Fact and Fiction
I’m having fun slowly unraveling the story of how I became a novelist. I suppose I could have posted the story on this blog, but it’s nice to have it all in one place for archive and continuity purposes.
Too Much Blood?
In my prayer time this morning, I was pleading the blood of Christ over my family. I’m not sure I stop often enough to ponder what that means, for me, for J, for my daughters and grandchildren. That He did it for me – gave His life willingly – stuns me.
John Fischer wrote about it in his PDL post for today. Worth reading.
I am now in Joshua in my daily journey through the Bible this year. This morning I was in chapter 7. The Israelites have been defeated in battle, and Joshua and the leaders have ripped their clothes and thrown dust on their heads and then fallen to the ground, crying out and asking God why He let this happen to them. Oh, woe is us. We should’ve stayed over on the other side of the river because now bad stuff is happening to us. (Robin paraphrase.) Then, in 7:10 it says:
But the LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?” (NLT) or GOD said to Joshua, “Get up. Why are you groveling?” (Msg)
When I read that verse, it really spoke to my heart. God doesn’t want me lying face down in the dirt in defeat. He tells me to “Get up!” Sin needs to be recognized, rooted out, and confessed, but I am covered in the blood of the Lamb. I am not defeated. I am victorious in Christ. I need to stop groveling and whining when life gets hard. I need to stand up and claim the victory. My righteousness is in Christ. My sin is as far from me as the East is from the West. When God looks at me, He sees a King’s Kid. I’m definitely not defeated. I’m part of the winning team.
If life were perfect, a novelist would just get to write her books, send them off to the publisher, and then get on to the next one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Take yesterday for instance. I was on the phone with my agent for about half an hour, discussing several business needs and decisions to be made. Next I had to prepare a promotional piece for Zondervan for Loving Libby. Next, I’d promised an article for a writers’ group newsletter, so I wrote that. Then I spent more than half an hour on the phone with tech support. My DSL modem has been acting up anytime I try to download a large file. It’s been getting progressively more frequent, and yesterday, I’d had it. Turns out there is a known issue with this modem model, and I’m supposed to get a new one by FedEx today. (That may not seem like a “business of writing” issue, but believe me, it is. Being without high speed Internet these days is like being without a phone.)
I didn’t even start writing yesterday until 2:30 p.m. Sigh…
Off to the Salt Mines
Lest I find myself at 2:30 p.m. again today, I’m outta here.