Words are powerful things. They can tear someone down, discourage and pierce the soul. But words can also encourage, comfort, empower and praise. And the words of truth, God’s words are the words we need to live by. They are words that bring clarity to our lives. Words that speak to our heart, encourage our soul and teach how to live and grow.
As an author, I understand the value of words. We use them to color the canvas of our stories. They can inspire, create emotion, bring our characters to life.
But no words can compare to God’s word. The Bible says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.-John 1:1
As Christians we accept God’s word as truth. We put our faith in a loving, powerful God that holds our future in His hands. But even as much as I want to fully trust the Lord, worries creep into my life. Sometimes I find myself influenced and discouraged by the world around me. Fears rise up and I start to doubt, dwelling on “what if’s” of life. What if I stumble? What if I fail? What if I’m rejected?
These fears, simply put, holds me back from being what God wants me to be. How many blessings have I missed because of fear? But, even more so, I look at all the blessings I’ve had when I pushed past my fears and put my trust in God. This is particularly true in my author journey. There was much opposition along the way and so many temptations to just give up. But God had a grand plan, realized at just the right time. I am grateful for the mustard seed of faith that kept me going. I would have hated to miss such a wonderful blessing in my life.
Now as I grow older and hopefully wiser, I want to spread my wings of faith and keep my eyes on the Savior and His Holy Word. Not an easy feat as I still live in a turbulent world, but a goal I will strive for, battling through the trials of life one prayer at a time.
God wants us to live by faith and Satan wants us to live by fear. Push past the lies of the world and embrace the truth of God. Get to know Him through His Word and let Him color the canvas of your life.
|About the Author|
Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she moved to Western Pennsylvania, before setting in North Carolina with her husband and children. Aside from writing, Annslee works part-time as a Registered Nurse in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of ACFW, and has served as on the board of Carolina Christian Writers. She currently has 4 published novels. Her current book, Broken Silence, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, is due out March 1, 2015.
When she isn’t writing, Annslee enjoys cooking, traveling to faraway places, playing with grandbabies and all things chocolate!
by Annslee Urban
Broken Silence by Annslee Urban
SHE'S HIDING A DEADLY SECRET…
…and someone wants to make sure Amber Talbot never reveals it. When she becomes the target of a car bomb and a home invasion, she gets the message loud and clear. If she tells anyone her secret, she will die. The person charged with protecting her is police detective Patrick Wiley—the fiancé she walked away from but never forgot. The same man she never wanted to tell about the attack that left her for dead. Back then Patrick couldn't save her. Now he must. Because the attacker has returned to finish what he started. Except this time he's got them both in his sights.