Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Frenzy


Anyone else notice that time seems to be speeding by??  I remember when I was young, it couldn't go fast enough for me. Days would drag by and nights were interminable. But not so anymore. They do say that time seems to get faster when you're older, but I've asked young people the same question and they agree! 

I thought that by my age, my life would slow down a bit. With my kids grown and my career winding down, I pictured much more spare time to enjoy hobbies and friends. NOT.  Throw in a couple of grandkids and a booming career and I can't seem to keep up.

Notice the word grandkids?  Yes, I'm having another one!. My son's child this time. So life will get even more hectic, if that's possible. 

I truly wonder if God isn't speeding things up as we near the end of the age. Maybe He's heard all my prayers asking for Him to hurry up!  Yes, I'm one of those crazy Christians who can't wait for the end. I can't wait to stand before my Savior. I can't wait for the wedding feast! I can't wait to have a new body and be without sin!  And I can't wait to rule and reign with Jesus here on earth for a thousand years. Talk about a great ending to a story!! It's the greatest story ever told with the greatest ending!

In the meantime, I sit here in my office that looks like a ship's cabin and I write my stories, praying that some readers out there will be drawn to the one and only God who loves them beyond measure.  The problem for me seems to be finding time to actually do that writing!

So here's an update on what I'm working on

Done re-editing The Restitution and waiting on the cover before I upload it for sale as both an ebook and print.  (You're going to love the new cover!)

Halfway through my mermaid allegory entitled. Tears of the Sea.  I have also hired someone to create the cover!

In the beginning stages of coming up with ideas for my next pirate book. This is a really cool phase where characters barge into my mind uninvited and demand to have their story told, and ideas and scenes play out in my mind when I least expect them.  Weird, I know.


Other than that, I'm taking care of my granddaughter, running my house, cooking and cleaning like everyone else. And praising God for all His Blessings!!

Have a Great Weekend!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God is Your Rear Guard!


But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12



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Monday, July 21, 2014

You are Not of this World!

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corin. 4:17-18 NIV

My kingdom is not of this world. Jesus

Have health problems?  This is not your only body. You are getting a brand new one soon that never ages and never gets sick or tired or sweaty. Can you imagine? 

Have money problems?  Your Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills. You are a child of the King of Kings, and though you may be poor in this world, some day soon you will inherit the Kingdom of God!
giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light  Col 1:12

Have family issues? Divorce, Prodigal children, unbelieving family members, strife, arguments?  Someday soon our sinful natures will be completely gone and we will be like Jesus, able by the power of the Holy Spirit to love everyone and bring peace to every relationship.

But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

Lonely? Don't have a family?  You have been adopted into the LARGEST family in the universe with God as your father and every believer your brothers and sisters. It may not feel like it now but someday you will be surrounded by people who love you and want to be with you. You need never be lonely again

the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Can't find a job? Someday soon you will reign on the earth with Jesus. What does reign mean? It means rule as in govern and regulate and monitor and judge. You will have fulfilling work helping Jesus rule the earth. Fun, meaningful, exciting work!

If we endure, we will also reign with him  1 Tim 2:12

Depressed? Filled with Sorrow?  Someday God will wipe away every tear

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev 21:4

Yes, God can help us in this world. Yes, He does help us when we call upon Him and walk with Him. But let's face it, this world is fallen and is spiraling fast into darkness. As long as we are here (in enemy territory) we will always have struggles, trials, sorrows, heartaches, pain, and suffering.  Jesus Himself declared as much when He said in John 16 . "In this world, you will have trouble......." 

But then in the next phrase he tells us "But take heart  I have overcome the world."  You may ask what He meant by that"  On the one hand He says He's overcome the world, and on the other He says we will have troubles. If He has overcome the world, why do we still have troubles? Because Jesus is talking about the future when He returns to claim His Kingship.  He's saying...  Hang in there. This world is painful. But I'm coming soon to make all things new!

So, let's keep our eyes off this crumbling world and affix them on Jesus and our eternal destination. This life is but a blip on the radar, a millisecond in eternity. Our Hope should be directed toward that time when we shed this mortal covering and begin the adventure of an eternity we can't even imagine!!!!

Thank you, Jesus!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

What about those Catholics?

Ever since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church of Wittenberg in 1517, starting the Protestant Reformation, Catholics and Protestants have been at each other's throats!  Well, not so much at each other's throats anymore but quietly dissenting the other's views. But is there so much difference between us?

I had the privilege of watching my only daughter baptized into the Catholic church last Sunday, along with my granddaughter. I had never been to a Catholic Mass before, and especially not one done all in Latin. I hear they are rare these days, but my daughter really likes them. So, there I am, this crazy charismatic Protestant walking into this gorgeous, steepled-ceilinged stained-glass sanctuary where everyone sprinkles holy water on themselves and kneels at the edge of the pew before they sit. All totally foreign to me!

I grew up in a charismatic church with lots of singing and tambourines and healings and Holy Ghost shouts. It was great! Very exciting. My church now is much more subdued, a typical non-denominational American church with the band on the stage and several lively songs followed by a sermon, etc.

My experience last Sunday was one words cannot describe. The minute you enter the sanctuary, all is quiet. No one is talking. Everyone is either kneeling and praying or sitting in reverence. So unlike our modern day church where everyone comes into the church laughing and talking, drinking coffee and eating donuts and kids are running around. The reverence and awe that filled the place really touched me, and the quiet moments before the service began helped me focus on God.


Then as the service began, candles were lit, bells rung, and the priest and his procession walked down the aisle carrying a golden crucifix. The choir, perched above and behind me, sang in Latin with the voice of angels as  the priest stood before the altar and read the Scripture. I was enthralled through the entire service, and particularly afterward when my daughter went through a 45 minute baptism ceremony, all done in Latin. It was amazing. 

No, I'm not converting to Catholicism. But the experience impressed upon me how irreverent our churches have become. How irreverent Protestantism has become. Do we take God for granted? Are we so enamored with His grace that we forget He is the Almighty Creator of the Universe who deserves our worship?  Sometimes I wonder. Is our worship more about how great our band is on the stage, how emotionally charged up they can get us? Or is our focus on God during the music? I loved that the choir was out of site in the Catholic church. Then the focus is on God and not a performance.

Yes, the Catholics have some weird beliefs. Pergatory, Limbo, The belief that the bread and wine actually transform into Jesus's body and blood (There's a name for this but I forget), the worship of saints, and the fact that most Catholics believe only Catholics go to heaven.   But don't some Protestants have some weird beliefs too?  I mean we can't seem to agree on anything. How many different sects have we divided into? Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Charismatics, Non-demnominationals.. etc...  each believing they are right. I went to a Baptist high school and we weren't allowed to dance or play cards (even Solitaire!) 

All I guess I'm saying is that I believe we have more in common then not. I believe we both have great things to offer.  Maybe we could learn a thing or two from each other? The only requirement for salvation is what Paul said in Romans 10
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Are there people in the Catholic church who just go through the rituals yet aren't saved. Sure. Are there people in the Protestant church who just go for social reasons and aren't save. Sure. But I also believed there are many saved in both churches.






Have a Great Weekend!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Someone is watching over you!


For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 

2 Chronicles 16:9



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Keep your eyes above!

I didn't have time this week to write a Monday message, so I thought I'd copy a few quotes below to inspire you this week to seek the things above and not on this earth, because, let's face it, we are only passing through. We are aliens on this earth and our citizenship is in Heaven, and our time here is but a tiny blip on the eternal radar!

"Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come. Right there lies its immense superiority to everthing else within the whole sphere of human thought or experience. We do well to think of the long  tomorrow."
A.W. Tozer

"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought the most of the next"  C.S. Lewis

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Surrender the Dawn - Surrender to Destiny 3

An upper crust lady desperate to save her family. . .
A nefarious town rogue blackmailed into selling out his country. . .
And the destiny that awaits them both amid the War of 1812.

When the war of 1812 robs Cassandra Channing of her father and brothers, she must find a way to support her mother and younger siblings without being forced to marry a man she does not love. Determined to remain independent, she hires a privateer, captained by the town rogue.

Tortured by guilt for his parents’ death, Luke Heaton spends his time drinking and gambling. When Cassandra offers him enough money to fix up his ship, he sees an opportunity to redeem his reputation and help the lady he has loved from afar. Things go well until the British blackmail him into selling supplies to their ships. Still Luke cannot allow Cassandra’s family to be tossed on the streets.

Cassandra has fallen in love with Luke. When she begins to suspect his nefarious activities, she is heartbroken. Hoping to prove her suspicions wrong, she sets out to catch him in the act. But what she doesn’t expect is to get caught up in a massive British invasion… and one of the most decisive battles of the war where lives, liberty, and the future of a nation are at stake.

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Main Characters!



Cassandra Channing

Brief Description: Though Cassandra stands barely over five feet, she more than makes up for her petite frame by her fiery, independent spirit. Her flashing emerald eyes and red hair only hint at the temper and rebellion simmering within. A rebellion that began in her childhood when, unhappy in their marriage, her parents allowed Cassandra to run wild. Now, with her father long dead and her brothers off fighting in the war, Cassandra is left to support a self-centered, irritable mother, two younger sisters who are following in her rebellious footsteps, a bevy of servants, and a lovable, clumsy dog. Feeling abandoned by her father and brothers, Cassandra blames God and decides that He, too, has left her to her own devices. But Cassandra is a fighter. She is loyal to family and country and refuses to see her loved ones tossed on the street. Against all protocol, and desperate to save her family, she hires the only privateer willing to partner with a woman, the town rogue, Luke Heaton, a gambler, drinker, and womanizer.

Strengths: Independent, smart, capable, fighter, loyal, kind
Weaknesses: Quick-tempered, impatient, rash, stubborn, rebellious

Quirks: You’ll often hear the phrase, “Oh, bother” from Cassandra when she hears bad news. Also, she taps her shoe on the ground when she is frustrated or annoyed.

Inspiration: I love Cassandra. She possesses the kind of courage and tenacity I wish I had. When she makes up her mind to do something, nothing stands in her way!  Although this can be a great quality, lurking beneath it are the shadows of rebellion and unbelief.  You see, God doesn’t want us to have to go it alone. He doesn’t want us to forge ahead without Him, determined to make our own way. When things get tough, He longs for us to turn to Him, seek Him, ask Him what to do, and then trust Him. I’ve met countless people who, when tragedy strikes, decide God has either left them or He isn’t real at all. In reality, we live in a fallen world. People make choices that hurt other people. God does not intervene in man’s will. Therefore, bad things happen. And people get hurt and die. There’s so much behind the curtain of this physical world that we cannot see. That’s why God asks us to trust Him. When we do, He can turn bad things out for our good. When we don’t, well.... you’ll see the trouble Cassandra causes for herself!

Luke Heaton


Brief Description: At 26, with black hair, blue eyes, a tall, muscular frame, and a grin that can melt any woman’s heart, Luke Heaton is the quintessential ruggedly handsome town rogue. His reputation as a drinker, gambler, womanizer and all around loser is well known among the citizens of Baltimore.  But Luke has hit an all-time low. Recently, his best friend and captain, Noah Brenin, fired him as first mate from his privateer for being drunk on duty. Now, feeling more like a failure and with no way to make money to feed his gambling habit, Luke spends his time in a hopeless effort to fix a broken-down ship he won in a card game.  His dream is to become a privateer like Noah, to redeem his bad reputation, and be a better role-model for his crippled brother. A brother he keeps a secret even from his closest friends. A brother Luke has raised since he was a babe and a savage fire claimed the lives of his missionary parents.  Unable to rescue them from the fire, Luke carries around enormous guilt, which only feeds his insecurities and traps him in a cycle of mediocrity. Without the money to fix up his ship, Luke believes he will never break from that trap. That is, until Cassandra Channing walks into his life.

Strengths: Courageous, Spontaneous, Intelligent, Charming, Loyal to family, Kindhearted
Weaknesses: Immoral, Rash, Insecure, Hot-tempered, Fighter

Inspiration: I simply adore the wounded bad-boy hero. And Luke is the perfect example. Nothing has gone right for him since his parents died at the hand of the Indians they ministered to. Though Luke tried to save them, he blames his own cowardice for not dashing into the burning house and dragging them out. Honoring a promise to his mother, Luke has cared for his younger brother John since he was one. A task made all the more difficult due to John’s disease, Rickets, which has crippled the lad. Angry and disgusted with himself, Luke drowns his pain both in the bottle and in the arms of any woman who’ll have him. Though he doesn’t blame God, Luke no longer believes He exists. Luke is a character beaten up by life. Bad things have happened to him and he’s rejected the only One who can help him, missing the path God laid out for him. In Luke’s life, I wanted to show how unbelief coupled with a wounded heart can cause you to miss God’s perfect will for your life and lead you down a path of more pain and heartache.


Reviews!

With captivating characters that warm and nearly break your heart, an intriguing, can't turn the pages fast enough plot, and a passionate love story, I was touched, inspired, and encouraged in my walk of faith. All the passion and adventure of the War of 1812 spring to life in MaryLu Tyndall's wonderfully written and researched Surrender the Dawn. An absolute pleasure to read from first to last! --Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little and The Colonel's Lady

Swordplay, swashbuckling and sweetness. . .Tyndall s newest book combines fascinating history, adventure on the high seas and the taming of the town rogue into a novel packed with excitement and delivering on romance. --T.L. Higley, author of Pompeii: City on Fire

A good old-fashioned historical packed with rich, beautiful details launches the Surrender to Destiny series with pirates, swordplay and lots of romance. The characters are so much fun, readers will not want the book to end. Tyndall is a gem, and her characters are bold and believable. --Patsy Glans RT Book Reviews 2011-08-01