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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Welcome

Welcome to my author blog! So glad you dropped by. Here I will post updates on my writing and game design journeys, as well as tidbits about my books, both published and in the hopper.


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Saturday, November 2, 2019

An Excerpt from my latest Devotional

Below is an excerpt from my current NaNoWriMo Work In Progress, 365 Names of the Believer.
My latest publication, 365 Names of God, is available now on Amazon and Kindle.


365 Names of the Believer
Day 102 – Fire
"I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luk 12:49 NKJV)

Read: Luke 12:49-53
As I write this, there are raging fires across California, which have destroyed a combined 91,000 acres. The fires have caused the State to issue electric blackouts, in an attempt to prevent additional fires from breaking out due to electrical sparks in equipment.

Two decades ago, I worked with a couple of guys who were volunteer firefighters with the Eudora Fire Department. It would set their hearts to racing as they saw smoke anywhere. Not because they enjoyed a good fire, or wanted to go set one, but because they considered it a challenge to put one out. One of them confided in me that they felt often like they were at war with a monster, one that consumed all in its path, one that had to be outsmarted.

Fire doesn’t really have any brains. It’s a natural reaction to fuel, air, and heat. If you remove one of them, the fire dies. A fire break removes the burnable fuel, so the fire burns itself out. Fire extinquishers remove the air. Water removes the heat.

As the multitudes began to throng around Jesus, He began to speak to them in parables – short stories with a meaning behind each. But as He was speaking these, He paused for a moment to make a string of disturbing statements recorded in Luke 12:49-53. He stated that He had come to set a fire on the earth. This fire is us, carrying the light of the gospel message around the world. The heat this fire spreads is the gospel message. The air it requires is the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. The fuel is those who will hear the good news, and respond in faith, and in turn pass it on to those around them.

When Paul and Silas arrived in Thessolonica, they brought this good news to the Jews and Gentiles living there. But the Jews who would not believe raised up a rabble to chase them out of town, declaring that these men who ‘turned the world upside-down’ had come there. This phrase is fairly accurate. But it isn’t us that actually does anything. We carry the message, but it is the heat of the message and the wind of the Spirit that ignites the heart and converts the soul.

Unfortunately, as Jesus said, this message does not bring unity, but division. It turns a man against his wife, a child against her parents, brother against sister. For wherever the wood is wet, the message will not convert, and all that happens is a great deal of smoke. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had friends who refused to continue to be my friends because I’d taken on the mantle of a genuine Christian. Even my old pastor, Brother Bobby, said his father rejected this message, telling him, “There’s nothing to that, Bobby.”

When we get to heaven, there will no longer be division. No factions, not even denominations. All there will believe fervently. But in the meantime, we are here to spread this fire abroad. Burn brightly and set your city ablaze with the transforming message of God’s great love.

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cover Reveal! Of Pretty Plots and Princesses is about to be released!

Book Three in the Prince of Lynvia Series is about to be released, hopefully on Friday the 13th, of course, April 13, 2018!

Here is the cover art for this exciting continuation in the adventures of Kyne Goodrum, Prince of Lynvia, and his superpowered friends!


Of Pretty Plots and Princesses
There's a New Kid in town... and he's brought a crime wave with him.

valuable items are going missing in school, and one of Jason's classmates is behind it. Someone in Arbortown is robbing the homes of the students at school - someone who knows when nobody's home. 

But when they rob Jason's home, they get more than they bargained for. You don't just rob the kid who can stop time and expect you're going to make a clean getaway.

Meanwhile, Kyne has problems of his own. Someone has kidnapped the Court Wizard, Garon, and Kyne heads out to rescue him. And while he's busy, an invading army has crossed Lynvia's northern border and is marching on the capitol.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

A devotional on landmarks.

Today's devo is brought to you by... landmarks.


Landmarks define boundaries and property lines. They also identify memorials, mark where trails begin and end, or even comprise old buildings.


I used to think this verse pertained to boundary markers. And it can, as it's a sin to move a boundary mark so that your property is larger. 


But the word here is 'remove', not 'move'. This morning this verse reminded me of a discussion last night in small group. The conversation brushed past the 12 river rocks Joshua had Israel pull out of the Jordan, and stack up in a kind of cairn, or memorial.


These stones were not small, they were large rounded river rocks, each weighing probably several hundred pounds. 


Joshua had them piled up out of the flood zone of the Jordan, so that the river could never wash them away, and their purpose was to remind Israel that God had parted the Jordan for them. It was a visual reminder of a bygone event.


Whenever a passer by would see these stones stacked on one another, they would know it was unnatural, and they might ask, why are these like this? And a local or a parent could and should respond with the story of how God acted on their behalf.


God WANTS us to remember the times past when He delivered us. From joblessness, from addiction. From an illness. From an enemy. It reminds us of His faithfulness, His goodness. His protective father love.


You see, it's an even bigger sin to remove an ancient landmark like that, to remove the reminders of who God is. Of what He's done. And that's a sin against not only Him but all those who could be brought to Him by the reminders of His character.


It might be a good family practice to set up a physical memorial when God delivers you from something, or provides miraculously. Plant a tree. Raise an Ebenezer. Give God glory. Make a mark. So that when your grandkids or neighbors ask what it means, you can Give God the Glory for what He's done, in YOUR life. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Life in HyperSpace is Out!

The book that’s taken twenty plus years and a lot of hard knocks to write is finally complete and edited. If you have ADD/ADHD kids of your own and are in need of a laugh or maybe a little help, check this one out...
Christmas Eve, I finally launched the book about our life at home with four ADD/ADHD kids.This is packed full of laughs and advice from parents who have been there in the trenches.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Spraypainting the cat? What was he thinking?
With four year college degrees under our belts and a dab of training in Child Psychology, my wife and I thought we were ready for anything when it came to this parenting gig.
We had no idea we would be outnumbered and outgunned. From diet to riot, meds to charts, we’ve tried it all, to train up our kids in the way they should grow.
From the Home School of Hard Knocks, our four ADD and ADHD kids have taught us more about coping and planning ahead than any four year college degree could have, especially when it comes to understanding what goes on in the mind of a five year old in a Buzz Lightyear costume flying on a treadmill. To Infinity, and Beyond.
Links are available on my author website at www.lynvia.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Discernment - Satan vs God



Most of us are familiar with those silly cartoons reflecting an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. And we laugh, because we can SO relate to the situation. After all, God tells us to do nice things, while the Devil, or our sinful flesh, tells us to do something not-so-nice. Our flesh finds the not-so-nice things to be funny. The redeemed side of the Christian's nature might also chuckle at ourselves for the situation we find ourselves in, and the opportunity to do right rather than wrong.

But one of the things that is NOT so funny, is that it can be sometimes difficult to determine which voice is which, especially when it comes to the times when the voices are directed inwardly, toward attitudes and responses, rather than outwardly, toward actions.

I know a lot of Christians who struggle with a feeling of self-condemnation, or feelings of low self-worth. And the guy in the mirror can often BE that guy. The one who thinks he's worthless and broken. So, for all of you who struggle with that, and for the guy in the mirror, here's a punch list of ways to tell the difference.












Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Melatonin at Midnight

Our youngest, now eleven, is the most hyperactive of our brood, there is no doubt at all. The little guy could be hooked to a treadmill and generate enough electricity for the neighborhood. Reminds me a bit of Hammy from Over the Hedge.


Because of his propensity for zipping through life, we give him Vyvanse to calm him down (yes, a stimulant actually slows him down, much like Hammy did when time slowed down for him when he drank the Mach 7 drink. (You HAVE seen the Over the Hedge movie, yes?))

A negative of that is that when he comes down from the meds he takes in the morning, he's too wound up to go to sleep. We've given him multiple things for that, starting with a teaspoon of Benadryl, but settled on Melatonin, a healthier solution that's a natural hormone, one that regulates sleep. John takes a dose in the evening and is ready to crash about an hour or so later.

When he doesn't get his dose, he's chasing cats down the stairs at 2am, something Papa Bear doesn't approve of. And when Papa Bear ain't happy, well...

Papa Bear can get pretty ugly when he's woken up from hibernation. Just sayin...

This appears to be a common solution to the age old problem of put-the-kids-in-bed, so much so that they now make GUMMY Melatonin, which looks a lot like gummy vitamins, or the friendly kid-approved Dots candy. So much so that it's easy to confuse the two. Whereas, if you eat a box of Dots, you might get a bit of a sugar rush, but if you ate an equal number of Gummy Melatonin, you might sleep for a week.
Here's a comparison of what they look like... pretty similar, right? Ha, and they call it Adult Gummies. But the dose is small enough where it takes several to knock the boy out.

This story is not how my youngest OD's on Melatonin and has to visit the vacuum cleaner at the local hospital. Or another call to the Poison Control Center. But looking at the two, hey, it could happen. I mean, what were they thinking??

One evening, we forgot to give John his dose, and he was running around at midnight and woke up Papa Bear. So he got his dose then, and after a bit, he went to bed, and slept through morning bible, breakfast, and probably homeschool.

Recently our family started going to bed significantly later than usual, since we have new adults in the house, that is, not that we've added family members but that we've fed some of them and, gasp, they've grown up.

So my oldest boy, Justin, now 20, is often gone with friends or has them over, and so does my daughter, now 18. We usually get to evening prayer time quite late, and I'm wiped before they are ready to shut down for the night. My son Justin would just as soon play Uncharted 4 until 8 am and sleep through the day. Me, not so much.

I've taken to telling them I 'turn into a pumpkin' right about 10:31pm, a reference to Cinderella's carriage turning back into a pumpkin at midnight, and cranking it back to a Halloween time because Midnight JUST AIN'T HAPPENIN any more for me.

Or rather, until last night. My 18yo daughter just got on a plane to head out for a Mission Trip to Northern Ireland with YMI, and her red-eye flight left at 5am sharp, which meant we had to be at the airport about 3am, which meant if I was going to get any sleep, I needed to go down by 9pm. But with company over, and my daughter wanting to watch the end of a show, it just kept getting later. We finally turned the TV off about 11:30pm, and prayed. I went up to bed for a few hours sleep, but Justin wanted to play his video game, and he wanted me to watch him. So I stayed up, and so did John, watching Justin gun down baddies while hunting pirate treasure, until it was time to take my daughter to the airport.

So I am running on about 1 hour sleep. Whereas, John, well, this time he didn't need any Melatonin...

And I'll leave you with this verse, which applies to all of us I guess:

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. - Psalm 127:2

(cross-posted from my ADHD family Fun blog)