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It's A Wrap!
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Can you believe it's December? I cannot. My year of "grace" has flown by and I've begun my #oneword selection for 2022. Okay....honestly, I know what my word will be next year but I'm not telling you just yet. What can I say? I like drama. 

Speaking of drama...
New! On Kindle Vella

A big part of my year of "Grace" was leaning into my purpose and passion for telling stories that inspire, entertain, and point the audience to God. As a storyteller, I'm a PG-13 kind of girl. I write stories about messy characters who struggle with faith. In my stories sin is not glorified, evil never wins, and married people have great sex. The world is not without sin and neither are my stories. So, my work may not be classified as "Christian fiction" because things won't always tie up into a neat little bow in the end. 

With that being said....

I'm excited to introduce you to Gwen Cole. Gwen is a hotshot at the CFB, a government agency that regulates the financial activity of churches. While she is determined to make a name for herself at the bureau, she makes enemies in the process. An extraordinary investigator with a "god-like gut," Gwen knows the good guys from the bad ones...until now.

She's been assigned to a new case as punishment for overstepping her bounds. That's when things start to change. Does her life unravel by chance or is there an enemy pulling the strings? 

To find out what happens to Gwen, follow JUBILEE on Kindle Vella.  
Kindle Vella brings you stories released one short episode at a time, available in the Kindle for iOS app and on Follow the stories you like to keep up with the latest from your favorite characters. The first few episodes of every story are always free--after that, purchase tokens  and redeem them to unlock episodes. 
Bah Humbug! Still mad at God?

"…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3

Tis the season to be jolly!  Yeah, that sounds good but this has been a year of loss and pain for a lot of people. So while many of us bellow from the pews,  “Oh come let us adore Him” some of you may be feeling just the opposite. So much has happened to you this year that you aren’t really sure if the Baby Jesus made any difference in the world at all.  It’s hard for you to celebrate because you are in too much pain. Maybe guilt keeps you from enjoying the holiday because you want to hold on to the pain. The twin terrors of  bitterness and holiday blues have a hold on you and the last thing you feel is that God loves you so much He sent His son.  Bah freaking Humbug! READ MORE on 
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Wrestling with God
The most surprising thing about my year of "grace" was that I found myself wrestling with faith and God. When the year began, it was my goal to chill out and let God be God. I had written TOYI ELIZABETH and released the story I was born to tell. As you may have noticed, I did not update the blog or this newsletter with any regularity. I rested. 

Ironically, the more I rested the more I wrestled. At one point I got really overwhelmed by the pain in the world. As someone who wants desperately for people to understand that God loves them, I became disillusioned by people who refuse to let go of their bitterness and insecurity. People who didn't know me personally were sending messages of positive progress while the people closest to me seem to be saying and doing the same things they've always done. It made me question who I am...again.

I felt stifled. I felt angry. I felt like there was no point in me saying #readyourbible because the people only want God when they are in trouble. Notice...I do not have the (pastoral) gift of shepherding. That ish got on my nerves! People I love got on my nerves. It made me feel as if we, the "big C" Church, are not making much progress. Then I remembered something...
Then Jesus told them, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family."  - Mark 6:4

Jesus didn't perform any miracles among the people who knew him best. Peter denied him three times. Phillip still didn't get it at the end. And Thomas! Thomas didn't get it even after Jesus came back to life. Geesh! Once I remembered this aggravating characteristic of people (me included), I decided to revisit The Gospels, the biographies of Jesus. For the last 90 days I've studied Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John to remind me of who Jesus is, what he taught, and how to follow those teachings. After all, that's what makes us disciples. 

Like Jacob in Genesis 32:22-32, I wrestled with God. I examined my faith and the way I put that faith into action. I searched my heart and allowed God to show me the planks in my eye so I could better help you pull the splinters out of yours. Jacob emerged from that encounter with God as a new person. He even got a new name. While I'm sticking with Kamryn Adams as my name, I will certainly walk a little differently into 2022. 

So why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know that it's okay to wrestle with God. It's okay to examine your faith over and over again. It helps you to better understand what you believe and why. This year of "Grace" I have questioned everything I believe. I have read and studied many perspectives -- some of which sounded ridiculous. The result? I choose Jesus once again. I choose him more than I ever have before and I trust him to rid my life of people and things that don't line up with his plan for me. His grace is sufficient. 

I hope that you are closer to God now than you were in January. I pray you have clarity, wisdom, and certainty that God loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his only Son to die for your sins. And THIS is the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas!

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