Yes, I am still here. I’ve been busy writing another new Lakeville, wrestling over which book to attempt to publish next and wrangling editing issues. Plus, we had a bit of a curve thrown to us that we need to deal with. All of which have not thing one to do with this post, but I thought I’d let you all know what I’ve been up to. I always appreciate prayer. 🙂
Today’s musings are brought to you by this comment, posted on a group page that I belong to (and probably lurk more than contribute, but hey…)
My heart breaks as I see so many Christian ladies books that glorify rebellion, defiance, stubbornness, independence, lust, and anti-christian fantasy, all in the name of Christ.
Whoa! I have to wonder first, who is this person speaking of? I hope they did not download either of my books and come to this conclusion. So, as I walked the track today, I thought about this. Recent revamping of my content shows, I HOPE, that I can accept a criticism, bring it before the Lord and correct it.
Between Bible study and church the past few weeks, the message has been “Don’t Compromise. Live FULLY Devoted To God!” I’ll confess something to you. I don’t always want to give Him everything. Sometimes, I really want to eat that 3rd brownie. (okay, 2nd) (OKAY!!! 4th) I’d like to have that car instead of our little putt-box that has a stick shift that I hate driving. I’d like my kids to go to the local Christian school. I like my stories, written the way I like them.
Then I have to pull myself up and say, “Lord, I am a selfish blob of protoplasm. Why do You put up with me?”
The fact is, I do attempt to make my stories real. Yes, I know that some people prefer not to read about pre-marital sex, inappropriate language, gluttony, et al. In my experience, real Christians face hard issues and sometimes they are not victorious over them. I hope and I pray and I constantly beg God that my books would honor Him, glorify Him, and make it plain that HIS way is the only way to live a good life.
Conflict. It makes a good story. Do I agree with my characters when they go astray? By portraying a struggle, does that mean I am glorifying the sin? I adamantly say “NO!” I’m usually in tears as I write hard scenes. (so, maybe I’m weird) Please, let’s not make rash, blanket judgements on others when we do not know their hearts.
I do pray over what I write. And, I do pray that someone, somewhere, may be reached by it, whether it be to see Jesus as Savior, or to recommit their life anew. If I wrote a thousand book, or made a million dollars, nothing would compare to that–in some small way, God used my stories to bring someone closer to Him. That, friends, is priceless. And, that is why I write.