A Real Reward from a Real God

 Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

… anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

It’s easy to ignore God. Lots of people do it. Developing a relationship with God takes time and effort. You have to give of yourself and work on two-way communication. Sadly, developing a relationship with anyone is something few people spend their energy on these days.

Anyone who wants to hear from God about a particular issue must realize that God already knows what you need. And He is willing to satisfy you with good things.

God doesn’t approach us as if he was a businessman, negotiating for the best deal. He doesn’t have office hours. He doesn’t take coffee breaks.

Our loving and generous Heavenly Father is available to us whenever we want to speak and listen.

And since He’s available 24/7, we have to realize one more thing. He’s not a vending machine. We’re not supposed to put in words of praise and adoration like quarters into a machine. He doesn’t give out blessings and miracles if you push the right buttons.

God is real. He’s a person with feelings. We sometimes forget how to speak to God since we’ve never encountered anyone else who is Almighty, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. We have to remember that seeking God is simply seeking a relationship with him.

I don’t think of the reward mentioned in Hebrews 11:6 in earthly or financial terms. When I’ve spent time seeking God with my whole heart, the satisfying and enduring reward that He gave me was the thrill of his warm presence. Having a conversation with God is more important to me than receiving a gift of finances. I know He provides and protects in whatever way He chooses, so I don’t worry about what I don’t control. I simply enjoy His presence.

Right now is the perfect time to thank God for his presence with us.

Has 2020 Changed Christmas Shopping?

 

I’m celebrating the birth of Christ in my home, and not just in December.

In my novel Pam’s Christmas Kisses, she doesn’t like all the Christmas decorations in the stores in October because it seems like they’re rushing through the year. However, I like the early emphasis on Christmas. I like the sparkly decorations in yards way before December.

If you haven’t already finished your shopping for family and friends this year, you probably ought to consider how things have been changing. Will your family get their package before Christmas? They probably will, but only if you allow lots of extra time for shipping. Remember, paperback books have been a little slower in some cases.

To see how Pam gets her happily ever after, start the series today.

Testimonies

 We’ve all read the testimonies people leave in reviews for services or online courses they’ve enjoyed. Maybe you’ve seen some like these:

  •    “I always see great results.” 
  •    “I was thrilled. And what great timing.”   
  •    “I had my doubts, but in the end, it was worth it.”
  •    “Because I followed the process, I now have proof that this works.”   

Testimonies from people who have actually used the services or courses will confirm the shopper’s opinion that they either should or should not buy.

Book shoppers deal with the same thing. Reading reviews helps you see if anyone was satisfied with their reading experience. Those reviews are testimonies that make a shopper feel more confident in their decision to buy.

Do you leave a review when you finish a book?

I am grateful for everyone who leaves a review for any of my books. The review shows the author that someone connected with their characters or was held captive for a few moments by the adventure.

If you have enjoyed a book lately, your thank you to the author is an honest review. You have the power to spread joy by letting the author and shoppers know that you enjoyed something in that book. Since a novelist’s whole purpose is to provide a faraway fictional land where readers can escape and relax, your review encourages them to continue creating more characters and adventures.

Set a goal for yourself to provide feedback in an honest review after you finish the book you buy today. You are putting a smile on an author and encouraging readers.

Want to try a new book?

Pam’s Christmas Kisses is a Christmas-themed Christian romance about two people who have different hidden wounds. They find each other, challenge each other, and help each other. The story’s big picture is about leaving the shadows of shame and accepting love.

After you read Pam’s Christmas Kisses, don’t forget to leave your review! Thank you!

The Burden of Hiding Scars

 

How do you hide?

We all have something we would like to hide. For some, it’s a mistake that isn’t obvious. For others, it’s plans for a future surprise event. Revealing something you would rather not let anyone see takes courage. First, you must find someone you trust. Then you must be vulnerable with that person to show them that you trust them not to use the secret against you.

If you’ve chosen well, that person is someone to build a relationship with.

Sadly, it’s hard to know which people to trust. It’s not just our current-day culture. The question of whom you can trust is thousands of years old.

When you pick the wrong person, you are hesitant to make the same mistake. Trusting becomes harder. The shame and embarrassment of trusting the wrong person makes us grow a tougher shell. We become the tortoise who can’t move forward because of the fear of being seen.

Our self-protection keeps us from meaningful connections with people.  

This is one of the main themes in Pam’s Christmas Kisses, book one of The Fulton Ridge Family Series. In this Christian romance, Pam finds someone who has no idea what she’s hiding inside her heart. Her wound isn’t visible, but it keeps her from moving forward.

To see how Pam gets her happily ever after, start the series today.

A Spin-Off Series

 

In The Promotion, Adam is dealing with the grief of losing his brother. Pam, Adam’s mother, is a minor character in that book. In Pam’s Christmas Kisses, she gets her own love story.

The two stories follow the same timeline, but they reveal different inner struggles and conflicts.

The two stories are set in Texas during the 2017 Major League Baseball season. In the background of The Promotion, the characters are watching the Astros’ games and hoping for a World Series win. The story’s ups and downs sort of parallel the championship series. Just when they thought everything was right with the world, something bad happens and all is lost. Before the end of the story, the reader is left wondering if a happily-ever-after ending is possible.

In the real world of 2017, it seemed like all of Houston was watching the championship games. However, the Astros’ games are not highlighted as much in Pam’s Christmas Kisses because she’s not as interested in baseball as the characters in The Promotion.

Will Pam finally get her happily ever after?

Find out for yourself when you read Pam’s Christmas Kisses.