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Candace Calvert LIFE SUPPORT Giveaway ~ WINNER ~ July 24, 2014

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Carol Umfer

Candace Calvert is an amazing author who writes stories that captivate your attention!! I just know that you are going to enjoy that book!! Please let us know what you think!!

But don’t forget about her other books! Reviews of Critical CareTrauma Plan & Rescue Team are able to be found on my blog! Plus, below are what others are saying about Candace’s works….

“…had me intrigued by page 1, laughing by page 2, and in love with the hero by page 3″. Jordyn Redwood, author of Proof, Poison

“…like an outstanding episode of Grey’s Anatomy…Full of memorable characters…” BookList

Only just tuned in now?? Don’t worry!! Although Candace doesn’t giveaway free books, she does do Book Plates! So, what are you waiting for?? Also, don’t forget to view the INTERVIEW

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The Proof Of Your (God’s) Love – Bankrupt Without It!! July 23, 2014

I know below are quite a few verses to ponder and reflect upon! However I believe that the words of this song have a deeper impact, as they cover all areas of love – words, actions, deeds, sacrifice, and that we should in everything we do, bring glory to Christ!!! Only love remains…..

1 John 3:18 - Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

John 3:16 -  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 15:13 - Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.

Peter 4:8  - “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

Corinthians 12:4-8 –  “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

Colossians 3:8 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Matthew 5:43-45  - “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

John 17:26 - I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.

Proverbs 17:17  - “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

1 John 4:9-11 - In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

John 13:34-35 -  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Psalm 86:15 - But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

John 13:34 - A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

1 John 4:7-12 –  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.






Principles For Living July 22, 2014

“… do it all in the name of the Lord…’ Colossians 3:17 NIVRomans153

Observe: (1) You can have more, as long as you don’t want it all for yourself. In a generation whose motto is ‘Look out for number one,’ we need to be reminded that ‘Christ did not please himself.’ (Romans 15:3 NIV) He didn’t live to enrich Himself, but to enrich others. You won’t find a speck of selfishness in Him. He’s worthy to be called ‘Master’, because He first mastered Himself by denying Himself and living for others. (2) You can get almost anything done, as long as you don’t care who gets the credit. ‘What ever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.’ Pride brought Satan down and it will bring you down too. Ivan O Miller quoted, ‘Humility is such a frail and delicate thing that he who dares to think that he has it, proves by that single thought that he has it not.’ When you succeed and the accolades start coming your way, enjoy them briefly. Then pass them on to the true source of all your accomplishments – God. (3) You can hasten the answer, as long as you don’t despise the source. Naaman  the leper discovered that you can have what God offers, but on God’s terms, not yours (2 Kings 5:1-14). And God’s terms are ‘faith’ and ‘obedience’. Faith is like electricity: you don’t have to analyse or understand it to enjoy its benefits. All you have to do is plug it in! What has God told you to go? Obey Him! Stop wavering, stop procrastinating, stop arguing with Him and do what He tells you. You’ll love the results.

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Candace Calvert ~ LIFE SUPPORT ~ July 21, 2014

Excerpt from Life Support

Chapter One

“Heart rate’s climbed to 148,” Lauren Barclay warned, her words blending with a monitor alarm in dark harmony. The clatter of resuscitation equipment being hustled into place by fellow ER nurses snuffed out the rest of her report. A strangled gasp from the head of the gurney validated Lauren’s concerns: this man was failing in the painful struggle to fill his lungs. Her stomach knotted. They couldn’t lose him. Not the brother of one of their support

Please . . .

“O2 saturation is tanking, Doctor.” She grabbed the hissing suction catheter and wedged closer, determined to get the physician’s attention. Her eyes watered at a sudden whiff of iodine and alcohol. “His skin’s really gray.”

“I see that, Lauren— I’m not blind.” The physician pulled the fiber-optic scope from his patient’s mouth, growling with frustration. “Suction! Clear his airway.”

“Got it.” Lauren moved in quickly, a respiratory therapist behind her with the Ambu bag. She slid the catheter between the unconscious man’s lips, struck again by the familiarity of his features: dark hair and lashes, that hint of olive in his complexion despite his pallor. She’d have known he was Eli Landry’s older brother even without seeing the medical record. Andrew Landry, thirty-six years old, had suffered a traumatic brain injury twenty-some years ago— a boating accident and near drowning that left him comatose on a ventilator for many months afterward. And severely disabled since. He was a man who should have been remarkably handsome, vital—embracing a hopeful, successful life—but was instead gaunt, withered, almost helpless. And dying?

Lauren glanced at his half-closed lids, the stray curl clinging to his clammy forehead. She’d never actually seen Andrew before today, but his tragic history was well known in Houston because his father—

“Hyperventilate him,” the doctor ordered as a respiratory therapist slid a mask over the man’s face. “And restrain those arms if you need to. Arm—
he only has the use of the left one.” He pulled off dark-framed glasses and wiped them with the hem of his scrub top, watching as the therapist began to squeeze the bag to assist respirations. “He’s going to quit breathing. If I can’t get this tube in, I’ll have no choice but to trach him.”

The physician ran a gloved finger over a thickened, pearly scar on his patient’s throat, uttering something that sounded like “Why me?” He met Lauren’s gaze at last. “Look, I’m sorry for snapping at you.” Despite the air-conditioning, the young man’s thinning hairline and forehead glistened with perspiration. Nervous sweat. It spread across the neckline and chest of his green scrub top, as if the stifling June humidity had slammed through the doors of Houston Grace Hospital along with the rushing ambulance gurney. “It’s just that—”

“He’s Eli’s brother,” Lauren finished in a raw whisper, the physician assistant’s name never failing to cause her discomfort.

“And Judge Julien Landry’s oldest son.” The doctor lowered his voice. “Eli and his father have been at odds about Andrew for months. Everyone knows that. I need to be in the middle of that battle like I need a hurricane to flatten my house.”

“I hear you.” Lauren’s gaze darted toward the hallway that led to the ambulance bay. The Caribbean was brewing a trio of tropical storms. She’d almost prefer that over what might happen here today. Things were tough enough without added conflict. She’d moved back to Houston—accepted a position in this ER—to keep a protective eye on her younger sister, Jessica. The twenty-one-year-old was making reckless choices, and if she didn’t straighten up, her job at Houston Grace was at risk. As was her acceptance into nursing school in the fall . . . and even her life? No. Lauren refused to believe Jess’s problems were that serious. Unfortunately, there was one thing she couldn’t deny: Eli Landry was part of the whole mess.

“Okay, then.” The doctor signaled to the respiratory therapist that he was going to attempt another intubation. He glanced at the clock, then turned to Lauren. “What time is Eli due in the urgent care?”

“Not till four, unless he’s heard—”

There were voices outside the code room doors. A woman, their emergency department manager. The other voice was much deeper.

“Is that . . . ?” The physician’s gaze moved to the doorway, and the room went strangely quiet except for the whoosh-burp of the plastic mask bucking against its seal over Andrew Landry’s face.

“Oh no.” The words slipped out before Lauren could stop them. “He’s here.”

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You Are Unique!!!

Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!

No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – NO ONE!

No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!Go-Be-You-5202013

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU ARE UNIQUE!

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I Will Sing of Your Love – Psalm 101 July 20, 2014

Psalm1011I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with a blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate, they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. Whoever slanders his neighbour in secret, him will I put to silence whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoers from the city of the Lord.


Letting Go – Giving God The Reins July 17, 2014


Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are temped, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:1-3; 7 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 16: 8 - I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Ephesians 1:11 - In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
Philippians 4:19 - And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.



Candace Calvert INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ~ Life Support ~ (16-23rd July 2014) July 16, 2014

It’s here. This month’s GIVEAWAY!! And, as you could have probably guessed, Candace has kindly donated an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Life Support!!! I know, super exciting. But before you read the rules below and enter, be sure to read my book review of Critical Care and Trauma Plan, as well as hopping over to my Interview with Candace….life support

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2. Must follow my blog: Booklovers1 (only so no-one takes advantage of this offer and so that it is fair for the people already following me!!)
3. Leave a comment  at the end of THIS post. One entry per person.
4. DO NOT include your personal mailing address in your comment for security reasons.
5. If we do not hear back from you in 5 days, we will draw another winner.
6. Please allow 2-3 weeks for book delivery.
7. If you win the book it would be really great if you could come back to this post after you have read it and tell us what you thought
How It Will Work The contest will last about a week, ending on the 23rd of July, 2014 The winner will be drawn that night and announced on the 24th July. Each contestant will be written on a piece of paper, placed into a hat and randomly drawn out. We will then notify you by email giving you further instructions to collect your free book. Got any questions? Just leave it with your comment below!! Good Luck :)

In The Spotlight ~ Candace Calvert ~ INTERVIEW July 15, 2014

GetAttachmentCandace Calvert. You’ve probably heard about her and at least read one of her books. Well, not it’s your chance to get to know her better!! I know I have enjoyed it…

Candace Calvert is a former ER nurse who believes love, laughter and faith are the best medicines. Her Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical series offer readers a chance to “scrub in” on the exciting world of emergency medicine—along with a soul-soothing prescription for hope. Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, she makes her home in northern California.

1. What inspired you to switch from ER nursing to writing? What do you miss the most about practicing medicine?
In truth, I was transitioning out of ER nursing (after three decades!), and our move to Texas allowed me to gracefully retire. But it didn’t dampen my adrenaline addiction. Writing medical “hope opera” fills that void. The connection with readers is very much like the connection with my patients—that is what I missed most.

2. Out of all the stories you have written, are there any that were significantly impacted by either events and/or people?
Probably several. Most closely, I’d say the story of nurse Riley Hale (Trauma Plan) most closely follows real life because she must overcome a physical injury that threatens her ability to continue her ER practice. It’s very similar to my own journey after an equestrian accident that broke my neck.

3. Although I am aspiring to become a Paediatric Nurse, what words of wisdom do you have to pass on?
I would advise any nurse to remember to “fill the well.” Meaning give yourself some TLC, too. Nurses tend to think of themselves as unbreakable, but stress—and long term giving—takes its toll. Be good to yourself.

4. What do you like about being an author?Trauma Plan
My quick answer would be the chance to work in my pyjamas. So much like scrubs . . . But, in truth, it’s the opportunity to reach out, touch peoples’ lives, entertain AND offer hope.

5. How difficult was it to kick start your writing career?
As difficult as seven broken ribs, a bleeding lung, broken back, and spinal cord damage! My first published work was an inspirational essay in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, the account of a riding accident that landed me on my own trauma gurney and restored my faith. It was the first step in my writing career.
6. After reading your biography, I was amazed at how many places you have managed to visit. Are there any other places you would like to visit and are there any that were just SO good that you want to go again?
Interesting question. I’ve been SO blessed to travel. I’d still like to see Australia and New Zealand. We spent our honeymoon in Venice, and I’d go there again in a heartbeat.

. Music seems to be another area you enjoy. Are there any instruments you are able to play or wish you could play? Do you have a favourite song?
(Smiling) I am actually music-impaired. I do tend to include lyrics (my favorite part of songs) in my novels. But, in truth, I will toss the music appreciation baton to my husband. It’s his passion, and I’m his enthusiastic karaoke groupie

8. Every time I come to naming characters, up pops Google. I find surnames to be even tricker than first names! How do you do it?
I’ll agree it’s tough. I tend to think in terms of heritage, then (like you) google names. I just changed a hero’s surname from O’Hara to Donovan. And then googled again to make sure he wasn’t a serial killer. 

9. I am sure that after your equestrian accident, your love for horses hasn’t wavered. Have you been able to get back onto your horse, especially considering your neck and spinal cord injuries? How long did it take for you to get back on?
I did get back on a horse or two after the accident—not the horse that broke my neck since I’d sold him. My love for horses is as strong as ever, soul-deep. (I still display my riding boots and my beloved mare’s bridle as part of our home décor). But my life has changed and I was advised that the damage to my neck makes riding a risk. Still, I can (and do) include horses in my novels.

life support10. Horses appear to be your favourite animal. How many have you had?
I have owned three. A gelding, a now-deceased mare Winter Winds (who will forever be my best friend), and her beautiful colt—who broke my neck. 

11. I LOVE my “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER”. What medical shows grabbed your attention? How medically accurate are they actually?
In my humble opinion, those shows are probably the best. I sometimes avoided watching ER because its realism felt too much like an overtime shift! Grey’s is fairly good, but adds a lot of (shall we say) supply-closet romance that isn’t realistic. And it rarely addresses issues of faith. I proposed hopeful medical fiction to help “Grey’s Anatomy find its soul.” I pray I’m accomplishing that.

12. Considering the way in which God got your attention, was there a verse that encouraged you to keep faith or that stuck out the most?
Yes, absolutely. Jeremiah 29:11, about God’s loving and hopeful plan for our lives. He certainly had one for mine.

 13. Thanks so much for generously donating a signed copy of ‘Life Support’! What exciting things can you share about it? Here’s the blurb I wrote for the back cover. I think it represents the story well:
Nurse Lauren Barclay puts life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding Physician Assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family–and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?

14. Have you made any plans for writing your next book? If so, what’s it going to be about?
My next book (currently in production) is BY YOUR SIDE, the first story in my upcoming (2015) Crisis Team series. All three books are set in my native northern California and showcase the selfless and compassionate work of community crisis chaplains. I’m excited to tell their stories. Readers of the Grace Medical series will recognize the BY YOUR SIDE hero: police officer Fletcher Holt from Life Support.







Critical Care ~ Candace Calvert July 14, 2014


The ending – the most annoying, happy, exciting, heart-warming, frustrating and bitter-sweet part. I hate yet love these moments. It’s why I read! And, after reading Critical Care, Candace Calvert has demonstrated that it’s possible to have these moments flow beautifully through the entire story. Can you believe it – reading a story that feels like it could end and feeling relief when you see that you have only read 20 pages. Needless to say that you can probably guess that I loved Critical Care.

Critical Care stands to its credentials – “Finally, a reason to turn off ER and Grey’s Anatomy. Here is a realistic medical drama with heart” Harry Kraus, MD. I love my medical dramas, especially Grey’s Anatomy of where I am up to Season 10 (I know, miles behind…). However for me, the most interesting aspect is the relationships and the social dimensions. It used to be the medical side; however it all just seemed to be repetitive. Not here – Not with Critical Care! There is nearly as much medical stuff as relationships. Studying Nursing at uni, I loved the medical aspects of things and really felt at home, comfortable and excited for all the things still coming my way! I just can’t wait to know all that knowledge…

Critical Care is what this story is about. Critical care regarding patients and their life-threatening emergencies. Critical care regarding the ER staff and the psychological implications of the situations they are confronted with. Critical care about needing God in your Life, and understanding the importance of incorporating him in your life as you can’t do it by yourself. Critical care in needing to face the past and move on.

Although only 287 pages, Candace weaves a beautiful story. The tension at the beginning, especially between Logan and Claire felt so real. Given that Candace has ER experience she knows exactly how people respond, behave and feel. This is also the reason as to why she can incorporate so many elements into the story, as we read about 3 different people and their relationships. At first I thought they were really insignificant, as all I cared about was Logan and Claire. However nearing the end it all made sense!! It all came together.

What I liked about the blurb was that it didn’t mention Logan to be divorced. Had this been the case I wouldn’t have bought the book, let alone read it because I believe that it takes the romance away, especially for the person who’s going to get married for the first time. However this time was different. Logan was hurting, vulnerable and behaved in a way that felt like his first marriage didn’t mean anything. This allowed the romance to be beautiful, heart-warming and tender, despite his ‘Mr McSnarly’ reputation. I loved reading about the other side of him and then watching the people wonder about his change of character. Everyone has a good and tender side…..


Believe In Yourself July 11, 2014

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be.believe-in-yourself

That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down.

But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be.

Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep Believing in Yourself!



Comfort In The Arms of God!! (Isaiah 43:6) July 10, 2014



GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!! ~ Black Coat With A Silver Lining ~ July 9, 2014

Wow!! What a week we had. Elizabeth Yalian’s book Black Coat With A Silver Lining is an amazing book and I am so honoured to have had the priviledge of reading and promoting it. I hope you all got heaps out of it as well. However, the reason for this post is to declare the giveaway winners….Black Coat With A Silver Lining

Rarely does an author offer to giveaway books to all who entered. However it doesn’t surprise me that Elizabeth ha offered this as she is a beautiful woman!! So, wanna know who these lucky winners are??


The Carpenter’s Ministry
Stumbling Into Grace

Finding it odd that conditions apply?? Well, one thing Elizabeth has kindly asked of you is that you help promote this book by writing up a review and publishing it preferably on Amazon, however wherever you’re able to is fine. It will be greatly appreciated!!

HOW TO CLAIM? - Email have been sent to you and all you have to do is respond with your address!! If you don’t, well you simply won’t get the book. It’s as easy as that!! :)





The Truth I’ve Seen In You


Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and  the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:6-7

Reading the Bible is a way to paint a great image in my mind of who you are and what you “look” like. Your Word provides me with a picture of who You are, what You’re like and how You love. Faith can be defined as belief in something unseen, yet my faith in You seems reinforced by what I feel and see in my daily life. I feel who You are when I experience warmth of the sun, a reassuring hug from my mum, and the peace of prayer when I’m having a hard time. I see You when a friend smiles, when a challenge is resolved right before my eyes, and when I look at a cross.
Jesus, I love you. Thank You for showing me the love of my heavenly Father through my daily encounters with everything You’ve given to me.

SOURCE – Hope Lyda ‘One-Minute Prayers for Young Women’ Harvest House Publishers (2012)






Trauma Plan – Candace Calvert July 7, 2014

Trauma PlanThere’s just something exciting and intriguing about studying nursing at University and reading a medical fictional book. Not only do I think I understand some of the Jargon I hadn’t previously, the setting, people, roles – they just all seemed so normal and natural. What makes it even better is knowing that Candace has ER experience and knows how things are dealt with personally and professionally. I LOVED it!! Despite the thickness of the book (and that some parts seem like they’re useless – when later they’re not), I believe this is my favourite book of Calvert’s – but please know that I have only read 3, whose reviews you will find on my blog. What I admire the most about Candace’s characters is their traumatic and sad background. In this case it’s Jack Travis, who watched his girlfriend die and have the media portray him as the monster. I mean no wonder he joined the army and travelled around a lot – he just had nowhere to properly fit in. Chaplain Riley Hale was so sheltered and protected as a child due to experiences that occurred before her life time, that it not only made her scared, but rebellious, whose parents seemed to not understand her point of view. But regardless, she is constantly looking over her shoulder, and the accident that daily reminds her of the high possibility of her never returning to the ER scene just tears her up inside! Yet it is these experiences that Calvert uses to bring people together. It’s a way of bonding, and allowing readers to look into their soul, seeing them who they really are. This is what I love about reading! I love it how Travis has a clinic for those who are unable to afford health care. And I love it how he has such a heart for those who have nothing. In saying this I am thinking of Bandy, whose humble attitude unconsciously made me look at my future and the impact I could have as a nurse and the importance of showing love to anyone! This includes health care professionals, whose past you may not be overly aware of, and a name doesn’t hold the answer to everything! They are human as well, and after reading this book, I have a new appreciation for trauma chaplains and the way God can use Christians to bring hope, love and kindness!! Bold, reassured, captivating, feisty and hurting characters is what made this book, and is what ultimately kept me hooked – wondering how so and so are going to react next time they’re together. I recommend this book to anyone, even if you’re not the world’s biggest medical drama fan, because this book has something to teach everyone!


Lord, Who May Abide In Your Tabernacle? (Psalm 15) July 6, 2014

Psalm 15Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbour, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honours those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;  He who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.


The Fat Lady July 4, 2014

Hi! How are you?” The woman smiled as she took the seat beside me. She had to lower herself slowly, squeezing her ample bottom into the seat, filling all available space.

Positioning herself comfortably, she plopped her enormous arm on our common armrest. Her immensity saturated the space around us, shrinking me and my seat into insignificance.

I cringed and reclined towards the window.laughter

She leaned towards me and repeated her greeting in an upbeat, friendly voice. Her face towered above my head, forcing me to turn to look at her. “Hi,” I replied with obvious loathing.

I turned away to stare out the cabin window, sulking silently about the long hours of discomfort I was going to experience with this monster beside me.

She nudged me with her meaty arm. “My name is Laura. I’m from Britain. How about you? Japan?”

“Malaysia,” I barked.

“I’m so sorry! Will you accept my heartfelt apology? Come, shake my hand. If we’re going to spend six hours side-by-side on this flight, we’d better be friends, don’t you think?” A palm waved in front of my face. I shook the hand reluctantly, still silent.

Laura started a conversation with me, taking no notice of my unfriendly reactions. She talked excitedly about herself and her trip to Hong Kong to see her frinds. She rattled off a list of things she was going to buy for her students in the boarding school where she was teaching.

I gave her one-word answers to her questions about me. Unperturbed by my coldness, she nodded as she made appreciative comments to my answers. Her voice was warm and caring. She was considerate and obliging when we were served drinks and meals, making sure that I had room to manoeuvre in my seat. “I don’t want to clobber you with my elephant size!” she said with utmost sincerity.

To my surprise, her face which repulsed me hours before, now opened into extraordinary smiles, lively and calm at the same time. I couldn’t help but let down my guard slowly.

Laura was an interesting conversationalist. She was well read in many subjects from philosophy to science. She turned a seemingly unimportant subject into something to explore and understand. Her comments were humorous and inspirational. When our topic turned to cultures, I was pleasantly surprised by her intelligent comments and well-thought-out analysis.

During our conversation, Laura managed to make every cabin crew who served us walk away laughing at her jokes.

When a flight attendant was clearing our plates, Laura cracked several jokes about her size. The flight attendant roared with laughter as she grabbed Laura’s hand, “You really make my day!”

For the next few minutes, Laura listened attentively and gave pointers to the flight attendant’s weight problem. The grateful attendant said before she rushed off, “I’ve got to work. I’ll come back later and talk to you about it.”

I asked Laura, “‘Have you ever thought about losing some weight?”

“No. I’ve worked hard to get this way. Why would I want to give it up?”

“You aren’t worried about cardiovascular diseases that come with being overweight?”

“Not at all. You only get the diseases if you’re worried about your weight all the time. You see advertisements from slimming centres that say, ‘Liberate yourself from your extra baggage so that you are free to be yourself.’ It’s rubbish! You’re liberated only if you’re comfortable about who you are, and what you look like any time of the day and anytime of the year! Why would I want to waste my time on slimming regimes when I have so many other important things to do and so many people to be friends with? I eat healthily and walk regularly; I’m this size because I am born to be big! There is more to life than worrying about weight all day long.”

She sipped at her wine. “Besides, God gives me so much happiness that I need a bigger body to hold all of it! Why would I lose weight to lose my happiness?” Taken aback by her reasoning, I chuckled.

Laura continued. “Folks often see me as a fat lady with big bosoms, big thighs and a big bottom that no man would even bother to cast a glance at. They see me as a slob. They think I’m lazy and have no willpower. They’re wrong.” She held up her glass to a passing flight attendant. “More of this magnificent wine, please.” She smiled sweetly at the attendant. “Great service from your crew. May God bless all of you.”

She turned to me, “I’m actually a slim person inside. I’m so full of energy that people won’t be able to keep up with me. This extra flesh is here to slow me down, otherwise I’ll be running everywhere chasing after men!”

“Do men chase after you?” I asked jokingly.

“Of course they do. I’m happily married but men still keep proposing to me.

“Most of them have relationship problems and they need someone to confide in. For some reason, they like to talk to me. I think I should have been a counsellor instead of a school teacher!”

Laura paused before she said thoughtfully, “You know, the relationship between men and women is so complicated. Women worship men and call them, ‘Honey’ until they find out they have been lied to, and then they turn into bitter gourds! Men love women so much that they see them as their soul mates until they look at their credit card bills, and then women become devils with tridents!”

Laura’s enthralling conversation had turned the flight into something thoroughly enjoyable. I was also fascinated by the way people were drawn to her. By the end of the flight, almost half the cabin crew was standing near the aisle by us, laughing and joking with Laura. The passengers around us joined in the merry-making too. Laura was the centre of attention, filling the cabin with delightful warmth.

When we waved goodbye to each other at the arrival lounge at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport, I watched her walking towards a big group of adoring adults and kids. Cheers sounded as the group hugged and kissed Laura. She turned around and winked at me.

I was stunned, as the realisation set in: Laura was the most beautiful woman I had ever met in my life.

By Chong Sheau Ching




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