The Presence Of God
The Bridal Quilt by Nancy Mosser is an absolutely charming historical Christian tale that will warm your heart. It is part of A Patchwork Christmas Collection.
There is the theme of taking care of the widows and orphans. There is more life and love among the poor of New York than can be found in the rich drawing rooms where appearances and marriage alliances are everything.
It is important to listen to God. “Listen for the Lord – whether it be a whisper or a shout.” Having heard from God we need to be obedient and do as He says. If He tells us to ‘wait’, we must wait and not force the issues as God’s timing is always perfect.
A Patchwork Love by Stephanie Grace Whitson is a most delightful Christian historical tale. It is in the book A Patchwork Christmas Collection. There are some wonderfully kind characters who see the needs of others and step in to meet them.
We see that the richest people are not those with the most possessions but those with love in their hearts.
Life leaves scars. Sometimes these are visible, sometimes they are hidden. God does not look at our outward appearance but our inner beauty.
Learning To Trust
Seams Like Love by Judith Miller is a charming Christian historical novella. It is part of the book A Patchwork Christmas Collection. The snow on the ground is in complete contrast to the warm welcome that the reader receives.
There are the twin themes of faith and trust. Being hurt in the past has meant a character has walled up her heart. She needs to unleash the chains and learn to live and trust again.
Words spoken over us have the power to build up or tear down. An unkind remark in childhood has had a lasting impact on a life. We need to listen to the positive voice of God who says we are loved. We also need to curb our own tongues and think before we speak.
Precious In His Eyes
A Picture Of Hope by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is part of the Heroines Of World War II series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is set in occupied France in 1944. The war is turning but the evil acts continue. The leading characters are an American female war correspondent and a French resistance fighter. At a time when trust is in short supply, the pair are thrown together, trusting in the dark.
Both leading characters have hearts to help the vulnerable – in this case it is children with Downs Syndrome who had no worth in the eyes of the Nazis. The leading characters need to navigate their way to neutral Switzerland.
Hearts are swollen with love as the children put their trust in their rescuers. Lives are put on the line. “If not us, then who?” It reminds me of the story of Esther “for such a time as this.”