God Bless America

Welcome to the inaugural Friday edition of the One Another Living Blog Circuit

Friday Fotos & Fun. A merry heart really is good medicine and we want to end the week with some good old fashioned fun and enriching photos. Let us know if you have an amusing story, joke (always clean) or if you have an original photo you’d like to share. We will connect with you on the possibility of posting it here.

To start off our Friday Fotos & Fun we close our week of July 4th celebrations with a a collage of photos taken from sea to shining sea. Enjoy!

Old Glory flying high over the original Marine Corps barracks in Washington D. C. This flag has 15 stars recognizing the fifteen states in the Union at the time this base was established.
Northern most point in the continental United States, Washington.
Bird’s eye view of Mt. Rainer, Washington
First settlement in the U. S., St. Augustine, Florida.

Atlantic Ocean in sunny Florida.
Two birds in flight. Man’s creation, last space shuttle flight,  weighing in at 240,000 pounds.
God’s creation, a seagull, weighing in at 25 pounds

Let us never forget all that the God of the Universe has provided for this piece of earth we call the United States of America.

Any Patriots in Your Story?

Welcome to the Thursday edition of One Another Living Blog Circuit.

Turn Write Series.

In this series we will share writing tips and resources for writers both fiction and non-fiction, published and yet to be published.

Today we continue our July 4th week celebration with a discussion on patriots and their influence in our stories.

At first glance this topic may only seem appropriate for those who write about wars and revolutions. But I’m thinking every good novel needs at least one patriot. Before you write me off, maybe literally, let’s look at the definition of patriot and what one might look like in Christian fiction.

According to Dictionary.com a patriot is:

1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Using this definition I am indeed a patriot to the United States of America. I love America. I support America and with more than just my taxes. I defend my country; not with a gun on a Marine front line, but with my pen. I do these things with great devotion. So, if I were a character in a novel part of my point of view would be my patriotism.
I would venture to say there are more characters in our stories that have patriotic tendencies than we even realize. For instance in C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” the children were all patriots to their native England. In fact, Peter was frustrated  with returning to the real world because he wasn’t old enough to join in the fight against the Germans and show his patriotism as he did in Narnia. Of course, he wasn’t at first a patriot or loyal to Narnia. Lucy was the first to align herself and be devoted to Narnia and more importantly to Aslan.
This is in fact a beautiful picture of born again believers (One Anothers) in real life and in our stories. I am a patriot of the United States, but far more important is my allegiance to the King of Kings. Aren’t we told in the Bible to fight the good fight, that we are at war with the Devil and that we should put on the whole armor of God.
In Christian fiction most of our protagonists either start out as followers of Jesus or they come to faith somewhere in the story. This is true whether it is overtly described in genres such as Christian Romance and Biblical Fiction or if it is furtively styled in works like Lewis’ “Chronicles”; Christian Speculative Fiction. In either case, if our characters are Christians then they have the foundation to be patriots; not of this world or your imagined world, but of Jesus and our “home” with Him.
If my premise is correct, then these characters should be developed in their love for Christ, in their support of His cause, in defense of His Gospel and in devotion of His grace and mercy. They are, indeed, patriots of God’s Kingdom.
The second definition of patriot is equally compelling to our novel characters.
2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
What were the Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adam defending against in Narnia? Answer: The evil, interfering regime of the White Witch who ruled with an icy grip and denounced individual rights. Any of your  characters having similar struggles in your story? I know mine are. And I better be pulling my reader into their patriotic viewpoint which will no doubt propel them into crisis’ of mind and heart.
Patriotism is a good thing! Not only in the United States of America, but also in our worlds of fiction and fantasy.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to My Fellow Americans!

Let us remember to thank God for our country…for our heritage…for our freedom…and for His purpose of this great nation for His eternal purposes.

Let us pray His Kingdom to come and for His Will to be done on earth (including this country) as it is in heaven.

Let us rejoice with those who rejoice when their loved ones come home from war. And let us weep with those who weep when they do not.

Let us stand in awe at the edge of the Grand Canyon and at the top of Pike’s Peak. And let us kneel in the sand of Key West and at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi.

Let us remember the cost of our freedom not only paid by those who have gone before us, but most importantly to the One, Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for the only true freedom for all of mankind.