Blog Tour: Blue Ribbon Brides
About the book: Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all - the devoted heart of a godly man?
Guest post from Author Gina Welborn:
Bravery God's Way
Naturally brave people exist. I'm not one of them. And I think I'm all right with that. Or at least I used to think that I'm not brave. As I starting writing "Altered Hearts," I finished reading "Let's Be Brave" by Annie K. Downs. In it she writes:
"To see yourself the way God sees you is the first stop in being brave. If you are seeing yourself the way God sees you, then you can see your strengths and weaknesses. And you can see they are different from mine. You an see the unique ways you are wired and the rare combination of qualities and desires that make you uniquely you. And you, my friend, have a unique call to be brave."
In the beginning of my Blue Ribbon Brides novella, my heroine's father tells her, "You are braver than I have ever been." She's also braver than I have ever been. Then again, maybe we demonstrate our bravery differently. I can't help but remember the day my oldest son's choir teacher belittled him and his friends in front of the whole class. She said, "These are the failures in life." I could have said nothing. I chose to be brave and have a talk with her. Not only did she apologize to my son (and he to her), she also apologized to the class.
For my son's 18th birthday, he gave me a letter with eighteen reasons why he loved me. One of those reasons - for standing up to his choir teacher and helping raise his grade from a C- to an A.
Bravery begins with seeing yourself for how God sees you.
According to Colossians 1:22, God see me-you-us as holy, blameless, and beyond reproach.
That right there is enough to make us brave!
A Giveaway! To celebrate their tour, the Blue Ribbon Brides Collection authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that includes a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire. Be sure to comment on this post, and if we have ten people who comment (not including the authors), I will be picking one person to win a book! Click here to enter.
Visit these blogs to meet the other authors of Blue Ribbon Brides Collection:
November 1: Simple Harvest Reads
November 2: History, Mystery & Faith
November 2: D's Quilts and Books
November 3: Bibliophile Reviews
November 3: Smiling Book Reviews
November 4: Debbie's Dusty Deliberations
November 5: A Greater Yes
November 5: Blossoms and Blessings
November 6: Artistic Nobody
November 7: Cheryl B Book Blog
November 8: Reviewing Novels Online
November 8: Jeanette's Thoughts
November 9: Chas Ray's Book Nerd Corner
November 9: Inklings and Notions
November 10: Lighthouse Academy
November 11: The Scribbler
November 12: Karen's Krayons
November 13; Daysong Reflections
November 14: Splashes of Joy
November 14: Blogging with Carol