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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 www.robinleehatcher.com.





"Beloved" 
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.
 

7 comments:

B. J. Robinson said...

Beautiful blog, and I love your idea. Blessings, BJ

MisoMama said...

This struck me as a new concept (even though I think God has been pointing it out to me lately) we are not called to be pacifists to the point of ignoring the battle. Thanks!

Barbara Haropolous said...

Love this: 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.

Thanks for the thoughts, Robin!

Linda Rondeau said...

Shared.

Thanks for your good work.

Linda Rondeau said...

thanks for this idea!

Cecelia Dowdy said...

I love the premise of both novels, especially the first one on the list. I'll be sure to keep it in mind to read. Great blog post.

This is off topic, but, I just had to say this:
Robin Bayne, I love the new look of your blog! It's so cute! Are you planning to re-do your website, too? Just curious. I re-did both of mine at the same time.

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone!