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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Word of Inspiration: "Forgiveness is Balm to Our Souls"

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”  (Psalm 86:5)

We all know our mistakes and we're well aware of all the obvious ways we mess up and keep messing up. It's also one of the many reasons, we avoid God. Too many people think of God as the Judge of the Universe and feel unworthy to pray, step foot in a church, and hate the feeling of condemnation they feel when comparing themselves to what they ought to be doing.

Here's the Good News! God is the Judge of the Universe, but He's also a merciful Judge. When we ask, He forgives. How many times have we had to tell our parents, our kids, brothers and sisters, friends, and spouse that we're sorry. Why is it any different with God? He forgives us unconditionally. That means, unlike your friends and family, He remembers it no more. His mercies are new each morning. God is good. It says He is abundant in mercy. That means there's no limit to how many times He'll forgive you. It feels great to be forgiven, it's a balm to our souls and gives us the ability to forgive ourselves. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Word of Inspiration: The Promise of Long Life and Peace

"My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1-2)

So many people wander through life seeking a magic potion to keep them looking and feeling younger. They invest in herbs, vitamins, cosmetics, lotions and moisturizers. Others pay for exercise programs they don't use, such as memberships to the YMCA or YWCA or some other gym. Still, others become vegetarians, eat organic foods, and try very hard to keep their internal body healthy. I believe these are great ways to help our mortal bodies last longer, but we often forget our spiritual wellness, which is what really completes the BIG picture of our life. The verse above is another PROMISE that if we allow our HEARTS to keep God's commandments, long life and peace will be added to our lives. We can't know God's commandments if we don't read, study, and covet them. To covet something means you don't view it as a list of rules you must abide by, but a treasure of promises that will keep you safe and well. 




 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Restore Friends in a Spirit of Gentleness

"Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1

Many of us have friends and family members going through lots of difficult situations. Some were self-inflicted by poor choices, while others are just a circumstance of life and no fault of anyone. Either way, pain is still pain regardless of how we got there in the midst of it. Continual pain wears us down, even the spiritually strong. This is why your support and your friendship will mean so much to them in their time of weakness. Keep encouraging your friend. Don't give up on them when they reject your counsel or question God. Intercede in prayer. 

The last part of this verse cautions those of us trying to help our loved one to consider ourselves so we aren't tempted to be weak. This means you might need to take a break from your loved one to refresh and renew your mind with the Word of God. Otherwise, their complaints might start making too much sense and tempt you to think negative, especially if you see and sympathize with their plight. Even if what is happening to them isn't fair, negative thoughts won't help anyone. You can't help your friend if you fall in the pit with them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Word of Inspiration: The Path of Justice Will Perserve Us

"He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice. Equity and every good path." (Proverbs 2:8)

Satan plants an evil deceptive path in front of us all, tempting us to error out of fear and the unknown. This is why God's people must walk in faith. Sometimes the wrong path looks easier with less controversy than the right path. But if we will walk in faith, cling to what is right and just, even if it doesn't look easy, God will preserve us on that righteous path. When the time is right or after we've made the journey, we will understand. We'll see the good that came out of the bad. This verse is a PROMISE to us.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Shine as Lights in the World

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

Complaining causes us to look at we don't have rather than the things we do have. It tempts us to think about how we'd like things to be rather than being grateful for how they are. Likewise, disputes causes us to say things we might later regret and hurtful things to others. We are not completely blameless and harmless when we complain and dispute with others. 

It says we live in a crooked and perverse generation, so that means we might have good reason to complain at times. Things aren't always fair. We're not going to agree with perverse people, but neither will arguing cause them to change their minds. Many are too stubborn and arrogant to admit their wrong doing. You can try to reason with them, but when it becomes clear that all they want is to argue, step aside and let them be.


Be a positive light to those who are willing to listen. Share the Word with those who hunger for it. Be an example of love when no one else will. Show people that Jesus still works through His people today as much as yesterday. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Word of Inspiration: How to Obtain Godly Discretion

"When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you. Understanding will keep you." (Proverbs 2:10-11)

Seek wisdom in God's word and as you read it, you'll gain wisdom and knowledge without even realizing it. When we're filled with sin and the ways of the world, sometimes knowledge isn't pleasant. We're afraid we'll have to sacrifice things we like and make changes in our lives that we don't want. Yet, when God's knowledge is pleasant to our soul, that's when discretion is clear, because our wants and desires aren't getting in the way of making us objective. The path that God would have you take in life and through difficult storms will be clear with the Godly discretion He imparts to you through His word. Pray for this discretion before you read, especially when you have decisions to make.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Word of Inspiration: God's Word is Our Safety Net

"But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil." (Proverbs 1:33)

Fear is one of the main reasons we don't achieve our goals or reach God's greatest potential in our lives. Too many people are controlled by fear. They can't sleep, live in a state of anxiety, worry about everything, spend thousands on counseling, take medications that cause other side effects, fall into depressions, etc.  

Most of these other symptoms can be traced back to some kind of fear. Every time an angel appeared to someone in the Bible, he would say, " Do not fear," and then would proceed to give the message. The Bible is available to us as a guide. The Word is a comfort to us when we need hope and faith to believe beyond our current circumstances. This is how we "listen" to the Bible. We act on it by "obeying" the Word. This is how we dwell "safely" in God's protection. Obeying His Word keeps us from falling into the traps the enemy has set for us.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Recycling Articles

How do you feel about recycled articles? Have you ever dusted off a 3-year old article, edited, and slapped a new title on it? Most of us authors have done that for various reasons--either we were strained with a lack of time or the advice seemed timeless and there was no significant need to re-invent the wheel.

It isn't something I would recommend getting into the habit of doing for obvious reasons. People will start to notice, your content will lose relevance, and eventually, you'll run out of material to recycle. It doesn't challenge the creative juices itching to be tested inside us. We always need to grow and develop to the next level.

However, there are times when it is perfectly appropriate. I think it's okay if the information is relevant to what you want to say and it isn't something you've recently used. There is nothing wrong with enhancing an article. Sometimes you can take an old published draft and literally use it as a first draft. This means you're writing and your ideas have grown. The new version of that article will be the next level of quality. In this case, you can be sure you aren't cheating your readers. 

What are your thoughts on recycling articles?

Friday, January 06, 2012

Highland Crossings Video Book Trailer

Highland Crossings,

Novella, February 2012
Head to historic North Carolina where a brooch unites the lives and loves of four women. Dangerous accusations force Seona to leave Scotland with the brooch in tow, but will she find peace before her past is revealed? Years later, Fiona hopes to recover the brooch only to wind up on the whipping block. Can she trust the man who comes to her rescue? Seren sells the brooch to open a confectionery, but will the precious heirloom be lost to a hopeless dream? When the brooch is stolen, can Brynna reclaim it before she loses something even more valuable?




Thursday, January 05, 2012

Word of Inspiration - How to Wash Ourselves Clean God's Way

"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow." (Isaiah 1:16-17)

We wash ourselves clean by repenting of our sins. We put away our evil deeds by avoiding temptation, staying away from people, places and things that tempt us. We seek justice by doing what is right. We rebuke the oppressor by rejecting Satan's lies and deceptive ideas. We speak the Word of God back to him just as Jesus did in the desert. We defend the fatherless and plead for the widow by not turning our heads and pretending they don't exist--that taking care of our own families is doing our part--our only responsibility. We do more for others who need God's help since we are God's hands.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Word of Inspiration - Knowledge of Good & Evil Is Knowing Right from Wrong

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." (Titus 2:11-12)

So often we worry that people haven't been taught right from wrong because they had bad parents or no parents. Think of it this way. Does a person know that killing another person is wrong without be told it is wrong? Did Cain know what he was doing when he murdered his brother, Abel, especially since it was the first murder? When mankind ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, mankind was given the knowledge of both right and wrong. 

According to these verses, the same grace that brings salvation, also teaches us right from wrong--to deny ungodliness and to live righteously. Salvation is a free gift through God's grace, so it would seem, that knowing right from wrong is also a free gift through grace. 
 
It has appeared to all men. This doesn't exclude women. Men is a general reference to mankind. The fact that it has appeared means that it is already done--past tense. We are born with this knowledge of knowing right from wrong--of good and evil. It has appeared to all men. It isn't only reserved for saved people. I do believe that saved people are more mindful of this knowledge, because we are more mindful of the things of God in our desire to love, serve and please Him.

This is how so many people can live good and decent lives, but still not have a conscious relationship with God. There are good people who deny the existence of Christ. When we try to teach an unsaved soul the truth of Christ, we are being God's resource in His desire that none should perish, but have everlasting life.

Monday, January 02, 2012

2012: A New Beginning of Goals not Resolutions


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

I don't set New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I celebrate my blessings and accomplishments of the previous year. Then I evaluate my progress toward my long term goals, check off completed goals, and set new ones. 

The idea of a "resolution" is to transform oneself, lifestyle, or habits into a brand new creation by sheer will power and determination. It gives the impression that one will be able to achieve this transformation overnight. This is why so many people fail at New Year's Resolutions. It's unrealistic.

Goals are much better as it provides the concept that one will work over a period of time to achieve the transformation, and it's understood that it won't happen overnight. Long term goals work better when one sets milestones like a progress meter to reaching the overall goal. 

Writers understand this well. When we sit down to write a full-length novel of 100,000 words, we know it won't happen in a day. We have a schedule we keep, a process we go through, and milestones to reach: 10,000 words, then 20, then 30.... 

The key to this progress is consistency. The key to consistency is never giving up. I tell people all the time that even a snail's pace is still progress. Little things add up over a period of time. Pennies add up to dollars. Inches add up to miles. Seconds add up to minutes and minutes to hours. Don't discount the small things. God creates miracles out of them. We become the tool He can work through us to accomplish what we think is impossible.

If we could apply this method to all our goals in every area of life, we would be productive and feel better about ourselves. We'll have a sense of accomplishment. It makes us have a more positive outlook at life and this positive energy will project out to others around us. I believe in applying this concept to our spiritual life in prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship, as well as our health with eating habits and exercise, parenting, and work.

Have you set new goals for 2012?