Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Devotions for Tuesday

What Can We Learn from the Thief on the Cross?

How could the Romans and the Jewish leaders have been so deceived to put Jesus to death? It's easy for us to sit back and say that. But 2000 years ago, they believed him to be a charlatan. Even His disciples who shared his days for 3 years believed he was to establish a kingdom in which the Jewish race would be free of the Romans. So when Jesus hung on a cross, vulnerable and near death, they lost all hope. They hadn't grasped the truth.

Jesus endured the cross on that Friday before the Passover. The two thieves on either side of him, sentenced to die like Jesus, saw the situation in two very different ways. One jeered at him, but the other - a different story.

By all appearances, Jesus' kingdom hadn't worked out. But the one thief made a remarkable utterance. "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." How could he say this when the King was dying? This man's faith was awe-inspiring. His vision transported him past the gruesome torture, pain, and death on the cross to another Kingdom in which Jesus would reign for all eternity. Because of the man's spiritual vision, he would share in that kingdom as well.

God is no respecter of persons. He will grant us wisdom and spiritual vision as well - for hope in the next life, but for this one as well. Do you sometimes wonder where the Lord is taking you on your writing journey? Maybe you've received some rejections and it stings or maybe you can't find as much time to work on your novel and it's frustrating.


God has a plan for you. You can have vision like the thief on the cross. Trust Him, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings to be in charge of every word you pen.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Author Spotlight is shining on H.L. Wegley


H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian-thriller-series with Pelican Book Group. The 4th book releases in November 2014.
Moon over Maalaea Bay (released June 13, 2014)
In an instant the Maui honeymoon of Lee's dreams morphs to a nightmare when Jennifer disappears on their wedding night. Were the abductors the trafficking ring Jennifer crippled or does an even a more sinister organization want her for other purposes.
With the clock ticking toward Jennifer's impending sale, Lee, accompanied by their fifteen-year-old foster daughter, Katie, and Jennifer's grandfather, begins his own search of the island. As the search by Lee and the authorities intensifies, he fears beautiful Katie might end up in the crosshairs of the traffickers.
Can Lee save both his bride and his future daughter? What if he has to make a choice? If Jennifer is sold, could she kill herself to avoid a life filled with degradation and horror? If she did, would God forgive her?






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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Feature, features Melody Balthaser

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In 1858 New England, orphaned, indentured servant Sophie Stalz stabs her master to protect herself from rape. Now she must rely on her brother and his friends to protect her. Escaping through the Underground Railroad, Sophie finds herself stranded on an island in the hands of a stranger.

Surrounded by the sea and occupied with the duties of a lighthouse keeper, Jackson Scott just wants to be left alone with his memories. His fortress is about to crumble when his friend deposits Sophie on his doorstep. An old debt needs to be paid and the cost is dear.

As her master is Seeking Sophie, will Sophie and Jackson find a life together free from their past?

BIO
Seeking Sophie author, Melody Balthaser, has been an avid fan of historical romance since she was a teen. Over the years, she has also enjoyed writing, however it wasn’t until recently a story of her own began to germinate, take ro­­­ot on her laptop, and bud its way to publishing. This is the year that Melody’s own historical romance will bloom!
Melody lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty-two years. They have two grown daughters and a ten year-old son. She has had the privilege of both being a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom and a full-time working mom. For more than twenty years she has been very involved in natural healing as a student of various modalities and as a certified reflexologist. Currently, Melody works as a service writer in a large machinery dealership. She has traveled to Africa for a non-profit organization that aids orphans in Zambia and has been involved in children’s and women’s ministry at her church.
Diversity is a must for Melody and she enjoys a wide variety of pastimes. Traveling, hiking, camping and canoeing are some of her favorite things to do. She is most inspired when outdoors amidst the flora and fauna. Although, when the winter wind begins to bite she’ll be inside where the fire in the wood stove crackles, a classic (or not so classic) chick-flick plays on the television, and homemade soup simmers on the stove.
Melody’s passion is to encourage people to open up and let the love of God free them of fear and rejection to live the adventurous life their Creator intended. She hopes, though her fiction, readers can relax with an entertaining saga and take their own transforming journey to the Father’s heart.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Life after Life

Life After Life
I tend to hear about friends and family my own age that have passed on. Now, you may think I’m just melancholy today, but that’s far from the truth. I’m not trying to sound morose or crotchety. The reality of the next life brings me great joy. And I suppose it’s a subject a person of any age might contemplate.

It makes no sense to say that when this life is over, we will remain forever unaware, unconscious, and completely dead under the earth. What about our minds that wonder, think, explore— feelings that experience a gamut of emotions, and the spirit within that seeks to find its Maker? Does all that come to an end when our frame enters the grave? I don’t believe we possess all those marvelous components for them to cease to exist.

Where did I get these ideas from? A good source. The Bible says we are aliens and strangers in this world. – 1Peter 2:11. When I lived in Germany for three years, I was an alien citizen in that country. Where was my true earthly citizenship? The United States of America. So if I’m an alien in this world, where is my real home?

When Jesus left this earth, He referred to the next life when he said that in His father’s house were many rooms, and He was going there to prepare a place for me and every other Christian. John 14:2. Revelations 21 tells us that the dwelling place of God will be with men. It’s an existence where there are no more tears, death, crying or pain. In fact, He’s making it brand new. That sounds like Heaven to me.

For the Christian, there is great hope. Heaven shines with the glory of God, its brilliance like precious jewels. Sounds pretty good to me. I don’t mind the gray hair or wrinkles because I know it puts me one step closer to this glorious place. Praise His Holy Name.




Monday, September 22, 2014

Author Spotlight Shines on Gina Wellborn

The Marshal’s Pursuit is the 2nd book in 4-book Tuxedo Park Series. 1st book : The Honorable Heir by Laurie Alice Eakes (May 2014 LIHP)

MALIA VACCARELLI NEEDS A PLACE TO HIDE.

When her brother is arrested for a gangster's murder, Malia Vaccrelli is plunged into danger. Her life in peril, she trusts on one--not even the special U.S. marshal assigned to protect her. But handsome Frank Louden isn't what Malia expects.


Hiding Malia on his grandparents' Tuxedo Park estate may not be the best idea, but Frank is determined to do anything to protect her . . . even if he's soon unable to ignore his growing feelings for the beautiful woman. As their romance blossoms, will Malia's criminal connections force her to choose between her family and her heart?


Book Purchasing Links for THE MARSHAL'S PURSUIT
Love Inspired/Heartsong Presents
September 2014

 Amazon     http://amzn.to/1mLiaQX
 Barnes & Noble    http://bit.ly/1mE8gPZ
 Bookshout!      http://bit.ly/SBvPQD
 Christian Book Distributors     http://bit.ly/1s4W9wH
 IndieBound     http://bit.ly/1kOCy03
 Parable     http://bit.ly/Rp1wMf



Author Bio

Gina Welborn wrote public service announcements for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She's written three novellas for Barbour, including the 2014 Selah finalist "Mercy Mild" in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories. This year ushers in the release of her novels: The Heiress's CourtshipThe Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of CommunityOnce Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster. She is represented by The Steve Laube Agency.

Gina's Social Media Links:
WEBSITE     www.ginawelborn.com
 TEAM BLOG     www.inkwellinspirations.com
 TWITTER    www.twitter.com/gina_welborn (@gina_welborn)
 PINTEREST     www.pinterest.com/ginawelborn
 AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE     www.amazon.com/author/ginawelborn
 LINKEDIN     www.linkedin.com/in/ginawelborn
 GOOGLE+    www.google.com/+GinaWelborn

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