Review: A Deeper Kind of Calm by Linda Dillow

In A Deeper Kind of Calm: Steadfast Faith in the Midst of Adversity, Linda Dillow helps others get through their “Valley of Weeping” not only with their faith in God intact but with it strengthened. She focuses on four Psalms (77, 46, 63, & 84) as the basis of her book. The lessons taught are about remembering what God has done for us, learning to hide in God’s presence and learning to cling to God in our times of trouble. It includes a guide for a four-week Bible study that could be done alone or with a group.

This book also teaches about recognizing that we all must journey through our trials, but if we trust in God he will direct our steps. She points out that while our problems might be big or small compared to hers or those of other people, we all feel pain and we must all learn to deal with it without being taken over by depression or discouragement. We must learn to turn to Jesus.

I think most women will find at least one or two of the many examples she gives that they relate to. For me personally after reading about the bear getting into Linda’s home it’s hard to be as upset as I once was when a stray cat or opossum finds a way into mine. As I read about her friend Becky being faced with serious illness and family trouble at the same time but still clinging to Jesus my own troubles seem so much smaller and I am greatly encouraged to pray and strengthen my faith in God.

I am still journeying, still learning to turn to God and trust completely when things go wrong. This book has helped me get a few steps further along the path. I would recommend this book to those who want to be able to stand in faith in the midst of life’s trials or for those who are trying to help someone else through a difficult time.

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Happy Homemaker Monday – Week 13 -2011

Hope you’ve had a great Monday.

From: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: 82 degrees mostly cloudy and lots of wind.

Things that make me happy: Watching grown cats play like kittens,
Having a Sunday morning where everything goes great (everyone gets up and ready on time, the weather is nice, the service is inspiring, and everyone is in a good mood and fellowships afterward)

Book I’m reading: False Premises by Leslie Caine
Vitamins for Dummies
The Bible

What’s on my TV today: My teens playing the video games they got for their birthdays

On the menu for dinner: Sesame Ginger Chicken, Broccoli, and Loaded Mashed Potatoes

On my To Do List: Homeschooling
Blog Hopping

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

In the craft basket: Cross Stitch Noah’s Ark Picture

Looking forward to this week: Spring Weather

Tips and Tricks: can’t think of anything

My favorite blog post this week:
A Homeschool Holiday at Pioneer Woman
This has long been one of my favorite perks of homeschooling, picking and choosing which holidays to take off and celebrate.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
5 minutes for Books

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days: I have a hard time letting go of things.

Some things I need to just stop worrying about and trust everything will be okay even if it isn’t perfect.

I need to just let go of hurtful things that have been said in the past also, and try not to let them continue to hurt me.

On my mind: I’m worried about my Grandpa. He recently recovered from throat cancer but has a weakened immune system from the chemotherapy. Now he has caught pneumonia and been put in the hospital. I don’t see him very often but I still love him and worry about him.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

The Ultimate Blog Party 2011 is going on and it appears I’ve arrived very late. I didn’t even know there was a party until March 7th. Oh well, better late than never I guess. So far I’ve only visited a couple dozen of the other party stops but I’ll keep visiting all month.

For more information about the party visit 5 minutes for Mom.


If your stopping by from the party (or however else you got here) welcome to my little corner of the world. My name is Lucinda. I’m a stay-at-home mom who homeschools my two teenagers (1 boy, 1 girl). I have been married to my best friend for over 20 years.

I’m new to blogging (I’ve only had a blog for about a month) and relatively new to the blogosphere (I’ve been blog hopping for less than a year). So far I’ve enjoyed my time spent here.

I know there’s not much here yet but I’m working on it. I actually have close to a dozen posts started I’m just having a hard time declaring them finished. (I have a hard time letting other people read my writing and am trying to use this blog to help me get over it.) I have at least 4 posts planned for next week (a blog  about books, a book review, a homemaker Monday post, and at least 1 more) and I’m going to make myself post them no matter what.

I can’t tell you exactly what this blog is because I haven’t actually decided yet. I intend to talk about all sorts of things; crafts, cooking, homeschooling, books, video games, gardening, nutrition, home decorating and remodeling, just chatting, and perhaps occasionally venting. It may turn into a blog about only 1 or 2 of these things or into something else entirely. If there’s anything in particular you see you like be sure to let me know. Whatever this blog turns in to it will include (even if only a little) my family, my faith, and books. These three things are the main ones that make me who I am so they can’t be left entirely out of anything I do.

If you let me know you were here I’ll be sure and return the favor (it might take a few days though). I hope you haven’t felt like this stop was a waste of time and I hope you’ll stop by again sometime. I’m looking forward to getting to know a lot of you out there in cyberspace and letting you get to know me.


Happy Homemaker Monday – Week 12 – 2011

Happy Monday everyone.


From: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The weather in my neck of the woods: Upper 70’s and very windy. The weather people say we will probably get bad thunder storms this afternoon.
Things that make me happy: My mail order packages showing up early.

Book I’m reading: I’m almost done with A Deeper Kind of Calm. I should have the review up in a day or two.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


What’s on my TV today: Fame (the TV series being rerun on ovation TV) It’s fun watching something I enjoyed as a teenager even if parts of it now seem silly or dated.

On the menu for dinner: Chicken Fajita Quesadillas and Spanish Rice

On my To Do List: Homeschooling

Spring Cleaning

Getting ready for my son’s birthday

Typing up a scripture list to print. My pastor wants to hand it out at Wednesday night’s service

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:

Mexican Beef & Pasta, The Chicken Fajita Quesadillas I’m fixing tonight are a new recipe.

In the craft basket:
Still working on my Noah’s Ark picture (It will probably take me months to finish) and a few Easter decorations.

Looking forward to this week: My son’s 15th birthday. Playing Kinect games with my kids. Hopefully getting our vents repaired so we can run the central AC next time it gets over 80 degrees.

Tips and Tricks: Put vinegar on a bee or wasp sting (after you’ve removed the stinger if there is one. It helps the pain go away faster.

My favorite blog post this week: The Home at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Studies in Scripture

It’s not a newly discovered blog. It’s my husband’s Bible blog so I’ve known about since it went up about a year and a half ago.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days:
I’ve been reminded sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut and wait for the right time to put in your two cents worth.

On my mind: Every year around my kids’ birthdays I start wondering how good of a job I’ve done in teaching them what they are going to need to know. I’m sure I’ve done a good job in some areas but I’m just as sure my teachings have been lacking in other areas.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.   Psalms 91:10-11