This post is from my amazing friend and mentor DiAnn Mills. For more information about DiAnn see below or check out her website at DiannMills.com.
Life - an Adventure with God. Sounds like wild and crazy fun with unimaginable blessings until we realize the journey is often paved with trails and challenges. The path is seldom a highway. It’s twisted, filled with ruts, briars, bruises, broken rungs, and sometimes it leaves us dangling over a cliff.
We claim the road to being more like Jesus is worth the sweat and tears when all we really want is to have God lace up our tennis shoes and make sure we’re hydrated with showers of blessings.
With faith, our relationship with Christ is secure, and He is glorified in our Christian growth.
As a novelist, I look at my hero or heroine and ask myself—what is the worst possible thing that could happen What’s even worse? What’s even worse? That’s the point where I write my scene—because my character changes and grows during the most critical of situations. Much like God does with us. We’re told He loves us enough to reach out and save us and too much to leave us the way we are.
Without the worse possible scenario with my characters, I have no story.
Without Him, we are incredibly lost. So which is it? Lost in the world? Or found alongside the road battered and beaten but poised for eternity?
Our adventure is more than a momentary experience. It’s a lifelong pursuit to become more like Christ. We can’t use a map because the future is never given to us. We have our Bibles to guide us through the worst of circumstances.
Charles Swindoll says: Adversity stirs up and causes us to look at life differently. We are forced to deal with things on a deeper level. Nothing causes “self” to cave in like suffering. And once our religious facade begins to wear thin, God moves in and begins teaching us what real Christlikeness is about.
Not so long ago at Disney World just as the fireworks display at Epicot burst into the sky, a horrid lightning storm challenged my thrill of color and entertainment. In blinding rain, I scurried to shelter—so glad God promised to never leave my side.
Just like all our troubles, a storm was brewing and I didn’t have an umbrella!
I have a few ideas about our adventure with God, and I’d like to share those road signs with you today.
The first road sign is to—
Freely accept the adventure - Christians all over the world are being persecuted for their faith. Those
believers understand Jesus is enough because they freely accepted the gift of eternal life by following Christ in faith and asking for forgiveness of sins. Many of these brave people understand saying yes to Jesus also means saying yes to death. Would we be that brave?
Faith - Faith is complete trust or confidence in God, a Being we cannot see. Faith binds us to a sovereign God who can and will supply all our needs. He is the great relationship giver, our source of security, and the only One who can offer us significance.
Forgive - Our adventure with Jesus begins by asking Him to forgive our sins. In turn we’re to forgive others. That’s an undertaking.
Family - We’re all given families to love and keep us humble. God instructs us to be fruitful and multiply - but he didn’t promise the road would be easy.
Friendship - The gift of friendship is one of the amazing blessings of God. Treasure those who love you unconditionally. Bring them alongside your faith.
Focus - A continuous focus on God keeps our hearts in tune with Him. Daily quiet times and prayer fuel our spirits. Without it, our journey sputters and dies.
Fullness - In Greek the word for “fullness” means completion. In Him we have all we need. It’s not just a slice of apple pie; it’s the whole pie, warm with a scoop of ice cream. And an overflowing cup of coffee.
Can you freely accept His gift in faith and go forth with forgiveness in your heart, impacting family and friends with His love and focus on the fullness of God?
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
Also be sure to check out her newest novel HIGH TREASON coming soon.