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God’s Valentine to you: Step out on faith

God's valentine

Proverb 28:27: “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing.”

I enjoy tithing. Why? Because I truly believe God will do what He says He will do.  When I read Mark 4:20, “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop –thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what is sown,” I know every time I plant a seed God is going to grow me a forest.

Now as a fantasy romance author, you should already know I am a big dreamer. I give my characters big things, and I expect God to give me even bigger things. It took me about twenty years to realize if I want God to move miraculously in my life, then I need to step out on faith and move miraculously in others.

So I find myself searching to bless others as if I am superman, hungry to love like Christ loves.

In mid-January, God told me to find people at local bus stops in Northeast Florida, ask Him who I should bless, and just give them money. How awesome is that? I do it because let’s get real. I’m not trying to be the one surviving in this world till my eternal bed is made. I’m ready for the fullness of Christ, and I’m trying to receive it today. Jesse Duplantis, a southern preacher who lives by the words of Mark 11:24, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours,” preached at Faith Christian Center one day. He preached on God blessing him abundantly and beyond, speaking on what I am blogging about right now.  At the time I heard his message, I was fed up with my mediocre relationship with God. Now me being the demanding person I am, I was demanding more. 

Whenever I read the Bible, I don’t think, ‘Oh this is a nice story.’ I think, ‘God, why aren’t you doing this for me?’ or ‘I want that’, or ‘God, you said you’d do this. I’m waiting.’ So when Duplantis finally told me the key, I instantly became good soil and soaked up his message.  

Now tithing means several things to me. Many preach solely on giving money to our respective churches. This is true, but many of the people who need help are outside of the church. That is why it is important for me to ask God daily, how can I go beyond just giving money to church? How can I do your will.

God might say something as small as, give your neighbor a bright smile every morning.   

Then get ready.  Your relationship with God will become a marriage.  Then you’ll have a right to make a list filled with the desires of your heart because Proverbs 25:28 says, “He who trusts in the Lord will prosper”, and Psalm 37:4-6 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of you heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the Justice of your cause like the noonday.”

Read God’s Valentine to you: He will do for you exactly what he said.

Black History Month: Kerry Washington makes history with Scandal

Kerry Washington

Taking today by storm.

This whole blog could be dedicated to Kerry Washington’s resume. Steve Harvey said while hosting the NAACP awards, she is the first black actress to hold a lead role in a primetime drama. I joke with my family the ABC television show Scandal should be called Homewrecker. Women who steal other women’s men should have a red A sewn in their shirts, but that aside, it is addictive. Every time I logon to social media, someone’s facebooking or tweeting about the latest episode. If they are not talking about Scandal, then they are boasting about Django Unchained.

Washington’s talent has landed her several big name movies. Ray and The Last King of Scotland are just to name a few. With every great role Washington takes on, this powerful actress makes history.

Fans of Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, will also be thrilled to learn Washington is a member of V-Day, an organization focused on ending violence against women. I was heavily involved in V-Day in college, so learning this just made me like Washington even more. Who will be catching Scandal this Wednesday?

Let me know.

If Superheroes Wear Faded Denim were being turned into a movie, Kerry Washington would definitely be Cassandra Williams.

 

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Cassandra Williams is a beautiful and talented dancer who is well adept when it comes to love. Blissany Cherry on the other hand is an utter dating catastrophe. When the first hot guy to return her affections is stolen by her best friend Demi, she is desperate to win him back. There’s only one problem. She has no sex appeal whatsoever. Thank goodness Cassandra is Demi’s arch nemesis and is willing to use all she knows to train Blissany in the art of war and love.

Do not be afraid to read an excerpt on Amazon and get the E-book for only 2.99.

The Bible cures writer’s block because God so loved the mass-market writers

Christian Authors are not the only ones who can benefit from the Bible.

Often times we do not want to read the Bible because it can be hard to digest. Preferring to spend time with the latest Jennifer Estep release, we run from the easier versions such as the amplified or the Joyce Meyer’s The Everyday Life Bible.

Though the Bible can go on forever, I recommend it as a creative writing tool. Why?

The Bible holds so many stories that cannot only be retold, but can inspire modern twists.

Although I understand peoples’ need to remind everyone Jesus died on the cross for mankind and Moses parted The Red Sea, the Bible possesses so much more.

Let us not forget how much endless wisdom can be found in its pages. Much of the same can be said for most religious texts.  Thanks to my love of diversity and a crush I developed in college, I have the Qur’an sitting on my shelf as well.

So you are not religious and you shudder at the idea of reading the Bible or any religious text.

Just think of The Lord of The Rings.

“Tolkien was devoutly Christian, and wrestled a bit with figuring out how to talk about The Christian Bible. He observed that the New Testament in particular is structured just like a myth, and wanted to be able to explore that without giving anyone the impression that he was belittling what he saw as a genuine divine revelation. Finally he decided that the Bible is a true myth, and stories like The Lord of the Rings are “sub-creations.” (Starwars Origins)

Even Shakespeare had a little love affair with the Bible.

“Thomas Carter in Shakespeare and Holy Scripture argues that “no writer has assimilated the thoughts and reproduced the words of Holy Scripture more copiously than Shakespeare.” According to another critic, Shakespeare “is saturated with the Bible story” (3).” (Notes on Shakespeare and The Bible)

Do you really need to be an all-pronounced lover and believer of God to write like Shakespeare and Tolkien? I’ll pray about it. Although a few creative writing classes and a degree in literature will take you a long way.

I find myself laughing with a Highlighter in hand as I go through the many stories of the Bible. Now keep in mind I do have a very dark sense of humor. Anyone who’s read Superheroes Wear Faded Denim will know this. So you may not be laughing away like I am when you read, but I do find if you really look at the text as a whole you find it to be a useful remedy to writer’s block.

Just ask yourself, if Shakespeare and Tolkien can use the Bible to create stories that withstand time, why not you?

White space: It’s time to use my own advice

Having done an article on white space, I wanted to put some white space techniques to the test. Playing around with a couple images in Photoshop, I focused on the blend modes in the layers panel.

This allowed me to come up with a couple cute covers for a  new story Daggers are a Girl’s Best Friend. Come back Wednesday to hear more about fonts.

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10 reasons why your mother should never write your love scenes

Maybe you are the E.L. James, the Selena Blake, or the Zane even of love scenes. Having an ample amount of research opportunities and life experiences, you never once struggle to finish your romance novel. Knowing even a simple kiss scene could lead to writer’s block, I would hate to be the writer who wrote, “and they leaned forward . . .” before moving to the next scene.

Some people may get desperate, but before calling up your parents for advice, I must give you 10 reasons why you should never have your mother write your love scenes.

  1. It’s embarrassing.
  2. She’ll feel she can disclose her sexual endeavors to prove why a certain scene should go this way.
  3. You’ll never want to read your novel again.
  4. Can you afford to pay her royalties?
  5. She might want to make it a career.
  6. Some things a woman must learn to do on her own.
  7. She’ll want to be mentioned in the acknowledgement.
  8. CNN might get the story wrong (Author had sex with mother to write sex scene).
  9. Your boyfriend might think her sex scenes are better than yours.
  10. It might make dinner conversation.

Those are just a few reasons I could think of. What else am I missing from the list?