WHY...

Barb Enjoys
Writing at IHOP

I love God, and I love telling others about Him. That’s why I write. Well, that, and I absolutely love to create characters and story worlds.

HOW...

Barb Chooses
Writing Topics

Ideas … ideas … ideas. Someday I seriously intend to settle down and write in one genre and only one genre … if God so leads.

WHAT...

Barb Loves to
Teach & Share

Novel writing is so relevant to our walks with God. Our stories begin with wounded, flawed characters who desperately need help.

Guardian Angel to the Rescue
9/16/2018 3:52:00 PM BY Barbara E. Haley

What an exciting week I’ve had!

On Wednesday I joined two of my grandchildren for lunch to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. I love times when I get to visit with the kids one-on-one. 

On the way home I experienced a mighty miracle of God in my life. I was heading south on the interstate when I noticed a traffic jam ahead. I slowed to a stop, then heard an incredibly loud squeal. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a truck approaching. The driver swerved, trying to avoid hitting my car. 

What I felt was surreal. It was as if a pillow of peace surrounded me. I just braced my hand on the steering wheel and leaned back into the headrest and waited for the impact. No panic. No fear. I can’t fathom how I could have been so unconcerned. 

Within seconds the truck hit me, the driver going 70 mph before he braked. 

When it was over, only my right arm hurt. I felt no neck pain. No leg pain. No pain at all from the seatbelt restraining me. X-rays confirmed that no bones were broken or out of place. Doctors cautioned that body pain would increase and not peak until at least Sunday. 

Wrong. I experienced muscle soreness for a couple of days but am fine again today. I really believe my guardian angel took most of the hit for me, and I’m so thankful for God’s protection. 

Psalm 91:9-12 says: 

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

God is good and faithful to all His promises.

I know some of you might read this and shake your head. You or someone you love trusted the Lord to be his or her refuge, but tragedy followed an accident. Or an illness. Disaster did come your way. So, if God is faithful to His promises, how do we reconcile the promise with the result?

I don’t honestly know, but I’ve stood in your shoes. 

When I was ten, the State Police called to say my older sister had been involved in an automobile accident. My dad sent me to the car to get his atlas. I prayed earnestly that my sister wouldn’t die. I reminded God of Matthew 7:7, a verse I’d recently memorized. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

I knew God would answer my prayer. But as I re-entered the house, I heard my mother scream and saw her faint. My siblings said Gail had died. 

I didn’t believe them. God had promised: “Ask and it shall be given unto you.” 

But in reality, she was gone. Some said my sister received her ultimate healing. Just words to me, as a ten-year-old. An adult’s acceptable explanation for God’s broken promise. 

Years later, I reexamined the experience as an adult—with a Christian therapist. Somewhere, in my past, I had accepted a teaching that God always heals if we have enough faith. But as I examined that belief, I had to reject it. For you see, I had never, in my entire life, had as much faith in God’s promise as I had the day my sister died. 

And yet, God said no. Not because I didn’t have enough faith. But because, in His divine sovereignty, He deemed it right. 

Today, I readily pray for protection, provision, and healing. I pray in faith, believing that God, in His infinite wisdom and unfathomable love, will answer. I ask . . . and I keep on asking . . . until the answer I’ve requested is received or denied. For God does sometimes say no. But either way, my faith is secure because it rests not in the answer to my prayer but in my precious Lord and Savior. 


Exerpt from my devotional
 Lord, Get Your Needle—I’m Falling Apart at the Seams … The Emotional Strain of Chronis Pain
 

Available at https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Needle-Im-Falling-Apart-Seams/dp/0997558008/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537133463&sr=1-1&keywords=lord%2C+get+your+needle

 

How do we reconcile God’s promises with unexpected, unwanted results?  Honestly, I don’t know. I believe this is one of the mysteries of God we are not meant to understand. That the answer is far beyond what we can possibly comprehend. Like explaining a combustion engine to a five-year-old (or to me). 

But in a faith-filled response, we can draw closer and closer to God, and as we do, we will come to know and understand  His heart more every day. Then, when we can’t understand His hand, we can, and will, trust His heart. 

 

Biz On the Go Now Available!
6/10/2018 10:35:00 PM BY Barb Haley

What a wonderful day!  After more than 10 years, my first novel is finally available for purchase.

I’ve learned so much over the years about the craft of writing and how to make my book entertaining and worth your time. Biz is a unique character who has become one of my closest friends. Sounds weird, right? But it’s not. As I discovered many of Biz’s quirks and prayed to give her the right directions and answers, I found myself growing in the knowledge and love of the Lord.

Many say that an author’s first novel can be very similar to an autobiography. I think that’s probably accurate. Although I didn’t experience anything Biz did in her past or present life, I found much of my heart in Biz.

There have been so many times that publishers have expressed interest in publishing the book. They told me I was a strong writer and that the story idea was great. But the publishing world has changed drastically in the last few years. In order to be traditionally published today, an author is expected to build a huge platform—a list of at least 50,000 names and provide multiple opportunities in which to promote and sell the book. The author must be visible on all kinds of social media. No longer can we just write.

Last year, as I continued to work toward this goal, I began to wonder if I should really be spending such a tremendous hunk of my life pursuing my goal to be published. Was my writing touching anyone’s life as it remained, year after year, on my computer? Would God rather I spent this time involved in actual ministry to others through the church, Bible studies, etc.? 

I asked Him and as He so often did in the Bible, He turned the question back to me? “Barbie, if your book touches only one life in the whole scheme of things, do you think that would be enough for Me to have you spend all this time writing it?”


Of course. Jesus left the 99 sheep to save the one who had strayed. He was all about one-on-one relationships when He lived here on earth. 

The thought of Christ asking me to spend years for one soul brought me to tears of humility and gratitude. He filled me with peace and excitement as I returned to finish my book. But He wasn’t finished with the conversation.

He asked me again, “Would your time be worth it if your book touches and ministers to only ONE person?”

“Yes, Lord. Definitely.”

“Good,” He said. “Because that one person is YOU.”

Okay. A few tears turned to an anointed stream as the Holy Spirit revealed the depths of God’s love for me in that moment. Me. 

And as God’s love filled me to overflowing, all I could think of was how I could share His love with others … with you! 

I pray that Biz On the Gowill do just that. In this first book in the series “A Second Wind,” Biz struggles to trust God, especially when He seems silent so much of the time. But she opens her heart just a crack to test God’s love and the love of others. She risks being hurt as in the past. Life is tough, but through it all, Biz begins to understand how God can use her pain to help others … if she’s willing to take down her walls of protection in order to do so.

Can you identify with Biz? Do you know someone who is struggling with repressed pain? Deep sorrow buried since childhood? Drowning in a sea of hopeless disgust and self-hatred. Overwhelmed with questions about how and why a God who claims to be LOVE can even allow such horrendous situations to come about.

If so, I promise you this story will minister in a mighty way. Please read and share it with as many as possible.

Biz and I would love to have our second and third books traditionally published so many others can discover God’s unconditional and never-failing love, but in order to do that, we need your help. Would you consider becoming one of my team—praying for me and supporting me in the following ways as we work together to further God’s message?

  • Read Biz On the Go. 
  • Review the book on Amazon and on your Facebook page.
  • Recommend the book to everyone you can. Consider buying the book for others as a gift.
  • Go to my website at www.barbarahaleybooks.comto add your name to my email list. Ask others to sign up, too. I’ll send you occasional newsletters and updates on future books. And I will never pester you or give your information to anyone else.

So, I’m a bit embarrassed promoting my own work, here. But, NO! I’m not going there. It’s about the heart. I’m not in this to make money, but to use story (as Jesus did) to reveal God’s love. 

Thanks for listening and prayerfully considering signing on to support this ministry!

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).                                                    

In His love,

Barbie