Monday, August 21, 2017

Capable of Miracles by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
During my devotional readings a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by a Gospel passage from Matthew. The part when Peter walked on water.

Yes. Peter. Remember, when Peter saw Jesus coming toward the boat, he craved nothing more than joining Him, than being just like Him. Jesus called to Peter and with all the faith in the world, Peter began to walk on water! He ‘fixed his eyes’! He was part of a miracle!

What happened next, though, speaks to me loud and clear in the midst of my own anxieties, questions, and uncertainties. After those few, breathtaking steps, Peter sank. He sank not because he had no faith in Jesus (after all, Peter knew enough to call out to Him immediately and was thereby saved). Rather, Peter lost faith in himself. He looked at his miraculous actions through the lens of humanity and the waves of his own uncertainty pulled him under.

Oh, can I relate! What a portrait of my own struggles of late. As I work on ‘what’s next’ in my life as an author, as a mother, as a daughter, wife and friend to others, I’ve come to a keen awareness of the fact that I have tremendous faith in Christ, and the direction of His call, but I have precious little faith in me. ‘How can I do this?’ ‘How can I finish this?’ ‘How can I see this through?’

I'm coming to realize that we accomplish ‘miracles’ by remembering: It’s not on our strength but on the strength of Christ that we do what we do, that we minister how we minister. It’s been said that each moment we’re alive needs to be considered an anointed moment. That where we are in our lives is where we are meant to be, and God is with us, no matter what. Our writing gifts aren’t ours. They belong to God. He can and will direct us according to His will. As long as we honor him as humbly and authentically as we can, there’s nothing we can’t do.


Like Peter, we can perform miracles. We can move forward with confidence. Change will happen. Evolution is part of living. As the twists and turns and growth spurts occur, I’m trying to always remember that, when it comes to writing, to life, to circumstances I face, I’m capable of miracles--I just need to fix my eyes.

I hope today’s post encourages you to do the same, and I'd love to hear your thoughts! Blessings, friends, until next month.

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The Fairytale
Amy Monarch is a tireless volunteer at the Dupont Rescue and Recovery Center, an establishment for the destitute founded by her mother. There, Amy has kept her identity a carefully guarded secret. She is actually Princess Amelia Marguerite Louise DeLaGrande of Remeth. Working at Dupont offers the opportunity to serve in blessed disguise.

Fresh into a promising career in commercial real estate brokerage, Patrick Sawyer returns to the picturesque isle of Remeth intending to reconnect with his collegiate study abroad friends and figure out ‘what’s next’ in his life. Since his father’s passing, the world he knows leaves him uninspired. He volunteers at Dupont during his visit, and becomes enchanted by Amy.

But Amelia is trapped within a silken web. When she reveals who she is, Patrick pulls back. He’s not interested in royalty—at all—but how can she ever break free? How can she find a way to service and God’s plan for her life? Most of all, how can she reconcile the call she feels toward a remarkable man who may be ‘common,’ yet is ‘uncommon’ when it comes to matters of the heart?

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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. Readers laude her work as “Riveting,” “Realistic and true to heart,” “Compelling.” Her Christian fiction debut, Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Her follow-up novel, Forgiveness, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors as did her book Hearts Communion. She is also a two-time recipient of the Selah Award for her books Then & Now and Finding Home. 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. You can connect with Marianne at www.marianneevans.com.

10 comments:

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    1. Hi, Rondi, and thank you so much for the visit! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!!! :-D

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  2. "Like Peter, we can perform miracles." What a great thought, a great truth, to begin the week with. Thanks, Marianne.

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    1. Hi, Beth - and thank you so much for the encouragement and visit! Blessings to you!!!

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  3. Marianne, today's post spoke to me. I'm in the midst of a time when I feel overwhelmed and frozen. I needed this reminder that I can accomplish the tasks before me. Thanks!

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    1. Oh, Terri - can I ever relate!!! Hugs and prayers and blessings to you. I'm so glad you were uplifted!

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  4. Marianne, when you said: "It’s not on our strength but on the strength of Christ that we do what we do, that we minister how we minister," it reminded me of what Allen Arnold shared at Mt. Hermon a few years ago. We don't just pray for guidance the first thing in the morning, then go about our day. As writers, we must operate knowing we and God our co-authors of our books. It's something we do together minute by minute. Thanks, Marianne, for reminding of that as I start my day.

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    1. Oh, Zoe - AMEN and AMEN. So glad you paid a visit and that the post encouraged you!!!

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  5. Marianne, thank you! I'm currently feeling overwhelmed in several areas of my life. I needed your encouraging words!

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    1. Me, too, Dawn which is why I felt so motivated to share this post. Love and hugs, my friend, with a covering of prayers as well! Xxoo

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