her new Christmas release! 
  
Friday: 








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Amish quilter Rachel Stutzman comes to Wishing Bridge to escape her harsh Old Order church in the North Country... and to search out her twin daughters, given away without her consent nearly five years before. 

She's had an awful past... a past rife with the dark side of religion, but when the good folk of Wishing Bridge show her the grace and beauty of faith, Rachel begins to see the light. A light that had been shrouded in rigidity all her life.  A light that shines through the blessing of faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.

This beautiful story brings folks back to the small town with the big heart: A town where wishes and prayers make big dreams come true.



COMING THIS TUESDAY!1
Their Yuletide Healingthe fourth and final installment of Mindy Obenhaus's Bliss, Texas series. Preorder your copy HERE
And if you haven't seen the book trailer, you can check it out HERE!
 

As her plans unravel, can she give her children what they truly need?

Foster mom Rae Girard’s determined to make her children’s first Christmas with her the best they’ve ever had—and she’s shocked when the town scrooge, attorney Cole Heinsohn, offers to pitch in. Rae’s young charges have melted Cole’s heart, and he wants them to experience the special day he never had. But when disaster strikes, an imperfect holiday might bring them something better: a family…


Kicking Off the Season With a Christmas Sale!


More Christmas Stories...

Click here to buy from Amazon:


Uses for Scrivener Beyond the Manuscript by Gwen Hernandez at Writer Unboxed

Wrangling Your Writer Demons in Four Steps by Tiffany Yates Martin at Writers In The Storm


Writing Advice: What to Keep and What to Throw Away by Courtney Walsh at Learn How To Write A Novel

True Crime Thursday - Thanksgiving Wine Heist by Debbie Burke at Kill Zone Blog

AND, NOT TO FORGET BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY DEALS FOR WRITERS!


Black Friday Deals for Writers 2021 by Dave Chesson at Kindlepreneur

Best Black Friday Deals for Writers by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Writers by Lisa Lepki at Self Publishing Advice

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Happy (_____________) Fill in YOUR Blank Day!


Oops, I'm a few hours late on today's post, but that's okay. I'm sure all of you are observing at least ONE of the many holidays that fall on November 26th.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebrating with family and friends, or just chilling quietly at home. Either way, there is so much to be thankful for. Sometimes we really have to dig deep to find thankfulness. Some feel more blessed than others this holiday season, but regardless of what's going on in your life, I firmly believe that God is there with us no matter the circumstances.

Now on to ALL the holidays we can observe today!

National Cake Day



National Day of Listening – Day After Thanksgiving

National Native American Heritage Day – Day After Thanksgiving

Black Friday – Day After Thanksgiving

Buy Nothing Day – Day After Thanksgiving

Flossing Day – Day After Thanksgiving

Maize Day – Day After Thanksgiving




So many to choose from, right?

Looking over that list, I'm going with National CAKE Day and Buy Nothing Day! lol I got a chuckle out of Flossing Day. I mean, the day after the biggest meal of the year? Too funny.

Maize Day. Good one, too!

So, which holiday (or more) are you observing today?

And, in honor of BLACK FRIDAY, if you're just itching to buy something, The Evergreen Bride is on sale for .99cents this week. :) 




Thursday, November 25, 2021

Seekerville is Closed Today

 


Seekerville is closed today as we celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

Please pause with us to give God thanks for our many blessings. 

Then join us again soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving - So Thankful

 As I was getting ready to do my post, I had something in mind, and I was looking for an older post I had done either here or on Yankee Belle that had to do with green bean casseroles. I never found that post, but I found one from 2019. As I was reading through it, I couldn't help but think of all the ways our worlds have changed since then, but all the things that are the same - the things that matter - faith, family, friends.

So, rather than the post about writing and green bean casseroles that I had in mind, I decided to update the 2019 one. 


This Campbell's soup commercial gets me every time (even though I loathed green bean casseroles). So thankful is a good ear worm to have.



My family had a tradition that I imagine is shared by many others who gather on Thanksgiving Day. Before diving into the turkey and all the trimmings, we joined hands in prayer and then shared what we were most grateful for that year.

Today, on this Thanksgiving Eve, let us gather around a communal Seekerville table and share that tradition.





We here at Seekerville are so very thankful for all of you who come each day to talk reading and writing, who share your lives - the good and the bad, and who make Seekerville a community. 


So today I hope you'll share - what are you thankful for in 2021?



PS: Christmas music will be on round the clock soon, if it isn't already, so I was curious. What about Thanksgiving music? I thought this song captured the day so well.







Monday, November 22, 2021

The Thanksgiving Pears

Storytime with Erica, Thanksgiving style.

  

Once upon a time, there was a woman, let’s call her Erica, who was not very adept at hosting company in her home. Nor was she confident in her cooking abilities. So imagine her surprise when she found herself the hostess for the Vetsch family Thanksgiving, a meal that would involve nine people gathered around her table expecting good food well-served.

At least she didn’t have to worry about what to cook since the Vetsch family is very traditional, nor did she have to prepare the entire meal by herself, as her sister-in-law was bringing some of the sides. But Erica did have to worry about the turkey. Buying, defrosting, preparing, and cooking the bird, all of which, in her inexperienced state, was daunting to say the least.

She got up at the crack of dawn on Thanksgiving morning to get the thawed bird into the oven so it would be roasted by the noon meal. Anxious, she checked on it often throughout the forenoon, even as she prepared the stuffing, the sweet potato souffle, and tried to decide at what time should she start peeling the potatoes so they would be ready to mash just before company arrived. The anxiety of getting so many things finished at once had her in a dither.

No, this is not what her table looked
like, but it's pretty and festive. You get the idea.



Oh, and there was the cleaning that needed to take place. That last minute vacuuming of the carpets, dusting of the furniture, and a quick whisk about the bathrooms. All of which might have been easier to do herself rather than supervise her kids while they did it, but she couldn’t clean and cook at the same time…so the kids pitched in.

Her husband put the extra leaves in the dining room table and brought extra chairs from other places in the house. Potato peeling began, nervous checking to see if the little red pop up button on the turkey had popped yet, and oh, don’t forget to set the table!

Where was the tablecloth she had bought for this occasion? Let’s use the fancy dishes. Napkins, glasses, plates, cutlery. Put trivets on the table to receive hot pans.

You forgot the gravy!

Erica reached into the pantry and pulled down two cans of jellied cranberry sauce. (Don’t judge. Her husband loves that stuff with his turkey dinner. Erica is still amazed at the schlorping sound it makes coming out of the can and how it holds the exact shape, down to the ridges of the container it came from. Erica's family did not eat such space-age food when she was growing up.)

“James,” she plonked the can opener and a bowl onto the counter as she addressed her 11 year old son. “Open these and get them into the bowl and on the table. Company will be here in a few minutes.” Her tone was all business, no nonsense, and very I-don't-have-time-for-this-right-now-and-I-expect-it-done-promptly.

Erica turned back to the stove, frantically stirring the gravy and praying it would boil and thicken in the next thirty seconds.

“Um, mom?”

Without turning around, “James, I don’t have time for your nonsense. Do as you’re told.”

“Okay.” Erica could hear the shrug in his voice and him rummaging around in a cupboard, but then the magic schlorping sound happened, and she put the task out of her mind. The gravy was almost boiling!

Hurry, hurry, hurry. The sound of car doors slamming outside…HURRY!

Erica turned from the stove to see her son holding two bowls. One contained a quivering mass of red jelly, and the other…sliced pears.

Imagine my...I mean, Erica's shock!

 

Blink.

“What?”

James shrugged. “I tried to tell you. You grabbed one can of cranberries and one of pears.”

At that moment, all she could do was laugh, put down her whisk, and hug her son. “I’m sorry I was so impatient with you. That was wrong of me. Thank you for doing as you were told. I guess we’ll have some Thanksgiving pears this year and be grateful for them.”

In the laughter and the hug, Erica realized that all the tension, the busyness, the hustle had squelched her gratitude and hospitality toward family. The whole reason the celebration was supposed to occur in the first place.

In the years since, Erica has continued to host the family Thanksgiving dinner. And this year, there will be ten at her table. There will be turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and the like. But there will also be fellowship, laughter, and less stress. There will be gratitude, thankfulness for all our blessings, for friends and family.


 

And those pears? We served them, and they were a hit. They didn’t even make it all the way around the table to me before they were gone.

Wishing you and yours a meaningful, happy, and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

CHRIST THE KING

Christ the King, a detail from the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck.
St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent. [PD-US]



Pilate said to Jesus,
"Are you the King of the Jews?" 
Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?" 
Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? 
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. 
What have you done?" 
Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. 
But as it is, my kingdom is not here." 
So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" 
Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. 
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth. 
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

John 18:33b-37

 The Seekerville bloggers are praying for YOU and for our entire blog community. If you have any special intentions that need additional prayer coverage, leave a request for prayer in the comment section below. 

Please join us in praying for our country!
God Bless the USA!

We are so grateful for all of you—for your friendship and your support! 

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe. 

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!