Monday, August 5, 2013

Do It For Him

I've always wanted to write. When I was little, I would right stories about hidden passages to lands full of candy. But I never wanted anyone to read my stories.
Then I finished my novel laced with the emotion that comes with getting to know Christ. It was fiction. The made up characters did my imagination's bidding in a realm I created. It wasn't real, but it was close to my heart. Too close.
I played it safe and showed it to my husband first. His encouragement empowered me to show it to my pastor. My pastor’s encouragement empowered me to show it to a Christian critique group. That’s when my skin truly began to thicken. But, the encouragement intertwined with constructive criticism continued to empower me.
Then I started blogging. After experiencing the true power of encouragement, I wanted to pay it forward and encourage others. But that nagging demon on my shoulder would step in every once in a while and say, “Why are you writing? No one is going to read this. It’s a waste of time. Who are you? Who cares what you have to say? Why bother.” I even lost a couple of friends over one post. Then I really began to question what I was doing.
That’s when I realized I had to stand firm in Christ … to write what He called me to write, no matter who read it, no matter what it cost me.
Thanks to the stats on my blogger, I can see that I have readers in the US, Canada, Germany, Poland and Russia. Why are they reading my blog? What are they getting out of it? I don’t know. But one thing I do know: if I continue to shut that voice up, face my fears and write what God calls me to write in a way that brings honor and glory to Him, He’ll use it. I don’t need to know how he’s using it. I just need to trust that He is.
What fears are keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? Don’t let them stop you. Do what He calls you to do. And when you think you’re not good enough, remember:
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27
Then repeat after me:
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
Now go out there and do what God calls you to do! For Him.
His servant,

~Jenn

Sunday, August 4, 2013

UnEmbraceable by Precarious Yates

UnEmbraceable was not what I expected. That is a good thing. When I catch wind of those two words … human trafficking … I typically run far, far away. But I must hand it to Precarious, she handled a tough subject with delicacy. And when you get down to it, that’s not what the story is all about. It’s about being human. It’s about being full of pain and sin despite our circumstances and what’s visible to others. It’s about healing. It’s about who we can become and what we can accomplish in Christ. But mostly, it’s about love.

The entire story revolves around two characters: Tamar and Leonard. These two people are incredibly different, like night and day. Tamar is a prostitute. Leonard is a well-to-do Christian. Through Leonard’s obedience to his heavenly Father, we see Christian love as it should exist on earth. He and his friends are wonderful examples of how to love others … even those actively engaged in open sin.
Warning: Some of the contents of this book are disturbing. But the author handles them with care. She does them justice without dwelling on them.
UnEmbraceable is an excellent reminder of who we are in Christ and how we should reflect his light to illuminate a dark world. If, like me, you’re tempted to shy away because some of the content … don’t. I’m glad I didn’t.
His servant,
~Jenn


Interested in the book? UnEmbraceable is currently FREE until Wednesday, August 7. Find it here

Want to help? Precarious has some links to organizations that are working to end human trafficking on her website. Click here

Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she's not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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