Wednesday's Wanderer

Wednesday’s Wanderer: Author J. Spredemann Plus a Giveaway

Hello, everyone!

First of all, I’d like to thank Sarah for this amazing opportunity. This will actually be my first blog post ever so, for better or for worse, here it goes. 🙂

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to write about something that’s dear to every heart: LOVE.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘follow your heart’ at one time or another; it’s a popular theme in books, movies, and it’s even a name brand of food. But I’ve often questioned the wisdom of this phrase in light of the teachings of the Bible. Should we really be following our hearts?

I know, this seems contradictory according to our culture, but what does God’s Word have to say about matters of the heart? In the book of Jeremiah (17:9 KJV), we read this: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Yes, you read that right. The Bible describes the heart as ‘deceitful’ and ‘desperately wicked’. Ouch. Jesus further states in Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, blasphemies… Not a pretty picture. In Proverbs 28:26a, the Bible says He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool… By these few verses, I think we can conclude that following our heart is probably not the best idea.

Remember David, who was called ‘a man after God’s own heart’? We know that at the time he fell into sin, David was not following God’s heart, but his own. If he was following God, he would have remembered that God said ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ or ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife’.

This reminds me of a quote from the movie Fireproof, which says, “And don’t just follow your heart, man, because your heart can be deceived. But you gotta lead your heart.” So true. By the way, if you’re looking for a great movie to watch for Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend Fireproof.

We need to ask ourselves if our heart is diligently seeking the things of God, or is it following after worldly things? Hebrews 4:12 states that the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We should always measure what our heart desires with God’s Word.

So, if we’re not supposed to follow our heart, what should we follow? In the Bible, Jesus said to follow Him at least twenty times. 1Timothy 6:11 states …follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Proverbs 3:5-6 says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What does this have to do with love? Everything. God is love. I believe, if we follow after God and do what His Word says, we will not only know how to love others, but our hearts will be so full of His love, we won’t have room for the bad. ‘…perfect love casteth out fear,’ we read in 1 John 4:18.

Love is one of the main themes of my latest novelette Rosabelle’s Story – Amish Fairly Tales 2. It is a retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, Amish style of course. The story is about seeing others through the eyes of Jesus. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it!

Blessings,

J. Spredemann

Thank you for stopping by Jennifer! Readers, would you like to win a signed paperback of Cindy’s Story, the first book in the Amish Fairly Tale series? Jennifer is giving one lucky reader the chance!

Cindy's Story

To enter leave a comment for Jennifer. Giveaway starts today Wednesday, February 11th and ends on Wednesday, February 18th.

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67 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wanderer: Author J. Spredemann Plus a Giveaway

  1. Your book sounds fabulous and I’d love to read it — and most likely will, whether I win or not. I loved your comments on Sarah’s blog. I think that people desperately need to understand the difference between their idea of love and the Biblical definition.
    Wishing you much success with your book and hoping your book gives a clearer idea of what they should be thinking of as “love”.

    1. Thank you, Ann. As a writer and reader of Christian romance, I believe this is an important message. True love isn’t superficial; it’s deep and meaningful and seeks to give. Jesus was/is the ultimate example of what true love is and does.

      Blessings <3

  2. Very interesting and informative article. I would be delighted to be the lucky winner of a copy of this book. Thank you.

  3. How wonderful! Words to apply “lead your heart” This book looks so very interesting! Would love to have. Blessings

    1. Thanks, Jan. Yes, I think ‘leading our heart’ is something we need to do daily. This just reminded me of the beloved hymn ‘Come Thou Font’, and the words ‘Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee’. Words to apply, indeed.

      Blessings <3

  4. Love your blog article and the cover of your book is fabulous! I’d love to win your book. Thank you for participating in Sarah’s blog. I’m sure many of us enjoyed reading about your thoughts regarding the Bible’s interpretation of love.

  5. Hello, Jennifer! I can’t wait to read this book. I just ordered “Amish by Accident” earlier this week an can’t wait to get it. After reading it, I’m going to start the Amish Secrets series. Thank you for providing a copy of the book in this great giveaway!

  6. Your words about the heart and Love are fantastic, Thank you for sharing them. I would like to read your amish story.
    I am so glad I got to read your thoughts today.

  7. I like what you said about the heart, should we let it lead us? No..we should let God lead our heart. It is hard to let go and follow where the Lord wants us to go. He is or Father and he is wanting the best for us. I’m looking forward to reading your book really sounds interesting.

  8. I would love to read this Amish fairy tale. It sounds fabulous. I love the sound of an Amish fairy tale . A definate must read for me. Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity.

  9. Hi Jennifer,

    Its so nice to “meet” you. Your blog is so well timed and so right on target. So many people misinterpret love because we tend to look at it through human eyes, not through the eyes of God. It is an area we all can pray about and ask God to help us in.

    I have enjoyed so many of your books and definitely look forward to this one.

    Warm regards,
    sandra

    1. Thank you, Sandra! Nice to ‘meet’ you too. 🙂 Your comment is spot-on with the message in ‘Rosabelle’s Story’. I sincerely hope the book is a blessing to all my readers. Blessings <3

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