Saturday, November 24, 2012

Coming Soon....JOY DANCE, the devotional!

In a couple of weeks, my book Joy Dance, will be available for purchase! Stay tuned.... 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pots Tea Café & Market
8100 S Quebec St, Centennial CO 80112 • 303 771 4832
Mon thru Fri 7-6:30 • Tue 7–4 • Sun 8–5

Celebrating the Start of the Holiday Season
with…     A Show of Words & Art  
Sun, Nov 18, 201211-3

Artists and Authors Scheduled to Appear…

Artist and Author Pam Roth O’Mara.
Pam creates ThumbPrintPlays™, visual works that begin as written pieces. Pam, who writes each piece in the shape of a thumbprint from the outside in, says of her work, “The process of creating a ThumbPrintPlay results in a very focused bit of verse.”

Photographer Paul Teigeler: PicTropicals.
Paul creates his PicTropicals with a unique eye for scenery and events. Candid or posed, his work carefully focuses on the subject and environment resulting in unique sets of photos cherished forever.

Artist and Author Judith Haynes.
Judith conveys her passion for the coastline, appreciation for floral perfection, and her talent for portraits through her watercolor paintings and note cards.

Author Jude Randazzo.
Jude will be signing recently-released novel, The Omen of the Crow
, complete with all the elements of a thriller plane crash, a stalker, and … well, you’ll just have to read it yourself!

Author Robbie Iobst.
Robbie's stories have appeared in several compilation books including Chicken Soup for the Soul; featuring Devotional Stories for Mothers and Devotional Stories  for Tough Times. She is a regular contributor to The Prairie Times and a frequent speaker for Women's Groups.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know - But Do You?

“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4

When I was 25, I lived in San Diego, California and drove a maroon Chevy Chevette. I remember clearly driving around the city, wondering if Jesus really loved me. The words of the song “Jesus Loves Me” were etched in my mind, but not my soul. I yearned for a boyfriend or a husband – someone to love me. Passion filled me as I drove and I yelled, “IF YOU LOVE ME, LET ME FEEL IT!”

Fast forward 17 years. Still lived in San Diego. I’d met the love of my life and married him and I’d given birth to a sweet boy. After 19 years of teaching, I’d “retired.” My dream was to write and speak.

But at first, transitioning from full time teacher to unemployed writer felt like stepping off a treadmill after walking for miles. I felt like I was still in motion, but I wasn’t.

I sat in our apartment and asked, “What now, God?”

He told me to sit at His feet and just listen for instructions. So I imagined myself at the throne of God, just sitting. As I sat there, visions filled my mind and heart. Jesus asked me for my hand and helped me stand. Like in one of those old Superman movies (only better) we started flying. He laughed and I laughed and it wasn’t like we were joking about something particular, we were just enjoying each other’s company. I enjoyed the presence of God. He enjoyed me.

I felt His love for me. Really felt it.

And it gets better all the time. Once we were hanging and I was meditating on Isaiah 43:4 (above verse.) In the middle of it, Jesus asked me to dance. You might think He only does Jewish dances, but when we danced He did everything. Two-step, hustle and talk about twisting! The Son of God can twist.

In the middle of this, I felt He was going to throw me in the air like those folks who swing dance. But my insecurity popped up and I said, “I’m too heavy.” See, at my weight, I’ve never been picked up. Not since I was a kid.

Jesus picked me up and threw me in the air and I did these incredible flips and then He caught me.

He said, “Robbie, you’re light as a feather to me.”

I felt His love for me. Really felt it.

We are all different and I know that God does not communicate this way to everyone. Some
folks really feel His love when they walk through nature. Some feel His love for them when they hold their children or grandchildren. Others get that incredible love when they create something.

But sadly, many of us don’t feel it, because we haven’t taken the time to ask for it and listen for instructions.

The last few weeks I’ve listened to many people passionately express their love and fear and hope for our country. On Facebook last night, my news post filled up with extreme sadness and extreme joy for the election results.

I admire passion because it moves us to act.

But today I encourage you to passionately seek the Lord. Get quiet and listen for instructions.
Meditate on His word. Ask Him to let you FEEL His love.

He adores you. He’s not angry or disappointed in you. He cherishes you. He looks at you and gets a kick out of you. And it has nothing to do with your behavior or your political party, your passion, or as in my case, your size. He just wants to hang out with you and rescue you.

And maybe dance with you.

Jesus loves me, this I know! Not just in my mind, but in my soul and in my dancing feet.

Friday, November 02, 2012

5 Reasons You Should Buy and Read Jen Turano's A CHANGE OF FORTUNE!

Last night, I finished a great novel.

The basis of Jen Turano's A Change of Fortune:  The aristocrat and English Lady Eliza Sumner disguises herself as a governess in America in order to find and catch the man who stole her fortune.

I won't write out a summary of the book. If you want to know it, go to and check out the back cover copy.

What I will tell you is my honest thoughts about this debut novel, written by a lady who lives in Parker, Colorado, not far from me.

LOVED IT!! :0)

Here are 5 Reasons You Should Buy This Book: 

1) I finished it in a week - This is not common for me. I am a slow reader and only keep reading if I really enjoy what I am reading.

2) At times, I felt I was watching a lovely old movie or a musical. The main character is Eliza Sumner and I could almost hear her English accent, reminding me of some great movies like Sound of Music or My Fair Lady. 

3) At times, I felt like I was reading a story from Jane Austen. Yep, that's right. Jen Turano has a delightful sense of humor and it reminds me of Austen's - a little quirky at times with a whiff of sarcasm. A couple of her characters had me laughing out loud more than once, including the arrogant Lawrence, who reminded me of Mr. Colllins from Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

4) At times, I sensed a bit of a comedy of errors plot line, which, once again, is charming and kept me guessing.

5) THE STORY!!! It is a good story and isn't that why we read? I liked the romance of it, I like the historical tone of it, and I like the humor behind it.

So, there you go. Go now and order A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano!

I give it two thumbs up!!