Monday, June 20, 2016

Time by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
Time. It’s the most precious commodity we have, and we each have it equally. 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 seconds in each precious minute. Spend it wisely. With purpose. With love and gratitude for all you’ve been given.

Time. It’s on my mind because 'time' is where I’ve been most besieged recently. Let me set the stage. Over the past few months, I’ve been polishing up my WIP, a Christmas novella I intend to deliver to my editor in a couple of weeks. However, each and every time I come upon the freedom to work on my writing and devote full focus to my book, life happens. Meaningful, important events, circumstances, obligations, that nonetheless encroach on the mission I hold most precious. My writing.

Time. Rationing time is always a choice. I have the freedom to choose how I allocate those hours, minutes and seconds. That’s the beauty, and pain, of time. I have a family to care for, I have a full-time job, I have publishing contract deadlines, I have a grandbaby I want to spend time with and spoil. Juggling time has become a monumental issue for me of late, and I came upon a quote that lent me some peace, and I hope it does the same for you. It comes from an actor I respect and admire very much, Jim Caviezel. Jim says: "Freedom doesn't exist to give you the right to do as you'd like; freedom exists to give you the right to do as you ought."

That's my conviction recently when it comes to writing and finding time to write. I have the choice to do as I wish - to forsake many important things in life, or I can do as I ought, and trust God to bring me where He wants and needs me to be with the time and energy He allows. It's not easy, but I'm going to try my best to always--always
 choose God's way.

How are you facing and handling time management issues? I'd love to hear about your journey, and your words just might encourage others.


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. Then & Now and Finding Home both won the Selah award for Best Romance and Best Novella Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably in the Greater Detroit chapter where she served two terms as President.


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 in PRINT and E-BOOK formats