Thursday, April 7, 2011

Need Your Help with Theme Bible Verses!

Missy here. A Family for Faith is out now (YAY!). :) The next, A House Full of Hope (Feb. 2012), is in the final polishing stages and will be mailed off to my editor next week (double YAY!), And I've got the new proposal going. I'm still developing the moral premise (see below for more info on the moral premise) and thought I'd ask for help from y'all.

The heroine has a past. She regrets things she's done and feels unworthy of being with the hero. She feels somewhat lost, is seeking a place to settle and belong.

The hero is at a point in his life where he's possibly changing careers (feels God calling him to change) and feels unsettled because he'll be starting over. I'm thinking he may be worrying about finances as well but haven't decided for sure on that angle. In other words, he feels like he can't take care of someone else. Feels like he can't ask someone else to take this journey with him.

So I guess the moral premise is going to have to do with feeling unworthy. Maybe about trusting in God's grace. Also, I'm just starting a new Beth Moore study, Believing God, so I may  end up going a little in the direction of my characters learning to believe God is all powerful and is who He says He is.

So far, I've picked one Bible verse that might apply:

I Thessalonians 23-24
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!

(from The Message)

I thought I'd ask you readers today. Can you think of any favorite verses that might fit? It helps me to have my verse at the beginning, although I sometimes figure them out later.

Thanks for any ideas you can share!

By the way, if you're interested in reading a little more about The Moral Premise, click here to read an interview I did on the Borrowed Book blog.


  1. I'm sorry for the crazy fonts and spacing. I could NOT get it fixed. I think for some reason I'm having trouble because I'm on a Mac. I can't put links on photos anymore. Strange.

  2. The new book you're working on sounds fab. I will say that as you described the characters the themes of fear and trust in God came to my mind. Fear that the characters believe they aren't good enough. Lack of trust in God that He'll provide for their needs. I don't really have any bible verses memorized for those...I usually do a bible search through a computer program I have when I'm looking for specific scripture. (I struggle with memorization.)

    Can't wait to read your latest release.

  3. Thanks, Dianna. I will look for verses having to do with fear and trust. I've used that theme in a previous book so will hunt up that notebook to see what verses I jotted down while writing. That's a theme that I use a lot. I wonder if that should tell me something about myself! :)

    Thanks for helping!

  4. Hi Missy:

    I believe when you develop a story theme that resonates perfectly with your inner voice, like a tuning fork vibrating at the perfect pitch, then your story will have natural integrity (what I call: Heartwarming Realism).

    I think you naturally pick the best themes to write. This may be why they may seem much alike.

    I have a strong feeling that what you are describing here is Trust.

    Trust more than belief.

    It is much easier to believe in God than to trust in God.

    Trust runs very, very deep.

    I’ve always liked this Bible quote ever since I first hear it in the first grade.

    Matthew 6: 25-27

    “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

    A Heart Placed in Trust

    Moral Premise

    Trusting in God and in ourselves leads to hope and a better life; but a lack of trust leads to despair and a life not worth living.

    Belief is good but trust is belief in action.

    I just know I am going to love, “A House Full of Hope”. Oh, but the wait. It will be like a hundred Lents.


  5. Vince,

    Very thoughtful input. Thank you!

    In the new Beth Moore study we've been talking about the difference in belief (noun) and believe (verb). Great stuff that you echoed here. Great moral premise as well! Thank you.

    So sorry for the hundred Lents!! :) I'm trying my best to get something sent in sooner this time so books won't be so far apart. :)

  6. Missy, I love the title A House Full of Hope.

    Here is a quote I thought might fit:

    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

    Good luck with the new proposal!

  7. Oh, I like that one, Eva! Thanks for reminding me of it.