Monday, 18 April 2016

#AtoZChallenge: Obedience

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while now, though it was one of those I titled early on (for reference, I’ve pre-written everything except Y and Z at this point). It’s difficult to talk about because I’m not a naturally obedient person. I’m stubborn and strong-willed — have been since I was a baby (ask my mom!) — and I won’t do what I don’t want to. If I have to, I’ll be extremely grumpy about it and definitely not gracious.

Obedience ties in with Discipline and Sensitivity, doing what you need to do when you need to do it. What’s the point of being sensitive to the move of the Holy Spirit if you’re going to dig in your heels and not do it? (More on that later.) What’s the use of obedience if you haven’t had the discipline to hone your craft and you just aren’t capable of doing what you’re supposed to do?

It’s a lot about Kingship and Lordship which I haven’t written about (because K and L were taken). It’s about remembering that if you call God your Lord and King, then you should act like it (even if you don’t want to). It’s surrendering your will to God because you’ve acknowledged him as the Lord over your life. God doesn’t strike people down with lightning anymore, but He still can, if He wants to. (I hope He doesn’t.)

It’s your Yes and your Yielding (which leaves me wondering what to write for Y), because if you have tasted of the goodness of God in your life, you know that the only right respond to God is yes. Yes, I will do as You say, because I know You have bigger, better plans than I can even dream of. Yes, I will yield my will to Yours because I know that Your ways are higher than mine, Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts.

And sometimes, obedience isn’t really obedience until it’s something you don’t want to do.

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About the book:

Jane Hays has been told all her life that it’s dangerous to be out in the forest past sundown. At fifteen, she’s quite sure that it’s all old wives’ tales... yet, why does her village bar the gates every night? Why do they even have gates? When she is caught in an unexpected rainstorm on her way home, Jane ignores all the warnings and seeks shelter in a cottage in the middle of the forest. Soon, she is caught up in a world of magic and beauty – and in the storm of the Fairy Queen’s wrath.

The Fairy Queen is out for blood. There have been intruders – human intruders – in her domain and she will stop at nothing to find them and kill them. After all, it is only fair. She is only seeking retribution for the death that humans leave in their wake.

But Jane isn’t all that she seems to be. And the events of the night aren’t as innocent as they appear.

A tale of magic, fairy creatures and family, Coexist is a novella for the young and the young-at-heart.

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