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Writing is my Passion~ My Published Books!

30 Apr
Publication Date:Mar 21 2013ISBN/EAN13:1482555735 / 9781482555738Page Count:70Binding Type:US Trade PaperTrim Size:6" x 9"Language:EnglishColor:Black and WhiteRelated Categories:Religion / Christian Life / Family

Publication Date:Mar 21 2013ISBN/EAN13:1482555735 / 9781482555738Page Count:70Binding Type:US Trade PaperTrim Size:6″ x 9″Language:EnglishColor:Black and WhiteRelated Categories:Religion / Christian Life / Family

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781617779541  Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C. Publication date: 4/17/2012 Pages: 84 Age range: 8 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781617779541
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Pages: 84
Age range: 8 – 12 Years
Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (February 1, 2006) Language: English Juvenile Fiction ISBN-10: 1598862146 ISBN-13: 978-1598862140  Product Dimensions:  7.8 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (February 1, 2006)
Language: English
Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-10: 1598862146
ISBN-13: 978-1598862140
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches

 

Christine Gilliam Hornback is a wife of thirty three years and a mother of two young boys, ages thirteen and ten. She homeschools her children and is an author, artist and an inspirational speaker. Christine has lived in Douglasville, Georgia for twenty seven years. She is originally from a little rural town seated in the foothills of Kentucky on the Ohio River. Christine grew up in a very loving family which included both her parents and five sisters. Her childhood holds a wealthy bank of memories that Christine draws from as she writes.
Caleb’s Cereal released in April 2012 is Christine’s latest Juvenile Fiction. The pages of this book are action packed as three young boys, Caleb, Colin and Tan go on an elephant riding, cliff hanging, and crocodile snapping adventure into a magical oasis to destroy evil poachers. Caleb’s Cereal is sure to please young readers everywhere. Also released in 2012 is Tell the Enemy to Scat an Adult Inspirational Ebook that tells Christine’s personal and encouraging true story of being blessed with two boys after going childless for twenty years. The paperback is also available for “Tell the Enemy to Scat”
Finally, Christine’s first published book Jenny Lynn’s Secret Mission, voted best Juvenile Fiction by http://www.christianstoryteller.com in 2006 is a heartwarming story about a little eight year old girl who discovers the true meaning of Christmas by performing a secret mission for her community. Please check back often with Christine as she has many more books of various genres to come!

 

Life’s Roller Coaster Rides!

24 Apr

 

via Life’s Roller Coaster Rides!.

Life’s Roller Coaster Rides!

24 Apr

Life’s ups and downs!

Roller Coaster Rides!

Sometimes do you ask if the roller coaster ride will ever stop? Maybe you’re like me where you’ve gone through so much in the past few years that you find yourself almost begging, please make it stop! I was hesitant at first to share this particular blog, as I am just going to be real and transparent with my emotions. However, my hope is that it will help someone to know that the Lord is with us, through the good and the bad times!
I am not one who lives in the past, however, I do know that what the Lord has done for us in the past, He will do again when we need him NOW! Below is a blog that I actually had written two years ago in April! I was going through some of my blogs and come across this one and decided to share it again as it is a story of victory and triumph regardless of all the horrible things that happened! I have found that God is the same in the best of times and through the worst of times! My hope again is that you will always find encouragement, whether you’ve made it to the other side of a trial or especially if you are presently going through an on slot of trails and trouble!

Blog from April 2012 Life’s Roller Coaster Ride!
I’ve honestly had one of those months, to where one minute, My stomach is up in my throat and I am swallowing hard to keep everything down, and the next minute I am screaming with my hands raised and full of cheers! So I have had to learn how to deal with all of the ups and downs, to keep it on an even keel so to speak. I personally know nothing else to do but to keep my eyes on the One who is gazing at me. When I turn my eyes upward and look full into the glorious face of the One who loves me regardless if I am having a good day or bad, I know that I can truly do all things.
This month started out so blessed for me, had great opportunities with my latest book to do several book signings which were good, and then BAM! Here the enemy came parading in like he owned the place. The enemy (Satan) dressed in an innocent looking outfit that landed my baby son down on all fours and knocked my whole family for a loop. My son was “accidentally knocked down” and suffered a broken leg. He is now sporting a dark blue cast from his foot to his thigh! Stomach up in my throat! As a Momma, nothing hurts you quiet so much as seeing your child be hurt, whether on purpose or by accident, you want to swoop down like some kind of wild, mad bird and pluck out the very eyes of the enemy! So, okay, we got my son all cast up and endured the first couple of nights of his pain until finally things modified a bit. He is adjusting to crutches, a little wheelchair the whole works.
He broke his leg on a Sunday, by Tuesday we’re breathing pretty easy working out all of the strange kinks that come with having a child broken. I began banging away on the computer to try to catch up on some writing, when BAM ! Here came my oldest son running into my room, screaming hysterically saying” Mom I cut my hand really bad!” Huge lump in my throat, need to breathe but just go into first aid Mom mode! I drag my son to the sink as his hand is bleeding profusely and I plunge his hand under the faucet to rinse off the blood so as to see if I honestly could see how bad it was cut. The blood kept coming and by this time he is nervously shaking all over and I am trying to console him, but at the same time asking the Lord, what in the world was I going to do as I have one son in a full leg cast and another bleeding! Do I call an ambulance or try to drag him myself to the hospital for stitches, when the most profound thing come flying out of my son’s mouth! “Lord, help me please!”
Suddenly like someone had slapped me back into reality, because truly the Lord is the most real thing I know, I got into agreement with my son. I just remember saying Lord your word says and took off on his words to me! Immediately, my Lord performed a miracle! My son’s hand or actually it turned out to be his finger immediately stopped bleeding and his finger had a thin scab instantly cover the cut! Yes I know that this sounds incredible, but I am telling the truth. He went from blood dripping down his arm and off his elbow, to scab on the finger instantly! Yay! We came down the roller coaster track with our arms raised high and screaming cheers to the One who knows how to take good care of us, especially in our times of desperation! As a mother, I felt desperate to get my child help and to remain calm which obviously at first I was failing miserably at doing, but then Thank GOD! Some of the training that we’ve been training our child with kicked in for him and Voila! GOD truly is an on time GOD that heard a cry from his little child!
Okay, so after all of that was over, we are clipping along pretty good beginning to really enjoy the ride as we are going into the next week! It was a beautiful Monday morning, the sun was shining and I had just talked with a friend on the telephone and tried to encourage them as they were going through some things that only GOD could help them with. I had no more hung up the phone, and rose up from my kitchen table when I heard something horrible. All of a sudden something happened that still makes me quake to think about. A huge tree, probably about 30 feet came crashing down on the roof of our side porch, on our RV and on my truck which was parked right in front of our house. I ran quickly to my children as they felt the entire house being shaken and heard the crash of the tree. They of course were terrified and so was I as we did not know if this was the only tree that was going to fall as we live in a jungle of sorts. Trees are everywhere. I never knew whether to get out of the house or to stay in it. I tried to calm us all down, and ran to call my husband and told him what has just happened. He dropped everything at his job and immediately began his trip home. I guess I had just hang up on him so abruptly without telling him that we were okay that the enemy played with his mind on his 9 mile trip that I’m sure seemed a horrific long journey. As he travelled, my husband kept trying to call us but his cell phone would not allow him to call. Before he had gotten home the tree shifted and again the sounds of crashing and a terrifying vibration rattled the whole house! It was a horrible experience that I would not wish upon anyone with the exception that we were all safe!
The tree was perfectly healthy and green, just very tall and we had been having winds for the past few days, so I suppose that just the constant twisting and turning of it was what made it fall, that and the fact that the enemy wanted to use it to try to place a spirit of fear in me and my children. We couldn’t deny the power of the Lord as we seen how the tree was practically laid down to prevent as much damage as possible. We could keep looking at the situation and say if it had not been for the RV it would have fallen directly into the kitchen area, if it had not been for the porch roof, again it would have destroyed the rest of the house etc. But what we knew for sure, was that if it had not been for the hand and the protection of GOD it could have been a disaster that I personally do not want to think about.
So the point of this whole blog this week, is to simply say this: Bad things happen to good people all of the time. It is how we let them affect us and how we respond to them that will count. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” is a quote that definitely applies here. I know that what the enemy meant for evil, my GOD, my Daddy has turned for my good! I will set my face like a flint and know that regardless of the ride that I am on in life, that My Daddy is ultimately the conductor! He knows all of the twist and turns, all the thrills and times that my stomach is going to catch in my throat, but through it all, He is with me and so I raise my arms and let out a cheer and praise Him with my whole heart! GOD is always a good GOD!

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My Secret Garden

17 Apr

My Secret Garden

Secret Garden painted on a 6 Ft Indoor/ Outdoor Blind

Come Away!

17 Apr

Come Away!.

Come Away!

17 Apr

Come Away!

Secret Garden

Song of Solomon 2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
As I pondered what I would write for the blog this week, I was going through some artwork that I had painted. I thought I would post a picture of a painted six-foot blind with a garden scene that is one of my favorite paintings. By posting this painting it is not because I wanted to display my art work, but I simply wanted to share my “Secret Garden” painting with you. In the above scripture in Song of Solomon the Lord beckons to us to “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!” I often picture Him and me walking through a garden that is peaceful and beautiful. The scripture states in Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. So I feel it is important to have a place, a secret place that is all mine to where I can go and be with the Lord. Sometimes it’s just a place to escape and collect my thoughts.
I have a wonderful big front porch and I live in the country so it is not hard for me to escape. When the weather is nasty however, I have created a little nook area in my bedroom that has this painting on the wall. It is set up to be my office but it just makes me feel like I am entering a garden every time I go into this little area. I rise up early and go to the “Secret Garden” or if the mornings are not an option, I try my best to go after I put the children to bed. I escape into my little Secret Garden. Again, it is only a small little area, but to me it is so wonderful. I have found when I can go there and become quiet that I steal away with the Lord. I meet Him in the Secret Garden. While I am there, I feel his presence. I pray and receive answers to prayer. I often receive creative ideas for more artwork, or for books, poems and even songs. But, the most important thing I feel I gain is just a peace for my body, soul, and spirit.
I wanted to encourage you today. I know that every day is filled with responsibility and hectic schedules that have to be kept, however I hope that you will take the time to find a quiet place to escape to. I have a friend who took her walk-in closet and made her a secret place. Maybe you do not have that luxury or do not actually have an area in your home to make a secret place. As I talk with many people they have found creative ways to escape. For some, their vehicles become their secret place while on the way to work. For others, especially women, they enter their secret place as they light candles and relax in the bath, where ever you choose to go, I encourage you to go often. Let the Lord refresh you!

A Rainy Day In Georgia!

11 Apr

A Rainy Day In Georgia!.

A Rainy Day In Georgia!

11 Apr

A Rainy Day in Georgia!

Rainy dogwoods

Warning!!!!! Real life is “fixin” to happen in the South Ya’ll! As you continue to read, you will find that this post is much different from anything that I’ve posted before. Sometimes, I just have to shake myself and change things up a bit. Yesterday, at church, we had a guest speaker that challenged me with the truth of some things that I’ve known but neglected to practice.  He, of course encouraged us to believe and trust God for everything that we had need of especially healing, but something else he said struck a chord with me. My Check list below is truly my daily routine give or take a few things that need to be done on certain times or days, however, he quoted something yesterday that I’ve heard many times and even have preached it to others!

“If you want something different, you must do something different! If what you’re doing is not working, than you must try something else!”

Check: The alarm is blaring at 5:00 a.m. for my husband. Check: Thank the Lord for waking us up! Check: It is pouring rain outside and has been raining all night long, think I am just going to lie in bed all snuggled up and warm. Check: My husband hits snooze….Check: Awe, shoot, have to go to the bathroom! Check: Hit the ground running and now I am wide awake. Check: Want to go back to bed but must be a good wife and at least put hubby on some coffee. Check: Husband hits the ground rather slowly and is coughing horribly. Check: Let dog out, with much resistance on her part, as our Ivy Girl hates getting wet. Check: Feed and water our ornery cat Meadow. Check: Carry several cups of strong black coffee into the living room where the weather man is saying “Flood watches, more rain, possibly severe weather!” Check: Husband is not feeling well, still coughing. Check: He tells his boss he is not coming in today! Check: Okay, I am going back to bed after all… Yes!

As previously stated, it is a wonderful rainy Monday morning in Georgia! It’s now about 10:30 a.m. I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the window where it has been raining all night and most of the morning. I am taking the time to just be grateful and thankful to the Lord. I had a random song in my brain when I woke up “Rockin Robin!” I have to admit I love the “oldies but goodies” as they say! Because the trees are newly budded out with little leaves and beautiful white dogwood blossoms of spring, everything outside my window looks like a gorgeous painting splashed with green paint with strikingly brilliant bright white highlights. I was just praising the Lord that if he could paint such a beautiful scene outside for me to view, there was nothing that he couldn’t or wouldn’t do for me and my family, especially my husband again he wasn’t feeling well! After I sat for a while and just simply worshipped the Lord, I began yawning again.

Although it is quite beautiful, I like many people on a rainy morning, really just wanted to crawl back into my warm bed again, pull the covers up over my head this morning and be lulled back into a deep sleep by the sound of the pounding rain. As stated above, I tried it once already, but as I lie there in my bed attempting to be lulled, I couldn’t shut my “to do list” out of my mind. Much like a flashing neon marquee my list was scrolling through my thoughts with what I needed to accomplish on this wonderful rainy Monday morning and so I pulled the covers back and began my not so glamorous life again!

Check: More coffee. Check: My first load of laundry has been taken out of the washing machine and placed into the clothes dryer. Check: Put dishes away with the exception of a pan that is soaking in the kitchen sink that had food stuck in it from yesterday’s dinner! Check: Hugged boys and said “Good Morning!” Check: Boys fed breakfast! Check: Homeschool is started. Check: I am tired already! Check: Stop watching the rain as it only makes me think of going back to bed! Check: I had a package from mailman that would not fit in our mailbox. Check: Grabbed a flannel shirt to try to cover up the fact that I was wearing my pajama’s as I went out to meet him! Check: Another load of clothes going in! Check: Time to get lunch started for the boys! Check: Take their orders like a waitress, which is my own fault for giving them a choice. Check: Make note to self, stop acting like their waitress, simply make them something and say Viola! Check: Writing my list of checks! Check: Probably boring my readers to tears but really hope that I am not! Check: Don’t blame you if you crawl back into a warm bed and pull the covers over your head! Check: Yay, for me something exciting and different is just now happening. Check: I am just about finished with my blog that is unlike most of my blogs I’ve written! Check: Shook it up a bit!

So forgive me for all of the liberties I have taken to be a real wife and mother with this post! I wanted to shake it up a bit… Let me remind you that I did give you warning that this blog was going to be much different from anything that I’ve posted before! Now, please do not get me wrong, my daily routine may not be full of excitement every day, however because I am a wife and mother, I look at what I do as a ministry to my family, which helps me to find joy! No, it is not all the glamorous life that I hope for as a writer, or as an artist, or even as an inspirational speaker, but I am grateful that this is my first ministry. I have a home, a husband that I’ve been married to for thirty-three years and two of the sweetest boys in the world. I have much to be thankful for! Although sometimes, I may wish that my life read like “Leave it to Beaver!” It doesn’t come close. It reads more like a Clint Eastwood movie, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!”

Because I am a writer this is where I find what I would consider my glamorous moments! I thank the Lord that I do have this blog that lets me escape occasionally out of my daily routine! Please note, I am not bashing my life, I love it, nor am I saying that being a wife or a mother is boring in anyway….God knows that every day is filled with new challenges.   I hope that regardless of where you are in life, that something that I might say will reach into your heart and help bring a smile to your face! I especially wanted to reach out to the wives and mothers today. I hope that you relate to what I am trying to convey. Our lives are hardly boring! Sometimes as the caregivers of our families, we need to have something new just for us! I want to cheer you on because what you do is so very powerful, you are ministers to your families and no one can do that job like you can! However, as a wife and a mother I find that I need to be ministered to as well! I hope this truly ministered to you!

Calling all Dreamers!

3 Apr

Calling All Dreamers!

C. S Lewis quote
Dreams are meant to be walked out! But how? You might ask. My answer to you is One step at a time…

I heard the joke, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Dreams for many of us are like elephants, way too big to fit anywhere in our lives. Our dreams are usually too big to swallow, too big to hide and shove down and way too big to fulfill on our own. Isn’t it amazing, though, that they fit perfectly in our imagination and heart. You can see them in everything you do and they are more real to you than anything else that you know. You desire it more than anything else, but still it seems elusive. The most miserable people I’ve met are those who have decided that their dreams were just too big and too crazy to go after them. I see them years later stuck in the same place using the excuse “I am too old now to ever fulfill my dreams!” Who put an age limit on our dreams?
You know that I found that my craziest dreams, meaning dreams that were as huge as elephants and dreams that seemed to be delusional and impossible were the very dreams that the Lord himself had birthed into my life. These are the dreams that I know I can’t fulfill on my own. These are dreams that I know that are not possible unless God makes provision, sets me up with divine appointments and connections and provides funds for me to do it. But I have great news for you! I am living out big dreams that are way larger than I ever imagined to be fulfilled. Writing this blog every week, although it may be small to some, is huge for me. This is a dream come true.
Other such dreams of mine are my books. I am not writing this as a promotion for my books, however I just want to encourage you. I have been able to publish three books, again maybe for some this may not seem like a big deal, but for me these were HUGE dreams of mine. I have about fifteen books completed. This is not something I came up with on my own. I feel very blessed by the Lord who I feel with all of my heart inspired every word of them. God totally provided me with what I needed to see them fulfilled. I will not go into all of the details about God’s miraculous provision, or how he made divine appointments for me. You know what I am talking about people want to call it “being at the right place at the right time” or “meeting the right person.” I know when I have holy encounters that were set up divinely. It wasn’t fate or dumb luck, No, it was my Heavenly Father providing for me so that I can fulfill my dreams which give him glory and points to his goodness…
Being an author is one such dream that I thought was so huge and impossible for me to obtain. However, here I sit with a number of books published. I just finished up another book that I am thrilled to say is the largest book I’ve ever written with the greatest number of words and pages. I am so excited to see how the Lord will use it!
Please do not take me wrong again I am not writing this blog this week to toot my own horn ora as a promotion, but to encourage you, the Dreamer, who may be reading this. I simply took one bite at a time and now I have got a good part of an elephant dream swallowed as far as actually writing and getting published. Going on the adventure of where the books will take me is another elephant dream and so on and so on, but one bite at a time, one step at a time with the Lord’s hand leading me, I’m swallowing hard and making great strides! I am sure that your dream may be altogether different from mine but if you desire it, why can’t you have it? If your dreams seem as huge as an elephant may I encourage you to simply take one tiny bite at a time! Eventually you will have an elephant dream swallowed and fulfilled! Frankly, what do you have to lose?
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!” ~C.S. Lewis

Free Promotion of My Latest Book “Tell the Enemy to Scat!”

31 Mar

Free Promotion of My Latest Book "Tell the Enemy to Scat!".

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