Dear readers, From time to time I open my blog to guests so they can share their own stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage you in your journey. Today, please welcome Brenda B. Taylor as she shares about her recent time in Texas helping family clean up after Hurricane Harvey.
I spent the first week of September watching the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas on television. Several of my relatives were caught in the throws of Harvey’s destructive rains. My brother had four feet of toxic flood water in his home. Every home in his neighborhood was flooded.
I traveled to Spring, Texas and stayed with my son while I helped my brother in Kingwood salvage whatever he could rescue. Not much could be saved—only those items made of metal or no-porous materials. My niece and I washed the items in disinfecting water with bleach, rinsed and dried, and placed them in containers to be stored for the home when all is renewed. All the while my heart was breaking for the victims of the devastating flood in the Houston area.
Images of homes with the owners’ ruined possessions piled high along curbs waiting for the FEMA garbage truck to take them are imprinted on my mind. I am reminded how short and fleeting life is. We should make the most of each moment and never miss an opportunity to say, “I love you,” or give someone a big hug.
Jesus loves us and when he walked the earth, reminded us often just how much. The scriptures are full of His ‘love’ sayings. He knew the brevity of time and how important expressing our love and appreciation was to others. Some of us aren’t all that loveable, either, but He loves in spite of our shortcomings.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
“For the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.” John 16:27 NLT
I witnessed the depth of caring people expressed for those who are hurting as I watched the ones who spent their time, resources, and efforts rescuing victims of the storm. Stories abound about the rescues and saving lives.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34 NLT
Although the storm raged, peace could be found in Jesus. He was with us through the storm.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
Latest Book Blurb: Aine MacLean is forced into an arranged marriage with Sir William, Chief of Clan Munro, yet her heart belongs to a handsome young warrior in her father’s guard. She must leave Durant Castle, the home of her birth on the Isle of Mull, and travel across Scotland in a perilous journey to her husband’s home on Cromarty Firth. William agrees to a year and day of handfasting, giving Aine an opportunity to accept him and his clan. He promises her the protection of Clan Munro, however, Aine experiences kidnapping, pirates, and almost loses her life in the River Moriston. She doubts the sincerity of William’s promises and decides to return to Durant Castle when the handfasting ends. William determines to win Aine’s heart. Will the brave knight triumph in his fight for the bonnie lass?
A Highland Emerald is the third book in the award-winning Highland Treasures series. It tells the story of Aine MacLean and William Munro, and is the prequel to A Highland Pearl. You can find it at: Amazon, iBooks, or Smashwords.