The Journey of a Calling

Prayer is such an integral part of our relationship with the Lord. It is not only good for those we pray for, it’s good for us and keeps us in fellowship with Him. Read on as Wade shares how his journey of prayer led to his journey of writing.

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Called to Write
by Wade Webster

How does God get a book written that nobody thought of writing?

write-593333_640He gives it to a new writer who doesn’t have a clue he’s writing a book to begin with.

That’s the genesis of the book 100 Prayers Of a Writer. It began when one door closed and another one opened.

Talking to God has come easily to me from childhood because I was saved so young I don’t remember not being born-again. I took advantage of being raised on a farm on the edge of nowhere by taking long walks talking to Jesus about various things in my life.

Fast-forward to eight years ago when God surprised me with a call to write. I thought it was only going to be fiction at first. God had other plans that He didn’t tell me about.

Knowing that public speaking would be a part of the writing equation I took advantage of an opportunity to pray before the adult fellowship at my church on a rotating basis. Many people said my conversational style blessed them. The leadership of the class apparently felt otherwise. They asked me to step down, which I did.

Shortly after that an online writing group I was in had a member who began weekly prayers for us. When her life became too hectic she offered the position to anyone in the group who felt so led. I walked through that door with the stipulation that if my prayers became weakly someone would tell me to stop.

I soon discovered people in the group who I didn’t even know were in the group when they sent me emails telling me how a certain prayer touched them.

After a year I realized I was accumulating enough prayers to make a book. The main organization in charge of our group decided to switch to a Facebook group instead of an prayer-1308663_640email loop halfway through the second year. I asked them to keep us going a bit longer. They did.

I completed the last few prayers after they closed the group to come up with the number of prayers I wanted for the book.

Each chapter of the book follows a list found in the Bible. The Fruit of the Spirit is prayed through one ingredient at a time. The Hall of Faith chapter was eye-opening to complete, as was the 23rd Psalm. Solomon’s Times and Seasons from Ecclesiastes 3 made a good section, too.

The writing group I was in focused on children’s books, so making the prayers approach from the perspective of a child coming before their heavenly Father was quite commonsense. It also made for quite the visual experience to read. It’s the way Jesus told His followers to come to God in Matthew 18:1-4.

Anyone unsure of how to come before God in prayer will gain a fresh perspective from these prayers. They’re written in a way that the reader is talking directly to God. If read out loud you actually are.

This simple act of obedience that disciplined me to come before God weekly for a group of Christian writers became a book by surprise. It surprised me anyway. God knew what He was doing all along.

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100 PRAYERS OF A WRITER COVERWhat is prayer? Prayer is a conversation with God.

What does God expect in your prayer? God wants you to pour out your heart to Him.

These prayers are not meant to be memorized, but experienced. This collection of prayers began as a weekly offering to the American Christian Fiction Writers’ children’s fiction email loop. 100 PRAYERS OF A WRITER combines Wade Webster’s two greatest passions: talking to his Heavenly Father and writing. If your prayer life needs a boost, these prayers will give you the spiritual lift you’re looking for. Experience a depth and honesty that only comes from a lifetime walk with God through Jesus Christ. Although these prayers were originally written to writers, everybody will grow in their understanding of their relationship with the Creator of the universe. People curious about how Christians approach God will have their eyes opened to what makes us tick. Enter the throne room of God as Jesus tells us to–as little children. Leave the same throne room with renewed hope and encouragement. Christianity wasn’t meant to be a rote religion, but a living relationship. Your Father longs for your attention.

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Wade front-on pictureWade Webster lives in Plano, Texas with his best friend Jesus Christ. He attended Grace Bible College sometime in the last century and derives most of his income from driving trucks.

You can follow the link on his blog to buy an autographed copy of his book at http://wadewebster.com or on Amazon.

 

 

Let’s talk about this: Wade shared how God called him to write but had an unexpected path for him. Have you discovered your calling yet? How has God led you on the journey of your calling? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Learning Through Writing

Jesus tells us in the New Testament that we’re to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22). It can be a hard mission to accomplish, however. Read on to see how forgiveness played a role in Sherri’s story.

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A Real Life Story…All Pumped Up
by Sherri Stone

I get story ideas from all over the place: people-watching everywhere, listening in on conversations, a random spark in my brain. Sometimes I get the basic story idea from real life. In the case of my first novel, Sacred Ashes, the story idea started with some real life stuff, but thank goodness the real stuff wasn’t nearly as wild as the story!

I’m a preacher’s kid, and like many preacher’s families, we had some rough times at the sad-505857_1280hands of church people. Not all the time, but when it happened it was hard and I’m sure left scars. Throughout Dani’s story, she must face a tragedy that never should have happened, and in the process, learn to forgive a huge wrong. She struggles with it, as I did. Some of her thoughts are similar to some that I had while God was working on me.

Forgiveness is such an important issue and one of the hardest things we do as Christians. It’s especially hard when forgiving someone won’t fix what happened. When it can never be made right. Our human nature rises up and actively resists letting someone off the hook when they’ve hurt us, or worse, when they’ve hurt someone we love.

Whether it’s a situation like the story in the book, or another thing altogether, each of us, if we live long enough, will have to make the choice to obey God and forgive someone, even if they never apologize or admit that they’ve hurt us. It’s a process and not something we can ever do in our own strength.

Dani is blessed with friends – and one handsome new friend – who encourage, and even gently challenge and push her to reconsider her attitude toward God and Christians. Unforgiveness is a terrible burden for the one who carries it. Sometimes we don’t let go hands-699486_1280until we are so tired we can’t carry it one more day. We can be stubborn – yes, I can!

I hope this story touches readers who may be struggling with unforgiveness. I think story ideas based on real life (with the names changed, of course) can be the most powerful,
because so many people can relate. It also can be a non-threatening way to approach what is often a painful issue.

If you have worked through your own issues, they may be just the story someone needs to hear. It lets them know they are not alone. It reminds them that God cares. It gives them hope for restoration and redemption. And that is why we write.

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Kindle CoverThe man who killed Dani LaClere’s entire family has died in prison after ten years. She expects closure, but her grief is alive and well, and so is her anger at God – and Christians. She plans to deal with it like she always has, by not thinking about it. Easier said than done when she witnesses a murder and becomes the target of a stalker. Her fear escalates as evidence begins to suggest a tie to her family’s murder. When a handsome prison chaplain confirms her suspicions Dani is forced to deal with the pain of her past and a killer she will not see coming.

Find Sacred Ashes on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Sherris pictureSherri is a social worker by day and a writer by night. Her debut fiction novel, Sacred Ashes was released last year and is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More fiction and some non-fiction inspirational books are in the works and she is looking forward to finding God’s purpose for her next fifty years.

Find Sherri on her website and her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Let’s talk about this: Forgiveness can be a hard thing to give, but it can be harder on us–and our relationship with God–to withhold it. Have you had to forgive someone who didn’t ask to be forgiven? How did it improve your outlook? Did you have any Scripture verses that helped you to forgive? Share your thoughts in the comments below.