The MacGregor Legacy - From Scotland to the Carolinas

(Book 1 - For Love or Loyalty) (Book 2 - For Love or Country) (Book 3 - For Love or Liberty)

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.

Awakened Redemption (Inspirational Regency)

1815 England - A story that pierces the heart and captures the Regency era.

Friday, July 20, 2007

My First Instinct: Don't Mess with My Kid!

My daughter looked at me and her lips began to tremble as tears rolled from her eyes. She pushed up her glasses to wipe them away, but they kept coming. Last week when they went bowling in camp, a little girl offered to tie Celina's shoes since she couldn't do it. My daughter was grateful until the girl began to say, "I don't know why you can't tie your shoes. You're going into the 4th grade and you should be able to do this. I'm nine and I can do it."

Celina looked up at me, barely able to talk and stammered, "I don't know why she offered to help me if she was going to be so mean to me.

"They are going skating today and Celina was worried she wouldn't be able to lace up her roller blades. An occupational therapist has worked with my daughter all year to help her tie her shoes. She's made progress, but she can't do it tight enough for it to hold. For those of you who don't know, my daughter was born with a severe seizure disorder and has delayed development.

I hugged her and said all the "mom stuff" but I know I needed to give her something that would really help her deal with this, but I didn't know what to do. I discovered that the other girl didn't say any of this in front of the other children and she didn't tell any of the other kids. Therefore, if she was trying to be mean, wouldn't she have done this? Celina also has Sensory Integration Disorder and she is physically and emotionally over-sensitive to things. Sometimes she thinks I'm angry with her when I'm not, or I've yelled at her when I haven't. I couldn't help, but wonder if this could be happening with the other little girl.

Then my daughter told me, "I just want people to understand me." She wanted to explain to this girl about her seizures and her delayed development, but she didn't know how. I can barely explain it. So I pulled out a few photos of Celina when she was in the hospital, wrote down a few notes to take with her to camp. This seemed to help her. She wants to share it for some reason. How do I know that God isn't going to plant a seed in that girl or one of the other children in her camp? I don't, so I have to trust Him in this.

As I walked back to the bathroom to get ready for work, a dark image of some girls playing a trick on me when I was Celina's age came to mind. We were in Girl Scouts and we had a bathroom break. They cut the light off on me and locked me in so I couldn't get out of that part of the church. It was at night. It was an old church and I was scared. Even then I called on Jesus. "Jesus, help me not to be scared.

Jesus, help me find a way out. Jesus, help me!" I cried. I was around ten. I found a way out and they couldn't believe it, but I refused to give them any satisfaction of letting them know I had cried or that I had been scared.

This morning I almost started crying again. "Lord, please don't let Celina have to go through that."

A soft whisper came to me. "My child, you went through those things so you will know how your daughter feels and so you will be able to help her." I did cry then. Because kids were so mean and cruel to me. They wouldn't even let me sit down on the bus. I had to stand nearly every morning on my way to school. I didn't have any delayed developments or special needs. I was simply poor and I wore glasses. I cried this morning because I don't know how to help her. My reaction was bitterness, anger, and resentment. I'm still recovering from a lot of what other kids did to me in my childhood. These wounds and the scars are deep. I don't want any of that to happen to my child, and I definitely don't want her to react the same way I did.

My husband's response is, "you will heal through this. As you help her respond in ways other than anger and bitterness, it will bring your healing too."

My first instinct is, I'm okay. I've lived through it and it's in my past. Just don't mess with my kid. Yet, I know that as I've had to trust God with her seizures, her healing and her struggles with the delayed development, I will have to trust Him in this, too.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

You Follow Me

"If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." John 21:22

This is a very powerful verse and one that God had to literally smack me with a few years ago. Now when I begin to compare myself to others, this verse comes to mind and I've learned to shut that thought process down. But not without my share of self-condemnation and self-pity.

God gives us parables and testimonies of other people to inspire us and give us hope. "If God can do it for her, He can do it for me." Yes, He can, but it doesn't mean He will. And it doesn't mean that He'll do it the same way or to the same level. Because the condition of my heart wasn't right, I turned these testimonies... (Read More)

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Freedom = American Christian Fiction Writers

Here in America we have the freedom to create organizations like American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). We can worship as we please. We can attend church, read our Bibles, and freely proclaim our faith. What did it take for that freedom? I'll tell you. It took many lives, much sacrifice, and a country that stands together without division.

I love our country with its broad land, our freedom, and our brave ones who fight to protect us. But I'm also growing very concerned about our country. We have way too much division among our citizens, and God's Word doesn't lie. "But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." (Matthew 12:25).

In spite of the fact that we have freedom to worship in any religion we choose, and many new people have brought their religions with them, America was perdominantly founded on Christianity. Any factual historical study will prove this. God is in this country. God founded this nation. And God wants to stay here in America.

If you're a writer, I urge you to join organizations like ACFW. Christian fiction sales are still growing faster than any other genre out there and the secular world is taking notice. I want wholesome Christian books to read that are filled with faith, and different journeys leading to faith, where God is ultimately glorified. I want the same thing out of the songs I listen to and movies I watch. These things cannot happen, if we as Christians do not stand up and make it happen, and support these efforts.

But it all begins behind the scenes with ideas, dreams, and experiences inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some of us need help learning how to make it happen, the right networks, and information about the genre and the market. That is where ACFW has been the best organization I ever joined in the 12+ years I've been writing. God gave this gift to me and I want to share it with others.

ACFW is having a national conference in September that I know you don't want to miss. This will be my first ACFW Conference. You may be asking, how do I know its so great if I've never been? Because I've been to a number of national secular writing conferences, and this is the only one that I've seen the best line up of editors and agents who read, buy, and publish Christian fiction. They will be there, giving exclusive appointments to want-a-be-published-writers, and giving their expertise in great workshops. I have no doubt that it will be worth every penny of the investment. If you are considering this conference. I urge you to prayerfully consider it.

American Christian Fiction Writers
Annual Conference

Dallas, Texas
September 20 - 23, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

I Think I'll Write a Book

How many times have you heard someone say, "I think I'll write a book" or "I could write a better script than that?" There are those who know that writing is hard. These are the folks that avoided taking Creative Writing at all costs and groaned when the term paper assignments were handed out. Then there are the folks who did fine in writing, but never wanted to apply themselves further than the assignment. Yet, these folks really think they can do it, and most never have and never will. Then there are the rest of us. We love to read and write, and deep down we all want to write the huge breakout novel.

No one can deny that writing is a skill, and a skill can be learned. However, I do believe it takes a certain persistency and talent to write for a living. I also believe that true writing talent is a gift from God. He's the one who opens doors and closes doors on our writing journey. God gives us the desires of our hearts and if we want to use our writing gift to write, He's the one who will show us how. I do believe we need the desire to write, in order to write, and write well.

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