Friday, March 16, 2012

God's Leadership: An Awe Like No Other

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 4:02 PM 0 comments

Guest Post by Fay Lamb:

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied;
 he shall not be visited with evil.
Proverbs 19:23

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Hebrews 10:31

On occasion a character will ask a question the author isn’t sure how to answer. Dig deep enough and a writer might find that the question is one she needs answered for herself. If we’re asking, it is logical to think this might be a teaching moment for our readers.

Recently, while writing a scene between a football coach and his favorite quarterback and team captain, the young man challenged the teaching of his angry, oppressive father saying, “I’ve been told a good leader is one that makes his followers fear him. Is that true, Coach?”

The question seemed to come out of nowhere, but I needed an answer for the kid, for myself, and for my reader.

Proverbs 19:23 tells us, “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

Because I fear my God and my Savior, I never fall into His hands. I am covered by them. I receive protection from my mighty King, and His word promises I will never be taken from His hold.

All about me, my enemies rage, yet Psalm 23 tells me God sets a table before me in their midst. Because I fear Him and not my enemies and because I follow in His ways, the Lord’s hands fill my cup with goodness and mercy.

The waters of troubles might billow and roll, but I do not need to be afraid. God bids me to keep my eyes upon Him, and I am able to rise above the crashing waves that threaten to pull me under. Should I take my eyes off of Him and be swept out to sea, He is the very lifeline that will bring me safely into His grasp.

When I walk with a reverence, with an abiding awe of my Father’s love for me, the past, the present, and the future have no hold. My Father is the Great I Am. And wherever I was, wherever I happen to be, and wherever I go in the future, His Word was, is, and will be a light for each step on my path, and His hands will bid me safely follow.

But what about those who disregard God’s love, those who do not fear Him, those who fail to accept the wondrous sacrifice He made for us? Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” This same God who will one day take righteous vengeance upon His enemies is the same God that freely gave His only son so that no one has to fall into His hands. Instead, they can find protection in them.

So what did the coach tell this young man? He said, “When it comes to God, son, respect and fear are intertwined. Fear is reverence, and when we look to God with awe in our heart, He walks with us and guides us. Who are we that anyone should fear us? True discipline, the desire to do our best, is born of respect and not fear of retribution. Shouldn’t you and I lead by God’s example?”

And that, I discovered, is a question, that each leader should ask.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.
Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.
In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.


Because of Me:

Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing, a division of Treble Heart Books.
Or at Treble Heart Books at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html



Friday, March 2, 2012

Getting Honest and Getting Better

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 5:39 AM 1 comments
It is quite interesting that after getting very little sleep a few nights ago, I actually felt more energized and motivated than I had in a while. Could it be that I just emotionally threw up all over my blog? You know the feeling, when you're nauseated for a long time, finally throw up and then feel better. Pretty graphic, sorry about that. But hey, we're all moms here.

And the day after my last post I was dealing with another sick child and got very little sleep. But I felt better. It's like I opened the windows on a spring day and the breeze blew out all the stale air. Now, I still didn't get my shower til two in the afternoon, but I at least was getting things done in my jammies.

The next day oh persistent but hit me, but not very hard. I still taught school. Started on the weekly seven loads of laundry after working on the "kids have been sick" laundry. Yesterday, I even had a chance to run errands by myself in gorgeous eighty degree afternoon.

And I have to say, it feels good to feel good.

Then I wonder, would it feel so good to feel good if I didn't know what it was to feel bad? Not that I ever want to go back there, although given past history, chances are good I will. But would I appreciate the good days as much if the bad never came? I don't think I would. And each time I have a chance to practice what I say I believe: it's important that we continue to do the right thing even when we don't feel like it. I usually don't do great in this area. Hey, I don't even always do what there is to be done when I feel good. But each moment of each day is an opportunity for me to grow.

I am not a consistent person. I work more in spurts. This past week I worked on speaker invitations for the Abundant Life Conference for Women, coping with sickness, and getting ready for two birthday parties. Next week will be something else. Maybe getting back to my fiction work. But, the important thing is to stay focused in the right direction: up. And keep on keeping on. There is a purpose, not only for each of our lives, but for every breath that we have.

I wish I could remember that every day, much less every moment.

Making the right choices on a regular basis will help. And the first right choice is "renewing my mind daily." I got a wonderful reminder of this this morning by my sister, who posted this on facebook:

Ephesians 4
To Be Mature
1-3In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
4-6You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.



There's no problem in letting all my emotions out, as a matter of fact, it's very healing when done in a healthy way. But then I have to get the focus off myself (contrary to what most of society tells us) and get it back on God and others needs. There are so many people out there who are also hurting, and if I can use the pain I've felt to come along side someone and help them get to the other side, back to where feeling good feels so good, then I have one more thing to be thankful for.

Friday, March 16, 2012

God's Leadership: An Awe Like No Other


Guest Post by Fay Lamb:

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied;
 he shall not be visited with evil.
Proverbs 19:23

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Hebrews 10:31

On occasion a character will ask a question the author isn’t sure how to answer. Dig deep enough and a writer might find that the question is one she needs answered for herself. If we’re asking, it is logical to think this might be a teaching moment for our readers.

Recently, while writing a scene between a football coach and his favorite quarterback and team captain, the young man challenged the teaching of his angry, oppressive father saying, “I’ve been told a good leader is one that makes his followers fear him. Is that true, Coach?”

The question seemed to come out of nowhere, but I needed an answer for the kid, for myself, and for my reader.

Proverbs 19:23 tells us, “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”

Because I fear my God and my Savior, I never fall into His hands. I am covered by them. I receive protection from my mighty King, and His word promises I will never be taken from His hold.

All about me, my enemies rage, yet Psalm 23 tells me God sets a table before me in their midst. Because I fear Him and not my enemies and because I follow in His ways, the Lord’s hands fill my cup with goodness and mercy.

The waters of troubles might billow and roll, but I do not need to be afraid. God bids me to keep my eyes upon Him, and I am able to rise above the crashing waves that threaten to pull me under. Should I take my eyes off of Him and be swept out to sea, He is the very lifeline that will bring me safely into His grasp.

When I walk with a reverence, with an abiding awe of my Father’s love for me, the past, the present, and the future have no hold. My Father is the Great I Am. And wherever I was, wherever I happen to be, and wherever I go in the future, His Word was, is, and will be a light for each step on my path, and His hands will bid me safely follow.

But what about those who disregard God’s love, those who do not fear Him, those who fail to accept the wondrous sacrifice He made for us? Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” This same God who will one day take righteous vengeance upon His enemies is the same God that freely gave His only son so that no one has to fall into His hands. Instead, they can find protection in them.

So what did the coach tell this young man? He said, “When it comes to God, son, respect and fear are intertwined. Fear is reverence, and when we look to God with awe in our heart, He walks with us and guides us. Who are we that anyone should fear us? True discipline, the desire to do our best, is born of respect and not fear of retribution. Shouldn’t you and I lead by God’s example?”

And that, I discovered, is a question, that each leader should ask.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.
Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.
In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.


Because of Me:

Not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.

Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?

Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing, a division of Treble Heart Books.
Or at Treble Heart Books at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html



Friday, March 2, 2012

Getting Honest and Getting Better

It is quite interesting that after getting very little sleep a few nights ago, I actually felt more energized and motivated than I had in a while. Could it be that I just emotionally threw up all over my blog? You know the feeling, when you're nauseated for a long time, finally throw up and then feel better. Pretty graphic, sorry about that. But hey, we're all moms here.

And the day after my last post I was dealing with another sick child and got very little sleep. But I felt better. It's like I opened the windows on a spring day and the breeze blew out all the stale air. Now, I still didn't get my shower til two in the afternoon, but I at least was getting things done in my jammies.

The next day oh persistent but hit me, but not very hard. I still taught school. Started on the weekly seven loads of laundry after working on the "kids have been sick" laundry. Yesterday, I even had a chance to run errands by myself in gorgeous eighty degree afternoon.

And I have to say, it feels good to feel good.

Then I wonder, would it feel so good to feel good if I didn't know what it was to feel bad? Not that I ever want to go back there, although given past history, chances are good I will. But would I appreciate the good days as much if the bad never came? I don't think I would. And each time I have a chance to practice what I say I believe: it's important that we continue to do the right thing even when we don't feel like it. I usually don't do great in this area. Hey, I don't even always do what there is to be done when I feel good. But each moment of each day is an opportunity for me to grow.

I am not a consistent person. I work more in spurts. This past week I worked on speaker invitations for the Abundant Life Conference for Women, coping with sickness, and getting ready for two birthday parties. Next week will be something else. Maybe getting back to my fiction work. But, the important thing is to stay focused in the right direction: up. And keep on keeping on. There is a purpose, not only for each of our lives, but for every breath that we have.

I wish I could remember that every day, much less every moment.

Making the right choices on a regular basis will help. And the first right choice is "renewing my mind daily." I got a wonderful reminder of this this morning by my sister, who posted this on facebook:

Ephesians 4
To Be Mature
1-3In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
4-6You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.



There's no problem in letting all my emotions out, as a matter of fact, it's very healing when done in a healthy way. But then I have to get the focus off myself (contrary to what most of society tells us) and get it back on God and others needs. There are so many people out there who are also hurting, and if I can use the pain I've felt to come along side someone and help them get to the other side, back to where feeling good feels so good, then I have one more thing to be thankful for.
 

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