Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Power of Words




Words have power to hurt or heal.
A cutting remark we unpleasantly feel.
Words may stab deep into the heart,
When spoken by loved ones may tear us apart.

We don’t always realize the harm that is done
By our words, and should carefully choose each one.
Condemnation should not be what others hear,
So why not speak words of kindness and cheer?

It costs nothing more yet can do so much good
To speak helpful words the way that we should.
Life is more pleasant when what is heard
Is a loving, gentle, encouraging word.

© Connie Arnold

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Friday, January 17, 2014

A Beacon of Hope


When out on a ship in the stormy sea,
filled with fear and anxiety,
seeking a refuge in the night,
a strong and steady guiding light
to reassure and relieve the fright,
a lighthouse offers security.

As the lighthouse stands on a distant shore,
giving hope where there was none before,
providing a light that is steady and true,
helping the ship come safely through,
a strong fortress to navigate to,
it's a beacon of hope as the waves crash and roar.

When overcome by life's stormy sea,
frightened and filled with uncertainty,
God is a refuge in the night,
a sure, dependable guiding light,
providing a love that is always bright,
a beacon of hope for you and me.

© Connie Arnold


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Love and Light


 Love and light, together as one,
revealed to the world through God’s own Son,
came that first Christmas, long ago
beaming from heaven to the earth below.

Love burst forth onto the earth
as a brilliant star marked the spot of Christ’s birth.
The heavens were filled with a radiant light
as angels came to the shepherds that night.

The glory that streamed from heaven above
was a beacon of God’s marvelous love.
As love and light pierced the darkness of earth,
the world changed forever at Jesus’ birth.

The love and light that the Lord displayed
is shimmering still on all He has made.
When we open our hearts to let it in
the beauty of Christ will shine from within.

© Connie Arnold

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blog Tour Conclusion and Prize Winners


How do I begin to thank everyone who has been so important to my blog tour for Peaceful Moments of Love and Light and Count 1,2,3 With Me over the past two weeks? I appreciate so much each of the blog hosts and what you have shared, as well as those who left such lovely comments along the way. Also thank you to the hundreds that I see by my stats visited my blogs. I pray that all who came found something that was meaningful to them, and that this blog will always be a source of blessings to others and bring glory to God.

If you missed part of the tour, you can find the blog schedule on my previous post. I would like to encourage you to visit these blogs and discover the great things they each have to share!

When you are making your Christmas gift list, if you think of someone who would be blessed to have a devotional with short daily meditations to draw them closer to the Lord or a young child to enjoy the fun in learning to count, you can order Peaceful Moments of Love and Light or Count 1,2,3 With Me from my website or Amazon

Congratulations to the winners of the 3 prizes:

     Kim S. - Copy of my first book, Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace

     Robyn C. - Set of 3 candle holders

     Cathy S. - Framed sunset print with inspirational verse

 Remember to always give thanks for all the many blessings of this life, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Remember to offer thanks and praise
for blessings given in so many ways,
to express a heartfelt, grateful prayer
for all God’s goodness, love and care.



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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Peaceful Moments of Love and Light

I'm pleased to announce that my new 52-week daily devotional, Peaceful Moments of Love and Light, has been released and is available, in soft or hard cover, from RPJ and Company. A two week blog tour begins tomorrow, and I hope you will follow along as other bloggers share reviews, interviews, excerpts and more.

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As if that wasn't enough exciting news, there is more! A new children's book is now available to order from 4RV Publishing - Count 1,2,3 With Me.  So this tour is a combination of inspiration and fun! Come along and join the fun. See the schedule below for the tour stops each day.


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Both books are also available from my website and Amazon and now is a great time to get a start on your shopping list for inspirational and children's gifts, signed by the author!

Prize winners will be selected at the end of the tour from comments left on each of the blogs. Additional entries may be earned by sharing about the tour and blog links on facebook or twitter, and posting here to let me know. How many prizes? Count with me - 1,2,3! (Prizes are shown below the blog schedule.)

Friday, November 1 - The Surrendered Scribe - Thankful for Visual Worship

Saturday, November 2 - The Surrendered Scribe - Being Thankful

Monday, November 4 - Connie Arnold, Children's Author - video

Tuesday, November 5 - Megan Vance Books and Blooming Conversations - review

Wednesday, November 6 - Heading Home -  Joy and Light

Thursday, November 7 - RPJ and Company blog

Friday, November 8 -  Stuff Could Always Be Worse

Saturday, November 9 -  Connie Arnold, Children's Author - Ginger Nielson, Illustrator

Monday, November 11 -  Musings of a Children's Writer

Tuesday, November 12 -  Cheryl's Christian Book Connection

               Penelope Anne Cole - Review of Count 1,2,3 With Me

Wednesday, November 13 - Susan's Thoughts and Ramblings - review

Thursday, November 14 - S. K. Mayhew, Kid Lit Writer - interview

                Write What Inspires You

Friday, November 15 - The Children's and Teens' Book Connection
               The Book Connection

Saturday, November 16 - Inspirational Poetry of Joy and Peace - Blog conclusion and prize winners announcement

Prizes:

1. Set of 3 candle holders, a source of light to remind you to spend peaceful moments with God, soaking in love and light.




2.  A signed copy of my first book, Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace.


3.  Beautiful print of a sunrise with one of my inspirational verses.







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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lessons of Life



Although you enjoy sunshine,
Know there also must be rain,
And though you long for pleasure,
At times in life there’s pain.
The chaos of the world
May lead you to despair,
To wonder why bad things occur
And feel that life’s not fair.

You long to find more joy,
To never suffer sorrow,
But though today the clouds may come
There’s hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The lessons of each day,
If they are to be learned,
Can lead you to the joy and peace
For which your heart has yearned.

When you in faith seek God,
Who has all things in control,
Healing and strength can flow to you,
Shining beauty into your soul.
 
© Connie Arnold


Friday, June 28, 2013

Inspiration for Your Day

Enjoy the beauty of nature,
the glory of creation;
see each new day as a gift,
a cause for celebration.
 
 
 You are a treasured part
of God’s creative power,
the same creative force that made
each mountain, tree and flower.
 
 
You need never walk in darkness
when you live in the light of God’s love.
He’ll light your way through night and day,
shining blessings on you from above.
 
 
These are a few of the short inspirational verses that I have been writing over the past few years. I have enough to do a devotional book with bits of inspiration and encouragement for each day of the year. What do you think of that idea? Any suggestions for a title? Your thoughts are much appreciated! Blessings to you, and have a beautiful day!
 
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