Why I’m Inspired by “Duck Dynasty” and the Robertsons

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I’m not the only one who loves the reality show “Duck Dynasty” or the Robertson family. That’s pretty evident, since the fourth season episode drew in 11.8 million viewers. That’s the largest audience ever for a reality show on cable television.

I’m not a big fan of reality shows. Most of them are filled with inappropriate content and language, and founded upon superficial values. But “Duck Dynasty” is the complete opposite.

There are many reasons why the show is popular. The family members are real and honest and have a great sense of humor. Although they’re wealthy, they remain grounded and haven’t forgotten their roots. They refused to “tone down” Christian references on their show, even after the network requested it. But most of all, they’re not apologetic about being Christian. They’re very open about their love for Christ. And it’s an honest devotion, not manufactured for television or ratings. It’s evident that they love God and they want to share that and the Gospel with their audience! This is why I find the show and the family inspiring.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, here’s the sneak peak for season four:

The Robertson’s are God-loving people. Hollywood is full of characters who say they’re Christians, but their actions far from represent those claims. I believe that “Duck Dynasty” is so popular because finally we’ve been introduced to a family who live the Word.

The Robertsons are the kind of Christians I strive to portray in my novels -true Christians who live the Word. Martha and David and Eva from The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch are like the Robertsons. As is Gabriel in my upcoming novel, Freeing Tanner Rose. Their love for Christ is not just a hobby, it’s who they are. It’s natural. Scripture says you’re either with Christ or you’re against Him. And when you’re a Christian, there’s just no compromise.

“Duck Dynasty” and the Robertsons not only inspire my writing, but they inspire me to become a better Christian! What about you?

Friends, are you a fan of “Duck Dynasty”? Do the Robertson’s inspire you?

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“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

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I’m reluctant to get into editing the “final” draft of Freeing Tanner Rose. Why? In contemplating it’s conclusion, I’ve realized that I have to introduce a new beginning. This may seem like a drastic change at such a late stage -and maybe there would have been a time when such a decision was unnerving, but it won’t be the first time.

When finalizing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch I did the same thing. What was supposed to be the first chapter of that novel is now four pages into chapter 4. And I feel the story has been strengthened because of it.

If the idea of moving chapters around, changing the introduction or even changing the ending of the whole novel enters your mind, don’t brush it away. It’s tempting, I know, but the notion exists for a reason. Your reader has to jump into chapter one and not want to leave your story until it’s absolutely necessary. I’m not sure the first chapter of Freeing Tanner Rose achieves this.

If you decide to make a drastic change to your fiction novel at the last stage, remember to make sure that the change is reflected wherever necessary throughout the novel. To ensure this is the case, you’ll have to get a pair of fresh eyes to read the whole novel for you.

Sure, the change will likely knock you off schedule, but if your desire is to put out quality fiction, the wait will be worth it!

Good luck, God bless and wish me the same!

Ugh! Time to get to it.

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Inspiration: Young Boy Proclaims Jesus Throughout the Bible- A Must See!

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out this video. I posted it on Project Inspired also because I hope more people see it and find inspiration through this young man’s proclamation of Jesus Christ.

God bless you all!

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“Overwhelmed” –a Poem by T.M. Gaouette

ID-10010783I lean out of my bedroom window and close my eyes,
Welcoming the cool evening breeze on my face.
I imagine what life will unfold for me, with its many roads for choosing.
I have so many questions to ask, but am unsure of where to begin.
What should I do? Where should I go? Who should I be?
Do I go this way or do I go the other?
Or do I stay and await the arrival of my future?

I am overwhelmed. What if I miss my fate, what will become of me?
Suddenly the fear of making mistakes consumes me.

My childhood is over, and now I must be an adult,
But I’m not sure how to transition into that role.
Who’s going to show me the way?
Is there a book I should buy or a call I should make?
My head aches, my chest burns.
Past thoughts of this emancipation brought joy. Tonight? Self-doubt.

Startled, I am brought to reality.
With a gentle stroke the breeze replies.
I hear the words, but I strain to listen.
“You create,” it whispers its message.
“You choose, you live, and you learn.”
The words envelop me and warm me with confidence.
I am my own destiny. I must take charge.
This is my moment to shine and I can make that happen.

I am overwhelmed. I have a handle on my fate and what will become of me?
Suddenly the joy of possibilities consumes me.

Does this poem remind you of…you?

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Amazing Image of Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcavado Mountain

I love this image of the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) Statue on Corcavado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

I wanted to share it with you. God bless you all!

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Matthew West’s “Last Christmas” Should Be Remembered Every Year

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It’s not that I enjoy crying, but this is such an amazing Christmas song and story, and I wanted to share it with anyone who hasn’t heard or seen it yet. Besides, Matthew West is a great Christian artist and definitely worthy of promoting!

I hope you enjoy it.

Matthew West makes every song count. Each has a story behind it that’s inspiring and filled with faith!

“Last Christmas” is a sad story. It’s not a new story, but it’s one about how a community came together to make a dream come true. It’s a story about compassion and love. And it’s a story about faith. Something that’s so needed in such a desperate time.

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