Christian Women's Voice

>> Wednesday, October 22, 2014

     Christian Women's Voice has been an unexpected blessing in my life. One that I could never have known to seek or imagine would come to me. (Please note the disclaimer above. Smile.)

     Debbie Dillon and I met in Patty Wysong's Clearing the Blog Fog class a few years ago and, for reasons I could never explain, the Lord placed me on Debbie's list of contributors as she took this giant step of faith. It is my joy to be included, stretched, and challenged when each semi-monthly deadline rolls around.

     I would be remiss not to take advantage of our "C" week to publicly thank Debbie and to acknowledge her faithfulness to the calling of her amazing ministry to women of all ages, all walks of life. Each issue is lovingly set in place by Debbie, and the results confirm that she has been called to this special outreach. 

     See for yourself at what obedience and God-given ability can produce at  . If you have a business or writing project to promote, you'll find a beautiful place to advertise and at a remarkable value in Christian Women's Voice.

Has God place something bigger than you on your heart?

"In God I have put my trust, 
       I shall not be afraid..."  
       (Psalm 56:11, NASB) 

 "Commit your works to the Lord
  And your plans will be established."  
          (Proverbs 16:3, NASB)



>> Tuesday, October 21, 2014

     This past week’s meme is almost too easy. October is the month that brings me to Beautiful Branson. The second week of this month is pretty phenomenal in the Ozarks, and we’ve been setting this vacation week aside each year for many years.

     The crisp air and beautiful sunshine make for a great place to recharge after a toasty Oklahoma summer. And the foliage is usually reaching its peak, although the leaves were being a little stubborn in giving up their summer green this fall. But, belated fall colors aside, you just can’t spoil the atmosphere there this time of the year. Fall decorations complete with smiling scarecrows and pumpkin patches affirm that fall has definitely arrived. The aroma of cinnamon and fall spices can get a reformed carb addict in serious trouble here.
Sight 'n Sound Theater

     Sight ‘n Sound Theater has such amazing productions. Jonah was the story told in unforgettable fashion this year. The music. The actors. The set. And the special effects? Just … WOW! A new show in town at Hamner’s Theater is a great variety event of talented musicians, acrobats, magicians, and dancers. And the magician is also a minister who leads in Sunday morning services at the theater. It was a little sad to see that Jim Stafford did not return to his theater this year. And the passing of Andy Williams is a huge signal that things just don’t remain the same in our lives.

Bridge at Dogwood Canyon
Built by the Amish

Dogwood Canyon
The highlight of this year’s trip was spending time with family and having the opportunity to introduce some of them to our favorite faces and places. The one that has moved to the top of my list is Dogwood Canyon, a 10,000-acre park with trails for walking, biking, and hiking, streams for trout fishing, waterfalls and stately trees for photographing. And, if you’re in the mood for some up-close-and-personal face time with buffalo, elk, and long-horn steers, a 2-hour tram ride will make that happen. Personally, I prefer walking for that two hours. It's a slice of Heaven on earth to this former country gal. But, next year I may even try the Segway! FYI: It's located about 30 miles south of Branson and you will need a map or Siri to get you there.



>> Wednesday, October 8, 2014

          If you had visited our home on any day since 1988, you would have been greeted by at least one Shih Tzu. We’ve recently added our fourth. The first one, Candy, lived to be almost 18 years old. The second one, Abby, left us this year after 10 ½ years of sweet companionship. Our current furry residents are Bailee and Maggie.
          These little gals all came from different places. They are members of the same breed, but the resemblance ends there. One thing they do have in common: Each one was adopted. Maggie is our most recent addition - a rescue dog who had to be shaved almost to the skin to free her from mattes, grass and other assorted tangles. One ear was accidentally “shortened” in the attempt to rid her of the misery. Their gratitude for a safe home and having their needs met each day has been obvious in each one of them. They look forward to their semi-weekly visits to the groomer to be pampered by skilled hands and a nurturing touch.
Maggie and Bailee

          We live with the inconveniences, and “mishaps” because they are now part of our family and because we love them unconditionally. They remind me that I, too, have been adopted, rescued from a dangerous and doomed future and received into a place of safety and hope for the future:

“So also we, while we were children, were held in
 bondage under the elemental things of the world. 
But when the fullness of the time came, 
God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, 
born under the Law, so that He might 
redeem those who were under the Law, 
that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
(Galatians 4:3-7, NASB)

          And, like our four little orphans I, too, am loved unconditionally, being groomed each day by the loving hands of Abba, Father. And...I am eternally grateful!

“Because you are sons, God has sent forth the 
Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, 
“Abba! Father!”
(Galatians 4:8, NASB)



So...How Do YOU Feel About Facebook?

>> Saturday, September 20, 2014

This past week I shared some love about Facebook at Jewels of Encouragement and dedicated the post to all Facebook Prayer Warriors. You can read about it here:

I Heart Facebook


Christian Women's Voice September/October Issue

>> Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Good afternoon.

          I'm always excited to get our newest issue of Christian Women's Voice magazine. The September/October issue is full of beautiful articles, pictures, and other good things from the
heart of each contributor. I hope you'll take a look at this one and order yours today.
Or click on the CWV magazine cover in the right column.

          If you have a business, book or perhaps a recording you would like to promote, there's a fantabulous offer in this issue. You won't find a better price or a more beautiful place to advertise! Email Debbie Dillon @ .

Thanks so much!



A Softer Voice, the Book

>> Thursday, May 8, 2014


          It's been roughly 14 months since I promised my mother, Goldie Opal Anderson McCall, that I would fulfill her request to gather several years' worth of poetry, blog posts, and Christian Women's Voice magazine articles into a collection. And now she resides in the realm of eternity in Heaven where time is no longer a factor.
          I tried to wiggle out of this project with some very creative objections and excuses, but I knew too well by the look in those brown eyes that she wasn't buying into any of them. So…I promised to honor her request. She knew I would keep my word and (eventually) complete a labor of love simply because she asked me to.
          When Mother's health began to rapidly decline, it became evident that my late-night typing would not speed the process enough for her to see the finished product. To reassure her, I took the Introduction, Acknowledgement and a few articles, read them to her and vowed to complete the task.
          Here's to you, Mom. Thanks for a lifetime of love, encouragement, support, and...patience. I may not be able to place the first copy in your hands (I think we would enjoy a little laugh over the yellow roses on the cover), but I do surrender A Softer Voice in book form to the Author and Finisher of our faith, Christ Jesus.
          I'm so blessed to have landed on a few years ago. This network of likeminded Christians with a heart for sharing our faith through writing has become a very special circle of friends who are the first to offer encouragement and support to others. What seemed to be a small and tenuous step led to a writer's conference, a blogging class, Clearing the Blog Fog, by Patty Wysong, the opportunity to share at, and an invitation from Debbie Dillon to be a contributor for Christian Women's Voice magazine ( God knew I needed to be led through this wonderful maze with baby steps.  The beautiful new face on this blog is the creative work of another FaithWriter friend, Marita Thelander. Thanks, Mari! 
           Mandy Sullivan Kniskern is a proofreader extraordinaire and just happens to be my daughter. When God placed her (and her sweet family) in our home this past year, she couldn't have known she would be spending late-night hours reading through heavy eyelids looking for typos and other errors. Thank you, Mandy!   
          And a heart full of gratitude to my very best friend, Bud, whose patient character is the benchmark for our marriage in ways too many to list. His hard work each day has allowed me the privilege to be a stay-at-home wife and, at one time, mom. This quieter time in my life means I get to pursue what I enjoy. Thank you, Bud!  
          Following is the link to Friesen Press where A Softer Voice can be purchased for download, paperback or hardback. Many thanks to Mariam Ordubadi, Author Account Manager; Ashley Good, Book Promotion Specialist; and other team members (known to me only by their first names) Geoff, Carmen, Shari, Ceilidh, and Publishing Consultant Tim Plakeolli. A special thank you to the Art Department for the beautiful original art for the cover. Each one of you helped to make this self-published effort blossom into the best it could be.

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth,
 visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities
---all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."
(Colossians 1:16-17 NASB)


Heaven's Gate

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heaven’s Gate

The gate of Heaven opens wide
And beckons the weary to come inside
Some enter quickly and some tarry there
As they finish the race, they’re covered in prayer

The mourning keep a vigil at the heavenly gate
Releasing and reclaiming loved ones who wait
For faith to become sight so they can see
What lies beyond where they become free.

Free from the pain, the sickness and sorrow
As those who surround them pray away tomorrow
For we all long to claim the love that will free us
As we gather through faith at the gate to see Jesus.

© Nancy K. Sullivan
    April 23, 2014


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