June 26, 2009

The idea behind the novel

On the Bridge began as an entry for the FaithWriters weekly writing challenge. The topic for the week was the word sad. As I prayed for an idea, a picture appeared in my mind. It was a woman kneeling in the dirt on the bank of a river and crying. In that moment, I knew she had a story to tell and I began wondering why she was sobbing. Then, I had to decide what would happen next to her. Over the next few days, I wrote an entry and submitted it the night before it was due.

A week later I found out the results of the challenge. On the Bridge received a first place in the intermediate division. Even more exciting, it received first place in the Editor's choice. This means two things. One, I wrote the saddest story of the week. Two, the entry will be published in an upcoming FaithWriters anthology. Here is the link to the entry.

The win came during a difficult time for me. I was facing a big decision and experiencing doubts about what I was supposed to do. After learning the results, I could clearly see God telling me to focus on writing. I have learned that when I earnestly seek God, He will guide me.

June 21, 2009

My first post

Heavenly Father, give me strength to bear the sorrows and blessings You have given me.

This prayer is spoken by Mary Elizabeth Wilson in the opening chapter of On the Bridge. Still in mourning over the accidental death of her husband and daughter, she has just learned of the death of her sister-in-law during childbirth. Mary Elizabeth's grief overshadows the birth of her nephew. It will take her time to feel joy again.

On the other hand, I am feeling joyous today. It's the 17th anniversary of my accepting Christ as my savior. Over the years, I have prayed this same prayer for strength, and God has been faithful to provide it. I hope that you, too, will be able to ask for and receive the same strength.