Have you ever felt like you met someone and it was a divine encounter? Today, I met a woman and we just clicked, I can't explain it better than that. It turns out, we both grew up in the Bay Area (very unusual for here); we both grew up Catholic; we both converted to straight Christianity; and we both experienced abuse at the hands of the church.
What are the chances? This is why God gives you these little rays of light when you need them. They remind you that God is not His people, and sometimes, people suck. He is THERE in the midst of that darkness.
But this is where it gets weird. She also has the gift of discernment and she starts to tell me how she started to feel this negative oppression in the house and about doors opening/closing on their own in her house. She tells me she can FEEL it. (See? How many other Baptists watch the ghost shows, I'm telling you, this was a divine appointment.)
So I end up telling her how to bless the house. How to pray, burn sage, cover the four corners of the house in prayer, etc. I'm up now in the middle of the night praying for her, but I'm so struck at how God uses ALL things, even my funky ghost shows for His glory.I love how when we're open and honest, God brings another in support so that you know you're not alone.
Believe it or not, I STILL can't get my YA voice right for this Supernatural series. I keep falling back on trying to make it absolutely Biblically-correct and that just doesn't make for interesting Supernatural fiction. Example? In one pass, I had an angel. Biblically, angels are ONLY male. Could they be female? Probably, but I don't want the letters from angry moms saying that, so it shuts down the creativity.
That's why I wanted to work on a story that I didn't have to think about all of the rules. I think it's okay for fiction to be just that: Fiction.