Tempted to Surrender

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” -Harper Lee

Here are a few quotes to encourage you and help you persevere through the difficult times. Remember that great and admirable accomplishments were always achieved by taking one step at a time. Trust in God’s plan and He will see you through.

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” -Helen Keller

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?” -C. S. Lewis

“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.” -Charles Stanley

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Our Purpose

“We must not of course write anything that will flatter lust, pride or ambition. But we needn’t all write patently moral or theological work. Indeed, work whose Christianity is latent may do quite as much good and may reach some whom the more obvious religious work would scare away. The first business of a story is to be a good story. When Our Lord made a wheel in the carpenter shop, depend upon it: It was first and foremost a good wheel. Don’t try to ‘bring in’ specifically Christian bits: if God wants you to serve him in that way (He may not: there are different vocations) you will find it coming in of its own accord. If not, well—a good story which will give innocent pleasure is a good thing, just like cooking a good nourishing meal. . . . Any honest workmanship (whether making stories, shoes, or rabbit hutches) can be done to the glory of God.” – C. S. Lewis

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

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This Christmas Season

There are many bloggers out there that could probably put this more eloquently, but here is my effort to conceptualize what Christmas truly means.

If you were to ask random people on the street what they thought Christmas was really about what would they say? There’s been a tendency in our fast-paced modern society to speed through holidays and events with the same frantic attitude we sustain every other day of the year. Because of this, we often loose the opportunity to stop and reflect upon the true meaning of these special days.

Obviously even secular (nonreligious) sources point out the tendency for Christmas to become about gift-buying (not just giving) and seemingly endless activities and events that flood our calendars until we can’t breath let alone ponder their significance. Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas provides a welcome critique on how Christmas should not be about commercialism but about family and togetherness. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol also reminds us of our need to extend charity and love to our fellow men. Yet these wonderful stories fall short of the true meaning of Christmas.

If you’ve seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, you’ve heard Linus quote Luke 2:8-14.

Yet this is only the beginning of the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a story whose climax is here:

This is what Christmas is all about. Not about Jesus being born, but in the fact that He came as a baby to die for our sins.

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

‭‭(John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ NASB)

I sincerely hope you keep your heart on the true meaning of the season. Take time to reflect upon what this season means for our hearts and souls. Make time for family and for Jesus. Thank Him for what He has done. God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

-R. S. Gullett and family.

Still Waiting

Still Waiting

Waiting on God’s timing can sometimes feel like an eternity; as if time itself has been stretched to an unbearable length, turning days into years. No one likes to wait, but some things are harder to wait for than others. One of the hardest things to wait on is God’s timing. So many times we pray for people, or events, or needs and yet God seems to remain silent. The only solace you can find when waiting is to learn to trust in God and His plan. 
The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant internal struggle to wait on God. Our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and the God is constantly late. 


The truth is that if we patiently wait for God’s timing, we will find strength and joy in Him; sometimes the wait is long and sometimes it just feels long. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” 

As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out ahead of Him. I’m not trying to be preachy, but rather to encourage all who read this of God’s grace and His love for you. Even when it seems He’s ignoring you or forgotten you, just remember His promises and His love. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” God’s moments are perfectly planned, and worth the wait.

A Quick Thought…

“For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Hypothetical Scenario:
An amendment is added to the Ninth Commandment: Every time you lie, a minute will be taken away from your time here on earth.

Would you still be here? Would any of us still be here?

Just something to consider the next time we carelessly open our mouths. 

Thanks be to Jesus that all our past mistakes and words wrongfully spoken can be forgiven if we simply trust in Him.  (Hebrews 10:11-14; Romans 10:9-10, 13)

A Quick Thought…

I was reading through the news feed this morning and saw the latest headlines of violence, mistrust, and hatred that permeate our world today. I don’t know about you, my fellow writers, but I want my writing to help end these problems and not just call attention to them. 

The world is full of problems. Hatred, bigotry, poverty, war, death…the list goes on and on. Countless individuals, whose intentions are not in question, have attempted to right one or more of these wrongs. Charities, government programs, education, emphasis on tolerance, and yet the world’s problems persist and even continue to get worse. 

The real issue is that each and every one of us has a heart problem.  We are selfish. We focus on our own wants and desires and forsake our faith in Jesus Christ. We value our own lives and pleasures over the lives and needs of others. James 4:1-3.

Consider the Ten Commandments. The first five deal with our relationship with God and the second five deal with our relationship with others. 

“One of them, a lawyer, asked Him [Jesus] a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:35-40‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Love God first with all your being and love others as you love yourself. If we obeyed these two statements, there would be not war, no greed, no selfishness, no hate. 

Our focus has shifted in this country from loving God and loving others to loving only ourselves. This selfishness has bred hatred of change, hatred toward any threat to our to possessions, hatred of anyone who doesn’t perfectly emulate our culture and traditions. 

God is not calling for us to be more tolerant. God is calling us to love Him and to love others. With love comes everything else. After all, Jesus loved us first and gave his life for us. 

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

You want true change to come to America? Start by changing your focus. Set your heart and focus on Jesus Christ, and then emulate His life by loving others more than yourself. 

Novel News Update: August 2.0

It’s finally here! Today, The Chronciles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth is rereleased to the public!

After Tate’s downfall and speaking with some local authors, I’ve decided to self publish with Amazon KDP. Now the novel is back on the market. Click here to purchase either the paperback or Ebook.

For those wanting a first edition, I still have many copies that can only be purchased through me. If you would like one, click on the book cover below to take you to my Amazon page.

Work on the sequel is still going well. I’ve managed to conplete the first 30 chapters thus far. Please keep checking in for more novel news!

As always, i want to thank all my readers! Your support and enthusiasm encourages me to continue my writing. You guys are irreplacable!

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I continue to encourage you also to keep reading and writing. The blank page will never be filled, the book will never be written, without the consistent and constant putting pen to page.

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” — C. S. Lewis