Monthly Archives: March 2012

“To whom much is given…”

I’m a firm believer that we are all given individual gifts and it is up to us to find out what they are and then to use them to serve God and others. I also believe that “to whom much is given, much will be required.” So now that I believe my individual gift is to write Christian fiction to spread God’s Word, why didn’t I stay home last night and market my book some more? Instead I went to a meeting at my church – we were invited to come give our input to help direct the Diocese in the next five years. I thought beforehand am I spreading myself too thin? Or wouldn’t it just be easier to sit home and do nothing (although I always have a hard time with that!) Or at least do stuff I’d rather be doing – read, take a walk, watch TV, etc. Not to mention my husband was speaking at another service meeting and I would have liked to hear him. But I felt something stir inside to go. And then during the meeting I found myself raising my hand to volunteer to go to the next meeting! (what is wrong with me, I thought!) But as I drove home I felt this inexplicable joy fill me – and I thought, it will all be good – and my husband (bless his heart) – although he sometimes has to suffer from my writing and “service” (messy house, less time together) says “if you’re at church it can’t be a bad thing.” Life is full of tough choices every day. I guess we can only follow our hearts and keep praying to do God’s Will – and leave the outcome to Him.

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My calling as a Christian fiction writer

This is my very first blog post as an author so bear with me! I wrote a novel called “The Faithful One” which, by the grace of God, has been published and was released earlier this month with Ellechor Publishing. It is a modern-day story based on the Bible’s Book of Job. Looking back on how I came up with the idea (riding down the road in Aberdeen, MD looking at a neon sign in a store window that read “Used Books and Bibles”) – I now see it was God calling me. Why else would I put down the novel I was in the middle of writing, or abandon getting the already written one published? I never in all of my 30 some years as a writer thought I’d be a Christian fiction writer…but now I have submitted a second novel to my publisher called “The Peacemaker,” based on the Bible’s tale of David and his second wife Abigail. Instead of trying to get rich and famous (past misguided goals), I am now just trying to “follow the call” and hope my will is in alignment with God’s. Time will tell! If you get a copy, let me know what you think!

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