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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

RAIN AND SHINE
Denise and I had a radio interview at WBCL yesterday morning. We LOVE Lynne Ford, our host. At one point, Lynne mentioned that I'm at a really great point right now: new granddaughter I'm crazy about, a career on the upswing with Cry in the Night on the CBA bestseller list for 4 mos so far this year, a new son-in-law, I had a great vacation, I just wrote my first historical in a while and it was so fun, AND I'VE LOST 25 POUNDS on the hcg protocol! Ahem, sorry but I had to put that in there. :-) I agreed with Lynne (she didn't know about ALL the good things) but also mentioned that this has also been one of the most difficult six months of my life. Dave's dad declined and finally died in April. I had to write two books during these six months and take care of nursing home details and finally bringing him home to die. The stress was crushing but God balanced it with so much good!

Aren't you glad God sends both rain and shine your way. If it were all good, we might become demanding or expectant of only good things. If it were all bad, we might become discouraged. But we get both if we actually look for them. So in spite of the hardships you're going through right now, what silver linings do you see in your own life?

So in order to pass along a blessing, I'm giving away five copies of Lonestar Secrets. Email me your address and I'll pick out five. colleen@colleencoble.com

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Colleen Coble  
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At 8:45 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

I love today's post, Colleen. I think we all should pray and strive for a heart and attitude like Job who, with his family gone, his life in ruins and his body in pain, could still say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." Amazing, amazing words in the midst of his circumstance.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Congrats on everything! Especially the losing 25 pounds :)

 
At 9:23 AM, OpenID hintonrae said...

Hi, Colleen--was completely touched by your post this morning. So true that the Lord brings sunshine along with the shadows. Jer 29:11 is my life verse--I find myself clinging to it whenever things get a little sticky, remembering God's promise about his plan for me. So, anyway--thanks for that. ;)And congrats on the weight loss. ;)

Would love to win a copy of your book!
Email is hintonrae@msn.com

Thanks,
Lori

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I just shudder when I think of all Job went through! God is so good to us when we don't deserve it though. Those little blessings He sends along the way are so sweet.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

I agree with you all. The verse that gets me through- "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
God is GOOD! May the Blessings keep on coming! And let us sink our fingernails into our Faith as we go through the tough times.
-Stacy

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I love this post, C! God promises not to give us more than we can bear. When we walk through the fire, he's there alongside us, holding our hands.

Congrats on the weight loss!!!

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

I'd love a copy of your book Colleen! And congrats on the 25lbs!

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Love your books! ..so would love to win a copy of one! and congrats on the loss of the 25#'s! :) ..hope I don't find them 0_o

ralmap@hotmail.com

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Michael Gray said...

Congrats on losing 25 pounds! I did the hcg protocol a while back as a treatment for infertility and was happy with the side effect of weight loss! Learning to stick a needle into my body every morning took some getting used to.

I hope you enjoyed your recent trip to the desert. Kara told us that you were coming and I had hoped to get you to sign a few books for my wife and mother-in-law. They LOVE your writing. But, alas, I was out of town while you were here. Maybe next time!

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

25 pounds! That's so awesome. I'm happy for you. Silver lining today is finding a post like this and a reminder that there is good along with the bad and God is in control. I guess I just need to look harder for the good. Thanks, C, you made me cry, but in a good way. :)

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger adge said...

That's great that the Lord helped you through that stress. I just saw this book on a 'new fiction books' list from CBD that I got in an email. I'd love to win it.

gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

 
At 12:26 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

Colleen,

I think you are right...if we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we can see Him in the midst! So often, I am guilty of having eyes, but not seeing, and ears that do not hear...as is often mentioned in scripture.

One Wednesday evening at church, the man teaching worded it ... that there are times that our life stories intersect with God's story, and that is when true worship takes place. I think our willingness to seek Him while in the difficult times is what allows us to also see the beauty and give Him glory in it. It is why the difficult times themselves can be such a joyful journey.

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

If you haven't already pulled five names, throw mine in there Colleen. Congrats on the weight loss!

You can contact me at the addy that's probably in your address book or the one below

pamsmeyers[at]gmail[dot]com

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Woohoo! A new book from you AND one set in Texas! Sign me up, please ma'am!

Loved your post.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Carole said...

I enjoyed your post, Colleen. I've found that it's during the times of "rain" that I truly depend on God and am able to grow spiritually. And losing 25 pounds is wonderful! I hope you can keep it off.

I enjoy your books very much and would love to win a copy of this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Carmen7351 said...

My silver lining is that I can at least walk again. Still have issues with my back, but can do so much more in some areas. Would love to win your book. Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Edna said...

I wish I could write, but all I can do is read what others has written, glad you lost 25 lbs, wish I could loose some more, when I was first disnosed with debitics I lost 32 lbs, but have gained about 7 of those back in 2 years, really don't know how, since I have to watch what I eat but I have always been on the heavy side. I would love to win one of your books, I have a few and they are so good.
May God bless

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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