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Friday, January 27, 2017

Guest Blogger-Danele J. Rotharmel’s Personal Journey with Time Search

I want to welcome Danele to Truth to Shine, she has overcome many obstacles. She shines in this dark world. Join me on her Journey through her latest book Time Search.

I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve always hated that horrible moment when a good book ends. For me, it’s torture saying goodbye to the characters I’ve come to love. Sometimes, I’ve actually refused to read the final paragraph of a novel because I can’t stand to turn the last page. I suppose it’s my stubbornness—or maybe it’s my contrariness—but I have several books that I’m still “technically” reading just because I haven’t officially read the last line. One of the best things about being an author is having control over my own stories. I suppose it’s silly, but it gives me such a thrill knowing that I determine WHEN my book ends. Writing, for me, opens up a secret world that’s full of joy.

Living joyfully is very important to me. I wrote The Time Counselor Chronicles while I was extremely ill and enduring seven years of quarantine. During that time, I didn’t have control over many aspects of my life, but I did have control over my fictional characters. I found extreme pleasure in the fact that since I was the author, I didn’t have to say goodbye to the TEMCO crew—I could just write them another story. Each of my books revolves around the same cast of characters, and by the time a reader finishes The Time Counselor Chronicles, they will know my characters deeply. I love my characters, and bringing them to life has been such a blast!

Time Search was written for one reason only—I was enjoying myself, and I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters I’d created in Time Tsunami. And that’s why the other books in my series were written as well. By the time I finally sought publication, I’d completed six books. Writing, for me, was an act of pure enjoyment. When I began, I wasn’t thinking about publishers or reading audiences, I was simply thinking about what type of adventure I wanted to write next. For years, I didn’t let anyone know that I was writing. TEMCO was my personal world—my escape hatch from illness and pain. I was afraid that if I let others into my imaginary world, it would crumble away. As it turned out, the exact opposite was true. Knowing that people were enjoying my books filled my life with incredible happiness! I keep a file of “fan mail,” and I thumb through it whenever I feel blue. The kindness and support of my readers has been overwhelming and VERY appreciated!

Communication is such a wonderful thing. I love that fact that we can relay our ideas, hopes, and dreams to each other. My books are more than just stories, they symbolically chronicle the way I stood up to my illness and fought it. They speak about the value I place on love and friendship. They show that humor can be found even in the midst of great difficulty. And most of all, they demonstrate that a crisis of faith isn’t the end—it’s simply the first step toward understanding God on a deeper level. Life isn’t easy, but I’ve learned that even in the middle of tragedy, God is faithful and trustworthy. That’s what each of my characters eventually learn, and that’s what I hope my readers will take away from my books. 

As far as specifics about Time Search, I always fill my books with suspense, romance, action, faith, and comedy, and Time Search isn’t an exception. My books are Christian-based and clean, and I work hard to make them full of page-turning fun. Time Search is the third book in The Time Counselor Chronicles. It can be read as a sequel to Time Tsunami and Time Trap, or it can stand alone. At the beginning of Time Search, I have written a recap of the first two books in the series, and at the end of Time Search, I have included an alphabetical list of characters and several glossaries. Although the glossaries were hard work, I wanted to make sure that new readers wouldn’t get lost if they jumped into the series during the middle of the action. I had such a great time writing Time Search! I hope my readers love it just as much as I do!

Time Search—The Time Counselor Chronicles #3
A nameless evil lurks in the shadowsIn the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.  Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful. To learn more about Danele, visit her blog:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

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Thursday, January 12, 2017


"You are welcome Oh Lord, we invite you here to be with us,"  the worship leader prayerfully sang.  
"Isn't He already here living in my heart?" I asked myself. 
As a new believer, I was confused.  I heard my brothers and sisters inviting God or the Spirit to enter into the room.
Questions flooded my mind.
"Isn't God omnipresent?  Why do we need to invite Him to be with us if He is already living inside us?"

Was King David wrong in praying...
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8

Why do I hear "we invite you God," when some pray or worship?
I asked a few people.
 One person said, "Oh Cherrilynn, you don't have to be so literal."
Ouch!  I am literal when it comes to God.  
Scripture revealed the Truth. 

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 ESV

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24

Years later, while participating as a prayer partner at a Beth Moore conference Beth said,  "I don't invite God, He is already here, He invites us into His presence."
Thank you, Beth, for even more confirmation.
The more I studied the Word the more I understood...

Moses did not invite God to the mountain-God initiated the encounter.(Exodus 3)

Samuel did not wake God to speak with Him.-God called Samuel into His presence. (1 Samuel 3)

Saul definitely did not ask God to speak to him on the road to Damascus- God stopped Him in his tracks. (Acts 9)

God is everywhere, we need not invite Him.  God gives us an open invitation. He is waiting for us to acknowledge Him and bask in His presence.

I find comfort in knowing, wherever I go, He is with me.
Do you enjoy the presence of God?
He enjoys yours!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017


Sin will invade our lives in the form of trials, tribulations, and persecution. Emotional or physical pain is inevitable where sin resides. We cannot escape the effects of sin so God sent His solution to give us strength and peace.

Jesus was crushed for our sin
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace  Isaiah 53:5
When I read this verse, I think of grapes. I know it seems funny but bear with me. 
When grapes are made into wine they are pressed—a fragrant aroma arises only when they are crushed. 
People watch us when we go through trials, tribulations, or persecution (tweet this)   
One day at work, I was taunted by a few co-workers because I stated I was offended by their dirty jokes. 
I found a quiet corner to sulk. Eyes were still on me. 
My heart broke, they knew I was a Christian why would they say such nasty things in my presence, then make fun of me.

The taunts continued.
“Oh, Cherrilynn’s here, we'd better be good, she'll tell God on us,” Mike stated.
“God wouldn’t like our jokes, either would He?” Steve said.
“You guys are idots!” I said as I left the room.
Laughter echoed throughout the office and followed me on my walk.
The Holy Spirit impressed this verse upon my heart as I prayed and asked for wisdom.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15). The Spirit continued, your choice is to whine or be wine when you are crushed. Do you want to complain or be a fragrant aroma?
After a short walk, I returned to the office.
“I’m sorry for calling you idiots.”
Mike and Steve’s mouths opened wider than their eyes.
“We thought you’d never talk to us again,” Mike said with his Cheshire grin.
We accept the apology, we will warn you next time we tell those kinds of jokes,” Steve said.
“Thanks, guys.”  
After the apology, they were careful with their speech. In fact, the dirty jokes stopped. They even came to me privately to ask for prayer.

 God's so good to help me turn my whine into wine.
Do you find yourself complaining?
I still do.
Let's aspire to be a fragrant offering.
What do you desire, Whine or Wine?
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