And now….onto something Completely Different!

I started a new blog!  Check it out Here! 

 

Girl%20With%20Lamb-755544Change is brewing in my heart and mind.  Explaining the change will encourage some of you, puzzle others, and mark me as crazy for a few of you – tis life and life where faith is involved.  As all of you should know by now if you read this blog with any regularity, I’m a Christian.  Specifically, I’m a Reformed Baptist.  As a Christian, I believe that Christ is constantly working to sanctify me and make me more like Him.  He asks me to live a life of sacrifice for His sake just like He did for me.  How can I do anything other than that??

In the process of that sanctification, Christ challenges us and pushes us out of our comfort zones.  He seeks to make us holy, not necessarily happy. (Assuming you understand happiness and joy to be two totally different things.) Recently, I have been challenged and convicted about my writing.  I don’t believe anything that I’m writing is wrong, but I have begun to wonder if it the best use of my gift.  This has been a very painful thought process, and a very long one.  I love my vampire/serial killer stories.  I love them.  They are a deep part of me.  They resonate with me.  I cherish them.  But my local church family and my own family are not being served by them.  I have been able to use them as a bridge to a few people in our church and I have forced them on others with threats of friendships ending, but they aren’t serving my body as a whole.

About a year ago, my husband was provided with the opportunity to start teaching in our Church. This is where his heart is, this is where he wants to go as the Lord provides.  As his wife, it is my goal in life to help him in everything that I do.  I want to help him achieve his dreams and I want to grow and mature alongside him, not away from him.  I want to be the old couple who still enjoys each other.  That takes sacrifice.  (And before anyone gets all feminist on me about him sacrificing for me, remember, this is me talking about me, not him, and he has sacrificed for me.  He does every day.  This is not an idea he foisted on me.  He gave me his opinion, of course, but he left me alone to sort things out in my own head, and between me and God.  There was no dictatorial edict from on high, but a loving friend at my side in the journey of life.)  Needless to say, vampires and serial killers don’t feature in his Biblical Studies….ever. So as he grows and changes, I want – more than I want to be published – to grow with him.

What does this all mean???  I’m not sure yet.  LOL.  I’m making a new blog where I can write things that will be more encouraging and edifying for my church.  It’s called a Gentle and Quite Spirit. I’m thinking about taking all the rumbling tumbling stories inside me and writing children’s books.  I hope to have children someday (sooner rather than later) and it would be nice to write stories for them.  I think there is a deplorable lack of decent, fun, and wholesome stories with strong life lessons offered to the youth of our day.  If we want them to stop acting entitled along with all their other problems, giving them more books like Perks of Being a Wallflower won’t help.  (I’m not saying that’s the problem entirely, I’m just saying stuff like that doesn’t fix anything.)  There are lots of thoughts stuffed in my head leaving me feeling like I need my own Pensive, and I have lots of decisions to make.  I can tell you this with all certainty, I will keep working on my stories, I’m just not going to focus on them.  I will use my gift to encourage and edify my church.   I will still honor our soldiers and look for awesome warrior stories to share with you.  I will find ways to express the concept of the Undeserved Rescue which sets my heart and mind on fire!

walk_away_by_iza87The new blog will still include the Writing Journal.  I’ll still review Books, Movies and Music, and I’ll still have Quotes.  Since these are the articles I get the most views and comments on, you and won’t be losing anything. In fact, other than a new layout, more content, and a few new categories, lots of you won’t notice a change.  At some point in time I will shut down the old blog.  This will be the last post going up on it.  If you don’t want to miss out on my Quotes tomorrow, please follow, or at least visit the new blog.

If you want to follow the new blog, you now know what my focus is.  I’d love to have you along for the ride, but I understand that some of you may find this offensive, uninteresting, and choose not to follow me as I change focus.  I understand.  For those of you who are interested, here’s the new blog.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and encouraging me for the last two years!  It’s been awesome!

6 thoughts on “And now….onto something Completely Different!

  1. Abby,

    Where you go, I will follow. I am always inspired by your passion, love of life and ability to bring out the best in others. This blog or the next, I don’t care because whatever your saying, I am buying.

    I would never offer a different opinion, especially when you are best able to judge your work. But I thought you had something different with the spiritual angle of Vampires. That is so different and intriguing, and promising. I don’t know that anyone is exploring that aspect of the story and I was excited about your approach. But if you think you can better serve with a different subject, then who am I to disagree?

    In my writing, I don’t want necessarily please people. I do want to please God. I think that is best accomplished by being honest about who I was, who I am today, and who I want to be. But my writing is not for those who I Worship with and it is purpose is not to convert the saved. It is for those on the fringes, for the tax collectors, for the prostitutes, and the lepers of today’s world. They are not moved by pie in the sky writing, their attention is captured by a kick ass thriller that is positive, uplifting, and encouraging.

    I know you haven’t changed, just that your focus and purpose has changed. You cant scare me off by focusing more on your faith either. I look forward from learning more about how you apply the written word to life.

    Rock ON!

    By the way, when you start cranking out kids, expect for the writing to come to a screeching halt. So write the best sellers now. Those dang kids just don’t understand how a writer needs a calm, soothing environment.

    1. Hey Rob!
      First, thanks for sticking with me through all this, your defiantly on the list of top fans that I have.:-) Your support and encouragement means the world to me. I’m also thankful for your honest thoughts on my writing and my vampires. I have very much enjoyed working on them and I don’t plan on abandoning them completely, but I do think and believe that like 1 Peter 4:7-9 says: “7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”. I believe that I can better serve my church and show hospitality by going this route and that has already proven true.

      I totally agree on pleasing God instead of man, the honor of man is hollow. I also believe that God puts all of us in different places and doing different things. He may use me to encourage His church and you to reach the unsaved. We are all different parts of the body doing different things. In my mind there is also the issue of authority. To be totally politically incorrect, we, you and I, are in different rolls. We have different authorities we have been called to submit to which means we have different freedoms and responsibilities. I’m a wife, first and foremost, which is a different role than a husband. I am called to follow and help my husband where you are called to sacrifice and love your wife. Those things look very different and call us to different walks in life. I hope this all makes sense. I guess this is a bit of the theology behind what I’m doing. :-)

      I’m glad I can’t scare you off!:-) And while I’m very excited about having children at some point, I know it will suck all my writing time for a while. But, I plan on gathering some good stories from them to use later!

      I trust the Lord with my stories, and with my own life-story. I trust Him to use it all as he sees fit and believe none of it will go to waste!
      Thanks again for your support, honesty, challenge to my thinking, and for reading!

  2. You know what, part of the reason I like you is because you are a Christian but you’re still cool. Yes, a lot of Christians are so not cool (a.k.a bigots who instead of accepting others’ vulnerability and weaknesses are lack of opportunity for faith in their lives are always the first ones to condemn and ostracize) and it’s them people and isolating doctrines that made me have second thoughts about my faith…hey, I’m running off course here! What I really wanted to say is that, do you have a detailed review of Perks of Being a Wallflower here? I wonder what you hate so much about it (although I kinda have my suspicions, he he…)

    1. I don’t have a review of Perks of being a Wallflower. I have only read the first chapter, so before I ever say anything else about it I need to read it. I just found the first chapter rather angsty and I guess I’m finally too old to be very tolerant of angsty anymore. Maybe that explains the gray hair.:-)
      I hate to tell you this but I’m a very opinionated Christian, it’s just that I believe in building a relationship with someone. I also believe very firmly that Christ came, died, and rose again for sinners and at the time of conversion we don’t magically become perfect. We are in a war against sin which means we still sin. Who am I to lord it over someone else? No one. I am a sinner in need of the saving Grace of Christ just like everyone else.:-)
      So just be prepared, there will be some very definite opinions which I won’t beat about the bush on shared on this blog which are not popular, but I hope I always express them with the greatest of humility and you have my permission to give me a proper telling off if I ever speak with pride. :-)

  3. Wow, this is my first time of coming to this site, is very encourage, i really love the way you arrange the whole story with the message of using you own life to tell others of how Jesus Christ live the life of scarify for them, and still you encourage them to live the life of scarify as well, Thank You

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