MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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A MEASURE OF FAITH

AMOFMy first published novel A MEASURE OF FAITH was released by BET Books in April, 2004. It is now out of print. However, you can still purchase a new or used copy through Amazon. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy for yourself or someone else, just click on the links in this post.

I am currently working on my sequel to it which is titled CHANGES.CHANGES COVER-Rev. Sept '14.jpg
Also, if you enjoy any of my books, please post reviews of them on Goodreads and/or Amazon. For those of you who already have accounts with Goodreads and Amazon, in case you don’t know, if you post your reviews first to Goodreads, they will also automatically post to Amazon. I like that! ūüôā So now, whenever I write reviews on the books I read, I post them first to Goodreads. Not only does it save me time, but the authors also get a broader range of reviews! ūüôā
 
HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart ‚̧ to yours ‚̧!
Maxine ūüôā


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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

https://naturesartblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/national-domestic-violence-awareness-month/


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LIVING IN FEAR OF THE PERSON YOU LOVE

WOMAN SCAREDDomestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone.¬† Although (as the WebCHILD SCARED site of HelpGuide.org points out) women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused–especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically.¬† And as we all know, even little, innocent children are abused as well.¬† Regardless of the target or the¬†source, abusive behavior in any shape, form, or fashion is never acceptable because every human is a product of God, and therefore, should be viewed as precious just as each is precious to Him.¬†¬†(Psalm 72:12-14)

MAN DEPRESSEDWe live in a world that is filled with outright hatred, anger, and violence.¬† However, violence and abuse, when it is coming from someone you love, is particularly painful and¬†discouraging–because at the end of what may already be an excruciatingly¬†difficult day, when we come home to our loved ones, we expect and crave to enter into our safe haven.¬† But¬†if the very ones who are supposed to protect us from harm are the ones causing if, where can we turn?

As with any traumatic situation, a strong support system is vital.  In addition to HelpGuide.org, below are links to some other helpful online resources.

 

 

 

Until the time comes when violence is forever eradicated, may we all do our part to help contribute toward peace and harmony to the lives of all but especially toward those to whom it should be our greatest honor and privilege to love and nurture.FAMILY 2

Take care, and have an awesome weekend!¬† ūüôā

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photos-Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 


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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

FAMILY

PURPLE RIBBONThe first murder in history involved family members–brothers.¬† (Genesis 4:8)¬† And ever since, mankind has been plagued by all kinds of domestic violence.¬† Many victims suffer in silence.¬† Not only is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it¬†is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.¬† Many victims suffer in silence.

In October, 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.  The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) says that every home should be a safe home.  And rightfully so, for that is the way our Creator originally intended it to be.  So important is it that He sets out principles in His Word regarding how each individual family member is to treat one another.  (Ephesians 5:28, 33; 6:1)  It was not His purpose that families be damaged by problems such as violence or anything else that could harm them.

TTWIn my short story, A HEALING OF THE HEARTS, of the THICKER THAN WATER¬†anthology, Kenya and Zaire’s family have been affected by domestic violence in an extremely tragic way.

Happily, God has promised to one day do away with all badness and make all things new.  (Revelation 21:4 & 5)  Until that time, may we all strive to love our families the way that God instructs us to.

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photo of Ribbon & Blocks-Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)