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A Good Friday Thank You…

I realize that this won’t post until Monday, the day after Easter. But, I decided to write this blog anyway. The idea came to me this morning, Good Friday. I will have my editor post it on Monday, the day after Easter.

Like I do every day, I spent fifteen minutes of quiet time. This is my alone time to plan my day. I thanked the Lord for another day of hope, promise, opportunity and success. A day to receive, live and speak the Gospel. I was in a quandary what next week’s blog topic would be. And then it happened. The Holy Spirit led me to the theme for the week’s blog.

It actually started on Holy Thursday. My husband Ed and I went to a special Easter luncheon at our church. The Pastor’s topic was, THANK YOU. Not giving thanks, but the two words, THANK YOU.

This was food for thought. I started to think how lazy, we’ve become in giving thanks. Today, we do everything over the internet. We send a typed thank you note. We send cards of all sorts. We even write our letters on the computer. Little is done, any longer the old fashion way. By hand.

And, we often thank God in a sloppy, lazy manner too. But, I wanted to do something about saying THANK YOU to God the Father for giving us life.

Just saying THANK YOU, didn’t seem enough. I needed to THANK God the Father for sacrificing His only Son. It was when Jesus was nailed to the cross that brought forth our redemption. And this message made me think about my own life.

God has a purpose for everyone.“But I have raised you up for this purpose. That I might show you my power. And that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16).

God’s purpose is the one that lasts. Each of us are born with a purpose and a calling. We have the opportunity to discover it or completely miss it. The influence of the Holy Spirit gives us insight to His purposes for us.

I thought back over my life. Like most of us, we’ve gone through stages. I don’t often think about dying. But, this morning, I did. God the Father gave me life. He chose me for a reason. I have a purpose to fulfill here on earth until the Father calls me home.

So, phase one of my life was to be the best kid that I could be. Especially as a child, hard times can make it difficult to see God’s purpose. Often times, we don’t want to see that God is working our difficulty for our good. But, with the mindset that God is working things out for us, things don’t seem so bad.

In my case, I found it hard being a kid with a disability. But, the Lord and His purposes are perfect. Yet we are not. Doubts and fears can keep us from living out the purposes that He has established for us.

Even as a child, I reached out to God. The more I learned about God, and prayed to Him, I became stronger in my trust. I started to see His purpose for me. God longed for me to start on the pathway to the life He created for me.
In Ephesian 1:11, “In Him we were chosen according to His plan. And in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

As I got older, I started to understand that I was born by His purpose and for His purpose. But, I still struggled to understand my disability. I had questions. How could I live a successful life as a person with a disability? I kept looking within myself to find the answer.

But, I didn’t create myself so how could I have the answer? It was God who directed my life. That’s when I began turning my concerns over to Him. After all, I couldn’t start the phase with the focus on me.

My disability continued to weaken me more. I started seeing miracles happening. They may have been small, but there were still miracles. My artistic talents grew and developed beyond my wildest dreams. I loved my work and delved into it with deep passion.

I felt alive because God willed me to live. I had my share of setbacks. I even turned my back on God. I went through a failed marriage. But, two beautiful children were His gift to us. Life didn’t make sense. And all roads came to dead ends.

I seemed doomed to be a failure. But why? How could a life that was so good, turn sour? I had strayed away from letting God use me for His purpose. I liked being in control. But, it says in Romans 8:6 vs. 8, “God isn’t pleased when ignored.”

I was smug. I knew I could find success if I put my mind to it. And I did, by the world’s standards. I had climbed my way to the top. I was a successful Director for a non-profit. I was well known in my community. And yet, I still missed the purpose that God created for me. In Mark, 8:35 it says, “Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self.”

I still couldn’t figure out what was not fulfilled in my life. Wasn’t I sacrificing a lot by having a muscle disease that was taking away my quality of life? I had a quantity of material things, but my heart felt starved and empty.

The next phase came without much warning. I spent the next fifteen years fighting three bouts of cancer. I prayed. I bartered with God. I wanted to give up on life. And I gave up on God. I wasn’t thinking about Jesus, my savior. I was thinking of me. Poor me…

But God wasn’t giving up on me. He sent the Holy Spirit through my husband to shake me up. He wasn’t through with me. Not yet, and neither was my husband. He said, “I know you have to do the work and go through the steps to rid the cancer. But, I’ll be with you every day, and we’ll get through it together.”

I knew it was Jesus talking to me. I was ashamed of myself for wanting to throw in the towel. My suffering was miniscule compared to Jesus’ suffering.

I learned through some Bible passages that God uses the disabled for His glory. God uses a disability to show His awesome love for all creation and to help us imitate His love. God allows things to happen for good reasons. God uses people with disabilities to inspire and advance to His kingdom.

People take things for granted. Like, getting dressed. Combing your hair. Picking up an object that’s fallen to the floor. Driving a car. Going shopping alone. Even feeding yourself without dropping food on the floor.

There are people who are blind who see better than people with eyesight. There are people who are deaf who can hear better than people with good hearing. Our momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory. And that outweighs the perfect body. God remains perfect, good, loving, kind, and just.

John 9:2-4 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”

So, on to the next phase of my life.

Proverbs 3:5–6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”

I threw speculation out the window. There was no more theorizing, conjecture or guessing games. I went straight to the man who sat in the driver’s seat of my life. I asked the Creator of my life. The Bible said. “God’s wisdom goes deeper into the interior of His purpose.”

Revelation! I needed to hear God’s words. After all, He was the source of my purpose. God thought about me before my conception. He chose everything about me right down to the color of my eyes and hair. He chose my gender.
I was not a mistake. God chose my parents. I was conceived in His mind. He custom made my body just the way He wanted it. He predetermined my natural talents. He knew me inside out. He planned the days of my life in advance. And only He knows the circumstances and the moment of my death. And He chose my purpose.

God had a plan in creating me. He never does anything by accident. And He never makes a mistake. God’s motive for creating me was His love. God made me so He could love me. Because God is love.I no longer drift through life without a purpose. The Holy Spirit guides my way through each day. And Jesus walks with me through my day.

Once upon a time, I was a student. And then I became a mother. And then I was an artist because that was my purpose at the time. But then that purpose changed and God sent me back to school. He had many wonderful things planned for me that required a higher education. He also planned an early retirement because of more health issues.

The Lord was a focal point in my life now. But He knew I would soon need someone to be my caregiver. And that’s when He introduced this wonderful man into my life. And we married. So now we are a blended family of five children and six grandchildren.

My physical abilities have deteriorated. I no longer can use some talents that were on loan to me by God the Father. But He has a new purpose for me now. I might be living the final chapter of my life. I don’t know. But, what I do know is God has more for me to do. He’s not finished with me yet.

So, I’m off to yet, another phase of my life. I’m grateful for my relationship with Jesus. I’m grateful for my life. The Holy Spirit has gifted me with words. I write two weekly blogs. My general K. Lorraine blog, also known as ‘My Funn Stuff.’ And a new blog. I love my work…

‘No Shoes Required.’ This is a new concept blog. A blog, especially structured for women with disabilities. It’s a sharing & learning web blog. I hope you take the time to take a look. You don’t need a disability to have fun. Most women love fashion. I’m a self declared Fashionista. And, I believe that I have my heavenly Father’s permission.

         So, in this new phase, my instructions are to pound on the keyboard. And click my mouse until my fingers no longer function. And then, well, I’ll just have to wait and see.

You can read more of work by visiting my website. http://klorraine.com. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. My books are available in the Amazon e-book store. Createspace. Goodreads. Barnes & Noble and the K. Lorraine website.

Until next week,
Happy reading,
k. Lorraine

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Welcome Spring

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thIt’s a sign of Spring when certain books & poems come out of the woodwork. In the past few days, my February book of the month, Love Stories,’ has picked up steam. Fifty new views in a short few days. I’m impressed.

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And my poem, ‘Mother, A Queen of Heaven,’ (Exceptional Contest Win) from the 2016 book ‘Poetry in Motion,’ is topping the chart.            abstract-sails

 

 

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‘Mother, A Queen of Heaven,’

A mother of nine children.
She gave us life.
She taught us to be strong.
She taught us the Love of God.
She taught us to pray.
She expected us to value the Ten Commandments.
She was a young widow who sacrificed for her brood.
She taught us to be independent.
She taught us the love of family.
She taught us to love one another as we love our self.
She taught us to respect our elders.
She taught us the value of hard work.
She taught us to act upon random acts of charity.
She taught us the value of education.
She taught us to follow our dreams.
She had a heart of gold.
She had a wonderful sense of humor.
She was loved by many.
She died happy…
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Mom.

Thank you K. Lorraine fans from around the world. You never disappoint me. I appreciate your loyalty and support.

Keep it up! I love you,
K. Lorraine

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NEW, FREE book in the Reading Room

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Read it FREE in the K. Lorraine Reading Room http://klorraine.com.

HE TOOK MY CHILD

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By

K.Lorraine

Reading Room

FREE Edition

Story # 2 in the Mia Perez series

This publication is only available in the Reading Room at

www.klorraine.com

Copyright © 2017 by K. Lorraine Books

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced or broadcast in any form or by whatever means without written license From the author.

This story is taken from the Mia Perez five book series

The stand alone books are available for purchase

At CreateSpace in paperback format, Barnes & Noble

& Kindle E-books downloadable

Editor: Louise Stone

Cover Design by: Bing Public Domain

Genre: E-Book, Adult Fiction, romance, medical, mystery, family, disability

Chapter 1

I Do

Mia loved how Robert took control. He asked for the van keys and told Berta she could take the rest of the day off. He liked to give her directions.

He then said to Mia, “Sweetheart, wait here for me. I need to talk with Dr. Cotter about my position at the hospital and then we can go home.”

Berta was angry and she shook her head in disgust. She tossed the van keys to Robert. Catching the keys, he hurried out to find Dr. Cotter.

I hope this little taste of the story, ‘He Took my Child,’ wet your whistle. The full revised book is available NOW in the K. Lorraine Reading Room. Remember… it’s FREE TO READ.

Have a great week and Happy reading.

K. Lorraine

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A Writer’s day of houskeeping

Since I have a doctor appointment this afternoon, there isn’t enough time for me to delve into anything big. So, I thought I’d do a bit of housekeeping and bring you up to date on stuff.

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The K. Lorraine Reading Room is a big hit. I get new LIKES daily and the pitter-patter of feet to read the FREE stories is growing leaps & bounds. Keep it up. http://klorraine.com

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A new FREE story ‘He Took my Child,’ will post on April first. ‘No joke,’ The story is a remake from the Mia Perez series, book two. The Mia Perez series are stand-alone books. Book two, was titled, ‘SHH.’ Books on the Reading Room are FREE to read.

 

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Speaking of the Mia Perez series… ‘Locked Away,’ book three, is trending like wild fire around the globe. Fans, of the series and this book, mark your calendars. The story you’ve all been waiting for is ‘Locked Away.’ The remake of this book will post FREE in the Reading Room, May first. The title of this FREE story is now titled, ‘Play Me.’

Just a reminder, I have several new books in the Amazon Kindle E-book store. In fact, two new books were put on the shelf yesterday.

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‘All Was Well on Easter,’ is a delightful & colorful children’s picture book. The ‘Traveling Dingleberries,’ is a humorous satire about a retired Florida couple who gets caught up in time travel. And ‘Broken, Crisis of Faith,’ is a full length novel.

Please go to the Amazon book store and type K. Lorraine in the search box. A list of my books will show up for you see. If you prefer to read a hands-ons version, my books are available at CreateSpace.

You can follow me on Twitter, WordPress and Good Reads too. I appreciate your support.

Have a great day and as always,

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine

The Dark Side of Being Different, Beauty & the Beast

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The Dark Side of Being Different

(Beauty & the Beast)

Posted on Fanstory January 20, 2015

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Copyright © 2015 by K. Lorraine Books

Graphic, courtesy of Bing Public Domain

I thought I’d change up this week’s blog a bit.

The new movie Beauty and the Beast debuted in the theaters this weekend. “Despite her fears, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff. And she learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior. She realizes the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.”

This prompted me to delve into my archives. I remembered a short story that I had written. I found it.  I thought you might enjoy my version of a take on Beauty of the Beast from 2015, Alien style.

Read the full blog on the K. Lorraine website http://klorraine.com.

Have a happy first day of Spring.

Happy reading,

K. Lorraine

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Your book is available in the Kindle Store!

 

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Hello,

Welcome and Congratulations. Your book “Broken, Crisis of Faith,” is now live and available for you in the Kindle Store. It’s finally there. A four hundred page full fledge novel. And the book is only $9.99 to download.

Broken, Crisis of Faith, is available in paperback format at CreateSpace. The low price of $11.99 will buy you a four hundred page NOVEL. The following is a part of the letter of intent that I will send to the Barnes & Noble Corporate center in New York City.

Dear Barnes and Noble,

I am an Author who would like to be considered by your buyers for store placement of my adult book, ‘Broken, Crisis of Faith.

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Rebecca Krafft-Martinez

I am proud of my daughter who wrote the Foreword. The piece, written by Rebecca was too long to include in this post. It is good though. You will need to buy the book to read it. I can’t give everything away FREE.

Publish date: March 2017

Genre: Romance, Disability, Family, Beauty Pageant, Murder, Mystery, Divorce, Inspirational, Rock Star

Rated: R

Adult language

Adult content

Sex scenes

What makes your book unique or special.

I’m an author, among other professionals. We think fiction writers should focus on crafting the best work possible. But that’s not to say a platform might not be use able. I do have a specific platform for the adult book.

The author is an advocate of people with disabilities.

She said, “I believe in love regardless if you are a person with a disability, or not. In the novel, Broken, Crisis of Faith. Mia Perez works through her adversities with trial and triumph.”

“If you are a human being who cares about others and what life throws at them, then this book will open your eyes. You will gain insight to what some people with a disability goes through.”

In the revised story, Broken, Crisis of Faith. The author changed the protagonist’s name to Mia Perez. Along with changing the protagonist’s name, She’s given the book new cover art. She did this to give the novel a face lift.

As the author, I wouldn’t dissuade you from reading the original book, Overcoming. But, the 2017 version, Broken, Crisis of Faith, has a slight plot twist. All-in-all, whichever version you choose, the book will have you turning pages.    overcomingbkcvr

Broken, Crisis of Faith, is an emotional, inspirational, trial & triumph story. Broken is an emotional, inspirational, trial & triumph story.

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This is just a reminder for those who read my weekly blog. It’s also an invitation for the newcomers to the K. Lorraine blog, http://klorraine.com. I’m inviting you to take a look at my artistic ability as a writer. The following are NEW books available in the Kindle bookstore since the first of the year.

January – ‘Simply Amusing, My Alter Ego. Kindle price $2.99

CreateSpace $8.99                                  overcomingtears3

 

February – ‘Love Stories, A Compilation of Me Time Stories. Kindle price $2.99

CreateSpace $5.38                                  love-story4

 

March – ‘Broken, Crisis of Faith’ – Kindle price $9.99

CreateSpace $11.99                              broken4

 

Undercover Rookie, 2017 Revision – Kindle price $3.99

Createspcae $5.80.                              broken2

 

Thank you for reading my post and I’ll see you in the Reading Room, April first with a new FREE book. Story #2 in the Mia Perez Series… ‘He Took my Child.’

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As I always say…

Happy reading, K. Lorraine

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Walter & Katy Shuster make a comeback

 

 

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Thank you Rosemary for the nice review.

The adult coloring book, Walter & Katy Shuster, ‘Florida Fun,‘ debuted a year ago.

I deliberately kept the dexterity and eyesight of our older generation of adults and people with disabilities in mind when I had the coloring book illustrated. It was my intention to come up with a fun activity that would entertain EVERYONE.

Although, the book was designed for our older population, it is Rated G (general audience). Your grandchildren would find the pictures fun and easy to color between the line.

I do hope that I can get the coloring book into all of the senior places here in Roswell. I agree with Rosemary, that the residents and day care people would have fun. Plus, my book features a bonus section of satire/humorous shorts about the retired couple.

The Shusters’ are a one-of-a-kind married couple.

I encourage my readers to go to my website http://klorraine.com and take a look at the library of books I’ve written. Most have discount coupons that will save you some money. While there, please read my blog. There’s a lot of good FREE reading on the K. Lorraine website.

Walter & Katy Shusters adult coloring book, ‘Florida Fun,’ is among the books in the K. Lorraine book library. The book is still available for purchase. The adult coloring book is also available on line through Barnes & Noble.

“I know that at Brookdale assistant living they have a table for puzzles and one with coloring supplies and its very popular. My friend can’t see well enough to do anything like that but I know others would. I still love to color but don’t have the time any more. I also know its used in the Alzheimers Unit. Have fun if you do it.” Rosemary

Happy Days are here again.

Thank you for being my friend, and a K. Lorraine fan…

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