While creating content for my new website I finally figured out what I write!
It’s been difficult to combine my love of writing for tween girls and my passion for women’s fiction into a brand, but after much prayer and reflection God brought ReConnecting Faith and Fiction to mind. My goal is to write books for 8-12 year old girls that reconnect them to their faith, and women’s fiction that reconnects lives.
My April 1st release, The Heart Stone, (Abingdon Press) is about forgiveness and reconnecting first loves.
As writers for the Christian market, we strive to bring our readers closer to God, to reconnect them to the One who sent His Son to die for our sins, but we have to connect to Him first before we can connect others through our books.
Let’s face it writers are busy people. Besides writing, we market, speak, blog, do social media, take care of our families, and possibly have another job. How do we make sure we spend quality time with God too?
If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, like I have, it’s easy to take Him for granted. A quick prayer here, a Bible verse there. But like any relationship, we have to nurture it in order for us to grow close.
Here are a few suggestions to stay connected:
- Take a brisk prayer walk. Get outside and praise God for His beautiful creation.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Write down different ways you see God answering prayer.
- Use your hands to do something good for someone else. Bake cookies for the neighbor, knit a scarf for a friend, write a letter of encouragement to someone who’s hurting. Praise God for these special people in your life.
- Listen to worship music and sing at the top of your lungs. God loves it when we praise Him!
- Grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and find a quiet corner to read God’s Word. Pick a Bible verse and meditate on it all day long.
- Go to church and fellowship with other believers. If your schedule won’t allow you to attend regularly, watch a sermon on your TV or computer.
- When you sit down for a meal, remember to thank God for His daily provision. Eat slowly and savor each bite.
- Schedule time each day to be still. Let your mind wander. Ask God to bring to mind a person you need to talk to or something He wants you to learn.
- Soak in the tub or take a long shower. As you wash away the dirt from the day, consider how God wipes away our sins when we ask for forgiveness.
- Before you go to sleep at night take deep, relaxing breaths. Think about what happened throughout the day and talk to God about the highs and lows.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
How do you reconnect with God?