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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Guest Post by Kathy Neely

Good Morning Friends!

Yesterday marked the first day of Spring and yet, our temps were in the 80's....more like Summer here but still snow in other parts of the US. Crazy right? This past weekend we went camping and really got to enjoy the spring-like weather....cool evenings, warm days....definitely something to treasure! I pray you had a great weekend too.

Today's guest is brand new to me and our blog, but soon-to-be a fellow Pelican Book Group author, so please welcome Kathy Neely to share treasures with us!

Mornings are a refuge, only the sound of birdsong amid the solitude. Sunrises paint the horizon shades of red, orange, and yellow, the promise of another day. It’s a time to reflect, meditate, worship, and pray. A time when ears are tuned to listen without the chaos that everyday life brings. A time to prepare your heart and soul for what’s ahead.

Evenings are a gift of rest, a time to raise the foot of the recliner and allow the respite to renew tired muscles, stressed nerves. A time for family, for prayer, and for sleep, for prayer. A time to read God’s word, even if the reading lulls you to sleep. How sweet to sleep with praise on your lips.

Morning and evening are like bookends, designed to support what’s in-between. Bookends hold the middle upright, allowing it to stand tall and straight, without sagging or falling over.

Can you imagine a day without the bookends that support it? Days filled with busyness, decisions to make, relationships to nurture. Days filled with ringing phones, news of terror attacks, and political manipulations. Days filled with happiness and laughter, hurtfulness and tears.

Mornings and evenings are a gift from God, a time to be Mary and sit at his feet. Don’t miss it. Don’t allow this gifted time to meld into the middle. Savor the mornings. Protect the evenings. They will give you strength to stand upright.

Wow, Kathy, I never really thought of mornings and evenings like bookends of our day and you're right, both are definitely something to treasure! 

Let's find out a little more about Kathy.....

Kathleen Neely is an author and former elementary school principal. After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, she and her husband Vaughn moved to sunny South Carolina. Together they have three handsome sons, one lovely daughter-in-law, and two incredible grandsons. She is a member of Cross N Pens and ACFW.

Kathleen won first place in Almost an Author’s Fresh Voices contest, and is a second place winner in ACFW-VA’s short story contest. She has two novels coming soon through Pelican Book Group. You can find her at http://kathleenneelyauthor.com.

What an accomplishment, congrats Kathy! Thank you for sharing with us today. We're looking forward to hearing more about your PBG books.

Thank YOU, Friends for dropping by. Check back weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Susan Coryell said...

I love the idea of the morning and evening as book ends to life. Plenty of time to read between them! Best wishes for success.

Kathy said...

Thank you, Susan. Have a blessed day. Kathy

Michelle O'Leary said...

Thanks for the introduction, Pam; nice to meet you, Kathy! :)

Tanya Hanson said...

What a lovely and perfect post to read this morning, Kathy--I'm hearing birdsong right now. May God bless you richly as you continue the journey as a published author.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I love the idea of morning and evening being bookends to the day. Good luck with your forthcoming books.

Wendy Davy said...

What an insightful way to look at life! Great post. :)

marilyn leach said...

Kathy, I'm in the middle of my day. The bookend this morning gave encouragement and hope. And I'm checking off my busy to-do list even as we speak. I'm already looking forward to this evening's "bookend". Loved your post. May your writing bless readers everywhere! Cheers

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I also like the idea of bookends as morning and evening of our day. Very creative!

Kara O'Neal said...

I love this picture of the morning and evening. And evenings are certainly for unwinding. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

Nice post, Kathy. I'm reading this at 3:15PM, and already awaiting a cup of chamomile tea.

Kathy Neely said...

Thank you all for the encouraging posts. May your days be filled with peace of God.