Sometimes things come readily to me as I write and sometimes I struggle. That is the case with the third book I’m writing, the sequel to On Mystic Mountain. It’s the title that I’m struggling with. I know it will come together in the end, but since it is the first thing people see, I really want to get right! Pray I get just the right one!
In the meantime, Ms. Clara and the Amazing Apron is in the works. It will be the next book out. Be watching for important updates, like release dates!
I’m getting excited! I am now putting the finishing touches on Ms. Clara and the Amazing Apron! This book is a read aloud story book for kids 4-8. It is compiled of nine wonderful stories filled with whimsy, wonder and magic!
Children will find the answer to troubling concerns like, fear, doubt, bullying, and unfairness to name a few. The illustrations are character realistic and portray aspects of each story.
I can’t wait to share this book with you! Coming in the near future.
Many people have asked me about the book, what’s it about and the theme.
It’s an exciting adventure story, allegory and fantasy set in a beautiful mountain setting. It is fiction, but many truths are sprinkled inside.
It’s main theme is spiritual warfare and the tools we have to fight our battles. But to make it fun and interesting, I have woodland creatures teach the lessons as the family wards off evil creatures that seek to destroy them.
For more detailed information go to Amazon.com to read the reviews or google Tabatha Waybright and read the synopsis!
If you have teens in your life that you would like to see develop in their spiritual growth, or maybe you struggle with fully trusting in God, then this is the book for encouraging words and truth!
We will win! Be strong and brave in the Lord.
All of us have trials. They are at the very core of things that define us. Especially in our childhood. When I think back on some of the trials I have experienced, I realize that the road I walked was broken, full of pot holes and up hill climbs. Sometimes I struggled up those hills with worn out shoes and blisters on my feet. Sometimes I fell. Sometimes I got lost and felt despair.
In the book, “On Mystic Mountain” the family experiences all of these things. But just like me, they discover that they don’t make the trip alone. They have friends who show up at just the right time!
When I was small, I moved a lot. About 30 times between birth and age 12, in fact. That in its self is a trial. I was always the new kid. I never knew what was going on. I felt lost and afraid. Add the fact I was timid and an introvert and it was the perfect formula for disaster. I was told more than once that the cards were against me, I would never graduate high school or amount to anything.
However, at age 11, I was rescued. I met my Saviour. He told me I was His child, I was valuable and talented and smart. He gave these gifts to me so I could survive.
We finally settled down when I was in 6th grade. My struggles were not over, though. My family loved me, but they were broken too. We lived well below the poverty line. My Dad worked hard, but he was a binge drinker, something he struggled with all his life. Weekends were the worst for us. He was home and drinking. Words were thrown around loosely and the those same old comments of “your not worth anything”pierced my heart.
I clung to Jesus. I read the Bible. I believed God’s truths and I survived. The demons of my past became the stepping stones of the future. Now I had a path to take. I reached up and took His strong hand and He helped me to the summit.
I hope you all enjoy the book. It is laced with tears, fears and doubts, but it also bursts with hope, belief and joy.
1 Peter 5:10 says: And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. NIV
So the suffering lasts just for a little while. Our lives are just vapors but we who are redeemed will live forever with our King!
I was thinking this morning about how our present culture wants to lump us all in baskets and then label those baskets with ridiculous biases, then shame us for existing.
We are baby boomers or millennial’s, democrats or republicans, males or females, rich or poor, Christians or Muslims or whatever label we choose to pick. Then we are sectioned off into race: black, white, Asian, Hispanic and the list goes on.
This is not bad in and of itself, but then the labels get pasted on the baskets. Add the word “all” to the label and hate takes root.
For instance if we begin to think that all men are rapists, or all whites are racists or all women are pro-choice, we sadly do harm to our whole society.
But God does not put us in baskets and he does not apply labels that don’t define us.
God looks at each one of us as individuals He has fashioned into his image. He looks at our hearts and He judges us on just one thing: Do we know and love his son?
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. ” Romans 8:1 NIV
So we too need to be careful as we look on our fellow members of the human race and make sure that we don’t define an individual by the basket he might get shoved into. Let us practice loving one another as Christ loves us.
In the Ms. Clara series of stories, children learn manners and ethics in a fun way. Kindness, fairness, commitment, and forgiveness are just a few of the subjects addressed.
Here is a sneak peek at Ms. Clara.
Ms. Clara loved kids. She loved little kids and medium sized kids and big kids! Shucks, she loved everyone ’cause aren’t we all just big kids when we grow up? And she loved it when people dropped by to visit. She always had a cookie, a cupcake or other type of sweet ready. And tea or milk to wash it all down of course! But most “kids” did not remember the sweets as much as they remembered how kind Ms. Clara was! And she came with a bonus, because she had an amazing apron!
I have already tried the stories out on my Grandkids and they seem to love the whimsy and magic and hopefully they learned a lesson or two as well.
Stay tuned for further updates. God has provided an awesome illustrator for the book so I am already very excited!
Many times I jump in my car, rush around, do my errands and basically overlook everything around me. But recently I decided I want to live a bit more intentionally. I try to notice what others are struggling with. Is that elderly woman struggling with baskets that are stuck together? Is the mother of several children struggling to get them all in the car safely? How can I help in just a small way to make others day a bit better? Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
So I ask myself, as I have opportunity, can I do good today? What if we all did one good deed each day? I am thinking this world might be just a bit brighter.
I am getting older and have come to value certain things. Friendship is one of those! I was just thinking of how I wished I could spend a day with each of my friends, just talking, eating lunch together, sharing a laugh or two! And not just old friends, but new ones too!
How many days would it take? How much time that would be! But perhaps when we get to heaven, that will be one of the things we will do. We might pick a friend a day and of course, since we have an eternity, we will never run out of time.
I can’t wait to see all the family and friends who have gone on before me, and I sure hope I will see you too! If you have not made that decision to follow Jesus, don’t wait! Heaven awaits us, friends!