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Thursday, December 17, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Guest post by Lillian Duncan

Good Morning,

Today we welcome Lillian Duncan back to our blog with something to think about....

The Faith of a Child

“I just came across this verse, Pink. Made me think of you. Want to hear it?”
          Not really. “Sure.”
          “In Matthew it says unless you become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
          “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.”
          “But what do you think it means?” His voice was insistent.
          She leaned against the door, suddenly so tired she could barely stand. “I don’t know. What do you think it means?”
          “It’s all about trust and faith. The kind children have. Especially the kind they have at Christmas. Think about it—kids just believe in Santa because their parents tell them he exists. Even though it makes no sense, they believe.”
          Zoe slid down to the floor with her back against the door. “And you want me to have that kind of faith in you?”
          “Not in me. In God.”

The above is a short excerpt from NO Home For The Holidays, my new Christmas-themed novella. In it, Chloe Sullivan needs a miracle but has given up on getting it. Ex-FBI turned preacher, Colton Douglas believes no miracle is too hard for God.

He has the faith of a child and he wants Chloe to have the same.

When we were children, we accepted the myth without question that Santa flies around the world, leaves gifts for every child, and even takes a moment to eat a bite or two of the cookies we left out. Our logical minds told us that it was impossible, but that was the magic of Christmas.

Faith comes easy when we’re children. Not so easy as adults. Our adult mind tells us:

Jesus couldn’t be the Son of God born of a virgin—that’s where faith comes in.
Heaven sounds too good to be true—that’s where faith comes in.
God couldn’t really love us after all we’ve done—that’s where faith comes in.

I can admit that sometimes my teeny-tiny human mind has difficulty comprehending such amazing concepts as heaven or forever or unconditional love. But I don’t need to understand it to believe it, just as I don’t need to understand electricity to believe in or to use it.

So this Christmas season close those adult eyes. Instead, look at Christmas through the eyes of a child—through eyes of faith. And be amazed at God’s love for each of us.
Be amazed by the miracle we call Christmas.

To celebrate the release of No Home For The Holidays, Lillian is running a contest on her blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes. Five lucky winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift card. So hop on over to www.lillian-duncan.com and leave a comment under the No Home For The Holidays blog post so you’ll be entered to win one of the gift cards.

You can purchase No Home for the Holidays right now for only $.99 cents at Pelican Book Group ($1.99 at Amazon)
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!

Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us

Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com

Hope you enjoyed today's treasure. Lillian will be back for Saturday Spotlight this month so drop by often!

Until later, take care and God Bless.


Jacqueline Seewald said...


Your writing sounds inspiring! Wishing you every success.

Nightingale said...

A very inspiring post.

Susan Coryell said...

What a good read for the Christmas season. Good luck with all your projects.

Alicia Dean said...

Yes, very good point. Love this post! And your story sounds wonderful.

marilyn leach said...

Lillian, there's little more precious than seeing Christmas through child-like eyes. Thank you for your story.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you all for stopping by.
I'm sure Lillian will check in when she gets a chance.

Lillian Duncan said...

Thanks so much for the nice comments. I really do believe we should all keep the faith of a child, not just at Christmas but all year long. It's in that type of faith that we find our peace and joy! Have a wonderful Christmas!

MJ Schiller said...

You mean Santa's not real?! ;) NO HOME FOR THE HOLDAYS sounds interesting. Best wishes!