Monday, March 25, 2013

Spiritual Posture

In one article I wrote on Improve Your Posture and Improve Your Health I offer a tip on improving your posture by imagining a spotlight in your chest. This spotlight should shine forward, never down.

When character's in The Inheritance accept Truth's gift, the light of Truth burns within their chest. They become lightbearers. In our realm, those of us who have the light of Christ are to be like a city set on a hill. That means we can be seen from a distance.

I thought about the importance of letting that light shine forward for all to see. It lights our way and is also noticeable to others. However, if we have poor spiritual posture, the light shines down; it may even be dim. It still lights our path if we look for the illumination, but it is no longer evident to others. God calls us to let our light shine in a way that others will see it and give him glory.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16 HCSB).

The Inheritance by Donna Sundblad is available on Kindle or paperback. (Christian fiction)

Monday, March 18, 2013

I had a wonderful weekend. Not that it was all fun, as it included cleaning house and doing laundry, but I stop to realize how fortunate I am to have a house to clean and laundry to wash. When I lost my job, I had no idea what to expect. The one thing I knew was that God is faithful. That doesn't mean I get to keep all my creature comforts. It means he is what I really need.

I thought about the scene in The Inheritance when Heavenly Wisdom tells Jejune that all he needs will be provided and how often he tries to bend that to mean it will provide what he wants. Like when he picked the fruit and was told he wasn't to take it with him on his journey. Or when he meets Humility who is willing to share his last crust of bread and how Jejune feels when Lady Chary comes along eats it and then complains that it is stale. What did he do? ...well if I told you that you wouldn't need to read the book.

"May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah" (Psalm 68:19 HCSB)

The Inheritance by Donna Sundblad is available on Kindle or paperback. (Christian fiction)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Donna Sundblad's The Inheritance May Change Your Life

The characters in the book take on all the characteristics of Spiritual Warfare.  You will love it.  -- Steele Magnolias review of The Inheritance by Donna Sundblad. 
I love when people "get it." The Inheritance is not a traditional Christian book in the view of some, but I have to wonder if the same was said in the past of other authors. I gave a copy of the book to an acquaintance  as a gift, and now we are friends. She turned back to the Lord after almost 50 years of backsliding. Consider giving The Inheritance as a gift. It's a great conversation starter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

God's Word Does Not Return Void

When I read the story about the homeless man who found a diamond ring in his donation cup it touched my heart. Even though he slept under a bridge each night, instead of pawning the engagement ring, he held on to it. He knew that the owner would be back for it. Sure enough a couple of days later the woman returned looking for her ring. She had accidentally dropped her diamond ring in the cup with her spare change.

This story is inspirational because he chose to do the right thing. This man, Billy Ray Harris, admits to being tempted to pawn the ring, but he attributes making the right choice to his Christian upbringing. This real life story is such a good reminder that God is with us in prosperous times and lean times. The fact that Billy Ray Harris didn't sell the ring, shows that God continues to produce fruit in his heart. As a bonus, a fund has been set up for 90 days to pay the kindness forward. Initially, the goal was to bring in $1,000, but God has much more than that in mind. As of this morning it was at $150,000!
"So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” (Isaiah 55:11 HCSB)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Light Unto My Path

This past Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship that included a large number of young people. By young, I mean teens and pre-teens. One by one, most of them took the opportunity to share from Scripture or song, and one of the guys by the name of Joshua did both. First he sang the old praise chorus made popular by Amy Grant. Thy Word. While he would never make it on American Idol, he didn't let that stop him from praising God and sharing from the heart. I thought about how we are to let our light shine in such a way as to give glory to our Father in heaven, and that's what Joshua was doing. I was blessed. He was being a light bearer even though he tends to be shy. It made me think of Jejune in The Inheritance, and how the light of Truth made a difference it his life.

Hearing that tune again created one of those good brain worms, too. The song stuck with me for days. It reminded me that it is God's Word that is to light my way and now here I am sharing it with you. See what a difference a little spark can make?
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. -- Psalm 119:105.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Thrill of the Roller Coaster Ride

I don't know about other writers, but for me the writing and publishing of my work is like a roller coaster ride. The writing process itself is an adventure as the story unfolds within my imagination. Once the book is accepted that's like pausing at the top of a high hill waiting for the ride to drop. Waiting to hear what others think of the book or story. You learn to take the high and low points. It's all a learning experience! 

With The Inheritance I've had many people let me know they enjoy the story, but today I heard from a fan who blessed me with this statement:
I am enjoying the book so much Donna...and wish I was with my grandsons to read it to them, slowly, explaining and I know it would be such a fun way to share The Gospel.
Now that made my day! It's like the thrill of cresting that high hill on the roller coaster, the drop, the wind rushing! Rewarding!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Donna Sundblad Interview with I.B. Nosey

Be sure to check out the latest interview with Donna Sundblad over at Ahoy! Gum Drop where I. B. Nosey grills Sundblad about her book The Inheritance! This is a fun one. Don't forget to leave a comment!

See interview here.