Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Quote from "Hidden Possibilities"

The lovely Donna Keevers Driver, author of The Path Chosen, created this lovely picture for Cait's thoughts:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Shared Links Saturday

Patricia Johns shared a story she read about. May God bless the veteran and the judge.

I enjoyed the post on History Imaged. Linda Bennett Pennell brought back lovely memories of my visit to Scotland and added.

A lovely post, "This is Amazing Grace," by Melissa Finnegan over at Genesis 5020:

God Bless.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Giving over to God

Yes, I was raised Christian. I've claimed the label for my own. I pray my life reflects my faith.

Having said that, I struggle with relying on God, for a number of reasons. I remind myself that they are excuses. However, defining them gives me a place to start in working through them.

As an abuse survivor, trust is a major struggle. How do I trust God when I was left in an abusive environment? Didn't He love me enough to save me?

It required a lot of years and tears to understand Jesus is more interested in saving my soul in the long term. I'm not saying the abuse was for my good. It wasn't. However, Jesus is powerful enough to overcome evil with good.

What I learned: Compassion, strength, courage. I struggled with my faith, but I also discovered my faith. While I didn't believe I trusted God, I came to understand that I trusted God bud I didn't trust me. Not trusting myself required approaching the problem in a different way.

Even as I've come to know I trust God, I struggle to give everything over to Him.

Being an abuse survivor, I need to feel in control. I'm finally accepting that me in control is not the best idea. Here's the amazing blessing: God allowed me to work through this at my own pace. He guided and offered inspiration through His Word and through amazing people who have also traveled my same journey and are willing to share their struggle.

The heart of my storytelling is the need to add my voice. My journey of faith is found within the pages of my stories. My prayer is that others find something of worth within those pages, something that strengthens them, inspires them, gives them hope.

Much of my battle to write each story is to step out of my own way and allow God to guide me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Priscilla Shirer's "Fervent"

I loved the movie War Room. I wrote and received permission to mention the movie in my Holiday, USA series. My characters are also inspired by the movie.

I bought the book Battle Plan for Prayer and read it cover to cover. I did the homework. I learned. I discovered that Priscilla Shirer, who plays the wife in the movie, was inspired by the movie to write a book about prayer, Fervent.

She is running a Friday call to study and prayer. I listened to the first vlog (video blog), last Friday, covering the first chapter of the book. I read it and did the homework. I'm looking forward to seeing the changes in me.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Quote from "A Promise of Possibilities"

The amazing Donna Keevers Driver, author of The Path Chosen (yes, the book captured my imagination), enjoys making memes. With the coming release of Errant Knight, I'm remembering where things started. First there was Elizabeth Thorn and Jonathan Silverton. I'm still a little in love with him, and I'm so glad he has Elizabeth.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Poster for "Leap of Faith Day"

The lovely and talented author/artist Donna Keevers Driver took the quote I sent her and paired it with a picture. This is a bit of Vince Timmons, the hero in Leap of Faith Day, the 9th novella in the Holiday, USA series.
I met Donna through Desert Breeze Publishing and discovered we have a few things in common. We're friends on FB, and I've read her book The Path Chosen. She also lives in Australia. How else would we ever have met? God works in mysterious and marvelous ways.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Errant Knight Cover Art

Carol Fiorillo created another gorgeous cover for my Endless Knights series.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Finishing edits...

Final edits for Errant Knight are due, today. I love this book and hope my readers love Fitzgerald and Penny as much as I do.

I'm looking forward to returning to work on Knight in Disguise.

What will my world be like without working on my Knights every day?
Learning to Praise God in the Storm.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sharing Links Saturday

The Writer's Refuge posted a much needed reminder about "What Are You Writing For?":

Bill Taysom Marketing to Win: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/marketing-win-bill-taysom

Holley Gerth shared a lovely perspective "Hope When Mother's Day is Hard."

God bless.
One of the feral cats lazing on the driveway.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Final Edits...

...for Errant Knight are here. Release is scheduled for June. Everything else is put on hold, mostly.

I'll take a moment to mention how much I enjoyed Donna Keevers Driver's debut novel The Path Chosen. I finished it before edits showed up. Time travel isn't my favorite. Having said that I loved this book. I have a tendency to skim through descriptions. I didn't. I wanted to enjoy her turns of phrase and poetic word choices. I agonized with her characters and celebrated. She's now on my "Yes" buy the next book list.