That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sou"Tha"t "That night, as Julie spent time in prayer, the air chilled. Julie’s ears perked up to any outside sounds, but all was quiet. Too quiet. She walked to the window. A woman closed her car door, followed by a man stepping out and leading her to the motel. Across the street, a woman walked her German Shepard, but no lone man. Must be my imagination.
Julie returned to her time in prayer.
A few minutes later, an unexpected knock startled her.
Julie slowed her breath. It was that man. Why would Jesus warn her not to answer?
“Flower delivery!” a young male voice answered.
“What’s taking him long?” Drew muttered under his breath. He had left to deliver the flowers ten minutes ago! Julie should have accepted them by now. Maybe he should have had the note read “From lover boy.” He cackled. His words caught in his throat. Why hadn’t he thought about that? If Eric found out that Julie had moved on, it would destroy him. Ahh, but he wanted her for himself. And his day would come.
The delivery boy had returned with the flowers and the note. Drew lips pressed in straight line. “She won’t accept them. I even told him they were from her new friend. She won’t even answer the door.”
His stomach clenched. What woman would not want flowers? “Did you tell her they were yellow?” He shook his head, and Drew’s heart rate went up. “You should have. They are her favorite.” He prided himself on that knowledge. “Thanks for trying.” He took the flowers and put them in the seat.
The next time, he would succeed." ---from The Past Hunter.
When we pray, we are in that secret place just as Julie was. David wrote that if we abide under the shadow of the almighty, God will protect us. Reciting Psalms 91 won't guarantee protection. It tells us what happens when we abide in Him. If we stay in his presence, God can be our protection. Psalms 31 is a prayer to God, asking him to protect him. He wrote, "Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I can be safe." God protected David and He can protect you. Many people today fear they would get covid. They wear a mask to protect them, or they ask God to protect them, but they still wear a mask (and out in public and in their own cars!) It is understandable if you want to respect people, but we need God's protection more than we need a mask. God is much bigger than something that covers our face, don't you think?
"Show good Christian values and tells of the need to pray" A review from Amazon
As Julie worshipped God, she fell into a trance. The hair on the back of her neck lifted as she had a vision of a man with a man getting off a train. “Who is he?”
“This man wants nothing more than to have you for himself.”
“Is this the same man who stalked me?”
“Yes. And he is back for vengeance.”
“Why? What have I done? Wasn’t he arrested?”
“Eric still loves you, and this man will do anything to destroy him.”
Julie lost her breath. “But he is serving a two-year jail time!”
“That doesn’t matter to him. You must be on guard and continue to abide in me.”
As the vision ended, God gave her the strength to pray. He had protected her before. He would do it again. She was not about to leave Marysville. It had become her home. She had dated Andrew for a year now, and she was ready for a proposal. She had a job she left. It wouldn’t be fair if she left Marysville like she left Montana. God would have her back.
Julie closed her eyes and uttered words no human could understand....
Julie didn't learn about the power of prayer until she met Beth Miller and became friends with her. Julie needed God's protection because her ex-boyfriend's (or was he?) half brother followed her to California all the way from Montana with the intent to harm her. If she didn't seek God's protection by praying and staying in His presence, the villain would win out, and we wouldn't want that, would we?
I am a person of prayer too. My mother taught my sister and I the importance of prayer, but I learn another form of prayer, one that would confound the enemy and could read about that in my books. It's called praying in tongues. 1st Corinthians 14:13-19, Paul wrote that if we pray in tongues, we should also pray in own her language. Praying in the tongues confuses the enemies. he only knows the language of the earth because he is carnal and not spiritual, but the Holy Spirit knows what we are praying. (Read Romans 8).
Prayer should be an important part of every believer's life and I show it in my books. In book one and two Julie needed it for protection, but prayer is not a one way communication. It's a not a wish list where a person prays, "Dear God, please heal my husband, please give me an increase income," etc. Of course God wants to heal, but he wants to speak to you to and see that in my books. You'll see that God speaks to my characters because I know he speaks to me. He speaks to us in more than one ways. (Read Encounter God about the ways God speaks to us)
If you have never spoke in tongues, it starts with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once you receive that, you are endowed with the language of the Spirit. For more information on Praying in other tongues read Acts 2.
If you have read any of my books, mainly book 1 and A Second Chance at Love, you may wonder why I always have sisters in my books. Both my heroines didn't know about a sister (although Marge had one before she discovered Samantha.) They didn't come looking for them either, but their sisters found them.
In The Past Hunter, Julie found that the new manager of Books and Gifts is her biological sister. Her parents couldn't afford to keep her, but they never told Julie about her...and Julie never asked. In A Second Chance at Love, Marge found that a woman came to help Marge elude the villain was her half sister. Marge's father sired her when he was in the military. Samantha had been born out of wedlock. When Samantha's mother was on her deathbed, she asked to know her real father was so that for medical reasons, she could have his records.
Even in my upcoming book, the story takes places when the two sisters founds out the truth about their mother's origin. So why sisters? Why not brothers?
Perhaps the answers lies in the fact that I never had a brother. When I was younger, I wanted a little brother, but my parents stopped at me. Growing up, we didn't have much a social life and our parents sheltered my sister and me. We had one friend in common and other friends came and go, but my sister and I became friends knitted through our circumstances. We were each other's best friends because we there for each other. I think having a sister is having a sister is a great thing. What about you? Do you have siblings? Or are you like Beth in my series or Darlene in purify My Heart when you are the only child?
Faith is so important for a believer to have. Without it, you can't please God. And faith isn't just for saving either. Many believers think that after they get save(ask Jesus into their lives) that they can live their lives until they die and go to heaven or until Jesus comes. Many of our Bible heroes have faith and the Hebrews writer about it (Hebrew 11), Faith is trust in the Old testament or they use the word believe, One scripture I often heard quoted by Hank Kunneman (who is the lead pastor and prophet from the Lord of Host church in Omaha Nebraska, He was on Flashpoint making a defense of all true prophets, "Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established. Believe in His prophet and you shall prosper." (2CHR20:20) Hank is a true prophet because some of the things he prophesied had come to pass. The problem is people were assuming God would act according to their timeline and when they saw Trump didn't become president, they lost hope. They lost faith and therefore felt the prophecy didn't come to pass.
Jesus said, "When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth. We gotta have faith! Just because it didn't work out they way we wanted to didn't mean God had given up on Trump. I don't mean to turn this into a political blog, but I'm passionate about this. God will come through,but He won't have any pleasure in people drawing back. Satan is a thief. People who voted for Biden think he won fair and square but Satan influenced the democrats to cheat. He hates what America is and what it stands for. He hates our liberties. We are such an unique country. We have a constitution that protects us against oppression and tyranny, but the left wants to undo it and make us like China.
So what is faith? It is believing on what God says and acting on it. The prophecy didn't fail and God is still at work, but will you believe the prophecy? Will you have faith that God is going to turn the evil around? Don't respond to what you see. Don't believe what the media (False prophets of our times). Just as the prophets in Ahab's time told or reported lies so do the mainstream media. Things will get better. Hold onto the word God has given you and keep the faith.
CHRISTIAN FICTION OR EVANGELISTIC FICTION ?--an honest appraisal for thinking Christians By James M. Becher I wonder if most Christians realize the value of Evangelistic fiction in reaching the lost. I purposely use the term "Evangelistic fiction" and not "Christian fiction," as I feel there is a difference. Let me explain. "Christian fiction" is fiction written by Christians for Christians, whereas "Evangelistic fiction" is meant primarily to reach the lost. Of course, some Christian fiction also could be used to plant seeds of curiosity or interest. Christian fiction may deal with themes like holding onto faith in the midst of difficult circumstances and seeing God work, while evangelistic fiction brings the reader face to face with the significance of Christ’s death and makes him face the fact that it was for him. My 2 published novels are primarily Evangelistic fiction, although they could be called Christian fiction as well, since they can serve as entertainment for Christians. My main purpose in writing them, however, was to reach unbelievers. Thus, Some Christians may even find some things in them objectionable. For example, the non-Christian characters in my sci-fi novel sometimes use words like "dang." Well what can you expect from non-Christians? I tried to keep it acceptable while trying to get into the mind of the characters, as yet unsaved (till the end).
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.Our Father is an all knowing Father. He knows exactly what we need, even before we ask. I read in an illustration in a book about prayer that God is liken to the fathers on earth where the son or daughter would go to their daddy and ask him for what he or she needs. The father already knows what she or he needs, but until the child ask, he can't give it. An example would be a bicycle. He knows that his child needs one so he has one ready to give to his child. When the child ask for a bicycle, he gladly gives it. Our Father is a gracious gifts and he gives good gifts. (Read James 1:17). Jesus illustrates this in Luke 11 where he preaches about persistent prayer. He later says "If even a sinful father knows how to give good gifts to his children what more our heavenly father?" (My translation)
I am a substitute teacher in a nearby public school district and I know the challenges I face each time I sub. I also know that my heavenly Father loves me and wants me to succeed so I start my morning off asking him to send his angels to help me because the Bible states that angels are ministering experiences and I have personally experience this before. I had no idea what awaited me or what I would have faced. (Sure there were days when I felt God didn't send his angels, but I knew there were days he felt I was up for the challenge.) As I arrived, I met the student teacher for that class! I asked her what the teacher allows her to teach and she told me science, but she did more than that. She helped me gain the students attention, she gave me tips and suggestions. Her presence had helped me greatly until she had to leave.
I am here to tell you that God can do the same for you, but be careful what you ask for. James also wrote that we don't get for what we ask for because we ask with wrong motives, We need to ask what is according to what is in His will and often time God gives so it will give him glory.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
For the last ten years, I have tried to establish myself as an author while other authors wrote books without number within a year. With me, it seemed to be slow process. I made tons of investments. I don't do everything myself, and I have taken every advice possible, including forming a street team.
I have a series out, and I still need reviews. While successful authors gather hundreds of reviews, my books seemed to garnish 3 to 4 reviews. What kind of incentive can I give readers to read and review my books? As I mentioned, I have a street team, but only a few of them have left a review. The rest of them don't do anything. I am thankful for the reviews, but it doesn't stop there.
After 8 years I finally have a series, and I published a collection. It's called The Second Chance Collection. On January 23, my book The Past Hunter will be 99 cents. If you get emails from the Fussy Librarian, you will find out.
Can I ask you a favor? If you enjoy Christian Romance with suspense, please download it and review before the 23rd? If you would like an ARC copy (advanced reader copy), sign up for my mailing list. The sign up is on my first page From the Desk of Ruthie Madison, and I will send you an agreement form along with a mobi copy of my book.
I also need active members of my street team. As I said, not all are active, but they won't receive anything from me either. So thanks and thanks again. If you download it, I hope you enjoy it. All my books are in the Kindle Select program, so if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, it won't cost you anything.
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My book blurb:
Finally done with Montana, Julie Henshaw packs up her suitcase and her memories and heads to Southern California. She’s well on her way to leaving her past behind her—until her car dies in Marysville in the middle of a cold night. As she waits for a tow truck, a driver pulls up and offers his help. To her shock, the man is no ordinary stranger. He looks exactly like the boyfriend she turned in after she witnessed a terrible crime.
Whoever the stranger is, he is certainly kind. He helps her find lodging, a job, and even a roommate who is a fellow Christian. Julie begins to doubt her dreams of living in Southern California. Maybe romance and adventure are waiting for her right here in Marysville . . .
Eric Young made a terrible mistake when he helped a friend cover up a crime. Now, he’s facing life in prison for something he didn’t do, with no way of protecting his lost love Julie from his evil twin brother. Eric finds redemption in Jesus, but his future is still in doubt—until he’s given the option of early release. Is it too late to find Julie and win her back? Or will he have to leave the past in the past?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.