This is my last post for a while here on Inspy Romance. I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be included among the amazing inspirational romance writers who contribute to this blog. Our fearless leader has promised me that she’ll hold my spot for the time when I get caught up on my production schedule. I plan to hold her to that. ;)
I have a coffee cup that is one of my favorite cups. It’s red and in white letters on the side it says, “Live a life of love. Ephesians 5:2.”
What Ephesians 5:2 actually says is:
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
I LOVE this message.”Live a life of love.” “Be as Christ — be a sweet smelling sacrifice for God. Love. LOVE.”
I’m a romance author. I have always loved love. I have always been drawn to the strong hero falling for the virtuous woman. I relive that moment every time I delve into my fictional world and write each new book. In the front of most books I sign, unless there’s a specific verse that I have assigned to a specific story, I write, “Live a life of love.” Because, universally, that’s what my books are about.
But, beyond the romantic love of my stories, I love the message that what God wants from us, what is a sweet smelling sacrifice for God — is to live a life of love. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love the Lord God your Father with all of your heart, mind, and strength. Love your spouse. Live a life of love.
My husband send me this coffee cup, mail order, when he was in Afghanistan. As I approached my writing career as a Christian fiction author, I chose Ephesians 5:2 as my life verse. Live a life of love.
I’m a featured author at the Romancing the Smokies event this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee. One of the things I had to do was to design and decorate my table where people have bought a ticket to sit with me and enjoy lunch. I’m not even going to pretend to know anything about decorating a table. I have to admit, this was entirely intimidating to me. Until I was standing in a local discount store and saw a massive display of Valentine deals. “Love!” I thought. It’s my life verse! What else would I use to decorate my table?
So, my guests are going to get a deluge of hearts – complete with a massive Dove chocolate heart and rose petals – to symbolize the verse by which I try to live my life: Live a life of love.
What is your life verse?
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