Friday, October 22, 2021
Blog Tour Novella Reflection Tales of the East Writing

Learning Reliance

When I first started writing Rock of Ages, I knew it needed to have a good theme. And I knew exactly what that would be. Reliance. Both of my main characters, Rina and Chileab needed to learn who to rely on for everything, though Chileab needed to learn it the most. To be a bit more specific on the theme, here’s a little thing I worked up:

Theme: Reliance
Thematic Question: Who should you rely on?
Message: Only by relying on God can we succeed in our goals in life.

So there you have it, the point of the story. Now you don’t need to read it. 😉 Just kidding. There’s a lot more to the story than the theme and message.

But what is it about reliance that makes a story interesting? Well, that’s a great question. One interesting thing about writing is that it gives you a chance to learn things yourself. I don’t always rely on God for decisions or even some of the more mundane things in my life. And I have suffered for it.

Then there are the times that I do rely on God. Everything goes so much better when I do. Being a human is hard. Even when you know what is right and what works best, you still don’t do it.

So how do you rely on God in everything? By being perfect, but since we can’t do that, we will have to settle for a few tips on how to do it a little at a time.

  1. Start with this moment. Ask God what he wants you to do and do it.
  2. Move to the next moment and do something that you know is in God’s will.
  3. Then do that for today.
  4. And the next day
  5. And the day after that.

Yes, it will be hard to keep up with it consistently, but if you fail one day, start up the next day and every day, try to get a little bit better at it.

And yes, I am preaching to myself as well. So let’s do this together! What will you do today to rely on God?

Be sure to check out the other blog posts in the tour to see the author interviews and book reviews.

Faith Blum
<p>I am Faith Blum, author of over 25 books. Most of them are Christian Historical Fiction. I am a small-town Wisconsin girl. I have lived in, or outside of, small towns my whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares me, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.</p> <p>I currently reside in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with my husband and our cat, Smokey. I am blessed to be able to have writing as my full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. I am also teaching Writing Lessons, doing writing consulting, and am slowly building a Young Living Essential Oils business.</p>

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