Laura Hilton: Is God’s No Always No?

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Everyone’s Story welcomes  back Laura Hilton, an author who is beloved by many adoring readers and one whose words always lifts my spirit. I originally read the message that Laura shares with us this week several weeks ago and it soothed my then conflicted mood. Yet, in preparing this blog feature I again read Laura’s words and again it touched my heart and brought me peace. My wish for you as we start the New Year is that Laura’s feature will also bring comfort especially since it’s wrapped up in the ever eternal gift-wrapping of the One Comforter. Please check out Laura’s wonderful BookGiveaway. **Bonus: to gain an extra drawing chance for Laura’s BookGiveaway, please sign up for a subscription to Everyone’s Story on the top of this page on the right-hand column and make a note that you’ve done so in your comment.

 

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BookGiveaway:

Laura is offering 1 copy of any of her books to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, January 8th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).

 

Christmas Mittens Blurb:

Gracia Dykstra enjoys her job at the Senior Center, especially at Christmas time. The seniors have an annual craft shop. Desperate to raise funds Gracia asks for donations of Christmas trees to sell in order to raise much-needed funds, but Christmas tree donations are scarce. Jake Trivett has quit his job in California to come home and help his dad. A friendship with Gracia, who he’s always admired, intrigues him. Gracia’s heart flutters with more than Christmas spirit when Jake, an old flame, whose father runs a struggling tree farm answers the phone. Will Gracia receive more than Christmas trees this year?

List of Laura’s novels:

Patchwork Dreams
A Harvest of Hearts
Promised to Another
Healing Love
Surrendered Love
Awakened Love
A White Christmas in Webster County
Swept Away
The Snow Globe
The Postcard
The Birdhouse
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The Amish Firefighter (ARC, it releases in April)​

When God Seems To Say No by Laura Hilton

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)

 

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Have you ever wanted or needed something so bad, that it is all you can think about? In CHRISTMAS MITTENS, Gracia needs a donation of fifty Christmas trees for the senior center she works at. The center receives some government funding, but not enough. They rely heavily on donations and fundraisers.

Gracia is tired of the same-old boring fundraising ideas that the center has done for years. And it seems the town is tired of them, too. Last year’s bake sale was a total flop. The idea of Christmas trees as a fundraiser seemed so fresh, so innovative, so inspired! The tree sale, paired with a Christmas craft fair where the seniors sell their crafts, should be perfect.

Except no one wants to donate trees… and she’s down to her last call to ask for help. And she’s ready to beg.birdhouse cover

When God seems to say no, how do you handle it?

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of our wants and desires to hand it over to God for Him to manage as He will. But it usually is so much better when we do let go and let God. He knows how it should be handled so much better than we do and He is able to answer prayers above and beyond our wildest dreams. He can exceed our expectations and make our dreams come true.

Because God is not interested in adequate. God is not going to be content with “good enough.” The somewhat cynical phrase, “Close enough for government work!” has never crossed His lips . . . or His mind.

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God gives “good” gifts. Gifts that keep on giving throughout the year, long after the wrappings and ribbons and wreaths have been reconciled to storage until the following year.

God gives “perfect” gifts. Gifts that are perfect for the individual, perfect for the occasion, and perfect for the purposes to which He has called us.

God’s gifts are never going to migrate to the back of one’s closet, or to the nearest thrift store. They continually grow, and expand. When used appropriately, one can always find some new way of putting God’s gifts to use.

God’s gifts are never going to wear out, rust, break down or fall apart. God’s gifts never come with any warning labels, age-appropriate stickers, or 1-800 numbers “in case of failure.”

And God’s gifts never come with a “shelf life.” In this beginning of the New Year, is there something you’re hanging on to that should be turned over to the Lord? Let’s start by handing it over to Him, and then waiting in anticipation for the answer. For with God, every day is a season for miracles.

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Author’s Bio:

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.

She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.

Places to connect with Laura:

Website/blog

Twittter

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon

Additional Fun and BookGiveaways from Elaine:

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In addition to Laura’s gracious Giveaway, you also have a chance to  enter the BookGiveaway I’m offering to win either 1 copy of my debut novel Always With You (upon its release) or Christmas Treasures. Just sign up for my Newsletter which is found on the About Elaine page–click on the Mailing List house icon on the top right-hand column. US entries will receive a printed copy.  Outside the US will receive a digital copy.

I’m so looking forward to this Giveaway!

I also hope that you will sign up to receive Everyone’s Story in your inbox. The subscription box is on the top of this page on the right-hand column. Previous subscribers on the former Blogger blog have not automatically been transferred.

Laura and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”

 

24 comments to Laura Hilton: Is God’s No Always No?

  • Thanks for this post, Laura. It’s good to pause and consider the quality of the heavenly gifts we receive! May the new year be kind to you both.

  • Ann Ellison

    Another author that I haven’d had the privilege of reading her books. I enjoyed reading her post and look forward to adding her books to my reading list. I would love to win a copy of Christmas Mittens. abilene_nana(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • I’m dealing with some “nos” this week and having to turn them over to the Lord afresh. Sometimes it’s difficult, but it really comes down to placing my trust in Him again, even if it’s one day at a time. Thanks for sharing, Laura.

    • elaineadmin

      Oh, how I hear you, Kathy. I’m facing several major changes in 2016 and I’m giving Him all my trust that decades of No will be a Yes, on many fronts. Just keeping my heart and eyes on where He leads me.

    • Thanks, Kathleen. Praying for you as your turn things over to the Lord. My blog post coming up soon on Putting On the New deals with somethings I’m struggling with.

  • What a timely topic – I don’t like to hear no, and am still learning to say no. Christmas Mittens sounds like a fun read.

    And yes, Elaine, I did sign up 🙂

  • I just wrote in an article I’m working on… “I stayed calm to place my faith in miracles.” Amen to accepting God’s direction!

  • Marilyn R

    A very appropriate topic as we start a new year. Listening to God and following His leading is so important. Christmas Mittens sounds like a heart warming book to read. I have enjoyed reading Laura’s books. I’ve signed up for your newsletter, Elaine. Thank you both for the giveaways. God Bless.

    • elaineadmin

      Welcome to Everyone’s Story, Marilyn. So nice to see you! I’m glad you enjoyed Laura’s encouraging words, perfect for the New Year and every day until the next new year 🙂

      You’re in the drawing for Laura’s Giveaway–twice–for signing up for my blog subscription. I appreciate that. I’m unsure if you meant to sign up for the Giveaway of my debut novel, Always With You, upon its release, or the anthology Christmas Treasures, but to do so you would have to sign up for my Newsletter at the House icon that you can find on the top right-hand side of my About Elaine page..

      Hope to see you again. Blessings in 2016.

    • Thanks for entering, Marilyn. And for the kind words. I am trying to listen to God’s leading in a very difficult area in my life. God is reminding me – be strong and very courageous.

  • Ah, Christmas Mittens sounds great. I used to work at a senior center so I know all about funding…or lack thereof. 🙂 I believe a lot of times God’s no is not yet. pat at ptbradley dot com

    • elaineadmin

      I’m a believer too that His no is often a disguised not yet–and that it’s only our perspective that we can’t recognize the camouflage.

      Always a pleasure seeing you, Pat! Happy New Year to you.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Pat! We had a senior citizen start in our town but with insufficient government funding and unsuccessful fund raisers they were forced to close. Sad because a lot of seniors don’t want to stay home alone all day and this gave them someplace to go for a hot meal, companionship, and other activities.

  • elaineadmin

    A big thanks to my special guest, Laura Hilton, this past week. Why special? First, because she was my first guest for the new year. Second, because she’s my first guest on Everyone’s Story’s new home on this website, which means she had to put up with me adjusting to a new way of formatting. And three, because Laura is a very special and faith-devoted woman who always lifts my heart back to the place where it should be–on Him.

    Thanks is also extended to Laura for her very generous BookGiveaway. The winner of any 1 of her novels is…

    Delores! Congratulations, Delores! Happy reading. Both Laura and I will contact you via direct email.

    Thanks for all those who have followed me over from the old Blogger site to my new cyber home.

    Blessings.

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