To the Ends of the Earth

Cally Pallace Morning

May is the best month for a leap across the pond. Lambs gambol along the hedgerows, and the rolling hills and glens are covered with the greenest grass you can imagine. – My Heart’s in the Lowlands

Everything I love about Scotland is the Lord’s handiwork. In truth, all that makes our planet a fine place to call home is His doing. This month, a gentle nudge from the prophet Isaiah calls us to remember the power and majesty of our Creator.

Because when the world gets ugly, it helps to recall God’s beauty.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Rhododendrons

Bridge in the Scottish Borders

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Isaiah 40:28

When Isaiah asks, “Don’t you yet understand?” (TLB) and “Haven’t you been listening?” (MSG), we shrug, then nod, somewhat embarrassed. Yes, we do know. And yes, we have heard. But we’re a forgetful people.

We read the Bible, acknowledge the wisdom we find there, then put it aside and live as if everything depends on us, when absolutely everything depends on God.

That’s why the prophet prods us with his words, “Surely you know the truth. Surely you have heard” (ERV).

Tell us again, Lord. Please tell us again.

Eildon Hills

Caerlaverock Castle

The Lord is the everlasting God,… Isaiah 40:28

He is not only “God from of old” (NABRE); He is also “God who lives forever!” (ERV). His eternal nature means His loving-kindness stretches beyond the limits of time.

That painful memory trapped in your mind? God daily applies the cleansing, healing balm of His Word, tending your wound until no scar tissue remains.

That thing that weighs on your heart today? God already knows when that burden will be lifted and is even now preparing you for it and growing you through it.

That fear of the future that clouds your thoughts? God has every hour, day, week, month, and year of your life well in hand, including all those yet to come.

Rest in this beloved: “God doesn’t come and go. God lasts” (MSG). He who made us will see us through.

Bench by the River Tay in Dunkeld

Broughton House and Garden in Kirkcudbright

…the Creator of the ends of the earth. Isaiah 40:28

God is the One who made everything with His own hands. He is the “Preparer” (YLT), the glorious “Creator of all you can see or imagine” (MSG). Even if we can’t travel the world and see it firsthand, we know the One who shaped and formed it to His liking. “He created all the faraway places on earth” (ERV). Like Australia and Bolivia and Cambodia. And aye, like Scotland.

The Road to Durisdeer

Priorwood Garden in Melrose

He will not grow tired or weary,… Isaiah 40:28

Isaiah offers still more encouragement. Unlike us, our Creator “doesn’t pause to catch his breath” (MSG) or “need to rest” (EXB). He “never becomes faint” (CSB) or “worn out” (NIrV) or “fatigued” (YLT). Never.

When we stop, He keeps going. When we’re exhausted, He’s just getting started. He doesn’t grow tired of us, weary of us, impatient with us, or disgusted with us. However long it takes to recreate us into the image of His Son, our God “shall not fail, neither shall travail” (WYC).

Not only can He do what we cannot do; He also knows what we cannot know.

Melrose Abbey

Scottish Heather

… and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

However hard we try to comprehend His teachings, “His wisdom cannot be measured” (CEV). However long we study His ways, “No one understands his thoughts” (GNT). We can’t get our heads around this, because we can’t get our heads around this. “No one will ever know how great his understanding is” (NIrV). No one.

We can search for all the facts we want on Google, but “His understanding is unsearchable” (WEB) and “inscrutable” (NASB) and “beyond human reach” (CEB).

Everything we need to know about God is revealed in His Word, yet no single book could contain all that He is and all that He knows.

Sheep on the hills of Durisdeer

Scottish Bluebells at Cally Palace

What does this mean for us? God is not limited by our limitations. We are made in His image, but He is certainly not made in ours. Since “there is no limit to his understanding” (CSB), we can believe in Him fully, rest in Him safely, and trust in Him completely to the ends of the earth.

Heavenly Father, we know You made us, because Your Word says it. We know You love us, because Your Son proves it. You don’t ask us to understand You, Lord. You ask us to obey You, knowing You alone make that possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen and amen.

Belted Galloways | "Belties"

Dundrennan Abbey

All through May, many have been reading our featured Book by Book, My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland. Now that you’ve visited this lovely corner of the world from the comfort of your armchair, you can travel through time with the first novel in my Lowlands of Scotland series, Thorn in My Heart, transporting the biblical story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel to eighteenth-century Galloway.

Thorn in My Heart: A Novel

On May 30, 5 winners among the 230 who posted comments were chosen to receive Thorn in My Heart: Denise J., Linda N., Nancy S., Jaime M., and Lauren S. Happy reading!

Until next time, dear friend, thanks for joining me on this journey called Life.

Your sister, Liz

P.S. Watch my latest Facebook LIVE as we celebrate our June book, Rise and Shine: Encouragement to Start Your Day!

 

231 Responses to To the Ends of the Earth

  1. Judy Carpenter May 25, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    I just love your comments that come to my email & the one this morning with all the pictures of Scotland just gave me such peace as I have a busy day at work. It reminded me once again that our God is an awesome God who created everything beautiful. I would love to visit Scotland someday but for now would love to read your new book.

    • Gaylene Sypkes May 25, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

      I love historical fiction. I have read this series since they first came out at least once every year and every time I read it I am caught up in the story from start to finish. I love Leanna and Rose and Jamie. I just want more.

    • Lindsey May 26, 2018 at 7:06 am #

      Oh Lizzie!!! Your positive, upbeat words intertwined with Scripture is a breath of fresh air!! Thanks for the amazing reminder how vast and capable our God is. The pictures of Scotland are just a little slice of Heaven on earth…I yearn to visit one day!

    • Georgia Gallman May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

      I might have been born in another time as much as I love reading about Scottish romances, gentlemen in kilts, and the beautiful hills and humble crofts. Altogether a great place to dream about!

  2. Paula Wise-Cribb May 25, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    Good morning Lady Liz! How I would love to read your book about my ancestors homeland, Scotland! My love for the Lord and my Scottish roots run deep <3 Thank you for this generous offer! God bless!

  3. Mary Ellen Clements May 25, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Oh how I would love to visit Scotland! These pictures are absolutely breathtaking. I just wanted to linger there and find peace and rest for my weary soul. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Liz. I love historical fiction and would treasure an autographed copy of your book. May God continue to richly bless you!

  4. Margaret Sifford May 25, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Sometimes I feel that way!! Would love to have your book!! Love all your books! I always remember the time I got to meet you in person. It was many years ago in Greensboro, NC at the Coliseum!

  5. Dinah May 25, 2018 at 9:21 am #

    I love reading your posts and the inspiration that you are to all women. Can’t wait for your book “Thorn in my Heart” to be released. There is nothing better that a good novel that is godly and not full of the garbage that our world seems to flock to. Thank you for just being you.

  6. Ruth Hoefert May 25, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    I enjoyed the posts and the pictures and would very much enjoy your book!

  7. Susanne May 25, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Beautiful!
    Gods word alive through the photos you posted!! ❤

    • Susanne May 25, 2018 at 9:28 am #

      Beautiful!
      Gods word alive through the photos you posted!! ❤
      My husband’s family are Scotland descendents and we still have some auburn beauties in our family to prove it.😊
      The book sounds AMAZING!!

  8. Pat Works May 25, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Dear Liz, I marvel each time I encounter a phase in my life that is not to my liking; the feeling of air being let out of a balloon slowly, and God shows up! Through a word from His Word. Through a friend. By the gentle nudge of the Spirit to my own. Through an e-mail from Liz Curtis Higgs. Your post today of truth and encouragement and the beauty of Scotland, spoke so deeply to my spirit that I have lost sight of “me” and once again I can see, “Him!” My beloved. Please put my name down for your book, A Thorn In My Heart. I love your writing. I love your simple, “It’s just me,” attitude. No pretense. No drama. Just you as you are. And, I love you and pray for you. Thank you, Liz, for just being who you are and sharing with all of us needy women.

  9. Talitha May 25, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Scotland is at the very top of my travel bucket list! Your pictures are gorgeous! I’d love to read your new book!

  10. Debbie Snyder May 25, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks for the encouraging word, Liz! You always lift my spirit with your posts! I would love to be entered for a chance at this lovely book. I read it a long time ago and LOVED IT! I love it so much that I read the sequels in record time, and at every free moment, until I was finished. I LOVED the whole series so much, that I shared my books with others (but sadly, they were never returned)! Have a blessed and restful Memorial Weekend!!! God bless you and yours!!

  11. Marta Prose May 25, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    I so enjoy your teachings, Liz! Thank you for all you share with us. Am praying for your health!!

  12. Patti Bryan May 25, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    I love history and Scottish history is very interesting. I am currently trying to trace my ancestors to there. I read historical fiction a lot. Btw, our Ladies Auxiliary is currently watching your DVDs. You make learning fun.

  13. Melinda May 25, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    I appreciate you & thank you for the photos & scriptures – they remind me again it is God not me –

    I stand amazed, He knows my name…..

  14. Billlie Conrad May 25, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    I read several genre; one of which is historical fiction. I read one of your early fiction works from my public library years ago. I would love to read the Scottish series. I enjoy your devotionals and have enjoyed hearing you speak at a couple of Women of Joy conferences a few years ago.

  15. Melanie Williams May 25, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    Scotland and historical fiction are my cup of tea, and I would love to win a copy of Thorn in My Heart! Thank you for the beautiful post and the opportunity to win, Liz!

  16. Patricia Kukuc May 25, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    Thank you, dear Liz, for your inspiring and encouraging posts. Scotland has a way of working itself into one’s heart. I have happy memories of half a dozen trips to Scotland and look forward to revisiting it through your books. Blessings on you.

  17. Lisa V. May 25, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    I’ve never been to Scotland, but now my heart yearns to go! Thank you, Liz, for the beautiful pictures and devotion.

  18. Kathy Scovanner May 25, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    I am unable to travel at this time. So reading is my escape and traveling friend. As I just finished our May selection, I enjoyed the travel through Scotland like I have never before. Thank you for writing that travel, fictional, historical book.

  19. Carol Sumner May 25, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    I do enjoy historical fiction so much. Your pictures of Scotland remind me of my trip to Wales. Such beautiful countryside. And the sheep!! Hoping I can get a copy of your new book, if not here, then at the store! Thanks for all you do to encourage us, this blog was particularly poignant today. God bless you.

  20. Colleen Moody May 25, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Hi, Liz! Thank you for these devotionals! And, the photos are breathtaking!
    Would you please enter me in your drawing?

  21. Julie May 25, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    I love historical fiction and for some reason, Scotland is very popular among writers of historical fiction! So now a visit to Scotland is on my bucket list.

    On a more serious note, praying for you this morning from Colorado, that you would have peace, hope for the future, and the creativity to continue to be a blessing to the world.

  22. Nancy Meadows May 25, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    I really like your books. I have never been to Scotland. I will travel there through your books. The pictures of Scotland are beautiful.

  23. Melinda May 25, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    Historic fiction, written by our gal Liz….what could be better?!

  24. Brenda Whittington May 25, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    I love the pictures you shared. I would love to go to Scotland someday.

  25. Katie S. May 25, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks for sharing your stunning pictures of Scotland – gorgeous! I love historical fiction and the transparency, research, and excellent writing in your books is greatly appreciated.

  26. Rita Smith May 25, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Just love, love love the Scottish series. Going through them for the second time. Your post today is very beautiful & encouraging. Blessings & Prayers. Rita Smith

  27. Marte Simpson May 25, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Dear dear Liz:
    How great to have you pop in for a sweet visit! How precious knowing you has been all these years, from SCWR w/ Marita, CLASS w/ Florence & sharing a footstool with you! & thru your DVD’s, books, & on the net! How refreshing & fitting your uplifting message is dotted with beautiful pix. You’ve sprinkled hope, given me spoonfuls of His Word & wetted my appetite! At a sad wee little spot & after yet another’s repeated screaming saga. I needed this Refreshing! This Reminder because we are forgetful people!! Thankful heartedly,
    Marte 5-25-18

  28. Estella Findley May 25, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    thanks so much for the beautiful pictures of God’s handiwork! We can see it all around us even here at home..I have been reading historical fiction for years..my favorite.. I started out reading Nanette Oaks Love comes softly series..sorry..Janette…I branched out from there..I do so enjoy your writing! Please continue..look forward to what comes next!Here’s wishing you good health. Hope all is ok..

  29. Brooke Jones May 25, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Thorn In My Heart and the rest of the lowland series are some of my all time favorite books to read! I actually just picked up Whence Came A Prince and started to read it again the other day. You’re words always transport me through time! My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland for Spring/Summer 2020 and I just can’t wait to see it with my own eyes! Thank you for being not just an amazing and phenomenal writer but also for bringing the Word of God to life!
    Bless you! <3

  30. Lauren Stewart May 25, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    I have always been intrigued and encouraged through your writing. This post is especially beautiful and filled with timely reminders for me, as I am in a “waiting” period in my life. Thank you for these lovely exhortations to trust in the Lord! His wisdom is far beyond my understanding.

    P.S. – Historical fiction is definitely my thing! Would love to read “Thorn in My Heart”!!

  31. MaryLou Gartner May 25, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Oh, I so look forward to reading this historical novel! Since I have an ancestral line from Scotland, I enjoy reading anything I can from that beautiful country! Looking forward to delving into it as part of my summer reading.

  32. Cathy Baillie May 25, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    I have loved traveling with you to Scotland through your book. I hope to some day go with my husband to see if we can find our Baillie relatives. And thank you for all the beautiful pictures in your message today. It is a lovely country! You are such a blessing to me. I want to thank you for always steering me to love the life that God has blessed me with. Even when times are challenging, He is strong for me. I pray that you too are feeling His strength as you minister to us as well as fight your challenges. What a lovely lady you are!

  33. Frieda May 25, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful country! Liz, I so appreciate your thoughts and expounding of the Scriptures. I’m praying for you.

  34. Suzanne May 25, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    thank you so much for the email, the pictures are gorgeous! i love your books! would love to win one. God Bless you!

  35. Liz Thomas May 25, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you Liz for the great reminder of how great our God is! How perfect…how loving!
    Love you and continuing to lift you up in prayer sister!
    Much Love from one Liz to another!!

  36. Diana Wilson May 25, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for continuing to minister while going through your testings with cancer.i have gotten to hear you in person twice and used one if your studies on DVD with a group of ladies in my home. Look forward to reading more of your books, too.

  37. Betty Fair May 25, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    I love historical novels, especially bible history. I enjoy your posts very much and sometimes use them as inspiration for devotionals.

  38. Kathryn A May 25, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    What gorgeous scenes! Loved the photography, loved the book! Would gladly read it again! Thanks for the chance to win my own copy, and hope you’re feeling ok.

  39. Jodie McLagan May 25, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Liz, I love this bit of scripture – one of my favorites. What a proclamation! Thank you for your insight & teaching into this verse. I so enjoy how you share from your heart the simplest of God’s truth in a way that catches our hearts.

    My husband has Scottish blood in his veins…we would love to travel to Scotland. Your pictures are soooo beautiful – love the sheep! I would love to read your book…to be whisked away to bonny Scotland while riding the bus to and from work…

  40. Brenda Williams May 25, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Oh my, Oh my, Oh my! What lovely, serene scenes! Thank you so much. I hope you don’t mind, I stole the woodland one for my desktop at work. So need some peace here. Thank you so much for the post today. So refreshing and such a needed reminder!
    I loved Thorn in my Heart. One of my favorites of yours, there are so many, though. God bless you. I will pull it out and re-read it.
    Prayers continuing for you.

  41. Juanita Means May 25, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Powerful reminder of who God is.

  42. Crystal May 25, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    I enjoy Christian fiction so much! And an actual story from the Bible thrown in…..marvelous! Thank you, Liz, for being encouraging and letting your light shine for Jesus!

  43. Lea Deisher May 25, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    I am currently reading My Heart’s in the Lowlands, very slowly, just a couple pages each morning. What a wonderful way to start the day. I also read the Thorn in My Heart series several years ago and loved the entire story. I like the way Liz describes the surrounding scenery, I can see it in my minds eye.

  44. Glaphre Braswell May 25, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    I enjoy reading history. I would very much enjoy reading Bible history written by you. Thank you!

  45. Cheryl Owczarek May 25, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    I’m reading Thorn in My Heart right now! LOVE Liz’s historical fiction – her glorious personality infused with history and Bible characters. It’s the BEST! 🙂

  46. Paula Shreckhise May 25, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I love historical Christian fiction. I learn so much! Your pist today is right on target! Thanks for the lovely pictures, too!

    • Paula May 25, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      That’s post!

  47. Brenda Linzey-Kerr May 25, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Oh Liz!!!!!!!!!!!!! My dream is to one day visit Bonny Scotland. My maiden name is Linzey. I so desire to see that beautiful country. Thank you for sharing the pictures. I love reading this kind of fiction. I do hope I am chosen. I do love your books. I got to be in a service with you in Paris, TX. So enjoyed every anointed moment.
    God bless you for sharing with us.
    Brenda Linzey-Kerr

  48. Judi Menard May 25, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    Dear Liz, I just want to tell you I really love you. Only our Father can unite people so far apart, people who’ve never met and bind them with His pure love. Thank you for all your hard work so that we can know Him more and stand firm in our faith. May He continue to bless you and lift you up!

  49. Gina May 25, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    I loved your comment: “God doesn’t ask us to understand, he asks us to obey”.Funny how the beautiful scenery you posted reminds me of where I’m at presently – on vacation. How can I be in the midst of such beauty ( in California) yet still feel so empty? the answer-Only Jesus can satisfy our longings. What we think will please us or fulfill us never works. Full me Lord today. Satisfy me in the morning with your steadfast love.

  50. DawnK May 25, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Love ur devotion!! Thank u for the wonderful word that u share with us & help us stay focused on God!! Thank you!! Love the wonderful pictures of such an amazing place !!

  51. Sandy Farrington May 25, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    Love historical fiction, but more than that I love your writing style. We took the most amazing vacation to Scotland for 3 weeks in September 2016 so I know how absolutely gorgeous it is. My first reaction while there was WOW! This is GOD’S country! Can’t wait to relive it through your new book!

  52. Janice Heyer May 25, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    Thank you so much Liz for allowing God to use you to speak to me today. You will never know how much I truly need to read this and feel God’s presence speaking to me through you. God bless you Liz. I am relearning to trust God with everything in my life. Reading this has given me more confidence to believe. 🙂

  53. Linda Pastin May 25, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    This promises to be ,as usual, a fantastic book! Would be thrilled to win it.

  54. Patricia Christy May 25, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    My husband’s ancestors were from Scotland. We never got to go there but I really enjoyed the pictures and would love to read the book. My husband passed away 14 years ago and I had bagpipes played at his funeral. It was a tribute to him. At that time there was not that much interest in Genealogy but I plan to research his ancestors in the future. I have a Genealogy of my family and his mother’s family already so next on the list is his father’s.

  55. Tassie Andrews May 25, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    I love this devotion and would love to visit Scotland, thank you for the reminder to look around and see all the beauty God has created even here in beautiful NFLD, Canada

  56. Carol Currence May 25, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    I have read all of your books on the Scottish Highlands and I absolutely love them. They just draw you in and make you feel as if you are there. Light of my Candle is my favorite. I was completely transported through time.

  57. Debi Huff May 25, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found your works on my spiritual journey. Thank you very much for your insight and wisdom.

  58. Stephanie May 25, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Your posts always coincide with other teachings present in my life, reinforcing what God wants me to focus on. I would love the opportunity to read your newest book. Thank you for the contest.

  59. Rita Schwass May 25, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Love all the Scotland books! Made sure the novels are in our church library.

  60. Carolyn May 25, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of Scotland and the encouraging words. II enjoyed reading your most recent blog and would love to read one of your books and this one I am sure would be great.

  61. Patty Knittel May 25, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    I love historical fiction! The author usually has done fantastic research and, thus, takes us back to that place and time where we can get lost for a while. Christian historical writing makes the Bible come alive for me. Thank you for this new series!

  62. Karren May 25, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Liz 🙂 I’m Blessed by your devotions. Thanks for putting God’s word into our everyday language.Reading was a difficult skill for me to learn as a child! Until I retired I had only read what I had to. Your book sounds like a Bible fairy tail I would Love to win, read and Enjoy:) God Bless You as you minister to our hearts🙏❌⭕️

  63. MARTY ROGGENBAUM May 25, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    We took a British Isles cruise about 5 years ago in May. We fell in love with Scotland and Ireland and the lushness they contain. God bless you as you serve Him with joy and gratitude!

  64. Blanche Hake May 25, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    I hope you are doing well in your trip through cancer. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
    I truly enjoyed all of the novels in your Scotland series. I always await your next novel and wonder who will be its topic. Keep the good works coming. We certainly need to remember God’s mercy in today’s world. My heart and prayers go out to all the young couples trying to raise children in Christ’s way. I have two precious great-grandchildren who are constantly in my prayers. We need the presence of God in our nation, as some would try to remove Him.
    Have a blessed spring!

  65. Josie Pellegrino May 25, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    If you have not read these wonderful books you need to. I have my autographed copies and read them again and again. No one tells a story like our Liz. Thanks so much.

  66. Pam May 25, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures to go along with your text – much needed reminders in this too-busy life. I’ve grown to enjoy historical fiction. The history part helps me learn; the fiction part helps me enjoy. Thank you for caring about us, Liz. And for all you do while doing so.

  67. Merry Ward May 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    Liz, my friend,
    I always love how your heart shines through your words! Thanks for always pointing us to the only Source of help and strength. How faithful our God is.

    Anyway, I’ve enjoyed the beautiful pictures of Scotland. A historical fiction novel would be right up my alley. I will read this one way or another.

    Prayers and Blessings,
    Merry

  68. Julie May 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    HI Liz! What beautiful pictures! How I long to travel to Scotland. I would love to read your book set in Scotland. Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.

  69. Jaime May 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Thank you. Such a beautiful message.

  70. Celia Jolley May 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    “He (she) gives beautiful words…” is a quote from Proverbs 49:21 when Jacob gives a unique blessing to each of his sons. You are a blessing. Thank you for especially bringing the beauty of Scotland woven into the truth of God’s Word. Perhaps I’ll get to meet you at Mt. Hermon!

  71. Patricia Hale May 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    I love historical Christian fiction. I love delving into history and reliving the past. Thank for for creating Christian fiction that we can read, without smut

  72. Carla May 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Love this devotional, the pictures and historical fiction! Thank you!

  73. Pam Loftin May 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    I love a lot of your books, but I haven’t read this one yet. Would love to win it!

  74. Lyn Hood May 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre. I have read and been delighted by many of yours.
    Thanks for your beautiful insights that you share with us.

  75. Neva Ladehoff May 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    I love all your books from the very be8. Starting with Bookends. Love the Morovian recipes too.
    Enjoy all you do. God bless you.

  76. Beth Mason May 25, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you for sharing and teaching.

  77. Nann May 25, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    I am often amazed at the beauty of the creation, and the uplifting blam it brings to my weary soul. Seen in the words you share, and the photos that always take my breath away.
    Having a rushed and cluttered day, seems to still. The moment I open your emails. I am expectant of them.
    The wash waits, the phone is silenced, and my children are no longer in crisis.
    My Heavenly Father is in control of it all! And I see it and believe in my marrow.
    It is all ” well with my soul”. Bless you immensley for including me in these precious moments given to you, for me.

  78. Barbara Turner May 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Liz, I love the Thorn in my Heart! It helped me see the biblical story in a totally different light.

  79. Karen Ingle May 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Beautiful words and pictures!

  80. Marci Reese May 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    The Thorn in my Heart series is my favorite of all time! I’ve read and re-read it. I was sitting next to a patient once (at my nurse job) and was reading through a particularly heart wrenching part of one of the books, and I was CRYING along! Oh my heart!!!!! I bet my patient thought me daft! Lol!
    Thank you so much for writing them,Liz!!
    I pick up copies of your books whenever I see them at thrift stores and the like, to loan/give to friends. And of course I keep a few for my own collection! Lol.
    So….if there is someone out there that needs a copy more than I , please give to them. They will be blessed!!
    I just wanted to reach out to you, Liz , and tell you I love you and that you bring so much joy and blessing to my life! Thank you!!
    Praying for your swift recovery, Lass!!
    ❤️Marci

  81. Bonnie Walker May 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Liz, you always hit me clear in the center of my thoughts, and predicaments. This is a beautiful post. The scriptures are twined together to build a safety netting in my heart and mind. As a matter of fact I am underlining them in s special color (free, for growth) in my FAVORITE Bible. You truly have shared verses of great memory and importance. And your photos, can’t think of words other than Maganda! Philippino for Beauty of Great Majesty!
    THANK YOU.

  82. Linda Page May 25, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    I’ve been to Ireland many times….but not yet Scotland! They do look similar…green & glorious!
    I’d Love to read your novel, Liz!!

  83. Diane martin May 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Liz, I love historical novels and would love to read this. Hope I win a copy

  84. Pat Williams May 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    My Scottish son-in-law Tom Donald was quite fascinated when he saw my copy of My Hearts In the Lowlands and made a few notes in it for me, like how Pastor Scott was a very good man and a friend of his father’s!

  85. Linda Hansen May 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Love this series!! Reading historical fiction has been so enlightening about history. Plan to re-read this series as I read it many years ago.

  86. Marilyn Allison May 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Thorn in My Heart set me on the writer’s journey. I’ve been reading your books ever since. The U.K. of yesteryear is my favorite time/setting for stories to read, but the story the LORD has given me to write coincides with the later years in the life of the prophet Daniel. Imagine that.
    Praying for your healing and continued ability to pass God’s encouragement on to us through your pen.

  87. birdie May 25, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    I am still reading “My Heart’s in the Lowlands,” because I am meandering slowly over hill and dale, except when the rains come, and I have to hurry back to your car or to a lorry. Anyway I would love to have a copy of your historical fiction set in Scotland.

  88. Lois May 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    I look forward to each of your posts. You are gifted to take me on a wonderful journey to places I’ve never been and see the beauty of the world and the Lord.Thankyou for being you. xoxo

  89. Susan Zollmann May 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    Aww, Liz, we share a deep love of bonny Scotland! I have been blessed to visit half a dozen times when I lived in England for three years. Thank you for the mini armchair vacation to God’s loverly creation there <3

  90. Megan L. May 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Wonderful post and awesome pictures! I love how you explain Scripture and really go further in depth on it all. Thanks so much for this post and for the chance to win your book!

  91. Deborah Norred May 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    Don’t have a lot of time to read but when I do, I love historical fictions like this one. You are an awesome writer and give spiritual encouragement in a way that makes it memorable. I loved your Bible study “Loved By God”, so I am sure I will love this book. God bless you Liz.

  92. Clare Kroh May 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    This was the first of your novels that I read. I had just been part of your Bible Study, A Heart Divided at Southeast. Since then there have been many more, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. Thank you for all the beautiful words.

  93. Jenny Snow May 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Fiction is SO my cup of tea! Especially yours! Hope I win! 🙂 Love you and love your books. <3

  94. Jenny Snow May 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

    Fiction is SO my cup of tea! Especially yours. 🙂 Hope I win! Love you and love your books! <3

  95. Emmalisa May 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    What a stunning and faith filled post! I have always wanted to read your historical novels but haven’t gotten around to it! If I don’t win I will DEFINITELY be looking for this in my local library! I have been picking up books like “The Tudor Rose” and “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage”. I have never read historical fiction based in Scotland as I’m always aaaaall about england! I can’t WAIT for 6 weeks because I am going to England and seeing a few stately homes where my ancestors lived. Scotland looks pretty and what such gorgeous photos you have on the blog! Looking forward to seeing your historical novels in bookstores and/or libraries! As I have only read The Women of Easter!

  96. Penny May 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    Thank you for the photos and statements that God does not grow weary and has our future in His hands. This is comforting as I’ve just experienced a sudden loss of employment.

  97. Stephanie H. May 25, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    I love reading your historical fiction books and the views of Scotland are breathtaking. I hope to one day take a trip there and explore some of their castles too.

  98. Priscilla May 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Loved My Heart is In The Lowlands so much I gifted to a visiting friend from Alaska. Now I need to order another. A visit to Scotland and Ireland is on my growing bucket list. Hugs to you, Liz. So great to see you at Mount Hermon this year. Blessings.

  99. Lesli Pool May 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    I love historical fiction. It puts me in a time from the past and alows me to get lost in a wonderful story. An escape from reality for awhile. 😊

  100. Catherine Patterson May 25, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    Thank you for sharing encouraging words & reminders of God’s great love for us.
    “Thorn in My Heart” sounds like it will be a great read! The pictures you shared are beautiful! Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to visit Scotland some day.

  101. Barbara Turner May 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    I would love for you to write another series like the THORN IN MY HEART SERIES. I loved this set and have re-read them. I have read everything you have published, but could you please be led to write another series
    similar to that one. Thank you for the enjoyable writings . May God bless you from a Scottish-Irish sister in Christ.

  102. Michele May 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Lizzie, you are such a blessing! So glad we got to meet, if only for a few moments, and love you books.

  103. [email protected] May 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    Dearly love historical fiction, especially yours!
    And Michael Phillips
    Thank you and Grace and Peace to you, my Sister.

  104. Vicki Raddant May 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    These pictures … ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Thanks for sharing, sis!

  105. Constance Gamble May 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

    Love the title, Can’t wait to order book. I need some encouraging reading I don’t have to figure out.
    Appreciate your faithfulness.
    Constance

  106. Judy Arand May 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Liz, I’ve read all of your historical fiction. I especially loved Thorn In My Heart. Your book My Heart’s in the Lowlands reads like fiction. I loved it! I haven’t read the bad girls in the Bible books but they are on my list!
    My best wishes to you and I hope you are feeling well!

  107. Susan Fineman May 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

    For those of us who live “out in the middle of nowhere,” God uses your words to remind us that no matter where we live, His beautiful creation around us is evidence of His power and creativity. Even in the middle of potato fields in eastern Idaho. Thank you, Liz.

  108. Rebecca May 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    Thank you Liz for touching my life through spiritual guidance and understanding of the Bible that you provide through your eyes. Your teaching is so sincere and makes the bible so important to situations today. I would love to read your book and it would be such an honor to have a signed edition. I look forward to seeing you speak in person but in the mean time I will rely upon the Faith Radio Network. Thank you for dedicating your life to God’s work and a special focus on women.

  109. Nancy Sonnier May 25, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Thank you so much for your beautiful words from our loving God, and I might add that the wonderful photos are breathtaking! Would love to read your new book!💕

  110. Carol Laury May 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    Liz, I am reading My Heart’s in the Lowlands and enjoying it so much. I would love to read Thorn in My Heart! Sure do appreciate you and your encouraging books!

  111. Luanne Maroney May 25, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Your words of wisdom from God’s word always enlighten my mind and bless my heart. Would love to read this new book and travel through Scotland. Sounds like a creative way to look at the lives of Jacob, Leah and Rachel!

  112. Patty May 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Historical fiction is definitely my cup of tea! I love this series and an autographed copy would be special.

  113. Joan May 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    Thank you Liz for the balm of His word. Reminders are surely needed that His word is a soothing balm. We forget so quickly the truth of the Lord’s care for each one of us. Loved the pictures that accompanied the scripture. Great choices and a reminder of the beauty of His creation. Again thank you for the affirming message.

  114. Joyce Hicks May 25, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    Now that I am older, I love history. Even though I have some knowledge of my ancestors, my imagination about their lives reflects a historical fiction. Thank you for the beautiful pictures of Scotland that make the fictional setting come alive.

  115. Jacquelin Gisriel May 25, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    I love the series that started with A Thorne In My Heart. I had the entire collection. A friend of my was hospitalized. I lent her the first book and when she passed i did not want to ask the family for the book to be returned. I have never been able to replace it. Such a good job, the book was also loved by my grandmother who came from Scotland. She said, it made her home sick. She was 108 when she passed.

  116. Claudia Samford May 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Sister Liz,,

    I would so love to read historical fiction and have not had the chance to read yours set in Scotland, but would very much love to! I so enjoy reading your devotions. I have read your “Bad Girls” series and so enjoyed them. Love how your writing includes humor and brings the message to my level. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with us. May our Lord bless and keep you!

  117. Patricia Davis May 25, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    I love Scotland, can’t wait until I return. Thank you so much for writing the historical Scotland novels. They take me there as I read. Even though I have to wait awhile to go back, through your novels, you take me there.

  118. Vicki Moore May 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your pictures and your thoughts and scripture. I had goosebumps as I read some of the passages. I do love historical fiction–and I’ve probably read every book you’ve written, both fiction and non-fiction. As a summer Bible study with a group of ladies from our church, we have studied all of your Bad Girls, and they have been a wonderful instrument for reaching the unchurched–because many of the girls in those books are well known through references in popular genres.

  119. Ginnie May 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    Just loved your article and loved your book about Scotland. Would love to go one day. Thank you for your writing and your radio program. Really enjoy listening to your program.

  120. Renee J. May 25, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    I love historic fiction especially when bits of true facts are thrown in. I love to read and learn at the same time!

  121. Dawn May 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    Historical fiction is definitely my cup of British tea and add some cream. Loved looking at your beautiful photos of Scotland. Makes me want to go there!!

  122. Martha Brown May 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    I’ve just finished Waverley, and love Sir Walter Scott’s historical fiction, which is touted to be the first of that genre. Can’t wait to read yours. Love the lowlands. I’ve been to Abbotsford, Moffatt, Dumfries and Edinburgh. All of Scotland is beautiful, but especially the lowlands!

  123. Ann West May 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    I adore your books and am sipping tea with you at every stop along the way. My heart is in Australia and I heard back there for a holiday very soon. Taking your book with me for inspiration. You are a gift to us and your word by word makes every word come alive in my heart. Bless you dear friend. Stay strong God is doing might work thru you.

  124. Sharon wells May 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Liz

    Thank you so much for this short but beautiful look at Bonny Scotland. My husband and I read it together this evening and are intrigued with the pictures too. Isaiah 40:28 is such a wonderful verse.
    God has created a beautiful earth & people —sheep too!

  125. Wendy May 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Thank you, thank you for soaking all your teaching in Scripture; for encouraging us all, and for seeming to know what I need to hear every time!

  126. Deborah Livingston May 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    I’m enjoying your book, “My heart’s in the Lowlands!” Would love to begin the series now! How beautiful are the pictures of Scotland. On my bucket list to see! Keep up the encouraging words!

    Blessings,

  127. Janice Stubbs Matthews May 25, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

    I am overcome with joy seeing the beauty of springtime in Scotland. Our great niece will be graduating this June from Univ. of Edinburgh. Her grandma has saved and pinched pennies to get her family on the road of joy for this marvelous celebration traveling all the way from Phoenix, AZ to Scotland with expenses for the 6 of them. Truly graduation opens up vistas yet to be seen for all the family.
    I believe true happiness comes from seeing joy in the eyes of others.
    What a joy it was to be a part of a wonderful writers retreat at Glorieta in New Mexico some years back, early 21st century. You made us laugh and brought tears to our eyes.

  128. Judy Sink May 25, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

    Love, love, love your encouraging emails to us, Liz. I have loved Scotland since I was a young girl. And have read historical novels for most of my life. I would love to receive an autographed copy of your book. If I don’t, it will be on my “wish list”😊 Praying for good health as you serve our Great God!!

  129. Kathi Woodle May 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Hello Liz! I have fallen in love with all of your works! I read your historical fiction novels on my e-reader over the past few years! They have sustained me in many long hours. You have blessed me more than I could ever explain in this note. My son and I talked about Scotland and when he joined the Navy he promised one day he would take his dad and me to Scotland! Oh what a wonderful trip that would have been together! God had other plans for us though. He took our Tyler home to Heaven at 26 years old, not before He fulfilled one dream and that was to become a Navy SEAL! HOOYAH! Please keep writing and encouraging us all through the great gift that God has blessed you with! One day we will walk all over Heaven with our son and that will be even better than the beautiful Scotland trip! God Bless you and keep you close!

  130. Deb Nedza May 25, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Oh how I love the hills and heather in Scotland, too…..it’s been many years since I roamed the heather (well, let’s say I looked at it, didn’t really ‘roam’ through it) during a mission trip in 1979. Maybe another time….to get to the point, I love Liz Curtis Higgs, I love history, and I love Scotland, and yes, I love herbal teas. Time for me to pop off and order that 10 Days in Scotland epic read. 🙂

  131. Pamela May 25, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

    I love God’s beautiful handiwork in His creations on this earth. It reminds me to praise His name and thank Him for the blessings He has given me in my life. I would love to someday travel to Scotland but until then, I know you, Liz, will bring it to life in your book for me. Cheery’o for now !

  132. Jen May 25, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    Historical fiction and Liz go hand on hand! I love your writing style and the way that you put the reader right in the midst, as if the reader is right there in the story, present and accounted for. You have been given a gift from Jesus in how to write so others can understand and learn and grow. Keep up the good writings!

  133. Peggy Robertson May 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

    Your words speak The truth…you are able to make the scriptures “live!” Bless uou and thank you!

  134. Shelly May 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

    I love to read and have enjoyed many of the books that Liz has written. So very grateful for the talents God has blessed Liz with. I enjoy all genres and historical fiction is one of my favorites. Have a blessed day❣️

  135. Beth May 25, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

    I do enjoy historical fiction, among others. I have been enjoying “My Heart’s in the Lowlands” and can almost visualize the sites. Someday I just might make a trip to Scotland. The pictures throughout the devotional today were beautiful.

  136. Brenda Murphree May 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    I loved this whole series! It was wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  137. Gwendolyn Engbretson May 26, 2018 at 1:46 am #

    Dear Liz,
    The only way I can travel these days is through a good book and my imagination. My husband has lost his eyesight and I’m pretty much his caretaker. At 82 years of age I still love a good book! As I sit here, I can’t recall the name of the books of yours that I’ve read–and I have read a couple! I could get up and go find them but that’s easier said than done at my age! So I’ll wish you great success
    And Gods every blessing!
    Gwen

  138. Carol Sudsbury May 26, 2018 at 3:40 am #

    Father God,thank you for Liz,thank you for your hand of love,mercy and grace on her life…thank you that You continue to use her for the glory and honor of Your name…thank you for Your faithfulness and hand of protection and provision in her life and in the life of her family and love ones…continue to strengthen and encourage her each day as she walks with You and talks with You and obey’s Your command…to go into the world to proclaim Your message of Love and forgiveness through her writings…Bless her,Lord…in Jesus’ Name Amen…

  139. Tobie Lariscey May 26, 2018 at 3:54 am #

    I always enjoy reading your books. I am so excited to read the book Thorn in my Heart. Not able to get it now but hopefully soon I will be able to buy it. Love reading your Bible studies each month. They are very uplifting! I have always dreamed of going to Scotland but probably will never be able to go so I will just enjoy your books which make me feel as if I am there. You are in my prayers!

  140. Cindy Dingman May 26, 2018 at 5:25 am #

    Would love to receive the fictional book. I love your writing style and enjoyed the trip through the countryside of Ireland.

  141. Julianne Gilroy May 26, 2018 at 6:20 am #

    Love your books and your personal example of faith. I hope your cancer journey is going ok. I’m on my own with Parkinson’s. But that’s another story. I’m praying for you. God put you here with many gifts and boy do you use them. Mary Magdalene is my favorite.
    Love to you. Julie.

  142. Kerry Fisher May 26, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Thank you for your encouraging devotional! Love being reminded of God’s work in our lives. Thoughts and prayers to you as you continue to write and speak during your treatments.

  143. Cheryl Prall May 26, 2018 at 6:48 am #

    We are on a journey this week to help our oldest daughter move from Pennsylvania to Indiana to start a new job. We will be heading out to our youngest daughter’s graduation from college this morning. It will be a day tomorrow of celebration and moving her things home as she irons out her next part of adventure. I am grateful for your devotion today as it is hard to have time alone when we are all in close quarters. My prayers today are for my children to continue to follow Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing the truths God gives to us. May God be healing you also.

  144. Daryl Dority May 26, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    Liz, I love historical fiction and I have read all of your historical fiction books. Not only are they captivating, most importantly you are sharing the gospel message in each book through the characters and their situations. I have difficulty putting them down and want to read more! I have learned so much about Scotland, and it’s history through your books. My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland and since reading your books, I am hopeful we can go to Scotland also. I look forward to more in the future! Many blessings to you!

  145. Linda May 26, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you for your inspiration in your contagious optimism. Optimism that is grounded in the hope of Gods Word. I love your writing and look forward to reading your historical fiction books. May God bless you.

  146. Susan Brown May 26, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    Liz…Reading is about the only activity my 96 year old mother can do. I know she would love your book!

  147. Kay May 26, 2018 at 8:00 am #

    Oh, Liz, I read this series several years ago, and wished it would go on and on! I felt as if I were transported to that time in the Lowlands and could see, hear, feel, and even smell (!) life as it was for the characters in your books! Thanks for interpreting biblical stories in such an entertaining way.

  148. Liz May 26, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    Liz – thanks for this beautiful devotion and the also beautiful photos. You make me want to book tickets today to see the sites of Scotland! I pray God blesses you amazingly for sharing Him as you do.

  149. Karen H. May 26, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    Thank you Liz for your inspirational books and encouraging messages. Your heart for Jesus and his love for us shines through you. Blessings to you sweet sister!

  150. Wanda Wright May 26, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Liz, thank you for your comforting words. Totally enjoy your combination of the visual with Gods word and your thoughts.God bless you.ww

  151. Sandy K May 26, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Oh, how lovely your words and the photos of Scotland! It’s so peaceful looking, serenity beckoning. I am blessed to have visited Scotland in 2006 and it was my absolute favorite spot over England. I gravitate toward historical fiction and a setting in Scotland is my cup of tea! I enjoy your books, Liz, and have read many of them. Your blog posts are uplifting. Thank you, dear sister in Christ.

  152. Martha Smith May 26, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    I love historical fiction, especially when it is “clean” fiction as I know yours is because I already have several of your books! I also love sharing my books with other ministry wives! Thank-you and may God bless you!

  153. Amy Wood May 26, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    I love historical fiction. And I love the good, ole Bonny Scotland!

  154. Joan May 26, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    Liz, As always you touch my heart with your words and start my longing with the photographs. I pray the Lord continues to use you and your love for Him to draw many to come to know the Savior you so longing and lovingly share. I love Historical Christian reading and I would love a copy but I trust whoever God selects will get the book and will be blessed by it. Until we meet here or in heaven, Joan

  155. Greta Wallace May 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Your message was a great comfort and encouragement to me today. Thank for your faithfulness in sharing His word and adding your words of application. The new series will be amazing I am sure. Can’t wait to start reading! Scotland is beautiful and I would love to go one day. Love your amazing pictures of the countryside. 😊

  156. B R Fox May 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    I love historical fiction. Especially if its well researched, and biblically-based. I’m reading “My Heart’s in the Lowlands” and as soon as I finish, I’ll have to find one of your novels at the church library and begin reading more about Scotland.

    My husband and I went to Nova Scotia for our honeymoon, never believing we’d get to Scotland. Then I had a business trip to Ireland 16 years later and we were able to spend 36 hours in Scotland. We packed so much into those hours we probably aged a year. We really want to go back and your book is whetting our appetite and showing us a better way — 10 days!

    I haven’t read “Thorn in my Heart” yet, so I’ll wait until next week to borrow it, just in case I’m a lucky one! 8D Thanks for your good work! I love it! +B

  157. Carol May 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    Hello Liz!
    I love all your books and am sure this will be a “goodie”. This particular Bible story always breaks my heart…but we keep on! xo

  158. Donna Morrell May 26, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Liz, you are my very favorite storyteller! Always when I see one of your books, I buy it because I know that I will enjoy it. Your historical fiction books introduce me to places I may never visit, other than in print.Bible studies, Devotion books, or fiction, you are the best! Thank you for sharing your gift of telling God’s amazing stories.

    Praying for you dear sister!

  159. Trish May 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    I just finished Thorn in my Heart on our vacation. Since I know the biblical story I was intrigued to see how you would parallel the two. When I finished I thought how wonderful it would be to have another and maybe another!

  160. Linda McFarland May 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    The pictures are gorgeous, what a beautiful world God has created. I love Historical fiction and would love to win a copy of Thorn in My Heart! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Blessings!

  161. Donna Lowes May 26, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    I really enjoyed this article. Thank you Liz, Lords Blessings.

  162. Evelyn Bredin May 26, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    Liz, your writing is certainly inspired. I have enjoyed your books and devotionals over the years. Thank you so much.

  163. Linda Hancock May 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    Gorgeous photography and equally beautiful commentary. Thank you for that. The new book sounds wonderful. I know, a lot of superlatives here, but they come from my encourged heart.

  164. Kathy May 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    This is my very favorite series ! I love being taken back in time and how you include scripture in your books. Fantastic!

  165. Joan Arning May 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm #

    Indeed Scotland is bonny! A cousin is visiting there now and I’m drooling over her pics. I’ve been there once and would love to go again!

  166. Elizabeth May 26, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Absolutely love your historical fiction based on the Bible!

  167. Loree Johnston LaChey May 26, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    Can5 wait to read it

  168. Cheryl Passwaters May 26, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    Cherrio because historical fiction is my cup of tea and you are my fav author (well 1 of them).

  169. [email protected] May 27, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    Love the beautiful pictures and encouraging words.

    Thank you

  170. Lorraine May 27, 2018 at 6:35 am #

    I didn’t like historical literature until I read your books. I love how you go through verse by verse through your devotional. Thank you for sharing what God has taught you. I would love to get the thorn if my heart. You are a talented writer. I love that you are Scottish as I am also. I just recently found out my father was born in Glasco, Scotland.

  171. Kerri May 27, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Historical fiction is my favorite and I would love to read this one. I plan to visit Scotland one day. Thanks for doing this giveaway!!

  172. Becky May 27, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    Thanks cor the post. It ministered my heart thid am. Struggling.

  173. Peggi Martin May 27, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Historical fiction is my favorite genera and I truly love your writing. I’d love to have a copy of Thorn in My Flesh to begin my summer reading. School is out June 1 and this first grade teacher needs some adult literature to stimulate my mind.
    I’ve also been praying for you as you walk your cancer journey. May God heal you.

  174. Theresa Lipschitz May 27, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    I love your books fiction and nonfiction! I would love your new book coming out! I just picked up one of your books the other day called The Girl’s Still Got It. I am anxious to start that one! I enjoyed meeting you years ago and getting to see you in person was a wonderful thing! Please put me in the drying to try to win your new historical fiction book.
    Thanks

  175. Valerie May 27, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Hey Liz!
    This post really makes me want to read this book. I wish you blessings on your “Journey With The Light.”

  176. Jackie Bridwell May 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    I have had your “Rise and Shine” book for many years, have read it and still pick it up when I need some encouragement. Also have done your “Bad Girls of the Bible”study. Have never read any of your novels so hope I will be one of the lucky five. P.S. Your pictures are beautiful.

  177. DeeDee Worley May 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures of Scotland. I am enjoying your book, My Heart’s in the Lowlands, and Thorn in My Heart sounds fascinating. Praying you are feeling well.

  178. Amy Coolery May 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    I do love historical fiction.
    I love all things Scottish!
    I’m currently enjoying your book- My
    Heart is the Lowlands!

  179. Mary Preston May 28, 2018 at 1:24 am #

    I do enjoy Historical Fiction thank you. And this was a heart felt Bible Study. Thanks.

  180. Joan Payne May 28, 2018 at 5:50 am #

    Thank you for the lovely pictures from Scotland. Also, the Biblical content of your writings. How true and faithful is our Lord and Savior. I’ve attended classes at church where your books (and videos) were the topic. These, along with our leader’s comments, were the highlight of my day. I hope we have more study groups such as these with your books. Again, so much to be learned even as we get older. It never stops, as new ideas and Biblical topics are presented in new ways for a clearer understanding. I appreciate all you do in your writings and books.

  181. Peggy Kelm May 28, 2018 at 6:21 am #

    I loved Scotland with you to the Lowlands and borders. Great memories and beautiful pictures. God is good. He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and is the same in the past, present, and future.
    I do not know the future but I know who holds the future. In that I am comforted and live expectantly day to day. I have read many of your books and love your writing. You are so gifted. God Bless You!!!

  182. Natalie May 28, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    I love the Bible story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel, and I would absolutely love to win this book! It sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it!

  183. Sheri May 28, 2018 at 9:16 am #

    My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary several years ago in Scotland. We absolutely loved it. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit it through these books! I’d love to win a copy!

  184. Patricia A Shrefler May 28, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    I have read and own the entire series, with the exception of the first book. I loaned it out to someone to read and have misplaced it. I waited eagerly for each new book. I could hardly tear myself away as I read each book, and was always sad to see the end of each book. I fell in love with the story of Leah and Rachel through your eyes. Of course my heart was and is always for Leah. I would love to be selected to receive your autographed copy of this first book to complete my series as I like to go back and re-read the series. I love your email messages and beautiful pictures. I am forwarding this email to my sisters and friends. God bless you!

  185. Kathy Johnson May 28, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    Liz, your words always touch my heart and are what I needed to read today. Thank you for being God’s ambassador to us, for giving us a different perspective on His words and blessing us in the process. God bless you!!

  186. Barbara Blake May 28, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Gorgeous pictures, Liz! Thanks for sharing. And for the encouraging Scripture. What an awesome God we have!!

  187. Denise Clougher Joop May 28, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    Thank You for the beautiful pictures and sharing ” To The Ends of The Earth.” I have always aspired to be a writer and love to read your writings. My favorite reads are Christian Historically based novels and I would be elated to read your new book. I visited Ireland, Scotland, and England a few years ago. My main goal was to try and locate our family ties in Ireland. I must say , however, that when I went to Scotland, it stole my heart. The beauty of the landscape and the friendly, warm, and inviting people, made me feel as though I was home. Thank you for your bible studies, your novels, your blog, and every other way that you share The Lord and His heart with us! God Bless You!

  188. Mari Jayne Tittle May 28, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    I’m in love with this country and I have never even been there. God ‘s creative beauty abounds. Waiting with bated breath to read Thorn in My Heart. It sounds magical and will make a perfect summer read. Just finishing up small group study of Bad Girls of the Bible. Needless to say, I think you now have 8 new followers!!!

  189. Lena Lanum May 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed your email today…..I needed a gentle reminder (again)! I recently retired and one of my “goals” is to begin reading again. I love historical books and definitely will put this on my list!!! I have heard you speak numerous times at our conferences in Solvang CA and in Palm Springs CA and always learned something new. God bless you Liz! I am praying for you.

  190. Cora Ihnen May 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you for this virtual tour of Scotland. I’ve always been interested in/fond of Scotland. Probably will never go there in person, so this is great for me. Thank you.

  191. Karen Wiseman May 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Yes, Liz — Historical fiction is my cup of tea! Would love
    to sit in my easy chair and read your book! Beautiful words from you and beautiful photos.
    You’re in my prayers.

  192. Jane Berk May 28, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    Your post was timely since I just returned from Ellon, Scotland. My son was installed as the rector in the Scottish Episcopal Church and we helped him move. It was our first time in Scotland and the country is beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading this Bible story now set in Bonny Scotland. Maybe I’ll be blessed by winning your book or Kindle version.

  193. Carol Scott May 28, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    I truly enjoy historical fiction! I don’t have much time to read, but
    I have read
    in every spare minute all my life – since I was in second grade and signed
    up for the summer reading program at the library. And, yes, I did read 50
    books every summer! Historical fiction takes me right back to the time
    frame of the author’s emphasis and not only do I learn many facts about
    that particular event, or time but, through the characters who come alive
    on the page, I can transport myself into the scene and feel as though I
    also lived it. Whether I win an autographed copy of the book or not, I
    expect to enjoy every word of Thorn in My Heart!

  194. Karen Wiseman May 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Yes, Liz — Historical fiction is my cup of tea! Would love to
    sit in my easy chair and read your book “Thorn In My Heart”.
    Beautiful words from you and beautiful photos.
    You’re in my prayers.

  195. Becky Taylor May 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi Liz, praying for you. Your teachings have helped me see God accepts me inspite of my imperfections, I have been tickled & chuckled over the funny way you present Biblical truths. Would love to receive your book.

  196. Sharon Johnston May 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks Liz for another historical book written by a master story teller! My grandparents came from Scotland but I have never had the chance to visit that beautiful country – so now I’ll see it through your eyes. Thanks again and thank the Lord for the talent he has given you.

  197. Jennifer Saake May 28, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Historical fiction, especially the kind that brings Bible stories to life in new ways, is my very favorite kind of book. I would love to win a copy of Thorn in My Heart, then pass it along to my precious Mom who introduced me to Christian fiction 30+ years ago. <3

  198. Cathy Huff May 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    Your pictures from Scotland are so beautiful! I would really enjoy a copy of your book, Thorn In My Heart. The stories of Jacob & Esau, and Jacob, Leah and Rachel are two of my favorites!

  199. Glenda May 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    You are a breath of fresh air! Your words are timely, refreshing and very uplifting. You draw me into your heart, into your surroundings and seat me in front of you as if I’m in your room.
    Thank you for listening to God and sharing your heart. I enjoy hearing your message.

  200. Sandra May 28, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    I really enjoy reading historical fiction. I would love to read more about Rachael and Leah.

  201. Brenda Thurman May 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

    Thank you for the pictures. Only God can paint such beautiful pictures. Love the book.

  202. Diane Senk May 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    I love your non fiction books and I love historical fiction. I have not had a chance to read yours yet! They are now on my to-do list! Thank you for all you do. You make me laugh, you make me think, you make me feel loved!

  203. Diane Senk May 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    I love your non fiction books and I love historical fiction. I have not had a chance to read yours yet! They are now on my to-do list! Thank you for all you do. You make me laugh, you make me think, you make me feel loved!

  204. Diana Yokum May 29, 2018 at 12:56 am #

    God’s creation continues to amaze me everyday. I am so unworthy of the live of such a great God and so thankful that he loves me.

  205. Annette Beseman May 29, 2018 at 6:05 am #

    What a joy to go to Acotland with you again today Liz. Your pictures brought back great memories from 2016. What a blessing to reflect on this single, but powerful verse in Isaiah this morning. Thank you!

  206. Nicole Haschke May 29, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    I would absolutely love to read your new book. I adore historical fiction, and I adore you! Thank you for bringing God’s word to my heart.

  207. Joy Priester May 29, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    I so enjoy reading your devos & blogs! God has covered you with the gift of love, leadership & encouraging others! The hills & valleys in Scotland are filled with Gods a beauty & creation! Thanks for taking me there! Prayers for your continued healing. May God bless you in a special way today.

  208. Tracie Harvin May 29, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Thank you, so much, for your beautiful words and for following God’s direction in your writing. Your descriptive writing encapsulates me and helps me to feel the love of God. Blessings to you.

  209. Lynette Bezuidenhout May 29, 2018 at 8:38 am #

    Hello dear Liz

    Thank you so much for your refreshing email of 25 May. I read it today and it was Father’s timing to refresh me with your words and beautiful pictures of my maternal grandmother’s home country 🙂

    May Father continue to bless you in your gifted words and thoughts. What joy they bring to me!

    Lots of love from Lynette in Ballito, South Africa

  210. Rhonda Ackley May 29, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    I downloaded My Heart’s in the Lowlands a couple weeks ago, but haven’t started it yet. I’m 5 days into summer break, and plan to read a lot! Something besides curriculum guides and testing manuals for a change! I love all of your books, but have somehow missed this historical fiction series. They are definitely on my list as well! Thank you for an encouraging message . God speaks into my heart so often through your words. Hope you are doing well.

  211. [email protected] May 29, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    What a great blessing it is to read the words of places others have been to. Liz you bring them alive through your descriptions and pictures. We can step into the pages and go back in time to relive the stories of our youth but understand it so much better now as an adult. Thanking God for your amazing talent and wisdom to take us back and escape and possibly learn that our lives now are not much different than theirs when we face hard things.

  212. Debbie Slonek May 29, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    So much of today’s teaching spoke to me. I especially loved how you remind us to recall all of God’s beautiful creation when the world gets ugly. I want to choose to see the beauty and be grateful.
    I love to read historical fiction, my favorite genre. Have an awesome, blessed day!

  213. Beth S May 29, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    I love to read! Would love to read this book. Thanks for your words today.

  214. Kathleen May 29, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    Yes! I love historical novels!! I have been watching all the PBS Masterpiece Theater shows made from the Dickens novels. I would consider it a blessing to win your book!!! Continued prayers for your strength, endurance, and healing.

  215. Suzanne Calaway May 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pics of Scotland. You have got me yearning for more of Scotland. Been watching it on Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS channel and on Youtube. Not able to go there in person but can go there through reading your books. Not sure I am a fan of historical fiction because I have never read any historical fiction but would love to give it a try. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. God bless you.

  216. Rhonda May 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

    I have read several of your books, all Bible studies, and loved them all. You never fail to encourage me in my journey, and bring huge smiles to my face! I’ve never read any of the historical fiction books! Thank you for being who you are Liz.

  217. Kristi Parker May 30, 2018 at 5:43 am #

    Ohhhhh! I have so many things to say! Yes, I LOVE historical fiction! It’s my favorite genre. My students sometimes tell me to choose other genres for them to read!! Lol! I feel like I learn so much about a time in history because I am literally visiting it.
    I must say right now that I feel so encouraged right now. I have been doing a morning devotional that I didn’t like. I didn’t understand it and it left me unmoved. But this morning I opened this email and read this devotional! Maybe its because I have grown up with your bible studies, but my soul rejoiced as I was reading! Not only because of the amazing content but also the delivery. Ahhhhhhhhhhh,. I feel like I’m home. Thank you!
    Kristi Parker

  218. Debbie May 30, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    Hi Liz! I have just read my first Historical Fiction book and I think I am hooked. I would like very much to have a copy of your book. It would be a great read on my upcoming vacation!

  219. Julie Sunne May 30, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Dear Lizzie,
    You never cease to amaze me with your ability to bring new insight into familiar passages of Scripture! I love historical fiction, especially those books that transport me to a place I’ve never been, such as yours do.
    Praying God continues to heal and strengthen you for the work He has called you too. God bless you, sweet sister!

  220. Gigi Northrop May 30, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    Love the gifts you have of writing which capture my heart to the history, and God’s heart for the setting of your novels. And your love for His word shines thru in all your books. Thank you for writing, blogging, giving devotions to draw us close to Him!

  221. Melissa Blue May 30, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    I have not read a historical fiction story in what seems like forever. I would be so excited to receive a copy of this book.

  222. Anne R. Healy May 30, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    “My Heart’s in the Lowlands” is a favorite of mine, read the second time slowly, savoring each page as though I were touring alongside you, Liz. I recently loaned it, along with the amazing pictures you’ve taken of the area, to a friend, introducing you to her. She loved it and returned it to me with a wee serving of Raspberry Tea Cakes, a new treat for me. As for historical fiction, what is there to say but, “Keep ’em comin’!”

    Blessings,
    Anne Healy

  223. Deidrah Shutt May 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    The warmth of spring, with the lilacs, violets, dandelions, and apple blossoms all alive with bees and humming birds seems miraculous after a long (and getting longer as I get older), cold, grey winter. It’s easy to imagine the creative acts of God in the garden while nature comes back to life around us. Thanks for your uplifting posts and your books.

  224. Crystal Torok May 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Thank you for allowing God to speak through you! My honeymoon was in Scotland so this is a very exciting thing for me!

  225. Emily Inch May 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I would love to go to Scotland. I love the books of yours that I have read so far. I would love to read this one!

  226. Susan G. June 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    I loved this Liz! Not only do your words give us more insight into His word, but your beautiful photos fill my heart and soul with the awesome world He has created for us! I may never get to travel to all the places in the world I’ve seen in photos (including yours!), but I know some day when we all get to the new Heaven and the new earth we will see all the even more beautiful places our God has prepared for us!
    I know the giveaway has ended, but historical fiction is my favorite!
    I have many of your books, and can’t wait to purchase and read the rest!
    Praying for you!