Share the Love ~ September

Faithfulness to all generation Center of His Wheel
No matter the season we may be experiencing in our lives, we have the chance to declare God’s faithfulness to others. Today, I challenge you to look around, count your blessings, and share what God has done for you. Great is His faithfulness to all generations!

Reading

In the Stack and On the Kindle – Sandra Ardoin
Waiting for Butterflies – A Baker’s Perspective
Michelle Griep At Bleakly Manor – Inspired Prompt

Inspirational

God is a master at weaving the seasons of our lives together–the good, the bad and the ugly–and He knits them together with threads of grace.  – Lisa Preuett

And I was reminded that my true identity, and purpose, in life is found in the One who created me and gave me this gift: Jesus Christ. – Stacey Thureen

Failing to listen to God cuts me off from His springs of living water. The result is sadness and vulnerability to the fires of discontent and frustration. – Norma Gail Thurston Holtman

Photography

Is That Photo Copyrighted – Novel Rocket

Writing

Market Your Book From Inside Out – Novel Rocket
Why I Write – Cristian Mihai
Taming the Beast Called Time Management – Blue Ridge Conference 

Foodie

Indonesian Food Story in Melbourne City – Safiras Journey
Butterscotch Coffee Recipe – Amercia On Coffee

Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Jennifer Hallmark

Hello! This morning I have the pleasure of introducing you to my friend, Jennifer Hallmark. Jennifer and I met when she invited me aboard the Inspired Prompts blog! She is a kind and thoughtful person, a wife, mother, grandmother, and an avid football fan. But I will hush and let her do the talking. Good morning, Jennifer! Please tell us a little more about yourself.

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I’m an introverted writer who loves God, my family and friends, church, books, and everything Southern. I could spend the day curled up with a cup of hot tea, some dark chocolate, and a great novel or non-fiction read. Over the years, I’ve discovered I know less than I thought I did, need more help than I ever imagined, and am loved in greater depth than I deserve. 😊

Ooh, sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. I like everything Southern too! This month’s theme is faithfulness. Please share your thoughts with our readers.

Well, faithfulness to me is that quality of stick-to-it-ness. Someone who is faithful to me is there during the good and not so good times and loves me unconditionally. Although I have friends and family members who are faithful, no one is always there for me like God. My relationship with a loving Father is what keeps me going when I don’t feel like moving forward. His faithfulness is beyond what I can fathom, but I still try.

I agree, Jennifer. No one is there for us like the Lord. Next question. Life is a continual journey of learning, applying, and transforming. Have you ever experienced a season when you found it difficult to be a faithful friend? How did you overcome?

I don’t know if season is the word I’d use. With me, it’s more like cycles. At times, I get discouraged and this introverted melancholy turns totally inward. All I can see is how hard life is and that I need to make a plan or something to make life better. During these times, I tend to forget my friends and even family.

I can go days without calling or seeing another soul, and though I want to be, I’m not too good in the faithful department. Sometimes a family member or friend will call me out and tell me to snap out of it and that helps. Often, I’ll hear a word or read a scripture or listen to a song that points out what’s happening, and I repent and start again.

I’m really glad that God is faithful even when I’m not.

I can relate. I’m so glad He is a faithful God. Now tell us in what genre do you write and how does your faith influence your writing?

At the moment, I’m writing Southern fiction and am finishing edits on the first novel in a series. I also have written a fantasy novel combining the medieval times with a lot of allegory. And yes, they are two totally different genres but ones I enjoy greatly.

My faith in God wraps itself around everything I do and say. I don’t have a “normal” part of life and a “religious” part. It’s all totally entwined in my heart. I don’t think about faith when I’m writing. I just sit at the keyboard and tell God I’m ready and we write together. I’ll get excited when I write a good sentence and point it out to God and I feel like He smiles and high-fives me. (Even though He inspires it all) Does that make sense?

It totally makes sense to me! I believe it’s the only way to write. 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your heart with us, Jennifer. I can’t wait to read your story!

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Women of Faith and Fiction~Dawn Kinzer

Good morning, friends!

Today we welcome author and editor, Dawn Kinzer! Dawn is a contributor to one of my favorite blogs, Seriously Write. Please show her some love by sharing and/or leaving a comment.

Dawn, please tell us a little about yourself.

Dawn Kinzer Headshot - Size 460Sure! I’m a wife and a mother of two grown daughters. I also have a grown stepdaughter. I absolutely adore my three grandchildren, ages 3 ½, 19 months, and 8 months.

Born in the Midwest, I grew up in a rural Wisconsin town (population of 500), then lived in the Minneapolis area for some years before moving to the Seattle area twenty-three years ago. I love the Pacific Northwest! Sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains, we’re surrounded by nature’s beauty.

I’d never thought of myself as being entrepreneurial, but discovered after working for non-profit organizations—and corporations where the dollar was the bottom line—the right path for me was to venture out on my own. In 2010, I launched Faithfully Write Editing, and I’ve been serving writers as a freelance editor since.

Although I enjoy helping others, I’m able to fulfill my creative needs through my own writing. I’ve been making up stories since I was a young child, and I can’t imagine a world without books. An added bonus of having grandchildren—I’m revisiting some of my favorite children’s stories, and I’m discovering many new ones!

I’m so glad you launched out on your own, Dawn. I love your books! And I’m sure you enjoy seeing those grandchildren. O what sweet goodness! Of course, you know this month’s theme is goodness. Please share your thoughts with our readers.

Goodness comes from God. When a person does something out of the goodness of her heart, she does it simply out of love and kindness. It embodies unselfishness. The motive is pure—there is no agenda. There is no expectation of getting something in return.

“It embodies unselfishness.” Love that answer! Now, life is a continual journey of learning, applying, and transforming. Have you ever experienced a season when you found it difficult to do good for others? How did you overcome? 

I’ve actually experienced several seasons when it was difficult to do good for others. The first—while I was going through a divorce. My only concern then was for my two daughters and their well-being. I didn’t have enough emotional energy to focus on anyone else for a while.

The second—when my nineteen-year-old stepdaughter died in a car accident. The shock initially numbed us. Then we started working through the stages of grief. She was a beautiful girl with so much potential, and even though we knew her faith was strong and that gave us comfort, her death was still devastating.When you’re grieving, there’s nothing left to give others. It becomes a season when you need others pouring into you. Fortunately, I have a great support system of friends and family. Along with that, trusting that God is still in control and has a plan has always helped me overcome difficult times.

Hope's Design ~ Dawn KinzerI came out of those seasons with new perspectives and stronger empathy for what other people experience, whether it’s similar or other hurtful situations, and I’ve been able to offer support when they’ve needed a little “goodness” in their lives.

Oh, Dawn, I’m so sorry you had to go through that. It’s true when we have seasons of heartache we gain “perspectives and stronger empathy” for others. You are an awesome friend and encourager! Your actions prove that! Now, in what genre do you write, and how does your faith influence your writing?

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I’ve had devotions and articles published in books and magazines, and I’ve written numerous blog posts. But, I’ll confess . . . I’m passionate about fiction. I currently have two novels published in my historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton, and I’m working on the third book in that series.

My faith is the foundation of my writing. I believe the written word can bring laughter and tears. It can comfort, challenge, teach, and inspire. I truly believe that story can change lives, and I use it to share God’s unconditional love with readers.

I agree with you. Stories can change lives! Dawn, thank you so much for sharing you heart with us. I’m looking forward to the third installment of the Daughters of Riverton. Happy writing, my friend!

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