It’s time for another scene straight from the morgue file! Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as macabre as it sounds. The morgue file is where I keep deleted scenes that didn’t make it from the first draft to the finished product.
This scene is from the story that is currently kicking me in the pants. I mean ... the story that I'm currently working on.
My husband recently got back from a week-long trip out of state to attend a pastors' conference. Thankfully, everything here went as smoothly as could be expected. The car battery died once when temperatures dropped to twenty below, our hot water heater went out the same day, and our toilet malfunctioned and was out of commission for a day and a half, but at the very least we all stayed healthy and (relatively) happy.
I'm so happy to have Scott back home and just as glad for the time he received of spiritual refreshing. Seeing how blessed he was reminded me how important it is to cover our pastors in prayer. Their jobs are tiring, demanding, and take more spiritual stamina than most of us realize.
You probably agree that it's important to pray for your pastor, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to focus on. Here are a few quick areas where I'm sure your pastor would appreciate prayers.
It’s Friday, and I don’t think I’ve been more ready for the weekend all year! My husband took off for a week for some much-appreciated (and needed!) encouragement at a pastor’s conference. I’m grateful to say the boys and I survived the ordeal but were thrilled to have Dad back home.
Writing’s been a little strange this week. The boys are on spring break, which means we’re cutting back on homeschool stuff and the kids aren’t involved in electives at the public school. I’m also taking some time off my current project to take care of some edits and behind-the-scenes sorts of things.
The good news is I have the next Kennedy book off for its first round of edits!
Before he died, George Meuller was estimated to be responsible for the salvation of thousands of souls through his orphanages and other ministries in 19th century England.
George Meuller, nicknamed the Man of Faith, had far humbler beginnings. In his early adult life, he began to fervently pray for the salvation of five friends of his.
I've been working on a project that's pretty drastically different from my normal Christian suspense titles, and even though I'm a little gun-shy about releasing full details, I do want to tell you I've got something new I'm trying and I really hope you enjoy it when it comes out!
Since this is a new feel for me, it's a little more slow going. In fact, last week I realized about twenty chapters in that I needed to do a complete revamp. I used about 15% of what I'd already written and the rest landed in my morgue file - that little file in my computer where deleted scenes go to die.
I'm feeling excited about my newest project. It was giving me problems for several weeks, but I think I've finally found a groove that (Lord-willing) will carry me through to the finish line with this one!
Today I'm including a short snippet from my very first novel, The Beloved Daughter. If you haven't read it yet, you can grab it (and other religious/inspirational fiction titles) off of Instafreebie. It's totally free.
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And now, the excerpt. The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha, a twelve-year-old girl thrown into a North Korean prison camp. This scene may give you a hint as to why she was sent there.
I think most of us can admit we'd like a little help growing in our prayer life, right? Busy schedules, small faith, and wandering thoughts keep nearly all of us from praying the way we should.
Several months ago, my friend Jaime (who's also a Christian author) and I were talking about how there aren't that many online resources out there that are specifically designed to help you pray. We both like listening to podcasts, but there weren't any we could find that focused only on prayer.
We launched The Prevailing Prayer Podcast to give people like us -- ordinary people who want to grow in their prayers lives -- encouragement and practical support.
I don't know about where you are, but we're finally starting to feel like spring may come at some point. The days are getting longer, and we haven't seen negative temperatures in about five days!
It's the little things, right?
In honor of today's Christian Fiction Friday post, here's a snippet from Identity Theft, which is available along with four other Christian suspense books in the Road to Danger Bundle (only 99 cents!).