Monday, October 26, 2009

Forgiven

WIP update:

My sandwich story is coming along nicely! I'm currently at 58500 words, with a goal of 80k. It's so fun to be on the final stretch!!!

LOL: Mission Jack is in the hands of two agents who have requested the full manuscript. It's funny. I thought I'd be totally out of my mind with impatience during this time, but God has calmed me. I have this huge peace knowing that His will is perfect, and He knows what he's doing. Even if I get two rejections, God took me this far and had a reason for it.

I'm SO excited too, because the other day, God allowed this absolute flood of ideas to pour over me for my 2nd and 3rd books of the cyber-love series. They are mostly snippets but I'm so anxious to get back to writing them I can hardly stand it.

What I want to talk about today is the revelation God gave me for my second book. Okay, that might sound hokey... "GOD GAVE ME...." but seriously? He does. He gives us ideas at the perfect time, and when it's from him, we know it. There is just this huge assurance and confirmation.

For me, it was a song. God uses songs so frequently to whack me over the head, and I was driving home from work, listening to WayFM, and FORGIVEN by Sanctus Real came on. As the lyrics were song, my heart started to stir. This bubble of excitement came over me and it was as if God was pointing his finger at the speakers and saying, "Listen, Krista."

What I heard was Paige, my heroine of book 2, singing this song. Okay, I didn't like HEAR her singing it, but the song was totally for her, guys. The message is exactly what she needs to hear, it's what she is struggling with throughout the whole book. My writer brain started to churn, and I saw all the little odd ends of my story wrapping up so well with this.

You see, Paige is pregnant. During a "low" point in her life, she gave in to temptation to allow someone other than God to comfort her, and didn't feel worthy to go back after her fall. She alienated herself from her family, her best friend, and found comfort from the one place she should have fled.

But now, that one place has shown its true colors, and Paige is alone and desperate. Previously, I had her "mad" at God, but something just didn't jive. She wasn't really mad. She was hurting. In pain. Alone.

She needed to be forgiven.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flT5aIN-XqU

Discussion:

Has God ever used something, a moment, a song, a word from someone, to reveal your story to you?

or

Have you ever felt unforgivable? If you feel that way now, well, *hugs* and *love* coming your way. Know that you ARE forgiven in Jesus if you but ask. For the rest of us, wow, isn't it wonderful that God HAS forgiven? That we don't have to carry the weight of who we've been, what we've done? SO many times we beat ourselves up about the past, but wow, we're forgiven, y'all! How awesome is that!!!

16 comments:

Jody Hedlund said...

I just love the way God works!! I've been inspired by songs too! And that sounds like a great character arc! Praying you get some bites on your books because I'm looking forward to reading them!

Jessica said...

I love knowing that God forgives me, but while I haven't felt unforgiven, I have felt ashamed despite His forgiveness.
Congrats on the idea and the full requests!!! :-)

Katie Ganshert said...

Did you read Rachelle's post today? She's looking for Love Finds You In books. How exciting for you!!

Krista Phillips said...

Katie, THANKS for pointing me there (I would have read it anyway... but I just hopped over there much sooner!)

SO exciting that she's targeting this! It has given me the extra umph to want to put ALL my efforts into finishing my book!

Jody, THANKS for your prayers! From your mouth to God's ears!!!

Jessica... you are so right. I think much of it too, is about Paige forgiving herself, and accepting God's forgiveness. So many times we feel unworthy... and ya know? We are. Which just makes God's forgiveness that much more awesome!

Tamika: said...

That is the most awesome news! God reminds me all the time that, "where sin did abound, grace did much more abound."

We have been the most wonderful gift, I hope Paige will realize that too.

Happy writing Krista!

Susan R. Mills said...

God has given me ideas many times. You are right; you know when the idea comes from him.

Valerie said...

Casting Crowns' Voice of Truth was my story during my pregnancy with Jackson. Krista already knows this because she was there (and was the first person to say, "Take a test!"), but I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum during my pregnancy. There were times I thought I wasn't going to make it. Literally - like having my funeral plans made. That song came on WayFM SOOO often during that time, and I needed it SOOO badly!

"But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth."

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Yes! Music definitely inspires me. I love it when it happens--so unexpected!

Congrats on the interest in your story! I'm so excited for you and will be praying for you!

Candee Fick said...

Right now, God's using the words of a couple of songs to keep me going. To follow him though the waters rise and keep remembering what faith can do. And we all remember the inspiring "While I'm Waiting" song from ACFW.

Yet, to have a song trigger something for your book, how cool is that? Congrats on the home stretch and the abundance of ideas!

Erica Vetsch said...

Isn't it great that our feelings have nothing to do with reality. Feeling forgiven or feeling loved. God loves me and forgives me, in spite of how I FEEL about it some days.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Wow! Two fulls! Congrats.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I've struggled with forgiveness off and on. It's always me who has the trouble forgiving myself, because I know God forgives me at the mere asking. I just feel the need to make me suffer a little longer.

Awesome news on the two fulls requested. I'm praying for you, Krista!

God doesn't "speak" ideas to me, but I'm positive He grows them in me. He sets the spark there, and pushes me along with the creative process. I always learn something from the stories He gives me--grow in faith and understanding--so I know He's behind them.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Krista -

Congrats on the agent submissions!

The time I spend with the Lord in the morning is critical to my writing and my life. I can't tell you how many times a Scripture verse has jumped out at me to comfort, give me an answer or solution to a problem.

My second manuscript is zipping along, but I've discovered some "bugs" that need fixing. At first, I despaired and thought this effort might end up in the trash heap.

This morning, the Lord used a Scripture to start off a thought process that corrected the problems.

Blessings,
Susan :)

CMOM Productions said...

God is great! I hear & feel a lot of stories in music as well. :)

Chuck the Duck said...

Hey Krista! This is Dolly Chandler - I attended the last Tennessee Christian Writer's meetings earlier this month and I just want you to know first off...I LOVE your blog site! I have been checking it out to get ideas for a blog site I am creating for my "Chuck the Weather Duck" books! You are such an inspiration - your life is so busy, but you make the time to put into your passion for writing. And that is great about your manuscripts being read! I'll say a little prayer, keep fingers crossed, rub on a rabbits foot, whatever in hopes that it works out for you. Do you know when the next meeting for the writer's group is? Isn't there another one at the end of the month, or am I toally wrong!? Keep up the good work and I guess I will see you at the next writer's group meeting!

Krista Phillips said...

Oh my goodness. I still LOVE chuck the duck. How cute!!!

Glad you liked the blog, Our meeting is 11/14, same time, same place. They didn't do the normal "think tank" meeting this month because of a pre-planned field trip.

Oh, and I'll get that app e-mailed to you asap (aka tonight when I'm home and have your e-mail address handy!)

Chuck the weather duck... MAN I'm gonna laugh all day about that!!! LOVE IT!