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Another writer’s prayer from Bob Hostetler (www.bobhostetler.com)

 

Lord, remind me
when inspiration fails me and writing is a slog,
that even at such times
the writing life is a life of privilege and blessing.

 

 

 

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2013-08-12 13.04.54From my living room couch I can look into my kitchen and see the glass door to my pantry. Just me, a cup of tea, my Bible, and God.

From this cozy spot I can either look through the window to the backyard trees, or glance at the glass pantry door and see a reflection of those same trees and flowering shrubs moving in the breeze.

Often this reflection in glass strikes me as a doorway to a magical place, giving me the same sort of feeling a favorite book does—like Heidi inviting me up to the Swiss Alps, or joining the children in The Secret Garden.

Like all authors, there's a strong streak of imagination to my inner person…

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IMG_1751Lord God, my Father, my King, 
my Sovereign, my All, 
I RETURN to you with all my heart, 
I ENTER your presence with gratitude and joy, 
I ESCAPE into your arms and nestle in the shadow of your wing….

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Worship

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my keyboard, and my screen; my desk and office chair, 
My pages, sentences, and words, my flittings here and there, 
My focus and my flow, my pacings up and down, 
My insecurities and fears, my grins, my groans, my frowns. 

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While creating content for my new website I finally figured
out what I write! 
Author photo 2:13

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
TheHeartStone cover 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:

  1. Take a brisk prayer walk. Get outside and praise
    God for His beautiful creation.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down different
    ways you see God answering prayer.
  3. 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.
  4. Listen to worship music and sing at the top of
    your lungs. God loves it when we praise Him!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When you sit down for a meal, remember to thank
    God for His daily provision
    . Eat slowly and savor each bite.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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? 

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