Monday, October 21, 2013

Inexpressible and Glorious Joy by Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan
Do you remember when you were first inspired to write? Have you found joy in your calling? Lillian Duncan is here to encourage us as we kick off another writing week. ~ Annette
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
(1 Peter 1:8 NIV)
This verse brings a smile to my lips and heart. The question is how do you find that inexpressible and glorious joy?
First, we must become a child of God, but what happens after that? I’m sure there are many paths to finding that inexpressible and glorious joy, but for me it’s been pursuing my God-given dream—to be a writer.
Following my dream has given me joy and a purpose in my life. I can’t imagine how empty my life and heart would be without my writing.
The specifics of your God-given dream are different from mine. Whatever they are, they will bring you joy and a purpose not only when you reach their fulfillment but during the journey as well. Our dreams are important to God, His Kingdom, and this world. Paul talks about this:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NIV) 
As each of us follows our God-given dreams, they will work together for the common good of all. Imagine a world where dreams come true, where each of us is free to be the person God created us to be, where each of us experiences that glorious and inexpressible joy that comes from pursuing and reaching our dreams.
It sounds pretty awesome, don’t you think? But real life is real life. We have bills to pay and responsibilities to meet. I am not advocating giving up your job, running off to Tahiti to become the writer, artist, or whatever you’ve always dreamed of. But with prayer, I’m sure you can find a way to pursue your dream and still live in the real world.
And somewhere in the middle of the process, you’ll find your glorious and inexpressible joy. 
Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: or She also has a devotional blog at: 


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Detective Carter Caldwell takes his job seriously, and it's his job to keep Patti and her niece safe. But Patti is determined to help find her sister. As the investigation grows more dangerous, Carter begrudgingly admits the safest place for Patti is at his side.

Each step in their journey leads them closer to the truth but pulls them further down a road filled with danger and deception, where each will battle for survival and the lives of countless Americans.