Do not arouse or awaken love until …

“Do not arouse or awaken love until is so desires.” Song of Solomon, 2:5

My Father, may you help my wife and I love each other in the same way you love each of us.

“Are the rich not the ones who slander the nobel name of Christ?” James 2:7

Lord, may those in power know your love and do what is right in your eyes.

“Love your neighbor as yourself. This is the Royal Law found in Scripture.” James 2:8

My Father, help me to love my neighbors as you love me.

“Judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.” James 2:13

Father, forgive me of my sins. Help me to forgive others with the same forgiveness you use with me.

I Have Labored to No Purpose …

“I said, ‘I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.'” ~ Isaiah 49:4

My Father, you are my provider and strength. My purpose is found in you.

“I will make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” ~ Isaiah 49:6

May I be a faithful beacon to others. Help me to shine YOUR light. 

“The children born to you will say, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'” ~ Isaiah 49:20

Lord, expand my boundaries. Enlarge my area of influence for you. Keep me from harm. Keep me from sin. Keep me healthy and focused on hearing your voice and calling.

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Are You Writing to the Jews or Gentiles?

Are Your Authors Writing to the Jews or Gentiles?“I will keep you and will make you a light for the Gentiles, to open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” ~ Isaiah 42:6-7

At the Florida Christian Writers Conference I asked a group of writers why they write Christian fiction.

“We need to support each other,” “there’s not enough good Christian fiction out there,” “write what you know – I know about Christ and what he’s done for me.”

Great answers but if we ONLY write to the saved we leave the blind, deaf, imprisoned, and lost to the schemes and words of the enemy.

From the beginning I felt God called me to write and publish INTO the general market. I read general market fiction. I watch general market movies and TV shows. More than ever I’m convinced our mission is to share God’s light with the Gentiles.

Tough market, sure, but it’s also a lucrative market. For example, here’s the monthly market revenue for the top 100 titles in three popular Kindle categories.

Religious Women’s Fiction? $90,000
General Women’s Fiction? 7.5 million

Religious Romance? $265,000
General Romance? 2.5 million

Religious Suspense? $440,000
General Suspense? 6.7 million

We already have plenty of examples of how to weave God’s moral truths into story.

The Prodigal Son – a story of a parent’s unconditional, long-suffering love. Themes: trust, hope, and the importance of home and family and forgiveness.

The Good Samaritan – a story of inclusiveness. Themes: tolerance, institutional pride, religious hypocrisy, service, and generous giving.

The Hidden Treasure – a story of one individual’s journey to find his purpose. Themes: Passion, perseverance, risk and commitment to a noble cause.

Not once will you find the words, “God, Pray, Prayer, Salvation, Repent, Jesus, Christ,” in those stories and yet God’s love is shown throughout. You will also see how a lost son seeks guidance (he doesn’t pray, but he contemplates), turns from old habits, and hopes of forgiveness. We see how an individual gives everything he has in pursuit of a God-given treasure (or passion). (The theme of the movie La, La, Land.) God owns the copyright on these ideals. He created them. His moral truths challenge readers to change.

Look, I’m not saying we should abandon the Church and Christian fiction. I am saying that we need to reach beyond the walls of the temple and take His message into Samaria and beyond. God knows the rest of the world needs His light.

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Hezekiah’s Prayer

Hezekiah's Prayer“Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.” ~ Isaiah 38:2

Lord, today, someone faces a death sentence. I ask that you hear their cries for help and mercy. If they walked with your faithfully and devoted their life to you, consider their plea for help. Heal them and extend their years. 

“My word will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:11

My Father, help me to accomplish that which you sent me to do. Help me achieve my purpose in your kingdom.

You Will Keep In Perfect Peace Him Whose …

You Will Keep In Perfect Peace Him Whose ...You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you. ~ Isaiah 26:3

Lord, please today give me your perfect peace. Keep my mind and thoughts steady. I trust in you. You are all I have. 

The path of the righteous is level. You make the way of the righteous smooth. ~ Isaiah 26:7

Lord, remove the obstacles and barriers before me. Sand this path in the same way those men in our home sand our floors. Make my way smooth!

My soul yearns for you in the night. In the morning my spirit longs for you. ~ Isaiah 26:9

Father, during the night my fears flourish in dreams. At 5 AM my fears haunt me. Please, replace my dreadful thoughts with a longing for you. 

Your judgement leads to righteousness. Grace does not lead to righteousness. Isaiah 26:10. All we (I) have accomplished, you have done for us. (me) ~ Isaiah 26:12

Thank you Father for the good run we enjoyed so far. If now is the time to make a change, please me it clear. If the Promised Land lies ahead, please let me know. If not, let me know that, too.

Tyre will Return to Her Hire as a Prostitute

Tyre will Return to Her Hire as a ProstituteTyre will return to her hire as a prostitute. Yet her profit and earnings will be set apart for the Lord. Her profits  will go to those who live before the Lord for abundant food and fine clothes. ~ Isaiah 23:17-18

Thank you, that even sinners can contribute to your kingdom and help others. May I, even in my sin, be a blessing to others.

Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:4

Lord, please test my motives and purge any selfishness and ALL prideful acts.

Karen desperately needs a job. Will you help her?

Lord, care for John’s spouse who is a stroke victim. He is disabled vet with lots of medical problems. Both need your love, protection, and care.

Lord, here is Karen’s petition: (a different Karen – You have lots of people with the same name 🙂

We desperately need your prayers as we currently find ourselves in great financial. Both of us are up in age; health problems have rendered us disabled. Our combined Social Security is less than $1,500.00 per month. After making our mortgage payment of $501.00 we barely manage to make ends meet. So far we have managed to squeeze by, but our resources are depleted. Last week the engine blew up in our old Taurus. To replace the engine the cost would be $6,000.  As an older car the repair cost would exceed the car’s value. We are in a dire situation. We live in a rural area, with no neighbors and no family anywhere even close. The closest town is more than a dozen miles away. We have no way to buy food, medication, or keep our doctor appointments.  Please pray for us. We need a miracle.

Lord, please, please send a miracle! 

I Am the Man Who Has Seen Affliction

I Am the man Who Has Seen Affliction I am the man who has seen affliction. God has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light. I have forgotten what prosperity is. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. Lamentations 3: 1, 17, & 22.

Lord, have mercy on me. Forgive my sins. Wash me in the blood of Christ. Keep me from harm. Keep me from sin.

God said, “I will be with you. I AM who I AM. This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” Exodus 3:14, 15

Lord, be with me today. Bless all my efforts. Help me to market our books and find new readers, editors, managing editors, and individuals who wish to make a small amount of money promoting our books.

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him. Lamentations 3:25

Father, I look to you for help and hope. 

Lord, please help Cathy. The doctor found out she has something wrong with her kidneys. They’re not functioning correctly. They’re doing tests, now. Care and comfort Cathy. Help her doctors discern the cause of her illness.

Carolyn needs financial help and assistance with health issues. Please wrap your arms around her.

Lord, please help Sara’s daughter find a job. Guard this child while see deals with several problems. If you will, make them go away.

Father, Cynthia’s aunt who is 93. Please help her aunt find relief from her arthritis.  Also help Cynthia speak truth and love into the lives of her students and their families. Provide Cynthia’s family with safety and good health.