Stay the Course, Sailor

The world population of almost 8 billion people is still in the process of treading water – hoping for rescue from all that has come across the globe in the last 20 months. It’s been a wild ride! More than ever before in our lifetimes, the last two years will be remembered for its phenomenal events, ranging from COVID, mass civil unrest, election disputes, Middle East shakeups, multiple business failures, soaring prices . . . and what we wise Christians see as the great falling away from God.

The comfort and help we need – which keeps you and I from complaining that it’s not easy being a human being – is the love of our family and friends, and of most importance, the promises in God’s Holy Word.

I hope you are staying the course. I am surely trying. I admit that I’m tired of treading the deep waters, but I’m staying afloat, knowing that whatever the stress, or fear, or unrest that comes my way, God has the answer and will move powerfully into it. I say this because I know! I’ve had many serious problems, of various things throughout my life. One event, especially, has been deeply hurtful. It has not been solved, but I can testify that God’s grace is sufficient to keep me going forward, and stay the course. So, I encourage you – don’t give up on your efforts to have victory and success in all that you set out to do.

God is faithful.


I must tell you, although I don’t like to keep talking about my new book release, “Hidden in Irish Hills”, but the exciting thing is that Amazon is running a sale on it. I’m thinking the book is a great Christmas gift for those in your life who like to read. It would be a perfect gift for anyone who loves suspense, exciting mystery, and love. It’s not a fluffy novel by any means. By that I mean, it’s not a “girly novel”. It’s a page turner for men and women alike, and of all ages. This story is set in the times we are in right now, and moves excitingly into the future. On the last page is the personal invitation to accept Christ as Savior. Yes, right on that page is your opportunity to invite an unsaved friend or loved one to come to Christ. I hope you will click into Amazon now and take advantage of the sale. Buy 2 books and get one free.

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Thank you, and God bless you and your family.

October Glory

It’s quite unusual that here in southern Michigan we are experiencing warm temperatures and no frost yet. By this time on the calendar we should have had a heavy frost on the ground and most of our flowers completely spun out. Only mums should be in full bloom, but the strange thing is that hydrangeas are still popping flower buds and so are the roses. It is strange indeed, and this gives authors and freelance writers a good subject to write about.

I hope it signals a warm winter, even as I wonder if there is something significant taking place that requires the wisdom of God to see and understand. That’s where our wise biblical knowledge comes in.


The picture above shows what our October Glory tree should look like. . . a sparkling beautiful crimson red. 

The photo above shows how the tree looks today – still green and still growing. (It’s a young tree, planted just a couple of years ago.)

God has certainly blessed this part of the country. As spring and summer has come and gone on the calendar, we have had no major storms in our community and there has been no rise in criminal activity. However, there is still lots of COVID being reported, which is very grievous. But, looking out at the golf course beyond the patio, at calm and peace, no one would know that a world-wide pandemic is still going on and there is unrest everywhere. I often wonder what horrendous battle might be going on in the lives of my neighbors or in the many golfers who play the 18-hole golf course across that spreads beyond the pond? I hear the golfer’s laughter. They laugh and hoot at both their good plays and bad. To sit at the patio table and watch the fish jump in the pond and take in all that surrounds me, I sense that God is in control. But with the peace I often thing that many are in desperate need of His saving grace. I am convicted that I should know more about my neighbors, and with that convictions I pray that God will open avenues for me to share the hope that is within me. For I am not a door-knocking person. I am often bold at the computer keyboard, but timid in real life.

Who knows what lies in the deep crevasses of our hearts? Our lives often reflect an outward view of calm and peace, while sometimes inside we may have a storm going on – caused by the enemy of our soul. I am reminded of a very short verse in the Bible that speaks volumes whenever we are in spiritual or physical distress. “Be still and know that I am God“, Psalm 46:10. Eight words that have the power of God in them to calm whatever we are facing.

I hope God’s presence will be powerful in your life today. Really powerful!!!! So that you know He is there. May you be surrounded with His October glory.

  This is my newly published Christian novel – a riveting story of courage, suspense, and unsuspected love. Written for such an hour as this. As a new author of Ambassador International Christian Publishing your support is of great help as I trust God for the audience He has for this book. The book is available on


Fingers On the Computer Keyboard

  There are no scientific DNAs or electronic lists of words giving me information. On the contrary, it is just my fingers plucking away on the computer keyboard and my words coming out like a lone voice into a global wilderness. And so, what the world recently received was the creation of my novel Hidden in Irish Hills — appearing like a baby suddenly rescued and placed into the arms of humans who would take it and profit. Of almost 8 billion people on this earth, it remains a mystery who will enjoy and profit from this gift of words that was given to me from the highest source possible, like words as though they are  “The People’s” most  influential documents in history. Please do not take this as being excessively proud of myself, or carnally exaggerating my qualities or abilities. The truth is that I struggle with gross inferiority. I am simply saying that this novel came into my mind and my spirit from another source far greater than I. Yes, greater than the success of J.K. Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter series. Indeed, the Voice that leads me is contrary to Rowling’s fiction writings which were supposedly inspired by an erroneous rumor that a female named Doris Crockford – who is a witch in Britain – greeted Harry Potter in the Leaky Cauldron on the way to Harry’s first trip into Diagonal Alley.  Rowling’s novels are steeped in the evil world of satanic activity….her success is not from God, but from the dark spirit world. 

And acknowledging that, it leads me to say that the world of “fake” is all around us, even in the publishing industry. It’s amazing the fake things most authors do to get an audience. Some pay for stars and reviews on Amazon to make them look popular. Some pay for bogus awards that are simply framed documents that make them look prestigious, but they amount to nothing to those who really know. I have witnessed the merchandising of manuscripts causing a frenzy of greed. Granted, if you are a Follower of this blog, you are aware that I seek an audience. But it is not for myself, but for the One who has given me the gift of writing. God is sovereign and He controls everything in my life. The truth is that He could wither my flesh with leprosy and cast me upon the garbage pile if He chose to do so.

My website is public. I accept very few Followers, and recently purged my list of Followers — of which you are one if this post was sent to your email inbox. You, and the public are everyone walking the paths of global business affairs, entertainment, sports, retirement, and family. A vast wonderful audience of people in which God has complete sovereignty. 

My hour as an author is now. The good wine in my life is ready to drink.

And so, Hidden in Irish Hills is like wine in a new flask, the messages in this book await to be tasted by everyone. It is for a purpose. There is a message of hope hidden in every chapter….you simply need to find it. 

For the public surfer who has just entered this website, please know that this book is available on and the storyline is also posted there. Simply ask for Hidden in Irish Hills by Mary Cates. The book can also be ordered at all stores where books are sold. Also available at

Okay, I’m almost ready to sign off for now, but first I am compelled to say this, because it’s true and been bugging me for a log time. What has been my most disappointing experience with my church and many of my friends has been the discovery that my books have been read second hand, by passing them around rather than buying them. This simply tells me that my audience is NOT my church, but people like you, the public. It would be great if you would repost this article to your social medias…..Facebook, Tweeter, Linkedin, etc., and even to your private data list. You are my audience. You are the human lifeline and link to my work. I know this, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you are a new public internet surfer, please mark my blog in our favorites or bookmarks so you can be updated, or better yet, request to be a Follower. I will have more news for you. Another exciting novel is coming out soon, which is of a different subject and setting. I will post its’ arrival as soon as my publisher (Ambassador International Publishers) releases it for pre-order.

God bless you my friend.

COVID – Afghanistan – the Border – the World. What’s it All About?

It comes at us from all corners of the world: COVID and its variants – Americans forsaken in Afghanistan and the Taliban now owning the country – the runaway train of the US Congress with its $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan heading for an economic implosion – and the over-all restless fear that has griped the world. The words of Hal David’s song “Alfie” sum up the questions we are asking. Mainly, what’s it all about?

The words of this 1966 Paramount movie song, “Alfie” showcase our world 55 years later and still asks the right questions. The movie was geared for mature audiences (and quite frankly, violated Christian principles), but it brought out the immoral conduct of the world, both then and now. The questions are penetrating: Is it just for the moment we live, Alfie? Are we meant to be kind? And if only fools are kind, then is it okay to be cruel?

Listen up Alfie — what about life? If life belongs only to the strong, what then will you lend to that old vexing golden rule? If we have it all, who needs the golden rule? Alfie seems to Look at it this way, if you have the gold, you rule!

I’m convinced there’s a million “Alfie’s” who haven’t a clue to the right answer. Poor bewitched Alfie’s, they appear lost in a world of a thousand lies and selfish narcissisms, including the consequences that follow.

But then, the questions stop and the song goes into a profound statement that sums up the real crux of the matter. Alfie is lost and struggling in a loveless world. The statement probes his conscience, and finally turns the story into reality. The truth comes from the one who is asking the questions – and its piercing. The lyrics read: I believe there’s a heaven above, and I know there’s something much more. Something even non-believers can believe in.

What is it?

It’s love!* And taking it a step further, it is the unconditional love God has for each of us!

Alfie hears the answer. The greatest line in the entire song is this: “Without true love we just exist.” Until we find love (the unconditional love of God) we are nothing. We’ve missed the most important fact of life . . .that God loves us.

Unless you live in a bubble, you know that the world is changing faster than you can blink an eye. Our only hope is found in the love of God, and trusting in the salvation of Jesus, His Son.

I wrote Hidden in Irish Hills as “fiction”, but between the lines run the truth of what may well be coming. The story focuses on the plight of Rachael Carson, a wealthy real estate tycoon who sees her life suddenly taking twists and turns. For a while it seems that love is gone and hope is lost. Where is God? What’s it all about? She waits for the answers. One evening, while she writes in her journal, God brings to her the instruction to wait for His answer. She writes . . .

        “I must wait for God, long and meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. I must wait, and He will come, for He never comes to those who do not wait.” (Words penned from Fr. Fredrick William Faber)

We can wait for the answers, and rejoice while doing so, although for a short time we may be in heaviness through multiple twists and turns. (I Peter 1:6, my emphasis)

Hidden in Irish Hills” is a story for today. Its message is NOW. A tale of suspense, courage, and love that hits the mark of what may be just in front of us. The world is changing. Things are coming together fast.

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For a glimpse of Rachael and the people in her life, watch this short 2-minute video. Capture a bit of the suspense, as you see world leaders gathered at the conference table, planning their next move. Click here:

[*Photo of “Love” painted in Times Square from]

Afghanistan’s Chaos an Oman?

By Mary Cates


The chaos in Afghanistan is heavy on my heart, but even as I pray for them, this is a great day for me! The serious problems in Afghanistan astoundingly coincide with my newly released novel: “Hidden in Irish Hills”. . .at least to a serious extent.

This book is available immediately, and it carries a riveting story of what might be just around the corner. Filled with suspense, courage and love, “Hidden in Irish Hills” is a story you must read, now. Things are shaping up quickly, and this novel may give you the insight you need. It’s available all over the US in bookstores. One of the easiest and fastest ways to get it is to order on Amazon at this address:

If you wonder where world affairs presently sit, and what may lie ahead, you will find this book exciting and entertaining, possibly revealing hidden truth for you within it pages.

Here is a short “tease” of the story. . .

Hidden in Irish Hills is a novel that begins with a surprise military action that unfolds in the Mediterranean Sea, and threatens world peace. Rachael Carson, a wealthy real estate tycoon, decides to flee her New York City penthouse and move to her mansion in Irish Hills. With the thought of an impending world takeover by The Ten Great Nations, she plots to save her wealth and rescue persecuted victims, using the help and skill of her beloved maid, Maggie. Together, as they are Hidden in Irish Hills, they take an enormous risks by launching a top-secret plan, which includes working with a secret organization called the BBO, that helps homeless victims find their way to her hidden mansion. Their mission brings them two unexpected guests when Dr. Kendall arrives at the mansion with an abandoned baby. Quickly the mansion is filled with fourteen victims. With the new arrival of both Dr. Kendall and the abandoned baby, Rachael’s life takes on new dimensions. Her love for both of them grows and brings joy, as well as inner romantic struggles. Restrictions tighten up at the mansion as government tyranny heightens. Hunger, sickness, and death knock at their door. Rules and regulations turn the mansion into a place so different it seems peculiar…Rachael cannot help but feel like a stranger in her own home. Hidden in Irish Hills tells the story of corrupt government, survival of natural disasters, courage against tremendous odds, and faith that believes in miracles. As each page is turned, both joy and fear heighten. A grueling question is always present — will they survive?

Get the book today. I know it will be a help and encouragement.

About my personal life. I have enjoyed several careers — school nurse, proprietor of an antique shop, freelance writing, and published author. I was raised in a Christian home, where my father was a pastor. Jesus has always been in my life, and His saving grace is what sparked a life-long desire to witness for Him and serve Him with my talents. “Hidden in Irish Hills” is one of my works for the Lord. I am married and have one son and two grandsons. I am retired from my School Nurse career, which deeply educated me in communicable diseases. COVID-19 is extremely interesting to me, as I study how it was leaked from a lab, and what has been done to get it under control and eradicated. I keep myself informed of the latest world news and strive to use the skills God has given me to showcase Jesus to those who do not know Him.

Please order this book now, while Christian books are readily available.

Click here to see a short YouTube video of Hidden in Irish Hills…..

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I read something the other day that expressed happiness as a spiritual experience of love, grace, and thankfulness. In other words, it’s not something found on a treasure hunt, but rather it exists within ourselves. The evidence of it can be found in our goals and what we consider our purpose in life. Happiness and joy has miraculous evidence even as we experience the evils of the world, which is moving farther into godlessness. Sadly, I see enough happening today to believe we are experiencing the “End of Days” as described by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy chapter 3.

I draw attention to Rachael Carson, the heroine in my novel “Hidden in Irish Hills”. I created her character with many of the values you and I carry — a desire for happiness, along with notable purpose. Rachael’s desire was to do everything in her power to use what God had given her to save herself, and rescue others in a world that had gone mad with evil power. She courageously gambled the odds in order to survive.

I am excited about this book because right NOW it is being sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores throughout the country, and the world. The storyline focuses on a suspenseful plot, with events popping up that appear to showcase what End Time prophesy might be like when God’s prophetic clock begins to strike the midnight hour. There is intrigue, love and grace woven throughout every page. Although this book is fiction, reality speaks between the lines.

I began writing this novel several years ago. Today I am astounded to see how the plot is spot-on for what is happening right now — things that could bring the End. My observance grew as I saw the violence and lawlessness running ramped throughout major cities in our country last summer. Massive civil unrest throughout the world also added to my belief that the world is getting ripe for the antichrist. COVID-19 raised my eyebrows, mainly because the epidemic may have been deliberately caused. Yet, considering the killing power of this “created” virus makes its something of evil intention, regardless of how we view it. Then, more astonishment came after 2021 arrived. We are experiencing an all-out war against God, our Constitution and deliberate desecrating of the moral codes we have followed for over 245 years. I believe we are living in the last minutes before the events spoken of in Revelation begin to occur. Hidden in Irish Hills has become a novel that everyone will benefit reading.

Proudly, this is the third publication of this novel, for which I thank Ambassador International Publishers for recognizing its value. They have taken this book to heart and worked hard to give it superb editing and a breathtaking ending.  

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God bless you all!

My Old House

It’s sad to see things grow old. The city where I grew up (Detroit) is old and many areas are nothing but ugly blight. My old neighborhood is almost unrecognizable now. Many of the houses are torn down. The old church I went to is still standing strong, primarily due to it being built with cement walls.

My old house is the white house in the middle of the photo. The house that once stood next door, behind the wood fencing, is gone. It belonged to a wonderful elderly couple who were migrants from Italy. I remember the delicious smells that came out of their open windows in the summer — of garlic and oregano and simmering tomatoes.

The people that lived in the dark-colored house next door had four kids that had it “in” for me and my brother. My parents were strict Christians and we seemed like weirdos to this liberal, godless family. The kids were rough and tough. Playing with them was a challenging warfare, and me and my brother got beat up plenty. But, every now and then we got a good lick in and sent one of them home crying to their mother. Finally we all grew up and the clashes stopped. Life in Detroit was harsh at times, but most people were hard-working and respectful. My years there were happy and I wish I could make the old new again, and walk the street once more.

I think about my soul in contrast to the old city. King David, the psalmist, wrote: God restores my soul. I can say a big YES to that, because my soul is nothing like my old deteriorating neighborhood. The Lord is constantly renewing and restoring, and some days I actually feel newborn.

I cherish the memories of my old church, which looks rundown and wanting now. It was there I learned about Jesus and gave my heart to Him at the age of eight. The church is now called First Church of the Redeemed. Its windows are boarded up for protection. I checked it out on-line and it seems its doors are still open on Sunday for worship.

Detroit was my starting point, and no matter how bad things may get, I will love the old city and my memories there forever. I will remember the picnics at Belle Isle Park, and the memories of the Detroit River Channel — shown in the background of the photo, behind the seven connected skyscraper buildings of the Renaissance Center. Canada is seen from the shoreline, and can be reached quickly by driving across the Ambassador Bridge, or going through the tunnel under the river channel. Two global countries connected by a river channel that runs 28 miles from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. Big freighters regularly sail through this busy channel. I live south of Detroit now, just a couple miles from Lake Erie. I am still home, because I enjoy the best of Detroit’s southern suburbs for shopping, church, and entertainment.

In all the fun of my nostalgia and writing about it, I treasure most the goodness of God’s constant restoring of my soul. I cherish the reality that God The Father – the Creator of Heaven and Earth – never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and His love endures.

Please feel free to comment, especially if you have fond memories of Detroit. My suspense-end time novel “Hidden in Irish Hills” has much of Detroit in it. It can be order on Amazon here:

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God bless you all.

Good News

Good news keeps getting better.

I’m sharing it with you today!

During the past 14 months I have been working with my publisher to bring my new book, Hidden in Irish Hills, to publication. Waiting has given me anxious moments, but now I am happy to report that the book will be released soon, and is ready for pre-orders.

“Hidden in Irish Hills” is a story of people with great courage and the fortitude to do the right thing in a world that is under the control of evil leaders. Every page is packed with the wonder of love, the fight to survive, unexpected miracles, and the promise of God’s eternal blessings. I believe the story will touch your heart.

Click here to see a short 3-minute video of the story:

The story unfolds in the beautiful Irish Hills of Michigan, where Rachael Carson must move quickly to save her wealth and get her secret plan into action to save others. Her faithful maid, Maggie, works feverishly at her side, and together they turn the Irish Hills mansion into a mission place to save others from the impending tyranny of an evil world government. The powerful impact of people standing against evil and struggling to survive is sometimes more than Rachael can bear, yet she keeps moving forward, trusting God. Her plan will work, but only if she can outwit the power-hungry authorities. If she fails, she will lose everything, including her mansion in the Irish Hills and fourteen destitute people who have come to her for survival.

The book is in its third edition, under a new title with Ambassador International Publishers – an affiliate of Emerald House.

To guarantee a book as soon as it is released, Click here to pre-order from Amazon: https://

I believe you will enjoy this heart-gripping story, and experience a deeper sense of God’s control and His promises for the future.

Thank you all, and God bless you.


Yesterday, for the first time in 14 months I walked the isles of the grocery store and strolled the lanes of the Dollar Tree, wearing a mask. I felt assured that I was safe from the “virus”…that submicroscopic infectious agent that came out of China in January 2020. My husband and I are fully vaccinated and trusting that the science of these vaccines are as good as they say they are.

I felt like a happy child putting things in the grocery cart. I’ve never been out of touch for so long a time. It was like getting out of prison on Christmas day. I couldn’t get things in my cart fast enough! For one solid year, plus 2 months, I kept myself away from people because the odds were not good to go public. Being a Registered Nurse, specialized in Public Health and Human Services, I knew chances were very risky to be out unless absolutely necessary.

Currently, we are far from being safe here in Michigan. My state is the number one hot spot in the country. Michiganders are 48% vaccinated, but we have 22% yet to go before our Governor takes restrictions off. We are suffering in so many ways.

I remember only twice during the time I was hunkered down, that I shopped outdoors at Home Depot, and 4 times during last summer I ate dinner at our favorite restaurant. The rest of the time we got food from carry out windows and ate sitting in our car at the park.

Yesterday, I loved picking out my own lettuce and tomatoes, rather than having someone else pick them for me and bring them to my car. I enjoyed passing other people in the isles, noticing none of them seemed concerned about being in dangerous territory. I loved everything except my fogged-up glasses. The mask and breathing do not work well together. I finally took the glasses off!


What a wonderful thing. I can’t help but think of our Lord and the freedom He has given us through His work on Calvary. Forgiveness of sins….past, present and future. That is the greatest freedom of all. I likened my freedom stroll in those isles yesterday to the freedom of one day entering Heaven without any fear or condemnation, because my sins are covered by Christ.

Thinking about this, I remembered a conversation years ago with my wonderful Christian mother. The subject centered on our inability to be perfect, and live without sinning. I was worried about my standing with God. Was I okay? Would I be accused of something I did?

I’ll never forget what she said, so very eloquently, but firmly – “if by chance we find ourselves standing at the Judgment Seat of God, and someone – or something – condemns us, then our only plea is CHRIST, and that will settle it. Yesterday I felt physically free for the first time in months. And I also felt spiritually free in the reminder that faith in Christ Jesus gives liberty and peace.

I believe many Christians have drawn closer to the Lord during these past months. For me, I have a stronger sense of God’s omnipotent control – even in crisis situations. Even in sorrowful outcomes, His omnibenevolence (compassion and goodness) is there. His purpose is always working.

We see so many leaders using this situation for political gain and control, but God is using it spiritually for His people, and for those who are coming to Him out of fear and loneliness – many without jobs.

Thank you Lord that nothing has slipped out of Your Hands. You remain in control and are a present help in time of need.

Feel free to leave a comment about how God has used the pandemic in your life.

Now for something on the newsy side……..

I will soon be announcing a third edition to my previously published novel. It will come once my publisher has completed all the last minute criteria. I will post the book on this website blog. Following this announcement, another novel is scheduled to be released at end of this year. It will be followed by an exciting sequence. All three books are in the publisher’s hands now. The process is slow. Stay tuned, and please wing a prayer that the market for Christian books will stay open. Thank you, and I love you all!

The Sorrow of Spring

Everything was beautiful. The spring flowers were blooming, the trees had baby leaves and the promise of summer was well on its way. UNTIL the storm came yesterday and brought several inches of snow and temperatures plummeting into the 20s.

Remembering thoughts that spring is a symbol of the resurrection, I have come to love the month of April with a passion. Yesterday was a shock! I worried about the birds as I turned off my light and went to bed.

My husband told me that when he was a young boy he captured some black birds and had them in a cage with a covering over the top. The night got cold and when he awoke in the morning, the birds had died. That was a story I didn’t need to hear last night. I wondered if the birds would find shelter – maybe in those arborvitaes pictured at the edge of our patio? The robins had returned and they were building their nests and perusing our lawn for worms. I was worried. It was still snowing when I went to bed. Our furnace was running big time.

This morning as I looked across the pond to the 9th hole of the golf course I saw Michigan, once again, as the winter wonderland. The weather can change in an hour.

The sun is shining across our coral patio and the snow is melting rapidly. I saw a robin hopping merrily along. Ah, the resurrection of life! The birds have survived. The trees will most likely re-bud. I can buy flowers to supplement those that won’t bloom again. God is still in control.

Be anxious for nothing.