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“Leaning and Longing”

In his letter to Christians in Philippi, the Apostle Paul referred to his “desire to depart and be with Christ.” His fellow Apostle, Simon Peter, wrote of his eventual death as a departure and said, “the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent.” They both expressed a longing awareness that they would leave this life–as we all will–and travel to a place of eternal reward.

The Bible calls this place heaven. The Christian calls it home.

As a writer I recognize that my readers are on a journey. Many of them are longing for a place they’ve never seen with their physical eyes. They are believers. And there will also be readers who have let their longing for heaven fade. Additionally, there is always the chance that there could be readers who’ve never known the hope of heaven that comes with salvation. They long for something, but they’re not sure what…or where.

So I write with all of them in mind.

Its been said that we lean in the direction of our longings. If we desire something, we will pursue it. Some of my readers are leaning toward heaven…some are not. I want to encourage all of them along the journey. I have two main goals when it comes to my writing. My immediate goal is to write stories that engage and entertain. My ultimate goal is to connect readers with truth….life-changing, soul-stirring truth.

I thank God that He allows me the honor of using the power of story to carry out this task.

What are you longing for?

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A Journey To Remember

My daughter, Jayne, and I have gone many places together. And we’ve repeatedly died.

Often our demise has been chalked up to extreme temperatures. Then there were the times when we accidentally shot ourselves while hunting for food…irinically so we wouldn’t starve to death. Trying to cross flooded rivers has done us in more than once too. And even when we’ve managed to survive these things, we’ve had to stop and bury other members of our traveling party who didn’t. And usually those who are dead or dying have been sick with scurvy, cholera, or other ailments. Then there were those nasty “bites”…mosquito bites, snake bites, and frostbite. Icky.

We’ve encountered flooded trails, polluted water, broken wagons, prairie fires, harsh thunderstorms, blinding blizzards, gnawing hunger, exhausting thirst, blocked roads, steep paths, wild animals, quicksand, dust-storms, high mountains and relentless deserts. Also, we’ve had to deal with ill-tempered travelers, injured draft animals and high prices at hole-in-the-wall trading posts. Double yuck.

I can imagine some people turning to their spouses and saying, “We’re never going anywhere with the Timm family. I’d rather go visit your mother!”

Don’t worry. Jayne and I experienced these journeys from the comfort of our home while playing Oregon Trail on the computer. It’s a game that provides an educational–if not terror-filled–journey demonstrating what early settlers underwent and overcame to reach a new home and start new lives.

Good writing takes a reader on a journey too. Maybe they are emotionally connected to a character or curiosity keeps them turning the pages or a sense of unsatisfied justice makes them need to see what happens to the villain. And the reader is on a journey of our making. And it better be believable. Because time is precious. There had better be something for their heart and mind to embrace. They have to feel a strong need to continue–even finish–the journey with you.

And, as a writer, I want them to make it to the end…better for the journey.

Answer this question: what keeps you turning the pages of a book?

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