The MacGregor Legacy - For Love or Loyalty

1760 Scotland - To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late.

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Puck and a Prayer

Tonight is faith hockey night with the Charlotte Checkers and they're calling it "A Puck and a Prayer" night. We bought our tickets yesterday and we'll be taking our daughter. My husband used to play hockey as a child. Hockey should be his middle name. If he isn't watching hockey, he's playing hockey on the Xbox 360. I used to tease him that I never got to see him until hockey season was over. I'm impressed that they would include a faith night. I wonder how many other cities and/or sports include at least one faith night?

As more secular publishers open Christian divisions, more sports recognize Christian fans, and more Christian family cruises are available, I believe this will open the doors of a greater witness for us to the rest of the world. I'm sure there are a few die-hard hockey fans who may not be Christians and who will still be there on faith night. God may use this time to plant a few seeds.

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Can...Will...Please?

My eyes are having trouble keeping up with my hectic schedule. I work a full-time job so my eyes are staring at a computer screen all day. Then I go home spend time with hubby and daughter at supper and I'm back on the computer until I go to bed. This time length varies from night to night, depending on other responsibilities. Then I'm back on the computer at 5am for another 2 hours before I head off to work.

This morning my eyes hurt. I dropped some Visine in my eyes and said, "Lord, will you help me?"

A gentle voice said, "that's like asking can I."

I realized asking "if He can" or "if He will" is asking with doubt. The writer in me began searching for the right words. As if in answer, that same gentle voice said, "just say please and then ask."So I said, "Lord, please help me."

The greatest author of all time cares about every single word. Jesus taught the desciples how to pray. The Holy Spirit is teaching me how to pray because He wants my prayers to be effective.

I am firmly convinced the Holy Spirit will teach us how to write and what to write. When our wells run dry of words, He will refill us. He wants us to be that effective.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Experiencing Winter JAM 2007!

This past weekend we went to our first Winter JAM in Charlotte, NC. Christian artists such as New Song, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman and Hawk Nelson were part of the line up.

It sold out and we couldn't find seats. Finally, a gentleman gave us his row of three seats. We thought it was such a blessing. We were behind the stage, which meant we were right at the speakers. My nine-year-old daughter was fine until Hawk Nelson came on stage. She cried saying it hurt her ears. It hurt mine too. I think their music was a little too much like hard rock for the two of us. We enjoyed the rest of the show.

The band for Steven Curtis Chapman was The Following. The lead singer and drummer were Steven's teenage sons. They were a great band. They sang a song that Steven's oldest son wrote. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from them. They simply have too much talent to be ignored.

The preaching held a great salvation message, targeting teens and young people. Speaking of teens, they were lined up long before the end of the concert with their posters and CD's to get those special autographs. The "mother" in me couldn't help wondering if some of them were idolizing the stars. I didn't know any of those teens, and yet, I cared about what they thought and how they viewed the celebrities. I am comforted to know that they were there, hearing the Word, and in God's hands.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Making Progress


Last week Dwayne and I took my nine-year-old daughter bicycle riding in the park. It was perfect weather and such a wonderful, warm afternoon. For those of you who don't know, my daughter has special needs and some delayed development from a seizure disorder she had as an infant.

She peddled so slow that I could walk beside her. I gave up riding my bike after a while. If she got fast enough to where I could do a fast walk, she would hit the breaks and stop. "I'm going to fast!" She yelled.

I tried not to show my impatience. The Lord reminded me that sometimes this is how we are with Him. He's trying to get us to move on and do more or overcome a fear, and we keep breaking in the the middle of it, prolonging the process. Sometimes we go through something longer than we have to, because of our fear and how we react to the situation.

In the same way that I knew Celina could go faster and would be fine, God knows that He hasn't allowed more than we can handle upon our shoulders. He knows that we are going to get through our trials and be fine. We may even learn a few things in the process. For Celina, it would be learning to ride a bike.

Her little hands gripped the handle bars so tight that she wore blisters on her skin. We talked about fear being of Satan and not of God. Sometime later she began singing,


"In the name of Jesus; In the name of Jesus; Satan you have to flee;

In the name of Jesus; In the name of Jesus; We have the victory!"

Pride swelled in my chest, the good kind of pride. She was using her faith and trust in God to keep going and facing her fear. She rode for a solid two hours. I know she had to be tired and her little muscles ached. She would not give up. She would look up at me and say, "Aren't I doing good, Mommy?" She needed that affirmation, just like we sometimes need from our heavenly Father. I told her she was doing wonderful. "Look how far I've come, Mommy!" I would smile and nod. It was a long way.

Celina had such a fear of falling and she finally fell twice. It gave me the chance to point out that even though she had fallen and she didn't like the fall, she was okay. Sometimes the fear of falling is worse than the actual fall.
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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Whispers from God

God is nudging me toward a new writing path. While I have always written historicals, and will probably always write historicals between other projects, God is stretching me into contemporary women's fiction. I thought this new story would be awkward and hard to write and so I waited thirteen years before starting it. Now it seems to be taking shape on its own.

I can relate to the main characters in this story more than I've ever related to other characters in my previous stories. I think its because I know what they're feeling as they pray for their daughter's life, and they walk the hospital halls, waiting patiently for news, any news. They go through sleepless nights and weary days seeking and searching for answers. They fear a parent's worst nightmare.

I know God is leading me to delve deep into my past experiences to create stories that may speak to others, letting them know they aren't alone, and perhaps help them begin the process of healing. I fear mentally going back and facing those dark places in my life. When I expressed this to God, He whispered, "My love is stronger than your fear."

Whoa! Isn't that powerful? Immediately, I had peace about this new journey I've already started. He will lead and carry me.

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Now I Know the Purpose of Traffic

Okay, this month I will have lived in Charlotte, NC for seven months. In case you aren't aware, one of my few complaints about my new city is the traffic. Most of the time my mind is spinning on all the things I could be doing if I were already home or at my destination instead of sitting on the road moving at 5-10 mph. I've been really good about the traffic, but this week the Lord showed me a whole new purpose for waiting through traffic.

The pupose of traffic is: plotting new stories and twists to existing stories.

So now you have it! My new God-given secret is out. I'm not kidding. This week I was actually able to plot four new stories and change the ending to my current WIP with a new tragic and dramatic twist. I could actually envision the scenes taking place in my mind. When this happens, the story in my head just unfolds onto the computer screen. So now I'm not dreading traffic anymore.

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