Don’t Give Up!

The thoughts keep sounding off in my head, “You haven’t reached your goals, why bother now?”

I know that this is a direct attack from the enemy. God never tells us to give up on our goals, even if there is a setback on the journey. He tells us to go forward, even if that means to fight for what we are called to do.

“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.” Deuteronomy 2:24 (KJV)

We don’t know what is before us always. That river Arnon could be raging and about to flood when we reach it. You can prepare all you want for a flood, but you won’t know if it is truly flooding until you reach it. However, you also don’t know what God is prepared to do through you. Maybe you are going to be strengthened and will lead others to the other side. God will also not let us go alone. He is always with us, but sends his angels to watch over us.

“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Matthew 4:6 (KJV)

God could also just be working on helping you to overcome your fears. He doesn’t want us to live in fear. Our Heavenly Father knows what we are up against on earth, but He still gives us a different spirit.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

We are called to stand strong and go forward. There are times when we just don’t feel strong enough to do so. When we can’t do it on our own, we are called to cast our cares on the Lord and He will carry us. I tell our son often the same when he is upset about something or he feels he just wants to give up. Do your best and let God handle the rest.

As the enemy tries to attack me with lack of progress, goals not met, time that has not stopped along the journey, I will stand on His word of truth. Our Heavenly Father sees my progress, knows my heart, and knows the ending of my journey. I remember the past and see my current chapter. God sees my next and final chapters. He is alongside me in the race against time the enemy wants me to remember is still ticking. His angels are around me to protect and help, but He carries me when I have no more strength to continue. The Holy Spirit will guide, encourage, inspire and motivate me too along the way.

My writing is not just for me. God calls me to it. He knows who will be touched by the words He inspires me to write. I need to trust Him and write. All other thoughts and feelings that attempt to quit or doubt my writing are attacks from the enemy.

I am creating a pipeline from Heaven to others through my writing. I just need to be obedient to Him. Do you feel called to write for God as well? So many feel called, but for some reason, they put it aside along with other dreams they may have. Life is short. We are meant to share with others. Write that story! Start that book! You just never know how it will touch another human.

 Jesus Fish  Blessings on your journey, Leslie    Bible 1

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Trusting in the Hear and Now….His Daughters’ Letters

The April issue of “His Daughters’ Letters is now available free online. My article is on Page 19.  This issue is about trusting God in the present. Enjoy the read and share it!

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The Cattleya Heiress, Life in Liverpool, England in the 1890s

Though I am so happy to be in the modern culture with all the conveniences, the history of the lives of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still partial in my heart.  Reading historical fiction my …

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The Cattleya Heiress, Life in Liverpool, England in the 1890s

Though I am so happy to be in the modern culture with all the conveniences, the history of the lives of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still partial in my heart.  Reading historical fiction my whole life could have something to do with it, but maybe it is also the gratitude in my soul for being blessed to have been born in the U.S. in the time period I was.  How different my life would be if I was born in a different time period and place.  It is what I love to imagine and escape to when reading.

One of my favorite places to read about is Victorian England.  “Jane Eyre,” by Emily Bronte was one of my first historical novels to read and I was hooked on it after reading it. After reading several fat historical novels, as I chose to buy my novels based on the thickness and blurb on the back to get the best story for my money, I have chosen in the last decade or so to only buy Christian historical fiction.  I do not feel that a good story needs all the visuals on the page to be a page turner.  Now, after reading Victorian period novels for so many years, I am now adventuring into the writer’s world writing my first Victorian novel, The Cattleya Heiress.

Living in the streets 1895 Liverpool

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Based in 1890 Liverpool, England, my story delves into the injustices that were going on in that day shortly after the potato famine of Ireland caused an influx of immigrants into England.  England was not prepared to take on the increase and many of the immigrants were living in workhouses and on the streets.  Children were walking around hungry and barefoot to sell things to help their families get out of their plight.  Many of the elite and high society families were more concerned with the status in their communities than acknowledging what was going on with the families who were struggling.  Those trying to come up the society ladder were driven to do criminal acts to provide for their families, rarely taking the step backward to ponder if they were affecting the lives of others.  There have been many stories of the fate of the poor, but this story also includes the hope and love of the Lord in a lonely world.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”                         Jeremiah 29:11

Shoe shine boy on the streets of Liverpool England

A shoe shine boy fallen asleep on the streets of Liverpool, England.  Author unknown.  ( from https://pinterest.com/source/poboh.tumblr.com)


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Children in a workhouse dormitory   https://www.pinterest.com/source/workhouses.org.uk/.

 

Life in 1890 Liverpool, England was not easy for those who were not born into wealth.  While the wealthy were having their society parties, the working class were struggling to keep the jobs they were lucky to find to provide for their families.  If a mistake was made in their lives, they paid for it through the loss of their jobs and through the struggles years afterwards.  There was no help up the society ladder unless a wealthy person had mercy on them and offered a way out from where their lives were headed.  Many times it was because one person in that wealthy family believed that the less fortunate were to be helped, not criticized or judged for their circumstances.  Those who followed their hearts to help the less fortunate had to take a risk to lose all they had, maybe even their lives.

Delve into the Liverpool, England society in the late 1890s with me as I share little tidbits of my story and life there during that time period.

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Writing in the modern world about the old.

Pinterest allows writers to share their fiction world in visual form.  Escape to Victorian England with me…

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Writing in the modern world about the old.

Pinterest allows writers to share their fiction world in visual form.  Escape to Victorian England with me…

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Your writing will be seen by many..

You feel called to write.  Maybe you have already written your inspired novel, or you have yet to start. What is holding you back on continuing or starting?  Is it fear, self-doubt, or rejection? &…

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