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May 26, 2009

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Julie Barnhill

Mary, we're trekking similar paths set before us by the stirring and direction of God. This verse has been my anchor, "See, the former things have take place and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." Isaiah 42:9.

I'll continue to pray for you--protection on all fronts, discernment, strength, and unity in purpose between you and your husband. I'd ask the same. When we meet at WTP let's allow time for serious prayer.

Love,
Julie

Cheryl Barker

Mary, you know you're on the right track when you feel the enemy breathing down your neck. May God bless, empower, and protect you as you move forward in ministry.

LauraLee@Selah

Ah Mary, I love your authenticity. Jesus was authentic in every way...there was no duplicity in Him at all. I think it is so great that you are using your successes to help bring His healing to others. Yes, the opposition and persecution will come no doubt, but I will stand in prayer with others to help you through. Isn't it so cool that He has given You this ministry of healing? Not the kind the lays hands on people, but the kind that covers others with His Words. What a beautiful thing!

Mary DeMuth

Julie, thanks for walking this journey with me. I would love to pray with you at WTP!

Thanks, Cheryl.

Thanks for your kind words and prayers, LauraLee!

Madison Richards

Mary,

Today, of all days, I needed this post.

Today God has told me I need to dive deeper. If I want to write real I have to explore every bit of darkness in each of my characters in order to find the light. This time is about exploration. Not all of the darkness will remain on the page. There will be more edits to come. But for now I need to weed it all out, to slug through the mire until I find the core of truth in each one of them.

Up until now I've been so afraid of their truths. I guess maybe because they might reflect my own. This post is a huge encouragement. Thank you.

And good luck with your new book! I can't wait to read it!

Grace,
Madison

Mary DeMuth

Thanks Madison.

In my mentoring, I occasionally come across a writer in a rut. He/she may be skilled to pen a story, but the characters and the emotional journey are too surfacy. It's hard for me to explain how to change that. But this is what I say, usually: "I believe God wants to do something deeper in you. Until you seek what that is, you'll miss out on deepening this book." Then I pray.

May you delve, not just for delving's sake, but for your healing and His glory.

Miz Melly

Mary, I'm sure your journey of hope could help in the healing of the thousands of people in this country who suffered abuse in institutions in this country when they were children. Ireland at the minute is having to face the fact that there has been over 70 years of systemic abuse at the hands of religious congregations. This has been brought in to the light and there is more to come apparently. But you stand as an example of the true transformative power of Christ. I hope your books make it over here.

Melanie

Mary DeMuth

Melanie,

I heard about that, then read up on it. JUST TERRIBLE!!!! It makes me fighting mad. Grrrrrr.

Cheryl Pickett

Mary,
Once again, your post hits home with me. I also recently started a new book project, totally different from my first (which was about publishing). This one is a book that will encourage kids and families in their faith.

I struggled for quite a while as to whether I could/should write it. One of my fears against doing it was the feeling of not being prepared to answer tough questions about being a Christian when they come up, about not being able to witness well enough. Basically, being afraid of the enemy too.

Even though the fear is still there, I started writing in March and in comparison to my first book, many things have fallen into place much easier. I'm moving forward mainly in the thought that God does not always call the equipped, but He equips those He calls. When the arguments come, I'll trust that God will give me what I need to say, or help me point out good resources.

I pray His blessings on your project too. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to following your journey as well.

Good Writing & God Bless

Mary DeMuth

Great words, great journey, Cheryl! How cool that the words are coming easier for you this time!

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