Ronie epiphany, Karen Ball, Shattered Justice 5 Comments

It’s been a tough month to say the least. Hard financially, hard emotionally, hard heart-wise. One of those times where you just *ache* for a move of God. All the same, I’ve felt God’s presence–felt like He was right there despite all appearances. Let me share two “whoa” moments that happened this last week.

1.) It’s a thursday night. Storms have knocked out power since about 6pm. My hubby heads off to a movie with the girls. I’m at home with the twins–and candlelight. All the while remembering how easily candles can burn a home down. Things that week have been very hard on me. I’m feeling very much abandoned and forgotten (yeah, I know…that’s not true, but it’s how I felt and even though I battled those thoughts, they were still there). Anyway, the boys and I are sitting there coloring. I have a box of 72 colored pencils. Can’t see worth beans, since it’s about 7:30 now and all I have are candles. I’m near the verge of tears, but knowing how much that unsettles the kids, I hold the tears back. I need a gray pencil. Is there even a gray in this box? I tilt the box downward hoping to dump several out. Guess what. Only *one* pencil slides out. A gray one. I look out the open window (we have a porch where it won’t get wet if we open the windows on a stormy night), and I know God is there. He knows. He sees my pain. He sees my heartache. The pain lessens a tad.

2.) This week I read Karen Ball’s Shattered Justice. I saw the cover at the ACFW Conference in Nashville, but I couldn’t afford to buy it. This cover is by far one of my favorites of all time. Something about the image just really clenched my heart. I start her first chapter and I’m riveted, which is really hard to do since I consider myself an “impatient reader.” Ya don’t grip in the first few pages, I won’t read it. Well, Karen’s book did that and more. So, I read…and read…and read. And! I found myself getting angrier and angrier and angier. What was happenign to her character Dan Justice (though fiction) mirrors a lot of the pain I’ve been feeling lately. THEN!!! THEN! Then Karen has this note at the back of the book. I could swear (even though I don’t LOL) that God had her pen that *just for me.* I bawl. I know I’m angrier than I realized ever before. I so appreciate her honesty in that note that “I’m not there yet.”

That was an epiphany for me. I knew right then that *that* is WHY I want to write. I want to touch a nerve in people, get them to drop their defenses. To clear away the clutter in their lives so they can move into clear, loving fellowship with God.

I’m not 100%. I’m not pain-free…the circumstances are still there, the trials are still going on. But in God, I have hope. And dreams.

So, tell me–WHY DO YOU WRITE? Why do you do what you do?

Comments 5

  1. Karen

    Wow, Ronie, thanks so much. You touched my heart today with your blog, so you can know you accomplished your writing goal today.

    Funny thing, I’ve been dealing with the anger stuff all over again. I used to think my hubby was the one with anger issues, and I’d rag on him to just “get over it.” Now I see more clearly that it’s a deep-rooted struggle that doesn’t go away just because you want it to. It takes prayer and humbling yourself before God, seeking His healing and release. So we need to keep praying for each other, and all who struggle with this insidious sin. I love Paul’s take on all this in Romans 7: 15-25: “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Amen, and amen.

    Karen Ball

  2. Dineen A. Miller

    Love your post, girlie! That’s exaclty why I want to write. To touch lives and reveal God’s amazing glory.

    I loved that book too. Karen did a great job of tying up the readers emotions in the story. Especially that one part, man, that was a killer! (Don’t want to ruin it for anyone.) I remember reading the parts leading up to it and suspecting what was about to happen, and thinking, “No, she wouldn’t do that!” Surprise! She did. LOL!

  3. :-)Ronie

    Karen — I’m so tickled you stopped by. KEWL! What version is that verse from? I love the way it reads. Man–I think I must be Paul’s distant cousin twice-thousand removed.

    Neen – I know exactly what you mean. I sat there, for several minutes, going over the “clues” thinking…Oh great. I can’t believe she’s going to do that. I braced. 😛

  4. Lisa Harris

    What a wonderful post, Ronie! And what a great reminder of why I can’t stop writing. I want to write books that give hope, hit a nerve, and move people to be everything God wants them to be.

    How wonderful that we have writers like Karen who are able to strike a cord in the depths of her reader’s hearts.

    Blessings, girl!


  5. Karen B.

    Ronie, it’s the New Living Translation, which I absolutely love. Even when I worked for Zondervan, which is NIV country, I kept my NLT Bible.

    Dineen and Lisa, thanks so much for you kind words about my writing. You ladies warmed my heart today.

    Blessings to you!


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