There isn’t a busier day of the year than Christmas.

You recognize the stress by the bags carried under your arms and the ones sagging beneath your eyes. It’s time to put aside the unrealistic expectations of the season and take a deep breath. Use this journal to jot some notes of thanks and prayers. Perhaps then the bags won’t be quite so cumbersome and the ideal put in better perspective. Besides, it will do your weary soul some good.

About Bea

Writer, blogger, big on friendships, short on temper. I love anything covered in dark chocolate and my heart belongs to Jim.

Bethel Manor

Bethel Manor

1842: James Winthrop Blackwell, abandoned as an infant, comes of age and sets on a quest to find his parents. Leaving Bristol and heading eastward, James meets the wealthy landowner of Bethel Manor Estate—Master Fredrick Shaw and his feisty daughter Clare. In seeking his future, James uncovers the reality of his past, the truth of God’s love, and his destiny at Bethel Manor.

Bethel Manor Reborn

1847: James and Clare Blackwell have been happily married for five years, but a deathly illness after the birth of their son causes Clare to slide into the trap of self-pity. James finds spending time with their mutual friend Phoebe is a comfort, and a rift between he and Clare mounts. Can the Blackwell’s marriage be redeemed, and is it ever too late for God’s power of forgiveness to overcome selfishness and regrettable decisions?

Bethel Manor Secrets

James’s relationship with Clare’s best friend Phoebe Tripp was always considered a friendship of convenience during Clare’s illness. But was their dalliance more than either cared to admit? Enraged, Phoebe’s husband Patrick sets out on a mission to uncover the truth and destroy two households to prove his suspicions. Can those within the walls of the beautiful manor survive in this latest tale of love and loyalty?

Daisy McFarland Mysteries

Murder in the Air

Daisy McFarland, along with her cat Pillow, are moving to England. While on the flight from North Carolina she is privy to a murder. Will Daisy’s quest for information in London lead her to the murderer, or will her inquisitiveness lead her to be the next victim?

Winter Writerland

Daisy McFarland wants to sharpen her skills in order to achieve a long-desired writing career. Attending a crime writer’s gathering in Branick, she not only meets an attractive detective, she discovers a body bobbing in the lake. Daisy had intended to write about murder not discover one. Who’s the dead person and who among them could possibly be the murderer?

Summer of the Missing Muse

Daisy McFarland is at it again. Stuck in a writing rut, she decides to add some real-life exposure to stoke the embers of her waning creativity. Her quest leads her to respond to an advert to volunteer at a regional residential home. What Daisy doesn’t anticipate are two deaths and the direct connection they have with those in the residential accommodations. When Detective Superintendent Sam Decker is called upon to assist with the case, Daisy has further opportunities to spend time with the attractive detective. Where do the two go from here, and will Daisy ever finish her cozy?

Find more of Bea’s books on her author page on Amazon.com.

Military Resources

Are you a part of a military family and looking for resources? Check out Bea’s military resources, available through FamilyLife.

A Series for Families

Military families face unique situations that many in the civilian world will never confront. Long separations due to deployments, and uprooting households every few years can impact the entire family and influence children through every phase of life. Defending the Military Family takes time-tested principles and spurs group and couple discussion. It is a practical way to gain insights into how to deal with issues raising children while serving in the armed forces.

Resources

Defending the Military Family

Quest: A month-long journal for children ages 6-10 to use during a parents deployment.

A Series for Couples

From her first day in Seoul, Korea, author Beatrice Fishback quickly discovered that her fairy tale military marriage was indeed just a romantic ideal. As a result of constant separations, multiple moves and three overseas assignments, she and her husband, Jim, found themselves approaching a marital impasse and ultimately, isolation. In this ten-part study, she encourages wives to love their husbands by applying the advice Paul gives in Philippians 4:8 to focus on whatever is true, honorable, righteous, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise.

Resources

Loving Your Military Man

Defending the Military Marriage

Tools for Communication

Facing Your Fears Prayer Card
Fears are a reality for the active duty member and their spouse. Fear is also a reality for children, parents and siblings of military members.

Reconnexion Card
For military couples to connect intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually so that can have a harmonious reunion during reintegration.

Keys to Communication Card
Three steps to keep communication open with your spouse.

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