How about a little Christmas in July?

How about a little Christmas in July?

I don’t know what it’s been like in your neck of the woods, but here in southern Michigan, it’s been HOT! That’s not surprising, I guess, when you figure it is late July and the middle of summer.

Since we’ve arrived at the ‘dog-days of summer,’ I thought it might be a good time to remind you of winter.  You know, those days in December, January, and February (and sometimes into March and April) when it’s snowing a blizzard outside and you just don’t want to go any place? Those days when if the thermometer reads something higher than single digits, it’s a heat wave?

Well, just to help you remember what cooler weather is like, you might consider reading my Christian Christmas Novella, One Last Christmas. It’s also guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.

After the death of Cate Thomas’ dear grandmother, she and the rest of the family are planning a special Christmas celebration in her Grams’ old house. Then a stranger shows up in town with claims of a family secret that could turn their Christmas celebration upside down. Is the handsome young man telling them the truth, or is Cate going to have her heart broken one more time?

“One Last Christmas” is a story about faith, family, and God’s never-ending love for us.

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Here are a few things my readers have had to say about it:

***”Great Christmas story about a family brought together after the death of a grandmother, a twin that no one knew about. Just finished two days before Christmas, filling my heart with the true meaning of Christmas. Recommend for all, quick read filled with love that only comes from God!”
****”Great Christmas romance.  The books I have read by author thus far have been great reads. Love the way she weaves in relationships with God and characters turning to Him for answers guidance and direction. A little inspiration in a good read.”
****”A very touching and wonderful Christmas story. A fresh and different story to enjoy.”
One Last Christmas — now available for Kindle, Nook, and as an iBook through the links shown below:
I hope the rest of your summer is fun-filled and you take time to enjoy each and every minute of it.
Thank you for sharing a little bit of it with me.
God bless you!
Ruth Kyser
P.S. Be on the lookout for a NEW Christmas story — to be released sometime in November, 2017!

 

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Christmas is acomin’ . . .

Christmas is acomin’ . . .

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Christmas is quickly approaching. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that once summer ends, it’s already time to start planning for Christmas again.  Time sure does fly!

Each year I promise myself to be more organized so when the time comes, I’m not so stressed over everything, and every year my plans fail.

But it doesn’t matter, Christmas comes every year whether I’m ready or not, and I know my kids and grandkids don’t really care if everything is perfect. They just enjoy our time together–and so do I.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism and busyness of the season, so I caution you (and me too!) to S L O W down a wee bit. Take the time to remember what we are celebrating. Spend a few minutes recalling memories of Christmas past. They may be happy memories, or they might be painful, but they are all a big part of who you are today, so they are all precious.  And in the eyes of God, so are you!

 

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

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THIS is what the season is all about. Not tinsel, not presents, not carols or food.

Just JESUS.

He is truly the reason for our celebration.

So, while you’re baking cookies or hanging your stockings or decorating your Christmas tree, thank God for giving us His Son so many years ago–to leave His heavenly home to come down here to earth and save us from our sins.

THAT is what it’s all about, folks.

Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

May God bless each and every one of you–today and always!

Ruth Kyser

If you’re looking for a good, clean Christmas novel, check our my novella,  One Last Christmas.   Only 99 CENTS right now at Amazon.   One Last Christmas

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Independence Day

Independence Day

When I was growing up, this holiday we now call ‘4th of July’ was almost always referred to as ‘Independence Day’.

That is because it was created initially as a day to celebrate our freedom from the British Monarchy.  July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, although the tradition of celebrating Independence Day goes back much further than that.

My book, The Dove and The Raven takes place during the latter years of the American Revolutionary War–that time in our country’s history when we were battling for our freedom to be in independent nation.  I have ancestors who fought in that war, and I think of them every time this holiday rolls around.  I’m sure they’d be distressed to see how so many folks in our country are unappreciative of the freedoms they fought so diligently to obtain.

If you are interested in reading a Christian Historical novel (with a little romance thrown in), but sure to stop over to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy of The Dove and The Raven.  It’s perfect reading for this holiday weekend!

And it doesn’t matter whether you call it ‘4th of July’ or ‘Independence Day’ — either way, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your family!

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The Dove & The Raven – available at Barnes&Noble.com

 

 

 

It’s the little things. . .

It’s the little things. . .

It’s the little things . . .

I learned years ago that it’s the little things that make Christmas memorable for your children.

When we first started our family, we always bought each child a package of socks (along with a few other gifts–money was tight, of course).  It became a tradition, and every year socks was one of the first things we bought in preparation for Christmas morning.

Over the years our family has grown, and it now takes the better part of a morning to wrap all the various sized packages of socks.  They range in size from “little” little girl’s size to extra-tall men’s socks (our son-in-law is a BIG boy).   This year our numbers grew to an even baker’s dozen (13), and it always amuses me when we’re going through the check-out line to see the look on the clerk’s face as she rings up multiple packages of socks in every size and type.  (Each child and grandchild all have their distinctive favorites!)

I wouldn’t dream of not buying them socks now though.  It’s become a tradition, and I know from hearing them talk about it that it is very special to them.  When I asked my daughter-in-law for ideas for gifts for our son, she mentioned a few things, then added:  “But I know he will be excited to get socks.  He really likes getting socks every Christmas.”

Some things never change.

I’m sure there are traditions at your house for Christmas.  Whether it’s a particular fruit salad you fix every year, or a special spot where they always hung their stockings when they were little, your children remember these things, that to us may not seem that significant.  But to them, they are precious memories.

This year in the midst of all your Christmas festivities though, be sure that when you’re creating special memories with your children to include the TRUE meaning of Christmas.  Perhaps read the Christmas story of Christ’s birth from Luke Chapter 2 just before they turn in for the night, or sing some old carols that heralded the coming of Jesus.  Talk about and remind your children often of the most important gift we’ve ever received.

Those little things may not seem like much, but those are the things your children will remember – and when it comes right down to it, they are the only things that matter.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.

Hugs,

Ruth Kyser

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this things which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

              And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

I want to thank you for being a HUGE part of my life this past year, so…
to thank all my readers, I have a gift for you!

My newest Christian Romance novel, “THE HEALING HILLS”, is FREE for KINDLE, December 24th, December 25th, and December 26th, at Amazon.com. Click on the link below and download it for free!

Click on the book photo below to GET YOUR FREE COPY OF ‘The Healing Hills”!

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Remember, it will only be free on the 24th, 25th, and 26th.

And here’s wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas…and remember, God gave us his Son — the most wonderful gift ever known to mankind!
God bless you!
Ruth Kyser

4th of July thoughts….

Some of my favorite memories growing up are the 4th of July family picnics held at my Grandma’s house.  All my aunts, uncles, and cousins took the time out of their busy lives to attend as this was ‘the summer family event’.  There were tables in the back yard, covered with every kind of food imaginable.  After we ate until we were stuffed, there was always an impromptu baseball game in the front yard, followed by homemade ice cream.  All of us young folk had our chance to turn the crank to make the ice cream and it was a badge of growing up to finally get the stage of life when you were ‘big enough’ to help.

As a young child, I had no idea what we were celebrating.  It was just another family reunion and another opportunity to spend time with my favorite cousins.  I had no idea at the time what we were really celebrating — nor the struggle our forefathers went through to assure we would have the freedom to do so.

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John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote a letter to his wife, stating the following:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Well, John Adams was off by two days, as we celebrate the holiday based on the date shown on the Declaration ratD&R COVER 2her than the 2nd of July when it was actually approved in a closed session of Congress.   Not that it really matters at this point in time.

By the way, one of my Christian Fiction Novels, “The Dove and the Raven”, takes place during the American Revolutionary War.  A perfect book to read this 4th of July weekend.  And it’s on sale now for 99 cents!  Be sure to check it out!  http://www.amazon.com/The-Dove-Raven-Historical-ebook/dp/B0063UB2GW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Okay.  Enough with the ‘commercial moment’.

Anyway, the document that is even more important is the U.S. Constitution.  It was adopted September 17, 1787 and the freedoms described in it are those we should hold dear.  Over the years it seems as if the core beliefs of this country and its founders–which were based on Biblical morals and values–aren’t as important anymore.  We’ve moved so far away from those values that I fear for the future of our country.  It’s time for us to remember what our country is supposed to stand for, and what those folks fought for, all those years ago.  Let’s remember THIS 4th of July, where our beginnings were and how hard it was to get them–and how easy it would be to lose them.

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

2 Chronicles 7:14

Have a blessed, and safe, 4th of July with your friends and family!