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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week One: Robin Lee Hatcher

Battle Experience

by Robin Lee Hatcher

The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.” Judges 3:1-2 ( NLT)

Beginning on January 1, 2006, my church began the Bible in
90 Days reading challenge. I’ve read through the Bible many times
during my 30-plus years as a believer in Christ, but I had never done anything quite like this. I was amazed at what I learned by getting the “big picture.”

On Day 17, I was struck by Judges 3:1-2. I felt like the Lord was telling me (reminding me) there are “certain nations” in my life that were left there by God so He could teach me the art of [spiritual] warfare. Okay, the truth? I’m not crazy about warfare. I don’t much care for battles and confrontations. I would much rather be w-a-a-a-a-y in the back of the army, maybe working as a cook or a water carrier. And God knows (and I have often told Him) that I get weary of the warfare. I’m ready to move in and occupy the promised land in peace.

So here I am, back at a truth I learned long ago and have used in more than one of my novels: Nothing enters my life that isn’t caused or allowed by God, nothing happens in my life that isn’t first filtered through His loving hands. He causes or allows it to chip away another flaw, to continue to make me more like Christ. Like thousands and thousands of believers before me, I can say that I am not yet what I want to be, but thank God, I am no longer what I used to be. I can press on toward the goal.

So I’m showing up again, wearing the armor of God and wielding
the sword of the Spirit, to get a little more battle experience.

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of seventy novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Christy and the RITA. To learn more about Robin and her latest releases, visit her web site at

Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word of him for seven years, Diana's infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.
But when her husband returns, supposedly a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom. He agrees with one condition----she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.

God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.
What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.
The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she'd misunderstood.
Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.
As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

About the Series. . .

Each day I receive devotional writings by e-mail, and read them on desk and wall calendars. I often wonder how to apply that day’s “lesson” to my writing, and how to share my own favorite verses with other writers.

Many writers keep a favorite quote or Bible verse taped to their computer monitors, or as part of their e-mail signature or website theme. Why do they do this? For the inspiration, they might tell you. Or, as a constant reminder of a principle or value which aids their writing production or their sanity. The words can serve as task-master, guidance counselor or just plain comforter.

I find this practice fascinating, and have many quotes and verses tucked under the laminated covering on my desk. Each one reflects a bit of my personality and beliefs, as do every writer’s choice selections. In the original paperback, some of the finest writers in the business shared their inspiration, their favorite words of wisdom, and explained why they find them so special.

So stop here weekly, see how many of them also speak to you. The majority of the anthology's authors have agreed to share their devotional here, and tell you about some of their other recent projects.

Print out the pieces that inspire you, or even better, create or find your own special quote or verse. Feel free to share them in "comments."

~~~What words do you write by?~~~

Friday, September 20, 2013

Coming Soon! Inspiration for Writers!

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Words to Write By is making a comeback with freshly updated devotionals from your favorite Christian authors!

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In His grace,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Heavens Roll Up Like A Scroll

Great post today over at The End Times.

"All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree." (Isaiah 34:4)

Makes me shiver.

Photo by Lincoln Harrison. Check him out here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Bargain Basement Miracles

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Bargain Basement Miracles: "Devote yourselves to prayer...praying at the same time for us as well that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may ...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Monday, September 09, 2013

Beautiful sunset over Ocean City, Maryland this past weekend. God's artwork.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Don't Look Before You Leap

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Don't Look Before You Leap: What do the following people have in common:  the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus at the feeding of the 5,000, the woman with the issue o...

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Prepared to Share

LIFE TO THE FULLEST: Prepared to Share: I am unprepared for hurricane season.   While most people focus on first day photos, cooling temperatures and falling leaves, Floridi...

Monday, September 02, 2013

Labor Day

Today's Verse for 09/02/2013 --from

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. — Psalm 9:2

When was the last time you made up a song? The last time you made up a song of praise to God? Worried that you can't do it? Don't think it will be good? Don't worry, your only audience is your Abba Father who longs to hear your heart sing regardless of your voice's perfection or your melody's tune. He wants to rejoice and be glad with you. So open your heart and raise your voice to praise your God.

Holy and Merciful God Almighty, I praise you for the sun rising and setting in glorious splendor. I praise you for the gift of grace. I praise you for the miraculous preservation of your people, even though they have repeatedly been under attack. I praise you for sending Jesus, the Son of Abraham and the Son of David, my Messiah and Lord. I praise you for raising him from the dead. I praise you for your promise to send him back for your children. I praise you for your work in my life. I praise, O LORD, and I am glad to be your child. In Jesus' name I offer my praise. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.