Devotional by Mary Tatem
The blob of molten glass was fiery orange from the hot furnace. As spectators, we stood at a respectful distance from the glassblowers who worked to create beautiful, useful items from a scorching globule. Before our eyes, the twisting, stretching, and blowing formed colorful bird feeders, glass ornaments, and multicolored handles. We were awed by the speed necessary to perform the quick work before the glass hardened. We were impressed by the skill to know just when to reheat the work for further molding, when to cut, when and how to press the heated glass into its intended form. The beautiful items for sale in the glassblowers’ shop took on new value because we had witnessed the skill required to make it.
Isn’t God working in our ‘molten’ lives to make something beautiful and useful for His Kingdom? Oh, that we will stay malleable to His working in us. Oh, that we may revere one another as a glorious work of God . Oh, that we may appreciate the gorgeous colors, the subtle shapes, the purposes for which God is blowing, and stretching our lives. Let’s pray that we may stay hot with passion for our God so we are easily molded and conformed to His plan.
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in blistering hot California! Today I have the joy of chatting with multi-published novelist Lena Nelson Dooley. Lena is well known in the Christian writing world for how she gives back to writers through mentoring and through her excellent blog. I know you’ll enjoy our chat today!
Lena Nelson Dooley
Lena, welcome! Please tell us about your novel, A Heart’s Gift.
Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desires an heir. Lorinda promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. How can she provide for her infant son? A marriage of convenience seems perfect until two people from Franklin’s past endanger Lorinda. Read More →
Living a Ten-Talents-Plus Life — Dianne Barker here with encouragement for your day. Recently I wrote about the parable of the talents—such a familiar story that I sometimes trivialize its impact. Reading the story again (Matthew 25:14-30) gave me fresh inspiration to live a ten-talents-plus life. Read More →
Davalynn Spencer here, from Colorado, happy to welcome author Vickie McDonough to today’s blog.
Vickie, tell us a little about your featured book, Long Trail Home.
When a weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married, a pretty, blind woman reaches through his scarred walls, but will the secret she holds ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family? End of the Trail is the sequel to Long Trail Home.
I love the way you connected your titles. What is the primary focus of this book?
The hero’s story is about a soldier returning home after the Civil War to find all he knew has been destroyed. How does a man rebuild his life when all is gone?
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Below are CAN authors participating in UNITE 2017, CBA’s International Convention from June 27-30, at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are proud to announce that bestselling author and agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, Cynthia Ruchti is the keynote speaker. Read more in our press release: