Check out my latest guest post over at Australasian Christian Writers here.
Check out my latest guest post over at Australasian Christian Writers here.
I have a new post for fellow romance novel junkies up today at Christian Writers Downunder.
Check it out! 🙂
Today we have a guest post from Jennifer Slattery, author of Beyond I Do.
She asks a terrific question: what if failure wasn’t an option?
If you could do anything without fear of failure, what would that be?
Did one job or ministry jump to the surface? Okay, then, here’s a bigger question: What’s keeping you from pursuing that dream with everything you’ve got?
For most of us, the answer to that question lies within the one I first posed. Actually, the answer lies within three words of the question I first posed:
Fear of failure.
The fear of pouring ourselves into something for decades, maybe even a lifetime, with nothing to show for it.
It’s a very real possibility if we measure our success or failure based on worldly things like:
And yet, I believe God’s version of success goes much deeper. We look at the outside—what we can check off of a list or measure tangibly. God looks at what’s inside—how pliable and surrendered our heart is. Who we truly love, Who we truly serve.
Because when we get that right, everything else follows.
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Colossians 3:23 NLT
Because His opinion is the only one that matters, and He is the only One who can bring our dreams and goals to fruition. More than that, He was the One that placed those dreams and goals in our heart in the first place.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.”
In other words, as you draw near to God, He will reveal His will to you, stirring within you a desire to do that which He created you to do. As you respond with obedience, He grows you—your heart, your faith, your gifts, and your talents—to be the best writer, dancer, Bible teacher, mother, father, sister … possible.
Because we were made to do great things—things that will matter for all eternity.
Isn’t it time to get started? Failure isn’t an option, because if God is for us, who (or what) can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, is currently available in print and e-book format for under $10! You can find it here.
Jennifer loves helping aspiring authors grow in their craft, and has editing slots open beginning in November. Find out more here.
You can also visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
Beyond I Do
Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.
Read a free, 36-page excerpt here.
Courage. It’s one of those awesome qualities that instantly transforms you into a babe.
Tim and Olive Chan are exploring the whole idea of courage in their blog series, ‘Courage Is…’, and they’ve kindly let me contribute. Click this link to read my article, Courage Is: Being OK with Insignificance.
I wrote it a while ago, just after Easter, so lots has happened since then but the message is still the same.
The series also covers singleness, body image and more, so check out what the other authors have contributed too!
OK, I’ll admit Pepper the puppy has nothing to do with faith. She’s just cute and I wanted to share her photo with you guys!
She’s my little sister’s new Moodle (Maltese cross Poodle), and since I’m spending my short holiday at Mum and Dad’s farm I’ve had lots of fun with her.
The cheese refers to my latest guest post on Christine Lindsay’s website, How to Convert Knowledge to Action. Read it and you’ll understand. (Though I wrote it one or two months ago, so the job dilemma I refer to in the post has obviously been resolved. I start on Monday!)
Since I’m on holidays I’m taking a break from my usual weekly post, but I’ve had three guest posts up this week so hopefully that will be enough to satisfy you guys till next week. 🙂
I’ll let you know how the new job goes.
Meanwhile, enjoy Pepper!
I’ve done some completely different blog posts this week!
The first is up on the Christian Writers Downunder blog, and is piece for writers on how the concept of partnership is an effective tool to supercharge romantic (or even platonic) relationships in novels.
It’s even got a checklist with examples from popular books and movies. 🙂
The second is an interview I did over on Shannon Vannatter’s inspirational romance blog, Inkslinger, about my own love life.
Check them out!
“Thank-you for where I am, because it’s where You want me to be, God. And that’s more important than my own plan.”
This is my new motto for contentment.
Even before last Tuesday happened, I’d been thinking about contentment. Whenever I had a less-than-awesome day I worried that I wasn’t living life the best that I could. Should I go work in America for a year? Move across the country to get back into journalism? And so on.
I also spent a lot of time day-dreaming about the day I become a published author or get married. It even affected my motivation for getting closer to God. There wasn’t a Christian event I went to where I wasn’t subtly scanning the audience for husband material or mentally plotting my next book. While I did want to be closer to God for God’s own sake, I also figured that the closer I got to Him, the closer I got to His purposes for me (i.e. marriage and novel-writing).
God showed me this attitude wasn’t helping my life, and gave me that prayer at the top of the page. For a few days, each time I wished I was at a different stage, or worried that I wasn’t grabbing life by the horns, I prayed that prayer. I remembered that I was exactly where God wanted me. And the day He wanted me somewhere else, He’d tell me.
Then last Tuesday happened. The rubber really hit the road. I didn’t react well.
But the prayer still stands true.
I might want a good job, a writing career or a family, but that might not be in God’s plan. And was I designed to live a pleasant life on earth, or was I designed to live in relationship with Him forever and accept His purposes over mine?
I hope that God’s plan does include a family and some form of writing. But my contentment can’t be dependent on that happening one day. God asks for my ALL my heart, ALL my soul, ALL my mind and ALL my strength. (Mk 12:30) My contentment should depend on Him alone.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not good at this. If I get tired, hot or hungry, contentment flies out the window. Yesterday I was stressed about my job, so I got mad because my housemate ate my cheese.
Yep, I got angry over cheese. And there was other cheese in the fridge, it just wasn’t the one I bought. So I’m certainly not perfect—not even close!
And once I do get good at this contentment thing, what if my life gets easy for a while? I’m afraid I might slip back into the same bad habits when everything goes my way.
But God will be with me. I’m asking Him to remind me of what I’ve learned, to keep me accountable and to keep me moving forward. If I keep my heart open, He’ll keep the relationship developing.
And that’s what we were created for.
Thanks for reading! I’ve also got a guest post up today over at Ritty’s Adventures In Writing.
Here’s a peek:
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