December 2018 Update from Author Lynnette Bonner

My Life this Month...

I'm sure many of you are like me in thinking, "Can it really be 2019 already?!"

When I was in the 5th grade our teacher made us write an essay about how old we would be in the year 2000 and what we thought we would be doing with our lives. I remember thinking, "I'll be SO OLD!" haha

My December was a flurry of family get-togethers which did this Mama-heart a lot of good. I love having all my babies home and under one roof. Hearing the boys shooting pop cans with BB guns in the backyard like they are all still eleven instead of a decade or more past that, and hearing them all groan when their little sister out-shoots them all. ;)  We played games with much laughter, and went to a couple movies, and just generally had a wonderful time together.

I hope your month was as blessed as mine. 

This Month's Giveaway...

Into the Light FREE Christian eBooks

This month I'm participating in a group promotion where myself and several other Christian authors are each giving away one book. You choose to sign-up for their newsletter and get an automatic download of a free book.

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I hope you'll find some great reads to enjoy! My book being offered is High Desert Haven, book 2 in The Shepherd's Heart series. 

This ends on the 4th! So be sure to go there right away to see if there are any books you can't live without! ;)

From Lynnette's Kitchen...

Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

I know it's past the holidays and maybe you are tired of cooking, but on some cold night a little while from now you really need to try this out. SO delicious!


8 slices of bacon
1/2 an onion chopped
1/2 a bell pepper chopped (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange is fine.)
1-3 TBS of chopped jalapeno (canned or fresh)
1 TBS chopped garlic
3 large chicken breasts
6-8 medium potatoes chopped into 1 inch segments
2 cups of frozen corn
4 cups of chicken broth
3/4 cup of butter
3/4 cup of flour
4 cups of whole milk

In a large stock pot (you'll need two for this recipe), fry the bacon until it is crisp. Remove from pan. In the bacon grease saute chopped onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic until tender. Add in chicken breast, season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook until they are cooked through. Shred with forks. Pour four cups of chicken broth into the pan. Bring to a boil. Add the chopped potatoes and boil on medium heat till potatoes are tender. (Depending on the size of your potatoes you may need to add a bit of water. Only add as much as you need to, or you can add more chicken broth if you prefer.)
In a separate large stockpot melt 3/4 cup of butter. Stir the flour into this till it forms a thick paste. Brown on medium heat for just a few minutes to bring out the flavor. Then, when the potatoes in the other pot are done, add the 4 cups of milk all at once. Stir quickly to mix the flour mixture in with the milk. Heat slowly until it starts to get good and thick. Add in the chicken and potatoes mixture from the other pot and the 2 cups of frozen corn. Mix it all together and let it cook for another five minutes to ensure a good mix and that the corn is heated through. Enjoy!

From My Heart...

I had a lot to ponder as 2018 came to a close. In many ways I was not sorry to see the end of a year that's been full of heartache and loss. I lost one of my best friends to cancer in May. Close family members lost a baby in July. And throughout the year several members of my family have chosen to walk away from their relationship with God. Like a mama hen, I want to gather them close and shelter them, but the ultimate test of love is that, like Christ, we let people go and trust that the God who created them loves them ever so much more than we ever could. It has been a year that has taught me more about prayer than probably any year in my past. A year of hearing a lot of "no" from God. A year where I've been angry, heartbroken, sad, and at times full of doubts. But it's also been a year where I've renewed my faith. Even if everyone walks away, still I will put my faith in God. Even if life's trials threaten to steal my very breath, who else do I have to turn to but Jesus? He is a foundation that cannot be shaken. And I'm so thankful for all that he has done and will continue to do for me. I pray for all of you, my readers, that you too will come to that same conclusion.

And so as we march forward into 2019, I leave you with
Numbers 6: 24-26
The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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