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Monday Morning Faith

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“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” HEB 11:1-2, 8-12┬áThis line shouted out to me from all the readings (and they were all great!) during Mass yesterday. Our pastor likened faith to being in between first and second base…most of us just want to stay on first base, not taking a chance we’ll get tagged out, might not make it to the next base, can’t run that fast…etc. And I think Monday morning just hikes that feeling up a notch. When Friday comes and my 9 to 5 workweek is coming to an end, I start feeling motivated to┬ákeep writing my next novel, The Runaway Prophet, (a modern-day story based on the Book of Jonah) – I tackle it on Saturday and continue on Sunday if I can (depending on kids’ schedules, etc.) – and then by Sunday night I am winding down…and then…Monday morning hits and I feel totally DONE. Like I want to go back to first base and just stay there. Like, “why did God give me this inclination to write modern-day Bible stories in the first place – wouldn’t it just be easier to NOT want to do this?” Then I think of the faith David had despite all his persecutions (after all, I did write about him in my second novel, The Peace Maker, so I should be familiar with how he felt!)…and I realize God still has my back, that I just need to inch forward, that I will make it to second base – and who knows, maybe even third and home!

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

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Write HIS Answer…Work for God, my new employer…sign a “Writer’s Covenant” that I won’t give up…have faith and HE will make it happen…it’s not about the money!…I had just returned from the 3-day Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference and then heard in church yesterday Luke’s Gospel reading in which Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who worries he doesn’t have enough space to store his harvest and God replies ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Jesus says, “Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

No coincidences in God’s World! I am grateful to GPCWC Director Marlene Bagnull and her staff, the agents and editors I met, and my new friends Connie, Elaine, Cecilia, Yolanda, Vicki and so many more for the fantastic experience I had at this conference – and the re-motivation, re-energizing, renewal I feel now to continue on my writing journey to do God’s Will by doing what I am uniquely called to do: write modern-day novels based on the fascinating stories in the Bible’s Old Testament – and most of all for the faith that God’s Plan for me will come to fruition so I shouldn’t be discouraged at the bumps in the road along the way!

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