Monday, March 21, 2016

Being About the Father's Business by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
His Father in Heaven trusted him to fulfill the greatest mission of all. Jesus was about his Father's business until the bitter end. Even as he hung on the cross, he won souls for the Lord. We too have a mission for the Lord.” ~ Ruth Mytty, St. Monica Reflections Team

Those words are part of a daily devotion I read each day, and they gave me a lot to think about at church this weekend as Scripture verses unrolled, revealing the triumphant journey Jesus took to Jerusalem, and the rapid-fire fall from public favor that left him questioning everything.

Yes. Everything.

The most sacred season in the Christian calendar—Holy Week—is under way. As I near the end of Lent and my ‘journey through the desert,’ I’ve come to recognize, strongly, the Jesus was uncertain. Jesus questioned Himself. Jesus wondered whether or not He had accomplished God’s plan. He had doubts, like me. He was uncertain and fearful, like me. He wasn’t sure of his mission, like me.

Writing is a call I’ve embraced with all that I am. It’s a blessing I never take for granted. Does that make it easy? Oh, no. In fact, lately, my writing life has been fraught with timing struggles, insecurity and self-doubt. In my present season of change and challenge—of beauty and shifting priorities, I find myself struggling to focus on writing and carve out enough time to create. What does that mean?

Does that mean I’m not meant to continue writing? Is the process of creating books what He still wants from me? It’s not that I don’t love writing. It fires and inspires me like nothing else. It’s not that I don’t have stories to tell. God keeps planting fertile plot seeds. My struggle stems from finding the time and energy to write fresh pages each day.

In the shifting sands of life, I’ve found the only way through is to pray—to seek God’s guiding voice—to listen, and pay attention to the movement of His hand in my life. A hiatus from writing isn’t an option when such things as new releases, book tours and commissioned future titles fill my view. Yes, it’s challenging. Yes, the degree of influencing factors in my life sometimes leave my head to spin, but that’s when I think of Jesus and his very same struggle with the Mission God gave him.

Jesus understands. He had to battle turmoil. That’s assuring to me. No matter what the calling, I want always to be about the Father’s business. No matter the outward constraints, I intend to embrace my mission and rely on the prayerful support and encouragement of the people He leads into that path. That’s what leads me to the other side of doubts and anxiety.

If you’d enjoy more inspiration from St. Monica’s Parish, here’s the link where you can sign up for their daily devotions: ST MONICA’S PA RISH DAILY REFLECTIONS I’ve been a subscriber for years, and can’t tell you how many times the messages these authors share have lifted me up.

God bless, and HAPPY EASTER, friends!!!!

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Be about the Father's business
Experiencing a season of doubt in your mission? Jesus has been there.


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Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Hearts Communion earned a win for Best Romance from the Christian Small Publisher's Association. Finding Home won the Selah award for Best Novella. Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.

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Country music bad boy Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction, and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up and comer, Pyper Brock, and instantly sparks ignite.

Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation, so despite a rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, she soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. Decades ago, her father, in a drunken rage, tossed her and her mother onto the streets. No way will Pyper make the mistake of falling for a man whose done battle with the bottle.

What happens when Chase’s quest to win Pyper’s love breaks down chains of resentment and eases the long buried wounds of her childhood? And what happens when Pypers father shows up in Nashville, clean, sober and seeking a chance to apologize?

Can Pyper follow a pathway to peace when it comes to her father? Can she fully trust Chase? Above all, can a sin damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness?

Releasing 11/1/2016 ~ Available for pre-order now at Amazon.com in PRINT and E-BOOK formats

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this timely post, Marianne! You are an inspiration to many people, who will only be more encouraged by your courage. Write on, my friend. :)

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  2. That's so sweet of you, Annette! I treasure your friendship and encouragement more than I can say - thank you!!! <3

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  3. Hi Marianne! I can so relate to what you are going through. It helps to know I'm not the only author who struggles sometimes! Thanks so much!
    Cheers,
    Sue

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    1. Susan, I appreciate YOUR encouragement! Writing is such a solitary experience, sometimes we can forget that others fight our same battles. It's good to know we're not alone in the journey! xo <3 ~ Marianne

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  4. Marianne, you and GOD seem to know just what I need to hear and when, Each time I read one of your books it seems you both speak to me in ways i can't explain.
    I sat all day at my computer not being able to get the words i wanted on paper. Now I think i can write my short story. Thank you for this.
    Love and HUgs my friend!

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    1. Oh, Renette how I appreciate your prayerful support, encouragement and light! THANK YOU!!! Now, go get 'em!!!!! <3 xo

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