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The Good Shepherd is For You

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Hi, friends!

In my Bible reading, I’m revisiting the book of John in the New Testament.

Some mornings when I read it feels like I’m walking side by side with Jesus on dusty roads or sitting on grassy hillsides listening to His teachings.

This was one of those mornings. As I read through chapter 10, I could hear the confusion and disbelief in the Pharisees’ voices (and in my own). And the confident, compassionate clarity in Jesus’ voice.

Jesus said so much in those 42 verses that can cast out fear, replace lies with truth, comfort us, ground us in courage, and fill us with hope.

Jesus said so much that can replace lies with truth and ground us in courage. Click To Tweet

 

I’ve selected seven of those truths for us to consider and camp on. (more…)

News and Ways You Can Help Spread the Word

Ways You Can Help Spread the Word www.monahodgson.com

Hello Friends!

 

I have a personal update as well as NEWS about a book giveaway and ways you can help:

  1. My cancer surveillance scan last week showed no new tumors! Grateful, relieved, and celebrating–that’s me. I’m ready to write some more.
  2.  GoodReads is hosting a 10-Book Giveaway for my new picture book, I Can Talk to God! Ends June 21st at 11:59 pm. Book Giveaway of I Can Talk to God on Goodreads Click To Tweet
  3.  I Can Talk to God is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

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New Book Release Day

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Drum roll please . . .

Book #43 for me was released today!

 

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Friends, it feels fantastic to be back writing books, sending out e-newsletters, posting on my Facebook Author Page, and connecting with you through my blog.

 

When the brain fog from the surgery and anesthesia started to clear and my ability to focus returned, I knew what I wanted to do with my extra time at home. Clean out kitchen drawers, organize my office closet shelves, and revisit a picture book I’d written in 2003.  A book about prayer–timely for all ages.

 

I gave the book a new title, freshened up the concept and the text, and spent several weeks working virtually with Patrick Carlson, a gifted cartoonist and picture book illustrator.

 

My newest book is not Mountain Whispers, the historical romance sequel to Prairie Song that some of you are waiting for. Sorry, not yet. Instead it is a picture book that supports your desire to encourage your child, grandchild, or student in the spiritual discipline of prayer.

 

The spiritual development of the kiddos in your life is a privilege and sometimes a daunting responsibility. I’m thrilled to come alongside you with this new resource. I packed I Can Talk to God full of poignant and teachable moments.

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Picture Book Illustrator Spills Secrets and Offers Tips

A Picture Book Illustrator Spills Secrets and Tips www.monahodgson.com

Hi, friends!

My newest picture book releases Monday! Yep. June 1st. Can’t wait! In the meantime, I thought it might be fun for you to meet the illustrator for I Can Talk to God.

 

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As the writer, I provide the text and set the tone for the book. It’s the illustrator who brings my words to life on the page. For my 31st children’s book, that artist is Patrick Carlson. (more…)

Children’s Book Giveaway

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Hi, friends!

My NEWEST PICTURE BOOK releases this Monday, June 1! WOOHOO!!!

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I’m celebrating with an I Can Talk to God Children’s Book Giveaway. ENTER NOW! Enter before Friday, June 5 at 12:00 am. (more…)

New Picture Book and Printable Activity Pages

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Friends, I have big news!

My 43rd book releases June 1st. I Can Talk to God is a 24-page paperback picture book for age 2 to 8.

This book is not the next long-awaited novel in my Hearts Seeking Home historical romance series (watch for Mountain Whispers to land here this autumn), but this picture book is a project from deep in my heart.

Sometimes God seems far away because you can’t see or feel Him. But He is right there, ready to listen to you. I want to help kids know and embrace that truth. (more…)

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress

5 Strategies to Help You Crush Stress www.MonaHodgson.com

The Covid-19 global crisis will likely sit at or near the top of your list of the most stressful seasons ever.

There isn’t one area of our lives not affected by the social distancing and shelter in place orders, closed school and church buildings, offices going online, cancelled travel plans, delayed medical appointments and procedures, and the constant stream of devastating news related to the pandemic.

Even with some states, cities, businesses, and medical services starting to open up some, life is far from normal.

And all of that on top of the usual stresses of everyday life. While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real.

While you and I can find much to be grateful for in every season, the stresses of change and uncertainty are real. Click To Tweet

Friend, I’m in this chaotic and wonderful life with you, and I’m hoping these five suggestions help you lighten the load.

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7 Habits of a (Mostly) Sane Mom

7 Habits of a (Mostly) Sane Mom www.monahodgson.com

I see you, friend!

You are in my heart as you navigate this crazy new normal.

I’m counting the days with you as we try to see beyond Covid-19. Social distancing. No school—the kids are home. So are you. Always. And if you’re married, your spouse is too. Home schooling or navigating online schooling. Working from home. Cooking. Cleaning. Missing your MOPS group, Bible study sisters. And having a moment to yourself.

Sanity for moms and grandmothers in this chaos? It’s a stretch even on the good days.

I hear you. And I want to help!

So … I’m sharing some habits that I hope will help you find a road map for this topsy-turvy time (whatever that looks like for you). (more…)

A Prayer in Motion for Your Kiddos

A Prayer in Motion for Kiddos www.MonaHodgson.com

Hi, friend!

What a crazy time, right? But also an amazing opportunity for parents and grandparents (in person or on Facetime, WhatsApp, or Zoom)!

With all this extra time with your kids and grandkids, you might be looking for ways to encourage their Spiritual Formation.

I want to come alongside you and offer some ideas and resources. Later this week, on my website on the Free Resources page, I’ll have some printable fun for you to use with your kiddos. In the meantime, how about an idea for a prayer that affirms God’s presence in their lives while helping them get the wiggles out? (more…)

When a Zebra Becomes Your Mascot

When a Zebra Becomes Your Mascott www.monahodgson.com

When my hubby and I made our first trip to Tanzania in East Africa to see our daughter and her family, it was the giraffes that captured my attention.

Fifteen years later, it’s the zebra that seized my attention.

A giraffe is unlike any other animal. The zebra however could be mistaken for a small horse that paused too long in front of a graffiti artist. That’s why the zebra became the mascot for rare diseases. (more…)

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