Don’t Ignore the Prompt

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have there been times in your life where out of the blue someone’s name flashes across your mind?

What about situations where you find yourself in a conversation with a stranger, and feel it wasn’t a coincidence?

Some might call situations like those Divine Promptings.

So let’s say a friend’s name does cross our mind unexpectedly. What should we do about it? We can ignore it, send up a prayer for them, call and check up on them …

We can do a lot of things, but in situations like that, my default is to send up a prayer, whether I have any idea what’s going on in that person’s life at that particular point in time, or not.

God knows, and he just might have put that prompt into our brains for a definite reason.

What about times where we have a conversation we weren’t intending to have?

This happens to me often. More times than not, it’s with a stranger. Don’t know what it is about me. Maybe I appear approachable, or maybe it’s another God prompt.

For those of you reading this who may not know me personally, I am not overly outgoing. Quite the opposite. I’m a shy introvert. I’m more of an observer than a conversationalist.

Go figure how I ended up a teacher.

I know I’ve been on the receiving end of others’ prayers on my behalf when they had no idea what was going on in my life, but prayed for me or my family anyway.

I imagine you have to, even if you don’t know it.

Prayer is a privilege allowing us to go before the very throne of God with petitions and request not just for ourselves, but for others.

How amazing is that?

Because we have this amazing privilege, I believe we should take advantage of it, especially when we feel God’s prompt, and bring our requests daily. Don’t you?

Especially those prayers that seem to come to us out of the blue.

At those times when a friend’s name comes to mind, don’t ignore the nudge. It just might be God prompting us to pray.

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Then the religious leaders and Levites stood and prayed that good would come to the people. And their voice was heard. Their prayer came to the Lord’s holy place in heaven. 2 Chronicles 30:27 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Break Down Dividing Walls

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesian church, he told them to do something few believed possible. Break down the dividing walls and get along with a people group who had long been their enemies. The Jews.

The groups weren’t to consider themselves separate and divided. They were to consider themselves joined together as the body of Christ; no matter their heritage, skin color, or address.

This was a hard teaching for the new Gentile and Jewish Christians to accept. The very thought of working together to advance the Kingdom of God, to put aside long-held hostilities, and respect each other as brothers and sisters in Christ; to treat each other with love instead of hatred, was a tall order from their point of view.

But it was a command Christ expected they embrace and live out.

The good thing was, and is, God already bridged the gap between the groups.

He tore down the dividing walls of their distrust and hatred for each other.

He did it through the power of the blood sacrifice of his son, Jesus.

No matter the estrangement — family, community, country — Jesus can restore the brokenness, hatred, and hostility once we accept the fact HE has broken down the dividing walls, and we actually live like it.

How do you go about tearing down dividing walls that separate you from others?

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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Ephesians 2:10-17 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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For Such A Time As This

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Four years ago I wrote a post after attending a Christian writers conference where writing professionals told me because I am not of a certain population group, I cannot write the book I’d researched the previous year.

Despite what I was told, I wrote that book, and others, because I firmly believe those are the books God placed on my heart and called me to write for such a time as this.

In the following years I’ve continued to attend writers conferences.

At each conference writing professionals told me there is no market for historical fiction for the 8-16-year-old range for which I write.

I then shake my head when my middle grade and young adult historical fiction contest entries win first place. I must be doing something right.

At the time of my original post on this subject, I thought of Queen Esther and the courage it took to approach the king with her request to save her people; to do what God called her to do for such a time as this.

Three days before Pilot and I headed to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference this year, the morning devotion I read centered on Esther.

Coincidence? Hardly.

Two of the questions the devotional writer asked were questions each of us can ask ourselves regardless of where we might be at this point in time.

  • How do you think you might have responded to a similar request? What sort of things are you afraid to do that you think God might want you to do anyway?
  • How do you think God might want to use you in the position you now hold, whatever that might be?

In my earlier post I wrote:

It may take courage and persistence on my part. It may take a firm faith in the belief God’s with me in this. It may take stubbornness. But hey. I’ve got the stubbornness-thing down.

If God’s tugging at our hearts to step out and do what he’s calling us to, we need to be careful not to shrug it off. God’s will is going to be completed. One way or the other. Wouldn’t it be great for us to be the ones who step up and git ‘er done?

Is there something you believe God’s nudging you to do? Something maybe a little scary? A little outside your comfort zone? Some place you feel he’s asking you to be a light for him in a dark world?

Who knows … maybe you were brought to this place for such a time as this.

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 If you keep quiet at a time like this, God will deliver the Jews from some other source, but you and your relatives will die; what’s more, who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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P.S. I am happy to report two editors at the CCWC asked me to send them three of my  historical novels. One of those three novels is the one I was told several years back I could not write. Although these requests are not a contract to publish, they are steps in the right direction. God’s timing. God’s words. My pen.

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The Finished Product

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Much like many things, you and I are not a finished product yet, and we won’t be this side of glory.

If you’ve ever observed a product on a conveyor belt, you understand what starts out at the beginning of that conveyor belt undergoes multiple changes before it completes its journey and becomes the finished product it was meant to be at the end.

What starts out at the beginning of the process is still there. It’s just improved. Changed. Mo’ better.

One of my favorite things to watch move down a conveyor belt was Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Oh, yeah! That’s what I’m talking about. But alas … being gluten-intolerant put an end to those happy days. I still grieve the loss. Seriously.

And if Doc is reading this … I know. As you like to remind me every time I’m in your office, sugar is bad for me and addictive.

But I still enjoy it and would eat those doughnuts again if they were gluten-free. Especially if they were “Hot to Go.”

When we lived in Orlando, Florida there was a Krispy Kreme bakery in our path between the theater where we watched plays and listened to concerts, and our home.

You better believe if the red neon “Hot to Go” sign was lit, our car pulled into that parking lot. We’d go inside and drool as those doughnuts moved down the conveyor belt toward the hot sugary glaze they’d be dropped into before becoming the finished product we couldn’t wait to devour.

As soon as we got our hands on those hot doughnuts, we’d grab one or two before they had a chance to cool. Oh my. Bliss.

So let’s turn our attention from Krispy Kreme doughnuts to us.

We’re like a product, in this case doughnuts, on a conveyor belt. What we start out as in the beginning of our journey is not the finished product we end up as at the end.

Through the power of Christ in us we are changed; conveyed, as we move down that grand conveyor belt of life into the product God had in mind the moment he knit us together in our mother’s womb. Woven and spun into the creation he designed us to be.

Any other Krispy Kreme fans out there?

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He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  (NKJV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Courage To Do What God’s Calling You To Do

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Recently, I spoke with two professionals in the writing industry. Both of them told me the same thing … because I am not of a certain population group, I cannot write the book I have been researching for the past year.

bing photosNeedless to say, their pronouncement did not go over well with my way of thinking. After the discouragement passed, thanks to the wise counsel of Pilot and several friends, plus talking it over with God, I got my back up a bit.

“Oh, yeah? Who says?”

I’ve pondered and considered my options on this matter of writing a book I’ve been told I can’t write. Told I can’t write, not because of a lack of research, facts, or ability. But because of who I am.

What I keep coming back to, without sounding mystical or anything like that, is the fact I bing photosstrongly believe the book I plan to write is a book God wants me to write. And I’m going to forge ahead.

Prayers appreciated.

It may take courage and persistence on my part. It may take a firm faith in the belief God’s with me in this. It may take stubbornness. But hey. I’ve got the stubbornness-thing down.

My friend, Mike Dillingham, said it rather nicely. “Because I’m not blind guess that means I can’t write about a blind sled dog.” He wrote three books about his blind sled dog, Rivers.

This incident has me pondering a story from the Old Testament which I adore. The story of Queen Esther. Her courageous story encompasses an entire book. One of the take-aways from Esther’s story is who can say but she was placed in the palace for such a time as this to accomplish God’s plan?

Most of us are not living in a palace, but each of us has been given a task to do. Maybe even several tasks. If God’s tugging at our hearts to step out and do what he’s calling us to, we need to be careful not to shrug it off. God’s will is going to be completed. One way or the other. Wouldn’t it be great for us to be the ones who step up and git ‘er done?

bing photosIs there something you believe God’s nudging you to do? Something maybe a little scary? A little outside your comfort zone? Some place you feel he’s asking you to be a light for him in a dark world?

Who knows…maybe you were brought to this place for such a time as this.

Sometimes you gotta’ go uninvited. Sometimes you gotta’ speak when you don’t have the floor. Sometimes you gotta’ move when everybody else says you should stay...

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 If you keep quiet at a time like this, God will deliver the Jews from some other source, but you and your relatives will die; what’s more, who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14 TLB

I wish you well.

Sandy

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If you’ve not viewed the movie or read the book about Queen Esther, One Night With the King, you might find it worth your time. I know I did.