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No Wimps Allowed

It’s April..well I know you know that but my announcement is more because I can’t believe how time has just flown by. The last time I blogged I think was when I was till recovering from my time off. Well, I’m happy to report that I am in full recovery mode.So here is my inspirational post for this Monday.

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We are still coming out of the Easter season and today I want to encourage you to be empowered by the power of the Holy Spirit that Christ left us when He ascended into heaven. Today and always remember the power you have in the Holy Spirit.

After the death of Jesus, the disciples were afraid and stayed in that room. They were so scared of what would happen to them. But when the Holy Spirit appeared and they received two things happened.

  1. Fear & doubt disappeared
  2. Their conviction became stronger.

Once we received the Holy Spirit this should be our testimony also. Go forth in the belief that you are heirs to the throne. Approach your day, dreams, passion & purpose without fear and doubt.

Another day, another week, new possibilities and mercy renewed.
Approach His throne boldly. No wimps allowed!

Be Blessed

Unoma

 

 

 

 

An Assertive Nudge And A Pot Of Coffee

ifbwritingBefore the darkness gave way to daylight, she stirred in her sleep. She recognized that stir, it was soft not aggressive but assertive. She turned over to her side defiant. She rebelled against anything that wouldn’t let her enjoy her sojourn to lala land. Barely two seconds after she had turned to find a comfortable position, there was that stirring again. This time she bulged. Struggling to untangle her legs from the sheets, she picked up her phone to look at the time. Come now, this early on a Saturday? Really? It’s 4:38am ,she thought. struggling to keep her eyes open, she clicked on the YOUVersion app on her phone, read the day’s verse, meditated a little then padded her way to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee.

Soon after, she picked up her laptop and did exactly what that stirring in the wee hours of the morning required her to do…write.
Three hours and four thousand words later, she was on a roll, thankful that she had listened to that stirring. The Holy Spirit…nothing could stop her now except the three little words that came moments later.
“Good morning mummy,” her daughter said. Then her reality began to set in, she saved her document, said goodbye to her characters, then put on her other hat…the one she cherished the most. Mommy.

This was my day started, now I’m getting everything in order for back to school Monday. Labelling supplies, laundry and putting things exactly where they should be for easy access. What are you  up to this weekend?

Oh by the way…happy new month. it’s August..the sunday of summer. Sunday of summer, you get it? How are those dreams and visions coming? On Wednesday the 6th will mark my first year as a published author, and I will officially be revealing my 4th book cover. God is good.

Unoma

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The Romantic Hero~ The Christian Way

male modelFound this wonderful and helpful article I might add on the Christian Romantic Hero for all us fiction writer…via socialpolitan.org

What attributes and characteristics make a romantic hero? Does he have broad shoulders tapering to a trim waist? Is he tall and dark? Is he blond and witty? Each author and each reader has her own answer to these questions. Yet in creating a hero, authors are wise to know the more defined guidelines of most Christian publishing houses.

A Hero’s Past

The past creates who he is today. The past formulates his present needs, goals, and weaknesses. Even if he is a Christian, he has flaws, sorrows, and shames. Christian’s sin and so does the hero. He’s behaved in ways that makes him feel unworthy or makes him feel unforgiven. A perfect hero is a cartoon, not a believable, compelling character. Give your hero an event in his life that he wants to forget, deeds he fears others will learn, secrets that smother his growth. Then love moves into his heart through the heroine and the workings of the Holy Spirit and the character will grow.

In Loving Ways, December release from Steeple Hill Love Inspired, the hero’s present life is paralyzed by his past.

Ken winced. Annie’s attitude jarred his memory. He’d been a drinker, created fear in others, embarrassed his family, and caused them shame. For better or worse. Annie’s words crept like tendrils through his conscience. His life had been worse not better. Since running into Gordon, the old days kept niggling at him and brought back fear of discovery. He wished the guy hadn’t remembered him.

Physical Attributes

Though physical attributes are highlighted in most romances, Christian romances tend to focus mainly from the chest upward. The hero might have broad shoulders, a square jaw, raven black hair, mesmerizing blue eyes and an expansive chest, but references to the lower extremities is avoided except for a specific purpose.

Any physical description is most effective when it appears for a greater purpose: drawing out emotion, deepening characterization, or providing details important to the story. Kate Davis sees her friend the arms of a stranger in Secrets of the Heart is jolted by his appearance which brings back unwanted memories and serving an important purpose to the stories conflict.

Not his near six foot stature, but his broad, square frame like a football player. Thick neck, powerful chest, strong muscular legs, and bulging arms she saw wrapped around Phyllis.

In the novella “Better To See you” in Barbour’s Once Upon A Time, the heroine recalls her earlier relationship with the hero.

The arm holding her dropped to his side, and he raised the other, running his fingers through his thick, wavy blond hair. His near-center part tugged at her memory–the way she’d kissed his forehead just below his hairline.

No matter how tall, dark, and handsome the hero is in Christian fiction, the physical attributes are not the most important characteristic to the heroine.

Attributes of the Spirit

The qualities that are enjoyed by most people-compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, all gifts of the spirit-are the qualities that a heroine looks for in a hero. In the romantic suspense, Adam’s Promise, a July release from Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Adam is depicted as a handsome, arrogant surgeon, but Kate’s description deepens the characterization.

Kate’s heels clicked along the hallway as her thoughts swung from her frustration with Adam to her admiration. The man could be self-centered one minute and filled with compassion the next. . .when it involved the patients. Beneath her irritation, she admired the man. He’d come from a prestigious family in Colorado Springs. His father was the mayor, and yet, here he was in Venezuela providing health care to the poor in the rustic community so many miles from the comforts of home.

Notice what is important to Kate-his compassion, his willingness to leave family wealth behind-attributes most women would cherish in a husband.

In “Christmas Moon ,” in the two-in-one, That Christmas Feeling, released in November by Steeple Hill, the hero sees the heroine with new eyes.

The truth settled over him. For the first time since Della died, he was looking forward to Christmas. Rose had been the catalyst. They’d become friends. Their lives had become entwined. Blest be the ties that entwine. The words twisted in his head.

As they’d spent more time together, Paul sensed a kind of like-minded spirit they shared. The painting came to mind. They’d both been drawn to it immediately. But it was more than that. He felt comfort in her presence. She exuded compassion and evoked from him a new tenderness.

Is he a Christian?

Is the hero a believer? At times the novel will present a weak Christian, one who believed and allowed his faith to waver, but who is brought back to the Lord through his own growth and change. Being repentant and seeking forgiveness is often part of a hero’s struggle. A Christian hero who is flawed makes a Christian novel realistic as in this selection from Adam’s Promise.

“Is it me, Kate? Can’t you forgive me for my egotism. I can only promise you that I’ve changed. For the first time in my life, I realize that God is the only power in my life. He’s my only hope and strength in this world. No one can do it all alone, and no one can take credit for success because the Lord gave us the abilities. The gifts. It’s as simple as that. . .and somehow I missed learning that in my spiritual journey.”

If a hero is not a Christian, he must be by the end of an inspirational romance, but a full conversion must be through the hero’s own struggle, and not the result of the heroine’s “missionary” dating. In “Better To See You,” a novella in the Barbour anthology, Once Upon A Time, the hero learns through th heroine’s example of Christian living.

Was this God’s work? He wondered. He’d been such a difficult person back then, not only disbelieving, but scorning those who believed…except Lucy. She had made her faith so desirable, so sincere that he had a difficult time taunting her. 

Still, her happy heart and open arms had instilled a small seed of question, of wonder about her beliefs. And he’d done the rest, fertilized by memories of her joy in living, he’d stumbled along until one day, alone in a motel room, he’d picked up a Bible. That day was only the beginning. Lucy would never believe how much he’d changed.

Make the hero realistic. Give him flaws and give him a past that shows his weaknesses and shames. Show how the past molds the hero’s goals and motivations, then how overcoming them changes him for the better. No matter what qualities and characteristics you give your hero, limit the physical description to above the waist and give the hero spiritual gifts that arouses the heroine’s love and respect for him.

 

© Gail Gaymer Martin


About the Author

Gail Gaymer Martin was born and raised in Michigan, Where she live with her husband, Bob, who is her greatest fan and the best proofreader in the state. Second to writing, she enjoy music, especially singing as a soloist and choir member at her church and a member of the Detroit Lutheran Singers. She also play handchimes and handbells. Visit Gail at:http://www.gailmartin.com.

Nice article via socialpolitan.org

Sometimes It Happens..

download (1)So today, I’m going back to my 9-5. I was on vacation since the 14th of Dec. Well I won’t really call it a vacation, the only thing that changed is I didn’t have to be in traffic for an hour to get to the office. Things continued as usual, the kids still woke up at an obscene hour just as if they were still going to school. I did the mommy thing, the wife thing than had to work on my own gig.

Well my extended stay at home and me somehow thinking the vacation will go on forever got me to thinking when I was listening to a teaching about the Holy Spirit. Often when we have been  born again for a long period of time, we become so comfortable that we often forget that accepting Christ as our Savior automatically the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us. The Spirit is there is guide us, keep us on track but when we fail to tap into Him, we are often left struggling in the physical realm. I knew that sometime I would have to go back to work but I got so comfortable not driving that in my subconscious I ‘forgot’ work existed. Just like we forget the Spirit is right there.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.~ Ephesians 1:17 was Paul’s prayer, and that is the prayer I have for this year.

Its a new day and a new time. I don’t want to keep moving aimlessly without first hearing God, I want wisdom and I will get it by understanding and that comes from the word of God. May prayer is may we work smart and not hard this year. Before we do anything lets call upon the Holy Spirit to be upon us.

Blessings

Unoma