A very large part of my life has been devoted to the study of God’s Word, increasingly so with time, and with time I have gotten better at it. I hate to have to talk about how much study it has taken, but if I don’t, it won’t be obvious, because when I write, I write to those who may not have had a chance to have much schooling. However, I use and apply extensive language and research tools learned via seminary, bible school, university degrees, assorted preaching, books and blogs. Mostly, though, it’s just me with God’s Word, with the Holy Spirit leading me into the truth. I am not wanting to be arrogant in saying this, but I don’t get that much out of what anyone else teaches or writes anymore, and I think this is common for people who have been at something for 4 or 5 decades. Though sometimes I am led to someone who is teaching sound doctrine because of something they are sharing that I need to learn. Usually when that happens, I binge watch everything they’ve every posted and something they’ve written and absorb the new revelation of what God’s Word is saying within a few months. I have even been known to move in order to join a church they are leading for a year to sit under that anointing and get the full impact of their gifts. Then, greatly enriched, I’m back to my routine of meditating on the Bible, daily readings and word studies, which in fact are never routine but always mind-blowing, the most mind-blowing of all being that God, you know, the One who created heaven and earth, loves itty bitty me. It’s never dull and always an adventure to know and stay grounded in the love of the living God. But even if there are days that start out with little motivation, I keep pushing until something lights my world. Which reminds me of George Mueller’s assertion that his morning devotionals lasted as long as it took for him to become “happy in the inner man”. Sharing this just now, it gives me a chance to contemplate and marvel at the blessedness of living this way, day after day, year after year. It’s a blessed life, yes, but it’s also my way to keep my wick trimmed. I hate to lose track of the Presence and will not allow anything to compete with Him for my time.
Okay, so perhaps you are here to learn more about writing, and not just writing but writing in His name. For me, it started with family. Having been raised by a reporter, I had stints as a columnist, an assignment reporter, as well as a special-interest scout for various newspapers and publications. Then God stepped in. Transitioning to fiction was a move I was called to make. Not that I didn’t think it would be fun to write stories, but I never could seem to manage it. However, the Lord really made it clear, almost painfully clear, that this was something HE wanted me to do. It was quite a switch, quite a difficult process for about ten years.
Letting God lead you while writing is absolutely insanely cool. I could tell you story after story about the plot changes He has effected in my books, the words and phrases He’s pulled out of me. It turns writing hours into an extension of one’s prayer closet. Possibly as you read these books, you’ll get a sense of the joy and inspiration underlying their creation that only the Father provides. To Him be the glory. Let’s hope my heart and my fingers get better and better at being His “ready-writer”. Even more, I hope my books will inspire you to stay within breathing distance of the Savior and to make Him your Lord increasingly so you can enjoy all the benefits of living loved.
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Along with writing, I have had a career in the human services and medical field which is now entering its fourth decade (which amazes me). For 12 years I owned a few inventory-based businesses, widening profit margins through supply chain tweaks and eventually selling. I have shared my skills in finance and real estate with others. This is how our Lord operates in the financial and career arenas, btw, He often mentions multiple streams, while storehouses and pots are always plural. I’ve never met a successful person who doesn’t have many talents. Though I’m sure one or two exists.
My books provide healthy entertainment, but also point the way to having your prayers answered, to knowing you are loved, and to living well in all the ways that matter in this modern, distracting and, often, dark time.
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