Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Is the Devil Stealing Your Joy? - Dora Hiers

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)

Have you considered what the devil attempts to steal from you? Could it be your joy? Your peace? Does he plant the seeds of doubt in your job, little nuggets of distrust in your relationships, or snippets of resentment towards your daily tasks? Anything to rob you of your joy.

Last year
In May last year, about a week before my first book released, he paralyzed me with fear and self-doubt. Sure, I wrote a book, but I had no idea how to navigate the confusing world of publishing. For two days, the devil robbed me of joy and peace until I rebuked him by calling on the name of Jesus.

Fast forward to this year 
My second Christian romance releases on March 30th.  Already the devil has attempted to rob me of my joy and peace. Maybe he decided to start earlier because he sensed he would have to work harder. Or maybe he thinks with all the fiery darts he zings at me that I'll give up writing. Plant a little seed of doubt here, throw in a nightmare about sleeping through a book-signing, and toss in a few fears that I still don't know what I'm doing. 

I'm having none of it! 

"Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27b (NIV)

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31b (NIV)

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

God promises that He will help me. He doesn't want me to be troubled or afraid. He surely doesn't want me to listen to the devil.

I trust God to vanquish my fears, to help me walk this path that He's set before me and to hold my hand along the way. 

He's done it before. 

I trust Him to do it again. 

What about you?

Is the devil stealing your joy today?

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.

Dora's newest novel Journey's Edge is being released 3/30/12 from White Rose Publishing and won 2nd place in the 2010 Unpublished Beacon Contest.  


  1. Thank you for inviting me back to Seriously Write, Angie. It's always a pleasure to visit. You gals cover such a variety of topics. LOVE it!

  2. You're so welcome. Thank YOU for such an encouraging post. The devil is always trying to steal the joy of those who delight in the Lord. Here's an example that happened just this morning:

    You know I was so thrilled about your post, then I got an email saying my husband's devotional was published on ChristianDevotions.us, right? Well as soon as I finished tweeting about it, I heard a loud thump that sounded like someone coming in the back door. Two minutes later, I'm wandering around the outside of the house in my nightgown to let the dogs out with a cellphone in my hand! The devil was definitely trying to steal my joy!

    Of course, when I found the sprinkler wand that fell onto the porch, I felt a little silly, but thankful! (And the dogs are happy to be inside, too.) So glad I'd read your post before all that happened!

    1. That was scary, Angie! So glad it wasn't an intruder! That ornery devil just doesn't like to give up. But you know what? That sounds like a fabulous scene for one of your mysteries, doesn't it??

      Congratulations on the news of your hubby's devotional getting published. That's awesome news! So we have two writers in the family now? YOWZEE!

    2. Hmmm...now you got me thinking. That scene might be good for some comedic relief! :) Thank you! I'm so proud of him.

  3. Just what I needed today, Dora! Thanks!

    1. You and me both, Dawn. You're welcome!

  4. Good to be reminded:)Good luck with the book:)

    1. Thank you, Joy. I appreciate your kind words!

  5. Very inspiring, Dora! It would be so easy to give in to the daily aggravations--not to mention the big, unexpected, unwanted interruptions--that try to rob us of our joy. Good to remember their source and the power we have over them.

    1. Amen, Myra!

      Congrats on your recent contract! I'm looking forward to seeing you again at the CCW meeting. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Thanks for your thoughts Dora. The devil is stealing my joy now, but by reading this I feel a little better now.


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