The Novel

Good afternoon.

A sharp turn from my past few posts, here is an update on my book!

As you may or may not know, I wrote a novel for middle-grade readers last year. I can’t wait to share the name and everything about it with you but now is just not that time. Soon!

Writing the book was pretty humbling. In a year, I wrote the book twice. I thought the first version was brilliant, took the summer off of writing, then revisited the manuscript again to see that is was an absolute atrocity. Haha! This is how I learned that the best thing to do when finishing a novel is to leave it alone. Leave it alone for weeks or months so that you can come back to it with fresh eyes.

So while the story was terrible on paper at the time, in my head it was still just as lovely as when it fell into my mind. Even more lovely! So I decided to rewrite it completely. The first version was in third-person (Alice went to Wonderland.) The rewrite is in first (I went to Wonderland.) I’ve blogged here for five years now in first-person. It comes much more naturally to me. I ended up changing the title and the names of many characters. I have to tell you, writing this fantasy was a fantasy. Both times I wrote the book was such a mental vacation; a place I went hours a day to escape the real world and hide in an imaginary and magical one.

I follow many fiction writers that I have great respect for. I’ve heard almost all of them say that once you finish your first novel, not to start working on the sequel. You don’t know what will happen with the first so it is best to begin working on a different project completely. I can’t do it. I have this series planned; it’s in my head. Who in world can write another story when there is a story in their heart screaming to be written?

Whoever they are they have much more talent than me.

The Prettiest Thorn

Isn’t pride the prettiest little thorn in the side?

We know it’s destruction.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:12

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Yet, our society has come to indulge and revel in it. We work and spend and show and tell all to stroke our pretty thorn.

But at the end of the day, at the end of our life, what will have mattered? When we are face to face with a God who knows our true hearts, our true character, the true motivations of our works. What will He know of us?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

If we were wise we would consider this. Likely, if we seek a God who knows our true heart, He will likely take pleasure in giving us a new one. A good one.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

And I bet if we sought a God who gave us a new heart, we would notice the thorn as much.

The Secret

Good afternoon!

I hope all of you are having a great year so far and have stuck to your resolutions. If not, it’s not to late to start again!

Today’s post if for everyone.

As you know, I know the gospel is the secret to the only success that you need in this life. I have shared this revelation with you ever since it fell on me like a ton of bricks in 2017. What is the success? It’s the realization that there is a God who took pleasure in creating the mass that sits here reading this blog post. It’s the realization that He made you, knows you, and cares for you. That He is God and creator of every single thing and thought you would be a nice addition to all of it. That He breathed life into you and made plans for you before the beginning of time.

It’s the realization that He loves you even when you don’t love Him or want to acknowledge that this is His world and what He says goes. He loves you even when you spit in His face, ignorant of the plan He has for His own creation. He loves you enough to enlighten you in this moment that you are not God, This world is not your creation, and you don’t what is best. He loves you enough to open your eyes. To give you wisdom, and knowledge, and understanding. To let you see just a bit of His terrible, great, and awesome glory, and then to give you mercy when it occurs to you how unworthy you are to be in His perfect presence.

He loves you enough to show you what is good, and to grant it to you to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him.

This is the secret to peace and joy and contentment: seeking, finding, and knowing your Father in Heaven.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

For the non-believer, ask.

For the believer, if you are in church, if you call yourself Christian, yet you do not understand the supposed peace and joy that is to come from it. You must seek God and the true meaning of the gospel; not groups, books, trips, songs, friends, or answers to your problems. While these are good, if you don’t know God an what He did through Christ, you miss everything.

Blessing to you,