Hour of the Owl — Rusty A. Lang

Today I’m happy to introduce Rusty to you…

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Rusty A. Lang is pseudonym for Marlene Anne Morphew – speaker, preacher and writer. Her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ. Follow on Facebook and through a regular blog. Discover more about her publications and blogs on rustyalang.com.

Hour of the Owl

Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding’

Proverbs 14:33a

 

The grandfather stood tall and regal in his uniform of overalls and open necked shirt.

The young boy asked,

Grandfather, how did you get to be so smart?’

Being smart is using your head. Using the brain God has given you to the best of your ability but wisdom is something else altogether.’

The boy sat on the edge of the porch steps and swatted at an aggressive mosquito. Not satisfied with the older man’s comment he pressed him further.

So what is the difference between being smart and wise?’

My journey with wisdom began a long, long time ago. She did not come in a neat package like a smart phone but crept up on me over time. I came to accept that all knowledge is in the mind of God and God’s wisdom is knowledge that leads to understanding.’

Eternal flame

The above is an edited version of an excerpt from my book Hour of the Owl: Living life with Wisdom. Over the years I too have found wisdom creeps up on us and burns within like an eternal flame.

The world desperately needs God’s wisdom today. Wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ. We need His Word alive in us so we can make the right choices.

We also need wisdom because God says to acquire it (Proverbs 4:7).

It is the means we make our way through a hope filled life to an eternal future. It is the key to lasting joy.

Proverbs 19:8, ‘He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding will find good.’

Are you facing choices today? Some decisions to make?

Ask for wisdom (James 1:5-6).

ABOUT THE BOOK

Combination of fiction and non-fiction. An allegory between a grandfather and his grandson interspersed with truth teaching on wisdom from the Word of God. Each chapter also has a study question section for individuals and small groups. It answers questions on how to acquire wisdom, what happened to common sense, does God suffer fools? Human vs godly wisdom, the marriage of prophecy and wisdom culminating with updates on 21st century sages and seers. Available through Rusty’s website in Australia and booklocker.com internationally.

The Teetering Balance of Humility for Christian Writers — Lila Diller

Today I’m happy to introduce Lila to you…

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Lila is an author of Christian Romance novels, blogger, and homeschool mom. She loves sushi and Mexican food, Hallmark movies, anything dark chocolate, the color purple, and reading in her pajamas. Lila, outnumbered by a houseful of males, lives with her supportive husband Chris, two energetic boys, and a hyper dog in NC. She loves to help readers create romance in their marriages and in their spiritual walks with Jesus. You can find her at liladiller.com.

The Teetering Balance of Humility for Christian Writers

I’ve been learning the delicate balance between low self-esteem and pride.

On the one hand, one of the easiest things for newbie writers to think about advice from a writer peer is, “I’m not going to do that; they don’t know what they’re talking about.” Or maybe they think, “They don’t know where I’m coming from.”

Proverbs says over and over to listen to instructions from the wise to become wise yourself (Prov. 1:5, 8:33, 12:15, 19:20, 22:17; Ecc. 7:5). It only behooves us to learn from them, avoiding their mistakes and advancing further more quickly down the road of life as writers.

On the other hand, it’s easy to swing the pendulum from the one extreme of pride too far to the other extreme of self-loathing and inadequacy. We’re not to fall into this, either. God has gifted us with special talents and has a place for us to use them in His kingdom.

If we believe our talents are inferior, then we’ll most likely be fearful of using them. You’ll be scared to take risks, because being a writer takes the risk of vulnerability, of opening yourself to criticism. And you will receive criticism. It comes with the territory. In fact, I believe that God allows the criticism to keep us humble. Criticism’s purpose isn’t to paralyze us with self-pity or inadequacy or fear that we can’t make it. It’s to remind us that success is up to the Lord. We do all we can to be faithful stewards of His gifts (Matt. 25:15-29); but He gives the increase and uses it how He deems best. We are just pieces of clay in the Potter’s hands (Isa. 45:9; Jer. 18:1-4).

We can use criticism to help us improve. We also need to set our sensitivity aside and take only what is useful. There will most likely be haters who are just complaining because they’ve had a bad day; it may not even have anything to do with you.

One of the trickiest balances of humility is knowing who to listen to. Listen to and humbly glean what you can from those who know what they’re talking about, successful writers or your target readers. Listen to those who seem to genuinely want to help you. Graciously ignore all the rest.

About the Book

An inspiring, first-person, Christian romance about a tempted couple’s battle to overcome their desire for physical intimacy and remain pure.

Based on the Bible’s definition of true agape love in 1 Corinthians 13, Love is Patient is the third installment of the “Love is…” series, a contemporary Christian Romance continuing Morgan’s saga.

If you like a quick and easy read, with character development and a Biblical approach, then you’ll love Lila Diller’s book. Buy Love is Patient to see if Morgan and Jason conquer annoyance, stress, and lust, as they discover true patience.

Dynamic Duos

My publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, has begun publishing a series called “Dynamic Duos.” Previously published works by two different authors are being bundled together for the low price of 99 cents. I am privilaged two books included in the new series so far.

Seeking Cinderella by Darlene Franklin and Cynthia Hickey

Cowboy Cinderellas from the neighboring states of Oklahoma and Colorado take center stage two contemporary romances in Cinderella’s Boot (Franklin) and Hillbilly Cinderella (Hickey).

Risking Love by Darlene Franklin and Helen Gray

Four couples tread a risky path to love in these four stories:

Darlene Franklin

Her Rocky Mountain Highness

Merry Christmas With Love

Helen Gray

Hawthorn Hope

Tree of Hope

Writing News — July 1

What’s up with Darlene? I just wrote a lengthy introduction about my health problems. Boring! I’ll shorten it to say I struggle with periods of sleepiness and alertness. When I’m sleeping as much as twenty hours a day, I get very little work down.

Last week was like that. I’m on the rebound. I’m working again, and I’m excited about the possibilities ahead.be

I’ve been invited to submit a proposal for a 34-week course in writing for home schooled writing students. What an exciting opportunity, to play a small part in training a new generation of writers!

I’m also finishing my devotional-writing project for the Living Loved project. They’ll be releasing a month-long sampler within a few weeks. I still have several remaining to write.

I’ve also been writing material for guest blog posts, working on my August column for Book Fun Magazine, and I’m about to finish up my third straight month of writing poetry. Here’s one of my efforts from yesterday, which reflects my ambivalent mood:

Excel: A word to celebrate

A statement implying all’s well

A bell ringing praise at the gates

A date by which time all must gel

Foretell disaster if I’m late

For excellence lost isn’t swell

Darlene Franklin @2018

Praise God with me for online exposure recently! Check out this articles and interviews:

“I Flunked Out of my Dream” Issues I Face, https://issuesiface.com/academic-failure

“Resisting Conflict,” On a Mission, http://women-on-a-mission.com/digital/Summer2018/38/

“The Many Sounds of Majesty” Oklahoma Senior News and Living http://women-on-a-mission.com/digital/Summer2018/38/

“Re-Inventing Myself Again,” on the Over 50 Writers blog, http://www.pattishene.com/theover50writer/558-WELCOME-AUTHOR-DARLENE-FRANKLIN

Check back tomorrow for information about two new books.

Reviews for “All Roads Lead Home”

All Roads Lead Home

ALL ROADS LEADS TO … WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA?
One day Graceanne Willis was enjoying a softball game between the Waynoka Harvey Girls team and a team made of train engineers from the same depot.

Then Charles Lindberg landed on the playing field and announced his plans make Waynoka the hub of the first ever transcontinental transport service by air-and-train. Graceanne’s beau Peter is offered a job with the fledgling air transport

Does Graceanne trust God—and Peter–enough to let go? The two of them embark on a cross country journey to discover whether their paths will merge, or head in separate directions.

Learn more at Amazon

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REVIEW SNIPPETS:

“A delightful look at a Harvey Girl, her beau, and a flight with Charles Lindbergh. I really enjoyed looking at this time in the history of the Southwest. Nicely written. Loved it!!!!!”

  • ROBIN

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“This was a great story that has some history in it, regarding the Harvey Houses and the Lindbergh. The story was very interesting and kept my interest that I didn’t want it to end. There is biblical references as well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some history regarding the Harvey House and wanting a short read.”

  • BECKY

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Wonderful story

This is the story of Graceann and Pete and the decisions they have to make in life. She is a Harvey girl and he works the train. The history that was involved in this story was as amazing and along the stops that they made. Once again it was God who was in control not us. Loved this story very much.”

  • KAREN

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Writing News — June 17

Published!

Check Seeking Cinderella, with two contemporary retellings of the Cinderella story by myself and Cynthia Hickey. It contains our novellas, Hillbilly Cinderella and Cinderella’s Boot.

https://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Cinderella-Darlene-Franklin-ebook/dp/B07DMPMBZ4/

June issue of Book Fun is live! Check out my article on the many sounds of majesty. https://indd.adobe.com/view/3aa30974-8afd-4bfb-b8b4-7a9c78c45fe7

I’m over 50% on the rough draft of my Christmas story, The Christmas Candle Caper. Start with the premise: what happens when a well-meaning matchmaker gets her best friend arrested to capture the attention of the new, single lawyer in town? See the beautiful cover Cindy Hickey has designed for me.

I’m working on galleys for Praying Through the Bible In a Year – You should be able to see “inside the book” fairly soon. Barbour did an amazing job with it. Available for pre-order at: https://www.amazon.com/Pray-through-Bible-Year-Journal/dp/1683227344/

GOD KNOWS about BETRAYAL — Rusty A. Lang

Today I’m happy to introduce Rusty to you…

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Rusty A. Lang is pseudonym for Marlene Anne Morphew – speaker, preacher and writer. Her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ. Follow on Facebook and through a regular blog. Discover more about her publications and blogs on rustyalang.com.

GOD KNOWS about BETRAYAL

Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed…..’

Luke 12:15a

Old western movie scripts often have inspirational lessons. I watched one recently with an older Marshall and two younger deputies.

There was the usual fighting for domination as the fastest gun but the focus of the story was wrapped about one of the Deputies. He turned bad – evil – stealing, lying, killing, plotting and scheming.

is mixed emotions caused him much heart ache

Capturing the bad men was business as usual. But facing a friend turned bad was a painful experience for the other men. They felt betrayed.

God knows all about betrayal.

Judas is listed among the twelve apostles (Mark 3:14, 19) having declared himself a disciple at one time. As he became responsible for the travellers money purse, covet-ness finally turned to embezzlement. The nature of his character begins to surface when he criticises Mary (John 12:3-6). Identified as the betrayer (John 13:21-30) he finally delivers the kiss that seals Jesus fate (Mark 14:43-45).

Tragic end

Both my movie character and Judas suffered a tragic end. Greed can get us into a lot of trouble too. We may be more like Judas than we think.

There are many ways we can betray our Lord Jesus. Withholding our praise, ignoring his Word, refusing to forgive others as he has forgiven us. Spending the tithe on ourselves. Lying to watch a football match instead of attending prayer.

God’s Forgiveness

But Judas never experienced the power of God’s forgiveness. Christians who have come through the cross to the empty tomb live on the other side of betrayal. Once we acknowledge our lack of trust; our feeble flesh so willing to betray our Lord, his forgiveness is available.

Is the Holy Spirit convicting you today?

In what areas are you tempted to betray our Lord?

Writing News — May 27

Hip hip hooray! I am down to the final read-through of Nuts for Coffee before I turn it in to my editor. After I accomplish that task, I’ll be starting on this year’s Christmas story, The Christmas Candle Caper. Will the small town of Starlight, Montana, have candles for the town Christmas tree? I love writing Christmas stories, so this should be fun!

Check out my article “My Daughter’s Suicide: When No Help Comes,” about having a child who struggled with severe mental illness and her subsequent suicide at https://issuesiface.com/my-daughters-suicide.

Reviews for “Colorado Columbine”

Colorado Columbine

THE RICH MAN AND THE ORPHAN

Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls.

Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver.

When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other?

Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine?

Learn more at Amazon

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REVIEW SNIPPETS

This is a nicely written story reminiscent of the Sound of Music. Very clean and uplifting. Good story line. As with all Darlene Franklin stories, most enjoyable. Highly recommend!

  • ROBIN

A sweet story that reminds us to appreciate the people in our lives. Garnet struggles with her feelings for Chester, who lost his beloved wife. She becomes the nanny but an accident leaves her a quest for God’s will! A really great read!

  • KAREN

This is a very charming story of a grown orphan who had discovered God’s love when she needed it most. Garnet becomes a Nanny to 3 girls whose mother had died. Chester, the girls father feels drawn to Garnet. Will they discover true love? Read this delightful story to find out!

  • MARSHA

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Guest Post — Linda Ford

Today I’m happy to introduce Linda to you…

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Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn’t sleep. But she hadn’t planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had 4 homemade children, adopted 10 and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Linda also provides care for a paraplegic, double amputee man. She still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

 

 

Linda Ford here. Nice to visit with you. I am an author of over 60 romances, mostly historical and mostly cowboy stories. You can find me at www.lindaford.org. There is a button on the top left hand side that will allow you to sign up for my newsletter. You can also get a free story from me.

My latest release, Second-Chance Bride, is available on Kindle. It is the third in the Dakota Brides series.

With her husband now deceased, Freyda’s survival is in her own hands. If she can manage the two stubborn horses her husband left, she can manage the homestead too. But the horses prove unmanageable and she has no choice but to strike a reluctant bargain with her near neighbor. In exchange for his help, she will care for his two little boys.

Ward has known nothing but pain and disappointment in his relationships with women. It makes it difficult to trust his pretty neighbor.

His walls of distrust and past hurts are high–maybe too high for Freyda to scale. Can she, and two little boys, open his heart to love again?

Available here: https://tinyurl.com/y7jvzv8h

I want to share one of my experiences as an author.

Book sales were disappointing. The current work in progress was not coming together. And winter was long, cold and white. I knew my mental enemies by name: Discouragement, Despair, Depression and Defeat. I sensed them closing in on me and felt powerless to defend myself but I had no desire to let them overcome me.

At church, the preacher was speaking on 2 Timothy chapter 4, in which Paul instructs the young Timothy on how to continue in his task. In verse 5, he says, ‘Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.’ (New International Version)

The sermon touched a chord in my heart. Did not the same admonitions apply to me and my life?

  1. Keep my head. As Rudyard Kipling says in his poem If:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs
…If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

…You’ll be a man, my son!

I don’t want to be a man, thanks. But I do want to keep my head. I think that means not letting the circumstances dictate my decisions and choices or even my attitude.

  1. Endure hardships. Who promised me a rose garden? A 6-figure income? No one. Instead, I must run toward the prize. I must not give up.
  2. Do the work. That part is relatively easy. My work is to write stories. I’m not saying it’s always easy. Sometimes I press my head to my palms and cry in frustration. No, writing is often hard work. But unless I continue to do it, I won’t be going forward.
  3. Discharge the duties. That’s where the rubber hits the road for me. The duties of an author in this present world include doing the job of an editor (or hiring it done). The same with cover art. And then there is publicity. All things that are beyond the scope of writing and yet necessary to my work.

I found these four guidelines so encouraging that I have written them in the front of my journal as my roadmap. Maybe you’ll find them encouraging too.

Blessings.