Cameo Appearances

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So, it’s been two weeks….

Which apparently in “internet time” is more like 2 years.

The two big reasons for my long and arduous hiatus are that #1- I’m in the middle of PREPTOBER. Yes, this year I am crazy going for NANOWRIMO. I still have so much to do in preparation for writing my novel in a month, but I’m at least getting somewhere with it.

And the second reason why I took a break is just that. I needed a break. I’ve read nearly 100 books this year, including the Bible. And to be honest, I’m just so burnt out. I love Harry Potter, but I needed some space to just read some good and wholesome and relaxing books. Like, fellowshipping with Christy Miller and the gang, sipping on peppermint tea by candlelight.

And now that I’m back, and I’ve had my space… it’s time to make a few changes…

Did you know that pluggedin.com does book reviews now? I had no idea!

Which is why my entire focus will now be on my Bible Girls series and Fictional Fridays.

I am, of course, going to finish out HP on here because I’ve yet to find Christian reviews for it that aren’t biased on the magic.

So, with that all being said: let’s talk about today’s Bible Girl.

In these last few weeks, more and more have I felt the weight of the unknown. It’s heavy and stressful and definitely not the funnest thing to carry on your back throughout the day.

And so, as my thoughts have been directed towards the unforseeable future, it’s difficult not to feel anxious or nervous.   Because EVERYTHING ABOUT THE FUTURE IS UNKNOWN.

Now you’re probably wondering what that has to do with Claudia. Well, that’s just it. There really isn’t anything we actually know about her.

Her name is among 3 others, at the end of 2 Timothy 4 (vs 21). It’s stated kind of like, “Do all your work before winter. Oh, and by the way, these people say hi”.

We can only assume that perhaps she was among the women Paul thought warmly of because of whatever her service to the Lord was. We don’t know how she served. It could have been in hospitality. Working with the poor. Maybe in a leadership position. Maybe just behind the scenes.

Whatever the case, she left some sort of positive impression on one of the greatest Christians this world has ever known. Enough so to make a cameo appearance in the Bible.

How awesome is it though, that God took the time before we were even born to individually write each and every one of our stories? We might be little extras in other’s lives, but we are uniquely the main characters in our own personal tales- penned by the greatest Author in the universe.

And so, in a world of so much uncertainty- I take comfort in the fact that I’ll know Claudia’s full story one day. Just like I’ll know mine.

And the point of it all is to just live this story out. Day by day. Page by page. All for the Author, Who’s not at liberty to give me spoilers just yet.

Besides, I don’t need to know every little thing. God knows all our once upon a times and happily ever afters in this life. And that’s good enough for me.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

-Psalm 139:14-16

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE!

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Yesterday, I posted this picture on INSTAGRAM and announced that this book was making its way into my CF list of exceptions….

Um, but then today, as I was reaching towards the end, I stumbled on the “A word” and one usage of God’s name in vain.

I mean, obviously I’ve read FAR worse- but it’s for the benefit of helping others. When I read Christian Fiction… well, it’s on my own personal time. So, I kind of like keeping it clean, y’all!

It’s just such a bummer that Dekker, this massively popular Christian author, would add such uncalled for language to a story with such wondrous potential.

Seriously, if it wasn’t for the swearing, it would have been up there as a favorite for this year! (And the first of it’s kind too, since I’ve yet to read a CF book I love this year.) It’s just, ugh. What a let down people.

Anywho, you’ve been warned. No genre is safe. 💩