Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

New Blog Announcement and a Song January 13, 2018

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As most of you know I have been on this journey to better health. It’s been on my heart of while to start a blog that focuses on that. I don’t want to muddy Genesis 5020 up with that because that wasn’t the point of this blog. Although, reviewing books wasn’t the point either but it still lines up with my title and tag (My Story for God’s Glory).

So I have started a new blog, a place to share my journey to healthy living, recipes and hopefully review some cookbooks. It is called Eat or Drink and the tag is  For the Glory of God. This comes from the verse 1 Corinthians 10:30: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. 

I have been to a lot of health blogs but none that keep the focus on Jesus. And for me that’s where it needs to be so I thought I would start one. Obviously, if this doesn’t interest you don’t pop over there but if it does I hope you will join me.

Here is the link.  Eat or Drink.

I also wanted to share a song with you. It’s actually not new, but new to me. It’s been speaking to my heart this week and I hope it will speak to yours as well. Have a blessed weekend.

Click here to listen.

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Write to the Point with Darlene Franklin June 12, 2013

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Hi there wonderful readers. I am so excited to introduce you our writer today. Sit back and as we get write to the point with Darlene Franklin.

df jpegTell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I tell people that the most interesting fact about me is that I write full time from a nursing home. (More about that below).  My daughter died 5 years ago, but God has blessed me with a wonderful son, his wife, and four beautiful grandchildren.  I am from New England, but moved to Texas for seminary and have lived west more or less ever since.

I have been interested in writing all my life, but I began writing seriously (every day) in the wake of my divorce 22 years ago.  My first book (Romanian Rhapsody, still available as an ebook from Barbour) was contracted in 2003.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mother was saved when I was seven. I saw a big change in her, and also longed to belong to the church. So during VBS when I was nine, I asked Jesus to become my Lord and Savior. Hallelujah! 

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

In Calico Brides, four unmarried women in the town of Calico, Kansas, decide that missions should begin at home, and each seek a special project from God. If we each look at our communities like that, what might God lead us to do?

I’d also love to mention three books from May: In Barncastle Memorial, an older widow and widower both celebrate their pasts and look forward to the future through acalico brides special “this is your life” vacation.  In Texas Brides, my novella, Angel in Disguise, takes the New Testament church as the model for caring for the poor. And Hidden Dreams, both hero and heroine have to trust God with their secrets.

Wow, you are one busy writer. You really must use your time wisely, I need to take some lessonsJ

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I’m part of three regular blogs:

Every day, I write a devotional on that day’s “read through the Bible in a year” passage at http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/

On Sundays, I write a potpourri blog about my life, my writing, contemporary news. . .whatever is on my heart.  I also share my writing news.  Check it out at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com.

Once a month, on the 12th, I write an article about some historical subject at christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer. You have to love a story where the heroine’s father “steals” a preacher from a train for a birthday gift!  Not only that, but Karen makes it completely believable.

Ooh, I am going to be reading that book soon, I can’t wait!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Living in the nursing home! No one enters a place like this as an ideal choice. But since I’ve been here, God has blessed me so abundantly.  God has used me to encourage both fellow residents and staff, and I’ve had renewed ministry through my daily devotionals.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)  That’s the verse I cling to.

Here is a verse that struck me a few months ago in my devotional blog: “David proceeded with a longer stride, a larger embrace since the God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10, MSG) I’ve taken it as a challenge to stride longer and reach farther in my ministry.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

You can find all of my books at Amazon and elsewhere.  Check for them at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=darlene+franklin

Darlene, thank you so much for taking time to talk to my readers, we love hearing from authors.

Readers, Darlene is giving away a copy of her book, Calico Brides. Leave a comment for her by June 18th at 5:00 Pm to be entered.

 

The Brokenhearted-Part 5 December 21, 2012

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For the next two weeks I will only be posting on Fridays. I will resume Write to the Point Wednesdays on January 9 with a fresh batch of authors.

I pray you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family. I am humbled everyday that you choose to read this blog. I pray this year you have been blessed in some way through these ramblings and you will find your own Genesis 5020. Embrace each moment and remember who we celebrate.

Today we continue with Heather’s Genesis 5020.

281-12141089520ahwThe summer of 2008, I met a man who happened to be a drug dealer and I fell for him.  He was living in a halfway house.  He was doing time for selling drugs and stealing cars. 

I didn’t care what he had done, he made me feel so special, I hadn’t felt that way in years, I hadn’t felt anything in years. 

He spent as much time with me as he could living in a halfway house.  When he was supposed to be working, he would hang out with me and sell drugs.  Eventually, he got in trouble and had to go back to prison. 

I was heartbroken when I didn’t get to see him everyday.  But he called me and wrote me letters.

In January, 2009 I was able to go visit him in prison  I was able to see “my love” again.  At our first visit, he told me he needed me to bring him drugs and explained in great detail how I should do it. 

I foolishly agreed, I would do anything for him. 

So the next time I visited him, I transported drugs to him. It was so easy and the thrill of the danger was addicting.  He promised me he would have people send me money for the drugs I took to him.  He said the price of drugs in prison was so much higher than on the streets.  I did get some money from some people here and there but never anything like he said I would. 

Even so, I continued to take him whatever he asked of me, no matter what the cost to me.  Spending all this money on drugs for him took a major toll on my finances that were already doing poorly. 

At the end of March 2009, I didn’t have enough money to pay my rent so I was evicted from my apartment.  I am thankful I had a true friend who took my daughter and I in and let us stay with her for  about 3 months. 

It was a stressful time in my life, moving and my daughter having to switch schools but it was nice to have support from someone who cared about us. 

Even though all these horrible things were happening in my life as a direct result of the poor choices I had made, I still had no desire to make any changes

I found myself pushing even harder to find customers I could sell myself to, I was even taking less and less money for my services. 

I didn’t realize it at the time but my self-worth was nothing, I didn’t value myself at all. 

My customers saw me as nothing and I saw myself as worthless, only good for one thing.

I had one customer in particular that saw me as nothing but his slave.  That was his thing, I was his slave and he was my master.  He would beat me severely on my chest and my back.  I never had to have sex with him but I always had to take a beating.  One time, he even burned my breasts with a cigarette over and over.  He truly made me feel like I was nothing. 

 My boyfriend made me feel good most of the time but I knew deep down that if he truly loved me like he said he did, he would not ask me to take such risks for him.  I was risking my freedom, my daughter. 

If I got caught taking drugs to him, I would go to prison and my daughter would go into foster care.  Getting caught never crossed my mind, my head was clouded by the thought that someone actually loved me. 

I moved out of my friend’s house in June 2009. 

In September 2009, my boyfriend got out of prison.  I picked him up and he came to my apartment. He spent most of the day with me.  I thought we were going to be together. We had talked about marriage and having kids and possibly moving to California together. 

That night he went to the store and never came back. 

I waited for him all night, hoping my gut instinct was wrong but it wasn’t. I never heard from him again. 

All his letters to me about how he loved me, how we were going to have a family, all of it was a huge lie.  He said all those things and made me feel so special just so I would do what he wanted me to do.  He never cared about me or the chances I took for him. 

All of that for nothing, just to be left. 

He didn’t value me at all, he was worse than my customers, at least they valued me enough to pay me. 

That was my thinking back then.  How sad was that?

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 NLT

Heather and I started talking via email in January 2009. My brother had found her MySpace page and we knew she was dancing. I emailed her and told her she didn’t need to hide from me because I knew the truth. We talked on and off.

In March, when Heather got evicted from her apartment, she emailed me to ask for money. My husband and I talked about it and consulted a few trusted friends about what to do.

We decided, instead of throwing money at her, we would offer to pay for plane tickets home and let her move in with us.

She declined.

It wasn’t time yet. But soon, very soon.

What’s your Genesis 5020? Share your story at: 5020genesisstories (at)gmail(dot)com