This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4b-5).

She rested on her deathbed with saddened eyes and asked her clergyman, “How do I know if I’ve been good enough?”

She had believed that Christ was the Son of God, trusted Him for salvation, confessed her hopelessness to absolve her sins, and given her life over to God. Yet, somewhere along the line, she held to a misconception that her good deeds, which were bountiful, measured her worth in God’s eyes rather than her relationship with the Savior.

A second woman lay dying. Although she struggled with the scars from her former life, she never wandered far from God, visiting him daily with her fears and joys. Because of the external blemishes, I experienced angst over where she would rest for eternity. God pinched my disbelief.

“All you see is the imperfection … I see a heart that loves me, and I’m bringing her home to be with me forever.” Peace that passed all understanding shrouded her last moments.

From John’s short epistle, one might assume the early church struggled with that same tendency to measure faith through accomplishment rather than a relationship with God. John reassures believers that those who love God will keep the commandments naturally as an extension of that belief rather than a pursuit of the commandments for the sake of pursuit.

I’m grateful for the lesson God taught me through observing the final hours in the lives of these two women. It is not our puny regimentation in spiritual exercise that enriches our spirituality, but rather a heart that stands ready to receive God, his Goodness, and His offer of salvation.

Linda Wood Rondeau, multi-published and award-winning author, is a veteran social worker. Her books examine the complexities of human relationships. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, hosts writers of various genres. She manages a Facebook page, Having the Prime of My Life, a positive look at aging issues. Linda resides in Hagerstown with her husband of forty-plus years. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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Linda Wood Rondeau
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Good summer morning from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here, pleased to introduce author Linda Wood Rondeau and her featured book, Hosea’s Heart.

I love the title, Linda. Give us a quick shot of what your book is about.  

This fiction book is inspired by the biblical book of Hosea. A minister has searched for his runaway, drug-addicted wife for the past fifteen years. When they are finally reunited, he discovers two alarming truths: she is dying of lung cancer, and she is a material witness against a Washington, D.C., drug lord and former lover. Though she has recently come to faith, can he extend to her the forgiveness she requests?

Linda Wood Rondeau

Linda Wood Rondeau

What was it about the biblical story that made you want to set it in contemporary times?

The story of Hosea and Gomer in the book of Hosea has long intrigued me. Why would God ask someone to enter into a disastrous relationship? How is it possible to forgive so much wrong? The parallels between Hosea’s life and Israel demonstrate God’s encompassing love and redemption. Though we may suffer the consequences of our poor choices, the Lord is sovereign even over these. Read More →

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Subsequent Inspiration by Linda Rondeau

“The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power come after we ‘get up and get going.’ God does not give us overcoming life—He gives us life as we overcome.” — Oswald Chambers

Chambers wrote these words a long time ago. How did he know I’d be so tired today I couldn’t think straight?

How am I supposed to inspire others when I can’t get inspired about what to make for supper?

There are days I think inspiration has permanently left the building.  

I’m a cancer survivor. Chemo and radiation treatments left me with permanent side effects of fatigue and memory loss. I count myself fortunate because I am 100 percent in remission. The side effects pale when I think of the alternative.

However, these drawbacks do impact my daily life. I tend to limit my to-do list according to how I feel when I wake up. That’s not what God wants.

But I don’t feel inspired today, Lord!”

I fail to remember the body eventually falls into sync with the mind. Inspiration is not a prerequisite to productivity.

The get-up-and-go mentality comes after we get up and go.  

This is true in the spiritual realm as well. There are days I don’t really feel inspired to read my Bible. Yet, God inspires me within a few verses after I start. Sometimes I don’t know what to pray. When I begin, God reminds me of what I need to pray about and for whom I need to pray.

God inspires most when I feel the least motivated. All I need to do is trust and start.

Award winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God, becomes our best future. A veteran social worker, Linda resides in Hagerstown, Maryland. Visit her web site www.lindarondeau.com or contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Goodreads. 

 

 

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Snow on Bald Mountain

Snow on Bald Mountain

Snow on Bald Mountain by Linda Wood Rondeau with Elk Lake Publishing released Aug. 2017. This novelette is a sequel to the critically acclaimed, Miracle on Maple Street. Ryan McDougal’s wife informs him she’s pregnant. To find better housing, he accepts a job as a caretaker for an eccentric, elderly woman. He wonders why she never leaves her home and seems fixated on three mysterious photographs that line her mantel. But pregnancy complications arise, Ryan finds himself on his knees one more time. Available now in print. Ebook to follow soon. For review contact Linda Wood Rondeau lindarondeau@gmail.com.

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Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer is teaching a writer’s workshop September 9 for the Colorado Springs, Colo., ACFW chapter. Workshop title: “Writing the Novella” or (How to Cram Your Whole Story into a Quarter of the Space You Really Want)

On September 16, Davalynn is speaking at Christian Family Fellowship in Canon City, Colorado. Topic: “Do All Things Really Work Together?” A book-signing follows.

 

 

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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

by Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar, Barbour Publishing, released Sep. 2017.

My Heart belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma

My Heart belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

Available in e-book and traditional print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring CAN authors Angela Breidenbach and Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin is excited to share part of her review of Captive Brides

Preview Book Review from Deanne Patterson regarding her novella, His Golden Treasure. “I think this is the best Darlene Franklin story I have ever read.”

The Captive Brides Collection releases Oct. 1, 2017. Love Brings Freedom in 9 Historical Romances: Journey along as nine historical women are about to make their escape from some of life’s greatest challenges. Can their captive hearts be freed to dream, to dare, to love?

His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach – Pennsylvania, 1774-1776
Leaving Scotland for a short indenture with her betrothed, Maire Greer’s contract is sold when disaster strikes her kindly owner, and then extended through cruel circumstances. Can Kirk Lachlan’s service in the American Revolution save her or will she lose love and freedom forever?

His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin – San Francisco, 1873
Goldie Hatfield grows up on the Barbary Coast until her guardian demands she pay the cost of her upbringing—or work at her brothel. How far will Pastor Joshua Kerr go to set Goldie free?

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Christine Lindsay, Topics: Empowering Women * Healing from Heartache * Writers' Workshop Presenter *

Christine Lindsay (Canada), Topics: Empowering Women * Healing from Heartache * Writers’ Workshop Presenter *

Congratulations to multi-award-winning Christine Lindsay on winning First Place

Sophie's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

Sophie’s Bridge by Christine Lindsay

in the Readers’ Choice Award for her historical romance Sofi’s Bridge

Christine’s latest romance is set in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State and focuses on the topic of grief. This is the second award that Christine has won this year alone. Her non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me won Canada’s 2017 The Word Guild Award and was a finalist in the Selah Awards for life story.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Craig von Buseck, Topics: Transforming Culture * Making Jesus Real * Excellence, Creativity and Spiritual Christianity *

Dr. Craig von Buseck

Craig von Buseck has taken a position as a Senior Writer with Inspiration Ministries near Charlotte, NC, which is the parent company of INSP TV. Craig will be helping to produce articles and courses for Internet evangelism and discipleship. He will be involved in other writing projects as needed. Craig hopes to expand the articles and courses available on the Inspiration Ministries websites to include outside writers. He will make announcements as opportunities come available. You can reach Craig at craigvonbuseck@gmail.com.

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Heather L.L. Fitzgerald

Heather L.L. Fitzgerald

Heather FitzGerald is excited and honored to be a double finalist at the OCW Cascade Awards in the Speculative Fiction category. Her first two books, The Tethered World and The Flaming Sword are in the running. Winners will be announced this Thursday, August 17th, in Portland, Oregon. Heather’s husband surprised her with the gift of a plane ticket so she could be there in person (from Texas)! ***This just in…The Flaming Sword won in the Speculative Fiction category! 

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