Monday, May 16, 2016

Resurrection to New Life by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
Death, I’ve discovered, doesn’t always mean death with a capital “D” – that surrendering of this world for our Heavenly home (I know, I know, not real uplifting and encouraging so far, but stick with me, I’ll get there, promise!).

As we conclude the Easter season of Jesus’ death and victorious resurrection, I’ve given thought to the ways I’ve died—and risen—of late, and in that rising found the hope, the refreshment, the renewal and encouragement of resurrection and the sureness of God’s hand in my life and in my writing.

Let me explain.

First, the ‘death’ part. Over the last several months, writing has taken a necessary backseat to the rest of my life. We’ve replanted our lives in fresh soil after nineteen years of raising our family and establishing ‘home.’ We’re settled, and we’re acclimating, and we love our new digs, but talk about exhausting! Plus, our family has grown by one precious, joy-bringing soul as we welcomed our first grandchild. He’s just magical, know what I mean? He's local, so we love spending our spare time being doting grandparents. Everything is ‘new’ – and everything is different. A death to the life we knew before, a surrender, has leading me to the life God wants my husband and I to lead in the here-and-now as we enter what is obviously a new chapter of our story.
Grand-JOY!

Still, to be blunt and honest, the lack of writing time/focus was—and still is—making me crazy. Why? Because it’s my call. Non-productivity burns like fire in my chest. Storytelling is what I believe God wants and needs from me--even in those moments when I sit at the desk in my sparkling new office, prepared to write, and nothing comes to me. Oh, I have the plot ideas, and I have deadlines to chase, but finding the words, the scenes can be difficult.
#BostonStrong!!

Now, the resurrection part. These small ‘deaths’ have led me to trust. Breakthroughs do happen, and unexpectedly—like finding out my book finaled in a writing contest—like flying to Boston to cheer for my son who ran the Boston Marathon and finding myself in a plane, at 30,000 feet, swept at last into the heart of a Christmas story I'm writing that's set in Florence, Italy. 

Struggle calls me to a deeper commitment and faith, a stronger reliance on God, and not myself. So, my encouragement this month is to be fruitful according to God’s will. In other words, don’t fret the daily circumstances and frustrations. Rather, surrender to what is and be exalted in your calling, no matter what.

Because you know what? God’s got this.

Blessings, friends!

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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


8 comments:

  1. Oh, boy ... do I understand some of what you're going through. We haven't moved, but with devoting one day a week to one grandchild (plus other babysitting opportunities) - and traveling to another state to spend time with another new baby - my writing time continues to slip away. Time with these kiddos is so important! But I do have to fight some frustration here and there when writing time seems to be continually eaten up by family needs. It all comes down to priorities and like you said - trusting that God will work things out.

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    1. Dawn, I hear you loud and clear. I'm battling to maintain You've got it, though, it's all about priorities, and TRUST. I needed to come to the point where I truly let God take control. I'm human, though--some days are better than others in that regard. :-) <3 xo

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  2. Congratulations on the beautiful new home, and even more beautiful grandbaby! What a love! Maybe God is calling you more to be a gramma now. Your trust in Him always warms and leads me. Love you, my friend!

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    1. Isn't he the bestest??? :-) xo <3 THANKS, T - I love you right back, and believe me, the trust comes easier at some points than others, but I'm trying....and learning... I'll try to let go and let God take care of the rest.

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  3. Wonderful post. You have a beautiful grandbaby.

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I fell in love the instant I looked at him :-) I'm so glad you liked the post, my friend! Be blessed, and thanks so much for the visit!!! xo <3

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  4. Thanks for this post, Marianne. Ah, the seasons. Or maybe it's "Ach, the seasons!" ;) Hugs, friend!

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    1. Hugs right back, Annette! 😇 Yep - I find they're definitely learning tools from God!!

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