Week 1, New Series
Just over a week ago, I was in Texas for a writer’s conference. At the end of the week, I made plans to visit Magnolia Marketplace and Silos in Waco. I’m an unapologetic “Fixer Upper” fan. As I headed into Waco city limits, I spotted a brown historic marker sign, reading, “Waco Mammoth National Park.” Since I love a good adventure, I diverted my destination temporarily. What a gift awaited me!
I learned that in 1978, a Colombian Mammoth bone was discovered by two men looking for fossils. Their find was given to a team of scientists at Baylor University, and between 1978-1990, 16 fossil remains of Colombian Mammoths were uncovered, including a nursery herd which appeared to have all died in a single event – the only find like it in the world, according to the park ranger. Through 1990-1997, six additional Mammoth skeletons were uncovered, as well as a camel, dwarf antelope, tortoise, and the tooth of a juvenile saber-tooth cat – all within 3 strata of soil. The most recent find about a foot from the surface. It fascinated me to hear the park ranger depict the ice age in Texas, and what has been learned and surmised as they continue to uncover remains. It excited me to view some of these remains as I stood over top the actual dig site. I learned that camels originated in the North American Continent. I always thought they originated in the Middle East!
The Mammoth bone uncovered in 1978 sparked a search for truth, and most likely unearthed some untruths along the way.
Truth always has the power to unearth lies and set free those held captive by them.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)
I was in Texas to attend a Writer’s Intensive, by author Mary DeMuth. It was amazing! Mary’s heart for young writers shined, as she poured herself into us with a listening ear and genuine affirmation while teaching us about writing, publishing, branding, book launching, and marketing. Her words spoke truth amidst our fears and misgivings about the gift God has given us, at the same time dispelling lies holding me captive to fear and discouragement.
I met some fascinating people with a passion to tear down lies as they write for Jesus’ fame. For some, the cost may be quite high. The truth within holding a stronger sway than the lies around them.
Their passion for truth and setting others free challenged me.
That Friday, as Mary closed the conference, she came to each of the 12 of us, placed her hands on our shoulders, and prayed for our families, our calling as writers, and the books God has placed on our hearts. Her prayers filled us with courage, because truth does that.
Truth is powerful, especially when our world defames it as unnecessary. Yet, even when truth is devalued, its power to set captives free is unwavering.
This conference has changed my life and perspective in ways I’m not fully aware of as yet. However, I do know:
I must speak truth in order to proclaim the power of Jesus to change lives. No matter the cost.
- I will be posting only once a week indefinitely. I’m in process of writing a Bible Study, and have ideas for other books. More later….
- You will soon see some minor changes as I upgrade the site.
This week begins a new series entitled, “Tearing Down Lies.” Over the next 4 weeks this social forum will discuss topics the church faces today, in hopes to bolster boldness and courage with great love. I’d love to see a hearty discussion, with lots of input.
Lord, our world is full of many voices. Help us, as your body, to listen for your voice alone. Help us follow your lead so those around us know where to find safety, wholeness, and truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(I wasn’t reimbursed in any way to write the above, but rather wrote of my own free will.)
With love and prayers,