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šŸŽ„ ChristmasĀ šŸŽ„ āˆž A Music Video & Poem by Bette A. Stevens, Maine author


Luke 2:11Ā ForĀ unto you is born this day inĀ the city of DavidĀ a Savior, who isĀ ChristĀ the Lord. (Holy Bible: KJV)

He came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Lived among us on earthā€¦

Godā€™s gifts to bestow.

āˆžĀ ChristmasĀ āˆž

Poem by Bette A. Stevens

 

The last cookie baked, the final gift wrapped.

Christmas Eve is upon usā€¦

It’s time to relax.

Christmas music is gently reminding us why

Lord Jesus, the Christ Childā€¦

Came down from on high.

He came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Lived among us on earthā€¦

Godā€™s gifts to bestow.

Loving God, loving othersā€”Christ bought with his life

He epitomized loveā€¦

Not anger or strife.

Godā€™s loveā€”it’s a most precious gift we’re to share

With all those we knowā€¦

And with folks everywhere.

Wishing you the love, joy and peace found in Jesusā€”the Christ Child. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Easter Blessings (+Music) and “Faith,” a Poem by Bette A. Stevens


Easter Blessings (Poster, p\Poem & Scripture

Faith

Take all of your worries and all of your fears
Cast them upon Jesus whoā€™s waiting, He cares
He came down from glory to save you and me
His brothers and sisters who yearn to be free

He proved with his life that His calling is true
We trust that He cares about all we go through
His love it surpasses, His blessings abound
His faithfulness throughout creation resounds

In Scriptures we find Him, His words and His deeds
Imploring each brother and sister, He pleads
Surrender your worries and all of your fears
Iā€™m here to walk with you in laughter, in tears

Weā€™ll dance through the triumphs and trials together
Good plans will prevail, no matter the weather
Godā€™s love is as sure as the sun, stars and moon
Eternityā€™s waiting, thereā€™s plenty of room

~Bette A. Stevens

John 3:16-17Ā New International Version (NIV)

16Ā For God so lovedĀ the world that he gaveĀ his one and only Son,Ā that whoever believesĀ in him shall not perish but have eternal life.Ā 17Ā For God did not send his Son into the worldĀ to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Blessings and love at Easter and always!

~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Sixty-six (66) 5-Star Reviews for Award-winning Picture Book AMAZING MATILDA!


MATILDA expertly as a cirus acrobat... 2016

About the book

This “Gem of a Tale” about a Monarch Butterfly teaches kids lessons in friendship, patience and persistence as AMAZING MATILDA transforms from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. (Children’s Picture Book/Ages 5-11).

Order your copies today:

AM Celebrate Season MATCHBOOK bas 2016

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DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction/age 11-adult) by Bette A. Stevensā€“ ONLY 99Ā¢ thru June 30


Book Promo – DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens ā€“ ONLY 99Ā¢ / 99p for a Limited Time

True-to-life Americana

ā€œDOG BONE SOUP is a fascinating literary study of poverty and family dysfunction in the 1950s Ā & 1960s. It is written in a fast-flowing, entertaining style that kept my turning pages, one after another.

ā€œDespite the odds stacked against them, two brothersā€”Shawn Daniels and Willieā€”manage to survive, escaping the rants of a drunken abusive father and the hardships of rural life, cutting out on daily adventures and misadventures to the likes of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry. DOG BONE SOUP is about making the best of what you have. It’s a story about survival, struggle, and the human spiritā€”rising above it all. As with all great literature, it is underscored with life lessons particularly memorable to this generationā€¦ā€ ā€“Frank Scozzari, author

Grab a copy today!

DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens

Literary/General Fiction

Sale dates through June 30, 2017

Sale price of book: $0.99 (Regularly $3.99)

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About the author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterfliesā€”an endangered species (and for milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resourceĀ  incorporating hands-on math and writing; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to her dĆ©but novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomerā€™s coming-of-age story set in 1950s and 60s New England.

Thanks for purchasing, reading and reviewing DOG BONE SOUP; and for sharing this Book Promo post for DOG BONE SOUP on your media sites.

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2017 WRITING CONTEST: Tales2Inspire Celebrates Sixth Year


Get ready to share your story

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“So much more than a contestā€¦

Lois W. Stern announces the opening of Tales2Inspireā€™s sixth yearā€”with a great little contest for those with an inspiring story to share. But it is so much more than a contest, asĀ winning authors get tons of publicity to help them on their paths to discovery.Ā Free to enterā€”NO FEES involved.

Stories must be true, with one or more relevant photos submitted to enhance the impact of the story. All details posted at:Ā www.tales2inspire.com/contest, so please refer to this link before you begin.

And since a picture is worth 10,000 words, while you’re there, grab a F*R*E*E e-book sampler of inspiring stories written by previous winners, and now published in one of the sixĀ Tales2InspireĀ® collections.Ā 

~ Lois W. Stern
Creator ofĀ Tales2InspireĀ ‘Authors Helping Authorsā€™ Project/Contest

Get the NEWĀ Tales2InspireĀ E-book 6 Inspiring Stories – FREEĀ 
Available formats for KINDLE (Mobi) OR NOOK (e-pub)
FREE e-book samplerĀ www.tales2inspire.com/gift
Your reviews are most appreciated.

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Let There be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin with Me


We really do have the power to make it happen, one brush stroke at a time. ~ Bette A. Stevens (Image from Pinterest)

We really do have the power to make it happen. ~Bette A. Stevens (Image from Pinterest)

Knowledge of the past holds one of the keys to world peace. Knowledge of the people in the world around us today holds another essential key.Ā However, knowledge in and of itself is useless, much like a collection of unused paint brushes resting on the world’s shelf. It is our job to pick up the brushes and start painting. The perfect portrait of peace begins within each of us. Ā It’s painted one brush stroke at a time. Here are some simple steps that we can all take to contribute to that portrait:

Take the time to learn about those who are different from us in some way. We may want start with someone in our own family. Even there, we often find differences in opinions, race, religion, beliefs, customs, cultures, political affiliations. The list of personal differences and the diversity of relationships goes onā€¦.

Working in the classroom as a teacher of students from diverse backgrounds, I learned first-hand that those who hold different beliefs from my own are all unique individuals with whom I have many things in common. We all share the same needs and desires, the same frustrations and fears, the same hopes and dreams.Ā  Whether students, parents, staff, volunteers, administrators or colleagues, I have gained respect for and have been deeply enriched by each encounter. Life-long relationships are nurtured and continue to blossom and grow.

Sure, that all sounds great; but what can we actually do as individuals to promote peace?

  • Listen to others
  • Get to know them (That means spending time with them) Let them get to know us (talk)
  • Respect differences
  • Look for commonalities
  • Nurture relationships
  • Offer and extend a helping hand
  • Encourage others
  • Enlist the help of others
  • Give input and feedback
  • Keep the conversation goingĀ 


The brush strokes to peace lie within each of one us. How do we paint the canvas? One brush stroke at a time. BUILD RELATIONSHIPSā€”listen, share ourselves and our ideas, respect those of others, look for commonalities. Our individual and collective lives will continue to be enriched as we work together to paint a perfect portrait of world peace. We really do have the power to make it happen, one brush stroke at a time.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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May the Love, Joy and Peace of Christmas follow you through the New Year!


“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
LUKE 2:11 (KJV) Bible

Christmas Eve Pondering

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A Poem by Bette A. Stevens

The last cookie baked, the final gift wrapped.

Christmas Eve is upon usā€¦

It’s time to relax.

Christmas music is gently reminding us why

Lord Jesus, the Christ Childā€¦

Came down from on high.

He came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Lived among us on earthā€¦

Godā€™s gifts to bestow.

Loving God, loving others ā€”Christ bought with his life

He epitomized loveā€¦

Not anger or strife.

Godā€™s love is a precious gift we’re to share

Not with just those we knowā€¦

But with folks everywhere.

 

Wishing you Peace, Love & Joyā€”Gifts of The Christ Childā€”at Christmas and alwaysā€¦ ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

 


Christmas music in a 3 hours long playlist (tracklist below). Traditional Christmas songs & carols featuring piano, violin & orchestra – arranged and recorded by Peder B. Helland. Christmas songs in the mix: “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “In The Bleak Midwinter” & “Fairest Lord Jesus.”

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