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WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. BALL
9/22/2018 3:45:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Sunny's Dream

AUTHOR:  Mary L. Ball

PUBLISHER:  Forget-Me-Not Romance(Winged Publications)

GENRE:  Romantic suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Celestial Investigation book 1

TARGET AGE:  15-80

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR MARY BALL TO PATTI’S PORCH. MARY SHARES AN EXCERPT FROM A DEVOTIONAL THAT REFLECTS AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.

 

 

 

MARY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF SUNNY’S DREAM.

 

 

Note: Last year I joined writers and contributed a life changing experience. This is a short version of the published article in Life-Changing Miracles: Real-Life Stories of Unforgettable Encounters With God. Bethany House Publishers.

 

 

CIRCLE OF GOD’S ARMS

 

 

by

 

 

Mary L. Ball

 

 

“When can I go home?” Mom questioned.                                                                                       

 

 

If my visit went as usual, she would ask a dozen times before I left.

 

 

“I don’t know.” I plastered on a smile. “We have to take one day at a time.”

 

 

One day at a time sweet Jesus, that’s all I’m asking of you.” Her musical tone filled the room. Mother motioned for me to join in.

 

 

As our voices blended, she stopped on the words forgotten, and heartily sung the ones she remembered.

 

 

After several rounds of the song, she looked at my oldest grandson.

 

 

“Who are you?”

 

 

“I’m your great-grandson.”

 

 

“He’s all grown up.” I held a breath, thankful he understood.” We used to do a lot of things together.”

 

 

She eyed me with a blank stare and shook her head.

 

 

My grandson glanced at his watch. “Grandma, we need to go.” His tall frame leaned over to hug her.

 

 

Mother pulled him closer. “I love you. You’re not that little boy that we used to take fishing.”

 

 

“No, I’m not.” He looked my way.

 

 

We made eye contact, happy that for a few seconds she’d remembered.

 

 

“I’ll be back tomorrow.” My arms cradled her thin body.

 

 

We walked to the exit.

 

 

“Today was a good day.” My grandson held the door.

 

 

“She remembered, for a moment. She recalls me most of the time because I’m here almost every day. You and your mom can’t visit as often.”

 

 

“I know Nana. I’ve read about Alzheimer’s.”

 

 

***

 

 

Red Azalea blooms welcomed everyone to the nursing home.

 

 

Inside Mother’s room, her childlike expression greeted me.

 

 

“Good morning.” I hugged her.

 

 

“When can I go home?” Mother frowned.

 

 

“I don’t know. The doctor changed one of your meds.”

 

 

“Doctors butt!” She puckered her mouth.

 

 

“Mom! I pretend shock, but show amusement. “I hope he has a butt, or he would be odd looking.”

 

 

“He would be funny. I just want to go home.”

 

 

“I know.” I recalled how she used to enjoy this time of the year.

 

 

Mom’s voice broke through my fog of emotions. “Where will I live when I go home?”

 

 

“Your house,” I reached for her weathered hand.

 

 

My throat stung. My mind questioned God. Why?

 

 

Mother began her rendition of “What a day that will be.” She repeated parts of the chorus and added. “When can I go home?”

 

 

I smiled, wanting her to believe everything was fine.

 

 

***

 

 

I strolled to the parking lot, scooted inside the car and rolled down the window. A bird serenaded a chirpy song.

 

 

“Mom liked to watch the birds.” My shoulders slumped, and tears wet my cheek. “Lord, I’ve prayed. I’ve given this over to you. Why is it that I’m still burdened with grief and can’t find the peace You offer?”

 

 

As if Jesus was beside me, my mind became immersed with his spirit. “You haven’t turned it over to me. You keep taking it back with your tears and fretting.”

 

 

The wisdom of His words washed over me.

 

 

The revelation was a beacon. Jesus opened my eyes to something I’d easily overlooked.

 

 

Turning my burdens over to Him meant, I must let go of my anxiety and stop cradling sadness.

 

 

I studied on the deeper meaning of 1 Peter 5:7. ‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’ I was in awe of the way God heighten my awareness, and showed me that His word is always enlightening.

 

 

On the way home, I asked the Lord to give me strength to release my burden and to make me aware of any instance where I may be tempted to pull my problem away from the circle of his arms. I sealed the prayer, in Jesus’ name.

 

 

Mother will have good and bad days. On good days, I leave the facility with praise in my heart. During bad times, I thank the Lord, for the strength to give Him my concerns.

 

 

***

 

 

Nothing is too big or small for God. I applaud stories of healing and deliverance, but any circumstance where grace shines is a blessing.

 

 

For me, a small miracle happened. The Lord brought my attention to the fact that giving into sorrow and focusing on hurt prevented His peace from abiding.

 

 

Alzheimer’s isn’t new, nor is it easy, but the Lord used my heartache to show me where I missed the mark.

 

 

I can’t be assured that life will always be smooth, but by understanding the proper way to cast cares. I rest in the belief that all my worries will be in the circle of God’s arms.

  

THE END

 

 

Blurb for Sunny’s Dream

Sunny Kast spends her week fighting cyber-crime, and dreaming of her prince charming.

When a man walks into Celestial Investigations, and introduces himself as Trouble, she’s sure he’s not her prince, and positive that he lives up to his name.

After Max Trouble finds an important document, his life gets complicated with the know-it-all P.I. hired to track down its owner.

Sunny and Max’s relationship grows. She’s optimistic that he may be her prince charming, but after her car is sabotaged, and she’s almost killed, Max’s chauvinist ideas of a female investigator surface.

Will she see God’s perfect plan, or a not-so-perfect relationship?

Sunny’s Dream, Celestial Investigation, book one. A Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

 

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF SUNNY’S DREAM BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Mary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She resides in North Carolina.

Some of her novels include Escape to Big Fork Lake, Redemption in Big Fork Lake, Sparks of Love, and Sunny’s Dream (Celestial Investigation book1) Luna’s Treasure (book 2)

When she isn't working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her husband at various functions.

Connect with Mary online:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Visit Mary’s singing ministry site

 


Comments

Joi From North Carolina At 9/26/2018 8:48:53 AM

Touching story, Dementia is a bad condition and Sunny's Dream sounds like a good book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Joi. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

Kris From Kaukauna, wi At 9/22/2018 10:18:24 PM

Inspiring testimony that all things work together for the good of those who love God. Fabulous book, too.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kris. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here with your comment.

Kim From Griffin GA At 9/22/2018 6:40:55 PM

What a great commentary. I also loved the book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kim. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene