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I spent my 42nd birthday reading–that was the gift I gave myself. I also watched Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway(can be viewed on-line through netflix) about the life of Jane Austen.

I’ve thought of writing this post many times.

I was an infant in the 60s.

A child in the 70s.

A teenager in 80s.

Hit my 30s in the 90s.

And now I’m in my 40’s.

At work on Thursday, I found out Farrah Faucett died and mentioned it to my co-worker who said, “Who is that?” And I had to explain that she was of Charlie’s Angels Fame– back in the 70s when I was just a child. Of course, my co-worker had not been born at that time. Makes me feel kinda old.

I’m thankful for making it this long. Jane Austen passed away when she was  only 43(I think)–but, oh, did she write some good stuff  by that time.

Someone said to me that their hometown was still living in the past. Maybe not in those exact words but expressed her dislike of the old-fashioned way of thinking–racism, hate, religion.

And quite honestly, I agree with her. I don’t like those things either.

You might say, “but religion? You don’t like religion?”

That’s right, I don’t.

Religion, to me, is about following rules, formalities, legalism, traditions–You must do this or you must not do that.

But, faith now, is a different matter.  My faith is about love, hope, freedom and forgiveness. Those are things you can only find in a relationship(not a religion) with Jesus.

Jesus himself broke the “rules” of the religion:

John 4

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Mark 2

3Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”


15While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


23One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

Galatians 2

11When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

14When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

15“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ 16know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

17“If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. 19For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”[d]

Galatians 5:13-15 (New International Version)

13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[a]; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

And Jesus said:

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 10:9-11 (New International Version)

9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Okay, so do you have a religion or a relationship? No amount of “right living” will ever earn you the freedom and forgiveness you can find in a relationship with Christ.

What you’ll find in Kaye Dacus’s novel Stand-In Groom:

A satisfying romance

A plane crash

A celebrity wedding

A wedding planner

Tantalizing food

I enjoyed reading this novel with a plus-sized heroine.

I’m not the biggest fan of research, but when you write historical novels, well, research is a necessary evil.

Google books is an excellent resource for historical novels. I have read many memoirs and novels from the late 18th and early 19th centuries that have given me great material and facts to use in my novels. Because the books are old, most of the time you can see the entire book on-line.

I wanted to share a quote from one book:

Sowing gold does not always produce a golden harvest, but that knowledge and virtue, when early implanted in the human breast, seldom fail to make ample returns of prudence and felicity.  –R L Edgeworth in the Preface to Vivian by Maria Edgeworth.

I’ve come up with the new name of my Trilogy and I wrote 10 pages this weekend!

This will be a short post.

It seems when I have ideas to post on my blog, I don’t have fiction ideas. And vice versa.

Lately, the fiction ideas have been coming like the rain has been around here. Overflowing. More ideas than I can possibly write. And that’s a good thing.

But, that’s why this post is short. I don’t really have anything to say.

Although, I will say that I came up with a great plot point for the sequel to the book I’m very close to finishing.

I’m not a scientist. Many times have I wished to have studied Science instead of Finance. I saw this post today and thought it very interesting.

Is Global Warming caused by human activity? As someone speaking as a non-scientist, I think it is very arrogant of us humans to think we can control something so huge. But many people think we do and can–like Mr. Internet inventor himself, Al Gore.

This portion of the post caught my Finance/Economics attention:

While the scientists reported on a vast array of peer-reviewed literature that cast doubt on the causes and severity of global warming, the economists produced data that showed the cap-and-trade scheme not only wouldn’t halt the release of greenhouse gases, but would add huge costs to business activity that inevitably would be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices.

It never fails. When I read long passages of scripture in one sitting I always find new plots or new ideas for my “in progress” work.

My usual way of reading the Bible is a chapter at a time, or the passage from Sunday School, but when I read chapters at a time, in this case I was reading Chapters 1 -11 of 1Kings, I seem to find the new ideas. I was not reading for that purpose, though.

I read the Bible to draw closer to God.

Today I came away with the title for the sequel to my book, Absalom’s Beauty, and a plot point. The title is… drum roll please… Solomon’s Stables. I suppose  the names of King David’s sons will be a “motif” for this series.  This will mean I will have to change a character’s name in the first book, though.

I highly recommend reading the Bible for inspiration of more than just one kind.

Dave Ramsey’s Town Hall for Hope is a MUST WATCH for everyone. Especially if you’ve lost your job or are afraid you might lose your job. The message is: don’t be afraid.

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