Why I Wrote Repented and Rekindled

If you haven’t heard about my upcoming web serial, well now you know.

I know you’re gonna ask:

  • When does it start?
    • That, I don’t know precisely. It’s in editing right now. It will begin this summer.
  • What’s it about?
    • As the title suggests, this is a story of repentance. Get a better idea with the trailer below!
  • How often will episodes be released?
    • I’ve been going back and forth between the ideas of weekly and bi-weekly. I’ll let you decide that one. Leave me a comment.
  • How can I get updates?
    • Another great question! As of now, I’m posting all of my updates on Facebook. If you want to see those events, I suggest you give my Facebook page a ‘Like.’ Where would you guys prefer to get updates; let me know in the comments!

Now that I’ve answered those questions, I’ll talk about what I really wanted to share with you.

Some may know me as a fantasy writer, but I was called away from that. Fast-forward: I have a story to tell. It’s a story of so many women.

That’s not to say that most women are anything like the main characters in my fiction, but a lot of women can relate to their struggles. The truth is, no matter what the struggle, there is nothing like the power of prayer. That’s why I was called to write this story.

I also wanted to change the “face” of Christian fiction. The Christian fiction that I’ve read (admittedly, very little) seems unrealistic.Even as Christians, there are times when we don’t do what’s expected of us. That’s especially true in a time of anger or crisis.

When researching Christian publishers, I found that there are a lot of very strict requirements. I’m sure that Repented and Rekindled would be rejected for content.

There is no telling what walks of life, past hurt or battles that a person went through before coming to Jesus. God can use anyone to minister! That is something that I want to expose. I think there should be a more sincere look at one’s Journey to Christ in Christian fiction. I’m not bashing Christian publishing houses. They too have a mission (one that’s extremely important). Ultimately, we all need to guard our hearts from things that will lead us astray. Simultaneously, we need to inspire those who are searching for something or those who have fallen back into old ways.

That is why I have written this story.

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A Prayer for the New Year

So, it’s the first morning of the new year! We made it. I wish you and your family many, many blessings. This is my prayer for my family and yours.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We enter Your gates to give you thanks for taking us through another year. We thank You for being with us in trouble. We praise you for never leaving nor forsaking us.

Father God,

As we enter a new year, we are putting all trust into You. Give us the strength to not lean on our own understanding. We pray that You continue to direct our each and every path.

Dear Lord,

We pray that you dwell in our hearts through faith. We pray for the breastplate of righteousness so that we may walk upright in Your sight, keeping Your laws and requirements.

Lord,

Give us the strength to let go of all bitterness, rage and anger. We forsake all malice. Help us to be compassionate to others and forgive those who have wronged us in the past as Christ forgave us. May we prosper in all that we do and wherever we go.

Father God,

We thank You for Your compassion that never fails. We thank You for Your mercy that is renewed every morning.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

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Do You Have a New Years Resolution?

First a digression…

I went up to the duck pond near my house this morning. It was a chilly 40 degrees or so, not too bad. A few photos will be below!

Now on topic…

A lot of “experts” say that New Year’s Resolutions really aren’t useful. I think that’s only true if you don’t set real objectives and don’t have any commitment or will power.

Treat your resolution as what it is, a goal. All goals should be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). At the end of the year, (this day in 2016) you will want to be at your goal. Make smaller, measurable objectives that will keep you on track. It’s totally possible to be successful at your new year’s resolution. The key is really defining what the success is and how you’re going to get there.

As for me…

I do have a New Year’s Resolution this year! I don’t want to share it now, but I’ll surely be sharing as I complete my goals. For now, I’d like to hear what your resolution(s) are.

Daily Bread

  • 2 Samuel 2:4
  • 2 Samuel 3:7-15

And now, some photos…

 

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Happy Birthday To You (and me)

It’s my birthday…

I’ll feel old if I want to. Don’t ask my age; I’m having trouble accepting it. I’m super thankful to my friends and family for all the sweet birthday wishes. Love the fashionable gifts I got as well! I also got a free Venti caramel frappuccino from Starbucks. How’s that for a happy birthday?

 

If you’re wondering what I did…

Not too much. I went for a walk around my neighborhood and took a few photos. For anyone who’s feeling old on their birthday, I have one piece of advice.

Just wake up, and do something that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be a major thing. Today, I woke up, put on a little makeup, and took a few photos. Photography clears my head, and I get to stop and really appreciate simple, beautiful things. I can only thank God that he’s given me another year of my life.

Just in case you wanted to see some pictures…

These are my favorites! Don’t have a prayer today, but I wish everyone happiness! If it’s your birthday too, well, emphasis on the ‘Happy’ Birthday!

 

Daily Bread

  • Psalms 144:15

 

 

If You Give a Writer a Gift

Well, first things first…

I believe holiday greetings are in order. My mom was working today (bummer) but I have to remember to be grateful that she has the job that she has. I have many things to be grateful for. This year has truly been full of blessings.

If I may digress…

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I got the coolest gift ever (if you’re a writer that is)! My mom got me a journal (for lack of a batter term). I have many journals and notebooks, but this one gives me something to think and write about. The mini prompts inside this journal are really an ode to the mundane, but I love the brilliant simplicity they bring. If you want to know more about me, just come back to my blog. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a prompt or two.

Back on topic…

I wish many blessings to come for anyone who reads this. Share this prayer of thanks with family and friends.

Father God,

I come to You as humble as I know how to give You thanks. I thank You for my family, and I thank You for another year. We are more than grateful that You have blessed us with the means to have a great holiday.

Our hearts go out to those who may not have what we have. We pray that You reveal Yourself, to them in trouble. We pray that through Your glorious riches that You strengthen them with the power of Your Spirit.

We pray that we, too, will continue to be filled with Your spirit. For Your spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness and goodness. We thank you for being our provider.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen.

Daily Bread

  • Galatians 4:22
  • Ephesians 3:14-16

 

Thank You for Being My Rock

Just a little background…

Recently, I started over in my personal devotion. Meaning, I began (again) reading my Bible from Genesis. Right now, I’m in 2 Samuel. I’m really glad that I decided to do this because I’m realizing just how much I’ve missed over the years.

Even though I have always self-identified as a Christian, I’m now really getting into my own personal relationship with Him.

Before I ramble too much…

I have two family members that work in prisons. One family member works in a male prison, and the other in a female prison. I worry about them sometimes because they’re surrounded by people that are capable of just about anything (and I don’t just mean the prisoners).

I actually read chapter 22 in 2 Samuel yesterday, but David’s prayer really stood out to me, and I wanted to memorize it. I found it so powerful! Little by little, I plan to know it very well. This prayer is about having God at your side through battle.

Spiritual or physical, we’re all fighting something. Whether you have family members working in a dangerous profession, someone you love is very sick, or you feel that you’re being tested, pray this prayer.

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to thank you for being my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. I thank you for giving me refuge in your feathers. For that, you are worthy of my praise.

Father God,

I’m thankful that I am saved from my enemies–physical and spiritual. Your spirit gives me peace, not fear. Your word gives me courage, and victory. I know that You will be with me in trouble. For this, oh Lord, I say “thank You.”

In Jesus’ name

Amen

Daily Bread:

  • 2 Samuel 22: 3-4
  • Psalm 91:4

 

 

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