Ease on Down the Romans Road

By Carlton Hughes

On a warm Sunday morning nineteen years ago, I knelt to pray to receive Christ as my Savior. When the service ended I left the church as if floating on a cloud. What a feeling! I knew my life was changed forever, and I figured the rest of that life would be filled with sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows.

Boy, was I wrong.

Mind you, choosing to serve Christ was the best decision I have ever made and is the only way to live, but even Jesus said we would have trouble in this world. My transition into the Christian life was not easy—it took a while for me to figure it out. I’m actually still figuring it out, and one thing that has helped me is reading the book of Romans.
As I stumbled through those first few months of my new life, I didn’t know where to begin in reading the Bible. Someone suggested I read Romans, and I dug in. I found it’s a powerful book on how to live the Christian life.

The richest chapter that I latched onto was Romans 8. The first verse I ever memorized was verse 2—For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from sin and death—but there are so many more that provide insight and direction.

Further in Romans 8, I found that the sufferings of our present life cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us (verse 18). Just think, our current troubles will pale in comparison to what lies ahead. What a promise! On and on there are rich nuggets of wisdom, reminding me God is for me and not against me and nothing can separate me from His love.

I could go on and on, and I toyed with the idea of copying and pasting the whole book into this blog post. But then the administrators would complain the post was too long and not tweetable. Suffice to say, if you need some encouragement and direction, get yourself over to Romans.

Click to tweet: Salvation on the Romans road. #faith #Bible

WRITING PROMPT: Think back to your salvation experience. What struggles did you have? Find a verse in the book of Romans and relate it to your life.

My Favorite Book of Bible Is…

The Holy Bible is made up of sixty-six books, including history, poetry, prophecy, the gospels, and letters…in three languages, written by numerous authors, inspired by God.

It’s called the Word of God. No other book has lasted as long, or sold as well. During the month of August, the Writing Prompts Crew will discuss their favorite books of the Bible. We hope you’ll join the conversation. Comment and ask questions. Tell us your favorite(s) – quote a beloved scripture – let us know why you love the passage.

My favorite book will come as no surprise to those who know me. Ruth is situated between Judges and 1 Samuel. The lead character is not Hebrew, she’s a convert to Judaism. She loves her mother-in-law, Naomi, like a mother–well enough that she takes Naomi’s faith and promises to stay beside her in one of the most quoted passages of the Bible.

But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us! Ruth 1:16-17 The Message Bible

The calling of God was so strong in Ruth’s heart, she felt compelled to go.

Click to Tweet: She gave up everything to follow, but look what she gained in return. #BookofRuth #BibleStudy

Ruth’s story may seem like a romantic tale, but it’s so much more. It’s a foreshadowing, a type, both symbolic and prophetic. In Ruth, we see the story of God’s grace and redemption. When she found her way to the fields owned by Boaz (a type of Christ), the kinsman redeemer, he offered his protection. He invited her to drink of his servants’ water, and dine at their table.

Sound familiar? I’m reminded of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus offered her living water. I’m reminded of the marriage supper of the Lamb. I’m reminded that you can’t always see what lies ahead. You can’t know that what you’re leaving behind is nothing compared to what God has in mind for your future. If you will trust Him, He will lead you to it.

This is the message of the book of Ruth. It’s a foreshadowing of the walk of faith–giving up our old lives for what God has planned.

I did a two-part study of the book of Ruth on my personal blog, if you’re interested: Beyond the Book of Ruth and Ruth’s Legacy.

Kinsman Redeemer The book of Ruth is the inspiration for my Kinsman Redeemer series, which includes Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, and will continue in a third installment. Annabelle is the Naomi character in the story. Her daughter-in-law, Connie, is Annabelle’s Ruth. Because of my love for the story of Ruth, I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story.

I’ve continued to study the book of Ruth, and I’m amazed that with each new read, I learn something more. But that’s kind of standard with the Holy Bible, isn’t it?


Instead of a writing prompt, do you have a question about the book of Ruth? Have you read something in the book that inspired you? Who is your favorite character in the book?

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Summer and Winners

Summer is almost over for students everywhere. As another school year rolls around, we hope to lighten the mood by making some of our loyal audience aware of their winnings. Congratulations!

Elle E. Kay has offered a chance for someone to own a copy of Stella (print or Kindle version) . Congrats to Caryl Kane  for winning. Hooray!

Michelle Griep is giving Out of the Frying Pan, a book she wrote with Kelly Klepfer. [Winner’s choice! Paperback, or e-book]  to Marsha Wilder . Woo hoo!

Sarah’s Smile by Dawn Kinzer has been won by Karen Sargent . Yay!

Wow. Winning and reading. What a great way to enjoy the new school year.

3 Questions Wednesday with Kim Kintner

Happy Wednesday!  Kim Kintner is adopted by God, wife to one amazing man, mom to seven blessings, an author, speaker and lover of coffee.  Serving in ministry as a Christian camp counselor, children and youth minister and at a college campus ministry over the years grew her passion for the lost, weary and hurting.  Her greatest desire is to extend God’s love and compassion to the brokenhearted.

First Question:

What inspires you?

Kim:  Jesus Christ and the hope of Heaven.

That says it all. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Kim:   Rainbow swirl because my five-year-old would absolutely love to color with a rainbow swirl crayon!

What a fun color! Last question:

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kim: I wanted to be a catcher for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Team.

Very high aspirations! Thanks so much for dropping by, Kim.


Kim’s books

The Stained Glass Family
A Story of Brokenness to Beauty

Do you have a relationship in need of healing? Are your current circumstances overwhelming your contentment in life? Do you desire an improved interpretation of who you are?

In The Stained Glass Family, Kim Kintner will take you on a journey to cultivate healing in your relationship with your Heavenly Father so that you may love yourself and others in a healthier manner. Through healing the void in your life that broken humans cannot fill, your life can transform from brokenness to beauty.

I Love You All the Time, Each and Every Day

I Love You All the Time is a timeless tale of Little Mouse and her Mama sharing God’s unconditional love through everyday feelings.  As children discover emotions, the repetitive, heart-warming affirmation will bond children and adults together.
“I love you through the happy.  I love you through the sad.  I love you through the scared.  I love you through the mad.   I love you through the sleepy.  I love you through the play.  I love you ALL the time, each and every day.”

Enough: Healing Our Identity Crisis (to be released in 2017)

A six-week Bible study on Galatians
 

We never feel we are enough.  Not smart enough.  Not fast enough.  Not old enough.  Not young enough.  Not Christian enough.

The Galatian Church struggled with accepting their grace-given identity in Jesus Christ, just as we do today.  Join Kim Kintner in this study of Paul’s pleading with the people to find their ‘enough’ through the radical Gospel message of grace.

Kim Kintner is adopted by God, wife to one amazing man, mom to seven blessings, an author, speaker and lover of coffee.  Serving in ministry as a Christian camp counselor, children and youth minister and at a college campus ministry over the years grew her passion for the lost, weary and hurting.  Her greatest desire is to extend God’s love and compassion to the brokenhearted.

Her time learning and serving in the campus ministry also introduced her to stateside and overseas humanitarian work where her heart developed a longing to provide aid in orphan care, adoption and foster care.  Kim and her husband adopted all seven of their children through international and stateside adoptions which led Kim to found Hope for Love Ministries to help foster and adoptive children and families.  Kim also writes for Live in the Round: Inspiring Women with the Gospel.  Her first book is, “The Stained Glass Family: A Story of Brokenness to Beauty”.  Her second book (which is a children’s book) is, “I Love You All the Time, Each and Every Day”!  Her third book, “Enough: Healing Our Identity Crisis” a six-week Bible study on Galatians will be released within the next year.

Indie Publishing: Here to Stay

By Jennifer Hallmark

Wow. We’ve had so many good posts this month concerning Indie publishing that I dislike seeing it come to an end.  In case you missed any, here’s a quick review…

Betty Thomason Owens started our month on July 3rd by discussing her own road to Indie publication with her fantasy novels: A Month of Indie Publishing.

On July 7th and July 11th, Susan Neal shared not only how she Indie published her book but how she took it to a number one Amazon ranking: Make Your Dream Come True and Self Publish Your Book, and How to Obtain an Amazon Best-Selling Ranking.

July 10th rolled around and Gail Johnson pointed us to some good ideas while Trekking the Indie Route.

On July 14th, Tammy trail asked an important question, “Is There Room for Indie Publishing?

Harriet Michael “Declared Her Independence” on July 17th with her Indie publishing journey.

On July 21st, I interviewed Hallee Bridgeman, an “Indie Author Extraordinaire”, who shared how she sold over half a million books.

Sherrie Giddens wrote a guest post titled “Take the Steps to Self-Publish Your Books” on July 24th of how she Indie published her books.

And Betty Boyd ended our month with an interview with blogger, author, and life coach Nancy Colasurdo and her Indie published memoir.

As you read each of these articles, I believe you’ll understand why Indie publishing is here to stay. The reasons behind the decision may vary but each person seemed happy with the results.

Next month, we’re taking a totally different road and discussing favorite books of the Bible. Don’t miss it!

Click to tweet: Indie publishing is here to stay. #IndiePub #amwriting

Writing Prompt: Bob stood facing Lil, hands on his hips. “Why would anyone want to read your memoir? And who’ll publish it?”

Lil snorted. “Haven’t you ever heard the word Indie?”