Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Then there's always that feeling of whether what I'm doing is really worth it. Am I teaching those little Pre-K kids anything? And in my writing, am I composing stuff that is meaningful? Am I fulfilling my role as a wife, a mom, a church member, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Christian?
Yep, I have these days when I'm not quite reaching Super Woman status, and I get down on myself.
But I read a verse this morning that encouraged me. Let me share it with you.
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58
Now, as usual, there is a caveat contained within this scripture. This verse doesn't say that none of my work is in vain. The verse explains that the work I do that is of the Lord isn't in vain.
Thus, if I want my work to mean something, it must be of the Lord. Does this mean that only those things we do in our church are worth it? No. Only those things that are specifically witnessing? No.
In another scripture we are told to do all we do as if working for the Lord.
If I have asked the Lord's guidance in all the work I do, then I can say that I am working for Him. I have long since dedicated what I do in the Pre-K to the Lord. I have accepted a calling from the Lord to write. I have been called to work in all of the roles God has blessed me with.
This means that all of my work means something. It isn't in vain. Even when I'm feeling those blahs, I can take heart in knowing that as long as I'm giving myself fully to the work God has called me to, it is not in vain.
Knowing that causes me to look at the first part of the verse - the part about standing firm and letting nothing move me.
When I start to think what I'm doing means nothing, I must stand firm. I can stand firm in my calling to fulfill all of the roles God is helping me to fulfill. I can let nothing move me. In other words, I can trust in God's help and calling enough to know that He doesn't call me to meaningless tasks.
What about you? Do you have feelings like this? Do you have moments you feel that your work in in vain?
Monday, September 21, 2015
How did this story come about?
I wrote A Lady for the Lawman because I wanted to continue the story of
crazy Cal Davidson from A Bride for the Sheriff and develop another
strong female character like Claire Maxwell. When working on my master's
degree I took a course on the Civil War. One of the texts was titled
Madness, Malingering and Malfeasance. It was a fascinating work on the
transformation of psychiatry and law in the Civil War era. I wanted
readers to know that thousands of men suffered mentally as well as
physically. Many men did disappear after the war choosing not to return
Cal came from my imagination and at the end he receives the treatment he
needs but his mental illness affected his life and those like Claire who
knew him. The character of Jason Reynolds came from my admiration of the
men and women in law enforcement. My brother was a military police man
for many years and his courage always impressed me. Arianna Quincy's
strong yet feminine character is based on my niece Arianne who is a
kind, gentle, yet strong woman of God.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
I'm thrilled to share this story with you.
Author Nancy Mehl had this to say:
Author Paula Mowery
skillfully combines suspense and romance in her book, For Our Good. A
compelling plot, along with authentic, richly drawn characters, will keep
readers turning the pages of this taut and exciting story.
Here's an excerpt:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Thanks Melissa for hosting me!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Enthusiasm is defined as strong warmth of feeling: keen interest: fervor or something that inspires or is pursued or regarded with ardent zeal or fervor.
In light of this definition, I asked myself what causes me to have enthusiasm. The answer came rather quickly.
When God reveals to me truths and then allows me to express them through telling a story, I get excited. I can understand when the runner in Chariots of Fire said he could feel God's pleasure as he ran. I totally get that same feeling when I'm in the writing zone.
The only way to explain this zone is to give you an example.
My newest book releases tomorrow. In the developing stages of this story God nudged my memory back to a story my dad had told me. Then I began to imagine characters put into this situation and what their backgrounds might be like. As my heroine took shape, she had experienced much loss and would naturally be angry with God. The spirit brought a scripture to mind, Romans 8:28. I wanted to bring my heroine full circle in realizing the truth of that verse.
As I began to write this story, I had that feeling of God's pleasure. In some small way, I like to think it might feel like what the writers of the Bible felt as they penned His words. Now, I am in no way equating my writing with that of Scripture. But, those writers must have felt God's pleasure as they wrote with His guidance. That's what being in the writing zone is for me. That is what brings a definite enthusiasm.
What causes you to have enthusiasm?