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Charity Thinketh No Evil

This month as a part of my “Year of Charity,” I’m exploring “Charity thinketh no evil.” Here are a couple of things I want to consider this month. To me, not thinking evil means wanting the best outcome for all people. In other words, do we ever secretly rejoice when something bad happens to someone we don’t like or someone who has hurt us? Of course, people will suffer the...
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The Unruly In-law Is Here!

Great news! Today is release day for The Amish Quiltmaker's Unruly In-law, the second book in the Amish Quiltmaker series. You met Esther Zook in The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby, now meet her brother-in-law Ben, who is nothing but trouble. Is it possible that well-behaved Linda Eicher could fall in love with him? Opposites attract in this story of love, forgiveness, and second chances....
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Let Not the Sun Go Down upon Your Anger

This month in my "Year of Charity," I have been studying "Charity is not easily provoked." Do you ever feel like when you're looking for specific answers, God puts things in your path? I have felt that way a couple of times this month as I have been pondering anger. There is a certain person in my life whom I love very much, but for many years, she has been someone who seems to always be able to...
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Jen Spencer Is in the House!

Dear Readers! I am so grateful to you for all you have meant to me over the years. You truly are the reason I do what I do. I have decided to start a new pen name for all my books that are not Amish romances. I will still write Amish romances as Jennifer Beckstrand, but I will now use "Jen Spencer" as the name for all my other books: sweet contemporary, historical, inspirational, and even fantasy...
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Charity Is Not Easily Provoked

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am going to study and explore the concept of "Charity is not easily provoked." In its most basic terms, being provoked means to get angry. And I seem to get angry more now than I ever used to. I can't decide if it's because I'm getting older and crankier or if there's just more in this world to be angry about or if I'm too tired to be patient and...
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What Does It Mean to Seek Not Your Own?

This year, I am studying the different aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13. This month I have focused my attention on “Charity seeketh not her own.” What does it mean to “not seek our own?” I think it can mean that we think of others before we think of ourselves. Unselfishness is at the core of not seeking “our own.” Unselfishness is one of the true signs of real love. When...
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German Apple Pancakes

I don't even remember where I got this yummy recipe, but it is a delicious and wonderful breakfast food, or my hubby and I eat it for dinner when we want something easy and filling. It has a few steps, but don't let that intimidate you. It's easy and practically fool proof. Here is a picture of my recipe. You can see it's well-loved. I had a ton of apples left over from a picnic, so I used these,...
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The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unruly In-law

I hope you've had a chance to read The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby. Esther Kiem is one of my favorite heroines, quirky, loyal, and delightful. Now that's she's had her happily ever after, she starts looking around for someone who needs her help. Her incorrigible brother-in-law is her next victim. The Amish Quiltmaker's Unruly In-law comes out June 29! You can find it on Amazon or Barnes...
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Top Five Amish Research Adventures

(This blog was originally published in Fresh Fiction on November 10, 2020) After the huge success of Amish Christmas Miracles, Jennifer Spredemann, Rachel J. Good, and I decided we wanted to do another collection. More Amish Christmas Miracles, ten heartwarming Christmas stories from ten of your favorite Amish fiction authors, comes out November 9! You are going to love it. You can preorder it...
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Charity Seeketh Not Her Own

This year, I am exploring the different aspects of charity as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. I would love to know any experiences or insights you have as we go throughout the year. This month, we are studying "Charity seeketh not her own." (As a side note, I like that charity is referred to with the feminine pronoun.) I've already been thinking a lot about this, trying to find deep and layered...
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