*Sorry I'm late posting this! I had some last minute stuff to do. :/
Today, I'm featuring authors Lisa Harris, Debby Mayne, and Mary Conneally! Great group, huh?? :D Let's get started!
What is one thing or area where God has been changing you in 2010? Do you have any scriptures to go along with/support that?
Debby: The Lord is always working on me and reminding me to keep my heart and mind focused on Him. My favorite scripture verse is Psalm 51:10 because it reminds me that I’m constantly bombarded with things that aren’t pleasing to Him and that I need to pray for perpetual cleansing.
Mary: One big change is, when I read scripture now, my focus is on souls. That sounds sort of funny, I guess, but I was reading the verse where Mary is told by the angel that she’s going to have a baby and she says some version of, “No way. I can’t. I’m a virgin.” The angel comforts her and ministers to her.
Then almost within the same page, Zachariah is told his wife is going to have a baby (John the Baptist) and Zachariah responds almost word for word as Mary did. “No way. We can’t. She’s too old.”
God strikes him dumb and he can’t speak until after the baby is born.
Now why did God act so differently to the two of them? Mary and Zachariah are people of faith, clearly large enough faith that God found them worthy for a huge but difficult and miraculous blessing. Why did Mary get ministered to and Zachariah get stricken?
It comes down to what was in their hearts…their souls. Reading that, as so often happens with the Bible, I felt like it spoke to me in a new way and since then I’ve tried to read the Bible with it in the forefront of my thoughts, that God’s focus, his priority, is our souls. His ministry to us is for the purpose of our souls. God doesn’t look at a terribly sick believer and think, “Poor guy is sick, I need to heal him.” God thinks, “His soul is well, he is my blessed, healthy and whole child.”
Tell one thing that God did for you this year just to show He loved you.
Lisa: This question made me smile. This morning I was working out in the gym and was reminded of how God has shown us His love while we are home on furlough. (We are back from Africa on home leave for four months right now.) Among many of the blessings, we are in a furnished house that has a room for each of our three children. Each child has a desk where they can do school. The house is big enough for us to invite people over, and it even has a gym in the neighborhood where I can fight off the unwanted pounds of all the yummy food. And while that last one might sound funny, I’ve been worried about gaining weight while I’m back. So that’s why I was struck this morning (again) how God cares for the small things that might not be important over all, but they are things that are important to me.
Debby: He has been with me through good and bad. I’ve had incredible blessings and deep sadness, but He’s always been there for me.
Mary: He made my car start one cold day when I needed it to desperately. I really felt like it was a miracle. The car key wouldn’t turn and it had been acting up for a long time, locking in the off position and we needed a new starter and just hadn’t gotten it done yet. And that day it wouldn’t turn. I tried multiple times and it was just stopped. And I was upset because I wasn’t sure how I was going to get home. I stopped and prayed and that key just turned. It was so perfect. So much in that very instant of prayer.
What is your favorite memory from 2010?
What is your favorite memory from 2010?
Lisa: On our way back to the States this past September--thanks to the airline who didn’t charge us for an extended layover--we were able to spend two weeks in Europe with our kids visiting several close friends we hadn’t seen in several years. We were able to spend time in Paris, Holland, Lyon, and London. Definitely memories I will keep with me for a long time.
Debby: My favorite memories are all centered on family. My husband and I are empty-nesters, so every time we have both of my adult daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughter with us, we’re very happy.
Mary: I’ve got a one year old granddaughter so my thoughts went to her first, but I’m not sure which moment to pick. She’s such a doll baby. So I think I’ll pick the moment I won the Carol Award. I won it for Cowboy Christmas at the American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference. Janette Oke gave a speech before hand and Carol Johnson, the lady who fought hard to publish Janette’s first book, Love Comes Softly, handed me my award. It was a sweet, sweet moment.
Do you have any New Year resolutions in mind?
Lisa: Spiritually, I want to read through the Bible. Personally, I spent this year losing weight, (part of my fit at forty goal J) so next year, I want to up my strength and endurance.
Mary: I quit making New Years resolutions a long time ago. I never keep them and I figure if I can’t change myself I can at least KNOW myself. So why bother making promises to myself that I’m not going to keep, huh?
What is one goal you have set (or God has put on your heart) for 2011 apart from New Year resolutions?
Lisa: A friend and I recently began a non-profit to help meet the physical needs of those we work with in Africa. Along with some of the other projects we are already involved in, including micro-loans and orphan care, God has put on my heart to help empower women living in the village with some kind of handwork that they can sell and help provide better for their families. I’ll be spending the next few months researching what will work best where we live and hope to have something going by the end of 2011. You can visit http://www.theehcoproject.org/ to find out more about this project.
Debby: I would like to mentor other writers who have a strong desire to be published but aren’t sure what to do next.
Mary: Well, this is a little odd, but I’m going to maybe create a false identity for myself and start a second career writing romantic suspense. I’ve sold one book under a pseudonym that will be out next October and if things go as I hope it’ll be a whole parallel career path for me. I’m really interested to see if that works out. If readers want to read something by me alter ego.