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Guest Post: A Devotional Plea

This guest post is by Barbara Bassett:

One day, as I studied the scripture known as the Ten Commandments, I was so stunned with its harsh rigidity that I had to reread it, again-and-again-and-again, looking for the caring and protective Father I thought I knew. Where was He?

         Then as I reread—aloud—this moral code for Israel and for all who would become His, the words I heard lost their firm harshness as I realized how deeply He too suffers from our rejection of His protective guidance as well.


                        A DEVOTIONAL PLEA FROM OUR FATHER

If we honor other gods before Our Father,

We commit spiritual adultery and we knowingly violate Him.

If we make an idol of anyone else’s likeness and we worship it,

We cheapen His glory and sabotage our allegiance due to Him alone.

If we use His holy Name in vile utterances,

We flaunt our ignorant scorn of its splendid power.

If we commit murder,

We challenge His wisdom as our supreme Creator and Judge of all life.

If we commit adultery,

We violate His Holy Spirit, residing in the temples of our bodies.

If we steal,

We encroach upon His stewardship over the fate of all humans.

If we bear false witness against our neighbor,

We damage a defenseless member of His earthly family.

If we covet anything belonging to a neighbor,

We reject His promise to give to us the desires of our hearts.

In surrendering to His loving leadership, we find that:

As we choose to honor our parents, though they may fail us,

We still respect His right of stewardship over our lives.

As we remember and keep holy the Sabbath,

We accept His invitation to be in harmonious fellowships with Him.

As we confess our sins to be truly against Him,

He is faithful to forgive and to forget them.

As we repent,

He joyfully celebrates with all of heaven.

As we love Him and keep His commandments,

He warmly draws us unto Himself.

As we humbly choose to be His bondservants,

Our Father strengthens us to take up the Cross of His Son.


Barbara Bassett lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, where her long and storied life includes being part of both a Vineyard fellowship and a writers group. A loving mother and grandmother, at 93-years-young she confidently claims, “After more than eight decades of receiving My Father’s loving words of wisdom, I find his guidance to be new every day.”

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Whaddya Think?

So, how do you like my new header?  I was looking for something spiffy, sauve and sparkling that communicated my passion for the written word.  Whaddya think?

A quick heads up on some upcoming posts:

– Anyone Have a Spare Tylenol?

– A review of No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis

– How do You Know? (if you’re a real writer)

‘Just Do It’ (what to do when you hit a blogging wall)

–  So I Decided to Give Up.

Lots more. Thanks for joining me, and stay tuned!

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What’s ‘Secret’ About “The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez”?

The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez

By Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Hyperion Books, 2008

Via: Library

Genre: YA

Pages: 332

Note: We read this book awhile back. Recently re-discovered it. Thought it rates a revisit. So here ya go:

Sonia Rodriguez is the family work camel.  The oldest daughter in a family of nine, the 15 year-old wants to keep her grades up and the first member of her family to graduate from high school.

But the demands of caring for her pregnant-with-twins mother (“Sonia….. Ayudame!”) who spends all day, every day watching Spanish soaps, plus cooking, cleaning and caring for her younger siblings as well as endless trips to the tienda for cervezas for her loutish “drunkle” are overwhelming.  “In mi cultura,” Sonia explains – a culture she both loves and hates – “familia es todo.” (Family is everything.)

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It’s here!  The hiccups have (finally) been taken care of and the “hitches” in the get-along have been smoothed out.  The inaugural issue of Wreal 8 newsletter, “Where writers & readers relate,” has just flown the coop!

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