March 2021 Featured Article
BEING A GIVER
“And Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none, but such that I have give I thee.” Acts 3:6a
Good day, dear readers! This Texan has survived a beautiful white adventure—more snow at my home than I’ve ever seen in my life with its power outages–and now the spring is here! My favorite time of the year as all that is gray and barren comes to life, covered by my favorite color green!
I’ve written before about being blessed and highly favored, and I am, but that doesn’t mean that I’m a millionaire. Ron and I have been on the edge financially most of our lives, but we’ve known the love of our Father in Heaven, family, and friends. Holy Spirit has revealed to us how to walk free from fear and worry in God’s sweet peace that passes all understanding!
Side note: Trust is the key to His peace, knowing He is on the throne and in control and simply trusting Him.
But what I want to talk about today is giving. God has given us all something—like the widow with her two mites. Mark 12:42 When there’s barely enough in your bank account to pay the utility bills or the mortgage, you still have something to give. Peter said flat out he didn’t have money to give, but he gave of what he had—the power of Jesus’ name to heal that lame man!
Side note: I have visions of one day laying hands on a service man whose leg(s) were blown off and seeing them grow out whole and new. Jesus said the things He did and greater!
In the past, and still today, I have prayed for Abba to give me the opportunity to BE a blessing. I haven’t always had money to give, but God’s given me so much knowledge in these past few years and let my brain retain it, so I’ve been able to “give” by helping new authors, teaching them what I’ve learned, warning them of pitfalls I’ve had along the way, and encouraging them.
Sometimes I give by sharing information of editors, formatters, proofreaders, and book cover designers I know to be reputable and reasonable. We all have our time we can give. One time about six years ago, I saw a new company I hadn’t seen before, its creator posted on its arrival in our Christian community to help authors promote their books. To be a blessing that day, I shared the post on my wall.
Facebook notified the lady—who I didn’t know—and she contacted me to thank me for sharing. She seemed very grateful that a stranger had shared her post, helped her. Of course, I didn’t share it to “get something back,” but from that little act of kindness I was rewarded with such a great blessing as she wanted to make my new title at the time JUST KIN (book six in the Texas Romance Family Saga) her first ‘blog tour!’ Still so new to the publishing game, I didn’t even know what a blog tour was then! 😊
Since that first blog tour, I’ve promoted every one of my titles with Celebrate Lit and participated in almost all of the promotional events owner/operator Sandy Barela, now a dear friend and sweet sister in the Lord I love, has dreamed up! She’d be the first to give God the glory; she hears Him so well! I promote Celebrate Lit now in the back of all my books in my “Favorite Places” and pray I can repay the great blessings God’s given me through this lovely lady!
Just a minute of my time to share Sandy’s first post, God used to bless me beyond measure. It’s a Biblical principle, you know, reaping what is sown. (Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”) And it’s been my experience that our Father always does exceedingly above and beyond anything I could have imagined.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
This is just one example of giving what I had and helping and being rewarded as He promises again and again. He saw me loving my neighbor as myself. I would love for strangers to share my promotional posts, too! I know God used that, as He’s used the work of Sandy’s hands to bless me. I had no idea when I clicked that post and later shared my knowledge of the publishing industry with her that “I” would be blessed. I was only trying to BE a blessing!
Our tithes belong to the Lord, but that is a whole ‘nother post testifying to what God will do in your life when you give Him what is due off the top. .
What do you have to give?
In my March 6th release TEXAS TRAILS (book six in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series), my hero Enoch Lowell has a gift that he’s very generous with; it’s the ability to see opportunities to make a profit buying and selling. He’s always bringing others in . . . his best friend Gus, friends at school, even his girlfriend and brother!
TEXAS TRAILS is a cattle drive story of cutting apron strings and keeping promises. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it—even if you haven’t read the first five! It’s written as a standalone as all my novels are! And they almost all in Kindle Unlimited as well, so if you’re a member, you can read them all free!
I’ve arranged for TEXAS TEARS to be free for all the #BecauseFiction readers this month. It’s book three in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series!
Here’s the back cover copy: Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity.
As Mexico and the United States both wanted the Republic of Texas, best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man! Which will the Texicans choose? Who will the man? Will Eberhart de Vechhi, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Only the Lord knows the future, but He does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in Him.