Bad Attitude Cure


Sometimes I’m ashamed of myself for my bad attitude. Last week was one of those times. Instead of thanking God for everything—as the Bible directs—instead of expressing an attitude of gratitude…I became grumpy, ungrateful, and complaining.

“Summer” has fled our part of Scotland. It’s cold. It’s rainy. It’s grey. I love summer, I hate cold, and I’m tired of rain. I’m in a great deal of pain from the knee that was supposed to be replaced a week before the lockdown began and is still on hold. I’ve been walking so funny for so long that the knee is worse and now my hip and knee on the opposite side have joined the screaming match. But the real bummer—no internet for more than a week.

Once upon a time, writers and authors survived with no internet. They thrived. But this is no longer once upon a time, and I didn’t thrive—I barely survived.

With all my whining and complaining, I am ashamed of myself when I realize how God continues to daily load me with all His benefits. Although on crutches, I can still walk. Some can’t. I can see. Some can’t. I can hear. Some can’t. I can eat. Unfortunately. God provides for all my needs. He’s given me a great family, including the furry member. He’s given me every book I’ve ever written.

“Body from the Sky Murder” is funny. It’s surprising. It even surprised me.

Funny, lighthearted, and intense as sixty-something Rik Patience—who has no patience is pressed into solving the mystery of why a body fell out of an ultra light plane and crashed onto her friend’s awning.

When she discovers that the accident victim was the father of the man who helped her solve her last mystery, she is even more resolute in her quest for truth. Comedy tags along behind tragedy as she visits a hot air balloon business to plan her wedding to her fiancé—and returns home engaged to someone else.

That could only happen to Rik who keeps wild animals as roommates and who never wants anyone to get hurt—which means taking the blows herself. This time, some of the injuries she sustains through her kindness could be fatal.

Hope you will read it. Hope you will enjoy it. It was fun to write. But more importantly, remember Psalm 100: “Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

6 thoughts on “Bad Attitude Cure

  1. Don’t beat yourself up over it, Stephanie. We’ve all been there at one time or another. Just tell our Lord you’re sorry, determine to do better next time (hoping there won’t be a next string of annoying events), and move on. He understands our flesh, and He loves you.

    This book sounds like one I need to read, if it’s in paperback. Your stories are all so enjoyable.

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