Family memories inspire the most believable stories…
T. M. Brown, Southern & Inspirational Author
Folks have asked about my Christmas in Shiloh backstory timeline and how family plays such a key role in the story of Sanctuary. Here’s a kernel of inspiration that came from one of my grandsons performing in front of the Christmas tree when he was but five. These are the moments to be treasured and worthy of inclusion in my stories of Theo and Liddy Phillips overcoming their fears as they unravel mysteries in Shiloh. Their love of family is the fiber that binds their courage as they confront scandals and uncover dark secrets in their new small-town community.
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Let us not become weary when doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
When things are going well we should feel like nothing can stop us from continuing to do good. But, what happens when doing what is right and good becomes hard, and others are watching? Will you remain steadfast and NEVER NEVER NEVER QUIT or buckle under the burden?
What happens to our enthusiasm when we receive the recognition we feel we deserve for doing good?
What about when choosing to do good means you may be the only one doing it?
No matter what, we are encouraged to stay the course, choosing to do what is right and good. There is a promise connected to staying the course, but the reward may be merely getting to see the fruit of our efforts – a changed life although nothing materially changes for us.
If such is our reward, will you continue to choose to do good? That is the test that God may place before you. Will you stay the course no matter what?
Please know doing what is right and good can be a challenge, taxing our willpower, but we also have a stronger power than our willpower — God’s spiritual power within us. Make sure God’s spiritual power empowers our willpower. Then you will NEVER NEVER NEVER QUIT doing what is right and good!
Would you trust God when the choice you have to make conflicts with what may be in our personal best interest and cost more than we think we can afford? What price do you place on doing what is right and good? Consider the plight of John Priestly and Theo Phillips in Sanctuary.
Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17
In the time of Paul’s journeys to plant new churches and his writings to encourage the new churches, the weapon of war was the sword. Yet, Paul stated in his metaphor in our battle as a Christian soldier, our weapon is not made of iron finely honed to rip flesh and bone, but of the Spirit of God, which is His message of salvation and truth. Yet, in another verse, the metaphor says the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and can cut deeper. Why is this? Well, the Word of God reveals the truth about us and our nature. God ought to know us pretty good so His Word or His Message can cut deep into our inner being to inflict change that sometimes hurts. It hurts to realize we have sinned against God by our words and deeds, yet God still loves us and desires for us to walk away from that life of sin and selfishness. God’s Word, or message of Hope and Love, is found through the life example and teachings of Jesus, the Christ.
When we carry the Word of God into the battlefield in which we war against this world, knowing our weapons are more powerful than theirs boosts our confidence.
How have you invested in God’s Word as your weapon of choice today?
How have you invested in God’s Word today? Is it the one weapon you never neglect to carry each day?
To discover relevant applications of the value of daily devotions in God’s Word, might I suggest investing in reading my Shiloh Novels, Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories, and Testament, An Unexpected Return. Both exemplify a commitment to allowing God’s Word to be a part of your daily walk and seeing God guiding our choices and the consequences of those choices. Both are fun mystery/thrillers but include how God can be a steady guide in times of scandal, tragedy, and uncertainty. Go to TMBrownAuthor.com for more information. Available in paperback and Kindle editions.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20:35
To become an encourager to others, we need to allow encouragers into our life. To encourage those who are weaker, we must identify our weaknesses. To feed the hungry, we should know the pangs of hunger.
Fasting has a personal purpose that emphasizes our dependent relationship upon God, but it also reminds us what it means to do without and experience genuine hunger.
I challenge you to fast; learn what it means to feel real hunger pangs. You will find yourself closer to God through the experience, which will allow you to better sympathize with others in genuine need. God can use you then to become a better encourager effectively reaching out and caring for others in need.
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