Salve for Souls

Monday, June 12, 2017

Does your life feel incomplete? Find the answer you've been missing.

Cover Reveal - Where Your Heart Meets God's by Flora Reigada

Flora Reigada may be new to the MillerWords family, but she is no stranger to writing. In her how-to devotional, she asks if your life feels incomplete? Well, maybe you can find the answer you've been missing...

Where Your Heart Meets God's Coming soon from MillerWords!
New Revised Edition

About the Book: God has life changing messages for you, but how would you know, and what would He say? You might be surprised to find His words shining like jewels in everyday life, but also where we need to search and dig. Recognizing these messages of life and love can be compared to discovering hidden treasures just for you, then exploring these jewels one at a time, each with numerous facets. Such is the divine treasure with your name, if you will but receive. Where Your Heart Meets God’s can help illuminate these inner riches right where you are, whatever your circumstances or struggles. Open the pages and your heart for an everlasting adventure in hearing and experiencing God. Discover the many ways He is calling your name.

About the Author: Flora Reigada is an award-winning journalist and novelist. She and her husband, Dan, have been a reporter/photographer team for several newspapers, including the Florida Today. At present, they cover Brevard County/Space Coast news for Senior Life newspaper. Interesting places they have explored in pursuit of a story include a “castle,” the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida. In Titusville Florida’s historic Vassar B. Carlton Courthouse, they climbed a hidden stairway to a long-abandoned jail. While covering events at a local ranch, Flora narrowly avoided being trampled by a “spooked” horse. She has also been a staff writer for Warner Press, contributing to their Pathways to God devotional and Christian Art Bulletin. In addition, she has written for Guideposts Magazine, Decision Magazine, the Upper Room Daily Devotional and more. She and Dan are proud parents and grandparents.

“Our lives have been filled with adventure,” Flora says.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

LOST IN THE BLIZZARD




One snowy day as my sons, Daniel age nine and David six, played at a friend’s house I called their playmate's mother.
"It's time for my boys to come home for supper," I said.
None of us realized the snowfall had become a blinding blizzard. Their house was within sight of ours and the walk normally took less than five minutes. But as my sons stepped out into whiteout conditions combined with late afternoon’s dimness, they became disoriented and lost in a swirling mist. Before long, the driven snow blew into David’s eyes, making them sting.

“I can’t see! I can’t see!” he cried in panic.

“Pull your hat down over your eyes and I’ll lead you home,” Daniel shouted above the howling wind.

Taking hold of David, he led him step-by-step.

Waiting for my sons who were late for supper, I again called their friend’s mother. It shocked me to hear Daniel and David had left about a half hour earlier. One glance out the window ignited my fears. I threw on my coat to look for my sons.

They must be lost in the storm. People have frozen to death in blizzards. They’re just little boys. God help us!

I was about to rush outside, when a feeble knock sounded at the door. I flung it open to two snow-encrusted children. My arms wrapped around them.


Safely home, David helps Dad shovel out from the blizzard.
Thanking God, I gave my boys dry clothes and a warm meal.

I never forgot that incident, which I always believed had deeper meaning.

Unable to see, David had to trust his brother. “But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” we read in Proverbs 18:24 (NIV). That friend is Jesus. When problems threaten to overwhelm me, I need to trust His lead.

I realized there is another application. After Cain killed his brother Abel, he asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9, NIV).

I believe this applies not only to blood relatives, but all of humanity. When God’s Spirit impresses me to lend a hand, say a word or even reach into my wallet, I am my brother’s keeper.

On that snowy day, Daniel could have run home to save himself, abandoning his panicked brother to the elements. Instead, he reached out, possibly saving David’s life.

That makes me think about the people I pass every day, especially those in my own household.

What personal storms are they struggling through? When God’s “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12, NIV) prompts me to do or say something, do I just keep going?

My nine-year old son answered me by his example.

Tall snowdrifts in our back yard.
Flora invites you to check out her "Castle in the Sun" romance/suspense series, published by Helping Hands Press. In Book One, "Love's Sweetest Revenge," after Liz's husband takes off with a plaything in her twenties, Liz hopes to forget her troubles in the beauty of the forest. But unseen eyes are watching and an encounter with destiny, waiting. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BLKMLRC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
In Book Two, "Love and Obsession," fly away to romantic, St. Augustine Florida, where Liz and Carlos plan to marry beneath the city's legendary "Love Tree." But Liz's ex-husband Steve, is hell-bent on stopping the wedding and he's ready to duke it out with Carlos. Who will prevail?
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Obsession-Castle-Sun-Book-ebook/dp/B01M1O6HC4
Think that dream you had might mean something? Flora's devotional book "Where Your Heart Meets God's," published by Helping Hands Press, explores the many ways God whispers our name.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods/dp/1622085868
Book also available in "sample" kindle edition, just 99 cents.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods-ebook/dp/B00X1LCFXK


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LOOKING DEATH IN THE FACE


The day I looked death in the face began like many others.

As a photographer/reporter team for a newspaper in Central Florida, my husband Dan and I were on assignment to cover activities at a local horse ranch.

But as we drove there I felt unsettled, like the gusty wind rustling the trees.

Perhaps this hesitancy was God's "still small voice" (see 1 Kings 19:12) warning me to be careful.

At the ranch, its owner Lynn came to greet us. A children's riding class happened to be there on horseback. Lynn was about to lead the group down a sandy path to a meadow with a pond.

"Want to join us?" she asked Dan and me.

Dan nodded. “That sounds like a great setting for pictures.”

Angela Neal, volunteer at Hidden Rescue for Thoroughbreds
(HART) in Cocoa, Florida, (not location of incident)
gives horses such as  Lucy, tender loving care.
Holding a horse's reins, Lynn led the procession, while Dan and I brought up the rear on foot. I stepped carefully among piles of manure.

Dan pointed out an electric fence. "I touched one of those by accident years ago. It gave me quite a jolt."

When I turned to look, the wind blew sand into my eyes. As they burned and watered, I considered returning to our car and letting Dan tackle this job alone.

I dismissed the thought after seeing the fun others were having. The children were chatting and laughing. Dan began taking pictures as we emerged into the meadow.

While Dan moved closer for better picture angles, I stayed in the background taking notes. Relaxing a bit, I was able to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. Beneath an azure sky, horses circled the pond and waded in with their riders astride.

Rachael Whiteley, volunteer at Hidden Acres Rescue
For Thoroughbreds (HART) in Cocoa Florida
(not location of incident) gives horses such as
Comrade, tender loving care.
But when I noticed unfenced horses grazing about 50 feet away, my unsettledness tried to creep back in. I forced it to the back of my mind. The horses were content, grazing peacefully. For a fleeting moment, I felt peaceful too.
Then suddenly, a spotted horse with a girl on its back, galloped toward the pond, kicking up its hind legs. The girl slid off, splashing into the pond, thankfully unhurt. The horse continued to gallop and buck.

Lynn attempted to grab its reins, but the horse galloped past her, around the circumference of the pond—aimed straight at me!

Time seemed to move in slow motion.

Where can I run? How will I get away?

I glanced behind me. The electric fence was right there and all around was open field, with nowhere to hide.

My heart pounded. I could almost feel the horse's hooves kicking me to death right there in the muck and manure. God help me, I prayed.

Immediately, one of the loose horses stopped grazing. Although facing away from the panicked animal, it turned as if on cue. It then galloped into the path of the spotted horse, blocking its way. Calmed, the spotted horse trotted off in another direction. Things returned to normal as the intervening horse went back to grazing.

Lynn later told Dan and me that the horse had "spooked" because it was new to the ranch and something had blown past its face.

As we drove home, Dan expressed amazement.

"That horse in the field seemed to know exactly what it had to do."

Shaken but thankful, I agreed, certain the horse had received its instruction from the Master, who heard my cries.


Flora invites you to check out her "Castle in the Sun" romance/suspense series, published by Helping Hands Press.
In Book One, "Love's Sweetest Revenge," after Liz's husband takes off with a plaything in her twenties, Liz hopes to forget her troubles in the beauty of the forest. But unseen eyes are watching and an encounter with destiny, waiting. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BLKMLRC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
In Book Two, "Love and Obsession," fly away to romantic, St. Augustine Florida, where Liz and Carlos plan to marry beneath the city's legendary "Love Tree." But Liz's ex-husband Steve, is hell-bent on stopping the wedding and he's ready to duke it out with Carlos. Who will prevail?
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Obsession-Castle-Sun-Book-ebook/dp/B01M1O6HC4
Think that dream you had might mean something? Flora's devotional book "Where Your Heart Meets God's," published by Helping Hands Press, explores the many ways God whispers our name.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods/dp/1622085868
Book also available in "sample" kindle edition.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods-ebook/dp/B00X1LCFXK

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FROM HEAVEN WITH LOVE FOR YOU

God has life changing messages for you, but how would you know?

And what would He say?
You might be surprised to find God's words of love,
shining like jewels in everyday life.


But also where we need to search and dig.






"Where Your Heart Meets God's," a new and revised devotional book from MillerWords, can help you discover this priceless treasure of the heart. E-book just $1.99
 https://goo.gl/mtiv4f
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21, KJV).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FLY AWAY TO A CASTLE IN THE SUN

Join Liz as she steps into New York State's  deep forest.
She wants to go for a walk to forget her troubles.
Steve had left for a plaything in her twenties, and there is nothing Liz can do about it.
.
But bigger problems are watching and waiting.





How could this dangerous situation possibly lead to
a hidden locket,
a mysterious love letter, romance
and a castle in paradise?
Find out in "Love's Sweetest Revenge,"
first in the "Castle in the Sun" romance/suspense series,
available from "Helping Hands Press."
https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweetest-Revenge-Flora-Reigada/dp/1622085884/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?
_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
E-book just $2.99. Kindle Unlimited $0.00.
https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweetest-Revenge-Flora-Reigada-ebook/dp/B01BLKMLRC


The saga continues in book 2, "Love and Obsession." set mainly in
romantic, St. Augustine Florida. Liz and Carlos plan to marry
beneath the city's legendary "Love Tree." But Liz's ex-husband Steve, is hell-bent
on stopping the wedding and he's ready to duke it out with Carlos.
Who will prevail?
E-book just $2.99. Kindle Unlimited $0.00.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

DISCOVER YOUR HEAVENLY TREASURE





If God had something to say to you, how would you know and what would He say? You might be surprised to find God's words of love hidden like jewels in everyday life, but also where we need to search and dig. Where Your Heart Meets God's can help you discover a priceless treasure of the heart with your name. Open the pages and your heart for an everlasting journey of hearing and experiencing God. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21, NIV).
Find out more:
Devotional also available in "sample" 99 cents Kindle format.




From Heaven with love. What or Who do you see in the clouds?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

GRAMMATICAL CRIMES: MY CONFESSION



Flora Reigada confesses to "GRAMMATICAL CRIMES I HAVE COMMITTED"

During the final, critical moments of a football game, I leaped to my feet with the cheering crowd when the quarterback hit a home run.
Not really—but that scenario illustrates something unbelievable about my writing career. For several years, I covered sports for a newspaper, even though I know absolutely nothing about sports.

I got by quoting those involved in and passionate about whatever sport I was featuring.
People were amazed by my "vast knowledge." Now the truth can be told.

It can also be told about mistakes I have made as a writer. I keep a log to remind myself how easy it is to trip up—sometimes in subtle ways. Errors were often caught by my husband and editor, Dan, whom I call Ol' Eagle Eye. He will spot a mistake and pounce on it.

Here are some examples:
In a query to a publisher, I wrote, "A 100 word blub follows, rather than a blurb.

In a devotional, I wrote about a lethargical dancer, rather than a liturgical dancer.

I addressed an envelope containing my manuscript to Strange Publications, instead of Strang Publications.
For a newspaper story about how a New Jersey transplant initially thought Florida was a new state with little history, I wrote, "A move to Titusville and the historic, LaGrange Cemetery would challenge that perception."
Dan asked me if she had moved to the cemetery.

I re-wrote the sentence as follows: "A move to Titusville and a visit to the historic, LaGrange Cemetery would challenge that perception."

In "Lovers and Secrets," book three of my "Castle in the Sun" romance series, I wrote, "Carlos returned to his room, immaculately cleaned by hotel workers."

Dan asked me if he had been scrubbed down with a big brush.

I re-wrote the sentence as follows: Carlos returned to his hotel room, finding it immaculately cleaned by hotel workers.
Somehow, at the conclusion of a Bible verse in a very serious devotion, an extraneous word became inserted. "But knowing these things and knowing His fate, Jesus still told his disciples, 'I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you.'" Pocahontas
Dan asked me if Pocahontas attended the last supper.

This is but a sampling of my mistakes, many of which got past my spelling/grammar checker. Sharp human eyes always work best.


FLORA'S BOOKS, published by Helping Hands Press:
Think that dream you had might mean something? "Where Your Heart Meets God's" explores the many ways He whispers our name.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods/dp/1622085868
Sample kindle edition only 99 cents.
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Your-Heart-Meets-Gods-ebook/dp/B00X1LCFXK



How could a dangerous bear encounter possibly lead to a vacation in paradise--and romance?
Find out in "Love's Sweetest Revenge," first in the "Castle in the Sun" series." https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Sweetest-Revenge-Flora-Reigada/dp/1622085884/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Will Steve get past Jack and his motorcycle buddies to stop Liz and Carlos' wedding? Find out in "Love and Obsession," second in the "Castle in the Sun" series.


In "The Face Behind the Veil," travel in time to old New York and meet WWII's "Greatest Generation."