Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday's #FaithandInk Devotional ==> Losing Sight


“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” ~ Matthew 6:24
Sometimes as an author it’s tempting to take our eyes off of the real reason that we do what we do. It’s tempting to shift the focus from glorifying Christ, to supporting our families financially. I’ve been there recently.



I’ll be honest, our family has been in a rough spot and I thought that maybe, just maybe if I could finish the book projects that I was working on, then we wouldn’t have to worry about it. Or maybe if I could increase my affiliate sales, things would improve. After all, I know several writers that are making a living from their book royalties and/or affiliate sales (and I have been one of them in the past), and I really believe that someday God has that in store for me again. But I also know that today isn’t that day. It doesn’t simply happen overnight, and if I take my eyes off of serving God, then it wouldn’t be worth it anyway.

Jesus made it very clear that we cannot serve two masters. If I’m writing for Christ, then I can’t be concerned about the income that comes from it. If I’m writing to make more money, then I can’t be writing for Christ. Yet I’m sure that you can relate, that earning money for our work makes it feel even more valuable; and earning money isn’t a bad thing.


It’s when we do what we do for the money, instead of for Christ that it becomes a problem.
When we are chasing our dreams of being financially well off, instead of pursuing Christ to know Him and make Him known, we have lost sight of the prize.

Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” That’s what I want. I want to press on toward the goal, to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward. Don’t you?

I don’t know where today finds you, but I pray that you keep your eyes on Jesus. I know how tempting it is to write for income, but if you are writing for Christ, keep on writing for Him. Don’t let Satan get a foothold and tempt you to lose your focus. Keep trusting that God will provide.


Reflection:
Remembering that you cannot serve two masters, who are you serving with your writing? Are you writing for Christ, or writing for cash?

Application:
Find someone who can hold you accountable for your writing - someone who can gently let you know if you are starting to lose sight of the reason that you started writing in the first place. It can be someone in your family, your spouse, a friend from church, or another author.



 Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's #FaithandInk Devotional ==> Tears and Smears


"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good..." ~ Genesis 50:20

Joseph spoke the above words after he had been through a lot. His brothers were worried that he would hold a grudge against them, because let's face it, he had every right to by human standards.

However, he looked past the bad intentions, past the hurt, the pain, the wrong doings, and he saw what God did through all of those bad things.




A while back, I had a bad day (to say the least). I was behind on my work and trying to get caught up when it happened… My cat knocked over a vase that I had sitting on my desk, soaking everything: my research, notes, to-do list, keyboard, mouse, computer, laptop, spare printer paper, 3 of my notebooks, my work binder, a book, and all my notepads, along with myself and the clothes that I was wearing... I could go on, but I bet you get the point.



As I sat there lividly looking at the water and desperately dabbing at the electronics, the words of Joseph flew to my mind. I had just read them the night before and they just resounded in my heart.

"God intended it for good."

I don't know what good can come out of wet electronics and ruined papers, but God didn't call me to understand, He called me to trust.

So, as sat there sopping up the mess, I fought the urge to focus on all that was lost; the urge to focus on the things of this world. I had to shift my focus to how much greater God was then anything I could ever put on paper. My computer wasn't ruined. The water had missed the power strip by an inch or two, so nothing fried. Yes, I lost some notes due to water damage, but it wasn't the end of the world. God was still God, and I was still not.


I guess that the whole experience was humbling. It forced me to slow down and meditate on the reason that I do the things that I do. It made me look at the importance of material objects (replaceable or not), and really just refreshed my perspective.

On a day when I was overwhelmed and beating myself up about being behind, I would have never guessed that a disaster like that would be the thing that improved my attitude, but if I had to guess, I bet God knew.




Reflection:
Are you focusing more on material belongings and worldly deadlines then you are on making your thoughts, actions, and work pleasing to Christ?

Application:
If you are letting the things of this world cause you to worry or stress you out, take a step back and shift your thoughts to Jesus. Remember that if God wants you to succeed, nothing will stop you, but if it isn’t His will, then nothing you do will make it come to pass.

Try memorizing 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. Write it on a note card and post it where it’s visible from your work area. Maybe spend some extra time in prayer or reading your Bible before sitting down at your desk next time.

Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

WISDOM’S HIGH WAY by Ginger & Edward Kasser

Escaping situations that seem impossible.

Are you ready for an edge that will alter your life?
The Bible says that wisdom has the advantage of success.
Find real spiritual and emotional help by applying the precepts of wisdom from the Bible.

Learn how to escape the downward spiral of defeat, and how to choose a path to success. Wisdom’s High Way will help you restore confidence in your faith and turn bitter defeat into sweet victory.

Our family did not learn to apply the precepts of wisdom until years after our life turned upside down. Even though we sought advice in uncertain times,; our life became a calamity. To our dismay, we discovered that most Christians do not know how to respond or help someone in that kind of situation.

Over the next six years we plummeted on a downward spiral. Finally, we dove into the writings of the wisest man to ever live: King Solomon. It changed our approach to life and the decisions we make.

>>>You need to read this book because it will help you:

• Restore confidence in your faith
• Turn bitter defeat into sweet victory
• Avoid calamity in your life
• Discover hope and security
• Reduce stress and drama

Share it with a friend! Our prayer is that you pursue wisdom relentlessly. Then you will find the answer to your question- “What should I do?”

Chapter 1: How we escaped the continual downward spiral.
Chapter 2: Wisdom’s advantage and the seven pillars of wisdom will benefit you.
Chapter 3: Hidden treasure- the key that unlocks the door to wisdom.
Chapter 4: Understanding will give you the valuable gifts of perception and ethics.
Chapter 5: Wise behavior will bring you benefits and rewards.
Chapter 6: Instruction in Righteousness- God sees all of your faults, but loves you still.
Chapter 7: Instruction in Justice- God will make everything right in the end.
Chapter 8: Equity- The Lord is more than fair by tipping the scales in our favor.
Chapter 9: Prudence for the Naïve- Prudence will help you pinpoint and solve your root problems.
Chapter 10: Knowledge & Discretion for Youth- How to teach these truths to your children, to help them avoid the pitfalls you have faced.
Chapter 11: Solomon’s conclusion- There is nothing more important in life than obtaining wisdom.


The Authors 
Ginger Kasser is a thoughtful problem solver, who uses her creativity to make God tangible to her readers. Her writing incites trust as she applies ancient wisdom to modern day problems.

She attended Glendale Community College, and Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College. Her studies included journalism and Christian education.

Edward Kasser is co-author Wisdom’s Hidden Treasures, and a business owner who is competitive and results oriented. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in theology, enjoys teaching and discussing the wisdom of Jesus, the words of Solomon, and theology.

He attended Pacific Coast Baptist College, Southwestern Bible College, and Western Theological Seminary.

Why Wisdom's Hidden Treasures?

We began writing Wisdom’s Hidden Treasures because our life was full of costly mistakes. Out of sheer desperation to find a better way, we began to research the Proverbs. The more we studied, the more questions arose!

What do wisdom and understanding mean?
How does one make a wise decision?
What is Biblical wisdom?
These are the questions we will answer as we travel wisdom's highway.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Here's your Wednesday #FaithandInk devotion:


Today's topic... Writing Plans

“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.” ~ Romans 1:13


When I read the above verse this morning, I couldn’t help but think of a book that I have been planning to write for almost three years now. It’s a very important book to me, and I know it will bring glory to God. However, while I have been planning to write it, things keep preventing me from doing so.



Have you ever experienced something like that? I am very encouraged that Paul went through the same thing. He planned to go to Rome to share the Gospel with the Gentiles and reap a harvest for God – but God was determining his steps and prevented him from doing so (Pro. 16:9). It wasn’t that Paul’s plans weren’t good; it just wasn’t God’s timing.


That’s the way I now see the book I was beating myself up about not having done. Yes, I envision it doing great things for God, but His timing is better than mine. Who knows, maybe when my book is finally released I will be able to write a letter with it that echoes Paul’s words in Romans 1:13 to let the intended audience know that I had been planning it for years, but that God had different plans because He knew their hearts.


Our plans are not always God’s plans, even if they are plans to bring Him glory… which reminds me of Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”


Reflection:
Is there something that you have been planning to write to bring glory to God, that it seems like God
might be preventing?

Application:
Trust that God’s timing is better than your own, and that He will show you the proper time to introduce your writing to the world for His glory.



Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Wednesday #FaithandInk Devotional ==> When It's Not A Bestseller



“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” ~ Proverbs 15:16

I launched a new book earlier this month, and it was a huge hit. It was the first book I had published in almost two years, and it felt great.
 
However, even with all the book hype and everyone telling me how much they love the book and the message behind it, it wasn’t a bestseller.  Part of that was because I sold copies behind the scenes that didn’t help my rankings. I know that. And part of it was because I believed in the message of the book so much that I gave away quite a few copies for free.  People don’t tend to buy things they have already read.  But no matter what the cause, it still hurt my overall sales and rankings.

As an author, that hurts.



Which brought me to Proverbs 15:16 today. This is what I keep coming back to. No all writing is about the money. It isn’t all about the rankings or even the reviews and recognition.

As Christian authors, we write for Christ. Which means we have to trust Him with the outcome of our book launches. We need to trust Him with our monthly book sales. Because He knows what we need when we need it. He knows who needs our books in their lives, and how to get it to them.


I have to believe that. And I do believe that. 

Yes, I might get discouraged sometimes, but that’s not God’s voice. That’s the voice of the enemy trying to distract me from doing what God wants me to do and being content where God wants me to
be.

So, if you are discouraged today, remember, it’s better to have a little and be where God wants you to be, than to listen to the voice of the enemy and abandon your calling.



Reflection:
Does Satan ever tempt you to abandon the calling God has given you in pursuit of more?

Application:
Take some time today to thank God for calling you to write for Him and ask Him to help you to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy.

 

Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Raven H. Price Wisdom’s Song

RAVEN H. PRICE: Christian Fantasy/Romance writer who enjoys inspiring people through 
entertainment. She writes stories about God’s love as the theme behind every facet of 
life. In each of her books, you will see how she brings angelic beings to life by giving them 
voices and allowing them to interact with humans.  

Writing in this method gives a supernatural or fantasy element to her writing. Her current
works are The Plan, a trilogy: The Paradigm Shift Trilogy (Convicted, Convinced, &
Commissioned), A Dog Named Derf, Wisdom’s Song, Blinded By The Light, and God’s DNA.
Raven resides in Leesburg, Georgia with her husband and five pets.  She retired from
government service in 2014 and is focusing mainly on her writing, inspiring people
through social media, and learning the marketing game to promote her books.   
You can follow Raven through these links:
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Wisdom’s Song is Raven’s latest fantasy/romance novel.   
She described how it came about as follows:  The idea to write Wisdom’s Song came to me in weird ways.  For 
almost a year everywhere I went, whether in person or online I ran across music or legends about Native
 Americans who were turning their lives over to Christ.
Since I’m from the Albany, Georgia area, where Creek Indians use to live I came up with the idea of God
forming a peace treaty by bringing two cultures together in a romantic tale.  It also gave me the idea of 
bringing Mother Nature to life where people could see how beliefs in her correlate with scripture.
I also want to mention that this book is slightly sexy, but I promise it is not erotic in any way.  By writing this 
way, it allowed me to bring out the differences between lust and love and what happens when hormones rule
our thinking.
I hope I have you intrigued.   WISDOM’S SONG
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Wednesday! Here's today's #FaithandInk devotional:


“… Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
~1 Corinthians 15:58

I love to write, but to be successful as a writer, we have to do more than just write. We have to do the research, marketing, maintenance, and everything else required to pay the bills. And we have to stay on task. If I wrote about whatever I wanted to on any given day, I would have over 1,000 books started, and none of them finished. The same would probably be true of blog posts.

Life as an author isn't simply about writing; it's about producing. So, while I don’t always need motivation to write, I might need motivation to finish a project. Can you relate to that? Do you ever have a day when you just can’t seem to get into the grove?

When I am in need of encouragement or motivation to move forward, I look to God’s Word. Believe it or not, God has a lot to say about motivation; the Bible is simply chock-full of encouragement to work hard. Verses like 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 37:5, Matthew 6:33, Galatians 6:9, and Luke 4:8 leap to mind.


So, on days when I feel unmotivated to get anything done, I bring myself back to this: To give myself fully to the work of the Lord, is to work even when I don’t feel like it. When I start to grow weary of doing good, I have to trust in the Lord to renew my strength (Is. 40:31).

Because the difference between writing as a hobby and being an author as a profession is in the way we treat our writing life. If we want to make a difference for Jesus, we have to work hard for the Lord. Whether we hope He will use our words or use our gift of writing as a source of income to bless our family, we still have to work hard for the Lord if we want to see the fruits of our labor.



Reflection:
Do you see writing as a hobby or a profession?
Do you ever start to grow weary in everything involved in being an author and wish all you had to do was write?

Application:
Look up the verses that I mentioned above and write down a few that mean the most to you to help encourage you when you need a bit of motivation.




Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.