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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 2

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

2. Gregg

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Despite the fact that neither one of us were looking for a relationship when we met, within a day of meeting Gregg in person, he and I were talking about marriage. Forget the fact that I was recently separated from my husband of nearly 10 years, forget the fact that it was 3 short months after 9/11 and Gregg was in a Special Forces unit about to deploy, forget the fact that he lived 354 miles away from my house — we KNEW we would be married.

We absolutely, totally, and completely fell in love with each other at first sight.

When God said, ” It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him,” (Genesis 2:18) there are two Hebrew words that could have been used for “not good.” One is ‘ên tôb, which means that something is lacking. As in, this coffee is lacking cinnamon, or these mashed potatoes are lacking salt. The other, the one that was used, is lõ’tôb, which means positively bad. As in, it is positively bad that man is alone, so I will make for him a helper.

We are designed to want to be in a relationship with someone. We are commanded by God to make that relationship monogamous, permanent, and, above all, a reflection of Christ’s relationship with us .

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27

What does that mean?

What it means is that Christ loves us so much that He died for us. He stepped up, was beaten until He didn’t even resemble a man anymore, then nailed to a wooden cross until His lungs filled with fluid and suffocated Him. And He did it because He LOVES us.

Husbands are supposed to love their wives that much. God’s perfect model for marriage has husbands loving and adoring their wives to the point that they would step up and die for them.

Conversely, women are to love and respect their husbands. To hold them in high esteem. To give to them the kind of unconditional respect that rivals the unconditional love their husbands should have for them. To love them tenderly, affectionately, and passionately.

Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. ~Proverbs 31:1-12

Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The term “one” used here is the same term used in Deuteronomy 6:4 describing the holy trinity: “Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” I think that is a powerful message from God that puts man and wife as one – one flesh, one in the eyes of God as much as the trinity of God is one.

When a husband loves his wife with the perfect, agape love of Christ, and when his wife gives him unconditional respect and a tender affectionate love in return, then you have a perfect model of a marriage as given to us by God. Then you have the two becoming “one” – a powerful force with which to be reckoned.

I am daily thrilled and in awe of this man with whom I am “one”. Every single day, our love and respect grows. I get excited to see him at the end of the day. I love working with him on my books or on projects. I *LOVE* being the mother of his children and parenting our three children together. I get excited on date nights like a teen girl being asked out by her crush. I am so thankful, daily to God, for bringing us together and for both of us being open to the voice of the Holy Spirit that told us, “This is your *one*.”
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 1

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

1. Grace

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For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

The number one thing on my list of “that for which I am thankful” has to be grace. Because of my faith, through God’s grace, I am saved. I am cleaned of my sins and considered righteous in God’s eyes. NOT because I do everything right, but as a free gift of love from God.

Jehovah God, Creator of the universe, loves me enough that, despite who I have been in the past, despite the fact that I am a dirty rotten sinner who deserves nothing, despite the fact that I should have absolutely no expectation of even a passing glance from Him, still gives me salvation through His grace, and still accepts me into His fold.

Theologically, grace is defined as:

  1. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
  2. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
  3. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
  4. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.

In Greek, the word is charis, which means divine favor or goodwill, but also means “that which gives joy” and “that which is a free gift”. Both Paul and Peter used the word charis in their writings to talk about the gift of salvation.

Titus 2:11 says: For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Without God’s grace, I would be nothing. But because of His grace, I am redeemed from my sins, washed clean and purified, sanctified, and righteous.
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The Faith Element

Sapphire Ice 3DNow that The Jewel Trilogy is complete, I’ve started to turn my thoughts to what is next. I currently have seven books completely written. They are not Christian romances — quite the opposite. They’re full of everything you’re not supposed to put into a Christian novel. Like The Jewel Trilogy, I need to go into each one of them and revamp them, adjust the characters, add a faith element, and remove the bad. Sapphire Ice was the first book I did this to, and what happened amazed me — what was already a good book became a GREAT book! I was so excited to get to the other two. One of them had to be completely gutted and reworked (Emerald Fire), but like Sapphire Ice, Topaz Heat just needed minor tweaking.

So, I’ve done it — three times in the last year — and it worked and it worked wonderfully!

At my book signing last weekend, a group of friends and I were talking about what might be next. Like I said, I have seven more books. One cannot be a Christian novel. There’s a paranormal major story plot point that if it went away, the entire story deflates. So, it will forever be shelved. I have another trilogy – this one about three brothers. And, I have three books that are interconnected but not an actual trilogy — they just carry minor characters from one book into major characters into the next book — but really they could all stand alone if need be.

The first one in that group is the first book I ever wrote. The working title is Song of Retribution. I wrote this 100,000 word novel in, no kidding, six weeks. Since then, I’ve never touched it. Which means the writing is BAD. BAD. BAD. It’s full of passive voice, head hopping, very little “thoughts and feelings”, and just general rookie writer mistakes.

Emerald Fire 3DOh, but the story is a GOOD story. GOOD. GOOD. This is the kind of story that a reader would totally devour.

At my book signing, we were all standing around talking about it. I explained that looked at it and looked at it and thought, it’s a good story, it can be cleaned up, but I honestly don’t know that a faith element would add to the book. So, maybe I’ll just make it a “clean” romance and publish it like that.

Everyone encouraged me and said it was a great idea.

That was on a Saturday. On Monday, I got this review on Amazon for Topaz Heat (emphasis by me):

Hallee Bridgeman hit it out of the park with this one! Her other two books in the Jewel Trilogy were great, but this one surpassed my expectations! It was well written, amazing character development and emotions. However, her use of Faith in this book is what really sets it apart! It was enough to renew my faith and question why I am not more like the main character! Best book in the series! Can’t wait to see what this new author puts out next!!!!!

Monday night, a woman approached me while I was volunteering. She said, “I finished chapter 9 in Sapphire Ice and I put the book down and prayed longer and harder than I ever had in my entire life. You’ve changed my relationship with God. I can’t thank you enough.”

Topaz HeatThursday morning, I got this review on Barnes & Noble for Topaz Heat (emphasis by me):

As the last book in this series.. I was amazed to say the least..I loved reading all these, but I think the last may have been the best! I loved the simple truths that are so well written within these books. The old saying I have heard all my life came to mind while reading .. you can’t judge a book by the cover.. of course I am not talking a out the cover of this book, as christians sometimes we only see what others look like on the outside.. we forget that though they may seem very much the same.. that God can change that person completely without you looking close enough you may overlook the true transformation of the heart while focused on the outside of the person.. Again, cannot say enough good things about this series.. I hope to find (if there are any more) and read ALL this author has to offer. I have found another favorite author!

I think I’m capable of taking a hint.

There are a TON of good, well-written, exciting clean romances out there. I’m not sure that’s what God has called me to write. I’m certain that right now, during this part of my journey, what He wants me doing is adding that element of faith: the challenges, the beauty, the wonder, the strength that can come from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

If what I’ve already written isn’t going to fit the bill, then I’ll write something new. I know that as long as I’m open in communication with God, and what I write glorifies Him, then what I put out there will be what He wants me to put out there.

I’m good with that.

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