Spring Bouquet

For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.

clematis 1

gladiola 1

The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

milk & win bouquet

yellow iris 1The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.

Song of Solomon 2:11-13

gladiola 2

yellow iris 2

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Lifter of My Head

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,

My glory, and the One who lifts my head.


I was crying to the Lord with my voice,

And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah


I lay down and slept;

I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.


Psalm 3:3-5

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A Love Affair with Spring

I love spring, how about you?



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Milk & Wine




“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Pre-order Lead Me Beside Still Waters

Lead Me Beside Still Waters, the first novel in the Southern Heritage series, releases May 21, 2016. Pre-order your signed copy today. $15 plus $3.97 for shipping & handling. Or save shipping & handling charges by attending the Book Release Launch Party & Brunch on May 21, 2016, at the Dry Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center, Mendenhall, Mississippi, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Additional book signings during the month of June to be announced soon.


Small town secrets rarely remain secrets

Wrong choices often result in heart-breaking consequences

And pride wields a destructive power like none other

An unexpected phone call from a handsome, slow-talking lawyer from Stillwater Springs, Mississippi; long-forgotten family histories, journals, and photo albums discovered in the attic of her grandmother’s bed & breakfast; unusual stipulations to an old woman’s will; and people who claim their faith in God isn’t religion but a relationship take Aubrie Landry on a journey through several generations and introduce her to a family heritage she hadn’t even known she had but that she won’t soon forget.

To pre-order your copy or if you have questions, contact me at: terimetts@gmail.com or message me on Facebook – Teri Vickers Metts or Author, Teri Metts


Mississippi Authors

As part of National Library Week, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, I was one of sixteen featured Mississippi authors at the Mendenhall Public Library. This experience gave both authors and patrons an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Me up close

Our afternoon began with the authors introducing ourselves and sharing a little about our books.

full group

with section of groupAfterwards, we went back to our book displays where we had the opportunity to talk with visitors, share one-on-one, and sell our books.

me with books

Several ladies from our church stopped by to visit and check out my books.

with jean, barb

with jean, barb, tina

And I also had an opportunity to reconnect with a couple friends from our church in D’Lo.

with ginger, pam

Although not releasing until May 21, I had a proof copy of my newest novel, Lead Me Beside Still Watersfor visitors to look at and preorder.

If you would like to preorder a copy, e-mail me at terimetts@gmail.com

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I’m Back

After a three year break, I’m back. For those of you who once followed my bungalow retreat website, you probably noticed it was removed a couple years ago. After seven years in our beloved D’Lo, Mississippi bungalow, we felt God leading us to sell our home and relocate.


My husband, Joe, is now serving as pastor of Dry Creek Baptist Church in the Simpson County Dry Creek Community. Although we stayed in D’Lo during our first months of service here, God ultimately helped us see the importance of actually living among the people with whom we now serve. It’s a decision we’ve not regretted making. Not only is it a blessing to be a part of this loving community, some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen have been viewed from our backyard.

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During the three years I was away from my website, I’ve been busy writing my latest novel. Lead Me Beside Still Waters, the first novel in the Southern Heritage series, releases May 21, 2016. It took me much longer to write this book than it did any of the Island Legacy novels, and for good reason: its length is equal to that of two novels. But while it’s longer than I originally thought it would be, I believe you’ll find it well worth your time to read.

book cover

My Southern roots grow deep. I was born and raised in the state of Mississippi, and although we were gone for twenty years before returning in 1997, I have lived two-thirds of my life in the Magnolia State. During the writing of Caribbean Freedom, the third and final Island Legacy novel, I began entertaining the idea of setting my next novel in my favorite Southern state.


From the onset, I knew the heroine in Lead Me Beside Still Waters needed to be an outsider, someone seeing the South with fresh eyes.

Joe and I came upon the exact location of Stillwater Springs, Mississippi (the fictional town where much of the storyline in Lead Me Beside Still Waters takes place) quite by accident, but I believe it was where God intended all along that this town would be located. Following a trip to Red Bluff in Marion County, Joe and I took Highway 587 back toward Monticello. Not far from the Lawrence County line we passed an old cabin sitting under a stand of trees in the curve of the highway. I made Joe stop so I could take pictures; as I photographed that rustic old cabin, I knew I’d found my town’s location, and the cabin quickly became a part of Stillwater Springs’ history.

Old Cabin - Mississippi

More than half of the homes in Stillwater Springs are bungalows. The idea of creating a town where bungalows reign was birthed from my own love of bungalow-style homes — like this old place in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, that Joe and I once considered buying.


Although I included historical facts in all three of the Island Legacy novels, Lead Me Beside Still Waters was my first attempt at including whole sections set during another time period. I did my best to stay historically true to the era represented, but I also realize I certainly made mistakes. And while most all of the characters are fictional, I did use numerous last names common to Lawrence, Marion, and Adams counties in Mississippi in the storyline. Also, other than Stillwater Springs, all other cities and towns in Lead Me Beside Still Waters either still exist today or were in existence during the time period in which they were included.

These various accounts included in Lead Me Beside Still Waters actually occurred: historical facts related to Natchez, Mississippi, during the Civil War; beliefs during the late 1800s that natural spring water (both hot and cold) held medicinal qualities; the tornado that practically destroyed Monticello, Mississippi, on April 22, 1882 (including names of dead and injured); the hurricane that pummeled South Louisiana and Mississippi in September 1915; the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918-1919; the 1918 outbreak of Spanish Influenza at Camp Forrest, Georgia; the speakeasies of the 1920s; and the stock market crash in 1929. In these accounts as well as others, although various cities, towns, businesses, and establishments may be or were real places, the descriptions in Lead Me Beside Still Waters may not always be exact, as they were derived from both fact and fiction. On numerous occasions I used artistic license to make the descriptions work with the storyline.

Starting with today’s post, I will be sharing something new each Wednesday. It may be an excerpt from Lead Me Beside Still Waters, a trivia fact associated with the state of Mississippi, a passage of scripture or devotional, a theme-related collection of photographs I’ve taken, or some personal tidbit I feel led to share. Whatever the week’s subject matter, I hope you’ll make plans to join me.

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Coming Soon

After being away for almost three years, I’ll soon be back. Starting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 I’ll be adding a new post every Wednesday. It may be an excerpt from my newest Christian fiction novel, Lead Me Beside Still Waters; a trivia fact associated with the state of Mississippi; a passage of scripture or devotional; a theme-related pick of my favorite photographs; or some personal tidbit I feel led to share. Whatever the week’s subject matter, I hope you’ll make plans to join me.

Taking a Break

I’m taking a break from adding new posts to this site for a while, but I will still be adding posts each Wednesday to my bungalow retreat blog, where I depict country living, bungalow-style through photographs and scripture.

our house

If you’ve not had a chance to stop by, why not take time now and pay me a visit: www.bungalowretreat.com.


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Body Parts

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. I Corinthians 12:15-20

I am not the whole body; I am only a part of the body. If I am a “hand”, but am trying to not only do the work of a “hand”, but also the work of a “foot”, “ear”, and “eye”, I’m not functioning in the body as God has chosen for me to function.


If God has chosen for me to serve the body as a “hand”, then He has given me gifts, talents and abilities (skills) according to where He has placed me.

If I am also trying to do the work of a “foot”, “ear”, and “eye”, I have moved away from what God has placed me in the body to do and be. If He has chosen for me to be a “hand”, then He has not gifted or equipped me to be a “foot”, “ear”, or “eye”.


If I try to function as a part of the body God has not chosen for me to be, I will be working according to my own strength and in time will become tired, burned out and discouraged.

Furthermore, just because God has chosen for someone else to do a specific good work does not mean we are not doing our part if we are not doing what they are doing. Once we know the part God has called us to be in the body, we need to serve Him faithfully in that capacity, being careful not to compare ourselves and our work to that of others. We also need to be careful not to judge or criticize others because they are not doing what we’re doing. They’re not supposed to. They are to be doing what God has placed them in the body to do, not what He has placed us in the body to do.


God gifts, equips, and appoints within the church body. He decides who will be and do what. We are exhibiting a servant’s heart whenever we faithfully serve God and the body within the giftings and calling God alone has chosen. Whenever we step outside our giftings and calling, we have ceased to serve God and have begun to serve self and man.

“For am I now seeking the favor of man, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of God.” Galatians 1:10

If God has called you to it, do it with your whole heart. But first be sure God, not man, is the one who has set you apart for that task, service or ministry.


Cotton Candy — Now at my bungalow retreat, where I depict country living, bungalow-style through photographs and scripture. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit: www.bungalowretreat.com


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Why Worry?

I think I may have shared this first devotion from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young last year, but felt it was definitely worth repeating. Then when I read the second devotion, I realized that if we were to faithfully heed the advice found there, we would do a lot less worrying.

From Jesus Calling: (Jesus says), “Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.

“Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence. As you thus affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times.”

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weaknesses.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8


From Jesus Calling: Jesus says, “Come away with Me for a while. The world, with its nothing demands, can be put on hold. Most people put Me on hold, rationalizing that someday they will find time focus on Me. But the longer people push Me into the background of their lives, the harder it is for them to find Me.

“You live among people who glorify busyness; they have made time a tyrant that controls their lives. Even those who know Me as Savior tend to march to the tempo of this world. They have bought into the illusion that more is always better; more meetings, more programs, more activity.

“I have called you to follow Me on a solitary path, making time alone with Me your highest priority and deepest joy. It is a pathway largely unappreciated and often disposed. However, you have chosen the better thing, which will never be taken away from you. Moreover, as you walk close to Me, I can bless others through you.”

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one is necessary, FOR MARY HAS CHOSEN THE GOOD PART, WHICH SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER.” Luke 10:42


And one from my husband’s blog at www.dlobaptistchurch.com.

With All Your Heart

“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalms 27:8 NLT)

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalms 37:3-5 NLT)

“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” (Psalms 33:20-22 NLT)

“With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised.” (Psalms 119:58 NLT)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT)


This week at my bungalow retreat, where I depict country living, bungalow-style through photographs and scripture: Sunshine and Fire. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit: www.bungalowretreat.com 


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