Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Faith for the Journey: Clarice James' Clear Cache and Hit Refresh (Giveaway)

Faith for the Journey Welcomes Clarice James


Clear Cache and Hit Refresh



by Clarice James

(Guest Author sponsored Giveaway -see details below)


I’m a person with a list of a thousand things—all good—I want to do before I die. Sometimes I think I have to cram them all into one month. When my activities start to overlap, things get pushed around: my priorities out of order, my finances out of line, my emotions out of control, and my back, well, just out.
Recently, when my serenity was crowded out by busyness, I had a hard time hearing God's voice. And I needed to. [Duh.] So I prayed for the Lord to speak loud enough for me to hear over the din of my daily activities. He gave me this personalized paraphrase of 1 Kings 19:11-14 instead:

Go stand over there and be quiet. Don't check your email or Facebook and stay away from Pinterest. Wait for God to speak.
A critique group praised my manuscript and bolstered my hopes before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the critique group; after the critique, a great idea for a writing workshop, but God wasn’t in the workshop; and after the great idea, positive remarks on a blog, but God wasn’t in the positive remarks or the blog; and after the positive remarks, a gentle and quiet whisper.
When Clarice heard the quiet voice, she muffled her face with her great lap blanket, went to the mouth of her writing cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Clarice, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Clarice said it again, “I’ve been writing my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of God have turned toward the secular market, destroyed your places of Christian publication, and murdered the written word. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”

Oh, the ego of it all! When I feel like I’m not able to give up some of my activities, writing or otherwise, because there is no one who can possibly replace me, that’s when I know I’m in trouble. BIG FAT PRIDE TROUBLE.
To make it right as quick as I can, I want to clear my cache and start again. However, if I’m not careful, I could rush the process and eliminate the wrong things.
So . . . now I’m waiting—really waiting—to hear the Lord’s gentle whisper. When the cache is cleared, I will hit refresh.


As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. ‘Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.’  The Master said, ‘Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.’ ~ Luke 10:38-42 (MSG)

Clarice James


GIVEAWAY


Clarice is giving away one print copy of her book, Double Header.
Comment (make sure you leave your email address) on this blog to be eligible for the giveaway!

How do you "clear the cache" of your life in order to hear the voice of the Lord?

One winner will be selected by random draw on 3/22/2017 and notified by email.



About the Author: 

Clarice G. James enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction. Readers are likely to find a thread of romance, a sprinkling of humor, and/or an element of mystery throughout each story. When she’s not writing or reading, Clarice enjoys organizing author and writing events. Her debut novel, Double Header (Mountainview Books LLC) was one of three winners in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Party of One, a finalist in the 2011 Operation First Novel contest, will be released April 2017 (Elk Lake Publishing).



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Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam; her lucrative marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which she writes with her brother, Griffin. When Casey discovers that her late father, the one man she idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn't know about, she’s determined to discover his identity before her father’s reputation is blemished. As Casey attempts to fit the changes life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she is challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?


17 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you speak of, Clarice. I think it's Satan's way of keeping us preoccupied in a world full of distractions. A person has to be very intentional about turning off the world and its noise and tuning into that Still Small Voice.

    I can't wait till your Party of One hits the streets.

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    1. Well said, Janet. And we need to keep reminding ourselves.

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    2. Thank you for your comment and I'm so grateful for Clarice. Sometimes this world and its noise drowns God's voice. Her reminder comes at a good time...at least for me. ;)

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  2. I loved the blog post Clarice and I loved Double Header.
    I anxiously awaiting your next book.
    If I win I will give the book to my sister in love Susan.

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    1. I appreciated this post as well Linda! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  3. I'm new to your work and books. If the books are as well spoken as this post, then it will do well. I understand and admire the stand that you take about escaping idolitry. When we put what we want, what we're doing, what we love - more than God, then is it an idol? Do we dare call it that and step way back and let God back on the throne?

    Best to you and your books. Thanks Renee too.
    Author Terry Palmer

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to post a thoughtful reply, Terry. It's my goal to incorporate Scriptural principles throughout my contemporary fiction. I believe it's one more way to minister to one another.

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    2. Terry, I know you will love Clarice's books! And yes, I do believe anything I place above the Lord is an idol...even my pathetic computer. Grrr. (Although I did get a new one.) But posts like Clarice's help remind me that God is and should still the center of my world, no matter how bust or noisy I choose to let it become.
      Thanks for your comments! You're awesome as always.

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  4. A well-written reminder to wait for His gentle voice in the midst of busyness, which always redirects and refreshes. Congratulations on your second book!!
    Konnie - kkviner@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Konnie. It's not always easy to hear His gentle voice; we have to make a concerted effort.

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    2. Hi Konnie! Thanks for stopping by
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  5. My life's cache is gradually being cleared, leaving room for the things that really matter. :)

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  6. The only time in my world that is really quiet is from 4:30 - 5:30 in the morning. If I miss this opportunity to be still and listen for God - the world drifts down the stairs one by one and then the quiet is gone. If we allow life to take over our days, it is difficult to know what God has planned for our lives. I loved your post! I also loved reading Double Header and look forward to reading Party of One!

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    1. I know the feeling, although I have to be careful not to let others fill my world with chaos. LOL Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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  7. The winner of the giveaway is Konnie! Thanks for commenting on this wonderful blog! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and commenting on this blog. You're wonderful. :)

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