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“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2

Life is chaotic. Schedules, stress and strife can quickly spiral out of control leaving you frustrated, exhausted and angry. But God wants more for you. He wants you to be content.

In A Still and Quiet Soul, author Cathy Messecar shows you how to adorn your life with contentment and anchor your days with joy. In the midst of the mess, you can journey towards a life of worship through being content wherever you are.

You will see how God grants contentment to ordinary people in scripture as He shows us extraordinary things. Each chapter ends with a personal story of how God granted contentment to people like your next door neighbor, co-worker, grandfather, aunt and sister.

With her easy-to-read style and biblically founded truths, Cathy helps you discern contentment in your life even in the midst of the chaos, helping you cultivate A Still and Quiet Soul

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A Still and Quiet Soul will inspire you, challenge you, and cover you with peace. It’s a beautiful book for anyone who needs to sit by the still waters awhile and find that restful place called contentment.

~ Anita Higman, award winning author of 26 books

Cathy has been looking into my life. She hears what I’m thinking and gives me hope, makes me laugh, and shares simple, doable answers. She is deep and her stories are real. This book is a gift.

~ Emily Y. Lemley, speaker and editor Power for Today devotional guide

Compelling, convicting, beautifully written…these are all words to describe Cathy Messecar’s latest offering, A Still and Quiet Soul. This book arrived when I needed it most—in the middle of a chaotic, busy season. The “embracing contentment” message was just what the doctor ordered. And I can’t say enough about the lyrical writing! I’ve discovered it’s much easier to swallow a convicting message when it’s beautifully written! Highly recommended.

~ Janice Hanna Thompson, author of I Know I’m Not Alone, Lord, and numerous other books, fiction and nonfiction.

What a treasure within these pages! As I read I was reminded again about God’s provision, God’s favor. I discovered contentment and quiet isn’t about “getting away.” Instead, it’s about “getting to God” and being reminded that all He’s provided is enough. I read this book with my journal at hand, writing down Scripture verses and thoughts of God’s goodness that came to me as I read. I also rose, stepping into my day, refreshed and with prayers of “thy will be done, Lord” on my lips.

~ Tricia Goyer, award-winning author of 25 books, including Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God


Where Do You Meet God? In Cathy Messecar’s The Stained Glass Pickup discover God waiting for you in unpredictable places. A denim-clad rancher, an orphan train adoptee, and a wedding dress become road signs pointing to God’s wisdom. Encounter the Almighty in a Houston theater, a cross, and a “grace shaker.” Through poignant stories, Cathy points you to the One who created you — the One who is waiting for you in the details and chaos of everyday life.

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“Cathy Messecar finds temples wherever she goes: in a chapel on a university campus, at her children’s bedsides, in a church full of rustling Bible pages… or on a bale of hay, in the cab of an eighteen-wheeler, in the aisle of a grocery store.  Like a long-ago Teacher walking the dusty roads of Galilee, she can spot the outlines of the sublime camouflaged by the ordinary.  Her images will touch your imagination; her words will touch your heart; her visions of eternity will touch your soul.”

~ Thom Lemmons, author of Sunday Clothes and Jabez: A Novel and co-author of King’s Ransom, winner of 2005 Christy Award

“She got me with the title. Cathy Messecar takes everyday events, like driving a daughter to school in a pickup, and strips away the ordinariness to reveal encounters with God. As you read Stained Glass Pickup, you’ll discover how to bring God into your life in a much more consistent manner. A winning style and inspiring thoughts.”

~ Tim Riter is an award-winning author, and his most recent books are Not a Safe God with Broadman and Holman, and Strong Enough to be a Man with Beacon Hill Press.

I am thrilled to recommend this inspiring collection of meditations, short stories and devotional nuggets.  Readers are sure to find The Stained Glass Pickup an anointed addition to their daily Bible reading.

~ Janice Thompson, author of I Must Decrease


Is your December cluttered? Does Christmas leave you fretting instead of singing “Joy to the World”? In A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, discover how to bring harmony to this busy month. Tips for family traditions, connecting generations, children, gift giving, how to grow myrrh and much more.

Try the scrumptious “Cookie Canister” recipes. Read about families who experienced Christmas firsts. This is a book to help you uncomplicate Christmas, rediscover the real source of joy and usher in the celebration of faith, family and a Savior.This book is written by six well-known authors Cathy Messecar, Trish Berg, Terra Hangen, Brenda Nixon, Karen Robbins and Leslie Wilson. Read more at…

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What a delightful potpourri of everything Christmas!  From historic firsts regarding Yuletide customs to favorite stories and recipes, this miscellany keeps the Nativity of Jesus front and center in our annual celebrations—where it belongs.

~ Paul L. Maier, author of The First Christmas


A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts helps readers bring back the simplicity of the season. By incorporating Scriptures, recipes, short stories, experiences, and words of wisdom the authors draw readers into heart and physical preparation for a new old-fashioned Christmas.

~ Cecil Murphey, author or co-author of more than 100 books, including the New York Times‘ best seller, 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is Real.


A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts is a heartfelt book of inspirational stories, fun family traditions, yummy recipes and so much more! This book is the perfect holiday gift for that very special someone on your list, a gift they will treasure for a lifetime.

~ Dahlynn McKowen, co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul series


A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts is not only a delightful read, but a filled-to-the-brim handbook for making your Christmas meaningful and fun. Heartwarming stories, highlighted traditions, and useful tips make this the perfect gift to give yourself or bless someone else by giving it away.”

~ Mary E. DeMuth, author, Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God


The Word Quilters behind A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts understand that we can’t create Christmas. However, we can create space for Christ to share Himself with us as we celebrate His birth. The stories, recipes and various activities are invitations to experience the love, joy and wonder of the season with family, friends, strangers, and, most of all, Jesus. Don’t wait for someone you love to put this book on their Christmas list. Give them a copy before Advent begins. And while you’re at it, buy yourself a copy too!

~ Lynne Ford, Christian Radio Talk Show Host/Producer


Christmas traditions are a joy for most families. You’ll find that A Scrapbook of Christmas First will become a blessing for your home as you share its treasures year after year.

~ Gary Foreman, “The Dollar Stretcher” Web site and newsletter


A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts inspires a fresh outlook on the holiday season. Filled with heartwarming stories recounting Christmas milestones, helpful tips to simplify the holidays, and delicious, do-able recipes, this beautiful gift book will bless lovers of Christmas—and even self-proclaimed Scrooges—as it reminds us all about the Reason we celebrate.

~ Jane Jarrell, author, Simple Hospitality, Thomas Nelson, Woman of Faith Imprint.