Faith and Music: Is God’s Love Blind?

Recently I came across the sophomore album of the band Lifehouse. When I bought the CD in college, it seemed too moody for me. Relistening to it now, I discovered a beautiful song that portrays an aspect of God’s love I’d never thought about before. Is God’s love blind?

I’d say His love is blind when it comes to our faults, failures, and sins.  Because He loves us anyway. No matter what we do, no matter how big it is. He loves us for who we are. Now that’s what unconditional love is all about.

Yet we struggle to understand it, because in this world there are always conditions to tangle with. People have expectations, sometimes even a list of attributes they want in a person. But that’s not real love. When we try to compare our many forms of human love with God’s love, the scale never balances out.

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t follow our rules? I know I am. Somehow, He can forget all of our sins, and still use the experience to teach us. Not scold us or lecture us, even if we deserve it. What we see as stumbling blocks, He sees as necessary tools for our growth. Most of the time, it’s way beyond our understanding.

So is God’s love blind? Yes. But He also sees all of us, our entire being, and loves us anyway. What greater love is there than that? So many times we try to recreate that love in our relationships with others, when all we need to do is turn back to our creator.

Though this song is mostly about human relationships, I was struck by how much of the lyrics mirror aspects of God’s love.

Free Book Giveaway and Review: My Stubborn Heart

I’ll be giving away a copy to one lucky commenter. Just leave an appropriate comment on the blog by 11:59 pm on October 20, 2012 and you’ll be entered to win. This giveaway is only open to residents of U.S. & Canada.

What a good debut book by author Becky Wade. I really enjoyed this story. I read it in one day–9 hours straight! :) Becky has created some very real characters that everyone can relate to and even feel for. They are by far the best parts of the book for me. I couldn’t wait to see what happened to them.

The author portrayed a great dichotomy between the characters, Kate and Matt. Kate was wonderful to read, and someone you wanted to root for. Becky really nailed the male character’s voice in Matt and made him sound like a real guy. I loved the dual perspectives in this story.

The settings in the novel were also very well-written. It felt like a vacation as Kate restored an old house in a quaint town on leave from her job. I wish I could’ve been there with her, taking a break from everyday life. In a way, I was.

There were some parts of the romance that the author skipped over. You know the ones, those movie montage scenes where the couple is actually getting to know it each other and falling in love.  The author only did this a few times, but the romantic in me wanted all the cute details. However, she made up for it with lots of other great in-depth scenes.

Overall, this was a fun, romantic, get-away-from-it-all kind of book that you could read again and again. I enjoyed the very real characters, young and old, and the fabulous settings. I think you will, too.

Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012. I will randomly choose a winner and announce it like we’re sharing a birthday on Monday, October 22, 2012.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

A Wrinkle In Time Becomes a Graphic Novel

 

Can you believe it? One of my all time favorite young adult books A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle has been made into a graphic novel. Finally, a graphic novel I might actually read! According to Publishers Weekly, the author/illustrators Hope Larson and Margaret Ferguson had a hard time cutting scenes.  That means the story is pretty much as complete as possible. Great news for die hard L’Engle fans like me. Check out the graphic novel review and an interview with the author/illustrators:

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Book Review

How A Wrinkle in Time Was Made Into a Graphic Novel      

Clinging to God: What To Do with Too Many Opportunities

The ACFW conference fog is slowly lifting.  It’s always such a blast, but so much information to absorb. Over the next several weeks I plan to share the highlights of this year’s conference in Dallas. Today is only the beginning.

One thing I heard from Karen Ball in her class Writing that Sings really stuck with me. We can only do what God has tasked us to do, to the best of our abilities. This hit home because I’m the girl who always wants to help out. I end up taking on too much, and getting seriously overwhelmed. So this piece of advice is something I can use.

The key for me is to bring the opportunities before God, and cling to what he wants. In my own wisdom, I can weigh my next project or the task someone asks me to do with what I actually have time for. But I’ve been doing that, and it hasn’t worked for me.

What if there’s someone else God wants to use to lead that Bible study? Maybe it would be a blessing to them, instead of a burden to me. When Karen said that, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I can let something go, if that’s what God wants. Without worrying about what everyone else thinks.

In this humanistic society, it’s so easy to worry about what people will think or others’ expectations. Our whole society is built around what other people want. Celebrities, your boss, your family. But no matter what, God is in control. Even when I wrestle Him for control. I know He has a call for each of our lives, and He will see it through. That promise is all we have to cling to for now.

So I pray God reminds us of His promise for us, so we can cling to it tighter than ever.

Need Some Encouragment? Me, too.

Throwing Mountains into the Sea with Holly Michaels

I’ve been so busy writing away on my new and improved story that I haven’t had time to stop and smell the roses, let alone blog about it. A fabulous agent has requested my material, and I’m working furiously on a great new idea.

But it’s a daunting task, made harder by some physical hardships I’ve been dealing with. So if you have a minute, say a quick prayer for me. If you need encouragement too, check out my blogging buddy’s post:

Throwing Mountains into the Sea.

Guest Post on PenTalk Community Blog

Yesterday I guest posted on the PenTalk Community Blog. They’re discussing my post from two weeks ago, Writing Clean for Today’s Teen. Check it out to join the discussion. :)

http://www.pentalkcommunity.blogspot.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award

versatileblogger11Last week I received the Versatile Blogger Award (VBA) from writer and prolific blogger, Holly Michael on her blog Writing Straight.

Here is the link to Holly Michael’s post: Another Award: The Versatile Blogger.

There’s a whole site dedicated to this award: Versatile Blogger Award (VBA)

What is it?

The VBA is a blogger award for quality blogs as deemed by the blogging community. Yep–you guessed it. It’s an award by bloggers for bloggers. And it’s an honor to receive this award that is spreading fast in the blogging community.

Thank you Holly Michael for the VBA nod. Since I was nominated by Holly Michael my site traffic and comments have gone up. No coincidence. It’s nice to know there are other bloggers out there who want to write and support each other.

And the Nominees are . . .

Below I’ve nominated some of my favorite blogs in no specific order. Most are writers, book reviewers, and versatile people with lots of interests. Check them out:

  1. Author and fellow CBC alum Jessica Patch: www.jessicarpatch.blogspot.com
  2. Inspirational Romance writer Christina Rich: http://christinarich.wordpress.com/
  3. Reflections on the River with Susan Mires: www.susanmires.com and a blog she collaborates on with other writes, www.pagesfromstages.wordpress.com.
  4. Write-to-Publish staffer Tammy Eddington Shaw: http://www.tamedingtonshaw.blogspot.com/
  5. Chapter president, writer and editor Sally Bradley: www.sallybradley.com
  6. Darci Webster and her Siberian Husky Nora, who does most of the blogging :) :
  7. The ever funny Katy McKenna: www.fallible.com 
  8. Writer, homeschool circulum guru, and one year novel proponent for kids Dan Schwabauer: www.danschwabauer.com or his blog http://oneyearnovel.com/wordpress/
  9. Journeys of love . . . inspired by Faith with writer Susan Holloway: www.susanhollaway.com
  10. A college student’s journey through the Middle East: http://meintheme.wordpress.com/
  11. Writer and book reviewer Caryn Caldwell: http://caryncaldwell.com/
  12. Historical writer Sandra Ardoin: http://sandraardoin.wordpress.com/
  13. Jalynn on homeschooling, books, and more: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/
  14. Jackie’s back porch with Jackie Layton: http://jackiesbackporch.blogspot.com/
  15. Where Light Pierces the Darkness with Ralene Burke: http://www.raleneburke.com/

The Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the VBA site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things About Me

  1. I love purple, puppies, and dolphins. No surprise to anyone who knows me. :)
  2. The only foreign countries I’ve been to are Venezuela, Romania, and Mexico. All missions trips.
  3. In college I won Best Supporting Actress at the SPAM Awards. (Student Produced Amateur Movies.) Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure I LOST that DVD of me lip-syncing to Etta James and Alicia Keyes.
  4. My favorite sport is baseball, because I actually know what’s going on. Thanks Dad!
  5. I had a friend in high school who thought I was the spitting image of the Star Wars diva Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher. Everyone else, including me, thought my friend was crazy.
  6. On my officle wall is a smiley face pic, a shiny pink star, and a dry erase board sponsored by The Office that I write funny sayings on. It’s got a picture of the original gang and a slogan, “Petty behavior. Zero productivity. All in a day’s work.”
  7. I just got a Kindle last week. What took me so long to join the e-reading gang? I’m THAT cheap. :)

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