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I Hate Walt is available on Amazon and  Audible! Now you can use Amazon’s whisper sync to read along with you as you share a slice of Mary Lou’s life in Denver, Colorado. You will enjoy the sights and sounds of Denver during the holidays as the first scene of the book takes place on Christmas Eve!

I am currently working on the sequel to this fun read with a surprise ending.

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November, 2015

November 8th I am scheduled to speak at Alma Temple. My presentation is titled “Walking with the LORD.” The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on AM910, KPOF, and audio streaming via the internet. Please join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Geraldine, South Canterbury, NZ

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Geraldine, South Canterbury, NZ

“You’re no longer wandering exiles. This Kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using you, fitting you brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home” (Ephesians 2:19-22 The Message).

Imagine a field littered with individual bricks. Do you see a building or do see a mess? So it is with Christians. Until we are bonded with other Christians we are not yet part of the Church. Jesus sees us as we can be, but the vision is not reality until the work is done.

With Jesus as the cornerstone, He controls the shape and form of the Church. He also controls the identification of the Church. We are the building bricks of this ever growing temple of God. New bricks must be added. All the bricks must spiritually mature and grow into a holy temple in the Lord. We grow and mature in the community of the church with the bricks around us.

As God’s people we must encourage those around us, be active in discipleship, and unashamedly stand against destructive activities. The Holy Spirit is the Supreme Builder of the Church because He is the supreme witness to Jesus Christ.

The miracle is that God can make something beautiful and holy out of a bunch of independent sinners. His temple is not complete until you are cemented into the place He reserved for you.

This is day twenty-five of a forty day devotional, The Miracle of You. Click here to order. Click here to check out my website.

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Donna Schlachter Today's Guest Author

Donna Schlachter
Today’s Guest Author

Donna Schlachter writes historical suspense from Denver, while her alter ego, Leeann Betts, pens contemporary suspense. When not writing or praying, you will find them traveling for research for the next book, and the next book.  Follow them at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

Writing on a Deadline

By Donna Schlachter

Just when you think things can’t get any busier, they do – you have a deadline to produce a certain number of words by a certain date. Maybe you’re under contract for a book. Maybe it’s a magazine article, a devotional, or even a simple blog like this one.

And yet that date looms like a guillotine over you head.

You sit at the computer and will the words to come. But they won’t.

Perhaps a walk around the block. And hour later you limp home after twisting an ankle stepping off the curb. Ice the swelling. Then heat. Then a nap. Then –

Wait a minute. What about the deadline.

Back to the computer. Sit in the chair. Stare at the screen.


Now what?

Now is the time to do what you should have done the first time you sat down.


Yes, you read that correctly.


This is my favorite version: Lord, give me ears to hear the words You dictate. Let me transcribe this story/blog/article/devotional/poem for You. And thank You for letting me be the first person to hear these words. May Your words change me first, and then change others. Amen.

Not only is this prayer on target, it also reminds me who is the Boss. This prayer humbles me to my rightful position. And being a transcriber is Biblical. Even the Apostle Paul says he had scribes who wrote for him.

That’s our job. That’s our goal. Write the only story worth telling, from the One who is the Creator of story.

And by the way, once I have my priorities right, it’s not a deadline; it’s a lifeline.

Follow Donna and Leeann at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

RECENTLY RELEASED: Second Cups and Second Chances – sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. Available at Amazon.com in print and digital

WRITING AS LEEANN BETTS: Counting the Days: a 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk and No Accounting for Murder, Book 1 of By the Numbers series,  recently released as an eBook at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: 100 Answers to 100 Questions about Loving Your Husband, Strang Communications AND Quiet Moments Alone with God, Baker/Bethany





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My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

 My intention in writing this book is not to rewrite the Scriptures, but to encourage readers to reconsider the notes and commentaries written years ago by learned men. Commentaries have made an enormous contribution to those of us who want to better understand the Scriptures. In most cases I agree completely with their remarks. However, in the case of judgments against women, opinions written by men from ages past leave me wondering if they really understood.

Women have been misunderstood since time began. In ages past, women became possessions of their fathers when they were born into this world and were passed to another man when they were married, if that husband died, they were often passed to a brother, just as one would pass a pet from one family to another.

If these same commentaries had been written by women, they would most certainly tell a different story.

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A Sneak Peek



My latest book will be released sometime within the month of October. I couldn’t wait to share the cover with you. This is my third non-fiction book. The subject emphasizes misunderstood women in the Bible.

In the past, most accounts of women in the Bible have been portrayed in notes and commentaries written by men. What if, like many women throughout history, these women were simply misunderstood?

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Grace United Methodist Church, Millsboro, Delaware

Grace United Methodist Church, Millsboro, Delaware

“But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent His Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that He might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as His own children because God sent the Spirit of His Son into our lives crying out, ‘Papa! Father!’ Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance” (Galatians 4:4-7 The Message).

You understand that God planned all of this before you were in the womb. He chose the time that Christ would come to free us from the law of sin and death. He chose the day that Christ would be raised up to show the world that He overcame death. He chose the day that Christ left this Earth and ascended into Heaven. And He chose the day you were born.

The only problem is, you were born into slavery. Slavery to sin. So then He put circumstances in your life that eventually drew you to Him. He was with you through every valley. He was there for every mountain you’ve climbed. He used all of it to make you into the person you are today.

On the day you chose Christ, He opened His arms wide and pulled You into Him and Him into You. As soon as you chose Christ, you became sealed with the Holy Spirit. You became His adopted child. Our Heavenly Father is a gracious Father and a generous Father.

The miracle is that you can call Jesus your brother. And if he is your brother, you also have complete access to the Father. Now is the time to enjoy that access.

This is day nineteen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle of You. Click here to order.

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