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You Wait Months For A Guest Post And Then Two Come Along At Once

27 May

This post is not about pushing a personal agenda, but helping out an author.  All readers of a non-Christian disposition should look away now. 

Surrendered Balance

About Surrendered Balance

Do you live a fast paced and hectic life? Is your relationship with God suffering because of it? Imagine living a life of balance, in the flow of God’s will even while you’re always on the go. It is possible to flourish and have fulfillment in both your spiritual life and natural life without feeling as if you are neglecting either one. It comes by way of surrendered balance.

 Hermina Krista Pettiford, in her first book connects with modern the Christian woman, giving fresh ideas and insight for balancing the responsibilities of modern-life while maintain an intimate relationship with God.  In her personable style she gives practical solutions and applicable tools for women to make a life of surrendered balance no longer just a dream but a reality!

A modern Christian woman is someone who balances all of her responsibilities – family, career, friendship, ministry to others, and caring for herself all while keeping the Lord at the center of her life. If you are a modern Christian woman this book was written for you.

Proverbs 31:16 (AMP) says, “She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.”

As modern Christian women we balance so much: time with the Lord, family, friends, work, staying fit and healthy, making time for ourselves without feeling too guilty, church and ministry.

God has a plan for each one of us that will bring about a proper balance between our spiritual and natural life. It is through the path of surrender and making time for Him that we find this plan. As we allow God to order our lives, not taking on more than we can handle or are called by Him to do, but rather, like wise women considering all of our choices in the presence of God before we proceed, our lives are bound to come into a state of surrendered balance and make room for all the needed things.

However, because of modern-day busyness, living a surrendered life and creating a constant balance is not always easy, even for those who have lived the Christian life for many years. The disciplines and principles in this book may not be new to you, but I believe the strategies and ideas will give you a fresh way of looking at how to balance your daily living as a modern Christian woman.

 This book has two parts. The first part lists and discusses seven disciplines of a balanced life for the modern Christian woman. The second part is designed to help you implement these disciplines into your life without boxing you into just another system that will never work because it doesn’t fit your life. This book was written to help you keep track of your time, so that you will have time for all the needed things without getting overwhelmed.

The strategies and ideas I will share are those that God gave me when I was in a stressful time of life with more work and responsibilities than time and energy in a day. They still work for me and they will work for you if you apply them.

Surrendered Balance Virtual Book Tour


About Hermina Krista Pettiford

Hermina Krista Pettiford is the women’s ministry leader in her local church – New Covenant Tabernacle located San Diego, CA where she lives with her family. She has a B. A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. Her belief is that the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to create dynamic power for living the Christian life, thus, she ministers with a solid Biblical message and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Her desire is to see women and families strengthened through God’s Word and their relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She has written out of her own life experiences, and her gift and love of writing to and for the Lord.

You can find Krista Pettiford at her website;

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Visit Krista’s tour page at Pump Up Your Book!



101/1001 (10)

27 May

First of all, thank you everyone for your suggestions for new tasks.  I am sifting through the sensible ones and I’ll blog separately about my choices. 

I knew I could count on you all; thank you.

I will mention one task I have added:

Expose myself to four new experiences.

It was to have been three, but I made it four so I could include the one that inspired it: I saved a spider from certain squashing.

(The phone is for Kate Shrewsday)


Posting a letter the other day, I noticed a large arachnid hanging from the box where the collection times are shown.  I knew that the next person to come along would probably flatten it, so I gathered it and its web in my reluctant fingers and dropped it to the floor, where it could take its chance amongst the feet.

Saving spiders is not new to me: the Hub has persuaded me over the years that they are good for the house – an environmentally friendly way to see off flies and mozzies – and, as they are not harmful to humans, there’s no point killing them: they can’t help being ugly and it’s a bit unfair to kill something because you don’t like the look of it.  My post on Donald Trump yesterday refers. 

This saving was different, however, because it is the first time I have taken do-goodery outside or saved a wild spider (as opposed to a domestic one).   It was a shame, then, that the stupid thing ran straight back up the box and started re-building its web in the same spot. 

The whole incident inspired my new task because something else has been going on over the last few weeks, and the two things have worked together in my mind.  I was approached via email to do a poetry reading at a home for dementia sufferers in Salford.  Having suddenly become aware that I might be living there one day, it seems like a good idea. 

I have read individual poems to small groups but I have never given a recitation to a bunch of strangers.  I’m kakking my broeke, as we say in South Africa (which is where I’ll know I’ll wish I was on 23 June in the afternoon this year).  Yes, I said ‘yes’.  I’m terrified, but console myself with the thought that they won’t care and I’ll never see them again after my half hour is up, so the worst that can happen is people will wonder at my flaming face and stained trousers on the bus ride home.

I like new opportunities but I can’t help wishing this wasn’t one of them.  I will treat it like flying: I hate it but I don’t let my fear stop me going somewhere.  If I don’t crash, I consider the journey a success.

I completed one task

Another brave act, I think: I ate cauliflower again. 

‘Dull’ is the best word to describe it.  Like solid water without the teethache of ice.  I shan’t be doing it again in a hurry, but I won’t actively avoid it any more.


I am a third of the way through my read thirty books new to me task.  Two this week: another Noel Streatfeild, When The Siren Wailed; and Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mocking Bird.  I loved them both and I may add Watch Gregory Peck in TKAMB for the first time in twenty years to my list.


I am half way to my goal of having 100000 hits.  Incredible to think readers actually come back for more.  What’s wrong with you people?

New 101/1001ers

We have two new members who have taken up the challenge.  Welcome, Emsyjo and Mamamash!  I hope you enjoy your tasks as much as I sort of enjoy mine.

We now have five members, including Sarsm and Perfecting Motherhood.  Wouldn’t it be fun if we could get 101 – or even a 1001 – before the end?



Joke 64

27 May

A husband and wife were sitting in the living room discussing a “Living Will”.

“Just so you know,” he said, “I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine, taking fluids from a bottle.  If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”

His wife got up, disconnected the TV, and threw out all the beer.

Funny computer Andrew television  cartoon from September 13, 1995

This cartoon first appeared in 1995.  What I love about it is that it could have another panel: 2011 The World As Flat Again:

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