A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction

I started this blog more than two years ago, in 2016.  At the time I felt like I had nothing to say.  I had worked for my local church full time wearing a few hats, one of the main ones was mission’s coordinator.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel the world with teams, but most of all I was a part of starting a children’s home in Guatemala.  Then I became a mom.  And my adventure looked a bit different.  Wonderful, rewarding, but quite different.

When my husband and I started a family (our first born is five) I left my position to stay home with our son.  I’m thrilled with that decision, though I do still very much miss missions work.

I stopped writing around that time.  I felt like as a mom I had nothing to say.  It didn’t help, of course that it was a low time for me, as many new moms experience after having a baby.

It wasn’t until our second son was about a year (he’s three now), that I really felt the direction from the Lord to write again.

Some background: I began writing in 2007 with my first contemporary fiction manuscript and my first blog site.  My manuscript finally received those infamous words – THE END – in 2011.  The same summer I said “I do” to my handsome man in uniform.  Actually, he wore a tuxedo, not his uniform, but you get the expression.

In 2016, when I began writing again (and started this blog), I wrote a series of posts about the Proverbs 31 woman.  I spent about a year diving into that chapter.  I eventually edited and revised the devotionals and sent them into a contest as a devotional book.  I took the posts down from my blog, which is why you won’t find them here.  That’s what I get for reverting to drafts… all but two or three of them sailed away in internet space somewhere.  Eventually I might put the e-book up on this blog for download.  We shall see.

Anyway, when I didn’t get the response I had hoped for from the contest (I hoped to at least make the short list) I still felt accomplished.  I realized that, yes I am a mom, yes I am busy, but if I could write 50-60 posts that year then I can write a book.  Even in this season of my life.

And all the mom writers said ‘amen’.

Fast forward to 2018.  In January of this year I was seeking the Lord, I had heard a word about writers, and I was asking Him this:  what do You want me to write?  Is it fiction, is it non fiction, is it a blog or is it something else… and then there’s about a thousand different ways you can go with any of the above.  So there I was, driving to Costco on a cold January day (seriously, I don’t remember how cold it was, but it was January… so it was cold, this is Canada), and I got this whole download for the book I am now writing.

And what is it I am writing?

I’m so glad you asked!

I am writing a Historical Fiction novel based in 1919, just after the Great War (or as you Americans call it, World War I).

This has been a work in progress for the past eight months.  Then I found about this amazing thing called American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).  I had never heard about it, but I was ecstatic to find out that for just $80 ish Canadian they would let their northern friend become a member… and they had a conference!   (PS – the $80 has been worth every penny.)

You don’t understand.  I have been looking for the right writers conference for years.  I have been writing for eleven years.  I couldn’t be more excited!

And this one?  For Fiction writers.  Christian Fiction Writers.  AND it’s in Nashville.  I happen to have a sister who lives near Nashville.  Which really takes a bit of the intimidation out of it.  I mean, I know Nashville.  Yay!

For any of you Christian Fiction writers, I highly recommend becoming a member if you haven’t done so.  I have learned so much, I’ve even made acquaintances and friends that I truly am looking forward to meeting next month.  ACFW is amazing at connecting, preparing, teaching, equipping… I’m saying all this and I haven’t even been to the conference yet.  Keep those invaluable emails coming ACFW, because I am reading as many of them as I possibly can.

I look forward to sharing more about what I hope to be my debut novel in the future, but that’s all for now.  Just know that I am loving the research, loving the writing, even enjoying the editing.  I always thought that writing a historical would be so much work.  And it is.  But it’s not so bad when you love your work.

Love the Poor

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law? Do they not blaspheme the precious name [of Christ] by which you are called?

James 2:5-7
Amplified Version

This passage hit me hard today.  Or was it yesterday?  That’s mom life, when you can’t keep track of what day your on, what you did this morning… or five minutes ago…

But anyway.

I was convicted.

How many times do we judge the poor?  Or go the opposite direction when someone comes into church smelly or dirty.

And yet when the rich come Continue reading “Love the Poor”

A Teaser

I’ve been quiet for a while here in the blogging world, but it’s not for lack of writing, I assure you.  My love of writing isn’t going anywhere soon, that’s for sure.

I’m not ready to tell all about the project I’m working on, but I’m going to start giving some teasers.  Here’s one:

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Do you ever find yourself saying “oh how I wish I had paid more attention in high school”?  Well, I am finding myself saying this: “why didn’t I love history back then”.  Kind of like when I was in my early twenties traveling the world doing missions work… I didn’t do well in Geography class, but after all my travel and love of geography now, I would have been a Geography nut.

In a good way.

Pay attention in school, kids 😉

So here I am reading these books about amazing people that walked this country not that long ago…  If you haven’t figured it out from the names of those titles, I’m researching 1914-1920 ish.  Over the Great War (or World War I for Continue reading “A Teaser”

A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review

a_most_noble_heir_book_reviewI took January off from book reviewing, but when February rolled around and I received an email from Bethany House Publishers with the options for reviewing I decided to jump on board again.

A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason.  Set to release June 6th of this year.

In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I was really impressed.  I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were.  And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.

I loved how Nolan and Hannah kept their relationship pure before marriage, his respect for Continue reading “A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review”

Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”

Romans Road & What Is Real Grace

The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans.  The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is.  Does the cross provide grace?  Yes.  Of course it does.  But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.

Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it?  Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?

Sin = pain, does it not?

We simply cannot claim to be Continue reading “Romans Road & What Is Real Grace”

A Song Unheard, a book review

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Book Review: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, Book #2)

This book was gripping from the start.

In terms of historical fiction it did not disappoint. In terms of comedy it did not disappoint… not to mention mystery, drama, and of course a love story.

Alright, you caught me. I loved this book. Amongst my favourites.

Willa’s parents abandoned her by age six, and soon after she became a part of a “family” of sorts. A group that chose to be family, a group of orphaned children, that stole as a means of survival. Except they were really good. “London’s best pickpockets”.

Willa was hired to steal a coding machine from Lukas de Wilde, a famous violinist, but unbeknownst to anybody, this machine was not a thing but Continue reading “A Song Unheard, a book review”