Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Upcoming book news!

Some of you have been asking when my next book will be out. So, I thought I'd give you all an update on what I'm working on and what I'm planning on working on in the future.

New Releases for 2017

Although I won't have another book releasing in 2017 (When Angels Cry was it for this year), I do have a novella releasing that is part of a collection called The Regency Brides. There are some other great authors in this collection so I'm sure you're going to want to pick it up!

Releasing November 1st!
My story is called The Highwayman's Bargain and is about a young farm girl who is about to marry the 2nd son of a Baron.  She likes him well enough and he seems to be a decent man, but she really needs his family's money in order to get the proper medical care for her dying mother.  On the way to the wedding, she is kidnapped by highwayman who strikes a most unusual bargain. Give him three days to prove that her fiance is a liar and a cad. If he does, she promises not to marry him. If he doesn't convince her, he'll turn himself in and leave her alone forever.

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 Upcoming Releases in 2018

I will have two books releasing in 2018, but both of them will not be out until the last half of the year. The reason is that I was offered a contract by Barbour publishing to write a novel that is part of a collection called Daughters of the Mayflower.  I'm currently writing this novel and will turn it into my publisher in February.  The series starts out with the Mayflower coming over to America and then each subsequent book traces through the ancestry of the main couple in the first story.  Cool, huh?  My novel will be the 6th book in the series and is set in Baltimore during the War of 1812.

The Liberty Bride - Releases December 2018

After the death of her mother, Emeline Baratt spent her childhood caring for her father and two younger brothers. Now at twenty-two, the last thing she wishes to do is get married and spend the rest of her life cooking, cleaning, and chasing wee ones around. Instead, she longs for adventure, to travel the world and paint masterpieces. But her father squelches her adventurous spirit by telling her she must obey God and assume her proper place in society or she'll end up like her mother. Tragedies keep befalling her and she finally determines to be a proper Godly woman.

Traveling home from her stay in England, Emeline's ship is captured by the British Royal Navy and she is brought aboard as prisoner.  The captain takes a liking to her and she is able to convince him that she is loyal to England. But when he sends her ashore to spy for Britain, she knows she's gotten in way over her head.

First Lieutenant Owen Masters has been a spy for America aboard the HMS Maurader for the past two years. He is quite taken with the lovely American prisoner and vows to protect her. But when he discovers she is a traitor to America, he keeps his distance... an impossible task when he is assigned to escort her into Baltimore to discover their battle plans. Though he has fallen in love with her, he has no choice but to turn her in for treason.
Not available yet for preorder. 

Last but not least, God willing, it is my intent to write and release the 6th book in my Legacy of the King's Pirates series, The Reckless! I hope to start writing this the first of the year and if all goes well, should have it ready for release by late Summer 2018 

The Reckless - Releasing August 2018 - Book 6 in the Legacy of the King's Pirates series.
This is NOT the cover. I will reveal that when it is finished. 

Intent on escaping the woman who vexes him at every turn and who insists they will marry someday, Frederick Carlton, son of pirate Captain Kent Carlton, joins the British Royal Navy. Though his father's pirate blood runs through his veins, he is determined to start a new life of honor and Godliness, despite the raven-haired beauty who continually distracts him.

Reena Hyde, daughter of infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, believes Freddy surely must be miserable in the Royal Navy with all it's rules and regulations. Once she rescues him from that horrific mistake, surely he will rejoin her in pirating the West Indies. Ah.. the adventures they had! And the ones they will have when they become man and wife.

Oh, and for those of you waiting the next book in my Protector of the Spear series, that is next on my list after The Reckless.  In fact I have the cover already done!

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Secondly, I have 15 copies of The Regency Brides Collection to give away to you as a thank you from me. I will send a paperback of this collection, free of charge, to the first 15 people who comment on this blog and leave me your email address (Sorry USA only)  The ONLY thing I ask in return is that you leave a review on Amazon when you finish. You don't have to read the entire thing, only my story, but I'm sure you're going to want to read the other fabulous stories!!! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Path Quiz: Which one are you on, Narrow or Wide?

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because  narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

Sure we've all heard that verse a gazillion times. but have you ever really stopped to think about what it really means?. Or, more importantly to use it to question your own life? 

Jesus in more than one place tells us that if we want to be TRUE followers of His, it's going to be tough. 

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you  John 15:18
If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. John 15:20
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me  Matt 16:24

And the Apostle Paul 
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.  1 Corinthians 15:19

That sort of flies dead on in the face of "Your best life now"! Why would Paul say such a thing if the Christian life were meant to be easy and if by knowing Jesus we were to have a great, comfortable life here on earth?  

Here's the question of the day? Can a person claim to know Jesus but still be walking on the wide path?

Let's describe this wide path: Life is good on the wide path. You may have a problem or two, but you are generally happy there. You have friends, people like you, you have material blessings and you crave more: cars, flat-screen TVs, Iphones, a good job and some extra money in the bank. You enjoy the things the world has to offer: Good restaurants, movies, TV shows, concerts and vacations. You consider yourself a good person and you may even go to church regularly. You don't worry too much about sin because you believe in Jesus and your pastor told you all your sins are forgiven and when you die, you'll go to heaven. But you aren't ready to go now! You're enjoying this world and this life too much. 

How about the Narrow Path?
If you're on the narrow path, you find yourself often alone. Every once and awhile you meet someone else on the path and you enjoy a few moments of fellowship talking about Jesus and how much you love the Father. You pray for each other and then go on your way. Sometimes the path takes up a high mountain beside a dangerous drop off and you have to really keep your focus to avoid falling.  When you reach the top, you stop and enjoy the most splendid view of God's creation. You may spend some time there worshiping God in Spirit and truth. Those are marvelous moments when you realize how blessed you are to be on the narrow path.  Then the path may take you downward for an easier route for awhile, but soon you find that it twists and turns and you have no idea where you're going, and you have to trust the One who leads you.  Sometimes the path takes you beside still waters and the fount of Living Water brings you refreshment. Other times you are deep in the valley of the Shadow of Death where it seems your enemies will swallow you whole. But more often than not,  you find that the path constricts you from all sides. And like the picture above, you have to turn sideways just to squeeze through. 

The Christian life is not meant to be easy, folks. Yes, it's meant to be filled with joy, hope, love, peace, faith, and great fulfillment. But Jesus never said it would be comfortable or easy. To remain on the narrow path takes hard work and commitment, especially when life seems to be pressing in on you on all sides...when it would be far easier to hop on over to the wide path where you could have a bigger, more comfortable place to walk and lots of friends. 

Believe me, in these last days, this narrow path is getting narrower and narrower. Christians who actually believe the Bible is the Word of God are being labeled Extremists. If you stay true to your faith, you will lose friends and family members, I guarantee it. You might even lose your job. If you stand up for Jesus in any public forum (even in church sometimes), you will be ridiculed, ostracized, and persecuted. If you're young and want to be popular in school, if you remain a staunch follower of Jesus, you will find yourself alone. 

 Here's some questions to ask yourself to determine which path you are on.

  • Do you have friends or even acquaintances who aren't Christians and they have no idea you are?
  • Do you hang out mostly with non-believers or lukewarm Christians and enjoy their conversations and activities? 
  • Do you enjoy Movies and TV shows that have sex and violence or demonic themes in them? 
  • Do you listen mostly to secular pop music?
  • Do you rarely, if ever, read your Bible at home? 
  • Do you find it difficult to pray and when you do, it's a struggle?
  • When other Christians want to talk about Jesus, do you change the subject?
  • When Christians bring up topics like heaven or the rapture, do you feel uncomfortable or angry?
  • Do you drag yourself to church on Sunday when you'd rather sleep in or go to a movie? 
  • What occupies most of your thoughts? Be honest here. Is it your kids, spouse, significant other, money, tv or movies, beauty, job, something you're saving for, an ambition or dream you have?


If you're on the narrow path

  • Everyone you know knows you're a Christian and most stay away from you because of it
  • Your close friends are all true followers of Jesus
  • You often feel alone in your zeal for the Lord.
  • You love talking about Jesus and the things of God
  • You look forward to church
  • You read your Bible at least once a day, usually more if you have the time
  • You commit your entire life, soul, body and spirit to the Lord everyday and ask Him to guide you
  • You can't wait to get to heaven and you are watching for the Lord's soon return
  • You look for opportunities to share the Gospel with others
  • You give a portion of your money to God-fearing charities
  • You find yourself more and more disgusted with the world system and all the rampant sin and immorality you see around you.
  • People call you a Jesus freak or religious nut
  • You love to pray and spend as much time as you can alone with God
  • Though you enjoy some things in this world, they hold no pleasure for you more than God
  • You grow weary of this world and can't wait to be with Jesus
Lest you accuse me of being a legalist, this is not about works, but about a heart that loves the Lord that then becomes evident in works and lifestyle. Also I'm not saying that we shouldn't be enjoying the blessings of this world. Of course we can!  It's only when those things become more important to us than following Jesus.

Someone reading this may ask then why bother with the narrow path? It sounds incredibly difficult and boring. I can tell you from personal experience that yes, it's difficult, but it's anything but boring. Yet despite that, it's the destination of each path that should concern us. The wide path leads to Hell, a place of eternal misery and torment, whereas the narrow path leads to an eternity in the presence of God, where there are endless wonders, great joy, eternal happiness, and a paradise we can't even imagine. 

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

How to get on the narrow path


Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday's Mad Mad World!

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation 12:7-10

Greetings precious sons and daughters of the Most High! Do not despair, our King is coming soon!

The Earth is Groaning with labor pains

Wildfires that were at one point eight counties wide, have burned across wine country in California.  At least 11 people have been killed, 100 are missing, and hundreds are injured.  Over 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed.
Hurricane Nate spawns several tornadoes in the Carolinas 
4.1 Earthquake strikes San Jose, CA. (I felt this!)
The Black Plague is back!
6.6 Earthquake strikes off Alaska
California Hepatitis outbreak
Bali volcano - eruption is imminent
First time since 2005 Four hurricanes have made US landfall
News of late has reported on a notable uptick in active volcanoes.  A number of sources suggest there are, on average, 10 to 20 eruptions on land around the world each day (see here), but for the last week or two there have been over 30.  As I write this there are currently 35 volcanoes erupting around the world and Mt. Agung in Bali is widely expected to erupt any day as 140,000 have been evacuated.
Hidden mega-fault could strike New Zealand with deadly 8.4 quake
Several dead in massive South African storm
Japanese Shinmoedake Volcano erupts after 6 years of silence


Wars and Rumors of Wars

News is breaking that North Korea has stolen the U.S.-South Korean war plans from South Korea's defense ministry.  The plans were comprehensive and revealed nearly the entirety of U.S.-South Korean strategy for a war with the North. 
ISIS sympathizers plan attacks on subways, concerts and Times Square 
Iran warns US. Don't blacklist Revolutionary guards or all options are on the table!
North Korean missiles will soon be able to reach the US
Two B1 Bombers hold fire drill against N. Korea
Trump summons top US generals for N. Korean briefing
US sends 2nd Nuclear warship and 7500 more marines to N.Korean waters
N. Korea once again threatens with a "Hail of fire"!
N. Korea may fire short range rockets next week

Signs in the Sky

Meteorite hits house in South Carolina
Huge Asteroid to side swipe earth October 12th
Last month, Asteroid Florence, a 2.7-mile-wide behemoth passed close to earth.  An impact by a rock like this would wipe out a continent and perhaps fling so much debris into the sky that the sun would be darkened for weeks.
Scientists say we will find alien life within 20 years

Big Brother/Loss of Freedom/Civil unrest

Does Antifa plan on releasing chaos starting November 4th? 
Man fired for bringing a watermelon to work: Deemed racist 
College professor deems "God Bless America" a warmongering song


Growing Iranian confidence to attack Israel

Sodom and Gomorrah

Georgia gives a sexual-identity quiz to students at school 
Boy Scouts now allowing girls to enter  (I'm for gender equality, but this is ridiculous)


Atheist group demands investigation into a coaches gesture to unite teams in prayer 
Christian pro-life group tossed out of Seattle coffee shop


Church brews beer to attract new-comers 
Former Satan worshiper shocked most Christians celebrate Halloween 
Major church leader refuses to admit gay sex is a sin
Are worship songs an idol in some modern churches?

Good news!

Evangelicals call for a new reformation! 
Christians make an appeal to heaven from Washington D.C.! 

Shalom to you, my friends.... May the peace of God keep you wrapped in His eternal arms.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12


 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12


And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19


Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.  Revelation 19:7 

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to live in a world falling apart

It's hard not to admit that our world is falling apart. Humanist will tell you that we are evolving, becoming more civilized, kinder, more caring of our fellow man, that some day we will reach a utopia where all men will live in harmony. If that were the case, wouldn't we see less wars, less selfishness, violence, corruption? Less injustice, lying, stealing, murders? Instead what we see is the world on the edge of nuclear war, Islamic Jihadists slicing off people's heads who don't agree with them, race wars, civil unrest, extreme corruption in almost every government on earth, the middle east on the verge of exploding, famine, persecution, diseases, civil unrest, families killing each other, innocent people being slaughtered. Sorry to be so morose, but let's face the facts. Immorality is rampant. The sexual revolution has produced a generation of people who believe "If it feels good, do it" and "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with". Homosexuality and the LGBTQ agenda is being shoved in our faces as completely normal.  Then we have the storms, volcano eruptions, and earthquakes that are plaguing the planet--all signs of an imminent birth.

What is being born, you might ask?  The Kingdom of God!

Someday, Jesus will rule and reign over this world from his throne in Jerusalem. He will make all things new and grant man the utopia of peace and harmony we seek. Under His rulershp, righteousness will reign and the earth will flourish like it never has before. There will be no more sickness, hunger, wars, discord, terror, or wickedness. Jesus will rule with a rod of iron, and we, His special people, His bride, will rule alongside Him. Personally, I'm so excited, I can't wait!

In the meantime, however, we are still here in this messed-up world. How do we continue on against such overwhelming odds?  In case you haven't noticed, this present world system is undergoing a tremendous shaking. This shaking will get worse as we get to the close of the age. Who is doing this shaking? Father God. Why? Because He is getting rid of everything that can't withstand the shaking. Everything and everyone not founded on the Rock. What is that Rock? Jesus!

 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more, I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;  and I will shake all nations,"  Haggai 2:6

So how do you remain standing in a world falling apart?

Align your purposes with the will of God. 

What is the will of God? The ultimate will of God is specified clearly in the Lord's prayer. "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"  God's endgame is a Kingdom, the same purpose He originally had in the garden of Eden. He created man to rule and reign over the earth in righteousness alongside God. Man messed up. But God's purpose never changed.

He is still seeking those who can rule and reign on this earth alongside Him. 
 If you align yourself with God's purpose, you will never be shaken. So how do you do that?

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works  Titus 2:11-14

We see at the bottom of this Scripture that God is purifying for himself a group of people who will ultimately rule and reign with Him on earth.  But this Scripture also gives us clues on how to do that.

  • Denying ungodliness
  • Denying Worldly lusts
  • Live soberly, righteously, and godly
  • Look for the glorious appearing of Jesus

In other words, put God first, align with His purposes, live your life for Him, and continue to keep watch for His soon return. Don't mingle with the things of this world, and don't love the things of this world.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

Pretty harsh words, wouldn't you say? But the truth is, if you love this world more than God, if you don't live righteously, you WILL be shaken, and quite possibly during the tribulation. 

“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:25-28

I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
He alone is my rock and my salvation, My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened. Psalm 62:2

Have you set God continually before you? (Made Him your top priority)?
Is He alone your rock and salvation?

If so, the Bible promises you will not be shaken, you will not fall, you will not be moved. Get your purposes aligned with God's and you will endure the great shaking that is coming upon the earth.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Should we respect our flag and our national anthem?

I'm currently writing another War of 1812 novel entitled Liberty Bride. Some of you may have read my prior War of 1812 series, Surrender to Destiny, published several years ago. Before writing that series, I knew very little about the War of 1812, but as I researched, I have to admit my patriotism grew by leaps and bounds. You see, America has its share of problems and by no means has been a perfect country, but we have always stood for freedom and liberty. Always. Yes, we had slaves in the beginning of this nation, which actually disturbed several of our founding fathers as they formed our Constitution. Most every nation that has ever existed has had slaves, some still do. I, in no way endorse such an abhorrent practice, nor am I making excuses for it, but people need to understand history and the cultural context of the time. It wasn't long after the founding of our nation that people began to rise up against slavery, and estimates of nearly 500,000 Union soldiers gave their lives to free the slaves.

What's great about this nation is its freedom. That's why millions of people want to come here each year. Anybody who wants to work hard can make a good life here. There is equal opportunity for all. No matter what your background, race, income level, or circumstances, if you're willing to work and learn and struggle, you can succeed. Some of us have to work harder than others to get there. But we can all make it. That's what I love about this country. This isn't true of most countries. Yet, some of us who have been privileged to live here all our lives seem to have forgotten that.  Yes, our nation still has problems. Our government is deeply corrupt, and some of you may not like our current president. But that's the beauty of our nation. Next election, you can vote him out! You can vote out all the corrupt politicians if you want! Our forefathers wanted this nation to be governed by its people. We have the final say.

Back in 1812, Great Britain thought they could reclaim their precious American colonies and subjugate them once again under British rule, taxing us whatever they pleased, telling us what religion we must follow, ordering us to obey the King.  At the time America was barely a babe among nations. We had a tiny army, and a mere handful of ships in our so-called Navy. We were still trying to figure out this free republic we had installed.  So, they started hassling our merchant ships, interfering with our trade, kidnapping our sailors and forcing them to join their navy.  They sent their armies to Canada to try and conquer us from the north. So, instead of cowering and realizing we could never win against the greatest military force in the world, we declared war, took up arms, both black and white men, and we fought as hard as anyone could fight.  God help us, it was liberty or death. We would not lose our hard-won freedom!

Yet toward the end of the war, things didn't look good. The British navy had set up a blockade on one of the most important waterways, the Chesapeake Bay. They raided farms and outposts, murdered innocent civilians and looted goods and food. Then the worst thing possible happened. They marched on our precious newly-built capital, Washington D.C. and burned it to the ground. President Madison and his staff fled and the British officers entered the White House and trashed it.  It looked like all was lost.

But there was one city left the British had to conquer. One port city that if they took it, they could claim a definitive victory. Baltimore. Baltimore was a port city with a population of around 40,000. They had no army and one fort to protect their harbor, Fort McHenry.  The British assumed they would have no difficulty overrunning the city, just as they had done with Washington, so they planned both a land and sea attack. The sea attack was most important for if they could get past the fort and enter the harbor, the British navy ships could fire their cannons upon the city itself.

Here's a brief history of what happened:

At noon on September 11th, 1814, the British fleet sailed to the mouth of the Patapsco River and anchored off North Point, just fourteen from Baltimore. Arrogantly spurred on by their successful march into Washington DC three weeks earlier, the British planned to attack the “Nest of Pirates”, as they called the city, from both land and sea. Early in the morning on September 13th, while British troops advanced on land from North Point toward the city, five bomb ships and several other war ships maneuvered into a semi-circle two miles from Fort McHenry. Just after dawn, the bombing commenced.

Major Armistead, commander of the fort, would later estimate that in the next twenty-five hours, the British would hurl at them between 1500 and 1800 exploding shells. A few never hit their mark, but most exploded directly over the fort, showering destruction on the defenders. One bomb exploded on the southwest bastion, destroying a 24-pounder, killing Lt. Levi Claggett, and wounding several men. Soon after, another shell crashed through the roof of the gunpowder magazine. By the grace of God, it did not ignite, and Major Armistead soon ordered the barrels of powder removed and stored elsewhere.

While the British land invasion was failing due to the courage and preparation of Baltimore’s militia, the bombardment of Fort McHenry continued throughout the long night. Finally at 7:00 am on Sept 14, the shelling ceased and the British fleet withdrew. Major Armistead immediately brought down the dripping storm flag that flew over the fort and hoisted in its place the forty-two by thirty foot flag sewn by Mary Pickersgill, the action accompanied by the fort’s band playing Yankee Doodle.

Eight miles away, held prisoner aboard HMS Tonnant, where he had gone to arrange a prisoner release. Sir Francis Scott Key, watched the entire battle through the long night, wondering, hoping, praying for his country to be victorious, but knowing they faced an overwhelming enemy. Finally as the sun began to rise, he spotted our great flag still flying over the fort.  Overcome with emotion at the sight of the flag, he penned what would become our National Anthem, The Star-spangled banner.

Miraculously, Baltimore successfully defended itself against an attack by the greatest military and naval power on earth. The humiliating defeat suffered by the British changed the course of the war and three months later, on Christmas Eve, Britain made peace with the United States at Ghent. In Baltimore, the Niles Weekly Register announced the news with “Long live the Republic! All hail! Last asylum of oppressed humanity!”

Indeed, we are the LAST asylum of oppressed humanity. So, when I see people who have benefited greatly from the freedom and opportunity of this great nation... riding on the backs of those who died to keep us free... I must admit, my anger grows.  If you don't like something about this great nation, then go about changing it through public awareness, education, and voting. Otherwise, if all you're going to do is spit upon my nation's flag and disrespect the millions of men and women who have died so you can be free and be enormously successful, then please leave. We don't want you here

If you've made it this far, here's a copy of what Francis Scott Key wrote that day when after watching the British fire rocket after rocket upon Fort McHenry all through the night, he finally saw that the American flag still waved in the morning. It's actually quite beautiful.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

God Bless America!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2