Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

The last few lines of the movie The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe are among my favorites:

Professor Kirke: I don't think you'll get back in that way.  You see...I've already tried.

Lucy: Will we ever go back?

Professor Kirke: Oh, I expect so.  But it'll probably happen when you're not looking for it.  All the same...best to keep your eyes open.

(Aslan roars)

Today I was thinking of this quote when it comes to the writing life.  As a Christian I believe any artistic abilities we have are given from God.  He chooses when to give the inspiration...He chooses the timing.  He chooses the medium in which our writing or other gifts will be shared.

Tomorrow I will be gathering with two other ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) members in the upstate New York region.  This gathering was planned several months ago.  I will be coming to this meeting empty handed in terms of a manuscript.  I joined Novel Track somehow believing I would be able to manufacture the time in July to write at least 10,000 words.  Not a very large goal.  But after a few nights of late-night writing and  early waking I gave it up.

There are many of us hoping for publication, yet the Lord opened my eyes to the medium I have before me.  Only on the internet can I share what's on my heart and have others read it only minutes later.  Our story is unfolding day-by-day, minute-by-minute and only we can share this story.  In this busy season, I believe God has given me blogging as a gift, so I can continue to write in small bursts.

I'm not planning to completely give up my novel.  I'm convinced that God has a plan for this story...in His time.

Meanwhile, God has blessed me to share in a new place as a reviewer, The Suspense Zone.  I'm finding that there is so much variety in the suspense genre and I'm enjoying the opportunity to explore this genre.  If you have favorite reads in the Christian suspense genre, I would love to hear them.


I like your comment about our abilities being gifts from God! Sometimes I joke that He skipped over me. :)I'm okay at some things, but not great at anything. But God chooses the timing. That's very encouraging! Thank you! :)

Congratulations on the Suspense Zone! :) I've been recently adding a lot of science fiction/suspense novels to my want list, and now I can get some more ideas!

One thing I can tell you're really great at just by knowing you online is being a mom. You're very concerned about your son's spiritual growth and that is so big!! Never forget how important that is! I love your reviews and recipes and I'm so glad to have met you online!

Thanks for the congratulations. Do you like FBI novels? I recently finished Enemies Among Us by Bob Hamer and I couldn't put it down. I will have reviews up shortly :).

Thank you! I'm glad I met you online, too. It's amazing the people you meet through a blog! :)

I'm more into the fantasy type books, but I do throw in some others every once in awhile. I tend to get more spooked(I'm VERY easily spooked, by the way) by realistic situations in books, so it depends on the reviews I see and all. I've recently heard of Eric Wilson and Robert Liparulo. I'm excited to read their work and see what I think.

Most definitely :)

I must admit I don't read much in the fantasy genre. I'm reading my first Eric Wilson book when it comes (FIRST) and have heard good things about Liparulo, too. I will be anxious to see your reviews.

I love suspense! Brandilyn Collins is my favorite suspense author. DiAnn Mills has some good ones too!

Have a super-blessed week,


I haven't read either author, but have heard so much about both. Thanks for the recommends.


Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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